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Ross Tucker

Marcus Williams Is Not Alone

My heart still hurts for Marcus Williams, the Saints' safety who ducked and whiffed on Stefon Diggs' winning touchdown catch last Sunday. I've been thinking about Williams since then, because I had my own "Marcus Williams moment," albeit on a much smaller scale. More»
Will Leitch

McCutchen Trade Tough But Necessary

It always hurts to lose a franchise icon, and Pittsburgh Pirates fans may be understandably sad after the franchise traded Andrew McCutchen to the Giants on Monday. But these trades sometimes work out better than you might think. More»
Matt Brown

What's Next For Alabama, Georgia

After Alabama's dramatic victory over Georgia for the 2017 national championship, both teams will enter 2018 with high hopes, again. With underclassmen making their NFL decisions, let's take an early look at what to expect from the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs. More»

Mularkey Out in Tennessee Despite Playoff Win

The Titans and Mike Mularkey couldn't agree on how to build off the team's first playoff berth since 2008. That job will now fall to a new coach. The Titans split with Mularkey on Monday after he led them to their first playoff victory in 14 years. More»
Mike Lupica

A Baseball Friendship To Celebrate

There have been a lot of great baseball friendships to know, none more so than Tim McCarver, the white Catholic catcher from the south, and Bob Gibson, the great African-American pitcher out of Omaha, a bond that has proudly stood the test of time. More»
Will Leitch

Pirates Move Forward Into New Era

The Pirates traded pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Astros over the weekend, a move that seems to signal a changing of the guard in Pittsburgh after the team experienced a long-awaited breakthrough into the postseason in 2013. More»
Michael Tunison

AFR: Who Will Challenge Brady?

To hear casual NFL fans describe it, the Super Bowl has already been decided now that the four remaining starting quarterbacks are Tom Brady, Nick Foles, Case Keenum and Blake Bortles after a riveting round of divisional playoff games. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Vikings Get Their Own Playoff Miracle

Playoff heartbreak has long defined the Minnesota Vikings, but that wasn't the case on Sunday. After blowing a 17-point lead to the Saints, the Vikings bounced back to win thanks to an improbable 61-yard Stefon Diggs touchdown on the final play. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Top 5 Starting Rotations For 2018

Gerrit Cole joined the Astros over the weekend, and it prompted the better part of the baseball world to say that Houston is now in possession of the best rotation in baseball. Is it true? Let's dive into the numbers to identify the top five. More»
NFL Playoffs

Jaguars Stun Steelers, Earn AFC Championship Trip

Rookie running back Leonard Fournette ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns, Blake Bortles added 214 yards passing and a vital fourth-quarter score and the relentless Jaguars stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-42 on Sunday. More»
NFL Playoffs

Patriots Roll Past Titans To Another Title Game

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and New England cruised past Tennessee 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive conference title game. More»
NFL Playoffs

Eagles Beat Falcons After Goal-Line Stand

Philadelphia's defense executed a last-minute goal-line stand and kept the Falcons off the board to secure a 15-10 win and a berth to the NFC championship game. Kicker Jake Elliot made three field goals to help the Eagles top sixth-seeded Atlanta. More»
Alex Wong

Heat Building Toward Playoff Run

Without a path to finding even one superstar to build around, the Miami Heat entered last season with question marks up and down their roster. But they turned a rough start into a phenomenal finish, and now they've become a player in the East this season. More»
Cliff Corcoran

The Chase For Yu Darvish

The pursuit of coveted free-agent starting pitcher Yu Darvish has been narrowed to a handful of teams. Here's what can be expected from Darvish in 2018 and how he might fit with each of his six reported possible landing spots. More»
Mike Lupica

Heat Wave: Spoelstra Sparks Miami

Sometimes great stories in sports are right in front of us, hiding in plain sight. It is that way right now with the Miami Heat, a really great story in the NBA, and Erik Spoelstra, who is a great coach, leading his team to 54 wins in their past 82 games. More»
Manny Randhawa

A Bigger Hall of Fame Is Better

The debate over just how exclusive the National Baseball Hall of Fame should be is as old as the institution itself. Given current trends, the percentage of those enshrined could increase with players like Mike Mussina. That's a good thing. More»
Will Leitch

CFB Tortured Fan Base Rankings 2018

There is no more torturous way to lose a football game, particularly in your dream season, than what Georgia just did on Monday night in the national title game against Alabama. That brings us to the third-annual top 25 Tortured College Football Fan Base Rankings. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Internal Improvements For MLB Teams

Teams don't need to solely rely on the Hot Stove in the offseason because top prospects and rebounding players can foster improvement, too. Here are five examples of teams that might see significant improvement in certain areas. More»
Matt Brown

Greatest College Football Dynasties

The Alabama dynasty will not end. On Monday, the Crimson Tide overcame a 13-point deficit to beat Georgia for their fifth national title in the past nine seasons under Nick Saban. It's the best run of success in college football history. More»
Alex Wong

The Best of the NBA's First Half

We're about halfway through the regular season schedule for the 2017-18 NBA season, which means now is a perfect time to look at the contenders for individual awards and hand out our midseason selections, from MVP to Coach of the Year. More»
Will Leitch

Home Runs for Hire on Hot Stove

Three of the top 10 home run hitters from last season are still available, but this isn't as rare in baseball as you might think. And if recent history has taught us anything, it's that hitting a lot of homers doesn't necessarily guarantee a huge contract. More»
Ross Tucker

Gruden A Bold Investment For Raiders

The Raiders reportedly gave an unprecedented 10-year, $100 million contract to Jon Gurden, convincing him to return to coaching after nearly a decade away in the broadcast booth. As the Raiders prepare to move to Las Vegas, will the move pay off? More»
Mike Lupica

Tua-scaloosa! St. Nick's fresh title

One year after losing an all-time great national title game, Alabama gave us a game in Atlanta that felt like one of those college football movies out of the past. Only the movie moment for Tua Tagovailoa and Nick Saban was better than anybody could have dreamed. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Breaking Down the Outfield Market

Trades have dominated the market for outfielders thus far this offseason, but in terms of the rumor mill, the market is starting to heat up. Here's the latest on the top six free-agent outfielders and two more compelling trade targets. More»
Matt Brown

The Play That Won The Championship

One play after making a freshman mistake by taking a sack, Tua Tagovailoa made a Hall of Fame play to win the national championship. The Alabama backup QB found DeVonta Smith on a 41-yard strike to topple Georgia in overtime. More»
Terence Moore

Georgia Adds To Sports Heartbreak

Atlanta is known for sports heartbreak, and you can add "20-7" to the list after Georgia saw its blowout in the making during the third quarter Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium evolve into a 26-23 loss to Alabama for the national championship. More»
Will Leitch

Nightmare Doesn't End Georgia Dreams

There are so many Georgia fans with their hearts broken right now, and it's OK. It really is. That gnawing, gaping pit in your stomach, after Monday's devastating national championship loss to Alabama, that's the thing that's going to keep you going. More»
Matt Brown

'Bama rallies Tua thrilling OT title!

Nick Saban made the boldest call of his career, and it won him a sixth national title. Freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa entered Monday's game with Georgia in the second half and led a stunning Alabama comeback, capped by a walk-off TD in overtime. More»
Barry M. Bloom

Vegas: an NHL expansion blueprint

The National Hockey League now has the template for all future expansion franchises, and it's called the Vegas Golden Knights. In their first season, the Knights have the best record in the Western Conference and are playing in front of enthusiastic crowds. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Chiefs Face Big Offseason After Loss

The Chiefs were at one point considered the best team in the league early this season, but that all fell apart. They made the playoffs anyway, only for the season to end with a home collapse against the Titans on Saturday. So what's next? More»
Cliff Corcoran

10 Rising MLB Names to Know in 2018

The promise of the New Year is right there in the word "new," and one of the delights of each new baseball season is the arrival of new players to watch and discuss. With that in mind, here are 10 names that will become familiar by season's end. More»

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