Cy Brown

How To Watch LeBron's return

After all the free agency hand-wringing and anticipation, the day has finally come: LeBron James will don a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey once again. But what can we expect from the King in his first game back? Here's a viewer's guide. More»
Steven Lebron

Bulls-Knicks: Tale of Two Cities

Opening night at Madison Square Garden provided a stark contrast of two teams in different stages of building towards their end goal. The Knicks have a long way to go before they can realistically call themselves contenders, while the Bulls are all about the present. More»
AJ Cassavell

Ranking Baseball's Dynasties

The Giants third World Series title in five seasons has people talking about dynasties. We used simple math to examine every team that won three titles in five seasons to see how San Francisco stacks up. If you do the math, the Giants run is extremely impressive. More»
Will Leitch

MadBum is the End Game

When Madison Bumgarner entered Game 7 of the World Series, it settled it all. Suddenly there were no moves to be made, no strategies to try out, no edges to be found. He came in and secured the Giants' third World Series championship in five seasons with a 3-2 victory. More»
Phil Rogers

Maddon A No-Brainer For Cubs

When Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays, it was only a matter of time before the Cubs made a run at him. If reports of him joining the team prove to be true, Chicago is one step closer to building a long-term contender. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Predicting The '15 World Series Champ

On the heels of the just-completed 2014 World Series, I'm going to pick 10 Major League teams most likely to reach the 2015 World Series, and then I'm going to rank them in order of their likelihood of winning it all. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Your 2015 NFL head coach candidates

With Week 8 in the rearview mirror, the NFL season has reached its midpoint. Some fans already know their teams won't be making the playoffs, so an early study of the next crop of head coach candidates can't hurt. More»
Brian Burke

Man Vs. Machine: NFL Week 9 Picks

By all measures, the Broncos appear to be a Category Five super team. But they'll be tested on the road Sunday afternoon when Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots will be well prepared. Here are our predictions for that marquee matchup and more. More»
Matt Brown

No Gurley, No Problem

Todd Gurley has already missed two games because of an autograph scandal, and the NCAA ruled that he'll have to sit out two more. While the whole situation remains ridiculous, Gurley could return just in time for a Georgia playoff push. More»
Michael Pina

Mavs' Offense Looks Lethal

Rick Carlisle's offense in Dallas is a beautiful revolving door of seamless passing, timely cuts, sparkling shots, hard screens and free forays into the paint. They lost to the Spurs by one on NBA's opening night, but showed a lot of potential. More»
AJ Cassavell

Top 10 WS Game 7 Performances

As we prepare for Game 7 of the 2014 World Series between the Royals and Giants, let's look back at the 10 best individual performances in the history of Game 7s in Fall Classic. More»
Matt Brown

What The Playoff Rankings Mean

The College Football Playoff selection committee released its first weekly top 25 on Tuesday, with Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss on top. Here's what we learned from a quite reasonable batch of initial rankings. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Becky Hammon Leans In

On the bench during the Spurs-Mavs game was an unusual sight: a woman. She wasn't the wife or girlfriend or daughter of one of the players, and she wasn't a cheerleader -- she was there as a coach, a contributor for the defending NBA champions. More»
Will Leitch

No Second-Guessing in Game 7

A mini-debate has popped up this World Series about the notion of managerial second-guessing. Namely: Are we doing it too much? But both Royals manager Ned Yost and Giants manager Bruce Bochy survived Game 6 with their teams essentially intact and ready for Game 7. More»
Andrew Garda

What an NFL Star Is Really Worth

Being an NFL GM is a tough job, and Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew is going to be facing some really tough decisions this offseason. Among those choices will be whether to keep Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson. More»
Cy Brown

All About that Ballon d'Or

Though 23 men were named to the shortlist for the 2014 Ballon d'Or, the competition is really only between two. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best players in the world and one of them will win the game's top trophy. More»
Cy Brown

In Praise Of Southampton

All was thought lost at Southampton when a summer mass exodus saw them lose their manager and some of the best players in their squad. But the Saint's ain't dead yet. In fact, they may just be getting started. More»
Will Leitch

The World Needs A Game 7

Giants fans are obviously cheering for them to wrap this up tonight, and they should. But the rest of us: We want a Game 7. This has been too good to be over just yet. You want a Game 7. We all want a Game 7. Who wouldn't want a Game 7? More»
Steven Lebron

Sir Charles Sounds Off (Again)

When Charles Barkley talks, we all listen. As the hoops season starts up, the "Inside the NBA" on TNT broadcaster voiced his thoughts on everything from the NFL's botched domestic violence policy to his fractured friendship with Michael Jordan. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL's "Midseason" Awards

We have about a half of a season in the books where some more passing records could be broken, along with a sacks record and even a rushing record too. There's plenty to evaluate, so here are some of the things worth noting at the midway-ish point of 2014. More»
Matt Brown

Chasing The Heisman

No Heisman is ever won in September, as surprise wins by Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel and Cam Newton have proven. But entering November, the preseason favorite, Marcus Mariota, has emerged atop the race. Can anyone catch him? More»
Beckley Mason

Kobe Still King of the Post

There's lots to debate about Kobe Bryant, but we know this is true: At this point in his career, the thing Kobe does best is score, and score from the post. That's why with all the Lakers' problems, he should still be an entertaining player to watch this season. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Roster hurdles await Giants, Royals

The Giants and Royals know not to take the World Series for granted, especially given the cloud of uncertainty that will hang over each organization immediately after the outcome. Which club has more urgency to win now? More»
Sports On Earth

NBA Burning Questions: Part Two

The NBA regular season is here. Tipoff is Tuesday night, starting with the Magic and Pelicans. In part two of our roundtable preview, Sports on Earth's team of basketball writers make some predictions for 2014-15, including title contenders, MVP candidates and more. More»
Ross Tucker

Home Cookin' Still Hard to Beat

Intuitively, everybody knows that a team would rather play at home than on the road in pretty much every sport, and that's especially true in football. But do we ever really take the time to examine why it is such a positive factor or how much it influences the outcome? More»
Will Leitch

Giants Have MadBum ... Royals Don't

The Giants and Royals are two very similar teams, but there is a key difference between them: Only one of them has Madison Bumgarner. After the lefty's complete game shutout in Game 5, San Francisco is now just one win from the title. More»
McFadden and Mughelli

Brady and Big Ben Back On Top

Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady got back on track and Zach Mettenberger debuted, while celebration injuries and distractions -- from contracts to selfies -- dominated conversation around the NFL in Week 8. More»
Sports On Earth

NBA Burning Questions: Part One

The NBA regular season is finally upon us, tipping off Tuesday night. In preparation, Sports on Earth's team of basketball writers answers the biggest questions for 2014-15, along with some playoff surprises, stat leaders and more. More»
Matt Brown

Savoring Victory

Hanging onto playoff hopes, Ohio State escaped Penn State with a double-OT win on Saturday night. While it didn't help Ohio State's case, we also shouldn't be so quick to judge ugly wins. Catch up on that and the rest of Week 9 in The Professor. More»
Will Leitch

Taveras' Death Breaks Your Heart

Oscar Taveras had ignited the imagination of Cardinals fans for years, and had just started to show the baseball world what he is capable of. His tragic death is heartbreaking for the entire baseball world, not just Cardinals fans. More»
Will Leitch

Players Take The Lead

There have been some terrific individual performances this postseason, but it has been the postseason of the manager -- until Game 4, when the managers took a back seat to the truly great players on the field, who were doing truly great things. More»
Matt Brown

LSU Takes Down Ole Miss

What was initially a rather weak schedule on Saturday again turned into an eventful, dramatic night of college football. LSU's defense shut down Ole Miss to end the Rebels' undefeated season, while Ohio State escaped Penn State in double overtime. More»
Jenifer Langosch

MADBUM a Matchup nightmare for KC

The Royals got mowed down by Madison Bumgarner in Game 1 of the World Series, but they're hoping they learned a little about how to handle the imposing left-hander. Of course, the matchups are still stacked against them in Game 5. More»
Steven Lebron

Steve Nash's Legacy Is Secure

After the Lakers announced that Steve Nash would miss the 2014-15 season with recurring back issues, it seems certain that we've seen the last of the greatest point guard in history. It's a muted finish to what was a stellar career, as incredible as it was unlikely. More»
Will Leitch

The Six Best Fits For Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon just shocked the baseball world by opting out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Now that he's a free agent, where does he fit best? Here are six destinations that make a lot of sense for Maddon. More»

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