As a rookie, Danica Patrick narrowly missed earning the pole position in the 2005 Indy 500. On Sunday, Patrick became the first woman to win pole for the Daytona 500, "or any big-name motor race in the world," writes Ed Hinton for ESPN. And maybe, Hinton says, that eight-years-delayed breakthrough came at the right time for Danica.
With 20 points and 15 assists, Chris Paul led the West to All-Star Game victory and earned well-deserved MVP honors. Jonathan Feigan of the Houston Chronicle says Paul probably could have earned MVP without scoring a single point, such was his mastery of the game.
NCAA headquarters played host to a tournament bracket simulation that featured a couple of stunners. Storied schools Kentucky and UNC were both left out, both for the first time since 1974. Mark Snyder at the Detroit Free Press has the rundown of the mock committee's bracket selection process.
No. 20 Wisconsin crushed no. 13 Ohio State 71-49:
Also... highlights from Chris Paul's MVP performance in the All-Star Game.
No. 3 Miami narrowly escaped an upset against Clemson.
And Nadal won the Brazil Open, his first title since taking an injury hiatus.
Tweet of the Weekend
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Three for Seven (Plus One)
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. RealClearSports site editor Sam Chi ranks the 2013 NCAA football top 10. (1-3)
2. Owen Gibson at The Guardian found that Pistorius isn't quite the good guy he seemed to be (NA-1)
3. Wright Thompson profiles NBA legend Michael Jordan at age 50 for ESPN the Magazine. (NA-1)
Plus: Most-clicked tweet of the past week:
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