The results -- two top-10 finishes, six top-20s and a significant improvement in qualifying -- say Danica Patrick is making strides. Her crew chief thinks a top-5 -- and even a win -- could be just around the corner.
After injuries caused her to consider a career in politics or even journalism, Andrea Petkovic is writing a comeback story that has landed her in the semifinals of the French Open with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Sara Errani.
In the 2011, '12 and '13 LPGA seasons, Paula Creamer had a combined 23 top-10 finishes, placing as high as runner-up each year. But she hadn't won since 2010, although that victory was a huge one: The U.S. Women's Open.
For the second consecutive Olympics, no American stood on the podium in women's figure skating. But the three U.S. athletes here, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds, already have their sights set on 2018.
Roaming all over the country, and from conference to conference, the Denver soccer team will go anywhere to find a home in the NCAA tournament. That spirit has the Pioneers knocking on the top 10 of our power rankings.