Cy Brown

USMNT vs. Mexico: The Big One

Saturday's match between the USMNT and Mexico is the biggest game of the year for either side, with the winner qualifying for the 2017 Confederations Cup. But how each team will line up looks like a complete mystery, More»
Matthew Trueblood

The Cubs' Chris Coghlan Conundrum

With lefty Jaime Garcia starting on Saturday, the Cubs may decided to bench Chris Coghlan. Even with his strong overall season numbers, Chicago's left fielder is simply a poor fit for the team's lineup in certain matchups. More»
Michael Pina

Ranking all 30 NBA small forwards

Ideally, a small forward is a super versatile scorer who can create his own shot, space the floor, defend multiple positions and comfortably engineer an effective pick-and-roll. Not every team has one of those. Here's a list of the NBA's 30 starting small forwards. More»
Robert Weintraub

One big question for every NFC team

We have reached the quarter pole for all but two NFL teams (New England and Jacksonville, who had the early bye week). On Thursday, we looked at the biggest question through four games for every team in the AFC. Here's the NFC version. More»
Will Leitch

107 Thoughts about the Cubs & Cards

The Cubs and Cardinals begin their National League Division Series Friday. In case you don't know, I am a Cardinals fan from Central Illinois. Here are 107 thoughts about the first postseason meeting between the two historic franchises. More»
Joe DeLessio

A new era in women's hockey

This weekend marks the beginning of what many hope will be a new era in women's professional hockey with the start of the NWHL's inaugural season. The startup is paying players and providing them with equipment, the first league of its kind to do so. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 6

Normally, two big rivalry games would dominate the national discussion this week: Oklahoma-Texas and Miami-Florida State. Instead, the only two games between ranked opponents are Michigan-Northwestern and Utah-California. More»
Will Leitch

NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals

So, the apocalypse series is here. The Cubs -- the hottest, most beloved, most exciting team in baseball -- are at last culminating their long, long rivalry with the Cardinals with a postseason series, starting with a John Lackey-Jon Lester duel in Game 1 Friday. More»
Will Leitch

NLDS Preview: Mets vs. Dodgers

No playoff series feels as immense as the Dodgers-Mets NLDS. It's gonna be a nightmare scenario for whichever team loses. But the rest of us can have a lot of fun watching it unfold. More»
Matt Brown

USC Loss is on Sarkisian

USC entered this season with College Football Playoff hopes, but they've already gone down the drain. The Trojans lost again on Thursday night, 17-12 to Washington, as Steve Sarkisian was clearly out-coached by Chris Petersen. More»
David Ubben

Wildcats Prepared For Bigger Things

After a five-year bowl streak, Northwestern went through a rough couple seasons since a heartbreaking 2013 loss to Ohio State. But with better preparation and depth, Pat Fitzgerald's Wildcats are 5-0 and looking to grab national attention. More»
Cian Fahey

Matchup Spotlight: Best of Week 5

In this week's Matchup Spotlight, Sports on Earth's regular look at a few specific one-on-one battles in that week's NFL action, we analyze Cliff Avril vs. Andre Smith, DeMarco Murray vs. Chip Kelly (!), and Derek Carr vs. Wade Phillips. More»
Ross Benes

Colts Senior Citizens Top Texans

The Colts' Thursday night began with potential disaster, with Andrew Luck out against the Texans and 40-year-old backup Matt Hasselbeck ill before the game. It ended with the only thing that mattered: a win, 27-20, over Houston. More»
Ross Benes

Postseason Price vs. Regular Price

Given how talented of a pitcher David Price is, it's a bit surprising to see him keep struggling in the playoffs, losing each of his six career starts. How do his postseason-vs.-regular-season numbers match up against those of other Cy Young Award winners? More»
Molly Knight

Ready to Change the Narrative

Clayton Kershaw had a far superior season to his teammate Zack Greinke and Cubs super ace Jake Arrieta. But here we are on the eve of the Dodgers Division Series against the Mets and no one is talking about him. Why? More»
Matt Brown

Report: Maryland Will Fire Edsall

Maryland is expected to fire coach Randy Edsall after this Saturday's game against Ohio State, according to InsideMDSports. While midseason firings always come as a surprise, the Terrapins have looked even worse than anticipated in a rebuilding season. More»
Cy Brown

Klopp Will Bring fun to the EPL

Jurgen Klopp has reportedly agreed to a deal that will make him Liverpool's newest manager. Considering he's one of the best managers in the world, it's a boon for the Reds, but Klopp's out-there style will also bring loads of fun to the EPL. More»
Will Leitch

The Indestructible Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta has had a career filled with struggle and strife and pain, and now, suddenly, he has turned into one of the most dominant pitchers of all-time. But he doesn't need to be humble about it. He is walking around like he is 12-feet tall. More»
Paul Casella

Best Playoff Pitching Performances

Jake Arrieta finished his dominating NL Wild Card Game outing with a game score of 90, which is the highest ever in a winner-take-all postseason game. So what is the best start in postseason history based on game score? Well, the answer will likely surprise you. More»
Robert Weintraub

One big question for every AFC team

We have reached the quarter-pole for all but two NFL teams (New England and Jacksonville, which had the early bye week). Here's a look at the biggest question each team has after four games, starting with the AFC. More»
Anthony Castrovince

8 Role Players Who Could Be Heroes

We can focus on the stars all we want during the postseason, but sometimes it's the guy in the smallest role who comes up with the biggest hit. With that in mind, here's one player from each remaining club who isn't a household name but could deliver in the clutch. More»
Rufus Peabody and Will Leitch

Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 5 Picks

Last week, when Mike Tomlin went for it on fourth down to stay away from his iffy kicker, was a reminder emotions factor into decisions. This week, the Machine refuses to overreact to recent events. Looking at the big picture is a good idea in football (and in life). More»
Will Leitch

ALDS Preview: Astros vs. Royals

Three short years ago, the Royals and Astros were absolutely terrible. Now, they face off in the ALDS. The Astros are in the playoffs for the first time since 2005, while the Royals are looking for their second straight World Series bid. More»
Alex Wong

What Life is Like In Blue Jays Nation

It's been a little while -- a lifetime for some -- since the Blue Jays were last in the postseason. After decades of disappointment and broken promises of contention, Toronto is back in the playoffs, with a pretty good chance to win it all to boot. More»
Matt Brown

Goff Is Nation's Top QB Prospect

It's way too early to make accurate predictions about how next spring's NFL draft will play out, but right now the safest quarterback bet is California's Jared Goff. Forget the Air Raid system that he plays in, because Goff has everything the NFL should want. More»
Will Leitch

ALDS Preview: Rangers vs. Blue Jays

For all the talk that the Blue Jays are the obvious team to beat in the American League, they weren't even the AL's best team this season. Contrast that with the Rangers, who won the AL West after being left for dead. Here's the lowdown on their ALDS. More»
Cy Brown

Win or Lose, Klinsmann Should Stay

There's a large portion of the USMNT fanbase that would like to see Jurgen Klinsmann fired if the the team loses to Mexico this weekend at the Rose Bowl. Those fans are short-sighted. More»
Matt Brown

Williams Dismissed After Bar Incident

While much of the attrition among star players in college football this season has been because of bad injury luck, it extends to self-inflicted issues. That includes Auburn receiver Duke Williams, who was dismissed after reportedly punching four people at a bar. More»
Cy Brown

Blatter could be suspended 90 days

FIFA president Sepp Blatter could be suspended from his post for 90 days. The news is just another hit on Blatter's reign at the top of FIFA, along with a recent denouncement by major sponsors and a criminal investigation. More»
Matt Brown

South Carolina-LSU Game Moved

This Saturday's game between LSU and South Carolina will move from the Gamecocks' home field in Columbia to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge because of the fallout from heavy rain and flooding in the area. More»
Erik Malinowski

LGM: There and Back Again

With two of the three best pitchers in baseball, the 2015 NLDS between the Dodgers and the Mets could have all the makings of 1988 redux, except that the very thing this Mets team has excelled at is in smashing previously memed beliefs. More»
Andrea Hangst

Danny Woodhead Is Fearless

Lots of cliches are used to describe the Chargers' Danny Woodhead -- gritty, scrappy, gutsy -- and they're all true. But he's also a really, really good NFL player, one who can do a little bit of everything and belongs in the league's upper echelon of running backs. More»
Ross Tucker

The Ripple Effect of the PAT Rule

The NFL, when considering a rule change, is always wary of what Competition Committee members call "unintended consequences." As we've seen through four weeks of this season, moving PATs back has yielded just that. More»
Matt Brown

Bowl Projections: On The Bubble

For many major college football teams, the first month of the season is a time to rack up relatively easy wins to make a bowl bid easier to attain. Others have dug themselves a much more concerning hole. So who's on the bowl bubble already? More»
Joe DeLessio

60 Predictions For the NHL Season

The NHL season starts Wednesday, which means it's time for season forecasts that'll surely look silly by April. And so we made 60 predictions for the upcoming NHL campaign. Because we don't mind being wrong, sometimes. More»

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