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Joe Sparacio

KD Honest About Twitter Mistake

Kevin Durant is known for his love for responding to trolls and chiming in on basketball debates on Twitter, but he may have taken it too far by criticizing his former organization in Oklahoma City using a different account. Today, he addressed the issue with sincerity. More»
Andrea Hangst

Turmoil in Cincy: Dalton on Hot Seat?

With the Bengals 0-2 and without a single offensive touchdown on the season, fans and ownership are restless. Now, QB Andy Dalton may find himself on the hot seat after posting career lows in completions percentage and passing yards through two weeks. More»
Will Leitch

4 Ways to Get LA To Embrace the NFL

Yes, it seems like most people are upset about the Rams and Chargers' relocation to Los Angeles. It doesn't have to be this way forever, though! Here are some steps that the franchises can take to begin to make their new city an actual home. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Milwaukee's Hopes Still Brewin'

With just 12 games left in their season, the Brewers trail the Cubs by four games in the loss column atop the NL Central and are two games behind the Rockies for the second Wild Card spot. While the odds are slim, the Brew Crew likes their chances. More»
Matt Brown

Big Ten Blues: When The MAC Attacks

On Saturday, Nebraska hit one of its worst lows: a loss to Northern Illinois, a member of the MAC. The Cornhuskers are relatively new to the Big Ten, but now they have experienced the type of loss that the conference's teams have always been desperate to avoid. More»

Lions Maul G-Men, Even With OBJ Back

Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions beat the New York Giants 24-10 at MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football with Odell Beckham Jr. active. More»
Alex Wong

Durant's Trash Talk Twitter Mystery

After winning his first title this spring with the Warriors, Kevin Durant has spent the entire offseason clapping back at his haters online. Usually, he's pretty slick about it. But on Sunday, a Twitter user noticed something unusual. More»

Odell's Back, Giants Try to Tame Lions

After a lopsided losing effort without Odell Beckham last week, the Giants are hoping to stop the Lions in their tracks in Week 2 with OBJ back in the lineup. It'll be no easy task after the Detroit club scored an impressive win over Arizona one week ago. More»
Ross Tucker

Ode to the Endurance of Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas snapped the ball for the 10,000th consecutive time on Sunday, something unheard of in the NFL. In fact, Cleveland's veteran left tackle hasn't missed a single snap in his 11-year career. That, in all ways, is truly remarkable. More»
The Fans

NFL Fanalysis: Week 2 Reactions

What do some of the most passionate NFL fans around the league have to say about their teams after Week 2? We asked. They answered. More»
Will Leitch

For Bolts, LA Is No Place Like Home

The NFL had a unique opportunity to celebrate the arrival of the Chargers in Los Angeles. Instead the team and the league missed the mark, from the logo to the fanfare. The small-stadium atmosphere in Carson may instead go to waste. More»
Cy Brown

Best Moments from Bobby 'The Brain'

The pro wrestling world is in mourning following the death of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Sunday. Heenan was one of pro wrestling's all-time great personalities as both a manager and a commentator. Here are five of his greatest hits. More»
Cy Brown

Beast Mode Dancing Fires Up Jets

With a Raiders blowout of the Jets well in hand Sunday, Marshawn Lynch broke out some dance moves on the sideline and had everyone in Oakland Coliseum grooving with him. Well, everyone but a few embarrassed Jets players. More»
Michael Tunison

AFR: Dak Gets Flak For Dallas Loss

All it took was one subpar showing from the Cowboys offense for the doubters to come out. The surprising thing is that those doubts were so readily stoked by head coach Jason Garrett, who called out his QB after Sunday's loss to the Broncos. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Bird Word: NFC Goes Through Atlanta

it's too early to crown the Falcons as conference champions, and a Super Bowl loser hasn't returned the following year since the Buffalo Bills in 1993, but Atlanta still looks strong through two weeks. Which NFC team could stop them first, and how? More»
Anthony Castrovince

Cubs Look Champed Up Again

Five things have gotten our attention this week around baseball, including the Cubs' resurgence down the stretch, an ace returning to the bullpen in Boston, a new face in center field for the Tribe and Bryce Harper's health. More»
Matt Brown

Bulldogs Demanding Respect in SEC

History says that LSU is supposed to dominate Mississippi State, but the Bulldogs turned the tables on the Tigers on Saturday, insisting that they be taken seriously in the SEC race. MSU headlines everything we learned from a busy Week 3. More»

Broncos buck Cowboys After lightning delay

After an hour-long weather delay, C.J. Anderson ran for over 100 yards and Von Miller tallied two sacks as the Broncos dismantled the Cowboys,42-17. A lot seemed to go wrong for Dallas, as Ezekiel Elliott failed to reach positive yardage on the ground. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Two-Win Teams: Real or Fake News?

Not all perfect starts are equal in football, and we are here to parse out the contenders from the pretenders in what's been a strange NFL season so far. Let's examine which 2-0 records are lucky and which actually signify more success to come. More»

Cousins' late drive puts rams to pasture

Kirk Cousins led a late Redskins comeback, connecting with Ryan Grant to go ahead by a score with under two minutes to play vs. the Rams. Washington would hang on to defeat Los Angeles, 27-20, after Mason Foster intercepted Jared Goff with 1:37 left in the game. More»

Wilson, Hawks Claw Out Win Over Niners

Russell Wilson used his feet to evade a pass rush and fired a dart to Paul Richardson for Seahawks' first-and-only touchdown in a defensive win vs. the 49ers. The teams combined for 21 total points, as Seattle escaped with an ugly 12-9 victory. More»

Fins Sink Chargers' Hollywood debut

Kicker Cody Parker was the star of the show in Miami's 19-17 win over the L.A. Chargers, drilling his fourth field goal of the day to put his team ahead with under 2:00 minutes left. The Chargers' final rally came up just short, spoiling the team's home opener in a new city. More»

Raiders leave Jets in dust with 45-20 victory

Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes and Marshawn Lynch scored a TD in his first game at home in Oakland, as the Raiders blew out the Jets, 45-20. Michael Crabtree scored twice against the Jets' secondary, as the teams' talent disparity showed. More»

Ravens silence Browns, but lose Yanda

The Ravens' defense harassed the Browns all over the field in a 24-10 victory, notching five takeaways in the process. Unfortunately, they also suffered a key loss, as Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda fractured his left ankle and will be out for the season. More»

Cards Steal win from Indy In OT

Carson Palmer struggled for much of the game vs. the Colts but turned it on down the stretch, sending the contest to overtime with a late fourth-quarter drive. Phil Dawson then hit a 30-yard field goal to avenge an earlier miss and seal a 16-13 win for the Cardinals. More»

Bucs force four turnovers, shut down bears

The Buccaneers started off their season on a high note, toppling the Bears 27-9. Jameis Winston threw for 204 yards while the Bucs' defense returned an interception for a touchdown and gave up their first touchdown of the game with under 2:00 minutes left to play. More»

Steelers stymie Bradford-less Vikings

The Steelers were clicking on all cylinders as they held the Vikings to under 10 points in a 26-9 victory. Minnesota struggled to get anything going on offense as they were without QB Sam Bradford, who was scratched just prior to the game due to a left-knee injury More»

Pats More Like It: Brady, NE Top Saints

Tom Brady looked to be in peak form vs. New Orleans, joining Warren Moon as the only QBs age 40 or older to throw for over 400 yards and three TDs in a game. Drew Brees totaled 356 yards with two touchdowns himself, but the Saints still lost, 36-20, at home. More»

Kelce Keeps KC Hot, Eagles Grounded

Rookie running back Kareem Hunt scored two touchdowns and tight end Travis Kelce caught a go-ahead score as the Chiefs held off the Eagles, 27-20. Carson Wentz made the game close for Philadelphia, finishing with 333 yards and two TDs through the air. More»

Titan-ic Second-Half Lifts Tennessee

Derrick Henry's career-high 92 yards on the ground led the way as the Tennessee Titans dominated the Jaguars on the road. Jacksonville, meanwhile, turned the ball over three times and suffered from 10 penalties to fall to 1-1 on the season. More»

Ill Bills: Roughed-Up Panthers Prevail

The Panthers' defense allowed only three points for the second-straight weekend as they defeated the Bills at home, 9-3. It wasn't pretty, though, as the Bills sacked Cam Newton six times and Carolina lost tight end Greg Olsen to a foot injury. More»
College Football

Lights Out! Aztecs Upset Stanford After Delay

Christian Chapman threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to tight end David Wells with 54 seconds left, capping a wild ending sparked by a darkness delay in San Diego State's 20-17 victory over No. 19 Stanford on Saturday night. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 3

Week 3 of the college football season featured plenty of drama -- especially USC-Texas and Florida-Tennessee -- despite the fact that no top-10 teams lost. While all that happened, Clemson made a massive statement by crushing Louisville. More»
Matt Brown

USC Wins Another Texas Thriller

There was no possible way for USC and Texas to come close to matching their last meeting on Saturday night, but they managed to deliver a thriller anyway: The No. 4 Trojans kicked field goals at the end of regulation and double-OT for a 27-24 win. More»
College Football

Clemson Makes Statement, Dominates Cards

Clemson held Lamar Jackson in check for most of the game, quarterback counterpart Kelly Bryant accounted for three touchdowns and the third-ranked Tigers routed No. 14 Louisville 47-21 on Saturday night in an ACC showdown. More»
College Football

Vandy Holds On For Upset Over Kansas State

Kyle Shurmur scored on a 2-yard run with 8:23 left, and Vanderbilt upset No. 18 Kansas State 14-7 on Saturday night for the Commodores' first win over a ranked, nonconference opponent since 1946. More»
College Football

Sooners Avoid Letdown, Blow Out Tulane

Baker Mayfield passed for 331 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 2 Oklahoma followed its impressive victory at Ohio State with a 56-14 win over Tulane on Saturday. More»
College Football

Top-Ranked Alabama Overwhelms Rams

Jalen Hurts passed for 248 yards and two long touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 41-23 victory Saturday night over Colorado State. More»
Cy Brown

Epic Canelo-GGG Fight Ruled a Draw

The bout between Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez Saturday night in Las Vegas wasn't the war most were expecting, but, man, was it an incredible fight. In the end, across 12 rounds, Canelo and GGG fought to a draw. More»
Matt Brown

Bulldogs Earn Biggest Win Over LSU

Led by the running of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and tailback Aeris Williams, Mississippi State crushed No. 12 LSU 37-7 in Starkville on Saturday, the largest Bulldogs win over the Tigers ever and a horrific early result in Ed Orgeron's first full season as LSU's coach. More»
College Football

Buckeyes Bounce Back, Pull Away From Army

Freshman J.K. Dobbins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns as No. 8 Ohio State rebounded from a deflating loss to Oklahoma last week to rout Army 38-7 on Saturday. More»
College Football

Badgers Dominate BYU In Easy Rout

Alex Hornibrook threw for four touchdowns and 256 yards as No. 10 Wisconsin eased to a 40-6 victory over BYU on Saturday. The Badgers met little resistance as they put the game away in the first half and led 24-6 at halftime. More»
Matt Brown

Gators Chomp Vols With Last-Play TD

After three quarters with no touchdowns, Florida and Tennessee put together a fabulous finish on Saturday. The Gators ended it with a 63-yard touchdown from Feleipe Franks to Tyrie Cleveland on the last play for a 26-20 win over the Volunteers. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Luck Stops Here? QB Status a Mystery

It seems that few people know when Andrew Luck will return to the field, including the quarterback himself. To figure out what will happen next, one must look at the conflicting agendas at work within the Colts organization, which is a mess. More»
College Football

Special Teams Pushes Michigan Past Air Force

Donovan Peoples-Jones returned a punt 79 yards for a score and Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals, helping No. 7 Michigan overcome its offensive struggles in a 29-13 win over Air Force on Saturday. More»
College Football

Rudolph Airs It Out in Blowout Of Panthers

Mason Rudolph threw five touchdown passes, all in the first half, and No. 9 Oklahoma State drilled Pittsburgh 59-21 on Saturday. Rudolph completed 23 of 32 passes for 497 yards before being pulled in the middle of the third quarter with the Cowboys in full command. More»
Joe Sparacio

Fantasy Football Week 2: Start/Sit

With the first NFL Sunday in the books, we have a slightly better idea of target distribution and strength of defenses around the league. Using this info, we attempt to figure out which players are good bets to sizzle and which will flop in Week 2. More»
Matt Brown

Tigers' Big Plays Topple Rosen, Bruins

Two weeks after pulling off one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of college football, Josh Rosen and UCLA couldn't quite keep pace with Riley Ferguson, Anthony Miller and an explosive Memphis team, losing 48-45 in a tough road game. More»
Matt Brown

NIU Adds To Nebraska's Angst

The same week that Nebraska confirmed a one-year contract extension for head coach Mike Riley, the Cornhuskers lost to Northern Illinois, as two pick-sixes propelled the Huskies to a 21-17 win on the road in Memorial Stadium. More»
Cy Brown

Six & The City: Man City Rolls

On Matchday 5 of the English Premier League season, Manchester City dominated an overwhelmed Watford squad 6-0, Liverpool showed it has problems other than defense and Newcastle showed it will be much more than cannon fodder. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. What should you watch Saturday and Sunday? Clemson-Louisville headlines the college slate, and the Packers visit Atlanta in an NFC title game rematch. More»
Cy Brown

Canelo vs. GGG: Fight of the Year

Middleweight titans Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will do battle in the best pure boxing match of the year Saturday in Las Vegas. Mayweather-McGregor was a cool show, but GGG-Canelo will be better. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL's Week 2 Prove-It Players

Every NFL team has a player with something to prove in Week 2 after the small sample size of one Week 1 game. For better or for worse, after a good game or a horrible one, who will prove that their Week 1 game was or wasn't a fluke? More»
Will Leitch

Bright Sides: Looking Toward 2018

This weekend is an important one for several pennant chases, but let us not forget the teams who won't be playing in the postseason this year. We'll go through the ones officially eliminated and see what they can look forward to next season. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 3

An early-season run of big games continues with defending national champion Clemson at defending Heisman winner Lamar Jackson and Louisville, the first Texas-USC game since the 2006 Rose Bowl and the annual Tennessee-Florida rivalry. More»

Elementary, Dear Watson: Texans Tame Bengals

Rookie Deshaun Watson ran 49 yards for a touchdown in his first NFL start and led the Houston Texans' depleted offense to a late clinching field goal in a 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night on the road. More»
David Ubben

Texas Still Chasing Glory Days

Twelve years ago, Texas beat USC for the national title in the greatest college football game ever. As the two prepare to meet for the first time since then, Longhorns coach Tom Herman attempts a turnaround that won't happen overnight. More»

Texans, Bengals Face a Crucial Early Test

With both teams staring at an 0-2 record and some uncertainty at the quarterback position, the matchup between the Texans and Bengals on Thursday night in Cincinnati will be filled with intrigue for two clubs expected to be contenders. More»
Will Leitch

On Jemele Hill and Past ESPN Actions

Seeing Jemele Hill on television on Wednesday was a reminder that she was not, and never was, suspended by ESPN amid a controversy after a tweet calling Donald Trump a "white supremacist." Here, a look at how ESPN has handled other employee situations. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Confidence Pool: Week 2

This season, rather than doing pure NFL picks against the spread, I've decided to do weekly confidence pool rankings and pit myself against both Vegas and analytics. I finished 40th out of 116 competitors last week -- see if you can do better in Week 2! More»
Cliff Corcoran

Best Two-Way players in MLB History

It appears likely that star two-way player Shohei Ohtani will make his way from Japan to the Major Leagues in 2018. If he continues his success on both the mound and at the plate, he will join an elite group of players rarely seen in baseball. More»
Anthony Castrovince

The Greatest Streaks In MLB History

The Cleveland Indians are the biggest story in baseball with their 22-win run. That's just one way to streak in this sport, so let's go streaking through all the streaks of significance in the game's long and storied history. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Twins' Turnaround Is For Real

The Twins are ahead of the pack in the race for the second AL Wild Card position and have been in the top spot for some time. While many originally thought that this late run was a fluke, the numbers tell a different story. More»
Matt Brown

Trap Teams: CFB's Upset Hopefuls

These teams from each college football conference won't win their league title, but keep an eye out for them wrecking the chances of another team. In other words: They're probably going to beat somebody they're not expected to beat. More»
Mike Lupica

21 & Bolder: Tito Has 1 Hot Club

The Indians have won 21 games in a row, five away from the Major League record set by the 1916 New York Giants. But in all the big ways, in the modern world, this is already the greatest team streak in baseball history. More»
Will Leitch

MLB's Playoff Clinching Countdown

When it comes to clinches in baseball, you can never have too many! The Nationals were the first team to clinch a playoff spot on Sunday afternoon, but soon the rest of the best will join in the celebrations. When should fans have the champagne ready? More»
Matt Brown

Eyes of The Tigers On Lamar Jackson

Last Saturday, Lamar Jackson had 525 yards of offense and Clemson's defense had 11 sacks against Auburn. The reigning Heisman winner and the Tigers' defensive line are in peak form and meet this week in one of the year's most compelling matchups. More»
Terence Moore

Irish Nation Growing Weary of Kelly

Criticism of Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is mounting again. After last year's 4-8 record, the Fighting Irish entered this season with high expectations, but they lost their second game, 20-19, at home to Georgia. Can Kelly win back a frustrated fan base? More»
Cy Brown

Messi (Finally) Beats Buffon

The first matchday of the the 2017 UEFA Champions League group stage is in the books and it featured some fantastic performances: Lionel Messi finally got one over on Gianluigi Buffon, PSG's Big Three all got on the scoresheet, and Manchester United won big. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete on Earth: Sept. 6-12

The U.S. Open provided two strong candidates for the greatest athlete in the world this week, as did the Cleveland Indians' 20-game winnings streak. We also can't forget about NFL Week 1 and the usual NCAA madness in our deliberations as well. More»
Cy Brown

Dipp & 5 Great Sideline Moments

ESPN reporter Sergio Dipp became an internet sensation Monday night with an awkward-yet-endearing sideline report during Broncos-Chargers, and it immediately became one of the best sideline moments in football history. More»
SoE Staff

Top 14 Photos Of The Week

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 we count down the best 14 photos from September 5-11. More»
Andrea Hangst

The Post-Week 1 Kaepernick Index

If Week 1 proved anything, it was that certain fan bases were correct in their worries about the quarterback position. As fans of Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Houston and others hold their breath, Colin Kaepernick is still out there. More»
Ross Tucker

O-Lines Were Key To Week 1 Results

There was a clear split between NFL teams that succeeded in Week 1 and teams that failed, and the difference was often made by one unit -- the offensive line. The Giants, for example, did not improve the group this offseason and, as a result, their future looks bleak. More»

Kicked to Curb: Broncos Unplug Chargers Surge

Denver's Shelby Harris got a hand on San Diego kicker Younghoe Koo's 44-yard field goal attempt with a second left, and the Broncos began the Vance Joseph era with a 24-21 win over the Chargers on Monday night, just barely holding off a furious comeback. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

AP-O'd? Saints Back Yacks at Coach

Not only did the Saints drop its season opener 29-19 to the Vikings, but it looked like their new running back Adrian Peterson had some harsh words for coach Sean Payton on the sidelines. Could this be a sign of things to come? More»
David Ubben

Talk of MNF: Beth, Sergio & a Block

Many will be buzzing about the last seconds of Denver's 24-21 win over LA in the nightcap of the MNF doubleheader on ESPN, but the call was just as important with Beth Mowins on the mic. Sideline reporter Sergio Dipp was a star too ... in a different way. More»
Matt Brown

Many Challenges Ahead for Buckeyes

Three years ago, Ohio State's playoff chances were dismissed after an early nonconference loss. Those Buckeyes rebounded to win the title. While the 2014 run inspires hope after a loss to Oklahoma, Ohio State may have too many problems to correct this time. More»

Minny to the Max: Vikings Topple Saints

Sam Bradford started his second season with Minnesota in style, passing for 346 yards and three touchdowns to help the Vikings beat New Orleans 29-19 on Monday night and spoil Adrian Peterson's first game with the Saints. More»

AP Returns Home on MNF

The high-powered Saints offense heads to Minnesota on Monday night to take on the Vikings in a Week 1 tilt. The game will be a homecoming for Adrian Peterson, now with New Orleans after spending the first 10 seasons of his career in purple and gold. More»
Mike Lupica

Stick a Cork In LA? Not So Fast

The Dodgers were winning all summer long, but now come 15 losses in 16 games, including 10 in a row. If they want to know what it's like to crawl into the postseason and still rule October, they should ask Joe Torre about the 2000 Yankees. More»
The Fans

NFL Fanalysis: Week 1 Reactions

With all the talking heads and TV analysis happening in sports nowadays, we at Sports on Earth want to bring football back to the people! What do some of the most passionate NFL fans around the league have to say about their teams after opening week? More»
Matt Brown

Mayfield Apologizes For Planting Flag

Two days after celebrating a huge road win at Ohio State by planting an Oklahoma flag at midfield of Ohio Stadium, star Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield apologized for it on Monday, saying he "did not mean for it to be disrespectful." More»
Will Leitch

Mercedes-Benz Stadium Impresses

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium is ready to rock after hosting its first regular season professional game on Sunday. The atmosphere for an Atlanta United soccer matchup was both intimate and intimidating, and it'll make for a great new home for the Falcons on the gridiron. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL's First Sunday: Moments of Meh

The NFL is going through yet another image crisis and can't afford the weeks of uninspired play that have come to define Septembers in the past. Unfortunately for fans, the lack of excitement in Week 1 left a lot to be desired. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL's Sunday Stories: Myth Vs. Reality

A single performance in the NFL can be extremely encouraging or discouraging, but it is not the end all, be all. With that in mind, let's look at which narratives are already forming after Week 1 to see which hold up under closer scrutiny. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Without OBJ, Giants Feel the Blues

The Giants expected to endure some frustrating moments after ruling out Odell Beckham Jr. for Sunday's NFC East tilt with the Cowboys. After the G-men got drubbed, 19-3, it seems fair to say his absence was felt. But the problems go beyond that. More»
Matt Brown

Booming Sooners: Riley Sparks OU

The biggest story of a loaded Week 2 in college football ended up being the sport's youngest coach, as Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma bested Urban Meyer and Ohio State. Riley leads our review of all of the weekend's essential results. More»

Giants Come Up Small Against Cowboys

No Odell Beckham? No offensive identity. With their star receiver sitting out due to an ankle injury, the G-men couldn't muster any momentum in Dallas, as Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott (104 yards) and the Cowboys rolled to an easy 19-3 victory. More»
David Ubben

Duncan and Others Help During Irma

Hurricane Irma is touching down on Florida's coast after wiping through America's outlying islands. Its ramifications and damage are widespread, and athletes around the country are doing their best to both help people cope. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Windians Keep the Streak Going

With the Dodgers suddenly in the midst of a woeful stretch that has now seen them drop 10 straight and 15 of their last 16, all eyes are on the unstoppable Indians, who have now won an incredible 18 in a row. How have they done it? Let's take a look. More»

Pack Attack: GB Ruffles Hawks' Feathers

In a battle between Seattle's vaunted defense and Green Bay's high-powered offense, Aaron Rodgers willed his team to victory. The Packers' defense kept Russell Wilson in check while Rodgers threw for 311 yards and a touchdown in the 17-9 win. More»

Cam the man: Newton has 2 TDs in Lopsided Win

Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and the Panthers' defense shut down the 49ers, as Carolina took home a 23-3 victory on the road. Rookie running back Christian McCaffrey also posted 45 yards on 13 carries to go with five catches for 38 yards. More»

Rams shut down Colts, win big in L.A.

The Rams defense terrorized Colts quarterback Scott Tolzien all day, notching two pick-6s en route to a 46-9 victory. It was a happy home opener for the recently-relocated franchise and also a good day for QB Jared Goff, who passed for 306 yards and a touchdown. More»
Cy Brown

Nadal Wins 16th Grand Slam

Rafael Nadal capped off an incredible year with the third US Open and the 16th Grand Slam title of his career. Along with the French Open he claimed in June, Nadal has two Grand Slam titles in the same season for the first time since 2013. More»

Lions Roar Late, Cards Fold

Matthew Stafford -- fresh off a lucrative contract extension -- threw two of his four touchdown passes to rookie Kenny Golladay in the fourth quarter Sunday, helping the Detroit Lions rally to beat the Arizona Cardinals 35-23. More»

Wingin' It: Falcons Sweat Out Win Over Bears

Matt Ryan threw an 88-yard touchdown to Austin Hooper and led two fourth-quarter scoring drives, and the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Chicago Bears 23-17 in the season opener on Sunday. More»

Ravens Disarm Cincy's Red Rifle

Baltimore's rebuilt defense picked off Andy Dalton four times and forced him to fumble Sunday, making it easy for Joe Flacco in his return from a back injury as the Ravens pulled away to a 20-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. More»

Jags Top Texans, Savage Benched For Watson

Jacksonville had 10 sacks and forced four turnovers to help the Jaguars to a 29-7 win over the Texans on Sunday. Houston QB Tom Savage struggled behind a porous line and was benched in favor of rookie Deshaun Watson at halftime with Houston down 19-0. More»

'Outlaw' and AB Help Steelers Down Browns

Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to tight end Jesse James, Antonio Brown had 182 yards and the Pittsburgh Steelers, with minimal help from Le'Veon Bell, opened the season by holding off the Cleveland Browns 21-18 on Sunday. More»
Cy Brown

High Marks For Romo in Booth Debut

Tony Romo called the Week 1 Titans-Raiders game, his first as a CBS color commentator. Despite no experience in the broadcast booth, Romo drew rave reviews for the insights he provided. More»

With Beast Mode Back, Raiders Roll

Marshawn Lynch (76 rushing yards) looked refresh from a year off, Derek Carr threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, and the Oakland Raiders beat the Tennessee Titans 26-13 on the road to begin a year with high expectations. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 2

A huge Week 2 of the college football season has come to an end, with three superstar quarterbacks -- Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold -- stealing the show, in addition to standout efforts from the Georgia and Clemson defenses. More»
Kenneth Arthur

New Faces In New Places: NFL Week 1

On Thursday, Kareem Hunt had an NFL debut for the ages, with 256 yards of offense for the Chiefs. Heading into Sunday, let's look at who else could have a big first appearance, whether it's a rookie or veteran who signed with a new team. More»
Matt Brown

How To Lose 87 Yards In One Play

In the fourth quarter of a 57-21 loss to Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech experienced one of the most negative plays ever: a botched snap that led to an 87-yard loss, forcing the Bulldogs to face a third-and-93 from their own seven-yard line. More»
Matt Brown

Trojans Live Up To Preseason Billing

After a somewhat shaky performance in Week 1 against Western Michigan, Sam Darnold and USC rebounded in Week 2, pulling away from Stanford with an explosive all-around performance on offense to make the Trojans look like a playoff frontrunner. More»
David Ubben

Shake & Baker! Sooners Get Revenge

Oklahoma looked helpless last September as playoff-bound Ohio State embarrassed the Sooners on their home field. A year later, the Sooners returned the favor in the second half and looked like a playoff-caliber team in the process, rolling over Ohio State, 31-16. More»
Manny Randhawa

Don't Worry, SF: Giants Will Be Back

With three World Series titles in the first five years of this decade, the Giants became the organizational envy of baseball. But in 2017, things haven't gone according to plan. It doesn't mean they can't turn it around next year. More»
Matt Brown

Dawgs Have Their Day in South Bend

Georgia started a true freshman, Jake Fromm, at quarterback at Notre Dame on Saturday, but with a large contingent of fans making the trip and a great defensive effort, the No. 15 Bulldogs escaped with a dramatic 20-19 win over the No. 24 Fighting Irish. More»
Matt Brown

Clemson Defense Pounces on Auburn

All offseason, Auburn transfer QB Jarrett Stidham was praised as the solution to the team's problems. Then he met the Clemson defense. No. 3 Clemson's defense stole the show on Saturday night, sacking Stidham 11 times in its 14-6 win over No. 13 Auburn. More»
College Football

Lions Roll To Rivalry Revenge Vs. Pitt

Trace McSorley threw for three touchdowns, including Saquon Barkley's 46-yard catch-and-run, and No. 4 Penn State pulled away from Pittsburgh for a 33-14 win on Saturday. More»
College Football

Frog Wild: TCU Shuts Down Razorbacks

Darius Anderson ran for a career-high 106 yards and a touchdown and No. 23 TCU's defense dominated once again in a 28-7 victory over Arkansas on Saturday. More»
Mike Lupica

Sloane Strong For a Brighter Day

On a day when Florida, which each of them has called home, braced for the attack of Hurricane Irma, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys played for our country's national championship in tennis. And Stephens played the match of her life. More»
College Football

Michigan Beats Bearcats With Strong Finish

Ty Isaac ran for a career-high 133 yards and Wilton Speight threw two touchdowns to help No. 8 Michigan pull away and beat Cincinnati 36-14 on Saturday. The Wolverines led by just three points early in the second half before scoring 19 unanswered points. More»
College Football

Badgers Pull Away To Top Florida Atlantic

Freshman Jonathan Taylor ran for 223 yards and three touchdowns, Alex Hornibrook threw for 201 yards and a score, and No. 9 Wisconsin pulled away slowly from Florida Atlantic for a 31-14 win Saturday. More»
Matt Brown

Heisman Repeat? Jackson Starts Fast

The 2017 Heisman Trophy race is three months from being decided, but on Saturday, we received a reminder that every contender must prove that they're better than Lamar Jackson, who had 525 yards of total offense in Louisville's win at North Carolina. More»
Cy Brown

Manchester City Makes Its Mark

The English Premier League returned on Saturday following a two-week hiatus for the international break. Upon its return, we got a Manchester City beatdown of Liverpool, the first dent in Manchester United's armor and the 100th league goal of Harry Kane's career. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Elliott May Play Entire Season

The next stage of a courtroom showdown between the NFL and Ezekiel Elliott unfolded Friday when a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction curtailing a six-game suspension the league imposed on the Cowboys running back. But this is far from over. More»
Joe Sparacio

Fantasy Football Week 1: Start/Sit

With the first Sunday of the NFL upon us, some important roster decisions have yet to be made: Which players should start on your fantasy football team, and which should you bench? We have the answers. More»
Will Leitch

Assessing the NL Wild Card Race

With the D-backs running away with one National League Wild Card spot, there are three teams battling for the other one: the Rockies, Cardinals and Brewers. Who has the best lineup? Rotation? Defense? Let's see who has the edge going down the stretch. More»
Cy Brown

Sports World Prepares For Irma

Hurricane Irma looks to be a devastating storm and people in harm's way are in everyone's thoughts. To that end, the sports schedule is being shifted for safety reasons, with games being rescheduled, postponed and canceled across MLB, college football and the NFL. More»
Andrea Hangst

Berry, Chiefs Can Overcome Adversity

The Chiefs' Eric Berry -- arguably the best safety in the league -- is out for the season after tearing his ACL for the second time in his career. We know his loss will have huge ramifications for Kansas City going forward, but the club can win without him. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

It's been a long time, but we can finally say it -- football is back! I'm sure that everyone will be on their couches for the first NFL Sunday in months, but there are a few other things you should check out this weekend, including the U.S. Open finals. More»
NFL Injury News

Chiefs lose Berry for Season

Chiefs safety Eric Berry had to be carted off the field in the fourth quarter of Kansas City's upset victory over the Patriots on Thursday night. On Friday, an MRI revealed that he will miss the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon. More»
David Ubben

Carton Scandal Shocks Sports Media

On Wednesday, federal agents arrested popular radio host Craig Carton at his New York City home alleging that he and business partner Joseph Meli teamed up to defraud investors of $5.6 million on a concert ticket scheme. It only got sadder and stranger from there. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

On the Hunt: Chiefs Kareem Pats

Chiefs rookie runner Kareem Hunt took over the NFL's opening night matchup against the New England Patriots on the road, making a name for himself on the national stage. KC beat the Pats, 42-27, with 246 yards and three TDs from Hunt. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 2

One full week of the college football season has been completed, and we're about to learn a lot more. The Week 2 schedule is packed, featuring four games between ranked teams, on home fields rather than at neutral sites, all in prime time. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Epic Winning Streaks In MLB History

The Indians have won an incredible 16 games in a row after a victory over the Orioles on Friday night. Where does their run rank among other great squads throughout MLB history? More»
David Ubben

Ronald Jones II Feeling At Home at USC

Sam Darnold isn't alone as a rising star in the USC backfield. In pursuit of a national title, the Trojans have a dangerous weapon in tailback Ronald Jones II, who continues to work to honor his family and be inspired by his father. More»
Cy Brown

Stephens Tops Venus In a Thriller

Just a month ago, Sloane Stephens was ranked 957th in the WTA Women's Tennis Rankings. On Thursday, she beat Venus Williams in an intense and highly-entertaining three sets to advance to the final of the U.S. Open, Stephens' first Grand Slam final. More»
Cy Brown

Goodell Greeted With Boos At Gillette

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell kept his promise and showed his face at Gillette Stadium for a few moments before the kickoff of New England's season-opener against Kansas City on Thursday night. He got booed, of course. More»
NFL Week 1

Follow the Chiefs-Patriots Live

Tom Brady and the Patriots celebrated their Super Bowl championship on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium with all the pomp that we expected in the NFL's opening night. They hope to keep the party going against Andy Reid's Chiefs. Follow all the action. More»
Mike Lupica

Build Greatness? Start With Stick

Gene Michael would never have thought of himself as somebody who was worthy of a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. But in so many ways, he is. Such an unlikely Yankee immortal, gone now at the age of 79. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Confidence Pool: Week 1

This season, rather than doing pure NFL picks against the spread, Will Leitch has decided to do weekly confidence pool rankings and pit himself against both vegas and analytics. Hop along for the ride and join the Sports on Earth confidence pool yourself! More»
Will Leitch

Someday, You Will Love the Patriots

Hatred of the New England Patriots has been the central organizing principle of the NFL for nearly two decades now. And as the 2017 NFL season gets underway, they're still villains. Just know that this animosity can't last forever. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Chiefs on the Verge of Special Season

The Kansas City Chiefs are a team on the cusp of greatness with an elite defense, great coach and a talented young quarterback waiting in the wings. If they follow the blueprint set by the 2012 San Francisco 49ers, the Chiefs could be Super Bowl contenders. More»
SoE Original

FWIW, Houston Is Staying Strong

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Native Houstonian Robert Flores tells you why he loves his city and reflects on the devastation and heartache in Houston. More»
Cy Brown

Federer Knocked Out of U.S. Open

Roger Federer narrowly escaped upsets a few times at this year's U.S. Open, but on Wednesday Federer's luck finally caught up with him. The five-time US Open champion lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinal in four sets. More»
Matt Brown

Mayfield Chasing Heisman History

While the Heisman Trophy is never won or lost in Week 2, Saturday night's Oklahoma visit to Ohio State is a pivotal moment for Sooners QB Baker Mayfield, a two-time top-five Heisman finisher who is trying to win the award and join an exclusive club. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The Best That Never Won A Super Bowl

No NFL player wants to end a long, individually successful career without having won a championship. Here are 20 inactive players who never won a Super Bowl ring, followed by 10 current players still trying to earn their first. More»
Cy Brown

Bennett Left Shaken By Cop Incident

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett posted a statement on Twitter alleging he was profiled by police in Las Vegas during the weekend of the McGregor-Mayweather fight. Video has emerged of Bennett being handcuffed by an officer. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

3 NFL teams primed to make 'the leap'

If there's one predictable thing about the NFL playoffs it's this: You can't predict them in the preseason. This year should see a few franchises prepared to make a big leap into serious contention: Let's look at three of them. More»
College Football

Miami Cancels Saturday's Game at Arkansas State

No. 16 Miami's game at Arkansas State on Saturday has been cancelled over concerns about Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm that forecasters believe will affect Florida this weekend. The game will not be made up in 2017. More»
Will Leitch

Assessing the AL Wild Card Race

There are eight teams contending for the American League Wild Card spots, each with certain strengths and weaknesses. Which has the best lineup? Rotation? Defense? Let's see who has the overall edge going down the stretch. More»
Ross Tucker

7 Predictions For the '17 NFL Season

The football season is just around the corner, so what does that mean? Making outlandish predictions about how it might all unfold this year. From Tom Brady to the Browns to Colin Kaepernick, let's look into the crystal ball. More»
Matt Brown

PSU Perfecting Art Of The Big Play

After a misfired deep ball ended its chances of beating rival Pitt one year ago, Penn State has made big plays look routine behind quarterback Trace McSorley. Entering Saturday's rematch, the explosive Nittany Lions offense isn't slowing down. More»
Terence Moore

When Notre Dame Pursued Dooley

On Saturday, Georgia and Notre Dame will meet for the first time since the Bulldogs topped the Fighting Irish to capture the 1980 national title under Vince Dooley. Decades later, Dooley relays the tale of how he could have coached Notre Dame. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT Escapes Honduras with Draw

The United States men's national team was struck low by a 2-0 upset at the hands of Costa Rica on Friday, and it was almost struck lower against Honduras on Tuesday. But a late goal from Bobby Wood salvaged a 1-1 draw and a crucial point in World Cup qualifying. More»
SoE Staff

Top 14 Photos Of The Week

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 we count down the best 14 photos from August 30-September 4. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete: Aug. 31 - Sept. 6

Typically, our athlete of the week list is based on stats. But this week, our No. 1 athlete is commended for what he did off the field, changing the lives of millions in Houston. More»
Mike Lupica

Astros, L.A., Tribe? Or Oct. Surprise?

First it was the Astros as world beaters in 2017. Then the Dodgers, followed by the Indians. This is all about the beauty of the long season in Major League Baseball, and why it is still the best regular-season narrative we have in sports. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Best Players at Each NFL Position

While it's hard to be the most valuable player in the NFL if you play any position besides quarterback or running back, you can certainly be the best at your position. Here are our too-early choices for football's All-MVP team all over the gridiron. More»
Ross Tucker

Searching For Closure In the NFL

While it may just seem like a bunch of names on paper, the cuts that happen the week before the NFL season kicks off are quite real. For some, it means that their dream of playing professional football has come to an end -- a reality that's hard to face. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Grand Central: Indians Still Rising

One week ago, everyone was talking about the Dodgers' historic season, but fast forward seven days and the Cleveland Indians have won their 12th game in a row. Last year's ALCS champions are looking a lot like the juggernaut they were last season. More»
Will Leitch

State of the NFL (And Predictions!)

Even as the NFL has exploded in popularity, increased scrutiny has revealed the league's flaws (which have always been there). But it's still football, with a rabid, passionate fan base -- and it's back. With that, let's see who will win it all. More»
Terence Moore

Vols Top Tech In Double-OT Thriller

First, it was a blowout for Georgia Tech against Tennessee on Monday night in Atlanta, and then the game was tied out of nowhere at the end of regulation. The Yellow Jackets still had a chance in the second OT -- it just came down to one play. More»
Matt Brown

New CFB Season Just Warming Up

An eventful Week 1 of the college football season is in the books, with plenty of new information to digest and big games and great players to break down. But with a huge Week 2 looming, it was only a small taste of what's to come, especially for teams like Clemson. More»
Book Excerpt

The Fight of Pete Frates' Life

In 2012, former Boston College baseball star Pete Frates was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 27. But that did not stop his determination to be a force for good, as the Ice Bucket Challenge rose millions for ALS research. More»
Cy Brown

LPGA Star Wins One for Houston

Pro golfer Stacy Lewis, a Texas native who grew up in Houston and still lives nearby, pledged any winnings she stood to make in this weekend's LPGA's Cambia Portland Classic event to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. She made it count. More»
David Ubben

Jackson Raises Hokies' Expectations

New starting quarterback Josh Jackson propelled No. 21 Virginia Tech to a 31-24 win over No. 22 West Virginia at FedEx Field on Sunday night. The win earned the Hokies a rivalry trophy, and Jackson's performance gives them hope for another division title. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Pre-Week 1 Power Rankings

How do all the teams in the NFL stack up entering the 2017 season? To me, there are really only six teams that have a great shot at winning the Super Bowl, six teams that are on the edge but not quite there yet, and then everyone else. More»
Matt Brown

Biggest College Football Comebacks

Sunday's UCLA win over Texas A&M, after it trailed by 34 points in the third quarter, was the second-biggest comeback in college football history, joining a list of seven games in which the winning team trailed by 30 points. Let's run through them: More»
Joe Sparacio

Top August Deals of the Decade

With Justin Verlander ready to make his debut for the Astros, it is a whole new ballgame after Labor Day. Franchise-altering trades have often come later than July 31, so let's look at some of the ones that have had the most impact in recent years. More»
Matt Brown

UCLA Comeback Comes Up Rosen

Josh Rosen led UCLA back from a 34-point deficit to beat Texas A&M 45-44 on Sunday, the second-largest comeback in the history of college football. It was a remarkable, seemingly impossible fourth-quarter finish that will never be forgotten. More»
Manny Randhawa

Holland Knows What He Needs to Fix

Greg Holland hasn't been pitching the way he's accustomed to. In fact, August was a month unlike any other in the 31-year-old right-hander's career. As unprecedented as this is for him, the Rockies closer isn't at a loss for words to describe what's happening. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 1

From typical Alabama dominance in a big game against Florida State to Michigan and Florida looking similar to Lamar Jackson putting on a one-man show, Week 1 of the 2017 college football season felt a lot like an extension of 2016. More»
Terence Moore

Crimson Tide Rises Back To The Top

Now Alabama and Florida State can go on with the rest of their lives after an overhyped gathering Saturday night involving 76,330 folks at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. No. 1 Alabama beat No. 3 FSU 24-7, just another in a long line of typical Crimson Tide wins. More»
Matt Brown

Reports: Francois Will Miss Season

A 24-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama made Saturday a tough night for No. 3 Florida State, and, unfortunately, it will have a lingering negative impact: Standout quarterback Deondre Francois left the game in the fourth quarter with what's reportedly a season-ending knee injury. More»
College Footbal

Liberty Shocks Baylor in Rhule's First Game

Stephen Calvert threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns and Liberty, an FCS team, spoiled Matt Rhule's coaching debut at Baylor, stunning the Bears with just their second-ever loss to a lower-division team in a 48-45 victory Saturday night. More»
David Ubben

Young Wolverines Overwhelm Gators

Michigan lost 11 drafted players, and several other starters, from last year's Orange Bowl team. On Saturday, youth was no issue: Despite a couple pick-sixes, the No. 11 Wolverines mostly dominated No. 17 Florida in a 33-17 win in Arlington, Texas. More»
Matt Brown

Blind Snapper Olson Plays for USC

After getting a tough battle from Western Michigan all game, No. 4 USC pulled away late, winning 49-31. The 49th and final point was the most memorable: Chase McGrath made an extra point after a snap from Jake Olson, who is blind. More»
College Football

Gamecocks Quiet NC State Sleeper Talk

Deebo Samuel returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a score and caught two touchdown passes from Jake Bentley as South Carolina defeated North Carolina State 35-28 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. More»
College Football

Gators Offense Swamped By Michigan

Quinn Nordin became the first Michigan kicker to make two 50-yard field goals in the same game, one of them in a quick go-ahead spurt after halftime, and the No. 11 Wolverines won 33-17 Saturday to hand No. 17 Florida its first season-opening loss in nearly three decades. More»
College Football

Mayfield Nearly Perfect In Oklahoma Rout

Baker Mayfield passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns in one half of action to help No. 7 Oklahoma roll past UTEP 56-7 on Saturday. Mayfield completed 16 straight passes to start the game and 19 of 20 overall. More»
Matt Brown

Terps Spoil Herman's Texas Debut

Tom Herman brought excitement back to Texas football, but the mood in Austin quickly turned sour on Saturday. In Herman's debut as coach, the Longhorns lost to Maryland at home, 51-41, in a sloppy-mistake filled performance. More»
College Football

Nittany Lions Offense Roars Past Akron

Saquon Barkley racked up 226 total yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 6 Penn State to a 52-0 win over Akron in the season opener on Saturday. Although it rained heavily early, a soggy field and leaky Akron defense couldn't slow Penn State's offense. More»
College Football

Bryant Shines At QB As Clemson Cruises

Kelly Bryant passed for 236 yards and a touchdown and ran for 77 more yards in his first game as Clemson's starting quarterback and the No. 5 Tigers beat Kent State 56-3 on Saturday. More»
College Football

Huskies Shake Off Slow Start, Top Rutgers

Dante Pettis woke up No. 8 Washington just before halftime with his sixth career punt return for a touchdown and Jake Browning threw two second-half touchdown passes in a tougher-than-expected 30-14 victory over Rutgers on Friday night. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT Falls to Costa Rica

The USMNT was beaten by Costa Rica 2-0 in a World Cup qualifying match Friday night at Red Bull Arena in N.J. due to poor defending by the American players and some equally bad managerial decisions from Bruce Arena. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

From World Cup qualifiers to the Astros coming home to Houston, to the U.S. Open and the first full slate of college football, sit down, relax and enjoy some sports this holiday weekend. More»
Mike Lupica

For Houston, Astros Adding Strength

Sports doesn't fix damage or make things the way they were after tragedy. But maybe things will be better in Houston by October. And the Astros, with their trade for Justin Verlander, gave themselves more reason for hope. More»
Will Leitch

2017 NFL Previews: The AFC East

The NFL season is less than a week away! Our division previews continue with the AFC East, where the Patriots look to still have a stranglehold. But their grasp on dominance may be more tenuous than you think. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Opening Thursday Takeaways

College football's Week 1 opened with 15 games on Thursday night, including two top-10 teams in action. No. 10 Oklahoma State made things look easy vs. Tulsa, while No. 2 Ohio State overcame early struggles to run away from Indiana. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 1

The first full weekend of the college football season has arrived, with games through Labor Day night. Alabama-Florida State is the biggest, but there's a long list of games to pay attention to. Here's what to watch with picks for all the key matchups. More»