Alex Wong

Was Pierce Right About the Raptors?

If the Raptors are to avenge last year's playoff disappointment, it might as well be against the player who delivered two signature moments in a seven game series that came down to the buzzer. In round 1, they'll try to shut up Paul Pierce and the Wizards. More»
Michael Pina

7 Big Questions For the NBA Playoffs

With the playoffs starting Saturday, here's a look at several key questions that'll help you stay on top of all the first round's action. Just remember, as the old saying goes: Nobody knows anything … except that the Warriors will beat the Pelicans. More»
Brett Koremenos

Attacking The Bulls' Strongside Flood

This year's incarnation of the Bulls isn't nearly as stifling as some of Thibodeau's best -- they rank just 11th in the league -- but they will be facing off against a Bucks offense that has struggled to score points all season. Let's break down each side's strategy. More»
Will Leitch

Expectations Too High For Bryant?

Kris Bryant is going to be fantastic, and Cubs fans are right to be excited about him. But what is happening now, this frenzy, it's going to pass, and it's going to pass quickly. We'll watch Bryant's at-bats with fervid attention … for about a month or so. More»
Matt Brown

Texas Tries To Move Forward

The first year of the Charlie Strong era was messy, with youth, injuries and an identity crisis contributing to one of the worst Longhorns offenses ever. After a disastrous bowl effort, Texas desperately needs a spring confidence boost. More»
Terence Moore

The Hawks' Added Motivation

While the Atlanta Hawks enter the NBA playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference, they don't see themselves as favorites. Given the history of the franchise and the obstacles they still face, maybe they're right to feel that way. More»
Alex Wong

Debunking NBA Playoff Myths

The start of the playoffs is the perfect time to bring out our favorite narratives. Teams are not experienced enough to win it all. A player's career will be defined by whether they can finally breakthrough in the postseason. Let's dissect five of the biggest ones. More»
Michael Pina

The 'Other' NBA Awards

With the NBA playoffs beginning this weekend, it's time to first look back at the best (and worst) of the regular season. These aren't your typical awards, though. From most disappointing team to most embarrassing crossover, we go beyond MVPs. More»
Tim Healey

Why Everyone's Excited About Bryant

The Cubs are set to call up Kris Bryant for their game Friday against the Padres at Wrigley Field. If you're a baseball nerd, it's pretty exciting. If you're not a baseball nerd, that's OK, too. Here are eight reasons to help you understand what all the fuss is about. More»
AJ Cassavell

It's Time to Automate the Strike Zone

Major League Baseball needs to automate the strike zone, taking called balls and strikes out of the hands of umpires and put it into the hands of technology. *Ducks for cover* More»
Cy Brown

NFL Reinstates Adrian Peterson

The NFL announced the reinstatement of Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson, to the delight of mostly of Cowboys fans who think they'll trade of the star tailback now. But did anyone really notice the news? There is a new "Star Wars" trailer, after all. More»
Ross Benes

Examining the Least of the East

Thunder fans may feel justifiably angry. This year, three of the NBA Eastern Conference playoff teams failed to win more than half their games. We wondered if those bottom seeds are among the worst ever and how the West's superiority ranks historically. More»
Cy Brown

4 Possible Future USMNT Stars

The USMNT did what it like to do against Mexico and won Dos-a-Cero, or 2-0. Many USA regulars played, but the match also featured some players on the fringe of the American team. Here are four of those fringe players who had outstanding performances. More»
Will Leitch

NBA Playoff Rootability Rankings

This is an NBA playoff guide for the dispassionate fan whose team didn't make the postseason or someone with no rooting interest who is just looking for someone to get behind in the postseason, in general. Just remember: It's not ALL about LeBron. More»
Cy Brown

Mayweather and Pacquiao's Star Power

Everyone is getting prepared for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, especially celebrities, many of whom are throwing their lot in with one of the fighters. Here are the stars Money May and Pacman can expect in their corners. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Pay Attention to These Fast Starts

Very little in this world lends itself to a reliable conclusion at an early stage. So given that we're only roughly five percent of the way through the 2015 baseball season, let's just say these are 15 things we're cautiously encouraged by thus far. More»
Steven Lebron

Last Fight For Playoff Position

There are 14 games on the schedule Wednesday and a lot of things remain in play: 2-6 seeds in the West, two team races for the eighth spot in both conferences and, if you're looking for some alternative programming, the distribution of lottery balls. More»
Tim Healey

Hernandez gets life without parole

The first of Aaron Hernandez' two murder trials came to an end Wednesday morning, and the result has the former Patriots star going to jail for the rest of his life without the chance of parole. The next case is expected to begin later this year. More»
Will Leitch

Flippin' Out Over Nothing

Yasiel Puig recently said he was going to stop flipping his bat because, "I want to show American baseball that I'm not disrespecting the game." But the whole notion of "respecting the game" comes from a dishonest place. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Rivers Blockbuster In the Making?

Philip Rivers to the … Tennessee Titans? It could happen. But if the Chargers were to seek a truly fair deal for their five-time All Pro quarterback, they may have to get another team involved. That's where the Eagles come in. More»
Matt Brown

Clemson's Challenge to Florida State

While Clemson continues to bring in impressive talent, it's been stuck a dominant Florida State program the last few years in the ACC. The Seminoles' run isn't about to stop, but quarterback Deshaun Watson can help changes Clemson's fortunes. More»
Brian Kenny

Closer By Committee: The Revenge

Once looked down upon, the "closer by committee" is getting a revival. Teams like the Yankees, Mets and Rockies have mixed and matched ninth-inning pitchers, abandoning stagnant conventional thinking for proper bullpen usage. More»
Paul Casella

Does a 7-0 Start Mean Anything?

While the first seven games may represent just a little more than four percent of the Kansas City Royals' overall schedule, five of the six teams to start 6-0 during the Wild Card era (since 1995) have gone on to make the postseason. And the signs get better from there. More»
Tim Healey

Capps and 10 More Crazy Deliveries

Carter Capps set Twitter aflame Monday night when people caught on to his unorthodox delivery. But the Marlins reliever isn't the first hurler with a weird windup -- here's a look at some of those who came before him. More»
Ross Tucker

The Myth of the Lame Duck Coach

Contract extensions to Tom Coughlin and Joe Philbin are ostensibly to show support for each coach, trying to avoid the dreaded "lame duck" status. But is anybody in the galaxy buying that adding one year to a deal equals job security? More»
Will Leitch

NBA's Biggest Party Is In Atlanta

The Hawks have made basketball in Atlanta a joy again maybe for the first time since the days of Dominique Wilkins. Now that we've seen what Philips Arena can be like, no one can claim Atlanta doesn't love professional basketball anymore. More»
Joe DeLessio

Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

The Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday night, promising two months of high-stakes drama. Here's a look at the eight first-round matchups, breaking down which series could turn into instant classics and who should advance. More»
Anthony Castrovince

All Eyes On A-Rod

You can love this guy, you can hate this guy (something tells me many of you lean toward the latter), but, in either case, you can't ignore Alex Rodriguez. You can't deny his ability to stir up emotion and interest and eyeballs. More»
Andrew Simon

5 MLB Teams Hit Hardest By Injuries

It's impossible to predict the twists and turns the season will take based on a torn ulnar collateral ligament here or a broken wrist there. But already, health woes have made their presence felt throughout baseball. More»
Michael Pina

NBA's Most Obsolete Big Man

The Charlotte Hornets' Al Jefferson is good at a lost and increasingly unnecessary art form: getting the ball in the post. He's still crafty and never turns it over, but, rising cap aside, what smart NBA team will give Jefferson a long-term, eight-figure contract? More»
Matt Brown

Urban Meyer Cashes In

The Urban Meyer-Ohio State marriage has been perfect from the start, with Meyer immediately preventing a post-scandal downturn, then leading the Buckeyes to a national title in his third year. Now, he'll be making an average of $6.5 million per season. More»
Will leitch

The Last of the Home run Kings

With power so scarce these days, we should appreciate those who have sustained success for so long. Let's take a look at the active top 15 home run hitters, and see where they are on the all time list currently, and where they might land by the time they retire. More»
Len Hochberg

Spieth Runs Away With Masters Title

Twenty-one-year-old Jordan Spieth tied the all-time low score at Augusta, 18-under 270, to run away with his first major championship, going wire-to-wire and setting or tying multiple records along the way. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Waiting on Bryant, Bats to Show Up

In Week 2 of The Rotation, our look at the hot topics shaping the week ahead, we examine Kris Bryant's impending debut and a particularly blockbuster interleague matchup (hint: think World Series preview). More»
Tim Healey

American hockey's next big thing

This weekend marked the end of Jack Eichel's freshman season at Boston University, and after he won just about everything -- including college hockey's version of the Heisman Trophy -- he could be headed to the NHL. More»

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