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Will Leitch

My Very Early MLB Postseason Picks

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Over the past six weeks, I've been predicting every MLB division for the 2017 season. But nowadays, all baseball fans remember anymore is the postseason. So with that in mind, let's try to project how that would turn out, day-by-day. More»
SoE Staff

Top 5 Athletes On Earth This Week

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Each week, the Sports on Earth staff presents the greatest sports performances we can find anywhere in the world. Amazing candidates abound, we've narrowed the list down to five... But only one will be declared "Greatest Athlete On Earth Of The Week." More»
Alex Wong

Raptors: NBA East Sleepers Again?

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Having won 12 of their past 17 games -- without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry -- the Toronto Raptors seem ready to make a deep run in the playoffs. Much of that is due to the fact that their defense has drastically improved since the All-Star break. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT Back on Track for Russia '18

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It was neither entertaining nor ideal -- especially in the wake 6-0 performance against Honduras just days before -- but the USMNT's 1-1 draw with Panama on Tuesday got the job done. There's still lots more to do, though. More»
Matt Brown

Tar Heels Get Chance For Redemption

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One year after enduring the ultimate NCAA Tournament heartbreak, North Carolina is back in the Final Four. It is the 12th defending runner-up to return to the Final Four, hoping to become the fourth team to go from national final loser to winner. More»
Terence Moore

Raiders' Heart Belongs In Oakland

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For the second time, the Raiders are going to leave their true home of Oakland. First it was Los Angeles, and after returning, the Raiders will soon pack their bags for Las Vegas, a change that should cause NFL fans to shake their heads. More»
Joe Sparacio

Top 13 Photos Of The Week: Mar. 21-27

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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 we count down the best 13 photos from March 21-27. More»
Will Leitch

Complete Guide to the 2017 Cardinals

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Don't worry, St. Louis Cardinals fans. We all survived the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series. And now it's 2017, and a new season is about to begin. So I did deep dive on the team, a bit of a 2017 Cardinals Encyclopedia. Let's do this. More»
Kenneth Arthur

2017 NFL Draft Mock Draft: Part 2

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As the calendar turns to April this week, it is time to take stock of the fact that the 2017 NFL Draft is a little more than four weeks away. After running down some picks before free agency kicked off, let's see where things now. More»
Matt Brown

The NCAA's First National Champs

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It's been 78 years since an Oregon basketball team was among the Final Four teams left playing for the NCAA Tournament title. This year's Ducks are trying to recapture the magic of the 1939 Webfoots, who won the championship in the tournament's first year. More»
Michael Tunison

6 Ways Vegas Can Prep For Raiders

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The Raiders' move to Las Vegas has been approved by NFL ownership, meaning it's just a matter of time until the team moves (reportedly by 2019 or '20). How do Vegas and the NFL go together? We have some marketing ideas. More»
Ross Tucker

Black Hole Done? Raiders Roll Dice

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Like a lot of players, I had grown up watching the Raiders and the infamous Black Hole on television. Being there was quite an experience. Now that the team is moving to Las Vegas, its homefield advantage could be lost. More»
Michael Klopman

Long Division: Picking 3 New Champs

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Since 2005, there have been three different division winners from the previous season. If that trend continues, that means out of the Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, Rangers, Indians and Nationals, three won't repeat. Let's predict which ones fall. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Bye, Bay: Viva Las Vegas For Raiders

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The AFC West will soon include the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers and ... the Las Vegas Raiders. After a near-unanimous vote, Oakland is set to relocate to Sin City with play expected to start in 2019 or 2020. Poor Oakland. More»
Mike Lupica

Awesome/Weak End For Cats-Heels

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John Calipari's Kentucky team had come all the way back to tie the game against North Carolina near the end on Sunday. But then UNC's Luke Maye hit his shot. Sometimes it's just a miss-or-make sport. Sometimes it's a make-and-make sport. More»
Will Leitch

Fandemonium: Reaction Videos Rule

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I don't know about you, but as thrilling as the UNC-Kentucky Elite Eight game was on Sunday, I can't stop watching Wildcats fans react to the ending. That raw, unfiltered reaction is one of my favorite things about sports. More»
David Ubben

March Madness' Best Final Minutes

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Everyone who was watching knew that the final minute made North Carolina's win over Kentucky in the Elite Eight an instant classic. While the NCAA Tournament is known for buzzer-beaters, the final minutes of some memorable games can be just as thrilling. More»
Matt Brown

The 10 Unlikeliest Final Four Teams

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This year's Final Four will feature an unusual combination of teams, including three teams with a combined one Final Four appearance ever. The surprise team is No. 7 seed South Carolina, which is among the unlikeliest national semifinalists ever. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Five Glaring Opening Day Absences

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Spring Training is winding down and Opening Day is just days away, but not for some players. Some, unfortunately, have been shelved with what would be inconsequential injuries if not for the fact Opening Day was approaching. Now it matters. Here are 5 of them. More»
Matt Brown

Maye Day! UNC Shot Sinks Kentucky

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North Carolina's ACC player of the year and Kentucky's wealth of future NBA players were on the floor, but when the story of the Tar Heels' instant-classic Elite Eight win over the Wildcats is told, the first name mentioned will always be one nobody expected: Luke Maye. More»
Cy Brown

Rootie! Rucker Loves South Carolina

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South Carolina advanced to the Final Four after beating Florida on Sunday, and it was an emotional moment for Gamecock fans. Singer Darius Rucker, a South Carolina alum, welled up at Madison Square Garden after the win. More»
Matt Brown

Gators Done, Gamecocks Make History

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South Carolina's dream NCAA Tournament will continue. Behind more phenomenal play from Sindarius Thornwell and their defense, the Gamecocks outlasted Florida 77-70 on Sunday to earn their first-ever trip to the Final Four. More»
Cliff Corcoran

MLB Extensions: Who's Up Next?

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Opening Day is still a week away, but contract extension season is upon us already, with Rougned Odor reportedly coming to terms with the Rangers, and a few other players inking deals recently. Which players may be next to sign? More»
David Ubben

Mighty Ducks! Oregon Stuns Kansas

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Kansas was an understandable touchdown favorite in its Elite Eight matchup vs. Oregon. But the Ducks' shocking 74-60 win on Saturday means they are the Midwest Region champions and headed to the Final Four for the first time since 1939. More»
David Ubben

Final-ly Four! Zags Going to Phoenix

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The 'Dogs had their day, at last. After nearly two decades of NCAA Tournament appearances without a Final Four berth, Gonzaga finally broke through, dominating No. 11-seed Xavier, 83-59, in the Elite Eight to punch its ticket to Phoenix. More»
Cy Brown

Craziest Shots of March Madness

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The 2017 NCAA Tournament has not had too many defining moments, especially in comparison to the thrill ride that was last year's edition. But what we've lacked in great games, we've made up for in great shots -- even if not all of them counted. More»
Alex Wong

Noah's Mark? Another Knicks Failure

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Early Saturday morning, the NBA announced they had suspended Joakim Noah for 20 games after testing positive for a testosterone booster in violation of the league's anti-drug program. One more reminder of the Knicks' sad state of affairs. More»
College Basketball

Indiana Hires Dayton's Miller As New Head Coach

On Saturday, Indiana announced that it hired Archie Miller from Dayton as head coach. Miller has guided the Flyers to four straight NCAA Tournament bids and replaces Tom Crean, who was fired March 16 after missing the tourney five times in nine seasons. More»
SoE Staff

March Madness' best buzzer-beaters

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Florida's Chris Chiozza made a stunning 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Wisconsin in overtime on Friday, allowing him to join the list of all-time great March Madness buzzer-beaters, from Christian Laettner to Kris Jenkins and more. More»
Matt Brown

Sunday's Elite Eight Showdowns

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The NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight presents an interesting blend of teams playing for Final Four bids on Sunday, featuring two bluebloods (UNC-Kentucky), along with two teams many didn't believe would make it this far. More»
David Ubben

Buzzworthy! Gators Chomp Wisconsin

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Chris Chiozza, welcome to NCAA Tournament lore. Florida's junior guard provided the most memorable moment of this year's tournament, sinking a game-winning three at the buzzer to beat Wisconsin in a wild overtime Sweet 16 game. More»
Cy Brown

6 Is Good: USMNT Romps Honduras

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The excitement around the USMNT is back after the squad scored a slew of stunning goals in a 6-0 win over Honduras in World Cup qualifying on Friday night, including a hat trick from Clint Dempsey. We ranked 'em all. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: Weekend Watch List

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Two MVP candidates in the NBA, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, will square off this weekend. There will also be some World Cup qualifying matches going on. And of course, March Madness is just heating up with the Elite Eight. More»
Michael Klopman

6 Contract-Year Players To Watch

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While Opening Day is rapidly approaching, it's never too early to start thinking about the next offseason. There will be plenty of intriguing free agents, which means there will be a bunch of star players entering their contract years in 2017. More»
Matt Brown

Kentucky Outfoxes Ball, Bruins

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Of the three star freshman guards on the court, De'Aaron Fox often hasn't gotten as much attention as teammate Malik Monk and UCLA's Lonzo Ball, but he stole the show on Friday, scoring 39 points to lead Kentucky to a Sweet 16 win over UCLA. More»
David Ubben

Gamecocks Roll To First Elite Eight

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Baylor had dreams bigger than a Sweet 16, but South Carolina refused to comply, eliminating the No. 3 seed Bears with a 70-50 win behind suffocating defense to secure the first Elite Eight trip in the history of the Gamecocks. More»
Matt Brown

Fresh Berry Allows UNC To Cruise

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An ankle injury limited Joel Berry during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, but North Carolina fans can breathe a sigh of relief after the star guard scored a team-high 26 points to lead the Tar Heels to a 92-80 Sweet 16 win over Butler. More»
Will Leitch

Escaping From The 'So Close Brigade'

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On Saturday, either Gonzaga or Xavier will clinch its first-ever Final Four appearance. That means one of those teams will escape from the "So Close Brigade," the group of teams across all sports that have come so close but always fall short. More»
Cy Brown

Bill Murray is Sports Magic

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I don't think there was ever a time when it wasn't good to be Bill Murray, but this last year it's been especially good to be the beloved comedian. His teams can't stop winning, continuing with Xavier basketball's tourney upset over Arizona on Thursday. More»
David Ubben

Error-zona: Xavier Shocks Wildcats

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Xavier struggled late in the regular season and entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 11 seed, but now it's dancing into the Elite Eight, seeking its first Final Four ever after a 73-71 upset win over Arizona on Thursday night. More»
Matt Brown

Florida Flying High Entering Sweet 16

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Florida has flown under the radar in March, but it should not be taken lightly. With an excellent defense and balanced scoring on offense, the Gators are coming off a dominant win over Virginia and are the Sweet 16's most underappreciated team. More»
David Ubben

Baylor Hopes New Path Bears Fruit

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With Villanova and Duke eliminated, Baylor's path to the Final Four from the East Region is wide-open. Getting there, no matter how it happens, would be a new height for a program that started in a deep hole when Scott Drew took over. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT Vs. Honduras: The Arena Show

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There is one question lingering over the United States men's national team's all-important World Cup qualifying match against Honduras Friday night in San Jose: What will Bruce Arena bring to the table that Jurgen Klinsmann didn't? More»
Matt Brown

Purdoomed: Kansas Is Title Favorite

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While Purdue gave Kansas a game early, the No. 1 seed Jayhawks obliterated the Boilermakers in the second half behind Frank Mason, big 3-pointers and mesmerizing dunks, ultimately winning 98-66 in a Sweet 16 performance that showed why Kansas is the team to beat. More»
David Ubben

Bulldogs Zigzag Past Feisty WVU

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An ugly, physical, frenzied 40 minutes ended the way it should: an ugly, physical, frenzied final possession. West Virginia failed to get a final shot off as No. 1 Gonzaga held on for a 61-58 win over the Mountaineers in the Sweet 16 on Thursday. More»
Matt Brown

Michigan Can't Answer Bell, Ducks

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Michigan often lives and dies by the 3-pointer, and it proved true again on Thursday night. Thanks to a great night from Jordan Bell and Tyler Dorsey and Michigan's missed three at the buzzer, Oregon is moving on to the Elite Eight. More»
College Basketball

Hoyas Fire Thompson After 13 Seasons

John Thompson III was fired as Georgetown's basketball coach on Thursday after two consecutive losing seasons at the school his father led to a national championship. Thompson was Georgetown's coach for 13 seasons, including a run to the Final Four in 2007 More»
Michael Klopman

Stroman, Thump Make America Great

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Team USA never made it to the semifinals in the previous three World Baseball Classics. But this time the Americans not only made it to the semis, they clobbered Puerto Rico in the finals to capture the squad's first-ever World Baseball Classic title. More»
Will Leitch

WAR Games: Looking At MLB's Best

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It's extremely hard to put up a season that's one of the best 20 ever in baseball, and it's even harder to repeat it. So let's take a look at the 25 players who had the highest WAR totals for the 2016 season, and guess whether they can repeat it this year. More»
Cliff Corcoran

6 Things That Made WBC '17 a Success

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The World Baseball Classic was a winner this year, with TV viewership and fan attendance at all-time highs. Team USA winning it all certainly helped. But for those still not convinced, here are several reasons why the tournament was so strong. More»
Matt Brown

What To Watch In The Sweet 16

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After a three-day break following last week's marathon, the NCAA Tournament gets going again on Thursday and Friday nights with its regional semifinals. This is our guide to what to watch and what to expect in the eight Sweet 16 matchups. More»
Anthony Castrovince

12 Prospects To Watch In 2017

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As you all know, Opening Day rosters aren't going to be the same in September. A 162-game season brings plenty of unpredictability with it, and teams often have to make upgrades -- internally if they're lucky. With that in mind, here are 12 prospects to keep an eye on. More»
Matt Brown

Swanigan Can Bust Your Bracket

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The likely national player of the year, Frank Mason, will be on the floor when Kansas takes on Purdue in the Sweet 16 on Friday. But if the Boilermakers pull the upset, it may be more proof that no player has been more valuable than Caleb Swanigan. More»
Mike Lupica

Angel At Gates For Dallas Green

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Dallas Green is gone at the age of 82 after a wonderful baseball life. We should celebrate his love of the game. But we should also take a moment to remember the unspeakable grief he endured when his young granddaughter was shot and killed in 2011. More»
Alex Wong

Best NCAA Regionals of Past Decade

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We have reached the second week of the NCAA Tournament, and this is usually where the cream rises to the top. Here's a look back at some of the most memorable Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups from the past 10 tournaments. More»
Mike Lupica

Kap-sized: Throw QB a Life Raft

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Colin Kaepernick isn't just without an NFL team right now: He's getting called out by the president. NFL teams, unsurprisingly, likely won't take a chance on the free agent QB, because above everything else, they lack the courage. More»
Will Leitch

NL East: Nats' Bats The Difference

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Many expect the National League East division to be a two-team race between the Mets and Nationals. But everything has to fall perfectly for the Mets, especially when it comes to the health of their pitchers. The Nats could easily run away with this one. More»
Cliff Corcoran

6 Possible Team USA Hall of Famers

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Team USA reached its first World Baseball Classic final with a 2-1 victory in its semifinal matchup with Japan Tuesday night. While not all of the best American-born players are on the roster, there are quite a few who could be future Hall of Famers. More»
David Ubben

'Cats-Bruins A Showdown To Savor

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The winner of Friday's Sweet 16 game between No. 2 seed Kentucky and No. 3 seed UCLA won't get a trophy, but it could be the type of matchup that's remembered for a long time because of future possible NBA stars in Lonzo Ball, Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox. More»
Matt Brown

Ranking Possible NCAA Title Games

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With the NCAA Tournament down to its Sweet 16, there are still 64 possible national championship matchups on the table. If your bracket's broken, what should you be rooting for if you want to see the best possible basketball with the best storylines? More»
Terence Moore

Flag Casts Shadow On South Carolina

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While South Carolina prepared to shock Duke on Sunday in Greenville, protesters flew a massive Confederate flag from the back of a pickup truck next to the arena, marring the return of the NCAA tourney to the state. More»
Michael Pina

7 NBA Storylines For The Home Stretch

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There isn't much time left in the NBA's regular season. So, with the playoffs right around the corner, here's a look at seven significant variables, trends, storylines and questions around the NBA that may impact the postseason. More»
Cy Brown

5 USMNT Players Who Must Step Up

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All the focus will be on new manager Bruce Arena and what changes he's made to the USMNT ahead of a pair of do-or-die World Cup qualifiers. But the impetus to win, as always, lies with the players. The pressure is really on now. 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 March 14-20. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete On Earth: Mar. 15-21

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Each week, SoE presents to you a group of athletes from around the globe that impressed us the most after putting their greatness on display. This week, there were plenty of candidates to choose from. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Hernandez and a History of Violence

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Aaron Hernandez was once a promising NFL star. He is now in jail for life. However, this grim story did not end with his conviction for the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, as Hernandez is currently on trial for a 2012 double homicide in Boston. More»
Howard Megdal

Takeaways From The Women's Tourney

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The women's NCAA Tournament has reached the Sweet 16 stage, and as usual, we've learned quite a lot about the teams and what to expect over the next two weeks. Here are the biggest takeaways from the women's tournament so far. More»
Will Leitch

Emotion Makes Baseball Classic

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One comment from John Smoltz about a wild celebration of a game-tying homer for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic exposed an issue in MLB: the controlled absence of emotion. But times are changing. More»
Ross Tucker

Wake-up Call After Clark News

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Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark shared some sad news on Sunday, announcing on Twitter that he is suffering from ALS. As a former NFL player, I couldn't help but think that this could happen to me at some point. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Draft Needs for all 32 NFL Teams

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We're down to the bottom of the barrel in NFL free agency, with just limited or flawed players left to choose from. But with the NFL Draft coming up, we should be able to shed light on the current biggest needs for each team. More»
Matt Brown

Best of the NCAA Tourney's First Week

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While there weren't as many upsets and game-winning shots as many would have hoped, the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament still provided plenty of compelling theater. Let's look back at the best players and games of the first two rounds. More»
Michael Tunison

Trump's Kap Rip, QB Still In Limbo

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Colin Kaepernick is getting little interest in the free agent market and Donald Trump is now taking credit. Is the quarterback being ostracized by teams because of his protests and beliefs? The answer isn't that easy. More»
Alex Wong

Mavs Still Trying To Win Now & Later

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The Mavericks sit three games out of the final playoff spot in the West. With a mix of key veteran players like Dirk Nowitzki and young role players like Yogi Ferrell, they'll look to avoid missing the postseason for just the second time in the past 17 years. More»
David Ubben

Cinderella Misses Madness Ball

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The 2017 NCAA Tournament still needs two more weeks to decide its champion, but midnight came early for Cinderella yet again. For the third consecutive year, no mid-majors made it to the Sweet 16, and it may be part of a larger trend. More»
Joe Sparacio

WBC '17's Final 4: Stars to Watch

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The 2017 World Baseball Classic is down to four teams. Let's take a look look at two players to watch from each squad that you should keep an eye on. More»
Michael Tunison

Brady SB 51 Jersey Found in Mexico

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Nearly two months after it disappeared, Tom Brady's Super Bowl LI jersey was tracked to a newspaper editor in Mexico, who also had another Brady Super Bowl jersey and other memorabilia. Oh, yeah, and the FBI helped track things down. More»
Mike Lupica

New Yanks: House That Youth Built

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It's safe to say New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't used to a Spring Training where all the talk is about the team's young guys. But he has high hopes that Gleyber Torres, Tyler Wade and others can help bring the Yanks' glory days back. More»
Cliff Corcoran

WBC '17's Final 4: Who Will Win?

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It has all come down to this. We have finally reached the final 4 stage of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, with Japan, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico and Team USA set to battle. Here's all you need to know about the final three games. More»
Will Leitch

The Sweet 16 Rootability Guide

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NCAA Tournament games return Thursday night, which means if you are not a fan of any of the 16 teams remaining, you need a rooting interest. And you can no longer simply root against Duke. That's why we're here to help you make your choices. More»
Matt Brown

Ranking The Sweet 16 Title Chances

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Fifty-two NCAA Tournament teams have been eliminated, leaving just 16 national title contenders as the bracket moves on to the regionals. How do the remaining teams' chances stack up? Let's re-rank them based on talent, path and championship ability. More»
NCAA Second Round

Bruins Keep Ball Rolling Against Bearcats

Lonzo Ball scored 19 points and ignited UCLA's rally from a poor start with nine assists, lifting the third-seeded Bruins to a 79-67 victory over No. 6 seed Cincinnati on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. More»
Cy Brown

6 Best Moments for Duke Haters

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Duke was upset by South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and the Duke haters of the world could hardly be happier. Luckily for them, the Blue Devils' loss provided enough schadenfreude to last most of us a lifetime. More»
Matt Brown

Sweet Carolina! Devils See Hell

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Despite shooting only 20 percent in the first half, South Carolina did the unthinkable on Sunday, overcoming its lack of March Madness history to upset Duke with a 65-point second half, dealing one last twist to a Blue Devils season that never went as expected. More»
NCAA Second Round

Bears Claw Their Way Past Trojans

Johnathan Motley had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 3 seed Baylor defeated No. 11 seed Southern California 82-78 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet 16. More»
Matt Brown

Dorsey Sends Rams To End Of Rhode

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Rhode Island entered Sunday as one of the hottest teams in the country, and it showed for much of the game against Oregon. But thanks to more late-game heroics from Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey, the Ducks pulled off the escape. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Bubble Trouble: MLB Roster Hopefuls

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There are always interesting out-of-options situations in MLB spring camps. And with the roster crunches down to the final two weeks before Opening Day, here are some of the intriguing players who are out of options and on the bubble. More»
NCAA Second Round

Tar Heels Call Off The Hogs With Late Rally

Kennedy Meeks had 16 points and a crucial tip-in with 44.2 seconds left to help No. 1 seed North Carolina barely avoid a huge upset by rallying to beat No. 8 Arkansas 72-65 in Sunday's second round of the NCAA Tournament. More»
NCAA Second Round

Jayhawks Rock Spartans With Big Second Half

Josh Jackson scored 23 points to help No. 1 seed Kansas pull away late and reach the Sweet 16 for a second straight year with a 90-70 victory over No. 9 seed Michigan State on Sunday. It's the Jayhawks' ninth Sweet 16 trip in Bill Self's 14 seasons. More»
Matt Brown

Shock Topped: Kentucky Marches On

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Thanks to blocks on each of Wichita State's final two possessions, Kentucky hung on for a 65-62 win on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis, advancing to the Sweet 16 after a back-and-forth, down-to-the-wire game that lived up to high pregame expectations. More»
Matt Brown

Moe-ving On: Michigan Grounds Cards

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With its potent outside shooting limited by Louisville's defense, Michigan showed off its versatility on Sunday, continuing its remarkable March run by upsetting the Cardinals behind the play of forwards Moe Wagner and D.J. Wilson. More»
NCAA Second Round

Purdue Withstands Cyclones' Second-Half Surge

Purdue reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in seven years with a wild 80-76 victory over Iowa State on Saturday night. The Cyclones erased a 19-point deficit in the second half, but Caleb Swanigan and the Boilermakers responded to escape with the win. More»
Terence Moore

Carolina Dreamin': Gamecocks Arrive

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Nothing made sense Friday night in Greenville, and Sunday doesn't make sense, either: After four decades of rarely tasting basketball success, South Carolina won its first NCAA Tournament game since 1973 and will face Duke with a Sweet 16 trip on the line. More»
NCAA Second Round

Virginia Swamped By Gators Defense

Devin Robinson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, the fifth double-double of his career, and No. 4 seed Florida handled fifth-seeded Virginia 65-39 on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. More»
NCAA Second Round

Wildcats Pounce On Saint Mary's In Second Half

Lauri Markkanen and Allonzo Trier combined for 30 points and No. 2-seed Arizona rallied to defeat No. 7 Saint Mary's 69-60 and advance to the West Region's Sweet 16. The Wildcats were on the ropes in the first half but found life in the second half to pull away for the win. More»
NCAA Second Round

Butler Shuts Down MTSU Cinderella Dreams

Kelan Martin scored 19 points, and Butler limited Middle Tennessee's athletic scorers with smothering defense in a 74-65 victory on Saturday night to advance to the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals. More»
Matt Brown

Northwestern Has A New Famous Fan

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It's not a Northwestern game without countless fan reaction shots, from Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Doug Collins. But as the Wildcats lost to Gonzaga on Saturday, CBS cameras made an emotional young fan into the face of Northwestern's NCAA Tournament exit. More»
Matt Brown

Xavier's Sour Year Finds Sweetness

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When this season began, nobody would have questioned Xavier making a deep tourney run. Three weeks ago, however, it might have sounded crazy. But behind Trevon Bluiett, Xavier has shaken off a rough season, blowing out Florida State to reach the Sweet 16. More»
Matt Brown

Zags Oust 'Cats, Aim For Own History

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Despite a big comeback in the second half, No. 8 seed Northwestern fell short against No. 1 Gonzaga on Saturday, ending its history-making first trip to the NCAA Tournament. Its exit, however, keeps the door open for more history as the Zags pursue their first Final Four. More»
Will Leitch

Underwood Illini's Best Possible Hire

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On Saturday, Illinois made a surprise announcement, landing Brad Underwood as its new basketball coach after he spent just one year at Oklahoma State. This devoted alumnus believes that Illinois couldn't have made a better hire in this situation. More»
Will Leitch

On Wisconsin! Entertained Now?

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An odd, frankly bewildering narrative began to bubble up around the first two days of the NCAA Tournament: This was boring. As always, the sentiment was quickly proven wrong, when Wisconsin upset top seed Villanova on Saturday in an instant classic. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Biggest Surprise Players of WBC '17

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This year's World Baseball Classic still has a handful of games remaining, but already there have been a number of formerly anonymous (at least to American observers) breakout stars. Here are just a few of the best. More»
SoE Original

FWIW: Trump's 2005 Bracket Revealed!

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On this week's "For What It's Worth" with Robert Flores: the world's most turnt mascot, ESPN is playing pictionary and a special I-Team, On Your Side, Troubleshooters, Doppler 5000 investigation: Donald Trump's 2005 NCAA Tournament Bracket. More»
Karim Zidan

Best Current Pound-For-Pound Boxers

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Following a year dominated by Floyd Mayweather, much has changed in the sport's hierarchy less than six months later. With Mayweather effectively retired we took a look at the best pound-for-pound fighters around. More»
NCAA Second Round

Notre Tamed: Mountaineers Climb Into Sweet 16

Jevon Carter scored 24 points, and No. 4 seed West Virginia is headed to the Sweet 16 for the third time since 2010 following an 83-71 win over No. 5 seed Notre Dame in a second-round game in Buffalo on Saturday. More»
Mike Lupica

King of the Rhode? A Hurley

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The Hurley family is back on the board for the NCAA Tournament now, after Danny coached his Rhode Island team to a win on Friday. The irony, of course, is that the game was in Sacramento, where brother Bobby's life nearly ended 24 years ago. More»
Cy Brown

Another disaster for Arsenal

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Arsenal suffered their fourth loss in their past five English Premier League matches: 3-1 to West Brom on Saturday. The Gunners' poor form has plunged manager Arsene Wenger's future in doubt, and the West Brom loss might be the biggest blow yet. More»
Cy Brown

Best Bench Celebrations of Round One

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There weren't many close games in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, which limited the verve of bench celebrations. But a few guys on the pine managed to lose their minds over the first two days. Here five of the best bench reactions from round one. More»
Matt Brown

NCAA Second-Round Matchup Rankings

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The first round of the NCAA Tournament was filled with competitive games, but it didn't provide the usual memorable moments that make the tournament special. The good news is that plenty of intriguing matchups are on the second-round slate. More»
NCAA First Round

Bam Slams Door Shut On Norse Upset Hopes

Bam Adebayo had 15 points and 18 rebounds on Friday night as No. 2 seed Kentucky showed the new kids on their block how it's done at NCAA Tournament time, gritting out a 79-70 victory over stubborn No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky. More»
NCAA First Round

Lights Out: UCLA Pulls Away From Golden Flashes

TJ Leaf scored 23 points, Thomas Welsh added 16 and No. 3 seed UCLA pulled away late for a 97-80 victory over scrappy No. 14 seed Kent State on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament South Region. More»
NCAA First Round

Gamecocks Advance in Dance, End Long Drought

Sindarius Thornwell had 29 points and 11 rebounds to help seventh-seeded South Carolina win its first NCAA Tournament game in 44 years, a 93-73 victory over Marquette to close first-round play in the East Region on Friday night. More»
Alex Wong

Russell's Muscle Needs Support

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Obviously, the Oklahoma City Thunder will go as far as their mutant superstar Russell Westbrook takes them. But when it comes time for the postseason, if the Thunder plan on surprising anyone, Westbrook's mortal teammates will have to step it up. More»
Terence Moore

Blue Devils Still Pursuing 'Duke Wins'

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Duke is good. In fact, Duke is very good, and you might even say it remained among the elite of the NCAA Tournament after it overwhelmed Troy on Friday night. But the Blue Devils were supposed to be great, and they're still a long way from that. More»
NCAA First Round

Sparty On! MSU Hits Its Stride

Nick Ward scored 19 points to help Michigan State atone for last season's early NCAA Tournament disappointment with an opening-round 78-58 victory over Miami on Friday night. The Spartans will meet No. 1 seed Kansas on Sunday. More»
NCAA First Round

Cincinnati Rolls As Only Six Seed Winner

Troy Caupain scored 23 points, Kyle Washington added 16 and defensive-minded Cincinnati shot its way past Kansas State 75-61 Friday night in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament, becoming the only No. 6 seed to win in the first round. More»
Matt Brown

Flyers Grounded By Wichita Defense

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Wichita State beat Dayton on Friday in a physical, down-to-the-wire game that proved to be one of the best of the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It's just too bad that the Flyers and underseeded Shockers were stuck playing each other so soon. More»
NCAA First Four

Jayhawks Leave No Doubt In Tourney Opener

Frank Mason III scored 22 points and had eight assists as top-seeded Kansas won its opening game of the NCAA Tournament for an 11th straight year with a 100-62 victory over UC Davis on Friday night. More»
NCAA First Round

Rams Advance For First Time Since 1998

Jeff Dowtin scored a career-high 23 points to lift No. 11 seed Rhode Island over cold-shooting No. 6 seed Creighton 84-72 on Friday in an opener of the Midwest Region, the Rams' first NCAA Tournament victory in 19 years. More»
NCAA First Round

Jackson Thrives As Tar Heels Cruise

Justin Jackson broke out of a shooting slump with 21 points to help top-seeded North Carolina roll past Texas Southern 103-64 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's South Region. The Tar Heels will face No. 8 seed Arkansas on Sunday. More»
Matt Brown

First Four And More: USC Still Dancing

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Stuck on the bubble in the regular season, USC has won two NCAA Tournament games to get to the second round, coming from behind to beat Providence in the First Four, then engineering another double-digit comeback to beat SMU on Friday. More»
NCAA First Round

Louisville Slugs Jacksonville State In Opening Rout

Mangok Mathiang scored 18 points and Deng Adel added 16 on Friday to help second-seeded Louisville pull away from Jacksonville State 78-63 in the first round of the Midwest Region, giving the Cardinals their fifth straight opening-round win. More»
NCAA First Round

Ducks Fly Past Gaels Into Second Round

Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures, and No. 3 seed Oregon beat 14th-seeded Iona 93-77 on Friday in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region. More»
Matt Brown

Hogs Win After Flagrant Controversy

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No. 8 seed Arkansas beat No. 9 seed Seton Hall 77-71 in part because of a controversial Flagrant 1 call against Desi Rodriguez in which he attempted a standard intentional foul late but was called for a flagrant for pushing from behind and making no play on the ball. More»
NCAA First Round

Baylor Bears Down, Denies Upset Attempt

Al Freeman came off the bench to score 21 points, and No. 3 seed Baylor defeated No. 14 seed New Mexico State 91-73 on Friday. The Bears overcame a slow start and advanced after being upset in the first round by Georgia State and Yale the past two years. More»
Matt Brown

Michigan Outshoots Pokes In Thriller

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Michigan entered the NCAA Tournament as one of the nation's hottest teams, and it didn't disappoint in the first round. In a game that lived up to its offense-first expectations, the Wolverines beat Oklahoma State 92-91 in the tourney's best game so far. More»
Michael Klopman

The Best 'D' In the WBC So Far

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The 2017 World Baseball Classic has brought us plenty of fantastic moments, and several of them have come on the defensive side. From Manny Machado and Jose Bautista to Eddie Rosario, here's the best glove work from the tourney. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: Weekend Watch List

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There's really no point in straying away from your television this weekend. Not with the World Baseball Classic heating up. And especially not with the second round of NCAA Tournament being played. Get ready to channel surf. More»
NCAA First Round

Wildcats In The Zona Against North Dakota

Freshman Lauri Markkanen scored 20 points as second-seeded Arizona cruised to a 100-82 victory over No. 15 North Dakota on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA's West Region. The Wildcats will face Saint Mary's in the second round on Saturday. More»
NCAA First Round

Morris, Cyclones Send Nevada Packing

Monte Morris had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Iowa State outlasted Nevada 84-73 on Thursday night to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. More»
Matt Brown

NCAA Tourney Day 1: What We Learned

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The first full day of NCAA Tournament is finished, and after last year's tourney set such a high standard, Thursday couldn't help but feel like a bit of a letdown, even if nearly all the games were competitive. So what did we learn? Here are 10 takeaways. More»
NCAA First Round

Koenig Threes Send Badgers On To Nova

Bronson Koenig made a school-record eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points and Nigel Hayes added 16 as Wisconsin advanced in the East Region with an 84-74 victory over Virginia Tech. The Badgers will face No. 1 Villanova on Saturday. More»
NCAA First Round

Florida State Turns Tables On Dunk City

Dwayne Bacon scored 25 points and Jonathan Isaac added 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the third-seeded Florida State Seminoles hold off No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast 86-80 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament late Thursday night. More»
Alex Wong

NBA's Best & Worst Fashion Looks

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Did you notice the hat Carmelo Anthony was wearing on Tuesday night. How could you not have? That got us thinking about some of the other great and awful fashion standouts in the NBA, both past and present. More»
Will Leitch

'Dog Days of March: Waiting For Upsets

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The NCAA Tournament gives us underdogs, but more than that, it gives us immediately identifiable underdogs. And it's a renewable resource: If your underdog falls short, don't worry, there's another one coming up in the next game or on the next day. More»
Joe DeLessio

Julia & The Best Sports Parents Ever

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus belongs in the pantheon of great sports parents, as evidenced by her reactions during Northwestern's run to the NCAA Tournament. As the Wildcats prepare for the Round of 32, here are some other folks who've earned some screen time. More»
NCAA First Round

Gaels Storm Past VCU Into Round of 32

Jock Landale had 18 points and 13 rebounds as seventh-seeded Saint Mary's held on for an 85-77 victory over No. 10 VCU. The Gaels led most of the way but had to fight to hold on after the VCU defensive pressure started to become too much in the second half. More»
NCAA First Round

Ver-Not: Purdue Staves Off Upset Bid

Vincent Edwards scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and Purdue held off Vermont 80-70 on Thursday night for its first victory in the tournament in five years. Caleb Swanigan added 16 points, 14 rebounds and four assists for the fourth-seeded Boilermakers More»
College Basketball

Xavier Surges Into Tourney Weekend Again

Trevon Bluiett scored 21 points and Sean O'Mara had 18 to help No. 11 seed Xavier beat sixth-seeded Maryland 76-65 on Thursday night. The Musketeers move on in the West region, marking the third straight year they have advanced to the second round. More»
NCAA First Round

Donte's Peak: Nova Shakes Off Rough First Half

Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and NCAA Tournament top seed Villanova shook off a slow start and stumbled forward in the East region Thursday night with a 76-56 victory over No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary's. More»
Terence Moore

Devils May Care? UNC Eyes Duke

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Both North Carolina and Duke are in Greenville, S.C., for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament, but it's a tease: The rivals can't actually meet until the national title game. After the ACC tourney, UNC could use a chance at redemption. More»
Matt Brown

Go Wild! 'Cats Win After Vandy Gaffe

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After blowing a double-digit lead, Northwestern earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament win in dramatic fashion, making two free throws after Vanderbilt mistakenly fouled Bryant McIntosh with a one-point lead in the final moments of the game. More»
Matt Brown

This MTSU 'Upset' Shocks Nobody

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One year ago, Middle Tennessee ruined countless brackets with a massive upset of Michigan State. On Thursday, the No. 12 seed Blue Raiders beat No. 5 Minnesota 81-72, but nothing about the game or the result felt much like an upset. More»
NCAA First Round

Gators Chomp ETSU With Second-Half Run

Devin Robinson tied his career-high with 24 points, Kasey Hill added 14 and No. 4 seed Florida used a second-half surge to beat 13th-seeded East Tennessee State 80-65 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. More»
Joe Posnanski

What happened to Novak?

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Novak Djokovic doesn't look like Novak Djokovic anymore. In June of last year, he was on top of the tennis world after winning his 12th major. Over the past year, Djokovic has looked like a shell of himself. So, is there an explanation for this? More»
NCAA First Round

Mountaineers Climb Past Bucknell

Nathan Adrian had 12 points and 10 rebounds, leading West Virginia to an 86-80 win over Bucknell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. West Virginia avoided a repeat of last year's first-round meltdown, when the Mountaineers lost to Stephen F. Austin. More»
NCAA First Round

Zags Zing Jackrabbits After Slow Start

Jordan Mathews scored 16 points to help Gonzaga slowly pull away from South Dakota State for a 66-46 victory and avoid the first 1 vs. 16 upset in the history of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday afternoon. More»
NCAA First Round

Butler Serves Up Easy Opening Win

Avery Woodson scored 18 points and tied a career high with six 3-pointers in his NCAA Tournament debut to lead Butler to a 76-64 win over Winthrop on Thursday. The Bulldogs are one win away from their fifth Sweet 16 since 2003. More»
NCAA First Round

London Balling! Perrantes Helps UVA Avoid Upset

London Perrantes scored 24 points, Marial Shayok added a career-high 23 off the bench and No. 5 seed Virginia rallied from 15 points down to beat 13th-seeded UNC Wilmington 76-71 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. More»
NCAA First Round

Luck of the Irish? Notre Dame Holds Off Tigers

Bonzie Colson scored 18 points and Notre Dame survived an NCAA Tournament scare by pulling out a 60-58 win over Princeton. The No. 12 seed Tigers had a chance to pull ahead on their final possession, but Devin Cannady missed a 3-pointer just before the final horn. More»
Matt Brown

Crean Out At Indiana After Nine Years

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Indiana just couldn't help but become a part of the March Madness conversation, announcing the firing of coach Tom Crean after nine seasons just as the first round of the NCAA Tournament tipped off on Thursday afternoon. More»
Lindsay Berra

USWNHT's Hilary Knight Talks Boycott

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The United States Women's National Hockey Team says it will sit out the World Championships later this month, due to a lack of fair wages and support from USA Hockey. Team USA forward Hilary Knight shared her thoughts on the boycott with Sports on Earth. More»
Will Leitch

Technology Just Adds to Madness

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It's staggering how lightning-quick technology has integrated and ultimately dominated our lives. One profoundly positive way it has changed the game: what it has done for the experience of watching the NCAA Tournament. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Best MLBer From Each Tourney School

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With the NCAA Basketball tournament set to start on Thursday, we over on the baseball side of Sports on Earth decided find the best Major League Baseball player from each of the 64 schools in the Big Dance. More»
Cy Brown

7 Bracket Tips For Procrastinators

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Time is running out for you to fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket, but there's no need to worry if you're running late. Just follow these seven steps and you'll have a bracket as good as any in your pool in no time. More»
NCAA First Four

USC Gets Revenge With Comeback Over Friars

Bennie Boatwright scored 24 points as USC rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat Providence 75-71 on Wednesday night. The comeback was revenge for the Trojans, who lost to Providence by one point in the first round last year. More»
NCAA First Four

Moneke Leads UC Davis To First-Ever Tourney Win

UC Davis overcame 18 turnovers and rallied in the second half to win its first ever NCAA Tournament game, beating a North Carolina Central team whose poor shooting ensured it would be one-and-done. UC Davis moves on to face Kansas in the first round. More»
David Ubben

Picking The Best Bracket Challenge

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Starting or joining a March Madness bracket pool is only half the battle. Where will you host it? There are lots of options out there. Somebody has to grade your bracket, but who grades the bracket graders? That's us. Here's how your best options stack up. More»
College Basketball

Martin Resigns At Cal to Take Missouri Job

In a whirlwind few hours, Cuonzo Martin resigned at California on Wednesday and was announced as the new coach at Missouri in his home state. Martin was 62-39 overall in three seasons at Cal and will replace Kim Anderson after Mizzou went 8-24 this season. More»
Matt Brown

Five Final Four Sleepers To Watch

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More often than not, the Final Four is filled with pre-tournament favorites, but there has often been room for a least one wild card -- especially recently. From Iowa State to Saint Mary's, here are five sleepers that could be Final Four threats. More»
Anthony Castrovince

6 MLB Teams That Need To Start Strong

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Every team in Major League Baseball wants to get off to a strong start to the season. But for many squads where 2017 represents a possible pivotal moment -- or big opportunity -- winning in April could be crucial. More»
Alex Wong

64 Top Sports Cliches, Ranked

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It's March Madness and everyone is filling out their bracket, so this is a perfect time go run through 64 of our favorite sports cliches, since you will probably be hearing several of these phrases during the next few weeks -- and beyond. More»
Matt Brown

NCAA First Round Viewing Guide

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There are few things better in sports than the first two days of the NCAA Tournament, but it can still be overwhelming. We'll break down the schedule by time slot and the announcers by site to help you make your viewing decisions. More»
Cy Brown

Palmer Tributes Fit For The King

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This week, The Arnold Palmer Invitational tees up for the first time since the death of Arnold Palmer. And, frankly, it just doesn't feel the same without the King there. But PGA TOUR pros and other golfers are doing their to keep his memory alive. More»
NCAA First Four

Mount St. Mary's Advances To Face No. 1 Nova

Junior Robinson, the smallest player in Division I, scored 23 points Tuesday night, including a go-ahead jumper with 1:27 to play, and Mount St. Mary's held on for a 67-66 victory over New Orleans in the First Four in Dayton. More»
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Wildcats Pull Away From Wake For Opening Win

Kamau Stokes scored 19 second-half points and Kansas State pulled away to a 95-88 victory over Wake Forest in Tuesday's First Four. The Wildcats got their first NCAA Tournament win in five years and a trip to play No. 6 Cincinnati on Friday. More»
Will Leitch

AL West: Astros Out to Launch

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Ever since the Mariners won the AL West in 2001, the division has been owned by the Angels, A's and Rangers. But 2017 could finally be the year that changes. The Astros are the favorites, and Seattle could make a run of its own. More»
Terence Moore

Bill Curry Talks Pills In NFL's Past

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Accusations of abuse by NFL medical folks regarding narcotics and painkillers are scary. But I'll tell you something more frightening than that when it comes to drugs, players and football: the old NFL. Former center Bill Curry explains. More»
Michael Pina

Show Love For the Other S. Curry

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While Steph Curry has struggled from behind the arc lately, his younger brother Seth has excelled at three-point shooting since the All-Star break. He's a useful and efficient guard, and might've already earned himself a nice contract. More»
Howard Megdal

Life Beyond Buzzer for Bearcats' Boss

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Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin went through the kind of health scare that often leads to re-evaluating life. It caused him to gain more perspective as his Bearcats are gearing up for a run heading into the NCAA Tournament. More»
Matt Brown

Top 10 Players In Each Tourney Region

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For the second year in a row, the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft won't take the floor in the NCAA Tournament, with Markelle Fultz and Washington out. This year's field has plenty of enticing talent anyway. More»
Cy Brown

Leicester City Makes History ... Again

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Leicester is vying for one more miracle run, this time in the Champions League. They advanced to the quarterfinals on Tuesday with a win over Sevilla. But could a glut of fixtures added because of the UCL derail the Foxes' efforts to stay in the Premier League. More»
Mike Lupica

Yo Man: Frozen Ropes, High Hopes

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Most of those who pay close attention to the New York Mets always start talking about their pitching when it comes to their playoff chances. But we should always be talking about Yoenis Cespedes, the most exciting at-bat the Mets have ever had. More»
David Ubben

KenPom & a Prodigy's Bracket Advice

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Two years ago, Sam Holtz won ESPN's NCAA Tournament bracket challenge at 12 years old. So how do his strategies compare to advanced statistics guru Ken Pomeroy? Find out what the bracket prodigy and the college hoops expert have to say. 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 March 7-13. More»
Matt Brown

Best First-Round NCAA Upsets Ever

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Thursday and Friday are two of the best days in sports, because the first round of the NCAA Tournament offers the chance for little-known schools, players and coaches to author stunning upsets. Which are the best ever? We've compiled the best by seed. More»
Alex Wong

Where All 30 NBA Coaches Stand

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We often look at head coaches as those who are safe in their spots and those who aren't. But in the NBA, they fall into plenty of other categories that fit between those two extremes. So let's look at the 30 NBA coaches and what their job security looks like. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Pool F Packed With Star Power

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Manny Machado and Robinson Cano. Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa. Nolan Arenado and Buster Posey. Jose Altuve and Miguel Cabrera. Needless to say, Pool F at the 2017 World Baseball Classic will be one to watch. More»
Will Leitch

2017's Ultimate Baseball Road Trip

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Every baseball fan dreams of pulling off the ultimate baseball road trip, an attempt to get to all 30 MLB stadiums within the first month of the season. It seems impossible. But believe me -- it's not. So let's dive right into this theoretical journey together. More»
Cy Brown

Which bracket fits your personality?

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Filling out a bracket can be a tough experience. You don't want to go with all chalk. That's no fun. How about putting some personality into it? Think of how your brain truly operates, then take a look at our five permutations of tournament picks. More»
David Ubben

Don't Ignore The First Four

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The First Four in Dayton is often dismissed, a set of games fans often don't think much about when filling out their brackets. As teams like 2011 VCU and 2013 La Salle have proved, though, this can be a springboard to bigger things. More»
Joe DeLessio

Q&A With Team Israel's Shlomo Lipetz

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Team Israel has some out of nowhere, winning four out of five games at the WBC so far to become the most surprising and compelling story of the tournament. Before the WBC began, I caught up with Shlomo Lipetz, the only member of the team born in Israel. More»
Cy Brown

5 Alternative NCAA Tourney Pools

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Growing tired of filling out a bracket every year but still want to wager on the NCAA Tournament? We've got five alternatives to the standard bracket pool to shake up your March Madness gambling in fun and interesting ways. More»
Ross Tucker

Dallas Dally Leaves Romo In Limbo

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he was going to "do right" by quarterback Tony Romo. Except that's not happening. Or at least, it hasn't happened yet. So how will this all get resolved? Doing right by him would have been releasing him last week. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL Fans' Guide to March Madness

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Which school in the NCAA men's basketball tournament makes the most sense as a rooting interest for each NFL fan base? We broke down the bracket for those who prefer the gridiron to the hard court. More»
Matt Brown

What To Watch In The First Four

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Thursday and Friday are two of the best sports days of the year, but first comes the NCAA Tournament's appetizer: the First Four in Dayton. How did these eight teams get here? Here's what to know about the worst four and last four in the bracket. More»
Will Leitch

Zagging Rights: Is It Bulldogs' Time?

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Over the past two decades, Gonzaga has improbably become a basketball power, making 19 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. A Final Four bid has eluded it, though, and its chase this year is the biggest story of the bracket. More»
Matt Brown

Ranking First-Round Upset Chances

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We love the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament because of the nonstop possibility of upsets. While upsets are unpredictable, part of the fun of filling out brackets is trying to correctly call them. So, we ranked all 32 first-round games by upset possibility. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Shortstops Not So Short Anymore

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People used to say that Cal Ripken Jr. reinvented the shortstop position. But it wasn't until now, in an age when shortstops are bigger than they ever were, that we're feeling the impact of what Ripken and Derek Jeter and A-Rod did for the position. More»
Matt Brown

68 to Great: Ranking Tourney Teams

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The 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket of 68 teams is set, featuring 32 conference champions and 36 at-large teams. Need to catch up on the strengths, weaknesses and resumes of each team as you make your bracket picks? Let's dance. More»
David Ubben

Best Storylines of March Madness

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Filling out your NCAA Tournament bracket can be a little overwhelming. Odds are you don't know much about all 68 teams. So we're here to help. Here are some squads worth rooting for if your alma mater didn't make this year's bracket. More»
Michael Klopman

Tourney Team Nicknames, Ranked

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There are various ways to fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket. Picking teams based on your favorite team nickname/mascot is certainly one method. So, now that this year's bracket has been released, let's play the name game. More»
Will Leitch

Breaking Down The NCAA Bracket

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The NCAA Tournament bracket has been revealed, and the general consensus is that it makes a little more sense than last year's. From overseedings and underseedings to upset picks and fun matchups, let's break down the bracket region by region. More»
Cy Brown

Bubble Boys! Best Bracket Reactions

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The NCAA Tournament bracket is set for 2017, and that means Sunday was party time for a handful of teams on the bubble. The first step in the insanity of March Madness is watching those squads go ballistic after finding out they made the field. More»
Sports on Earth

Printable NCAA Tournament Bracket

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The 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket is here! Villanova was announced as the top overall team on Sunday night, joined by Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga as the No. 1 seeds. Here's a printable version of the full bracket of 68 teams. More»
David Ubben

11 Tips For Filling Out Your Bracket

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The NCAA Tournament bracket has finally been revealed, and now it's time to predict how it plays out. We're not all that blessed, but we can tackle our brackets with guesses that are as educated as possible. Here are some helpful tips to use. More»
Matt Brown

Wild Week Ends With Michigan Title

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Michigan didn't even know if it would make it to Washington, D.C., for the Big Ten tournament. Now, it's the Big Ten champion. After a late arrival because of a runway accident, the Wolverines won four games in four days, capped by Sunday's final victory over Wisconsin. More»
College Basketball

Rhode Island Leaps From Bubble To Auto Bid

Viewed as a bubble team before the weekend, Rhode Island earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999 with a 70-63 victory over VCU in the Atlantic-10 title game on Sunday, possibly taking away a potential bid for another bubble team. More»
Matt Brown

Kentucky Peaking At The Right Time

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While Kentucky hit some midseason turbulence, it has accomplished what was expected: an SEC regular-season title and now an SEC tournament title after beating Arkansas on Sunday. Winners of 11 in a row, the Wildcats are peaking as March Madness begins. More»
Mike Lupica

Sitting, Bull: Stars Belong On Floor

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Steve Kerr is a great coach, but the idea that the grind of the season, and all the back-to-back games, are a justification for sitting Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala on Saturday night against the Spurs is a lame one. More»
College Basketball

Arizona Wins Pac-12 After Ducks Lose Boucher

Allonzo Trier scored 23 points and hit four free throws in the final 17 seconds, helping No. 7 Arizona outlast No. 5 Oregon 83-80 on Saturday night to win the Pac-12 tournament title. Earlier in the day, Oregon announced that forward Chris Boucher tore his ACL. More»
Matt Brown

Selection Funday: Key NCAA Questions

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After four months of resume-building, Selection Sunday has finally arrived and the 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket will be revealed. From No. 1 seeds to the teams on the bubble, these are the key questions on Sunday night. More»
Matt Brown

ACC Run Gives Duke Rising Resume

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Duke has had a more tumultuous season than expected, featuring injuries and plenty of drama, and yet it has ended up in the position it hoped: It became the first team to win four ACC tournament games in four days, re-establishing expectations for a deep NCAA run. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Best of the 2017 Classic Uniforms

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The World Baseball Classic is fun for many reasons. Among those is the opportunity for some new baseball fashion. Here are the five best uniforms from this year's tournament, giving equal weight to the three key components: the cap, the home jersey and the road jersey. More»
David Ubben

Cyclones Storm To Big 12 Crown

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Kansas owns the Big 12's regular season, but Kansas City has become Iowa State country. With Kansas eliminated in the quarterfinals, Iowa State continued its late-season hot streak by beating West Virginia for the Big 12 tournament title. More»
Matt Brown

Nova Makes Case For Top Overall Seed

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Defending national champion Villanova made a strong closing argument on Saturday in its quest to earn the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Led by a big night from Josh Hart, the Wildcats cruised to a 74-60 Big East final win over Creighton. More»
College Basketball

Illinois Fires Groce After Five Seasons

Illinois basketball coach John Groce has been fired after the team finished 18-14 this season and ninth in the Big Ten. Groce was 95-75 overall in his five seasons, and the Illini are expected to miss the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year. More»
Cy Brown

Arsenal, Man City advance in FA Cup

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The FA Cup semifinals are setting up to be a meeting of the elite of English soccer. Arsenal and Manchester City each booked their tickets to Wembley with comfortable quarterfinals wins on Saturday. More»
Matt Brown

Duke Surges Past UNC In ACC Semis

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With the help of Joel Berry's second-half foul trouble, Duke surged past rival North Carolina with a massive second half behind the trio of Jayson Tatum, Luke Kennard and Grayson Allen to beat the Tar Heels 93-83 in the ACC tournament semifinals on Friday. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: Weekend Watch List

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From the conference tournament championship games to the World Baseball Classic, there are plenty of sporting events this weekend you should be glued to the TV for. Oh, and Selection Sunday is this weekend! You're going to want to dive into these five. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Can Team USA Overcome Past Issues?

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Team USA hasn't exactly met expectations when it comes to the World Baseball Classic. Over the past three tournaments, the U.S. only made it as far as the semifinals just once. Let's look into why they they fell short and what lies ahead this time around. More»
Matt Brown

NCAA Selection Sunday Cheat Sheet

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While college basketball season started way back in mid-November, there are plenty of people who don't really tune in until March Madness. Need to catch up? Here's a quick guide to some of the most noteworthy teams to know going into Selection Sunday. More»
Mike McCormick

Greatest Sports Movie on Earth: No. 1

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You voted. We tallied the results. And finally, after two months and plenty of polls, we now know which movie can lay claim to the title "The Greatest Sports Movie on Earth." Which flick topped them all? More»
Cliff Corcoran

Pool E Stands For 'Electric' at Classic

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The second round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic will kick off on Saturday night when Team Israel and Team Cuba from Pool E square off at the Toyko Dome. So here's a closer look at all four teams set to do battle in Pool E. More»
Will Leitch

Team USA's Classic Conundrum

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Americans tend to be very strange when it comes to national sports teams, and it doesn't seem like we will ever care much about Team USA at the World Baseball Classic. But that's not the Classic's fault. Not at all. It's ours. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Free Agency: Day 1 Takeaways

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Who said this year's free agency would be dull because of a lack of big names? It's been less than 24 hours since the start and the league has already turned upside down. Let's go through position by position to see what happened. More»
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Cleveland Brocks: Browns' Good Deal

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Rather than overpay for a mediocre player on the open market, the Browns acquired a second-round 2018 Draft pick to take quarterback Brock Osweiler and his onerous contract off the Houston Texans' books. That's solid forward thinking. More»
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Washington Fires GM McCloughan

The Washington Redskins fired general manager Scot McCloughan on Thursday, the opening day of NFL free agency. Team president Bruce Allen announced the firing, which is effective immediately. More»
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Eagles Bolster Receiving Core With Jeffery, Smith

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz must be pretty happy with his team's front office. On Thursday, the Eagles completely transformed their receiving core by agreeing to deals with free-agent wideouts Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. More»
Matt Brown

TCU Deals Kansas Early Big 12 Exit

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For the 13th consecutive season, Kansas won the Big 12 championship, but that regular-season success did not translate into a postseason conference run. Instead, TCU sent Kansas home from the Big 12 tournament in the Jayhawks' first game. More»
Michael Klopman

Brock-buster! Texans Trade QB To CLE

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The Houston Texans just shocked the NFL by traded quarterback Brock Osweiler, who they signed to a four-year deal worth $72 million last year, to the Cleveland Browns. Does this mean the Texans are going after Tony Romo? Only time will tell. More»
Michael Klopman

Bears Cut Off The Cutler Era

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The Jay Cutler era in Chicago is over after the Bears cut the QB after eight seasons. Cutler is the Bears' all-time passing leader, but fans probably won't acknowledge that. It's time to move on. More»
Matt Brown

Michigan Wins Big After Plane Mishap

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Michigan beat Illinois 75-55 in the Big Ten tournament second round on Thursday after a tumultuous 24 hours. The Wolverines' plane slid off the runway on Wednesday, and the team wasn't able to arrive in Washington until Thursday morning, a couple hours before tipoff. More»
Manny Randhawa

6 Most Intriguing Rotation Battles

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With Spring Training underway, there are several competitions taking place throughout the league with pitchers trying to make the starting staff on a big league roster by Opening Day. Here are the six most intriguing battles and a prediction for each. More»
Matt Brown

Don't Mess With Conference Tourneys

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Every year, conference tournament upsets in one-bid leagues spur debate about whether the regular season or the postseason should decide NCAA Tournament bids. As the Patriot League showed on Wednesday, the system is just fine the way it is. More»
Will Leitch

Leak May Have Saved Selection Show

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Last year, somehow, CBS bungled the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, with a bloated two-hour show marred by the bracket leaking early. This year's program is down to 90 minutes, and hopefully the leak leads to needed fixes. More»
Michael Klopman

MLB Breakout Candidate Picks For '17

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Last year, there were guys like Aledmys Diaz, Trevor Story, Christian Yellich and Kyle Hendricks who suddenly became the breakout stars of the season. Who will follow in their footsteps this season? We have some educated guesses. More»
Matt Brown

The Best of College Basketball 2017

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College basketball legacies are defined in the NCAA Tournament, but before Selection Sunday, we have to honor the best individual performances that got teams to this point. Here are SoE's regular-season awards and All-America teams. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

'Boy Story: Where Should Romo Go?

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After 14 seasons, Tony Romo and the Cowboys are reportedly parting ways. With the veteran quarterback's release, he won't lack for suitors in need of his services. Here are our picks for the best landing spots. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Don't Stop Believin': Title-Less Teams

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The Cubs just broke their 108-year World Series drought. The Indians nearly won their first title since 1948. But what about the teams that have never won it all? After all, there are eight of them. What are the odds they win it this year? More»
Cy Brown

Barcelona's Comeback For the Ages

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Barcelona just pulled off the greatest comeback in Champions League history, coming back from 4-0 down to PSG in the first leg with a 6-1 win in the second leg. To do it, Barca scored three goals in the final seven minutes. More»
Cy Brown

Pulisic scores First UCL goal

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Another match, another milestone for American soccer's wonder boy Christian Pulisic. This time, the 18-year-old powered Borussia Dortmund to a win with his fist Champions League goal and two assists against Benfica. More»
NFL Free Agency

Bills Bring Back QB Tyrod Taylor

After a drama-filled season with Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo repeatedly questioned, the Bills have decided to keep their starting quarterback after restructuring his five-year extension on Wednesday before free agency begins. More»
NFL Free Agency

Brandon Marshall Stays In New York, Switches Teams

Brandon Marshall has decided to switch teams, but he won't be switching cities. The star wide receiver is going from the New York Jets to the New York Giants, as the two sides came together and agreed to a two-year contract. More»
Michael Klopman

Tebow Makes Spring Training Debut

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Tim Tebow is a baseball player now. The former NFL quarterback made his Spring Training debut on Wednesday, and he actually looked the part, but he still went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. More»
Michael Klopman

Report: Romo Done In Dallas

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Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys' all-time passing leader, will reportedly no longer be a member of the Dallas Cowboys. It's quarterback Dak Prescott's team now. But what uniform will Romo be wearing when next season rolls around? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

A Pre-Free Agency NFL Mock Draft

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The NFL is about to change when free agency begins. Until the spending frenzy kicks off, the draft outlook for every franchise looks a certain way. This mock draft considers those needs before free agency has the chance to change them. More»
Michael Klopman

Dirk Joins An Exclusive NBA Club

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When he swished a fadeaway jumper in the second quarter against the Lakers Tuesday night, Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki became just the sixth player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points. More»
Will Leitch

Cubs Still Center of The NL Central

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The National League Central division belonged to the Chicago Cubs in 2016, who won 103 games and finished 17.5 games ahead of the second-place St. Louis Cardinals. They may not dominate like last year, but we should expect similar results. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Springs Forward

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March Madness may be here, but basketball doesn't quite grab all the college sports headlines this time of year. It's also spring practice season in football, a time when we get our first glimpse at what teams will look like in 2017. Here are 15 of the biggest questions. More»
David Ubben

What Went Wrong At Texas

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Despite losing many key players, hopes were high for Texas in coach Shaka Smart's second season after 20 wins and a tourney bid in 2016. High expectations quickly dissolved, though, leaving everybody to wonder what went wrong for the 10-21 Longhorns. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Free Agency Top Fives

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With the NFL free agency period starting on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, it's a popular time to be touting rankings of simply the best available. But we'll give you more for your money: Here are six rankings across different categories. More»
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Zags Cruise to 5th Straight West Coast Title

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 22 points, Przemek Karnowski added 15 and No. 4 Gonzaga won its fifth straight West Coast Conference Tournament title by beating No. 19 Saint Mary's 74-56 on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos Of The Week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from Feb. 28- March 6. More»
Michael Tunison

Eat Like Tom Brady ... For a Price

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To still be a good professional quarterback at the age of 39 takes discipline in ways beyond just working out all the time. It takes assiduously healthy eating, and now everyday people can follow that through Tom Brady's meal service partnership. More»
Cy Brown

Arsenal Beaten Down By Bayern, Again

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Once again, Bayern Munich has proved to be too much to handle for Arsenal. Bayern defeated the Gunners 5-1 for the second time in a month, knocking Arsenal from the Champions League. Real Madrid also advanced with a win over Napoli. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete On Earth: March 1-7

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UConn women's basketball and Katie Lou Samuelson are at it again, Marcus Keene looks quite ready for some March Madness and John Ross broke a combine record held by Chris Johnson. Who was this week's Greatest Athlete on Earth? More»
Cliff Corcoran

10 Things To Know About Team Israel

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After winning its first two games of the 2017 World Baseball Classic by a combined score of 17-8, Team Israel has become the most surprising story of the tournament. Let's get to know this underdog squad a bit better. More»
Terence Moore

Curry Flurries Stopped, But Not W's

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By the looks of it, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry is in a bit of a shooting slump (by Curry standards). But while the sharpshooter hasn't looked like his MVP self, the version of Curry we're seeing right now is just fine. More»
Will Leitch

Franchise Faces: A Look At MLB's Best

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For some reason, I always wonder what year someone will pass Evan Longoria as the best player in Tampa Bay Rays history. And that got me thinking about every franchise's top 24 players by WAR, and which active players crack those lists. Well, here they are. More»
David Ubben

Longest Sports Streaks: Then & Now

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Let's go streaking! When it comes to team accomplishments, consecutive wins and losses are always intriguing. If they go on long enough, they captivate the entire sports world. Where should you direct your gaze now? More»
David Ubben

Mason's Growth Fuels KU Title Push

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Frank Mason was almost a recruiting afterthought, overshadowed by superstars Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins. As a four-year player, though, Mason has grown into a superstar, the driving force behind Kansas' push for another national championship. More»
Ross Tucker

Kap's New Stand Raises Questions

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Recent reports indicate that Colin Kaepernick will now stand for the national anthem, and the reports came out at the same time that he opted out of his contract to become a free agent. That seems a bit too convenient. More»
Matt Brown

Post-NFL Combine Rising And Falling

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The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine came to an end on Monday, and while it can be easy to overreact to what happens over a week in Indianapolis, there's still an opportunity for evaluators to learn new information. Here's who stole the show. More»
Mike Lupica

Boston's Love For Sale? Priceless

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As the Red Sox breathed a sigh of relief over news that David Price's elbow issue wasn't as bad as initially feared, Chris Sale made his first start of Spring Training. Boston acquired him to fill one of the most important jobs in all of baseball: a true ace. More»
Michael Klopman

2017 Classic Starts With Huge Upset

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The 2017 World Baseball Classic started with a massive upset on Monday, as Israel defeated Korea 2-1 in extra innings at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea. If this is a sign of things to come, we're going to have a thrilling Classic. More»
Michael Klopman

Foster vs. Wolf Is An Actual Debate

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Former NFL star running back Arian Foster tweeted that he believes he could take down a wolf in a one-on-one fight. That fired up others on Twitter and boom, suddenly the arguments kept rolling in. More»
Michael Klopman

This Dunk Shut Down The Shot Clock

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Florida Gulf Coast has made it back to the NCAA Tournament with a win in the Atlantic Sun championship on Sunday. And if you need a reminder about why FGCU is nicknamed "Dunk City," just check out this shot clock-breaking dunk from Sunday's win. More»
Cy Brown

Ibra Charged for Elbow on Defender

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings were charged with alleged violent conduct by England's Football Association following a pair of altercations between the players during an English Premier League match between Manchester United and Bournemouth on Saturday. More»
Will Leitch

For NBA, Silence Isn't Golden

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During a nationally televised game between the Knicks and the visiting Warriors, the crew at MSG decided to shut off all the arena noise for the first half of the game. Some pundits loved the idea, at first. But it was weird and disorienting. More»
Michael Pina

Cav-A-Lot: King James' MVP Case

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Russell Westbrook and James Harden are truly on another level this season. Every commendable word, thought, essay and M-V-P chant floated in their direction is warranted. But neither is the best player in the world. That would be LeBron James. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Rethinking The Five-Man Rotation

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Ballplayers can be resistant to major change and a grassroots revolution takes time, but it's possible that the five-man pitching rotation won't last forever. How could it change? Here are the arguments for and against altering the standard. More»
Matt Brown

Championship Week Tourney Rankings

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The NCAA Tournament is the main event of the college basketball season, but Championship Week holds an underrated place on the sports calendar. What should you watch? We rank and preview the nine biggest conference tournaments. More»
Cliff Corcoran

'17 World Baseball Classic Preview

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Clear space on your DVRs and fire up your MLB.TV accounts: The 2017 World Baseball Classic is about to begin. Here's a quick guide to Round 1. More»
Andrea Hangst

The New Day Hitting Its Twilight

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The New Day first debuted as a three-man tag team in November 2014 with a borderline racist gimmick. Since then, Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods showed innovation and promise. But now the trio seems to be stagnating. More»
Matt Brown

UNC's Berry Good Night Tops Duke

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With the ACC regular-season title wrapped up already, North Carolina finished things off on another high note, as Joel Berry's 28 points led the Tar Heels to a 90-83 win over Duke on Saturday that showed why they're the ACC's best national title threat. More»
Cy Brown

U.S. Soccer Adds Anthem Policy

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Last fall U.S. Soccer scorned United States women's national team player Megan Rapinoe for kneeling during the national anthem. On Saturday, the organization announced a new policy that would make that act an offense in what some are calling the "Rapinoe Rule." More»
Cy Brown

Is the Wenger Era almost over?

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Arsenal lost to Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday, a low point of its season and perhaps one of the lows of manager Arsene Wenger's career. Although Wenger has looked out of depth many times in the last decade, it was never laid bare more than it was on Saturday. More»
Cy Brown

Ross Breaks 40-Yard Dash Record

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Anyone who watched a down of Washington's offense last season can tell you that wide receiver John Ross is fast. But we didn't know exactly how fast he is until Saturday, when he broke the NFL Scouting Combine 40-yard dash record with a time of 4.22 seconds. More»
Michael Klopman

An Ode To All-Or-Nothing Sluggers

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Throughout this offseason, we've seen several all-or-nothing sluggers sign contracts for significantly less money than expected. Perhaps this will be a new trend, and if it is, let's show some appreciation to the coolest all-or-nothing home run hitters in the league. More»
Alex Wong

Pop Wiz: D.C. Moving On Up

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Remember when the Wizards had a miserable start to the season? Well, a lot has changed since then. Specifically, they're 34-15 since those first couple of weeks. And they've made some moves, too. The rest of the East should watch out. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

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There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. So, you're going to need a guide to the five sporting events that you will be in danger of missing if you make the mistake of going outside. More»
Will Leitch

Atlanta's MLS Calm Before The Storm

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Right now, at this very moment, the entire Atlanta sports fan base -- no matter how tortured it is -- has been nothing but positive when it comes to the Atlanta expansion MLS team. But they haven't played any games yet. So let's appreciate this moment. More»
Will Leitch

Dumbest Stories Of February 2017

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From Kyrie Irving joking -- probably -- that he believed the world was flat and Bill Walton taking his shirt off during a broadcast to that whole Charles Oakley-James Dolan fiasco, these are the 10 dumbest sports stories from February 2017. More»
Cy Brown

Klopp, Wenger Fight For Their Futures

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Saturday's Arsenal-Liverpool match will help determine which club has a leg up in qualifying for the Champions League. And with Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp vying to keep their clubs in the running, the result could have implications for their futures, too. More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 Legit MLB Spring Overreactions

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We're a month away from baseball games that matter. For now, all we have are Spring games where the results don't count. With so much time on our hands, some fan bases might be guilty of having these 10 Spring Training overreactions. But some may be on point. More»
Matt Brown

Time Running Out For Crean, Hoosiers

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Hot seat talk has followed Tom Crean for years, but this may be the year in which the Crean-Indiana partnership has reached the end of the road. With the Hoosiers hovering near the bottom of a weak Big Ten, it's hard to see a future as bright as they would like. More»
Cliff Corcoran

2017 World Baseball Classic's Best 8

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The 2017 World Baseball Classic, which kicks off next week in Seoul, South Korea, starts with 16 teams. And if the previous three tournaments are any indication, these are the squads that should be near-locks to make it to the second round. More»
Mike McCormick

Vote: Greatest Sports Movie on Earth

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Well, in a clash between the "sorta-sports movie" champion and the the "real sports movie" champion, there can only be one victory. Which movie comes out as the No. 1 sports movie of all time? We will let you decide. More»
Michael Tunison

Kaep To Stand For Anthem In 2017

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The most polarizing NFL storyline of 2016 is ending. QB Colin Kaepernick will reportedly once again stand for the national anthem before NFL games, as he believes further protest will detract from the progress he made with his past efforts. More»
Mike Lupica

Mint 2B: Altuve Second to None

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He might be listed at 5-foot-6, but Houston's All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has become one of the biggest stars in the Major Leagues. And make no mistake: Altuve absolutely belongs in the same conversation with Mike Trout. More»
Michael Pina

Proceeding With Caution In Philly

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It looked like The Process was finally showing positive results as star center Joel Embiid turned into one of the best players in the NBA. But another knee injury has caused his season to end shortly. What does this mean for Embiid and the Sixers? More»
Will Leitch

2017's Baseball Jersey Buying Guide

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I don't know about you, but around this time of year, I buy baseball jerseys. I love buying MLB jerseys so much that I put together this guide, rankings for each MLB team on the ideal jersey to buy heading into the season. More»
Cy Brown

Little Kicks Primed For the Big Dance

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One side story to Northwestern basketball's fantastic season has been the presence Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Seinfeld" and "Veep" fame at Northwestern hoops games. Her son plays for the Wildcats -- it's real and it's spectacular. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

NFL Free Agency Shopping List For '17

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NFL free agency is rapidly approaching, and with 13 teams entering the new league year with over $40 million in available cap space, the upcoming free-agency period projects to become one of the most active in recent memory. More»
Matt Brown

Trojan Force: The New Face of USC

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One year ago, Sam Darnold was expected to be the backup quarterback at USC. Now, he's the biggest rising star in college football, a preseason Heisman favorite after leading the Trojans to nine straight wins, with the NFL paying close attention. More»
Michael Tunison

Ideas For New NFL Celebration Rules

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According to a report, the NFL is planning on relaxing its strict rules on player celebrations this offseason. That's excellent news, if true! So what does the league need to do for its rules to make sense? Here are just a few suggestions. More»
Matt Brown

Wildcats' Hail Mary Shocks Michigan

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If Northwestern is going to earn its first NCAA Tournament bid ever, it may have just clinched it with one of the best plays of the college basketball season on the first day of March, beating Michigan with a full-court pass and lay-in at the buzzer. More»
SoE Staff

Mike Lupica, NSMA Hall Of Famer

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After decades of thought-provoking sportswriting and several awards won, Sports On Earth and New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica has been named to the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame. More»
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Embiid Shut Down For Rest Of The Season

76ers fans got some bad news on Wednesday when the team announced yet another setback for star center Joel Embiid. After playing just 31 games, Embiid will be shut down for the rest of the season due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete On Earth: Feb. 22-28

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From a dominant force on the basketball court in Los Angeles to a last lap victory at the Daytona 500, there were many impressive sports performances over the last few days. With that in mind, who stood out as the Greatest Athlete on Earth this week? More»
Cliff Corcoran

Must-Watch MLB Teams For 2017

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Spring Training is underway, and everyone is putting out power rankings. Here, we have the Watch List, which ranks the teams in order of how compelling, or just how watchable they appear to be heading into the 2017 season. More»
Mike Lupica

Golden Fate? KD Injury Opens Door

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Sometimes there's just nothing you can do when sports hit you the way Kevin Durant and the Warriors were hit on Tuesday. Now, Durant will be out for weeks, making the rest of the NBA and the upcoming postseason that much more interesting. More»
Cy Brown

Hero Ball: Kid Comes to Rescue

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During the Boise State-Fresno State basketball game on Tuesday, a loose ball somehow got stuck behind the backboard. Nobody could figure out how to dislodge it. Then, suddenly, a kid came out of nowhere to save the day. More»
Will Leitch

AL East Should Be Boston's To Lose

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Remember that time when the American League East was owned by the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Well, they haven't finished 1-2 in the division in a while. But that's going to change, possibly as soon as 2017. Watch out, O's, Rays and Jays. More»
Matt Brown

Bursting Bubble: A Better First Four

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Before we get to the fun of March Madness, college basketball must first deal with tedious bubble talk, in a year in which the bubble seems particularly weak. One way to create more intrigue? Make the First Four in Dayton entirely a bubble event. More»