Matt Brown

College Hoops Early Entry Impact

The NBA's draft early entry deadline his passed, with a wave of underclassmen going pro but also a significant number of talented players deciding to return to college basketball. Here are the biggest winners and losers from the decisions. More»
Tim Healey

Dodgers' Depth Can Handle Loss

The Dodgers received some rough news on Monday -- right-hander Brandon McCarthy has a torn UCL and will miss the rest of the season. Both McCarthy and the Dodgers, however, seem well equipped to handle the blow. More»
Andrew Simon

Josh Hamilton trade is an Anomaly

The Angels and Rangers made their weekend trade official on Monday, sending Josh Hamilton back to Texas, a deal completed under unusual circumstances that could affect the AL West for years. What recent intradivision swaps have had the biggest impact? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Potential NFL draft-week Deals

The NFL draft this week presents the best opportunity for franchises to unload surplus or unwanted talent for assets they can turn into young, cheap football players in short order. So, who might be on the move? More»
Michael Pina

What Life Without Love Looks Like

It's official: Kevin Love will miss all of the Cleveland Cavaliers' critical second-round series (likely against the Bulls), a devastating blow for a team that absolutely needs his offensive contributions going forward. How will they compensate? More»
Cy Brown

Washington Picks Up Option on RGIII

On Monday, Washington announced it would pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Robert Griffin III's contract, worth just over $16 million. Where does this leave the organization with the upcoming NFL draft and beyond? More»
Alex Wong

Raptors Facing Uncertain Future

After getting swept by the Wizards (and mailing in a Game 4), the Raptors have an uncertain future ahead. Without a plan of landing a superstar anytime soon, general manager Masai Ujiri will need to upgrade the overall talent level of the team. More»
Will Leitch

The Heartache and the Pain

This weekend, the entire landscape of two major sports may have changed in a matter of seconds, as Adam Wainwright went down with an Achilles injury and Kevin Love suffered a dislocated shoulder. Asking why is madness. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB Stocks on the Rise

The first month of the MLB season has featured some unexpected fast starts, whether it's the Rays winning five straight, the Astros jumping to the top of the AL West or the Mets getting hot. These are the hot topics this week in baseball. More»
Sports on Earth Staff

Mega Mock Draft: Final Week

After months upon months of speculation and rumors, 2015 NFL draft week is finally here. Will Jameis Winston go No. 1? Will there be any surprises? Four of our football writers make their predictions for all 32 picks in Thursday's first round. More»
Tim Healey

Adrian Beltre's new source of income

After breaking three bats against Garrett Richards on Friday, Adrian Beltre invoiced Richards for $300 on Saturday. It was all in good fun, of course, but what if pitchers really had to cough up a few bucks every time they had the pleasure of splintering someone's bat? More»
Michael Pina

The Hawks' Playoff Problems

While the Hawks are still out-scoring the Nets in holding a 2-1 series lead, the beginning of their playoff run has been a mess, with their offense suffering from numerous problems. If they don't fix things, their playoff stay may turn out to be short. More»
Brian Kenny

Harvey Decision Indefensible

The most important job of Mets manager Terry Collins is to keep Matt Harvey healthy, which makes Saturday's decision to allow Harvey to pitch the ninth against the Yankees hard to defend. Harvey might be the best pitcher in the game, and the Mets have to protect him. More»
Cy Brown

Best and Worst Run Differentials

It can be difficult to discern which baseball team will be good and which won't with such a small sample size early in the season. One stat that can give us a snapshot is run differential. But even then, looks can be deceiving. More»
Will Leitch

Best Interleague Location Rivalries

There are 11 "geographically-based rivalry" interleague series every season. Some are logical and obvious; others began as more of a logistical solution. Here, we rank them all, from least compelling to as hot as they get. More»
Alex Wong

Ol' Man Duncan Still Getting It Done

In what may be his final months playing basketball, Tim Duncan is still adding to his resume, and punctuating his status as the best power forward to have ever played the game. Just don't refer to his performances as vintage. More»
Erik Malinowski

Warriors Sweat Out Sweep

It wasn't easy, but the Golden State Warriors closed out the pesky New Orleans Pelicans on the road in Game 4 and became the first NBA team to advance in these playoffs. How far they ultimately go is anyone's guess. More»
Joe DeLessio

Rangers Playing With Purpose

The New York Rangers are hardly a perfect team, but playing with a sense of urgency makes up for some flaws. In previous years, that aspect of their game was missing. Now, as they look ahead to the second round, it could make all the difference. More»
Alex Wong

Wittman: Results Vs. Reputation

Not too many had faith in Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman. And yet, after a 106-99 victory over the Raptors on Friday to take a 3-0 series lead, the Wizards are one win away from advancing to the second round in consecutive seasons. More»
Tim Healey

Royals Rumble: Crime & Punishment

Following the Royals-White Sox bench-clearing incident Thursday night, Kansas City is on pace for close 100 ejections on the season. They likely won't keep that pace, of course, but here's some fun with small sample sizes. More»
Tim Healey

Tale of the tape: Samardzija vs. Cain

Mayweather-Pacquiao is next Saturday. Looks like White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija and Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain are trying to secure a spot on the undercard. They were in the middle of the Chicago-KC bench-clearing incident Thursday. More»
Alex Wong

Derrick Rose's Attack Is Back

Through three games in the playoffs, all wins for the Bulls, Derrick Rose has averaged 24.0 points and 8.0 assists. Most importantly, he's averaged 37.8 minutes per game in the series and looks to be getting stronger. That's good news for all NBA fans. More»
Erik Malinowski

Golden Comeback For the Ages

Entering the fourth quarter of Game 3 down by 20 points, the Golden State Warriors executed one of the most stunning comebacks in NBA playoff history and eventually knocked off the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime. Is there anything this team can't do? More»
Matt Brown

NFL Draft All-Sleeper Team

With the NFL draft less than a week away, it's time to look at the overlooked players who teams should target on Day 2 or 3. They may not have perfect measurables, but they're proven college players who will have value at the pro level. More»
Tim Healey

Amazin' Tales of Bartolo

If you needed any more evidence that Bartolo Colon has become a full-fledged phenomenon, know this: Thursday evening, "Bartolo Colon" was trending nationally on Twitter. Here are the moments that have endeared him to fans. More»
Alex Wong

Raptors vs. Wizards mind games

In the postseason, players are looking to find any edge they can against an opponent. In doing so, psychological battles -- the game within the game -- often play out on the court. That's what's happening with the Raptors and Wizards. More»
AJ Cassavell

Taking stock of the early stat races

It's far too early to tell which races might thrill the baseball world this summer, but given the players involved and the early returns, we can make a few educated guesses. Here are five individual races that already look appetizing. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Revisiting Aaron Rodgers' draft fall

Ten years ago, after the 49ers selected Alex Smith first overall in the NFL draft, Aaron Rodgers fell all the way to the Packers at No. 24. Here, we look back on how that franchise-changing pick happened -- and who saw it coming. More»
Michael Pina

Kawhi Leonard's steady rise to power

As great as Tim Duncan was Wednesday against the Clippers, the subtlest takeaway was just how dominant on D Kawhi Leonard has become. The league acknowledged that Thursday with Leonard's Defensive Player of the Year award. More»
Cy Brown

Obama Burns the Patriots

The New England Patriots met President Barack Obama today, which gave POTUS the perfect opportunity to throw out a sick Deflategate roast he's probably been saving since the playoffs. And Bill Belichick seems none too pleased about it. More»
Cy Brown

A Guide to Premier League Relegation

Just because Chelsea has the EPL wrapped up doesn't mean there isn't excitement still in store. The fight to not be relegated can be just as compelling as the race for the title. Here's your complete guide to the relegation battle. More»
Will Leitch

Who Will Be the Next Mr. 3,000?

There are 10 active Major League players who have 2,000 hits or more. Some will reach 3,000; some will come close; some will be lucky to make it through this season. Let's take a look at all 11 and see if, or when, they'll reach the sainted "Mark of Bernie Mac." More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Hardy's Suspension Is Fair

Greg Hardy's 10-game suspension is far from a cure-all, and it is obviously being appealed instantly by Hardy and the NFLPA, but it does send a message that the NFL is taking issues of domestic violence more seriously. More»
Michael Pina

Bucks Should Leave Pau Alone

On Jan. 10, Pau Gasol lit up the Bucks for 46 points and 18 rebounds, and now, nearly four months later, it's affected Milwaukee's game plan. Down 2-0 to the Bulls, maybe the Bucks should change things up. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Baseball's Spring of Youth

The 2015 season is still in diapers, too early in its development to be counted on for meaningful conclusions. Already, though, young players are leaving their mark on the season. Is baseball trending younger? If so, why? More»

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