Erik Malinowski

Warriors Dominate The Rockets

After so many playoff wins for the Golden State Warriors -- that's 11 now in 13 games -- there's a tendency to feel like you're repeating yourself. But for the Rockets, the repetition has all but drummed them out of the playoffs. More»
AJ Cassavell

Gerrard's Top 10 Liverpool Moments

There might not be a player in any sport more synonymous with his club than Steven Gerrard is with Liverpool. The 35-year-old, clearly in the twilight of his career, moves to the Galaxy this summer. Here's a look at the 10 moments that defined his career at Liverpool. More»
Tim Healey

Appreciating the new Tim Lincecum

In the face of diminished velocity, Tim Lincecum has reinvented himself, evolving from someone who struck out the world into a pitcher content to induce ground balls instead of punchouts. Here's a deeper look at how he's attacking batters this year. More»
Joe DeLessio

Rick Nash Finds His Rhythm

Rangers fans have been frustrated with Rick Nash over the last two playoff runs. But the winger finally responded to the pressure to produce in Game 4 with two goals, helping even the series with Tampa Bay at two games apiece. More»
Alex Wong

The Cavs: No Irving, No Problem

In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James took absolute control of the game, and the Hawks -- who no longer resemble the dominant outfit from the regular season -- could not muster much resistance again on their home floor. More»
Nick Ashbourne

Teixeira isn't whiffing vs. lefties

Mark Teixeira always has a solid strikeout-to-walk ratio, but what he's doing this month -- especially against left-handed pitchers -- is unlike anything he's done before. Whether he can sustain it or not is a different story. More»
Cy Brown

Michael Sam to Play in Canada

It won't be in the NFL, but Michael Sam will be the first openly gay man to play a professional football game. On Friday, the former SEC Defensive Player of the Year signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. More»
Will Leitch

Considering divisional WAR leaders

To help figure out what's going in these divisions -- especially in the American League -- let's take a look at the Baseball Reference WAR leaders in each of the six divisions. Teams, after all, are merely the collection of their parts. More»
AJ Cassavell

Baseball's unluckiest hurlers of 2015

Every pitcher will tell you pitching is about the bottom line -- winning. But from the outside, we can analyze the context behind the results. With that in mind, here are five of baseball's unluckiest pitchers with the MLB season one-quarter over. More»
Cy Brown

Biggest Transfer Storylines of 2015

For the uninitiated, the summer transfer window in world soccer -- which begins in June and runs through August -- is one of the craziest things in sports. What will be the biggest narratives this year? More»
Erik Malinowski

Rockets Fizzle On Final Play

James Harden had been magnificent in Game 2 against the Warriors, but when the Rockets needed a last shot from his hands, there was none to deliver, leaving Houston down 2-0 with a sick feeling about what could have been. More»
Matt Brown

College Coaches on the Rise

Fifteen college football coaching jobs changed hands at the end of last season, and as many or more are sure to change by the end of this year. So, here's a look at 10 current head coaches and 10 current assistants who could be ready for bigger things. More»
Tim Healey

Worrying about Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez went from one of the best hitters in the American League in April to something much less formidable than that in recent weeks, so much so opposing teams pitch around David Ortiz to face him instead. Is his early May shoulder injury to blame? More»
Michael Pina

How to Slow Down a Superstar

The first thing the Warriors and Rockets coaching staffs probably wondered heading into the series was: "How are we going to stop James Harden/Stephen Curry?" Whatever they tried didn't really work in Game 1. Here's what they can do now. More»
Molly Knight

What MLB Can Learn From Japan

Going to a Nippon Professional Baseball game is incredibly fun, and there are some things about the experience that Major League Baseball may want to adopt to appeal to younger fans. Here are five takeaways. More»
Matt Brown

Notre Dame Has Playoff Talent

No team throughout college football history has received the benefit of the doubt quite like Notre Dame, which has frequently failed to live up to artificially high expectations. This year, however, could be the opposite. Notre Dame is worth hyping. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's key quarter-mark questions

We're 25 percent of the way through baseball season, which means it's too late to say it's early. Now that we've got somewhat substantive info at our disposal, let's take a look at some key quarter-pole questions. More»
Alex Wong

Cavs Fly High Over Hawks

After Wednesday's 97-89 Game 1 victory over the Hawks, Cleveland is now 5-2 without Kevin Love in the playoffs. That's mainly thanks to LeBron James and contributions from role players like J.R. Smith, who was on fire Wednesday night. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Believing in the Buccaneers

If you're taking bets on which team will finish with the worst record in the NFL, here's a hint: Don't pick the team that finished with the worst record last season. Here are a few reasons why the Bucs could be a good bet to win their division. More»
Paul Casella

Slowest fastballs in the Majors

Although viewers have access to an ever-growing set of data about every pitch, velocity remains a go-to. That said, it doesn't take a blistering fastball to make it in the big leagues. Here's a look at the 10 pitchers with the slowest average fastballs in 2015. More»
Will Leitch

Harper Hitting at Ruthian Clip

Not a single player in the last decade has done in one season what Babe Ruth did in 22 with a record 1.1636 OPS. But, as of this moment, Bryce Harper has that mark beat. Let's see if he can keep up the torrid pace. More»
Kenneth Arthur

PAT Rule Change Is Good

On Tuesday, owners approved a proposal to move the point after try back to the 15-yard line, meaning that teams will now need to make a 33-yard kick in order to get that once-automatic extra point. Who will this help ... and hurt? More»
Joe DeLessio

Nothing Beats OT Playoff Hockey

Playoff OT hockey is agonizing. Which is exactly why it's so great. The latest example of how torturous/amazing playoff hockey can be came last night in Anaheim -- or, depending on your time zone, last night and into this morning. More»
Cy Brown

Riley Curry Steals the Show

Stephen Curry's daughter, Riley, charmed the crowd at Tuesday's postgame press conference after Game 1 of the Rockets-Warriors series by being adorable. But some pundits are now complaining about children at pressers. More»
Terence Moore

Ted Turner Returns to Hawks as Fan

Ted Turner has no longer been a regular presence at Atlanta Hawks games since losing ownership of the team, but he's back for their playoff run, even if he's far away from the enthusiastic presence he was when he first bought the team. More»
Erik Malinowski

Warriors Draw First Blood

Falling behind is no novelty for this Warriors team, but after finding themselves in a 16-point hole against the Rockets at home in Game 1 of the Conference Finals, they shot their way out of it and played just enough defense to win. More»
Alex Wong

Winners and Losers of the Lottery

The NBA draft lottery results are in, and the Knicks ended up being the only team to fall from their expected position at No. 4, as the Timberwolves scored the first overall pick. But this is only the start of the process. Now comes the hard part. More»
Carlos Portocarrero

Revisiting the Rizzo-Cashner trade

In January 2012, the newly installed Cubs front office acquired Anthony Rizzo with the hopes of locking down first base for years to come, shipping righty Andrew Cashner to San Diego in the process. Three-plus years later, who is winning the trade? More»
Michael Pina

Why the Hawks Will Beat the Cavs

The Cavaliers and Hawks were the East's two best teams for a majority of the season, and starting Wednesday night they will square off in the Conference Finals. Key players on both sides are hobbled, but it should be a tightly contested series. More»
Tim Healey

The best Rockets-Warriors games

With the Rockets and Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, it's an appropriate time to take stock of the teams' history -- especially against each other. Here is a look at five of the all-time best games between Houston and Golden State. More»
Cy Brown

Kraft Won't Appeal Pats' Punishment

After what seems like a millennium of Deflategate controversy, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced he would no longer "continue the rhetoric," accepting the punishment to the Patriots handed down by Roger Goodell. More»
Matt Brown

How Golson Fits At Florida State

Seven months after just coming up shy of leading Notre Dame to an upset over Florida State, quarterback Everett Golson has decided to transfer to the Seminoles. For a change of scenery, he couldn't ask for much better of an opportunity. More»
Cy Brown

Athletes Obsessed With Superheroes

The world of sports and the world of comic books are in two completely different realms of popular culture. But, in recent years, comics have become more mainstream, and now superheroes are infiltrating the sports world. More»
Ross Tucker

NFLPA: Choose Your Battles

There's been a recent call for the NFLPA to fight commissioner Roger Goodell's ability to oversee the appeals process himself, as opposed to appointing an independent arbitrator. In the eyes of at least one former player, that fight isn't worth the effort. More»
Will Leitch

Why We Love the NBA Draft Lottery

This annual event, which will take place at 8:30 ET Tuesday night, is one of my favorite sports events of the year. It is that rare sports event that is both hugely important and yet charmingly dorky. There's nothing else quite like it. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The $96 Million Dollar Man

The first domino has fallen for the quarterback class of 2012, as the Miami Dolphins have signed Ryan Tannehill to a six-year, $96 million extension with a guaranteed figure of $45 million. That seems like a lot of money, until you read the fine print. More»
Joe DeLessio

Letterman's all-sports top 10

David Letterman has always been a friend to the sports world, so it's no surprise that countless jokes, bits and Top Ten lists over the years have centered around sports. Here are the top 10 sports moments from Letterman's legendary run on late-night. More»
Andrew Simon

Fixing the Miami Marlins

Even in the wake of his firing, the degree of Mike Redmond's culpability in the Marlins' slow start is unclear. Still, Dan Jennings will likely get credit if they turn it around. Let's take a look at how the Marlins got to this point, and where they can go from here. More»
Brian Kenny

Don't Be Quick to Judge Jennings Hire

Thinking that the skills required for managing a baseball team are the exclusive territory of those who played Major League baseball is an old, lazy mindset. Let's give new Marlins manager Dan Jennings the benefit of the doubt. More»
Cy Brown

GMs as Coaches and Managers

The Miami Marlins replaced recently fired manager Mike Redmond with general manager Dan Jennings. Though many sports have general managers who then coached (and vice versa), it's rare in baseball. But could we be seeing the beginning of a new trend? More»
Will Leitch

Simmons Will Be Missed at ESPN

The parlor game of What Bill Simmons Does Next is a fascinating one, but that almost doesn't matter. What Simmons was able to pull off from within ESPN is almost more impressive than anything he might do in the future with absolute autonomy. More»
Michael Pina

Dwight Howard Comes Up Big

The Houston Rockets advanced to the Western Conference Finals behind top-notch efforts from their pair of All-NBA superstars and relentless depth. Among the four teams still playing, Dwight Howard's impact is huge. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Scherzer Anchors Nats

Remember when the Max Scherzer signing looked like a display of gluttony by the Nationals, akin to that third or fourth trip through the Vegas buffet line? Well, he has been solid, while the rest of the Nats have struggled. Could he be an early MVP candidate? More»
Matt Brown

College Running Back Rankings

With mere months until the 2015 college football season, it's time to break down who the main characters will be, position by position. We start at running back, where the top 25 remains loaded even after the loss of several star players to the NFL. More»
Alex Wong

Future for the Clippers Is Cloudy

The Clippers won several decisive victories, but ultimately lost the series to the Rockets. Now, the Clippers have two key decisions to make: how to improve team personnel, and who should be making those personnel decisions. More»
Alex Wong

History On The Line

In some unfathomable fashion, the Rockets managed to win Game 6 against the Clippers. As they face off in Game 7, history will take shape for not only stars James Harden and Chris Paul, but both franchises. More»
Tim Healey

Anthony Rizzo, MLB's plunked king

Anthony Rizzo is well on his way to making Cubs history this season in a perhaps undesirable way. He's already been hit by 11 pitches, closing in on the Cubs single-season record of 17 after being hit six times in 2013. What accounts for the increase? More»
Gene Menez

Two Down For American Pharoah

Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah cruised wire-to-wire and crushing the field by seven easy lengths at the Preakness, despite pouring rain and a muddy track, and has a chance to finally end the 36-year Triple Crown drought. More»
Michael Pina

Reflections on The Truth

Paul Pierce's game-tying three in Game 6 of the Wizards-Hawks series not counting just doesn't feel right. Let's hope that wasn't the last image we see from his pro career. After all, the NBA wouldn't be what it is without Pierce around scaring everybody half to death. More»
Erik Malinowski

Warriors Shoot to Thrill

Behind 15 three-pointers, Golden State splashed past Memphis in Game 6 to win the series and advance to its first conference finals in nearly 40 years. They are now halfway to a championship -- and the next half should make for quite a show. More»
Alex Skillin

Rick Porcello's new groove

Rick Porcello, who started the season among the handful of Red Sox groundball starters, has strayed away from that style in 2015. Instead of relying on his sinker as he has traditionally done, Porcello has more often gone to a high four-seamer. More»
Matt Brown

Making College Basketball Better

The NCAA men's basketball rules committee proposed several changes aimed at answering criticism of the sport's slow play and scoring decreases in recent years. While there won't be drastic changes, the proposals are steps in the right direction. More»
Will Leitch

How the NBA Found Parity

Only eight NBA franchises have won championships since 1983. But, this year, we may see a team win for the first time ever (or a team at least win for the first time in a long time). This is good for the sport, and hopefully becomes the norm. More»
Michael Pina

The Rockets' Harden-less Miracle

The all-holy five-man unit of Trevor Ariza, Dwight Howard, Corey Brewer, Jason Terry and Josh "Korver-Curry" Smith spearheaded one of the most soul-draining/uplifting comebacks in recent NBA playoff history. How did that happen? More»
Alex Wong

LeBron back where he belongs

Despite their flaws, injuries, playoff inexperience and a rookie head coach, the Cleveland Cavaliers are moving on after beating the Bulls in Game 6 on Thursday. That means LeBron is back in the Eastern Conference Finals. Did you expect anything less? More»
Gene Menez

Ultimate Preakness Stakes Preview

The Preakness Stakes has been a chalk-player's playground in recent years. While the start of the Preakness may play out differently than that of the Derby, the prediction here is that the finish will be exactly the same, including an American Pharoah win. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The NFL's Super sophomores

The 2014 draft class performed better than most during its rookie year, but as always, there were plenty of players who didn't see a full season of action. Here are ten 2014 draft picks who could make a considerable leap in Year 2. More»
AJ Cassavell

Looking Into MLB's Crystal Ball

Using Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projections, we can already predict final stat lines and records over the remainder of the season. Here are eight very intriguing predictions based in an over/under context. More»
Andrew Garda

Everybody Loses In Deflategate

When a few Patriots fans started a GoFundMe page to help pay for the $1 million fine that the NFL hit the team with after Deflategate, it looked like things couldn't get any more ludicrous. Then came WellsReportContext.com on Thursday. More»
Matt Brown

The Realignment Champions

Years of conference reshuffling appear to be finished, and while it got left out of the playoff last year, TCU may be the biggest winner of the realignment craze. College football's underappreciated nomad finally has a home, and it's making the most of it. More»
Brett Koremenos

Cavs' Post-Love Adjustments

In Kevin Love's absence, Cleveland is now faced between relying on shooting or size. That decision has essentially forced the Cavs to reconfigure their identity on the fly, right in the middle of a tense playoff battle against the Bulls. More»
Will Leitch

Al Horford's Quiet Brilliance

Al Horford has some smoothness for a big man, but when you draw up the platonic ideal of just how lovely basketball can look, he is not what the sketch looks like. But he's been leading the Hawks for a long time and Wednesday night was his moment. More»
Erik Malinowski

Warrors In Command

With stifling defense, Stephen Curry's six three-pointers, contributions off the bench from Andre Igoudala and David Lee and a key first-quarter sequence, Golden State served up a Game 5 victory over Memphis and took control of the series. More»
Joe DeLessio

The Rangers' Game 7 Garden Party

What the New York Rangers have done in Game 7s in recent years is nothing short of incredible, tying an NHL record with their sixth straight deciding game victory on Wednesday night against the Capitals. Now it's on face the Lightning. More»
Alex Wong

Hawks Take Off With Ugly Win

The Hawks moved a step closer to the Finals with an 82-81 Game 5 win over the Wizards. The game was an indictment on how the second round has gone in the East: not pretty, but pretty exciting. There was the good, the bad, a lot of ugly and a frantic finish. More»
Tim Healey

MLB trades that should happen

It's only mid-May, but clubs' needs are becoming more and more clear. So as the trade market begins to take shape, here are some high-profile deals that make sense on paper and would benefit everyone involved. More»
Anthony Castrovince

5 Stats We Like to Debate

Baseball is a numbers game. Of course, the exact numbers we use to discuss the sport have evolved considerably, from the very basic to the very complicated. Here's one man's opinion on baseball's most frustrating figures. More»
Paul Casella

Hits Keep Coming For Dee Gordon

Dee Gordon is not only off to a fast start in 2015, but blazed out of the gates at a record-setting pace coming into this week. That said, don't set up a countdown to the single-season hit record for Gordon just yet. There's a long way to go. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Wilson's baseball bargaining chip

The Seahawks and Russell Wilson are reportedly far apart on a potential contract extension. Wilson, though, has the possible leverage of a career in pro baseball. Here are a couple of ways he could try to make it work. More»
Brett Koremenos

Solving the Tony Allen Problem

With the Warriors actively ignoring Tony Allen in Game 4, Memphis posted a laughable 70.7 offensive rating in the 16 minutes Allen played. How will the Grizzlies respond if the Warriors stick to this strategy Wednesday night? Here are some options. More»
Cy Brown

Spanish Footballers to Strike?

A storm is brewing in Spanish soccer and it appears possible that players in La Liga will strike for the final two match days of the season as well as the Copa Del Rey Final due to a dispute over revenue sharing. More»
Cy Brown

Rodgers wins "Celebrity Jeopardy!"

He had to take down an astronaut and a bald guy who yells at folks, but Aaron Rodgers came out on top in "Celebrity Jeopardy!" on Tuesday. With the victory, the Green Bay quarterback won $50,000 for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. More»
Will Leitch

Hope For MLB's Basement Dwellers?

There's no ideal time to be in last place in baseball, but all told, if you're in last place on May 13, you've got at least some time to turn it around. Do any of the six current teams at the bottom of its division any hope? And if not … when will they pack it in and start selling off talent? More»
Terence Moore

Uncertainty For Everett Golson

As former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson tries to pick a new football home for his senior season, the only certain thing is uncertainty. Coming off a turnover-filled year, it's hard to know just how well his football future will turn out. More»
Michael Pina

Clippers' Third Man Still The Key

The Rockets are best known for launching threes at a historic clip, but their two superstars make their money in the paint. Which is why it's important that DeAndre Jordan stay on the court for the Clippers if they want to close things out in Game 6. More»
Cy Brown

Barcelona Stakes Its Claim

FC Barcelona advanced to the Champions League final on aggregate despite a loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, and now Barca may be just one win away from reclaiming its former status as the world's best soccer team. More»
Alex Wong

Same Old Story For the Bulls

Long droughts have held the Bulls back in each of the last two games, and after Tuesday's lose to the Cavaliers in Game 5, they're one game from elimination. Barring a turnaround, the Bulls may enter the offseason facing very familiar questions. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Breakout Team Candidates

Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Arizona all achieved breakthrough seasons last year, leaving us to wonder which team will follow in their footsteps in 2015. As the season approaches, these are the teams most likely to make a leap forward. More»
Nick Ashbourne

Yankees rotation playing with fire

The Yankees have enjoyed pleasant surprises up and down the roster, but pitching is driving them, especially the rotation. One troubling question, though: What does the group's slider usage say about its ability to maintain success? More»
Joe DeLessio

Ovechkin's Moment of Truth

Back-to-back New York wins have pushed the Capitals-Rangers second-round series to a Game 7, and there's a lot on the line for both teams. For Caps star Alex Ovechkin, delivering on a victory guarantee may be a defining moment. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Brady's Backup May be a Disaster

If Tom Brady serves the entire four game suspension, and if the Patriots don't go out and sign or trade for someone else, then Jimmy Garoppolo is set to be the man. For all of Bill Belichick's wizardry, this could be very bad news. More»
Alex Wong

Williams is Out: Thibs Next?

The New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Monty Williams on Tuesday. The timing was strange given that they just made the playoffs and won 45 games in the Western Conference, but given the overall direction of the organization, this was the move to make. More»
Will Leitch

The Pure Viewing Pleasure ASG ballot

We're putting together the most aesthetically pleasing All-Star Game ballot imaginable. These might not be the best players, or the ones having the best season, but the ones that the most number of fans will have the highest level of enjoyment watching play. More»
Erik Malinowski

Warriors: The Force Awakens

Facing serious adversity for the first time all season, the Golden State Warriors responded in Game 4, with MVP Steph Curry delivering 33 points on 22 shots, helping his team seize home-court advantage once again. More»
Brian Kenny

Mariners Preserving The King

In this era of pitcher breakdowns, what is the best way to preserve your $100 million dollar investment? The Mariners have the right idea. When Felix Hernandez finishes an inning in the 90-to-110-pitch range, Seattle takes him out. Other teams should treat their top arms similarly. More»
Tim Healey

Tiger Woods' Good Deed

This may be a better win than any major. Tiger Woods helped out a teenager named Dillon, who had a stuttering problem and a portion of his classmates bullied him for it. But the story goes much deeper than that. More»
Michael Pina

The Rockets' D Has Fallen Apart

For 82 games this season, the Rockets' renewed focus on defense worked. And then the playoffs started. This is obviously troubling, and above all else stands as the No. 1 reason Houston will eventually be eliminated by the Los Angeles Clippers More»
Andrew Simon

MLB's longest homer streaks

When Bryce Harper went "only" 2-for-4 Sunday against the Braves, it snapped his string of consecutive games with a home run at three. Homer streaks -- while impressive -- don't hold the same prestige as hit streaks, but let's take a look at some of the best. More»
Ross Tucker

Questioning Brady's self-defense

We finally found something Tom Brady isn't good at: defending himself. No matter what holes you poke in the Wells Report or how harsh you think the suspension over Deflategate was, you have to agree that Brady hasn't exactly been "Tom Terrific" in proclaiming his innocence. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Patriots Are Still Contenders

In the wake of the Wells Report, the NFL acted harshly against the Patriots, with a four-game suspension for Tom Brady, two lost draft picks and a $1 million fine for the team. It's a tough punishment, but definitely one that can be overcome. More»
Cy Brown

Harsh Suspension for Tom Brady

Tom Brady was suspended four games for his role in the Deflategate scandal, and the Patriots will also lose their first-round draft pick in 2016 and their fourth-round pick in 2017, along with being fined $1 million. Excessive? Hey, that's life in the NFL. More»
Cy Brown

Christie's $80K NFL Spending Spree

Chris Christie has become known for palling around in NFL luxury boxes with folks like Jerry Jones. Watchdog.org is reporting that Christie spent thousands of dollars buying food and drinks at New York Jets and Giants games in 2010 and 2011. How? More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Putting Things In Perspective

It's easy as a sports fan, particularly in this day and age, to become jaded, to lose track of why this all matters. But then there are moments from athletes like Andrew Cashner that remind us why we have idols in the first place. More»
Will Leitch

NBA Coaches Don't Matter Much

We give David Blatt, and others like him, an illusion of authority because he has the title "coach." But professional basketball hasn't been like this for a long time. It's probably time to stop pretending. We'll all be a lot happier. More»
Matt Brown

Oregon Is Not Going Away

As we speculate about how Marcus Mariota fits in with the NFL's Tennessee Titans, there's another side to the story: What's next for the program he left behind at Oregon? Despite the loss of their best player, Oregon is still primed for big things. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Twins Turning Things Around

How rare would it be for two 90-plus game losers one year to reach the playoffs the next? The Twins and Astros could make that turn-around this year. Plus, our pick for Series of the Week pairs two cities whose teams faced off in February. More»
Len Hochberg

Fowler Dumps 'Overrated' Tag

A flashy but eminently likeable fellow -- by fans and his peers alike -- Rickie Fowler had one problem: He didn't win. But this weekend, the supposedly "overrated" Fowler solved that problem by capturing the so-called fifth major. More»
Alex Wong

LeBron James Takes Charge

After exchanging buzzer beaters in Chicago, the Bulls-Cavs series heads back to Cleveland tied at two. The Cavs avoided disaster with LeBron James' timely shot, but the star's post-game comments reveal a power struggle that's not going away. More»
Alex Wong

Grizzlies Take Fight to Warriors

The Warriors had one of the best regular seasons ever this year, a 67-15 record. But they have lost two straight games against the Grizzlies in the playoffs, and their three-point shooting has failed them. Is it time to worry about Golden State? More»
Lindsay Berra

Off the diamond, onto the fairway

Ballplayers have a love-hate relationship with golf. But some former big leaguers seem to have it figured out. A group of MLB vets, including John Smoltz and Livan Hernandez, will try to qualify for the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open this week. More»
Tim Healey

Evaluating Wilmer Flores

Wilmer Flores is the Mets starting shortstop, but his performance at the plate and in the field leaves something to be desired. How long the club can afford to leave him out there at his current production rate? More»
Cy Brown

Paul Pierce's Greatest Game-Winners

The Atlanta Hawks charged back from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Washington to tie the game at 101. It was a comeback for the ages... or it would've been if not for that man named Paul Pierce. More»
Cy Brown

Bill Murray's son coaches at Xavier

Bill Murray -- one of America's great comedians and just awesome person in general -- is well-known for his love of sports. But what many may not know is that Murray's son, Luke, is a college basketball assistant recently hired by Xavier. More»
R.J. Anderson

This Year's Eephus Pitch

In a sport where velocity is valued and treated as king, there's something charming about a pitcher accomplishing his mission with a soft lob. Detroit Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon is the latest test for that hypothesis. More»
Alex Wong

Rose Rises to the Occasion

The playoffs offer a chance for redemption, where players can bask in the glory for a temporary moment. For Derrick Rose, who has battled multiple knee surgeries, an endless list of critics and several bouts of self doubt, Game 3 was his moment. More»
Will Leitch

Bill Simmons Leaving the Nest

Bill Simmons departing ESPN is the end of an era, one that shaped not just sports journalism, but sports culture over the last 15 years. It was probably time for this damaged relationship to be severed. That doesn't make it feel any less strange. More»
Brian Kenny

Perplexing offseason costing Red Sox

The Red Sox's confusing offseason is still now, a month into the 2015 season, a bit perplexing. The team's firing of pitching coach Juan Nieves is the first solid indication we have that the Sox agree with the general sentiment that things aren't going very well. More»
Terence Moore

Aaron: A-Rod's No Willie Mays

"I played against Willie [Mays] for many years, and I know what kind of ballplayer he was, and there is absolutely no comparison between what he did, and what A-Rod did," Hank Aaron told Sports on Earth. "I mean, history will tell what's what, really." More»
Brett Koremenos

Waiting for Derrick Rose's evolution

At times against the Cavaliers, Derrick Rose has looked like his old self, despite a series of knee injuries robbing him of developmental time and some of his playmaking ability. But the Bulls might be better off if Rose became less of an attacker. More»
Will Leitch

Harper vs. Trout: It's WAR

You don't really hear Mike Trout and Bryce Harper linked that much anymore, which is strange, because for a couple of years there, they were the Coke and Pepsi on the prospect world. Will there ever be a year where Harper ends up as the better player? More»
Tim Healey

Brady Evades Wells Report Questions

After all of the investigation and anticipation, Tom Brady broke his silence Thursday night. The Patriots quarterback didn't have too much to say about the Wells Report during a long-planned speaking engagement at Salem State University. More»
AJ Cassavell

Big games from MLB's first month

The first month of the season saw plenty of outstanding individual feats. Here are the 10 best single-game performances so far based on WPA, which measures how much a single player increased his team's chances of winning. More»
Alex Wong

Withstanding John Wall's injury

The Wizards announced Thursday that John Wall has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand, and it appears likely he is done for this series against the Hawks. Can the Wizards still beat Atlanta or does this kill their playoff hopes? More»
Matt Brown

Everett Golson Transfer Options

A free-agent frenzy in college football has begun, as Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has opted to transfer for his final season upon graduating. With many schools potentially in play, these are the best landing spots for him. More»
Andrew Garda

Cowboys Take Chance On Collins

The long, confusing draft experience of former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins is over. The Cowboys signed him to what is rumored to be a three-year, $1.7 contract, a good move, even after Collins was questioned by police in a murder case. More»
Michael Pina

Have the Rockets Solved Griffin?

The Houston Rockets escaped Wednesday night with a much-needed victory at home. But it remains to be seen whether they can really contain Blake Griffin. The best strategy may be just to let him get his points until he's all worn out. More»
Will Leitch

MLB Playoff Odds Update

The 2015 baseball season is already almost 20 percent over, but at this point the standings can only tell us so much. So what has the start to the season actual meant moving forward? Updated PECOTA projections set the stage for the rest of the year. More»
Andrew Simon

The Secret to Harper's Success

Patience has not always come easily to Bryce Harper since, by his estimate, he sees perhaps one good pitch per at-bat. But, as you might be able to tell from his three-homer game on Wednesday, he's taking advantage of his opportunities. More»
Geoffrey Gray

Pacquiao injury story Inconsistent

Mike Koncz, Manny Pacquiao's longtime business adviser, is missing a key detail in his mea culpa in Shouldergate. He says it was administrative oversight, but Pacquiao says he hid the injury on purpose, to keep that info from Floyd Mayweather. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Early Season Freak-Out Factors

There comes a point when fans of disappointing ballclubs are entitled to a healthy heaping of panic, to let their Freak-Out Flag fly. Here are some teams who were expected to do great things this season, but are off to less-than-inspiring starts. More»
Alex Wong

LeBron and the Cavs strike back

Just as the Bulls led all of Game 1 on Monday, the Cavaliers dominated Game 2 on Wednesday en route to knotting the Eastern Conference Semifinals at one game apiece. Both teams should make adjustments before Game 3 on Friday. More»
Paul Casella

10 crazy stats from MLB's first month

The baseball season officially turned a month old this week -- and what a month it has been. From improbable winning streaks to memorable moments for both rookies and veterans, here are 10 of the crazier stats and trends we've seen so far. More»
Terence Moore

Hank Aaron's Greatness Endures

At 81, Hank Aaron's knees are creaky, and so are his hips, but he is still as active as ever, both in his charity work and ambassador for the game. Who better to have represent baseball than one of the best of all time? More»
Michael Pina

Al Horford is a defensive monster

Al Horford's defense is the single most underrated thing in basketball right now. People who watch basketball know Horford is really good at defense, but they also don't talk about it that much, so here we take a deeper dive. More»
Cy Brown

5 Dumb Wells Report Revelations

Deflategate is back in the news thanks to the release of the NFL's investigation of the Patriots conducted by Ted Wells. The short version: it's "more probable than not" Tom Brady knew something shady was happening. Long version: *sigh* More»
Cy Brown

Learning to Like Luis Suarez

Pretty much everyone hates Barcelona's Luis Suarez. Now that we're clear on that, he did something pretty cool recently when he surprised a young cancer patient with a video chat. Maybe he's not as bas as we think? More»
Kenneth Arthur

Running Out of Redemption Narratives

When it comes to Frank Clark, the whole "learning from past mistakes" story has been told even before his domestic violence incident came to light. Which is why it's confounding that the Seahawks would take a chance on him. More»
Will Leitch

Regular Seasons Should Matter More

This has been the best season in Atlanta Hawks history, with 60 wins, a re-energized fan base and charismatic team. But over the last two games at Philips Arena, that was almost all completely eradicated by the Wizards. And that's just not fair. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Clark Isn't The Only Side of the Story

The Seahawks reportedly skipped over some steps when vetting their first draft pick (the 63rd pick overall), defensive end Frank Clark, who was arrested on charges of domestic violence, continuing a disturbing trend of perfunctory investigations from NFL teams. More»
Erik Malinowski

Grizzlies Grind Down Warriors

After a hard-fought 97-90 victory on the road in Game 2 Tuesday night, the Grizzlies have earned a rightful chance to steal this series from the Western Conference's top team. Saturday now becomes a must-see event instead of an afterthought. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Debate Season

The college football offseason is very long, and with signing day and spring practice now finished, the next several months are filled with nothing except for talk. Here are the controversies and debates that will dominate the summer college news cycle. More»
Brett Koremenos

Irving Is Cleveland's Best Hope

While LeBron James is the Cavaliers' best player and decision-maker, they may need him to take a backseat to Kyrie Irving to beat the Bulls in the second round. This could not only solve their offensive problems, it could fix their defense too. More»
Matthew Trueblood

Patience A Virtue for Cubs

Pitchers aren't putting much over the plate against a powerful Chicago Cubs lineup. That's both a good thing -- the Cubs have the third-highest OBP in the National League, largely thanks to so many opportunities to draw walks -- and a bad thing: plenty of K's. More»
Erik Malinowski

James Dolan's Favorite Mistake

The fact that Isiah Thomas (who was embroiled in a sexual harassment case not too long ago) may soon be the new president and co-owner of the WNBA's New York Liberty is a logic problem with no real solution. All you can do is shake your head. More»
Tim Healey

Ranking James Dolan's bad ideas

Knicks owner James Dolan made Isiah Thomas, who in 2007 was found to have sexually harassed a former Knicks employee, the president of the WNBA's New York Liberty on Tuesday. Here, we run down some of Dolan's other dubious moves. More»
Michael Pina

Houston's Game 1 Horror Show

Let's applaud the Clippers for scoring 117 points against one of the league's top defenses, but the Houston Rockets' effort in Game 1 was truly a poor one. They can pick it up Wednesday in Game 2, but they'll need to play better -- much better. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Rookie Matchups to Watch

Just like top picks Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf faced off early in the 1998 season, No. 1 and 2 overall picks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will play against each other in Week 1 this year. What other rookie-vs.-rookie matchups highlight the season? More»
Will Leitch

The 2015 Bizarro All-Star Teams

The MLB All-Star ballot came out last week, and though it's completely online, it still has some people eligible to make an All-Star Game that probably shouldn't. So let's offset intelligent, well-reasoned ballots with a really, really bad one. More»
Ross Tucker

An open letter to NFL rookies

The NFL draft last week wasn't the culmination of a lot of hard work or "the end" of any journey. It was simply a beginning. Here are a few tips from a former journeyman that, if followed, will hopefully give recent draftees a leg up in minicamps. More»
Andrew Simon

The MLB all-out-of-position team

Playing wildly out of position is usually nothing more than a one-time deal brought on by dire circumstances. let's take a position-by-position look at some high-profile active players who have been pressed into service once -- and only once -- on unfamiliar terrain. More»
Alex Wong

Bulls Draw First Blood

It's just one game, but the Bulls topped the Cavaliers, 99-92 Monday night in Cleveland, and they seem poised to take another game on the road Wednesday. Could they even be the series favorites at this point? Don't tell that to Tom Thibodeau. More»
Erik Malinowski

Rare Emotion for MVP Curry

While accepting his NBA MVP Award Monday, Steph Curry (overcome by the moment) was everything the locals here know him to be, and he took yet another tangible step toward superstardom. But there's still unfinished business to do. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The NFL Draft: American Hustle

There are the elite agents of pro football who sign the biggest draft prospects every season. Then there are the little guys, like 7 Sports Group, who represent the clients on the bubble of the NFL. For these Jerry Maguire-types, the last day of the draft is do or die. More»
Michael Pina

No Bull: Chicago Can Beat Cavs in Six

LeBron James will be a big problem for the Bulls in the second round. But Kevin Love's absence is a huge deal for the Cavs, and stands as the biggest reason I think Chicago will advance to its first Eastern Conference Finals since 2011. More»
Alex Wong

Morey: The Rockets' Chief Engineer

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, one of the early adopters to the advanced statistics movement, spent years turning over his roster, accumulating assets and maintaining flexibility. It all finally seems to be paying off, but there's still work to be done. More»
Will Leitch

April's 10 Dumbest Sports Stories

As we've done since the beginning of the year, we decided to take a look at the most idiotic things the sports world was obsessed about each month. April featured "news" about Britt McHenry, Bryan Price, Kelly Olynyk and, of course, Tim Tebow. More»
Geoffrey Gray

Behind Pacquiao's Pre-Fight Drama

Bob Bennett, executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission and Francisco Aguilar, the chairman of the Commission, said they were forced with no option to deny Manny Pacquiao an anti-inflammatory shot before the fight with Floyd Mayweather. More»
Anthony Castrovince

The Astros Among MLB's May Powers

Madison Bumgarner and the defending champs seem to have found their footing, Tyler Lyons will be tested as he replaces the injured Adam Wainwright and Dallas Keuchel's Astros are running away with the AL West. Wait, what? More»
Andrew Garda

NFL Draft Grades

The 2015 NFL draft is in the books. Even though we really won't know how good most of these players really are for three or four years, it's time to make assessments: Which teams used their picks as effectively as they could have to fill their needs? More»
Matt Brown

2016 NFL Draft First Look

While the 2015 NFL draft just ended, it's never too early to start thinking ahead to next year. With top prospects in the Big Ten and at Notre Dame, the 2016 draft could be slanted toward the Midwest. Here are some early storylines to watch. More»
Erik Malinowski

Same As It Ever Was

Even after an eight-day layoff, the Golden State Warriors continued their dominant march through the NBA playoffs, dispatching the Memphis Grizzlies with ease in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals matchup. Here we go again. More»
Highlights

Epic Day In Sports History

Floyd Mayweather triumphed, the Clippers took an epic Game 7, the Rangers and Astros prevailed and American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby. Oh yeah, and there were homers. Lots of them. Relive it all in one clip. More»
Geoffrey Gray

Controversy Over Pacquiao Injury

After Floyd Mayweather Jr. outlasted Manny Pacquiao in 12 rounds Saturday night in their welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Arena, there was some confusion surrounding Pacquiao's injured right shoulder. He may not have received the medicine he needed. More»
Geoffrey Gray

Mayweather Outmaneuvers Pacquiao

After years of anticipation and months of hype, Floyd Mayweather did what he does best on Saturday night, artfully dodging Manny Pacquiao and landing punches when needed. In the end, Mayweather had all the answers to win. More»
Michael Pina

Clippers' Game 7 Win For the Ages

Did you honestly expect this to end any other way? Clippers. Spurs. Unprecedented first-round excellence. It had it all, from a last-second shot to a hobbled hero to a wonky shot clock. Here are seven takeaways from the incredible series finale. More»
Cy Brown

Star Power Better Than the Fight?

Bieber. Brady. Burger King? Yes, the celebrity entourages and ringside spectators at Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fight against Manny Pacquiao were eclectic to say the least. They also may have been more entertaining than the main event. More»
Alex Wong

Paul Boosts Legacy As Clips Advance

Few players cement their playoff legacy in the first two weeks of the playoffs. But then again, Saturday's Spurs-Clippers game wasn't just another Game 7 in the first round. For Chris Paul, it provided vindication with a dramatic win. More»
Gene Menez

American Pharoah Lives Up To The Hype

American Pharoah, who had been receiving comparisons to 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, lived up to his pre-race hype, pulling away in the final furlong to win by a length in Saturday's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. More»
Andrew Garda

Collins Undrafted Amid Controversy

All seven rounds of the NFL draft passed without anyone drafting LSU tackle La'el Collins, who arrived in Chicago expecting to be a first-round pick. As he waits to be questioned by police about the death of a former acquaintance, his options are limited. More»
Geoffrey Gray

Manny on a Mission

For Manny Pacquiao, the big fight Saturday is not about beating Floyd Mayweather Jr. He wants to convert him. He wants to convert everyone. That's what the preachers spoke about at Bible Study earlier in the week up in Pacquiao's Las Vegas suite. More»
Tim Healey

Mayweather Targets Reporters

In Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s latest heel move (which continues to show his lack of self-awareness), his camp reportedly banned from MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas a group of reporters who had covered the boxer's history of abusing women. More»
SoE Films

Honoring "Mr. Irrelevant"

The last pick of the NFL draft, which will wind down on Saturday, is often an afterthought. But for these three players -- designated "Mr. Irrelevant" in their own time -- the designation wasn't an insult ... it was inspiration. Hear their stories. More»
Andrew Garda

Savviest Day 2 NFL Draft Picks

After a relatively unexciting first round of the NFL draft, Friday's Day Two featured plenty of excitement, with more trades and several noteworthy picks. From Landon Collins to Garrett Grayson, here are the most notable second- and third-round picks. More»
Will Leitch

Ultimate Sports Weekend Guide

For raw breadth of the sports experience, the staggering number of options available, it's tough to beat this weekend. Starting from the time you get off work Friday until early Monday morning, you can make a stop at every sports fan station. Here's a guide to it all. More»
Tim Healey

3 Huge MLB Rivalries Heat Up

Unlike boxing and horse racing, baseball's weekend excitement is guaranteed to last more than a few minutes -- it will, in fact, last all weekend, deep into Sunday night. Here's the lowdown on the three marque matchups. More»
Tim Healey

Alternatives to the May-Pac fight

There are lots of reasons to not watch the Mayweather-Pacquiao Saturday night. If it's not your thing, here are some sports and entertainment-themed alternatives, both in terms of ways to spend your Saturday night and ways to spend $100. More»
Alex Wong

The Best First-Round Series Ever

While the first round of the NBA playoffs has been underwhelming, the Spurs-Clippers series has been an exception. In fact, it's been an all-time classic. With Game 7 tipping off on Saturday, here a few thoughts on what to watch as the series is decided. More»
Geoffrey Gray

Why Pacquiao Can't Lose

The more Manny Pacquiao becomes a long shot in the so-called "Fight of the Century" on Saturday night, the more Floyd Mayweather has to lose. And if Manny finds a way to get to Money? He becomes a global hero. More»
Brian Kenny

Bayless Bad News For Pacquiao

One of the major stories leading up to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is being missed: Kenny Bayless being named referee is a stunningly bad choice, and the worst possible news for Pacquiao. Did his camp not watch Mayweather's rematch with Marcos Maidana? More»
Gene Menez

2015 Kentucky Derby Picks

The field for Saturday's 141st running of the Kentucky Derby is widely considered the deepest in a long time, with many viable win candidates. But, despite the difficulties in handicapping, the final selection is the most obvious one. More»
Cy Brown

Running Diary: All-Sports Weekend

Is it possible to watch too many sports? Well, one guy is about to find out when he tries to consume as much televised competition as humanly possible during one of the biggest sporting event weekends of the year. God speed. More»
Chris "Mad Dog" Russo

Mad Dog's Weekend Predictions

We caught up with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, host of Mad Dog Sports Radio on Sirius XM and "High Heat" on MLB Network to get his thoughts on what should be a busy three days in the sports world. Here are some of his predictions and picks. More»
Geoffrey Gray

Lessons from Freddie Roach

If Manny Pacquiao wins Saturday, his trainer, Freddie Roach, who suffers from Parkinson's, has said he'll consider retirement. He's devoted most of his adult life to his stable of fighters. In this video series, he details some of the lessons he's learned in life. More»
Andrew Garda

NFL Draft Day 2: Best of Who's Left

As we head toward rounds two and three of the NFL draft there is still plenty of talent on the board. Did your team not do what you wanted it to in the first round? Keep your eyes peeled in the second and third -- they still have a chance to make you very happy. More»
Cy Brown

Sports Flicks to Watch This Weekend

This weekend will be packed wall-to-wall with sports events. There's the usual full slate of baseball, the NHL playoffs, the NFL draft, the Kentucky Derby, Spurs-Clippers and Mayweather-Pacquiao. Cleanse you palate by watching some of these sports movies. More»
Joe DeLessio

Reason to believe in the Capitals

With the Capitals and Rangers meeting in the playoffs for the fifth time since 2009, Washington has reason to believe it can pull off the upset. And after taking Game 1 in New York on Thursday, they can be especially confident heading into Game 2 on Saturday. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Draft Round One: 32 facts

The NFL draft concluded its first round with only a few surprises. But every pick, every player and every school has something unique about them. So here are some facts and figures to contextualize what went down Thursday night. More»
Erik Malinowski

Paul Carries Clippers to Game 7

With a veteran Spurs team looking to eliminate the Clippers in Game 6 of their back-and-forth series, Chris Paul put L.A. on his back and made sure that his squad would be coming home Saturday night for a potentially epic Game 7. More»
Andrew Garda

First Round Winners and Losers

Overall, it's been an interesting NFL draft so far, if not exactly enthralling. Besides Mel Kiper's hair and a phonetically sound pronunciation of "Mariota," there were some clear winners and losers on Thursday night. More»