Stories by Kendall Baker

Schedule: Full college football bowl game slate

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow amid a media throwing following the team's win in the SEC championship game.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The argument against bowl games is that they are relatively meaningless exhibition games designed to make money — mostly for Disney, which not only broadcasts but actually owns many of them.

Yes, but: "There's something nostalgic and fun about sitting down around the holidays and binge-watching football games between obscure teams you wouldn't have watched otherwise," writes FiveThirtyEight's Neil Paine.

Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons elected into Baseball Hall of Fame

Marvin Miller, speaking in 1972
Marvin Miller, speaking in 1972. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

Last night, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that groundbreaking union leader Marvin Miller and former catcher Ted Simmons were voted into Cooperstown by the 16-person Modern Era Committee.

The big picture: Miller was head of the MLBPA from 1966 to 1982, leading the union through five work stoppages, overseeing the birth of free agency and bringing team owners to the table to hammer out professional sports' first collective bargaining agreement.

Stanford wins women's soccer title

Stanford soccer team
Photo: Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

After 90 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods went scoreless, Stanford beat North Carolina on penalty kicks (5-4) to win the D-I Women's Soccer National Championship yesterday, the program's second title in three years.

Highlight: Kiara Pickett tucked the ball into the lower left corner for the game-winning penalty kick. What a moment.