Matt Brown

Five CFB Opening Night Takeaways

The first night of college football is in the books, with 19 games producing plenty of predictably ugly results, from Jim Harbaugh's debut loss to a merely OK win by TCU to an ugly South Carolina win. Here are five things we learned. More»
Maureen Mullen

Brady's Triumphant Return Home

In the last preseason contest for the Patriots, Tom Brady was not seen on the field, but one of the biggest ovations of the night came in the second quarter when the huge end zone video boards showed a fan holding a sign that read: "Judge Berman President 2016." More»
AJ Cassavell

Dodgers Have Something to Prove

The 2015 Dodgers are not perfect. Their bullpen woes have been well documented, the offense is notoriously streaky, and the middle of the rotation is subpar. But they're getting hot at the right time, and that may be all that matters. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 1

Thursday provided a nice appetizer, and now we move into the main course with an extended weekend of college football action. From Alabama-Wisconsin and Arizona State-Texas to Ohio State-Virginia Tech on Monday, we pick all the big games. More»
Cy Brown

TCU Escapes Pesky Golden Gophers

Second-ranked TCU faced a dangerous trip to Minnesota on Thursday, but it came away with a 23-17 win. It was sloppy at times, but quarterback Trevone Boykin made the plays necessary to beat a stingy Minnesota defense. More»
David Ubben

Longhorns Success Rests on Longball

Tyrone Swoopes has the biggest arm of any Texas quarterback in awhile, and this year, the Longhorns might finally have the speed on the field to make it matter. But the quarterback still needs to show consistency to turn the Texas offense around. More»
Karim Zidan

FedExCup: Contenders and Pretenders

Jordan Spieth's collapse at The Barclays let the door open for other golfers to make a run at winning the playoffs. So how does the field look as we enter the Deutsche Back Championship over Labor Day weekend? Let's take a look. More»
Knox Bardeen

Utes Ruin Khaki-Clad Coaching Debut

Jim Harbaugh never lost a season opener as quarterback of the Michigan Wolverines in the mid-'80s. His regular season coaching debut at his alma mater didn't go as well, as Michigan lost to Utah 24-17 in a mistake-filled game. More»
Cy Brown

Defense Saves South Carolina

In a game of sloppy offenses, slightly better defense and squandered field position, South Carolina beat North Carolina 17-13, largely due to a trio of interceptions from UNC quarterback Marquise Williams and the Tar Heel's inability to do anything in the red zone. More»
Andrew Garda

How the Jets Helped Tom Brady

Yes, the New York Jets -- hated division rival and general pain in the rear -- were (maybe unwittingly) instrumental in the overturn of Roger Goodell's punishment of Tom Brady. It all stemmed from an incident with kicker Jay Feely in 2009. More»
Matt Brown

Another Scandal Hits Rutgers

Five Rutgers football players were arrested on Thursday and charged with assault. One of the players, Nadir Barnwell, is part of an academic tampering investigation involving head coach Kyle Flood, which just adds to the constant problems at Rutgers. More»
Cy Brown

Deflategate Ruling: Twitter Reaction

U.S. district court judge Richard M. Berman nullified the NFL's four-game suspension of Tom Brady on Thursday, meaning the Pats QB will be able to play a week from Thursday. Naturally, Twitter had plenty to say on the matter. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Brady Wins, Goodell Loses (Big Time)

Federal judge Richard Berman vacated Brady's four-game suspension on Thursday, meaning that the Patriots' 10-time Pro Bowl QB will be available to start in the September 10 opener against the Steelers. And Roger Goodell is eating crow. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Preseason Happy List: NFC East

After weeks of waiting, here is the final installment of the Reasons To Be Happy And Love Life NFL Previews: NFC East. Two teams -- the Cowboys and Eagles -- have a lot going for them, then there is the Giants. And then Washington. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Preview 2015

After arguing about preseason polls, sweating out QB battles and adjusting to coaches getting fired, the 2015 college football season is upon us, starting with real live games Thursday night. Get caught up with previews of every conference. More»
Cy Brown

Non-Elite EPL Clubs Close the Gap

Thanks to a enormous new television rights deal, clubs in the English Premier League have more money than ever -- and the non-elite clubs are putting that cash to good use, buying foreign talent and closing the gap on the league's best. More»
Allison Duffy

LLWS: A Look Back In Photos

A 2015 Little League World Series seemingly had it all: smiles, tears, impressive sportsmanship, a hometown favorite going on a run and -- at the end -- yet another championship for Japan. Here's a visual look back at it all, with one telling photo from each day of action. More»
Paul Casella

Ranking the best names in baseball

In an attempt to fix that injustice created by WIns Above Replacement (WAR) not taking fantastic names into consideration, we created a new statistic. Meet NAR, a formula created to evaluate some of the game's top monikers. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Super Bowl Sleeper pick: Vikings

Most see the NFC as a four-team race with the Seahawks, Packers, Cowboys and Eagles. But with a couple of breaks, like Teddy Bridgewater developing and Adrian Peterson returning to form, the Vikings could alter that perception considerably. More»
Matt Brown

The Opening Night CFB Viewing Guide

The wait is over. Nearly eight months after the national championship game, we have new games that will produce results that we'll wildly overreact to, because that is what always happens during Week 1. Here are picks and previews for all 19 opening night games. More»
Anthony Castrovince

This Season's Best and Worst Moves

Evaluating any trade mere weeks after it's consummated is reactionary and unreasonable. But who cares?! Here are, as of this moment, the best, the worst and the most in-between in-season trades made this year. More»
John Schlegel

Spieth Vs. Day: Rivalry Ramps Up

It's been a wild year in golf, one that saw Jordan Spieth's meteoric rise and Jason Day imprint his stamp late in the season. With the two neck-and-neck in the FedExCup points standings heading into this weekend, let's see how they stack up. More»
Dalton Mack

7 Best Fantasy RB Handcuffs

Handcuffs, like any other draft picks, are gambles. Essentially it's a wasted roster spot if the starter remains healthy all season. But in an emergency situation you'll be glad you took the precaution. Here are some of the safer bets. More»
Matthew Leach

Fun Stats From The MLB Season

The old days of poring over box scores in the paper, or even the Sunday baseball stats, are long gone. But they've been replaced by the opportunity to delve far deeper into many more numbers, and to find a lot more cool stuff. More»
Will Leitch

The Race For Last Place

There is debate about tanking in Major League Baseball, but having the first pick in the Draft does mean more than ever now. With a month left in the 2015 season, there are still a handful of teams in the running for last place in the standings. More»
Kenneth Arthur

5 Possible New Destinations for RGIII

The twisted Robert Griffin III-Washington Redskins saga could be coming to its unfortunate end. If the team indeed grants the player his release, where would the free-agent Griffin end up? Here are the most likely destinations. More»
Erik Malinowski

The A's May Need Another Reinvention

The Oakland A's are trudging through a historically weird season, one that may end up the worst of Billy Beane's tenure. For a team prone to reinvention, the A's are more ripe for a restart now than at any point the last 18 years. More»
Matt Brown

The Rebirth of Michigan Football

Every Michigan coaching legend has gotten off to a promising start in their debut seasons. Jim Harbaugh's first season is likely to be rougher, which speaks to how far the program has fallen, as detailed in a new book that sees Harbaugh as a turning point. More»
Robert Weintraub

The NFL Red Zone-Worthy Rankings

In celebration of the pending return of the Red Zone Channel, we put together this cheat sheet. You don't want to burn yourself out too early, so here are all 32 teams, broken down by how much Red Zone energy you should devote to each one. More»
Terence Moore

Where Are All the Good Backup QBs?

Michael Vick on the Steelers, Rex Grossman on the Falcons -- that's what happens when there is a slew of underwhelming backup quarterbacks around the league. You don't often see a Doug Williams anymore. Just ask him. More»
Michael Klopman

O's need to take action this winter

This season has not gone according to plan for the Orioles. After making last year's ALCS, they watched three key free agents walk away and in effect failed to replace them. Now, with more key players headed to the open market, they need to have a good offseason. More»
Tim Healey

Spieth returns to his baseball roots

The pressing, obvious question when Jordan Spieth showed up at Fenway Park on Tuesday to hang around with the reliever-poor Red Sox: Can he pitch? Well, kinda. Spieth threw out the first pitch before Red Sox-Yankees ... a little wide and high. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Preseason Happy List: AFC West

After the Broncos' blowout Super Bowl loss two years ago and last year's disappointment, there's a new coach and one last go-around for Peyton Manning. Can they win their fifth straight? Or has the rest of the division caught up with them? More»
Matt Brown

College Football Rankings: 1 to 128

This weekend or next, every major college football team will make its 2015 debut, hoping to translate the optimism of the offseason into actual on-field success. We rank all 128 teams and attempt to find something positive to say about everyone. More»
Dalton Mack

Fantasy football big board: v.2.0

Rosters are taking shape, either from impressive performances from unheralded players or from injuries that have befallen some top-notch talents. To reflect this, the Sports on Earth Big Board has undergone a variety of changes since its initial iteration last month. More»

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