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Rob Mains

Bye, April: Your Stats Are Misleading

Most measures of baseball performance take far longer than a week or three to stabilize. Drawing conclusions from a 10- or 20-game sample is akin to statistics problem sets involving drawing balls from an urn. A really, really big um. More»
Alex Wong

Will the Real Raptors Stand Up?

The Raptors will be at home in Game 7, but if they can't figure out how to put away this Pacers team with everything on Sunday, the franchise will have no choice but to move on from this group. There's no tip-toeing around the stakes. More»
NHL Playoffs

Pens Cap Off Win To Even Series

Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal against his former team with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining Saturday night, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in DC. More»
NBA Playoffs

Spurs Roll Over Thunder In Game 1

LaMarcus Aldridge had 38 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder, 124-92, on Saturday night, never trailing in Game 1 of the second-round series. More»
NHL Playoffs

Lightning Strike Back Against Isles

Tyler Johnson had two goals and an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders, 4-1, on Saturday to even the second-round series. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop rebounded after being pulled in second period of Game 1 to make 19 saves. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

History Not Kind to Draft Day 3 QBs

Many well-known college signal callers -- including Connor Cook, Dak Prescott and Cardale Jones -- heard their names called during rounds four or five of the NFL draft, with each facing vastly different expectations. More»

A-Blazin': Portland Finishes Off Clippers

Damian Lillard scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by holding off the resilient Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 on Friday night to claim the first-round playoff series 4-2. More»

Best Wade Plans: Heat Take Game 6

Dwyane Wade hadn't made a 3-point shot since December, enduring a streak of 22 consecutive misses. That all changed on Friday night with Miami's season on the line. More»
Sean Highkin

Lakers Get Their Man In Walton

On Friday, the Lakers announced they had an agreement with Luke Walton to become their new head coach, replacing Byron Scott, whom they fired after two disastrous seasons. For many reasons, he's the perfect fit. More»
Robert Weintraub

NFl Draft Day 3 All-Pro Team

Round 1 of the NFL draft is in the books, and there are plenty of instant-impact players to be selected, including in the late rounds on Saturday. Let's take a look at the caliber of player on offer by putting together a Day 3 All-Pro team. More»
Tim Healey

Neil Walker: Second to None

The April hot streak that has enveloped Mets second baseman Neil Walker won't last forever, but for now it's made him one of the best hitters on his team and in the league. So let's talk about the dingers. Everybody loves mashing dingers. More»

Stars Open Series With Clutch Win Over Blues

Radek Faksa scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 4:44 to play and had an assist on the other Dallas goal to help the Stars open the second round of the Western Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victiry over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Draft Day 2: Good, Bad and Huh?

There were many surprises on Day 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft and that meant there were a lot of possibilities on Day 2. We break down three good moves, three bad moves and three unanswered questions from Friday night's selections. More»
NFL Draft

Cowboys Rope In LB Jaylon Smith

The Dallas Cowboys grabbed some help for their defense, even though Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith likely won't contribute until 2017 because of a major knee injury.The Cowboys took Smith with the 34th overall pick in the second round Friday night. More»
Matt Brown

Draft's Most Polarizing QB is a Jet

Three years ago, Christian Hackenberg made his college debut at MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Jets. The positivity of the moment was eventually replaced by intense criticism, and now he'll try to recapture past optimism as the Jets' second-round pick. More»
NFL Draft

Jack Goes to Jax As Jags Trade Up

The Jacksonville Jaguars got "three good looks" at the injured right knee of UCLA star Myles Jack and were satisfied with the results. Still, it took an emotional tug for general manager Dave Caldwell to get Jack to Jacksonville. More»
Anthony Castrovince

PEDS: honesty always best policy

In light of Dee Gordon's surprising 80-game suspension for PED use, a bit of advice for the next player who finds himself in the same situation. This is what you should say when you get popped for performance-enhancers ... More»
Will Leitch

Shock Over Gordon Is Our Fault

There are a series of "facts" that we automatically apply to what we think of as a "PED user," and Dee Gordon met almost none of them. But that's because every single one of our assumptions is wrong. More»
Matt Brown

Tunsil Saga Could Haunt Ole Miss

Thursday was supposed to be a dream night for Ole Miss football: three five-star recruits in the class of 2013 becoming first-round draft picks. Now, Hugh Freeze and the Rebels may find themselves in trouble after the Laremy Tunsil drama. More»
Mike Lupica

Gordon's Big Test: What Happens Next

Now that Dee Gordon has been suspended for 80 games because of PED use, we revisit the themes of entitlement and insecurity and greed. But how the Marlins' star responds after he comes back will tell the rest of the story. More»
Alex Wong

Dwight and Rockets' Crash Landing

The Rockets were a team whose talent far outweighed their effort level on a nightly basis this past season, a group that made falling short of expectations a daily exercise. It's time to change the culture, and that starts by moving on from Dwight Howard. More»
Will Leitch

Kauffman Wins 'Stadium Madness'

In our annual stadium bracket competition, the Royals' Kauffman Stadium faced off against the Pirates' PNC Park. And Royals fans stepped up big time. More»
Joe DeLessio

Caps-Pens is Bigger Than the Stars

The Capitals beat the Penguins in Game 1 of their second-round series on Thursday, and it's already apparent that this matchup is happening too early in the playoffs. And the storylines go much deeper than just Alexander Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby . More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

No D in Dallas: Cowboys Take Elliott

While the Cowboys drafted a terrific prospect in Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick, they continued a worrying trend of ignoring problems on their defense, especially considering they could have drafted Jalen Ramsey instead. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Snap Reaction: The Top QB Picks

While much is already expected of QBs taken in the first round, franchises demand even more in return when giving up additional resources. For Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch, that means the clock has already started. More»
Andrew Garda

Draft's Best and Worst Moves (So Far)

Day one of the 2016 NFL draft was one of the most volatile in history, with eight trades and multiple sliding players. As always, though, some teams were more successful than others. Here are the biggest first impressions. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Draft's First Day: Lessons Learned

From Laremy Tunsil's strange video that caused a tumble to the first two QBs picked and the surprising rise of players such as Joey Bosa, there were many intriguing storylines on Thursday night in Chicago. We're now a bit wiser. More»
Manny Randhawa

Freese and Feliz: Warm Feelings Now

David Freese blasted a historic game-tying triple off Neftali Feliz to change the tide of the 2011 World Series. Have you ever wondered about the relationship between the two former adversaries now that they are on the same team five years later? We asked them. More»
Andrea Hangst

The Browns' Corey Draft Values

With the first round of this year's draft in the books, the Browns still have 12 total picks and 11 yet to make after taking Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman at No. 15. The team is trying to play it smart, but will it pay off? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Long Wait For Jack of All Trades

The first round of the NFL draft provided plenty of surprises, but no player saw his fortunes change as drastically as UCLA's Myles Jack, the linebacker considered by many as the best overall player in the draft. He's still looking for a taker. More»
David Ubben

Most Dramatic NFL Draft Day Falls

Laremy Tunsil's tumble down the draft board became the story of Thursday night's draft, fueled by an unprecedented red flag. Thought of as a likely top-six pick, Tunsil fell to 13th, adding him to the list of historic falls down the board on draft day. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Tunsil-itis Escalates Quickly at Draft

Less than 30 minutes before the start of the NFL draft on Thursday night, a video was posted from Laremy Tunsil's Twitter account showing him smoking out of a gas mask-style bong. A top prospect, he tumbled in the draft to the Dolphins at No. 13. More»
NFL Draft

Goff The Board: Rams Take Cal QB at No. 1

The Los Angeles Rams have selected California quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Goff becomes the second straight QB to go No. 1 overall and the 22nd in the modern era of the draft since 1967. More»

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