Steve Kim

Who's Got Next?

With another dominant win on Saturday night, Gennady Golovkin has played to ever-expanding audiences since making his stateside debut in September 2012. But, as the search begins for another opponent, is GGG simply too destructive for his own good? More»
Jonathan Bernhardt

Dreaming Big

There are rumors the Red Sox might trade the remaining two months of Jon Lester's contract to Los Angeles in exchange for the next five years of Matt Kemp. While the scenario still seems unlikely, there are reasons it would make sense for both teams. More»
Colin McGowan

Trapped In Phoenix

The Suns hope to build on their relative success in 2014-15. But they need guard Eric Bledsoe in order to do that. Fortunately (for them), they own his RFA rights, which essentially means he's not going anywhere. It also means he might get underpaid. More»
Sean Highkin

The Best of What's Left

The months of August and September aren't going to see much NBA free-agent activity, but there are still some quality players on the market who can help teams. Here are 10 who should be getting a look in the dog days of free agency. More»
Patrick Hruby

Misguided or just clueless?

Stanford football coach David Shaw told Fox Sports last week that those who believe college athletes should be compensated are misguided. Yet as a cursory inspection -- read: a good ol' fashioned fisking -- of his comments reveal, the real misguided stance belongs to Shaw. More»
Chuck Culpepper

Brazil's Most Powerful Drug

Wait a minute, wait a minute. What the hell happened here? We outsiders thought there'd be protests, giant protests -- sprawling, compelling, eye-widening World Cup protests in Brazil. Instead, many Brazilians were swept up by futebol fever during the event and put their activism aside. More»
Chris Cwik

Hidden Gem

While the Mariners' pitching staff deserves a lot of credit for keeping the club in playoff contention, Seattle is also carrying a secret weapon: Mike Zunino, who has emerged as the M's unsung hero thanks to his abilities behind the plate. More»
Dan Pompei

On The Shoulders of Giants

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay are using techniques to cultivate their most precious gem -- Robert Griffin III -- with quarterbacking theories that have been passed down through generations. More»
Mike Tanier

Mandatory Monday: Shouts & Murmurs

In a week of a thousand hot takes regarding Michael Sam, Tony Dungy, Chris Kluwe, Ray Rice and others, it was a welcome distraction to see actual players do football things. Through all the noise, maintaining focus is essential to sanity. More»
Mike Tanier

Critical Mass

Maximizing a strength can pay quicker dividends than improving a weakness. The Rams did a little of both this offseasin, but as they strive to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004, they are clearly counting on Robert Quinn and their front seven to lead the charge. More»
Will Leitch

Second Take

By calling out fellow ESPN colleague Stephen A. Smith for comments he made about the Ray Rice situation, Michelle Beadle showed courage and did us all a service. She started a conversation that we desperately needed to have. More»
Jerry Beach

Endangered Species

Reflecting on Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine's inductions into the Hall of Fame this weekend alongside managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, it seems that longevity for both pitchers and managers may be a thing of the past. More»
Tim Casey

Uncertain Future

Cliff Lee's return to Philadelphia in 2011 began with so much promise. Three years later, everything the Phillies built has fallen apart, and Lee has come back from an injury facing continued rumors about potential trades. More»
Shaun Powell

Reality Check

Byron Scott is back in the league and in the Lakers family. It's a wonderful moment for the coach, the team and the only player on the team that anyone would pay to see. But all is not well in L.A. Can Kobe and Co. deal with what's coming their way? More»
Jack Moore

Closing the Window

The Baseball Hall of Fame is faced with a voting logjam right now thanks to its stringent requirements and the steroid era. With the ballot window shrinking to 10 years, the greatest impact is on the candidacy of players like Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds. More»
Jonathan Bernhardt

Ready to Pitch In

The Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox on Saturday, trading two pitching prospects in a fair deal for both sides. While Peavy has struggled this year, the hope in San Francisco is that a change of scenery will turn things around. More»
Dirk Hayhurst

An Ongoing Battle

Michael Sam and his sexual orientation should not be a distraction, as Tony Dungy said, but that doesn't mean they aren't. The issue won't change overnight, because a lot of people have yet to come to terms with what he represents. More»
Dan Pompei

Party Down

The way Johnny Manziel parties will prevent him from doing his job as well as he must, because it's difficult to achieve consistency with bloodshot eyes. Joe Namath did it, the argument goes, but there is no modern-day Namath. The league has changed too much. More»
Jonathan Bernhardt

Catch of the Day

No one at the beginning of the season expected Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki to be the hottest commodity at his position by the non-waiver trade deadline. But the All-Star is having a career year -- and Minnesota should take advantage. More»
Jessica Luther

A Small Step

Texas coach Charlie Strong's statement about the sexual assault allegations levied against two UT players is a bold one, specifically because he took a hard line on where he stands on violence against women. This is not what usually happens. More»
Tomas Rios

A Larger Problem

The shockingly light suspension of a mere two games handed down to Ray Rice was disappointing, and for good reason, especially since seemingly lighter crimes have been more heavily punished. Then again, it's something of a microcosm of society's viewpoint. More»
Michael Pina

Uncertain Future

Rajon Rondo is a bit of a polarizing figure, in that he's been a very good player for one of the league's marquee franchises, yet he's also got some glaring weaknesses in his game. As he nears the end of his contract, the Celtics will have a big decision to make. More»
Pat Borzi

Silence is Golden

Frank Thomas was one of the first players to speak out against steroid use, and one of the few players to come out of the hearings with his dignity intact. Now he's being inducted into the Hall of Fame -- but instead of using his platform to preach, he should just be gracious. More»
Marc Normandin

Three's Company

This weekend, Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It makes sense for them to get into Cooperstown at the same time, since it's impossible to pick the best of the three -- each of them made their mark in baseball history. More»
Michael Weinreb

Under Control

While every football coach is a control freak, Jim Mora has always seemed especially attuned to maintaining the strict boundaries around his teams. With UCLA's highest preseason expectations in years, he's trying his hardest to prevent distractions. More»
Aaron Gordon

The Distraction Debate

When Tony Dungy remarked that he wouldn't have recruited Michael Sam, he ignited a timeworn debate about the effect that "distractions" can have on a team's performance. We look back at some big headlines to see whether that theory holds any weight. More»
Wendy Thurm

The Other Guys

The Oakland A's keep rolling in the West with a roster of some players who could barely even crack a major league roster just a few years ago. How did they build such a juggernaut? And how much credit should go to manager Bob Melvin? More»
Colin McGowan

Some Guys Have All The Luck

How did the Cardinals end up in a competitive balance draft lottery, anyway? There's a boring procedural answer to that question -- St. Louis is a relatively small media market -- but regardless, the Cards don't require any additional draft picks. More»
Mike Tanier

Early Bird Tribulations

July is often a calamitous month for the Giants, so starting a week early just gave the team a jump on misfortune, like veteran guard Chris Snee's retirement and Jon Beason starting camp on the PUP list. The other early birds, the Bills, are also dealing with some serious issues. More»
Tim Casey

Playing a New Game

For several months after retiring from tennis following the 2012 U.S. Open, Andy Roddick took advantage of his freedom. He had no obligations for the first time in his life. But now, the 31-year-old has embraced is budding media career and isn't looking back. More»
Geoffrey Gray

Too Good For His Own Good

Gennady Golovkin is such a hard hitter that he suffers from the unique problem of being so good that other boxers are wary of fighting him. Historically, it's a dangerous position for a bruiser to be in, because Golovkin runs the risk of never growing into the fighter he could be. More»
Aaron Gordon

No Discipline?

On Wednesday morning, the NFL suspended Ray Rice two games for knocking his then-fiance unconscious. A closer look at recent NFL suspensions demonstrates the NFL's wild inconsistency in upholding their nebulous Personal Conduct Policy. More»
Jonathan Bernhardt

Finding Relief

With Huston Street going to the Angels and Joakim Soria to the Tigers, the trade market for relief pitching is officially open and doing business. Here are three of the best arms remaining on the trade block now that the Angels and Tigers have made their plays. More»
Will Leitch

2014's Most Tortured NBA Fans

Which NBA fan base can say it has suffered the most? If you've won a title in the last 20 years, you don't have much to complain about. To make it to the top of this list, you not only have to support a team that's been lousy on the court, but embarrassing off of it. More»
Matthew Kory

The Most Exciting Divisions

With the trade deadline almost upon us, the thrill of baseball's pennant races is growing. How much excitement are we talking about here? We tried to quantify it. More»

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