Jonathan Bernhardt

Promising Pitchers

This early in the year, it's hard to determine who's merely on a lucky streak and who will still be performing in a few months. So we looked beyond the current ERA leaders to find four pitchers you should keep an eye on this season. More»
Chuck Culpepper

Heart of the Game

John Coffino's house in Kenya sometimes loses power or water for days at a time, and his weekly coaching salary would barely buy a nice dinner in the States. So why does he stay? Because his players -- some refugees, some college hopefuls, some both -- have given him a new purpose. More»
Colin McGowan

Same Old Story

James Harden's post-game outburst is going to be a talking point heading into Game 3. Whether it's framed as fighting spirit or a meltdown depends on whether they win or lose. But the truth is, it's a rehashed storyline -- and it doesn't matter much in the broader picture. More»
Jack Etkin

Not Done Yet

After dealing with many injuries and surgeries over his long career, 38 year-old Tim Hudson knows how to handle adversity. Now he's found new life on the San Francisco Giants, providing veteran leadership for a rotation that needs it. More»
Sean Highkin

Taking Control

For John Wall, this has been a year of firsts. He signed his first big-money extension over the summer and made his first All-Star team. The 23-year-old is also the unquestioned leader of the Wizards team that has jumped out to a 2-0 series lead over the Bulls. More»
Shaun Powell

Early Returns

We're only a week into the 2014 NBA playoffs, but we've learned a lot already, from LaMarcus Aldridge and the Wizards guards taking over to the struggles of James Harden. Here's the good and the bad heading into the postseason's second weekend. More»
Howard Megdal

No Rush To Judgment

Curtis Granderson has struggled mightily so far this season. While fans welcome the outfielder with boos, Granderson and his coaches aren't panicking. Wednesday's game offered some promising signs with a single, and more significantly, a 12-pitch walk. And Thursday brought another hit. More»
Aaron Gordon

Finishing Strong

The English Premier League is winding down, which means it's just getting interesting. With three games remaining for most teams, here's a rundown of the stakes involved, what the picture looks like at the moment and the key matches left to be played. More»
Russ Lande

Filtering the Noise

With the draft less than two weeks away, misleading info abounds as teams try to keep their potential picks under wraps. We sifted through the rumors and looked for players who were generating buzz among NFL personnel. Here are some names that keep coming up. More»
Dirk Hayhurst

The Right Scuff

Forget pine tar, shaving cream or any of the other pitcher-friendly substances that are against the rules, but still clandestinely accepted in baseball. The one effective method of getting batters out with diminished stuff: adding scuff. More»
Michael Weinreb

What's In A Name?

After eight years as the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the postseason game in Atlanta is adding "Peach" back into its name to meet College Football Playoff standards. The sport loves nostalgia, but the apparent bowl game naming standards are bizarre. More»
Russ Lande

Draft Day Steals

Everyone knows names like Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel, but the best NFL teams know that production can be found in all rounds of the draft. (Here's your obligatory reminder that Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick.) Today, we'll look at five lower-round talents. More»
Marc Normandin

Lost In The Desert

The Diamondbacks are off to the worst start in baseball, and it doesn't look like things are getting better now that slugger Mark Trumbo has injured his foot. Thanks to questionable trades, a thin farm system and an atrocious starting rotation, their season may already be over. More»
Patrick Hruby

A More Perfect Union?

Northwestern University football players are about to vote on unionization, although the fight certainly won't stop there no matter how it goes. What could the latest developments mean for the future of college sports? Glad you asked. More»
Matthew Kory

Sticky Situation

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games for using pine tar -- something that, as everyone in the game knows, almost every pitcher does. Do baseball's current rules and enforcement need to be changed? More»
Will Leitch

Horsey Name Game

We're far enough away from the Derby that no one knows the horse's names, but close enough that it's not ridiculous to discuss. Allow me to introduce you to the potential horses of the 2014 Kentucky Derby. You'll be amazed how the betting will track with the quality of these names. More»
Mike Tanier

NFL QB Disparagement Schedule Released

The Quarterback Disparagement Schedule, compiled just hours after the NFL's official schedule, assigns predetermined weeks for criticizing and denigrating quarterbacks for their real or perceived failings as athletes and/or a human beings. More»
Howard Megdal

Off to see the Wizard?

Yes, it's to early to compare Andrelton Simmons to Ozzie Smith... and yet, his fielding is so amazing that it's hard not to. It already puts him in a category by himself. So just think: How great a player can he be if his hitting improves? More»
Shaun Powell

The Missing Piece

Whether the Bulls get bounced in the first round or hang on to fight another day -- it's almost certain that Chicago will pursue Carmelo Anthony in the offseason, knowing that if they get him, the impact will be felt throughout the Eastern Conference. More»
Matt Brown

Fork in the Road

Few teams have been as consistently good as Virginia Tech in the last two decades, meaning coach Frank Beamer has secured his place in history. But the direction of the Hokies offense in 2014 may say a lot about how the era eventually ends. More»
Tomas Rios

Someone call an adult

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is expected to easily defeat Glover Teixeira on Saturday. Though Jones is likely to hold onto his title, alleged homophobic trolling and a hackneyed bit of PR by his manager are clouding this weekend's fight. More»
Colin McGowan

The Man, The Legend

We have about two and a half years of distance from the beginning of the Sandusky saga that tarnished Joe Paterno's reputation and sent Penn State into a crisis. Now, a group of Penn State alumni want a new JoePa statue, which wouldn't change anything and is a bad idea. More»
Aaron Gordon

Hot Air

The NFL season never actually ends. At least, this is what ESPN believes. Nothing demonstrates this Bristol tenet better than the network's 2014 NFL schedule announcement show on Wednesday, in which talking heads made grand assumptions based on nothing. More»
Will Leitch

Deprogramming the Cult of the Coach

USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann recently gave a quote about youth soccer that could be applied to American sports in general. In short, managers and coaches should stop micromanaging every little thing and let the players figure it out for themselves. Words to live by? More»
Jack Moore

Joining the Club

Albert Pujols's 500th home run was magical not just as the capstone of a career. Now, after two difficult seasons, the question for the Angels star can shift away from his steep decline and back to the lofty heights he can reach going forward. More»
Shaun Powell

Role Player Power

A third straight NBA title won't happen for the Heat unless LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh make it happen -- for the most part. But Miami has always leaned on role players in desperate moments. This year, who will that be? More»
Jonathan Bernhardt

A Sore Subject

An MRI showed no apparent ligament damage in Chris Sale's elbow, which is good news at face value. But we've seen minor elbow soreness turn into major surgery too often not to worry -- especially since the White Sox lack a solid backup plan. More»
Russ Lande

Prospect Profile: Tom Savage

According to media reports, Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage is rumored to be at the top of the list of draft-board risers. He has the physical tools needed to be a successful starter, but will his inconsistent accuracy hold him back? More»
Michael Pina

Searching for More

Kemba Walker's lack of improvement in his third season may be unsettling, but that doesn't mean the Bobcats should panic. It's important to look at the context surrounding his game, because he can still be a star at point guard. More»
Michael Weinreb

Finding His Place

Just when you thought Chris Petersen would never leave Boise State, he finally made the leap to a power conference at Washington. As his first spring practice there ends, it's hard not to wonder about the perfect partnership he's leaving behind. More»
Jorge Arangure Jr.

Unfazed by Failure

Baseball is a game of constant failure for hitters, and great players are often driven by the fear of too much of it. So after a disappointing 2013 debut with the Braves, is B.J. Upton too passive and too reluctant to face his struggles head-on? More»
Colin McGowan

Rough Draft

Teddy Bridgewater has gone from possible No. 1 overall pick to falling down draft boards in a hurry, depending on what you believe. In the endless NFL draft news cycle, the truth is that it's nearly impossible to determine what's actually fact or fiction. More»
Russ Lande

Aggie vs. Aggie

To say who will be a better NFL tackle between former Texas A&M stars Luke Joeckle and Jake Matthews is like splitting hairs, but there are clear differences between the two. They are both elite prospects with different blocking styles. More»
Mike Tanier

For the Raiders, Rebuilding is Forever

Rebuilding teams are supposed to get younger and more talented. That's one of those "too obvious to mention" statements, unless you're referring to the Oakland Raiders whose offseason moves, yet again, make no sense. More»
Will Leitch

Playing Foul

If you are an adult who catches a line drive with your bare hands or there are no children around you, you deserve the ball. If you are not, give the ball to a kid, preferably the smallest one who isn't acting like a crazy spoiled brat. Look at that Rockies fan from Monday night. More»

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