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February 8, 2013 1:45 AM

RCS Morning News: Indiana falls, top NFL storylines, and Olympic corruption in Sochi

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Top Stories

For the fifth-straight week, men's basketball's top-ranked team lost, making 'one' truly the loneliest number. Says Bob Kravitz: "This is the year of parity atop college basketball, and it's a good thing -- unless you get cursed with the No. 1 spot. Any one of 10 to 12 teams has a chance to win the NCAA title, IU obviously among them."

Martin Rogers at Yahoo! Sports dives deep into allegations of corruption behind the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 

Seattle Mariners and ace Felix Hernandez agreed to a seven-year deal for $175 million, setting the stage for baseball's first $200 million pitcher. Leading candidates for the milestone contract are Justin Verlander or Clayton kershaw in 2014, and David Pice in 2015.

Including Joe Flacco's new contract, Chris Burke at Audibles runs down ten top stories for this NFL offseason. Among them: Darrelle Revis, RGIII, the draft, and more.

In other news... Kobe and Dwight are headed for a rough finish to a failed season... Hall-of-Famer Larry Brown makes an odd couple with SMU... A Canadian high school basketball phenom could be the country's Michael Jordan... Signing Day hype is a self-fulfilling prophesy, as exemplified by the Alex Collins case... and Condoleezza Rice is changing the face of golf for women and people of color.

Highlights

It was a night of buzzer-beaters. First, Illinois stunned no. 1 Indiana with this layup:

Second, UCLA's Larry Drew hit this buzzer-beater to beat Washington.

And third, Marist hit this 65-footer to avoid defeat in overtime.

Also... Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett scored his 25,000th career point.

Three for Seven

The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)

1. Do you believe Peterson's or Lewis's comebacks? Bill Simmons at Grantland doesn't. (2-4)

2. Steve Politi at The Star-Ledger talks the Harbaughs, and how John schools Jim, on and off the field. (3-3)

3. Matt Maiocco at CSN Bay Area runs down the controversial no-calls and play calls that left the 49ers short in Super Bowl XLVII. (NA-1)

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