Brian Kenny

Harvey Decision Indefensible

The most important job of Mets manager Terry Collins is to keep Matt Harvey healthy, which makes Saturday's decision to allow Harvey to pitch the ninth against the Yankees hard to defend. Harvey might be the best pitcher in the game, and the Mets have to protect him. More»
Cy Brown

Best and Worst Run Differentials

It can be difficult to discern which baseball team will be good and which won't with such a small sample size early in the season. One stat that can give us a snapshot is run differential. But even then, looks can be deceiving. More»
Will Leitch

Best Interleague Location Rivalries

There are 11 "geographically-based rivalry" interleague series every season. Some are logical and obvious; others began as more of a logistical solution. Here, we rank them all, from least compelling to as hot as they get. More»
Alex Wong

Ol' Man Duncan Still Getting It Done

In what may be his final months playing basketball, Tim Duncan is still adding to his resume, and punctuating his status as the best power forward to have ever played the game. Just don't refer to his performances as vintage. More»
Erik Malinowski

Warriors Sweat Out Sweep

It wasn't easy, but the Golden State Warriors closed out the pesky New Orleans Pelicans on the road in Game 4 and became the first NBA team to advance in these playoffs. How far they ultimately go is anyone's guess. More»
Joe DeLessio

Rangers Playing With Purpose

The New York Rangers are hardly a perfect team, but playing with a sense of urgency makes up for some flaws. In previous years, that aspect of their game was missing. Now, as they look ahead to the second round, it could make all the difference. More»
Alex Wong

Wittman: Results Vs. Reputation

Not too many had faith in Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman. And yet, after a 106-99 victory over the Raptors on Friday to take a 3-0 series lead, the Wizards are one win away from advancing to the second round in consecutive seasons. More»
Tim Healey

Royals Rumble: Crime & Punishment

Following the Royals-White Sox bench-clearing incident Thursday night, Kansas City is on pace for close 100 ejections on the season. They likely won't keep that pace, of course, but here's some fun with small sample sizes. More»
Tim Healey

Tale of the tape: Samardzija vs. Cain

Mayweather-Pacquiao is next Saturday. Looks like White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija and Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain are trying to secure a spot on the undercard. They were in the middle of the Chicago-KC bench-clearing incident Thursday. More»
Alex Wong

Derrick Rose's Attack Is Back

Through three games in the playoffs, all wins for the Bulls, Derrick Rose has averaged 24.0 points and 8.0 assists. Most importantly, he's averaged 37.8 minutes per game in the series and looks to be getting stronger. That's good news for all NBA fans. More»
Erik Malinowski

Golden Comeback For the Ages

Entering the fourth quarter of Game 3 down by 20 points, the Golden State Warriors executed one of the most stunning comebacks in NBA playoff history and eventually knocked off the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime. Is there anything this team can't do? More»
Matt Brown

NFL Draft All-Sleeper Team

With the NFL draft less than a week away, it's time to look at the overlooked players who teams should target on Day 2 or 3. They may not have perfect measurables, but they're proven college players who will have value at the pro level. More»
Tim Healey

Amazin' Tales of Bartolo

If you needed any more evidence that Bartolo Colon has become a full-fledged phenomenon, know this: Thursday evening, "Bartolo Colon" was trending nationally on Twitter. Here are the moments that have endeared him to fans. More»
Alex Wong

Raptors vs. Wizards mind games

In the postseason, players are looking to find any edge they can against an opponent. In doing so, psychological battles -- the game within the game -- often play out on the court. That's what's happening with the Raptors and Wizards. More»
AJ Cassavell

Taking stock of the early stat races

It's far too early to tell which races might thrill the baseball world this summer, but given the players involved and the early returns, we can make a few educated guesses. Here are five individual races that already look appetizing. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Revisiting Aaron Rodgers' draft fall

Ten years ago, after the 49ers selected Alex Smith first overall in the NFL draft, Aaron Rodgers fell all the way to the Packers at No. 24. Here, we look back on how that franchise-changing pick happened -- and who saw it coming. More»
Michael Pina

Kawhi Leonard's steady rise to power

As great as Tim Duncan was Wednesday against the Clippers, the subtlest takeaway was just how dominant on D Kawhi Leonard has become. The league acknowledged that Thursday with Leonard's Defensive Player of the Year award. More»
Cy Brown

Obama Burns the Patriots

The New England Patriots met President Barack Obama today, which gave POTUS the perfect opportunity to throw out a sick Deflategate roast he's probably been saving since the playoffs. And Bill Belichick seems none too pleased about it. More»
Cy Brown

A Guide to Premier League Relegation

Just because Chelsea has the EPL wrapped up doesn't mean there isn't excitement still in store. The fight to not be relegated can be just as compelling as the race for the title. Here's your complete guide to the relegation battle. More»
Will Leitch

Who Will Be the Next Mr. 3,000?

There are 10 active Major League players who have 2,000 hits or more. Some will reach 3,000; some will come close; some will be lucky to make it through this season. Let's take a look at all 11 and see if, or when, they'll reach the sainted "Mark of Bernie Mac." More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Hardy's Suspension Is Fair

Greg Hardy's 10-game suspension is far from a cure-all, and it is obviously being appealed instantly by Hardy and the NFLPA, but it does send a message that the NFL is taking issues of domestic violence more seriously. More»
Paul Casella

2015's best performances (so far)

Ranking every start thus far, using a pitcher's game score, none of the usual suspects such as Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Max Scherzer, David Price or Corey Kluber have cracked the top 10. Here are the top 10. More»
Michael Pina

Bucks Should Leave Pau Alone

On Jan. 10, Pau Gasol lit up the Bucks for 46 points and 18 rebounds, and now, nearly four months later, it's affected Milwaukee's game plan. Down 2-0 to the Bulls, maybe the Bucks should change things up. More»
Brett Koremenos

The case for Mike D'Antoni in OKC

The Thunder finally showed Scott Brooks the door Wednesday afternoon. While prominent college coaches like Kevin Ollie and Billy Donovan have already been linked to the position, there's only one man fit for the job: Mike D'Antoni. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Baseball's Spring of Youth

The 2015 season is still in diapers, too early in its development to be counted on for meaningful conclusions. Already, though, young players are leaving their mark on the season. Is baseball trending younger? If so, why? More»
Richard Justice

The NL doesn't want the DH

Amid the discussion about making the designated hitter rule universal in both the National and American Leagues, one teensy point seems constantly to be overlooked: The National League does not want it. Not now. Not in the foreseeable future. More»
Alex Wong

Firing Scott Brooks Was Necessary

In six-plus seasons as the Thunder coach, Scott Brooks won 62 percent of his regular-seasons games, made the NBA Finals once and lost in the conference finals two other times. The Thunder fired Brooks on Wednesday, and here's why. More»
Will Leitch

Statcast: Glimpse of the Future

Statcast -- introduced during the Nationals' 2-1 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday night -- was enlightening. This is a tool to show you what just happened in a way you couldn't possibly have understood before. More»
Tim Healey

Giancarlo Stanton's Longest Homers

Giancarlo Stanton hit another monstrous home run on Tuesday, a 454-foot shot into the visitors' bullpen at Citizens Bank Park. But here's the thing -- it's not even close to Stanton's longest home run. It's not even in the top 10. Here are the longest Stanton's ever hit. More»
Cy Brown

Smith and Howard Rise for Rockets

The Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-99 in Game 2 to go up 2-0 in their first round series, largely due to a bash brothers routine by ex-Atlanta Celtics AAU teammates Dwight Howard and Josh Smith. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Favre and Packers: Together Again

Brett Favre will return to Lambeau Field on Nov. 26 and have his number retired number by Green Bay. The commitment to a date ends several years of speculation and false starts that kept the retired quarterback in football purgatory. More»
Alex Wong

Wizards Win Backcourt Battle

In a series featuring two of the best backcourts in the East, the Wizards' starting guards had the clear advantage in Game 2. And unless the Raptors can muster up a better effort, what was expected to be a competitive series might be over this weekend. More»
Matt Brown

The Power of Alabama

Alabama no longer feels invincible after its Sugar Bowl losses, and it leaves the spring with lingering questions. Nick Saban has preached about getting more physical, though, and behind Derrick Henry, the Crimson Tide are in perfect position to do it. More»
Brett Koremenos

How Brooklyn Can Stop Atlanta

Nobody expected to the first-round series between the Hawks and the Nets to be close, but Brooklyn found a way to frustrate the Atlanta offense in Game 1 and keep things close. Its relative success could set the table for an entertaining series. More»
Terence Moore

Harbaugh's Personality Isn't News

49ers lineman Alex Boone said his former coach, Jim Harbaugh, "might be clinically insane," but the criticism of Harbaugh's personality has been over the top. In fact, his demanding nature makes him no different than many top coaches. More»
Alex Wong

Can Lou Williams Make a Difference?

When Lou Williams -- who was named Sixth Man of the Year on Monday -- is making his shots, he is a game changer for the Toronto Raptors. It's the other side of Williams that's the problem. Depending on which one shows up, it could make all the difference. More»
Ross Tucker

Why Tebow Still Has Value

I love that the Eagles signed Tim Tebow -- and I don't even think he's a good NFL quarterback. He just needs to potentially fulfill a role and provide some value to the team, and that's doing what he does best: being a power-running quarterback. More»
Michael Pina

Clippers Show Versatility

In Game 1 of their first round series, the Clippers ground the Spurs to dust, spearheading a pick-your-poison attack that spreads you out, wears you thin and offers the costliest form of instant annihilation. But it was their D that was the most impressive. More»
Erik Malinowski

The Sound and the Fury

When Golden State needed a Game 2 pick-me-up, the Oracle Arena crowd stepped up its intensity against the visiting New Orleans Pelicans. And after a suffocating second-half defensive stand, the Warriors now control this electric first-round series. More»
Will Leitch

The High Price of Being In Charge

Last night, Reds manager Bryan Price went on a profanity-laced tirade directed at beat reporter he felt was divulging too much information about the team. But he seems to misunderstand how success relates to job security for everyone involved in sports. More»
Alex Wong

LeBron Vs. Jordan and Kobe

LeBron James continues to have remarkable playoff success -- particularly in the early rounds. The knock on LeBron, though, has been that he's had easier roads to the championship. So how does he compare to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant? More»
Andrew Simon

Rodon in Bullpen ... For Now

The White Sox called up top pitching prospect Carlos Rodon, but while he's expected to graduate to the starting rotation at some point, he'll start in the Chicago bullpen. Here are five active pitchers who have followed a similar path to stardom. More»
Matt Brown

The Ohio State Motivation Game

As Ohio State's spring ended on Saturday with its annual scrimmage in front of over 99,000 people, it's been made clear that the Buckeyes' biggest opponent is complacency. The hype continues to build, but Urban Meyer's focus remains the same. More»
Cy Brown

Boston Marathon Has Close Finish

The 119th running of the Boston Marathon took place Monday, and there was excitement across all divisions from Hopkinton to Boylston Street, including one of the tightest finishes in the race's history. More»
Brian Kenny

Sliding Into Trouble

Hard slides at second are an exciting part of baseball, but go ahead and check out Alcides Escobar and Jonathan Schoop getting their legs taken out, and you might change your mind. In the era of the shift and replay, a broken leg is a matter of time. More»
Sean Highkin

Even If They Lose, Celtics On Track

The Boston Celtics are still searching for a star, but until they find one, GM Danny Ainge has been putting the surrounding pieces in place for a team that can go deep in the playoffs. It just may not happen this year. More»
Will Leitch

The Three Stages of Baseball Fights

Every sport fights differently: Some seem structured around the appearance of fighting without ever having to actually fight at all. With the A's and Royals getting heated on Sunday, we put together a guide to recognizing when a brawl is coming and how to assess it. More»
Cy Brown

The Clippers' Win Made Ballmer Nuts

The Los Angeles Clippers beat the defending champion San Antonio Spurs 107-92 in Game 1 of their playoff match-up, which gave Clippers' owner Steve Ballmer, a noted crazy person, license to do what he does best. More»
Matt Brown

The Year of Hackenberg Begins

As the 2015 NFL draft nears, the 2016 cycle is about to begin. That means the spotlight is about to move on to next year's crop of elite talent, including Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg, who is trying to navigate a tricky situation in Happy Valley. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Relax: Tebow's Not Really Back

The Eagles signed Tim Tebow to a one-year deal on Monday, believing that he warrants a shot to make the team and could be a good fit under Chip Kelly. But in order to join their final roster, Tebow has to beat out not one, but up to four competitors. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's Most Buzzing to the Buzzkills

We ought to be buzzing about a Mets team that has won eight straight and faces the Yankees at Yankee Stadium this week. But they've suffered a rash of injuries, so let's look to the NL West for the series of the week, when the Dodgers visit Petco Park. More»
Will Leitch

NBA's Biggest Party Is In Atlanta

The Hawks have made basketball in Atlanta a joy again maybe for the first time since the days of Dominique Wilkins. Now that we've seen what Philips Arena can be like, no one can claim Atlanta doesn't love professional basketball anymore. More»
Tim Healey

Universal DH: Ready or Not?

It's time for the National League to adopt the designated hitter. Major League Baseball, the players, the owners and the fans all have something to gain. The only argument against, at this point, might be the joy of watching Bartolo Colon at the plate. More»
Erik Malinowski

Ultimate Warrior

When the Golden State Warriors needed Stephen Curry to carry them, he shouldered the load, led his team to a dominating Game 1 win, and showed the New Orleans Pelicans exactly how you play playoff basketball. More»
Tim Healey

Assessing the Spurs' repeat chances

The Spurs are the defending NBA champions and have all the cachet -- not to mention benefit of the doubt -- that accompanies winning five titles in the last 16 years. Here's a look at some reasons why the Spurs shouldn't be worried -- plus one reason they should be. More»
Alex Wong

Curses! Raptors Lose Ugly

In a series billed as a matchup between two of the best backcourts in the league, both the Wizards and the Raptors struggled to make shots in Game 1, leading to the conclusion that while one of these teams will advance, it won't be pretty along the way. More»
Brett Koremenos

How the Mavs Can Stop Harden

Stop James Harden and you stop the Houston Rockets -- on the surface, that may be true. But the Dallas Mavericks know that trying to corral one of this year's MVP candidates is not nearly as simple as it seems. More»
Alex Wong

Was Pierce Right About the Raptors?

If the Raptors are to avenge last year's playoff disappointment, it might as well be against the player who delivered two signature moments in a seven game series that came down to the buzzer. In round 1, they'll try to shut up Paul Pierce and the Wizards. More»
Michael Pina

7 Big Questions For the NBA Playoffs

With the playoffs starting Saturday, here's a look at several key questions that'll help you stay on top of all the first round's action. Just remember, as the old saying goes: Nobody knows anything … except that the Warriors will beat the Pelicans. More»
Brett Koremenos

Attacking The Bulls' Strongside Flood

This year's incarnation of the Bulls isn't nearly as stifling as some of Thibodeau's best -- they rank just 11th in the league -- but they will be facing off against a Bucks offense that has struggled to score points all season. Let's break down each side's strategy. More»
Will Leitch

Expectations Too High For Bryant?

Kris Bryant is going to be fantastic, and Cubs fans are right to be excited about him. But what is happening now, this frenzy, it's going to pass, and it's going to pass quickly. We'll watch Bryant's at-bats with fervid attention … for about a month or so. More»
Matt Brown

Texas Tries To Move Forward

The first year of the Charlie Strong era was messy, with youth, injuries and an identity crisis contributing to one of the worst Longhorns offenses ever. After a disastrous bowl effort, Texas desperately needs a spring confidence boost. More»
Terence Moore

The Hawks' Added Motivation

While the Atlanta Hawks enter the NBA playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference, they don't see themselves as favorites. Given the history of the franchise and the obstacles they still face, maybe they're right to feel that way. More»
Alex Wong

Debunking NBA Playoff Myths

The start of the playoffs is the perfect time to bring out our favorite narratives. Teams are not experienced enough to win it all. A player's career will be defined by whether they can finally breakthrough in the postseason. Let's dissect five of the biggest ones. More»
Michael Pina

The 'Other' NBA Awards

With the NBA playoffs beginning this weekend, it's time to first look back at the best (and worst) of the regular season. These aren't your typical awards, though. From most disappointing team to most embarrassing crossover, we go beyond MVPs. More»
Tim Healey

Why Everyone's Excited About Bryant

The Cubs are set to call up Kris Bryant for their game Friday against the Padres at Wrigley Field. If you're a baseball nerd, it's pretty exciting. If you're not a baseball nerd, that's OK, too. Here are eight reasons to help you understand what all the fuss is about. More»
AJ Cassavell

It's Time to Automate the Strike Zone

Major League Baseball needs to automate the strike zone, taking called balls and strikes out of the hands of umpires and put it into the hands of technology. *Ducks for cover* More»
Cy Brown

NFL Reinstates Adrian Peterson

The NFL announced the reinstatement of Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson, to the delight of mostly of Cowboys fans who think they'll trade of the star tailback now. But did anyone really notice the news? There is a new "Star Wars" trailer, after all. More»
Ross Benes

Examining the Least of the East

Thunder fans may feel justifiably angry. This year, three of the NBA Eastern Conference playoff teams failed to win more than half their games. We wondered if those bottom seeds are among the worst ever and how the West's superiority ranks historically. More»
Cy Brown

4 Possible Future USMNT Stars

The USMNT did what it like to do against Mexico and won Dos-a-Cero, or 2-0. Many USA regulars played, but the match also featured some players on the fringe of the American team. Here are four of those fringe players who had outstanding performances. More»
Will Leitch

NBA Playoff Rootability Rankings

This is an NBA playoff guide for the dispassionate fan whose team didn't make the postseason or someone with no rooting interest who is just looking for someone to get behind in the postseason, in general. Just remember: It's not ALL about LeBron. More»
Cy Brown

Mayweather and Pacquiao's Star Power

Everyone is getting prepared for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, especially celebrities, many of whom are throwing their lot in with one of the fighters. Here are the stars Money May and Pacman can expect in their corners. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Pay Attention to These Fast Starts

Very little in this world lends itself to a reliable conclusion at an early stage. So given that we're only roughly five percent of the way through the 2015 baseball season, let's just say these are 15 things we're cautiously encouraged by thus far. More»
Steven Lebron

Last Fight For Playoff Position

There are 14 games on the schedule Wednesday and a lot of things remain in play: 2-6 seeds in the West, two team races for the eighth spot in both conferences and, if you're looking for some alternative programming, the distribution of lottery balls. More»
Tim Healey

Hernandez gets life without parole

The first of Aaron Hernandez' two murder trials came to an end Wednesday morning, and the result has the former Patriots star going to jail for the rest of his life without the chance of parole. The next case is expected to begin later this year. More»
Will Leitch

Flippin' Out Over Nothing

Yasiel Puig recently said he was going to stop flipping his bat because, "I want to show American baseball that I'm not disrespecting the game." But the whole notion of "respecting the game" comes from a dishonest place. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Rivers Blockbuster In the Making?

Philip Rivers to the … Tennessee Titans? It could happen. But if the Chargers were to seek a truly fair deal for their five-time All Pro quarterback, they may have to get another team involved. That's where the Eagles come in. More»
Matt Brown

Clemson's Challenge to Florida State

While Clemson continues to bring in impressive talent, it's been stuck a dominant Florida State program the last few years in the ACC. The Seminoles' run isn't about to stop, but quarterback Deshaun Watson can help changes Clemson's fortunes. More»
Brian Kenny

Closer By Committee: The Revenge

Once looked down upon, the "closer by committee" is getting a revival. Teams like the Yankees, Mets and Rockies have mixed and matched ninth-inning pitchers, abandoning stagnant conventional thinking for proper bullpen usage. More»
Paul Casella

Does a 7-0 Start Mean Anything?

While the first seven games may represent just a little more than four percent of the Kansas City Royals' overall schedule, five of the six teams to start 6-0 during the Wild Card era (since 1995) have gone on to make the postseason. And the signs get better from there. More»
Tim Healey

Capps and 10 More Crazy Deliveries

Carter Capps set Twitter aflame Monday night when people caught on to his unorthodox delivery. But the Marlins reliever isn't the first hurler with a weird windup -- here's a look at some of those who came before him. More»
Ross Tucker

The Myth of the Lame Duck Coach

Contract extensions to Tom Coughlin and Joe Philbin are ostensibly to show support for each coach, trying to avoid the dreaded "lame duck" status. But is anybody in the galaxy buying that adding one year to a deal equals job security? More»
Joe DeLessio

Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

The Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday night, promising two months of high-stakes drama. Here's a look at the eight first-round matchups, breaking down which series could turn into instant classics and who should advance. More»
Anthony Castrovince

All Eyes On A-Rod

You can love this guy, you can hate this guy (something tells me many of you lean toward the latter), but, in either case, you can't ignore Alex Rodriguez. You can't deny his ability to stir up emotion and interest and eyeballs. More»
Andrew Simon

5 MLB Teams Hit Hardest By Injuries

It's impossible to predict the twists and turns the season will take based on a torn ulnar collateral ligament here or a broken wrist there. But already, health woes have made their presence felt throughout baseball. More»
Michael Pina

NBA's Most Obsolete Big Man

The Charlotte Hornets' Al Jefferson is good at a lost and increasingly unnecessary art form: getting the ball in the post. He's still crafty and never turns it over, but, rising cap aside, what smart NBA team will give Jefferson a long-term, eight-figure contract? More»
Cy Brown

Biggest Champions League Storylines

The UEFA Champions League resumes for the quarterfinals on Tuesday and Wednesday, but you can be forgiven if you've forgotten what's happening in European soccer since the last rounds. Here's a quick primer. More»
Matt Brown

Urban Meyer Cashes In

The Urban Meyer-Ohio State marriage has been perfect from the start, with Meyer immediately preventing a post-scandal downturn, then leading the Buckeyes to a national title in his third year. Now, he'll be making an average of $6.5 million per season. More»
Will leitch

The Last of the Home run Kings

With power so scarce these days, we should appreciate those who have sustained success for so long. Let's take a look at the active top 15 home run hitters, and see where they are on the all time list currently, and where they might land by the time they retire. More»
Len Hochberg

Spieth Runs Away With Masters Title

Twenty-one-year-old Jordan Spieth tied the all-time low score at Augusta, 18-under 270, to run away with his first major championship, going wire-to-wire and setting or tying multiple records along the way. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Waiting on Bryant, Bats to Show Up

In Week 2 of The Rotation, our look at the hot topics shaping the week ahead, we examine Kris Bryant's impending debut and a particularly blockbuster interleague matchup (hint: think World Series preview). More»
Kenneth Arthur

Eight Horrible Historic NFL Deals

Over the last five years, only five NFL players have fetched at least a first round pick in exchange for their services. But back in the 90s, teams didn't have a lot of respect for the players you can acquire in the first round, leading to these off-balance trades. More»
Matt Brown

The Return of USC

USC has spent years trying to recapture the success of the Pete Carroll era. With scholarship limitations in the past, high-profile recruiting successes and a roster loaded with talent, the pieces are in place to make the Trojans contenders again. More»
Tim Healey

American hockey's next big thing

This weekend marked the end of Jack Eichel's freshman season at Boston University, and after he won just about everything -- including college hockey's version of the Heisman Trophy -- he could be headed to the NHL. More»
Cy Brown

10 Soft-Rock Play-Down Songs

In an effort to sap their opponents of all energy, the Washington Nationals played soft rock -- including Kansas, Sinead O'Connor, The Carpenters and Sarah McLachlan -- during the Mets' batting practice before the season's opening series in Washington. More»
Tim Healey

Providence claims NCAA hockey title

As emotion waned in the aftermath of Providence College's 4-3 win over Boston University to claim the NCAA hockey national title, the circumstances surrounding each team's goaltender helped one to understand how the game was won. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Ready For The Round Of His Life

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson all played like the greats they are to move up the leaderboard and into the top five after three rounds at the Masters. But they all trail 21-year-old Jordan Spieth, who set a 54-hole record of 16-under. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Will the Hall of Fame Snub Polamalu?

On paper and by acclamation, Troy Polamalu should be a lock for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible after the 2019 season. However, the selection committee's reluctance to elect safeties suggests that his fate may not be so clear-cut. More»
Cy Brown

Longest Yankees-Red Sox Games

Friday's game between the Yankees and Red Sox lasted 6 hours and 49 minutes, which is not only the longest game in the history of the rivalry, but also the longest game in the history of the Red Sox franchise. More»
Len Hochberg

How Tiger Got His Groove Back

On Friday at the Masters, Tiger Woods shot a 3-under-par 69, his first round in the 60s at Augusta National since 2011 and just his third time besting 70 in his last 27 major championship rounds. It's not quite his old dominant self, but it's a start. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Sarah Thomas Is Ready For Scrutiny

Sarah Thomas is the trailblazing official who has been thrust into the spotlight as the NFL's first female ref hire. She's breaking a gender barrier that has existed for no good reason for years, and will receive an inordinate amount of attention. More»
Will Leitch

Winless Start? No Need to Sweat

I know you're aware that three games don't matter in the grand scheme of things, that the beginning of the season doesn't make a difference. But just in case you forgot, let's remember what a disaster the 1998 Yankees were during the first week of April. More»
Kenneth Arthur

No. 1 NFL Draft Picks: Boom vs. Busts

Since Peyton Manning in 1998, 12 of the last 17 No. 1 picks have been quarterbacks -- and Jameis Winston may be the 18th this year. But the success rate of QBs selected that high hasn't been great. Should a team really take the risk? More»
Joe DeLessio

Nassau Coliseum Will Be Missed

While it's understandable that the New York Islanders are moving from the outdated Nassau Coliseum to the Barclays Center, there will still be something lost in the transition. The Coliseum was built for hockey, and its character will be missed. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Masters Day 1 Takeaways

The first round of the Masters is in the books, with 21-year-old Jordan Spieth taking a three-shot lead into Friday after shooting an 8-under 64, flirting with a course record. From Spieth to a full round from Tiger Woods, here's what we learned on Thursday. More»
Steven Lebron

George Eases His Way Back

While the Pacers are in the middle of a battle for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, they're not about to put too much on Paul George's plate too soon. They're taking the long view, easing George back into the lineup after he returned on Sunday. More»
Tim Healey

College hockey's Final Four

The Frozen Four -- i.e., college hockey's version of the Final Four -- narrowed its field to a pair of finalists Thursday night in Boston. Providence College and Boston University will be a championship battle of the outsider versus the establishment. More»
Matt Brown

What's Next For Kentucky

Seven Kentucky players announced on Thursday that they'll forgo remaining eligibility to enter the NBA draft, leaving the Wildcats' roster severely depleted entering 2014-15. It might not matter. John Calipari will still have the talent to build a contender. More»
Will Leitch

In MLB, Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number

On Wednesday, A-Rod struck out against a guy who was born when the Yankee was about to enter his second Major League season. Here's a look at the 13 oldest players in the majors, looking at their current situations, and how much longer they might stay in the league. More»
Ross Tucker

Why a Good QB Is So Hard to Find

For the third year in a row, most NFL draft experts and team personnel are underwhelmed by the lack of surefire franchise QBs available. And, from all indications, the lack of top-end talent at the position may be long-term problem. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Jose Fernandez: Ace On Ice

As Matt Harvey returns to the mound for the Mets from Tommy John surgery, the Marlins have a longer wait for Jose Fernandez. While his absence has been frustrating, Fernandez is confident in what he can do when he's back. More»
Matt Brown

College Football's Mystery Team

While hiring Jim Harbaugh was an obvious home run for Michigan, it's hard to know exactly what to expect in his first season. Last weekend's spring scrimmage only complicated matters in the short run, even if long-term optimism is rightfully high. More»
Cy Brown

MLB Teams As Game of Thrones Houses

Spring means the return of two wonderful things: baseball and "Game of Thrones." To celebrate, we took a look at which MLB teams corresponded to the noble houses and factions of Westeros. Check out the results. More»
Paul Casella

From Bad to Among Baseball's Best?

While an improvement of 10-plus wins in MLB year over year may seem like a sizable jump, recent history suggests we could see at least a few such teams making noise in October. Let's look at the current candidates. More»
Tim Healey

Jack Nicklaus Has Still Got It

Jack Nicklaus has done a lot of impressive things in his 75 years on Earth, including winning a record 18 majors. Clearly, his golfing ability isn't going away: He hit a hole-in-one on Wednesday at the Masters Par 3 Contest at Augusta National. More»
Tim Healey

Tsarnaev guilty of Marathon bombing

The jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev delivered on Wednesday its verdict on the 30 counts related to the 2013 terrorist attack and ensuing week of mayhem. He's been found guilty on every single charge. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

UConn's Dynasty of Domination

Connecticut won its third straight women's basketball national title on Tuesday night, beating Notre Dame 63-53. It is the 10th championship for coach Geno Auriemma, and it's the type of dominance that we should not take for granted. More»
Doug Miller

This Is Kole Calhoun's Moment

There might not be too many certainties in such an unpredictable game, but Kole Calhoun is a good Major League player. This much is now known. The path up that tree might have been unusual, but things are looking pretty good from the top. More»
Will Leitch

Admiring Lawrie's Golden Sombrero

In Oakland's loss to the Rangers Tuesday night, A's third baseman Brett Lawrie batted four times and struck out in each at bat. But that's not the worst of it: In those four trips to the plate, he faced a total of 12 pitches. Could we do that? More»
Terence Moore

Reflections from the Final Four

Indianapolis is the ideal place to discuss the state of college basketball. John Wooden, after all, grew up nearby. So it is fitting the Final Four just ended here at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the event became a microcosm of the sport's future. More»
Matt Brown

Early 2016 College Hoops Top 25

Another Duke national championship is in the books, and now it's time to ask a question about the future: Can the Blue Devils repeat? While they may be a top-10 team, they'll have stiff competition nationally, especially from their ACC rivals. More»
Steven Lebron

Are Lopez's Brooklyn Days Numbered?

In his last 10 games, Brook Lopez is averaging 25.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks, while shooting 60.2 percent from the field. If his stellar play isn't a surprise, the timing of it creates an intriguing scenario this summer, when Lopez can opt out of his contract. More»
Steven Lebron

Clarkson Big Part of Lakers' Future

Reports have suggested the Lakers will go after Rajon Rondo and Goran Dragic this summer. But is it possible the Lakers already have a good option at point guard on their current roster? If you haven't been paying attention to Jordan Clarkson, it's time to start. More»
Cy Brown

Closing Arguments in Hernandez Trial

Closing arguments were heard on Tuesday in the murder trial of former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez, who pleaded not guilty to the murder of Odin Lloyd. What was said by the defense and prosecution? More»
Will Leitch

The Blue Devils You Know

Duke has been, dare we say, likeable over the last few years. But one Son of Laettner brought the familiar legacy back Monday night, helping his team overcome a nine-point deficit to win the NCAA national title. America, meet Grayson Allen. More»
AJ Cassavell

Six Takeaways From Opening Day

It's hard to distinguish reality from hyperbole during baseball's Opening Day. For one, the results really don't matter as much as we think they do. But, there are a few takeaways we can legitimately make based on MLB's first round of games. More»
Cy Brown

Best Grayson Allen Memes

Duke's freshmen led the way in the national title game, and while Tyus Jones was the game's star, Grayson Allen sparked the comeback. Twitter had a field day with the animated Blue Devils star, who bears a strong resemblance to many famous face. More»
Cy Brown

What's Next for Frank the Tank?

Frank Kaminsky did not end his career as a champion, but he has a great basketball future ahead of him. As he moves on to the NBA draft, where could the 7-foot Naismith Award winner land? The Hawks, Celtics and Pistons are all serious possibilities. More»
Andrew Simon

Inspiring Opening Day Roster Stories

MLB Opening Day is fun for all of the pomp and circumstance, the aces on the mound and the stars wearing new uniforms. It's also fun because of players like the Nationals first baseman Clint Robinson, who have gone through so much to get there. More»
Doug Miller

King Felix's Hunt For October

Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has never publicly complained about a lack of run support or bemoaned its blight on his personal statistics. He's swallowed the losing seasons whole. But now, Hernandez can finally envision a postseason in Seattle. More»
Cy Brown

Duke: National Title Underdog

Duke will find itself in an unfamiliar position when it tips off against Wisconsin. As of 1 p.m., most major sports books had Wisconsin favored (-1) in the championship, the first time Duke has ever been an underdog in the title game. More»
Ross Benes

Kentucky: Best Losers of All Time?

After their loss on Saturday, Kentucky will likely drop off most "best teams of all time" lists. But the best teams usually don't even win the championship anyway. So where do the Wildcats rank among the all-time great teams that failed to win their sport's title game? More»
Will Leitch

Baseball's Epic Saga Begins Again

In this age of obviously-useful-but-awfully-complex analytics, you can get caught up sometimes in how statistically irrelevant just about everything is. Small sample sizes and all that. But baseball is still about pure fun -- so enjoy the victories and brush off defeat. More»
Lindsay Berra

The Value of Rest In Baseball

In 2014, only 40 players appeared in 154 games or more, which is the lowest number in 20 years. But it's not because of injuries. It's because baseball is finally realizing the value of rest over endurance, of taking a day off over consecutive games played streaks. More»
Tim Healey

The best Skills in baseball

Opening Day is a time to take inventory of everything baseball-related. It's a never-ending list of discussion topics and barroom debate fodder. And it's a beautiful thing. Here, we take stock of the best skills in the game -- nine in total, one for each inning of a game. More»
Brian Kenny

In praise of the bold Padres

I'm just digesting the trade that sent Craig Kimbrel to San Diego, and haven't gone through all the prospects, but this was a fitting end to one of the all-time great offseasons. A.J. Preller is all-in and Padres fans are looking at a whole new team. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Exceptional On And Off The Field

When it comes to the upcoming NFL draft, even the most casual fans know about Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. But in a field consisting of hundreds of exceptional athletes, you shouldn't be surprised to find a few exceptional people. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's Opening Week Hot Topics

We unveil The Rotation, a new weekly venture here at Sports on Earth that will boil down baseball's biggest issues into a handful of key points each Monday morning. Consider it your essential starting five for the week ahead. More»
Tim Healey

Opening Day: A viewing guide

Opening Day can be a lot to take in all at once. To help you digest it, here's a viewing guide with some highlights you might want to keep an extra close eye on -- noteworthy debuts, perhaps, or a particularly good pitching matchup to pare it down a bit. More»
Cy Brown

Four Opening Day Talking Points

If you haven't been paying attention, a lot has happened in Major League Baseball since Madison Bumgarner won the World Series for the Giants. Here are five of the biggest talking points from this offseason. More»
Will Leitch

Wisconsin Closes Door On Kentucky

From the very first second of the first game of the college basketball's season, it has been all about Kentucky. The Wildcats and their undefeated season, became the sport's salvation. But now it's all on Wisconsin. More»
Matt Brown

A Rematch Worth Savoring

While the biggest story of the season, Kentucky's quest for 40-0, is finished, it doesn't lessen the appeal of Monday's national title game. Wisconsin and Duke have both improved since their December meeting, making for a potentially classic sequel. More»
AJ Cassavell

Best Opening Day Performances

Baseball's Opening Day has seen its share of great performances over the years. Our job was to decipher the 10 best, using WPA (win probability added) as the defining metric. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

All Eyes On Nigel Hayes

While Frank Kaminsky won the AP Player of the Year award on Friday, and Sam Dekker has been Wisconsin's MVP of the tournament so far, it's Nigel Hayes who has generated the most headlines for the Badgers. And for good reason. More»
Matt Brown

The 'Mad Men' Guide to Sports

The final season of 'Mad Men' begins on Sunday on AMC, ending one of the most critically acclaimed shows ever. 'Mad Men' has always highlighted the historic events of the 1960s, including touching on the sports culture of the time. More»
Brett Koremenos

Six Key Final Four Questions

After an exciting NCAA tournament, college basketball fans are being treated to two incredible matchups this Saturday in the Final Four. We took a look at the important factors in for each team battling for a spot in the national championship game. More»
Fernando Perez

Chris Archer Q&A: Ace Education

Talking with Chris Archer about his growth as a player and a person, a certain David Ortiz incident and what it means to become a role model just because you can throw a baseball really, really hard. More»
Matt Brown

Final Four: Who Will Win It All?

As Kentucky gets set to meet Wisconsin and Duke prepares for Michigan State in Saturday's Final Four in Indianapolis, we break down the positives that could make each team a national champion, and the negatives that could send them home. More»
Paul Casella

Five MLB Stats To Watch For In 2015

Every Major League Baseball season seems to produce its fair share of eye-popping, jaw-dropping statistics -- and the 2015 campaign figures to be no different. Here are five stats worth watching as the season begins on Monday. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Why Peterson Isn't Headed to Dallas

On Wednesday, news broke that the Cowboys had restructured quarterback Tony Romo's contract, freeing up $13 million in cap space for the 2015 season. So what is Dallas' purpose for doing this? It's most likely not to trade for running back Adrian Peterson. More»
Will Leitch

Cubs-Cardinals Rivalry Heating Up

Many teams have rivals in baseball, but nothing has eclipsed the Yankees-Red Sox matchups of the early 2000s in the last 30 years. As the Chicago Cubs become increasingly formidable in the NL Central, expect an explosive Cubs-Cardinals rivalry to blossom. More»
Tim Healey

Weird clothing rules in sports

The NCAA has spoken: College football players cannot wear crop-top jerseys anymore. It seems silly to so closely govern something as minor as the finer details of the athletes' clothing beyond a basic uniform. And yet it happens all the time. More»
Matt Brown

The Michigan State Mystery

In a loaded Final Four, Michigan State is the outlier. While its program is on the level of the other teams, its 2015 team has been a few steps below, earning the Spartans a No. 7 seed. So how did they get here, and can they go any farther? More»
Andrew Simon

Hardest Early MLB Schedules

Baseball seasons are not won or lost in one month, but a rough beginning certainly can spell trouble or serve as a sign of things to come. In an effort to predict this year's slow starters, we took a look at the projected schedule strength of each team over the first month. More»
Will Leitch

125 MLB predictions for 2015

We've previewed every division in baseball: The Wests. The Centrals. The Easts. But now it's time to get into the nitty-gritty. The season begins Sunday night, so you want predictions. And if you want 'em, I've got 'em. One hundred and twenty-five of them, to be exact. Seriously. More»
Andrew Garda

Alternatives to Mariota and Winston

We all know the top two quarterbacks in the 2015 NFL Draft class: Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. For teams outside the top-five picks both of these players are unlikely to be available, so you're going to get a QB project. Here are five alternatives. More»
Ross Benes

Best Fictional Opening Day Candidates

It's annual tradition to speculate who will start on Opening Day, and it certainly gives fans something fun to talk about. But who, out of all of the fictional pitchers in the movie universe, would you pick to start for your team? More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 Key Under-the-Radar Players

A 162-game schedule leaves room for plenty of guys to have their say in the final standings. So as the 2015 season dawns, we identify 10 players who aren't getting tons of publicity, but who nonetheless will have a big impact on clubs perceived to be contenders. More»
Cy Brown

Who's the Smartest in the NFL?

We know he's smart in the pocket, but how smart will Green Bay packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers be when Alec Trebek is hurling questions (excuse me, answers) at him? Rodgers is set to appear on Celebrity Jeopardy! More»
Cy Brown

Stephen Curry Pities the Fools

On Tuesday night, the Warriors beat the Clippers 110-106, but the most significant moment of the game was when Stephen Curry left Chris Paul -- one of the best guards in the league -- helpless on the floor after a wicked ankle-breaker. More»
Brian Kenny

New Wave Manager Tipping Point

Jeff Banister recently talked about changing the Rangers lineup day to day, depending on the numbers. While this may not seem extraordinary, it's a strong signal that the sabermetric revolution has broken another barrier: the gatekeeping manager. More»
Will Leitch

March's 10 Dumbest Sports Stories

From LeBron playing without a headband to a non-existent Dez Bryant video to Tim Tebow trying out for the Eagles, March was full of absurd sports controversies that got us all riled up before we forgot about them and moved on. More»
Terence Moore

Tiger's Biggest Hurdle

The reason for Tiger Woods' recent struggles on the golf course aren't complicated to figure out: They're mental. As we wait to see whether Tiger will play in the Masters next week, it's clear he may need to spend more time on his mind than his swing. More»
AJ Cassavell

Easiest Early MLB Schedules

The long MLB season always features a few teams sprinting out of the gate. In an effort to predict this year's fast starters, we can take a look at the projected schedule strength of each team in the first month. Here are the five easiest starts. More»