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Will Leitch

The Best Home Run Derby Candidates

Circumstances are conspiring this year for us to perhaps have the most compelling Home Run Derby in a decade. But who's going to be in it? Before the lineup is officially announced next week, let's look at the top candidate for each team. More»
Dylan Hornik

Top 10 College World Series Stars

Many of the Most Outstanding Players in the College World Series have gone on to bigger and better things in the Majors, with notables including a manager with two World Series rings and a Hall of Fame slugger. We count down the best 10. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Overlooked MLB All-Star Candidates

With MLB All-Star Game voting coming to a close on Thursday night, this seems like a good time to celebrate position players -- some of whom will wind up making it to Miami, many of whom will not -- whose strong seasons you might have overlooked. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Running Back Unit Rankings

In the modern NFL, a strong running back corps is sometimes overlooked, but some of the best teams in the league boasted elite backs in 2016, and that's likely not a coincidence. Let's rank every set of running backs in the league, from best to worst More»
Matt Brown

The Success of Iowa's Ferentz Era

Kirk Ferentz's longevity at Iowa is often a punch line because of his massive contract and the Hawkeyes' old-school style of play, but the criticism and jokes shouldn't obscure the fact that he's taken Iowa to impressive highs in a 19-year tenure that deserves appreciation. More»
Cy Brown

Mexico Surging Toward Bigger Things

Mexico's national team is full of individual talent, but it has struggled in major international tournaments over the last few years. But a showdown with Germany in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup gives it a chance to bury those bad memories. More»
Alex Wong

Paul Launches Rockets To New Heights

The first major domino of 2017 NBA free agency fell on Wednesday, as Chris Paul opted into the final year of his contract that will pay him $24.2 million next season, allowing the Clippers to trade him to the Rockets, where he'll team up with James Harden. More»
Allison Duffy-Davis

Top 13 Photos Of The Week

As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here we count down the best 13 photos from June 21-27. More»
Mike Lupica

Knicks today: Aghast from the past

Once, the Knicks played as beautiful a game of basketball as any pro team has ever played. Now, there is no bigger joke franchise in professional sports. The latest stumble came to an end on Wednesday, when they fired team president Phil Jackson. More»
Will Leitch

Jackson Damage Could've Been Worse

Even when the Knicks make the right decision, like at last walking away from Phil Jackson after a truly disastrous three-plus years as president, they do it at the worst possible time. But it was the move they had to make now to avoid further damage. More»
Andrea Hangst

NFL's Biggest Injury Questions

When a player was injured matters almost as much as where the injury was located and its severity, and players still recovering as training camps near present key questions. These are five NFL players to watch as they try to bounce back. More»
Terence Moore

In With The Old: Gatlin Still Dazzles

By track and field standards, Justin Gatlin is an old, old, OLD guy, but somehow, he got his 35-year-old legs churning fast enough for 100 meters last weekend at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships to edge 21-year-old rising star Christian Coleman. More»
SoE Staff

Top 5 Athletes On Earth This Week

Time to scan the sports world for this week's Greatest Athlete on Earth, from the 12-year-old who schooled Victor Oladipo to an ace Florida Gators pitcher to a tourney-winning chip shot from the sand to a pair of hot streaks in the Major Leagues. More»
Mike Lupica

Four Of A Kind: Ace Club Is Exclusive

The list of MLB's ace pitchers was longer a couple of months ago, but now it's down to only four: Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, Max Scherzer and Dallas Keuchel, a small group of starters who stand out in a tier above the rest of the league. More»
Ross Tucker

Carr Contract Claims Don't Add Up

Derek Carr is well worth the money the Raiders decided to pay him when he signed a five-year, $125 million deal, but his assertion that he wanted to do the deal in a manner to make it easier for the Raiders to sign other players doesn't pass the sniff test. More»
Will Leitch

Serena's Success Speaks For Itself

John McEnroe sparked a controversy with a bad answer to a question about Serena Williams' greatness compared to men's players, leading to a tiresome debate. Williams' achievements do not need contextualizing, and they don't need to prove anything to anybody. More»
Alex Wong

NBA Awards End Season In Style

The first annual NBA awards show was held in New York on Monday. The two-hour event was brisk and managed to produce some wonderful and heart-wrenching moments. Here are the highlights, including league MVP Russell Westbrook. More»
Matt Brown

College Defensive Back Rankings 2017

Our preseason position-by-position college football position rankings are nearing their end. This week, we count down our top cornerbacks and safeties, led by the return of all-world Florida State star Derwin James from an injury. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Royals Face Tough Trade Questions

The Trade Deadline is just over a month away, and the Royals need to decide if they are buyers or sellers. A month and a half ago, Kansas City looked like an obvious seller, but recent success and improved playoff chances have made the decision more difficult. More»
Andrea Hangst

WWE Raw Has a Tag Team Problem

Since the WWE opted to split into two main brands a year ago, there have been numerous consequences. Some are intended, and others have been unintended. Nowhere is it more evident now than in the tag team division, particularly on the "Raw" brand. More»
Will Leitch

How To Fill Out The All-Star Ballot

When filling out the MLB All-Star Game ballot, I'm not thinking about who the "best" player is. I just pick the guys I want to see on the biggest platform, the game in which baseball has the stage all to itself. These are my picks for the NL and AL lineups. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Dodgers Making Case For MLB's Best

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball's best division, and, thanks to crazy depth and crazy comebacks, they might soon have the best record in baseball, making them the top MLB story among a starting five of topics worth bantering about this week. More»
Cy Brown

Chip, Chip, Hooray! Spieth's Walk-Off

Jordan Spieth sunk an incredible walk-off chip shot from the bunker to beat Daniel Berger in a playoff at the Travelers Championship. With the win, Spieth became the second golfer in the PGA TOUR's modern era to win 10 times before the age of 24. More»
Cy Brown

Top 5 Transfer Sagas of the Summer

With no clubs matches to watch during the summer, soccer fans' eyes turn to the transfer window. A handful of the world's best players are rumored to be on the move. Here are a few transfer storylines that will dominate headlines until the window closes in August. More»
Joe Sparacio

Five MLB Stars Ready to Rebound

A few of baseball's best players are struggling at the dish or on the mound right now, but some advanced numbers paint a different picture. Expect these five stars to rebound in a big way as they make their way back to being elite. More»
Dylan Hornik

College World Series Names to Know

In Omaha, the College World Series is in full swing, and some of the players have already been selected in the MLB Draft. Here are a group of players to keep your eye on as they move from college through the Minors. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

With the NHL and NBA seasons coming to the end, baseball will shine even brighter as we enter late June. This weekend, you can also catch a bit of the Confederations Cup, some MLS action, or tune into the NHL Draft. More»
Mike Lupica

Wait and C: Tribe, Tribe Again

The Indians are starting to create some separation in the AL Central as they begin a weekend series against the Twins at home. But the memories of last year's World Series loss are still fresh, and this is a team hungry for another chance. More»
Will Leitch

Teams With Longest No-No Droughts

Max Scherzer came very close to throwing a no-hitter this week, losing it in the eighth inning. If he had finished the no-no, it would have been the fourth since the start of 2014 for the Nats. Not all teams have been so lucky. More»
Alex Wong

Winners & Losers of the '17 NBA Draft

The picks are in, but the drama may just be getting started. The 2017 NBA Draft took place in Brooklyn on Thursday night, with Markelle Fultz going to the 76ers at No. 1 and Lonzo Ball to the Lakers at No. 2. Let's look at what's coming next. More»
Matt Brown

CFB's Wild 2007 Season, 10 Years Later

Every college football season features at least one week in which the sport descends into chaos, but we need to resist the urge to compare anything to 2007. Ten years later, it's a season that deserves to be celebrated for its unsurpassable drama and quirkiness. More»
Alex Wong

Butler Makes Wolves Playoff-Ready

The Bulls parted ways with Jimmy Butler on Thursday's draft night, trading him and the 16th pick to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the selection of Lauri Markkanen. Here are three takeaways from the first blockbuster trade of the evening: More»
SoE Original

FWIW, Brady's Sumo Game Is Huge

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On this week's For What It's Worth, Tom Brady goes to the land of the rising sun and wedgies. Ray Lewis has advice for Colin Kaepernick. And the worst thing to happen in a video game in the history of the world, happens. More»
Will Leitch

Going Back to The Future In Baseball

Twenty years is a long time. The world will change a lot more than baseball will in 20 years, and baseball can't help but evolve. If you look at an MLB game from 1997 -- 20 years ago -- it barely looks like the same game. Here's how much has changed. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's 5 Most Fun Player Debates

Who is the best pitcher in the league? It's a trickier question than you might think. How about the best young shortstop? And If you were starting a franchise, would you draft Nolan Arenado or Kris Bryant? Let's settle some fun arguments. More»

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