Michael Pina

The Pacers' moves don't add up

The Pacers have revamped the big, old, slow roster that carried them to two Eastern Conference finals in the past three seasons. Considering where the NBA is headed, this was the right call. But that doesn't leave Indiana's front office without fault. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Venus and Serena Always Amaze

There should be a national celebration every time Serena and Venus Williams play each other like they did at Wimbledon on Monday (with Serena winning in straight sets). It's unlikely we'll see anything like this in sports again. More»
Ross Tucker

How Can These Guys Fail a Drug Test?

Sheldon Richardson and Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain were suspended recently under the NFL's substance abuse policy. It seems incomprehensible that they would let things get this far, considering how easy it is to game the system. More»
Cy Brown

What's Next for the USWNT?

With a dominant win 5-2 over Japan and the Women's World Cup trophy in hand, the women of the USWNT have some time to rest and celebrate. But not much time. It has to start getting ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics and beyond. More»
Will Leitch

The USWNT: Just a Team That Wins

There were some wonderful moments from last night's 5-2 win over Japan to clinch the Women's World Cup title for the U.S. But there was no transcendent moment, no Brandi Chastain tearing her shirt off attention grabber. As it turned out, there was no need for one. More»
Anthony Castrovince

What's The Fix For Vulnerable Tigers?

A World Series title for the Tigers once felt inevitable. Backed by one of the sport's great fan bases and most aggressive owners, Detroit has routinely fielded star-laden rosters. But this season has revealed their vulnerabilities. More»
Cy Brown

U.S. Women Dominate World Cup

It only took a little more than five minutes for the United States women's national team to wrap up victory in the 2015 Women's World Cup final, thanks to an all-time great performance by midfielder Carli Lloyd. More»
Michael Pina

Spurs Even Scarier With Aldridge

After four days of toggling between the Raptors, Suns, Lakers and Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge decided to sign a four-year, $80 million contract with San Antonio, a move that could make the league's most admired franchise prohibitive favorites to win it all in 2016. More»
Tim Healey

MLB Second-half reasons to hope

Even though math and common sense suggests it's unlikely, let's give some almost-out-of-contention teams reason to hold on to optimism. For every club five to 10 games back of a place in the postseason, here's a reason to watch during the second half. More»
Cy Brown

World Cup Final: U.S. Ready to Rumble

The 2015 Women's World Cup was supposed to be the year the rest of the world closed the talent gap on the United States Women's National Team. So why is America still favored to beat Japan and lift the Cup? Here's what to know before you watch. More»
Alex Skillin

The Education of Eduardo Rodriguez

In a season full of frustration, the arrival of Eduardo Rodriguez has been a consolation prize for Red Sox fans. He has the look of a young, cost-controlled pitcher that Boston can rely on for years, but the key is how much Rodriguez can improve his secondary pitches. More»
Michael Pina

Jordan Signing Is Great For Mavs

Even with the new DeAndre Jordan signing, nobody is picking Dallas to win the title next season, but it definitely won't be terrible. And with the pieces the Mavericks have in place (along with roster flexibility), their post-Nowitzki future looks brighter than it's ever been. More»
Cy Brown

A World Cup win won't redeem Solo

Hope Solo's tremendous performance in the World Cup may be seen by some as redemption for her domestic violence arrest last year. But there's been a false equivalency created between "winning" and "redemption" in sports. More»
Will Leitch

U.S.-Japan final: This Is Huge

The United States has a chance to win the Women's World Cup on Sunday, a tournament that is larger in every way than it was the last time we won it. It may not feel as large. But it will be. This is actually as big as it gets. More»
Cy Brown

Abby Wambach On Last Legs

Abby Wambach may be the best American soccer player ever, and she is only one goal away from tying the all-time World Cup scoring record. Should Jill Ellis start Wambach, even though the striker hasn't been at her best in the World Cup? More»
Kenneth Arthur

Antonio Gates: Legacy Tarnished?

Charges tight end Antonio Gates was given a four-game suspension Thursday for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, and many of the natural questions followed. Among them: How will this affect his chances of making the Hall of Fame? More»
Matt Brown

College Football All-Breakout Team

With the yearly NFL attrition, every college football season presents a new opportunity for previous backups and rising young talent to step into starring roles. We identify the players at every position who could become difference-makers in bigger roles in 2015. More»
Cy Brown

Top 5 U.S. Women's World Cup Stars

We've seen some new sensations emerge during the Women's World Cup, not to mention a couple of other dependable players taking a step toward superstar status. Here's a look at the top five players for the U.S. women's national team. More»
AJ Cassavell

5 season-altering pitcher comebacks

Aside from making a trade, there's a more boring -- and less expensive -- way to get better midseason: get healthy. Here are the top five pitchers -- who missed the first three months -- who could have the biggest impact on pennant races down the stretch. More»
Will Leitch

June's 10 dumbest sports stories

Continuing our regular feature since January, here's a look at the dumbest things the sports world was obsessed about in June, with "news" about Caitlyn Jenner, Dwyane Wade's dad, LeBron, Royals All-Stars and, of course, Deflategate. More»
Michael Pina

The Lakers just don't get it

The L.A. Lakers are scheduled to have their second sit-down meeting in as many days with free-agent superstar LaMarcus Aldridge. Round one didn't go so well, with Kobe Bryant and the team's general ineptness being big reasons why. More»
Cy Brown

Nadal and Other Big Wimbledon Upsets

Dustin Brown, ranked 102nd in the world, beat Rafael Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon. Of course, this isn't the most surprising early-round exit that we've ever seen at Wimbledon. Here are five more that shocked the world. More»
Brett Koremenos

The Clippers Need Jordan Back

One of the most fascinating subplots one of the few big free agents yet to make his decision: DeAndre Jordan. We look at what will happen to the Clippers if the big man decides to leave Los Angeles. Hint: It isn't pretty. More»
Will Leitch

Biggest All-Star Surprises

One of the many charms of baseball's All-Star Game is the insistence that every team have a representative, which can certainly lead to some unconventional selections. Let's look at some of the most surprising ones in recent memory. More»
Cy Brown

Tobin Heath: Soccer Juggling Machine

Tobin Heath has tremendous skill and class, but the pitch isn't the only place she can show off. In this video from 2012, Heath takes to the streets for a light stroll about town mixed with a freestyle juggling session. Watch in awe. More»
Cy Brown

4 Things to know About the USWNT

Even if the final between the U.S. women's national team and Japan is the only Women's World Cup match you watch, it doesn't have to sound that way. Here's some info that will make it seem as if you've been paying attention all along. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB Moves That Would Be Explosive

A good deal of energy has already been used to dissect the more obvious trade candidates, but what about the stunners? The Cespedes-to-Boston sort of move? Here are five examples of guys who probably won't be traded but are worth deeper discussion. More»
Paul Casella

Why June Was MLB's Wildest Month

From no-hitters to near-no-hitters to big-time prospect debuts to one of the generation's best hitters going on a tear, June was a very busy month in the Major Leagues. Here's a look back at 10 of the craziest moments. More»
Michael Pina

NBA free agency rankings, Day One

Day one of NBA free agency saw hundreds of millions of dollars go to stars and role players alike. Most opted for long-term deals instead of waiting for a cap spike in 2016 and/or 2017. Here's a ranking of every contract signed so far, from "worst" to "best." More»
Cy Brown

England's Devastating World Cup Loss

In one of the toughest World Cup losses imaginable, England's Laura Bassett scored an own goal to give Japan a 2-1 win during stoppage time in the second half of the teams' semifinal match. But, afterward, fans showed their support. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

NFL Preseason: 5 Best Defenses

Besides J.J. Watt, there are few defensive players at any position that have a the effect on their teams as a great quarterback would, so we need to take a close look at each unit as a whole. Here are the top five team defenses for 2015, as things look right now. More»
Cy Brown

Most Awkward Sports Interviews

In one of the most awkward interviews you'll ever hear, ESPN's Colin Cowherd hung up on Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh after becoming frustrated with Harbaugh's brief answers. Harbaugh joins a long list of cringeworthy sports interviews. More»
Will Leitch

Enjoy the USWNT (Don't be 'That Guy')

Despite the USWNT's success in the World Cup, there will always be That Guy who belittles its accomplishments ... even if That Guy is the organizing body of the sport itself. The way to shut That Guy up is to watch and revel in how enjoyable all this is. More»
Joe DeLessio

Catching Up With Andong Song

On Saturday, 18 year-old Andong Song became the first Chinese-born player selected in the NHL Draft when the Islanders took him in the 6th round (172nd overall). Sports on Earth spoke to Song about his whirlwind week. More»
Matt Brown

The Case For LSU

Most news coming out of LSU for the last year and a half has not been good, and the Tigers are still searching for reliable quarterback play. But with a long list of rising young stars and better depth, LSU should be taken seriously as a contender. More»
Bryan Joiner

Buchholz vs. Hamels: Who ya got?

Clay Buchholz and Cole Hamels would make a great one-two punch in any order, but with that seemingly not in the cards this season, we're left with the recreational exercise of merely comparing them. Who has pitched better in 2015? More»