Cy Brown

Michael Sam to Play in Canada

It won't be in the NFL, but Michael Sam will be the first openly gay man to play a professional football game. On Friday, the former SEC Defensive Player of the Year signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. More»
Will Leitch

Considering divisional WAR leaders

To help figure out what's going in these divisions -- especially in the American League -- let's take a look at the Baseball Reference WAR leaders in each of the six divisions. Teams, after all, are merely the collection of their parts. More»
AJ Cassavell

Baseball's unluckiest hurlers of 2015

Every pitcher will tell you pitching is about the bottom line -- winning. But from the outside, we can analyze the context behind the results. With that in mind, here are five of baseball's unluckiest pitchers with the MLB season one-quarter over. More»
Cy Brown

Biggest Transfer Storylines of 2015

For the uninitiated, the summer transfer window in world soccer -- which begins in June and runs through August -- is one of the craziest things in sports. What will be the biggest narratives this year? More»
Erik Malinowski

Rockets Fizzle On Final Play

James Harden had been magnificent in Game 2 against the Warriors, but when the Rockets needed a last shot from his hands, there was none to deliver, leaving Houston down 2-0 with a sick feeling about what could have been. More»
Matt Brown

College Coaches on the Rise

Fifteen college football coaching jobs changed hands at the end of last season, and as many or more are sure to change by the end of this year. So, here's a look at 10 current head coaches and 10 current assistants who could be ready for bigger things. More»
Tim Healey

Worrying about Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez went from one of the best hitters in the American League in April to something much less formidable than that in recent weeks, so much so opposing teams pitch around David Ortiz to face him instead. Is his early May shoulder injury to blame? More»
Michael Pina

How to Slow Down a Superstar

The first thing the Warriors and Rockets coaching staffs probably wondered heading into the series was: "How are we going to stop James Harden/Stephen Curry?" Whatever they tried didn't really work in Game 1. Here's what they can do now. More»
Molly Knight

What MLB Can Learn From Japan

Going to a Nippon Professional Baseball game is incredibly fun, and there are some things about the experience that Major League Baseball may want to adopt to appeal to younger fans. Here are five takeaways. More»
Matt Brown

Notre Dame Has Playoff Talent

No team throughout college football history has received the benefit of the doubt quite like Notre Dame, which has frequently failed to live up to artificially high expectations. This year, however, could be the opposite. Notre Dame is worth hyping. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's key quarter-mark questions

We're 25 percent of the way through baseball season, which means it's too late to say it's early. Now that we've got somewhat substantive info at our disposal, let's take a look at some key quarter-pole questions. More»
Alex Wong

Cavs Fly High Over Hawks

After Wednesday's 97-89 Game 1 victory over the Hawks, Cleveland is now 5-2 without Kevin Love in the playoffs. That's mainly thanks to LeBron James and contributions from role players like J.R. Smith, who was on fire Wednesday night. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Believing in the Buccaneers

If you're taking bets on which team will finish with the worst record in the NFL, here's a hint: Don't pick the team that finished with the worst record last season. Here are a few reasons why the Bucs could be a good bet to win their division. More»
Paul Casella

Slowest fastballs in the Majors

Although viewers have access to an ever-growing set of data about every pitch, velocity remains a go-to. That said, it doesn't take a blistering fastball to make it in the big leagues. Here's a look at the 10 pitchers with the slowest average fastballs in 2015. More»
Will Leitch

Harper Hitting at Ruthian Clip

Not a single player in the last decade has done in one season what Babe Ruth did in 22 with a record 1.1636 OPS. But, as of this moment, Bryce Harper has that mark beat. Let's see if he can keep up the torrid pace. More»
Kenneth Arthur

PAT Rule Change Is Good

On Tuesday, owners approved a proposal to move the point after try back to the 15-yard line, meaning that teams will now need to make a 33-yard kick in order to get that once-automatic extra point. Who will this help ... and hurt? More»
Joe DeLessio

Nothing Beats OT Playoff Hockey

Playoff OT hockey is agonizing. Which is exactly why it's so great. The latest example of how torturous/amazing playoff hockey can be came last night in Anaheim -- or, depending on your time zone, last night and into this morning. More»
Cy Brown

Riley Curry Steals the Show

Stephen Curry's daughter, Riley, charmed the crowd at Tuesday's postgame press conference after Game 1 of the Rockets-Warriors series by being adorable. But some pundits are now complaining about children at pressers. More»
Terence Moore

Ted Turner Returns to Hawks as Fan

Ted Turner has no longer been a regular presence at Atlanta Hawks games since losing ownership of the team, but he's back for their playoff run, even if he's far away from the enthusiastic presence he was when he first bought the team. More»
Erik Malinowski

Warriors Draw First Blood

Falling behind is no novelty for this Warriors team, but after finding themselves in a 16-point hole against the Rockets at home in Game 1 of the Conference Finals, they shot their way out of it and played just enough defense to win. More»
Alex Wong

Winners and Losers of the Lottery

The NBA draft lottery results are in, and the Knicks ended up being the only team to fall from their expected position at No. 4, as the Timberwolves scored the first overall pick. But this is only the start of the process. Now comes the hard part. More»
Carlos Portocarrero

Revisiting the Rizzo-Cashner trade

In January 2012, the newly installed Cubs front office acquired Anthony Rizzo with the hopes of locking down first base for years to come, shipping righty Andrew Cashner to San Diego in the process. Three-plus years later, who is winning the trade? More»
Michael Pina

Why the Hawks Will Beat the Cavs

The Cavaliers and Hawks were the East's two best teams for a majority of the season, and starting Wednesday night they will square off in the Conference Finals. Key players on both sides are hobbled, but it should be a tightly contested series. More»
Tim Healey

The best Rockets-Warriors games

With the Rockets and Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, it's an appropriate time to take stock of the teams' history -- especially against each other. Here is a look at five of the all-time best games between Houston and Golden State. More»
Cy Brown

Kraft Won't Appeal Pats' Punishment

After what seems like a millennium of Deflategate controversy, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced he would no longer "continue the rhetoric," accepting the punishment to the Patriots handed down by Roger Goodell. More»
Matt Brown

How Golson Fits At Florida State

Seven months after just coming up shy of leading Notre Dame to an upset over Florida State, quarterback Everett Golson has decided to transfer to the Seminoles. For a change of scenery, he couldn't ask for much better of an opportunity. More»
Cy Brown

Athletes Obsessed With Superheroes

The world of sports and the world of comic books are in two completely different realms of popular culture. But, in recent years, comics have become more mainstream, and now superheroes are infiltrating the sports world. More»
Ross Tucker

NFLPA: Choose Your Battles

There's been a recent call for the NFLPA to fight commissioner Roger Goodell's ability to oversee the appeals process himself, as opposed to appointing an independent arbitrator. In the eyes of at least one former player, that fight isn't worth the effort. More»
Will Leitch

Why We Love the NBA Draft Lottery

This annual event, which will take place at 8:30 ET Tuesday night, is one of my favorite sports events of the year. It is that rare sports event that is both hugely important and yet charmingly dorky. There's nothing else quite like it. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The $96 Million Dollar Man

The first domino has fallen for the quarterback class of 2012, as the Miami Dolphins have signed Ryan Tannehill to a six-year, $96 million extension with a guaranteed figure of $45 million. That seems like a lot of money, until you read the fine print. More»
Joe DeLessio

Letterman's all-sports top 10

David Letterman has always been a friend to the sports world, so it's no surprise that countless jokes, bits and Top Ten lists over the years have centered around sports. Here are the top 10 sports moments from Letterman's legendary run on late-night. More»
Brian Kenny

Don't Be Quick to Judge Jennings Hire

Thinking that the skills required for managing a baseball team are the exclusive territory of those who played Major League baseball is an old, lazy mindset. Let's give new Marlins manager Dan Jennings the benefit of the doubt. More»
Will Leitch

Simmons Will Be Missed at ESPN

The parlor game of What Bill Simmons Does Next is a fascinating one, but that almost doesn't matter. What Simmons was able to pull off from within ESPN is almost more impressive than anything he might do in the future with absolute autonomy. More»
Michael Pina

Dwight Howard Comes Up Big

The Houston Rockets advanced to the Western Conference Finals behind top-notch efforts from their pair of All-NBA superstars and relentless depth. Among the four teams still playing, Dwight Howard's impact is huge. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Scherzer Anchors Nats

Remember when the Max Scherzer signing looked like a display of gluttony by the Nationals, akin to that third or fourth trip through the Vegas buffet line? Well, he has been solid, while the rest of the Nats have struggled. Could he be an early MVP candidate? More»

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