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Will Leitch

The New, Old Matt Moore

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There was a time in baseball history where Matt Moore was ranked above Bryce Harper and Mike Trout on prospect lists. And Thursday night, he reminded us that he still has it in him to be that pitcher when he pitched a near no-no. More»
Matt Brown

When College Football Goes Abroad

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The 2016 college football season will begin late Friday night in an unusual way: Hawaii vs. California in Sydney, Australia. It's not the sport's first foray into international play. From Cuba to Japan to Ireland, here's what's happened when college football goes abroad. More»
Andrea Hangst

No Megatron? No Problem

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The 2016 NFL season will be a whole new world for the Detroit Lions offense and its quarterback Matthew Stafford. For the first time in Stafford's career, he will be without the services of six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who retired in March. More»
David Ubben

Fight Clubs: Teammates Who Brawled

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Oakland A's outfielder Danny Valencia and designated hitter Billy Butler fought last Friday after Butler reportedly cost Valencia an endorsement deal, allowing them to join a long list of teammates getting into altercations with each other. More»
Will Leitch

BEST THROWBACK JERSEY: Final Four!

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Every team has a throwback, and everybody -- well, everybody but Chris Sale -- gets a big kick out of them. So now we are trying to choose the best one through the democratic process of online polls. We have reached the Final Four. More»
Cy Brown

Top 5 UCL group stage matchups

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Barcelona vs. Manchester City anyone? How about a Bayern Munich-Atletico Madrid rematch? The UEFA Champions League group stage draw was held on Thursday and it created some fantastic matchups. Here are the top five. More»
Will Leitch

Top 10 Pitchers Who Rake (Kinda)

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A pitcher hitting a homer is like watching a cat play a few notes on the piano by accidentally walking on it -- it's funny because it's not supposed to happen. Even the best ones aren't all that good. Just look at the numbers More»
Mike Lupica

Welcoming a Sanchize Player

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Here is why rookie Gary Sanchez matters the way he does these days: He has made the Yankees interesting again. Sanchez has become somebody for Yankee fans to want to watch and to care about. And, boy, do they ever care about this kid. More»
Matt Brown

Guide to the 2016 Heisman Race

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While the Heisman Trophy race is never easy to predict, the candidates for the 2016 college football season seem easier to identify than usual, given the amount of proven talent that returns. That just makes predicting the winner as tough as ever. More»
Ross Tucker

The NFL Coaching Double Standard

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As an NFL coach, you can't complain about an inability to get your team ready properly prepared for the opener while at the same time not taking advantage of the opportunities that are presented in preseason games. More»
Cy Brown

For Man U, It's All About Zlatan

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is running riot in the English Premier League, with four goals in his first three matches for Manchester United. Could he turn United back to the dominant force in England and lead it to a Premier League title? More»
Anthony Castrovince

Players Worth Their WAR In Gold

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So what we like to do in this space each year is take a look at the baseball players who have best exemplified that particular definition of value. The guys who have provided the biggest bang per buck. More»
Joe Sparacio

Pro Softball Shines On Diamond

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The National Pro Fastpitch softball finals came to a stunning conclusion Tuesday as the Chicago Bandits upset the USSSA Pride in a winner-take-all game. Softball is a sport on the rise, and here's why you need to hop aboard the bandwagon. More»
Terence Moore

The Inspiration of Devon Gales

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Devon Gales remains sunshine in the darkest of storms, and he has experienced many during his 22 years. Paralyzed during Southern's game at Georgia last year, Gales and his family also experienced significant losses during the recent flooding in Louisiana. More»
Justice B. Hill

Inside Baseball's Growth in Argentina

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In the past decade, more and more boys are putting down soccer balls and picking up baseballs in South America. That's especially true in Argentina, where increased passion and the emergence of Little League Baseball help grow the sport. More»
Michael Tunison

Steelers Lead The Goodell Resistance

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Despite being one of the cornerstone franchises in the NFL, with a lot of influence within the league, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a surprising amount of resistance to league orthodoxy among their ranks, particularly to Roger Goodell. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

NFL Breakthrough Team Candidates

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The landscape in the NFL shifts more than it does in any other sports league. As such, every year features a new cast of breakout candidates, teams that, while not considered among the NFL elite previously, have the potential to rise to that level. More»
Matt Brown

Prepare for CFB Playoff Chaos

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In the first two years of the College Football Playoff, most of the complaints have been about logistics rather than the teams selected to the playoff. As the sport's history shows, though, that will inevitably change, perhaps starting this fall in the playoff's third year. More»
Will Leitch

NFC North Preview 2016

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Our NFL division preview series continues with the NFC North, where the Bears are stuck at the bottom looking up at the improving Lions and Vikings and a Packers team that could be poised for another run to the Super Bowl. More»
Matt Brown

Taysom Hill Regains BYU Starting Job

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If Taysom Hill returns to form this fall, it will make for one of the best stories in college football. The 26-year-old BYU quarterback was named the starter again over Tanner Mangum, coming off a third season-ending injury in four years. More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos of the week

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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 are the best photos from August 16-22. More»
Mike Lupica

Swim Shady: Lighten Up on Lochte

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The way Ryan Lochte's story has played out is completely predictable for a public shaming like this. The event itself. The fallout from it. The television confessional. The loss of sponsorships. But are we now supposed to give him celebrity life without parole? More»
Will Leitch

La Russa Lost His Perfect Ending

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Tony La Russa achieved something rare for a manager: a storybook ending, when the Cardinals made an improbable World Series run in 2011. Now, however, his return to baseball in the Diamondbacks' front office seems headed for a much worse ending. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL 2016 Season Preview, From A to Z

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Do we have to spell it out? OK, we will. The NFL season is almost upon us and we have compiled many of the big storylines in a convenient alphabetical format, from the Arizona Cardinals to Zach Mettenberger. Hey, it's tough to find a "Z." More»
Matt Brown

Picking the CFB National Champion

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When the preseason polls were released, there was no surprise at the top: Alabama is ranked No. 1. But an Alabama repeat is hardly a forgone conclusion. There are several teams capable of challenging Bama, especially LSU and Florida State. More»
Manny Randhawa

When In Doubt, Cubs Channel Zobrist

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Even with a club that was tied for second in the Majors with a 9.1 percent walk rate in 2015, Epstein wasn't satisfied. And as September nears, a high-flying Cubs offense is proving why its front-office architects wanted to push that figure higher. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Kap's Comeback? Don't Count On It

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Colin Kaepernick seems to be on his way out of San Francisco ... eventually. That's a long way to fall from appearing in the Super Bowl just a few years ago. But if you're wondering what went wrong, the answer is simple: nothing. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Speedo Chafes at Lochte, Drops Him

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If and when Ryan Lochte gets back in the pool and puts his Rio 2016 embarrassment behind him, he'll have to wear some new gear. Both Speedo and Ralph Lauren released statements today distancing themselves from the disgraced swimmer. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Odds Update: August Edition

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Throughout the season, we have been looking at Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds Report and trying to make sense of the actual standings. Here's a look at the August update to see just how much things have changed. More»
Will Leitch

Why Did the Rio Olympics Fizzle?

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There have been many reasons posited for the Olympics' ratings slippage, some of which make sense and some of which seem a bit strained. Let's take a look at 10 of the most common explanations, and see how much water they hold. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Jays' Pitching Deserves Appreciation

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Why aren't more people talking about this Blue Jays pitching staff? With J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez in the Cy Young Award conversation and others stepping up, Toronto has the most underrated pitching in the American League. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Playoff And Bowl Projections

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Year 3 of the College Football Playoff era is here, and it's possible it will feature two teams from the same conference for the first time. What will the playoff field and other 38 bowl matchups look like? Here's out best preseason guess. More»
Mike Lupica

Gold, Tender: 'Melo Great Again

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Carmelo Anthony spoke from the heart in Rio on Sunday after winning a third Olympic gold medal as a member of the U.S. basketball team. He may still be chasing an NBA championship, but Anthony is developing quite a legacy on and off the court. More»
Karim Zidan

Best and Worst of Rio 2016

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The Olympic Games produced a fair share of inspiring moments and lasting memories, as well as disappointing defeats and ugly narratives. Let's look back on the highs and lows of the past two-plus weeks in Brazil. More»

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