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Manny Randhawa

Chapman Have-Nots Have Work to Do

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When the Cubs finalized a deal to acquire flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees on Monday, they may have separated themselves from the rest of the pack. But the move was as much about depriving rivals of an asset as it was acquiring one. More»
Michael Tunison

J.J. Watt Pens Letter to Fans

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The Houston Texans have placed J.J. Watt on the PUP list to start the season. Meanwhile, the Pro Bowl defensive end is spending his time thanking his fans for their support. More»
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Start Spreading The News: Yanks Deal Chapman To Cubs

The Chicago Cubs acquired hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman in a trade with the New York Yankees on Monday, giving the NL Central leaders a boost as they try for their first World Series title in more than a century. More»
Michael Tunison

Gordon Reinstated, Out Four Games

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL and given a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season. More»
Michael Pina

The Pistons' Chemistry Experiment

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Stan Van Gundy's vision isn't new or enlightening, it's a systematic necessity. He won 12 more games in his second season on the job in Detroit, and he got there in large part by shuffling the deck more than almost every other team in the league. More»
Michael Tunison

Jordan Comments On Recent Violence

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Michael Jordan commented publicly on the recent deaths of blacks at the hands of cops and the targeting of police officers by gunmen. He announced two $1 million donations to organizations to improve police-community relations. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL Finds No Evidence Peyton Doped

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Following a seven-month investigation into an Al Jazeera America report that Peyton Manning accepted shipments of HGH, the NFL has cleared Manning of using or obtaining prohibited substances. More»
Will Leitch

Mike Mayers and Baseball's Cruelty

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Baseball can be a brutal game for a young and unproven pitcher. Unfortunately, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mike Mayers found that out on Sunday Night in front of a packed crowd on national TV. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Trade Winds: Ready to Set Sale?

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Will Chris Sale's five-game suspension for insubordination related to his reported displeasure at wearing a throwback uniform slash his price in the trade market? Don't count on it. We'll also discuss Aroldis Chapman, Alex Bregman and more. More»
Matt Brown

Top 100 CFB Coaches Ever: 100-76

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After another national title, Nick Saban is making a case as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. Is he the best? All week, we're counting down the 100 best college coaches ever in four parts, starting with coaches 100 through 76. More»
David Ubben

Foltz, Sadler Leave a Lasting Legacy

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Nebraska's Sam Foltz and Michigan State's Mike Sadler -- who both died in a car accident on Saturday while returning from a kickers camp -- reminded us of what we love about college football with their passion, generosity and humor. More»
News

Sale's cutter: Ace suspended 5 games

The Chicago White Sox suspended ace Chris Sale five days without pay for destroying throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear. The White Sox announced the punishment on Sunday after Sale was scratched from his start and sent home the previous night. More»
Manny Randhawa

Griffey and the Rays of Admiration

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Walk through any big league clubhouse and ask about Ken Griffey, Jr. and eyes will light up. Now that he's officially a Hall of Famer, current stars who grew up watching Junior play are still in awe, Evan Longoria and Kevin Kiermaier in particular. More»
News

Nebraska's Foltz, Ex-MSU Punter Sadler Killed

A sheriff's department official says Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler have died in a car crash in Wisconsin after coaching at a kicking clinic. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured in the crash. More»
Michael Tunison

IOC Allows Russia To Compete In Rio

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The IOC declined to issue a blanket ban to Russian athletes for the 2016 Rio Olympics after officials had uncovered a widespread doping scandal. Instead, Russians must prove they have never been sanctioned for doping and undergo further testing. More»
Erik Malinowski

Piazza: Hall of an Underdog Story

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A player who defied every obstacle to become a big-league star, Mike Piazza has cemented his legacy as one of the game's best with a Hall of Fame induction -- at long last. More»
Alex Wong

Griffey's Pop Culture Legacy

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Ken Griffey, Jr. carried himself in a particular manner that made everything feel at ease. He had an appeal off the field that allowed him to cross over into the sphere of pop culture, and it influenced a generation. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Elliott Accused of Domestic Assault

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Reports on Friday indicate that a woman claiming to be the former live-in girlfriend of Cowboys first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott filed a report with police Friday alleging assault. Elliott has denied the allegations, but it's a situation that Dallas needs to take seriously. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Green Was Who We Thought: An Icon

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The NFL lost one of its most important coaching figures of the '90s on Thursday night after Dennis Green died of complications from a cardiac arrest at the age of 67. Many remember him for his infamous postgame rant, but his legacy goes beyond that. More»
Will Leitch

MLB's Best Cap: The Finals!

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At last, we have reached the final of our Best Hat in Baseball bracket. It's the first one of our brackets that hasn't ended up with the Royals winning -- Kansas City swept both best stadium and best uniform -- and it is, if you'll forgive the pun, for the birds. More»
Alex Wong

The NBA Hairstyle Hall Of Fame

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On the sheer quantity of different styles alone, Jeremy Lin is quickly emerging as a candidate for the all-time NBA hairstyle Hall of Fame. But there are others who can make a claim. More»
Cy Brown

Can Pogba live up to record fee?

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Manchester United is said to be closing in on a deal that would bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford for a record-breaking fee in excess of £100 million. But can he live up to the hype that comes with the tag of "world's most expensive player?" More»
David Ubben

Texas Hits Reset With New Identity

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If you can't explain your offense in a sentence or two, you've got a problem, and thus it's not surprising that Texas' offense has struggled in two years under Charlie Strong with an unclear identity. Can a new coordinator and a freshman QB be the answer? More»
Andrew Simon

The Most Random HOF Pit Stops

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Many Hall of Famers have made brief detours on their way to Cooperstown, even if the memories of them in those uniforms don't seem quite right years later. With that in mind, here is a look at a notable Hall of Famer cameo for (nearly) every club. More»
Will Leitch

MLB Playoff Odds: July Edition

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Each month, we look at the playoff odds for every MLB team based on a number of factors. Here is our July version. Several division and both leagues' Wild Card races are as scrambled as ever. More»
Will Leitch

Of Two Minds: Trade Trout?

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The essence of most sports commentary is debate, people on two sides of an issue discussing (or, more often, shouting) their views on opposite sides of a table. Enter the Mike Trout topic when it comes to the future of the Angels. More»
Mike Lupica

Junior Was Next Best to A Mays

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We can debate Barry Bonds and his place in baseball history, but Ken Griffey, Jr. was our Willie Mays. It was Junior, the kid who didn't just play center field the way the Say Hey Kid did, but who played the game with the same kind of joy. More»
Will Leitch

NFC South Preview 2016

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We are 49 days away from official kickoff of the NFL season. Eight weeks is really soon. Eight weeks is so soon, in fact, that if we're going to do weekly previews of every division, starting with the home of a Super Bowl team. More»
Michael Pina

Nuggets Strike Gold With Youth

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The Denver Nuggets are quietly turning into San Antonio's little cousin: an international-friendly club that's currently at the ground floor of something special. It may take a few years, but keep an eye on this franchise. More»
Anthony Castrovince

12 Not-So-Crazy Trade Candidates

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There have been lots of names mentioned as we approach the Trade Deadline. But these are deals that straddle the fine line between horrible and brilliant -- guys who would set the market (and, likely, fans) in a tizzy if they were offered up. More»
Matt Brown

Cards Aim To Disrupt ACC Hierarchy

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The history of college football is populate with two-team rivalries that have dominated divisions or entire conferences for long periods of time. In the ACC, a rising Louisville team faces the tough task of ending the Atlantic Division's Clemson and Florida State monopoly. More»
Jason Hirschhorn

NFL's Most Exciting Players

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Some franchises possess a handful of electric playmakers. Some unfortunate others have few. Regardless, every team has at least one difference maker that draws eyeballs to the television screen. These are the most entertaining players in the NFL. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL Asks Pellman To Retire

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Elliot Pellman, who worked for the NFL for 30 years and was at the center of the league's head injury crisis, has agreed to retire. More»
Michael Tunison

Kanter Threatened After Coup

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Enes Kanter revealed that he has received death threats on social media from people in his native Turkey following the failed military coup there. More»
Will Leitch

Cleveland Still in Championship Daze

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After your team wins a championship, there is a long period in which nothing else that happens in the world matters all that much. The Republican National Convention may have taken over Cleveland this week, but the city is still reveling in the Cavaliers' title. More»
Michael Tunison

Holtz Sounds Off At The RNC

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Lou Holtz traveled to Cleveland to support Donald Trump in his candidacy for president and made a few eyebrow-popping statements in the process. More»
Mike Lupica

Garry Marshall & The Mendoza Line

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Garry Marshall was a kid from the Bronx who told stories the world laughed at, and loved. He was an aging baseball kid who carried around a baseball card, one of a player who was famous for the sport's most well-known running joke. More»
Terence Moore

Team USA Still Worth Weight In Gold

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When Jerry Colangelo was hired to lead Team USA after its Greek tragedy through indifference during the 2004 Olympic Games, he set a foundation for grabbing gold medals forever -- or for at least as long as he sticks around. More»
Matt Brown

Best and Worst CFB Schedule Draws

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The best teams typically rise to the top, but scheduling imbalance can have a big impact on how a college football season plays out. So, let's take a look at the teams in each Power Five conference that have the best and worst draws. More»
Andrea Hangst

Wentz on the bench? makes sense

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For those awaiting the start of the Carson Wentz era in Philadelphia, it appears it may take up to another year for the quarterback to be named the Eagles' starter. That's the smartest approach. More»
Cy Brown

Grading Euro Clubs' Transfer Game

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With more than a month for clubs to make moves in the top European soccer leagues, let's issue some summer transfer window report cards to see which squads are on track to be head of the class, and which are falling behind. More»
David Ubben

Big 12 Taking Steps Toward Expansion

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Big 12 expansion isn't dead after all. A month after the idea to expand from 10 teams appeared to be kaput, Oklahoma president David Boren and league commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced that the Big 12 will begin talking to potential candidates. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Spikes and Strikes For Gronk

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While Rob Gronkowski has already conquered the gridiron, the baseball diamond is another story. And on Tuesday night, Gronk was asked to throw the first pitch to fellow Bean Town legend David Ortiz. He didn't disappoint. More»
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Garvey's Money Quotes on MLB Pay

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Steve Garvey made his living crushing home runs and playing a smooth first base, but when he's asked for his opinion about current MLB player contracts that are reaching the hundreds of millions, Garvey's answer is anything but old school. More»
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Poultry In Motion: A Mascot's Story

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In the acclaimed documentary "Poultry in Motion," we get a rare look behind the feathers of the famous San Diego Chicken and uncover nuggets of wisdom from a tale of hardship, redemption and, ultimately, legend. It's one big plucky adventure. More»
Doug Miller

Garvey, Winfield: Legends Earn Laughs

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During the recent All-Star Week festivities in San Diego, former Padres legends Dave Winfield and Steve Garvey united for some good-natured jokes and sketches. Anything, even a buddy action comedy, seemed possible. 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 July 11-18. More»
Cy Brown

Take me out to the Pokeball game

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Pokemon Go trainers across the country are scouring any place they can find to catch Pokemon. And stadiums are the perfect place for trainers to play. Some major venues have even opened their gates and allowed gamers to take to the field. More»
Matt Brown

Best College Football Position Groups

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After two months of evaluating and ranking the best returning players in college football individually, it's time to expand the scope and take stock of the best position units, not surprisingly headlined by lots of groups from Alabama and Clemson. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Biggest Super Bowl Sleeper Matchups

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Last season, the Panthers' odds of making a Super Bowl sat at 40-to-1, but they promptly steamrolled the league on the way to the title game. Does a new crop of teams have a chance to surprise this year? You can bet on it. More»
Ross Tucker

Understanding NFL Players and Power

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Does everybody realize what a union's job is? Does anybody know what negotiations are like, especially with a party that ultimately has more leverage than you do? Here's how it works in the NFL, from someone who's been there. More»
Will Leitch

Ultimate CFB Road Trip 2016

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It is a worrisome time to be an American. That means you need to quit your job, buy a large vehicle capable of carting you and your closest friends across the country and start living the life you were meant to live by seeing the most college football games possible. More»
Alex Wong

Raptors So Close, But So Far Away

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All's not lost in Toronto, far from it, but it's the simply reality of the NBA that a team that maximizes its potential finds that crossing the finish line, or even getting an invite to race for the championship, becomes the most difficult thing. More»
Michael Tunison

Bama Guard Suspended Indefinitely

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Alabama offensive guard Alphonse Taylor has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Nick Saban following a DUI over the weekend, continuing an offseason of trouble for the Crimson Tide offensive line. More»
Will Leitch

Even Yanks Can't Win 'Em All

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It looks like the Yankees are going to be smart and ship off their expendable talent. It'll be good for them in the long term. And ultimately, it'll probably be good for Yankees fans. It's unnatural to have 23 consecutive winning seasons. More»
Michael Tunison

Russian Doping Program Exposed

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A report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency found the Russian government has been involved in a doping program with its Olympic athletes dating back to the 2012 Games. More»
Alex Wong

NBA Rule Changes: Good, Bad and Ugly

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Like any other professional sports league, the NBA is always looking to adapt and improve the game -- and that means a lot of potential rule changes are floated around, especially in the offseason. Not all seem like the great ideas. More»
Matt Brown

Irish Can Maximize Playoff Angst

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Notre Dame's College Football Playoff chances can't be discounted this season, and if you think the playoff debate has gotten angry and loud the last two years, just wait until the independent Fighting Irish cause two power conference champions to be left out instead of one. More»
Anthony Castrovince

NL Leaders Race For Bullpen Relief

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The Cubs, Nationals and Giants all have sizable leads in the three National League divisions, but they have something else in common: the need for bullpen help. And as we've seen, sometimes the biggest October victories come in July. More»
Mike Lupica

Sten-sational! Henrik Bests Phil

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On Sunday at Troon, Phil Mickelson ran into the most dangerous opponent in the world in Henrik Stenson like he was running into a straight right hand. He ran into an athlete having the day of his life. That's the way it goes, sometimes. More»
Michael Tunison

Goodell Freaked Out Over 'Ballers'?

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"Ballers" producer Mark Wahlberg said that Roger Goodell called him with objections to the HBO show and tried to stop NFL players from appearing on it. More»
In Memoriam

NBA Hall of Famer Thurmond Dies At 74

Nate Thurmond, the tenacious defensive center who played with the Warriors and Cavaliers, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia. "Without a doubt, he is one of the most beloved figures to ever wear a Warriors uniform," Golden State owner Joe Lacob said. More»
Alex Wong

Kobe Geeks Out Over 'Game Of Thrones'

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There's plenty occupying Kobe's life at the moment, but it hasn't stopped him from doing what everyone else in the world has done: catch up on Game of Thrones. Let's guess at which character would be his favorite. More»
Dustin Palmateer

Walk This Way: Ichiro's New Approach

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So far this year, Ichiro is walking more than Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen and Freddie Freeman. He's walking as much as Rougned Odor, Kevin Pillar, Matt Kemp, and Alcides Escobar ... combined. It's amazing. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Von Denver: Miller Agrees To Deal

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Von Miller and the Broncos agreed to a six-year, $114.5 million pact that includes a $23 million signing bonus and $42 million total guaranteed. That now makes him the highest paid non-quarterback in NFL history. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Without Brady, Time For The Jimmy?

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Roger Goodell and the NFL may be taking Tom Brady away from the Patriots, but not for long enough to make a considerable difference this season. Even if presumed backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo falters, New England should be fine. More»
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Brady Gives Up the Suspension Fight

Tom Brady will drop his appeal and serve his four-game suspension for the "Deflategate" scandal. The Patriots quarterback said in a Facebook post Friday, "I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process." More»
Kyle Kensing

The Best Athlete in College Football

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The Olympic long jump dreams of Adoree' Jackson may be on hold for another four years, but the star USC cornerback, receiver and return man is excited to return to the football field and continue his hefty workload as an explosive all-around weapon. More»
Mike Lupica

Goodnight Troon: Lefty Is Back

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Three years after winning his first British Open, Phil Mickelson nearly shot the first 62 in the history of major championship golf in the first round at Troon Thursday, and backed that up on Friday with a 69 that puts him at 10-under. Yes, Phil still has it. More»
Matt Brown

Why You Should Believe in LSU

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After five straight losses to Alabama, it's easy to be skeptical of LSU's chances of living up to considerable hype and breaking through back into the national title race. But a season after nearly getting fired, Les Miles has the pieces in place to make a playoff run. More»
Will Leitch

MLB's Best Cap: Final Four!

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Our best MLB hat competition is winding down, and now we're in the Final Four. Of note: The seeds have gone crazy. We have only one of top four seeds left, and that one, the St. Louis Cardinals, just barely beat the San Francisco Giants. More»
David Ubben

Simone Biles Ready For Rio Spotlight

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U.S. gymnast Simone Biles already has a move named for her and has yet to appear in the Olympics. It's a stunt so difficult, most gymnasts won't even attempt it in competition. It could also win her Rio gold next month. More»
Will Leitch

Five MLB Teams Going All-In For '16

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For the following five franchises, 2016 might just be their best bet to make October for a while. These next two months are vitally important. Let's take a look at what's riding on the rest of the summer in the Majors. More»
Joe Trezza

MLB Responds to Nix Lawsuit

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Major League Baseball has responded to a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday that alleges the league improperly targeted a South Florida fitness clinic run by a former Minor Leaguer during its investigation into Biogenesis. More»
Mike Lupica

Stars With a Cause? Applause

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Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James hit all the right notes at the start of the ESPY Awards, discussing social justice. The four men seemed to speak passionately and from the heart. Let's hope the message is received. More»
Alex Wong

#SagerStrong Gives ESPYs a Boost

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The ESPYs are perfectly placed in the middle of July, a day after the MLB All-Star Game. While some of the show is pointless, Wednesday's ceremony provided several memorable highlights, capped by Craig Sager accepted the Jimmy V Award. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB Second-Half X-Factors

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As baseball's second half begins, the problem with all this Trade Deadline chatter currently clogging up our brains and bandwidth is that many of the factors that will determine the division and playoff races are, in fact, internal ones. More»
Will Leitch

100 Second-Half MLB Predictions

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In exactly 89 days, the 2016 Major League Baseball regular season will (probably) end. Every question you still have will be answered. But why wait that long? Here are 100 predictions for the second half of the baseball season: More»
Matt Brown

Top 128 College Football Players 2016

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Need a way to catch up on college football after a long offseason? After two months of position-by-position player rankings, we're ready to put them together to come up with the list of the 128 best players returning to college football in 2016. More»
Cy Brown

Major Desperation Among Golf's Best

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Ranking the best golfer without a major is well-tread territory. "Who's the best?" isn't the question we should be asking. Instead, we should look at who's most desperate to throw that major monkey off his back and sail into golf immortality. More»
Andrea Hangst

NFL Under Pressure: Kickin' It

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To close out our look at the players at each position facing the most pressure in 2016, here are five kickers and punters who are staring down make-or-break NFL seasons. More»
Michael Tunison

MSU Player Pressing Charges On Green

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Michigan State football player Jermaine Edmondson intends to press charges against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green after getting slapped over the weekend. More»
Cy Brown

Saban, Finebaum battle at media day

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Nick Saban and radio host Paul Finebaum got into an argument off-air about Saban's decision not to to suspend left tackle Cam Robinson and safety Hootie Jones, who were arrested in May for drug and weapons possession, though neither man was charged. More»
Michael Tunison

Johnson Now A Browns Coach

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Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson (Ochocinco, to many) is joining the Cleveland Browns coaching staff as an assistant receivers coach during training camp. More»
Cy Brown

Deflategate moves toward closure

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Tom Brady's appeal of a four-game suspension levied by the NFL was denied by the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals. The decision brings us one step closer to a merciful end to the Deflategate scandal. But Brady still has one card to play -- the U.S. Supreme Court. More»
Will Leitch

All-Star Game Best As Pure Fun

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Home-field advantage in the World Series was a fix the All-Star Game didn't need. It was never broken. Let's give it even more power that it needs by getting rid of the one real-world power it has, but doesn't need or want. More»
Terence Moore

GSU Players Take A Stand

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Led by wide receiver Penny Hart, Georgia State players helped organize and participated in a peaceful march in Atlanta last week in the wake of the police killings in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis. Some passive pros could learn from the kids. More»
News

Victim Says Paterno Rebuffed '76 Sandusky Claim

A man who says former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him as a boy in 1976 testified in court documents unsealed Tuesday that head coach Joe Paterno was told about it the very next day and responded callously. More»
Alex Wong

NBA Needs Ring Chaser Roster Spot

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With the escalating salary cap in the NBA, maybe it's time to add a roster spot for each team to accommodate a throwback player or ring chaser. Here are a few recommendations and how these reunions might transpire. More»
Joe Sparacio

Top Photos From MLB's First Half

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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. Today, though, in honor of the MLB All-Star break, we take a look at the best baseball images from the season's first half. More»
Ross Tucker

It's Decision Time For Von and Mo

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Von Miller and Mo Wilkerson have been playing a game of chicken with their respective franchises this offseason, but both may be facing a tough choice soon. More»
Matt Brown

Malzahn on the Offensive As Sleeper

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One year ago, nobody received more hype at SEC media days than Gus Malzahn and Auburn. But after a 7-6 flop in which the offense faltered, Malzahn has been left explaining how he'll fix things and trying to restore his reputation as an offensive mastermind. More»
Will Leitch

Chris Berman's Derby Swan Song?

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There's a distinct possibility that Monday night was Chris Berman's last night calling the Home Run Derby for ESPN. Are we ready for what the world looks like next? I come here not to praise Berman, nor to bury him. More»
Karim Zidan

UFC Sale: new era, old problems

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From disgruntled fighters questioning their pay and suggesting unions, to antitrust lawsuits and political pressure, the transitionary period for the UFC's new owners will be a trying experience. More»
Alex Wong

The Best Tim Duncan Moments Ever

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You can point to plenty of superlative performances in the biggest of moments to remember Tim Duncan's career, but he would probably prefer you just submit a printout of his career per-36 minutes stats and hang it at the Basketball Hall of Fame as an art piece. More»
John Schlegel

Top 10 Hits in All-Star Game History

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Not all hits are created equal! On the eve of the MLB All-Star Game, let's take a look at which hits in Midsummer Classic history were the most monumental, from the game's inception in the 1930s all the way up to present day. More»
Michael Tunison

Draymond Green Arrested For Assault

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Warriors forward Draymond Green was arrested on Sunday morning in East Lansing, Mich., after an altercation with an unidentified male. Green's court date is set for July 20. More»
Karim Zidan

Murray Conquers Wimbledon Again

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Consistently under a microscope, Andy Murray has fought an uphill battle to prove that he has what it takes to sit atop the tennis world. With yet another win at Wimbledon, this time over Milos Raonic, his case is all but made. More»
Cy Brown

Euro 2016 Best XI

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With UEFA Euro 2016 over and done, and Portugal in the books as champions of Europe, it's time to take a step back from the teams and look at which players had the best individual performances. Let's a gander at my best XI from the last month at Euro 2016. More»
Michael Tunison

Tim Duncan Announces Retirement

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Tim Duncan announced his retirement from basketball after an NBA career that included 19 seasons with the Spurs, two MVP awards and five championships. More»
Will Leitch

MLB All-Star Game: The Future Is Now

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The MLB All-Star Game in San Diego feels like a quiet boast that the best self is the current self. We had a Futures Game on Sunday. But, in reality, with so much young talent already in the Majors, there is a Futures Game in the actual All-Star Game. More»
Cian Fahey

NFL's QB Supporting Casts Ranked

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In the modern NFL, the quarterback is often heralded as the make-or-break piece of a championship puzzle, but a signal caller can't be successful without a good supporting cast. Let's take a look at which team has the best weapons and protection for its QB. More»
Michael Tunison

UFC Sold For $4 Billion

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The UFC has been sold for $4 billion to a coalition fronted by talent agency WME-IMG. Yes, that's a lot of money, but the investment can be well worth the purchase price. More»
Matt Brown

Preseason Primer: Key CFB Storylines

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There may still be more than seven weeks until the college football season begins, but the preseason is officially here: SEC media days begin on Monday, kicking off several weeks of questions, answers and non-answers about the most pressing issues entering the fall. More»
Manny Randhawa

ASG Back in San Diego After '92 Show

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San Diego has hosted the MLB All-Star Game twice, in 1978 and 1992. On Tuesday night, the Midsummer Classic will return to the city for the first time in 24 years, attempting to top a memorable night in San Diego in '92. More»
Cy Brown

Portugal Wins Euro Without Ronaldo

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With Cristiano Ronaldo sidelined early from a knee injury, Portugal relied on its defense, as its done all tournament, to beat hosts France to win Sunday's Euro 2016 final. More»
Mike Lupica

A Tennis Lesson on Life and Death

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As a child, Andy Murray survived what was their Sandy Hook in Scotland and continued to live the life he was meant to have. Now, he's a two-time Wimbledon champ. With so much gun violence in our own country, his story should resonate. More»
Michael Tunison

Murray Wins Wimbledon Again

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Andy Murray captured his second Wimbledon title with a dominating victory in straight sets over Canadian Milos Raonic in the final on Sunday. More»
Michael Tunison

NWSL Game Played On Tiny Pitch

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A National Women's Soccer League game relocated to a Triple-A baseball stadium drew criticism for a smaller-than-usual playing field. More»
Michael Pina

Rockets Extend the Beard

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In a move that took many by surprise, the Houston Rockets locked up James Harden with a four-year extension. The deal is a mutually beneficial agreement that guarantees Houston will have one of the league's very best players throughout his prime. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

UFC 200 Packed Plenty of Punch

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With Jon Jones scrapped from the UFC 200 bill due to a failed drug test, it was unclear whether the event would live up to the hype. But the return of Brock Lesnar added some electricity, as did a surprise upset in the main card. More»
Mike Lupica

In this Arena, The Best of Serena

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There's a reason why Serena Williams has won 22 majors, nine of them after her 30th birthday, including Wimbledon on Saturday. It starts with the fact that she has always been able to serve her way out of trouble. More»
Joshua Howsam

Estrada Dominated MLB's First Half

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Marco Estrada has turned into the Toronto Blue Jays' ace, and it doesn't seem to matter who is calling the pitches. Jays fans hope he heals up and can continue his dominance in the second half of 2016 en route to a postseason berth. More»
Karim Zidan

UFC 200: Making America Tate Again

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Saturday's UFC 200 will mark the first defense of the title Miesha Tate won when she choked out Ronda Rousey vanquisher Holly Holm back at UFC 196. If she prevails, a rematch with former rival Rousey seems inevitable. More»
Injury News

Dark Knight Down: Harvey Out For Season

The New York Mets say Matt Harvey will have season-ending surgery for his thoracic outlet syndrome injury. The team says the operation will be performed in St. Louis by Dr. Robert Thompson but didn't announce a date. More»
Karim Zidan

Roger Federer's Last Stand?

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With the field wide open and set for a new champion, Roger Federer lost a heartbreaking match to Milos Raonic in the semifinals at Wimbledon. With age and injuries taking their toll, it's an open question on whether Federer will ever win another major. More»
Cy Brown

France vs. Portugal: Need a Euro

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With the unpredictability of the Euros so far, it's difficult to pick a favorite between France and Portugal. France has the home crowd at its back. But Portugal's stifling tactics are designed to win, no matter how ugly it may look. More»
News

Larry Brown Resigning At SMU

Larry Brown is leaving SMU after turning down a contract extension, ending a four-year run during which the Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and then were banned from postseason play last season. More»
Will Leitch

All-Star Game: Hosts With the Mosts

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A tradition like no other, fans from across the country are drawn to MLB's All-Star Game, which is the crowning jewel of the sports world during most summers. Though the next two sites have already been picked, which cities deserve to play host after 2018? More»
Will Leitch

MLB's Best Cap: Elite Eight!

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As we continue with our Best MLB Cap bracket, we know that the Kansas City Royals will not win every competition -- the Royals won best stadium and best jersey -- and so we move on to our Final Eight. And it's quite a competition. More»
Kenneth Arthur

32 NFL Teams, 32 Regrets

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It's nice to try and live a life without regrets, but that's much easier to preach than it is to practice. Especially in the NFL, where one regret can cost you a game, or a Super Bowl, or millions and millions of dollars. More»
Matt Brown

College 2,000-Yard Club Candidates

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Nearly 80 years after statistics began being tracked nationally by the NCAA the 2,000-yard mark is becoming to modern college football what the 1,000-yard mark was to the 1930s through '50s. It's an increasingly popular club, but it still remains exclusive. More»
Andrew Simon

Will MLB Underdogs Have Their Day?

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For each of the top 13 non-first-place clubs in the Major Leagues, it will take a combination of factors to make it to October. Here is one thing each team needs to reach the playoffs. More»
David Ubben

Lochte and Phelps: Reunion Tour

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With the gloriest of glory days behind them, the final chapter of the friendly rivalry between swimming legends Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps is mostly for sentiment's sake. But that doesn't mean it won't be a lot of fun. More»
David Ubben

Baylor To Lose QB Stidham

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On Thursday, Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham announced his intention to transfer. Other than coach Art Briles, he is the steepest on-field price tag the Bears have paid in the wake of the school's sexual assault scandal. More»
Cy Brown

France: From Good to Griezmann

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France stretched its home winning streak at major tournaments to 18 matches with a 2-0 win over Germany thanks to a brace by Antoine Griezmann, France's best player at the Euros and arguably the best player in the tournament, period. More»
Alex Wong

Wade's Move May Not Be His Last

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Dwyane Wade could have retired with the Heat. But now that he's chosen to go to the Bulls means the possibilities of where he ends up for the remaining years of his career are suddenly wide open. More»
Karim Zidan

Jon Jones Fails Another Test

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As Jon Jones wiped away tears during his press conference, he reflected on his his current predicament with a hint of practicality. He announced that he would return to the sport, even if he was handed a two-year suspension for his flagged drug test. More»
Will Leitch

Ranking the ASG Final Vote Candidates

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My favorite part about the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote is that you always need a Final Vote. It always seems like there should be one more player! Here's a look at this year's crop of five candidates, with an attempt to rank 'em all. More»
Mike Lupica

Bull Market: Wade Gets Paid

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In the big-ticket world of free agency, what Dwyane Wade does now -- signing a two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls after spending his entire career with the Heat -- has become the norm. Veteran stars have the power now, for good reason. More»
Brian Kenny

The National Pastime

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While baseball is an international sport, American baseball has been the dominant culture, strong enough to repel any challenge to its cultural norms. But the pattern is not likely to hold, and U.S. hegemony will not last, even in baseball. More»
Matt Brown

CFB's Most Watchable Teams

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College football presents a seemingly unlimited supply of television viewing options in the modern age, with nearly every game available. So say you don't have a favorite team playing and there isn't a big game on. For pure entertainment value, who should you watch? More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 Bold MLB Midseason Predictions

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The mathematical midway point of the Major League season is the perfect time to bury faulty preseason predictions and replace them with … entirely new, equally faulty in-season predictions! Let's take a look at our crystal ball. More»
News

Dwyane Wade Leaves Miami For Chicago

Dwyane Wade is going home, making what he called "an extremely emotional and tough decision" on Wednesday night to leave the Miami Heat after 13 seasons and sign with the Chicago Bulls. More»
Michael Pina

Stuck In The Middle With The Wiz

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As the dust settles from a wild NBA free agent frenzy, the Washington Wizards are stuck with what they have (which isn't that bad!) for the foreseeable future. It's not the most enviable spot, but life can always be worse. More»
Cy Brown

Portugal's All That Ends Wales

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On the backs of another suffocating defensive performance and a monster header from Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal halted Wales' fairy tale run dead in its tracks, winning 2-0 in Lyon to advance to the UEFA Euro 2016 final on Sunday. More»
Mike Lupica

Federer-al Case: Root For Roger

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After all the great days for Roger Federer, across this long, elegant run when he has won 17 majors, Wednesday's quarterfinal match again Marin Cilic at Wimbledon is a comeback that stands with anything he has ever done. More»
Michael Tunison

LeBron Won't Take Paycut For Wade

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to meet with free agent Dwyane Wade but are limited in what they can offer, especially since LeBron James is not willing to take a pay cut. More»
Will Leitch

Emotion vs. Reason On Durant

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Sports are supposed to be about emotion, and a lot of NBA fans are angry with Kevin Durant's decision to spurn Oklahoma City and join the Warriors. But every excuse people use to be angry with Durant fails to stand up to reason. Does that matter? More»
Michael Tunison

Sleepy Jaguar Crashes Into Pond

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Jaguars running back Denard Robinson reportedly was asleep behind the wheel of his car when he went off the road and crashed into a retention pond. More»
Alex Wong

Team Loyalty Not Always Rewarded

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Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade have taken paycuts in the past in order to field a championship team and they've each been rewarded with a ring. But after the latest series of failed runs at a title, has the time for "taking one for the team" finally come to an end? More»
Terence Moore

America's Team? Warriors Stake Claim

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Those patriotic vibes from the Fourth of July still live, so a question lingers: Who is within a highly athletic 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds (you know, Kevin Durant's dimensions) of the Golden State Warriors right now when it comes to ranking as America's Team? More»
Andrea Hangst

Cornerbacks Under Pressure In '16

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To play cornerback in the NFL, a player must be quick, explosive, constantly aware of the football and either bigger or more physical than the receivers he is covering. It's a lot of pressure for anyone at the position, but especially these five in 2016. More»
Brian Kenny

Death to the Curse

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The Boston Red Sox were the first team to back sabermetrics with money and made one shrewd move after another upon hiring Theo Epstein and Bill James, leading to multiple World Series titles. It's strange that James has never gotten more credit. More»
Ross Tucker

No Guarantees in the NFL

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The huge dollars being given to mediocre NBA players has set off a firestorm of sorts regarding compensation for professional athletes in general, especially the lack of guaranteed contracts in the NFL. But there's a reason why guaranteed deals will never work in football. More»
David Ubben

Golden Age: Raisman Ready For Rio

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Over the hill? At 22? It's often an outlandish reality for gymnasts and a reality Aly Raisman confronts every morning, but she's poised to help the United States take another run at Olympic gymnastics gold in Rio this summer. More»
Matt Brown

Chubb's Health Makes UGA A Wild Card

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On Monday, Georgia announced that tailback Sony Michel broke his arm, putting his status in doubt for the beginning of the season. The news puts an even greater spotlight on the recovery of teammate Nick Chubb, a national star battling back from a knee injury. More»
Brian Kenny

The Year of Getting Smart

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Things are changing right in front of us. Revolutionary thought is now mainstream thought, even for Major League managers. But it sometimes takes years for people in charge to get wise. 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 June 28-July 4. More»
Matt Brown

College Quarterback Rankings 2016

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There is little doubt who belongs at the top of the list of the 30 best quarterbacks returning to college football in 2016 -- hello, Deshaun Watson -- but it doesn't take long for the exercise to get a bit difficult, especially with so many high-profile starting jobs still open. More»
Alex Wong

Scheme Team: The NBA's New Normal?

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Boston's Big Three in 2007 kicked off the modern day "super team" era. Since then, attempts to unite superstars on one squad have had some mixed results. But there's no denying that adding Kevin Durant to the Warriors is amazing. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Analyzing A-Rod's Downturn

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Should Alex Rodriguez desire to pad his retirement portfolio, he's going to make a fine, full-time TV analyst someday. Now here's the bad news: As we can see from the first half of the 2016 season, that day is fast approaching. More»
Erin Malinowski

With KD, Dubs Reload For Future

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Against what most people expected, Kevin Durant left the only franchise he's ever known to join the Golden State Warriors, who now look to be title contenders for years to come. More»
Alex Wong

OKC Ya: What Do Thunder Do Now?

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There's no other way to term Kevin Durant's departure as anything less than catastrophic in a basketball sense for OKC. The championship window for this franchise may have closed. Now it's time to pick up the pieces. More»
Michael Tunison

Chestnut Eats His Own Record

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Joey Chestnut is once again the winner of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest thanks to the act of shoving 70 hot dogs down his gullet. It was disgusting and amazing at the same time. More»
Will Leitch

Durant's Power Move Was Earned

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Kevin Durant waited until he had a maximum amount of power, and then he wielded it by leaving the Thunder and signing with the Warriors. He did what every single human would do in his or her profession, and yet the backlash has been swift. More»
Mike Lupica

Can't Beat 'Em, So Durant Joins 'Em

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Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors shows that he has completely bought into the gotta-have-a-ring mentality that dominates the current culture in sports. This is what LeBron James did with Miami, but even worse. More»
Michael Tunison

Uncle Sam! Querrey Strikes Again

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Sam Querrey became the first American male player to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since Mardy Fish in 2011. The world-beating Querrey, who dispatched of Djokovic on Saturday, nabbed a victory over Nicolas Mahut on Monday. More»
Will Leitch

The Dumbest June Sports Stories

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Every month, we take a look at the 10 dumbest sports stories and controversies of the month, a task that is shockingly easy. From more Deflategate to Draymond Green's month of groin terror to bizarre fan behavior, here's what happened in June. More»
Alex Wong

Wild Weekend For NBA Signings

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As we await Kevin Durant's decision (expected to come on Monday, with most reports claiming that he's choosing between the Warriors and Thunder), here's a summary of key signings from the past two days. More»
Cy Brown

France Freezes Out Iceland At Euros

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Host nation France has made its bones as a second half team so far in UEFA Euro 2016. But Sunday against tourney darling Iceland, France ran wild early with four goals in the first half before winning, 5-2, to advance to the semis against Germany. More»
Michael Tunison

Wizards Lack Magic In Free Agency

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The Washington Wizards signed Andrew Nicholson to a four-year deal and are trying to add to the roster around the edges after missing out on Kevin Durant and Al Horford. It's a small consolation prize after a disappointing season. More»
Cy Brown

Best 4th of July moments in sports

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Independence Day is when we celebrate all things America, and there are few things more quintessentially American than the games we play. Let's look back at some of the most incredible sports moments that set off fireworks. More»
Karim Zidan

Getting to Know Sam Querrey

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On a dreary Sunday afternoon in Wimbledon, England, a towering American completed one of the biggest upsets in recent tennis history. His name is Sam Querrey -- and, if all falls right, he could just save men's tennis in the U.S. More»
Matthew Trueblood

Kris Dissed? Defending Bryant

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Even after Kris Bryant's historic game earlier this week, at least one columnist threw some shade the Cub slugger's way. There were some points in the criticism that may be valid, but one must look at the entire picture for the Chicago phenom. More»
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Al In! Horford Lands In Boston

A franchise with 17 NBA championships may have gotten closer to contending for an 18th on Saturday, when Al Horford decided to accept a four-year, $113 million offer to join the Boston Celtics. Horford made the announcement on Twitter. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Tom Brady: Celtics Secret Weapon

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The Celtics want Kevin Durant. Bad. They've pulled out all the stops, including having a Boston icon from a different sport drop in on a meeting with the Oklahoma City free agent. More»
Cy Brown

Germany Tops Italy In Euro Thriller

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Germany and Italy played to a 1-1 draw before the Germans proved why they are Kings of the Penalty Kick, winning in a dramatic, nine-round penalty shootout to advance to the semifinals of UEFA Euro 2016. More»
Mike Lupica

RF: Royalty Forever, Roger Federer

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Some felt that Roger Federer would never get an 18th major. But now that Novak Djokovic is out of the picture at Wimbledon, there is at least a chance for Federer, the best chance he might ever get, at the best possible venue for him. More»
Cy Brown

You Can Take a Djoke, After All

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Novak Djokovic suffered a huge upset at Wimbledon, losing to American Sam Querrey in the third round to snap a 30-match Grand Slam winning streak and bid at a calendar Grand Slam. Where does it rank among all the All England Club shockers? More»
Manny Randhawa

Grilli: Ultimate Baseball Survivor

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Reliever Jason Grilli has proven to be the quintessential baseball survivor. Despite all manner of adversity, he's still pitching in meaningful games for a contending team while four months away from turning 40. More»
Alex Wong

NBA Free Agent Movers and Shakers

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On the first full day of signings on Friday, plenty went down to alter the landscape of the league, while everyone is still eagerly waiting for Kevin Durant's weekend in the Hamptons to conclude. Here's a roundup of all the important moves. More»
Mega Millions

Conley Signs Grizzly-Sized Deal With Memphis

The Associated Press reports that Mike Conley is staying with the Memphis Grizzlies after agreeing to a five-year, $153 million deal, just one of many big contracts being doled out early in the NBA free agency period. More»
Mike Lupica

Election Year Racket? Ask King

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"The only difference between Trump and Hillary and me and Bobby [Riggs]," Billie Jean King said on Friday morning, "is that I didn't have to put up with Bobby for a year-and-a-half before the match." Let's just put it this way: Billie Jean's with her. More»
Will Leitch

Best Canadian Ballplayers of All Time

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To celebrate Canada Day, we came up with a ranking of the greatest Canadian players to ever step foot on a baseball diamond, past and present. And just for good measure, we ranked the all-time best of the best Northern neighbors in every sport. More»
Alex Wong

Big Shots: NBA Free Agency Begins

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The start of NBA free agency is always an event. The clock hits 12:01 a.m. on the East Coast and miraculously, teams and players are able to agree to deals within a matter of minutes (OK, not really). Here's how things are starting to shake out. More»
Matt Brown

Falk, Mahomes Set To Raid Records

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Never before have two power conference quarterbacks thrown for over 5,000 yards in the same season. That could change this year, as Washington State's Luke Falk and Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes both have a chance to rack up huge passing numbers. More»