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Matt Brown

CFB Winners, Losers At Draft Deadline

The 2017 NFL Draft's early entry deadline passed on Monday, and this year has continued a trend that has seen the number of underclassmen leaving skyrocket in recent years. Here are the college teams that gained and lost the most from the decisions. More»
Terence Moore

Hail to the Cubs! Obama fetes Champs

On Martin Luther King Day, the world champion Cubs visited the White House and met with President Obama, who shared some laughs and memories of Chicago. That brought up some ivy-covered memories of my own. More»
Cy Brown

Man City Needs To Rebuild Right Now

Pep Guardiola conceded that Manchester City is no longer in the English Premier League title hunt after a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Everton. With so many problems and little left to play for, Guardiola and City should try to rebuild immediately. More»
David Ubben

Clemson Parties Like It's 1981 Again

Last Monday in Tampa, Dabo Swinney and the Clemson football team joined an exclusive club that had previously only included the 1981 Tigers: Clemson national championship teams. Those who were there in '81 are happy to share the spotlight. More»
Mike Lupica

Rodgers Is All Rumble, Not Fumble

Seven years ago, Aaron Rodgers failed to hold onto the ball, and Green Bay's season, against the Cardinals in the playoffs. This time, Rodgers saved the Packers against the Cowboys. And all Green Bay fans will remember both moments. More»
Michael Tunison

Brown Films Tomlin's Profane Speech

Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown recorded a Facebook Live video after the Steelers beat the Chiefs in the AFC divisional round, and it included a profane remark from head coach Mike Tomlin about the Patriots ... and a warning to stay off social media. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Jays & Jose: A Match That Makes Sense

Most of Major League Baseball's teams don't seem to want slugger Jose Bautista. But the Toronto Blue Jays, once again, might be the team that gives Joey Bats an opportunity to prove all of those teams wrong should the two sides strike a deal. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

How Rodgers Cooked Up Big Play

With the clock working against the Packers in the final moments of their divisional round game against the Cowboys, Aaron Rodgers drew up a play in the huddle to attack Dallas deep that worked to perfection. We break it down. More»
Seerat Sohi

Splash Dance: Klay's Quiet Brilliance

Klay Thompson's rise is part and parcel of the changing nature of the shot creation, and as a result, high-scoring performances. The seconds between the catch and the shot are deceptive, but crucial to his success with the Warriors. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL's Final Four: Quarterbacks Key

Pardon me while I write about "QB Winz," but we need to discuss the importance of quarterbacks when it comes to playoff victories. Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers. Matt Ryan. Ben Roethlisberger. That's all you need to know. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Zeke & Dak: Dallas Stars Still Bright

They may have lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs, but with quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys will be back on top again soon. More»
Michael Tunison

Kick Six! Steelers Boot K.C.

The Steelers couldn't find the end zone against the Chiefs on Sunday, but they still came away with a gritty 18-16 victory at Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional round, thanks to a postseason record six field goals by Chris Boswell. More»
Mike Lupica

A-Rod Almighty! 'Boys Sent Packing

All the Packers had was 35 seconds ... and Aaron Rodgers and Mason Crosby. Tied at 31, after Rodgers found tight end Jared Cook for a wild catch, Crosby kicked a game-winning field goal from 51 yards out to beat the Cowboys on Sunday. More»
Michael Tunison

A-Mason' Finish: Pack KO Cowboys

In a wild divisional round showdown in Dallas on Sundays, the Cowboys rallied all the way back from a 21-3 deficit, but Aaron Rodgers and the Packers wouldn't be denied, winning 34-31. Here are the most memorable moments -- and how Twitter reacted. More»
Chris Haft

MLK Day and a Sketch From Memory

The approach of Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day awoke a decades-old memory and compelled me to unearth personal archives for a relic -- a note from cartoonist Charles Schulz that recalled the highly flammable powder keg known as race relations. More»
College Football

Cal Aims To Boost Defense, Lands Wilcox

California changed directions with its football program Saturday, hiring longtime college defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox -- most recently at Wisconsin -- as head coach to replace the offensive-minded Sonny Dykes, ending speculation about Chip Kelly. More»
Alex Wong

N.Y. State of Grind: Knicks In Limbo

This year's Knicks team was supposed to be different from recent vintage, with the offseason acquisitions of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee. But New York continues to flounder, and there's no much upside in sight. More»
Michael Tunison

McHugh Defends Civil Rights Leader

On Saturday, Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh called out president-elect Donald Trump for his remarks about civil rights leader John Lewis and the Georgia district Lewis represents in Congress. More»
Terence Moore

Falcons' Air Force Keeps on Flying

The Falcons have a slogan they use to motivate each other: Arrive violently. It doesn't just mean big hits on defense, but also refers to the potency with which they dismantle the opposition on offense, as the Seahawks learned on Saturday. More»
NFL Divisional Round

Pats Pull Away After Hearty Houston Effort

Despite being huge underdogs, the Texans made it interesting at Foxborough on Saturday night against the Patriots ... for three quarters, at least. Eventually, Tom Brady and Dion Lewis took over, and New England prevailed, 34-16. More»
NFL Divisional Round

Bird Up! Falcons Take Down Hawks

Matt Ryan looked very much like an MVP, and the Atlanta Falcons are headed to the NFC championship game. Ryan threw for 338 yards and three TDs, leading the Falcons to a 36-20 home victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round Saturday. More»
Michael Tunison

Pats Regrets? They Have a Few

The Patriots ended up pulling away from the Texans late in their divisional round game, a 34-16 win at home. But New England showed some vulnerabilities that should have them concerned in the AFC Championship game. More»
SoE Staff

Eli Manning May Be Immortal

Eli Manning may have been eliminated from the playoffs, but he still haunts us all. An eagle-eyed Sports on Earth follower spotted a curious-looking book cover at a grocery store -- and the kid on the cover looks awfully familiar. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Call Good? Scouting NFL Broadcasts

Just like handicapping the on-field matchups in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, it helps to break down who's actually calling the action, whether from the booth or the sidelines or the radio or studio. Which teams are on their game? More»
Cliff Corcoran

Best of Seattle's Wheels and Deals

The pair of trades Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto executed on Wednesday brought his total this offseason to 11 (no other team has made more than four). Here are the ones we feel will be most significant as time goes on. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

NFL Playoff Quarterback Rankings

Rightly or wrongly, success in the playoffs defines quarterbacks in the NFL. With the divisional round set to kick off this weekend, eight starting signal-callers remain. From Tom Brady to Brock Osweiler, here is how they measure up against each other. More»
SoE Staff

Divisional Round Fantasy Football

The NFL playoffs offer plenty of opportunity to get your fantasy fix in, even as the pool of players narrows and the number of games dwindles down. We decided to make the most of the divisional round weekend by holding a draft. More»
Matt Brown

Early '17 CFB Rankings of Every Team

What are the chances Clemson and Alabama will return to the playoff? While the start of the 2017 college football season is more than eight months away, the offseason will fly ball, meaning it's time for a first look at how every FBS team may stack up. More»
Michael Tunison

30-Year-Old McVay Is Now Rams HC

The Los Angeles Rams tabbed Sean McVay, the 30-year-old former offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins, to be their next head coach, replacing Jeff Fisher. He is also now the youngest ever HC in the NFL. More»
Michael Klopman

Mess With Texas? Quick Ranger Fixes

The Texas Rangers lost a few players from their 2016 lineup, and they seem to be parting ways with No. 3 starter Colby Lewis. So what can they do to win the AL West for a third straight year? Here are a few suggestions we'd make. More»
Mike McCormick

Best Sorta-Sports Movie: Elite Eight

To give sports fans something movie-related to debate between now and the Oscars, here's your chance to vote for the greatest "non-traditional" sports movie on Earth. These are only kind of jock flicks, for sure, but they're all entertaining. More»
Michael Tunison

AFR: Rookie QBs in the Playoffs

As Dak Prescott prepares for his first postseason start, it's fair to note that history is not on his side. Rookie quarterbacks are 8-15 in the postseason, and the ones who have won have stayed out of the way. Good advice for Dallas on Sunday. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Super Bowl Scenarios Ranked, 16 to 1

We're almost there! The divisional round of the NFL playoffs is coming this weekend and eight teams are left -- only two will be going to Houston for Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5. But which teams do we really want to see in the big game? More»
Terence Moore

3 Reasons Why Falcons Can Win It All

Yes, the Dallas Cowboys, are in the playoffs. So are classic franchises like the Steelers, Packers and Patriots. But everyone should remember the Falcons and their historically good offense. Because they could absolutely win the Super Bowl. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The Longest NFL Playoff Odds Ever

The New England Patriots will be heavy, heavy favorites when they host the Houston Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs. While it'll be one of the largest point spreads in NFL postseason history, though, it's not the largest. More»

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