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»
Cy Brown

This Week's Best UCL Matches

The UEFA Champions League begins to wrap up the first half of group play Tuesday. After this week, all 32 teams will have faced each other team in their group at least once and the potential winners and losers from each group will start to emerge. 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»
Sheil Kapadia

Ten Takeaways From NFL's Week 7

What happened to the Seahawks' pass defense? How much do the Bengals miss A.J. Green? Which new record is DeMarco Murray about to break and why should Cowboys fans be worries? These questions and more answered. More»
Cy Brown

Sammy Watkins' Star Turn

A one-yard pass from Kyle Orton to Sammy Watkins gave the Buffalo Bills a 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Now, with major injuries to their two best running backs, Watkins will be looked to as the focal point of the Buffalo offense. More»
Will Leitch

Predicting the World Series MVP

Trying to project the MVP of the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, which begins Tuesday night, is a fool's game. I am proud to be that fool. Let's narrow things down to 16 candidates. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Thriller at Talladega

There were a lot of drivers, fans, and pundits who were skeptical about NASCAR's new Chase for the Sprint Cup format this year. But after the excitement at Talladega on Sunday -- including a historic run by Danica Patrick -- there shouldn't be any more naysayers. More»
Joe DeLessio

FXFL: Football's New Experiment

The FXFL -- Fall Experimental Football League -- doesn't see itself as a rival of the NFL. Instead, it sees itself as a potential feeder league -- a place where players can stay in shape and try to earn another shot at the big-time. But can it survive? More»
McFadden and Rackley

NFL Week 7: Nothing But Drama

Bryant McFadden and Derek Rackley of 120 Sports answer burning questions from Week 7 of the NFL, from the Seahawks' continuing struggles to the emotional outburst in the Bears locker room, along with thoughts on Peyton Manning's record-breaking night. More»
Matt Brown

The Great Divide

The contrast has never seemed greater: While undefeated Florida State achieved another high-profile win over Notre Dame on Saturday, rival Florida hit another low under Will Muschamp in a disastrous loss to Missouri. Here's what we learned in Week 8. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Ned Yost's Famous Friends

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and Royals manager Ned Yost might seem like an odd pairing, but the two have been friends for many years, and the comic believes that the savvy baseball vet has the will to win the World Series. More»
Paul Casella

Ranking True "Franchise Players"

George Brett has been back in the public eye this October, and he is undoubtedly the Royals' all-time franchise player. How does one define a "franchise player?" Well, we used science to figure it out which legends stand out the most when compared to their franchise peers. More»
Adam McCalvy

World Series, Local Connections

If you were to draw a map of World Series rooting interests, northern California would be colored orange for the Giants and the rest of the planet would be Royals blue. But that's no fun at all. So let's further break down that map to find where allegiances should lie. More»
Richard Justice

World Series Dreamers

Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost are more alike than they are different, but they enter the World Series at very different points in their managerial careers -- one surely on his way to the Hall of Fame, one who is yet to make his mark. More»
Matt Brown

Florida State Holds On

It's a shame it had to be decided by a penalty, but a late flag that wiped out a go-ahead Notre Dame score was correct. Led by a big second half from Jameis Winston, Florida State held off Notre Dame in a down-to-the-wire classic to headline Week 8. More»
Cy Brown

Sergio Aguero, Scoring Machine

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero netted four goals against Tottenham Saturday in the first English Premier League game since the end of the international break. Could the Argentinian push the Citizens toward a title this year? More»
Michael Pina

Future Sixth Man of the Year

Isaiah Thomas was born to play on this edition of the Suns. Better yet, he might as well have been genetically nurtured in a Arizona science lab for this offensive system, roster and specific role. Expect Thomas to be downright diabolical coming off of Phoenix's bench. More»
Matthew Leach

Why I'll Miss Pedro

Pedro Martinez was the breakout star of the 2013 postseason, and he topped himself in 2014, and now we have to do without Pedro on our television screens until 2015. This is a significant loss. Martinez is as good as it gets in the broadcast booth. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Trading Harvin Good for Seattle

Following the Seahawks trade of Percy Harvin to the Jets on Friday, if you're asking yourself "Why would Seattle trade Harvin away right now?" just consider how far expectations have fallen for the receiver over the past year and a half. More»
Cy Brown

Tom Brady needs to improve his flops

Soccer and basketball players aren't the only ones who have a flair for the dramatic. Tom Brady is becoming a flopper now, as well. See which other athletes -- outside of soccer and basketball -- have tried to master the art of the dive. More»
Will Leitch

The Art of Mathenaging

The teams that were successful in the 2014 postseason were managed as if there were no tomorrow: because that's exactly the urgency required. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, Mike Matheny seemed the think he had all the time in the world. More»
Mike Bauman

NLCS: Emotional Roller Coaster

The Giants beat the Cardinals in dramatic fashion Thursday night when Travis Ishikawa clinched the pennant with a walkoff homer. For San Francisco, it was a triumph of an imperfect but resilient team. For the Cardinals, regrets there are a few. More»
Alex Goot

The Gospel of Rex

When Rex Ryan is cut loose by the Jets, it seems unlikely that his next job will be in the National Football League's executive offices. It's a shame though, because in so many ways, the NFL's leadership could benefit from Ryan's perspective. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 8

The first half of the college football regular season is over, offering us a chaotic seven weeks. As the second half begins, attention shifts to Florida State and Notre Dame, who headline a day that also features Alabama-Texas A&M and key Big 12 showdowns. More»

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