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LeBron, Cavs Crush Raptors In Game 5

LeBron James scored 23 points then grabbed a seat, Kevin Love scored 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-78 rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night. More»
Michael Tunison

Report: Noah Wants Out Of Chicago

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According to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times, a Chicago Bulls player said that teammate Joakim Noah has been saying that he's done with the Bulls and will sign with a new team in free agency. More»
Mike Lupica

Golden Statement: Just Win, Curry

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Stephen Curry says that this isn't the way the story for the Warriors is going to end. We'll see about that, but no matter the factors involved in Golden State's 3-1 series deficit to the Thunder, there are no excuses. Winning is all that matters. More»
Michael Tunison

Le'Veon Still Bitter Over Burfict?

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In case you thought a few months would cool the animosity between Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, it hasn't. More»
Michael Tunison

Here's An Ultimate Frisbee Hack

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One way to get around how many steps you can take after a catch in ultimate frisbee is to keep tipping the pass forward. Delrico Johnson of Major League Ultimate's DC Current mastered the move. More»
Will Leitch

Of Two Minds: Harvey vs. The Media

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Matt Harvey avoided questions after getting shelled by the Nationals Tuesday night. An example of a thin-skinned player dodging responsibility or an overblown controversy? Here, I debate the hot topic ... with myself. More»
Michael Tunison

Klay Makes Presser Even Sadder

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Following the Warriors' Game 4 loss to the Thunder Tuesday night, shooting guard Klay Thompson was looking for a silver lining. Too bad he misread the stat sheet. More»
Joe DeLessio

Penguins force Game 7 vs. Lightning

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The Lightning have fought through quite a bit -- injuries and late-game deficits included -- to get to where they are, on the cusp of the Stanley Cup Final, and now they face another: Game 7 on the road, following a Game 6 loss at home to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. More»
Alex Wong

LeBron & Legacy: The Game 5 question

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LeBron James has long been in the spotlight, even before his NBA debut as an 18-year-old. Wednesday, though, it will be as bright as ever, with the Cavaliers having lost two in a row heading into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. More»
Erik Malinowski

OKC Has Dubs Thunder Pressure

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An inspired and unstoppable style of basketball propelled Oklahoma City to another statement win in Game 4 and put the defending champ Warriors on the brink of elimination. More»
Will Leitch

Unexpected Early-Season MLB Stars

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Major League Baseball has seen some truly remarkable early-season performances from some of the most recognizable names in the game, but there are still players who having fantastic seasons that no one would have expected. More»
Andrea Hangst

Wide receivers under pressure in '16

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Every receiver in the NFL is under immense pressure in every game, but some are facing even more pressure than that for the 2016 season. Various circumstances have led to these five players facing make-or-break situations this year. More»
Matt Brown

Cardinal Ruler: McCaffrey's Encore

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After breaking the FBS single-season all-purpose yards record previously held by Barry Sanders, Christian McCaffrey set himself up for one of the hardest tasks in college football in 2016: attempting to somehow pull off a satisfying follow-up. More»
David Ubben

Big 12 Expansion's Point of No Return

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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has emerged as a measured voice in uncertain times across college sports, but as the conference mulls expansion from 10 teams to 12, he's already talked the it into a corner that might make expansion inevitable. More»
Recap

WESTBROOK, THUNDER PUT WARRIORS ON BRINK OF ELIMINATION

Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals and put the defending NBA champions on the brink of elimination. More»
Recap

Pens hammer Lightning, force Game 7

The Pittsburgh Penguins are headed home for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory that evened the best-of-seven series at three games. More»
News

New Super Bowl Sites Announced

The NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta (2019), Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), three cities that made significant financial investments in new stadiums or recently upgraded an existing one. More»
Mike Lupica

Green Suspension Would've Been Nuts

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Draymond Green's kick was intentional, but not suspending him was the right move. This was about the one thing that commissioners, and their lieutenants, are supposed to bring to moments like this: common sense. More»
Cy Brown

Nyquist Scratched For the Belmont

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Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist's loss at the Preakness Stakes meant no chance at the Triple Crown. And though we were looking at a showdown between him and Preakness winner, Exaggertor, it turns out we're not going to get that either. More»
SoE Staff

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 May 17-23. More»
Ain't That a Kick?

Green's Day: No Suspension for Draymond

Draymond Green was fined $25,000 but not suspended by the NBA on Monday for kicking Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin. The Warriors star will be on the court in Game 4 as Golden State tries to even the series Tuesday at OKC. More»
Alex Wong

Raps Battle Cavs, Get Even at Home

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The Raptors needed to play their two best games of the postseason at home against the Cavs to even the Eastern Conference Finals. And sure enough, they did, capping things off with a 105-99 win in Toronto Monday night. More»
Matt Brown

College Running Back Rankings 2016

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The 2016 college football season will be the Year of the Running Back in college football, and thus we begin out annual position-by-position rankings with the top 40 of a a loaded group of backs led by Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook. More»
Andrew Simon

Baseball's Biggest Surprises (So Far)

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There are a few things one can count on in baseball these days, such as Clayton Kershaw dominating and Mike Trout raking. For the most part, however, the game keeps us off-balance. Here are five unexpected storylines from the early stages of 2016 More»
NBA Playoffs

Bismack Attack Helps Raptors Rise

Bismack Biyombo controlled the paint, Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 on Monday night. More»
NHL Playoffs

Sharks Feast on Blues In Game 5

Joe Pavelski scored two goals, including the go-ahead score in the opening minute of the third period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues, 6-3, on the road Monday night. They're now one win away from the Stanley Cup Final. More»
Matt Brown

Pitt's Conner Says He's Cancer-Free

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Pittsburgh running back James Conner, the 2014 ACC player of the year, delivered the best news of the year in college football on Monday. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last November, Conner tweeted that he has been declared cancer-free. More»
Michael Tunison

Annie Apple Joins ESPN Countdown

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Annie Apple, the mother of New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple, is going to be a contributor on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Odds Update: May Edition

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I promised to go back and look at the Playoff Odds every month throughout the season to see what we've learned. Here's where things stand now, with just a little more than a quarter of the season in the books. More»
Alex Wong

Raptors In the Hunt? Game 4 Is Key

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Saturday's performance was Cleveland's worst of the playoffs. But is it a sign of the Raptors figuring out a few things that might carry over to Game 4, or are we still heading for a short series? Here are five questions that need answers. More»
Joe DeLessio

The Playoff Goalie Controversy Index

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The Stanley Cup Final begins next week, and four teams remain alive. But in an odd turn, seven different goalies have a realistic chance to be in net for Game 1. Here's a look at each situation and why things are in such flux. More»
Cy Brown

That's Gaal, Folks: Change at United

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In the wake of Manchester United's disappointing season, reports came out that players nearly mutinied on Louis van Gaal. Is it possible Jose Mourinho -- another manager with a history of locker room fights -- will suffer the same fate? More»
Mike Lupica

Hero to Zero? Dark Knight In DC

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Baseball is a humbling game, and nobody is finding that out more right now than Mets pitcher Matt Harvey. Once the star young ace, Harvey has fallen into a slump, making Tuesday's start against Washington one of the biggest of his career. More»
Michael Tunison

J.J. Watt Has A Logo Now

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J.J. Watt is the latest NFL star to adopt his own personal logo, just another example of how he's always keeping his nose to the grindstone. More»
Will Leitch

Lowest Blow: Green's Infamous Kick

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In Sunday night's Game 3, Golden State's Draymond Green went up for a shot and either accidentally kicked the Thunder's Steven Adams in the groin or purposely waylaid him. Now, Green will find out that there are few things that people get angrier about. More»
Michael Tunison

Brady To Appeal Suspension... Again

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Stop us if you've heard this one before. The NFL players union is making an appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court to appeal Tom Brady's reinstated suspension for deflating footballs. More»
NHL Playoffs

Lightning Electrified By OT Victory

A year after falling to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, Tampa Bay are one win away from getting back to the championship round after a thrilling overtime win against the Penguins in Game 5 of the ECF in Pittsburgh. More»
Manny Randhawa

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s Joe D Moment

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Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games this weekend, although there was a close play on Saturday that almost ended it. If replay was around in Joe DiMaggio's day, how long could the Yankee Clipper's own streak have been? More»
Matt Brown

Believe the Huskies Hype

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While Washington is coming off a 7-6 season and has been stuck in a rut of mediocrity for years, it has become a preseason darling in college football, generating a lot of early sleeper hype. In Chris Petersen's third season, the attention is warranted. More»
Erik Malinowski

Dubs Drubbed By Thunder In Game 3

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Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals Sunday night in Oklahoma City was the Thunder playing at their best, the Warriors at their worst and the final 28-point differential - a 133-105 win for the Thunder -- didn't do this one justice. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Darvish Return Yu-ge Boost to Texas

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Maybe the Trade Deadline period will prove to be more dynamic than the current forecasts suggest, but, even if that's the case, it's hard to imagine a bigger in-season "acquisition" than the one the Rangers will add to their roster Saturday in the form of Yu Darvish. More»
Karim Zidan

Sergio Surges To Win Byron Nelson

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On Sunday at the Byron Nelson, Sergio Garcia stormed past the remainder of the leaders and into a playoff with Brooks Koepka at TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Tex. He made par on the first extra hole to earn his ninth TOUR victory. More»
Michael Tunison

McGregor Opens Up On UFC Status

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Conor McGregor said in an interview what was going through his mind during his infamous "retirement" tweet. He also refused to quash rumors of a fight with Floyd Mayweather. More»
Mike Tunison

Jalen Ramsey Signs With Jags

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Less than a week after suffering a serious injury during workouts, Jalen Ramsey has signed his rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. More»
Alex Wong

Claws Come Out In Raptors' Game 3 Win

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On Saturday night, the Raptors played host to their first Eastern Conference Finals game in the franchise's 21-year history and made it count, beating the Cavs, 99-84, in Game 3, with a chance to even the series on Monday. More»
Cat Garcia

Why the Cubs Are the Real Deal

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Joe Maddon has prepared this team well for momentum that October brings, and if anything, the hot start is just adding fuel to the fire for them. So let the good times roll, Cubs fans. This could be it. More»
RECAP

Blues Find High Note Against Sharks

St. Louis Blues bounced back from consecutive shutout losses to beat the San Jose Sharks, 6-3, on Saturday to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece. More»
Julian McWilliams

Exaggerator Takes Preakness Stakes

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Nyquist's Triple Crown hopes faded into the rainy and muddy evening on Saturday in Baltimore. Exaggerator, along with jockey Kent Desormeaux, was the better horse, pulling out to a win in the Preakness Stakes. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT Reveals Copa America Squad

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Jurgen Klinsmann named his final 23-man United States roster for next month's Copa America Centenario, with key decisions including bringing in 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Christian Pulisic and naming Brad Guzan starting goalkeeper. More»
Karim Zidan

Key Questions at the French Open

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While Roger Federer will miss the French Open, there are still several big storylines to follow at Roland Garros starting on Sunday, including Novak Djokovic's hopes for his first French Open title and Serena Williams aims for her fourth. More»
Cy Brown

Man United's Late Goal Wins FA Cup

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Everything looked to be going against Manchester United in the late moments of the FA Cup final, as the Red Devils went down to 10 men. But a scorching volley by Jesse Lingard in extra time gave them their first trophy of the post-Alex Ferguson era by a 2-1 score. More»
Manny Randhawa

Cy Sale? Sure looks like it

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This could finally be the year for Chris Sale and the AL Cy Young Award, as the 27-year-old Chicago White Sox pitcher is only getting better, with a dominant start to the season. If Sale does win the award, don't expect it to be the only one. More»
Cy Brown

FA Cup final preview: MUFC vs CPFC

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Manchester United takes on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final this Saturday at Wembley Stadium, and United manager Louis van Gaal may need to win if he wants to save his job with the Red Devils. More»
Gene Menez

Handicapping the Preakness Stakes

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Nyquist will face his fair share of challenges -- from the competition and from the course conditions -- in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, but he's still the heavy favorite. Here's everything you need to know about the second leg of the Triple Crown. More»
Alex Wong

The LeBron-tourage Is Still On a Roll

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LeBron finished with his 15th career playoff triple-double and passed Shaquille O'Neal for fourth on the all-time playoff scoring list, as the Cavs beat the Raptors, 108-89, in Cleveland on Thursday to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. More»
Doug Farrar

Cable toys with Seattle line too much

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The Seahawks, one of the most successful NFL franchises this decade, have espoused the need for "ass-kickers" along their front five. But does offensive line coach Tom Cable's rigid philosophy hold back the team as a whole? More»
Will Leitch

Vote: Best jersey in baseball, part 3

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Two weeks ago, we began our First Annual MLB Jersey Bracket, where you could vote on your favorite MLB jerseys. The second round is over, and we had two lower-seed upsets after a Round of 16 where there was only one. Now we are down to the Elite Eight. More»
Will Leitch

17 ways to cast your All-Star ballot

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My favorite thing about the MLB All-Star ballot is that you get 35 votes. That's a lot, but I'm going to try to help you out. Here are 17 different ways -- some legit, some stupid, some math, some random chance -- to fill out your All-Star ballot. More»
Matt Brown

Eye Of The Canes: Kaaya's Big Chance

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When Mark Richt was fired at Georgia, he said that he wanted to be more hands-on as a quarterbacks coach at his next job. Now at Miami, Richt has the perfect opportunity, as he'll try to help mold Hurricanes junior Brad Kaaya into a first-round pick. More»
NHL playoffs

Sharks get over big Hertl, take 2-1 series lead

Martin Jones made 22 saves in his second straight shutout and Tomas Hertl scored twice to give the Sharks a series lead for the first time in four trips to the Western Conference final with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 on Thursday. More»
Karim Zidan

Federer pulls out of French Open

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Roger Federer's streak of 65 consecutive Grand Slam appearances has come to a stunning end. The 17-time major champion announced Thursday on Facebook that he has withdrawn from the 2016 French Open to deal with a lingering back injury. More»
Cy Brown

Muirfield loses British Open For Ban

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Muirfield Golf Club, host of 16 British Opens and originator of the "Rules of Golf" in 1744, was removed from the rotation for hosting the British Open after failing to pass a resolution that would allow for female club members. More»
Mike Lupica

The King, His Town and a Crown

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LeBron James and the Cavaliers have started the playoffs a perfect 9-0, and if they can close the deal, first against the Raptors, then against the Warriors or the Thunder, it would be as meaningful as any title has ever been in the history of American team sports. More»
Will Leitch

The Good, The Bad and The Lucky

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In baseball, sometimes lady luck is on your side and sometimes, she's sitting in the opposite dugout. There are two stats that quantify luck and can help fans predict whether or not their teams will get better or worse over the rest of the season. More»
Erik Malinowski

Golden State gets the dub, ties series

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The Warriors came out in Game 2 with a renewed focus, Stephen Curry lit up for 28 points, and Golden State tied up its Western Conference Finals battle with Oklahoma City. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Quarter-Mark Questions Around MLB

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The truth is, with roughly 25 percent of the season in the books, we still know next to nothing about how this is all going to play out. And that's why we pose these 10 quarter-mark (hey, I got it right this time!) questions. More»
Matt Brown

College Football All-Comeback Team

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The excitement of last college football season was unfortunately tempered by the reality of one of the most injury-plagued seasons in recent history. However, many impact players are primed for comebacks in 2016, providing big potential boosts to their teams. More»
Tim Healey

In Theo they trust: Epstein builds best

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As baseball season hits the one-quarter mark, the best two offenses belong to the Cubs and Red Sox. What do those lineups have in common? They are built on players acquired by Theo Epstein, Cubs president and former Red Sox general manager. More»
Recap

Warriors Come To Play, Thump Thunder in Game 2

Stephen Curry scored 15 straight points in less than 2 minutes during one dazzling third-quarter stretch, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-91 on Wednesday night to even the Western Conference final at one game apiece. More»
Recap

Kessel, Pens take down Bolts in Game 3

Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Chris Kunitz scored third-period goals, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. More»
Ross Tucker

Voices from NFL broadcast boot camp

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With the explosion of coverage of the NFL in recent years comes a proliferation of the media and personalities to cover it. At the NFL's 10th Annual Broadcast Boot Camp this week, I questioned several players about a dozen current and former players about that world. More»
Matt Brown

Low Tide: Bama Hits Offseason Trouble

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While Alabama's offseason got off to a good start after it won the national championship, the spring has not been kind to the Crimson Tide. Star offensive tackle Cam Robinson was arrested on Tuesday, bringing more uncertainty to the team's 2016 title defense. More»
Mike Lupica

Youth or Dare: MLB's Best Under 30?

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You can absolutely make the case that there is as much young skill-position talent in baseball these days as in any of the other big sports, probably more. Leaving aside Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, here's who made the cut on my list. More»
Michael Tunison

Is Dikembe Mutombo Psychic?

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Dikembe Mutombo deleted a tweet congratulating the Philadelphia 76ers on getting the top pick in the NBA Draft before the lottery took place. There's a simple explanation. Sorta. More»
Will Leitch

Peak Papi: Ortiz Should Still Retire

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With Big Papi playing some of the best baseball of his career, some are clamoring for him to stick around for a little longer. But David Ortiz should stick to his retirement plan -- and here's why. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL Won't Let Harrison Record Test

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison attempted to record a random NFL drug test administered at his home, but was stopped by NFL officials. More»
Alex Wong

Cavin' It Easy: Cleveland Takes Game 1

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Is the Eastern Conference Finals a mismatch? LeBron, Kyrie and the Cavs took care of business in efficient and impressive fashion at home against the Raptors in Game 1, winning 115-84, without seeming to break much of a sweat. More»
Terence Moore

Stop Worrying, Learn to Love the Cavs

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After much thought, I'm pulling for LeBron James to reach the NBA Finals this season before winning it all as a member of his new Big Three. I'm asking the rest of America to cheer with me, and this is huge news. More»
Andrea Hangst

Running backs under pressure in '16

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Running back is not exactly a position of stability in today's NFL, and it's even harder in 2016 for these five running backs. Though all RBs in the league face difficulties, this bunch is under the most pressure this season. More»
Gene Menez

Wing, Place or Show: Horse Travel

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Derby-winner Nyquist's every step into Baltimore will be monitored, but most only see one step in a long process. The method of "shipping" horses involves quite an effort, one designed to move these animals comfortably and safely. More»
Alex Wong

Draft Lottery Winners and Losers

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The draft lottery took place in New York on Tuesday night, and there were no surprises: The Sixers will select first, the Lakers second, the Celtics third. But there is still plenty of intrigue to come before selections are made in June. More»
Daniel Kramer

The Curious Case Of Shelby Miller

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As the centerpiece of arguably the offseason's most scrutinized trade, Shelby Miller went on to weather the worst first month of any big league starter. But now he may have turned a corner. More»
News

Odor and Bautista Suspended

Texas second baseman Rougned Odor was suspended for eight games and fined $5,000 by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for punching Toronto's Jose Bautista. More»
Cy Brown

Fredi's fate sealed long before 2016

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Fredi Gonzalez didn't deserve to be fired by the Atlanta Braves for the historically bad start the club has had to this season. He deserved it for what he did in his first five seasons as skipper of the Braves. More»
SoE Staff

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 May 11-16. More»
Will Leitch

Ranking the NBA draft lottery reps

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Each team in the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night will have their own representative. None will be happy to be there. But some will be less happy than others. Here's a look at the 14 people facing the music and what might be going through their minds as the cameras roll. More»
Erik Malinowski

Thunder Road: OKC Stuns Dubs

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f the Oklahoma City Thunder expect to pull off the mother of all upsets and knock off the 73-win Golden State Warriors just short of the NBA Finals, Monday night's Game 1 win at Oracle Arena needs to serve as the blueprint. More»
Matt Brown

What's Next For '15 Breakout Teams

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No matter how much we study a college football season in advance, there are inevitably going to be a lot of misses. Last season, several teams made notable leaps from outside the preseason AP top 25. Can they sustain that success in 2016? More»
Andrew Simon

Why Beltran's HOF case is easy

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Carlos Beltran reached 400 home runs Sunday, a nice round number that might provide a bump when people judge his career. At the same time, Beltran did not need to reach 400 to deserve a place in the Hall of Fame. Here are five stats that help show why that is the case. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL retired numbers: A wish list

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News that the Bills will retire Bruce Smith's No. 78 served as a reminder of how rare that honor is in the NFL. Quite a few all-time greats don't have their numbers retired. Here are unretired jerseys -- one from each of the 32 franchises -- that deserve the honor. More»
Recap

Thunder Top Warriors in Classic Game 1

Kevin Durant scored 26 points, including a key 17-foot jumper with 30.7 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 108-102 on their home floor in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Monday night. More»
Alex Wong

Beasts of the East Ready to Rumble

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The Cavaliers and Raptors face off in the Eastern Conference Finals starting Tuesday night in Cleveland. Here are five storylines to focus on heading into the series. More»
Michael Tunison

Bad Day For Bills As Injuries Pile Up

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The Buffalo Bills lost two key players for some time on Monday, as it was revealed first-round pick Shaq Lawson needs shoulder surgery and Sammy Watkins broke a bone in his foot. More»
Cy Brown

First Europa League, then the world

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Liverpool faces Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday in Basel, Switzerland. It's an opportunity for the Reds to achieve more than they could have imagined this season after sacking Brendan Rodgers, and jumpstarting the Jurgen Klopp era. More»
Michael Tunison

Williams Against Participation Awards

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Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is so opposed to participation trophies that he made his daughter return one that she got. James Harrison probably approves. More»
Cy Brown

Premier League end-of-season awards

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The 2015-16 edition of the English Premier League is in the books (or it would be if not for a bomb scare at Old Trafford on Championship Sunday), so it's time to dole out some awards. Leicester City players are in line to receive a handful of honors. More»
Alexander Goot

In battle of ages, Kenseth's big win

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Matt Kenseth picked up yet another win for a Joe Gibbs Racing that is dominating in 2016, holding off young guns Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott on Sunday at Dover International Speedway. More»
Will Leitch

Don't Fight It: Uni Ads Are Here

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Monday morning, the 76ers announced that they will become the first team in major North American pro sports to have an official sponsor's logo (StubHub) on their uniform. You can complain about this, or you can just accept it as being part of the sports world today. More»
Mike Lupica

Bautista-Odor Exchange Stinks

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This started with Jose Bautista's bat flip last October. Nearly seven full games in the books in 2016 between Toronto and Texas, in both teams' ballparks, and this is the Rangers' cheesy idea of vengeance: Rougned Odor. More»
PGA TOUR

Happy Day: Wire-To-Wire Win at PLAYERS

With another command performance, Jason Day put his stamp on No. 1 in the world by never letting anyone closer than two shots in the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., completing an impressive victory. More»
Alex Wong

Chaos Theory: OKC's Winning Formula

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When the Thunder are successful, they play close to the edge. The distorted flow to the game suits Russell Westbrook's up and down game, and Kevin Durant's ability to create his own shot. Will it work against the Warriors? More»
Anthony Castrovince

Papi's Big Feats, Bad Odor Lingers

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The Rotation takes a look at five hot topics shaping the week ahead, starting with Rougned Odor's role in the ugly Rangers-Jays brawl on Sunday and what that means for Jurickson Profar. Plus, Papi's last season keeps getting bigger. More»
Alex Wong

Oh, Canada! Raptors Make History

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In Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semfinals in Toronto against the Heat, the Raptors dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring Miami 30-11 and clinched their first East Finals appearance in the franchise's 21-year history. More»
Cy Brown

EPL's Final Sunday full of drama

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The title and teams being relegated were already settled heading into the English Premier League's Championship Sunday. But there was still plenty at stake. More»
Michael Tunison

Bomb Scare Cancels United Match

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Old Trafford was evacuated and the Manchester United game against Bournemouth was postponed after a suspicious package was found at the stadium. It was later discovered to be a "training device." More»
NBA Playoffs

Fight to the Finish For Toronto-Miami

History is going to happen. The Raptors could go to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time if they win Game 7 in Toronto Sunday nigh. The Heat have a shot at being the first team ever to erase 3-2 deficits in consecutive playoff series. More»
PGA TOUR

Day Sets 36-Hole Record at Players

Jason Day saw The Players Championship at its easiest and toughest, all in the span of nine hours Saturday. He set a record when it felt like a shootout. He was even stronger when the TPC Sawgrass turned into a battle for survival. More»
Manny Randhawa

Arenado: Underrated, Solid as a Rock

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Nolan Arenado is as understated a star as they come. But, ironically, his throwback style is precisely the basis of his agreement with a particular element of Bryce Harper's campaign to "make baseball fun again." More»
Lindsay Berra

Ghosts of a Forgotten Baseball Era

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On Saturday morning in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, a dedication ceremony took place over a headstone that was placed at Lot 30010, Grave 110, in mid-April, where James Whyte Davis was interred and has remained unmarked since his death in 1899. More»
Cat Garcia

Quintana: One of Baseball's Best

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Aside from his sharp repertoire and improving velocity, Jose Quintana's versatility in the White Sox rotation is an important piece of a winning formula for Chicago. More»
NHL Playoffs

Lightning Strike First, But Bishop Out

The Lightning's 3-1 victory over the Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night in Pittsburgh may have come at a heavy price: Ben Bishop left in the first period with a left leg injury. More»
NBA Playoffs

White Hot: Miami Forces A Game 7

The Miami Heat went small, and came up big. With that, another Game 7 awaits. Goran Dragic scored a postseason career-high 30 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and the Heat rode their small lineup to a 103-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. More»
Mike Lupica

West Is Won? Billy the Kid Has Shot

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The other night at a steakhouse in New York City, friends told Rick Pitino that his most celebrated protegee -- Billy Donovan -- and the Thunder had no chance against the Spurs. Then OKC won. Now, Pitino thinks Billy can beat Golden State, too. More»
Karim Zidan

Future Is Now: Cyborg's UFC Debut

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Cris "Cyborg" Justino has been among the premier female fighters in mixed martial arts for years, but never in the UFC. That changes Saturday. Justino will fight Leslie Smith at UFC 198 in her native Brazil. More»
Joe DeLessio

Sharks Hungry Entering West Final

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A year after missing the playoffs completely, the Sharks finally got past L.A. in the first round, and after a 5-0 Game 7 rout of Nashville on Thursday night, San Jose is headed back to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2011. More»
Sean Highkin

Tim To Go? Spurs' Future In Doubt

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Whether or not Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili retire, this is going to be the most pivotal offseason ever in San Antonio, and next season will reveal a lot about whether the Spurs dynasty is as indestructible and everlasting as it's cracked up to be. More»
Alex Wong

The Heat Is Always On Wade

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At 34, Dwayne Wade isn't the dominant player who can win an entire series by himself. But these playoffs have been a reminder that he's not in the twilight of his career, either. He's carried the Heat to this point, Game 6 against the Raptors with their season on the line. More»
Will Leitch

Most Memorable MLB Moments, Ranked

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Max Scherzer's 20-strikeout game Wednesday night got me thinking: What is the most exciting individual thing that can happen at a baseball game? Let's examine the best ones. More»
Will Leitch

Vote: Best jersey in baseball, part 2

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The first round of our "best jerseys in baseball" bracket yielded no upsets, so we're expecting more here, in the second round. Here are the Sweet 16 matchups. Voting is open until next Thursday, so go forth! More»
Cy Brown

Two Manchester Clubs, One Spot

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One of two of England's biggest clubs and bitterest rivals -- Manchesters City and United -- will take a top-four spot and place in the Champions League on Sunday, while the other will set itself back in an increasingly competitive Premier League. More»
NHL playoffs

SHARKS DOMINATE FROM START IN GAME 7 WIN VS. PREDATORS

Captain Joe Pavelski got San Jose off to a fast start in Game 7 with his franchise record-tying ninth goal of the playoffs to send the Sharks to their first Western Conference final in five years with a 5-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. More»
NBA playoffs

Thunder Rock Spurs, Advance to WCF

Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook added 28, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-99 on Thursday night to win the Western Conference semifinal series 4-2. More»
Cy Brown

Pole-y Cow! HS Relay Team Uses Vault

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Track and field isn't generally considered one of the most exciting or popular sports. But the Fairfax High School 4x100 relay team out of Alexandria, Va., may have found a way to spice things up, and get an unexpected advantage in the process. More»
Erik Malinowski

The Dubs Are On A Mission

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Despite a spirited elimination-game effort, Portland was no match for Golden State, which advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight year. Now, Curry and co. are looking ahead to their next challenge and much-needed rest. More»
Cy Brown

Mets fan gets Bartolo Colon tattoo

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America is still celebrating one of the greatest feats ever seen in the history of our nation: a home run from Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon. But while most just watch the video over and over and over, one Mets fan had to get a reminder in the flesh. More»
Will Leitch

St. Louis Fans Painting the Town Blue

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With the Rams leaving and the Cardinals reeling, you can say that there isn't much positivity surrounding sports in St. Louis right now. But the Blues are on a mission to change that. More»
Joe DeLessio

Blues Singin' New Tune As Winners

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Despite a brutal place on the NHL playoff bracket, St. Louis survived a pair of seven-game series and for the first time in 15 years, will play in the Western Conference Final. The Blues, finally, are ready for their close-up. More»
NBA playoffs

Warriors send Trail Blazers packing

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 62 points, and the Warriors advanced to the Western Conference finals for the second straight season with a 125-121 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5 on Wednesday night. More»
Ross Benes

Scherzer's 20-K Game: Best Ever?

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Max Scherzer tied a Major League record Wednesday night when he struck out 20 batters in nine innings. Scherzer's dominant game got us wondering: What is the most impressive strikeout performance in MLB history? More»
Anthony Castrovince

5 stats Every MLB Fan Should Know

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The more we understand baseball, the more certain highly cited stats serve to annoy rather than illuminate. A year ago in this space, I wrote about the five stats I find particularly frustrating. Today, let's flip that discussion around. Here are five metrics that I particularly enjoy. More»
Tim Healey

Inside Rich Hill's purgatory

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Less than a year ago, Rich Hill was unemployed and working out in his hometown of Milton, Mass. Now, he's pitching -- and pitching well -- on the biggest contract of his life. Here's how he built the foundation of his career's second act. More»
Recap

DeMar drops 34 in Raps' Win Over Heat

DeMar DeRozan matched a playoff high with 34 points, Kyle Lowry had 25 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 99-91 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. More»
Recap

Scherzer K's 20 to tie record

Max Scherzer struck out 20 batters, matching the Major League record for a nine-inning game as he pitched the Washington Nationals past the Detroit Tigers, 3-2, on Wednesday night. More»
Alex Wong

On Howard's TNT 'Intervention'

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On Tuesday, Dwight Howard joined TNT's Inside The NBA and was refreshingly candid, answering questions about why he is so disliked, the perception he is disinterested on the floor and whether he can play with James Harden. More»
Michael Tunison

Bills To Retire Bruce Smith's Number

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The Buffalo Bills are going to retire the number of Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith at the team's home opener this season. It's about time. More»
Mike Lupica

Too Soon? Forgiving Happens Fast

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What Aroldis Chapman shows you, as blindingly fast as one of those fastballs he threw on Monday and Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, is how selective forgiveness is in sports. Chapman isn't the first to benefit from it, just the latest. More»
Will Leitch

Slim Pickings In Free-Agent Market

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Lost in the excitement and surprise of Stephen Strasburg's contract extension with the Nationals was what it portends: Essentially the worst free agent crop of the last decade. More»
Michael Tunison

McGrady Calls NBA 'Watered-Down'

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After Steph Curry became the first unanimously voted NBA MVP in history, former player Tracy Grady had some bad things to say about what that meant about the current state of the league. More»
Joe DeLessio

Capital Pains: Another Early Washout

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The was supposed to be the Capitals' year -- the Presidents' Trophy, the reinforced roster, the Vezina-worthy season by Braden Holtby. Then they met the Penguins in the second round, and now it's all over way too early. Again. More»
Andrea Hangst

QBs Under Most Pressure In 2016

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Now that the 2016 NFL draft has wrapped and the bulk of teams' roster moves are already in the books, let's take a closer look at the five quarterbacks who have the most to lose in the upcoming season. It's never too early to worry. More»
NHL Playoffs

Pen's Mightier: Pittsburgh Beats Caps In Six

Nick Bonino put a rebound past Braden Holtby 6:32 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, wrapping up the hotly contested Eastern Conference semifinal in six games. More»
Cy Brown

Louis van Gaal Could Save His Job

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If Manchester United can make the Champions League and win the FA Cup, it will be difficult to view this season as a complete failure, as it was once considered. But is it enough for manager Louis van Gaal to keep his job? More»
Terence Moore

Cubs History-Makers? Don't Jinx It

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Not only are the Cubs peerless right now in nearly every way possible, they are challenging baseball's all-time great teams in the early going. If you're still skeptical, just talk to Chicago great Billy Williams, who is a true believer. More»
NBA Playoffs

Thunder Jolt: OKC Takes Series Lead

Russell Westbrook had 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-91 on Tuesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. More»
David Ubben

ACC Dilemma: Will a Network Work?

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The Worldwide Leader in Sports agreed to pay the ACC $1.86 billion, which is plenty, but sounds like a lot more until you start dividing it 14 ways over 12 years. More»
Eric Malinowski

It's Unanimous: Steph Is the Best

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After leading Golden State to 73 wins, no one doubted Stephen Curry would win his second-straight Most Valuable Player award. But the NBA's first unanimous MVP? Now we've seen it all. More»
Tim Healey

Curry & Co.: Sports' unanimous MVPs

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Stephen Curry on Tuesday became the first unanimous MVP in the history of the NBA, the 20th athlete to win such an award in that fashion in the history of the four major North American sports. Here is a look at all of the others. More»
Cy Brown

Premier League transfer strategies

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The summer transfer window is almost upon us, and Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham will all be doling out lots of cash to try to get back to the top of the English Premier League. More»
Ross Tucker

Jets' QB situation is pretty Fitz'ed up

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The 2015-16 Jets remind this former player of the Bills team he was on in 2005. It didn't work out for Buffalo back then. It can work out for New York, but only if the team brings Ryan Fitzpatrick back. More»
Will Leitch

The Thankless Job of an Umpire

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Bryce Harper was wrong at every turn Monday night -- about a called strike on him, about a called strike on Danny Espinosa, about being the guy yelling from the dugout -- but it didn't matter. He doesn't need to be correct to be angry. He just has to feel correct. More»
Joe DeLessio

Imperfect NHL playoffs lots of fun

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For all the flaws in the NHL playoff system that have been exposed this year, the league has accidentally stumbled into a terrific second round featuring evenly matched teams. More»
Erik Malinowski

Steph-in Up! Curry's Splashy Return

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After a slow start on Monday night, Steph Curry went into All-World Mode, helping the Warriors win a thrilling Game 4 against the Blazers. His 17 points in overtime are the most anyone has ever scored in one OT, regular season or playoffs. More»
NBA Playoffs

Steph of Legends: Curry Returns, Drops 40

Stephen Curry returned from a sprained right knee to score an NBA-record 17 points in overtime, finishing with 40 as the Warriors rallied to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals with a 132-125 victory over the Blazers on Monday night. More»
Alex Wong

Least of the East? TOR-Mia a Grind

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All season, we've wondered if any team in the East can challenge the Cavs, even as they were going through their annual inner team turmoil. After watching the Raptors and Heat grind it out, it seems Cleveland shouldn't sweat. More»
NHL Playoffs

Stars Shine Facing Elimination

Dallas rookie Mattias Janmark ignited a three-goal first period and Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves for the Stars, who forced a Game 7 with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night. More»
Andrew Simon

The Exclusive One-Homer Club

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Bartolo Colon is no longer among the homerless horde still searching for that first big fly, but he's instead joined a sizable group of big leaguers with just one. Here are 10 others with the most plate appearances and whose careers overlapped with Colon. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Paxton Now Lynch-pin for Broncos

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With the quarterback market essentially dried up, Broncos general manager John Elway made his final and boldest play: trading up in the 2016 NFL draft to land Memphis signal-caller Paxton Lynch. What happens next is anyone's guess. More»
Sean Highkin

Kings For A Day: Sac Gets Its Guy

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Sacramento's decision to hire Dave Joerger as head coach is encouraging, and a rarity for the Kings: a straight-up smart basketball decision, no qualifiers needed. More»
News

PSU: SETTLEMENTS COVERED '71 SANDUSKY ABUSE CLAIM

Penn State's legal settlements with Jerry Sandusky's accusers cover alleged abuse dating to 1971, which was 40 years before his arrest, the university said Sunday, providing the first confirmation of the time frame of abuse claims that have led to big payouts. More»
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Report: STEPH WINS SECOND STRAIGHT MVP

Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season. ESPN reported that Curry will be announced as the winner perhaps as soon as Tuesday. More»
Mike Lupica

Bart's Trot Heard 'Round the World

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Like something out of a movie, Bartolo Colon's home run -- and ensuing half-minute trot around the bases -- Saturday night in San Diego was just the latest in a long line of feats that have amazed those who work with and watch him. More»
Michael Tunison

Peterson Say He Can Play Until 40

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson believes he can play at a top level until he's 40 years old. That's a long time for a running back, or just about any NFL player. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Proposing a 32-team NFL trade

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What if there was a way instead to get all 32 teams involved in the same trade, each sending one player to another team and receiving someone in return? No talk of draft picks, no trading within your division and no rookies. It's worth a shot. More»
Alex Wong

What to Watch: Raptors-Heat Game 4

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With Jonas Valanciunas out for the remainder of the Heat-Raptors series with a sprained ankle, and Hassan Whiteside day-to-day with a knee sprain, Monday's Game 4 will be crucial for both sides. Here are five storylines to focus on. More»
Michael Tunison

Bradford Reports To Camp After All

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After demanding a trade following the Eagles' selection of quarterback Carson Wentz in the NFL draft, Sam Bradford is now reporting to the team's offseason workouts. More»
Will Leitch

LeBron-Durant saga never happened

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Because of this constantly legacy building, we're always looking out for the next big thing, which is why the 2012 NBA Finals were supposed to be the beginning of history: LeBron James and the Heat vs. Kevin Durant and the Thunder. It didn't turn out that way. More»
Michael Tunison

Brawl Erupts At Wheelchair Game

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A wheelchair basketball game in Germany on Saturday between rival Turkish clubs had to be canceled when a brawl broke out among fans. More»
Alex Wong

Durant, Thunder Making Some Noise

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The Spurs had a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a victory on Sunday in Oklahoma City. But after trailing by eight at the half, the Thunder roared back, thanks to 41 points by Kevin Durant. Can they keep it up? More»
Karim Zidan

Hahn Solo: Upset at Wells Fargo

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After missing every cut since the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Sunday was a pivotal win for James Hahn, who was recently contemplating "selling shoes again" for the first time in a decade if the whole golf thing didn't work out. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Are the Mariners See-worthy?

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Even after Sunday's loss to the Astros, the Mariners are in first place in the American League West, with a FanGraphs-calculated 47.8-percent chance of winning the AL West and a 58.1-percent chance of reaching the playoffs. More»
NHL Playoffs

Electric Boogaloo: Lightning End Isles' Run

Victor Hedman scored twice, Ben Bishop stopped 28 shots and the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to the Eastern Conference final for the second straight year after shutting out the New York Islanders, 4-0, at home in Game 5. More»
Sean Highkin

How Sweep It Is: Cavs Can Rest Easy

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On Sunday, the Cavs closed out the Hawks, completing their second four-game sweep of the playoffs with a 100-99 win in Atlanta. This gives them a week to rest and recover. In this year, for this team, that's never been more important. More»
Recap

Sweep City in Cleveland, Cavs moving on

Kevin Love scored 27 points, LeBron James hit a huge shot with 39.2 seconds to go, and the Cleveland Cavaliers finished off their second straight playoff sweep, beating the Atlanta Hawks 100-99 Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. More»
Karim Zidan

Canelo vs. GGG is Boxing's Next Megafight

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Canelo Alvarez only needed one perfectly placed right hand to send Amir Khan tumbling to the canvas, where he ramined chillingly unconscious for the next few seconds.However, it was Canelo's post-fight dramatics that rekindled fan faith in the megafight against WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. More»
NBA Playoffs

Blazers Tear It Up In Rip City

After Portland let the previous game slip away, Damian Lillard had a playoff-best 40 points and the Trail Blazers beat Golden State 120-108 on Saturday night to cut the Warriors' advantage in the Western Conference semifinal to 2-1. More»
Brian Kenny

No, You Do Not Trade Mike Trout

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With the Angels floundering, the idea has made the rounds to trade Mike Trout. But no matter what stockpile of blue-chippers L.A. would receive, there is basically no chance any one of them will even approach Trout's super-human production. More»
Craig Glaser

The History of Back-to-Back Homers

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In case you haven't noticed with all the attention on Bartolo Colon's pop, the Mets have been hitting back-to-back homers this season with remarkable frequency. How much of an oddity is it? This author looked into the numbers. More»
NHL Playoffs

All Caps: Washington Holds Off Pens

Alex Ovechkin threw his body around, skated around and through Pittsburgh's defense and scored a power-play goal to help the Capitals beat the Penguins 3-1 in Game 5 on Saturday night to stave off elimination. Pittsburgh still leads the series 3-2. More»
NBA Playoffs

Raptors Win In True Kyle Style

Shaking off epic playoff struggles, Kyle Lowry scored 33 points -- including five straight to break a late tie -- in a duel with Dwyane Wade to lift the Raptors to a 95-91 victory over the Heat on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. More»
Julian McWilliams

Quist and Shout: Favorite Wins Derby

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There is something special about perfection. Maintaining it is even more remarkable. Nyquist, who had a tough act to follow in American Pharoah, managed to remain undefeated this season, winning the 142nd Kentucky Derby. More»
Cy Brown

Leicester Celebrates EPL Title

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Saturday was coronation day for Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, as the Foxes played their first match since clinching the English Premier League title on Monday. Elsewhere, clubs were fighting for their EPL life. More»
Michael Pina

Un-Bearable? Grizz Part With Joerger

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On Saturday morning, the Grizzlies joined the NBA coaching carousel by firing Dave Joerger, a rising 42-year-old who spent his third season on the job making the most out of what he had. The team may eventually regret that decision. More»
Terence Moore

No, Sir Charles: Cavs Won't Let Up

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The Cavs are into total annihilation of their opponent by any means necessary. That's why they spent the last couple of games of this mismatch of a semifinal series choking the Hawks to death from long distance. Sorry, Barkley. More»
Recap

Thunder Lose Thump, Spurs Take Command

Kawhi Leonard had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 100-96, on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. More»
Joe DeLessio

Lightning Strike Twice In OT Wins

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In Game 3 of the Lightning-Islanders playoff series on Tuesday night, Tampa Bay stole a victory from the home team by tying the game in the third period and then winning it early in overtime. And then in Game 4 of the series on Friday night, they did it again. More»
Manny Randhawa

Cubs Have That '01 Mariners Vibe

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While the baseball world marvels at the 2016 Cubs' stunning run differential (+98) and their sheer dominance to this point, the North Siders' early success begs the question: Can this Cubs team challenge the 2001 Seattle Mariners' record? More»
Recap

Cavs continue clutch shooting, take down Hawks

Channing Frye scored a career playoff-high 27 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers kept up their 3-point barrage Friday night, pulling away in the closing minutes for a 121-108 victory over the Atlanta Hawks and a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. More»
Mike Lupica

Kentucky Derby In Mint Condition

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On Saturday, a very big part of our country will go to a horse race to see how "the most exciting two minutes in sports" will come out this time. The Kentucky Derby isn't what it once was, but that doesn't mean it isn't a thrill each time. More»
Karim Zidan

Canelo-Khan a big moment for boxing

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Saturday night's HBO main event, between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Amir Khan, is boxing's first big PPV in a world where Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are retired fighters. The result, though, probably won't be a surprise. More»
Gene Menez

Handicapping the '16 Kentucky Derby

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Year 1 A.A.P. (After American Pharoah) reaches the most watched and most spectacular event on the horse racing calendar on Saturday, with the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. But unlike last year, this Derby is the most perplexing to handicap in years. More»
Will Leitch

When 'regular guys' run a ballclub

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For sports to work, we have to pretend it's us, that we're the ones playing or calling the shots. Among the many delights of "The Only Rule Is It Has To Work" is that it attempts to find out what would happen if, in fact, we really could do something. More»
Alex Wong

Raptors Claw Out Win to Even Series

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The Raptors beat the Heat, 96-92, in overtime Thursday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals series at one win apiece. But they did it largely with their two stars -- DeMar DeRozan and especially Kyle Lowry -- shooting poorly. More»
Alex Wong

Being Frank: Vogel changes searches

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The Pacers announced Thursday they are not renewing coach Frank Vogel's contract, but he should have potential of suitors looking to fill coaching vacancies. Here's a look at where the head coaching searches around the league stand. More»
Lindsay Berra

Tampa keeping Tavares on an Island

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Islanders fans are waiting -- unlikely patiently, but waiting nonetheless -- for John Tavares to do something amazing. Because, you know, he always does. That hasn't been the case in his past two games, but is critical to New York's success heading into Game 4. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Spring Practice: What We Learned

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There is still a long way to go until the 2016 college football season, but the last couple of months featured some football, as teams held their spring practice sessions and scrimmages. With under four months until the season, what did we learn? More»
Will Leitch

The Best Jersey In Baseball Bracket

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Baseball jerseys are the best jerseys in all of sports for a variety of reasons, but first and foremost: They're shirts, with buttons and everything. Which one is the best one? That's what we're going to try to find out. More»
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Stars Of The Evening: Dallas Edges Blues

Cody Eakin scored at 2:58 of overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Thursday night, bouncing back from a blowout loss two days earlier to tie the second-round series at two games apiece. More»
NBA playoffs

We The North: Raptors Even Series

DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 96-92 in overtime on Thursday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece. More»
Matt Brown

College Coaches' Guide to Twitter

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In theory, using Twitter and other social media shouldn't be difficult for college football coaches, but that isn't always the case. On Wednesday, Texas A&M assistant Aaron Moorehead ranted about loyalty after QB prospect Tate Martell decommitted from the Aggies. More»
Will Leitch

'Freak' Out Factor: Everyone Loves Tim

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Tim Lincecum's meteoric rise was as surprising as his sudden descent. After taking some time off to apparently do some tinkering, the two-time Cy Young Award winner is ready to return. And baseball is better off because of it. More»
David Ubben

Bigger 12? Expansion Talk Heats Up

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While most college sports conference realignment is focused on money, the Big 12 claims other motivations: Maximizing its chances of making the College Football Playoff. After meetings in Phoenix, the league is getting more serious about expanding to 12 teams. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Star finder: MLB youngsters stabilize

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The path from prospect to star is rarely a linear one. That's what makes the early outcomes for the guys on this list so encouraging. They've all taken their lumps and appear to have come out better for it, appearing to have turned a corner in their careers. More»
Sean Highkin

Heat rightly play it safe with Bosh

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One of the NBA's strangest recent health sagas came to an end Wednesday -- for now. After months of speculation and confusion about Chris Bosh's ability to get on the court, the Miami Heat announced that they're shutting him down for the season. More»
NHL playoffs

Pens Close to Capping Off Series

Patric Hornqvist beat Braden Holtby between the legs 2:31 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the second-round series. The Pens lead the series, 3-1. More»
NBA playoffs

3 For All In Game 2 As Cavs Blow Out Hawks

J.R. Smith made seven 3-pointers and the Cleveland Cavaliers drained an NBA-record 25 3s in a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in Game 2 of their second-round series. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

The White Sox Are Good. Really Good.

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The White Sox are 19-8, hold the best record in the American League and are now 12/1 favorites to win their first World Series in more than a decade. How did we get here? More»
Michael Tunison

RGIII Pulls Mannequin Prank On Kids

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Robert Griffin III surprised some high school students by posing as a mannequin during a presentation for new uniforms. It wasn't as creepy as it sounds. More»
Michael Tunison

Wilson Wants The Sonics Back

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Seahawks quarterback supports bringing an NBA team back to Seattle, even if the city itself doesn't seem inclined due to a recent setback in an arena-building effort. More»
Michael Tunison

Paxton's 'Dude Perfect' Parody

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New Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch put out a video parodying the "Dude Perfect" trick shot videos that are all the rage online. Your move, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. More»
Michael Tunison

NFLPA Warns Against Foreign Food

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NFL players received a warning from the league and the players union to avoid meat in China and Mexico, as it contains a hormone that could make players fail a PED test. More»
Will Leitch

The Top 25 Hitters in 2016 ... So Far

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For my money, the offensive stat I trust the most in baseball is OPS-plus. While things will even out over time after just a month, let's take a look at the current top 25 leaders in OPS-plus and guess who's going to still be in that top 25 by the end of the year. More»
Mike Lupica

May the Force Be With Lue

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Tyronn Lue is bright and aware enough to understand the terms of engagement in Cleveland: He's as much a part of LeBron James' supporting cast as Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving or anyone else. And he's accepted the challenge with grace. More»
Erik Malinowski

Dubs Always Find a Way to Win

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With Steph Curry still on the sidelines because of a sprained knee, Golden State finished off Portland in Game 2 with a furious run spurred by Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and … Festus Ezeli?!? It was that kind of night. More»
Alex Wong

Lowry Still Looking For Lost Touch

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After another poor shooting performance against the Miami Heat in a Game 1 loss, Kyle Lowry went straight to the practice court at the Air Canada Centre to get some more shots up. The Toronto star knows he needs to find it. Fast. More»
Joe DeLessio

Bolts Charge, But Strike Questioned

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As Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after his team came back to tie the Islanders in regulation, then win in OT, Game 3 "had everything." It also had a controversial ending, with Brian Boyle delivering a nasty hit before the game-winning goal. More»
NHL Playoffs

Blues Trounce Stars to Take Series Lead

Alexander Steen and David Backes each scored two goals and the St. Louis defense put the clamps on the Dallas Stars in a 6-1 victory that put the Blues ahead 2-1 in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. More»
Paul Hagen

Hobson at peace with baseball career

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For the last decade and a half, Butch Hobson has managed in the independent Atlantic League, helping former and aspiring big leaguers reach the Majors. But what about Hobson himself? Why hasn't he gotten back? More»
Matt Brown

How Florida State Can Oust Clemson

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Beyond Jalen Ramsey and kicker Roberto Aguayo, the 2016 NFL draft was unusually quiet for Florida State. That bodes well for the future, as the Seminoles return a loaded roster in 2016 that could prevent Clemson from staging a repeat run to the playoff. More»
NHL Playoffs

Sharks Attacked: Predators Take Game 3

Shea Weber scored the go-ahead goal and had an assist to help lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night to pull within 2-1 in their second-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. More»
NBA Playoffs

Heat Win Despite Lowry's Buzzer-Beater

It took the Heat longer than they wanted after Kyle Lowry's half-court buzzer-beater sent the game to overtime, but Miami closed out Toronto for a 102-96 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Feeling a draft: Packers lose talent

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The Packers, proud of their status as the most homegrown team in the NFL, built its core through the draft late last decade. Then the front office started hemorrhaging talent to desperate franchises, and Green Bay hasn't had a successful draft since. More»
Terence Moore

No Need for LeBron Vs. Wade

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Imagine this: The Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Miami Heat, with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade spending the good, the bad and the ugly portions of the series giggling when they aren't exchanging hugs and jokes before the national television cameras. Pass. More»
Michael Pina

Toronto should put heat on Miami

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The Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat are kind of lucky to be where they are -- both winning Game 7s at home Sunday -- but parallel narratives aside, these teams are very good on both ends of the court. Let's take a look at how they match up. More»
Alex Wong

5 questions facing the Raptors

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After back-to-back years of first-round exits, the Raptors have advanced to the second round. They'll have home-court advantage against the Heat in a series that starts Tuesday. Here are five questions facing the Raptors heading into the series. More»
Will Leitch

The Derby Name Game: 2016 edition

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For the fourth consecutive year -- seriously, I've written four of these for Sports On Earth; life comes at you fast, as they say -- I'm going to show off all my Kentucky Derby knowledge with my Kentucky Derby Horse Name Rankings. More»
Ross Benes

How Unlikely Was Leicester's Title?

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On Monday, Leicester City clinched the English Premier League title in what may be the greatest underdog story ever. To get a sense of how improbable Leicester's rise was, compared the Foxes' season to the greatest turnarounds in North American pro sports history. More»
Andrew Simon

Same Old Story? Not For These Vets

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When a player in his mid- to late-30s suffers through a poor season, it's natural to think he may be headed down an irreversible decline. That was the case for Victor Martinez, Joe Mauer, Yadier Molina and Chase Utley after 2015. But now, a month into '16? Not so much. More»
NBA Playoffs

Wild West: OKC Wins After Controversial Ending

Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and OKC held on to beat San Antonio, 98-97, on Monday night, evening the series at one game apiece when the Spurs failed to score on a crazy sequence in the final seconds. Including a bad no-call. More»
Matt Brown

Futures Market: 2017 Draft First Look

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The 2016 NFL draft is complete, meaning it's already time to start speculating wildly about what will happen in the 2017 NFL draft a year from now. From potential No. 1 pick Deshaun Watson to a loaded running back class, here is an early guide. More»
NBA Playoffs

Cavs, LeBron Outmuscle the Hawks

LeBron James scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a strong comeback by Atlanta to maintain their chokehold on the Hawks with a 104-93 victory on Monday night in the opening game of their second-round series. More»
Ross Tucker

The Aftermath of the NFL Draft

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It's pretty pointless to do draft grades unless you are one of the handful of guys that has evaluated all of these players firsthand and has an intimate knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses. However, we've got some thoughts. More»
Andrea Hangst

Steelers Forge Future Through Draft

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The prevailing thought about Round 1 NFL draft picks, in general, is that they were selected based upon a particular team's needs lining up with the best player still available on their draft board. But what about the Steelers? More»
Cy Brown

Leicester: Sports' Greatest Miracle

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For weeks it's been inevitable, but it still seems impossible. Leicester City -- two years removed from English soccer's second division, and one year removed from a narrow escape from relegation -- is the champion of England. Unbelievable. More»
Sean Highkin

'Space Jam 2' is a terrible idea

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Every 18 months or so, rumors resurface that a "Space Jam" sequel is in the works, usually involving LeBron James. Monday was one of those days. "Space Jam 2," however, is not something the world needs -- especially with LeBron in it. More»
Alex Wong

Hawks Out For Revenge Against Cavs

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The Cavaliers and Hawks face off in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals in the second round starting Monday night in Cleveland, a rematch of sorts from 2015's playoffs. Here are five things to look for in this series. More»
Will Leitch

April's 10 dumbest sports stories

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As usual, March had a lot of really, really dumb sports stories. Making the top-10 list this month: Pablo Sandoval's poor belt, Purple Guy, a ball boy running into a wall, and Ted Cruz calling a basketball hoop a "basketball ring." Also, the return of Deflategate. More»
Michael Tunison

'Space Jam 2': It's All Happening

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After years of rumors and speculation, there will be a sequel to "Space Jam," with LeBron James reportedly to star. No word on a commitment from Bill Murray. More»
Mike Lupica

April Powers: Second City No. 1

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Baseball's best story is in Chicago, where the Cubs and White Sox had not just the winningest April they've ever had combined, but produced the winningest month between the two franchises since August 2008. More»
Julian McWilliams

Magic's Input On Fixing The Lakers

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NBA and Los Angeles Lakers legend, Magic Johnson, loves Twitter and can sometimes unleash some of the most scorching hottest of hot takes on the planet. More»
Michael Tunison

Weir's Tweet-Powered Brooch

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As part of the Kentucky Derby broadcast, Johnny Weir will be wearing a brooch that will light up when fans tweet a specific hashtag. What a time to be alive. More»
Alexander Goot

Crashes Mark 'Dega Derby Once Again

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Brad Keselowski picked up his fourth win at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, and this one was a lot like other races there: fraught with collisions, leaving few unscathed by day's end. More»
Michael Tunison

Concussion Ends WWE Match

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Wrestler Enzo Amore was taken to a local hospital after being concussed during the opening match at WWE Payback on Sunday night. He was later released. More»
Ross Benes

NBA's first round needs a change

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Your eyes didn't deceived you. You really did just witness the worst first round in modern NBA playoffs history, with an average margin of victory of 15 points per game. So for the sake of the fans, let's talk about going back to a best-of-five first round. More»
Will Leitch

Bronx Bombers Starting to Burn Out

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The Yankees haven't had a losing season since the year Bill Clinton was elected president. This year might be the year. Sunday night, the Yankees lost to the Red Sox, their fifth loss in a row. They are 8-15 and in last place in the AL East. More»
Andrew Garda

Final Thoughts on the NFL Draft

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The clock has stopped. The picks are in. There are no more videos to leak. An eventful 2016 NFL draft is now finished, but we still are processing all that happened this weekend. Here were the top storylines. More»
Alex Wong

Relief For Raptors In Game 7 Victory

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The Raptors are onto the second round after a hard-fought, but ugly, 89-84 victory in Toronto on Sunday against the resilient Pacers. They didn't win Game 7 as much as they survived it. But nobody in the locker room cared about style points. More»
Matt Brown

Duck Hunt: Threat to Oregon Grows

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While Oregon's offense still put up big numbers last season, it didn't feel invincible without Marcus Mariota. Now, with another FCS transfer coming in at QB, the Ducks face a critical year against steeper competition in the Pac-12 North. More»
NHL Playoffs

Blues Get Red Hot In Dallas

Instead of a 0-2 hole, the Blues go home 1-1 in the best-of-seven series matching the Western Conference's top two teams. Game 3 is Tuesday night, with Game 4 also in St. Louis on Thursday before the series returns to Dallas for Game 5 on Saturday. More»
Erin Malinowski

Klay, Dray's Day As Dubs Top Blazers

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With 37 points from Klay Thompson and a triple-double from Draymond Green, Golden State handled Portland in Game 1 of their second-round matchup. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Beasts of the NL East Going Wild

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A year ago at this time, following the NL East battle was a little less interesting than following Laremy Tunsil's social media accounts on draft night. So early though it may be, it's heartening to see the East battle percolating already. More»
Rob Mains

Bye, April: Your Stats Are Misleading

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Most measures of baseball performance take far longer than a week or three to stabilize. Drawing conclusions from a 10- or 20-game sample is akin to statistics problem sets involving drawing balls from an urn. A really, really big um. More»
NBA Playoffs

Heat Scorch Charlotte, On To East Semis

Goran Dragic scored 25 points in his first Game 7, Gerald Green added 16 and the Miami Heat ousted the Charlotte Hornets with an emphatic 106-73 victory on Sunday. Miami won two elimination games to take the series 4-3. More»
Michael Tunison

Tunsil Hacker Soon to be Unmasked?

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The Miami Dolphins believe they have pinpointed the hacker responsible for the draft day hack of Laremy Tunsil's Twitter and Instagram accounts: his former financial advisor. More»
Alex Wong

Will the Real Raptors Stand Up?

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The Raptors will be at home in Game 7, but if they can't figure out how to put away this Pacers team with everything on Sunday, the franchise will have no choice but to move on from this group. There's no tip-toeing around the stakes. More»