Cy Brown

11 Best Athlete Halloween Costumes

There are two things I know about professional athletes: They have lots of disposable income and they like to party. This makes for a wonderful combo on Halloween. But, which athletes can dress the best? We'll break it down. More»
Steven Lebron

Thunder's Season Gets Darker

Now that Russell Westbrook is out for four to eight weeks with a broken hand, the Thunder are facing the prospect of two months without their top two players, severely hurting their odds of competing for a championship this season. More»
Will Leitch

Lovable World Series Losers

The Royals might have lost the World Series, but there is no question that they were the best story of the postseason. They join a long list of teams that didn't win it all but maintained a spot in history that transcends even the team that beat them. More»
Cy Brown

Steve Ballmer is crazy and awesome

Our suspicions have been conformed: New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is crazy. This is a good thing if you're a fan of the NBA since Ballmer's bringing more energy than any other owner in the league. Sorry, Cubes. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 10

The calendar flips to November on Saturday, meaning the college football season is entering its all-important stretch run with playoff hopes and conference titles on the line. From Auburn-Ole Miss to TCU-West Virginia, here's what to watch in Week 10. More»
Andrew Garda

It's Time for Johnny Football

Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer has played decently. Nothing special. At least compared to what we think the guy on the bench can do. Oh, did you forget about Johnny Manziel? You can be sure the Browns haven't. Here's why it may be time to bring him in. More»
Matt Brown

FSU: Still the Team to Beat

Left for dead down 21 in the first half at Louisville, Florida State again staged a big second-half comeback to win. This isn't last year's Florida State, but in a year in which every contender is flawed, the Seminoles are as good of a championship bet as any. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Still The Cleveland We Know

It was a day that began with champagne toasts to the big things to come and continued with diamond promises of lasting love. And then the Cavaliers stunk up the joint and reminded you that, yes, this is still the Cleveland we know, for now. More»
Sheil Kapadia

NFL's Contenders and Pretenders

There's still plenty of time left in the 2014 NFL season, but with eight weeks in the books, certain teams are positioned nicely for a run, while others might as well focus their attention on scouting college prospects. Still, nothing is certain at the league's midway point. More»
Ross Tucker

Miami Set to Expose the Chargers

The Dolphins and their star defensive end Cameron Wake could have a field day against a beat up Chargers O-line. We'll examine that matchup, plus how the Steelers receivers will fare against the Ravens and a trench battle in the Broncos-Pats game. More»
Cy Brown

How To Watch LeBron's return

After all the free agency hand-wringing and anticipation, the day has finally come: LeBron James will don a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey once again. But what can we expect from the King in his first game back? Here's a viewer's guide. More»
Steven Lebron

Bulls-Knicks: Tale of Two Cities

Opening night at Madison Square Garden provided a stark contrast of two teams in different stages of building towards their end goal. The Knicks have a long way to go before they can realistically call themselves contenders, while the Bulls are all about the present. More»
AJ Cassavell

Ranking Baseball's Dynasties

The Giants third World Series title in five seasons has people talking about dynasties. We used simple math to examine every team that won three titles in five seasons to see how San Francisco stacks up. If you do the math, the Giants run is extremely impressive. More»
Will Leitch

MadBum is the End Game

When Madison Bumgarner entered Game 7 of the World Series, it settled it all. Suddenly there were no moves to be made, no strategies to try out, no edges to be found. He came in and secured the Giants' third World Series championship in five seasons with a 3-2 victory. More»
Phil Rogers

Maddon A No-Brainer For Cubs

When Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays, it was only a matter of time before the Cubs made a run at him. If reports of him joining the team prove to be true, Chicago is one step closer to building a long-term contender. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Predicting The '15 World Series Champ

On the heels of the just-completed 2014 World Series, I'm going to pick 10 Major League teams most likely to reach the 2015 World Series, and then I'm going to rank them in order of their likelihood of winning it all. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Your 2015 NFL head coach candidates

With Week 8 in the rearview mirror, the NFL season has reached its midpoint. Some fans already know their teams won't be making the playoffs, so an early study of the next crop of head coach candidates can't hurt. More»
Brian Burke

Man Vs. Machine: NFL Week 9 Picks

By all measures, the Broncos appear to be a Category Five super team. But they'll be tested on the road Sunday afternoon when Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots will be well prepared. Here are our predictions for that marquee matchup and more. More»
Matt Brown

No Gurley, No Problem

Todd Gurley has already missed two games because of an autograph scandal, and the NCAA ruled that he'll have to sit out two more. While the whole situation remains ridiculous, Gurley could return just in time for a Georgia playoff push. More»
Michael Pina

Mavs' Offense Looks Lethal

Rick Carlisle's offense in Dallas is a beautiful revolving door of seamless passing, timely cuts, sparkling shots, hard screens and free forays into the paint. They lost to the Spurs by one on NBA's opening night, but showed a lot of potential. More»
AJ Cassavell

Top 10 WS Game 7 Performances

As we prepare for Game 7 of the 2014 World Series between the Royals and Giants, let's look back at the 10 best individual performances in the history of Game 7s in Fall Classic. More»
Matt Brown

What The Playoff Rankings Mean

The College Football Playoff selection committee released its first weekly top 25 on Tuesday, with Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss on top. Here's what we learned from a quite reasonable batch of initial rankings. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Becky Hammon Leans In

On the bench during the Spurs-Mavs game was an unusual sight: a woman. She wasn't the wife or girlfriend or daughter of one of the players, and she wasn't a cheerleader -- she was there as a coach, a contributor for the defending NBA champions. More»
Will Leitch

No Second-Guessing in Game 7

A mini-debate has popped up this World Series about the notion of managerial second-guessing. Namely: Are we doing it too much? But both Royals manager Ned Yost and Giants manager Bruce Bochy survived Game 6 with their teams essentially intact and ready for Game 7. More»
Andrew Garda

What an NFL Star Is Really Worth

Being an NFL GM is a tough job, and Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew is going to be facing some really tough decisions this offseason. Among those choices will be whether to keep Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson. More»
Cy Brown

All About that Ballon d'Or

Though 23 men were named to the shortlist for the 2014 Ballon d'Or, the competition is really only between two. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best players in the world and one of them will win the game's top trophy. More»
Cy Brown

In Praise Of Southampton

All was thought lost at Southampton when a summer mass exodus saw them lose their manager and some of the best players in their squad. But the Saint's ain't dead yet. In fact, they may just be getting started. More»
Will Leitch

The World Needs A Game 7

Giants fans are obviously cheering for them to wrap this up tonight, and they should. But the rest of us: We want a Game 7. This has been too good to be over just yet. You want a Game 7. We all want a Game 7. Who wouldn't want a Game 7? More»
Steven Lebron

Sir Charles Sounds Off (Again)

When Charles Barkley talks, we all listen. As the hoops season starts up, the "Inside the NBA" on TNT broadcaster voiced his thoughts on everything from the NFL's botched domestic violence policy to his fractured friendship with Michael Jordan. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL's "Midseason" Awards

We have about a half of a season in the books where some more passing records could be broken, along with a sacks record and even a rushing record too. There's plenty to evaluate, so here are some of the things worth noting at the midway-ish point of 2014. More»
Matt Brown

Chasing The Heisman

No Heisman is ever won in September, as surprise wins by Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel and Cam Newton have proven. But entering November, the preseason favorite, Marcus Mariota, has emerged atop the race. Can anyone catch him? More»
Beckley Mason

Kobe Still King of the Post

There's lots to debate about Kobe Bryant, but we know this is true: At this point in his career, the thing Kobe does best is score, and score from the post. That's why with all the Lakers' problems, he should still be an entertaining player to watch this season. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Roster hurdles await Giants, Royals

The Giants and Royals know not to take the World Series for granted, especially given the cloud of uncertainty that will hang over each organization immediately after the outcome. Which club has more urgency to win now? More»
Sports On Earth

NBA Burning Questions: Part Two

The NBA regular season is here. Tipoff is Tuesday night, starting with the Magic and Pelicans. In part two of our roundtable preview, Sports on Earth's team of basketball writers make some predictions for 2014-15, including title contenders, MVP candidates and more. More»
Will Leitch

Taveras' Death Breaks Your Heart

Oscar Taveras had ignited the imagination of Cardinals fans for years, and had just started to show the baseball world what he is capable of. His tragic death is heartbreaking for the entire baseball world, not just Cardinals fans. More»

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