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Mike Lupica

Corner Bat-tle: Your Move, Boston

The Red Sox, under the management of Dave Dombrowski, are a team clearly built to win now. It is why Dombrowski needs to make a trade now, perhaps for a big bat. The middle of the order should strike fear in the AL East again. More»
Will Leitch

O.J. Made for Today's America

On Thursday, O.J. Simpson was obviously relieved to be granted parole after serving eight years of a 33-year sentence for armed robbery. I'd argue the rest of us, deep down, might have been even happier that he's back. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

2017 NFL Training Camp Battles

Training camps across the NFL kick into high gear soon. When rookies engage in their first full-contact interaction with veterans, it'll begin the process of awarding roster spots and key roles on every team. Let's see who will duke it out. More»
David Ubben

Rhule School: Baylor's New Offense

For the better part of the last decade, "Baylor" and "offense" were as synonymous as "Alabama" and "dominance." So what does new coach Matt Rhule have planned for the Bears' offense? His plan is both versatile and ambitious. More»
Matt Brown

Freeze Out For Personal Misconduct

On Thursday, Ole Miss announced that coach Hugh Freeze resigned because of a "concerning pattern" of misconduct, unrelated to the NCAA investigation that has hovered over the team. A brief Rebels football peak has hit a sharp decline that keeps getting worse. More»
David Ubben

O.J. Obsession Won't Go Away

O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after serving almost nine years of a 33-year prison sentence for a Las Vegas armed robbery in September 2007. The nation's fascination with him is still there -- and shows no signs of slowing down. More»
Cy Brown

O.J. Simpson Granted Parole

On Thursday, a Nevada board voted to grant parole to O.J. Simpson after he's served almost nine years on charges of armed robbery of a sports memorabilia dealer in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2008. Simpson could be released from prison in October. More»
Mike Lupica

All In? Deadline Is Make or Break

The real Midsummer Classic in baseball is the Trade Deadline. It remains an essential, unchanging pageant of the game, in-season drama unlike any other we have in professional sports, all tied up in risk and reward. More»
Will Leitch

Streaks Could Clarify Trade Decisions

There are three types of MLB teams at this point of the season: Ones that are all-in, ones moved on to 2018 (or beyond) and ones who don't … yet … know. These are the five teams that face a crucial week that will impact their fate. More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 Most Interesting Teams at Deadline

As July 31 approaches, teams are faced with some tough decisions as to whether or not they should attempt to make a run or reload for next year. What do the teams do that are on the cusp of success? And do the front-runners sit on their heels? More»
Matt Brown

College Football All-Breakout Team

Breakout college football players can be unpredictable, but we can make educated guesses based on a combination of opportunity, recruiting evaluations, glimpses we saw in 2016 and spring hype. These are our 2017 picks for new stars at every position. More»
David Ubben

Riley Makes Strong Impression at OU

A few months ago, nobody thought Lincoln Riley would be representing Oklahoma at Big 12 media days. But the 33-year-old new head coach is making a strong first impression as Bob Stoops' replacement as he tries to maintain OU's high level of success. More»
Cliff Corcoran

The Deadline's Diamonds in the Rough

Not all big deals at the MLB Trade Deadline involve hot commodities. Some of the most impactful swaps have revolved around former top prospects who have failed to live up to expectations, but are revived by a change of scenery. Who could be on the block this year? More»
Cy Brown

Yet Again, USMNT Just Good Enough

The USMNT defeated El Salvador, 2-0, in the quarterfinal of the Gold Cup on Wednesday night, but it wasn't a victory that will inspire a lot of confidence. Even with some talented players called up recently, the U.S. still needs to improve in order to win the Cup. More»
SoE Original

'Money' vs. McGregor? Blight Night

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Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather aren't the heroes we need but the ones we deserve. Plus, the definitive reason why gender reveal videos should be banned and Michael Vick's advice for Colin Kaepernick. More»
Manny Randhawa

Yanks' Big Deal: Power of Three

In a game that is now, more than ever, dominated by the three "true outcomes" of home runs, walks and strikeouts, the Yankees hit the jackpot on Tuesday night by acquiring Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. More»
Matt Brown

Stanford Still Serious Pac-12 Threat

There are two clear-cut favorites in the Pac-12 entering the 2017 season in Washington and USC, but it would be a mistake to overlook a third team: Based on recent history, there's little reason to believe that Stanford won't be a top contender. More»
Will Leitch

Ultimate CFB Road Trip 2017

It's that time of year ago: quit your job, buy a large vehicle and get ready for the Fourth Annual College Football Road Trip. The goal, as always, is to hit the maximum number of college football games in the 2017 season. Here's your plan. More»
Cy Brown

7 Golfers to Watch at the British Open

The British Open returns to Royal Birkdale this weekend for the 146th playing of one of golf's greatest events. The whipping wind at the links course will be a major challenge and give a major advantage to any player who can tame the gales. More»
Terence Moore

ACC Is New King of College Football

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When it comes to the biggest debate in college football, it shouldn't involve whether the ACC has spent the past few years surpassing the SEC for the first time since before anybody heard the name "Bear Bryant." I know, you know, and everybody else knows the ACC is better. More»
SoE Staff

Top 5 Athletes On Earth This Week

Who is this week's Greatest Athlete on Earth? How about the baller in Los Angeles that won the Summer League MVP Award? What about one of the greatest tennis players in history? Or maybe...just was some guy that is very good at "tag." More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Quarterback Rankings for 2017

We all know that quarterback has become the most important position in football ... heck, Derek Carr is now the highest paid player in the league! We'll tell you where he falls, along with everyone else, as we rank all 32 teams by QB units. More»
Ross Tucker

Is It Ever OK to Switch Your Fandom?

Is there ever a good enough reason to switch the team that you root for? What if you root for the Washington Redskins, a franchise that has been embroiled in controversy and failed to come to a long-term agreement with a potential franchise QB. Can fans call it quits? More»
Will Leitch

Bartolo Colon's Last Stand

On Tuesday night, 44-year-old Bartolo Colon gave it another go. After the Braves released him, Colon signed with the Twins, and he'll make his Minnesota debut against the Yankees, an outing that could decide just how long his career continues. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Top Prospects Dealt at the Deadline

Plenty of trades take place before July 31, but not all of them pan out like both teams want. We take a look back at the past ten seasons to see what became of the top prospects dealt at each Deadline and which prospects turned out to be the hidden gems. More»
Matt Brown

Top 25 College Football Unit Rankings

It's one thing to recruit and develop a handful of great individual players scattered throughout a team. It's another to recruit and develop an entire group of great players at one position. Led by Clemson's D-line, these are college football's top 25 units. More»
Joe Sparacio

Report: Zeke involved in bar incident

Star Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott allegedly assaulted a patron at Clutch Bar in Dallas. While no arrests have been made, if true, this follows a pattern of off-the-field incidents for the youngster, certainly a troubling trend indeed. More»
Will Leitch

Orioles Could Be at Crossroads

The Orioles have continually surprised with their dedicated play and ability to beat analyst projections. But tough questions could be looming at the Trade Deadline and beyond, as it looks like the fun run in Baltimore might be coming to an end. More»
Alex Wong

10 Athletes Who Got Better With Age

On Sunday, Roger Federer, at age 35, became the oldest Wimbledon winner (male or female) in 108 years. Inspired by his performance, here's a look at some of the greatest performances from athletes in the twilight of their careers. More»
Matt Brown

Auburn Back To Being SEC Wild Card

With a hyped new quarterback coming in after an 8-5 season, Auburn is getting a preseason push as it hopes to make the SEC interesting and challenge Alabama for supremacy in the West. Auburn has faltered in such situations before. Is Jarrett Stidham the answer? More»
Anthony Castrovince

Trade Winds: Biggest Contender Needs

The Cubs have made a move that's working out so far. The Nationals got bullpen help. With a couple of weeks before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, let's take a look at some other contenders and see what they may be looking for. More»
Karim Zidan

Mouthing Off: "Money Fight" a Farce

Following four days of grandiose pageantry, ostentatious extravagance, tasteless entertainment and unabashed egotistical exposure, the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor world press tour has mercifully come to an end. More»
Mike Lupica

Fed Alert: At 35, Best in the World

Three weeks short of his 36th birthday, older than any Wimbledon champion, man or woman, in 108 years, Roger Federer wins his second major of 2017, and clearly establishes himself once again as the best tennis player in the world. More»
Joe Sparacio

5 Surprising Star Player Comps

What if I told you that there was another Jose Altuve in the league? Or a Stephen Strasburg, or Yu Darvish? Some good players are getting overlooked, even though they are putting up elite numbers. Let's give them their due. More»
Karim Zidan

No Fairy-Tale Ending For Venus

Venus Williams' dream run at Wimbledon didn't yield the ending that many hoped for on Saturday. Up against Garbine Muguruza, an opponent 14 years her junior, in the final, Williams was unable to match the youngster's intensity in a 7-5, 6-0 loss. More»

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