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Will Leitch

Yankee Stadium Has Gone Electric

For some time, the new Yankee Stadium seemed to lack the energy of the old place. Now, all that has changed. With a homegrown team winning thrilling postseason games, the cathedral in the Bronx is rocking and rolling again. More»
Terence Moore

Falcons Still Have '28-3' In Mind

The Super Bowl is all anyone talks about when it comes to the Atlanta Falcons, but it's a necessary discussion as the team heads to New England on Sunday. The memory of "28-3" has haunted them, as demonstrated by last week's collapse against Miami. More»
Alex Wong

World of Pain For Hayward, Celtics

On the NBA's opening night, the Celtics' new acquisition Gordon Hayward fractured his left ankle while landing awkwardly on the court. The injury affected everyone who saw it, and it will alter the trajectory of the Eastern Conference. More»
Matt Brown

Midseason CFB Playoff and Bowl Picks

In seven weeks, the field of College Football Playoff contenders has significantly narrowed. It's time to use what we've learned so far and make an educated guess as to how the postseason race will play out, with picks for the playoff and all the bowls. More»
Ross Tucker

Uncertainty Is Always Part of the NFL

Injuries are the worst. Every year, some of the NFL's marquee players go down. But, while the league is not better off without stars like J.J. Watt and Aaron Rodgers, it does mean that opportunities open for other players and teams. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete on Earth: Oct. 10-17

This week, the Dodgers have two players worthy of Greatest Athlete on Earth consideration. Joining them is the QB who led his team to a win over Clemson, a veteran running back with something to prove and a young soccer player that was truly in the zone. More»
SoE Staff

Top 14 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 we count down the best 14 photos from October 10-17. More»
Mike Lupica

Rise & Shine: All Eyes On Judge

Aaron Judge might not win the AL MVP Award. But what he has established in his hit-or-miss postseason is that he continues to be one of the most magnetic players in the game, whether it's with his big bat or stellar play in the field. More»
Will Leitch

10 Signs that the NBA is at its peak

Think about where the NBA is at this specific moment in its history -- from its on-the-court product to its off-the-court voice, the league has everything going. Here are 10 signs that basketball is peaking, and why we should get excited for the new season. More»
Cliff Corcoran

'Pen May Write Cubs' Fate in NLCS

Los Angeles has a 2-0 lead in the NLCS over the defending champion Cubs, but the series now heads to Wrigley Field for Game 3. Despite a struggling lineup and bullpen, the Cubbies have a chance to climb back. More»
Matt Brown

Midseason College Football Awards

Seven weeks of the college football season have passed, with seven to go. That means it's time to pause and look back at the first half and hand out individual midseason awards, in addition to naming a midseason All-America team. More»
The Fans

NFL Fanalysis: Week 6 Reactions

What do some of the most passionate football fans around the league have to say about their teams' performances in Week 6? We asked. They answered. And they even weighed in on the monumental loss of Aaron Rodgers. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Post-Rodgers Injury NFC Rankings

The Packers lost Aaron Rodgers for quite possibly the rest of the season, and his absence has a big effect on the NFC power rankings going forward. Where does Green Bay land after the loss and what other teams move up as a result? More»
Alex Wong

30 Bold NBA Predictions for 2017-18

On Tuesday, after a crazy offseason, the 2017-18 NBA season will get underway. Before that, though, we have some predictions about what fans should expect . LeBron: MVP? The Nets being good? Warriors as champs again? Get ready for tip off. More»
Will Leitch

Maddon's Lackey Move Questioned

Joe Maddon made an odd decision to let John Lackey face Justin Turner with Game 2 of the NLCS on the line on Sunday, and we all know what happened as a result. But, no matter what, Maddon will always be revered after what he did for Chicago fans last season. More»
Mike Lupica

LA Has Seen This Turner Classic

Justin Turner's shot was over the wall at Dodger Stadium on Sunday night, giving LA an NLCS Game 2 victory over the Cubs. It was one of those October home runs that are as much a pageant of baseball as Opening Day in April. More»
Michael Tunison

AFR: No League For Favorites

By the time Sunday was over, the NFL lost its best quarterback for the year and several other teams occupying the top of the pecking order in the league suffered setbacks, casting the direction of this season in question. More»
Matt Brown

Ohio State Bucks Trend of CFB Chaos

College football's Week 7 seemed to produce chaos wherever you looked, including four top-10 upsets. One team emphatically avoided drama: Ohio State, which crushed Nebraska and has played nearly perfect football since losing to Oklahoma. More»

Chargers Electrify With Late Kick For Win

The Chargers found a way to win late in Oakland, as Nick Novak kicked a go-ahead field goal on the final play of the game to give Los Angeles a 17-16 victory. Derek Carr returned to the field for Oakland but finished the game with only 171 yards and two interceptions. More»

AP Draws Winning Cards Against Bucs

Adrian Peterson showed he still has some burst left, scoring two TDs and gaining over 100 yards on the ground to power the Cardinals to a 38-33 victory over the Bucs. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, saw QB Jameis Winston leave the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter. More»

Steel Wheels: Bell, Brown Down Chiefs

The Steelers' star players were on full display against the NFL's lone undefeated team, handing the Chiefs their first loss with a 19-13 victory. Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell each totaled over 100 yards and a touchdown apiece as Kansas City fell short at home. More»

Road Warrior Rams Take Down Jags

The Rams earned a statement win on the road in Jacksonville thanks to two key special teams touchdowns. With the 27-17 victory, LA moved to 3-0 on the road for the first time since 2001. In the loss, Leonard Fournette totaled 165 yards and two scores. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Packers Panic? Life After Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in the Packers' loss to the Vikings on Sunday and it sounds like he could miss the rest of the season. Can Green Bay still overcome the odds and contend for a title without their signal caller? More»

Home Sweet Dome For Saints

Detroit scored four straight TDs in New Orleans to try to make an incredible comeback, but it wasn't enough. The Saints' running backs combined for 237 yards from scrimmage in a 52-38 victory marked by pick-sixes on both sides and crazy plays galore. More»

Bears Ruffle Ravens' Feathers, win in OT

Chicago's Jordan Howard secured 167 yards on the ground and kicker Connor Barth nailed a 40-yard field goal in overtime to defeat the Ravens, 27-24. The Bears defense harassed Baltimore QB Joe Flacco all afternoon, totaling three interceptions on the day. More»

Washington Scrapes By Niners In DC

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan benched QB Brian Hoyer against his old team in Washington, and the 49ers almost made a late comeback against the Redskins. Kirk Cousins did just enough, though, rushing for a score and firing two TD passes for a 26-24 win. More»

Fins Up! Miami Shocks Falcons in Atlanta

The Miami Dolphins came back from a 17-point deficit at the half to score an upset in Atlanta and beat the Falcons, 20-17. Jay Ajayi rushed for over 100 yards and Jay Cutler threw a pair of TD passes, while Matt Ryan threw a late interception in the loss. More»

Watson Shines Again as Texans thump Browns

Texans QB Deshaun Watson became the first rookie in NFL history with at least three TD passes in three straight games and the Browns lost their 16th-straight contest on the road as Houston cruised to a 33-17 victory over Cleveland. More»
Cy Brown

Reversal of Misfortune: Jets Lose TD

The New York Jets lost at home to the New England Patriots on Sunday, 24-17, but the result may have gone the other way if not for a bizarre, controversial call to overturn a Jets touchdown in the fourth quarter. Here's a closer look at what happened. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Wild Night: Puig's Play Lifts LA

Yasiel Puig is having fun again. Bat-flipping, tongue-wagging, shot-calling, coach-kissing, bat-licking, hot-dogging, team-leading fun. And, largely because of him, the Dodgers are three wins away from winning their first pennant since 1988. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 7

We just witnessed an annual college football tradition: chaos weekend. Week 7 featured four losses by top-10 teams to unranked opponents, including Washington to Arizona State and Auburn to LSU on Saturday after Clemson and Washington State fell on Friday. More»
Matt Brown

ASU Bedevils Huskies In Shocker

In the fourth loss by a top-10 team in Week 7, No. 5 Washington went to Arizona State and was shut down by a previously vulnerable Sun Devils defense. After giving up at least 30 points in 11 straight games, Arizona State stunned Washington 13-7. More»
David Ubben

Mayfield Leaves Rivalry On High Note

Baker Mayfield felt some sadness knowing that his days in the Red River Rivalry are over, but the star senior Oklahoma quarterback was able to celebrate one more win vs. Texas, a 29-24 victory over the Longhorns in which he passed for 302 yards. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The NFL's Most Surprising Stats

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This NFL season may seem normal (for the most part), but if you look beneath the surface, there are plenty of eye-opening numbers. Let's see what advanced stats have to say about the success and struggles around the league. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Confidence Pool: Week 6

This season, rather than doing pure NFL picks against the spread, I've decided to do weekly confidence pool rankings and pit myself against both Vegas and analytics. I'm currently 19th out of 123 competitors through three weeks -- see if you can do better. More»

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