The NFL owners put a little sanity back into the league by instituting a penalty for "forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top crown of the helmet... outside of the tackle box." Gene Collier at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that no matter what people say about the new rule, it's a good one.
Forbes has an interview with billionaire Jaguars owner Shahid Khan and the lessons he's learned from the NFL.
Legendary Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has parted ways with Chicago, after a "slap in the face" ultimatum from the team.
Duke is, by anyone's estimation, the most reviled team in college basketball. And that makes beating the Blue Devils in the tournament a milestone for the teams and players that pull it off. Alan Siegel at Slate rounds up some anecdotes about beating Duke from the players themselves.
In the NBA, the Heat's streak is up to 24 games, but there's another, much quieter streak going on that's worthy of some attention. The Nuggets have turned around under the leadership of George Karl and this season Denver has put together an impressive 13-game winning streak. They also share the honor of best record in the league with Miami.
LeBron and the Heat came back from down 27 to beat Cleveland and keep Miami's streak alive:
Also... Anthony Davis tipped in a game-winner for New Orleans against Boston.
James White threw down a victory dunk against the Orlando Magic.
And James Harden scored 29 to lead the Rockets to victory.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. Shane Ryan at Grantland lists ten teams that are toxic to your bracket. (1-2)
2. Eric Angevine at College Basketball Talk marks some high seeds who won't win the NCAA tournament. (NA-1)
3. Vinnie Iyer at Sporting News writes that Wes Welker's move shifts power in the AFC. (2-3)