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Hokies Top Pitt For Key ACC Coastal Win

Jerod Evans shook off a right ankle injury to throw for a career-high 406 yards and two touchdowns, leading No. 25 Virginia Tech to a 39-36 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night. At 4-1 in the ACC, the Hokies control their own destiny in the Coastal Division. More»
Kenneth Arthur

7 Weeks In The NFL Tells Us Everything

History can tell us a lot. And in the NFL, recent history tells us that the teams leading their divisions after the first seven weeks of the season usually tend to make the playoffs. More»
Mike Lupica

Cubs' Story: Schwar & Peace

Kyle Schwarber's road to the Fall Classic is simply remarkable. After his knee exploded in the first week of the season, all thoughts were on next year. But now he's anchoring Joe Maddon's lineup for the Cubs, looking as good as new. More»
Matt Brown

Michigan Can Retake Rivalry Control

Jim Harbaugh and Bo Schembechler both lost their head coaching debuts against Michigan State. But like his mentor, Harbaugh has quickly pushed Michigan back to national prominence, status it can confirm by reclaiming in-state supremacy. More»
David Ubben

Mahomes Becoming Model Air Raid QB

Patrick Mahomes' father pitched in the Major Leagues for over a decade, but rarely did he throw more often than his son did in last Saturday's game to Oklahoma. Texas Tech may have lost, but Mahomes is passing at a record pace. More»
Will Leitch

Fall Classic: What We Know So Far

The Chicago Cubs have tied the World Series at one game apiece, and now the Fall Classic is heading to Wrigley Field. Cleveland's pitching was dominant in Game 1. Chicago's hitters answered in Game 2. Here's what we know so far. More»
NBA Recap

The Brow Explodes For 50, But Pelicans Still Fall

You didn't forget about the Brow, right? Anthony Davis proved he's still one of the best players in the NBA in New Orleans' season-opener, recording 50 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals, five assists and four blocks. Somehow, the Pelicans still lost to the Denver. More»
NBA Recap

The Year Of Westbrook Begins With A Win

Russell Westbrook almost recorded a triple-double in his first game without Kevin Durant as a teammate, as the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers. Westbrook put up 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. More»
Michael Pina

6 NBA Trade Candidates To Watch

The 2016-17 NBA season has officially begun, so why not start talking about potential trade candidates? The deadline might be a few months away, but it's never too early to think about. Here are six players who could get traded by March. More»
Allison Duffy-Davis

Cubs' Dexter Fowler Makes History

While the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians both making it to the World Series is historical in its own right, Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler made history of his own in Game 1 by becoming the first African-American player to play in the Series for the Cubs. More»
Alex Wong

Dubs Drubbed, But Aren't Sweating It

This year's version of the Warriors comes with extremely high expectations, especially with new acquisition Kevin Durant making them a juggernaut. But they faceplanted on opening night against the Spurs at home, losing 129-100. More»
NBA Recap

Spurs Spoil Durant's Debut With the Dubs

Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 35 points and the San Antonio Spurs emphatically spoiled Kevin Durant's long-awaited Warriors debut Tuesday with a 129-100 rout that sent Golden State fans for the exits early on opening night. More»
Matt Brown

Watson Heisman Push Must Start Now

While he's quarterbacking a 7-0 team and has solid numbers, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson has been a Heisman Trophy candidate by default this season. If he's going to close the gap on Lamar Jackson, it has to start this Saturday at FSU. More»
Terence Moore

Saban Almost In A Class Of His Own

Like him or not, Nick Saban is one of the greatest college football coaches ever. With this dominant Alabama team seemingly en route to another national championship, Saban might enter a class of his own, even higher than former Bama coach Bear Bryant. More»
Will Leitch

Cleveland's Night: Tribe Takes Game 1

Tuesday night belonged to the city of Cleveland. Not long after the Cavaliers raised their NBA championship banner, the Indians shut out the Chicago Cubs behind ace Corey Kluber and catcher Roberto Perez to take Game 1 of the World Series. More»
NBA Recap

LeBron, Cavs Light Up Knicks On Ring Night

The NBA is officially back, and LeBron James recorded a triple-double in Cleveland's season-opening win over New York, because of course he did. The Cavs received their championship rings and raised the title banner before blowing out the Knicks, 117-88. More»
Cy Brown

Revenge of the EPL superpowers

Leicester won the Premier League title last season and it seems as if all the big clubs in the league were aware of what a huge missed opportunity last season was. They've come back into this campaign with a renewed vigor, and they don't seem keen to let any mid-table interlopers get another whiff of the rarefied air atop the EPL table. More»
NFL News

Giants Release Brown, Team Admits Being 'Misguided'

On Tuesday, the New York Giants released placekicker Josh Brown after police documents revealed Brown had admitted to repeatedly abusing his former wife while they were married. Giants president John Mara says the team was "misguided" in how it handled its relationship with Brown. More»
Joe Sparacio

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 are the best photos from Oct. 18-24 More»
Alex Wong

50 Predictions for the NBA Season

The 2016-17 NBA season began on Tuesday night. While a Cavs-Warriors Finals seems inevitable, there are plenty of intriguing storylines around the league. Let's look into our crystal ball. More»
Ross Tucker

NFL Critics Can't Have It Both Ways

Wake up, NFL fans and media. You can't complain that NFL coaches aren't aggressive enough and then get upset when an aggressive decision doesn't work out. It's also not cool to criticize players for giving honest answers. You can't have it both ways. More»
Will Leitch

Believing Yet? Cleveland Is Rising

The city of Cleveland is thriving for the first time in a long time, and now it's in the national spotlight thanks to its sports teams. LeBron and the Cavs will raise a championship banner on Tuesday, while the Indians will play in Game 1 of the World Series just next door. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Foster's Legacy Goes Beyond the Field

On Monday, All-Pro running back Arian Foster made the surprise decision to retire in the middle of the season with the Miami Dolphins, shunning the spotlight with which he had an uneven relationship. More»
Matt Brown

Auburn Rediscovers Offensive Mojo

Auburn ran for a 78-yard touchdown on its first play against Arkansas on Saturday, starting a 56-3 onslaught that featured 543 rushing yards. It was one of the best performances by any team this season, capping a remarkable turnaround for a team that had lost its way. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Men of Steal: Lester's Kryptonite

If Corey Kluber and the Indians' aggressiveness on the bases can take Game 1 away from the Cubs and Jon Lester, the World Series could play out very differently than expected. That's why Cleveland should run. And then run some more. More»
Michael Tunison

Broncos Get Back On Track

On Monday Night Football, the Denver Broncos erased a two-game losing streak with a convincing 27-9 victory at home over the Houston Texans and former backup Brock Osweiler. More»

Texans-Broncos: Familiar Faces Turned Foes

On Monday night, the Broncos host Brock Osweiler and the Texans. This is Osweiler's chance to stick it to the team that benched him for their Super Bowl run and Denver coach Gary Kubiak's shot at sticking it to the organization that canned him in 2013. More»
Alex Wong

What the Indians Can Learn From '97

The Cleveland Indians have made it to the World Series for the first time since 1997. But they haven't won a title since 1948. With that in mind, let's take a look back at the '97 Series and what this Tribe team can take away from it. More»
Mike Lupica

Cub Theo-logy: Chapter & Curse 2

Theo Epstein was hired by the Red Sox to be their general manager when he was just 28 years old. You already know what he did there. Now, Epstein runs the Cubs -- and, by next week, he could be as big a star as any sports executive has ever been. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Time To Play The NFL "What If?" Game

It's time to play the latest NFL edition of the "What if?" game. What if Jay Ajayi had been the starting running back in Miami for the whole season? What if the Rams had stared quarterback Jared Goff from the beginning? Would the NFL look any different? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

5 Worst NFL Games Of The Past Decade

In case you didn't stay up to watch on Sunday night, the game between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks resulted in a 6-6 tie. It was a terrible game. So let's look back at some other awful NFL games of the past decade. More»
Will Leitch

108 Reasons To Watch The Fall Classic

It's finally here! The World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs begins on Tuesday night. No matter what, history will be made. So if you're not sure if you will watch, here are 108 reasons why you should. More»
Michael Pina

NBA Power Rankings: Tipoff Edition

The 2016-17 NBA season begins on Tuesday night. And while everyone knows the elite teams that are expected to reign once again, that doesn't mean the season will be predictable. Who's at the top -- and the bottom -- of the heap? More»
Matt Brown

PSU Gets Long-Awaited Signature Win

James Franklin and Penn State savored the moment after Saturday's upset win over Ohio State, and for good reason, as the program got the signature win it's been waiting for, making for the biggest story in Week 8 of the college football season. More»
NFL Recap

Tie Hard: Hawks-Cards A Missed FG Fest

The Seahawks' Stephen Hauschka and the Cardinals' Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the two NFC West rivals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night in Arizona. It was painful to watch. More»
Will Leitch

World Series Preview, Prediction

It doesn't make a difference exactly what goes down in the World Series. For someone who just wants to see history, all outcomes are wonderful outcomes. Let's break it all down, from the starters to the lineups, and make a prediction. More»
NFL Recap

Del Rio's Revenge As Raiders Rock Jags

Oakland coach Jack Del Rio heard boos throughout his return to Jacksonville on Sunday. But most weren't directed at him. Latavius Murray scored twice and the Raiders handled the listless Jaguars 33-16 Sunday to give Del Rio a victory against his former team. More»
NFL Recap

Colts Continue to Luck Out Vs. Titans

Andrew Luck threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle with 1:55 left to put the Indianapolis ahead to stay, and the Colts rallied to beat the Tennessee Titans, 34-26, Sunday on the road for their 10th straight win against their AFC South rival. More»
Michael Tunison

Falcons Starting to Falter (Again)

Here we go again? Just a year after the Atlanta Falcons faded after a hot start, the same pattern seems to be happening again in 2016. On Sunday, the Dirty Birds blew a 17-point first half lead to the Chargers at home and lost in overtime. More»
NFL Recap

Win-ston Leads Bucs To Big W

Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 154 yards to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 34-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday on the road. More»
NFL Recap

To Be Blount: Pats Outmuscle Big Ben-Less Steelers

Tom Brady and LeGarrette Blount were too much for the Pittsburgh Steelers, missing Ben Roethlisberger. Blount ran for 127 yards and two TDs while Brady had 222 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots pulled away for a 27-16 road win on Sunday. More»
NFL Recap

Chief Relief As KC Holds Off Saints

The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 4-2 on Sunday with a 27-21 win over the New Orleans Saints at Arrowhead Stadium. Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes and the Chiefs defense held off a second-half rally by Drew Brees to hold on for the victory. More»
NFL Recap

Jay Slays Bills Defense In Fins Win

Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi is making a name for himself. For the second week in a row, Ajayi rushed for more than 200 yards, tying an NFL record and helping lead the Dolphins to a 28-25 victory over Buffalo. More»
NFL Recap

Eagles Hand Vikings 1st Loss Of Season

Sam Bradford couldn't get anything going in his return to Philadelphia in Week 7. The Eagles dominated the game from start to finish, winning 21-10 and handing the Minnesota Vikings their first loss of the season. More»
NFL Recap

Stafford Rescues Lions With Last-Minute Rally

Despite being down by four and only having a minute and five seconds to work with, Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford worked his magic and connected with Anquan Boldin for what would be the game-winning touchdown against Washington. More»
NFL Recap

Fitz Gives Ravens Fits As Jets Win

Ryan Fitzpatrick started the Jets' Week 7 game against Baltimore on the bench. But after quarterback Geno Smith went down with an injury in the second quarter, Fitz entered and, with help from a great defensive performance, helped lead the Jets to a 24-16 home win. More»
NFL Recap

Green Light: Wild TD Highlights Bengals' Win

The Cincinnati Bengals' star players embarrassed the Cleveland Browns in Week 7. A.J. Green finished with eight catches for 169 yards and one unbelievable touchdown, while running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 168 yards on just nine carries in a 31-17 win. More»
Michael Tunison

Vikings Offense Exposed In 1st Loss

After a 5-0 start to the season, the Minnesota Vikings finally ran into a wall in Philadelphia. The Eagles beat up Sam Bradford as the Vikings dropped their first game of the season, raising some questions about their offense. More»
NFL Recap

London Balling: G-Men Top Rams

The New York Giants capitalized on four interceptions of Case Keenum to defeat the Los Angeles Rams, 17-10, Sunday in the first NFL game played at Twinkenham Stadium, London's home of English rugby. More»
Cy Brown

A Bitter Homecoming For Mourinho

A goal in the first 30 seconds put Chelsea on the front foot against Manchester United, and from there it didn't look back. The Blues whipped United 4-0 to ruin Jose Mourinho's homecoming to Stamford Bridge. More»
Game On

NFL Scoreboard Watch: Week 7

Key matchups in the NFL today include the Eagles hosting the Vikings, the Patriots visiting the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers and two 4-2 teams (the Texans and Broncos) duking it out on Sunday Night Football. Follow all of the action live. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 8

From dominant performances by several top teams to Ohio State's upset loss at Penn State to eye-popping statistics from Leonard Fournette, Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma-Texas Tech, here are five takeaways from Saturday in college football. More»
College Football

Fournette Dazzles In LSU Win Over Ole Miss

In his return from an injury, Leonard Fournette rewrote LSU's single-game rushing record on just his first eight carries -- scoring three touchdowns of 59 yards or more -- and the 25th-ranked Tigers beat No. 23 Mississippi 38-21 on Saturday night. More»
College Football

Sooners, Texas Tech Raid Record Books In Shootout

Baker Mayfield passed for seven touchdowns and 545 yards to help Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 66-59 in a game that broke the NCAA record for combined offensive yards with 1,708. Patick Mahomes threw for five touchdowns and 734 yards for Texas Tech More»
Matt Brown

Happiest Valley: PSU Stuns Buckeyes

Marcus Allen blocked a field goal and Grant Haley picked it up and ran it 60 yards for a touchdown, delivering Penn State a 24-21 come-from-behind upset victory over No. 2 Ohio State, one that may go down as one of the biggest in school history. More»
College Football

Happy Valley, Indeed! Penn State Shocks Ohio State

Grant Haley returned a blocked field goal 60 yards for a touchdown with 4:27 left in the fourth quarter and Penn State upset No. 2 Ohio State, 24-21, Saturday night for the Nittany Lions' biggest win in the post-Joe Paterno era. More»
Manny Randhawa

71-year itch: Cubs' pennant overdue

It took 71 years and 24 days, but it has happened: The Chicago Cubs have won the National League pennant. Much has been made of the franchise's World Series drought, but we should stop and appreciate just how much this team has accomplished. More»
This Is Happening

Holy Cow! Cubs Are World Series Bound

Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Chicago Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series. More»
College Football

SMU Shocks Houston With 38-16 Upset

Ben Hicks threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score and SMU stunned No. 11 Houston 38-16 on Saturday night for its first win over a ranked team in five years. More»
College Football

Huskies Roll To Another Runaway Win

Jake Browning threw for three touchdowns and added another rushing TD, as No. 5 Washington used a big first half to roll past Oregon State 41-17 on Saturday. The Huskies are 7-0 and have won 10 straight games. More»
College Football

Auburn's Record Running Blows Out Arkansas

No. 21 Auburn ran for 543 yards, a school record for an SEC regular-season game, led by Kamryn Pettway's 192 yards in an unexpectedly dominant 56-3 win over No. 17 Arkansas on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium. More»
College Football

Williams Runs Wild As Utah Beats UCLA

Utah running back Joe Williams rushed for a school-record 332 yards and four touchdowns in his second game back from a brief retirement, and the No. 19 Utes held off pass-happy UCLA 52-45 on Saturday. More»
College Football

Huskers Pull Away From Purdue To Move To 7-0

Tommy Armstrong Jr. accounted for 303 yards of total offense and two touchdowns, and No. 8 Nebraska came back from a four-point halftime deficit to defeat Purdue 27-14 on Saturday to remain undefeated. More»
College Football

Unbeaten West Virginia Crushes TCU

Skyler Howard threw four touchdown passes and No. 12 West Virginia's improving defense held TCU scoreless in the second half of a 34-10 win Saturday. The 6-0 Mountaineers are off to their best start since winning their first seven games in 2006. More»
Matt Brown

Bama Dominance Continues Vs. Aggies

Alabama continues to follow a familiar script in the SEC. In yet another impressive win, the No. 1 Crimson Tide got production from Jalen Hurts on the ground and scored a defensive touchdown in a 33-14 win over previously unbeaten Texas A&M. More»
College Football

No. 3 Michigan Cruises To Easy Win Over Illinois

No. 3 Michigan continued its dominance in the Big Ten on Saturday in Ann Arbor, moving to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference by beating Illinois 41-8 after jumping out to a 31- 0 lead in the first half. More»
College Football

Longhorns Stumble Again At Kansas State

Jesse Ertz ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score, Kansas State held Texas running back D'Onta Foreman in check and the Wildcats held on for a 24-21 victory on Saturday over the Longhorns, who have lost four of their past five games. More»
College Football

Jackson, Louisville Rout Wolfpack

Lamar Jackson broke a school single-season record with four first-half touchdowns, Louisville had three interceptions and the seventh-ranked Cardinals burst past North Carolina State 54-13 on Saturday. More»
College Football

Badgers Shut Down Iowa For Key Big Ten Win

After back-to-back losses to Michigan and Ohio State, 10th-ranked Wisconsin used a stout defense to bounce back and beat Iowa 17-9 on Saturday. The Badgers allowed just 236 yards and held the Hawkeyes without a touchdown. More»
Andrea Hangst

Brown Case Awful All Around

This willful ignorance by the NFL and its member clubs, particularly in matters of domestic violence, has been startling and abhorrent, and the case of New York Giants kicker Josh Brown is showing that the NFL still hasn't learned anything. More»
Cliff Corcoran

The Cubs NLCS Misery Index

With their 8-4 victory over the Dodgers Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs have put themselves one win away from their first World Series appearance since 1945. Their tying to avoid repeating a history of missed opportunities in both 1984 and 2003. More»
Will Leitch

Best W.S. Winner: The Final Four

The field is down to the final four. We're so close to determining the best World Series-winning team of all time, with some surprising squads still in the mix. Which teams will make the final two? Go ahead and vote! More»
Will Leitch

Get Ready For A Very Wrigley Weekend

The National League Championship Series heads back to Wrigley Field this weekend with the Cubs leading 3-2. But Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for the Dodgers in Game 6, and it feels like an event in which the whole world will be watching. More»
College Football

Boise State Survives Turnovers, Beats BYU

No. 14 Boise State stayed undefeated with a 28-27 win over BYU on Thursday night, surviving numerous mistakes, including five turnovers -- two of which were returned for Cougars touchdowns -- and blocking a late field goal. More»
Thursday Night Football

Rodgers That: Packers Tame Bears

Aaron Rodgers set a record for completions in a game and, after a slow start in the red zone, the Green Bay Packers picked up the pace in the second half to overpower their offensively-challenged Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field, 26-10. More»
Michael Tunison

After Further Review: Bradford Back?

The Vikings' Sam Bradford is one of the surprise success stories of the 2016 season, though there were signs late last season that improvement had already started. This Sunday, he gets a chance to exact revenge on his former team, the Eagles. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 8

The second half of the college football season begins with a weekend that includes another couple of big games for the top two teams in the country -- No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 2 Ohio State at Penn State -- plus several other intriguing matchups. More»
David Ubben

Williams Sparking Utah After Hiatus

A month ago, Joe Williams was finished with football. The Utah running back suddenly retired after the Utes' second game, and he was enjoying life. But after a run of injuries, Utah asked him to return, and the result was one of the best games of his career. More»
College Football

Evans Sharp Again As Hokies Beat Miami

Jerod Evans threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third to lead Virginia Tech to a 37-16 win over Miami on Thursday night, keeping the Hokies atop the ACC Coastal while the Hurricanes are likely out of the division title race. More»
Michael Tunison

Da-ble Feature: Bears, Cubs ... Oh My

Chicago had two teams playing big nationally televised games on Thursday night -- the Cubs in Game 5 of the NLCS and the Bears in Lambeau against the rival Packers on Thursday Night Football. How did fans hold up? Well, depends. More»
NFL Preview

Pack Looks To Bounce Back Against Bears

The Green Bay Packers haven't looked great recently. But they have a very favorable matchup on Thursday night when they take on the Chicago Bears at Lambeau. The Bears might be the perfect opponent for Aaron Rodgers to get back on track. More»
Mike Lupica

Hallowed Wins: Terry Is Scary Good

Maybe this is just Terry Francona's time the way it is Cleveland's time in professional sports. The manager -- who has a perfect record in the World Series -- takes the Indians to the Fall Classic and isn't afraid to make a bold move when needed. More»
Michael Klopman

The Playoffs' Biggest Money Makers

The World Series is here, but it's never too early to think about the offseason and which players will be the most coveted when winter comes. Some of those soon-to-be free agents might have earned themselves some more money from their October play. More»
Will Leitch

Tie Fighters: A Look at Game 5 History

Tied at 2-2, the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are going to play an incredibly important Game 5 of their National League Championship Series on Thursday night. Let's take a look back at the 10 most recent Game 5s in a tied series. More»

NCAA Accuses Louisville Over Escort Allegations

The NCAA is accusing Louisville of four violations stemming from its investigation of allegations that a former men's basketball staffer hired escorts and strippers for sex parties with Cardinals recruits and players. More»
Cliff Corcoran

5 Best Postseasons Ever By Relievers

Cleveland's Andrew Miller is posting one of the greatest playoff performances ever by a reliever. And he gets to continue it in the 2016 World Series. While we wait to see who they play, let's look at some other amazing postseasons by relievers. More»
Matt Brown

Midseason CFB Rankings: 128 to 1

The 2016 college football season is seven weeks old, and at the halfway point, we have learned a lot. As the second half of the season begins, it's a good time to stop and reset the national landscape, ranking every FBS team from 128 to 1 More»

Cubs Wake Up, Tie NLCS With Blowout Win

Chicago's bats are alive! The Cubs bounced back in a big way after getting shut out in the last two games, scoring 10 runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers to win Game 4 and tie the National League Championship Series at 2-2. More»
David Ubben

Why The WVU Defense Is Thriving

Despite losing many key players from last year's team, the West Virginia defense is playing at at high level this season. It's helped the Mountaineers to an impressive 5-0 start and No. 12 ranking, with hopes of contending for the Big 12 title. More»
Andrea Hangst

Dak to the Future: Romo's Return

The Dallas Cowboys are going to have a very tough decision to make soon. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott is playing extremely well right now, but Tony Romo will soon be healthy enough to play. Should Dallas stick with Prescott? More»
Michael Klopman

AL Ceased: O's, Jays, Sox All Fall Early

Three of the five playoff teams in the American League came from the East division. But neither of those teams ended up making it all the way to the World Series. In each round of the playoffs, an AL East team collapsed. More»
Alex Wong

What's Next For the Blue Jays?

For the second year in a row, the Toronto Blue Jays' season ended in the ALCS. This time, they were eliminated in five games by the Cleveland Indians. Now they head into the offseason with a few major decisions to make. More»
AL Champs

Windians! Cleveland Heads to World Series

Rookie Ryan Merritt coolly delivered a lead to the Andrew Miller-led bullpen and the Cleveland Indians won their first pennant since 1997, blanking the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 Wednesday in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. More»

Jury Clears Rose In Rape Lawsuit

On Wednesday, jurors cleared Derrick Rose and two friends in a lawsuit that accused them of gang raping his ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol. The jury reached the verdict in federal court in Los Angeles after hearing dramatically different accounts of the August 2013 sexual encounter. More»
Cy Brown

Messi's hat trick beats Pep, Man City

For awhile on Wednesday, it seemed like Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola held the secret to beating his former club, Barcelona. But keeper Claudio Bravo's red card gave Barca the advantage and Lionel Messi put three in the back of the net. More»
Mike Lupica

In This Corner: Cubs' Heavy Wait

To quote Mike Tyson, "Everybody's got a plan 'till they get hit." Now the Chicago Cubs have been hit. Hard. And they didn't hit in Game 2 and Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. How they respond will determine their season. More»
Will Leitch

Love Him Or Hate Him, Lackey Is Key

You love him when he's pitching for your team, but it's impossible to root for him when he's pitching against you. That's what happens when you've pitched in as many postseason games as John Lackey has. And now the Cubs will turn to him in Game 4 of the NLCS. More»
Cliff Corcoran

No Offense: Cubs Bats In Hibernation

With their 6-0 loss to the Dodgers Tuesday night in Game 3 of the NLCS, the Cubs became just the 13th team since 1903 to be shut out in consecutive games of a single postseason series. Can they turn things around before it's too late? More»
Matt Brown

Midyear CFB Postseason Projections

The only thing we can ever really be certain of in college football is that we can never be too certain of anything. But at the midway point, there seems to be some clarity as to how the playoff race could play out. Here are midseason playoff and bowl projections. More»
Terence Moore

Tommy Nobis: Another NFL Casualty

He wasn't as famous as some of his contemporaries, but Tommy Nobis was one of the best linebackers of his time. But the post-football life of the former Atlanta Falcons star has been a struggle as he shows signs of CTE. More»

Hill Yeah! Dodgers Take NLCS Lead

Rich Hill outpitched reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS. The Dodgers posted six runs while shutting out the Cubs to take a 2-1 series advantage. More»
Alex Wong

Jays Finally Bring Rain, For One Day

Toronto's offense finally woke up in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion had key hits as the Blue Jays staved off elimination and cut the series deficit to 3-1. There's still a long way to go. More»
Joe Sparacio

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 are the best photos from Oct. 11-17 More»
Ross Tucker

PI Should Be Added to Replay Rules

The NFL is in desperate need of a rule change regarding replay reviews. After a missed pass interference call that cost the Atlanta Falcons a chance to beat the Seattle Seahawks, the league needs to make some adjustments. More»
Will Leitch

Believeland of Opportunity

Three years ago, nobody believed that Cleveland's sports teams were anywhere close to winning championships. But here we are, in 2016, and the Cleveland Indians have a chance to win the city's second title this year alone. It's been a long time coming. More»

Cards Deck Jets Behind Johnson's Big Game

Stopping the run was one of the few things the New York Jets had done well this season. Until they faced David Johnson and the Arizona Cardinals. Johnson rushed for 111 yards and three TDs, and the Cardinals shut down the listless Jets 28-3 on Monday night. More»
Matt Brown

Midseason College Football Awards

With seven weeks down and seven more weeks until the playoff is announced, the college football season has reached its midway point. There is still a lot to be decided, but it's time to stop and take stock of the best performances of the season so far. More»
Andrew Simon & Matt Kelly

108 Cubs Moments In 108 Years

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Led by four Hall of Famers, the Cubs appeared destined for more success after their 1908 World Series win. Even though the North Siders are still looking for that elusive title, plenty has happened in the century-plus since the last one. More»

Indians Ovecome Bauer Outage, Take Big ALCS Lead

Cleveland's bullpen pulled off its most impressive feat yet in the playoffs, taking over after Trevor Bauer's first-inning exit, holding off the Blue Jays in a 4-2 victory Monday night in Toronto. The Indians are now within one win of their first pennant since 1997. More»
David Ubben

Big 12 Says No To Expansion

On Monday, after a long process that got 11 candidates' hopes up, Oklahoma president David Boren and conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced that the Big 12 would not, in fact, expand from its current roster of 10 members. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Barren Rodgers: Packers O Looks Lost

There were plenty of reasons why the Green Bay Packers didn't meet expectations in 2015. But Aaron Rodgers and the Pack are still struggling, and those 2015 excuses don't apply anymore. Can they get back on track, or do major changes have to be made? More»
Michael Klopman

Sign of the Times For Cubs Fans?

Have you heard? The Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, and they're playing in the NLCS right now with a chance to end that drought. If Cubs fans want a sign that this could be the year, just look at the clock. More»
Will Leitch

Reasons for the Cubs to Be Concerned

Chicago Cubs fans have been surprisingly confident that 2016 will be the year they finally win a World Series. But after losing home-field advantage following a Game 2 loss in the NLCS to the Dodgers, that confidence might turn into a familiar feeling: fear. More»
Kenneth Arthur

UpBended: Steelers Season In Peril

The Pittsburgh Steelers' season is in grave danger now that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reportedly suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee. The Steelers never prepared for this scenario in the offseason, and now they may pay for that. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Indians Look To Put Jays Away

The American League Championship Series resumes in Toronto on Monday night (8 p.m. ET, TBS), with the Blue Jays desperately needing a win to avoid a 0-3 deficit to the Indians. Will Cleveland's back-end starters deliver? More»
Matt Brown

Tide Rolling In Every Phase Of Game

No. 1 Alabama dominated Tennessee on Saturday, winning 49-10 with the help of a defensive touchdown and a special teams touchdown. It's part of a frightening trend for the rest of the country: nine straight games with a non-offensive TD. More»
NFL Recap

Texans Rally, Jolt Colts In Overtime

Nick Novak made a 33-yard field goal in OT to give the Texans a 26-23 comeback victory over the Colts on Sunday night at home. Brock Osweiler threw a 36-yard pass to Jaelen Strong to get Houston to the 12 and Novak's field goal came two plays later. More»

Kershaw, A-Gone Help L.A. Get Even

With his Dodgers desperate for a win, Clayton Kershaw delivered the most dominant start of his playoff career, shutting out the Cubs for seven innings in Chicago, and Adrian Gonzalez provided all the offense L.A. needed to even the NLCS at one game apiece. More»
NFL Recap

For 'Hawks, Where There's a Wilson, There's a Way

Steven Hauschka's 44-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining capped the 20th career fourth quarter or overtime comeback for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, and the Seahawks pulled out a wild 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at home. More»
NFL Recap

Dak's Attack Rips the Pack As 'Boys Roll

Dallas rookie Dak Prescott threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cowboys forced four turnovers in a 30-16 win over the Green Bay Packers and their dysfunctional offense on Sunday at Lambeau Field. More»
NFL Recap

Chiefs Ware Out the Raiders

Spencer Ware ran for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown and Alex Smith picked apart Oakland's struggling defense in the Kansas City Chiefs' 26-10 win over the Raiders on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum. More»
Michael Tunison

Nothing But Net: Beckham Is Back

Odell Beckham Jr. caught two long scores in the Giants win over the Ravens on Sunday. More importantly, he continued an intense love affair with a kicking net. It's working for him. More»
NFL Recap

Big Brees-y: Saints Hand Panthers Another Loss

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints may have crushed any hopes the Carolina Panthers had of making the playoffs in Week 6. Brees threw for 465 yards and four touchdowns, handing Cam Newton and the Panthers their fifth loss of the season. More»
NFL Recap

Mariota, Titans Keep Browns Winless

Marcus Mariota had his second straight three-touchdown game as the Tennessee Titans kept the Cleveland Browns winless. The Titans may have barely beaten the Browns, 28-26, but they also matched their win total for last season with their third victory. More»
NFL Recap

OBJ's Career Day Lifts Giants

New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. had a career day against the Baltimore Ravens, finishing with eight catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Beckam's performance proved to be just enough to lift the Giants past the Ravens, 27-23. More»
NFL Recap

Lions Roar Late To Edge Rams

A go-ahead field goal by Matt Prater and a clutch interception by Rafael Bush in the final minutes sealed a victory for the Detroit Lions over the Los Angeles Rams. It was Detroit's third win of the season and L.A.'s' third loss. More»
NFL Recap

Captain Kirk Pilots 'Skins Past Eagles

The Washington Redskins battered Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, while Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes and Redskins running back Matt Jones ran for 135 yards and a touchdown en route to a 27-20 victory. More»
NFL Recap

Jags Drop Bears With Late Touchdown

In a low-scoring affair against the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles hit Arrelious Benn for a 51-yard touchdown in the final minutes. The touchdown gave the Jags get their second win of the season. More»
NFL Recap

Brady Breaks Bengals In Homecoming Game

In his first home game since coming back from a four-game suspension, Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes in front of the Foxboro crowd as the New England Patriots went on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 35-17. More»
Michael Tunison

Fins Shock Steelers, Hobble Big Ben

The previously hapless Dolphins had a relatively easy time taking care of the Steelers at home, and it's not just because Ben Roethlisberger got banged up. It was then announced that Big Ben has a torn meniscus in his knee and will need surgery. More»
Matt Brown

Darrell Hazell Out As Purdue Coach

Purdue fired head football coach Darrell Hazell on Sunday, an unsurprising move after he went 9-33 in three and a half season. Given that Purdue brought in a new athletic director, a coaching change had felt inevitable. More»
Michael Tunison

Bills Fans React To Kap's Start

Reactions in Buffalo to Colin Kaepernick making his first start since beginning his anthem protest were varied, with dozens of Bills fans joining in support of the 49ers quarterback, while others decided to mock him. More»
Game On

NFL Scoreboard Watch: Week 6

Can Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks stop the red-hot Atlanta Falcons at home in Week 6? Can the Green Bay Packers snap the young Dallas Cowboys' four-game winning streak at Lambeau Field? Follow the action live. More»
Ross Tucker

The Tuck Rules: Week 6 NFL Picks

We're starting to get a sense of where things stand in the NFL. And, in Week 6, there's reason to believe in the road dogs, especially with the Ravens visiting the Giants and the Rams taking on the Lions in Detroit. Time to break it all down. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 7

Alabama decided that Saturday would be a perfect time to remind everyone that it's still the team 127 other teams are chasing. While No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson both pulled off OT escapes, the No. 1 Crimson Time dazzled at Tennessee. More»

Deep Dish Delivers For Cubs In a Pinch

Miguel Montero delivered one memorable swing, Javier Baez stole home and Jon Lester turned in another steady performance. Business as usual this year for the Cubs, who are off and running in the NLCS with an 8-4 win over the Dodgers in Game 1. More»
Alex Wong

Can Joey Bats Be the Man Again?

The Blue Jays offense is built around power hitters in the middle of the lineup, and when they short-circuit, it's hard to find a backup plan. That's why slugger Jose Bautista needs to get going against the Indians -- before it's too late. More»
Matt Brown

Buckeyes Win Classic At Camp Randall

Wisconsin gave Ohio State all it could handle on Saturday night, but the No. 3 Buckeyes bounced back from a halftime deficit, survived a back-and-forth second half and defeated the No. 8 Badgers 30-23 in overtime to stay unbeaten. More»
College Football

Stanford Win Drops Notre Dame To 2-5

Stanford, which started the season ranked No. 8, averted losing three straight for the first time since 2007 by beating Notre Dame 17-10 on Saturday. The Fighting Irish, ranked No. 10 in the preseason, have now started with a 2-5 record. More»
David Ubben

Cougars' Goal-Line Stand Tops Tulsa

Houston will take wins any way it can get them to keep its hopes of another New Year's Six bowl alive. On Saturday, the No. 13 Cougars survived Tulsa's upset bid with a last-second, goal-line stand, winning 38-31 with a little help from the frenzy of the final moments. More»
College Football

Arkansas Beats Rebels With Late TD Run

Jared Cornelius scored on late in the fourth quarter to lift No. 22 Arkansas to a 34-30 win over No. 12 Mississippi on Saturday night. The win is the third in a row for the Razorbacks over the Rebels, who have started 3-3 after winning last year's the Sugar Bowl. More»
Matt Brown

Orange Rush! 'Cuse Pulls Off Upset

Syracuse achieved what it hopes is a breakthrough win on Saturday, upsetting No. 17 Virginia Tech 31-17 at the Carrier Dome. Afterward, first-year head coach Dino Babers delivered an emotional, stirring speech to his team in the locker room. More»
College Football

Orange Blossom In Upset Over Hokies

Eric Dungey accounted for 417 yards and two touchdowns and Syracuse upset No. 17 Virginia Tech 31-17 on Saturday for its first victory over a ranked opponent since 2012. More»
College Football

Spartans' Free Fall Continues Against Northwestern

Justin Jackson rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns, and Northwestern moved the ball almost at will after a slow start, beating Michigan State 54-40 on Saturday night to hand the Spartans their fourth straight defeat. More»
College Football

Tar Heels Hand Miami Second Straight Loss

Mitch Trubisky threw two touchdown passes, Malik Carney forced a turnover with 1:31 left to thwart Miami's last chance at a rally and North Carolina knocked off the 16th-ranked Hurricanes 20-13 on Saturday. More»
College Football

No. 10 Nebraska Fights Off Hoosiers

Terrell Newby ran for one score and Tommy Armstrong Jr. hooked up with Stanley Morgan Jr. on a 72-yard touchdown pass with 9:57 left to play, helping No. 10 Nebraska hold on to beat Indiana 27-22 on Saturday. More»
College Football

Rudolph Lifts Florida State Over Wake Forest

Wide receiver Travis Rudolph had a career-high 13 receptions for 238 yards as No. 14 Florida State overcame three turnovers to defeat Wake Forest 17-6 on Saturday. More»
College Football

Baylor Routs Kansas to Stay Unbeaten

Seth Russell threw two touchdowns and ran for two more while playing only the first half, Ryan Reid returned the first of his two interceptions for a score and No. 11 Baylor remained undefeated with a 49-7 win over Kansas on Saturday. More»

Believeland Thrives As Indians Take Two

Josh Tomlin baffled Blue Jays batters for nearly six innings and Andrew Miller blew them away as the Cleveland Indians edged Toronto 2-1 on Saturday to take 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series. Game 3 is in Toronto on Monday. More»
Matt Brown

Rocky Toppled: Bama Destroys Vols

After six weeks of dramatic finishes, Tennessee ran out of gas and ran into a brick wall on Saturday. No. 1 Alabama beat the No. 9 Volunteers 49-10, routing them behind QB Jalen Hurts and a brilliant effort from the defense. More»
Matt Brown

Clemson Survives N.C. State In OT

Good fortune on a missed field goal at the end of regulation allowed Clemson to beat North Carolina State 24-17 in overtime on Saturday, maintaining the No. 3 Tigers' undefeated record as they continue to be a favorite to make the playoff field. More»
College Football

Undefeated West Virginia Dominates Texas Tech

Skylar Howard ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead No. 20 West Virginia past Texas Tech 48-17 on Saturday to keep the Mountaineers unbeaten and in the hunt for the Big 12 title. More»
College Football

Vandy Upsets Georgia Between The Hedges

Vanderbilt claimed its first SEC road win in Derek Mason's three seasons as coach, stunning Georgia 17-16 on Khari Blasingame's two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and a huge fourth-down stop late in the game Saturday. More»
College Football

Sooners' Offense Keeps Rolling Vs. Kansas State

Oklahoma got big performances from quarterback Baker Mayfield, tailback Joe Mixon and wideout Dede Westbrook, and the No. 19 Sooners cruised to a 38-17 win over Kansas State on Saturday. More»
Cy Brown

Arsenal, Man City level at the top

A fun Saturday in the English Premier League ended with Arsenal and Manchester City level on points at the top of the table. Also, Bob Bradley's Swansea looks good in his first match despite a loss, Spurs score a late equalizer, and Chelsea trounce the defending champs. More»
Will Leitch

NLCS Preview: Dodgers Vs. Cubs

The Cubs are four wins away from their first World Series appearance since 1945. But the Dodgers stand in their way. And even though L.A. is technically the underdog, don't underestimate what Clayton Kershaw and Co. can do. More»

Lindor's Big Knock Lifts Tribe

Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and Corey Kluber silenced Toronto's booming bats, giving the Indians a 2-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series on Friday night. More»
College Football

Jackson, No. 7 Louisville Outlast Duke

Lamar Jackson provided a cushion with a two-yard touchdown run with 1:32 remaining and No. 7 Louisville held off Duke 24-14 on Friday night. Jackson finished with 144 rushing yards, 181 passing yards and two TDs to lead to the Cardinals. More»
Michael Tunison

For Sale: Britton Jersey (Barely Used)

The Baltimore Orioles are auctioning off the "game-used" jersey Zach Britton wore during the American League Wild Card Game loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. That may be a liberal definition of "game-used," though. More»
Sports On Earth

Walk It Off: ALCS Matchup

Former Major League relief pitcher Jeff Nelson joined Walk It Off to break down the pitching match-ups between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series. More»
Mike Lupica

Reverse the Kersh: Ace's Saving Grace

Unfairly or not, Clayton Kershaw had a bad reputation when it came to the postseason. But that all changed when the Los Angeles Dodgers ace threw seven pitches in a relief appearance in Game 5 in the NLDS and earned the series-clinching save. More»
Will Leitch

Bullpen Strategies Are A Changin'

With the ways Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts have used their relievers in the playoffs this year, there might be a bullpen management revolution in the works. More»
Daniel Kramer

Sweet Relief! Kershaw Saves Game 5

The best pitcher on the planet came out of the bullpen and came up big in one of the most dramatic moments in recent postseason memory. Thursday night was Clayton Kershaw's time to shine -- and he didn't let it pass him by. More»
NFL Recap

Full Charge: San Diego Holds Off Broncos

Music blared louder than normal in the San Diego Chargers' locker room, and there was a sense of relief Thursday night after a 21-13 victory over the Denver Broncos at home. The Chargers had actually finished. More»

What a Relief! Kershaw Saves Game 5

With Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gassed, Clayton Kershaw got the final two outs to finish L.A.'s thrilling 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS on the road. The Dodgers now head to Chicago to face the Cubs. More»
Alex Wong

Jays' Secret Formula? Arm & Hammer

The Toronto Blue Jays have had the best starting rotation in the American League all season. While the bats made it easier for those pitchers in the ALDS, the starters are likely going to be key to the Jays' success. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 7

Top-10 matchups between Alabama and Tennessee and Ohio State and Wisconsin lead the way on Saturday as college football reaches its midpoint and the push for the postseason heats up. Here's your guide to all of Week 7's key games. More»
Michael Tunison

After Further Review: Luck's Line

Through five weeks, Andrew Luck is the most sacked quarterback in the NFL. Is it because the Colts can't protect their most prized asset or does he need to get rid of the ball more quickly? Turns out both can be true. More»
David Ubben

Boise State Reclaiming Former Status

This weekend, Boise State is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its memorable Fiesta Bowl run in 2006. This year's team is on the verge of living up to that standard, undefeated and aiming to reclaim its spot as the top Group of Five team after Houston's loss. More»

LSU-Florida Rescheduled for Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge

LSU and Florida will play Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge in a game rescheduled because of Hurricane Matthew, the SEC announced Thursday, ending speculation about what would happen to the game originally scheduled for last Saturday in Gainesville. More»
Will Leitch

Best W.S. Winner: The Elite Eight

The field has been narrowed down to eight, and yet there's still a World Series winner from every decade going back to the 1960s! Who will make it to the Final Four? That's up to you. It's time to vote again on which World Series winner was the best of them all. More»
Cy Brown

Bob Bradley: The Reliable One

Those who think Bob Bradley doesn't have the experience to succeed in the EPL haven't paid attention to his career. Bradley has a proven track record as a reliable manager who can stabilize teams in sticky situations, exactly what Swansea needs. More»
Mike Lupica

Baez Feed: This Cub a Beast

At just 23 year old, Javier Baez is proving to be the X-factor for the Chicago Cubs this postseason. He came through in Games 1 and 4 in the NLDS against the Giants with his bat and his glove. Can he help lead the Cubbies all the way this year? More»
Will Leitch

Best Championship Series Since 2010

Everyone always remembers their teams playing in the World Series. But they also remember how they got there. The League Championship Series are also best-of-seven, and they can be just as dramatic as the Fall Classic. More»
Cliff Corcoran

A Deep Dive Into The Best Game 5s

In honor of the upcoming Game 5 between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers, take a trip down Division Series memory lane. There have been plenty of memorable Game 5 winner-take-alls, but here are the top seven. More»
On the Ice

Auston Powers: Leafs Rookie Makes History

In the highest-scoring debut in modern NHL history, Auston Matthews scored four goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Kyle Turris scored 37 seconds into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators to a 5-4 victory at home Wednesday night. More»
David Ubben

Stanford Searching For End To Slump

For most of the past decade, lining up opposite Stanford's offense meant being demoralized and debilitated for 60 minutes. This year? Not quite. Despite the presence of Christian McCaffrey, the Cardinal offense has stalled, and it's hard to find solutions. More»
Matt Brown

Hurts So Good For Bama Offense

Until this year, Nick Saban has never used a true freshman as his starting quarterback. Jalen Hurts has changed that, though, and during a 6-0 start leading No. 1 Alabama, Hurts has repeatedly rewarded Saban's faith in him. More»
Will Leitch

ALCS Preview: Indians vs. Blue Jays

Will the year of Cleveland continue with the Indians punching their tickets to the World Series? Or will the Toronto Blue Jays rain on Cleveland's parade, and go from the American League Wild Card Game all the way to the Fall Classic? More»
Karim Zidan

Rousey's Back, But For How Long?

After an 11-month hiatus, Ronda Rousey is scheduled to meet Amanda Nunes in a UFC 207 title fight on Dec. 30. It will be Rousey's first fight since her second round KO loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 last November. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT's search for depth pays off

The last two friendlies for the USMNT were a way for Jurgen Klinsmann to find some forgotten and lesser known players who can provide depth to the squad in the pivotal World Cup qualifiers to come. It appears he succeeded. More»
Will Leitch

Poison 'Pen Exposes Giants

All the Giants needed were just those last three outs. But the bullpen just couldn't get it done in Game 4 of the NLDS, no matter who San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy gave the ball to. The Cubs scored four runs in the ninth to eliminate the Giants. More»
Manny Randhawa

Javier Baez Leads Cubs to NLCS

He was once the next big thing before the Chicago Cubs were the next big thing. So it's only fitting that Javier Baez's performance helped ignite the comeback that sent Chicago into the NLCS for a second consecutive year. More»
Terence Moore

Where Brady Ranks Among Best

When considering the good, the bad and the ugly of Tom Brady, is he the greatest quarerback of them all? Yes, there's no doubt he's up there, but I have some other guys ahead of him. And here's why. More»
Cy Brown

Is the Steph Curry Curse a thing?

Curry Giants
The Billy Goat Curse seems closer to being lifted, but a possible new menace may have stricken teams across sports. And it all has to do with Stephen Curry and his 3-1 NBA Finals lead-blowin' self. More»
Joe DeLessio

60 Predictions for the NHL Season

The puck dropped Wednesday night on the 2016-17 NHL regular season, so it's time to skate on thin ice and make some predictions. Who will be named the league's MVP? Who will lift the Stanley Cup? And what will the Las Vegas franchise name itself? More»
Matt Brown

Why The Big Ten Is Trending Upward

When this week's AP poll came out, the Big Ten achieved something it hasn't done since 1960: It has four teams ranked in a regular-season top-10. It's a big accomplishment, but what's really driving the league's upswing is the power of Ohio State and Michigan. More»

Comeback Cubs: Epic Rally Lifts Chicago

One step closer to history. Down 5-2 in the top of the ninth inning, the Chicago Cubs pulled off an incredible comeback to eliminate the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. With the 6-5 win, the Cubs punched a ticket to the National League Championship Series. More»
Ross Tucker

All Hail The O-Lines

You can talk about Dak Prescott and Matt Ryan, and Zeke Elliot, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. But if you're going to shower them with praise, you better give credit to the offensive lines doing all the dirty work, too. More»

Chase Saves The Day, Dodgers Force Game 5

Chase Utley saved the Los Angeles Dodgers from elimination on Tuesday, hitting go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. The Dodgers went on to win and force Game 5. More»
Joe Sparacio

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 are the best photos from Oct. 4-10 More»
Andrea Hangst

Starting Won't Stop Drama For Colin

The 49ers named Colin Kaepernick the starting quarterback for their Week 6 game against the Bills in Buffalo. But becoming the starting QB won't necessarily put a stop to the drama surrounding the polarizing signal-caller. More»

Kaepernick Named 49ers Starting QB

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly had made a change at the starting quarterback position. Colin Kaepernick, who sparked a national controversy after refusing to stand for the national anthem, will start on Sunday instead of Blaine Gabbert. More»
Michael Tunison

Election To Blame For NFL Ratings Dip?

An NFL memo circulated last week suggesting that multiple factors were responsible for this season's ratings decline, though it singled out the presidential campaign as a factor among those. Does that hold up? Probably not. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Giants Work Their Magic Once Again

When facing elimination in the playoffs, no team has been better than the San Francisco Giants over the last five years. That showed again on Monday night when they came back against the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. More»
Will Leitch

A Goodbye Nobody Wanted For Ortiz

It wasn't a farewell David Ortiz, or Boston Red Sox fans, or anyone had prepared for, despite having a whole season to prepare. It was the right move, but taking out Big Papi for a pinch runner late in Game 3 didn't feel right. More»
Mike Lupica

The Big Skipper In Tito, Ohio

Terry Francona hasn't lost his touch. The Indians manager, who has already won two World Series titles with the Red Sox, led the Tribe to a three-game sweep of his former team and is now back in the American League Championship Series. More»

Keep Believen: Giants Aren't Done Yet

Joe Panik doubled off the AT&T Park wall in right-center field to drive in Brandon Crawford with the winning run in the 13th inning, and the Giants staved off elimination by outlasting the Cubs, 6-5, on Monday night in Game 3 of their NL Division Series. More»
Matt Brown

Dalvin Cook As Electrifying As Ever

Dalvin Cook's Heisman Trophy chances seemed to evaporate when Florida State was blown out by Louisville, but after a frustrating start to the season, the Seminoles' junior tailback is again showing that he's capable of being one of the nation's most dangerous runner. More»

Rookie Kicker's Redemption In Bucs Win

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) beat the Carolina Panthers on the road Monday night, 17-14, when second-round pick Roberto Aguayo -- who had missed two field goals earlier in the game -- nailed a 38-yarder in the final seconds. More»

Indians Sweep Sox, Papi Says Goodbye

The Cleveland Indians ended the Boston Red Sox's season on Monday night, completing a three-game sweep in the American League Division Series. Meanwhile, David Ortiz gave an emotional farewell to the Fenway Park crowd. More»

Nats Pour It On Late, Take 2-1 Series Lead

The Washington Nationals grabbed a 2-1 lead in the National League Division Series after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-3, on Monday afternoon. Now the Nats are just one win away from advancing to the NL Championship Series. More»

Panthers vs. Bucs: Who Will Make Leap?

The Carolina Panthers didn't expect to be in the same situation as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a quarter of the way through the season. One of them will take a step in the right direction in Monday night's game at Bank of America Stadium. More»
Comeback Delayed

Tiger a No-Go For Safeway

The comeback of Tiger Woods is going to have to wait at least two more months. Three days before he was to return at the Safeway Open, Woods said he wasn't ready to return against PGA TOUR competition and withdrew from the event. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Time Running Out For Rivers

After another brutal defeat on Sunday, it's hard not to feel bad for San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. He's stuck with a weak supporting cast with plenty of injuries, and his chances at winning a Super Bowl have never looked worse. More»
Will Leitch

It's Safe to Root For the Cowboys

It might be time to give Dallas Cowboys fans a little slack. After all, they have been through a lot of suffering over the last 20 years. And now that Dallas is one of the best young teams in football, it's time to take the bandwagon label off its fan base. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Liking the Vikings? Get Used to It

Following Sunday's 31-13 win over the Houston Texans at home, the Minnesota Vikings sit at 5-0 and is the only undefeated team remaining in the NFL. How have they been dominating? It all starts on defense. More»
Alex Wong

Iron-E: Odor's Right Arm KO's Texas

The Blue Jays' Russell Martin said "revenge is the best revenge." Indeed, after a year of bad blood between the Rangers and Jays, it must feel sweet for Toronto to cap off a three-game ALDS sweep on Sunday via a Rougned Odor error. More»
Cy Brown

OBJ Kisses and Makes Up With Net

Odell Hug
A few weeks ago, Odell Beckham Jr.'s temper got the best of him, and he let a helpless kicking net have it. OBJ was in a better mood after scoring his first touchdown of the season Sunday, and made amends with the net with a big hug. More»
John Schlegel

David Ortiz's 10 Biggest Blasts

David Ortiz has provided fans with many memorable moments over his iconic career. Which ones truly stood out? We take a look back the Red Sox slugger's biggest home runs, from his unheralded start in Minnesota to his historic 2016 swan song. More»
NFL Recap

Pack Attack Just Enough to Top G-Men

Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns passes in an otherwise choppy night for the Green Bay offense, and the Packers' defense rattled the New York Giants and limited Odell Beckham Jr. in a 23-16 victory Sunday night. More»
Matt Brown

Huskies Now A Playoff Frontrunner

A week after pulling a Stanford against Stanford, Washington pulled an Oregon against Oregon. After years of struggles, the Huskies are achieving their breakthrough season under Chris Petersen, making them one of the top stories of Week 6. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Non-Cubs World Series Droughts

The big story this postseason is, of course, the Cubs' quest to end their 107-year championship drought. However, Chicago fans aren't the only long-suffering fan base. This year's postseason field is packed with teams looking to end decades of misery. More»
NFL Recap

Fisher Flops On Fake, Buffalo Rolls

Rams coach Jeff Fisher called an inexplicable fake punt on L.A.'s own 20-yard line late in Sunday afternoon's game at home against the Bills. Then, Buffalo's Nickell Robey-Coleman returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown to seal the deal, 30-19. More»
NFL Recap

Oh 'Boys! Zeke Leads Dallas to 4-1 Start

Ezekiel Elliott ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns, fellow rookie Dak Prescott threw for a score and ran for another TD, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Cincinnati Bengals 28-14 on Sunday in Arlington. More»
Michael Tunison

Falcons Keep Rising Each Week

The Atlanta Falcons improved to 4-1 by handing the Denver Broncos their first loss of the 2016 season. Does this mean Atlanta can be trusted? More»
NFL Recap

Change of Luck? Faster Tempo Helps Colts Prevail

After hearing the clamor for changes all week, the Colts cranked up the pace, on offense took their first halftime lead of the season and, yes, even managed to pull out a badly needed victory, 29-23 victory over the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. More»
NFL Recap

'Skins Get Defensive In Win Over Ravens

Washington used an 85-yard punt return by Jamison Crowder and an uncharacteristically strong performance by its defense to beat the Baltimore Ravens, 16-10, at home on Sunday. The Redskins' winning streak is now at three. More»

Nats More Like It: Washington Knots Series With L.A.

Jose Lobaton hit a three-run homer and Washington's bullpen threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday, leading the Nationals past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 in a rain-postponed Game 2 to even their NL Division Series at 1-all. More»
NFL Recap

Vikings Plunder Texans, Remain Unbeaten

Adam Thielen caught a touchdown pass to cap Minnesota's opening drive and finished with a career-high 127 yards, and the Vikings defense flustered Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans on their way to a 31-13 victory on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. More»
NFL Recap

Lions Slay Eagles With Help From Late INT

Matt Prater kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:28 left and Darius Slay made an over-the-shoulder interception on the next snap, helping the Detroit Lions hand Carson Wentz his first loss with a 24-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at home on Sunday. More»
NFL Recap

Steel the Deal: Big Ben Grounds Jets

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 380 yards and four touchdowns and the surging Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away in the second half for a 31-13 win over the New York Jets at home on Sunday. More»
NFL Recap

Lotsa Mariota As Titans Beat Fins

Marcus Mariota threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score, helping the Tennessee Titans overcome a handful of big plays by the Miami Dolphins to win, 30-17, Sunday on the road. More»
Michael Tunison

Tom's Still Terrific, Deflates Browns

Tom Brady is back. After sitting out the first four weeks due to his Deflategate suspension, the Patriots QB's 2016 season is off with a bang after he threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-13 New England victory in Cleveland. More»
Game On

NFL Scoreboard Watch: Week 5

Have you heard? Tom Brady is back. And it's safe to say he'll be motivated to make his mark against the Browns on Sunday in Cleveland. Elsewhere, the Jets visit the Steelers and the Vikings host the Texans. Follow all the action live. More»
Cliff Corcoran

The 0-2 Division Series Hope Index

There are long odds facing the Giants, Red Sox and Rangers heading into Game 3 down 0-2, but a closer look at each Division Series suggests that the chances of each of those three teams staging a comeback are not equal. More»
College Football

Falk Leads Cougars To Rout Of Stanford

Luke Falk threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns and the Washington State defensive line shut down Christian McCaffrey and the No. 15 Cardinal in a 42-16 victory on Saturday night. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 6

Florida State, Texas A&M and Navy all earned wins over teams ranked in the top 10 on Saturday, and as the 2016 season nears its midpoint, it's becoming increasingly clear which teams have emerged as the College Football Playoff frontrunners. More»
Matt Brown

Seminoles' Blocked PAT Beats Miami

The storied history of botched kicks in the Florida State-Miami rivalry got a new addition on Saturday. The No. 23 Seminoles beat the No. 10 Hurricanes 20-19 when DeMarcus Walker blocked a Miami extra point with 1:38 to play. More»

Wood Homers, Cubs Beat Giants 5-2

Travis Wood took over when starter Kyle Hendricks got hurt and became the first relief pitcher since 1924 to hit a postseason home run, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Saturday night to take a 2-0 NL Division Series lead. More»
College Football

No. 1 Alabama Cruises To 49-30 Win At Arkansas

Jalen Hurts accounted for four touchdowns and Minkah Fitzpatrick had three interceptions as No. 1 Alabama extended its nation-best winning streak to 18 games with a 49-30 victory over No. 16 Arkansas on Saturday night. More»
College Football

Washington Routs Oregon To End Rivalry Skid

Jake Browning threw for 304 yards and a school-record six touchdowns and ran for two more scores as No. 5 Washington snapped a 12-game losing streak against rival Oregon with a 70-21 victory on Saturday night. More»
Matt Brown

10 Facts About Michigan 78, Rutgers 0

The Rutgers of old showed up in Piscataway on Saturday, losing 78-0 to No. 4 Michigan. It was a stunning display of dominance by the Wolverines and ineptitude by the Scarlet Knight, with a box score that deserves closer examination. More»
Matt Brown

Aggies End Vols' Magic In Double OT

The magic has run out. After erasing double-digit deficits four times already this year, No. 9 Tennessee improbably erased another 21-point deficit on Saturday at No. 8 Texas A&M, but the Volunteers lost 45-38 in double overtime. More»
College Football

BYU Hands Michigan State Third Straight Loss

Jamaal Williams ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and Brigham Young beat Michigan State 31-14 on Saturday in East Lansing, sending the Spartans to their third straight loss. More»
College Football

Darnold, Trojans Take Down Colorado

In Colorado's first game as a ranked team since Nov. 7, 2005, the No. 21 Buffaloes were unable to overcome USC, losing 21-17 to the Trojans on Saturday in Los Angeles. Sam Darnold threw three TD passes as USC moved back to .500. More»
College Football

Hokies Topple Tar Heels In Bad Weather

Jerod Evans threw for two scores and ran for another to help No. 25 Virginia Tech beat No. 17 North Carolina 34-3 on Saturday in heavy rain and wind from Hurricane Matthew. More»
College Football

Buckeyes Overcome Struggles, Beat Indiana

Second-ranked Ohio State was forced to rely mostly on its ground game, which accounted for 290 yards, and some tough play by its defense to beat Indiana 38-17 on Saturday in Columbus. More»
Matt Brown

Navy Sinks Houston's Playoff Chances

A year after seeing its major bowl hopes ended at the hands of Houston, Navy got its revenge. The Midshipmen upset the unbeaten No. 6 Cougars 46-40 on Saturday, ending any talk of Houston crashing the College Football Playoff. More»
David Ubben

Texas Defense On The Hook Again

After back-to-back losses in which his defense got burned, Texas coach Charlie Strong installed himself as defensive coordinator. The change didn't matter on Saturday, as the Longhorns were torched again in a 45-40 rivalry loss to Oklahoma. More»
College Football

TCU Survives At Kansas After Missed Kicks

Kenny Hill completed 17 of 32 passes for 206 yards with one touchdown pass and one rushing score to help TCU narrowly escape Kansas 24-23 on Saturday after the Jayhawks missed three field goals in the fourth quarter, including a 54-yarder to end the game. More»
Matt Brown

NC State, Hurricane Beat Notre Dame

Something resembling football happened at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday, and all it did was result in more frustrating heartbreak for Notre Dame. In the midst of torrential rain from Hurricane Matthew, N.C. State beat the Fighting Irish 10-3 on a blocked punt return TD. More»
College Football

Sooners Hold On To Win Red River Shootout

Dede Westbrook had three touchdown catches longer than 40 yards while setting an Oklahoma single-game record with 232 yards receiving, and the No. 20 Sooners held on for a 45-40 victory over Texas in the Red River rivalry on Saturday. More»

One Is Enough For Cubbies

Jon Lester outpitched Johnny Cueto with eight sparkling innings, Javier Baez homered in the eighth and the Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 in a tense Game 1 of their NL Division Series on Friday night in Chicago. More»
College Football

No. 3 Clemson Rolls To Big Win At Boston College

Deshaun Watson threw four touchdown passes to lead No. 3 Clemson to a 56-10 win at Boston College on Friday night. The 6-0 Tigers extended their winning streak in ACC play to 12 games More»

Seager-Turner Overdrive: Dodgers Hold Off Nats

Backed by early homers from rookie sensation Corey Seager and Justin Turner, Clayton Kershaw worked around eight hits with the help of seven strikeouts Friday to help L.A. edge the Washington Nationals 4-3 in Game 1 of their NL Division Series. More»

Price Not Right, Indians Prevail In Game 2

Corey Kluber carried a shutout into the eighth inning and Lonnie Chisenhall connected for a three-run homer off postseason-cursed David Price, giving the Indians a 6-0 win on Friday over the Boston Red Sox and a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series. More»

Home Run Barrage Gives Jays 2-0 Series Lead

The Toronto Blue Jays kept on hitting home runs in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, as they took care of business again on the road and beat the Texas Rangers 5-3. The Blue Jays now lead the series, 2-0. More»
Mike Lupica

Wrigley-normous! Cubs > '04 Sox?

If Chicago wins the World Series this year, if Theo Epstein ends all the waiting on the North Side of Chicago the way he did the same thing at Fenway Park in October of 2004, the Cubs could become the greatest team story in baseball history. More»
Call It a Comeback?

Tiger Woods Is Back, Again

It's been more than a year since Tiger Woods last played, but now he has committed to making his return at the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. next week. Will Tiger make the most of his return? More»
Will Leitch

Postseason Stats Always Evolve

Major League Baseball changed forever in 1995, when the Division Series format was introduced. From that point on, postseason statistics have gone through an enormous change, and they're still changing. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Tribe Relieved, But At a Cost

For most, the Indians' win over the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS provided the only evidence necessary as to whether or not Terry Francona was right to be aggressive with his bullpen. However, the final verdict has yet to be rendered. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 6

After the chaos of last Saturday, Week 6 features a top-10 matchup between Tennessee and Texas A&M, plus Oklahoma-Texas and several series -- Florida State-Miami, Oregon-Washington, Alabama-Arkansas -- in which one side is riding a long winning streak. More»
David Ubben

Trubisky Deserves More Attention

While he's overshadowed by Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson in the ACC, new North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky is off to an impressive start of his own, completing 76 percent of his passes while not throwing an interception for the No. 17 Tar Heels. More»
Michael Tunison

After Further Review: Carr's Start

While he doesn't get the attention of some other young quarterbacks in the NFL, the Raiders' Derek Carr has quietly emerged as one of the best of the bunch. The third-year signal caller is starting to build on his breakout 2015. More»

No Palmer, No Problem In Cards' Win

The Arizona Cardinals didn't have quarterback Carson Palmer on Thursday night, but it didn't matter. Running back David Johnson was sensational and backup QB Drew Stanton connected with receiver Larry Fitzgerald for two TDs in Arizona's 33-21 victory. More»

Indians Power Past Sox In Game 1

The Cleveland Indians' bats came alive against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The Tribe hit three homers off Boston's Rick Porcello in the third inning and allowed the pitching to do the rest, winning 5-4. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Brady and a History of NFL Revenge

Tom Brady is finally returning to the New England Patriots from a four-game suspension for DeflateGate. And now he's seeking some revenge on the rest of the league. In honor of his return, take a look at some other famous revenge games in the NFL. More»
Will Leitch

Best W.S. Winner: Sweet 16!

We've made it to the round of 16 in the ultimate bracket of the best World Series-winning teams. And only three New York Yankees championship teams remain. Which teams will advance to the next round? It's time to vote! More»

Marco Sharp, Jays Slam Hamels to Take Game 1

Still riding the wave of their walk-off AL Wild Card Game victory, the Blue Jays traveled to Arlington and took the fight to the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS with a 10-1 win. Marco Estrada had a masterful pitching performance, while Cole Hamels delivered a dud. More»

LSU-Florida Won't Be Played Because Of Hurricane

No. 18 Florida's home game against LSU on Saturday has been postponed because of looming Hurricane Matthew. The SEC announced the decision on Thursday and said efforts would be made to reschedule the game, if possible. More»
Michael Klopman

Trea's Day: The Nats' X-Factor

Trea Turner is 23 years old and has only played in 73 games this year. But he's already a star. He is stunningly fast, and can hit for average and power. He might just be Washington's X-factor in the postseason. More»
Will Leitch

NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Giants

Is it finally the year for the Chicago Cubs? Well, we're about find out as they kick off their postseason with a National League Division Series matchup against San Francisco. And the Giants are the scariest opponent to face right now. More»
Will Leitch

Cubs Beware: The Giants Are Back

Chicago Cubs fans should probably be scared. It's an even year, and Madison Bumgarner has pitched the San Francisco Giants into the National League Division Series. They had a great first half, and a terrible second, but now they're clicking on all cylinders again. More»
Mike Lupica

On Madison, A High Price to Pay

The Giants beat the Mets 3-0 at Citi Field Wednesday night in the NL Wild Card Game, thanks to a Conor Gillaspie ninth-inning home run and another amazing postseason performance from Madison Bumgarner. This is October at its best. More»
Matt Brown

U Turn: Miami Back In Right Direction

There's a thin line between false hope and proof of a breakthrough, and Miami is straddling it more than anybody right now. In Mark Richt's first season, the Hurricanes are 4-0 and ranked 10th, but their season will be defined by the next four tough opponents in a row. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Every Postseason Team's MVP

October baseball is in full force. And now that we're down to 8 teams, it's time to look at which stars could make the biggest impact in the playoffs. Every postseason team has a most valuable player, and here they are, ranked. More»
Will Leitch

NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Dodgers

Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals are desperate to advance past the NLDS. Clayton Kershaw is desperate to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to the World Series. But only one of these teams will advance to the NLCS. More»
David Ubben

Barnett's Big Plays Sparking Vols

The Tennessee football team is off to a thrilling 5-0 start this season, and while much of the attention related to the Vols' comebacks has gone to Joshua Dobbs and the offense, star defensive end Derek Barnett is a major reason why the team is still undefeated. More»
Will Leitch

ALDS Preview: Rangers vs. Blue Jays

We have a rematch! Almost one year after last year's thrilling American League Division Series between the Blue Jays and Rangers, we get to see them square off again. Will the Rangers avenge their 2015 defeat? More»
Will Leitch

September's Dumbest Sports Stories

Since January 2015, we've been looking at the 10 dumbest sports stories of each month. It is shockingly easy to come up with them -- tales that rattle around the sports biosphere, get us all riled up and then go away. This month, we say goodbye to an old friend. More»
Andrea Hangst

NFL's Best Teams In the Red Zone

While not all touchdowns are scored from the red zone, the offense has to take care of business when it gets that close. Which teams are the best at red-zone efficiency through the first four weeks? Let's take a look. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Buck Flops Here: Where Was Britton?

Buck Showalter is one of the best managers in baseball. But in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game against the Blue Jays in Toronto, he committed the cardinal sin of bullpen management, not using his closer in high-leverage situations. More»
Alex Wong

Go, Canada! Jays Amaze In WC Win

The Blue Jays seem to only know how to finish postseason games and series in the most dramatic way possible. Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game against the Orioles was no different, a walk-off 5-2 victory in extra innings. More»
Will Leitch

ALDS Preview: Red Sox vs. Indians

It's the final year of Red Sox legend David Ortiz versus the year of Cleveland. Will Big Papi lead Boston to yet another World Series run? Or will the Indians extend Cleveland's sports euphoria after the Cavs won the NBA title? More»
Matt Brown

Sitting Ducks: Oregon Prestige Fading

Only two years removed from the national title game, Oregon is in crisis mode, losing three straight games with struggles at QB and on defense. As the Ducks trend downward, now they have to try to extend a rivalry win streak against a Washington team on the rise. More»
AL Wild Card Game Recap

Happy Jays! Toronto Wins on Walk-Off

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning off Ubaldo Jimenez, and Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 in Tuesday night's AL wild card game to advance to a Division Series matchup against Texas. More»
Terence Moore

Cubs Still Must Face Doubters

Can one of these true believers in everything involved with Wrigleyville tell me why the rest of us should ignore 1969, 1984 and 2003? I'm asking, because I'm trying to determine if their Cubbies really can overcome the burden of history. More»
Mike Lupica

Jack Honors Arnie: Fairway to Heaven

At Arnold Palmer's memorial service on Tuesday, Jack Nicklaus did not just speak to friendship and the wonderful rivalry in golf that the two legends shared, he spoke -- in a halting voice, through tears -- about the beauty of sports. More»
Daniel Kramer

LeMahi-Who? Your NL Batting Champ

Surprise! Another player on the Colorado Rockies won the National League batting title. This time, it was second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who won it with a .348 average. He won it in just his sixth season in the Majors. Are there more batting titles to come? More»
Joe Sparacio

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 are the best photos from Sept. 27- Oct. 2 More»
Ross Tucker

The NFL Has A Parity Problem

The NFL shows off its parity every chance it gets, but the way things look now, the league has a problem. After all, when was the last time that the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars or Miami Dolphins were good? More»
Will Leitch

The Postseason Rootability Rankings

Did your favorite team get eliminated from the MLB postseason? Have no fear. There are still plenty of reasons to get emotionally invested in October. Here, we present reasons to pull for (or root against) each playoff team. More»
Matt Brown

Patience Paying Off For Colorado

For years, Colorado has spun its wheels, unable to recapture past glory while languishing at the bottom of the Big 12 and then the Pac-12. But the rebuild under coach Mike MacIntyre is paying off in Year 4, with the Buffaloes ranked for the first time since 2005. More»

Purple Reign Continues Over Big Blue

Minnesota's defense denied Odell Beckham Jr. all night and forced two turnovers that led to 10 points, and the undefeated Vikings mystified Eli Manning yet again during a 24-10 victory Monday over the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. More»
Michael Tunison

Mind Games: Too Easy to Get to OBJ

The Vikings beat the Giants 24-10 on Monday Night Football. But most concerning for New York fans was that it was another frustrating night for Odell Beckham, who let emotion get the better of him and posted a career low in yards. More»
Michael Pina

One-on-One: NBA Player Comps

Few things in life are more enjoyable than comparing two similar NBA players. Sometimes the result is polarizing or even completely unknowable. But, for fun, let;s take a stab at six intriguing matchups. Who will be better in 2017? More»
David Ubben

Charlie Strong Running Out Of Time

Just a few weeks after it appeared that Texas turned a corner in a win over Notre Dame, coach Charlie Strong is back on the hot seat. The Longhorns defense has collapsed in back-to-back losses, prompting Strong to demote defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. More»
Alexander Goot

Truex Of The Trade: Martin Wins Again

Martin Truex Jr. was victorious at Dover International Speedway once again on Sunday. It was a statement, showing that he's here to win it all. But there are plenty of races left in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Pace Setters: NFL's Quarter Stats

After the first four weeks of the NFL season, there are plenty of surprising stats. From Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's stellar start to Lions receiver Golden Tate's slow one, check out some on-pace numbers worth tracking. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Giants

The San Francisco Giants are playing in the National League Wild Card Game once again. After all, it is an even year. In 2014, they entered as an NL Wild Card team and went on to win the World Series. Can they pull that off again? More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Blue Jays

For the second season in a row, the Toronto Blue Jays have made it back to the postseason. This time, Jose Bautista and the Jays will play Baltimore at home in the AL Wild Card Game. Will Toronto make another deep playoff run this time around? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The Trouble With the Panthers

The Carolina Panthers only lost one game in last year's regular season. Through four weeks this season, they have only won one game. At 1-3, Cam Newton and the struggling Panthers are going to have bounce back in a big way. More»
Will Leitch

Saying Goodbye To Turner Field

It's always tough when a sports team moves into a new stadium, especially in baseball. On Sunday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves and their fans said goodbye to Turner Field, their home ballpark for the past 20 years. More»
Manny Randhawa

Braun, Not Forgotten: Ryan's Value

He's been both revered and reviled over the past decade, cheered and jeered while spending his entire Major League career with one franchise. But Ryan Braun had a solid year, and he could prove to be a hot commodity this winter. More»
NFL Recap

Steel Deal: Pittsburgh Slams K.C.

Seven days after a 31-point meltdown in Philadelphia, the Steelers overwhelmed the Chiefs at home, 43-14, behind five touchdowns passes from Ben Roethlisberger and 178 yards of total offense from running back Le'Veon Bell. More»
Matt Brown

Clemson Defense Deserving Of Praise

It wasn't the prettiest performance, but despite wearing down in the second half, Clemson's defense did everything it could to slow down Louisville's Lamar Jackson in Saturday's monumental win, which capped a wild week of college football. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Orioles

Most of baseball has been waiting for the O's to fall off all season … but they never did. This team was 14th in scoring in the second half, and they had a bad rotation. Buck Showalter still pulled a rabbit out of yet another hat. Now that they're in, this could get interesting. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Postseason's Greetings: A Gift For All

It's the final 2016 edition of The Rotation! Our biggest topics as we head into the postseason include the Cubs (of course), the state of the Red Sox bullpen and how the Mets are using their Amazin' magic again. More»
Terence Moore

Juli-OH! Jones Gets 300 In Falcons W

Chances are, Julio Jones is somewhere right now inside of the Georgia Dome for the Falcons sprinting through the defense of the Panthers despite his aching calves. The receiver had 300 yards in a big Atlanta victory on Sunday. More»
NFL Recap

Life's a Brees: Saints Stun Bolts With Rally

Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes in the final 4 minutes, 50 seconds to rally the New Orleans Saints to a stunning 35-34 victory on Sunday against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, who blew a 13-point lead by committing two crucial turnovers. More»
NFL Recap

'Boy Story: Rookies Lead Dallas Comeback

Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott ran for 138 yards and a touchdown and Dak Prescott threw for two scores to help the Dallas Cowboys overcome an early 14-point deficit on the road to beat the San Francisco 49ers 24-17 on Sunday. More»
Michael Tunison

Your First Place L.A. Rams (Really)

The Los Angeles Rams, written off after a disastrous Week 1 defeat, have now won three straight and are in first place in the NFC West. Whether they can sustain the success, though, is a different story. More»
U-S-A! U-S-A!

America Great Again: U.S. Takes Ryder Cup

This wasn't about being maybe the best team ever assembled. The Americans were simply a team, and they finally won back the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008, finishing off the Europeans, 17-11, at Hazeltine behind a huge effort by Patrick Reed. More»
Will Leitch

Requiem for Cards' Five-Year Run

The St. Louis Cardinals' five-year run of consecutive postseasons ended on Sunday afternoon. But rather than wallow in my sadness, I'm going to try to commemorate this absolutely incredible streak of postseason happiness. More»
NFL Recap

Carr Drives Raiders Over Ravens

For the first time in years, the Oakland Raiders have developed a knack for winning on the road. Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes, the last to Michael Crabtree with 2:12 left, and the Raiders beat the previously undefeated Baltimore Ravens 28-27 on Sunday. More»
NFL Recap

Russell Muscles Hawks Over Jets

Russell Wilson was sharp and efficient despite playing with a sprained knee, throwing three touchdown passes in the Seattle Seahawks' 27-17 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. More»
NFL Recap

'Skins In the Zone Vs. Browns

The Redskins (2-2) scored four red zone touchdowns against the Browns (0-4) at home on Sunday after going 3 for 14 in their first three games of the season. Kirk Cousins also had three TDs in Washington's 31-20 victory. More»
NFL Recap

Where There's a Will: Fuller TD Lifts Texans

Houston playmaker Will Fuller had a tiebreaking 67-yard punt return for a touchdown and the Texans earned a 27-20 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at home in their first game without J.J. Watt, who is out for the season. More»
NFL Recap

Hoyer Power: Backup QB Gets Bears a W

Brian Hoyer threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns and the Chicago Bears earned their first win of the season with a 17-14 victory over the Detroit Lions at home on Sunday. More»
Michael Tunison

Thrill Bills: Buffalo Blanks Pats

The Buffalo Bills upset a flat New England Patriots team on Sunday, 16-0, handing the Pats their first shutout loss at home since 1993. With Tom Brady returning from his suspension next week against the Browns, the slide shouldn't last long. More»
NFL Recap

London Ballin': Jags Take Down Colts

Jags quarterback Blake Bortles threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, leading Jacksonville to a 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts in London on Sunday. It was the Jaguars' first win of the season and Indy's third loss. More»
Game On

NFL Scoreboard Watch: Week 4

In late afternoon action, Broncos are taking on the Bucs in Tampa. The Cowboys are hoping to pick up a win against the Niners on the West Coast. After Week 4, we might be able to figure out which teams are for real and which teams are not. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The New York Mets

The New York Mets have battled the injury bug all year, and yet, they were still able to clinch a playoff berth for the second consecutive season. This time, however, the Mets will be playing in the National League Wild Card Game. More»
College Football

Hoosiers Upset Spartans With Overtime Field Goal

Indiana finally took advantage of its opportunities Saturday night and delivered a signature Big Ten win for coach Kevin Wilson, making a 20-yard field goal in OT to complete an improbable come-from-behind 24-21 upset against No. 17 Michigan State. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 5

Week 5 was no ordinary college football Saturday. From the pre-dawn hours until midnight, we were treated to several of the wildest finishes of the year. So, this week's takeaways column ranks the 13th craziest endings from the day in college football. More»
Matt Brown

Clemson Clips Louisville In Classic

Clemson-Louisville was the most highly anticipated game of the young season, and despite some sloppy play, it more than delivered: Deshaun Watson's Tigers beat Lamar Jackson's Cardinals in a back-and-forth battle that ended on a Clemson stop in the red zone. More»
College Football

Clemson Edges Louisville In Instant Classic

Deshaun Watson threw for five touchdowns, including two in the final seven minutes, as No. 5 Clemson rallied for a 42-36 victory over No. 3 Louisville after the Tigers lost an 18-point lead to Lamar Jackson and the high-flying Cardinals on Saturday night. More»
College Football

LSU Dominates Missouri In Orgeron's Debut

In the first game since the firing of coach Les Miles, and with star running back Leonard Fournette sidelined with ankle soreness, Derrius Guice rushed for a career-high 163 yards and three TDs, leading LSU to a 42-7 victory over Missouri on Saturday night. More»
College Football

No. 1 Alabama Easily Routs Kentucky

Jalen Hurts threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to Calvin Ridley and Ronnie Harrison scored on a 55-yard fumble return in No. 1 Alabama's 34-6 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night. More»
Terence Moore

Volunteers' Miracle Tops Georgia's

Georgia thought it had won in the most exciting way possible when Jacob Eason threw a 47-yard TD with 10 seconds left. But that was enough time for a Tennessee miracle, as the Vols won on a Hail Mary from Joshua Dobbs to Jauan Jennings as time expired. More»
College Football

Cal's Goal-Line Stand Takes Down Utah

Davis Webb threw four touchdown passes and California stopped Zach Moss at the one-yard line on the final play to win its second straight matchup against a ranked opponent, 28-23 over No. 18 Utah on Saturday. More»
College Football

UNC's 54-Yard Field Goal Ends FSU's Home Streak

Nick Weiler made a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give North Carolina a 37-35 win over No. 12 Florida State on Saturday, snapping the Seminoles' 22-game home winning streak after the Noles had taken the lead with 22 seconds left. More»
David Ubben

Sooners Stop TCU Comeback Effort

Despite 449 yards and five TDs from QB Kenny Hill, TCU's comeback effort fell short on Saturday, as the Horned Frogs fell 52-46 when their fourth-quarter rally was stopped by the Sooners, who started Big 12 play on the right foot after a rough September. More»
Matt Brown

Michigan Bests Badgers In Slugfest

Perhaps it was ugly, but it was also classic Big Ten. No. 4 Michigan beat No. 8 Wisconsin 14-7 on Saturday in a top-10 showdown in Ann Arbor, a game that showcased just how dominant the Wolverines' defense is capable of being. More»
College Football

WVU Scores Comeback Win With Help Of Missed Kick

Skyler Howard threw a touchdown pass and unbeaten West Virginia came from 13 points down in the second half to beat Kansas State 17-16 on Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams. The Wildcats missed a potential winning field goal with 2:03 left. More»
College Football

Michigan Outlasts Wisconsin In Top-10 Showdown

Wilton Speight threw a tiebreaking, 46-yard touchdown pass to Amara Darboh midway through the fourth quarter and Jourdan Lewis had a spectacular, one-handed interception as No. 4 Michigan held on to beat No. 8 Wisconsin 14-7 on Saturday. More»
Matt Brown

Vols Stun Georgia With Hail Mary

As if one desperation touchdown pass wasn't enough, Tennessee-Georgia gave us two in the final 10 seconds, delivering one of the most stunning endings to a football game imaginable as the Vols won 34-31 on a 43-yard Hail Mary. More»
David Ubben

Winning Kick Caps Baylor Comeback

Through three quarters, Baylor didn't have a defensive stop. But a fourth-quarter shutout and buzzer-beating field goal allowed the No. 13 Bears to remain among college football's undefeateds with a 45-42 road win at Iowa State on Saturday. More»
College Football

Notre Dame Rebounds With Shootout Win

DeShone Kizer threw for a career-best 465 yards to help Notre Dame overcome another shaky performance by its defense and special teams and beat Syracuse 50-33 on Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J. More»
Cy Brown

Back Whack! Drive Lands In Odd Spot

Tee shot
Brooks Koepka hit one of the most incredible shots you'll ever see Saturday at the Ryder Cup. Off the fifth tee at Hazeltine, Koepka's drive veered from the green ... and landed on a spectator's backpack. More»
College Football

No. 2 Ohio State Cruises To Blowout Win

Former Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash made his return to Ohio Stadium as Rutgers' head coach, and the No. 2 Buckeyes showed no mercy against their ex-assistant, dominating the Scarlet Knights 58-0 and out-gaining them 669 to 116. More»
College Football

Canes Beat Georgia Tech, Stay Perfect Under Richt

Shaquille Quarterman and Joe Jackson each returned fumbles by Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas for touchdowns and No. 14 Miami beat the Yellow Jackets 35-21 on Saturday to move to 4-0 in the first season under coach Mark Richt. More»
Matt Brown

Texas Defense Burned Again in Loss

When Charlie Strong took over, nobody was supposed to have to worry about the Texas defense, but just as issues on offense were resolved, the defenses has collapsed. On Saturday, the Longhorns dropped to 2-2, losing 49-31 at Oklahoma State. More»
Cy Brown

'Belichick' Decoration Haunts Us All

Belichick Creeper
Home Depot removed the "Scary Peeper Creeper" prank prop for shelves in Canada following complaints that it was too scary. And, as noticed by some folks on Twitter and the New York Daily News, it bears a striking resemblance to Bill Belichick. More»
Matt Brown

Cardinal Ruled: Huskies Are For Real

Washington has waited for a night like Friday for a long time. After receiving substantial preseason hype after years of struggles, the No. 10 Huskies dominated No. 7 Stanford 44-6, establishing themselves as the early favorite for the Pac-12 title. More»