Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will announce that he plans to retire at the end of the 2013 season. And when he does, the 43-year-old star will go down as the best closer ever. With his signature cutter, Rivera racked up the most saves in baseball history. Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports breaks down just what made Mariano so good.
The Catholic 7 split is official, and the new Big East will be in swing this summer. Gary Parrish at CBS Sports answers five questions about the conference, including how good it will be and if it will play other sports. The answers are, in summary, "very good" and "yes."
Bernard Hopkins is set to fight Tavoris Cloud on Saturday, a man 17 years younger than Hopkins' 48. It may well be the last fight in a long career spanning gangs, prison, drugs, and a lot of wins. Allen Barra at The Atlantic tells what he calls Hopkins' "underappreciated true story."
In the two years since urging owners toward a lockout, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has made $112 million.
Golf's top duo of Woods and McIlroy have little in common, writes Dave Shedloski at Golf Digest.
The Oklahoma City Thunder came away with a one-point win in New York:
Also.. Colorado upset no. 19 Oregon, completing a season sweep of the Ducks.
The Rangers beat the Islanders thanks to an overtime goal from Marian Gaborik.
And Wilson Chandler threw down a monster slam against the Clippers.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. The New York Times reports that Rupert Murdoch's Fox Sports 1 is a true challenger to ESPN. (1-3)
2. Lance Armstrong told Michael McCann at Sports Illustrated that every top rider doped. (2-2)
3. Bob Harig at ESPN calls Rory McIlroy's "tooth pain" story a fairy tale. (3-5)