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Mike Lupica

Grass Is Greener: MLB In Williamsport

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There will be a celebration of baseball and Little League Baseball in Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday night, at Historic Bowman Field. The Cardinals will play the Pirates in the MLB Little League Classic. And we'll all feel like kids again. More»
David Ubben

KD: 'I Don't Respect Who's In Office'

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Kevin Durant isn't heading to the White House any time soon. On Thursday, he made it official, telling ESPN he would not be making the customary visit to celebrate his first career title with the Golden State Warriors, if the team is ever invited. More»
Matt Brown

Pressure Builds For New Huskers QB

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For 15 years, Nebraska has been trying to recapture past glory, cycling through crises while ultimately treading water. The next great hope comes from an unlikely place: Tulane transfer QB Tanner Lee, who is being put under a lot of pressure to provide answers. More»
Will Leitch

2017 NFL Previews: The AFC North

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Well, there's not much debate about where the Browns will likely end up in this division, but the top of it is far more up for grabs. Will the Steelers hold it together for one more season, or can the Bengals or Ravens challenge them at the top? More»
Terence Moore

Former Raiders Face Dark Days

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The passage of time is brutal for former NFL players, particularly for those from the Oakland Raiders teams I covered more than three decades ago. Longtime tackle Henry Lawrence is one of the players who has dealt with numerous health issues. More»
Will Leitch

Can Negative WARs Turn Positive?

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Albert Pujols has had a Hall of Fame career, but his 2017 season with the Angels has been anything but a memorable season. In fact, in terms of WAR, Pujols has been one of the least effective players in baseball this season. Can he (and others) rebound? More»
Cliff Corcoran

Ranking Franchise Home Run Records

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Giancarlo Stanton has already slayed one franchise home run record this season and Mike Moustakas is knocking on the door of another. Which home run records are the most infallible and which are in danger of falling soon? More»
Anthony Castrovince

30 Teams, 30 Compelling Storylines

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There's never really a dull moment in baseball, even if your team is out of playoff contention. Whether you're a Dodgers fan or a Phillies fan, there's at least one reason to watch your favorite franchise on the diamond in the final weeks of the regular season. More»
Matt Brown

SEC Preview: 20 Things To Know

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Beyond Alabama playing for another national title, 2016 was a down year for the SEC, with nobody else finishing with fewer than four losses. Alabama is still king, but with improved quarterback play, there's hope that the rest of the SEC can bounce back. More»
SoE Original

FWIW, McGregor's Training Is ... Odd

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Tom Cruise leaps tall buildings in a single bound. Sorta. Also, Conor McGregor has a unique strategy for Floyd Mayweather that involves something you'd see at a used car lot. And Carl Crawford still can't get a ring. More»
Cy Brown

Falcons' Chick-fil-A: Sunday None-day

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Chick-fil-A is pure Georgia, so it only makes sense that a location would be included at Atlanta's new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Falcons and Atlanta United. Just don't expect to grub on one of their chicken sandwiches at many Falcons' games this season. More»
Mike Lupica

Cardinals Rediscover Their Way

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There were times this season when the St. Louis Cardinals looked lost. But, as president of baseball operations John Mozeliak explains, the team is now playing with "energy and purpose." And they're not going away. More»
Will Leitch

In Appreciation of Joey Votto

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Joey Votto is an amazing player, but he often goes unnoticed. His unique skill is unrivaled in baseball right now, and he deserves to bask in all its glory. More»
Matt Brown

Pac-12 Preview: 20 Things To Know

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This is capable of being a big year for the Pac-12, which should have a couple national title contenders, solid depth in the middle and outstanding quarterback play. Can Washington repeat as champion, or is USC ready to return to the top? More»
SoE Staff

This Week's Greatest Athlete on Earth

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Who is our greatest athlete on earth this week? Three baseball players make an appearance on the list, as does a tennis player that beat his idol to win the Rogers cup. We even give a little Harry Potter nod in the No. 5 spot. But who takes home this week's crown? More»
Cliff Corcoran

30 Possible Future Retired Numbers

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Getting your number retired is an honor quite like no other. To take a jersey out of circulation requires quite a list of accomplishments, but some active players might have just the right resume. Which players are most likely to get their jerseys retired on every MLB team? More»
SoE Staff

Top 14 Photos Of The Week

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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 14 photos from August 8-14. More»
Alex Wong

Must-Watch Games on NBA Schedule

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The NBA announced its full schedule for the 2017-18 regular season on Monday, and with it comes must-watch television. From dramatic rematches from last year's playoffs to grudge matches between teams with bad blood, here are the dates to put on your calendar. More»
Matt Brown

Big Ten Preview: 20 Things To Know

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After producing four playoff contenders, the Big Ten has restored its reputation, with Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin at least creating excitement at the top of the league. In 2017, a playoff bid could come down to the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions. More»
Will Leitch

2017 NFL Previews: The NFC East

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The NFC East race has often come down to the wire in recent years and it will likely do so again, as all four teams in the division have a legitimate claim for a playoff berth. How will Ezekiel Elliot's suspension impact the standings? Let's speculate. More»
David Ubben

Broyles Made Long-Lasting Impact

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If you closely examined almost any corner of college football today, you'd find Frank Broyles' fingerprints. Broyles, who died Monday at age 92, brought Arkansas a national championship and went on to a successful career as a broadcaster and athletic director. More»
Cy Brown

Ronaldo Shoves Ref, Banned 5 Matches

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored the go-ahead goal in Real Madrid's 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup, but it wasn't all roses. He received a red card, was suspended five matches for shoving a referee, and probably won't return until September. More»
Ross Tucker

Goodell Takes the Safe Approach

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Whether for business reasons or otherwise, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made sure Ezekiel Elliott's discipline was significant. Regardless of the motive, it was the way things may go from here on out in the league. More»
Cy Brown

Athletes' Voices On Charlottesville

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A number of professional athletes, including LeBron James and a few notable University of Virginia alum, condemned the acts of hate and violence perpetrated by white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend More»
Alex Wong

The Best NBA Impersonations

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With SNL great Kenan Thompson nailing an impression of LaVar Ball this past weekend, we have yet another instance of an excellent NBA impersonation. Which others NBA impressions over the years -- done by players and actors alike -- are just as iconic? More»
Will Leitch

The Angels Are On a Divine Run

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Everyone in baseball is focused on Los Angeles because of the Dodgers' historic success. But maybe we should turn our attention to the other team in town, as Mike Trout and crew are in the thick of the AL Wild Card hunt and possibly better than you think. More»
Matt Brown

Wolfpack Face Daunting ACC Task

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Choosing N.C. State as a sleeper team that could surprise in 2017 would seem to make a lot of sense for a number of reasons, but there's an enormous hurdle: Being stuck in the ACC Atlantic with Florida State, Clemson and Louisville. More»
David Ubben

Fantasy Football Draft Cheat Sheet

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This time of year, there's only one way to channel your football energy until the season starts. It's time for fantasy football talk. Here's our positional rankings and an overall top 50 to make sure you're ready for your draft. More»
Anthony Castrovince

NL Central Title In the Cards?

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After a recent eight-game winning streak, the Cardinals are making a run in the NL Central. After looking lost for much of the season, they enter week just a game behind the Cubs, and now have a friendly feline on their side. More»
College Football

Florida Suspends 7 For Michigan Game

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Florida has suspended receiver Antonio Callaway and six other players for the team's season opener against Michigan. The players were suspended for misusing school-issued funds, according to a person familiar with the situation. More»
Golf News

Justin Time! Thomas Wins PGA Championship

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Justin Thomas emerged from the shadow of a longtime friend and won the PGA Championship to take his place among the young elite in golf. This victory was the most fitting major for the 24-year-old son of a PGA professional. More»
Mike Lupica

Bryce Land: Nats' Prayers Answered

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It appears, at least for now, that baseball won't lose Bryce Harper for the season because of what happened at first base on a wet field at Nationals Park on Saturday. That's great news for Nats fans and anybody who loves the sport. More»
Matt Brown

FBS Independents: 10 Things To Know

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There are four major college football independents again this season, with some intriguing storylines: Notre Dame is attempting to bounce back from a disastrous 4-8 season, and Army is aiming for a back-to-back wins over Navy. Here are our picks for all four teams. More»
Joe Sparacio

Top 10 home run robberies of 2017

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Home runs are plentiful in 2017, but home run robberies still remain a scintillating rarity. It takes great timing, poise and skills to bring a ball back from beyond the wall. Let's celebrate these top 10 stunning plays of the season. More»
Cy Brown

Insanity Abounds Early in EPL Season

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The English Premier League is in rare form on its opening weekend. The first Saturday of the new campaign was full of surprises, upsets, comebacks and homecomings. If the season continues along at this pace, we're in for quite a ride. More»

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