Sean Highkin

NBA East: deeper than the West?

For at least a half-decade, it's been more or less a given that a thoroughly mediocre East team would get into the NBA playoffs, while a superior team from the West gets shut out. That could change this year. So far, the East seems to be reversing that trend. More»
David Ubben

TCU Tops Baylor in Rainy 2-OT Game

After a thrilling shootout last season, No. 19 TCU exacted a little revenge against No. 7 Baylor for last year's blown lead with a defensive stop in the second overtime, preserving a 28-21 win on Friday night in cold, rainy conditions. More»
Tim Healey

5 steps to making the A's good again

The A's are fresh off their worst season under Billy Beane, a 68-94 record and last place in the AL West. But Oakland is famous for rebounding and surprising people, and 2016 could be the same story. Here are a few things they can do to head in that direction. More»
Matt brown

Huskies Trounce Wazzu in Applie Cup

Washington beat No. 20 Washington State 45-10 in the Apple Cup on Friday, getting to six wins and bowl eligibility. With star Wazzu quarterback Luke Falk out, the Huskies forced seven Cougars turnovers to lead the blowout win. More»
Matt Brown

Iowa Remains Perfect At Nebraska

The Iowa Hawkeyes will take the field in next week's Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis with a perfect 12-0 record and a playoff bid on the line after finishing their regular season with a 28-20 win at Nebraska on Friday. More»
Matt Brown

Houston Beats Navy, Wins Division

Six days after losing its undefeated season at UConn, Houston could not have responded better. Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. returned to the starting lineup from an ankle injury to lead the Cougars to a 52-31 win over No. 15 Navy on Friday afternoon. More»
Karim Zidan

Can the Heavyweight King be Stopped?

Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury have a lot of differences -- Klitschko is 39, Fury 27; Fury can be goofy, Klitschko far less so; Klitschko is the heavyweight champ, Fury wants to be the heavyweight champ. They'll fight Saturday afternoon on HBO. More»
Cy Brown

Spurs Try To Keep Rolling vs. Chelsea

Tottenham and Chelsea are trending in different directions. Spurs have gone unbeaten in their last 12 matches, while Chelsea already have seven losses this season. Will either team buck the trend in their pivotal match on Sunday? More»
Cy Brown

Can Leicester City shock the EPL?

Leicester City has surprised the English Premier League with their stellar play this season on the way to the top of the EPL table. But is this just a flash in the pan or do the Foxes have legitimate chance to finish in the top four? More»
Will Leitch

The sad tale of Tony Romo

Tony Romo broke his collarbone again during Thursday's loss to the Panthers, bringing an end to what was perhaps his last best chance to be the Dallas savior Bill Parcells made him out to be more than a decade ago. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 13

College football's Rivalry Week is one of the best sports weekends of the year, with two full days of games that have bragging rights and championship dreams on the line. We preview and predict all of the key games on Friday and Saturday. More»
Knox Bardeen

Bears Spoil Favre's Special Night

Thanksgiving's final game of the day was the only contest with true suspense. Not only did the Bears thwart a fourth-quarter comeback attempt at Lambeau Field, but they stole some shine from a rival's pomp and circumstance. More»
Matt Brown

Texas Tech Wins With Help of Wild TDs

Texas Tech won a Thanksgiving night shootout at Texas 48-45, thanks in part to two long, improbable touchdowns scored by receiver Jakeem Grant in a game in which both defenses gave up plenty of big plays. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Panthers Stay Perfect, Romo Injured

Tony Romo reminded millions of Thanksgiving Day viewers that he's prone to make errors and that the Cowboys road to the playoffs will be very difficult, especially after Romo re-injured his left clavicle in a 33-14 loss to the Panthers in Dallas. More»
AJ Cassavell

Reranking 5 years of MLB free agency

We won't be able to accurately assess the 2015-16 crop of free agents for some time, but here's a look at the 10 highest-paid free agents over the past five seasons -- and what those top 10 lists might have looked like with the benefit of hindsight. More»
Cy Brown

Lions feast on Eagles

The Detroit Lions entered Thursday with a 35-38-2 record on Turkey Day. But they put in a surprisingly dominant performance Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles, winning, 45-14, at Ford Field. More»
Rufus Peabody & Will Leitch

Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 12 picks

Heading into Week 12, the playoff picture -- especially the wild-card races -- is still wide open. Despite this apparent parity (or maybe because of it), the Patriots are the prohibitive Super Bowl favorites, with a 28.6 percent chance of repeating. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Frank Gifford Suffered From CTE

Giants legend Frank Gifford died of natural causes back in August, just a few days shy of his 85th birthday. After a posthumous examination, it was discovered that Gifford suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. More»
Jamal Collier

Hot Stove Simmering In the Bronx

Whether it's breaking up the duo of skyscraper-tall relievers at the end of their bullpen, or dealing from their surplus of outfielders, the Yankees appear prepared for a deal this offseason. But which trade chips are the most valuable? More»
Cy Brown

Champions League roundup: week 5

There is only one Champions League matchday remaining, and because of the results from English Premier League teams on matchday five -- some good, some bad -- three EPL teams will fight for their UCL lives in two weeks. More»
Robert Weintraub

The 10 best Thanksgiving Day games

Instead of a grinding dissection of this or that team's playoff chances or internal struggles, let's just enjoy a list of the top 10 memorable moments from Turkey Day football over the years. Here's hoping this Thanksgiving's action will make future lists like these. More»
Will Leitch

Playing with the Playoff Machine's NFL Playoff Machine allows you to simulate every game of the NFL season the rest of the way and come up with every playoff scenario. It is a gigantic waste of time and a whole lot of fun, so of course we played with it. More»
Terence Moore

Curry: Most impressive shooter ever?

Havlicek, Bird, Miller and the rest -- you can multiply by a bunch, and you still won't duplicate the uniqueness of Stephen Curry, the frailest-looking scoring machine ever. So let's declare the truth: He's the most impressive shooter in pro basketball history. More»
Erik Malinowski

Warriors Are History Makers

No team has ever started a season so perfectly in NBA history as the Warriors have, and though it may end soon, what's been done so far is historic and without precedent in 70 seasons of NBA basketball and worthy of any appreciation you care to spare. More»
David Ubben

Big-time Big 12 rivalries matter again

Five years ago, the Revivalry was a relic of a bygone era of college football and Bedlam was a one-way street of Sooner beatdowns. This weekend, when Baylor visits TCU and Oklahoma visits Oklahoma State, both games come with huge implications. More»
Will Leitch

Guide to surviving Thanksgiving: 2015

Thanksgiving is one of the two days a year -- the other being Super Bowl Sunday -- when people who know nothing about sports suddenly start talking about sports. Here's how you can respond to the uninformed things your relatives will probably say. More»
Michael Pina

Putting the Heat on Golden State

For just a moment, let's divert our attention away from the world-crushing Warriors to another unit that's wreaking slightly less devilish havoc on the NBA. Miami Heat's second most common grouping might be the best candidate to evaporate Golden State's tidal wave. More»
Cian Fahey

Matchup Spotlight: Best of Week 12

This week, we analyze Ben Roethlisberger vs. Earl Thomas, Kyle Rudolph vs. William Moore, and Tony Romo vs. Sean McDermott. Who will prevail in these key showdowns? More»
Matt Brown

Spartans Steal The Show Again

Saturday will be a monumental day in Ann Arbor. Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer meet for the first time as head coaches, and Michigan and Ohio State are both in the top 10. Their ultimate fate, however, rests in the hands of Michigan State. More»
Matthew Leach

Cano: Seattle's Source of Hope

It's really so silly as almost not to be worth answering, but let's get this out of the way at the start: Robinson Cano was not the problem with the 2015 Mariners. Not even close. His contract? That could be a different story. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL QB Carousel About to Get Wild

Johnny Manziel's seemingly inevitable Cleveland exit comes with a twist: The market could be flooded with intriguing quarterbacks next year. Manziel, Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, among others, might all be available. More»
Matt Brown

Oklahoma, Iowa In New Top Four

There was significant movement in the College Football Playoff top 25 this week, as Ohio State and Notre Dame fell out of the top four, while Oklahoma and Iowa moved in, joining No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama in the current playoff field. More»
Cy Brown

Lionel Messi runs amok on Roma

Lionel Messi is back with Barcelona after a two-month injury absence, and he's already playing up to his extremely high standards. Messi scored twice in a 6-1 win against Roma, including a brilliant team goal that featured 27 passes and a cheeky chip. More»
Michael Tunison

Browns Decide to Bench Manziel

Browns head coach Mike Pettine released a statement on Tuesday Johnny Manziel would be third on the quarterback depth chart for the team's Week 12 game after video of Manziel partying circulated on the Internet. More»

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