June 17, 2014
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The best CFB team ever (according to Urban Meyer)

Perhaps he's a little too close to the matter, but Urban Meyer's take is a strong one. [Meyer] has been associated with his fair share of excellent football teams, but one stands out for the former Florida Gators head coach. His 2008 BCS National Championship team at Florida. Meyer, now the head coach at Ohio State, recently told a group attending a camp in Detroit: "I've been a part of a couple great teams, I think the best team to ever play the game in '08 (at Florida)." That national title team was one of two Meyer coached while at Florida, and included Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, WR/RB Percy Harvin, LB Brandon Spikes and CB Joe Haden. Three of those remain on NFL rosters. (Tampa Bay Times) Comment

One untouchable in Chicago

There remains a lesson for Chicago to have learned from The Decision, and his name is Carlos Boozer. The team isn't looking to repeat history. According to several NBA sources Sunday, the Bulls have been actively looking to improve the starting lineup at almost any cost, with Derrick Rose the only untouchable player -- and not by choice. "They are looking to exhaust as many assets as it will take," one source said of general manager Gar Forman and head of basketball operations John Paxson. But the source said it was "doubtful" whether that meant the long-rumored departure of coach Tom Thibodeau could come into play. Carmelo Anthony is still Plan A. ... But the Bulls are more active in their pursuit of Kevin Love than initially rumored. Also, don't rule out LeBron James coming into play again. (Chicago Sun-Times) Comment

Verlander more frustrated than ever

Justin Verlander's season, which on Monday night saw his ERA climb to nearly 5.00 after another seven-run outing, hasn't turned around yet -- though there's hope. Take it from his foremost nemesis: [Verlander] will be back. "He's going to come back to the form he was," Billy Butler said late Monday night in the Royals clubhouse. "That's just how it is. You don't have that many trophies, that many accolades, not to. The only reason we're having this conversation is that he's never had this stretch." ... Verlander repeatedly acknowledged that he's as frustrated as he's ever been. But he showed no worry that his condition is permanent or irreversible. He said he feels excellent physically, and so on the checklist of causes, that wipes our arm trouble and leaves mechanics as the probable cause of his woe. (Detroit Free Press) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

American John Brooks (left), 21, scores the game-winning goal in the U.S.-Ghana World Cup match Monday. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Dwyane Wade can still beat somebody: Charles Barkley. Watch them go 1-on-1 in this video from 2009.

Game To Watch

Masahiro Tanaka takes the hill as the Yankees battle the AL East-leading Blue Jays, 7:05 p.m. ET

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More O.J. Simpson
  • 1994 -- O.J. Simpson leads police on a slow-speed chase down Interstate 405 in southern California. Simpson, who was being driven by friend Al Cowlings, was accused of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
  • 1992 -- The 76ers trade Charles Barkley to the Suns in exchange for Jeff Hornacek, and others.
  • 1976 -- The ABA agrees to merge four of its teams -- the New York Nets, Denver Rockets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs -- into the NBA.

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