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Cliff Corcoran

Getting Up to Speed In the Spring

Fretting about a pitcher's velocity has become an annual ritual in the era of PITCHf/x and Statcast. I typically preach calm and reason rather than alarm -- but that doesn't mean a drop in velocity isn't a red flag. Just look at the past five seasons. More»
Cy Brown

Wenger's Seat Still Hot After Win

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Arsenal has been miserable for the last month, losing important matches and losing ground in the two biggest competitions of the season. But there's still the FA Cup, and the Gunners took another step toward lifting it again on Monday. More»
Michael Klopman

VOTE: Over/Under Picks For AL West

The American League West could once again be a three-team race in 2017. The Rangers took the division in 2016, but with a +8 run differential. The PECOTA system has the Astros taking over this division in 2017 with 94 wins. What do you think? More»
Will Leitch

Ugly Fan Backlash Unfair to Fowler

After making harmless comments about how President Trump's executive order affected his family, Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler experienced a backlash from the ugly minority of St. Louis fans. The franchise shouldn't ignore this. More»
Michael Pina

Steal Deal: NOLA Dances With Boogie

In one of the most lopsided and instantly regrettable NBA deals in recent memory, the Sacramento Kings reportedly shipped DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans for an underwhelming package of draft picks and other assets. Good job by the Pels. More»
Michael Klopman

VOTE: NL Central Over/Under Picks

The Chicago Cubs easily ran away with the National League Central division in 2016. And surprise! They're projected to win the division again in 2017 despite winning 10 fewer games. How do you think the division will play out this year? More»
Matt Brown

Nova Takes Aim At Back-To-Back Titles

Only two teams -- Duke and Florida -- have repeated as national champions since John Wooden's UCLA dynasty. The odds and history may seem to be against Villanova, but the Wildcats continue to look like as strong of a title contender as anyone. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Oddest Spring Storylines So Far

Spring Training isn't just a source of optimism, but strangeness. And that strangeness comes at us in waves in the spring's first days, when a flurry of news stories emanate out of camps as players give their first interviews and everything feels brand new. More»
Michael Tunison

Let Fans Read At Sports Events

A man was spotted reading a car owner's manual in the stands at a college basketball game -- and the internet was quick to judge. How about we let the guy read about his Volvo in peace? More»
Manny Randhawa

How Stats Can Change Arb. Cases

Dellin Betances lost his arbitration case with the New York Yankees and will be paid $2 million less this season than he asked for. Comments by Yankees president Randy Levine raised the profile of the case. Could advanced metrics help resolve such conflicts? More»
Mike Lupica

All the Bus About LeBron vs. Michael

This is a basketball weekend, so maybe it figured that a basketball conversation would start up out of nowhere on Saturday afternoon at LaGuardia Airport, where a bus driver and his passengers talk passionately about two NBA legends. More»
Alex Wong

Best of NBA's All-Star Saturday

All-Star Saturday in New Orleans this year was not the most eventful, but this being the NBA, there were still plenty of highlights from the three-point shootout, Slam Dunk Contest and more. Here's what you may have missed. More»
Alex Wong

How to Improve the NBA All-Star Game

While we've all tried to brainstorm ways to make the Slam Dunk Contest more interesting, and add more events to Saturday night during the NBA All-Star festivities, there are plenty of ways to juice up the All-Star Game itself. Here are ten ideas. More»
Michael Pina

Is Kyrie Flat Out Trolling Us?

Kyrie Irving appears to believe planet Earth is flat. Well, at least that's what he told the media, before indicating that he may be just making a statement on the state of the world these days. Is he the sucker here ... or are we? More»
College Basketball

Kansas Edges Baylor To Close In On Big 12 Title

Landen Lucas made two free throws with 11 seconds left and No. 3 Kansas grabbed a stranglehold on the Big 12 race with a 67-65 victory at No. 4 Baylor on Saturday. The Jayhawks are closing in on what would be a 13th straight Big 12 championship. More»
Will Leitch

College Joes Vs. The Pros

On Wednesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks will play Grand Canyon University, a college team, in the first Spring Training game of the season. Remember the time the University of Tampa Spartans played -- and beat -- the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015? We did. More»
Cy Brown

George 'The Animal' Steele dead at 79

Professional wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele, one of the most cherished icons of the 1980s wrestling boom, passed away on Friday. He was 79 years old. Many in the wrestling world paid tribute to him on Twitter. More»
SoE Staff

FWIW, Awkward Handshakes Rule

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Have you ever seen a handshake as awkward as the one between UFC fighters Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie before their fight? What about an NHL ref acting like Batman? All that and more in this week's "For What It's Worth," with Robert Flores. More»
Will Leitch

Baseball For Days: Ain't That Great?

Soon, we'll have baseball in our lives every single day for 252 days. We've gone so long without it -- the world doesn't feel right without it -- and come Wednesday, we'll get it back. Let's celebrate and take a look ahead. More»
Michael Pina

The NBA's All-Time All-Star Teams

All-Star Weekend is here, so we decided to make two all-time teams from the East and the West. Only the best of the absolute greatest players of all time made the cut. Do you disagree with any of these selections? More»
Matt Brown

College Hoops Streaks On The Line

While Northwestern suffered a setback against Maryland on Wednesday, it took a giant leap toward its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid with a win at Wisconsin on Sunday. It's one of many long college basketball streaks on the line. More»
Michael Klopman

VOTE: Over/Under Picks For AL Central

The Indians ran away with the AL Central division in 2016 and nearly won the World Series. In 2017, Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA system projects the Tribe to run away with the division again. Do you think any AL Central teams will outperform their projections? More»
NFL Blotter

Revis faces pending charges after fight

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis faces five pending charges, including two counts of aggravated assault, after allegedly being involved in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. The 31-year-old is also facing charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. More»
Alex Wong

Best Slam Dunk Contest Moments Ever

This year's Slam Dunk Contest should be a fun one, with last year's runner-up Aaron Gordon taking on DeAndre Jordan, Glenn Robinson III and Derrick Jones Jr. But can anyone live up to some of the best jams in history? Let's look back. More»
Doug Miller

Spring In Our Steps: Let's Play Ball

I's finally here: Spring Training has begun in Arizona and Florida! Among the biggest things to watch over the next six weeks: the Cubs prepping for their title defense, superstar players in new uniforms and the fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic. More»
Mike McCormick

Best Sports Movie: Final Four

While Hollywood buzzes with Oscar talk, SoE will keep its eye on the ball with movies we all actually care about. There have been countless amazing sports classics over the decades, but we've narrowed the field. Now you make the call. More»
Joe Posnanski

The Nature of Winning And Losing

While watching my daughter play in a sixth-grade girls interfaith basketball game, I noticed the opposing coach tell one of his players to hold the ball for the remaining four minutes of the third quarter. That got me thinking about what sports mean. More»
Michael Klopman

Phillies Phire Back at Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has nothing nice to say about the Philadelphia Phillies and their fan base, which caused the Phillies' Twitter account to throw some epic shade. More»
Michael Klopman

Bouchard Dates Fan After Losing Bet

Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard learned her lesson, which is to never bet against Tom Brady. She ended up losing a Super Bowl bet to a random fan on Twitter. The result? The two went on a date on Wednesday night at an NBA game. More»
Will Leitch

Always Remember Rajai's Home Run

While the 2016 season will always be remembered for the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, there's one moment from that season, specifically in Game 7 of the World Series, that we should never forget: Rajai Davis' dramatic homer. More»
Cliff Corcoran

The Real Fallout Of The Reyes Injury

Alex Reyes, who was ranked as the top prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus, will miss the entire 2017 season due to a UCL tear in his pitching elbow. The impact of that loss may be felt for a long time. More»
Will Leitch

2017's Spring Training Road Trip Guide

Projections are out, players are reporting to Spring Training camps, and we have baseball in our lives again. If you wanted to visit every Spring Training stadium, well, have we got the vacation for you. Fill up the gas tank -- it's time to hit the road. More»
Alex Wong

10 Best Moments of Linsanity

Five years ago this month, Linsanity took over New York City and the NBA. Jeremy Lin went from a nobody to one of the best narratives in sports history. In honor of the five-year anniversary, let's look back at some of the best moments from Linsanity. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Key Players Making Comebacks In '17

Around this time of year, there's usually some unfortunate injury news that rattles a few teams. But we're not focusing on that right now. Instead, we're going to discuss players returning from 2016 injury wores who could play major roles in '17. More»
Will Leitch

AL Central: The Easiest Lock Of 2017

Pitchers and catchers have started to report, which means Spring Training is right around the corner, which means ... it's time to start previewing each division before the season begins. Let's start with the AL Central, where the Cleveland Indians still reign. More»

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