For years, Croatia's talented national team has been undermined by chaos and complications, both on and off the field. But with the dust settling at home and an empowered manager pulling the right strings, a deep World Cup run may finally be in the cards.
The big reveal has arrived: Who will be the most influential player in college football this season? The final 10 names all have the power to change everything for their teams, but there can be only one No. 1.
New playbooks. Harder-hitting defenders. The pressure of leading a franchise. The five first-round quarterbacks spoke to Sports Illustrated about their transition to the pros in an exclusive interview. Watch it now on SI TV by signing up for a free 7-day trial.
African nations have been pegged for success at World Cups for years, yet almost always fall flat of expectations. Enter Senegal, who, after beating Poland, look the part of a tough out the rest of the way.
Mexico has fallen flat in the World Cup round of 16 in the last six editions, unable to overcome the hurdle of a top-class opponent. After opening its 2018 World Cup with a win over Germany, El Tri now has reason to believe.
The Vikings brought in the hottest name in free agency, while the Bears reinforced for the passing game, while the Lions look to lift the run game out of the cellar. But will these moves be enough to keep the perennial favorite Packers out of the playoffs for a second straight year?