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FWIW, Tony Romo Can't Dance

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What does Tony Romo have in common with your middle aged dad? You don't want them dancing. Meanwhile, Torii Hunter makes a strong case for fans to leave their gloves at home. More»
Mike Lupica

Pivotal Stretch For Sox, Skipper

Before we get to Memorial Day, people are starting to talk about Red Sox manager, John Farrell, because that is just the way things go, and not just in Boston. An underachieving team can still turn things around, though, to save the manager's job. More»
Cy Brown

Sports World Unites For Manchester

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Manchester United, Manchester City and a number of athletes took to Twitter to express their grief and disbelief over a bombing that killed 22 and injured 59 people late Monday night after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Odds Report: May Edition

Every month, we take a look at the MLB playoff picture with the help of Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds Report. This month, the Mets and Red Sox may be in better shape than the standings say, while there's skepticism about the Orioles and Twins. More»
Will Leitch

Teams Still Chasing Title Chance

The Nashville Predators finally have the monkey off their back, as they have reached a Stanley Cup Final, but there are 17 other teams which have never even reached the pinnacle of sports, let alone won a championship. More»
NBA Playoffs

Sweep Dreams For Golden State

Steph Curry scored 36 points and the Warriors completed a dominant sweep over the Spurs in the Western Conference Final with a 129-115 victory Monday night, becoming the first team in NBA history to start the playoffs 12-0. More»
Joe DeLessio

Pred of the Class! The West's Best

Certain NHL teams and markets get more visibility and promotional love. But sometimes it's just as important for one of the league's non-preferred members to enjoy the spotlight. Say hello to the Predators, winners of the West. More»
Alex Wong

King's Crown Still Heavy in Cleveland

The Cavs finally lost a game, blowing a 21-point lead on Sunday at home to the Celtics. Most of the talk afterward, though, wasn't about whether Boston still has a chance -- it was about LeBron's poor performance. Incredibly, he still has doubters. More»
Matt Brown

College Linebacker Rankings 2017

Sports on Earth's 2017 college football player rankings series began last week with the best receivers and continues with the top 35 linebackers, headlined by dynamic LSU pass rusher Arden Key and many other rising stars. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Rangers For Real? Behind the Numbers

The Rangers have won 11 of their past 12 games, surging past .500 and into second place in the American League West, significantly out-playing sabermetric expectations. But, looking closely at the numbers, they may not be able to keep it up. More»
Ross Tucker

Reporting Concussions Not So Simple

Concussion reporting is a hot topic after the comments from Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, indicating that Brady has suffered concussions in his career, including one last year. The issue is unfortunately complicated. More»
Joe Sparacio

The Preakness Stakes in Photos

The Preakness Stakes was a fun day at the track, especially for Cloud Computing and jockey Javier Castellano. Let's take a closer look at the festivities. More»
Joe Posnanski

The Mysteries of Novak

As a recent No. 1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic's current struggles on the tennis court aren't about skills. He's not hurt. He hasn't suddenly slowed down. Maybe the spark of greatness is simply getting harder and harder to summon. More»
Will Leitch

The NBA Finals We Hate to Love

Fans have been complaining about the repeated possibility of a Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals matchup all season, but secretly it's the one we all want and need. Here's why that's the case. More»
NHL Playoffs

Pens Ice Out Sens to Take Series Lead

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it "getting to our game." Physically translated, it looks like the 60 minutes Pittsburgh put together Sunday in a 7-0 demolition of the Senators in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final to take a 3-2 advantage in the series. More»
NBA Playoffs

High C's: Thomas-less Boston Shocks Cavs

Avery Bradley's 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday night in Game 3 More»
Alex Wong

How To Fix The NBA Playoffs

This year's NBA playoffs have been lacking in suspense, as the two best teams in the league -- the Cavs and Warriors -- seem to be on a collision course to meet in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season. How can the playoffs be improved? More»
Anthony Castrovince

Fishing For Ways to Stop Trout

The fact that Terry Collins considered intentionally walking Mike Trout with the bases loaded over the weekend just gives us occasion to point out the very ridiculous reality that right now Trout is a better hitter than he has ever been before. More»
Joe DeLessio

Penguins' Netminder Over Matter

The Penguins raised a few eyebrows when they replaced Marc-Andre Fleury with Matt Murray in goal for Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators. But the main question for Pittsburgh may be: Can the team continue to score? More»
Cy Brown

Drama On The EPL's Last Day

After nine months and 380 matches, the English Premier League season has come to a close. Liverpool secured top four while Arsenal missed it for the first time in 20 years. And Harry Kane won the Golden Boot with a hat trick. More»
Cy Brown

Cloud Computing Wins the Preakness

Always Dreaming fell short in pursuit of the Triple Crown with a loss in the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. Cloud Computing won the race after an incredible surge down the home stretch to barely edge Classic Empire. More»
Richard Justice

No Doubting Ortiz's Legacy In Boston

Fifty years from now, David Ortiz's legacy will not be complicated. He'll be remembered as one of the greatest players of his generation and a larger-than-life figure, and whether he did or didn't fail a test for performance-enhancing drugs 14 years ago is no longer relevant. More»
NBA Playoffs

Boston Massacre: Cavs Embarrass Celtics

An NBA playoff-record, 41-point halftime lead. A franchise record for total points. A 13th consecutive playoff win, tying another league record. It was all part of a huge 130-86 Cavaliers win over the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night. More»
David Ubben

2017 Preakness Stakes Cheat Sheet

The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore is set for a 6:45 ET start time on Saturday, with Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming a solid favorite to get a step closer to the Triple Crown. Here's where to put your money. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Top 8 Potential MLB Callups

As we enter the latter part of May, we're quickly approaching the part of the season in which some of the game's top prospects are likely to be called up to the majors. Which elite youngsters headline the list? Let's scout them out. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

Baseball, hockey, horse racing, hockey and hoops will be highlighting the sports landscape on Saturday and Sunday, with plenty of action to keep you planted on the couch. Let us be your viewing guide. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL: Best to Swap Safety For Ties?

NFL owners are expected to pass a measure that would reduce overtime in the regular season from 15 minutes to 10 minutes in an effort to reduce the number of snaps players take. Is that worth the almost certain increase in tie games? More»
Lindsay Berra

Red Nose Riders are On a Mission

A ground of cyclists wearing fake red noses are excited to make a difference next week and help end poverty. Red Nose Day, and the Red Nose Ride, has raised more than $1 billion to help children in need worldwide, all while keeping its participants in shape. More»
Will Leitch

3 Most Disappointing Teams In MLB

Sometimes, baseball teams that dominate one year fall apart the next, going from the postseason to the bottom of the division. There are three teams this year in danger of doing just that. Which are likely to rebound and which might be too far gone? More»
Mike Lupica

New Yanks Have Staying Power

Yankees fans still talk about Yankee Universe -- but what they really want is order being restored to the baseball universe. And now they hope that kids like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez begin to do that, as they have become a team to watch again. More»
Cy Brown

Chris Cornell Loved Seattle Sports

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Chris Cornell, who died on Wednesday, wasn't just a legendary rockstar and one of the great frontmen of all-time. He was also a huge Seattle sports fan who was angry when the Sonics left town and elated that the Seahawks won the Super Bowl. More»
Matt Brown

Don't Sleep On Miami In ACC Race

Miami went 9-4 last season in Mark Richt's debut as coach, and the Hurricanes may have been better than you remember. While they need to find a new quarterback, they enter the 2017 season with legitimate hopes of a long-awaited breakthrough in the ACC. More»
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FWIW, Cro Can't Stop Procreating

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Antonio Cromartie's doctor is revealed. And in an era where top secret information is so important, the NBA demonstrates there are no loose lips in their organization. It's a new episode of "FWIW" with Robert Flores, the latest thing you can hate on the internet. More»
Cy Brown

The EPL Drama Is Not Over

Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal will vie for the third and fourth spots in the Premier League table on Sunday, the final matchday of the campaign. Two will qualify for the Champions League, while one will be left picking up the pieces. More»
Will Leitch

Taking Stock In 5 MLB Surprise Teams

Every year, we predict the same teams to make the postseason that made the leap the previous year. And every year, we're proven wrong. Which surprising teams in 2017 have a chance to hold on to their early success? More»
Mike Lupica

Trout on the Town: Big Star In NYC

Mike Trout, the best baseball player in this world, will gets an extra trip to New York this weekend, when the Angels play the Mets. It is a very big deal, because of Trout's big talent for baseball. The city receives a most honored baseball guest. More»
David Ubben

Most Uneven Trades in Sports History

In 2013, the Nets -- trying to add flash to their Brooklyn move -- gave up a treasure trove of draft picks to the Celtics for aging veterans. How does that awful swap stand alongside some of the other worst trades in sports history? More»
Alex Wong

Cavs Feel the Love Against Boston

The Cleveland Cavaliers opened the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston with another resounding victory. And while LeBron delivered another masterpiece, the real story was Kevin Love, who will be crucial in the Cavs' title pursuit. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Key MLB Quarter-Mark Questions

We are 25 percent of the way through the MLB season, which is deep enough to come to some conclusions but, alas, not deep enough to answer all the questions we took into the year. If anything, it's only created more questions. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Coaches Under The Most Pressure

Twenty-one college football head coaching jobs opened by the end of last season, continuing the trend of the highly active coaching carousel on an annual basis. So, as the 2017 season nears, let's take a look at the coaches under the most pressure in each conference. More»
SoE Staff

Harper's 15 Historic Homers in Photos

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On Tuesday night, Bryce Harper did something that not many Big League players have done in their careers, let alone before the age of 25 -- he managed to homer in every National League ballpark. Let's take a photographic look back at the magnificent feat. More»
Alex Wong

5 Burning Questions: C's vs. Cavs

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The top-seeded Boston Celtics are facing off against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, starting Wednesday. Can Danny Ainge's squad shock the nation and pull off an upset? More»
Mike Lupica

Astros' Blueprint the Right Stuff

The Astros, for now, and maybe for this whole season, are the best team in baseball, the best mix of young and old and hitting and pitching and defense. Manager A.J. Hinch talked about his players' confidence and the trust he puts in them. More»
Michael Tunison

Gisele: Brady Had Concussion in '16

In an interview with CBS, Gisele Bundchen expressed her concern about husband Tom Brady's concussion history and mentioned that the New England Patriots quarterback suffered one that was unreported during the 2016 season. More»
Ross Tucker

Will Romo & Cutler be good On TV?

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Tony Romo said thanks but no thanks to a starting quarterback job in Houston and Jay Cutler decided to step away from the game at age 34. Why? They got premier jobs in broadcasting with CBS and FOX. What do their peers think about this? More»
Will Leitch

Managers Making Their Hall Case

The Cubs' Joe Maddon won his 1,000th game as a Major League Baseball manager on Tuesday night, making him the eighth active manager to reach that mark. Is he a Hall of Famer? Let's take a look at the possible Hall candidates among today's active managers. More»
NBA Playoffs

2 Good: Warriors Stay Gold Against Spurs

Stephen Curry had 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in three quarters and the Warriors trounced the short-handed Spurs, running away from San Antonio for a 136-100 rout Tuesday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. More»
Alex Wong

7 NBA Draft Lottery Takeaways

The NBA Draft lottery is always filled with excitement, great outfits, even better reactions and the potential for franchises to have their trajectory altered for better or worse. From the Celtics at No. 1 to Kings' "ransom," here's what we learned. More»
Terence Moore

Ball Don't Lie: In Defense of LaVar

I don't have a problem with LaVar Ball. Neither should you nor all of those folks wringing their hands over a guy who isn't exactly Daddy Dearest or somebody worse, such as Marv Marinovich, the scariest father ever of a pro athlete in waiting. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Place the Face: MLB Edition

Aaron Judge recently starred in a skit where he asked Yankee fans about their favorite players to see how long it would take them to realize they were talking to one of them. What other players could possibly go incognito like that? More»
Matt Brown

Buy OK State As Playoff Contender

Even in a period of success, Oklahoma State is usually overshadowed by rival Oklahoma, and that's been especially true the past two years. But with QB Mason Rudolph and WR James Washington back, the Cowboys have legitimate playoff aspirations. More»
SoE Staff

Top 5 Athletes On Earth This Week

Each week, the Sports on Earth staff presents the greatest sports performances we can find anywhere in the world. This week, baseball's best player makes an appearance, as does the youngest golfer on the PGA Tour. More»
NBA Draft

Celtics Win Lottery, Lakers Get No. 2 Pick

The Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago. The Lakers were other big winners, moving up one spot to second to hold onto their pick, while the Sixers land at No. 3. More»
Allison Duffy-Davis

Top 13 Photos Of The Week

Hit the pitch or head to the track: 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 May 11-16. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Underrated and Overrated NFL Teams

With free agency, the draft and schedules settled, a clear picture of the 2017 NFL season is developing. So, let's look at the three most underrated and overrated teams headed into next season, based on the latest Football Outsiders projections. More»
Karim Zidan

Federer's Strategy to Prolong Career

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Roger Federer gave a prepared statement as to why he withdrew from the French Open this year. But when it comes down to it, the aging tennis star is simply trying to save his body as he works toward winning an eighth Wimbledon title. More»
Seerat Sohi

Can the Spurs win without Leonard?

After Zaza Pachulia caused Kawhi Leonard to come down awkwardly and re-injure his ankle, Gregg Popovich had some choice words for the media about the Warriors' center. Do the Spurs have any hopes of winning Game 2 and beyond without their ailing star? More»
NHL Playoffs

Take 2: Pens Over Sens

In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final on Monday night, the Penguins' Phil Kessel took a feed from Evgeni Malkin and zipped a wrist shot by Senators goalie Craig Anderson 13:05 into the third period. Pittsburgh evened the series with a 1-0 victory. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Price Bryce: Harper's True FA Value

Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals came to terms on a record one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player ($21.625 million for 2018). But just how ridiculous is Harper's eventual free agent contract going to be? More»
Matt Brown

College Receiver Rankings 2017

Each week, Sports on Earth is counting down the best returning college football players at every position entering the 2017 season. Our series begins with rankings of the nation's 30 best wide receivers and 15 best tight ends. More»
NBA Playoffs

Green Machine: Celtics Beat Wiz In Game 7

Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and had 12 assists, Kelly Olynyk scored a career-playoff high 26 points and the Boston Celtics used a big fourth quarter to outlast the Washington Wizards, 115-105, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night. More»
Carmine Carcieri

The Players Championship In Photos

Beyond the historical context of Si Woo Kim's victory, the sights and sounds of TPC Sawgrass and the drama that always follows The Players Championship separates it from the other non-major tournaments. These photos are just some of the highlights. More»
Will Leitch

Pop Gives Us All Perspective

On Sunday, before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took time out to discuss the state of the nation, a Hall of Fame coach going out of his way to offer refreshing pregame perspective. More»
Michael Tunison

Mowins To Call Week 1 MNF Game

Beth Mowins and Rex Ryan will reportedly call the second game of a Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader for ESPN. That would make Mowins only the second woman ever to call an NFL regular season game, and the first in a prime time game. More»
Golf News

Youth is Served At TPC Sawgrass

Si Woo Kim made Sunday at The Players Championship look like child's play, keeping a clean card to the end for a 3-under 69. He become the youngest champion in the 44-year history of the biggest tournament this side of the majors. More»
NHL Playoffs

Fine Feathers: Ducks Take Down Preds

Just when the Ducks appeared to be in serious danger of losing two straight home games to start their second straight series, they made a thrilling surge of four goals in less than 19 minutes, beating the Predators, 5-3, on Sunday to even the Western Conference Finals. More»
Alex Wong

Dubs' Dynamic Duo Looks Golden

After trailing by as many as 25 points to the Spurs in Game 1, the Warriors went on an 18-0 run led by their two stars, eventually winning, 113-111. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant found their groove, and that's bad news for San Antonio. More»
Alex Wong

Celtics & Wizards Are in 7th Heaven

While the Celtics franchise has 17 championships compared to just one for the Wizards -- which they won in 1978 as the Bullets -- Boston and Washington has emerged as the best rivalry in the East. It culminates Monday night's Game 7. More»
David Ubben

History of NBA's Dirtiest Deeds

With one small tweak, closing out on a shooter can morph from great hustle play on defense into a dirty move. Just ask Zaza Pachulia, who was accused of intentionally landing on Kawhi Leonard's ankle on Sunday. Here, we put the controversy in context. More»
Anthony Castrovince

2 Legit: A Post-Jeter Power Ranking

Mere minutes after Derek Jeter was honored Sunday night, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, wearing Jeter's number on his back, hit a grand slam. Here, just for fun, is a power ranking of players currently donning the deuce. More»
Manny Randhawa

Kill The Win? Pitchers Weigh In

With so many factors in a game outside the starting pitcher's control, the debate over whether the pitcher win is relevant anymore has been raging in recent years. What do Major League starting pitchers think about the utility of the stat? More»
NBA Playoffs

Golden Statement: Warriors Rally Past Spurs

Stephen Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the Warriors rallied from way behind after Kawhi Leonard was lost to an ankle injury to beat the Spurs 113-111 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. More»
Alex Wong

Q&A: Jeremy Schaap on Sports Media

ESPN's "E:60" has moved to a permanent weekly Sunday timeslot at 9 a.m. ET. We chatted with co-host Jeremy Schaap about sports journalism, how it intertwines with the rest of the world, his own personal inspirations and more. More»
Cliff Corcoran

If the Yanks Retired Every Number ...

The Yankees will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 on Sunday. With that, the team will have retired every single-digit number except zero. At the rate they're going, the Yanks might as well retire them all. If they did, here are the other players who would draw the honor. More»
Alex Wong

Spurs-Warriors: 5 Burning Questions

The Warriors head into Sunday's Western Conference Finals opener against the Spurs having won all eight of their playoff games. Can San Antonio stop them ... or at least slow them down? We answer the biggest questions of the series. More»
NHL Playoffs

Right Said Pred: Nashville Wins In OT

The Predators' James Neal scored 9:24 into overtime, and Nashville started its first appearance in the Western Conference finals with a 3-2 road victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. More»
NBA Playoffs

Wall That Ends Well: Late 3 Lifts Wizards

John Wall stood atop the scorer's table, celebrating his 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead basket that put his Wizards into a Game 7 against the Celtics. It was the perfect finish to Washington's 92-91 victory at home that wasn't short on drama. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

Golf, hockey, hoops and Derek Jeter will be dominating the sports landscape on Saturday and Sunday, with plenty of action to keep you planted on the couch. Let us be your viewing guide. More»
Cy Brown

Chelsea Greatly: Blues Win EPL Title

Chelsea clinched the English Premier League title on Friday, the apex of a dominant season from the Blues and Italian manager Antonio Conte. Instead of adapting to England, Conte made England adapt to him. More»
Cy Brown

Like Mother, Like Daughter In Sports

In celebration of Mother's Day on Sunday, we looked back at moms who not only excelled in the sports world, but who also had amazing athletes as daughters. Mother doesn't just know best. She's got game. More»
Michael Tunison

Brady Ain't Afraid of No Madden Curse

Tom Brady is the next cover athlete for the popular Madden video game franchise and he made it clear he isn't afraid of the often overblown curse associated with the honor. More»
Mike Lupica

Derek's Decades: I Love 2 York

Derek Jeter was never the best player in baseball during his time in the game, but he was the player the kids wanted to be, and it is all inextricably tied to the fact that it all happened as the Yankees became the Yankees again. More»
Will Leitch

Cards-Cubs More Heated Than Ever

No longer are the Cardinals the big brother with all the championships in their rivalry with the Cubs. This new era of Cubs dominance will put an extra charge into any Cardinals-Cubs series, and this weekend's feels particularly noteworthy. More»
Matt Brown

Cowboy Up: Allen's Moment Awaits

A year ago, nobody had ever heard of Josh Allen. Now, the Wyoming quarterback is being hyped as the potential No. 1 pick in next year's NFL Draft. As attention grows over the next year, will Allen's game stand up to the newfound scrutiny? More»
Alex Wong

Pop Stars: Spurs Soar to WCF

Without Kawhi Leonard for Game 6, some may have believed Spurs-Rockets would go seven. But San Antonio had other ideas, putting together its most complete game of the series and dismantling Houston on the road, 114-75. More»
Cy Brown

7 Storylines for a Classic UCL Final

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The 2017 UEFA Champions League final is set. Real Madrid and Juventus will meet June 3 in Cardiff, Wales to battle it out for Ol' Big Ears. It's an historic matchup between two legendary clubs, with equally legendary players in tow, and it has all the makings of a classic contest. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Spring's Cy Young Contenders

To this point in the season, the top pitching performers in each league can be split neatly into two groups: The perennial contenders and the mid-May surprises. Let's take a look at which hurlers have a chance to keep up their excellence. More»
Will Leitch

MLB's Good, Bad and Unlucky

Many teams have surprised fans to open the season, from the surging Yankees to the flailing Giants. But Lady Luck is always responsible for some teams' successes and failures. Which fan bases should be worried? More»
Joe DeLessio

Caps Heartbreak Is Worse Every Year

The Capitals have been here before. So many times, in fact, that it's impossible not to compare the relative disappointments of their many early playoff exits. Wednesday's Game 7 loss to the Penguins in the second round may be the worst of them all. More»
NHL Playoffs

Duck Season! Anaheim Finishes Oilers In 7

The Anaheim Ducks ended their streak of five straight Game 7 losses with a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night, advancing to the Western Conference finals for the second time in three years. More»
NBA Playoffs

Boston Breaks Wizards' Spell In Game 5

Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 29 points, Isaiah Thomas chipped in nine assists and the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards at home, 123-101, to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. More»
NHL Playoffs

Pens Cap Off Series Win With Fab Fluery

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 29 shots in a turn-back-the-clock performance to shut out the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 on Wednesday night, sending Pittsburgh to the Eastern Conference finals to face the Ottawa Senators. More»
Anthony Castrovince

5 Early MLB Trade Predictions

Baseball's trade season doesn't typically begin to take shape until after the MLB Draft, which is still a month away. But just for some good, clean fun, let's read some tea leaves and make a few way-too-early predictions. More»
Matt Brown

The 2017 College All-Comeback Team

Injury luck can often play a big part in college football title races, and several teams are about to be boosted by the returns of star players who missed some or all of 2016. We've compiled the best comeback players at every position heading into 2017. More»
SoE Original

FWIW, The Dark Knight Jams Out

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Have you been paying attention this whole Matt Harvey fiasco? Well, the Mets pitcher got the Ferris Bueller treatment. Meanwhile, you might be missing out on the best or stupidest sport and some dudes just can't protect the family jewels. More»
Mike Lupica

Bronx, Queens: Tale of Two Teams

So much has happened this season already in New York baseball, on both sides of town, more winning from the Yankees on the field, more drama from the Mets off it. You see how much the sport matters in the city. And we're just getting started. More»
Joe Sparacio

Top 14 Photos Of The Week

Derby Day and baseketball galore! 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 14 photos from May 3-10. More»
Will Leitch

Leave Extra Innings Alone

For some reason, people are overreacting to Sunday night's 18-inning game between the Cubs and Yankees, bringing up the possibility of rule changes to include ties. That would be a big mistake in this humble fan's opinion. More»
Cliff Corcoran

3 Under-The-Radar Teams to Watch

We're five weeks into the 2017 MLB season, and it has been mostly characterized by the surprising starts from the Yankees, O's and Rockies. But there are three other teams who have gotten off to good starts that demand our attention. More»
Alex Wong

Isaiah Thomas' Unlikely Mentor? Kobe

If the Boston Celtics end up beating the Wizards and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals, fans might have to thank one of their most hated rivals: Kobe Bryant. The former Laker star has been a mentor to Isaiah Thomas. More»
Seerat Sohi

Manu of the Hour: Spurs Win Thriller

Game 5 between the Rockets and the Spurs in San Antonio was largely a war of attrition that went into overtime. Then, Manu Ginobili did his thing, channeling the former glory that will one day land him in the Basketball Hall of Fame. More»
Terence Moore

Cavs-Warriors, Part 3? Bring It On

Unless the basketball gods lose their minds, we'll get yet another rematch of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. No matter how you feel about either team, it's a classic showdown. More»
NHL Playoffs

Manu of the Hour: Spurs Win OT Thriller

Manu Ginobli came up big, Danny Green scored seven of his 16 points in overtime, and the Spurs overcame an injury to Kawhi Leonard to beat James Harden and the Rockets, 110-107, on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their second-playoff series. More»
SoE Staff

Top 5 Athletes On Earth This Week

Each week, the Sports on Earth staff presents the greatest sports performances we can find anywhere in the world. This week, Aaron Judge makes another appearance, he King showed off on the hardwood and a horse breaks into our top echelon. More»
NHL Playoffs

Sens-sational! Ottawa Finishes Off Rangers

Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators showed off their toughness in the third period on Wednesday against the New York Rangers at the Garden. The Rangers pushed, but the resilient Senators held on -- all the way to their first Eastern Conference final in 10 years. More»
Matt Brown

Meyer Off To Historic Start At OSU

Urban Meyer's fifth season at Ohio State ended with a disastrous loss to Clemson, made only more surprising by his historic success thus far in Columbus. With a 61-6 record, Meyer's first five years with the Buckeyes compare favorably to other coaching greats. More»
Michael Tunison

Caps Confront Greatest Foe: Hope

The Capitals are one win away from making their first appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals of the Alex Ovechkin era. All they have to do is conquer their two greatest foes: the Pittsburgh Penguins and the poisonous delusion of hope. More»
Cy Brown

Dani Alves Is A Soccer Genius

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Barcelona let Dani Alves leave the club on a free transfer last summer. And it's turned out to be the one of the most boneheaded transfer moves in years as he put together a legendary showing for Juventus in the UEFA Champions League semifinals. More»
Will Leitch

How Will We Remember Ryan Howard?

Ryan Howard was released from his Minor League contract by the Atlanta Braves on Monday, likely ending his baseball career. Howard is an MVP and World Series winner, but his late-career struggles make one wonder how his career will be viewed. More»
Alex Wong

Blue Jays Shifting Toward New Era

Edwin Encarnacion returned to the Rogers Centre on Monday for the first time since leaving the Blue Jays for the Indians. Blue Jays fans gave him a warm welcome, but it also served as a reminder of the work the franchise has to do to rebuild moving forward. More»
David Ubben

Warriors, Cavs Sweeping Into History

While the NBA playoffs have lacked intrigue, they've hosted plenty of dominance. Since the NBA moved to a best-of-seven first round in 2003, we've never seen two teams reach the conference finals without a loss in the same season. Until now. More»
NBA Playoffs

Warriors Make A Splash With Another Sweep

Stephen Curry scored 30 points and the Golden State Warriors completed a second-round sweep of the Utah Jazz with a 121-95 victory on Monday night. The defending Western Conference champions have won both their series in four games. More»
Matt Brown

Next Step For CFB Breakthrough Teams

A handful of college football teams had breakout years last year in which they won double-digit games and ended various kinds of poll droughts. Now, they're tasked with keeping the momentum going in follow-up seasons in 2017. Can they sustain their success? More»
Joe Sparacio

A Day at the Races: The Derby in Photos

One day in May each year, people put on their sharpest suits and colorful floral dresses, pair them with shades and floppy hats and head to the track to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. And in 2017, that day came and went this past Saturday. Come take a closer look. More»
Alex Wong

Raptors Face Offseason Dilemmas

After getting swept by LeBron James and the Cavs in the second round of the playoffs, it's clear that the Toronto Raptors have reached their ceiling with what they have. Changes are coming, and Raptors GM Masai Ujiri must decide what direction to take the team in. More»
Seerat Sohi

Solving Harden Is Almost Impossible

In Game 1 and Game 4 against San Antonio, James Harden showed how Houston's offense can be impossible to guard. It all revolved around Harden and his ability to wait for opponents to make mistakes. More»
Mike Lupica

Rough Knight: Mets Have a Headache

It wasn't that long ago when Matt Harvey was nicknamed the Dark Knight, the savior of the New York Mets. Now? The Mets suspended Harvey for three days and the relationship doesn't seem like it's going to get better anytime soon. More»
Will Leitch

We Can't Ignore Harper's Greatness

This is Bryce Harper's sixth season in the Major Leagues, and yet the 2015 NL MVP is still younger than other superstars like Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant and Manny Machado. Somehow, despite all Harper has accomplished, he's just getting started. That's scary. More»
Alexander Goot

Talladega Heights: Ballad of Ricky Jr.

After a few wild overtime laps, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday in a frantic closing stretch. More»
Matt Brown

Bama vs. The Field: The No. 1 Debate

With spring practice finished, college football is entering the quietest time of the offseason, a time inevitably spent overthinking preseason rankings for several months. For all the analysis, the top shouldn't require much thinking, though: Pick Alabama. More»
NHL Playoffs

7 Is Heaven For Oilers In Duck Hunt

Leon Draisaitl had three goals and two assists, Mark Letestu added two goals and two assists, and the Oilers cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinal series. More»
NBA Playoffs

Rockets Rock Spurs, But May Lose Nene

James Harden scored 28 points, Eric Gordon added 22 and the Rockets rebounded from consecutive losses to beat the Spurs, 125-104, on Sunday night and tie the series at 2 games apiece. But Houston center Nene left with a pulled groin injury and didn't return. More»
NBA Playoffs

Wall Good! Wiz Kids Even Up Series

The Washington Wizards routed the Boston Celtics, 121-102, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Sunday night thanks to a 26-0 third-quarter run that featured big-time contributions from John Wall, Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris and Otto Porter. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Marwin & Mark: Extras In Lead Roles

The Astros' Marwin Gonzalez hasn't just been a capable bench player -- he's been on absolute fire. Same goes for the Rockies' Mark Reynolds, one of the biggest bats for Colorado so far. Their success is changing how the West is won. More»
Alex Wong

Twit Fit? Kristaps' Clippers Mystery

This weekend, Kristaps Porzingis' Twitter account posted a since-deleted update with the words "LA Clippers" and some smile emojis. He says he was hacked, but even if that's the case, the drama won't let up for the Knicks this summer. More»
NHL Playoffs

Paint The Town Pred! Nashville Advances

Ryan Johansen scored the game-winning goal 3:15 into the third period, and the Nashville Predators advanced to their first Western Conference final in franchise history Sunday by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-1 to take the series in six games. More»
NBA Playoffs

Sweep Life: Cavs Finish Off Raptors

LeBron James scored 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 27 and the Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of Toronto, beating the Raptors 109-102 on Sunday to give James his seventh consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. More»
Cy Brown

Arsenal Makes One Last EPL Push

Arsenal needed a win after a demoralizing defeat in the North London Derby next week. And although circumstances made Manchester United a weaker opponent than usual, the Gunners secured a confidence-boosting 2-0 win. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Mays Deserved Far More MVP Awards

Willie Mays turned 86 on Saturday. Mays is arguably the greatest living baseball player, and, in the minds of some, the greatest player who ever lived. However, he won only two NL MVP Awards. How many times did a deserving Mays season go unrewarded? More»
Cy Brown

Always Dreaming Wins Derby

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The favorite came through in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. Always Dreaming, the odds-on favorite at 9-2, pulled away down the stretch to win the Run for the Roses to finish ahead of Lookin at Lee and Battle of Midway. More»
Alex Wong

Cavs Making It Look Easy

While the Raptors played a little better at home in Game 3 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cavaliers, they were no match for LeBron and Co. Cleveland hit shots at will, winning 115-94 to go up 3-0 in the series. More»
Michael Tunison

Jay It Ain't So? Cutler As Announcer

Jay Cutler's playing days are likely over now that he's joining FOX to be part of their NFL coverage. But how will a player many have written off as surly adapt to an announcing role? More»
Cy Brown

Meet Patch, The One-Eyed Horse

If you're looking for an underdog to root for in this year's Kentucky Derby, look no further. Meet Patch, who's going into Churchill Downs at 30-1 odds for the Derby, and there's one detail that separates him from the rest of the field: He only has one eye. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: Weekend Watch List

There's a whole lot to watch this weekend, from the Capitals trying to avoid choking once again to the Yankees making a visit to Wrigley Field. Oh, and there's also the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Here's what you should watch this weekend. More»
Alex Wong

Long Journey Leads P.J. To Playoffs

It has been a long basketball journey for P.J. Tucker, who had several stints playing overseas before making his first NBA playoffs appearance this year. After all this time, the 2006 second-round draft pick is now making an impact for the Toronto Raptors. More»
Will Leitch

Early Look At The NL Wild Card Race

It's only May, but the National League Wild Card race is shaping up to be a doozy. With the triumvirate of the Giants/Mets/Cardinals all facing major problems, it looks like we could get a very different NL Wild Card Game than we're used to seeing. More»
Alex Wong

Parker Injury Doesn't Doom Spurs

Tony Parker's injury will impact the Spurs, but not to the extent where it will be the deciding factor in this series, which illustrates how San Antonio has evolved into its next iteration built around the talent of Kawhi Leonard. More»
David Ubben

2017 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet

Hold your horses: The most exciting two minutes in sports is set for Saturday at Churchill Downs when the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby gets underway. Where should you put your money this year? This expert will help you can cash in. More»
Andrea Hangst

Optioned Out: 6 NFL Players In Limbo

Wednesday marked the deadline for NFL teams to pick up the fifth-year options on their 2014 first-round draft picks. Most usually have theirs exercised, but six had theirs declined this year. Who are they and what does this mean? More»
Matt Brown

Guice Ready To Be New Face Of LSU

LSU has a rare luxury entering the 2017 season. While it says goodbye to No. 4 overall pick Leonard Fournette, it already knows it has a superstar to replace him. After all, in Fournette's shadow, Derrius Guice led the SEC in rushing last year. More»
Cy Brown

8 Kentucky Derby Party Tips

The Kentucky Derby is as much about the party as it is about the race, so it isn't a shindig you'll want to horse around with. Here are eight simple tips to help you throw the best Derby Day party outside of Churchill Downs. More»
Kenneth Arthur

2017 QB Class Ranked By Situation

Not all rookie quarterbacks are created equal, and neither are their situations. These rankings for every QB taken in the 2017 draft are based on the talent and abilities of the prospect, but also on the situation in which they are currently dealt. More»
SoE Original

FWIW, Best Home Run Call Ever

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There was an epic home run call in Taiwan that should probably be the soundtrack for every home run ever hit. Plus, just when you thought ballpark bathrooms couldn't get any weirder, well, you've never met Tom McDonald. More»
Mike Lupica

Reggie: Judge 'Leader of the Pack'

Of all the early-season storylines around Major League Baseball right now, there are none bigger -- both figuratively and literally -- than Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. The kid has taken the league by storm and he's only 25 years old. More»
Cliff Corcoran

An Early Look At ROY Candidates

We're more than a month into the season, and this year's Rookie of the Year Award races so far look very different than what many expected them to be like. So let's take a look at the new ROY contenders who are ahead of the pack. More»
Will Leitch

The 2017 Kentucky Derby Name Game

I absolutely love the Kentucky Derby for several reasons, and one of them is the fantastic names of the horses. Somehow, this is my fourth annual Kentucky Derby Horse Rankings here at Sports on Earth. So without further ado, here are this year's names ranked. More»
NHL Playoffs

No Crosby, No Problem: Pens Top Caps

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots, rookie Jake Guentzel took advantage of a fortunate bounce for his playoff-leading eighth goal and Pittsburgh pushed Washington to the brink of elimination with a 3-2 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night. More»
NHL Playoffs

Ducks of the Draw: Anaheim Ties Series

Jakob Silfverberg scored 45 seconds into overtime, lifting the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series on Wednesday night to knot things up at two games apiece. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's Surprise Spring All-Stars

We've picked All-Star squads made up of players who entered 2017 with little to no star-level track record to their name but got off to stellar starts. Some of them will fade, and I'd venture to guess the majority don't make it to Miami, but let's salute them while we can. More»
Matt Brown

Duck And Recover: Oregon A Sleeper

Last year was a disaster for Oregon, a 4-8 season that led to Mark Helfrich being fired and culminated in no draft picks for the first time since 1985. While it's a long road back under Willie Taggart, the Ducks have the explosiveness to turn 2017 into a comeback season. More»
NBA Playoffs

Spurs Bounce Back But Lose Parker

Kawhi Leonard had 34 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame an injury to Tony Parker to beat the Houston Rockets 121-96 on Wednesday night and even the Western Conference semifinals at one game apiece. More»
NBA Playoffs

Cavaliers Living Like A King In Playoffs

LeBron James scored 39 points, passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the career playoff scoring list and pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 125-103 blowout over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night. More»
Cy Brown

Gonzalo Higuain Flips the Script

Gonzalo Higuain's reputation as a choker was only bolstered by his performance in the Champions League this year, with only 1 UCL goal going into this week. But he scored twice to beat Monaco in the semis as he took the first step toward shedding that rep for good. More»
Alex Wong

Rockets On Fire: Can They Stay Hot?

Mike D'Antoni's Phoenix Suns teams from a decade ago ushered in modern basketball. But those Suns teams were never successful in the postseason. Now, thanks to Daryl Morey's roster construction, he and the Rockets can make a run. More»
Seerat Sohi

Ultimate Warrior: Green Is a Machine

To the surprise of nobody, the Golden State Warriors easily beat Utah in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. And also unsurprisingly, it was Draymond Green who provided the spark on both ends of the court. More»
Will Leitch

18 Ways To Fill Out An All-Star Ballot

One of my favorite things about Major League Baseball's All-Star ballot is that you can fill it out 35 times. That gives the fan a ridiculous amount of options to play around with. So with that in mind, here are 18 different ways to fill out your All-Star ballot. More»
NHL Playoffs

Predators On Prowl, St. Louis Singing Blues

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne outdueled St. Louis' Jake Allen with 32 saves in Game 4 of their second-round series, and the Predators are a victory from reaching the Western Conference final for the first time in franchise history. More»
NHL Playoffs

Ranger Rebound: N.Y. Rocks Sens at Garden

Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist in the first period and the Rangers went on to a 4-1 victory Tuesday night that cut the Senators' lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots. More»
NBA Playoffs

Opening State-ment: Warriors Quiet Jazz

Stephen Curry scored 22 points in three quarters of work and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors warmed up in a hurry after a weeklong layoff between playoff games, beating the Utah Jazz 106-94 in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals. More»
Alex Wong

Book of Isaiah: 53 Points, All 'for Her'

Isaiah Thomas' transformation into a playoff superstar was completed in Boston's 129-119 overtime home win against Washington on Tuesday that put them up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Fifty-three points. That's the tooth. More»
Terence Moore

An Open Letter to the Wizards' Wall

Here is some advice for Washington star John Wall: If Dennis Shroder or anyone else asks you to be workout buddies in the offseason, just say no. I'm old school when it comes to this stuff, and it's better off if you maintain distance and focus. More»
SoE Staff

Top 5 Athletes On Earth This Week

Each week, the Sports on Earth staff presents the greatest sports performances we can find anywhere in the world. But only one will be declared "Top Athlete On Earth." This week, Aaron Judge, Anthony Joshua and a bowler are all in the mix. More»
David Ubben

Big 12 Hopes To Defy Recent Trends

The Big 12 was noticeably absent from much of last week's NFL Draft, with only one first-round pick and 14 total selections. It's part of a troubling trend for the conference, with a growing gap between it and the rest of the Power Five conferences. More»
Matt Brown

Saban Still A Bargain for Bama

With a contract extension that includes a $4 million signing bonus, Alabama coach Nick Saban is set to make $11 million this year. It's an eye-popping, seemingly exorbitant sum, and yet for Alabama, Saban continues to be worth whatever the school decides to pay him. More»
Joe Sparacio

Top 13 Photos Of The Week

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 April 25 - May 2. More»
Cy Brown

Ronaldo is Unstoppable Right Now

Cristiano Ronaldo is having the Champions League run of a lifetime. On Tuesday, he became the first player to ever score consecutive hat tricks in the knockout stage in a 3-0 win over crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid to take big step toward the final in Cardiff, Wales. More»
Will Leitch

The Dumbest Stories Of April 2017

Roger Goodell's ridiculous stance on marijuana, Knicks owner James Dolan terrorizing fans individually and Brewers slugger Eric Thames already getting accused of taking PEDs are just some of the dumbest sports stories from April 2017. More»
Ross Tucker

Bowled Over? Draft May Signal Trend

Two college football players who decided not to play in their teams' bowl games were selected within the first eight pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Now, the question is whether draft prospects choosing not to play in bowl games will turn into a trend. More»
Mike Lupica

Applaud Adam, Fenway Fans

Just a few weeks after MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson, a few offensive fans at Fenway Park on Monday night showered Orioles center fielder Adam Jones with racist taunts. Jones handled things with grace -- and should be cheered for it. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Diving Into The Bryan Mitchell Gambit

On Sunday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi made an interesting maneuver with reliever Bryan Mitchell. The righty had pitched the ninth, then moved to first base for the 10th, and then back to the mound for the 11th. So, what gives? More»
Will Leitch

Fan Interference: A Wake-up Call

After Baltimore's win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones revealed that he dealt with racist taunts from fans at Fenway Park all night. But this isn't just a problem MLB has to deal with: We need to do our part, too. More»
NBA Playoffs

Rockets Blast Spurs for Series-Opening Win

Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, Ryan Anderson went 4-for-10 from three, James Harden added 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Rockets stormed past San Antonio 126-99 on Monday night, the Spurs' worst loss in a series opener under Gregg Popovich. More»
Joe DeLessio

Crosby Injury Mars Pens-Caps Series

A 3-2 Washington Capitals victory over the Penguins on Monday kept the Eastern Conference semifinal series from turning into a laugher. But the visual of Sidney Crosby leaving the ice with what appeared to be a head injury was a nightmare. More»
Alex Wong

Cavs Have No Fear, LeBron Grabs Beer

If Game 1 was any indication of what's to come in the Cavaliers-Raptors series, it's clear that the Cavs have little respect for this Toronto team: Cleveland barely broke a sweat with a 116-105 win. And LeBron almost drank a beer. More»
Matt Brown

Early 2018 NFL Draft Questions

Another NFL Draft has come and gone, meaning it's already time to start wondering what will happen next spring in the 2018 draft. Keeping in mind that a whole lot will change over the next 12 months, here's an early look at the key questions in a new draft cycle. More»
Cy Brown

10 Talented Offspring of Pro Athletes

T.Y. Hilton's 4-year-old son put some crazy moves on his opponents in a flag football game recently. But he's not the only kid of a pro athlete tearing it up in the youth ranks. Athletes such as Shaq, and LeBron James all have kids who look like future sports stars. More»
Karim Zidan

Top 10 Heavyweight Fights In History

While Joshua-Klitschko was certainly the best heavyweight battle in a long time, it was not necessarily one of the greatest fights ever. We took a look back at over a century of heavyweight glory to determine the top 10 greatest fights of all time. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Post-NFL Draft Power Rankings

The 2017 NFL Draft is in the books -- and it was a good one. Now that it's over, let's seize the opportunity to figure out what final rosters might look like heading into next season and figure out which teams benefited most. More»
Will Leitch

The NBA Playoff Rootability Rankings

We've made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs, and the amazing thing is that there isn't a single team left that isn't likable. It's easy to root for all eight teams, but this is the NBA Playoff Rootability Rankings. Here's who to get behind. More»
Alex Wong

The 7 Greatest Paul Pierce Moments

Paul Pierce's 19-year NBA career came to an end on Sunday after the Clippers' Game 7 loss to the Jazz at home. After the elimination game, Pierce thanked his fans. Now, let's thank him in return by remembering his best moments. More»
Alex Wong

Raptors-Cavs: 5 Burning Questions

Ready for a rematch? Last year, the Cavaliers and Raptors clashed in the Eastern Conference Finals -- this time, they'll meet up in a second-round matchup that will start in Cleveland on Monday. Here, a preview and a prediction. More»
Matt Brown

10 NFL Draft College Takeaways

Post-NFL Draft analysis isn't limited to the professional ranks. There's also plenty to learn about college football from what happens in a draft, and the 2017 draft provided plenty of both expected and unexpected college takeaways. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Mets' Injuries A Thor-ny Situation

The Mets hoped that their rotation and Yoenis Cespedes could stay healthy. That hasn't happened. Undoubtedly, there's bad luck involved here, but some curious injury management may have worsened the situation. More»