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Alex Wong

How to Improve the NBA All-Star Game

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While we've all tried to brainstorm ways to make the Slam Dunk Contest more interesting, and add more events to Saturday night during the NBA All-Star festivities, there are plenty of ways to juice up the All-Star Game itself. Here are ten ideas. More»
Michael Pina

Is Kyrie Flat Out Trolling Us?

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Kyrie Irving appears to believe planet Earth is flat. Well, at least that's what he told the media, before indicating that he may be just making a statement on the state of the world these days. Is he the sucker here ... or are we? More»
College Basketball

Kansas Edges Baylor To Close In On Big 12 Title

Landen Lucas made two free throws with 11 seconds left and No. 3 Kansas grabbed a stranglehold on the Big 12 race with a 67-65 victory at No. 4 Baylor on Saturday. The Jayhawks are closing in on what would be a 13th straight Big 12 championship. More»
Will Leitch

College Joes Vs. The Pros

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On Wednesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks will play Grand Canyon University, a college team, in the first Spring Training game of the season. Remember the time the University of Tampa Spartans played -- and beat -- the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015? We did. More»
Cy Brown

George 'The Animal' Steele dead at 79

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Professional wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele, one of the most cherished icons of the 1980s wrestling boom, passed away on Friday. He was 79 years old. Many in the wrestling world paid tribute to him on Twitter. More»
SoE Staff

FWIW, Awkward Handshakes Rule

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Have you ever seen a handshake as awkward as the one between UFC fighters Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie before their fight? What about an NHL ref acting like Batman? All that and more in this week's "For What It's Worth," with Robert Flores. More»
Will Leitch

Baseball For Days: Ain't That Great?

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Soon, we'll have baseball in our lives every single day for 252 days. We've gone so long without it -- the world doesn't feel right without it -- and come Wednesday, we'll get it back. Let's celebrate and take a look ahead. More»
Michael Pina

The NBA's All-Time All-Star Teams

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All-Star Weekend is here, so we decided to make two all-time teams from the East and the West. Only the best of the absolute greatest players of all time made the cut. Do you disagree with any of these selections? More»
Matt Brown

College Hoops Streaks On The Line

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While Northwestern suffered a setback against Maryland on Wednesday, it took a giant leap toward its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid with a win at Wisconsin on Sunday. It's one of many long college basketball streaks on the line. More»
Michael Klopman

VOTE: Over/Under Picks For AL Central

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The Indians ran away with the AL Central division in 2016 and nearly won the World Series. In 2017, Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA system projects the Tribe to run away with the division again. Do you think any AL Central teams will outperform their projections? More»
NFL Blotter

Revis faces pending charges after fight

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis faces five pending charges, including two counts of aggravated assault, after allegedly being involved in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. The 31-year-old is also facing charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. More»
Alex Wong

Best Slam Dunk Contest Moments Ever

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This year's Slam Dunk Contest should be a fun one, with last year's runner-up Aaron Gordon taking on DeAndre Jordan, Glenn Robinson III and Derrick Jones Jr. But can anyone live up to some of the best jams in history? Let's look back. More»
Doug Miller

Spring In Our Steps: Let's Play Ball

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I's finally here: Spring Training has begun in Arizona and Florida! Among the biggest things to watch over the next six weeks: the Cubs prepping for their title defense, superstar players in new uniforms and the fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic. More»
Mike McCormick

Best Sports Movie: Final Four

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While Hollywood buzzes with Oscar talk, SoE will keep its eye on the ball with movies we all actually care about. There have been countless amazing sports classics over the decades, but we've narrowed the field. Now you make the call. More»
Joe Posnanski

The Nature of Winning And Losing

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While watching my daughter play in a sixth-grade girls interfaith basketball game, I noticed the opposing coach tell one of his players to hold the ball for the remaining four minutes of the third quarter. That got me thinking about what sports mean. More»
Michael Klopman

Phillies Phire Back at Chris Christie

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has nothing nice to say about the Philadelphia Phillies and their fan base, which caused the Phillies' Twitter account to throw some epic shade. More»
Michael Klopman

Bouchard Dates Fan After Losing Bet

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Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard learned her lesson, which is to never bet against Tom Brady. She ended up losing a Super Bowl bet to a random fan on Twitter. The result? The two went on a date on Wednesday night at an NBA game. More»
Will Leitch

Always Remember Rajai's Home Run

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While the 2016 season will always be remembered for the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, there's one moment from that season, specifically in Game 7 of the World Series, that we should never forget: Rajai Davis' dramatic homer. More»
Cliff Corcoran

The Real Fallout Of The Reyes Injury

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Alex Reyes, who was ranked as the top prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus, will miss the entire 2017 season due to a UCL tear in his pitching elbow. The impact of that loss may be felt for a long time. More»
Will Leitch

2017's Spring Training Road Trip Guide

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Projections are out, players are reporting to Spring Training camps, and we have baseball in our lives again. If you wanted to visit every Spring Training stadium, well, have we got the vacation for you. Fill up the gas tank -- it's time to hit the road. More»
Matt Brown

Harbaugh Faces Year 3 Transition

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No college football coach has ever owned an offseason news cycle like Jim Harbaugh did one year ago. The hype is likely to be toned down this year with nearly the entire starting lineup gone, but don't expect Michigan to be quiet for long. More»
Michael Tunison

The Lost Brackets Of Trump's Admin

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Donald Trump won't be filling out a bracket for March Madness this year. But that won't stop us from imagining what the NCAA Tournament picks would potentially look like from Donald and his inner circle. More»
Alex Wong

10 Best Moments of Linsanity

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Five years ago this month, Linsanity took over New York City and the NBA. Jeremy Lin went from a nobody to one of the best narratives in sports history. In honor of the five-year anniversary, let's look back at some of the best moments from Linsanity. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Key Players Making Comebacks In '17

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Around this time of year, there's usually some unfortunate injury news that rattles a few teams. But we're not focusing on that right now. Instead, we're going to discuss players returning from 2016 injury wores who could play major roles in '17. More»
Terence Moore

Politics Doesn't Hurt Team Chemistry

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Not long after the New England Patriots pulled off an epic comeback to win Super Bowl 51, a handful of Pats players said they wouldn't go with the team to visit the White House. Those who criticized them should get perspective on what matters. More»
Michael Klopman

VOTE: NL East Over/Under Predictions

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Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projections were recently released, and now we're giving our readers a chance to make their own over/under picks based on PECOTA's win totals. Which NL East teams will outperform their projections? More»
Joe DeLessio

Crown Julien: Habs Shake Things Up

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Talk about a shakeup. The Montreal Canadiens fired their head coach Michel Therrien on Tuesday, and then quickly replaced him with former Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien, who was let go last week. Will this move help fix the Habs? More»
Will Leitch

AL Central: The Easiest Lock Of 2017

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Pitchers and catchers have started to report, which means Spring Training is right around the corner, which means ... it's time to start previewing each division before the season begins. Let's start with the AL Central, where the Cleveland Indians still reign. More»
Alex Wong

10 Trades That Would Rock The NBA

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The NBA trade deadline is just around the corner, and with plenty of intriguing names out there, it could turn into a frenzy. (We certainly hope so.) Here are 10 potential trades that would drastically change the NBA landscape. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Beware Of Free Agent Running Backs

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Between Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, there's plenty of star power in this year's group of free agent running backs. But if you want your team to sign one of these guys, think again. History says teams should be wary. More»
Michael Klopman

Make Your AL East Over/Under Picks

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Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projections were recently released. Many fans get up in arms over these, which is totally fine. So we're giving them a chance to make their own over/under picks based on PECOTA's win totals. We're starting with the AL East. More»
Matt Brown

Gonzaga In Rare Company At No. 1

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Gonzaga is about to extend its NCAA Tournament appearance streak to 19 years, and for the second time ever, it has risen to No. 1 in the AP poll. The Zags have thus joined exclusive company among the non-power conference teams that have been ranked No. 1. More»
Cy Brown

German Shepherd wins Best in Show

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A German Shepherd named Rumor Has It -- or Rumor for short -- won Best in Show at the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday night. He is the latest in a long line of good dogs to win Best in Show. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete On Earth: Feb. 8-14

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UConn women's basketball set an unbelievable record, Kevin Durant returned to Oklahoma City with a bang and Jordan Spieth won PGA Tour title No. 9. So who was this week's Greatest Athlete on Earth? More»
NBA

Report: Oakley Freed, MSG Ban Lifted

Less than a week after Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan banned former Knicks power forward Charles Oakley from the arena, the ban has been lifted. But Oakley said he wants an apology before he ever returns to MSG. More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos Of The Week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from Feb. 6-13. More»
Michael Pina

Serging Up North: Raptors Get Ibaka

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Let the NBA wheeling and dealing begin! With the NBA's trade deadline coming up next week, the Toronto Raptors put together a win-now swap and acquired power forward Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic. Here's what it means for both teams. More»
Cliff Corcoran

The Top 5 Farm Systems In MLB

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Even though it's mid-February, it's still an exciting time in baseball, especially for prospect watchers. MLB.com, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus all released their prospect rankings. So going off all three, I ranked the top 5 farm systems. More»
Will Leitch

Pujols a Ghost of His Former Self

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Albert Pujols was once unquestionably the best player in Major League Baseball. He won two World Series titles and three National League MVPs in 11 years. But that Pujols is gone now, and his decline has been a shame. More»
Matt Brown

UCLA's Rosen In Bloom

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Five-star freshman Lonzo Ball has transformed UCLA's basketball team back into a power. This was supposed to be the script followed by the UCLA football team with QB Josh Rosen. Entering Rosen's junior year, the pressure on coach Jim Mora couldn't be greater. More»
David Ubben

UConn Vs. Best Sports Streaks Ever

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Monday night, Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut women's basketball team provided major American sports something it's never seen before: a 100-game winning streak. So how do the Huskies stack up against other great sports streaks? More»
Matt Brown

Kansas Rally Shocks West Virginia

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Down 14 points to No. 9 West Virginia with under three minutes left, Kansas engineered an absurd late comeback, finishing regulation on a 21-7 run to force overtime, where it won 84-80 at Allen Fieldhouse to take a big step toward another Big 12 title. More»
Ross Tucker

New NFL Concussion Issue On the Mind

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The NFL's concussion problem is getting even more complicated than before. The league has ostensibly made changes in the interest of player safety. But what about the players who have to self-report their symptoms? More»
Cy Brown

5 Dog Show-Athlete Lookalikes

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Football season is over and baseball season has yet to begin, so it's time to focus on a sport that really matters: dog shows. And some of the dogs at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show look startlingly like famous athletes (and maybe even a coach). More»
News

Sandusky's Son Charged With Child Sexual Abuse

Jeffrey S. Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky's 41-year-old adopted son, faces multiple charges of sexual offenses involving children, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was first arrested. More»
SoE Staff

What Should Jeters Name Their Baby?

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Big news in Major League Baseball's retired world: Derek Jeter's wife, Hannah, announced on Monday that they are expecting their first child -- a baby girl. So let's lend an unnecessary helping hand and see if we can pick a name for them. More»
College Football

Snyder Has Throat Cancer; Plans To Keep Coaching

Hall of Fame Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, 77, has been diagnosed with throat cancer, though treatments are going well and he says in a statement that he expects to be on the field for spring practice in March. More»
Will Leitch

MLB's Oldest Players For 2017 Season

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It's always strange when you realize you're just as old, or older, than some of the baseball players you grew up watching. Let's take a look at the landscape this season and see which players will have you ponder your mortality. Fun! More»
NBA Upset

After Circus, Knicks Clown the Spurs

Latrell Sprewell was back at Madison Square Garden and so were many other former Knicks. Then the current team pulled out a defensive performance from its past as New York salvaged the finale of a tumultuous five-game homestand by beating the San Antonio Spurs, 94-90, on Sunday. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

'Boy Story: Where Should Romo Go?

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After 14 seasons, Tony Romo and the Cowboys appear headed for a divorce. If that's the case, then Dallas won't have a lack of suitors for Romo's services. Here are our picks for the best landing spots for the veteran quarterback. More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 Crazy Ways to Speed Up Baseball

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With so much rules talk on the table right now when it comes to speeding up the game of baseball, let's generate some levels of loopy. Here, just for laughs, are some truly oddball ways to increase action and/or get to the gist. More»
Matt Brown

Hart, Mason Lead Player of Year Race

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There is less than month left until Selection Sunday, and on Saturday the NCAA revealed its current top seeds. So what about the individual player of the year race? Josh Hart and Frank Mason lead the way, but there's still a lot of time left. More»
RIP

Former Celtics, 'Cuse Star Fab Melo Dead at Age 26

Former Syracuse University and Boston Celtics center Fab Melo has died in his native Brazil, military police said Sunday. He was 26. An emergency call Saturday night brought police and paramedics to Melo's house in Juiz de Fora. Authorities said there were no signs of violence, but cause of death is still unknown. More»
Alex Wong

Thunder Struck In KD's Big Return

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Kevin Durant's first game in Oklahoma City since leaving for Golden State was a 130-114 Warriors romp. Even though the Thunder crowd didn't get the revenge they hoped for, there were plenty of moments of drama. Here were the winners and losers. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Familiar NFL Faces In Strange Places

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On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks signed free agent kicker Blair Walsh, whose missed kick against them in January 2016 helped seal a Seattle win. Let's look back at some other players who went to a rival team with some heated history. More»
Cy Brown

Liverpool roars back to life

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Liverpool broke a five-match winless drought with a victory over Tottenham Saturday at Anfield. Sadio Mane returned to the squad from international duty at the African Cup of Nations by scoring both goals en route to the 2-0 win. More»
Matt Brown

Nova No. 1 Seed In NCAA Sneak Peek

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After three years of weekly College Football Playoff top 25 rankings shows in November, the NCAA Tournament decided to bring a taste of that process to basketball, revealing its current top 16 teams a month before Selection Sunday. More»
Joe DeLessio

Ilitch and Sports Owners, RIP

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On Friday, Mike Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, passed away at the age of 87. In honor of his legacy, let's remember some of the most prominent sports owners in history who, like Ilitch, died while still in control of their teams. More»
Cliff Corcoran

MLB Reunions That Resulted In Titles

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Texas has struck a deal for a reunion with Mike Napoli. The slugger had his best years with Texas, which came up just short of winning it all, twice. With that in mind, here are 5 players who were great for World Series-winning teams they reunited with. More»
Paul Hagen

The Battle of Paul Fletcher's Life

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Drinking took a huge toll on Paul Fletcher's pro baseball career. But despite only spending a brief time in the big leagues and hitting rock bottom, Fletcher was able to get his biggest victory 20 years after making his Major League debut in 1993. More»
Mike Lupica

Knicks Laughable; Oak No Joke

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Just when you thought the it couldn't get worse for the Knicks, Wednesday night happens: Charles Oakley gets dragged out of the stands and arrested. It doesn't seem like anyone can stop the Knicks from being an embarrassment. More»
Michael Pina

NBA's 30 Starting Centers, Ranked

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The center position in the NBA has been rapidly evolving over recent years, making it seemingly impossible to rank all 30 starting centers. But at the end of the day, one is always going to be better or worse than another. So let's rank 'em. More»
Matt Brown

Early Keys To Clemson's Title Defense

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One month ago, Clemson celebrated its long-awaited ascent to the top of the college football world. Now, with the recruiting class of 2017 signed, it's time to start looking forward. The Tigers will be expected to take a step back, but there are still high hopes for 2017. More»
David Ubben

Returner Classics: KD and History

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For Kevin Durant, Saturday's game in Oklahoma City (his first one in town since he left) may be dicey. Many others have made it, and the reception is often mixed. Here's a look back at some of the most memorable ones. More»
Matt Brown

Duke Relaunches Title Campaign

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Be afraid, college basketball fans. Duke can still reach its potential. Led by big nights from Grayson Allen, Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard, the Blue Devils played their best game of the season on Thursday, beating rival North Carolina 86-78. More»
Mike McCormick

Best Sports Movie: Elite Eight

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While Hollywood buzzes with Oscar talk, SoE will keep its eye on the ball with movies we all actually care about. There have been countless amazing sports classics over the decades, but we've narrowed the field. Now you make the call. More»
Alex Wong

Looking Into The Magic Tweet Ball

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Magic Johnson certainly has a ... unique way of engaging in social media. For someone with such a big personality, it doesn't show with his tweets. So, in honor of his new role with the Lakers, here's a look at what Magic Twitter might look like in the near future. More»
Richard Justice

Gamblin' On? The Sports Bet Debate

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It looks like we're headed toward nationwide legalizing gambling on sports in the United States, but any change is going to take a long time. And change won't happen without a reasonable discussion. It turns out that the conversation has already begun. More»
Will Leitch

PECOTA Mania: Diving Into Projections

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It's that time of year again in the world of baseball: The PECOTA projections are out! You know what that means ... we have something to be angry about. I went through every team and guessed if they'd finish higher or lower than their projections. More»
SoE Staff

FWIW, the Worst Super Bowl Tweets

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There was a lot of bad tweeting out there during the Super Bowl. Plus, Kirk Cousins cared a little too much about winning a charity game and DJ Khaled fails at hoops on this edition of "For What It's Worth" with Robert Flores. More»
Matt Brown

Kennard's Rise Keeps Duke Goals Alive

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Luke Kennard was a five-star recruit who averaged 11 points per game last season, but entering this year, all of the talk at Duke was about Grayson Allen and a new crop of talented freshmen. But with Duke on the verge of disaster, Kennard saved the season. More»
Michael Pina

Oak No! Ex-Knick Arrested at MSG

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Charles Oakley, an adored ex-New York Knick power forward, was ejected from the crowd during Wednesday night's game between the Clippers and Knicks and arrested because of a bizarre altercation after reportedly heckling team owner James Dolan. More»
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Oakley Arrested After Altercation at MSG

Former Knicks star Charles Oakley was escorted from his seats at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night and arrested after an altercation near team owner James Dolan. Oakley shoved security guards before they pulled him away from his seat behind the baseline during the first quarter of the Knicks' game against the Clippers. More»
Anthony Castrovince

5 Key Questions For Spring Training

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Will there be a blockbuster trade? Where will Matt Wieters and the remaining free agents end up? What about the players switching positions? These are just a few of the most intriguing Spring Training questions you should pay attention to. More»
Alex Wong

20 NBA Things You Need To Know

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The NFL season has come and gone, so now it's time to jump into the NBA world. We're actually getting somewhat close to the playoffs, so to get you caught up, here are 20 things you absolutely need to know about the NBA so far this season. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Tortured Fan Base Rankings For '17

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The Super Bowl has come and gone, so it's finally time for the 2017 edition of the NFL Tortured Fan Base Rankings. It's subjective. It's not perfect. And the Patriots might be ranked 32nd for a long time. Feel free to comment. More»
Mike Lupica

New Ballpark: Beauty & The Beach

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Just like that, professional baseball will soon be back. Spring Training is just a few weeks away, and the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros will have a new facility to play in. That wasn't too long of a wait, was it? Let's play ball. More»
Alex Wong

Boogie Down; Kings May Be Out

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On Tuesday, the NBA announced an automatic one-game suspension for Sacramento star DeMarcus Cousins for picking up his 16th technical foul of the season in the Monday's loss to the Bulls. The Kings are used to this by now, but this could be the last straw. More»
Matt Brown

College Hoops 2017: Is Anybody Great?

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In the preseason, the big question in college basketball was simple: Can anybody catch Duke? Instead, the question has become: Is anybody actually great? In a season with no great teams, the goal is finding which teams can best minimize their flaws. More»
Terence Moore

Smoltz Knows How The Falcons Feel

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The Falcons just experienced one of the worst collapses in sports history on Sunday, blowing a 25-point lead to lose the Super Bowl. Few know what they're going through, but 20 years after a missed World Series opportunity in Atlanta, John Smoltz can relate. More»
Michael Klopman

O's Know This Projections Game Well

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The Baltimore Orioles are projected to finish with a losing record for the sixth year in a row. There are legitimate reasons for this. But O's fans shouldn't fret, knowing full well that the team has outperformed expectations over the last five seasons. More»
Cy Brown

Pats Fete SB Win, Gronk Wins Parade

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Rob Gronkowski missed the majority of the Patriots season, including the team's entire Super Bowl run, with a herniated disk in his back. But he didn't miss a moment of the victory parade, crushing beers and soaking in cheers along the entire route. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete On Earth: Feb. 1-7

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The first overtime Super Bowl in history was full of shocking plays and amazing players, culminating in a historic Patriots victory. Which player stood out as the Greatest Athlete on Earth this week? You might have a good guess ... More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos Of The Week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from Jan. 30-Feb. 5. More»
Mike Lupica

Coin Injury: The Birds Got Flipped

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We just witnessed something historic ... in a bad way. A flip of a coin started the overtime period of Super Bowl 51. The team that won the coin toss got the ball first, scored and won, with the other team never touching the ball. This needs to end. More»
Matt Brown

Sarkisian Bolts Bama For Falcons

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After only one game calling plays, in a national championship loss, Steve Sarkisian is leaving Alabama, replacing Kyle Shanahan as the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator while creating more unexpected drama and change on Nick Saban's staff. More»
Michael Tunison

Brady's SB 51 Jersey Still At Large

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Tom Brady's Super Bowl 51 game-worn jersey went missing from his locker after Sunday's epic comeback. Who is behind this heinous robbery? Round up the usual suspects. More»
Will Leitch

The Pats Era Was Over, Until It Wasn't

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It was over. The Falcons were dominating the Patriots in every way. It was 28-3, and the Brady-Belichick Patriots era was finished and the NFL world was finally ready to move on. Until it wasn't. Now the Pats are the favorites to win Super Bowl 52. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Biggest Comebacks In NFL History

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We know it's been said, but we'll say it again: The Patriots pulled off an amazing feat in Super Bowl 51 by erasing a 25-point deficit in the second half. Where does it rank among all NFL comebacks? And what about the losing teams? More»
Joe DeLessio

365 Days of Glory: Drama Won't Stop

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It's been an uncommonly good twelve months in sports, stretching from last spring to now. From Villanova to the Cavs to the Cubs to Clemson and now the Patriots, we've seen some of the best title games ever. How does this stretch stack up in history? More»
Cliff Corcoran

Top 5 Defensive Outfields of All Time

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The realigned Pirates outfield -- with Andrew McCutchen in center -- stands a very good chance to be the best defensive outfield in the majors in 2017. That got me to wondering about the greatest defensive outfields in history. Here are my picks. More»
Matt Brown

Brady Has Defied Math Since College

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Every Super Bowl that Tom Brady has played in has been decided by a touchdown or less, including Sunday's stunning 25-point comeback to beat the Falcons. Close games often feel like a coin flip, but Brady has been beating the odds since his Michigan days. More»
David Ubben

Push Back College Basketball Season

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College basketball has tried numerous rule changes in recent years to improve the flow of the game and make it more exciting. But the NCAA should think bigger. Or later. To get more attention on the game, the start of the season should be moved back. More»
Joe Posnanski

Holmes vs. TD: History Makes The Hall

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Terrell Davis was voted into the Hall of Fame, fairly controversial pick because while Davis was dominant those three years, those more or less make up the entirety of his career. His case vs. that of Priest Holmes shows how the football and baseball Halls differ. More»
Ross Tucker

Fal-conned: Late Blunders Doom Birds

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The Atlanta Falcons deserved better on Sunday. They outplayed the New England Patriots for a majority of the game, but a series of blunders by the coaching staff and Matt Ryan led to one of the most epic collapses in NFL history. More»
Andrea Hangst

James White Was SB 51's True MVP

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It probably didn't surprise anyone to see Tom Brady winning the MVP award for Super Bowl 51. After all, he is the quarterback. But there was another member of the Patriots who was more deserving of the award, and his name is James White. More»
Michael Tunison

Fake News Says Patriots Lost SB 51

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The New England Patriots were down 28-3 early in the second half of Super Bowl 51. So the Boston Globe got a little ahead of itself -- an early edition of the Globe had a front page designed to go with a Pats loss in the Super Bowl. Whoops. More»
Cy Brown

A-T-HELL: Fans Know Sports Grief

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Atlanta sports fans suffered yet another brutal loss, as the Falcons blew a 25-point lead to the Patriots in Super Bowl 51. And with so many jumping on the Falcons bandwagon, the rest of America got a taste of what it's like to be an Atlanta sports fan. More»
Mike Lupica

Undeflated: Tom, Pats Miraculous

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In the biggest moment on the biggest stage trying complete the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, the Patriots were simply the Patriots. It wasn't all Tom Brady. It was all of them. And that is why the Pats are champions once again. More»
Kenneth Arthur

14 Moments That Doomed the Falcons

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Though some of the plays we'll highlight in Super Bowl 51 may not seem like much on the surface, it was the little things that added up and ultimately decided the game, resulting in a Patriots victory. Read at your own peril, Atlanta fans. More»
Terence Moore

Hurty Birds: Falcons' Fall Is Familiar

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Even as someone who has followed Atlanta sports for decades, even I can't believe the Falcons choked away a 28-3 lead against the New England Patriots for the worst loss ever in professional football, maybe in the history of pro sports. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Sports Misery Index: So Close, So Far

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After the Atlanta Falcons seemed on the cusp of winning their first championship in franchise history, only to let it slip away. Which franchises in each of the Big Four have come the closest to winning it all lately only to stumble at the finish line? More»
Kenneth Arthur

Greatest Dynasties In Sports History

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It's difficult to compare dynasties across different eras and sports, but these are some of the most dominant teams who won at least five championships during their heyday. After another Super Bowl win, where does New England fit into the list? More»
Cy Brown

Incred-Elman: Catch Stuns Twitter

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Julian Edelman's mind-boggling, ball-bobbling snag on the Patriots' final possession of regulation will go down as one of the best plays of all-time, and definitely the best catch in Super Bowl history. Just look at what it did to Twitter! More»
Cy Brown

Top 10 Commercials Of Super Bowl 51

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Super Bowl 51 was a fantastic, classic game, but not a banner year for ads. Still, there were a few good ones that cut through the noise and gave you a little break from biting your nails down the stretch. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Jewel-ian! Best Catches In SB History

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The "Greatest Catch Ever" debate just got a little more company. Atlanta's Julio Jones and New England's Julian Edelman each added a candidate in Super Bowl 51, while the latter being the greatest catch in Super Bowl history. More»
Will Leitch

Pats Make the Impossible Possible

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In sports, everything always seems obvious in retrospect, but we should always remember just how shocking and unbelievable in the moment the Patriots' comeback from 25 points down to win the Super Bowl was. It's the reason we watch sports. More»
Mike Lupica

Air to the Throne: Brady, Pats Rule

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Nobody will ever forget Super Bowl 51. Tom Brady, the best player in NFL history, led the Patriots to the greatest comeback win in Super Bowl history, in the same year he was suspended by the Commissioner. It doesn't get bigger than that. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Brady Gaga: Pats Steal Show In SB 51

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Great comebacks require well-executed strategy and more than a little bit of luck. The New England Patriots had plenty of both as they crawled back from a 25-point deficit to win Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. More»
Michael Tunison

The Worst NFL Postseason Collapses

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The Patriots scored 31 straight to claim the fifth championship in franchise history, and the fifth for Belichick and Brady More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB Teams That Could Be Next Pats

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The New England Patriots just won their fifth Super Bowl championship since 2001. It has certainly been one of the greatest stretches of success in sports history. With that in mind, are there any teams that could take over MLB for a decade-plus? Maybe ... More»
Cy Brown

Going Gaga Over The Halftime Show

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Lady Gaga is one of the most eccentric performers in the world, and her Super Bowl LI performance delivered on that reputation. Even though there were no guest spots, it had everything you could want in a halftime show. Plus, a mic drop. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Hall Passed: No Canton For Owens

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Through moments like his unbelievable catch that stole a win in the 1998 wild-card round to his 122-yard game on a broken ankle in Super Bowl XXXIX, Terrell Owens became one of the NFL's brightest stars and most electric performers. So why isn't he a Hall of Famer? More»
SoE Staff

Super Bowl 51 Wrap: Pats Amazing

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Well, that was cray! After looking down and out most of the game, Tom Brady and the Patriots orchestrated the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in overtime. Relive all the best moments right here. More»
Andrea Hangst

Taylor Made: Gabriel Unsung Hero

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Every NFL season, there are breakout players, often initially buried on a given team's depth chart, who suddenly become indispensable. For the Atlanta Falcons, this player has been receiver Taylor Gabriel. And he could be become a Super Bowl hero. More»
Canton Bound

LT and TD In Hall; TO Snubbed Again

All unstoppable in their own way, LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis and Kurt Warner earned their spots in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Terrell Owens, though, got turned away in a decision that went viral on social media and led the receiver to blame a "flawed process" in an after-the-fact tweet. More»
NFL MVP

Have an Ice Day: Ryan Wins MVP Award

Matt Ryan, who has his Falcons in the Super Bowl, has won the 2016 Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. He drew 15+ votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Tom Brady came in second. More»
Michael Tunison

Big Names, Big Snub in '17 Football HOF

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LaDainian Tomlinson, Morten Andersen, Jason Taylor, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Terrell Davis and Kurt Warner make up the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. But where's T.O.? More»
SoE Staff

Complete Guide To Super Bowl 51

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Over the past two weeks, Sports on Earth has broken down Sunday's Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots from every angle. ICYMI, we gathered many of the items in one place to get you ready for kickoff. More»
Terence Moore

On a Super Saturday: Eyes on the Prize

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So now comes the scariest night in sports, which is The Night Before The Super Bowl. Remember Eugene Robinson? The Falcons sorta do -- but, regardless, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn has his players focused. Or else. More»
Matt Brown

Cyclones' Threes Snap KU Home Streak

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Despite trailing at halftime by 14 points, Iowa State rallied with a school-record 18 3-pointers to beat Kansas in overtime on Saturday, ending the Jayhawks' 54-game home winning streak that dated back to 2014. More»
Manny Randhawa

Anticipation Over Ohtani Only Grows

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Any hope of American fans getting a glimpse of Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani in the World Baseball Classic were extinguished when news broke that a right ankle injury would keep the two-way star from playing. But absence makes the heart grow fonder. More»
Cy Brown

Super Bowl party snacks, ranked

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During the Super Bowl, some people like to watch the game, some people like the commercials and halftime show, but everyone likes the food. To make sure your Super Bowl spread isn't a flop, here are the top 10 best snacks you can bring. More»
Cy Brown

Someone Bet $1 Million on Atlanta

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Big bets are always a part of the Super Bowl, and this year is no different. According to ESPN gambling reporter David Purdham, Las Vegas sportsbook CG Technology accepted a $1 million wager on the Falcons (+3) for Sunday's game. More»
Cy Brown

Chelsea Lately: Still The EPL's Best

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Chelsea defeated Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday and now look like shoo-ins to win the English Premier League. The Blues will get that title not just because they beat the best teams, but because they didn't lose to the worst. More»
SoE Staff

VOTE: 5 Crazy SB 51 Prop Bets

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Nobody knows what's going to happen when the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons take the field for Super Bowl 51. But what we do know is that there will be plenty of bets made. Here are a few you can try. More»
Mike Lupica

Here's the Glory, a Man Named Brady

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The Super Bowl is pro football's Game 7 every year. No other way to think about it. And, while there have been plenty of sports legends in the past who've known such big moments, few have embraced them like Tom Brady. More»
Terence Moore

Wingin' It: Trouble With the Falcons?

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The Falcons aren't acting overwhelmed during Super Bowl Week, which is a good sign. That said, there are still four small things that may not be a big deal individually, but taken together certainly don't help their case against the Patriots. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Most Intriguing Non-Roster Invitees

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Baseball Twitter flipped out on Wednesday when the Cleveland Indians signed veteran outfielder Wily Mo Peña to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. But he's not the only non-roster invitee hoping to reignite their career. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The 10 Best Super Bowl 51 Matchups

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Every NFL game has one or two key one-on-one showdowns, but everything is amplified on Super Bowl Sunday. From Tom Brady facing a pair of Hall of Famers, to whomever defends Julio Jones, here are the biggest matchups to watch. More»
Joe Posnanski

Tiger Faces Hardest Question Of All

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Tiger Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic because of back spasms, raising even more questions about his future in golf at age 41. We all know Tiger isn't invincible. The real question is: What is Tiger Woods saying to himself? More»
Michael Pina

Who's In The Perfect Position? Philly

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Nobody could have seen this coming a year ago, but the Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most fun teams in the NBA right now, and they're not that far out of the playoff picture. That's right. If they wanted to try to make a playoff push, here's what they could do. More»
Cy Brown

Fuzzworthy! Pundits Talk Puppy Bowl

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Instead of talking about the Super Bowl for hours and hours until we're numb, we should give more air time to the Puppy Bowl. How would prominent talking heads and announcers handle the event? Let's em-bark on that notion. More»
SoE Original

FWIW, Lane Kiffin Needs Our Help

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It seems like we all need a distraction right now -- well, maybe not Lane Kiffin, who looks like he needs our help -- so why not watch kids playing soccer? Plus, Chiefs QB Alex Smith forgot how to throw on the latest edition of "For What It's Worth" with Robert Flores. More»
Will Leitch

Should B & B Stay Or Should They Go?

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Earlier this week, I floated a totally made-up theory that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick could have planned to retire if the Patriots win Super Bowl 51. So now I'd like to break down whether it'd be a good idea to go out on top or stay another year. More»
Mike Lupica

Bowling Grin: Super > Politics

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There's a reason why the World Series captured the nation and had such high TV ratings. People need an escape from what's happening in Washington D.C. right now, more than ever. That's why Super Bowl 51 couldn't have come at a more perfect time. More»
Richard Justice

Super Bowled Over: All Hail Houston

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The football game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons on Sunday is about the least important part of the whole Super Bowl experience for those of us who call Houston home. This city comes alive for big events. More»
Michael Tunison

After Further Review: Julio's SB Role

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Besides Matt Ryan, Julio Jones is the most talked about member of Atlanta's offense going into Super Bowl 51. But the Falcons have shown throughout the year that they don't need a huge performance from Jones to win. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Super Bowl Shuffle: Alternate History

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So much of how a player, team or coach is viewed in pro football is decided by a single game, if not a single play, in the Super Bowl. If history had gone a different way in all 50 Super Bowls, what would the landscape of the NFL look like? More»
Terence Moore

Dimitroff Key To Falcons' Success

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Search all you want, but you won't find anybody else in the pro game more obsessed with details than this unlikeliest of football gurus: Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who deserves a lot of the credit for the franchise's rise to the Super Bowl. More»
Matt Brown

Mapping CFB's Top 2017 Recruits

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Understanding the geography of recruiting is important to understanding what happens in college football on the field each fall. With the recruiting class of 2017 signed, we map the top players and break down the states that produce the most talent. More»
College Basketball

Coach K Returning To Duke Bench On Saturday

Mike Krzyzewski is returning this weekend to coach his Duke Blue Devils. The Hall of Fame coach announced Thursday night on his weekly radio show that he will make his return Saturday against Pittsburgh after back surgery kept him out for four weeks. More»
Cy Brown

Best Super Bowl Halftime Moments

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Lady Gaga is promising viewers something they've never seen before for the Super Bowl 51 halftime show. Considering some of the stuff we've seen over the years at halftime, she'll have her work cut out for her. More»
Michael Klopman

Safe Vets: These Starters Have Value

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While all of the most coveted free agents have found new teams, we're in that period of the offseason where GMs try to find diamonds in the rough, someone who can be useful and cheap. And there happens to be a few options in the starting pitching market. More»
Mike McCormick

Vote: Best Sports Movie Bracket

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While Hollywood buzzes with Oscar talk, SoE will keep its eye on the ball with movies we all actually care about. There have been countless amazing sports classics over the decades, but we've narrowed the field. Now you make the call. More»
Mike Lupica

Brady-Quinn Again: Super or Bust?

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Dan Quinn has been here before, as the Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49. He faced Tom Brady and the Patriots then, and now has to face them again on Sunday, this time as head coach of Atlanta. Will he get his revenge? More»
Will Leitch

The Dumbest Stories Of January 2017

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The new year brought some mind-numbingly dumb stories, from beat reporters fighting in a press box to the Los Angeles Chargers completely bungling the unveiling of their new logo. Here are the silliest ones from the month. More»
Will Leitch

Pats Fans vs. The World

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Patriots fans have every right to be angry at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell over his Deflategate debacle. But given that Boston sports teams have won nine championships this century, you'd think Boston sports fans would be a little happier. More»
Cliff Corcoran

6 MLB Groundhog Day Players For '17

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When it comes to Groundhog Day, most usually think of déjà vu (thanks to the movie). For baseball players preparing for Spring Training, that means trying to replicate their success of last year. Here are 6 players who'd be fortunate to do just that. More»
Terence Moore

Pats Primed for Deflategate Revenge

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Almost 40 years ago, an NFL Commissioner had an awkward run-in with a well-known league owner. Now, with the Patriots in the Super Bowl after the drawn-out saga of Deflategate, it may be deja vu all over again. More»
Matt Brown

Signing Day Winners And Losers

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Another National Signing Day has come and gone, wrapping up college football's recruiting class of 2017 with the last surprising news ever: Alabama signed the No. 1 recruiting class again. Here's our guide to the biggest recruiting winners and losers. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Underrated MLB Teams To Watch In '17

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Nowadays, there's usually an MLB team that goes from cellar-dweller one year to contention the next. And sometimes it's not as clear as you'd think. So here are a few underrated teams that could make some unexpected noise in 2017. More»
College Basketball

Kansas Holds Off Baylor in Pivotal Big 12 Battle

Josh Jackson had 23 points and 10 rebounds, then helped third-ranked Kansas prevent No. 2 Baylor from getting off a potential tying shot in the closing seconds of the Jayhawks' 73-68 victory Wednesday night. More»