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All Charged Up! San Diego Inks Bosa

The San Diego Chargers say they've signed rookie defensive end Joey Bosa to a four-year contract, five days after the two sides went public in their nasty spat over payment of Bosa's $17 million signing bonus and whether the contract would have offset language. More»
The Will Leitch Experience

College Football Preview Podcast With Matt Brown

Sports on Earth's college football writer joins Will Leitch to get you prepped for the 2016 season, with breakdowns of all the major conferences and predictions for the College Football Playoff. More»
Alexander Goot

Larson Part of NASCAR's Future

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Kyle Larson took home an emotional victory at the Sprint Cup, which he dedicated to his good friend and fellow racer, Bryan Clauson, who passed away earlier this month. The young up-and-comer now has a key win on his resume as he looks ahead to the Chase. More»
Will Leitch

Game Week is Irresistible in Athens

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College football is almost back in Athens, Georgia, and the town is finally stirring back to normal. For Bulldogs fans, it's the start of the a new era as longtime Nick Saban assistant Kirby Smart makes his debut as the replacement for Mark Richt. More»
Matt Brown

Preseason CFB rankings: 128 to 1

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The 2016 college football season began on Friday, when Cal beat Hawaii 51-31 in Australia, and now we're just moments away from a marathon opening weekend. First, it's time for rankings of all 128 FBS teams, with a positive thought for each. More»
Kenneth Arthur

'Boys of Bummer: Dallas' QB Problem

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The Dallas Cowboys have been as lackadaisical at stocking up on QBs as any other team in the past three decades. Now, with Tony Romo out for an extended period again, it could bite them for good ... unless they get lucky. More»
Mike Lupica

Connors In '91: 'Match Made In Heaven'

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Twenty-five years ago, Jimmy Connors was a 38-year old wild card entry when the 1991 U.S. Open began, a week away from his 39th birthday, largely ignored at the start of a tournament he had owned once. He went on to become the Open's biggest story. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Sanchez Still Red Hot, Kershaw Blue?

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With Gary Sanchez, the Yankees could have great value at a key defensive spot. Here, we examine the young catcher's hot start, plus some enticing matchups this week, a dilemma in Dodgerland and the White Sox's fascinating fall. More»
Will Leitch

Kaepernick Protest A Pivotal Moment

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Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem before Friday's 49ers preseason game is the type of protest from an athlete that we haven't seen in a long time. What happens next -- when much of the NFL is going to be asked about it -- will be a major story. More»
Michael Tunison

Fallout Continues For Kaepernick

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On Sunday, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick vowed to keep sitting through the national anthem, as he has all preseason as a form of protest against police brutality, saying, "I'm going to stand with the people that are being oppressed." More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Cowboys' Hopes Rest With Prescott

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Another back injury has sidelined Tony Romo, possibly for 6-10 weeks. It's a huge blow to the Cowboys, but they may be better equipped to handle an injury than before thanks to the preseason emergence of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. More»
Jake Schwartzstein

Coughlin Joins Little League Hall

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Little League Baseball International bestowed its highest honor on former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin on Saturday, when he was inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence, along with pro softball player Cat Osterman and Torii Hunter. More»
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Romo Has Broken Bone In Back

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says quarterback Tony Romo has a broken bone in his back, and there is no timetable for his return. Romo has had back surgery twice before, and this injury occurred on the third play of Thursday's exhibition game at Seattle. More»
Cy Brown

Arsenal Gets First Win, Boosts Roster

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Saturday was the final EPL matchday before a lengthy international break. Arsenal won its first match of the season and got confirmation of signings to come, Manchester United got a last-gasp winner and Liverpool drew with Tottenham. More»
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Kaepernick Sits During Anthem In Protest

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem before games because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities. He sat on the team's bench Friday night before the team's preseason game. More»
College Football Begins

Cal Kicks Off Season With Rout of Hawaii

The 2016 college football season got off to an unusual start late Friday night, with California taking on Hawaii in Australia. Behind transfer QB Davis Webb's 441 passing yards, the Golden Bears ran away with a 51-31 victory in Sydney. More»
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Wade's Cousin Fatally Shot in Chicago

Dwyane Wade's cousin was shot and killed in Chicago on Friday while pushing her baby in a stroller near a school where she intended to register her children. A day earlier, Wade had participated via satellite in a town hall meeting in Chicago on gun violence. More»
Will Leitch

The New, Old Matt Moore

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There was a time in baseball history where Matt Moore was ranked above Bryce Harper and Mike Trout on prospect lists. And Thursday night, he reminded us that he still has it in him to be that pitcher when he pitched a near no-no. More»
Matt Brown

When College Football Goes Abroad

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The 2016 college football season will begin late Friday night in an unusual way: Hawaii vs. California in Sydney, Australia. It's not the sport's first foray into international play. From Cuba to Japan to Ireland, here's what's happened when college football goes abroad. More»
Michael Tunison

Josh Norman Vs. The World

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Josh Norman has made it clear he doesn't care whose feelings he hurts with his comments to the media. Norman is willing to take on anyone. So who will it be in 2016? More»
Andrea Hangst

No Megatron? No Problem

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The 2016 NFL season will be a whole new world for the Detroit Lions offense and its quarterback Matthew Stafford. For the first time in Stafford's career, he will be without the services of six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who retired in March. More»
David Ubben

Fight Clubs: Teammates Who Brawled

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Oakland A's outfielder Danny Valencia and designated hitter Billy Butler fought last Friday after Butler reportedly cost Valencia an endorsement deal, allowing them to join a long list of teammates getting into altercations with each other. More»
Will Leitch

BEST THROWBACK JERSEY: Final Four!

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Every team has a throwback, and everybody -- well, everybody but Chris Sale -- gets a big kick out of them. So now we are trying to choose the best one through the democratic process of online polls. We have reached the Final Four. More»
Cy Brown

Top 5 UCL group stage matchups

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Barcelona vs. Manchester City anyone? How about a Bayern Munich-Atletico Madrid rematch? The UEFA Champions League group stage draw was held on Thursday and it created some fantastic matchups. Here are the top five. More»
Will Leitch

Top 10 Pitchers Who Rake (Kinda)

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A pitcher hitting a homer is like watching a cat play a few notes on the piano by accidentally walking on it -- it's funny because it's not supposed to happen. Even the best ones aren't all that good. Just look at the numbers More»
Mike Lupica

Welcoming a Sanchize Player

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Here is why rookie Gary Sanchez matters the way he does these days: He has made the Yankees interesting again. Sanchez has become somebody for Yankee fans to want to watch and to care about. And, boy, do they ever care about this kid. More»
Matt Brown

Guide to the 2016 Heisman Race

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While the Heisman Trophy race is never easy to predict, the candidates for the 2016 college football season seem easier to identify than usual, given the amount of proven talent that returns. That just makes predicting the winner as tough as ever. More»
Ross Tucker

The NFL Coaching Double Standard

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As an NFL coach, you can't complain about an inability to get your team ready properly prepared for the opener while at the same time not taking advantage of the opportunities that are presented in preseason games. More»
Cy Brown

For Man U, It's All About Zlatan

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is running riot in the English Premier League, with four goals in his first three matches for Manchester United. Could he turn United back to the dominant force in England and lead it to a Premier League title? More»
Anthony Castrovince

Players Worth Their WAR In Gold

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So what we like to do in this space each year is take a look at the baseball players who have best exemplified that particular definition of value. The guys who have provided the biggest bang per buck. More»
Joe Sparacio

Pro Softball Shines On Diamond

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The National Pro Fastpitch softball finals came to a stunning conclusion Tuesday as the Chicago Bandits upset the USSSA Pride in a winner-take-all game. Softball is a sport on the rise, and here's why you need to hop aboard the bandwagon. More»
Terence Moore

The Inspiration of Devon Gales

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Devon Gales remains sunshine in the darkest of storms, and he has experienced many during his 22 years. Paralyzed during Southern's game at Georgia last year, Gales and his family also experienced significant losses during the recent flooding in Louisiana. More»
Justice B. Hill

Inside Baseball's Growth in Argentina

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In the past decade, more and more boys are putting down soccer balls and picking up baseballs in South America. That's especially true in Argentina, where increased passion and the emergence of Little League Baseball help grow the sport. More»
Michael Tunison

Steelers Lead The Goodell Resistance

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Despite being one of the cornerstone franchises in the NFL, with a lot of influence within the league, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a surprising amount of resistance to league orthodoxy among their ranks, particularly to Roger Goodell. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

NFL Breakthrough Team Candidates

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The landscape in the NFL shifts more than it does in any other sports league. As such, every year features a new cast of breakout candidates, teams that, while not considered among the NFL elite previously, have the potential to rise to that level. More»
Matt Brown

Prepare for CFB Playoff Chaos

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In the first two years of the College Football Playoff, most of the complaints have been about logistics rather than the teams selected to the playoff. As the sport's history shows, though, that will inevitably change, perhaps starting this fall in the playoff's third year. More»
Will Leitch

NFC North Preview 2016

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Our NFL division preview series continues with the NFC North, where the Bears are stuck at the bottom looking up at the improving Lions and Vikings and a Packers team that could be poised for another run to the Super Bowl. More»
Matt Brown

Taysom Hill Regains BYU Starting Job

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If Taysom Hill returns to form this fall, it will make for one of the best stories in college football. The 26-year-old BYU quarterback was named the starter again over Tanner Mangum, coming off a third season-ending injury in four years. 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 August 16-22. More»
Mike Lupica

Swim Shady: Lighten Up on Lochte

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The way Ryan Lochte's story has played out is completely predictable for a public shaming like this. The event itself. The fallout from it. The television confessional. The loss of sponsorships. But are we now supposed to give him celebrity life without parole? More»
Will Leitch

La Russa Lost His Perfect Ending

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Tony La Russa achieved something rare for a manager: a storybook ending, when the Cardinals made an improbable World Series run in 2011. Now, however, his return to baseball in the Diamondbacks' front office seems headed for a much worse ending. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL 2016 Season Preview, From A to Z

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Do we have to spell it out? OK, we will. The NFL season is almost upon us and we have compiled many of the big storylines in a convenient alphabetical format, from the Arizona Cardinals to Zach Mettenberger. Hey, it's tough to find a "Z." More»
Matt Brown

Picking the CFB National Champion

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When the preseason polls were released, there was no surprise at the top: Alabama is ranked No. 1. But an Alabama repeat is hardly a forgone conclusion. There are several teams capable of challenging Bama, especially LSU and Florida State. More»
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When In Doubt, Cubs Channel Zobrist

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Even with a club that was tied for second in the Majors with a 9.1 percent walk rate in 2015, Epstein wasn't satisfied. And as September nears, a high-flying Cubs offense is proving why its front-office architects wanted to push that figure higher. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Kap's Comeback? Don't Count On It

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Colin Kaepernick seems to be on his way out of San Francisco ... eventually. That's a long way to fall from appearing in the Super Bowl just a few years ago. But if you're wondering what went wrong, the answer is simple: nothing. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Speedo Chafes at Lochte, Drops Him

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If and when Ryan Lochte gets back in the pool and puts his Rio 2016 embarrassment behind him, he'll have to wear some new gear. Both Speedo and Ralph Lauren released statements today distancing themselves from the disgraced swimmer. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Odds Update: August Edition

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Throughout the season, we have been looking at Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds Report and trying to make sense of the actual standings. Here's a look at the August update to see just how much things have changed. More»
Will Leitch

Why Did the Rio Olympics Fizzle?

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There have been many reasons posited for the Olympics' ratings slippage, some of which make sense and some of which seem a bit strained. Let's take a look at 10 of the most common explanations, and see how much water they hold. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Jays' Pitching Deserves Appreciation

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Why aren't more people talking about this Blue Jays pitching staff? With J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez in the Cy Young Award conversation and others stepping up, Toronto has the most underrated pitching in the American League. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Playoff And Bowl Projections

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Year 3 of the College Football Playoff era is here, and it's possible it will feature two teams from the same conference for the first time. What will the playoff field and other 38 bowl matchups look like? Here's out best preseason guess. More»
Alex Wong

Team USA's Rio Rule: Six Takeaways

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They won. And perhaps that's all we really need to write about the Team USA men's basketball team at Rio, which played an underwhelming brand of basketball at times during the tournament. Here's what else we learned. More»
Mike Lupica

Gold, Tender: 'Melo Great Again

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Carmelo Anthony spoke from the heart in Rio on Sunday after winning a third Olympic gold medal as a member of the U.S. basketball team. He may still be chasing an NBA championship, but Anthony is developing quite a legacy on and off the court. More»
Karim Zidan

Best and Worst of Rio 2016

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The Olympic Games produced a fair share of inspiring moments and lasting memories, as well as disappointing defeats and ugly narratives. Let's look back on the highs and lows of the past two-plus weeks in Brazil. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Wrestling Striptease in Rio? What?

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On the final day of the 2016 Olympic Games, one of the head coaches for the Mongolia wrestling team stripped down on the mat after he disagreed with the officiating of the bronze medal match. Just another crazy day in Rio. More»
Karim Zidan

McGregor's Revenge Packed Punch

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Five months removed from his first loss, Conor McGregor redeemed himself against Nate Diaz, the very same fighter who blemished his perfect UFC resume. And then he stole Diaz's infamous post-fight speech and made it his own. More»
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Alabama No. 1 In Preseason AP Top 25

In a way, the 2016 season will pick up where 2015 left off: Alabama is No. 1 and Clemson is 2. The defending national champion Crimson Tide is the No. 1 team in the Associated Press preseason top 25 for the fifth time overall and third time under coach Nick Saban. More»
Cy Brown

Lochte: 'I Over-Exaggerated' Story

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In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, Ryan Lochte admitted that he "over-exaggerated" his tale of a robbery in Rio during the Olympics, citing his "immature behavior" as the reason for the lies and the ensuing drama. More»
Matt Brown

FBS Independents: 10 Things To Know

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The number of independent teams in major college football has expanded back to four. BYU and UMass are both trying to find ways to get out, while Army will take another shot at beating Navy, and Notre Dame hopes to return to a major bowl. More»
Alex Wong

Can Team USA Finish the Mission?

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The gold medal game for the Olympics men's tournament is set after Team USA defeated Spain 82-76 in the semifinals on Friday, followed by Serbia upsetting Australia 87-61 later in the day. Here's a look ahead to Sunday's game. More»
Cy Brown

Reds Alert: Liverpool Goes Down

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Liverpool looked like high-flyers in its English Premier League opening win against Arsenal. But Burnley brought the Reds back down to Earth with a stunning Week 2 upset. More»
Cy Brown

Lochte and Sports' Tallest Tales

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Ryan Lochte isn't the only athlete in history who has told a crazy story short on the truth. Let's look at some of the more high-profile ones in recent years, from non-existent girlfriends to embellished resumes. More»
Andrea Hangst

Browns Receivers Are Going Deep

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It's easy to write off the Cleveland Browns, given the extent of their latest rebuild. But it's also possible that positive changes are ahead. And it all hinges on the receiving corps. More»
Matt Brown

MAC Preview: 10 Things To Know

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Northern Illinois and Bowling Green have owned the Mid-American Conference in recent years, but the league may finally see a change at the top thanks to the relentless recruiting efforts of P.J. Fleck, who has assembled a potent offense at Western Michigan. More»
Karim Zidan

McGregor vs. Diaz II: Bad Blood

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While their first meeting was the result of desperate matchmaking, the budding series between UFC fighters Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz has become about much more now. Saturday is just the next episode in the saga. More»
Will Leitch

Royals Fans Are Still Celebrating

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The thing about winning a championship is that, as much as you'd like to just celebrate it forever, eventually another season has to start. For the Royals, the 2016 season hasn't gone as planned, but that won't stop fans from continuing to enjoy the World Series. success. More»
Mike Lupica

Lyin' Lochte? Such a Sunken Mess

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Ryan Lochte and his U.S. swimming teammates didn't commit the crime of the century. But what Lochte has become over the past few days is the face of modern celebrity, which means celebrities who too often act like entitled chumpwits. More»
Julian McWilliams

Eaton Takes Gold In Decathlon

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Usain Bolt might be the fastest man on the planet -- but Ashton Eaton is the best athlete in the world. The American again proved his dominance Thursday evening by winning gold in the Rio decathlon. More»
Matt Brown

SEC Preview: 20 Things To Know

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The nightmare is over. After two whole years, the SEC's national championship drought ended, thanks again to Alabama. The Crimson Tide are the favorite to repeat, but can they pull it off? LSU and Tennessee hope to have something to say about that. More»
Will Leitch

Best Throwback Jersey: Elite Eight!

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Every team has a throwback, and everybody -- well, everybody but Chris Sale -- gets a big kick out of them. So now we are trying to choose the best one through the democratic process of online polls. Here are the eight still in the game. More»
David Ubben

Face of Vols Is True Inspiration

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For Joshua Dobbs, it's not a taboo subject. It's just not relevant. The Tennessee quarterback doesn't have hair because of alopecia areata. And Dobbs handles it like his family deals with everything: with a relentlessly positive outlook. More»
Karim Zidan

Refugees Made an Impact In Rio

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On a regular day, the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya was nearly always silent by 3 a.m. But on Aug. 6, many of the residents had no plans to sleep. They were about to witness several of their own on television. This was just part of the story. More»
Julian McWilliams

Bolt Wins 200m, Barely Breaks Sweat

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Usain Bolt continues to make things look easy. After he and Canada's Andre de Grasse were neck-and-neck in the semifinal Wednesday night, Bolt took his immortality to another level on Thursday, winning the 200-meter final with a time of 19.79. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL Book Clubs We Want to Join

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Books clubs are now all the rage among NFL players -- well, two of them, at least. But that's close enough to a trend for us to imagine how the book clubs of various NFL luminaries would look. Fire up the Kindles. More»
Karim Zidan

Bolt vs. De Grasse: Not All Smiles

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On a Wednesday evening that featured an array of athletic achievements, it was perhaps a shared smile between two beloved sprinters that took the internet by storm. Now, Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse face off in the 200m semifinals. More»
Alex Wong

Team USA Lives Semi-Charmed Life

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The quarterfinals of the Olympics men's basketball tournament took place on Wednesday, and while the games themselves were anticlimactic, the departure of four more teams meant we said goodbye to a few stars on the international stage. More»
Will Leitch

AFC South Preview 2016

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Every Thursday I've been previewing the whole NFL, division-by-division. Obviously, much will change between now and the first week of the season, but let's take a dive into the AFC South and see what we got. Hint: It's not pretty. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

The Pentathlon: No Event Is Like It

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One of the best parts of the Olympic Games is (re)discovering obscure, abstract, yet ridiculously impressive sports every four years. And no sport combines the unnecessary and amazing quite like the ironically named, tragically under-the-radar modern pentathlon. More»
Matt Brown

Goals for First-Year CFB Coaches

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In most cases, new head coaches are supposed to generate optimism, but it is always important to keep first-year expectations in check. So, here are reasonable and attainable goals for college football's 29 new head coaches. More»
Cy Brown

Can Arsenal survive August?

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If Arsenal makes a few signings before the window closes, it could have enough talent -- when healthy -- to win the league. But with the side in its current weakened state, will Arsenal dig itself a hole too deep to climb out of? More»
David Ubben

Swim Sham? Lochte Fabricated Story

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According to multiple reports on Thursday, Ryan Lochte and three U.S. swimmers lied about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio after a party. Surveillance video shows that the quartet were causing a disturbance at a gas station. More»
Julian McWilliams

U.S. Women Make History in Sweep

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You could feel the energy heat up in Rio as many of the Olympic's brightest stars took center stage in various track and field events. That feeling turned true as all the athletes lived up -- and down -- to the hype this Wednesday. More»
Mike Lupica

AL MVP Winner? Place Your Betts

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In a season so dominated and defined by young talent in baseball, Mookie Betts has become the true breakout star of the American League this season, at least so far. Is he in the conversation for the AL MVP Award? How can he not be? More»
Will Leitch

30 Stunning MLB Second-Half Facts

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Every one-month stretch in baseball has all sorts of random chaos in it. But this one has been unusually unusual. Here are 30 stunning factoids from the second half of the baseball season so far, since July's MLB All-Star break. More»
Michael Tunison

How Not to Get Cut In the Preseason

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The NFL preseason is about marginal players proving their worth. Here are a few tips for those on the bubble of making the roster, looking for that extra edge. More»
Terence Moore

Manuel Swims in Robinson's Wake

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Courtesy of Simone Manuel making a big splash in the Olympics, African-Americans continue to evolve into pioneers as the years become decades in sports. But why do so many barriers remain, and what would Jackie Robinson think? More»
Matt Brown

Pac-12 Preview: 20 Things To Know

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The Pac-12 was left out of the College Football Playoff last season, and it may happen again this season. But with a deep roster of good teams and tough schedules, the race for the conference crown should be among the most exciting in the nation. More»
Julian McWilliams

Beached Out: Brazil Beats USA

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Kerri Walsh Jennings' run to a fourth gold medal in beach volleyball is over. After looking seemingly invincible, Jennings and playing partner April Ross lost to Brazilian pair Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas in the semifinals Wednesday. More»
Ross Tucker

Bosa Plays Chicken With Chargers

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In the grand scheme of an NFL contract, the main issues the two sides are at odds over really aren't that big of a deal. So then why can't Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers work things out? More»
Julian McWilliams

Biles, Raisman Floor the Competition

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On the floor exercise, the final event of Olympics women's gymnastics for 2016, Simone Biles took home gold (15.966) and Raisman captured silver (15.500): two more fantastic achievements in Team USA's historic Rio run. 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 August 9-14. More»
Alex Wong

Team USA: Eyes on the Prize

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Despite a few close calls, Team USA is still the overwhelming favorite in Olympics men's basketball in Rio. Before we move onto the quarterfinals, here are some winners and losers from the preliminary round. More»
Will Leitch

The Old Man's Fantasy Football Guide

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My first ever draft pick was Troy Aikman. I tallied points by hand and had to call up my fellow league mates on the phone to request trades. How much has the fantasy football landscape changed? A lot. It's sometimes hard to keep up. More»
Will Leitch

Fantasy Football Preview With Andy Behrens

It's the yearly mega-fantasy football podcast extravaganza with the great Andy Behrens, who goes though every team in deep-dive detail. This is the one you have to listen to before your draft. As always: It's a blast. More»
Julian McWilliams

Biles Stumbles, Hernandez Gets Silver

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It wasn't a classic Simone Biles performance, but the U.S. champion held on when she needed and grabbed bronze in the balance beam final for her fourth medal of Rio. Her teammate Laurie Hernandez got the silver. More»
Michael Tunison

Pressure Mounts On Clowney

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The first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft has had a disappointing first two years of his professional career. Can Jadeveon Clowney right the ship in his third season, which begins amid injury concerns? More»
Andrew Garda

Fantasy Football's Bad Boys

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As you start to peruse your fantasy football draft boards, let's look at a trio of players who are suspended to start the NFL season. When are they getting drafted? When should you draft them? And what should be your expectations? More»
Matt Brown

Barrett Can Recapture Past Magic

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Given last year's drama and inconsistency, it's easy to forget just how good J.T. Barrett was in 2014 as an unexpected starting QB for Ohio State. With the Buckeyes losing so many starters, they're counting on Barrett recapturing that freshman magic. More»
Andrew Simon

Harper Human; Trout a Robot?

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While Bryce Harper has had many moments of greatness, his up-and-down campaign makes Mike Trout stand out. Baseball is an unforgiving game, but Trout has managed to keep himself on the field while making the necessary adjustments. More»
David Ubben

Fall Star! Miller's Dive For Gold

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It was awkward. Shaunae Miller's half-stumble, half-dive at the finish line of the women's 400-meter event was an artless heave of effort that looked like she expected a slip -- but a slide was waiting on the other side. Still, it worked. More»
Julian McWilliams

Reactions to Rio's Last-Second Lunge

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A dive across the finish line is perfectly legal, which means Shauna Miller -- who lunged for the finish line in the women's 400-meter race to beat American Allyson Felix -- is the appropriate champ. But Twitter was not happy. More»
Mike Lupica

Pedal to the Medals: Bolt Is Best

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Before doping threw a shadow over the sport, the Olympics really started when track and field did. For one night in Rio, it felt like such a time again. And that's because of one man: Usain Bolt, the biggest -- and fastest -- star of them all. More»
Will Leitch

Stanton And The Curse of Potential

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Giancarlo Stanton is one of those rare unicorn baseball talents who looks like he's going to hit a home run every time he comes to the plate, but after another injury that could end his season, we're again left wondering about what could be instead of what he's done. More»
Karim Zidan

Van Niekerk's Mad Dash of Stardom

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Billed as the greatest 400-meter final in Olympic history, the race lived up to expectations on Sunday, with all three medalists finishing under 44 seconds. But it was South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk who was the true golden boy. More»
Anthony Castrovince

A-Rod Exit Gives Way To 'Baby Bombers'

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With Alex Rodriguez finished in New York, it didn't take long for rumors to start connecting him to the Marlins, especially after Giancarlo Stanton's injury. Meanwhile, the Yankees are already successfully looking to the future. More»
Matt Brown

Big Ten Preview: 20 Things To Know

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The Big Ten is next up in our college football conference preview series. With Ohio State and Michigan State losing a lot of key talent to the NFL, Michigan has a golden opportunity to vault back to the top of the league. Can the Wolverines get it done? More»
Anthony Mazzuca

U.S. Gymnastics Shines Again

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More gymnastics competitions, more medals for Team USA, this time on the apparatus event finals. While there were some that believed a few competitors could surprise American juggernaut Simone Biles in the vault, Queen B provided very little drama. More»
Cy Brown

Liverpool outclasses Arsenal

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As it seems to do at the beginning of every season, Arsene Wenger's reluctance to spend money in the transfer window came back to bite Arsenal. The injury-ravaged Gunners lost, 4-3, to Liverpool in its opening match of the season Sunday at the Emirates. More»
Alex Wong

Oksana Chusovitina: An Olympic Lifer

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While the Olympics are about celebrating the up-and-coming stars, the teenage phenoms at the start of their remarkable careers, stories like Oksana Chusovitina's resonate just as much. At 41, she competed for a vault medal in her seventh Olympics. More»
Cy Brown

Lochte Robbed; He Was Like 'Whatever'

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U.S. swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte and three teammates were held at gunpoint early Sunday morning at the Rio Olympics. Details were sketchy at first, as the IOC denied the reports. But Lochte himself confirmed the incident happened. More»
Matt Brown

The American: 10 Things To Know

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While Big 12 expansion rumors haunt the American Athletic Conference, the league is poised to put another fun product on the field thanks to a run of impressive coaching hires. The big question is still whether anyone can catch Houston. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Golden Goodbye for Phelps

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By all accounts, Michael Phelps' last Olympic race would be the 4x100-meter medley relay for Team USA on Saturday night. With 27 medals already to his name (22 of them gold), it just wouldn't have felt right for him to walk away empty-handed. More»
Joe DeLessio

Requiem for A-Rod's Time in Pinstripes

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Alex Rodriguez's career, and his time with the Yankees, was complicated. At the very least, it should be looked at with nuance, because for all the drama, he's one of the best ballplayers who ever lived. But nuance doesn't help in New York. More»
Cy Brown

Gorgeous goals On EPL's opening day

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Saturday was the first day of English Premier League action for the 2016-17 season, and it featured a slew of gorgeous goals. Also, title defender Leicetser City is upset by newly-promoted Hull City, Man City is lucky in victory, Tottenham and Everton play to a draw. More»
Matt Brown

Conference USA: 10 Things To Know

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Realignment took its toll on Conference USA's depth, but that won't stop the league from having an intriguing title race in 2016. While Western Kentucky and Marshall will be strong again, Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee are positioned to move to the top. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Water Night! Ledecky, USA Dominate

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As Team USA descended into the water in Rio Friday, hopes were riding high. Could underdog Maya DiRado win gold? Would Michael Phelps grab another medal? Could Katie Ledecky crush the competition? Mission accomplished all around. More»
Karim Zidan

Gatlin Can't Outrun Bad Guy Role

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Billed by the media as the American antihero in the upcoming 100-meter race to determine the fastest man in the world against Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin is not concerned with how people choose to judge him for his controversial past. More»
Cy Brown

Hope Solo calls Sweden 'Cowards'

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Hope Solo toted out a barrel full of sour grapes after the USWNT was eliminated from Rio 2016 with a penalty shootout loss to Sweden. The keeper called the Swedish players "cowards" for sitting back and defending most of the match. More»
Cy Brown

USWNT eliminated from Rio 2016

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Following a comeback by the U.S. in regulation, Alex Morgan and Christen Press each missed their spot kick in the penalty shootout, giving Sweden the win and moving it on to the semifinals. It's the first time the USWNT has failed to win a gold medal in its past four tries. More»
Alex Wong

NBA Schedule Must-See Games

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The 2016 NBA schedule just got released, and there are plenty of fun matches that'll to wet your appetite for basketball. We pointed out the highlights for you, so sit back and enjoy the heated rivalries, teary-eyed returns and stellar matchups that are in store this season. More»
Will Leitch

Like Him or Not, A-Rod Entertained

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The question I ask myself at the end of every player's career is: Did this player provide me enjoyment? And I can't think of many players who provided me more enjoyment, on and off the field, than Alex Rodriguez. We should appreciate it more. More»
Will Leitch

Best Throwback Jersey: Sweet 16!

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Last week, we launched Best MLB Throwback Jersey bracket. Every team has a throwback, and everybody -- well, everybody but Chris Sale -- gets a big kick out of them. So now we are trying to choose the best one through the democratic process of online polls. More»
David Ubben

Manuel's Moment Is History-Maker

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Her goal coming to Rio was to make the medal stand. Instead, U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel made history as the first female African-American gold medalist in an individual swimming event. And it only took 52.7 seconds. More»
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Adam Eaton Has Complete Chill

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The vibe the White Sox's Adam Eaton emitted when I met him in a bar was totally genuine and Midwestern. We just talked baseball and country music. I don't know why he was so candid, but it made me an instant fan. And I'm a Baltimore guy. More»
Matt Brown

College All-Underrated Team 2016

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With 128 FBS teams in college football and five major conferences, it's easy for standout players to go overlooked. Our All-Underrated Team features talented players worth watching this fall, even if they haven't got enough national -- or even regional -- publicity just yet. More»
Cy Brown

Predicting the 2016-17 EPL table

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For our final preview before the English Premier League begins, we look at the teams, and predict what the season-ending standings will look like. Will order be restored after Leicester City shocked the world last time? More»
Karim Zidan

Simone Alone: Biles Simply the Best

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Amidst a generation of American athletes who regularly display their dominance on the international scene, Simone Biles belongs alongside the elite. Let's appreciate what we're witnessing: one of the greatest athletes ever. More»
Cy Brown

Phelps Leaves Everyone In His Wake

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Michael Phelps' incredible career became even more remarkable on Thursday night, as he dominated the 200-meter individual medley, beating Ryan Lochte to win his fourth gold medal in Rio and astonishing 22nd in his Olympic career. More»
Julian McWilliams

Sevens Heaven! Fiji Wins Historic Gold

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On Thursday, Fiji delivered the nation's first ever gold medal after beating Great Britain, 43-7, in the new Summer Olympic event. Safe to say, this was a glorious moment. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Can See For Biles: Simone Pure Gold

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For fans of Simone Biles, the question was never about medaling at the 2016 Olympic Games -- it was about how many she could collect. So far, so good. Here are the results from the women's individual all-around gymnastics event. More»
Will Leitch

NFC East Preview 2016

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Every week until the start of the NFL season, we're breaking down a division, team-by-team. This week, it's the NFC East, where the Eagles are trying to pick up the pieces and the Cowboys and Giants are plugging holes in an attempt to catch that team in Washington. More»
Matt Brown

Big 12 Preview: 20 Things To Know

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Our 2016 college football conference preview series moves on to the Big 12, where Oklahoma is the favorite of many to repeat as league champion and return to the playoff. But despite its attrition on offense, don't be surprised if TCU disrupts those plans. More»
Cy Brown

The USWNT's Road to Gold

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As the undisputed world's best women's soccer team, the U.S. women will be expected to make it to the final and emerge with gold medals around their neck. So what does the road to gold look like for the Americans? More»
Cy Brown

Tim Tebow's dual-sport predecessors

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Tim Tebow wants to play baseball, which sounds like the most ridiculous thing in the world -- but let's take a step back and look at history. Here are seven pro athletes who gave America's pastime a try ... with varying success. More»
Mike Lupica

The Gift of John Saunders' Company

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The late John Saunders was a terrific talent. But most of all, people liked him. He had the gift that the very best broadcasters have, in that the people who watched him felt as if he were their friend, too. He made them feel like they were part of our conversation. More»
David Ubben

Saunders Was a Giant of Broadcasting

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On Wednesday, it was announced that ESPN's John Saunders had died at the age of 61. Saunders was impossible to miss for any sports fan, from his role as the host of "The Sports Reporters" to his coverage of college football. Always authoritative. Always a class act. More»
Will Leitch

MLB's Top 10 Burning Questions

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As we head into the homestretch of the season, there are a few scenarios yet to play out, and none of them have to do with the playoffs. Will we have a 20-game winner? How about a 20-game loser? Let's take a look. More»
Karim Zidan

Blame It On Rio? Serena's Out

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For the first time in her career, Serena Williams will leave the Olympics without a medal as she lost in the third round to Ukraine's Elina Svitolina on Tuesday evening. More»
Terence Moore

Phelps and the Depths of Greatness

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While Mark Spitz ended his swimming career at 22 after competing in Mexico City and Munich, Michael Phelps is flutter kicking through his fourth set of Summer Games at 31 and collecting medal after medal. But longevity doesn't dilute eminence. More»
Kyle Kensing

UCLA Aiming For Long-Awaited Title

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Monday was the first day of UCLA's preseason football practice, but for the Bruins, all of the attention is on Dec. 2: the date of the Pac-12 Championship Game. After years of struggling to break through to the top of the conference, the Bruins believe this is the year. More»
Cy Brown

Top 15 EPL transfers of the summer

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The English Premier League begins its 2016-17 campaign on Saturday. To get you ready. we'll be doing a series of post previewing the new season. Today: What are the best Premier League transfers of the summer window (so far)? More»
Matt Brown

The True Freshman QB Conundrum

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Starting quarterback battles are often not easy to solve, but nothing is tougher for coaches than deciding to entrust a true freshman with the offense. For Georgia, Texas and South Carolina, it may not be an easy choice, but it's likely the right one in 2016. More»
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Mets Have Favorable Path to Playoffs

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The New York Mets might be behind in the NL Wild Card race, but for the rest of the way, they have a schedule that's conducive to a playoff push. The question is simply whether they will accept this gift or waste it. More»
Michael Tunison

Cleveland A Fresh Start for RGIII

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Robert Griffin III was named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns this week. We should all root for him to succeed, even if a full comeback would be a longshot. More»
David Ubben

Final Five Thrive, Make History

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The United States women's gymnastics team dominated the competition in Rio on Tuesday, running away with 2016 Olympic gold in the team finals to stake its claim to a spot among the greatest teams in the history of all sports. More»
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Where Are All The Golf Stars In Rio?

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Not only will the long-injured Tiger Woods not be on hand when the Olympic men's golf competition begins on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, neither will the current top four men in the world and six of the top 10. This is not a good look. More»
Cy Brown

USWNT Wins, But Solo Slips

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The U.S. women's national team finished top of its group in the RIo 2016 soccer tournament thanks to a 2-2 draw with Colombia Tuesday night. But it's efforts were almost uprooted by a pair of rare mistakes from Hope Solo. 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 August 2-8. More»
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T-Ball? Tebow Will Try to Play Pro Baseball

With professional football not working out, Tim Tebow is going to give baseball a try. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL first-round draft pick plans to hold a workout for MLB teams this month. Tebow last played organized baseball in high school. More»
Cy Brown

The 10 Best #PhelpsFace Jokes

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While waiting to swim in the semifinals of the 200m butterfly, Michael Phelps had on his game face. Or his bulldog face. Or his "I wish a MFer would" face. Regardless of what you call it, Phelps was ready for business. More»
Ross Tucker

Preseason Football Changes Lives

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Fans quickly write of preseason football, as oftentimes the stars don't get playing time and the games don't count. Yet for someone whose career was sparked thanks to a preseason game, I know that if you look a little deeper, preseason football has plenty at stake. More»
Will Leitch

How Harper Can Avoid A-Rod's Fate

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Alex Rodriguez will have the oddest ending to a Hall of Fame-caliber career of my lifetime. And more than anyone, the new star who resembles A-Rod most is Bryce Harper. Here's a helpful guide for Harper to avoid going out more like A-Rod than Big Papi. More»
Alyson Footer

Pure Fun at the NBC World Series

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The scene in the Kansas Stars dugout Monday night minutes before first pitch of the National Baseball Congress World Series sort of looked like a Spring Training game. And an All-Star Game. And a playoff game. And an old-timers game. All in one. More»
Matt Brown

ACC Preview: 20 Things To Know

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Our college football previews continue with out first Power Five conference breakdown, covering the ACC. While the league's depth is improving, it is still a two-team race for the conference championship between Clemson and Florida State. More»
David Ubben

Brash King Is Now Rio Royalty

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After some trash talk to her Russian rival Yulia Efimova over the weekend, U.S. swimmer Lilly King backed up her words on Monday night in the 100-meter breaststroke, winning gold in 1:04.93, while Efimova had to settle for silver. More»
Karim Zidan

Women's Water Polo: Ride the Wave

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In a sport where aquatic chaos is available in abundance, the U.S. women's water polo squad has proven that they are a commanding force. As the team begins its Rio run against China on Tuesday, all eyes are on gold. More»
Cy Brown

Predicting the EPL Best XI 2016-17

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We're only days away from the return of club soccer to our lives, as the English Premier League begins its 2016-17 campaign on Saturday. First up in our previews, a look at the best player in the league at each position. More»
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Antonio Pierce: Giant of the Game

Former New York Giants star Antonio Pierce joins EWC at the ICC and opens up on his hatred of the Jets, working for Howard Stern and the sports upset that made him cry. More»
Michael Tunison

Cryo Chambers Cooling Off Bucs

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers installed three cryo chambers in the team's headquarters that use liquid nitrogen to provide instant relief to players recovering from practice. How legit is the therapy? We asked tackle A.J. Francis. More»
Will Leitch

Believe in Baltimore: O's Are For Real

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The Orioles have been one of baseball's best teams over the last five years, but their success is always met with skepticism. But I'm done doubting them. This looks like a team that, right now, at this exact point, is starting to put it all together. More»
David Ubben

Sevens Heaven: Rugby's Rio Return

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Novelty versions of popular games are great for attracting casual fans. That's what rugby enthusiasts are hoping with rugby sevens bringing the sport back to the Olympics for the first time since 1924. More»
Alex Wong

Stars and Stripes Own Rio Hoops

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As the Olympics kicked off over the weekend, two of the best U.S. basketball teams in recent memory made their Rio debuts. Both the men's and women's squads won big and don't show any signs of slowing down. More»
Karim Zidan

Golden Girl: Ledecky Makes Rio Splash

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You know you've swum the race of your life when you're celebrating seconds before the other competitors have even reached the finish line. Katie Ledecky experienced just that en route to clinching her first gold at the Rio 2016 on Sunday night. More»
Karim Zidan

U.S. Beam Team Tough To Beat

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In an action-packed Sunday afternoon in Rio, the United States dominated the qualifying stage of the women's gymnastics event. Team USA finished in first, a whopping 10 points ahead of China. This squad is simply the best. More»
Manny Randhawa

Ichiro 3K: Crunching the Numbers

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On April 2, 2001, Ichiro Suzuki made his MLB debut. On Sunday, Ichiro became the first player who began his career in a foreign league to reach the 3,000-hit milestone. Where does he stack up against his peers in this exclusive club? More»
Matt Brown

Weekly Guide to the CFB Schedule

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The wait is nearly finished. We've reached August, a month in which college football will finally be played when Hawaii meets Cal in Australia at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26. Here's what we'll be watching the rest of the fall, with a week-by-week schedule guide. More»
Cy Brown

Recappin' Rio: Best of Day Two

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Here's a look back at some of the biggest moments of Sunday in Rio, including Katie Ledecky's record-smashing gold medal victory, Michael Phelps' relay run and the U.S. gymnastics squad's utter dominance. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Ichiro Always One of a Kind

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On Sunday, Ichiro got his 3,000th Major League hit, a triple against the Rockies in Colorado off Chris Rusin. It's a milestone that once seemed impossible for Ichiro to achieve, but if there's one thing we've learned about him, it's this: Never count him out. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Bye A-Rod, Hello Tigers, Puig In Limbo

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On Sunday, A-Rod announced his last game playing for the Yankees would be Aug. 12. How will he go out? Meanwhile, we take a look at Justin Verlander and the roaring Tigers, and examine what's next for the enigmatic Yasiel Puig. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL Cancels Hall Of Fame Game

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The NFL cancelled the Hall of Fame Game between the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts shortly before kickoff due to poor field conditions. More»
Magic Number

Furyk Shoots PGA-Tour Record 58

Jim Furyk set a PGA TOUR record with a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship on Sunday, sinking a short putt on the last hole and then thrusting his arms into the air in celebration. He's now part of golf history. More»
Alyson Footer

Former MLB Stars Shine At NBC W.S.

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Roy Oswalt is one of approximately 25 former Major Leaguers who are in Wichita this week to play for the Stars in the NBC (National Baseball Congress) World Series, an 83-year-old wood bat tournament that attracts college-age ballplayers from all over the country. More»
Mike Lupica

The Inauthenticity That Never Sleeps

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As Alex Rodriguez says goodbye to his playing career, even leaving himself wide open if he wants to come back next season, you wonder, once and for all, if he wonders how much better he could have done things, and not just in New York. More»
Matt Brown

Mountain West: 10 Things To Know

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Our college football 2016 conference preview series moves on with the Mountain West, which featured a surprise three league losses for Boise State last year. San Diego State is in good shape for a repeat, but the Broncos are ready to make a run back to the top. More»
The Canton Gang

FAVRE, DUNGY, HARRISON, PACE, GREENE, STABLER ENTER HALL

They came in No. 4 jerseys and wearing cheeseheads. They chanted "Go Pack Go." It was Lambeau Field transported to Ohio, with Brett Favre inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But he wasn't the only high-profile honoree. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Recappin' Rio: The Action From Day One

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Day One of #Rio2016 is in the books and it was a wild one. The USWNT squeaked by France, Kevin Durant helped the men's basketball team crush China, while U.S. athletes, in general, find themselves tied atop the medal leaderboard. More»
Cy Brown

Solo, Lloyd lead USWNT past France

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France came into its Rio 2016 group stage match with the USWNT riding a seven-game winning streak. But that streak was snapped, as a strong performance from Hope Solo and a goal from Carli Lloyd were enough for the U.S. to get a 1-0 win. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

How Brett Favre Saved Green Bay

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Brett Favre made his formal entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, so it feels only natural to reflect on the implausibility of his NFL journey. But his resurrection of the Green Bay Packers remains his crowning achievement. More»
David Adler

Rocket Has a Blast In Bridgeport

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Roger Clemens made his professional managerial debut for the Bridgeport Bluefish in Connecticut on Friday. Although the position was mainly ceremonial, it was interesting to see "Rocket" in a uni again, and he fielded every question. More»
Matt Brown

Sun Belt: 10 Things To Know

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Our college football conference previews for 2016 begin with the Sun Belt. It may not have the prestige of other FBS leagues, but it has a talented group of running backs and has an intriguing race at the top between Appalachian State, Arkansas State and Georgia Southern. More»
Michael Tunison

John Madden's Ideal Stabler Speech

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Former Raiders coach and broadcaster John Madden will induct Ken Stabler into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. We imagined a slightly more honest speech than the one that will likely be given. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Let the Games Begin: Rio's Opener

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As we've come to expect with any Olympic Opening Ceremony, Rio's fete on Friday was filled with pomp and circumstance. Highlights included Michael Phelps leading the U.S. team, Gisele Bundchen and the all-refugee contingent. More»
Karim Zidan

The Long Journey of Yusra Mardini

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Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini's participation in Rio, much like that of her teammates, is a tribute to the unrelenting perseverance of millions of people like her around the world. More»
Will Leitch

AFC North Preview 2016

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Every week until the start of the NFL season, we're breaking down a division, team-by-team. This week, it's the AFC North, where the Ravens are trying to recover from a down year and the Steelers should play some of the league's most exciting football. More»
Andrea Hangst

Steelers' Depth To The Rescue

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have had some unenviable luck over the course of the offseason, but the solutions already exist on the team's roster, something that many other teams could not boast if facing similar circumstances. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Snapshots From Every NFL Camp

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Rookies, injuries, free agent additions, breakouts, holdouts and suspensions ... just another summer in NFL training camps. We boil it down to the info you really need to know from all 32 teams right before preseason games begin. More»
Matt Brown

Barkley Returning Pride To the Lions

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For two years, Penn State has been stuck in a rut on offense, with struggles on the line compounding for a team unable to move the ball consistently. But a bright spot has emerged to inject needed optimism, in the form of star sophomore tailback Saquon Barkley. More»
David Ubben

Kenny Hill's Comeback Takes Shape

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Two years ago, Kenny Hill was one of the biggest rising stars in college football as Johnny Manziel's replacement at Texas A&M, until it all came crashing down in the middle of the season. Now, Hill is reinventing himself while competing for the TCU starting job. More»
Karim Zidan

Muhammad Mightier Than The Sword

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Underneath thick, padded fencing gear and a mask painted red, white and blue, Ibtihaj Muhammad appears to be no different to the remainder of Team USA's Olympic fencing squad. But she wears a hijab proudly, and that's no small thing. More»
Cy Brown

Rio 2016 viewer cheat sheet: Week 1

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Rio 2016 is here, which means more sports than we know what to do with. If Olympic overload gets you stressed, have no fear. We've come up with this cheat sheet so you can key in on the hottest events during the first week of the games. More»
Will Leitch

Best Throwback Jersey: Time to Vote!

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We love our brackets here at SoE. We've chosen the best MLB stadium, the best uniform and the best cap, all through an orderly, democratic process. Next up is our favorite MLB retro jerseys. Vote for your favorite! More»
Karim Zidan

Phelps: Team USA's Elder Statesman

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While legendary swimmer Michael Phelps is more than capable of notching another gold medal, his walk through the Maracanã Stadium on Friday may be the moment he cherishes the most at the Rio Games. More»
Cy Brown

Fans chant "Zika" at Hope Solo

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Brazilian fans serenaded Hope Solo with chants of "Zika!" in the USWNT's Olympic opener on Wednesday. The jeers stemmed from a pair of ill-conceived tweets Solo sent about the virus two weeks before the Olympics. More»
Sean Highkin

Westbrook's Deal Good For Both Sides

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Russell Westbrook agreed to a renegotiated deal with the Thunder that puts off his free agency at least one more year, until the summer of 2018.The full deal is worth in the neighborhood of $85 million over three years, which includes a raise in Westbrook's 2016-17 salary More»
Mike Lupica

Harper '16: Hope for Change In DC

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A funny thing happened to Bryce Harper staking his claim to taking his place with the biggest stars in American sports. He's simply not the same this season. But the Nationals have picked him up and are sitting pretty in the NL East. More»
Will Leitch

Post-Deadline Power Rankings

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Whoever wins the World Series will, of course, be all we'll remember this MLB season for. So after the Trade Deadline, with just two months until the playoffs begin, it's time to rank all 30 teams by likelihood of winning the World Series. More»
Alex Wong

Best Possible Fisher Comeback Teams

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Here are my favorite moments from Derek Fisher's 45-second training video, which he posted on Instagram on Tuesday night: all of them, every single second of it. So let's take it seriously and imagine the best possible landing spots for a Fisher comeback. More»
Joe Sparacio

Keeping Up With Myles Jones

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A Duke University product, lacrosse star Myles Jones was a two-time finalist for The Tewaaraton Award, which is given to the best college lacrosse player in the country. But his story goes much deeper than that. More»
David Ubben

When Football Meets the Olympics

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Oregon receiver Devon Allen won't be at Ducks preseason football camp, because he's in Rio competing in the 110-meter hurdles for the United States, joining an impressive list of crossover football and Olympic stars. More»
Matt Brown

Top 25 College Football Defenses

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There aren't many surprises when it comes to the best defenses in college football. In fact, one could get away with putting Alabama at the top of the list pretty much any year at this point and be safe. So how do the top units stack up for 2016? More»
Karim Zidan

Top 25 U.S. Athletes at Rio 2016

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The U.S. arrived in Rio de Janeiro with a 554-member squad for the 2016 Olympic Games. Two hundred and sixty-two men and a record-high 292 women will compete at this year's Summer Games. Who are the ones to watch? We break it down. More»
Michael Tunison

How The Rams Can Win Over L.A.

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The Los Angeles Rams had to cancel a "legends flag football game" due to low demand. The knock on Los Angeles getting professional football again was that the locals are too fickle to support a franchise long-term, so what can the team do to help? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Cowboys still running in place

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With a drama-free offseason, a healthy return for Tony Romo and a reloaded defense, the Cowboys could have established themselves as not just NFC East frontrunners, but potentially title contenders. But they didn't. More»
Matt Brown

Auburn Starts Camp By Dismissing RB

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College football's preseason camps are opening this week, and there's already been a lot of unexpected misfortune for teams that have experienced their fair share of misfortune over the last year. The biggest is at Auburn, which dismissed tailback Jovon Robinson. More»
Cy Brown

USWNT opens Rio 2016 with Win

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The opening ceremony isn't until Friday, but the U.S. women's national team already has its first win of Rio 2016. In its first match on the quest to win a fourth consecutive gold medal, the USWNT defeated New Zealand 2-0 Wednesday night in Belo Horizonte. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Phelps To Carry Flag For The U.S.

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The only experience that could possibly top competing in the Olympics it is the act of leading your country's entire roster in the Opening Ceremonies, which is exactly what has been bestowed upon swimming legend Michael Phelps. More»
Cy Brown

Baseball to return at Tokyo 2020

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The International Olympic Committee approved baseball and softball for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo Wednesday. Karate, skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing were also approved for '20. More»
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Chastain Covers The Whole Field

Soccer legend and former Olympic champ Brandi Chastain talks about the current USWNT, the pain of getting cut and the worst sports from past Summer Games. Hint: Solo synchronized swimming is harder than you think. More»
Ross Tucker

How to Build a Winning Lineman

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Drafting offensive linemen in the first round, especially in the top ten selections, used to be considered the "safe" pick. Recent years has proven it is anything but, which begs the question: What happened? More»
Will Leitch

Don't Make Puig Into Someone He's Not

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The Dodgers demoted Yasiel Puig on Tuesday, and all our thoughts about him representing some new strain of baseball, a direction toward the future, got smothered by the unfortunate reality that baseball is an incredibly hard game to play on a day-to-day basis. More»
Cy Brown

The USWNT Is Still Gold Standard

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The 2016 Summer Olympics officially starts Friday, although one squad has already begun its Rio run: The U.S. women's national soccer team beat New Zealand on Wednesday, 2-0, with goals from Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. More»
Terence Moore

Irish Face Ultimate QB Question

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Malik Zaire. DeShone Kizer. Brandon Wimbush. They're not quite Johnny Lujack, Angelo Bertelli or Joe Montana individually, but collectively, they give Notre Dame an all-time great quarterback competition and a tough decision for Brian Kelly. More»
Matt Brown

Top 25 College Football Offenses

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Which college football teams do we feel most confident in consistently moving the ball and scoring this season? Very few offenses enter the season with no big questions, but many teams can feel relatively confident on that side of the ball. More»
Michael Tunison

Fantasy Football Team Name Tips

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What's the only thing you can really control about fantasy football? A team name that will make your buddies laugh. Here's a list of suggestions to start the brainstorming this season. More»
Alex Wong

Dream On: Rio Can Be '92 Flashback

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If the 2016 U.S. men's basketball team doesn't have the same flash as the '92 team, what they do have is the advantage of being in an age of hyper information. And that gives them a chance to leave their own cultural imprint. More»
Richard Justice

After Trades and Consequences

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In the year since MLB's domestic violence policy was implemented, Manfred has suspended three players: Aroldis Chapman for 30 games, Jose Reyes for 51 and Hector Olivera. All three have now changed teams, with one DFA'd. More»
Allison Duffy-Davis

Photos Of The Week

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This past week, we saw amazing photographs from Rio di Janeiro, Brazil, as the Olympics descended upon the city, to Melbourne, Australia, where the Kangaroos defeated the Saints in AFL play. Here are the top 10 photos from July 26 to Aug. 1. More»
Will Leitch

The Dumbest July Sports Stories

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Every month, we take a look at the 10 dumbest sports stories and controversies of the month, a task that is shockingly easy. July featured plenty of strange happenings in sports, but nothing can top the long-awaited end of Deflategate. More»
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Logan Browning Will 'Floor' You

The star of VH1's "Hit the Floor" joins Express Written Content at the International Champions Cup to talk super powers, movies based on toys and guys who can't dance (pro tip: "Electric Slide" isn't necessarily a bad move). More»
Will Leitch

Trade Deadline Impact On All 30 Teams

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As usual, the MLB Trade Deadline left everyone's heads spinning. Some teams went big, some teams started over and some teams just watched everyone else. But every team (except one) is a little bit different today that it was a month ago. More»
Matt Brown

Harbaugh's Michigan Built To Win Now

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The offseason circus is nearly complete, and now Jim Harbaugh and Michigan are tasked with backing up all the attention with positive results on the field. Unfortunately for the rest of college football, the Wolverines are worth their building hype. More»
Mike Lupica

Yanks Got Old; Finally, They Get Bold

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A week ago, the Yankees were the Back-End All-Stars, a dreary, mediocre, uninteresting team lousy with has-beens. By 2018, and maybe even sooner than that, they will become the kind of young powerhouse the Cubs are. More»
Karim Zidan

The Shadows Over Rio

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When Rio de Janeiro was awarded the right to host the 2016 Olympic Games back in 2009, Brazil had a booming economy, a popular leader and a progressive society. Seven years removed, the country is in crisis mode. More»
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Hey, Jay! METS ACQUIRE BRUCE FROM REDS

The New York Mets have acquired All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds for infielder Dilson Herrera and minor league left-hander Max Wotell. More»
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YANKS DEAL BELTRAN TO RANGERS FOR FORMER 1ST-ROUND PICK

The Yankees stepped up their rebuilding Monday, trading outfielder Carlos Beltran to the AL West-leading Texas Rangers for right-hander Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft, and two other pitching prospects. More»
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A'S TRADE RICH HILL, JOSH REDDICK TO DODGERS

The Oakland Athletics traded right fielder Josh Reddick and left-hander Rich Hill to the contending Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday for a trio of pitching prospects. More»
Michael Tunison

Cam's Presser Looks: A Preview

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A look ahead at what attire we might expect from the always-stylin' Cam Newton at press conferences during the 2016 season. No hoodies here. More»
Will Leitch

Dealing With Deadline Craziness

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The Trade Deadline in Major League Baseball has always been a time for wild speculation and guesswork, but in the age of social media and the constant need for any scrap of information, it can sometimes get out of control. More»
David Ubben

UAB Blazing a Trail For 2017 Return

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For nearly every college football team, real games are just a month away. For UAB, the long wait continues. After the program was shut down and then revived, Bill Clark and his staff are busy readying the Blazers for a return to the FBS in 2017 following a two-year absence. More»