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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Adidas Is Going On A Massive US Spending Spree, Sponsoring Up To 500 NFL And MLB Players

In total, the brand has set aside funds to sign deals with as many as 500 US-based athletes in total — although an exact figure for the amount being invested was not revealed in the interview with Adidas' North American president Mark King. Business Insider has contacted Adidas for confirmation.<p>The …

Washington Redskins

'American Sniper’ review: A sly war film from Clint Eastwood

If at the end of “American Sniper,” you feel less than moved by the title character’s exploits — if the whole enterprise leaves you with a strange, hard-to-define feeling — don’t think that’s an accident. Clint Eastwood has made a sneaky, complicated film that takes the form of a rousing war movie …

There are lots of story lines in possible Super Bowl matchups

Oh, the possibilities.<p>After 19 weeks of games, the<p>NFLhas narrowed its field to four teams — Seattle, Green Bay, New England and Indianapolis — with four possibleSuper Bowlpermutations.<p>This weekend's conference title games are rematches, with the<p>Packerslooking to make a better showing at Seattle …

Review: In American Sniper, Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper Are Right on Target

His father, taking young Chris out shooting, observes the boy’s instant expertise with a rifle and says appreciatively, “You got a gift. You’re gonna …

Alabama Football: Breaking Down the Potential Replacements for Blake Sims

If you’re looking for an experienced hand or a sure thing, Alabama’s 2015 quarterback competition is not for you.<p>Of the five candidates expected to be on campus during spring practice, none of them has at least a year of experience in the system and a pass attempt in a real, live game.<p>That means …

College Football

10 extraordinary destinations you have probably never heard of

South Sudan