With baseball still reeling from the latest PED revelation, the NBA took a blow Wednesday with the allegations that Hedo Turkoglu was using methenolone. It's a rare moment for a league that's had few steroid scandals, but as they say, the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. "Like the National Hockey League," writes Bruce Arthur, "basketball is still in the pre-fall era, partly by design. The testing is full of holes."
Joe Fortenbaugh at the National Football Post asks, Who will be the next elite quarterback in the NFL? Top candidates include Matt Stafford, Philip Rivers, Matt Schaub, and Matt Ryan. Maybe Joe already ranks Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, and RGIII as "elite."
League and Olympic officials meet Thursday to discuss NHL players' participation in the 2014 Sochi games. At the New York Times, Jeff Z. Klein says the issue is particularly complicated this year. With revenue lost to a strike-shortened season, NHL owners could be particularly reluctant to forego any more league play.
In other news... We rank the 2013 college football preseason top 10... Despite torn ACL, Nerlens Noel's draft stock is safe... NC State star Jadeveon Clowney should sue to enter the NFL draft... and the five NFL Combine archetypes.
Gus Johnson made his debut as FOX Soccer's new announcer, calling the Champions League showdown between Real Madrid and Manchester United:
Also... Duke trailed UNC for the entire first half, but the Blue Devils came back to beat the Tarheels.
Kawhi Leonard drained a game-winning three for San Antonio.
And the Clippers scored 46 first-quarter points against Houston.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. At the end of another NFL season, Chris Burke at Audibles ranks NFL announcers. (1-3)
2. Phil Sheridan at the Philadelphia Inquirer says the Vick re-signing erodes Chip Kelly's credibility. (2-2)
3. FOX Sports' Jason Whitlock sees parity in college basketball as a sign of decline. (3-2)