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Preseason CFB rankings: 128 to 1

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The 2016 college football season began on Friday, when Cal beat Hawaii 51-31 in Australia, and now we're just moments away from a marathon opening weekend. First, it's time for rankings of all 128 FBS teams, with a positive thought for each. More»
Kenneth Arthur

'Boys of Bummer: Dallas' QB Problem

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The Dallas Cowboys have been as lackadaisical at stocking up on QBs as any other team in the past three decades. Now, with Tony Romo out for an extended period again, it could bite them for good ... unless they get lucky. More»
Mike Lupica

Connors In '91: 'Match Made In Heaven'

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Twenty-five years ago, Jimmy Connors was a 38-year old wild card entry when the 1991 U.S. Open began, a week away from his 39th birthday, largely ignored at the start of a tournament he had owned once. He went on to become the Open's biggest story. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Sanchez Still Red Hot, Kershaw Blue?

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With Gary Sanchez, the Yankees could have great value at a key defensive spot. Here, we examine the young catcher's hot start, plus some enticing matchups this week, a dilemma in Dodgerland and the White Sox's fascinating fall. More»
Will Leitch

Kaepernick Protest A Pivotal Moment

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Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem before Friday's 49ers preseason game is the type of protest from an athlete that we haven't seen in a long time. What happens next -- when much of the NFL is going to be asked about it -- will be a major story. More»
Michael Tunison

Fallout Continues For Kaepernick

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On Sunday, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick vowed to keep sitting through the national anthem, as he has all preseason as a form of protest against police brutality, saying, "I'm going to stand with the people that are being oppressed." More»
Jake Schwartzstein

Coughlin Joins Little League Hall

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Little League Baseball International bestowed its highest honor on former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin on Saturday, when he was inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence, along with pro softball player Cat Osterman and Torii Hunter. More»
Cy Brown

Arsenal Gets First Win, Boosts Roster

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Saturday was the final EPL matchday before a lengthy international break. Arsenal won its first match of the season and got confirmation of signings to come, Manchester United got a last-gasp winner and Liverpool drew with Tottenham. More»
College Football Begins

Cal Kicks Off Season With Rout of Hawaii

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The 2016 college football season got off to an unusual start late Friday night, with California taking on Hawaii in Australia. Behind transfer QB Davis Webb's 441 passing yards, the Golden Bears ran away with a 51-31 victory in Sydney. More»
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Wade's Cousin Fatally Shot in Chicago

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Dwyane Wade's cousin was shot and killed in Chicago on Friday while pushing her baby in a stroller near a school where she intended to register her children. A day earlier, Wade had participated via satellite in a town hall meeting in Chicago on gun violence. More»
Will Leitch

The New, Old Matt Moore

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There was a time in baseball history where Matt Moore was ranked above Bryce Harper and Mike Trout on prospect lists. And Thursday night, he reminded us that he still has it in him to be that pitcher when he pitched a near no-no. More»
Matt Brown

When College Football Goes Abroad

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The 2016 college football season will begin late Friday night in an unusual way: Hawaii vs. California in Sydney, Australia. It's not the sport's first foray into international play. From Cuba to Japan to Ireland, here's what's happened when college football goes abroad. More»
Andrea Hangst

No Megatron? No Problem

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The 2016 NFL season will be a whole new world for the Detroit Lions offense and its quarterback Matthew Stafford. For the first time in Stafford's career, he will be without the services of six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who retired in March. More»
David Ubben

Fight Clubs: Teammates Who Brawled

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Oakland A's outfielder Danny Valencia and designated hitter Billy Butler fought last Friday after Butler reportedly cost Valencia an endorsement deal, allowing them to join a long list of teammates getting into altercations with each other. More»
Will Leitch

BEST THROWBACK JERSEY: Final Four!

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Every team has a throwback, and everybody -- well, everybody but Chris Sale -- gets a big kick out of them. So now we are trying to choose the best one through the democratic process of online polls. We have reached the Final Four. More»
Cy Brown

Top 5 UCL group stage matchups

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Barcelona vs. Manchester City anyone? How about a Bayern Munich-Atletico Madrid rematch? The UEFA Champions League group stage draw was held on Thursday and it created some fantastic matchups. Here are the top five. More»
Will Leitch

Top 10 Pitchers Who Rake (Kinda)

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A pitcher hitting a homer is like watching a cat play a few notes on the piano by accidentally walking on it -- it's funny because it's not supposed to happen. Even the best ones aren't all that good. Just look at the numbers More»
Mike Lupica

Welcoming a Sanchize Player

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Here is why rookie Gary Sanchez matters the way he does these days: He has made the Yankees interesting again. Sanchez has become somebody for Yankee fans to want to watch and to care about. And, boy, do they ever care about this kid. More»
Matt Brown

Guide to the 2016 Heisman Race

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While the Heisman Trophy race is never easy to predict, the candidates for the 2016 college football season seem easier to identify than usual, given the amount of proven talent that returns. That just makes predicting the winner as tough as ever. More»
Ross Tucker

The NFL Coaching Double Standard

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As an NFL coach, you can't complain about an inability to get your team ready properly prepared for the opener while at the same time not taking advantage of the opportunities that are presented in preseason games. More»
Cy Brown

For Man U, It's All About Zlatan

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is running riot in the English Premier League, with four goals in his first three matches for Manchester United. Could he turn United back to the dominant force in England and lead it to a Premier League title? More»
Anthony Castrovince

Players Worth Their WAR In Gold

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So what we like to do in this space each year is take a look at the baseball players who have best exemplified that particular definition of value. The guys who have provided the biggest bang per buck. More»
Joe Sparacio

Pro Softball Shines On Diamond

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The National Pro Fastpitch softball finals came to a stunning conclusion Tuesday as the Chicago Bandits upset the USSSA Pride in a winner-take-all game. Softball is a sport on the rise, and here's why you need to hop aboard the bandwagon. More»
Terence Moore

The Inspiration of Devon Gales

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Devon Gales remains sunshine in the darkest of storms, and he has experienced many during his 22 years. Paralyzed during Southern's game at Georgia last year, Gales and his family also experienced significant losses during the recent flooding in Louisiana. More»
Justice B. Hill

Inside Baseball's Growth in Argentina

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In the past decade, more and more boys are putting down soccer balls and picking up baseballs in South America. That's especially true in Argentina, where increased passion and the emergence of Little League Baseball help grow the sport. More»
Michael Tunison

Steelers Lead The Goodell Resistance

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Despite being one of the cornerstone franchises in the NFL, with a lot of influence within the league, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a surprising amount of resistance to league orthodoxy among their ranks, particularly to Roger Goodell. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

NFL Breakthrough Team Candidates

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The landscape in the NFL shifts more than it does in any other sports league. As such, every year features a new cast of breakout candidates, teams that, while not considered among the NFL elite previously, have the potential to rise to that level. More»
Matt Brown

Prepare for CFB Playoff Chaos

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In the first two years of the College Football Playoff, most of the complaints have been about logistics rather than the teams selected to the playoff. As the sport's history shows, though, that will inevitably change, perhaps starting this fall in the playoff's third year. More»
Will Leitch

NFC North Preview 2016

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Our NFL division preview series continues with the NFC North, where the Bears are stuck at the bottom looking up at the improving Lions and Vikings and a Packers team that could be poised for another run to the Super Bowl. More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos of the week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from August 16-22. More»
Mike Lupica

Swim Shady: Lighten Up on Lochte

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The way Ryan Lochte's story has played out is completely predictable for a public shaming like this. The event itself. The fallout from it. The television confessional. The loss of sponsorships. But are we now supposed to give him celebrity life without parole? More»
Will Leitch

La Russa Lost His Perfect Ending

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Tony La Russa achieved something rare for a manager: a storybook ending, when the Cardinals made an improbable World Series run in 2011. Now, however, his return to baseball in the Diamondbacks' front office seems headed for a much worse ending. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL 2016 Season Preview, From A to Z

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Do we have to spell it out? OK, we will. The NFL season is almost upon us and we have compiled many of the big storylines in a convenient alphabetical format, from the Arizona Cardinals to Zach Mettenberger. Hey, it's tough to find a "Z." More»

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