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Michael Klopman

Fernandez H.S. Jersey Missing

The high school that Jose Fernandez attended held a candlelight vigil for the late Miami Marlins star. But at the end of the ceremony, his old high school jersey went missing. More»
Will Leitch

Picks For the End-of-Season Awards

Major League Baseball's regular season is coming to a close, so it's time to figure out who should win the major awards, from Manager of the Year to Most Valuable Player. Do you agree with these selections? More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox have been heating up at exactly the right time. They have clinched the American League East division and they look poised to make a deep playoff run in David Ortiz's final season before retiring. More»
Matt Brown

Jackson-Watson Is Ultimate QB Duel

Saturday's Clemson-Louisville game always had a chance to be big, but nobody could have seen the 4-0 Tigers being an underdog. At the center of the showdown? Deshaun Watson attempting to reclaim the title of college football's best QB from Lamar Jackson. More»
David Ubben

Petersen Proving He Made Right Move

For years, Chris Petersen patiently bided his time at Boise State, churning out winners on the blue turf while turning down overtures from major programs. He finally left for Washington, and in his third year, he has the Huskies on the verge of a breakthrough. More»
Andrea Hangst

Two NFL Powers Show Weakness

Two teams that made the playoffs last season -- the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals -- were expected to continue their success during the 2016 season. But both have gotten off to bad starts. Is it time to panic? More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's Postseason Urgency Index

We were all captivated by that search for a ring in Yankee Stadium the other night, but the REAL search for a ring begins next week. With so many fan bases getting more and more anxious for the start of the playoffs, let's take a look at which teams' World Series hunt has a little extra pressure. More»
Michael Tunison

Rex Tricks: Ryan Imitates Reporter

So far this week, Bills head coach Rex Ryan has impersonated Bill Belichick and a member of the media to mess with the Patriots -- and there are still several days to go before Sunday's game. More»
Kenneth Arthur

A Low Wattage Season For Texans

Sadly for Houston Texans fans and NFL fans in general, defensive end J.J. Watt was placed on injured reserve with a back injury. The league may be without Watt for the rest of the season, and that obviously does not bode well. More»
Will Leitch

MLB's Final Day Rankings

The final day of baseball's regular season is almost here. And while most of the playoff spots will already be clinched, there will still be plenty of storylines to pay attention to on Sunday, including what could still be an incredibly close Wild Card race. More»
Terence Moore

Irish Still Fighting Defensive Woes

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder this week after the Fighting Irish allowed 38 points in a loss to Duke. It's the latest discouraging result in a troubling trend of issues for the once-mighty Notre Dame defense. More»
Alex Wong

The NBA Embraces Big Data

The NBA recently held its first ever hackathon over the weekend, with more than 200 people participating. With new statistics and teams beginning to hire analytics writers, the future of basketball analysis might be coming sooner than expected. More»
Matt Brown

Speight Must Pass Tough Badgers Test

Jim Harbaugh has earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to developing QBs, and thus uncertainty at the position did not prevent high preseason expectations for Michigan. Heading into Saturday's showdown with Wisconsin, is Wilton Speight ready? More»
Cliff Corcoran

Breaking Down The NL Cy Young Race

There's one week left in the regular season, and the National League Cy Young Award race will come down to the wire. Washington's Max Scherzer and Chicago's Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks will all pitch again before the season ends. Who will have a stronger finish? More»
Cy Brown

Real Deal: Dortmund Draws Madrid

Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund traded blows all evening with neither staying on top for long, resulting in a 2-2 draw thanks to a late equalizer from Andre Schurrle of Dortmund, as well as brilliant run by American wunderkind Christian Pulisic. More»
Joe Sparacio

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 are the best photos from Sept. 19-26. More»
Will Leitch

My Struggle With Obits

Obit writing will always be a part of journalism, but for some, it will be harder than it seems. It requires writing about someone you usually never truly knew, but you still knew in a different way. That public grieving may never feel right in my case. More»
Ross Tucker

Imagine a Vikings-Broncos Super Bowl

We're only three games into the season, but it looks like we might have a couple of Super Bowl contenders emerging. The Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings look fantastic, both winning huge games on the road in Week 3 to improve to 3-0. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Indians

The Cleveland Indians have won the American League Central division for the first time since 2007. With Cy Young Award candidate Corey Kluber, along with a strong lineup and bullpen, the Tribe is poised to make a deep playoff run. More»
Michael Tunison

Game Change? Sports Twitter Debates

Just like the rest of us, figures from the sports world couldn't resist weighing in on the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In fact, the live tweeting and side-taking had plenty of parallels to the sports world. More»
Matt Brown

Miles' Career Deserves Appreciation

Les Miles has been under intense scrutiny for years, and when combined with his unique personality and occasional good fortune on the field, a simple fact about his time at LSU can be forgotten: He was one of the greatest coaches in recent college football history. More»
NFL Recap

Falcons March Over Saints at the Superdome

In front of their home crowd, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints failed to outduel the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman shredded the Saints defense as the Falcons went on to win, 45-32. More»
Len Hochberg

Rough Ryders: Pressure On U.S.

The United States has lost the last three Ryder Cups. The only Ryder Cup win this century came in 2008. But the U.S. created a "task force" this time around to try to buck the trend. Will America finally be able to beat Europe and snap the streak? More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Dodgers

For the fourth straight season, the Dodgers won the National League West. But L.A. failed to make it to the World Series in each of the past three years. Will 2016 be the year that the Dodgers finally make it to the Fall Classic? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Tough Luck: Prime Wasted Like Elway

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is becoming John Elway, but for all the wrong reasons. The main one being that Luck's supporting cast is below average, forcing the QB to have to do everything himself. More»

Riley: Bosh Likely Done With Miami Heat

11-time All-Star Chris Bosh has likely played his last game in a Miami Heat uniform, according to Heat President Pat Riley. Bosh failed a physical last week, and each of his last two seasons were cut short due to blood clots. More»
Allison Duffy-Davis

WBC: Love of the Game In Any Language

With the help of some Hall of Famers like 12-time All-Star Barry Larkin and some former Major Leaguers, the World Baseball Classic is growing exponentially -- and it's only going to get better. More»
Will Leitch

Every Team Has Something At Stake

We're down to the final week of baseball's regular season, and the Wild Card races are jam packed. But it's not just the playoff spots that will be clinched this week. Every team still has something of individual significance to play for. More»
Mike Lupica

RIP, Arnie: Long Live 'The King'

The legendary golf star Arnold Palmer passed away on Sunday at the age of 87. Nobody made as much of a significant impact on one sport than Palmer did with golf. And golf fans have never cheered for anyone quite like they did for him. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Nationals

The Washington Nationals have won the National League East for the third time in the past five seasons. But the Nats haven't been able to get past the NL Division Series. Will that change in 2016? Not if the Cubs have anything to say about it. More»
Matt Brown

Dobbs Key To Vols Sustaining Success

The last Saturday of September featured plenty of college football drama, headlined by Joshua Dobbs leading Tennessee's monumental comeback against Florida, the start of the coaching carousel and much more. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Trout And Our Better Angels

After the death of Jose Fernandez, the game goes on with heavy hearts, making every other baseball discussion drastically insignificant by comparison. But the joy of Mike Trout is one topic that may make us smile. More»
Michael Tunison

FItz Is the Pits: Six Picks In Loss

The New York Jets spent most of the offseason in a standoff with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now it seems like the club's tough stance was warranted, as their starting QB tossed six interceptions in an ugly loss against the Chiefs Sunday. More»
Matt Brown

LSU Fires Miles After Loss To Auburn

Les Miles may have saved his job last November, but 10 months later, LSU decided to fire him following Saturday's 18-13 loss at Auburn. The move creates a vacancy for one of the most coveted head coaching jobs in college football. More»
Mike Lupica

Our Hearts Break: RIP, Jose Fernandez

There are no equivalencies with tragedy, in sports or anywhere else in the world. But somehow it always feels different when the tragedy involves an athlete like Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, who died at the age of 24 in a boating accident. More»

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