AUBURN, Ala. — In just five days, the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry will commence once more.
Until then, take a look at some other stories around the sporting world.
1. In the biggest news of the day (at least in the state of Georgia), the Atlanta Braves announced that in 2017, they will no longer be playing at Turner Field. Instead, there will be a new stadium in Cobb County — northwest of Atlanta near the I-75/I-285 interchange — that the Braves will call home going forward. (As to why the Braves are moving, take a look at the photo attached to this story. Not saying I agree with the move, but it's a done deal now.)
2. It's understandable if you haven't noticed the NBA season has started. Football is still going one for a while longer, so for most people, pro basketball doesn't begin in earnest until the usual great slate of game (on paper, anyway) the NBA has on Christmas Day each year. While your mind may not be focused on roundball matters just yet, take heed of the Indiana Pacers, the only team in the league yet to lose a game. And as Sports On Earth's Colin McGowan writes, the Pacers are trying to do two things this season: "They're going to spend 82 games trying to assert themselves as the best defensive team in basketball and as fully capable of scoring efficiently enough to capitalize on that defense."
3. Richie Incognito is still suspended, and it doesn't appear this story will be going away any time soon. Obviously, there are still many unresolved aspect of apparent case of bullying and abuse that Incognito subjected teammate Jonathan Martin to, but Jeffri Chadiha of ESPN.com writes that there's one lingering question floating around NFL player circles: How did the Dolphins' locker room ever let it reach this point?
4. Just because I can't help myself, I've been doing a little research of some of baseball's best available free agents. One name that might be good to file away for future reference? Masahiro Tanaka. The Rakuten Golden Eagles' ace was far and away the best pitcher in the Nippon League this past season, so don't be surprised to see him starring on an MLB roster sometime in the near future.