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Were a nation bitterly divided. Adam Joseph Duhe Jersey .And, no, Im not talking about who should be the fourth-ranked team in the College Football Playoff.A presidential election like no other has come and gone, sending half the nation into the streets for a euphoric dance, the other half into the streets for a defiant protest.There seems no middle ground, nothing we can all agree on.Its time for sports to bring us together.With a nod to Stephen Colbert, who issued a similar plea on election night , heres some things we should all be able to agree on:- The NFL is overexposed. Theres no reason pass off the winless Cleveland Browns as worthy of being shown to the entire country (or at least those who can find NFL Network on channel 2,345). That was quite evident from the snoozefest we witnessed Thursday night, when the Brownies offensive game plan in a 28-7 loss to Baltimore consisted mainly of incompletions, 2-yard runs, turnovers, sacks and yet another quarterback change. The NFL should be played on Sundays, with one game on Monday. No mas to Thursday night.- On a similar note, college football should be played on Saturdays. End of story. We dont need games on Thursday night (hey, those kids are supposed to go to class the next day, so at least play along with the charade). We certainly dont need them on Friday nights. High school football is meant for Friday nights, not the Big Ten .- We know Nick Saban has some weighty issues on his plate, like the Iron Bowl and winning another national championship. But the Alabama coach should at least know about Election Day .- Its time for Tiger Woods to retire. We want to remember him as perhaps the greatest player in golf history, not some aging, hairline-receding, injury riddled version of Willie Mays or Muhammad Ali, trying to desperately to hang on to a game he can no longer play at the highest levels.- They still have fighting in the NHL? Seriously, what century is this? Ban that silliness immediately. If you need a fighting fix, check out YouTube. Those guys really wailed on each other in the truly Neanderthal days .- LeBron James should take up baseball. Maybe he can do for the Indians what he did for the Cavaliers. But forget about asking him to play quarterback. Not even a King can help the Browns.- The College Football Playoff should expand to eight teams, with spots going to the five Power Five conference champions, the highest-ranked champion from the Group of Five, and the next two highest-ranked teams regardless of league. No more conference championship games. The first or second weekend of December is for the quarterfinals. The semifinals remain on New Years Day, followed by the national championship game a week or so later. See how easy that was.- No one wants to have a beer with Bill Belichick. Or have him pick out what theyre going to wear to work. But we all want him to coach our favorite football team.- Please let there be a day when no city bids for the Olympics. Clearly, thats the only way to let the IOC know the rest of the world has finally figured out that its every-two-years prize is really nothing more than an extortion plot designed to drive cities (and even countries) into bankruptcy. We love the Olympics, but we hate all the red ink and broken promises it leaves behind.- The Chicago Cubs took us on a marvelous ride, but enough with trying to turn a World Series victory into some sort of spiritual, life-affirming triumph over a 108-year-old curse. Besides, you want suffering? Let me introduce you to the A-T-L. While the Windy City has celebrated titles in all the major sports over the last three decades, Atlanta has managed one championship over a combined 168 baseball, football, basketball and hockey seasons. And it doesnt even have the NHL anymore, having lost not one, but two team to Western Canada.- Billionaire owners should pay for their own stadiums and arenas. Kudos to San Diego for being one of the rare cities that told a team what it could do with its plan to have the citizenry pick up the tab for a private enterprise. That decision will likely send the Chargers to Los Angeles, but its not a bad drive to make eight times a year while spending public funds on things that actually benefit everyone, like better schools and parks.- Baseball needs to do many things to make itself more appealing to a younger generation, but getting rid of the organist is NOT one of them. Matthew Kaminski of the Braves is proof of that.- Finally, theres something really comforting about watching winners and losers shake hands at the end of a hard-fought contest and knowing theres always next season.Yep, we can all agree on that.---Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry . Andre Branch Jersey . Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. Cameron Wake Jersey . The team also announced Tuesday that the Braves will wear a commemorative patch on the right sleeve during the season. The patch, shaped like home plate, carries the number 715, Aarons autograph and a "40th Anniversary" banner. http:///...o-alonso-jersey.html . Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of six. Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. The rookies best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side. SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The NCAA announced Tuesday that 77 percent of black mens Division I basketball players who entered college in 2009 earned a degree within six years, up five points from a year earlier and a record high.That improvement helped the overall Graduation Success Rate match last years record of 86 percent of athletes graduating within six years, the NCAA said. Of all black Division I student-athletes, 74 percent graduated within six years. NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a news release the improved rates were hugely significant.Over the last 15 years, the overall Graduation Success Rate has dramatically improved, but the really good news is how college sports helps more and more minority students, especially those playing our highest-profile sport, earn a degree that will help them long after their athletics career is over, he said.The graduation rate for black basketball players is up 31 percentage points over the past 15 years, the NCAA said . Overall, all black male athletes have increased their GSR by 19 percentage points to 70 percent during that time. Black female athletes improved their rate 13 points to 84 percent over that same time.For all Division I athletes, the rate increased 12 percentage points during the past 15 years.B. David Ridpath, an associate professor and sports business and president of The Drake Group, an NCAA watchdog, said the GSR provides only a partial picture, pointing to reports of athletes at North Carolina taking courses aimed at boosting their GPAs in a department popular with athletes.Are we essentially practicing eligibility maintenance, potentially in a major with friendly faculty? he said. Are these kids graduating with a very meaningful, vital degree that can benefit them for the next 50 to 60 years of their life? In some cases, yes, this is happening. But all too often -- aand I know this because I worked in college athletics -- were essentially pushing these kids through, keeping them eligible and in cases where they do graduate they might not be graduating with the requisite skills. Kenyan Drake Jersey. Among football teams in The Associated Press Top 25 , the only teams with a GSR 65 percent or lower were No. 25 Troy at 65 percent and No. 13 Oklahoma State at 50 percent. Among Top 25 mens basketball teams , No. 4 Oregon had a GSR of 38 percent, No. 25 California 40 percent, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 18 Syracuse and No. 24 Cincinnati all had GSRs of 50 percent, and No. 13 Michigan State has a GSR of 63 percent.The University of Connecticut mens basketball team had one of the lower graduation rates at 22 percent, according to the latest results. But those 2009 numbers were actually a big improvement over previous years. The teams GSR rose from just 8 percent in 2006, 17 percent the following year and 20 percent in 2008.School spokesman Mike Enright said the poor graduation rate reflects the same time period for which UConn was sanctioned by the NCAA and missed the 2013 postseason because of an another indicator, the Academic Progress Rate, which measures whether players are in good academic standing.The school has reported perfect or near perfect APR scores since 2012-13 and is expecting similar numbers this year, Enright said. He also said all current members of the basketball team are on track to graduate.The academic achievement of our mens basketball team has been outstanding the past several years and I have a full expectation that this will continue, athletic director David Benedict said.---AP Sports Writer Pat Eaton-Robb in Storrs, Connecticut, contributed to this report. 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