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Anthony Castrovince

MLB's Postseason Urgency Index

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There are 14 teams left fighting for a playoff spot, but there can only be one winner. With so many fan bases getting more and more anxious for the start of the playoffs, take a look at which teams are the most desperate for a World Series ring. More»
Michael Tunison

Rex Tricks: Ryan Imitates Reporter

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So far this week, Bills head coach Rex Ryan has impersonated Bill Belichick and a member of the media to mess with the Patriots -- and there are still several days to go before Sunday's game. More»
Kenneth Arthur

A Low Wattage Season For Texans

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Sadly for Houston Texans fans and NFL fans in general, defensive end J.J. Watt was placed on injured reserve with a back injury. The league may be without Watt for the rest of the season, and that obviously does not bode well. More»
Will Leitch

MLB's Final Day Rankings

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The final day of baseball's regular season is almost here. And while most of the playoff spots will already be clinched, there will still be plenty of storylines to pay attention to on Sunday, including what could still be an incredibly close Wild Card race. More»
Terence Moore

Irish Still Fighting Defensive Woes

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder this week after the Fighting Irish allowed 38 points in a loss to Duke. It's the latest discouraging result in a troubling trend of issues for the once-mighty Notre Dame defense. More»
Alex Wong

The NBA Embraces Big Data

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The NBA recently held its first ever hackathon over the weekend, with more than 200 people participating. With new statistics and teams beginning to hire analytics writers, the future of basketball analysis might be coming sooner than expected. More»
Matt Brown

Speight Must Pass Tough Badgers Test

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Jim Harbaugh has earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to developing QBs, and thus uncertainty at the position did not prevent high preseason expectations for Michigan. Heading into Saturday's showdown with Wisconsin, is Wilton Speight ready? More»
Cliff Corcoran

Breaking Down The NL Cy Young Race

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There's one week left in the regular season, and the National League Cy Young Award race will come down to the wire. Washington's Max Scherzer and Chicago's Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks will all pitch again before the season ends. Who will have a stronger finish? More»
Cy Brown

Real Deal: Dortmund Draws Madrid

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Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund traded blows all evening with neither staying on top for long, resulting in a 2-2 draw thanks to a late equalizer from Andre Schurrle of Dortmund, as well as brilliant run by American wunderkind Christian Pulisic. More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos of the week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from Sept. 19-26. More»
Will Leitch

My Struggle With Obits

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Obit writing will always be a part of journalism, but for some, it will be harder than it seems. It requires writing about someone you usually never truly knew, but you still knew in a different way. That public grieving may never feel right in my case. More»
Ross Tucker

Imagine a Vikings-Broncos Super Bowl

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We're only three games into the season, but it looks like we might have a couple of Super Bowl contenders emerging. The Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings look fantastic, both winning huge games on the road in Week 3 to improve to 3-0. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Indians

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The Cleveland Indians have won the American League Central division for the first time since 2007. With Cy Young Award candidate Corey Kluber, along with a strong lineup and bullpen, the Tribe is poised to make a deep playoff run. More»
Michael Tunison

Game Change? Sports Twitter Debates

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Just like the rest of us, figures from the sports world couldn't resist weighing in on the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In fact, the live tweeting and side-taking had plenty of parallels to the sports world. More»
Matt Brown

Miles' Career Deserves Appreciation

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Les Miles has been under intense scrutiny for years, and when combined with his unique personality and occasional good fortune on the field, a simple fact about his time at LSU can be forgotten: He was one of the greatest coaches in recent college football history. More»
NFL Recap

Falcons March Over Saints at the Superdome

In front of their home crowd, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints failed to outduel the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman shredded the Saints defense as the Falcons went on to win, 45-32. More»
Len Hochberg

Rough Ryders: Pressure On U.S.

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The United States has lost the last three Ryder Cups. The only Ryder Cup win this century came in 2008. But the U.S. created a "task force" this time around to try to buck the trend. Will America finally be able to beat Europe and snap the streak? More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Dodgers

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For the fourth straight season, the Dodgers won the National League West. But L.A. failed to make it to the World Series in each of the past three years. Will 2016 be the year that the Dodgers finally make it to the Fall Classic? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Tough Luck: Prime Wasted Like Elway

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is becoming John Elway, but for all the wrong reasons. The main one being that Luck's supporting cast is below average, forcing the QB to have to do everything himself. More»
AP

Riley: Bosh Likely Done With Miami Heat

11-time All-Star Chris Bosh has likely played his last game in a Miami Heat uniform, according to Heat President Pat Riley. Bosh failed a physical last week, and each of his last two seasons were cut short due to blood clots. More»
Allison Duffy-Davis

WBC: Love of the Game In Any Language

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With the help of some Hall of Famers like 12-time All-Star Barry Larkin and some former Major Leaguers, the World Baseball Classic is growing exponentially -- and it's only going to get better. More»
Will Leitch

Every Team Has Something At Stake

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We're down to the final week of baseball's regular season, and the Wild Card races are jam packed. But it's not just the playoff spots that will be clinched this week. Every team still has something of individual significance to play for. More»
Mike Lupica

RIP, Arnie: Long Live 'The King'

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The legendary golf star Arnold Palmer passed away on Sunday at the age of 87. Nobody made as much of a significant impact on one sport than Palmer did with golf. And golf fans have never cheered for anyone quite like they did for him. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Regal Eagles De-Fly Expectations

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Who thought the Eagles -- after a tumultuous end to the Chip Kelly era -- would be this good this fast? Philly dismantled the previously-unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at home on Sunday. And the club looks hungry. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Nationals

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The Washington Nationals have won the National League East for the third time in the past five seasons. But the Nats haven't been able to get past the NL Division Series. Will that change in 2016? Not if the Cubs have anything to say about it. More»
NFL Recap

Dak's What I'm Talking About: 'Boys Beat Bears

Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass in fellow rookie Elliott's first 100-yard game, and the Cowboys beat the Bears 31-17 on Sunday night at home. More»
Matt Brown

Dobbs Key To Vols Sustaining Success

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The last Saturday of September featured plenty of college football drama, headlined by Joshua Dobbs leading Tennessee's monumental comeback against Florida, the start of the coaching carousel and much more. More»
Remembering 'The King'

A Heaven Iron: Arnold Palmer's Legacy

Arnold Palmer brought a country club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King" died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Trout And Our Better Angels

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After the death of Jose Fernandez, the game goes on with heavy hearts, making every other baseball discussion drastically insignificant by comparison. But the joy of Mike Trout is one topic that may make us smile. More»
NFL Recap

T.Y. Very Much: Colts Win On Late TD

Down 22-20 in the final minutes, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck finally threw his first touchdown pass of the game, hitting T.Y. Hilton for a long, go-ahead score. The TD gave the Colts their first win of the season. More»
NFL Recap

Wilson Out with Injury, But Hawks Soar

The Seattle Seahawks lost quarterback Russell Wilson in the third quarter after he suffered a left knee injury (status still unclear for next week). But that didn't stop the Hawks from running all over their NFC West rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, en route to a 37-18 home win. More»
NFL Recap

Chiefs Force 8 Turnovers To Ground Jets

The Kansas City Chiefs forced eight TOs against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets on Sunday, en route to a 24-3 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. Fitz threw six interceptions as the Chiefs kept the Jets out of the end zone throughout the entire game. More»
Michael Tunison

FItz Is the Pits: Six Picks In Loss

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The New York Jets spent most of the offseason in a standoff with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now it seems like the club's tough stance was warranted, as their starting QB tossed six interceptions in an ugly loss against the Chiefs Sunday. More»
NFL Recap

Pitt Stopped: Eagles Blow Out Steelers

Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and a stingy defense led the Philadelphia Eagles to a big win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at home. Big Ben and the Steelers never found the end zone as the Eagles went on to win, 34-3. More»
NFL Recap

Trust In Tuck: Late FG Lifts Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens improved to 3-0 on Sunday, thanks to a late 54-yard field goal by kicker Justin Tucker. While the Ravens stayed undefeated, their 19-17 victory also kept the Jacksonville Jaguars winless. More»
NFL Recap

All Jay: Dolphins Top Browns In OT

The Dolphins and Browns needed overtime to settle their Week 3 battle in Miami. That's when running back Jay Ajayi stepped up for the Dolphins as he scored the game-winning touchdown from 11 yards out. More»
NFL Recap

Redskins Take Down the G-Men

Washington rallied back to beat the New York Giants on Sunday and avoided starting the season 0-3. Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins kicked five field goals and Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw two fourth-quarter interceptions. More»
NFL Recap

Bills Bounce Back In BIG Way

The Buffalo Bills jumped out to a big lead against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 at home and never looked back. Running back LeSean McCoy found the end zone twice as the Bills notched their first victory of the season, 33-18. More»
NFL Recap

Raiders Stave Off Titans' Rally

The Oakland Raiders were able to keep Marcus Mariota in check on Sunday as the defense forced three turnovers. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr threw for 249 yards and a touchdown as the Raiders went on to win, 17-10. More»
Matt Brown

LSU Fires Miles After Loss To Auburn

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Les Miles may have saved his job last November, but 10 months later, LSU decided to fire him following Saturday's 18-13 loss at Auburn. The move creates a vacancy for one of the most coveted head coaching jobs in college football. More»
NFL Recap

Denver Domination: Bengals Can't Stop Siemian

Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian had a career day on the road on Sunday, throwing four touchdown passes against a tough Cincinnati Bengals defense. The Broncos went on to win, 29-17, and improved to 3-0. More»
NFL Recap

Vikings Smother Cam, Snap Panthers' Streak

The Minnesota Vikings pulled off a statement win on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Sam Bradford was solid and Minnesota's defense dominated Cam Newton en route to a 22-10 victory. Carolina's home winning streak was snapped at 14 games. More»
NFL Recap

Green Bay Packs A Punch Vs. Detroit

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers offense were clicking on all cylinders right from the start against Detroit on Sunday at Lambeau. The Packers jumped out to a big lead and were able to hold off the Lions' comeback bid to win, 34-27. More»
Michael Tunison

Rodgers Quiets Doubters Once Again

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After a week in which fans had started to question Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers quarterback rebounded with a four-touchdown performance at Lambeau Field in a win over division rival Detroit. The Packers improved to 2-1. More»

NFL Scoreboard Watch: Week 3

Lions at Packers. Vikings at Panthers. Josh Norman at Odell Beckham Jr. Week 3 in the NFL should start to separate the wheat from the chaff, so keep track of all the action right here (after you've set your fantasy lineups, of course). More»
Mike Lupica

Our Hearts Break: RIP, Jose Fernandez

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There are no equivalencies with tragedy, in sports or anywhere else in the world. But somehow it always feels different when the tragedy involves an athlete like Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, who died at the age of 24 in a boating accident. More»
College Football

Huskies Escape Arizona In OT, Stay Unbeaten

Washington survived its first real test after rolling through an easy nonconference schedule. Jake Browning hit Dante Pettis for a touchdown in overtime, and the No. 9 Huskies overcame a slew of missed opportunities to hold off Arizona 35-28 on Saturday. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 4

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Another week of college football is in the books, and a Saturday dominated by blowouts early turned into yet another eventful slate of games, including a high-pressure win for Tennessee's Butch Jones and a high-pressure loss for LSU's Les Miles. More»
David Ubben

Texas A&M Is Perfect Home For Knight

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A year ago, Trevor Knight was riding the bench, watching as Baker Mayfield took his job as Oklahoma's starting quarterback and pushed the Sooners to the playoff. Now, Knight is finding redemption, starring in Texas A&M's 45-24 win over Arkansas. More»
Ross Tucker

The Tuck Rules: Week 3 NFL Picks

Do we really know which teams are dominant after only two weeks of the NFL season? Lines can be deceiving, so take the three points that the Broncos are getting against the Bengals and take a closer look at Vikings-Panthers. More»
College Football

Baylor Passes Early Test, Beats Oklahoma State

Seth Russell threw four touchdown passes, including an 89-yarder to Chris Platt for the go-ahead score in the third quarter, and No. 16 Baylor held on to beat Oklahoma State 35-24 on Saturday night in the weather-delayed Big 12 opener for both teams. More»
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Jackson's 7 TDs Propel Louisville Over Marshall

Lamar Jackson capped off a September to remember with another impressive effort against an overmatched opponent. He threw five touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as No. 3 Louisville breezed past Marshall 59-28 on Saturday night. More»
Andrew Garda

Beckham vs. Norman: Round 2

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Cornerback Josh Norman changed teams, switching from the Carolina Panthers to the Washington Redskins. That means there will be not one, but two rematches against Odell Beckham Jr. The first one takes place on Sunday. More»
Matt Brown

Late Stanford TDs Beat UCLA Again

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On a day when Tennessee ended its long losing streak to Florida, UCLA appeared set to follow suit against Stanford. Instead, a four-point Bruins lead in the final 30 seconds turned into a nine-point loss, the Cardinal's ninth straight win over UCLA. More»
Matt Brown

Auburn Tops LSU After TD Overturned

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Both LSU and Auburn needed a win on Saturday night to ease the pressure on their coaches, and both thought they had it. But after LSU mismanaged the clock and had a TD overturned on the final snap, Auburn escaped with an 18-13 victory. More»
College Football

Late INT Clinches Colorado Upset At Oregon

Steven Montez threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start and Colorado upset Oregon 41-38 on Saturday thanks to a late red-zone interception. It's the Buffaloes' first victory over the Ducks since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. More»
College Football

No. 4 Wolverines Trounce Overmatched PSU

De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards and a touchdown, and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener. The Wolverines scored six TDs on the ground and finished with 326 yards rushing. More»
College Football

West Virginia Holds Off BYU Rally

Skyler Howard passed for 332 yards and accounted for two touchdowns and Rasul Douglas returned an interception 54 yards for a score as West Virginia beat BYU 35-32 Saturday to head into Big 12 play unbeaten. More»
Matt Brown

Vols' Comeback Ends Gators' Streak

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At long last, the streak is over. After losing 11 straight games to rival Florida, Tennessee fell behind by three touchdowns in the first half on Saturday. It didn't matter. The No. 14 Volunteers staged a big rally and came from behind to beat the Gators 38-28. More»
Matt Brown

Duke Upset Adds To Notre Dame Angst

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Notre Dame started the season with the world's best quarterback controversy and College Football Playoff hopes. By the end of September, just about all the positive attention has already receded from South Bend after a 38-35 upset loss to Duke. More»
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Cook, Seminoles Rebound With Big Win At USF

Dalvin Cook rushed for a career-high 267 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as No. 13 Florida State rebounded from the most lopsided loss in school history with a 55-35 rout of previously unbeaten South Florida. More»
Matt Brown

Ole Miss' Big Lead Stays Safe Vs. UGA

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Ole Miss already blew big leads to Florida State and Alabama to start this season, so it was easy to be wary of a big lead against Georgia. But the Rebels left no doubt on Saturday, cruising to a 45-14 win over the Bulldogs. More»
Cy Brown

Arsenal Finally Beats Chelsea

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Arsenal scored in the 11th minute to break a 10-game goalless drought against Chelsea. Then the Gunners scored twice more in the first half on the way to a dominant 3-0 win, and bragging rights over Chelsea for the first time in years. More»
Matt Brown

Badgers Stun MSU With Runaway Win

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Entering the season, it was easy to be skeptical about Wisconsin, which faced one of the most difficult schedules in the country. The Badgers have answered critics, beating LSU in Week 1 and adding another impressive win, 30-6, at Michigan State on Saturday. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Texas Rangers

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We are perilously, thrillingly close to the beginning of the MLB postseason. Over the next two weeks, we'll be doing a Playoff Dossier of every team that has clinched a spot in the playoffs. Today, the Texas Rangers. More»
College Football

Williams Leads Utes To 31-27 Rally Over USC

Troy Williams threw for 270 yards and two touchdown and ran for another score to propel No. 24 Utah to a 31-27 comeback win over USC on Friday, capped by a long TD drive in the final minutes of the game. With the loss, the Trojans have started the season 1-3. More»
Terence Moore

Clevenger Shows His Cowardice

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Steve Clevenger should know the following that was first uttered by Socrates, Yogi Berra or maybe just me: If you are bold enough to say it, you should have the courage to own it. The backup catcher proved to be a racist and a coward. More»
Alex Wong

KG's Out, But Passion Never Left

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After reaching a buyout agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Kevin Garnett has decided to retire after 21 seasons. KG leaves the game as one of the best power forwards in history. And one of the most intense players ever. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Spoiler Alert: Teams on A Mission

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We've come to the final stretch of the regular season, which means there will be a few teams playing the role of spoilers. Which teams will cause the most trouble for those fighting for a spot in the postseason? More»
Terence Moore

Tech Crunch: Clemson Stings Jackets

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With Clemson's 26-7 dismantling of Georgia Tech Thursday night still fresh on everybody's mind, coach Dabo Swinney nitpicked his team's few flaws. But everybody saw the same thing: a national title contender. More»
David Ubben

Defense Fueling Aggies' Resurgence

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Anyone watching knew Texas A&M needed a defense, and Kevin Sumlin has finally found a good one. It might just be a great one, and it's put the Aggies in position to hope for their best season yet as a member of the SEC entering Saturday's showdown with Arkansas. More»
Michael Tunison

After Further Review: Hawks' Offense

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The Seattle Seahawks offense has struggled through the first two games of the season. They just haven't been able to get into a rhythm yet. Is it part of a downward trend for this year, or is it just a slow start? More»
Michael Klopman

Into The Wild Card: Easiest Paths

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While most of the division races will be locked up soon, the Wild Card races are far from finished. Which teams in the hunt for the Wild Card Game have the easiest schedules down the final stretch? More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 4

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Week 4 of the college football season is upon us, and for many teams, that means the start of conference play. And for some -- Tennessee, UCLA and Arkansas -- it means crucial games in which they're trying to end losing streaks to their opponents. More»
Thursday Night Football

Pats Keep Rolling, Even With QB 3

It didn't matter that the New England Patriots had to go with their No. 3 quarterback, Jacoby Brissett this week. He and running back LeGarrette Blount led the Pats (3-0) to a blowout win over the Houston Texans (2-1) at home on Thursday night. More»
College Football

Clemson Dominates 1st Half, Cruises Past GT

Deshaun Watson and No. 5 Clemson finally turned in the performance everyone was expecting, totally dominating Georgia Tech in the first half on the way to a 26-7 victory Thursday night. The Tigers face a showdown with Louisville next week. More»
Will Leitch

Best W.S. Winner: Round of 64

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It's time for the ultimate baseball bracket of all baseball brackets. You've voted on best stadium, jersey, hat and throwback uniform. Now, get ready for the most important vote. Which World Series-winning team was the best of them all? More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Odds: Last Chances

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With just a few series left in baseball's regular season, there are plenty of teams that technically have a chance at making the postseason. One last time, here are the odds for every team still fighting to play in October. More»
Manny Randhawa

Cards Enjoying Bliss Of Aledmys

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If the St. Louis Cardinals end up taking one of the National League Wild Card spots, don't be surprised if rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz becomes yet another one of the franchise's unexpected playoff stars. More»
Will Leitch

Baseball Gets Wild, Others Don't

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Don't let the Wild Card races fool you. While the teams fighting for those spots have had rocky seasons, the Wild Card teams can easily make deep playoff runs and even win the World Series. More»
David Ubben

CFB Players Still Dropping the Ball

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It's become an epidemic in college football that doesn't appear to be stopping: players dropping the ball before they cross the goal line, wiping out touchdowns. It's hardly new, either, as former Kansas State CB Nigel Malone knows all too well. More»
Matt Brown

Gators-Vols: History of Heartache

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Florida vs. Tennessee is still a relatively young rivalry, but even some of its early history fell into the pattern we've seen of the past 25 years: a rivalry capable of inflicting the type of angst on the losing team that few other rivalries are capable of matching. More»
Len Hochberg

Tour Championship: What to Watch

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You may not be ready for golf's TOUR Championship. But you should be. Dustin Johnson heads into the tournament at the top of the FedExCup point standings, but there are plenty of stars right behind him. More»
Anthony Castrovince

October Matchups We'd Love To See

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October baseball is coming soon, and there are plenty of intriguing playoff matchups that could occur when the regular season is all wrapped up. While any postseason series is great, here are the ones that would provide a little something extra. More»
Injury News

Surgery for AP: Out At Least Three Months

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will undergo surgery on his right knee after suffering a torn meniscus against the Packers on Sunday. The Vikings announced that he could miss three-to-four months, but hope to have him back this season. More»
Terence Moore

Cunningham Talks Cam Newton

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It's a different world in the NFL nowadays when it comes to the quarterback position. And with that in mind, Randall Cunningham spoke about the differences between his NFL and the one Cam Newton is playing in right now. More»
Will Leitch

Drama of One Game Hard to Beat

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The Wild Card Game will celebrate its fifth birthday this October. And while the one-game playoff contest may not feel fair, each one has been packed with excitement. Here is a ranking of all eight so far in terms of drama. More»
Mike Lupica

Wild About Cards, Not Stan Who Ran

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Yes, St. Louis is going through its first football season in two decades without the Rams. But the Rams were never nearly as important to St. Louis residents as the Cardinals. This is a baseball town -- and always will be. More»
Matt Brown

College Football's 3-0 Mystery Teams

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We have learned a lot through three weeks of the 2016 college football season, but as always, there are several undefeated teams that haven't been tested by top competition yet. Can Michigan, Washington, Miami, Baylor and Florida live up to their rankings? More»
Andrea Hangst

Trust In Cousins? Not So Fast

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Even if Washington sees long-term potential in Kirk Cousins under center, the franchise tag was a smart move. Cousins is struggling so far in 2016, his team is 0-2 and there are already rumblings of dissent in the locker room. More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos of the week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from Sept. 12-18 More»
Cliff Corcoran

M's-Blue Jays: Playoff Atmosphere

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There's one series going on right now that could shape the rest of the American League Wild Card race during the final stretch of the season. Mariners-Blue Jays in Seattle packs a lot of drama -- don't miss these next two games. More»
Ross Tucker

NFL Concussion Protocol Still Flawed

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The current process for dealing with concussions during games in the NFL doesn't seem to be well thought-out (probably to the surprise of few). There may not be a perfect solution. But there has to be a better one. More»
Will Leitch

Why Everyone Hates Jay Cutler

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Quarterback Jay Cutler left Monday's loss to the Eagles with a thumb injury, and Bears fans probably don't care how long he's out. I do not think it is an overstatement to say that Cutler is the most universally derided quarterback of my lifetime. Why is that the case? More»
Matt Brown

No End In Sight For USC Mediocrity

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USC played a top-10 team in prime time on Saturday night. Typically, this would be a big moment on the college football schedule. Instead, the only extraordinary thing about the game at Stanford was just how ordinary and expected a 17-point Trojans loss seemed. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Panic Room: NFL's 0-2 Anxiety Index

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A bunch of teams in the NFL couldn't avoid the dreaded 0-2 start to the season. So now it's time to figure out which winless teams are panicking the most. Much of it has to do with what expectations were at the beginning. More»
MNF

Un-Bearable: Eagles Fly In Chi-town

Philly's rookie QB Carson Wentz followed up an impressive NFL debut with another solid performance, throwing for 190 yards and a touchdown, and the Eagles beat the Bears 29-14 at Soldier Field on Monday Night Football. More»
Michael Tunison

Is Carson Wentz The Real Deal?

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In Monday night's dominating 29-14 Eagles win in Chicago, Carson Wentz had another impressive game. He's now 2-0 for his career, with no turnovers. But, even as the hype grows for the No. 2 NFL Draft pick, there are some caveats. More»
Manny Randhawa

Colorado's King Of The Road

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Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon is having a breakout season, and it's not just because he's playing his home games at Coors Field. Blackmon's road stats show he might be a perennial All-Star. More»
Monday Night Football

Can Wentz Win Under the Spotlight?

Carson Wentz soared in his NFL debut with the Philadelphia Eagles. Now, the strong-armed rookie QB will play his first primetime game as the Eagles (1-0) visit the Chicago Bears (0-1) on Monday night. And he won't be taking anyone by surprise. More»
Free Agency

Bucks Get Their Freak On: Extend Giannis

The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a contract extension with Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo, locking up one of the most versatile players in the NBA for a reported four years and $100 million. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Dossier: The Chicago Cubs

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It's quite obvious who the favorite is to win the 2016 World Series. The only team to clinch a postseason spot thus far is the Chicago Cubs -- so it's time to break down just how they cruised to the NL Central title. More»
Mike Lupica

Place Your Mets: Go, Subs, Go!

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Right now, there may be no better story in baseball than the Mets, who continue to make a push to the playoffs, despite enduring injuries to key members of their pitching staff and lineup. Manager Terry Collins deserves a lot of credit. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Popular NFL Predictions Gone Wrong

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Just two weeks into the 2016 season, we can already start to get a grasp on some popular preseason sentiments around the league that just look plain wrong so far. It's OK to admit mistakes, and here are some of the biggest ones. More»
Matt Brown

Lamar Jackson Has Staying Power

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Just about every year, a college football player takes the nation by storm in September and is assumed to be an overwhelming Heisman frontrunner, only to fade away. But after a stunning game against Florida State, Lamar Jackson is here to stay. More»
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Sammin' It Up: Bradford Lifts Minny Over Pack

Sam Bradford had a Minnesota debut almost as dazzling as the team's new $1.1 billion stadium, completing 22 of 30 passes for 286 yards and two TDs to lead the Vikings to a 17-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. More»
Michael Tunison

Bad Ideas For Pats' Backup Plan

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Jimmy Garoppolo has looked good in 2016 subbing in for Tom Brady, but after he left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, the Patriots have a question mark at quarterback for at least one game. To whom can they turn? More»
Falcons-Raiders

Rise Up! Falcons Win On Crazy Play

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Fortune was on the Falcons' side on Sunday in Oakland, as a late Matt Ryan pass was deflected into the air and caught by Justin Hardy in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown. The Falcons beat the Raiders, 35-28. More»
Colts-Broncos

No Luck For Indy As Defense Lifts Broncos

Andrew Luck just couldn't handle the Denver Broncos defense on Sunday. The Indianapolis QB was sacked five times and failed to throw for more than 200 yards as Denver sealed a convincing victory at home, 34-20. More»
Jaguars-Chargers

Chargers Jolt Jags As Rivers Goes Wild

San Diego's Philip Rivers shredded the Jacksonville defense on Sunday, throwing for 220 yards and four touchdown passes. Meanwhile, the Jags offense couldn't find any rhythm as the Chargers ran away with the home win, 38-14. More»
Seahawks-Rams

L.A. Glory: Rams Win In West Coast Return

Defense was the order of the day as pro football returned to the Los Angeles area for the first time in 22 years. The Rams upset the Seahawks, 9-3, in front of an announced crowd at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum of 91,046. More»
Bucs-Cardinals

Carson City: Palmer Sharp In Cards Rout

It didn't take long for the Cardinals to shake off a brutal loss to the Pats. Carson Palmer threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns and the Cards' defense intercepted Jameis Winston four times in a 40-7 rout of the Buccaneers in Arizona on Sunday. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Indians Won't Let Injuries Spoil Party

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Injuries have been piling up for the Cleveland Indians at the worst possible time. Can the Indians still make a deep playoff run without some of their best pitchers? What about the Detroit Tigers and the crowded AL Wild Card race? More»
Bengals-Steelers

Steelers Hold Off Cincy In Statement Win

Led by Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers improved to 2-0 on Sunday with a 24-16 win over their division rival, the Bengals. It was a rainy, sloppy game in Pittsburgh, but the animosity from last season's AFC Wild Card game did not rear its ugly head. More»
Texans-Chiefs

Texan Takeover: Houston Goes 2-0

Two top-notch defensive teams traded field goals on Sunday afternoon in Houston. But a more dominant front seven and star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who had 113 receiving yards and a touchdown, helped the Texans beat the Chiefs, 19-12. More»
Titans-Lions

Super Mariota World: QB's Two TDs Lift Titans

Tennessee's Marcus Mariota converted a fourth down with a perfectly lofted 9-yard pass to Andre Johnson with 1:13 left in the game against the Lions in Detroit on Sunday afternoon, lifting the Titans to a 16-15 win. More»
Niners-Panthers

Newton's Law: Cam Makes History In Win

Cam Newton threw four touchdown passes against San Francisco at home on Sunday, setting a new Carolina franchise record for most TD passes. The Panthers also turned the ball over four times, but they still won, 46-27. More»
Dolphins-Patriots

Pats Lose Garoppolo, Still Beat Fins

The Patriots took a big lead against the Dolphins, and then lost second-string quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a shoulder injury. No matter. Miami staged a nice comeback attempt, but New England held on for a 31-24 win at home. More»
Cowboys-Redskins

'Boys Don't Cry As 'Skins Throw It Away

Kirk Cousins' crucial interception in the fourth quarter Sunday allowed his former Washington teammate, running back Alfred Morris, to score the go-ahead touchdown, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 27-23 victory on the road. How do you like that? More»
Ravens-Browns

Joe Cool: Flacco Leads Baltimore Comeback

Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Mike Wallace and the Ravens rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat the Browns, 25-20, in Cleveland on Sunday. Baltimore is now 15-2 against the Browns under coach John Harbaugh. More»
Michael Tunison

Questionable Flag Costs Browns

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Cleveland blew a 20-point lead to Baltimore at home on Sunday afternoon, yet still had a chance to win at the end of the game. That's when something very Browns happened: a dubious taunting penalty against Terrelle Pryor. More»
Saints-Giants

Giant Leap: G-Men Stop Brees, Saints

The Eli Manning-Victor Cruz connection was rekindled and kicker Josh Brown made a game-winning field goal as time expired in a 16-13 Giants win over the Saints at MetLife Stadium. New York improved to 2-0 -- with defense! More»
Matt Brown

Who Is Jacoby Brissett, New Pats QB?

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With Tom Brady still serving his four-game suspension, Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo injured his shoulder in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Dolphins, meaning New England had to turn to rookie Jacoby Brissett. More»
Injury Report

Garoppolo Knocked Out of Game

Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was hurt late in the second quarter of New England's home opener against the Dolphins after being driven to the ground by Miami linebacker Kiki Alonso. Rookie Jacoby Brissett took over for Garoppolo, who was ruled out for the game. More»
Game Time

NFL Scoreboard Watch: Week 2

Bengals at Steelers, Cowboys at Redskins, Niners at Panthers, Chiefs at Texans ... there are plenty of intriguing matchups around the NFL this afternoon as Week 2 in the NFL gets underway. Make sure to follow the action as it unfolds right here. More»
David Ubben

Young Buckeyes Rout Overmatched OU

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With so many players gone to the NFL, Ohio State's depth chart is filled with new faces. But the world will be learning a lot of their names soon, especially after the Buckeyes went to Oklahoma and dominated the Sooners on Saturday night. More»
College Football

California Upsets Texas In 50-43 Shootout

Davis Webb threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game to break a tie with 3:41 to play and California got its first win over a ranked team in nearly four years, beating No. 11 Texas 50-43 on Saturday night. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 3

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Week 3 of the college football season taught us a lot, thanks to four games between ranked opponents and the top three teams in the AP poll all playing tough road games. Here are five takeaways from what could be one of the season's biggest Saturdays. More»
College Football

Buckeyes Roll To Big Win At Oklahoma

Noah Brown tied the Ohio State record with four touchdown receptions, and the No. 3 Buckeyes rolled past No. 14 Oklahoma 45-24 on Saturday night in an impressive road win for a team that entered this season replacing 16 starters. More»
David Ubben

Jackson Taking CFB World By Storm

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While Lamar Jackson showed flashes of big-time ability as a freshman, he was utilizing only a portion of the playbook. Now, with a full offseason as starter, the Louisville quarterback has enjoyed a phenomenal start to the 2016 season. More»
College Football

Eason's TD Pass Lifts Georgia Over Missouri

Freshman QB Jacob Eason threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie on fourth down with 1:31 seconds to play to give No. 16 Georgia a 28-27 victory over Missouri on Saturday night in the SEC opener for both teams. More»
College Football

McCaffrey, Stanford Cruise To Win Over USC

Christian McCaffrey showed off his trademark versatility, slipping out of the backfield for a 56-yard touchdown reception and diving over the pile for a one-yard score, and No. 7 Stanford beat Southern California 27-10 on Saturday night. More»
Matt Brown

Spartans Hold Off Notre Dame Rally

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Ten years after Michigan State famously blew a 31-14 halftime lead at home against Notre Dame, there was no meltdown this time. While the Fighting Irish nearly came back, the Spartans held on for a 36-28 win in South Bend on Saturday night. More»
Matt Brown

Alabama Comeback Topples Ole Miss

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It's not often that a game can feature big blown leads by both teams, but Alabama's 48-43 win over Ole Miss on Saturday came close. After erasing a 21-point deficit, Alabama held on despite a late Ole Miss rally, preventing a third straight Rebels win in the series. More»
Ross Tucker

The Tuck Rules: Week 2 NFL Picks

After going 4-0 with my selections last week, I'll try to keep the momentum going in the Week 2 NFL slate with some underdogs, including the Niners against the Panthers (Carolina is favored by 14) and the Cowboys at Washington. More»
College Football

Late TD Propels Nebraska Past Oregon

Tommy Armstrong Jr. scored on a 34-yard quarterback draw with 3:30 left, the Nebraska defense held on Oregon's final series and the Cornhuskers beat the No. 22 Ducks 35-32 on Saturday, thanks in part to Oregon's four missed two-point attempts. More»
College Football

Michigan Rebuffs Fast Colorado Start

While No. 5 Michigan fell behind by two touchdowns early against Colorado on Saturday, the Wolverines surged to a 45-28 victory, led by a fantastic defensive and special teams effort from Jabrill Peppers. More»
Andrea Hangst

NFL Steeling Itself For the Worst

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"High alert." That's what NFL senior vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino, said will be the order of the day for the refs when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. But is that really for the best? More»
College Football

Despite Criticism, PSU Honors Paterno At Game

During a win over Temple on Saturday, Penn State paid tribute to Joe Paterno on the 50th anniversary of his first game as head coach, despite criticism that the ceremonies are insensitive to victims in the university's sex abuse scandal. More»
Matt Brown

Cards Crush FSU in Statement Win

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So much for Florida State and Clemson dominating the ACC. Behind the phenomenal play of Lamar Jackson, No. 10 Louisville blew out No. 2 Florida State 63-20 on Saturday, making the Cardinals look like a legitimate national title contender. More»
Matt Brown

Bison Beat Iowa, Continue FBS Streak

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The greatest mystery in college football is why FBS teams continue to schedule North Dakota State. The Bison, who have won five straight FCS national championships, stunned No. 13 Iowa 23-21 on Saturday on a 37-yard Cam Pedersen field goal as time expired. More»
College Football

Russell Leads Baylor To Runaway Win At Rice

Seth Russell threw for 337 yards and three TDs and No. 21 Baylor shrugged off a slow start to beat Rice 38-10 on Friday night. The Bears won their 19th straight regular-season nonconference game and improved to 3-0 for the sixth straight season, a program first. More»
Hot Seat

Fall of Roman: Bills OC Out after 0-2 start

The Buffalo Bills fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman on Friday in a bid to kick start their sputtering Tyrod Taylor-led attack. The team announced the move in an email released a day after Buffalo fell to 0-2 following a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets. More»
Will Leitch

Postseason Clinching Predictions

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The Chicago Cubs became the first team this season to clinch a playoff spot, thanks to a loss by St. Louis on Thursday night. Now, it's time to figure out when the rest of the playoff spots will be clinched. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 3

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Maybe this week does not quite match the greatest opening weekend ever, but this is still one of the most enticing September Saturdays of college football in recent memory, headlined by the top three teams in the AP poll playing ranked opponents on the road. More»
Michael Tunison

After Further Review: Norman On AB

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The Steelers' Antonio Brown had a monster game on Monday ... except when he was covered by Washington's Josh Norman. So why wasn't the top corner assigned to cover Pittsburgh's No. 1 receiver more often? And what does this mean going forward? More»
College Football

Houston Pulls Away From Bearcats With Late Surge

Greg Ward Jr. returned from a one-game absence and ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help No. 6 Houston -- steadied by its fabulous defense -- pull away to a 40-16 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night. More»
Will Leitch

Best World Series Winner? You Decide

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It's postseason time, which means we need you to settle the most important question of all: Who's the best World Series winner? We're going all the way back to 1947, with 68 teams all vying for the title. You decide the champ. More»
Jets-Bills

Forte-fying: RB, Jets Soar Over Bills

Matt Forte scored three touchdowns and Ryan Fitzpatrick finally solved Rex Ryan's defense, leading the New York Jets to a 37-31 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. The Jets (1-1) snapped a five-game skid against their AFC East rivals. More»
Mike Lupica

Curry Has the Floor and a Point

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Steph Curry is allowed to respect Colin Kaepernick's beliefs and the path he has chosen without joining him. It doesn't make Curry some kind of coward. Or less of an American. Kaepernick has made his choice. Curry has made his. More»
Will Leitch

Browns Already Running Out Of Time

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Cleveland Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta has a plan to rebuild the franchise. That plan is going to take time. But that kind of thinking doesn't seem to work in the NFL. In football, waiting for long-term plans to work out doesn't happen. More»
Matt Brown

Ole Miss Aims For 3-Peat Vs. Saban

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Every Nick Saban loss is a rare event that causes a huge celebration for the winner. Ole Miss knows this well, having defeated Alabama twice in a row. On Saturday, the Rebels and coach Hugh Freeze will attempt to join exclusive company. More»
Anthony Castrovince

The Top Managers In Baseball

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A few skippers have stood out more than their counterparts in each league this year. It's a tough job, and these guys have all managed their clubs extremely well in 2016. But which ones will take home the AL and NL Manager of the Year awards? More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Rookie Watch: First Impressions

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Plenty of rookies made their NFL debuts in Week 1 of the 2016 season. Some made solid first impressions, others were okay and a few didn't have their best stuff. Let's take a look at which rookies stood out and which didn't. More»
Mike Lupica

Kneel Diamond: Fall For Baseball

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So much of the conversation is about football at this time of year -- college and pro, real and fantasy. But baseball has it all beat even before the first pitch is thrown in a Wild Card game, with good stories going on all over the MLB map. More»
News

ACC Pulls Championships From North Carolina

The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA's lead and is removing all its athletic championships -- including the football title game -- from North Carolina because of a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Yes, 20 Wins Still Means Something

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Decades of sabermetric enlightenment have called attention to how ineffectively wins and losses measure pitching performance. Yet the accumulation of wins over a full season still carries with it some significance. More»
Terence Moore

Hard Times For The Cradle of Coaches

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Miami (Ohio) is known as the Cradle of Coaches and for a long time was regarded as one of the best mid-major football programs. But the program has won just 13 games in the past five-plus seasons, as head coach Chuck Martin tries to change the RedHawks' fortunes. More»
Mike Vorkunov

The Legacy Of Burlsworth Lives On

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Brandon Burlsworth built himself up from a walk-on to a star offensive lineman at Arkansas, only for tragedy to strike when he was killed a car accident not long after the NFL draft. Seventeen years later, Burlsworth's legacy continues to grow. More»
Will Leitch

No Place Like Home In the Playoffs

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Seeing your favorite baseball team actually win a playoff game at home, in person, is one of those experiences you'll never forget. There are 16 teams still in the hunt right now, and some fan bases have been waiting a long time for such a feeling. More»
Matt Brown

New-Look Buckeyes As Potent As Ever

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Despite the fact that it lost 16 starters and has played only Bowling Green and Tulsa, Ohio State has already moved from No. 6 to No. 3 in the AP poll. With a huge game at Oklahoma, the Buckeyes are ready to show that the hype is justified. More»
Andrew Garda

Back To School For Former NFL Player

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Former NFL safety Matt Bowen took a different route to get into coaching. Instead of going for jobs at the collegiate and professional levels, he's coaching high school football. And he's enjoying the experience of molding young men. More»
David Ubben

Debating Overturned Results in CFB

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Central Michigan's controversial win over Oklahoma State on Saturday would have been easy to overturn if allowed by rules, given that the deciding play way on a last play that shouldn't have happened. So should results be able to be changed? More»
Ross Tucker

Get Rid Of the Field Goal, For Good

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There were several close games in Week One of the 2016 NFL season, with some of the outcomes being decided by the kicker. Is this how fans and players want the most exciting NFL games to be decided? Is it time to get rid of placekicking altogether? More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos of the week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from Sept. 5- Sept. 11 More»
Will Leitch

No Fun League Still Makes No Sense

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We're only one week into the season and the No Fun League has reared its ugly head once again. The NFL wants its officials to crack down on innocent celebrations of good plays. But why? What's the big deal? Who knows? More»
Monday Night Football

San Francisco Treat: Niners Crush Rams

Carlos Hyde ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns and the 49ers posted their first season-opening shutout in franchise history to spoil the Rams' first game since moving back to Los Angeles with a 28-0 victory Monday night in San Francisco. More»
Matt Brown

Quarterback Change Is LSU's Best Hope

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While his final stat line was unimpressive, Purdue transfer Danny Etling gave LSU's offense a needed jolt in Saturday's win over Jacksonville State after replacing Brandon Harris at QB. LSU's best chance of success in 2016 is continuing t give Etling a chance. More»
News

NCAA Tourney Out Of NC Due To LGBT Law

The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. More»
Michael Tunison

The Best NFL Dances of Week 1

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The first week of the NFL season is in the books. There are many big plays to celebrate and hot takes to dispense, but first ... we just want to see some celebrating, such as Antonio Brown's expert twerking in the end zone on Monday Night Football. More»
Dani Wexelman

Duathlete Beats Preconceptions

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It took a long, long time for duathlete and transgender advocate Chris Mosier to get comfortable with his new identity. Now, at age 36, Mosier is using his platform to become a role model for transgender kids around the country. More»
Andrea Hangst

RGIII's Future In Doubt Once Again

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Making his first regular-season start since December 2014, RGIII will likely be out until at least Week 10 after breaking the coracoid bone in his left, non-throwing shoulder in Sunday's 29-10 loss to the Eagles. It's another disappointing setback for the once-promising QB. More»
Steelers-Redskins

Steel Certain: Brown, Big Ben Among Best

The Pittsburgh Steelers ran all over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on Monday night. Antonio Brown couldn't be stopped as he reeled in eight catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 38-16 win. Ben Roethlisberger threw for three TDs. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Best Three-Team Divisional Races

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The race in the American League East is shaping out to be one for the ages. Three games separate the three top teams, with the Yankees right behind. Will this end up being one of the best three-team division races in baseball history? More»
Michael Tunison

Is Fiery Stafford A Better Leader?

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Lions quarterback Matt Stafford got vocal with teammates several times during Detroit's comeback win in Indianapolis on Sunday. Is that leadership or just a poor showing of frustration? More»
Karim Zidan

A Look Back at a Strange US Open

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The 2016 US Open tennis tournament has come to a close. It was a wild two weeks, with some of the best players in the world unexpectedly making quick exits. Let's recap some of the major storylines that came out of the US Open. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Stellar Ware Puts Chiefs In Bind

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The Kansas City Chiefs needed their backup running back Spencer Ware to come through on Sunday, and he did. But now a tough decision will have to be made. Do the Chiefs stick with Ware, or turn to their star, Jamaal Charles, when he returns? More»
News

Army CB Jackson Dies In Car Crash

A West Point football player died in a car accident hours after helping Army win its second straight game. Brandon Jackson, a 20-year-old sophomore cornerback, was in a single-car accident at around 1:50 a.m. Sunday in Westchester County, north of New York City. More»
Will Leitch

It's Not In The Cards This Year

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The St. Louis Cardinals have had an incredible run over the past seven seasons. But it looks like the good times at Busch Stadium are finally about to come to an end. The Cardinals have been reeling as of late, and the last three weeks only get tougher. More»
Andrea Hangst

Dak Attack Can't Help Blunder 'Boys

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Tony Romo fill-in Dak Prescott had few problems establishing drives on Sunday against the Giants, but he and the Dallas offense could not get much done in the red zone. And Terrance Williams certainly didn't help matters in the end. More»
Patriots-Cardinals

Without Brady or Gronk, Pats Still Amazing

Jimmy Garoppolo pulled a Tom Brady: a late score and victory. But he had help, as Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed a 47-yard field goal with 41 seconds to play and the severely depleted Pats escaped with a 23-21 road victory Sunday night. More»
Matt Brown

Pressure On Clemson To Escape Funk

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In a strange week of college football in which there weren't many big games but there were several tight finishes, one of the biggest surprises, again, was a sluggish effort from Clemson in a close win over Troy. When will the offense hit its stride? More»
Michael Klopman

Hendricks: The Cubs' Unlikely Ace

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The Chicago Cubs have three fantastic pitchers at the top of their starting rotation. But their most effective pitcher this year has, without a doubt, been their "fifth starter" Kyle Hendricks, who has put himself in the National League Cy Young debate. More»
Terence Moore

Buc Starts Here: Winston Shines

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Jameis Winston is already spending his sophomore season threatening to become the elite of the elite. Actually, he was more impressive than that for Tampa on Sunday in the Georgia Dome during the Bucs' 31-24 victory over the Falcons. More»
Colts-Lions

Lions Roar Back, Indy Out of Luck

Matthew Stafford took advantage of one last chance Sunday and Matt Prater redeemed himself with a 43-yard field goal with 8 seconds left in regulation to help give the Detroit Lions a 39-35 victory over Andrew Luck and the Colts at Indianapolis. More»
Michael Tunison

NFL's Week 1 Sunday In Protests

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The momentum behind the national anthem protest that Colin Kaepernick started in the preseason is continuing to build. On the opening Sunday of the 2016 season, players from several teams either took a knee or sent a message in another way. More»
Giants-Cowboys

To the Victor! Cruz Salsas, G-Men Top 'Boys

Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Victor Cruz in his first game in nearly two years, and the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys 20-19 Sunday in Dallas. Oh, and Terrance Williams: What were you thinking? More»
Dolphins-Seahawks

Muscle Wilson! Hurtin' QB Lifts Hawks Late

Hobbled by an ankle injury, Russell Wilson pulled off another fourth-quarter comeback, throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 31 seconds left, giving the Seahawks a 12-10 win over the Dolphins on Sunday in Seattle. More»
Chargers-Chiefs

Chief Relief: KC Stages Historic Comeback

The Kansas City Chiefs wouldn't let the home crowd at Arrowhead Stadium leave disappointed. They came back from a 17-point deficit against their division rivals, the San Diego Chargers, and ended up winning their season opener in overtime. More»
Packers-Jaguars

Pack's Back As Rodgers Rolls Over Jags

Aaron Rodgers looked like he was in MVP form and Jordy Nelson looked just fine coming back from a knee injury, as the Green Bay Packers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-23 on the road. It was only Green Bay's second season-opening win in the last five years. More»
Raiders-Saints

Gamblin' Jack's Call Caps Raider Rally

The Oakland Raiders rallied back from a 14-point deficit to beat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Jack Del Rio made a gutsy call at the end of the game to go for a two-point conversion, and it paid off as Oakland won 35-34 in the Big Easy. More»
Bengals-Jets

Green's Day Helps Cincy Ground Jets

Mike Nugent's 47-yard field goal with less than a minute left pushed the Bengals past the Jets on Sunday. New York took a late lead, but the Cincy offense (led by A.J. Green with 180 yards) couldn't be contained at MetLife Stadium. More»
Bucs-Falcons

Winston Wallops Falcons With 4 TDs

Jameis Winston looked great in his first game of his sophomore season, throwing for 281 yards and a whopping four touchdowns. He out-shined Matt Ryan in the Georgia Dome as Tampa Bay silenced the home crowd in a 31-24 win. More»
Vikings-Titans

No Teddy, No Problem For Vikes in W

Shaun Hill and a dominant defense made up for the loss of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota's season opener. The Tennessee Titans turned the ball over three times, and the Vikings took two of them for touchdowns in a 25-16 road win. More»
Michael Tunison

Daredevil Del Rio Calls Out ESPN

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The Raiders elected to go for two points after scoring a touchdown in the final minute in New Orleans. After converting, Oakland held on to win 35-34. Many have praised coach Jack Del Rio for his "gutsy" call, but it may not have been such a gamble. More»
Browns-Eagles

Carson Win-tz! Rookie Gives Philly Boost

Carson Wentz, this year's No. 2 NFL Draft pick, looked good in his NFL debut, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a season-opening win, 29-10 over the Browns. The rookie QB threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns and finished with a 101.0 passer rating. More»
Bears-Texans

Brock On: Osweiler, Houston Tame Bears

Brock Osweiler was just fine in his debut as the Houston Texans starting quarterback. He threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, and Lamar Miller rushed for 106 yards as the Texans beat the Bears 23-14 in their season opener in Houston. More»
Bills-Ravens

Baltimore Wrecks Rex Ryan's Crew

The Ravens' defense is back. Tyrod Taylor and the Bills offense could only manage seven points against Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium. Joe Flacco threw for 258 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore's 13-7 win. More»
Anthony Castrovince

September Surprises: Must-See MLB

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You know the only thing better than October baseball? September baseball. And there are plenty of storylines to pay attention to this upcoming week. From Dodgers-Yanks to 'Stras-ful concerns, here's a preview for what's happening. More»
First Sunday

We Did It Live: Relive the First NFL Sunday

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Well, that was a crazy ending to a wild day, as a missed Cardinals field goal in the final minute hands the Patriots a key road win in Week 1. Relive that game, along with all of Sunday's action in our Cover It Live blog. More»
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NFL Scoreboard Watch: Game On

It's Week 1 in the NFL and there are plenty of great matchups to keep an eye on, including New England at Arizona (without Brady and Gronk), Oakland at New Orleans and Cincy at the Jets. Keep checking back right here for updates. More»
David Ubben

Hog Wild: Arkansas Ready To Dream

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Saturday's dramatic, see-saw, double-overtime 41-38 win at No. 15 TCU was a different-flavored win for Arkansas, who has typically struggled in big early-season games under Bret Bielema. But with a key win under its belt, Arkansas is now dreaming of bigger things. More»
Andrew Garda

Fantasy Start & Sit: Week 1

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After all the cheat sheets, the training camp reports and the drafts, it's time for you to start pulling your hair out over fantasy football again. Here are three players who you should give the starting nod, and three that should be riding the bench. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 2

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No, it wasn't the most exhilarating Saturday of football, especially after the so-called greatest Week 1 ever. But despite a lack of high-profile matchups, college football's Week 2 delivered a strange and dramatic collection of close finishes. More»
Matt Brown

Vols Race To Victory Lane At Bristol

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In front of the largest crowd in college football history in a one-of-a-kind spectacle, Tennessee beat Virginia Tech 45-24 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night, coming back from an early deficit thanks in part to five Hokies fumbles. More»
College Football

Utah Stops 2-Point Attempt, Wins Holy War

BYU had its best drive of the day when it needed it the most. But after Taysom Hill scored a TD, first-year coach Kalani Sitake decided to go for the win on a two-point conversion. The run failed, giving Utah a 20-19 win over the Cougars. More»
College Football

Razorbacks Top TCU in Wild Double-OT Game

Austin Allen ran for the winning score in the second overtime, and Arkansas pulled out a wild 41-38 victory over TCU on Saturday. Allen led the Razorbacks to the tying score late in regulation, throwing a TD pass and then catching the tying two-point conversion. More»
Ross Tucker

The Tuck Rules: NFL Week 1 Picks

Broncos-Panthers was just an appetizer. The NFL really gets started on Sunday, with plenty of big matchups throughout the afternoon. Here are my top four games that I think will be the most intriguing, along with score predictions for each one. More»
College Football

Top-Ranked Tide Cruise Past Hilltoppers

Freshman Jalen Hurts passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 38-10 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday. More»
Jake Kring-Schreifels

Young Buc Battles Mind Games

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More than halfway through his first NFL preseason, many were already claiming second-round pick Roberto Aguayo to be a bust. But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker has learned the value of mental strength from NFL vets. More»
College Football

Big Second Half Propels Baylor Over SMU

Seth Russell threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score, and No. 23 Baylor recovered from a slow start to rout SMU 40-13 on Saturday. More»
College Football

Clemson Survives Scare From Troy

Deshaun Watson threw for three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson avoided a host of mistakes -- including an embarrassing early celebration punt-return gaffe by Ray-Ray McCloud that cost the Tigers a TD -- to hold off pesky Troy 30-24 on Saturday. More»
Manny Randhawa

Bumgarner Still Hero Giants Need

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After a marathon, 12-inning, 7-6 win on Friday night in Arizona, the Giants remain a half-game ahead in the NL Wild Card race. Madison Bumgarner did not have a great outing, but that doesn't mean better days aren't ahead. More»
Matt Brown

Mistakes Doom PSU Comeback Vs. Pitt

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In their first rivalry matchup since 2000, Pittsburgh beat Penn State 42-39, dominating early to go ahead by three touchdowns, then barely escaping a huge Nittany Lions comeback in a rivalry return that lived up to years of build-up. More»
Cy Brown

Georgia lacks offensive identity

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Georgia almost suffered the worst upset in NCAA history, barely beating FCS team Nicholls, 26-24. A few flukey mistakes helped keep the score close, but the real culprit for UGA's poor day was an offense that looks lost. More»
Matt Brown

CMU Wins on Controversial Miracle

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Oklahoma State thought it had the win over Central Michigan on Saturday, but a penalty in the final seconds resulted in referees giving the Chippewas an untimed down that should not have happened. They made the most of it, completing a wild Hail Mary and lateral for the game-winning TD. More»
Karim Zidan

Can Punk Rock the UFC?

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In January 2014, CM Punk was a professional wrestler employed by WWE. On Saturday, he'll make his MMA debut against little-known fighter Mickey Gall. Could this be the beginning of a career renaissance -- or an embarrassing ending? More»
Cy Brown

City Takes Manchester Derby

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Pep Guardiola got the best of Jose Mourinho in the first Manchester edition of the rivalry between the two top managers. Plus, Arsenal, wins Liverpool took reigning champs Leicester to task and more highlights in this Matchday 4 English Premier League recap. More»
Alex Wong

Another Year of the Yao: '16 HOF

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Yao Ming was once called "the most influential NBA figure since Jordan." With Yao's induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, here's a look back at the greatest moments of his career. More»
College Football

Lamar Jackson Dazzles In Another Cards Win

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson continued his early season onslaught, passing for 411 yards and rushing for 199 yards to lead the No. 13 Cardinals to a 62-28 win over Syracuse on Friday night. More»
David Ubben

Baylor Fans Want More Answers

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Last Friday, Baylor played its first football game after the firing of Art Briles, beating Northwestern State 55-7. A crowd of 45,000 proved that Baylor fans will show up this season, but there are still many questions left unanswered. More»
Alex Wong

Jays Face Pivotal AL East Series

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The Toronto Blue Jays have been in a slump as of late, falling out of first place in the American League East. But they'll try to break out of it and build some momentum this weekend, as they host the Boston Red Sox in a crucial three-game series. More»
Mike Lupica

September 11 And The Power Of Sports

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Fifteen years after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, we're reminded once again just how powerful of an impact sports can make on our society, as they did in helping New York feel a sense of normalcy that fall. More»
Will Leitch

Hits on Newton Mar NFL Opening Night

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Thursday was supposed to be a night celebrating the beginning of another NFL season. But Denver's repeated hard hits on Cam Newton in the second half changed the narrative, putting concussion protocol back in the spotlight. More»
Michael Tunison

Overreaction Index: NFL's Game 1

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The 2016 season is underway now that the Carolina Panthers have gone into Denver and lost to the Broncos, 21-20, in especially excruciating fashion. The Super Bowl rematch was entertaining, but we should be careful not to read into it too much. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 2

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After the excitement of the best opening weekend in college football history, Week 2 certainly feels like a letdown with a lack of big games. But between Tennessee-Virginia Tech, late-night shootouts and in-state rivalries, there are plenty of storylines. More»
Will Leitch

Best Throwback Jersey: the Winner!

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The time has finally come. It was a long, long month, but a champion has now been crowned in the Best Throwback Jersey In Baseball Bracket. But as one bracket ends, another begins. Take a look at what's coming up for next week. More»
David Ubben

Vols, VT Get Engines Going at Bristol

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One college football game is getting a brand new -- and enormous -- look on Saturday. When Virginia Tech faces off against Tennessee in Week 2, they'll be playing in Bristol Motor Speedway. Yeah, that's right. Somehow, college football just got bigger. More»
2016 Kickoff

Gahhh-no! Miss Seals Carolina's Fate

Once again, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers couldn't top the Denver Broncos. In a Super Bowl rematch, Denver rallied back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. A missed last-second field goal by Carolina's Graham Gano solidified a Broncos victory. More»
News

King of Queens: Tebow Signs With Mets

Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets, who announced Thursday the former quarterback will take part in the Instructional League in Port St. Lucie, Fla. More»
Karim Zidan

Serena Still Rolling At US Open

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To nobody's surprise, Serena Williams shows no signs of slowing down at the US Open. She faced a tough test in her quarterfinal against Simona Halep, but that was likely just a speed bump on her path to making more tennis history. More»
Will Leitch

140 Predictions for the NFL Season

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I've previewed every division in the NFL. But, as the season begins, it's time to get into the nitty-gritty. Kickoff is Thursday night, and you want predictions. And if you want 'em, I've got 'em. In droves. More»
Mike Lupica

Can't Run From Past; Maybe For Pats?

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The New England Patriots need a running back. Ray Rice, whom the Patriots once saw at his best in big Patriots-Ravens games, needs a job. This isn't about forgiving and forgetting, but about moving forward. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Cam a Lot: Something Left to Prove

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The biggest clues about Cam Newton's future will come from his past, especially recent history. It's true that Newton's 2015 season was almost unbelievable, but there were definitely consistency issues. Can he fix them this year? More»
Michael Tunison

NFL Week 1 Watchability Rankings

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The NFL Week 1 slate is full of enticing games -- though some are more alluring than others. We break down the most exciting matchups of kickoff weekend, along with the ones you might be able to just keep in the background. More»
Anthony Castrovince

East of Burden: Playoff Race Packed

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Have you counted out the Orioles at several points this season? Big mistake. Baltimore is still hanging in there entering a big road stretch. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays and Red Sox will soon battle it out in what should be a September to remember. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The X-Factors For Every NFC Team

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At the beginning of every season, each team gets a clean slate. And every team has one crucial factor that will either lead them to the promised land ... or an early vacation. Let's examine what those More»
Matt Brown

Rivalry Restored: Meaning of Pitt-PSU

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Penn State and Pitt will resume their football rivalry for the first time since 2000 on Saturday, in a pivotal game for each. It's a new beginning for a storied rivalry with over a century of history, including one of the greatest football plays of all time. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Best Under-the-Radar MLB Seasons

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There have been plenty of ballplayers who've taken giant steps forward in their careers, even if the teams they play for fell a bit short this season. With that said, you should still be able to appreciate the year these guys have had so far. More»
Ross Tucker

NFL Playoff Picks (Yes, Jags Are In)

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With Week 1 looming, is there any better time to make some Super Bowl predictions? In all seriousness, the offseason and preseason can teach us plenty, so while they may be way too early, here are some bold predictions about who will finish this NFL season on top. More»
Golf News

Back In the Swing? Tiger's Ready to Play

Out of golf for more than a year, Tiger Woods said Wednesday he hopes to play the first event of the PGA Tour season next month and could play as much as twice more before the end of the year. More»
Andrea Hangst

The X-Factors For Every AFC Team

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Week 1 of the NFL season is almost here and after an exciting playoffs and a tumultuous offseason, every team enters 2016 with high expectations and a chance to win it all. Here's what the AFC has to offer. More»
Will Leitch

NFC West Preview 2016

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The NFL season -- if you can believe this -- begins Thursday. We finally made it. Wrapping up our division-by-division breakdowns is the NFC West, where the Seahawks and Cardinals look good. As for those two other teams ... More»
Terence Moore

Resetting Notre Dame's Playoff Hopes

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Notre Dame suffered a heartbreaking double-overtime defeat at Texas on Sunday night, dealing a significant blow to the team's College Football Playoff chances. Do the Fighting Irish still have hope? Here's why they still do and don't. More»
David Ubben

Longhorns No Longer Longshots

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For Texas coach Charlie Strong, getting his players to believe is the easy part. He's around them every day. But he gets only 12 or 13 four-hour windows to convince everybody else. On Sunday against Texas, he began convincing the world that Texas is for real. More»
Kenneth Arthur

September's NFL Heroes and Zeroes

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As NFL teams open their 2016 seasons, some players will grab headlines and dazzle fans with spectacular plays, while others will ask to be woken up when September ends. These are the best and worst active players of the month based on past performances. More»
Matt Brown

College QB Lessons From Week 1

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One week of college football is in the books, and the week between the first and second games is always prime time for overreactions now that we've seen players finally suit up and take the field. We do learn plenty from Week 1, though, especially at quarterback. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT advances in Cup Hunt

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The United States men's national team finished atop its World Cup qualifying group with a 4-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday night in Jacksonville. With the win, the U.S. advances to the hexagonal stage. More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos of the week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from Aug. 30- Sept. 4. More»
Mike Lupica

John Denver: Rocky Mountain Sly

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There is no figure in the history of sports like Jerry West, who went from being a Hall of Fame player to a legendary executive. But you have to say that John Elway, based on what he has done for the Broncos since taking over, is in the conversation. More»
News

Ferentz Re-Signs With Iowa Through 2025

Iowa has signed coach Kirk Ferentz to a six-year contract extension through the 2025 season. Ferentz and Oklahoma' Bob Stoops are the nation's longest-tenured coaches, having been hired within days of each other in 1999. More»
Will Leitch

Five NFL Teams To Root For In 2016

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A positive attribute of the NFL that is also a problem is that you don't have to have a favorite team if you don't want to. But it's more fun to be emotionally invested, so if you need a team, here are your All-Upside Fake Rooting Interest Teams for NFL 2016. More»
News

McIlroy rallies to win Deutsche Bank

Rory McIlroy went from a miserable start to a memorable finish this weekend, closing with a 6-under 65 on Monday to make up a six-shot deficit and win the Deutsche Bank Championship for his 20th career title around the world. More»
Michael Tunison

2016's Top Super Bowl Contenders

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As we prepare for the Week 1 in the 2016-17 NFL season, we look at the strengths and weaknesses of the 10 teams most likely to be Super Bowl contenders in 2016, as well as a few who might sneak in if a few things break their way. More»
Matt Brown

Head-Turning Houston Win Not A Fluke

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Amid an all-time great opening college football weekend, one of the biggest wins was scored by a rising Houston program capable of making playoff noise. The Professor returns to break down Houston and everything else we learned in Week 1. More»
Matt Brown

FSU 2nd-Half Surge Topples Ole Miss

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For Florida State on Monday against Ole Miss, the first half could not have gone worse and the second have could not have gone better. Behind freshman QB Deondre Francois, the Seminoles erased a 22-point deficit to beat the Rebels 45-34. More»
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Johnny Manziel Re-Enrolls At Texas A&M

Former Cleveland Brown quarterback Johnny Manziel has re-enrolled at Texas A&M after his NFL career was derailed by a series of off-field incidents that included a domestic violence charge still pending in court. More»
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Sarkisian Joins Alabama Staff As Analyst

Former Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian is joining No. 1 Alabama's staff as an analyst. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban confirmed the hiring on Monday of yet another fired USC coach, joining offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. More»
Matt Brown

Boutte Out One Game For Cheap Shot

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LSU offensive lineman Josh Boutte has been suspended for one game by coach Les Miles after a cheap shot clothesline of Wisconsin's D'Cota Dixon following a game-clinching interception in the Badgers' 16-14 win over the Tigers on Saturday. More»
David Ubben

Strong Statement for Longhorns

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Texas head coach Charlie Strong has referred all offseason about a "turning point," a punctuation mark to separate the tough times at Texas from the good ones. Odds are, we just saw it in the Longhorns' dramatic win over Notre Dame. More»
David Ubben

Texas' Pair Force: Buechele, Swoopes

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The Longhorns are playing competitive, aesthetically pleasing football after their thrilling win over Notre Dame Sunday night in Austin. And much of the thanks goes to their two quarterbacks, one a true freshman, the other a senior. More»
Matt Brown

Anatomy of A Blocked PAT Return

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Texas' win over Notre Dame on Sunday was filled with so much excitement and drama that one of the most improbable plays of the college football season was practically a footnote: a game-tying blocked extra point return. More»
Recap

Longhorns Beat Irish In Double-OT Thriller

Notre Dame dominated Texas 38-3 in South Bend last season, but the Longhorns got revenge against the No. 10 Fighting Irish in Austin on Sunday night, winning 50-47 in double overtime. It's a new era in UT football -- once everyone takes a breath. More»
Matt Brown

Austin Powers: 2 Texas QBs Top Irish!

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On Sunday night in Austin, Texas outlasted Notre Dame 50-47 in a thrilling, double-overtime shootout in which the Longhorns QB duo of true freshman Shane Buechele and senior Tyrone Swoopes came out on top. Hook 'em, indeed. More»
Cy Brown

Matt M. Hooks 'Em With Big Speech

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Texas looks much improved over the team that lost to Notre Dame 38-3 last season in South Bend. Is that because the Longhorns installed a high-octane new offense? Or did they get fired up after this speech from famous UT alum Matthew McConaughey? More»
Cy Brown

Rafa Out! Nadal Upset At US Open

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It was another Grand Slam early exit for Rafael Nadal, this time losing to Frenchman Lucas Pouille in a marathon battle that included a fifth-set tiebreaker Sunday at the US Open. It's the first time since 2004 Nadal failed to reach the quarterfinal in any major. More»
Elie Waitzer

Donaldson Makes 'Clutch' A Reality

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Since arriving in Toronto in 2015, Josh Donaldson has done everything in his power to prove that the concept of "clutch" is not a myth. You don't need statistics to tell you how clutch Donaldson has been. You've seen it for yourself. More»
Terence Moore

Chubb Better Than Ever In Return

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Nick Chubb suffered a serious knee injury last October, raising questions about whether he'd ever be the same player again. But the star Georgia tailback returned for the Bulldogs' season opener, torching UNC for 222 yards in a Georgia win. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 1

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The first full Saturday of the 2016 college football season is in the books. While Week 1 still isn't finished -- hello, Notre Dame-Texas and Florida State-Ole Miss -- a lot of meaningful football has been packed into the weekend already. More»
David Ubben

Alabama QB Surprise Hurts Trojans

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Jalen Hurts didn't get the starting nod, but the true freshman played most of the way in No. 1 Alabama's 52-6 rout of No. 20 USC, overcoming an early mistake to look very much like the quarterback of Alabama's future and present. More»
Matt Brown

Clemson Pulls Off Escape At Auburn

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In a game that featured questionable late-game decisions and a strange Auburn quarterback rotation, No. 2 Clemson managed to hold on to notch a hard-fought 19-13 win on the road at Auburn on Saturday night. More»
College Football

Tide Rolls Past USC To Start Title Defense

True freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes to ArDarius Stewart and ran for two more scores as top-ranked Alabama began its national championship defense with a 52-6 victory over No. 20 Southern California on Saturday night. More»
College Football

Wazzu Loses Second Straight Opener to FCS Team

Gage Gubrud threw for 474 yards and five touchdowns as FCS Eastern Washington upset Washington State 45-42. The Cougars, who lost to Portland State last year, joined Iowa State and Virginia as Power Five teams with FCS losses on Saturday. More»
College Football

Chubb Runs For 222 Yards In Return Vs. UNC

Nick Chubb rushed for 222 yards in his return from a knee injury, including a 55-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter that clinched No. 18 Georgia's 33-24 victory over No. 22 North Carolina in Kirby Smart's debut as the Bulldogs' coach Saturday night. More»
Matt Brown

Texas A&M Wrecks UCLA in OT

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For the third year in a row, Texas A&M notched an impressive Week 1 victory, this time beating No. 16 UCLA 31-24 in overtime. While the Aggies have collapsed two years in a row, an attacking defense gives them hope for all of 2016. More»
Matt Brown

New Year, Same Problems For LSU

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LSU nearly fired coach Les Miles last November, but the offseason was filled with optimism with a talented roster returning this season. All of that hope was quickly crushed on Saturday, though, as Wisconsin upset LSU 16-14 at Lambeau Field. More»
David Ubben

Navy QB Goes From Crowd To The Field

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Navy freshman quarterback Malcolm Perry showed up to the Midshipmen's season opener on Saturday against Fordham in one of his uniforms and finished it in the other, as he was pulled from the crowd to play after starter Tago Smith was injured. More»
College Football

Wolverines Demolish Hawaii By 60

Wilton Speight threw three touchdown passes in the first half and No. 7 Michigan went on to rout Hawaii 63-3 Saturday for its most lopsided victory since 1975. More»
Matt Brown

OU(CH)! Hype Is Real In Huge Houston W

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For the entire offseason after upsetting Florida State in the Peach Bowl, Houston was one of the most hyped teams in the country. In beating Oklahoma 33-23 on Saturday, the Cougars proved that they deserved every bit of the attention. More»
College Football

South Alabama Stuns Mississippi State

South Alabama pulled off the first major upset of the college football season, holding off Mississippi State 21-20 Saturday when Westin Graves' 28-yard field goal try smacked off the upright in the final seconds. More»
College Football

Baylor Slays Demons, 55-7

Seth Russell threw four touchdown passes in less than a half, and the No. 23 Bears beat FCS team Northwestern State 55-7 on Friday night in their first game since the sudden dismissal of coach Art Briles just more than three months ago. More»
News

Eagles Trade Sam Bradford To Vikings

The Eagles have traded quarterback Sam Bradford to the Vikings for a pair of draft picks. Bradford replaces Teddy Bridgewater, who went down for the season after suffering a knee injury this week. More»
College Football

McCaffrey's 2 TDs Lead Stanford Past Kansas State

Christian McCaffrey had a two long touchdown runs and Ryan Burns threw a scoring pass in his first career start to lead No. 8 Stanford to a 26-13 victory over Kansas State on Friday night. More»
Will Leitch

Crunching the Playoff Race Numbers

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With just one month left in the season, I thought we'd go division-by-division and look at some fun numbers of both the magic and elimination variety. The number will change every day. And then eventually they'll all hit zero, and this war will end. More»
Julian McWilliams

Barkley Visits Sager In Hospital

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Despite recovering from hip surgery, Charles Barkley traveled from Phoenix to Houston to visit TNT's Craig Sager after Sager received a rare third bone marrow transplant. More»
News

Kaepernick, Teammate kneel during Anthem

Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid kneeled during the national anthem Thursday night, continuing the quarterback's preseason protest of American racial injustice and minority oppression. More»
Kyle Kensing

Can USC Turn Tide Against Bama?

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USC fell from the national stage just as Alabama became a power again, and one word, more than any other, has been the mantra around USC football ahead of its season-opening date with the top-ranked Crimson Tide: opportunity. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 1

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One of the greatest opening weekends in college football is finally here. As always, it's important not to overreact to results in the first week, but given the number of big matchups, this weekend is sure to make a significant impact on the College Football Playoff race. More»
David Ubben

Preparing for a Heisman Candidate

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A season opener is a unique challenge. That's especially so when a star opponent is waiting on the other end of the long offseason. With several big games this weekend, teams like Kansas State are tasked with being prepared for a Heisman frontrunner. More»
College Football

Louisville's Jackson Records 8 First-Half TDs

Lamar Jackson accounted for a school-record eight touchdowns and 405 offensive yards by halftime to help No. 19 Louisville dismantle Charlotte 70-14 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. More»
Will Leitch

Best Throwback Jersey: Final Two!

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We've been on the hunt for the best throwback jersey for the past several weeks. Every team has a throwback, and everybody -- well, everybody but Chris Sale -- gets a big kick out of them. Now we're down to the Final Two. Let's pick a winner! More»
Matt Brown

Vols Fortunate To Escape With Win

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An offseason of heightened hype nearly collapsed in humiliation Thursday night, but luck was on Tennessee's side as it managed to avoid disaster and beat Appalachian State in overtime thanks to a fumble recovery in the end zone. More»
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Kaepernick Wears Protest On His Feet

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he has been wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs in protest of "rogue cops" who put the community and other officers at risk. More»
Michael Tunison

Gronk's Rules of the Street

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Rob Gronkowski fired back on Twitter against people who correct his grammar, claiming they have no street smarts. So what lessons of the street does Gronk have to impart? Plenty. More»
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Bridgewater: I'll Be Back

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is vowing to come back from the freak knee injury that has knocked him out for the season in his first public statement since he suffered a torn ACL in practice this week. More»
Will Leitch

August's Dumbest Sports Stories

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From Ryan Lochte's fabulism to a hockey burglar to, yes, mermaids, there was no shortage of mind-numbing stories to wrap our brains around in the dog days of August. Here are some of the best (worst?) ones we could find. More»
Will Leitch

The Joy Of Football In Person

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This weekend, I'll be flipping around from channel to channel watching college football, and I'll love it like I always do. But we do lose a little something if we never go out and see the games themselves, in person, from time to time. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Opening Night Viewing Guide

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After last week's Cal-Hawaii appetizer, the college football season truly gets underway with 16 games on Thursday night. They're merely a warm-up for the much stronger weekend ahead, but after a long offseason, any college football is worth watching. More»
Sports on Earth

College Football Preview 2016

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All spring and summer, Sports on Earth has been preparing for the 2016 college football season by publishing team and player profiles, team and player rankings and various other predictions looking forward to what might happen this fall. Find it all here. More»