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Andrea Hangst

The Massive Beast WWE Needed

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There's a new monster in the world of World Wrestling Entertainment, and his name is Braun Strowman. He's already had a hand in several storylines, while playing a part in collapsing a ring. More»
Alex Wong

Rap Sheet: Issues Linger For Toronto

The Toronto Raptors did just enough in Game 4 against Milwaukee to tie the series. But plenty of questions still linger, from coach Dwane Casey's adjustments to being tentative on offense. Will Toronto finally take control of the series in Game 5? More»
Will Leitch

In Heated Series, Pedroia Has Sanity

Manny Machado slid hard into second base and accidentally injured Boston's Dustin Pedroia on Friday. But throughout the aftermath -- because in baseball, there must be an aftermath -- Pedroia was the most reasonable player. More»
NHL Playoffs

Capping It Off: Leafs Fall to Washington

Marcus Johansson came through to help the Washington Capitals get another big overtime win in a series that had five go games go beyond regulation, lifting the Caps to a series-winning 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 on Sunday night. More»
NHL Playoffs

Otta-wow: Senators Put Bruins on Ice

Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris scored five minutes apart in the second period against the Bruins in Game 6 on Sunday, and Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots for Ottawa. Then, Clarke MacArthur sent the Sens to the second round with a magnificent OT goal. More»
NBA Playoffs

Smooth Jazz Even Things Up Against L.A.

"Iso Joe" has become a major problem for the Los Angeles Clippers. Joe Johnson scored 28 points, and the Jazz beat the Clippers 105-98 on Sunday night to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-all. It was Utah's first home playoff win since 2010. More»
NBA Playoffs

Rockets Say: Watch 'Em Nene

James Harden's shot was off, and one of the most unlikely players on Houston's roster came to the rescue. Nene scored 28 points on perfect shooting from the field, and the Rockets beat the Thunder 113-109 on Sunday to take a 3-1 series lead. More»
NBA Playoffs

Boston's Green Machine Finds Another Gear

Isaiah Thomas is playing through tears after the death of his sister, drawing strength from the rest of the Celtics. The guard scored 33 points, and the Celtics beat the Bulls 104-95 on Sunday in Chicago to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-all. More»
Alex Wong

Dubs Golden, But Kerr Return In Doubt

Steve Kerr missed Game 3 against the Blazers on Saturday, and it was revealed on Sunday that Kerr is still dealing with symptoms from his surgically-repaired back that could force him out for the remainder of the postseason. Will it matter? More»
Matt Brown

PSU Readies For Lion's Share of Hype

One year ago, Penn State coach James Franklin was tasked with convincing everyone that his team was heading in the right direction. After a surprise breakthrough to the Big Ten title, the Nittany Lions find themselves awash in newfound outside optimism. More»
SoE Reporters

Brain Games: The Science of Coaching

In this era of big data, we've been able to advance our knowledge of every professional game. But we tend to rely on just two numbers to assess the best coaches and managers: wins and losses. The story, of course, goes beyond that. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Power Outage Dims NL West Rivals

The Dodgers and Giants begin a four-game series at AT&T Park on Monday night and, just 12 percent of the way through the season schedule, there's plenty of reason to wonder if the NL West rivals' three-season run of finishing 1-2 is over. More»
Seerat Sohi

Foul Isn't Fair: End NBA Hack-tics

Intentionally fouling a bad free throw shooter -- like the Rockets did to the Thunder's Andre Roberson -- serves multiple purposes, and can be a smart strategy. It also slows down the game to a crawl, and the NBA needs to end it altogether. More»
NBA Playoffs

For LeBron and Cavs, Life is Sweep

On yet another milestone day for basketball's king, LeBron James' crowning achievement against the Pacers was making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 to play and helping the defending champion Cavaliers hold on for a series-clinching 106-102 victory at Indiana. More»
NBA Playoffs

Golden Great: Warriors Still In Command

Steph Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the short-handed Golden State Warriors overcame a slow start to take a 3-0 lead in their playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 119-113 victory on Saturday night. More»
Manny Randhawa

Giants Need Bats to Come Up Big

With ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks after a dirt bike accident on Thursday, the Giants -- who already got off to a slow start -- are in a bind. But there is a solution: score early and often. More»
NHL Playoffs

Ranger Zone: N.Y. Takes Down Montreal

With his team trailing after a lackluster effort in the first 20 minutes, Mats Zuccarello came through, scoring twice to help the Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 6 on Saturday night to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. More»
NBA Playoffs

Rap Battle Drops Mic On Bucks

DeMar DeRozan reverted back to his playmaking form. The Toronto Raptors reasserted themselves on defense and now it's headed back to Canada after winning a bruiser of a first-round playoff game on Saturday over the Milwaukee Bucks to tie the series. More»
NBA Playoffs

Hawk-some Effort Halts Wizards' Spell

Paul Millsap scored 29 points, Dennis Schroder had 27 and Atlanta delivered an early knockout blow in a 116-98 victory Saturday, slicing the Wizards' lead to 2-1 in the first-round series where the bad blood continues to boil over. More»
NBA Playoffs

Grizz Have Buzz After OT Win Over Spurs

Marc Gasol hit a 12-foot floater with 0.7 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-108 Saturday night to even up their Western Conference first-round series at 2-2. More»
Alex Wong

Blake Out: A Familiar L.A. Story

When it comes to the Clippers, the more things change … the more they stay a shame. Their playoff track record over the past half decade has been defined by their failures. And now they'll be without Blake Griffin for the rest of the postseason. More»
Joe DeLessio

Mike & the Mad Dog Movie: It's Yuge

"Mike and the Mad Dog," ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary, does a fine job establishing why "Mike and the Mad Dog," the radio show, mattered so much, and why it resonated with New Yorkers. But there are some holes in the narrative. More»
NBA Playoffs

Paul the Right Moves As Clips Cool Jazz

Chris Paul scored 34 points and the Clippers rallied for a 111-106 victory over the Jazz on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. Utah led most of the game before Paul took over in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. More»
NHL Playoffs

All Caps Against Leafs, Justin Time

"Mr. Game 7" is the Washington Capitals' new Mr. Game 5. Justin Williams added to his legendary playoff status by scoring 64 seconds into overtime to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night and a 3-2 lead in the tight first-round series. More»
NBA Playoffs

Russell-Bound Thunder Strike Back

Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Houston Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. More»
NBA Playoffs

Easy Threes-y For Celtics On the Road

Al Horford had 18 points and eight rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points, and the top-seeded Celtics beat the Rajon Rondo-less Chicago Bulls 104-87 on Friday night after dropping the first two games of their opening-round series at home. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: Weekend Watch List

With the NHL and NBA playoffs going on right now, there will be plenty of games over the weekend that will keep your butt firmly on the couch. Oh, plus there's a whole lot of baseball. So here's what you should be keeping an eye on. More»
Alex Wong

Rondo Injury Deals Blow to Bulls

Everything was going well for the Bulls, who built a 2-0 series lead over the top-seeded Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. But then Chicago announced that Rajon Rondo will be out indefinitely due to a fractured thumb. More»
Will Leitch

2017's 1st MLB Playoff Odds Report

Welcome to 2017's first installment of our Playoff Odds Report Tracker, based on Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds Report. This should tell us more about the MLB standings than the actual standings, and we'll be back on the 21st of every month. More»
Alex Wong

Comeback Cavs, Same Ol' LeBron

In Game 3 on Thursday in Indiana, the Pacers finally seemed to have the Cavaliers' number, going up 25 at the half. But Cleveland didn't panic. With another monster effort from LeBron, the Cavs came all the way back and now lead the series, 3-0. More»
Michael Tunison

Breaking Down the 2017 NFL Schedule

With the 2017 NFL regular season schedule released on Thursday, we take a look at the five best-looking games, as well as which teams have the easiest and hardest opponents. More»
Alex Wong

Best 1st-Round Upsets In NBA History

Since the 1982-83 season, 10 teams seeded seventh or eighth have pulled off a first round upset. If the the Bulls add to that list by beating Boston, where would that rank? More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Draft Day Trades We Want to See

We saw plenty of exciting trades involving first-round picks during the 2016 NFL Draft -- and it looks like we could get something similar this year. With that in mind, let's go through each team's pick and see which deals could go down on Day 1. More»

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