Chris Mosch

Familia Takes a Leap Forward

New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia has had a breakout season as the team's closer, taking a leap forward by sharping his command and mixing in a devastating splitter. He made not belong on the elite tier of relievers yet, but he's getting closer. More»
Karim Zidan

Bubba In a Battle to the Top

A few days ago, a bet on Jordan Spieth to win the FedExCup Playoffs may have been the safest one in golf. So much for that. Now, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and others are hoping to make a run to the top of the point standings. More»
Gene Menez

How to Beat American Pharoah

The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years is making one of his final starts, in the prestigious Travers Stakes at venerable Saratoga Race Course, favored at 1-5 odds. What must a horse do to upset the Triple Crown winner? Here are five serious and not-so-serious horseplays. More»
Matt Brown

Beckman Firing Was The Right Call

Illinois fired head coach Tim Beckman on Friday, in a move that was only surprising because of the timing. Beckman was never seen as the answer for Illinois, but his alleged mistreatment of players made it clear that he wasn't fit to be a head coach anywhere. More»
Tim Healey

Tale of the tape: Finau and Parker

Tony Finau, among the leaders at The Barclays on Friday, has a pretty athletic family and can count Milwaukee Buck Jabari Parker among his cousins. The two don't seem to have a lot in common, but here is a look at how they compare. More»
Matt Brown

Baylor, TCU Battle For Big 12 Title

The Big 12 has changed drastically in the last few years, with the rise of Baylor and TCU coinciding with struggles at traditional powers Oklahoma and Texas. The 2015 season presents another golden opportunity for the Bears and Horned Frogs. More»
Tim Healey

The end of the Jack Zduriencik era

Amid a disappointing season, Jack Zduriencik's time as Mariners GM ended Friday when the team announced Zduriencik is out and assistant GM Jeff Kingston will run the show for the rest of the season. Who might step into that role on a more permanent basis? More»
Cy Brown

Champions League Group Analysis

With 32 teams competing across eight groups, the Champions League draw can be a lot to sort through. So we thought we'd take an early look at how we think each of the groups will shake out in Europe's top competition. More»
Dalton Mack

Fantasy football big board: v.2.0

Rosters are taking shape, either from impressive performances from unheralded players or from injuries that have befallen some top-notch talents. To reflect this, the Sports on Earth Big Board has undergone a variety of changes since its initial iteration last month. More»
Will Leitch

The precipitous fall of RGIII

Not too long ago, Robert Griffin III was Washington's rookie quarterback and savior. Now, things have gotten so bad that some of his offensive linemen -- those paid to protect him -- reportedly don't like him. How did he fall? What happened? Football happened. More»
Karim Zidan

Serena's path to the Tennis History

The US Open begins in New York on Monday, and with it the final leg of Serena Williams' quest to complete the calendar-year Grand Slam. Williams' first opponent will be Vitalia Diatchenko. Who else stands in her way? More»
Tim Healey

Why You Should Root for Ryan Palmer

A week and a half after his father died in a car accident, golfer Ryan Palmer is giving it a go at The Barclays this weekend in Edison, N.J., playing with a heavy heart. Anyone watching can't help but pull for this guy. More»
Michael Tunison

The 2015 New NFL Rules Explainer

Following an NFL game at first exposure can already be a confounding experience. To make matters worse, the league is constantly adding new rules and tweaking existing ones. This year is no different. Here, we explain some of the more significant changes. More»
Andrew Garda

NFC North: Three-team Race

It seems like the NFC North has been one of the better divisions in football for some time. Last year saw a shift, though, with the Vikings leapfrogging the poor Bears. Can Minnesota stick with the Packers and Lions at the top? More»
Cian Fahey

The Packers Can't Replace Nelson

The Packers' Super Bowl hopes took a huge hit when star receiver Jordy Nelson tore his ACL during a preseason game, and no combination of in-house pass-catchers can replace his production. Here's a look at what makes Nelson so good at what he does. More»
Cy Brown

Jordan Spieth Looking to Rebound

After one round of The Barclays -- the first tournament of the FedExCup Playoffs -- we can toss conventional wisdom out the window. Supposed favorite Jordan Spieth shot what he called "the worst round I've played in years." More»
SoE Staff

Usain Bolt Vs. Segway: Segway Wins

At the world championships of track and field on Thursday, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the 200-meter event, but then got taken out by a photographer riding a Segway. Just one more reason why Segways are always hilarious. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Preseason Happy List: NFC South

We continue our Reasons To Be Happy And Love Life NFL Previews with the much-maligned NFC South, where the Panthers are hoping to continue their run of road success, Drew Brees is on a farewell tour and "Matty Ice" tries to live up to his nickname. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Master pitchman or crazy person?

The NFL news cycle took a break from season-ending injuries Wednesday to talk about something Russell Wilson believes can help players -- a purportedly enhanced water product that he endorses. He may have lost his mind. More»
Karim Zidan

Spieth's Biggest FedExCup Foes

Jordan Spieth has had a terrific season, and headed into the FedExCup Playoffs he was a favorite to win it all. But after a rough first round at The Barclays on Thursday, the door is open to other contenders. Who could give him a run for his money? More»
Robert Weintraub

32 NFL Teams, 32 Breakout Candidates

Here are the best bets from each NFL team to bust out and vastly improve from 2014 (rookies not included). Some will go from decent to good rather than good to great, but all are players worth keeping an eye on as the year progresses. More»
Cy Brown

FedExCup Playoffs Explainer

The FedExCup Playoffs -- the competition that caps off the PGA TOUR season -- is still less than a decade old and can be confusing to casual and die-hard golf fans alike. But don't be discouraged. Here's everything you should know. More»
Anthony Castrovince

2015's most impactful MLB managers

Even in our statistically savvy times, we still don't have any real way to measure a manager, so really, this is all super subjective stuff. But let's at least try to operate on informed subjectivity. Here are 10 managers who have had the biggest (positive) impact this season. More»
Michael Pina

TBT: Can't Throw Away the Admiral

Whenever I fly home, my parents ask the same question approximately 700 times: "Can we throw this away?" It's a valid question. But they know better than to ask about an old, authentic David Robinson jersey. That thing isn't going anywhere. More»
Paul Casella

The most intense games of 2015

Everyone has their own standards for what makes a game dramatic or exciting, but there is one statistic -- Average Leverage Index -- that attempts to put a number on it. Here's a look at the most dramatic games so far in 2015, based strictly on aLI. More»
Matt Brown

Watson Can Lead Clemson to ACC Title

With five or six legitimate title contenders, all with significant holes, the ACC may be the major conference most likely to be left out of the playoff. That doesn't mean the race won't be entertaining, with Deshaun Watson hoping to lead Clemson to the top. More»
Matt Brown

Heisman 2015: Year of the RB

It's almost impossible to predict how the Heisman Trophy race will play out from week to week during the season, let alone in the preseason. But our projections for the 2015 Heisman race believe that running backs could dominate the conversation. More»
Will Leitch

Why Michael Vick won't be forgiven

News that the Steelers were talking to Michael Vick caused a stir early this week, and, of course, the media asked Ben Roethlisberger his thoughts. Why is one man mostly forgiven for (alleged) transgressions and the other is not for his crimes? More»
Karim Zidan

The twisting tale of Jon Jones

The UFC's Sept. 4 news conference will feature a long list of stars -- Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and so on. Jon Jones will not be among them. He is still suspended indefinitely, and his future with the company and in the sport is very much up in the air. More»
Matthew Leach

Span Can Provide Boost For Nats

If the addition of one player from the DL were enough to fix the Nationals, they wouldn't be 5 1/2 games out of first place in the National League East. But Denard Span's return will help Washington out on several levels. More»
Kenneth Arthur

'Beast Mode' Has Nothing to Prove

The Super Bowl's final play is still so fresh on everyone's minds that people can't seem to talk about Marshawn Lynch without asking, "Why didn't they give him the ball? But the Seahawks running back is still in stride and will barrel his way into the Hall of Fame eventually. More»
Terence Moore

A Hall of Famer Off The Court

While Dikembe Mutombo will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his on-court success next month, he deserves to be in the Hall for his off-the-court achievements as well, as he's made a worldwide impact since his career ended. More»
Len Hochberg

Meet the PGA's top-ranked rookies

There were 27 rookies on PGA Tour this season, and some of them appear to have very bright futures. One even won a tournament, and nine qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs, which begin Thursday. With that in mind, here's a look at the Tour's top rookies. More»
Tim Healey

Mekhi Garrard Is the Greatest

This Week's Greatest Athlete on Earth is our youngest honoree yet: Mekhi Garrard, who plays for the Missouri team in the Little League World Series and reminded us that baseball is, at heart, a kid's game. His reaction to a grand slam this weekend was priceless. More»
Erik Malinowski

The Captain's Comeback

In the midst of what has suddenly become a dream season, the New York Mets this week welcomed back David Wright from an injury that almost ended his career. What will it mean for the Mets and for the NL East race? More»
Allison Duffy

Uganda, Australia make LLWS waves

Despite being eliminated from the 2015 Little League World Series, both Uganda and Australia made history, collecting their first wins in tournament play and proving that they could compete with Little League's best on an international stage. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Preseason Happy List: AFC North

The AFC North is always one of the best divisions, but this year could be its peak, with two legitimate Super Bowl-worthy teams and Cincinnati's perennial contention. If only Cleveland figures out its quarterback situation! More»
Richard Justice

Why We Love Jordan Spieth

All Jordan Spieth has done these last five months is become a rock star on the PGA TOUR. He won two majors, came close in two others, became the world's No. 1, pairing domination with the sort of human touch that makes a great athlete truly compelling. More»
Matt Brown

Alabama Still SEC's Team To Beat

The SEC appears to be as wide-open as ever. Alabama experiences a lot of turnover, while its competition consists of the best division in football in the SEC West. Still, even though the list of contenders is long, it's hard to bet against Alabama. More»
Andrew Simon

Small Moves That Paid Off Big

Everyone knew that Jon Lester and Josh Donaldson would help the Cubs and Blue Jays, respectively, get better. But winter moves that weren't such big news have been important, too. Here are 10 low-key offseason acquisitions who have come up big for contenders. More»
Ross Tucker

Fewer Preseason Games? Not Likely

It happens every year. A star player gets hurt in an NFL preseason game, and an uproar regarding the number of exhibitions -- and the "unnecessary" injuries that occur -- commences. But reducing the number of preseason games would be a bad idea. Here's why. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

First-Year NFL Coaches: Into the Fire

Few assistant football coaches climb out of anonymity, and fewer still lift themselves into one of the NFL's 32 coveted head coaching positions. In 2015, three assistants become NFL head coaches for the first time. How will each one fare? More»
Michael Tunison

The NFL Fall Guy Application

Following news about Hall of Famer Cris Carter encouraging NFL rookies to get a "fall guy" in their crew, even you can get into the exciting world of culpability management. Complete this application ... and lawyer up, buddy. More»
David Ubben

Mayfield Is Right Fit for Oklahoma

Baker Mayfield started Texas Tech's opener as a true freshman walk-on in 2013, and now he'll get a chance to be the opening-day starter at Oklahoma two years later. As Oklahoma shifts to a new system, Mayfield brings the perfect mentality to the job. More»
Karim Zidan

Tiger Can Look On the Bright Side

Tigers Woods' weekend at the Wyndham Championship was not the storybook comeback many hoped for, but it has become increasingly hard to deny that Woods -- even with lackluster performances over the last two years -- still has something left. More»
Will Leitch

The No-Playoff Devastation Rankings

We can comfortably say three teams are all but locks to make the playoffs. What about the other 14 teams competing for seven spots? Here's a look at just how much of a disaster it would be for each contending franchise to miss the postseason. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Cubs' Wild Card Hopes On The Line

The Cubs -- owners of the fourth-best record in baseball and only the third-best record in the NL Central -- head out for a weighty west coast trip this week, facing off against the Giants and Dodgers with major Wild Card implications. More»
Andrea Hangst

Dangerous Roads Ahead

The strength -- or lack thereof -- of an NFL team's schedule can have a major impact on how its win-loss record looks at the end of the year. Here are the three teams facing the toughest paths ahead to the playoffs in 2015. More»
Cy Brown

If FedExCup Golfers Were MLB Teams

After winning the Wyndham Championship and improbably qualifying for the FedExCup Playoffs, Davis Love III has solidified his position as... the Kansas City Royals of golf? (Trust us when we say it makes sense.) More»
Matt Brown

USC, Oregon Lead Compelling Pac-12

The Pac-12 might have college football's most intriguing race in 2015. With rising programs in the South Division and Oregon and Stanford in the North, the title race appears to be wide-open, with several teams owning playoff aspirations. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Nelson Latest To Fall In Preseason

The 2015 regular season may not begin for another few weeks, but players are getting hurt at an alarming rate. The Packers were the latest team hit, appearing to have lost No. 1 wideout Jordy Nelson for the entire year to a torn ACL. More»
Matt Brown

Sarkisian: 'I sincerely apologize'

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian apologized on Sunday for his behavior and language during a speech at USC's Salute to Troy kickoff event on Saturday. The incident again placed a spotlight on the coach in the face of USC's rising expectations. More»
Matt Brown

AP Top 25: Underrated and Overrated

With the advent of the College Football Playoff and its selection committee, preseason polls have lost all their actual meaning. Still, we love to debate rankings, so these are the most underrated and overrated teams in the preseason AP top 25. More»
Matthew Trueblood

Cubs Young Stars Face the Heat

Anthony Rizzo is a really good hitter, so it should come as no surprise that he's handling fastballs better than everyone except Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Nelson Cruz... and he's doing that despite facing hotter heat than any of those three. More»
Cy Brown

Battle of Two EPL Powerhouses

Arsenal and Liverpool square off against each other on Monday at the Emirates Stadium in London and history favors the Gunners. Liverpool has only beaten Arsenal on the road once in the last 15 years. More»
Richard Justice

Fiers Cheated? Get a Grip

There was a little bit of buzz on Twitter Friday night that Mike Fiers may or may not have had a mysterious substance in his glove while twirling his no-hitter against the Astros. There's no concrete evidence he used it, but even if he did, it shouldn't matter. More»
Matt Brown

Notre Dame Aims for Playoff BId

The FBS Independents are down to only three teams who are not full members of conferences: Notre Dame, BYU and Army. The status of independents has been questioned in the playoff era, but the Fightin' Irish have a chance to dive into the debate. More»
Karim Zidan

The UFC's Rousey Opponent Crisis

Ronda Rousey's next fight will be against former boxing champion Holly Holm at UFC 195 on Jan. 2, a departure from the UFC's previously stated plans of another Rousey-Miesha Tate bout. It's hard to find worthy opponents for the women's bantamweight champ. More»
Dalton Mack

Fantasy football: sleepers and busts

It seems that with every passing season, there are fewer and fewer steals on draft day, but it's worth picking out a few names anyway. Here are some potential sleepers -- as well as an array of busts to consider -- in advance of your fantasy football draft. More»
Will Leitch

Chris Borland and our NFL problem

The riveting, sad Chris Borland story released in "ESPN: The Magazine" this week was the latest in a series of reminders that football is a brutal, punishing game. And like the other reminders, we've already moved toward forgetting about it. More»
Michael Tunison

It is 2020, and J.J. Watt is president

The days of taking plays off or even days off are numbered. In the future, you will work constantly. Work will be your family, fun, culture and religion. There is no greater testament to this ethos than the fact that J.J. Watt has just become the leader of the free world. More»
Andrew Garda

Luck, Colts should own AFC South

After looking at the rest of the AFC, we turn our attention to a division that is much more evenly divided into "haves" and "have nots." Can anyone catch the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South? Probably not, but the teams have some important pieces. More»
Cy Brown

Tiger Is Roaring Again

Just when we thought we were living in a post-Tiger Woods world, here he comes to remind us just how good he can be. With a playoff spot on the line, Woods carried the momentum he built in the first round at the Wyndham into Friday, grabbing a share of the lead. More»
AJ Cassavell

Ranking MLB's postseason races

For as long as Major League baseball has existed, the pennant race has always been its staple, and the introduction of a second Wild Card in each league a few years ago raised the stakes. Here's one man's opinion on which races are most exciting. More»
Cian Fahey

The impact of a healthy Bowman

A healthy NaVorro Bowman will return to a 49ers team very different from the one he played for when he tore is ACL in January 2014, but the linebackers presence should be a boon for San Francisco. Here's a look at what makes Bowman so good. More»
Erik Malinowski

Why Chase Utley Should Make the HOF

As beloved Phillies second baseman Chase Utley heads west to Los Angeles to reunite with double-play partner Jimmy Rollins, there should be no hand-wringing over his Cooperstown credentials. In five years' time or so, Utley's name should be called. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Preseason Happy List: NFC West

The reputation of the NFC West has been all over the map in recent years. A division with three historically underachieving teams has been turned upside down, with the traditional power in a free fall. There are still reasons for everyone to be happy. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Panthers Can Still Win NFC South

The loss of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the season to a torn ACL is a big blow to the Carolina Panthers, diminishing their playoff chances. Still, in a winnable NFC South, all hope is not lost. It's far too early to count the Panthers out. More»
Alex Wong

TBT: Mats Sundin Helped Me Fit In

When I was a kid trying to get accustomed to life in North America after my family moved to the Toronto area from Hong Kong, it struck me as a genius idea to get a Leafs jersey. Yes, you'll never believe what happened next. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Best Under-the-Radar Seasons

Paul Goldschmidt, who's been a very good Major Leaguer for years, has been even better this year, a season in which the Diamondbacks are going nowhere. Here are some of baseball's best seasons by players on teams not making the playoffs in 2015. More»
Matthew Leach

AL Wild Card Race Heats Up

Nearly every team in the American League has at least some hope of sneaking into a Wild Card spot. So we decided to take a look at the strongest contenders for those two berths, in hopes of adding a little clarity to a messy (but exciting) race. More»
Tim Healey

MLB's worst recent contract years

Ian Desmond is in the middle of the worst season of his career during what is perhaps the most important season of his career as he prepares to hit free agency this winter. Who else in recent MLB history has had poor walk years? How did they fare afterward? More»
Len Hochberg

Tiger At the Wyndham

You have to admire Tiger Woods for playing in the Wyndham Championship. If he wins, he'll reach the playoffs. But if he flames out, like he has before in 2015, this could be yet another showing that sets off alarms. Either way, we're watching. More»
Matt Brown

The College All-Watchability Team

There are some players who have a knack for the highlight-reel play, who consistently do mind-blowing things on the field with their speed, size, versatility or overall athleticism. We picked the most entertaining college football players at every position. More»
Cy Brown

Bubble Watch: Non-Tiger Edition

The FedExCup standings will be finalized this weekend at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., where golfers on the cusp of making the playoffs will be scratching and clawing to finish inside the coveted top 125. More»
Jonathan Rand

The Royals' hometown honeymoon

While the Royals may have made fans ecstatic after last year's magical run, there's still a hunger that remains after they came oh so close to winning the World Series. Now that they're back on top, the bond between team and fans is closer than ever. More»
Brian Kenny

The Red Sox: Shrewd or Impatient?

The hiring of Dave Dombrowski is a smart move for Boston, but it still shows how tumultuous the franchise's front office has been in recent years, and highlights the stability of teams such as the Cardinals, Giants and Yankees. More»
Will Leitch

Griffin Falls Victim to Gotcha-Ism

Anyone who watched Robert Griffin III say that he believes he's the best quarterback in the league knew what he was really saying. But the quote got pulled out of context, starting a relentless cycle of unfair coverage. It's no wonder why media access is being limited. More»
Ross Tucker

When It's All on The Line

I love preseason football because I know how important every one of those plays is to the guys that are participating -- especially those playing in the second halves of games long after you've already turned the channel to see what else is on. More»
Matt Brown

Nobody Can Catch Buckeyes in Big Ten

The Big Ten is riding high after its postseason success, although depth remains an issue for the conference. Ohio State is the consensus choice for No. 1 again this season, with Michigan State leading a number of teams in a race for second. More»
Cy Brown

Assessing the Fast EPL Starts

The English Premier League season is a long slog from August until May. It's a marathon, not a sprint. But even so, getting out to a fast start can't be undervalued. How will the four teams with two early wins fare going forward? More»
Terence Moore

Quinn Marches to His Own Beat

The Falcons' Dan Quinn is among a new breed of NFL coach, one that's more open and player-friendly than, say, the Bill Belichick-types of the league. He likes loud music during practice -- but he also means business. More»
Tim Healey

What Dombrowski to Boston Means

The Red Sox began their 2015-16 offseason Tuesday night by hiring Dave Dombrowski, the recently deposed Tigers boss, as their president of baseball operations. There's a lot to digest, so here are five thoughts stemming from the news. More»
SoE Staff

This Week's Greatest Athlete on Earth: Jason Day

This week's honor goes to Jason Day, who with his win at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits over the weekend, snagged his first career major title. The tournament victory, Day's third of the year, also improved his ranking to No. 3 in the world. More»
Knox Bardeen

No Rush To Name Alabama QB

While Jake Coker has been considered by many to be the favorite for Alabama's starting quarterback job, the race has been wide-open. That's even truer now as Coker misses practice time with a foot injury, opening the door for David Cornwell and others. More»
Will Leitch

NFL preseason happy list: AFC South

Preseason is a time for good vibes, and so, continuing our series of Reasons for Optimism NFL Previews, here is a look at the AFC South. Some teams (like the Colts) have more reasons to be happy than others (like the Jags). More»
Michael Tunison

NFL QB Accurately Assesses Skills

RG3 raised some eyebrows this week when he said he felt like he was "the best quarterback in the league." But was that really so unusual? Here's what it would sound like if an NFL QB gave a truly honest evaluation of his performance. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The NFL Coach Hot Seat Index

With NFL exhibition games underway and start of the regular season less than a month away, which fan bases should prepare for a make-or-break year with their head coaches? Meet the six men sitting on the hottest seats in the NFL. More»
Andrew Simon

Most Prominent Playoff Droughts

The number of teams making the playoffs each year is now at an all-time high, with two Wild Cards per league. Still, there are a number of players who have endured long waits for their first postseason appearance. Here are some of the most prominent. More»
Matt Brown

Union Decision Is Only A Small Setback

While the National Labor Relations Board declined to assert jurisdiction on a petition that would have allowed Northwestern football players to unionize, it's not the end of the fight. Even in a loss, the mere push for a union sparked change. More»
Will Leitch

Mets, Nats and potential heartbreak

There's a lot going on these last seven weeks of baseball season, but the battle between the Mets and Nationals in the NL East is the best story out there. There is almost certainly no Wild Card consolation, so one fan base is going to be crushed. More»
Tim Healey

Denson and Unexpected Trailblazers

Brewers prospect David Denson made history over the weekend when he revealed that he is gay. This is an important step for the sport as a whole, and even if Denson doesn't make it to the Majors, his place in history should be honored. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Rivers' Extension A Boon For Chargers

Chargers GM Tom Telesco managed to convince reticent quarterback Philip Rivers to re-up with the team, making Rivers the highest-salaried signal caller without a Super Bowl ring. Will the Chargers be able to keep him healthy enough to earn one? More»
Anthony Castrovince

Davis Powers O's Back Into the Mix

Chris Davis is going to get paid this winter. Because power hitters get paid. Period. Plus, were there an award for Second-Half MVP in this sport, Davis would be in the pole position. He's powering the O's into the heart of the playoff race at the right time. More»
Karim Zidan

An MMA Heavyweight Legend Returns

On June 21, 2012, Fedor Emelianenko knocked Pedro Rizo unconscious, said his goodbyes and hung up his gloves for good... or so we thought. After three years of rumors, the heavyweight legend has announced his return. More»
Andrea Hangst

Takeaways from Preseason Week 1

The first week of the 2015 NFL preseason has come and gone, and there are a number of noteworthy things to take away from this meaningful-yet-meaningless early exhibition period. Here are the main takeaways, from who got hurt to who broke out. More»
Cian Fahey

Could Taylor Win Bills' QB Job?

There has been no clear winner of the Bills quarterback competition thus far. Their three QBs -- EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor -- have been inconsistent while battling it out for the starting spot. Here's why Taylor, the wild card, might be the winner. More»
Matt Brown

Cincinnati Is The Team To Beat in AAC

Formerly the Big East, the American Athletic Conference has lost its status as a power conference. Still, with the addition of Navy and an intriguing group of coaches, the AAC has the makings of a fun, competitive conference, led by an explosive Cincinnati team. More»
Cy Brown

Jason Day wins First Major at PGA

Jason Day finally got over the hump, winning the PGA Championship while shooting a major record 20-under for the tournament. He also beat Jordan Spieth in the process. Could we be witnessing a classic new rivalry in the post-Tiger era? More»
Karim Zidan

Signs of Weakness? Don't Bet On It

Rising star Belinda Bencic toppled Serena Williams in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The loss was a rare one for Williams (especially this year), but it may be a little hasty to say that it indicated any weakness in her game. More»
Michael Tunison

Rex Ryan: Keep On Trollin'

It's fun to imagine that Rex Ryan is so intent on sticking it to his former team that he would sign a player who just got kicked off the team for socking Geno Smith, but in recent years, Rex has become less fun. So let's make him exciting again. More»
Pat Borzi

Peterson Looks For Forgiveness

After a judge ruled Adrian Peterson fulfilled his probation requirements, he reported to training camp on time and with a restructured contract through 2017, where the Minnesota faithful have embraced him once again. More»
Dalton Mack

Fantasy Movers and Shakers

Offseason transactions can make or break an NFL team -- as well as a fantasy squad. There are needs to be filled, systems to be studied and chemistry to build. Here's a look at 10 of the most high-profile changes from this past offseason and how they might affect your strategy. More»
Cy Brown

Day Vs. Spieth Showdown at the PGA

After a thrilling day of low scores at the PGA Championship we're 18 holes away from handing out the Wanamaker Trophy, but just who it will go to is still up in the air. One thing's for certain, though: All eyes will be on Jason Day and Jordan Spieth. More»
Chris Mosch

Johnny Cueto: Man of Many Motions

Johnny Cueto's delivery has received a significant amount of attention in the past month or so, mostly because he added a shimmying variation that has caught some batters off guard. Do his varied deliveries and quick pitches have any benefit? More»
Matt Brown

The Return of MACtion

Northern Illinois has dominated the MAC in recent years, but the conference could have its most entertaining race in years, with Toledo, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and others boasting impressive offensive talent. More»
Cy Brown

Chelsea, Man City Fight for Momentum

Chelsea and Manchester City face off this weekend in the biggest match of the English Premier League season so far. A win by either club would go a long way to providing some momentum going forward. Which team will have the advantage Sunday? More»
Kenneth Arthur

'Tha Monstar' Is Ready to Roar

Jesse Williams battled through a lot just to get to the Seahawks' preseason game Friday. Nobody could have expected he would be on the field less than three months after having a cancerous kidney removed from his body -- except, perhaps, Williams himself. More»
Will Leitch

What NFL Preseason Ratings Mean

NFL preseason ratings are always taken as a sign of just how much America can't get enough of football. But I'd argue they're more a sign of how much America likes to have football on its television sets, which is not precisely the same thing. More»
Maureen Mullen

For Pats, relief at football's return

After months of talk about air pressure, PSI, text messages, suspensions, appeals and settlements, the Patriots got on the field to play an actual football game Thursday. It was the preseason, sure, but it was a welcomed reprieve from an offseason of nonsense. More»
Matt Brown

The Best and Worst CFB Schedules

College football is obsessed with strength-of-schedule debates between conferences, but luck of the draw within conference play also plays a big factor. We identify the luckiest and unluckiest draws from each conference this season. More»
Cy Brown

Top 5 Premier League debuts

The English Premier League started back up last weekend, and with it came the debuts of many exciting players previously starring for foreign clubs. From Dimitri Payet to Matteo Darmian, here are the five best performances from EPL debutantes. More»
Andrew Garda

Broncos team to beat in AFC West

We round out our division-by-division AFC previews with a look at a very competitive -- and somewhat cloudy -- AFC West. The Broncos have dominated in recent years, but the Chargers and Chiefs could make it interesting this season. More»
Tim Healey

Adjusting to life in the Minors

For recent MLB draftees just now getting their first taste of pro life, the off-field, lifestyle transition can be just as daunting as the on-field side. These players are learning to navigate the unfamiliar terrain of adulthood, not unlike young professionals in any other field. More»
Erik Malinowski

How to Appreciate Carlos Correa

Only a few dozen games into his Major League career, Houston's 20-year-old phenom, Carlos Correa, is on his way to the AL Rookie of the Year Award and might already be the best shortstop in baseball. (It not, he will be.) More»
Karim Zidan

Problem Child or Just a Problem?

A frustrated Nick Kyrgios let his emotions get the best of him Wednesday, as he made an inappropriate about the girlfriend of his opponent, Stan Wawrinka. The 20-year-old Aussie has talent, but his mouth may always hold him back. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Preseason Happy List: NFC North

While fortunes can change at any moment -- see the Jets and Geno Smith -- every NFL fan base still has reasons to be happy about their prospects for this season. So, we move onto the NFC North, where we find optimism for all four teams amid the sport's chaos. More»
Alex Wong

Biggest Games On the NBA Schedule

On Wednesday, the NBA released its schedule for the 2015-16 season. We're still over two months away from opening night (and it may seem like a long way off), but here are some of the games to circle on the calendar to get you excited. More»
Andrew Garda

Rex Ryan's impending mess

The Bills picked up recently released Jets linebacker IK Enemkpali on Wednesday, the latest in a series of former Rex Ryan players acquired by the Buffalo coach. But with a number of locker-room question marks, could it all come crashing down on Ryan? More»
Matt Brown

Hilltoppers Rising in Conference USA

Conference USA looks totally different than it did just a couple of years ago thanks to realignment, and it's in rebuilding mode as a whole. Still, with high-powered Western Kentucky competing with Marshall and Louisiana Tech, there's plenty to like. More»
Tim Healey

Taking stock of the ROY races

There are about eight weeks left in the regular season, which means everything is under a much stronger microscope -- including the competitions for the major end-of-season awards. Here, we look at the Rookie of the Year races in both leagues. More»
Anthony Castrovince

The 15 Best MLB comebacks of 2015

There has been an unusually potent proliferation of great comeback stories this season -- players who have rebounded from injuries or poor performance or, in one prominent case, league-imposed exile. Let's take a look at the best of the bunch. More»
Matthew Trueblood

The Cubs' young hitters walk -- a lot

The Cubs have given an unusual number of plate appearances to players in their age-25 season or younger, and those players are walking at an unusually high rate. How unusual? Here's an examination of their performance through an historical lens. More»
Cy Brown

Q&A with Brady Sketch Artist

Jane Rosenberg's courtroom sketch of Tom Brady went viral on Wednesday. She was kind enough to take a few minutes to talk to Sports on Earth about the Internet's reaction to her sketch, as well as her process in her unique profession. More»
Cy Brown

#BradySketch Takes over Twitter

Tom Brady and the NFL were in court today for hearing on the appeal ruling of Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension. Of course, Twitter reacted to toady's hearing with analysis and jokes. It even spawned a new meme. More»
Cy Brown

'Hard Knocks': Best of Episode 1

Football season is less than a month away, which means everyone's favorite behind-the-scenes sports show, "Hard Knocks: Training Camp," is back on the air. Here are the best moments from the first episode of this season with the Houston Texans. More»
Will Leitch

Chase Utley and One-Team Wonders

The Phillies second baseman is the active leader in plate appearances made for only one franchise, and he's 59th all-time, a designation he'll lose if he's shipped out by August 31. This is something that's just not done anymore. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Is There a Bright Side for the Jets?

Geno Smith played well late last season for the Jets, but any momentum is now moot after a punch by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali left him with a broken jaw. The injury could change the Jets' plans both now and in the future. More»
Terence Moore

The Steady Voice of Frank Gifford

Ever a gentleman, broadcaster Frank Gifford died peacefully at 84 over the weekend, but his professionalism lives. You wouldn't expect anything less from somebody whose life was a fairy tale, with only a few big, bad wolves. More»
Alex Wong

Tristan Thompson's big decision

This week, Tristan Thompson sent word via agent Rich Paul that he is considering taking the qualifying offer from Cleveland, a one-year deal that would make him an unrestricted free agent next summer. Here are several intriguing questions about this entire ordeal. More»
Karim Zidan

Inside the world of knight fighting

In Russia, as part of the country's top MMA promotion, medieval knight fighting is a flourishing combative sport and art form, quickly carving its niche: impressive swordplay and legitimate entertainment presented in a slightly barbaric manner. More»
Paul Casella

Best MLB rotations of Past 30 Years

There's little question MLB has transitioned into a pitching-dominated era, with some starting staffs -- including the Cardinals and Mets -- having historically good seasons. But how do they stack up against the best rotations of the past 30 years? More»
Matt Brown

Path To The College Football Playoff

College football gets off to a later start than the last few years, meaning a schedule that is a week shorter. That just means there isn't a week without a big game in 2015. Here's a week by week guide to the best and worst of the schedule. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Time For the Jets to Grow Up

What was a quiet (and optimistic) preseason for the New York Jets got turned on its head as Geno Smith will now be out 6-10 weeks after suffering a broken jaw in a locker room altercation. At this point, it's a fair question to ask: Same Old Jets? More»
SoE Staff

This Week's Greatest Athlete on Earth: Josh Donaldson

A big reason for the Blue Jays' recent surge is their third baseman, who hit five home runs, drove in eight runs and had a 1.038 slugging percentage over the past week, firmly planting his name in the American League MVP conversation. More»
Will Leitch

The NFL Preseason Happy List: AFC East

Yes, even when one's presumed starting quarterback gets sucker punched and is expected to miss 6-10 weeks, there are reasons for optimism. We swear! Let us look on the bright side for once as we kick of some more preseason previews. More»
Matt Brown

Boise State Controls Mountain West

The Mountain West boasts a solid stable of teams, including Utah State and San Diego State, but everyone is still chasing Boise State. With nearly everyone returning but the backfield, the Broncos could again be headed for a major bowl bid. More»
Michael Pina

What Team USA Should Look Like In '16

USA basketball has invited 34 players to its Las Vegas minicamp, and only a few are guaranteed spots on the 2016 Olympics roster. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski have several options to choose from, but these are the best ones. More»
Michael Tunison

First Rule About Football Fight Club

As part of the NFL's ongoing quest to make its bloodsport more gentlemanly, the league late last week revealed that it would begin fining players who don't leave the immediate area on the field where a fight breaks out. This probably won't work. More»
Andrew Simon

Comebacks That Can Make A Difference

While many MLB contenders have tried to acquire help through trades, some clubs may get help from within. These 10 players who are on the comeback trail from injuries have the ability to make a difference in the playoff race down the stretch. More»
Robert Weintraub

Analytics In NFL Playcalling

The Denver Broncos just announced that their "numbers man," Mitch Tanney, will be on a headset communicating directly with head coach Gary Kubiak, presumably to consult on probabilities of success in various scenarios. But don't expect change overnight. More»
Cy Brown

5 Levels of Arsenal Panic

After only one match day in the 2015-2016 English Premier League season we've already seen one tradition that's as essential to the game in England as matches on boxing day: Arsenal fans panicking after an inexplicable loss. More»
Ross Tucker

Proposing an NFL-Brady Settlement

Let's forget U.S. District Judge Richard Berman and the Wednesday settlement hearing talks between Tom Brady and the NFL. Berman has more important things to do. Here's a settlement both parties should be able to agree on: a one- or two-game suspension. More»
Will Leitch

The primal lure of a foul ball

The most dangerous place in the world is between a fan and a foul ball. For whatever reason, when we see a baseball at a game, everything else in our lives -- our families, our well-being, our electronic devices -- vanishes in a wisp. All that matters is the ball. More»
Matt Brown

Best Defenses in College Football

Most vacant head coaching positions are being filled with offensive minds, but you can't win a championship without a complete team. So, with the 2015 season just a few weeks away, let's take a look at what could be the top 25 defenses this fall. More»
Andrea Hangst

NFL QB Stability Rankings

Stability in the NFL is a coveted thing, especially at quarterback. Teams without a franchise quarterback are constantly searching for one, and teams that have a proven quarterback will do whatever they can to keep him. So which teams are most stable at QB? More»
Anthony Castrovince

Nats Ready For a Fight to the Finish

Spoiler alert: Washington will not be winning 100 games this season. In fact, they have a fight ahead to just make the playoffs. But they are not the only team that will be sweating through the dog days of August. Here's a look at the landscape. More»
Cian Fahey

Tannehill Needs More Support

Unless they are injury-related, suspension-related or playing time-related, reports coming out of training camp are often worthless. So what should we make of the rave reviews Ryan Tannehill is getting in camp? More»
Kenneth Arthur

Frank Gifford: The Voice, The Legend

For 84 years, Frank Gifford lived an extraordinary life. He was practically the astronaut of football players. He looked like a movie star and had the public persona of a well-mannered politician. He also happened to run like the wind. More»
Tim Healey

Jays Have Been Good All Along

The Blue Jays finished off a sweep of the Yankees on Sunday, winning their eighth straight and their 11th in 12 games. But they have been good all season, according to their stats -- it's just now resulting in greater success. More»
Cy Brown

What We Learned: EPL Opening Day

The first day of the Premier League is in the books and, while only 12 of the 20 clubs have played, we have our first idea of how some of the clubs will perform. Here are a few things we learned on the first Saturday of the EPL season. More»
Matt Brown

Sun Belt Boasts Exciting Race At Top

The Group of Five conferences don't get much attention, but they all have reasons to watch. The Sun Belt in particular could have a thrilling race, with Arkansas State and UL Lafayette trying to hold off newcomers Georgia Southern and Appalachian State. More»
Sahadev Sharma

Bryant Adjusting to Low Strike

After wrapping up the first three months of the season with a .275/.381/.466 line, Cubs phenom Kris Bryant struggled in July, posting a .639 OPS and 33.3 percent strikeout rate. But he prides himself on thinking through challenges. This is just his latest one. More»
SoE Staff

Get to Know The Premier League

The English Premier League begins anew this weekend, and whether you're a longtime fan or just trying to get on the soccer bandwagon now, Sports on Earth has you covered. Here's all of our coverage leading up to the season's start. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The end of the 49ers' almost dynasty

If not for a couple of unfortunate plays, the 49ers could have gone to three straight Super Bowls. Now, with the team releasing Aldon Smith after yet another arrest, that "almost dynasty" feels further away than ever. More»
Cy Brown

Which EPL Team Should You Root For?

Even if you've just now gotten into the Premier League -- or soccer in general -- you can use this handy flow chart to see where your loyalty should lie as the action kicks off Saturday. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Winston and Mariota's Hyped Sequel

Titans-Buccaneers is the rare NFL season-opening tilt featuring QBs taken first and second overall in the most recent draft. Here's a look at the paths Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota have taken to get there -- and where they might end up. More»
Will Leitch

The state of the 'win' stat

Think fast: Which pitcher leads MLB in wins? You probably don't know off the top of your head, and that's OK. Pitcher wins, the baseball world is slowly realizing, mean little. So why does anyone bother paying close attention to them? More»
Cy Brown

Big, Fat Premier League Preview

The first week in August is almost over, and that means one thing: The English Premier League is here. From now until May, we'll have week after week of the world's best soccer, featuring some of the best players, managers and rivalries around. More»
Dalton Mack

Guide to Picking a Great Fantasy IDP

A non-trivial percentage of fantasy leagues use individual defensive players (IDPs), and this is often a weak spot for many fantasy participants. Here's the lowdown on who you should draft and when you should draft them. More»
Andrew Garda

Previewing the Unforgiving AFC North

Last season was a good one for the AFC North -- three teams made the playoffs, and for a little while all four were in contention. What does the 2015 season have in store of the division and its fans? Let's break down each team and find out. More»
Matt Brown

The Unblockable Penn State Tackles

Despite frustrating depth thanks to scholarship limitations, Penn State made a bowl last year behind one of the nation's best defenses. With the tackle tandem of Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson back, the defense is set to repeat its success. More»
Robert Weintraub

NFC's Most Interesting Men

Earlier this week, with some inspiration from those "The Most Interesting Man in the World" commercials that air during training camp coverage, we picked the most interesting men in the AFC -- one for each team. Now, here are their NFC brethren. More»
AJ Cassavell

The Best MLB midseason callups

Promoting a prospect in the middle of a successful season is a massive decision, but, as evidenced by the recent past, it can pay off in a big way. Here's a look at five midseason callups over the past decade who had a major influence on that season. More»
Alexa Pappas and Cy Brown

ICYMI: Cromartie Defends Brady

In today's news, Antonio Cromartie sides with Tom Brady, Dirk Nowitzki sings Counting Crows, the WNBA improves its draft, Zack Greinke is human and then isn't, Desean Jackson is injured by an inanimate object, and something finally doesn't go J.J. Watt's way. More»
Karim Zidan

Trump's MMA Tactics Sound Familiar

Donald Trump's brash style has made the Republican establishment nervous, yet this is not the first time that he has thrown elbows into the field as an outsider. There was once a time when Trump wanted to run a major Mixed Martial Arts organization in the United States. More»
Will Leitch

Joys of a Bandwagon Arsenal Fan

When it comes to the Premier League and Arsenal, I am the definition of a bandwagon fan. I can yell for the Gunners on Saturday mornings, but do I have the force and gravitas of someone who has been out there for 30 years, living and dying with them? More»
Andrew Garda

Deflategate Liar power rankings

We've long passed the tipping point when Deflategate went from "silly" to "mind-shatteringly ridiculous," but this week took it to a new level. So now we're ranking the biggest liars in this debacle, from "a white lie" to "not getting gifts from Santa Claus for the next decade." More»
Paul Casella

The Toughest MLB Division Is ...

Clubs near the bottom of each division will play an important role down the stretch -- after all, nearly half of a team's games are from within. With that in mind, let's take a look at the overall competitiveness of each of the six divisions. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Under Playoff Race Pressure

Now that we've gotten past both the real and the fictitious discussion that defines the Trade Deadline season, the playoff push is happening. Here are 12 guys for whom the late-season pressure is particularly palpable. More»
Jeremy Markovich

The Myth of Schmidt's 500-ft Home Run

When Mike Schmidt played college ball at Ohio University, the legend says, he hit a 500-foot home run onto the roof of a building that neighbored the field. He says he didn't. This is what happens when you don't take no for an answer. More»
Matt Brown

Biggest CFB Fall Camp Questions

Talking season is over, with media days in the books and college football teams reporting for preseason camps. But while there are only four weeks left until the season begins, there are a lot of uncertain issues to be addressed. More»
Cy Brown

Bundesliga 101

Fox is broadcasting the Bundesliga -- Germany's top league -- starting this season, which means American soccer fans now have access to one of the soccer world's most interesting, dynamic and best competitions. More»
Dylan Howlett

The Best Young Stars On the PGA Tour

The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which begins Thursday in Akron, Ohio, will boast Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and an alluring undercard. Here are some other names that you should know this weekend, and beyond. More»
Andrew Simon

11 Reasons to Love LaTroy Hawkins

During the Blue Jays' busy July, one of the team's more minor pickup was journeyman reliever LaTroy Hawkins. In honor of the number of teams he has suited up for, here are 11 things that have made Hawkins' career impressive and unusual. More»
SoE Staff

This Week's Greatest Athlete: Ronda Rousey

The UFC women's bantamweight champion continued her run of utter dominance at UFC 190, taking down trash-talking contender Bethe Correia in 34 seconds. It's clear that "Rowdy may just be unbeatable. Don't act like you're not impressed. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Texans Can't Shake Injury Bug

A devastating preseason injury has sadly become an annual event for the Houston Texans. With the news that Arian Foster has a groin injury less than a week into camp, it appears that the bug has hit Houston even earlier than usual this year. More»
Will Leitch

Twins Coming Back to Earth

The Minnesota Twins have been the plucky upstarts of baseball all season, but it's all starting to go away now. While the team should feel good about hanging in this long in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, it's OK to lament a possible lost opportunity. More»
Alex Putterman

The Yankees' Fountain of Youth

Whether or not the Yankees' commitment to their top prospects at the Trade Deadline was wise, it sent an undeniable signal: The team with baseball's fifth-oldest roster plans to get young again. Now, 21 year-old Luis Severino is in the spotlight. More»
Robert Weintraub

AFC's Most Interesting Men

Training camps are open, and all is right with the world. With a little too much time to kill until the season actually starts, a thinking game: Who are the most interesting men at each team's camp? Here is who draws the eye the most for every AFC franchise. More»
Matt Brown

College All-Underrated Team

While it's a lot easier for players to get noticed in this age in which every game is on TV and highlights are accessible on the Internet, it's still easy for star college football players to get overlooked. These 22 players deserve greater national recognition. More»
Michael Pina

Lakers will be League Pass gold

The Lakers, with all their historical might and past success, won't rekindle any of those good vibes this season. But speaking from the same part of the brain that insists you slow down to gawk at burning wreckage, the Lakers will be a must-watch team. More»
Terence Moore

The Lee Corso You Don't Know

After nearly 30 years as part of ESPN's "College GameDay," Lee Corso is remembered much more for his TV antics than his playing and coaching days. But his days at Florida State, Louisville and Indiana are worth remembering too. More»
Ross Tucker

The Smarter Way of Holding Out

When is a player holding out even though he isn't technically a hold out? The answer might be found somewhere in the massive hamstring Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson "tweaked" during the early stages of training camp. More»
Will Leitch

The 2015 Ultimate NFL Road Trip

With the NFL season approaching, it's time to finalize a plan for the most comprehensive road trip imaginable: Three games per week, most weeks, flying all over the country, to every stadium in the league. Can we get it done by Thanksgiving? More»
Alex Wong

Nancy Lieberman: Queen of Kings

The Sacramento Kings hired Nancy Lieberman as assistant coach, marking the second female hire at that level in the NBA. We caught up with Lieberman to talk about her new role, breaking barriers and how she once mistook Warren Buffett for Jimmy Buffett. More»
Cy Brown

Top 10 Premier League Players

The English Premier League kicks off on Saturday, and with it comes an opportunity to see some of the best soccer players in the world. So, we thought we'd take a moment and look at the creme de la creme, the ones to watch this season in the EPL. More»
Andrew Garda

Come At the Pats, You Best Not Miss

The buzz around the AFC East is pretty loud, as the Bills, Dolphins and Jets added a lot of talent to their teams while the Super Bowl champion Patriots got a year older and lost some key defensive pieces. Who will end up on top? More»
Erik Malinowski

Mets Now Playing For Keeps

A three-game sweep of the Nationals not only saved the Mets' season but pushed them to the top of the division. Where can they go from here? The Mets and their fans have been burned before, but right now all they can do is hope. More»
Alexa Pappas

ICYMI: Rousey, Dez, Jays/Royals fight

The theme of the 36 hours or so was jawin' and brawlin', with Blue Jays-Royals, Pirates-Reds and Dez Bryant all taking part in some scuffles on the field. Maybe Ronda Rousey inspired everybody else in the sports world. More»
Karim Zidan

Rousey: The New Tyson ... Or Ali?

Ronda Rousey destroyed Bethe Correia at UFC 190 over the weekend, leading to comparisons to two all-time great fighters. She is dominant in her sport, much like Tyson was in the 80s, while also raising important social issues, like Muhammad Ali. More»
Alex Wong

Filling the summer basketball void

The Basketball Tournament just wrapped up its second year of existence, with one of 97 teams in the single-elimination bracket winning $1 million. TBT is on the verge of carving its niche in the slow summer basketball schedule. More»
Will Leitch

July's 10 dumbest sports stories

The next installment of our regular feature since January, here's a look at the dumbest things the sports world was obsessed with last month, with "news" about All-Star snubs, Mark Cuban driving around, Donald Trump, LeSean McCoy's party and, of course, Deflategate. More»
Baseball Prospectus

Trade Breakown: Gomez to Houston

By trading for Carlos Gomez, the Houston Astros announced their arrival as a mainstay in the AL West race. Instead of sitting back and waiting for all their prospects to mature at once, they're aggressively making a play for a playoff bid. More»
Cian Fahey

Luck Could Have His Best Year Yet

Andrew Luck has already proved to be capable of making plays that few quarterbacks are capable of making. But with his best supporting cast yet taking the field in Indianapolis, Luck is poised to take an already great game to new heights. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Jays Ready for Price to Pay Off

David Price will make his first of possibly 13 regular-season starts for the Blue Jays against the Twins on Monday. Will he be a difference-maker? Either way, it could be a short stint in Toronto as the ace will command a hefty contract this offseason. More»
Matt Brown

Wisconsin's Next Big Thing

Wisconsin is a great place to be for a running back, but the system comes at a price: intense competition from productive teammates. After patiently waiting his turn, junior Corey Clement is poised to become the next star runner in Madison. More»
Andrea Hangst

Life After DeMarco Murray In Dallas

While the Cowboys' league-best run blocking along the offensive line can allow them to have some success without DeMarco Murray, the talent of Murray should not be discounted. He deserves much of the credit, and he'll be difficult to replace. More»
Cy Brown

Rousey Dominates at UFC 190

As everyone with a brain expected, Ronda Rousey made mincemeat of Bethe Correia at UFC 90, knocking the Brazilian out in a mere 34 seconds to retain her bantamweight title and continue her run as the world's most dominant fighter. More»
Cy Brown

New Season, New Arsenal?

The 2015-2016 English soccer season opened with a 1-0 win by Arsenal over Chelsea in the Community Shield. The Gunners looked more pragmatic than usual in the preseason match. Maybe it's a sign of good things to come for the club. More»
B. David Zarley

The legend of Pat O'Dea

Pat O'Dea's 19th-century sporting prowess stands as one of the most unique chapters in American sports. A hundred years after he dominated Aussie rules football, kicked for Wisconsin, coached Notre Dame and completely disappeared, O'Dea's legend survives. More»
Cy Brown

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper's Best Moments

Wrestling fans were saddened to learn on Friday that "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time, was dead at 61 after suffering a heart attack. Here are some of the best moments from his career, in and out of the ring. More»
Karim Zidan

UFC Swan Song For The Brazilians

Three beloved Brazilians -- Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and his brother, Rodrigo -- will face an uphill battle on Saturday nigh at UFC 190. They will fight for relevancy, a struggle for a dignified exit from the sport in front of their fellow countrymen. More»