Anthony Castrovince

Bochy Smart Not To Push Bumgarner

As tempting as it might have been for Giants manager Bruce Bochy to use Madison Bumgarner on short rest in Game 4, he's making the right choice by sticking with Ryan Vogelsong and letting Bumgarner come back on full rest in Game 5. More»
Will Leitch

The Three-Headed Monster

Ned Yost's bullpen strategy can't work forever, but it doesn't have to work forever. It only has to work for two more games. Two more games is all it will take. But if the Giants can break through just one of the Royals' bullpen monsters, a comeback could be in order. More»
Alexander Goot

Spotlight still shines on Gordon

Not too long ago, NASCAR's hopes for national dominance were pinned on Jeff Gordon. Now, the sport's popularity is decreasing and Gordon is no longer its king. This weekend, though, the 43-year-old has a real chance to shine once more at Martinsville. 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»
Lindsay Gibbs

Step In the Right Direction

The domestic violence PSA that aired during Thursday Night Football may have been represented only slight progress for the NFL, but it was still a powerful statement. Now let's see if the league can actually follow-up words with actions. More»
Cy Brown

Suarez Biting Back

Luis Suarez makes his return to the pitch for Barcelona in this weekend's El Clasico with Real Madrid. The Uruguayan was suspended four months for biting Giorgio Chiellini, but the world will probably forgive him because he's still one of the best there is. More»
Will Leitch

KC Can Make This A Real Fall Classic

For the 2014 World Series to go down in history as one of the best of all time, a couple of things need to happen. It needs to move back to Kansas City for at least one more game, and, more importantly, the Royals need to win. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The Manning Effect

Emmanuel Sanders is having a breakout year with the Bronocs on pace to shatter previous career highs in yardage and touchdowns. It's no accident that he's doing this with Peyton Manning throwing the ball to him. But how much of a factor is it? More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 9

An eventful few weeks in college football give way to what appears to be a lighter slate of games in Week 9. With Florida State off, attention turns to playoff contenders going on the road as the season prepares to enter the November stretch run. More»
Andrew Garda

Smoke and Mirrors in Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys have been playing some outstanding football. The question is, when we look back at the Cowboys' 2014 NFL season, will the early record we have now reflect the season? With the brand of football Dallas is playing right now, it could all fall apart. More»
Will Leitch

The Best of The Rest

We are nearly finished with our project to determine the most beloved college football stadium in the country, and we've filled out all but three spots in our final 16 bracket. This week, it's time to vote for your favorite non Power Five venues. The polls have opened! More»
Ross Tucker

Mack's Sub Is Raiders' Prime Target

The Cleveland Browns had to make some changes in the O-line after Alex Mack went down with a season-ending injury. But sub Paul McQuistan is not picking things up quickly. We'll also take a look at Ryan Tannehill's progress and whether the Saints have a shot at stopping Aaron Rodgers. More»
Steven LeBron

Pressure on Cavs, Not LeBron

The pressure on the Cavaliers to deliver is huge, and will only grow with each year the team remains without a title. But in year one of LeBron James' second run, one thing will be different: If the Cavs fall short this season, the blame will be assigned elsewhere. More»
Cy Brown

Bruce Pearl is Still a Maniac

Auburn's new head basketball coach Bruce Pearl dipped into his old bag of tricks to try and get Auburn's students excited for basketball season. That's a tall order for a coach at any football school with a bad basketball team. More»
Paul Casella

10 Unlikeliest World Series Heroes

Omar Infante's heroics in Game 2 of the 2014 World Series came out of nowhere, but he will have to do a lot more damage in this Fall Classic if he wants to crack the list of the 10 unlikeliest World Series moments. More»
Matt Brown

More Than A Sidekick

Dak Prescott is the unquestioned star and face of Mississippi State's breakout season, which has seen it climb to No. 1. But he's not alone. A unique combination of traits has made Josh Robinson another breakout talent in the Bulldogs' backfield. More»
Will Leitch

Sixth Sense for Royals and Giants

Since the Royals' Wild Card game, "What does Ned Yost do in the sixth to get to his three great relievers?" has been the critical question for Kansas City this postseason. In Game 2 of the World Series, Yost solved this dilemma and equalized the series. More»
Ben Adams

Triangle Won't Save The Knicks

The question at the center of the New York Knicks organization and Carmelo Anthony's reputation is this: Has the Triangle Offense come to save the day? The short answer is no, the Triangle won't solve all of the Knicks' problems but with Phil Jackson at the helm, there's plenty of hope. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 8 Picks

We're now entering the season of overrated and underrated. Although no one denies that wins and losses are ultimately what matter, too many people base their NFL assessments of team strength on record. With only 16 games, this can be misleading. More»
Cy Brown

Arsenal win, but larger issues loom

Arsenal clawed their way back from a goal down in the final minutes to beat Belgian side Anderlecht 2-1 in the Champions League Group Stage. But the victory exposed a lot of problems within this Arsenal squad. More»
Cy Brown

Mass Fraud at UNC

A report released by the University of North Carolina on Wednesday found massive amounts of academic fraud at the school over the last 18 years, involving 3,100 students, 14 percent of whom were athletes. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Giants Starters Own The Fall Classic

Dominant relief pitching has gotten a lot of attention this October, but as Madison Bumgarner and the Giants proved once again in Game 1, good starting pitching will still take you a long way in the World Series. More»
Matt Brown

The Kiffin Bowl

Lane Kiffin became perhaps the most hated coach in college football, so it's not surprising that everything he does elicits strong reactions. But as he prepares to return to Tennessee, it's important to remember that he's only part of Nick Saban's larger machine. More»
Will Leitch

Royals Fans Undaunted by Rout

This was the game Kansas City Royals fan have been looking forward to for so long, with such intensity. This was supposed to be magical. This was the culmination. And not only was it a total flop, it was total flop after about 20 minutes. More»
Michael Pina

20 Lessons from the NBA Preseason

Extracting juicy and/or worthwhile information from any NBA preseason is usually a "needle in the haystack" situation. In most cases it's fruitless. But there's always something to learn if you look closely enough. Here's what we found. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Finding hope for the NFL's stragglers

While it's easy to ignore the NFL's struggling franchises, several will make important steps in the coming months that will ultimately lead to competency and eventually more. How bright is the future for football's one-win or fewer teams? More»
Cy Brown

McConaughey Defends "Redskins"

Matthew McConaughey is on the cover of November's issue of GQ and it turns out he's pretty cool with his favorite NFL team keeping their controversial nickname. Now he's set himself up as the poster boy for the team to keep it. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Watt vs. Luck: Tale of the Tape

If both stay healthy, JJ Watt and Andrew Luck will battle it out on the field at least two times per season over the next 10 years or so. But in the grand scheme of things, who is more valuable to his team? Let's weigh some of the variables. More»
Will Leitch

Representing the Royals

Today, Kansas City is the center of the sporting world, and the fans couldn't be more excited to stand up and cheer for a team they've suffered with for decades. The pain in the past doesn't matter; the spotlight is on them now. More»
Ross Tucker

Ageless Wonders

Watching Antonio Gates and Reggie Wayne make key catches, while Charles Woodson locks down the secondary for the Raiders and Peyton Manning looks like he can throw 500 more TD passes is enough to make a 35 year-old feel bad about himself. More»
Matt Brown

Don't Panic About The Playoff

The College Football Playoff selection committee is one week away from releasing its first official rankings of the season. As as happened all season, there will surely be much angry debate, especially about the SEC. We're better off being patient. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Slowly Making Progress

No longer happy to sit back and wait for whatever scraps they can get, women across the sports industry are banding together to try and change the status quo. Annoyingly slow -- but nonetheless steadily -- progress is being made. More»
Howard Megdal

Kidd Still Has a Lot to Prove

A little more than a year ago, Jason Kidd was an aging point guard going through a terrible shooting slump for the 2012-13 Knicks. Shortly thereafter, Kidd made a leap to head coach and we still don't what kind of leader the former All-Star is going to be. More»
Jim Callis

Ranking WS Players As Prospects

Not every key participant in the 2014 World Series seemed headed for baseball's biggest stage when they were rising through the minor leagues, but many were. Here's a ranking of how some of the top World Series players were perceived as prospects. More»

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