Brett Koremenos

The Future of College Basketball

Notre Dame and Wisconsin helped author a pair of games this weekend that will immediately occupy a place in NCAA tournament lore. But to simply earmark their performances as a footnote in the storied history of this illustrious competition would be a mistake. More»
Tim Healey

NFL Nabs Teams For 'Cheating'

The NFL meted out punishment for two different so-called scandals on Monday. As dumb as the Falcons and Browns look for trying to cheat the system, their infractions were, in the grand scheme of life and the NFL, rather benign. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Coach Reps: Myth Vs. Reality

After a reporter called him a "defensive guru" last week, Bucs coach Lovie Smith responded with: "I haven't heard that on in awhile. You know I was 2-14 last season?" That got us thinking about other coaches who belied their reputations in 2014. More»
Will Leitch

MLB Preview: The East Divisions

The American League East could be in for another reshuffling as the Blue Jays hope their offseason maneuvers pay off and the Red Sox look to load up. Over in the National League East, it looks like the Nationals' division to lose. Can anybody challenge them? More»
Matt Brown

A Final Four To Love

You may hate Kentucky, or you may hate Duke, but put all personal feeling aside. The 2015 Final Four, also featuring Wisconsin and Michigan State, is loaded with NBA talent, all-time great coaches and an endless supply of intriguing storylines. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Put Faith In These Spring Stats

You're a smart guy or gal, right? You know better than to get overly excited or overly worked up about Spring Training statistics. But in some cases, exhibition output may prove meaningful when the 2015 season gets real. More»
Steven Lebron

Blatt In The Spotlight

In his first season as NBA coach, David Blatt has been thrown straight into the fire, introduced to the day-to-day craziness that envelopes a team with LeBron James, and forced to take on the goal of winning a title this season. More»
Cy Brown

Winslow Leads Duke to Final Four

Duke small forward Justise Winslow spent most of this season playing third fiddle to Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones. However, as the Blue Devils advanced past Gonzaga on their way to the Final Four, Winslow has proven himself to be their most dynamic player. More»
Tim Healey

Reliving Michigan State-Louisville

Michigan State topped Louisville 76-70 (in overtime) Sunday afternoon to move on to the Final Four, in a game that seemingly had it all. We turn to Twitter to see what people cared about as it happened. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Q&A With UK Superfan: Ashley Judd

After Kentucky's thrilling win over No. 3-seed Notre Dame, we caught up with the team's most visible celebrity fan, Ashley Judd, to discuss the thrill and anxiety of rooting for perfection and the travails of the celebrity fan in our social media-savvy society. More»
Richard Justice

David Ortiz's Legacy Still Intact

David Ortiz is caught up in speculation about PEDs again after using Jeter's Players Tribune to angrily deny that he'd ever "knowingly" used steroids. If I had one wish for Ortiz, it would be that he allow the past to be past. This is a debate he can't win, so why engage in it? More»
Anthony Castrovince

Kentucky Survives Scare From Irish

What happened Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena -- an unmistakably and unexpectedly tense 68-66 Kentucky victory over a resolute Notre Dame squad -- may be nothing more than a footnote, but it was a hell of a game. More»
Cy Brown

5 Reasons Wisconsin Can Win It All

For the second time in as many years, the Wisconsin Badgers have beat the Arizona Wildcats to advance to the Final Four and they did it in style. Here are five reasons why the Badgers have a legitimate shot to win the national championship. More»
Tim Healey

Tale of the tape: Pitino vs. Izzo

The NCAA men's basketball tournament field is down to an Elite Eight. One of the games this weekend -- the East Regional Final -- will pit two brand-name coaches against each other, Louisville's Rick Pitino vs. Michigan State's Tom Izzo. More»
Matt Brown

Elite Eight Viewing Guide

While the matchup in the East was unexpected, this year's NCAA tournament Elite Eight delivers four enticing showdowns. From Kentucky's quest for 40-0 to Gonzaga pursuing its first Final Four bid, here's what to watch this weekend. More»
Tim Healey

New alternatives for 'home run'

The Associated Press Stylebook on Friday revealed a portion of its latest round of changes, including the suggestion that home runs should not be called "dingers," "jacks" or "bombs" anymore. Here are some alternatives. More»
Cy Brown

10 Modern Plots for 'Coach'

NBC is reviving it's 90s sitcom "Coach" -- which starred Craig T. Nelson as Hayden Fox, head coach of the fictional Minnesota State University -- has ordered a 13-episode run for the show. Here are some modern plot lines the show could use. More»
Will Leitch

MLB Preview: The Central Divisions

The Major League Baseball season is almost here! To get you prepared, we'll be previewing each division, two at a time, over the course of the next week. To start things off, let's tackle the American and National League Centrals. More»
Brian Kenny

About That Apology to the Astros

Yes, dropping a bonus offer for Brady Aiken last year made the Astros looked cheap. But after news broke about the No. 1 Draft pick having Tommy John surgery this week, Houston's move also looked like a wise one. More»
Matt Brown

Dekker Sends Wisconsin to Elite Eight

While Wisconsin was sloppy at times in Thursday's Sweet 16 win over North Carolina, the takeaways from the game are mostly positive, headlined by the best game of the season from Sam Dekker, who may finally be turning into a star. More»
Cy Brown

Kentucky Makes Sweet 16 History

You may have switched the Kentucky-West Virginia game early, what with the Wildcats obliterating the Mountaineers and a perfectly good Arizona-Xavier game happening. But if you did, you missed one of the most lopsided wins in Sweet 16 history. More»
Matt Brown

Michigan State Owns March

Even after an unremarkable season, it wouldn't be a Sweet 16 without Michigan State. The Spartans have yet again advanced to the tournament's second weekend, lending even more truth to the assumption that you should pick Tom Izzo in March. More»
AJ Cassavell

Best Opening Day Performances

One of the most magical days on the sports calendar is just around the corner. Baseball's Opening Day has seen its share of great performances over the years. Our job was to decipher the 10 best, using WPA (win probability added) as the defining metric. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Time is running out for Peterson

Adrian Peterson is running out of time, and he knows it. The Minnesota Vikings have nothing but time, and so far they are using it to their advantage; they should stick to that strategy, all the way through to next season. Peterson will eventually relent. More»
Sean Highkin

The Fight For '8' In the West

There are 10 games left in the NBA regular season, and the playoff races are anything but decided. There are three legitimately good teams vying for one final spot in the Western Conference. Here's a look at what each has to do to make the cut. More»
Tim Healey

The Legend of Sauce Castillo

The closed captioning gods imposed a new nickname upon Sacramento Kings rookie Nik Stauskas on Tuesday: "Sauce Castillo." But it's not the first time the closed captioning of a sporting event led to something wonderfully wrong. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Toronto's Fountain of Youth

The Blue Jays could carry as many as seven rookies on Opening Day. But any uneasiness that inevitably comes with inexperience is offset by the pure excitement of what some of these kids have done to seize opportunity on the big-league club. More»
Will Leitch

Fantasy Baseball: Better With Age

Everything great usually gets ruined when everyone joins in. But the one thing in my life that I can say, with 100 percent certainty, has gotten nothing but better every single year since it began to exist ... is fantasy baseball. More»
Ross Benes

Kentucky Looking for a Challenge

While Kentucky is rightfully being labeled one of the most dominant college basketball teams ever as it chases perfection, it is important to consider the context. Playing in a weak SEC, Kentucky's schedule doesn't match most past national champions. More»
Matt Brown

Sweet 16 X-Factors

As the competition gets better deep into the NCAA tournament, sometimes the emergence of a secondary player can make the difference between winning and losing. Entering the Sweet 16, these are the players to keep an eye on. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

UNC's Emotional Tournament Run

Throughout the regular season, the UNC Tar Heels have lacked toughness, consistency and common sense. But North Carolina has always had talent, and that, along with Roy Williams' leadership, is starting to pay dividends in the NCAA tournament. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Big Apple Crown Up For Grabs

You just watched the Yankees and Mets play a meaningless March game Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, and you wondered: Is New York still undoubtedly the Yanks' domain, or might this be the year the better team resides in Queens? More»
Cy Brown

An "Anti-Patriot" NFL Rule Change?

Multiple rule changes have emerged from the NFL's annual league meeting in Phoenix, and one is seemingly a direct response to a package of plays the New England Patriots ran in their 35-31 AFC Divisional Playoff win against the Baltimore Ravens. More»
Cy Brown

MLS is Coming to Minnesota

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced Wednesday that MLS will be expanding to Minneapolis, with the new club -- current North American Soccer League franchise Minnesota United FC -- beginning play in 2018. More»
Steven Lebron

The Love-LeBron Besties Timeline

Earlier this week, Kevin Love admitted that his friendship with LeBron was still "evolving." Well, we took a look at how it's developed over the last eight months -- let's just say there have been some ups and downs. LOLZ! More»
Will Leitch

Warriors: From Revolt to Rebirth

Three years ago, the Golden State Warriors were engulfed in flames, the fans openly booing their owner at a ceremony to retire the jersey of franchise legend, Chris Mullin. Now, they're the most entertaining team in the NBA. That's hope. More»
Matt Brown

Best Possible National Title Games

While the first weekend of the NCAA tournament is all about rooting for dramatic upsets, the Sweet 16 is about hoping for the best possible matchups. Based on the remaining bracket, these are the most enticing national championship pairings. More»
AJ Cassavell

2015's Home Run Crown Contenders

The 2015 season is almost upon us, and as always, there are a thousand things worth guessing at and breaking down for the year ahead. Perhaps the most intriguing race to forecast this year is the battle for the home run crown. More»
Cy Brown

Frank the Tank Times Two

On Tuesday, Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky -- lovingly known as "Frank the Tank" -- interviewed none other than the original Frank the Tank, Will Ferrell. What would it be like if other athletes were to meet their fictional counterparts? More»
Terence Moore

Holyfield: Manny Pacquiao Will Win

Even now, at 52, four years removed from throwing his last professional jab in a ring -- and still a chiseled 6-foot-2ish, 235 pounds -- Evander Holyfield remains a magnet for the bizarre. And Holyfield has a lot to say about Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. More»
Cy Brown

Pete Carroll: Photobombs Away!

Pete Carroll popped in on ESPN's John Clayton while the reporter was live on SportsCenter. But a "confused" Carroll isn't the first to photobomb on a major level. Here are some more of sports' best. More»
Tim Healey

When sports fans go viral

Even if you don't know Roxanne Chalifoux's name, you probably know what she looks like. She is Crying Piccolo Girl, and currently enjoying her 15 minutes of fame. Here are some other sports fans who have gone viral -- and the ways the Internet reacted. More»
Brett Koremenos

Nash's Legacy All About That Baseline

While Steve Nash's official retirement announcement marks the end of his time on the court, all you need to do is catch a glimpse of a player scampering along the baseline as defenses scramble to seal off space to know that his presence is alive and well. More»
Will Leitch

Baseball Jersey Power Rankings

The baseball season is about to begin, so I thought I'd put together a team-by-team guide for the best jersey to wear to the park for your first game. Who represents your team, and your team's future, best? And who's just fun to wear? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

NFL Spotters Rule Ready for Testing

During a press conference Monday, NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay announced that future games will feature medical stoppages by independent injury spotters. It's a small step to address the league's ongoing concussion crisis, but a significant one. More»
Steven Lebron

The Nets' Silver Linings Playbook

The Nets went into Monday's home game against the Celtics with a chance to be in eighth place in the East at the end of the night. But while Brooklyn and Boston are close to each other in the standings, the state of the two franchises could not be further apart. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Scouting the Next 'Hard Knocks' Team

Rumor had it that the Cleveland Browns were the frontrunners to be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks" this season. But now the team claims they took themselves out of the mix. We take a look at some other options. More»
Cy Brown

Xavier's Stainbrook: Uber Awesome

Xavier center Matt Stainbrook isn't only the Muskateers' leading scorer. He's also an Uber driver on the side. Why does the fifth-year senior spend his evenings driving the streets of Cincinnati giving folks lifts? More»
Tim Healey

10 Surprising Opening Day starters

Getting the ball on Opening Day isn't always about that individual's prominence or future performance. Sometimes, with the benefit of hindsight especially, pitchers drawing the Opening Day assignment seem straight-up random. Here's proof. More»
Brian Kenny

The Best Pitcher In Baseball*

*In 2013. As publicized and scrutinized as he is, Matt Harvey seems to be relatively underrated as a pitcher. A close look at his stats from two seasons ago reveals an ace who was, for a time, better than even Clayton Kershaw. More»
Will Leitch

Sweet 16: Who Will Make History?

Among the 16 teams left standing in the NCAA tournament, someone's going to win a title, changing the course of their history, and the history of college basketball. What would it mean for each program? Let's take a look. More»
Cy Brown

El Clasico Win Gives Barca Momentum

El Clasico, the rivalry between Spanish soccer giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, is one of the biggest games in world soccer. Barcelona won the latest edition 2-1. What does that mean for the rest of Barcelona and Real Madrid's seasons? More»
Michael Pina

Can The Thunder Win Without Durant?

Kevin Durant may not play basketball again this season. Sentences like that are the pits. All injuries are terrible, but Durant's is particularly consequential. Without the reigning MVP, the Thunder are still very good, but can they make the playoffs? More»
Matt Brown

Ranking The Sweet 16

The first week of the NCAA tournament is in the books, taking last Sunday's field of 68 all the way down to 16. While contenders Villanova, Virginia and Kansas have been eliminated, Kentucky still headlines a list of worthy championship candidates. More»
Anthony Castrovince

The 2015 MLB All-Breakout Team

We looked at guys who have been around a little bit and are ready to assert themselves as stars, from Travis d'Arnaud to Kolten Wong, and put together a complete roster of players who are capable of advancing to the next level in '15. More»
Matt Brown

Emotional Win For Mike Brey

The significance of Notre Dame's overtime win over Butler on Saturday night -- and first Sweet 16 trip since 2003 -- quickly shifted in the postgame press conference, as coach Mike Brey revealed that his mother died the morning of the game. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Five Reasons Not to Hate Duke

I've watched a lot of college basketball this season, and this Duke team is very, very good. They're poised for an incredibly deep run in the tournament, so here are five reasons not to be upset by their persistence. More»
Matt Brown

N.C. State Sends Villanova Home

The first No. 1 seed has been sent home in the NCAA tournament, as N.C. State beat Villanova 71-68 with a superior plan that took away the Wildcats' strengths. While the Wolfpack hope for a Cinderella run, Nova is left wondering how it went wrong. More»
Tim Healey

The 7 plagues of Spring Training

Spring Training is a time for weird things -- not just freak injuries, but all sorts of strange stories, from insect invasions to sneaky serpents to an insuppressible case of pink eye. Here are seven afflictions that made news during Spring Training 2015. More»
Steven Lebron

Nash: Best Canadian Athlete Ever?

Steve Nash officially announced his retirement this weekend. Even without a championship on his resume, Nash's legacy is secure -- he is, without a doubt, the best NBA player to ever come out of Canada. More»
Cassavell and Casella

The Third-Base Coach Rankings

It would be hard to dream up a more suspenseful play than Alex Gordon's mad dash around the bases in Game 7 of the World Series last October. And as the Giants and Royals prepare for their first rematch since then, we decided to look at how every MLB third-base coach fared in 2014. More»
Matt Brown

Round of 32 Watchability Rankings

Two of the greatest days on the sports calendar are in the books, but March Madness is far from over. The Round of 32 will determine the Sweet 16 this weekend, with several enticing matchups headlined by in-state foes Kansas and Wichita State. More»
Tim Healey

Upping the End of Season Drama

In an effort to add to the excitement of the final day of the regular season, MLB decided to schedule all 15 games on Sunday, Oct. 4 for 3 p.m. ET. Here's a look at how a same-time-for-every-game setup might have affected recent playoff races. More»
Matt Brown

Bulldogs Hope to Have Their Day

Butler is four years removed from perhaps the ugliest national championship game ever, and since then it has changed conferences and coaches twice. As the Bulldogs attempt to make another NCAA tournament run, is the world ready to embrace them? More»
Sean Highkin

Paul George Should Take His Time

The Pacers' message has been clear from the moment Paul George suffered that gruesome injury in Las Vegas last August. But a report on Friday seemed to indicate the team could have him back within a week. That would not be the best move. More»
Cy Brown

How the Fives Survived

For the first time since 2007 and only the fourth time since 1985, no No. 5 seeds were upset by 12-seeds in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Here's a look at how the four five-seeds pulled it off this year. More»
Matt Brown

10 Lessons Learned From Thursday

When N.C. State came from behind to beat LSU, it became the fifth game of the day decided by one point, setting an NCAA tournament record. Here are 10 things we learned from one of the most exciting days in NCAA tournament history. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

7 Things to Know About Davidson

In the NCAA tournament, No. 10 seeds usually don't get much fanfare in the lead-up. But this year, everyone seems to be talking about Davidson, and it doesn't even have anything to do with alum Stephen Curry. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

NFL free agency winners and losers

Football fans tend to conflate "winning" during the NFL free agency period with making the splashiest signing. While sometimes the two are related, too often a big-name free agent falls spectacularly short of expectations. More»
Cy Brown

UCLA Advances on Controversial Call

A possibly dubious and controversial goaltending call at the end of the UCLA-SMU game sent the Mustangs home and the Bruins to the next round. And the Internet can't seem to decide if the call was legit or not. More»
Will Leitch

The Hunters: March Madness Heroes

R.J. Hunter's loooong three-pointer to seal the upset against Baylor Thursday is instantly one of the greatest shots in NCAA history, made even better by how his dad -- the coach! -- reacted on the sidelines. By falling off his chair. We know the feeling. More»
Matt Brown

How Notre Dame Escaped

While No. 3 seeds Iowa State and Baylor both lost Thursday afternoon, fellow No. 3 Notre Dame barely avoided the same fate, holding off Northeastern. While the close call may be concerning, the Fighting Irish still showed off what makes them special. More»
Tim Healey

Who are the UAB Blazers?

The University of Alabama at Birmingham pulled off the first upset of the NCAA tournament Thursday afternoon, ousting No. 3 Iowa State by a 60-59 final. So, the 14th-seeded UAB Blazers -- what's their deal? More»
Tim Healey

9-point TDs and other unlikely rules

The Colts want to make a nine-point touchdown a thing. What could lead to similar developments -- offense and in turn comebacks/fun games to watch -- in other sports? Here's a gander at some never-going-to-happen rule changes. More»
Steven Lebron

NBA East Playoff Battle Royale-ish

With 15 games left in the season, the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets are all within spitting distance of each other. Two of these teams will claim the seventh and eighth seeds in the East. Here's a closer look at each squad and where they stand. More»
Will Leitch

March Madness Is All About Us

We're entering the best two weekdays in sports with the NCAA tournament's second round. We take everything that we love about watching games, and we mix them up and throw them in a bracket. More»
Matt Brown

Ranking the NCAA Upset Possibilities

The great appeal of March Madness is the underdog and the unlimited upset possibilities. While the bracket never plays out as expected, we rank all 32 Thursday/Friday matchups based on the likelihood that an upset will happen. More»
Cy Brown

Last-Minute Bracket Cheat Sheet

The main draw of the NCAA tournament begins on Thursday afternoon, which can mean some last-minute scrambling for those who procrastinated their bracket picks. We're here to help, though, with seven rules to fill it out quickly. More»
Matt Brown

Texas' NCAA Tournament Opportunity

Texas entered this season with renewed high expectations with experience returning, along with star freshman Myles Turner. The Longhorns limped into the NCAA tournament, though, meaning March Madness is a chance to rewrite their history. More»
Will Leitch

NCAA Tourney Rootability Guide

You don't spend all season following every college basketball team, and how could you? Because the NCAA tournament is the ultimate Casual Fan viewing event, we've come up with a Rootability Guide for each of the bracket's four regions. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Spring Injury Freak-Out Factors

Halfway through the Spring Training schedule, let's take a look at some of the more prominent injury issues and assess how much the fan bases involved ought to be fretting about these physical setbacks. More»
Tim Healey

Big Names Join the Big Dance

Celebrities -- they're just like us! Not really, but a lot of them fill out brackets and follow the NCAA men's basketball tournaments, at least casually. Here are some of the most prominent March Madness obsessives. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Cowboys Take Big Risk With Hardy

The Cowboys signed defensive Greg Hardy on Wednesday, arguably the most talented free agent on the market this year. But his low number of suitors was for a very good reason: his arrest last year for domestic violence. More»
Sean Highkin

Thunder's Window Closing Fast

Tuesday's news that Serge Ibaka will miss four to six weeks with a knee injury is just the latest blow to what has been a trying season for the Oklahoma City Thunder. And it couldn't have come at a worse time. More»
Cy Brown

Sports' Extended Swan Songs

Following NCAA sanctions against him and his program, Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim is retiring... in three years. Here are a few more times when sports figures extended their farewell tour. More»
Will Leitch

MLB Playoff Odds and Ends

Baseball Prospectus finally came out with its Playoff Odds Report this week, and I'm already obsessed. Let's go through division-by-division and see what odds seem high, or low. More»
Kenneth Arthur

5 Bad Browns Moments This Offseason

When Chip Kelly claimed that he fielded an offer of a first-round pick for Sam Bradford, many thought he was kidding. Then it turned out that the Browns may have been the team behind the offer. Of course. This wouldn't be the first stumble of the offseason for Cleveland. More»
Tim Healey

Stephen Curry's pivotal winter

Stephen Curry's lethal scoring touch, on display on a near-nightly basis in the NBA, didn't always exist. Ten years ago this winter, with Curry acting as a pass-first point guard more often than his high school coaches preferred, he learned an important lesson: It was OK to shoot more. More»
Tim Healey

NCAA Viewing guide: Round of 64

With 64 teams playing 32 games over the course of about 36 hours on Thursday and Friday in the NCAA tournament, there's a lot going on. That's why we're breaking it down for you, in chronological order, highlighting some of the games that should be among the most fun to watch. More»
Terence Moore

Kentucky's Cool Factor

This is so unlike Kentucky. We're referring to everything involved with the latest team that's supposed to win every game. Their coach, John Calipari, is relaxed, and even giddy. The whole Wildcat team seems immune to pressure. How is that possible? More»
Cy Brown

Arsenal's Champions League Woes

Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League in the knockout stage for the fifth season in a row on Tuesday, despite beating Monaco 2-0. The Gunners have become known for strong UCL performances that are ultimately futile. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Ryan Howard Still Has Value

Ryan Howard is looking more fleet of feet and bat alike, but dealing isn't going to fetch the Phillies a No. 1 prospect, no matter the money equation. The fact that he's trending toward fetching them anything at all, however, is an upgrade. More»
Will Leitch

Chris Borland's Retirement Impact

49ers linebacker Chris Borland announced his retirement after an impressive rookie season, citing long-term health concerns. The problem for the NFL isn't that football is going to stop existing; it's that it continues to ignore the need to change. More»
Matt Brown

NCAA Tournament Player Rankings

As you fill out your NCAA tournament bracket before the Round of 64 begins on Thursday, it's important to meet the main cast of players who will define these next few weeks of March Madness. We rank the top 10 in each of the four regions. More»
AJ Cassavell

Kris Bryant: Too good for Opening Day

Kris Bryant is a Major League-ready talent. He's clearly one of the Cubs' 25 best players, and he's without question a better option at third base than Mike Olt. Nevertheless, Bryant won't start on Opening Day. More»
Steven Lebron

Can the Pelicans build a contender?

Barring a collapse, the Pelicans will finish above .500 for the first time since the 2010-11 season, and they've found their franchise player in Anthony Davis. Progress has certainly been made, but one question remains: Will they be able to build a contending team around him? More»
Cy Brown

Which Bracket Fits Your Personality?

Correctly picking NCAA tournament games is tough to do. Especially when you only started tuning in to the college basketball season this past week. Still, you have to be true to yourself. Here are five options based on certain archetypes. More»
Tim Healey

March Madness Do's and Don'ts

We're here to ease you through the next week of the NCAA tournament until your bracket is busted, with some tips on how to talk about your picks without annoying the hell out of the people around you. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Time Catching Up With Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee has opted for rest instead of surgery for a torn flexor tendon. But this still likely spells the end of his Phillies tenure, and possibly his career as well. The mood on Monday in camp was that of a pitcher who knows he's running out of options. More»
Michael Leboff

New York Soccer State of Mind

NYCFC (who desperately need a more type-friendly nickname) lived up to the hype of what the club dubbed "The Historic Home Opener" at Yankee Stadium with a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution. It's not Yankees-Red Sox yet, but it's a start. More»
Ross Tucker

How the Broncos Are Failing Peyton

Peyton Manning willingly took a pay cut last month, even though there was nothing really compelling him to do so. He has been rewarded for that commitment to the 2015 season by watching the Broncos let their four best free agent leave. More»
Will Leitch

Breaking Down the Bracket

Kentucky may be the story of the year in college basketball, but there are plenty of intriguing matchups throughout the NCAA tournament. Here are my Final Four picks, including which upsets to watch for along the way. More»
Matt Brown

The Case For and Against Kentucky

The 2015 NCAA tournament bracket has been revealed, and to the surprise of nobody Kentucky is the No. 1 overall seed. As the Wildcats pursue a perfect 40-0 season, is there any case for picking against them in your bracket? More»
Cy Brown

Best Selection Sunday Reactions

Selection Sunday is beloved because of the sheer emotion involved. Some teams are elated by making it. Others are crushed by missing out. Here are some of the best team reactions to their inclusion in March Madness. More»
Sports on Earth Staff

NCAA tournament printable bracket

The slate for the Big Dance is set -- it's time to make your picks. Get your printable NCAA Men's Tournament bracket here, and make your selections for the office pool, the bar league or just for the love of Bracketology. More»
Tim Healey

Veterans looking for big league jobs

Dontrelle Willis announced his retirement on Friday, which was a bummer. We check in on a handful of formerly prominent players like Willis who, unless you patrol Twitter for even the most minor news during the winter months, you might not know are still playing. More»
Ross Benes

March Momentum: Does it Matter?

As we prep for the Big Dance, it's a good time to ask whether winning a conference tournament or being a regular-season conference champion is more indicative of March Madness success. The stats may surprise you. More»
Brian Kenny

Legends of the Revolution

Walking among the stars and power brokers at the SABR Analytics Conference are men less recognizable; the giants of sabermetrics, the men who started the revolution: John Thorn, Pete Palmer and others who still have tricks to teach today's analysts. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Rangers Living Without Yu

It was announced Friday that Yu Darvish will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire season. Instead of lamenting the Rangers' fate, let's take a real look at what their ace means for the team in the short- and long-term. More»
Len Hochberg

Invisible Tiger

Tiger Woods will not partake at his own personal playground, next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, sending up a huge flare that his game is still in disarray. If he misses the Masters as well then we'll know something is terribly wrong. More»
Steven Lebron

Irving Has Found His Place

Kyrie Irving's unlimited range and artistic flair at the rim makes him one of the most entertaining players to watch on a nightly basis. And while the knock on him has always been that he doesn't make teammates better, that's not true now. More»
Michael Pina

Kawhi Leonard Is Unreal

Last season's NBA championship technically qualifies as Kawhi Leonard's coming out party, but this current stretch of dominance has been the most consistent of his career, the next stage of his evolution into becoming the perennial All-Star he's clearly destined to be. More»
Matt Brown

The Transfer QB Market

College football is still searching for its next Russell Wilson, a free-agent graduate transfer who becomes a star with a new team. While transfer season can't match the NFL's free agency for drama, there could be plenty of movement this spring. More»
Will Leitch

NL Central's Most Compelling Players

Despite the Cardinals' playoff dominance, the NL Central has been tougher than it has been given credit for, and that's never been truer than this year. Our weekly division-by-division series continues with its players who have the most on the line. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The Saints Still Have Faith

The Saints signing Drew Brees may have been the best move of any NFL team this century. Unfortunately, every player and organization inevitably reaches a moment where the relationship has to end. When's it going to be Drew's time? I wouldn't hold my breath. More»
Cy Brown

Ferrell and the Best Star Athletes

Will Ferrell made history Thursday by playing for 10 different teams in Spring Training. But he's not the only celebrity to show off his secret athletic skills. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Murray and Bradford's Philly Reunion

On Thursday, the Eagles reached an agreement with free agent DeMarco Murray, a former teammate of Sam Bradford's at the University of Oklahoma. Their reunion could make a lot of sense in Philly as they both fit Chip Kelly's style. More»
Will Leitch

When Celebs Play Ball

In my opinion, the best reason to be a celebrity is that if you really want to, they will let you play baseball. And that's exactly what Will Ferrell is going to do Thursday when he visits five Cactus League locations and plays every position on the field. More»
Will Leitch

Ranking Every Division In Sports

It's not cool to like divisions anymore. Some think the NBA should get rid of them altogether. Balderdash, I say! Divisional rivalries may be relics, but they are still fun. Thus: A ranking of the 24 divisions in the four major North American sports, from least to most interesting. More»
Steven Lebron

The NBA's Biggest Troublemakers

From Dahntay Jones' bump to Amar'e Stoudemire calling out his teammates, role players have been making headlines. But this is not new. The NBA has a long history of non-superstars injecting themselves into drama. Here are a few examples. More»
Andrew Garda

NFL Free Agent Buyers Beware

Teams with big cap room and big problems -- like Oakland, Tennessee and Jacksonville -- sometimes try to fix all their problems with exorbitant signings. They should look to Washington's past foibles for an example of why that can be a bad idea. More»
AJ Cassavell

Ranking The 20-Win Candidates

Pitcher wins might not mean much anymore, but there's still something special about an individual winning 20 games. Last season, three hit that number. This year's contenders include the usual suspects plus some darkhorses. More»
Sean Highkin

NBA Players Prep For Sweet '16

On Wednesday, the NBA announced that the players' union rejected the league's proposal to smooth out the upcoming cap increase, rather than allow one giant spike. With a new TV on the horizon, this could be a game-changer. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Chip Kelly Knows What He's Doing

Many NFL observers are rightly skeptical about the moves Chip Kelly has made recently in the trade and free agent market. But before we declare him officially insane, let's take a closer look on how all this could shake out next season. More»
Tim Healey

Boxing's most heated encounters

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao held a joint news conference ahead of their May 2 showdown on Wednesday, and it was disappointingly uneventful. Let's revisit some of the more aggressive/angry/hateful fighter interactions outside the ring. More»
Tim Healey

Trading fictional characters

J.J. Watt, Bryce Harper and others engaged in a, uh, creative exercise on Twitter Tuesday: reporting cross-league trades involving characters from famous sports movies. We took a shot at it, and the result was too much nostalgia. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's Best Leadoff Situations

Quality leadoff production has become scarce in the Majors, with many teams struggling to find players who can consistently get on base, even in the post-Moneyball age. Here are five great situations, along with five contenders who have questions. More»
Matt Brown

2015 College Basketball Awards

As the college basketball postseason kicks into high gear with the conference tournaments and Selection Sunday, first we pause to honor the best of how we got here. From Jahlil Okafor to Frank Kaminsky and beyond, we hand out 2015 awards. More»
Steven Lebron

NBA's Most Improved Players

While a lot of the NBA playoff picture is developing clarity down the stretch, the awards races are still wide-open. With ambiguous criteria, Most Improved Player is particularly unclear, and these five players have all made legitimate cases. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Revis Knows How to Get Paid

Darrelle Revis doesn't play in a system, Darrelle Revis plays the system. That's exactly what happened on Tuesday when the cornerback signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the New York Jets, with $39 million guaranteed. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Bradford for Foles Trade a Mystery

Before the NFL free agency period had even officially begun on Tuesday, Chip Kelly completed another head-scratching deal, sending quarterback Nick Foles to St. Louis for oft-injured starter Sam Bradford and draft pick compensation. Why he did it is anybody's guess. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Seattle's Bold Trade for Graham

According to reports, the Seahawks sent the Saints a first-round pick, along with Pro Bowl center Max Unger, in return for Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick. It was a bold move by Seattle, who may have found its go-to guy in the passing game. More»
Cy Brown

MJ and Other NBA Conspiracies

Michael Jordan quit his failed baseball career on this day 20 years ago. But was a secret suspension the reason he left basketball in the first place? Here are some of the most popular NBA conspiracy theories. More»
Will Leitch

Ultimate Baseball Trip: The Sequel

We look at Spring Training now, and we know the MLB season is coming. It would only be appropriate that, once baseball truly begins again, we celebrate with the ultimate indulgent celebrations: visiting 30 stadiums in (roughly) 30 days. Here's how to do it. More»
AJ Cassavell

The NL West's Wild Park Factor

The NL West is a gauntlet, unlike any other division in baseball. Not only because of the recent influx of talent among the teams that play there, but the unique factors in each stadium that make for vastly different playing conditions on a nightly basis. More»
Ross Tucker

NFL GMs: The Buy Week

If you're an NFL GM and there's any chance you could get fired if the 2015 season doesn't go well -- certainly a possibility in places like Buffalo, Jacksonville, Oakland and Tennessee -- you might as well be aggressive and go down swinging. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Landing Spots for Andre Johnson

The Houston Texans released longtime franchise star Andre Johnson on Monday, creating some uncertainty for the veteran wide receiver. But even though his career is on the decline, several contenders could be attractive landing spots for him. More»
Brett Koremenos

Utah's Future Has Arrived

The Utah Jazz have been on a hot streak since trading Enes Kanter, and the biggest reason is the development of Rudy Gobert into a defensive force. The Jazz offense still has a long way to go, but a foundation is being built for an exciting future. More»
Andrew Simon

Compelling Contract-Year Players

Contract years can have a lot of power in baseball, as a player's performance immediately before free agency can greatly influence his value. These are the 10 players with the most compelling contract-year cases entering the 2015 season. More»
Steven Lebron

Andre Miller Is An Old School King

Despite never making an All-Star Game, Andre Miller has quietly hung around the NBA for 16 seasons now, making an underrated impact on an off the floor thanks to a business-like approach that has kept him both healthy and respected. More»
Tim Healey

Sam Simon's sports endeavors

Sam Simon, the "Simpsons" writer and producer who in recent years donated millions of dollars and countless hours to animal charities, passed away on Sunday. He helped create an iconic show, but his connection to the sports world is not as well known. More»
Michael Pina

Behind Dahntay Jones' Troll Move

Dahntay Jones is a garbage-time hanger-on, signed by the Clippers more for his ability to wave a towel than shoot a jumper. So when he bumped into Golden State's Draymond Green last night (and then got called out after), he served his purpose. More»
Will Leitch

Boeheim's Sound of Silence

On Saturday, following a harsh punishment by the NCAA to him and his program, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim skipped the post-game press conference and sent out assistant Mike Hopkins to face the music. This shouldn't surprise anyone. This is just the way it is now with coaches and athletes. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Dolphins' Suh Deal May Hurt Miami

Six years. $114 million. $60 million guaranteed. The Miami Dolphins will reportedly give that to Ndamukong Suh to make him the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. But whether that will help them contend is a different story. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Trout Making Swing Adjustments

Mike Trout plans to spend this spring tweaking his approach at the plate, making the dangerous young hitter even more exciting to watch -- he is going to stop chasing high pitches, the one flaw he had in '14. But what is he going to look for instead? More»
Matt Brown

Ranking The Conference Tournaments

Selection Sunday is less than a week away, meaning championship week is upon us. Conference tournaments will decide automatic NCAA tournament bids, along with the fates of those on the bubble. Here's what watch in all the key tournaments. More»
Len Hochberg

New Mindset Earns Win For Johnson

Last summer, when Dustin Johnson took a leave of absence from golf amid salacious allegations, it threatened to embarrass his future father-in-law, Wayne Gretzky. But after the birth of his son, Johnson is a new man -- and back on top on the course, as well. More»
Tim Healey

Baseball's last captains?

Few MLB teams designate official captains, like the Yankees did with Derek Jeter. But every clubhouse has its leaders, whether or not they wear a C on their jersey. Here's a rundown of the most recent captains for every organization. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Spending The Raiders' Money

With free agency set to officially open on Tuesday, the Raiders stood to be a major player for major players, but thus far it appears as though they haven't been able to convince any big names to come to Oakland. Who should they target? More»
Paul Casella

Four-Decade Durability

By making a brief cameo with the White Sox in 1980, Minnie Minoso became only the second player to play in five decades. Although it may be challenging for any current players to join Minoso in that feat, some have a shot to play in four. More»
Tim Healey

Can Yu Darvish make up for lost time?

The baseball gods claimed another one of the Rangers' stars on Saturday: All-Star right-hander Yu Darvish, who could need Tommy John surgery. If he misses all of 2015 and is diminished thereafter, it'll be quite costly to Texas. More»
Allen Barra

The Greatness of Minnie Minoso

Despite his status as the Latin Jackie Robinson, the career of Minnie Minoso, who died on March 1, has never been fully appreciated. We'll never know exactly what he went through, and he was also never properly honored for his outstanding career. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Beast Mode Is Going Back To Seattle

While the value of running backs has declined and Marshawn Lynch will soon be 29 years old, the Seahawks were smart to re-sign their star. He's a rare talent and the foundation of their offense, and he's shown few signs of slowing down. More»
Cy Brown

The Exciting New Arrivals to MLS

Every year a new crop of players comes to MLS. Many times they are superstars looking for one last pay-day. Sometimes, they are Americans who played overseas returning to home soil. Here are the five most exciting arrivals of the 2015 season More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Jets Hope to Take Off With Marshall

On Friday, it was reported that the Bears had agreed to trade All-Pro wideout Brandon Marshall to the Jets for a fifth round pick. The deal is the start of a new era for both teams: one rebuilding, the other hoping to win sooner rather than later. More»
Matt Brown

Syracuse Hit Hard By NCAA

The Syracuse athletics investigation has seemingly gone on forever, and on Friday the NCAA finally announced the results, stripping the basketball team -- and Jim Boeheim -- of wins, scholarships and money for a long list of violations. More»
Cy Brown

Reggie Wayne's Best Colts Moments

One of the most successful tenures for an NFL player with a single team is coming to an end as the Indianapolis Colts have no plans to re-sign their second all-time leading receiver, Reggie Wayne. Here are his best moments as a Colt. More»
Will Leitch

AL West's Most Compelling Players

For the first time in the division's history, all five teams in the AL West look legitimate -- yes, even the Astros, who seem to be on the verge of breaking out. But which players will hold our attention the most? Here's my list of candidates. More»
Matt Brown

Embrace The New Big East

No, the Big East doesn't have the same appeal that it did in the past, thanks to conference realignment. But the new version, led by national contender Villanova, has been quietly excellent, making next week's league tournament worth watching. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Game Planning For The Shift

Much of the continued adjustment to the rise of the shift has to take place behind the scenes and between the ears, where more players and managers are embracing the idea of bunting. Spring Training might be the optimal time, though, to experiment. More»
Joe DeLessio

Toronto's Soap Opera Gets Icy

This season was supposed to mark the beginning of a new era in Toronto. But it seems like the Maple Leafs are becoming more well known for the drama inside and outside the locker room than for their play. That continued this week with Phil Kessel. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Manning Restores Order to Denver

This week, Peyton Manning agreed to a reduced salary and passed his physical, then announced he would be returning for another season with the Broncos. The questions remain: Can he still be great at age 39, and how will the roster change now? More»
Tim Healey

Most Memorable Craig Sager Moments

Craig Sager, who has been out of action since last April after being diagnosed with leukemia, makes his return to TNT Thursday night during the Thunder-Bulls game -- and don't think for a minute that he hasn't long had his clothes picked out. More»
Will Leitch

Josh Hamilton: Hoping For Mercy

We understand more about addiction now, and talk more sensitively about it, than we did 30 years ago, when Dwight Gooden was struggling with drug use. Now that Josh Hamilton is in the spotlight for his own reported relapse, it's time to show him compassion. More»
Steven Lebron

Warriors: Best Show On Earth

In a season where the Warriors have surpassed everyone's expectations and sit comfortably in top spot in the Western Conference, they've become one of the dominant storylines in the league. More importantly, they are also appointment viewing. More»
Paul Casella

Springboards to Success

While Spring Training statistics don't always mean a lot, there are plenty of instances of players building on big spring performances with great regular seasons. Here are five players who dominated from the start of spring through the 2014 season. More»
Matt Brown

Aggies Aim For Breakthrough

While Johnny Manziel and recruiting success increased hype around Texas A&M, the Aggies have regressed in Kevin Sumlin's three seasons. Facing stiff competition in the SEC West, Texas A&M enters 2015 hungry for a true team breakthrough. More»
AJ Cassavell

Projecting The All-Decade Team

Those all-decade teams you'll see popping up five years from now may be incredibly arbitrary, but they offer us some fun debates. Let's take a look at the all-2010s team thus far, with an eye on projecting how things will shape up by the end of 2019. More»
Cy Brown

Each MLB Team's Roster Turnover

Roster turnover can mean different things for different teams. Sometimes it moves an organization in the right direction. Sometimes it sets them back. Here are the MLB teams with the most and least roster turnover since last season's Opening Day. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Trades That Should Happen

The Eagles-Bills trade that was reported on Tuesday was a rare, surprising move in the NFL, which doesn't have much of a player-for-player trade market. Here are five more trade proposals that would benefit both the teams and players involved. More»
Cy Brown

Six Decadent Ballpark Snacks

Behold the Churro Dog, a snack that the Arizona Diamondbacks just unveiled. It's a churro on a donut topped with frozen yogurt and other good stuff. What other big league clubs sell crazy-decadent-delicious ballpark food? We listed a few. More»
Cy Brown

Cassel and the Bills' QB Conundrum

The Buffalo Bills have had seven different players start at quarterback since 2010. Now they've traded for Matt Cassel, who will compete with EJ Manuel for the starting gig. Are the Bills close to solving their quarterback problem? Or not so much? More»
Will Leitch

FAQ: Major League Soccer's Labor War

Our major professional American soccer league is about to have a labor stoppage. I suppose that means it's maturing. In case you haven't been paying attention to what's going on in this ugly labor war, here's what you need to know. More»
Michael Pina

The Rise of DeAndre Jordan

Even though many have cast doubt on DeAndre Jordan in the past, there's no denying that the 26 year-old Clippers center is consistently very good; for sure worthy of the max contract he'll sign this summer. He's also never been more fascinating. More»
Doug Miller

Gonzaga Still Hopes to Own March

After getting upset by BYU Saturday, Gonzaga remembered just how tough this time of year is for any program with high expectations. But Mark Few and his players know this much is true: Come tournament time, they will be a force to be reckoned with. More»
Paul Casella

When Spring Slumps Carry Over

Some players have no problem flipping the switch after a troublesome Spring Training, but other times those struggles can be a sign of things to come. Here are five hitters who never found their stroke last year after bad preseasons. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Who Won the Alonso-McCoy Deal?

On Tuesday, it was reported that the Eagles and Bills pulled off a monster of a trade, with Kiko Alonso going to Phiadelphia and LeSean McCoy heading to Buffalo. Let's see how each side made out in the deal. More»
Tim Healey

Schilling Schools Twitter Trolls

Everyone hates Twitter trolls. So when someone like Curt Schilling eviscerates the ones who made wildly inappropriate comments about his teenage daughter, Gabby, it's something that everybody else can get behind. More»
Tim Healey

Prince used to ball Back in the Day

On Tuesday, a few old Minneapolis Star Tribune clips surfaced that highlighted the hoop dreams of local hero Prince. You'll probably want to see this. More»
Tim Healey

Baseball number swaps: An overview

A's outfielder Josh Reddick, who recently received an Xbox from new teammate Billy Butler in exchange for his No. 16, is only the latest in a long line of players to trade their uniform number for some other valuable. Here is a look at some others. More»
Ross Tucker

Suh Ready For Big Payday

Now that the Lions have decided not to put the franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh, the defensive tackle will likely test the waters of free agency. He's indicated that he may want to go to the highest bidder, but that may not be the best choice. More»
Will Leitch

March Madness Begins Today

A lot of people think that March Madness doesn't really start until Selection Sunday, but that's really not the case. Every team in a conference tournament has a chance to go all the way, and with those tourneys starting this week, March Madness really begins now. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Duke Has Questions To Answer

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon was dismissed from the team in January -- the first time Mike Krzyzewski has dismissed a player. Now, Duke's student newspaper reports that Sulaimon faces sexual assault allegations that Duke officials may have been slow to react to. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Franchise Tag Winners and Losers

In the NFL, the decisions on whether to tag a player are generally viewed as perfunctory. Not this year, as key decisions were made by teams such as the Lions, Patriots, Cowboys and Giants on how the tag would affect their offseason. More»
Steven Lebron

Raptors Searching For Answers

A recent losing streak has cast doubts on the Raptors, whose isolation-heavy offense creates streaky results. This year's team appears ready to take a step forward from last year, but there are still problems to solve before becoming good enough to win it all. More»
Brett Koremenos

How George Karl Changes The Kings

George Karl's preferred way of playing suits the majority of the Sacramento Kings roster with one exception: DeMarcus Cousins, the franchise's mercurial but uber-talented centerpiece. How the two work together could decide the franchise's future. More»
AJ Cassavell

Quiet MLB Teams Could Be Better Off

A lot of energy was spent discussing teams like the Cubs and Red Sox this offseason, because they were active during the Hot Stove. What about the teams that were quiet instead? We break down the six clubs that chose not to make a big splash. More»
Cy Brown

MLB's Facial Hair Power Rankings

Monday was Major League Baseball Photo Day, so we got to see which ballplayers have spent the offseason growing out their beards and mustaches. Here are the five players with the best facial hair in baseball. More»
Will Leitch

Baseball's 100 Win-Loss Candidates

Last year was the first season since 2007 that no team either lost or won 100 games. With Opening Day now just more than a month away, we ask: Will any team reach either milestone this year? Let's look at the five most likely to do so from each end of the spectrum. More»
Tim Healey

Rousey, and other really quick fights

In the Ronda Rousey-Cat Zingano bout that headlined UFC 184 on Saturday, Rousey successfully defended her bantamweight title by getting Zingano to submit 14 seconds into the fight. Yeah, 14 seconds. Here are some other super quick fights. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Baseball's New Landscape for GMs

The Grapefruit and Cactus League schedules begin this week, the latest and greatest milepost on the road back to real baseball, and our first look at teams that got better, more interesting, or, at the very least, more expensive, during the offseason. More»
Matt Brown

Spring Football Stories to Watch

While the 2015 college football season is a long way away, the next two months bring us a brief preview of what's to come. It's March, which means spring practices are beginning, giving us our first tastes of new coaches, new quarterbacks and more. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Player Windows Closing

Could Tony Romo still be a Pro-Bowler at age 39? Jerry Jones thinks so, but it's very unlikely. Which other NFL stars could see their career window start to close sooner than they might like? We take a peek at four players whose time may have passed. More»
Tim Healey

Re-examining Minnie Minoso's HOF case

Minnie Minoso, considered the first Latin American baseball star and one of the best players from the 1950s, passed away Sunday without realizing his life's last dream: being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Does he belong? More»
Steven Lebron

Mason's Underrated Knicks Legacy

On Saturday, Anthony Mason, who will be remembered as an integral part of the Knicks in the '90s, passed away at the age of 48 from a heart failure. Mason's imposing figure played a huge part of shaping the identity of that Knicks team. More»