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David Ubben

Most Dramatic NFL Draft Day Falls

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Laremy Tunsil's tumble down the draft board became the story of Thursday night's draft, fueled by an unprecedented red flag. Thought of as a likely top-six pick, Tunsil fell to 13th, adding him to the list of historic falls down the board on draft day. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Tunsil-itis Escalates Quickly at Draft

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Less than 30 minutes before the start of the NFL draft on Thursday night, a video was posted from Laremy Tunsil's Twitter account showing him smoking out of a gas mask-style bong. A top prospect, he tumbled in the draft to the Dolphins at No. 13. More»
NFL Draft

Goff The Board: Rams Take Cal QB at No. 1

The Los Angeles Rams have selected California quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Goff becomes the second straight QB to go No. 1 overall and the 22nd in the modern era of the draft since 1967. More»
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Eagle Has Landed: Wentz Goes No. 2

The Eagles gave away a lot of picks to move all the way up to No. 2 in the NFL draft, and as expected they used it on a quarterback: North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, who's surprising rise will take him to Philadelphia as the future of the franchise. More»
Selection Time

Follow the NFL Draft Live

We're on the clock! Tonight and through the weekend, be sure to keep track of all the picks, trades, news and Mel Kiper's hair status (OK, maybe not the last one because it never changes) as the action happens. More»
News

NCAA Reverses Satellite Camp Ban

Three weeks after the NCAA Division I Council voted to ban college football satellite camps, the Division I Board of Directors rescinded the ban, which means coaches will be allowed to work as guests at clinics away from their campuses again. More»
Andrew Garda

NFL draft preview: Day 1 storylines

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Finally, Draft Day is here. Not a sequel to the Kevin Costner movie (thank goodness), but the actual 2016 NFL draft. There are a few storylines worth monitoring on Day 1, and we're here to walk you through them. More»
Erik Malinowski

Even Without Steph, Dubs Are Golden

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Golden State gave Houston a 114-81 drubbing in Game 5 that finished off the series. And Klay Thompson brought Oracle Arena to a neck-tingling frenzy perhaps not felt since last June's NBA Finals. More»
Kenneth Arthur

History not kind to QBs Taken Second

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The Eagles traded up -- at a rather high cost -- for the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft. But what will that amount to? History shows that the second QB taken a given year usually doesn't pan out, and neither do top-five QBs who don't go first overall. More»
Robert Weintraub

The NFL draft's very own Yeti

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Carson Wentz is the mystery creature of the NFL draft. Just a couple of months ago, few outside of the scouting world and North Dakota had ever even heard of Wentz. Now, he could be the second overall pick. Amazing. More»
David Ubben

In Goff they trust? Jared's Tale

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Sometimes, life plays out exactly according to plan. For Jared Goff, that plan was to play football, go to Cal and become an NFL quarterback. He'll take the next step -- the most difficult one -- in that journey Thursday night in the NFL draft. More»
Ross Benes

Recruiting Ratings vs. the NFL Draft

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How strong is the link between recruiting evaluations of players heading into college football and their future value at the NFL level? After running the numbers and doing the math, the results again confirm that recruiting rankings matter. More»
Matt Brown

The Unlikeliest Draft Superstar

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For years, Carson Wentz waited in obscurity, not starting at quarterback until his fourth year of high school or fourth year of college. Now, though, the lightly recruited North Dakota State star is poised to steal the spotlight at the NFL draft. More»
Ross Tucker

Don't Believe In Wentz? That's FCS B.S.

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North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, a five (FIVE!) time national champion for the Bison in Division I FCS (it was 1-AA in my day) has seemingly everything that you could look for in an elite prospect at the most important position in football. More»
Doug Farrar

Scout's Honor: Put Names to Grades

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As public interest in the NFL draft has skyrocketed over the last decade, the rise of the anonymous scout as a major media star is one of the more bothersome aspects of this new popularity. But there is a simple solution. More»
Matt Brown

The Best Player in the 2016 NFL Draft

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Much of the talk leading into the 2016 NFL draft has centered on the quarterback debate, especially after the Rams moved up to No. 1. But while Jared Goff or Carson Wentz will likely be picked first, Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey is the draft's best playmaker. More»
Will Leitch

The NFL Draft Is Pure Hollywood

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Two years ago, the NFL and Hollywood teamed up to shove "Draft Day," a fictional depiction of the NFL draft, down our throats, and everything about it was very phony and NFL-y. Keep it in mind when you watch this year's draft. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Don't fret over these MLB slow starts

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In baseball and in life, how you evolve and the ultimate level you reach is far more important than how you start. That's key for these eight players who are off to poor starts but, based on underlying statistics, aren't worthy of panic at this point. More»
Recap

Isles shock Lightning in Game 1

Shane Prince scored twice during a three-goal first period and John Tavares had a goal and an assist in the New York Islanders' 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series. More»
Michael Tunison

Bad Apple? Scout Blast's Eli's Cooking

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Anonymous NFL scouts have struck again. This time, it's former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple who is being maligned ... for his lack of cooking skills, no less. More»
Mike Lupica

A Lesson In QB Drafter Shocks

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The people running the Rams and Eagles are expected to take quarterbacks with the first and second picks of the NFL draft. But, as former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi knows, just because you're sure, doesn't mean you're going to be right. More»
Michael Tunison

Laremy Tunsil Sued By Stepfather

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Former Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil is being sued by his stepfather, who alleged that Tunsil attacked him and defamed his character. Tunsil is expected to be one of the top picks in the first round of the NFL draft. More»
Michael Tunison

McGregor Off UFC 200 Card

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Despite what Conor McGregor claimed on Twitter, the main event of UFC 200 will not feature the fightin' Irishman after all, as UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday it will instead be Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier. More»
Will Leitch

MLB's Best Active Franchise Players

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Have you ever wondered where some of MLB's active players rank among the legends in their franchise? WAR allows us to pinpoint exactly where players sit among the best of the best all-time. Let's take a closer look at which are the best. More»
Kyle Kensing

You Don't Know Jack? Better Start

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UCLA's Myles Jack, coming back from a right knee injury, doesn't see himself as a risk for NFL teams wondering about how high he should go in the draft this weekend. The linebacker (and sometimes running back) could be a big prize. More»
Terence Moore

Even In Loss, Stevens Trusts Process

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No matter what the Celtics do the rest of the way with their 3-2 deficit against the Hawks in their best-of-seven first-round series, coach Brad Stevens has already won. That's because he continues to believe in what Boston is building. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Top 10 draft classes of past decade

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It's nearly impossible to immediately grade draft classes, but with some distance (and metrics), we can take a look at which groups of selections panned out. Who nailed their picks? At least one franchise on this list will surprise you. More»
Matt Brown

Born to Run: Elliott Is A Sure Bet

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NFL teams are increasingly wary of drafting running backs early, but they shouldn't worry about spending a top-10 pick on Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott on Thursday. With a complete skill set, Elliott is ready to be an instant-impact star in the backfield. More»
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Tunsil Town: Tackle Ready For Whatever Draft Brings

Former Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil isn't going to sugarcoat it: He thought he was going to end up in Nashville, just a short drive from his college home. But last week, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound prospect received a crash course in the business of the NFL. More»
Alex Wong

Raptor-ous Comeback

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The Raptors season was on the verge of slipping away in Game 5 against the Pacers in Toronto. Fifty-six wins, a third consecutive division title, all of it about to be promptly washed by another early playoff exit. Then the fourth quarter happened. More»
Alex Wong

Blake Outlook: Clips Likely Done

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Just a day after it appeared the Clippers had a realistic path to the Western Conference Finals, the team lost Chris Paul indefinitely to a broken hand and found out late Monday afternoon Blake Griffin would be out for the season with a quad injury. More»
Cy Brown

Joe Hart halts Real Madrid

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A few late saves from Manchester City keeper Joe Hart preserved a 0-0 draw against a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal, giving the Sky Blues an advantage in the second leg. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Blackhawks Face Uncertain Future

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After being eliminated from postseason play by the St. Louis Blues on Monday, the Blackhawks will look to re-tool a roster still ripe with talent. But salary-cap constraints raise many questions. More»
Will Leitch

MLB's April WAR-Star Teams

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The MLB All-Star ballot came out Sunday, which is of course too early to make any informed decisions. But why not take this all at face value and fill out your ballot based solely on the three-plus weeks of the season so far? That's what we did here. More»
Sean Highkin

NBA playoffs: The most painful game

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Less than 12 hours after the Warriors announced Stephen Curry will be out at least two weeks with a right knee sprain, the Clippers lost Chris Paul to a right hand fracture that is all but certain to keep him out the rest of the first round, and probably longer. More»
Injury Report

Bad Break For Clips As CP3 Fractures Hand

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter and left Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Said Doc Rivers after the game, "It doesn't look great for him." More»
RECAP

Thunder Strike: OKC Advances

Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and the Thunder beat the Mavericks 118-104 on Monday night to win the first-round playoff series 4-1 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals. More»
Andrew Simon

Buxton Will Have His Day Again

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Byron Buxton was MLB Pipeline's No. 1 prospect in baseball ahead of both the 2014 and '15 seasons, but injuries have delayed his development, and he simply has not performed well. That said, it's rare for youngsters to be great off the bat. More»
Ross Tucker

Forget Mocks: This Is a 'shock' draft

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Everybody and their brother seemingly has a mock draft in which they guess what each team will do with their pick in Thursday night's first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Not me. I prefer to tell you who I think each team SHOULD take. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Ahead of the Game: Pre-Draft Grades

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Every year after the NFL draft, purported experts assign grades based on how each team did. Those oftentimes ends up looking like a foolish task. But if you're going to do something foolish, why wait? Here are 2016 NFL draft grades, days before it happens. More»
Manny Randhawa

Rockin' Joc: Pederson Back to Basics

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After a slow finish to his rookie year last year, Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson has altered his approach early this season, emphasizing mechanics and re-adjusting to Major League pitching, leading to a strong start to the 2016 campaign. More»
David Ubben

College Football's Free-Agent Frenzy

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Graduate transfers have become college football's own version of free agency, especially for quarterbacks looking for a new home for their final season. As Vernon Adams and Davis Webb know, the decision isn't easy for anyone. More»
Matt Brown

NFL Draft All-Underrated Team 2016

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A lot of NFL draft emphasis is placed on measurables, and understandably so. But when looking for the biggest and fastest prospects, sometimes ultra-productive college players unfairly fall during the draft. Be happy if your team ends up with these prospects. More»
RECAP

Blues Rule! St. Louis Knocks Off Champs

Troy Brouwer tapped in his own rebound to snap a third-period tie and the St. Louis Blues advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, in Game 7. More»
RECAP

Cardiac Kemba: Walker, Hornets Even Series

Kemba Walker scored a playoff career-high 34 points, Jeremy Lin added 21 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Miami Heat in a tight one, 89-85, on Monday night to even their first-round series at 2-2. More»
Alex Wong

Curry to miss at least two weeks

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The Stephen Curry injury news Monday wasn't good, but it wasn't terrible either. The Warriors superstar suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain and will be evaluated again in two weeks, leaving Golden State's playoff fate up in the air. More»
Mike Lupica

Air Heads: Brady Case Is Nonsense

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Roger Goodell and the NFL get a win now against Tom Brady, with an appeals court reinstating the quarterback's four-game Deflategate suspension. But the truth about this case -- over air, remember -- has not changed since the start of it: Nobody wins. More»
Michael Tunison

Bradford Wants Out of Philly

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After an initial report indicated that Sam Bradford would be fine staying in Philadelphia after the team traded up in the draft, the quarterback now reportedly wants to play elsewhere. More»
Mike Lupica

Islanders Paradise: Brooklyn's Back

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The Islanders don't have to feel so far away from New York sports glory now. They are very much in town, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, where the Rangers don't have another game until the fall. And the Isles play on. More»
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Deflating: Appeals Court Reinstates Brady Ban

A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots Tom Brady must serve a four-game "Deflategate" suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union. More»
Michael Tunison

Appeals Court Reinstates Brady Ban

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Deflategate is back now that Tom Brady's four-game suspension has been reinstated by an appeals court. Because what else did you expect? More»
Will Leitch

Curry's injury changes everything

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On Monday afternoon, it was announced that Stephen Curry has a Grade 1 knee sprain suffered Sunday. He could miss up to two weeks, which is better than it could have been. But the uncertainty adds a level of intrigue to the playoffs. More»
Michael Tunison

Manziel Indicted On Assault Charge

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A Dallas grand jury has indicted Johnny Manziel on a charge of misdemeanor assault stemming from an incident in late January in which the former Browns quarterback was accused of hitting girlfriend Colleen Crowley. More»
Joe DeLessio

Isles End 23-Year Drought In Style

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For several years now, the Islanders have been considered a team on the rise, even if such optimism didn't translate into postseason success. That's why Sunday's victory -- clinching the Isles' first playoff series victory in 23 years -- was so huge. More»
Alex Wong

What Grizzlies Will Do In Hibernation

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As Memphis heads into the offseason, the main question for the club will center around its identity and style of play on the floor. But without a roster that can change on the fly, becoming a legit contender next year won't be easy. More»
Recap

Celtics' Little Man Comes Up Big

One game after scoring a career-high 42 points, Isaiah Thomas scored 28, including the last five of overtime to lead Boston to a 104-95 victory in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series against Atlanta, evening the first-round series at two games apiece. More»
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One Down, Plenty to Go For Cavs

Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 31 points in the second half, and the Cleveland Cavaliers finished off a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons, holding on for a 100-98 victory on Sunday night. The Cavs will face the winner of the Celtics-Hawks series. More»
Matt Brown

Rams Should Pick Goff Over Wentz

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With the Rams and Eagles trading up to the top of the 2016 NFL draft, there's a good chance that quarterbacks will go with the first two picks: Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Both have upside, but Goff is the Rams' best bet at No. 1 overall. More»
Jason Hirschhorn

NFL Draft: Best and Worst Scenarios

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With the 2016 NFL draft set to begin on Thursday, all 32 teams are hoping for a good roll of the dice. Drafting depends on a lot of luck, including hoping that the best-case scenario falls to a team's spot in the order. Here are the most and least desirable scenarios. More»
Kyle Kensing

Rosen On The Rise in New UCLA System

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Five-star recruit Josh Rosen showed big-time potential as a true freshman starter for UCLA last season, but with offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone gone, he has a new system to learn, one that requires flexibility but should allow him to thrive. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Second City's Big First Impressions

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The White Sox have won five of six, going into a seven-game road trip to Toronto (beginning Monday) and Baltimore. It has been enough to vault them to the top of the American League Central and the top of the AL, at large. Can they keep it up? More»
Erik Malinowski

Dubs Win, But Curry's Status In Doubt

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After Steph Curry went down in Game 4 against the Rockets with a right knee sprain, the rest of the Warriors stepped up to get the victory. But there are still concerns about Curry's status for Game 5 at Oracle Arena. More»
Recap

Shooting Stars Eliminate Wild

Jason Spezza scored his fourth goal of the series and added three assists, and goalie Kari Lehtonen and the Dallas Stars needed every last one of them to hold off the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Sunday to wrap up the first-round series in six games. More»
Recap

Life Is Sweep For Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs have swept their way into the Western Conference semifinals after a perfunctory, yet physical test from the most injury-depleted team ever in the NBA playoffs. "It wasn't a fair fight," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. More»
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Capping It Off: Washington Closes Out Philly

Nicklas Backstrom scored, Braden Holtby had 26 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 1-0, on Sunday in Game 6 to win the series 4-2 and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. More»
Cy Brown

Leicester closes in on EPL title

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A week after Tottenham closed the gap between itself and Leicester City in the race for the English Premier League title, the Foxes have extended their lead to eight points once again with a dominating 4-0 win against Swansea City. More»
Sean Highkin

Blazers Won't Roll Over to Clips

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The Blazers won their first game at home on Saturday, a 96-88 victory over the Clippers that cut their series deficit to 2-1. It helped that the offense finally showed up, and if Portland can continue the effort, L.A. will have its hands full. More»
Michael Tunison

Minnesota Wild Pay Tribute To Prince

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The Minnesota Wild set up a pregame tribute to Prince on Saturday, as they prepare for Game 6 of their first-round playoff series against the Stars on Sunday. Other Minnesota sports teams also showed some love for The Purple One. More»
Recap

Hail Blazers: Portland Gets Into Groove

Damian Lillard scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers found their offense at home, beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 96-88, on Saturday night to pull within 2-1 in the Western Conference first-round series. More»
Meg Rowley

Let's Go Crazy: An Ode to Baseball Joy

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Our experience of baseball feels a little odd and prickly right now, set amidst so much uncertainty and such small samples in the month of April. But then a burst of joy cuts through the noise and unites us. And we're reminded why we're fans. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Blackhawks Magic Returns in Game 6

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As the first period came to a close in Chicago, the St. Louis Blues held a 3-1 lead and were primed to take down the defending Stanley Cup champs on the Blackhawks' home ice. Didn't quite work out that way. More»
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Buzz Worthy: Hornets Beat Heat

Jeremy Lin scored 18 points, Kemba Walker had 17 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Miami Heat, 96-80, on Saturday night to snap a 12-game playoff losing streak and earn their first postseason victory in 14 years. More»
Recap

Pens Write Off Rangers

Pittsburgh ended its postseason hex against the New York Rangers emphatically Saturday, lighting up Henrik Lundqvist in a remarkably easy 6-3 rout in Game 5 to win the series 4-1 and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. More»
RECAP

Keeping Pace: Indiana Evens Series

George Hill and Ian Mahinmi each scored 22 points, Paul George added 19 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 100-83 on Sunday to tie the first-round playoff series at 2-2. More»
Cy Brown

Martial fires Man Utd to FA Cup Final

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It's been a lackluster season for Manchester United, and the only way to salvage some dignity might be with an FA Cup victory. The Red Devils got a step closer to that as Anthony Martial fired them past Everton and into the final with a last-second goal. More»
Alexander Goot

Fine and Dandy: Stewart's Comeback

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On the same day that Tony Stewart announced he would return this weekend at Richmond from the back injury that has sidelined him this season, NASCAR announced that it would be docking $35,000 from Smoke. Seems about right. More»
Cy Brown

Newcastle storms back vs. Liverpool

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Liverpool had won three English Premier League matches on trot coming into Saturday's contest against Newcastle, and it looked like it was going to make four after breaking out to a 2-0 first half lead. But the Magpies fought back. More»
Joe DeLessio

Sharks Jump Over Kings, Finally

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After facing the Kings in a remarkable 19 straight playoff games, the Sharks finally had a chance to get over the hump, pulling out a 6-3 win in a wild Game 5 Friday in L.A. to win the series. Could this be a Stanley Cup-contending team? More»
Alex Wong

Cavs' Versatility Key To Success

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Cleveland is banking on a healthy roster and an adaptable head coach to close the gap between last year's team that came within two wins of a championship and what they hope will be a team hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy in June. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

The Curious Case Of Conor McGregor

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This past week, Conor McGregor engaged in one of the biggest fights of his career: Dana White and the UFC. Two parties, both with a ton of money at stake, arguing over what a fighter is truly responsible for once signing a bout agreement. More»
News

Colabello suspended 80 games for positive PED test

Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello was suspended Friday for 80 games without pay after testing positive for the same anabolic steroid that caused Philadelphia pitcher Daniel Stumpf to be disciplined last week. More»
Mike Lupica

On Sports' Elite Mantle, Harper's Huge

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Ask yourself a question: When was the last time the biggest sports star we had in this country was the biggest star -- and the best player -- in baseball? It hasn't happened in a long time. But Bryce Harper has a chance. More»
Cy Brown

Sir Charles vs. the Rockets

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The Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors, 97-96, Thursday night in Game 3 of their NBA playoffs first-round bout, giving Houston one more win than many pundits and fans thought it would get heading into the series. So why is the Houston front office so mad? More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Odds update: KC gets no love

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I always rely on Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds Report, the closest picture we have to how a team's season is truly going -- and where it's likely to finish. On the 22nd every month, I'll look at the teams who should be happier (or more concerned), according to BP. More»
Erik Malinowski

When Dubs Cry? Rockets Ignite

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With Steph Curry still sidelined with an ankle injury and the Rockets firing on all engines, Houston beat Golden State at home on Thursday night. But it was a sign 'o' the times that the Warriors could still play so well without Curry. More»
Barry M. Bloom

The King falls off throne vs. Pens

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The chances of the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup this postseason are pretty remote after they resoundingly lost Game 4 of their first-round series, 5-0, to the Penguins on Thursday. They trail three games to one in the series. More»
Matt Brown

Spartan Effort: New Look For MSU

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Given the core players that it loses, Michigan State will have a hard time avoiding a step back in 2016. But the mere fact that an eight- or nine-win season would be considered a disappointment illustrates just how successful the Mark Dantonio era has been. More»
Andrea Hangst

Ravens quietly rebuild on the fly

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The Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII win in February 2013 was more than just the franchise's second championship. It was also an opportunity to hide behind that rare and prized Lombardi Trophy while starting a roster cleanup. More»
Tim Healey

When Prince Was a Baller

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Before Prince was one of the most famous musicians of all-time, he was Duane Nelson's brother and one of the smallest kids around at Bryant Junior High in Minneapolis. That's where the legend of Prince the baller took root. More»
Karim Zidan

'Bones' Looks For Redemption

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Jon "Bones' Jones' last year-plus has been unfortunate: a positive cocaine test, a loss of his light heavyweight title, a hit-and-run accident. Saturday night, however, he'll take a big step forward by returning to the UFC and fighting Ovince Saint Preux. More»
Will Leitch

MLB stadium competition: The finals!

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Four weeks ago, we put together a 30-stadium bracket to determine the best Major League Baseball stadium. Now, we're down to our final two: PNC Parks and Kauffman Stadium. More»
Alex Wong

Carroll roars in Raptors win

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They've talked about it plenty over the past week, but in Game 3 of their first-round series against Indiana, the Raptors finally got the type of complete performance they've been looking for. It resulted in a 101-85 win and 2-1 series lead. More»
Doug Farrar

NFL draft's Day 3 difference-makers

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NFL teams hope to get 16 or more starts out of their rookies if they're selected in the first round, but here are 10 players who could come up from the third day, based on current media projections, and surprise their NFL teams with great value for the draft dollar. More»
Recap

Thunder-ous Statement: OKC Rock Mavs In Dallas

Kevin Durant bounced back from the worst shooting game of his playoff career with 34 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder retook control of their first-round series with a 131-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 on Thursday night. More»
Recap

Everything's Jake! Another No-No For Arrieta

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs pitched his second no-hitter in a span of 11 regular-season starts, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout Thursday night. The reigning NL Cy Young winner threw the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season. More»
Julian McWilliams

Paying Royal Tribute to Prince

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Legendary musician and icon Prince was found dead Thursday morning in his Minneapolis home at the age of 57. As the world mourned the passing of a music legend, the sports community offered its sympathies. More»
Joe Sparacio

The Greatest Prince Sports Moments

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Prince is was one of a kind -- a transcendent figure that cut across cultures and genres. And maybe some don't know this, but he also had an impact in the world of sports. Let's take a look back at some of his best moments as both a fan and even a player himself. More»
Cy Brown

5 destinations for Josh Norman

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Josh Norman is a free agent after the Panthers rescinded his franchise offer, and teams across the NFL are clamoring to sign him. Here are five possible landing spots for one of the best corners in the game. More»
Cy Brown

Johnson isn't in LeBron's head

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LeBron James shot 6-for-6 on Wednesday when being guarded by Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson, on his way to 27 points in a Cavs win. But that hasn't stopped Johnson from thinking he did a really good job guarding James. More»
Cy Brown

McGregor: "I'M NOT RETIRED"

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Connor McGregor scored one of fastest knockouts in UFC history against Jose Aldo last December, and now you can chalk up his recent retirement as one of the fastest in sports history. It was also amazing. More»
Will Leitch

Yearning For a Silly, Normal Mascot

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As the debate over the Chief seems to continue to rage on at the University of Illinois, it's time to take our eyes off the mascots -- yes, even the weird new squirrel -- and instead start focusing more on the game. More»
Recap

D. Wade Is Heating Up

Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, Hassan Whiteside was a franchise-playoff-record 8-for-8 from the field and finished with 17 points, and the Heat beat the Hornets, 115-103, on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series. More»
Will Leitch

'On Pace' Stats: Exhausting, But Fun

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The MLB season is roughly two weeks old now, and while we've learned a little bit, we are still in the Statistical Noise portion of the season. But that doesn't mean it's not fun to play the On Pace game. After all … who knows? More»
Matt Brown

NFL Draft's Biggest Talent Producers

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While the NFL draft is a three-day event focused on players' futures as pros, it serves many purposes. It's also an extended recruiting infomercial for the college teams that produced the top players, and that starts with Ohio State in 2016. More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 offseason additions paying off

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It's common knowledge that early returns are just that -- early. We'll see what the future holds, but for now here are 10 offseason additions that have (so far) worked out even better than initially anticipated. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Then and now: Is Philly better off?

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As much criticism as Chip Kelly's moves from last offseason drew, the Eagles' last few weeks have looked even stranger, including trading up to the No. 2 overall draft pick on Wednesday. Let's compare this year's moves with the ones from a year ago. More»
Alex Wong

DeRozan going cold for Toronto

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The playoffs have a way of exposing what a player can and can't do, and Paul George and the Pacers have established a blueprint that has highlighted DeMar DeRozan's limitations as an offensive player. The Raptors can win the series anyway. More»
Recap

King and the Cavs Hold Court

The top-seeded Cavaliers put away the up-and-coming Pistons, 107-90, to take a 2-0 lead in the teams' first-round series Wednesday night. Cleveland all but ended it by outscoring Detroit 27-15 in the third quarter. More»
Sean Highkin

Thibs thoughts: Great move, with risk

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Some matches just make perfect sense. Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves -- with its Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins-led core -- were one of those matches. The team hired Thibodeau as coach and president on Wednesday. More»
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NHL suspends Shaw 1 game for anti-gay slur

The NHL suspended Blawkhawks forward Andrew Shaw for one game Wednesday for yelling an anti-gay slur from the penalty box and fined him $5,000 for an inappropriate gesture during Chicago's Game 4 loss Tuesday night. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Browns offer Some hope with trade

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For much of the offseason, NFL analysts and pundits assumed the Cleveland Browns would select a signal-caller with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Instead, the team's new regime made other plans, an early sign of how it intends on running things. More»
Michael Tunison

Is McGregor In a Feud With the UFC?

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UFC president Dana White is leaving the door open for the just-retired Conor McGregor to return and compete in UFC 200. Pretty please. More»
Mike Tunison

Big Deal: Eagles-Browns' Pick Swap

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The Eagles traded with the Browns to move up to the second pick in the NFL Draft. But the most surprising part of the deal -- in which the Browns acquired five picks, including two first and two second rounders -- might be Cleveland's savvy. More»
Michael Tunison

Nick Mangold: Raucous Rangers Fan

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New York Jets center Nick Mangold got a little too rowdy rooting on the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, enough so that security had to calm him. More»
Mike Lupica

Mets Suddenly Look Terry Good

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Not only did the Mets start hitting when they got to Cleveland last Friday night, they were about to hit more home runs in a five-game stretch than any Mets team ever had. It's just another reminder why the longest season in sports always surprises. More»
Will Leitch

LGBT & Sports: When Will It Change?

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In any other profession, it's the norm to have openly gay coworkers and not give that fact a second thought. Why, then, despite more concerted efforts, do none of the four major sports employ a single openly gay athlete? It's more than time to get with the program. More»
RECAP

Spurs Route Memphis, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Patty Mills had 16 points, Kawhi Leonard added 13 and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in beating the Memphis Grizzlies, 94-68, on Tuesday night to sweep the first two games of the first-round series in imposing fashion. More»
David Ubben

Spring Gives Hope to the Longhorns

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The Texas offense has been aimless ever since Colt McCoy left, and especially in the last two years under coach Charlie Strong. But with the arrival of offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and freshman QB Shane Buechele, there is renewed hope in Austin. More»
Barry M. Bloom

Ranger Way: N.Y. blows another one

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In their long history, the Rangers have found many a novel way to lose a playoff game at Madison Square Garden. But on Tuesday, they discovered a new one, losing Game 3 of their first-round series to the Penguins on a coach's challenge. More»
Tim Healey

National Treasure: Harper & history

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Bryce Harper hit another grand slam Tuesday night, and his already-gaudy numbers remain so two weeks into the season. Could he be on his way to one of the best age-23-or-younger seasons ever? Here's a look at some of the best. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

St. Louis gives Chicago the Blues

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The Blackhawks are, to say the least, in unfamiliar territory. The defending Stanley Cup champions trail the Blues, 3-1, in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series, with action shifting back to St. Louis for Game 5 on Thursday. More»
Recap

Hawks Cruise To Commanding 2-0 Lead

Shaking off a dismal performance in the series opener, Kyle Korver swished four first-quarter 3-pointers, leaving little doubt regarding the Hawks-Celtics winner. Atlanta cruised to an 89-72 victory and 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series. More»
Terence Moore

After Major Exits, Who's Got Next?

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Whether sports is going from Gordie Howe to Wayne Gretzky or from Bill Walsh to Bill Belichick, there is always The Next One. Now that we're seeing a bunch of legends across sports, let's have a look to see who will fill their shoes. More»
Lindsay Berra

Capitalizing on the Power Play

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The Capitals lead their series with the Flyers, 3-0, thanks in large part to a wildly effective power play. Through three games, they are 8-for-17, a whopping 47 percent success rate. Somewhere, Adam Oates is smiling. More»
Karim Zidan

Women, Fights and Dinosaurs for GSP

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Following a three-year hiatus from the Octagon, Georges St-Pierre is in negotiations with the UFC for a potential comeback. He's also got some interesting topics on his mind. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Did Conor McGregor just retire?

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The UFC's current featherweight champion, who lost a chance to hold two divisional belts when he lost to lightweight Nate Diaz at UFC 196, claimed on Twitter he's hanging up his gloves. More»
Cy Brown

Weep Over These Crying MJ kicks

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Two guys created a pair of sneakers all your cool internet friends will be salivating over. The concept is a simple one: What if you took a pair of Air Jordans VIIIs, and replaced the Jumpman with the Cryman? More»
Ross Tucker

Comp Picks in the NFL Need to Go

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I've racked my brain recently trying to figure out one good reason why the NFL should have compensatory picks and I've come up empty. A big, fat, zero. More»
Cy Brown

Serena Rocks A He-Man Costume

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Serena Williams hosted a costume party called the "Williams Invitational" and it was full of celebrities in the best costumes you'll see this side of Halloween. Williams herself came dressed as He-Man. More»
Cy Brown

Giancarlo Stanton hit a moon shot

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Giancarlo Stanton has been in a bit of a slump lately, but it looks like he may be on the verge of hitting his way out of it. Monday against the Nationals, he blasted a homer into center field, helping the Marlins win 6-1. More»
Erik Malinowski

No Curry, No Problem For Dubs

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While the Warriors surely missed Steph Curry's scoring and playmaking in Game 2 of their first-round series with the Rockets, they made sure to take full advantage of a porous Houston defense for a 115-106 win at Oracle Arena. More»
Will Leitch

When Fan Giveaways Go Wrong

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When a crowd is happy, it can lift you to collective heights you're incapable of reaching on your own. But when things go wrong, crowds can turn ugly in a hurry. As Monday's Flyers-Capitals game showed, that's especially true when they have something to throw. More»
Recap

Road sweet home? LA wins in San Jose

It took a few extra minutes, but the road team a third consecutive game in the Sharks-Kings first-round series. This time, Los Angeles won in overtime in San Jose on a goal from Tanner Pearson. The Sharks lead the series, 2-1. More»
Andrew Simon

Big Papi, big bat: Ortiz hot in finale

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The Boston starting lineup for Monday morning's annual Patriots' Day game at Fenway Park did not include David Ortiz. The designated hitter was sitting out against Toronto, but not because he is slumping early in 2016. More»
Matt Brown

Fighting Irish Ready to Reload

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Quarterback may be the biggest question at Notre Dame this offseason, but it may not be the most important question. Regardless of who wins the battle between DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire, the Fighting Irish's 2016 fate depends on reloading the supporting cast. More»
Alex Wong

Jonas huge for Raptors in Game 2

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With all the attention focused on Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan's combined 8-for-32 shooting in Game 1 and the pressure of seven consecutive playoff losses, the Raptors needed to win Game 2 at home on Monday. They got it. More»
Recap

Felton, Mavs edge Thunder to tie series

A putback at the buzzer by Oklahoma City's Steven Adams that would have won the game was disallowed upon review, and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Thunder 85-84 on Monday night to even their Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece. More»
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No Steph For Game 2?

The Warriors may have been right in preparing to play without Stephen Curry in Game 2. Although Curry had insisted it would be hard to keep him off the court Monday night, the star guard could be sitting on the bench at tipoff. More»
Michael Tunison

Rex Ryan To Introduce Trump At Rally

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Bills coach Rex Ryan is going to introduce presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Buffalo on Monday night. Because of course he is. More»
Michael Tunison

Van Gundy: Refs Go Easy On LeBron

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Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy asserted that the referees let LeBron James do whatever he wants, following Detroit's Game 1 loss to Cleveland. More»
Michael Tunison

Earl Thomas' Royal Wedding

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Seahawks safety Earl Thomas wore a crown at his wedding ceremony over the weekend. Good to know he thinks highly of himself. More»
Michael Tunison

Flushing Out Titans-Rams Toilet Trade

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Rams GM Les Snead admitted that the Rams and the Titans discussed the trade for the No. 1 pick during feigned bathroom breaks at the combine. More»
Recap

Clippers Sail Over Blazers

Chris Paul had 28 points and 11 assists, while Blake Griffin had 19 points and 12 rebounds, leading Los Angeles to a 115-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in the opener of their first-round playoff series Sunday night. More»
Joe DeLessio

The NHL's New Playoff Wrinkle

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n the NHL's first postseason since allowing coach's challenges, several games have already been impacted by the result of a disputed goal. How will things play out as the Stanley Cup playoffs get more intense? More»
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Isles Mount Comeback, Win In OT

Thomas Hickey scored 12:31 into overtime to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday in Game 3 of their first-round series, giving New York a win in its first playoff game in Brooklyn. More»
Matt Brown

Swing State: Pivotal Year For PSU

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Penn State debuted a new offense in its spring scrimmage on Saturday, a big step in a pivotal year for the program under coach James Franklin. The development of that new look in 2016 will go a long way toward determining what the future holds in Happy Valley. More»
Anthony Castrovince

National Fret? Not So Far in '16

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Even after a loss to the Phillies on Sunday, the Nationals, at 9-2, are baseball's best team. It's always difficult to know what to believe from Washington, especially in an election year, but here are some things going well for Dusty Baker and the boys. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Karma Police: Blues Take Game 3

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With the Blues now in enemy territory for Game 3 and the series tied 1-1, the karma that went the Blackhawks way in Game 2 seemed to shift to the side of the Blues on Sunday. More»
RECAP

Heat Swat Away Hornets' Buzz

Deng scored 31 points on 11-for-13 shooting for his best game in a Miami uniform, Hassan Whiteside added 21 points and 11 rebounds in his postseason debut, and the Heat routed the Charlotte Hornets 123-91 on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round series. More»
RECAP

Simply Love-ly: LeBron's Sidekicks Step Up

Kyrie Irving scored 31 points in his first playoff game since being injured in last year's NBA Finals and Kevin Love added 28, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-101 win over the young and confident Detroit Pistons. More»
Michael Tunison

The Caps' New Playoff Anthem?

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A fan made a rap anthem about the Washington Capitals as the playoffs begin. Let's hear it out. If you dare. More»
Cy Brown

Leicester Escapes With Late Equalizer

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Leicester City went through the gamut of emotions Saturday as it attempted to extend its lead on Tottenham in the English Premier League table. But the Hammers proved stiffer competition than Leicester has faced in weeks. More»
Kyle Kensing

Next Man Up? Browne Waits His Turn

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Max Browne, a former five-star recruit, has waited a long time for his chance to be USC's starting quarterback. The wait may last just a bit longer. While Browne remains the favorite in the competition, Sam Darnold is making him earn the job. More»
Michael Tunison

Titans Movie Night Goes Awry

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Fans who showed up for a movie night at Nissan Stadium in Tennessee got a surprise when the sprinkler system abruptly turned on. Bonus feature? More»
Recap

Thunder Jolt: OKC Rolls Over Mavs

Russell Westbrook had 24 points and 11 assists, Kevin Durant added 23 points, and the Thunder overwhelmed the Dallas Mavericks 108-70 on Saturday night, their most dominant postseason performance since moving to Oklahoma City. More»
Recap

Bird Up: Hawks Fight Off Feisty Celtics

The Atlanta Hawks maintained the home-court edge with a hardfought 102-101 victory in Game 1 Saturday night after the gritty Celtics rallied from a 19-point deficit. Boston also may have lost Avery Bradley to a hamstring injury. More»
Ken Schultz

Cubs Wins Overpower the #Narrative

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At this point, all of us are aware of the ironclad rule of Cubs history: Nothing that happens today is so bad that it can't be compared to something worse from the past. But there is an antidote for that. More»
Erik Malinowski

Dubs Blast Rockets, Curry hobbled

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Against a Rockets team that seemed outmatched from the opening tip, the Warriors cruised to a 104-78 win in Game 1 of their first-round matchup. Stephen Curry led Golden State with 24 points, but rolled his ankle in the first half. More»
Recap

Rangers Solve Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Keith Yandle and Derick Brassard scored 18 seconds apart in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist looked just fine dealing with an eye injury as the New York Rangers stopped the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Saturday. More»
Alex Wong

George-ous! Pacers Outlast Raptors

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The Raptors insist this isn't like the last two postseasons. This is not the team that self combusted in a four-game sweep last season, or the team that wasn't experienced enough to win a Game 7 at home two years ago. But same old, same old on Saturday. More»
Cy Brown

United They Fall: AVFC Relegated

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Aston Villa's inevitable relegation finally comes at the hands of Marcus Rashford and Manchester United, Sergio Aguero scores a hat trick against Chelsea, and Sunderland notches three in a relegation six-pointer with Norwich. More»
Recap

Preds Hunt Down Late Goal For The Win

Filip Forsberg got credit for the tiebreaking goal with 9:35 to play, and the Nashville Predators opened their first-round playoff series with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. More»
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Lightning Electric Against Wings

In Friday's 5-2 victory for Tampa Bay, Alex Killorn had two goals and Ben Bishop had 30 saves for the Lightning, which took the first two games of the best-of-seven series against Detroit at home, despite playing without injured Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman. More»
RECAP

Shaw Enough, Blackhawks Even Series

Andrew Shaw scored on a power play with 4:19 remaining, minutes after Joel Quenneville prevailed on a call that resulted in an offside call that negated a goal, and the Blackhawks pulled even with the St. Louis Blues in their first-round series with a 3-2 victory Friday night. More»
Alex Wong

Raptors Fighting Own History

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There will be no diversions as to what the central storyline for these Raptors will be when they open the playoffs Saturday against the Pacers: what would be a third-straight first-round exit. To show progress as a franchise, they need to make a run. More»
RECAP

Panthers Claw Back Against Islanders

Roberto Luongo made 41 saves for his first playoff win in five years, and the Panthers evened their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series by beating the New York Islanders 3-1 on Friday night. More»
Manny Randhawa

A Long Road Back For Lincecum

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Certain moments symbolize just how conspicuous the absence of Tim Lincecum has been in and around the Giants clubhouse this April. Since the free agent right-hander's ninth Major League season was cut short by left hip surgery, his status has been a mystery. More»
Michael Pina

Eight Sneaky-Good Players to Watch

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Yes, we LeBron and Steph Curry and Kawhi Leonard are going to have a big impact. But here's a look at eight under-the-radar types who enter this year's NBA postseason with low expectations and high upside. More»
Will Leitch

Hoping For the Dream Sports Sunday

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The local sports' fan dream is a full day in which the entire sports world focusing intently on you, with your city hosting an NFL game and a World Series game on the same Sunday in late October. These are the cities that have a chance in 2016. More»
Alex Wong

NBA playoffs: Previewing the East

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It took until the final night of the regular season for the No. 3-6 seeds to be sorted out in the Eastern Conference, but the playoff matchups are finally all set. The Cavaliers are the favorite, but after that it's wide open. Here is a look at the first-round matchups. More»
Ross Benes

Was Golden State a little lucky?

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After racking up the most regular-season wins in NBA history, it's clear this year's Golden State Warriors are one of the greatest NBA teams ever. But the gaudy 73 wins overlooks how lucky the Warriors have been to get to this point. More»
Alex Wong

Next steps for non-playoff NBA teams

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The NBA playoffs begin Saturday afternoon. But before we shift our focus to the postseason teams, here's a look at the other 14 organizations and where they stand heading into the offseason, in order of intrigue. More»
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NBA playoffs: Previewing the West

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Everybody wants to see a Warriors-Spurs series in the Western Conference Finals, but there are two rounds and several weeks of basketball to play until we get there. So it goes. Here's an overview of all four West first-round series. More»
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3 ways to improve the NFL schedule

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The release of the 2016 NFL schedule ensures endless debate about which teams got a raw deal and which teams didn't. It doesn't have to be this way, though. Here's how the NFL can fix its schedule, make more money and create a safer game. More»
Will Leitch

Vote: MLB stadium competition, Part 4

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Three weeks ago, we put together a 30-stadium bracket to determine the best Major League Baseball stadium. Now, we have a final quartet. Make your voice heard, and we'll be back with the championship round next week. More»
Matt Brown

Tar Heels Not a One-Hit Wonder

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With a heartbreaking end to the basketball season and NCAA sanctions still looming, North Carolina does at least have something to look forward to, which isn't always the case: a Tar Heels football team capable of proving last year wasn't a fluke. More»
Recap

Caps Ground Flyers In Game 1

Special teams made a special impact for the Washington Capitals in their first playoff game of 2016. With a perfect penalty-killing effort and a power-play goal by John Carlson, the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 Thursday night. More»
Recap

Isles Tame Panthers in Wild One

John Tavares had a goal and two assists, including one that set up Kyle Okposo's go-ahead goal early in the third period, and the Islanders beat the Panthers, 5-4, in Game 1 of the teams' Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Thursday night. More»
Ross Benes

Rams With a Plan? Perplexing Trade

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The between the Titan and Rams gives Los Angeles a clear path to drafting whoever they think will be this year's top quarterback, a potentially franchise-altering decision. But did they give up too much to draft first? More»
Daivd Ubben

Tubby The Tiger: Memphis' Great Choice

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Tubby Smith is one of the most successful active coaches in college basketball, with a national title and NCAA Tournament trips at five schools. He might not have been the obvious choice, but he's a smart one for Memphis to replace Josh Pastner. More»
Julian McWilliams

The Best Moment of Kobe's Night

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Numbers aside, next to his embrace with former Los Angeles Laker teammate Lamar Odom, the coolest moment was his encounter with his daughters after the team's comeback win. More»
Mike Lupica

Trouble Dribble: NBA's Great Divide

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Wednesday night in the NBA was a lot of fun to watch. But we're about to head into the playoffs with three heavy favorites: the Warriors, Spurs and Cavs. Charles Barkley is worried about what this means for the league. More»
Cy Brown

Good Deal? Titans Trade Top Pick

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As Peter King first reported Thursday morning, the Tennessee Titans made a potential franchise-altering trade by sending the top choice in the 2016 NFL draft to the newly minted Los Angeles Rams for picks. Lots of picks. More»
Will Leitch

NBA Playoff Rootability Rankings

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We know the bracket for the NBA playoffs, which will tip off Saturday and end roughly around the time the earth crashes into the sun. That means it's time for Playoff Rootability Rankings. This is an annual guide for the unaffiliated: Here's what side you should be on. More»
Cy Brown and Tim Healey

Kobe & Co.: Sports' best career finales

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Kobe Bryant's final game Wednesday night was classic Kobe: 60 points on 22-for-50 shooting. Where does it rank among the best individual career finale's in sports? Such subjective arguments are up to you. Here, however, are some very worthy candidates. More»
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Blues Hit High Note In OT

In Game 1 of the Blackhawks-Blues series in St. Louis, David Backes scored at 9:04 of overtime and goalie Brian Elliott put up nothing but zeroes, giving the Blues a hard-fought victory against the defending Stanley Cup champs. More»
Erik Malinowski

Gold Record: Warriors Make History

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The Golden State Warriors capped off the greatest regular season in NBA history by routing Memphis and winning their record 73rd game in dominant fashion. More»
Alex Wong

Kobe's Hollywood Ending: 60 and Out

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In a season in which he was no longer the dominant player we remembered him as, the final game of Kobe Bryant's career Wednesday night in L.A. was arguably the most defining individual performance of his career. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL's Trading Places: When It Worked

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There are plenty of risks to moving up in the NFL Draft for a prospect, but teams continue to do so because every so often it will pay off with major dividends. These are five recent examples of when such a move has been worth the cost. More»
David Ubben

Warriors Best Ever? Not Just Yet

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The Warriors are just now entering the most difficult portion of their chase to become one of the greatest teams in sports. Lots of squads have had incredible regular seasons, but not all of them end up with a championship at the end. More»
Andrea Hangst

Josh Gordon's Career Wasting Away

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It may be some time -- if ever -- until we see wide receiver Josh Gordon take the field for the Cleveland Browns, or any other NFL team. We learned this week he still hasn't straightened himself out, and that could cost him (and the Browns) big time. More»
Tim Healey

Sox's Catch 22: Swihart or Vazquez?

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Here's the thing about the Red Sox's 4-4 start: They're 4-4. That's eight games. Most reactions are overreactions, and one of the victims of said overreactions seems to be Blake Swihart. More»
Anthony Castrovince

When In Doubt? 10 Key April Questions

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A week and a half into the Major League season, we've already got questions we didn't necessarily know existed entering Opening Day. The answers don't always come so easy, but the questions do. Here are 10 that are particularly pressing now. More»
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Pens Mightier Than Rangers

Patric Hornqvist had his first playoff hat trick and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the New York Rangers 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Wednesday night. More»
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Lightning Strike First Against Wings

Nikita Kucherov scored twice and Alex Killorn snapped a third-period tie with his 11th career playoff goal, giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of their first-round series Wednesday night. More»
Matt Brown

Ex-Baylor Star Oakman Arrested

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Former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman was arrested in Waco, Texas, on Wednesday and charged with sexual assault. Oakman, who graduated from Baylor in December, has been preparing for the NFL draft at the end of April. More»
Cy Brown

Atletico's defense dominates Barca

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Atletico Madrid put the perfect defensive plan in place Wednesday against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, and it worked wonders. More»
Michael Tunison

More Trouble for Gordon, Manziel?

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TMZ reported that, over the weekend, Johnny Manziel was a passenger in a car that struck a light pole. According to the website, he fled the scene before being picked up by Josh Gordon. More»
Matt Brown

Swann Returns to USC as New AD

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USC hired former wide receiver Lynn Swann as its new athletic director on Wednesday, despite a lack of experience working in college athletics administration. He replaces former USC quarterback Pat Haden, who replaced former USC running back Mike Garrett. More»
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Moneyball: Stripling's Broker Life

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Dodgers rookie Ross Stripling almost had a no-hitter last Friday. But, in case this baseball thing doesn't work out, the 26 year-old Southlake, Tex., native has a backup plan: pursuing a career as a stockbroker, which he's already begun. More»
David Ubben

Real Impact of the Satellite Camp Ban

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Most of the headlines regarding the NCAA's ban on satellite camps have focused on Jim Harbaugh vs. the SEC. But the biggest impact the ban on camps will have isn't on college coaches. It's the restrictions on opportunities for high school players. More»
Michael Tunison

Dethroned: Kings To Fire Karl

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George Karl's two tumultuous seasons with the Sacramento Kings appear to be all he's going to get, as the coach will reportedly be let go once the season is over. More»
Will Leitch

End of an Era: The Meaning of Kobe

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The retirement of Kobe Bryant also represents the retirement of an era: that of hero ball. It's fitting, then, that as the NBA becomes more selfless on the court, the Kobe era comes to an end with his final game on Wednesday night. More»
Cy Brown

Klinsmann Rumored For New Gig

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ESPN and BT Sport commentator Ian Darke ignited a firestorm of speculation Wednesday morning when he tweeted that Everton has interest in USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann should it sack Roberto Martinez. More»
Michael Tunison

Angels School Warriors In Practice

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The Los Angeles Angels visited the Golden State Warriors at practice on Tuesday and even came away with a few victories in shooting drills. (Take note, rest of the NBA.) More»
Alex Wong

Kobe in Review: A long twilight

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We conclude on Kobe Bryant career retrospective on the day of his final NBA game, against the Jazz at home Wednesday night. In part five of this series, a look back on what happened after his fifth title and the injury-marred final years. More»
Matt Brown

Bowled Over? No Need For Big Changes

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With the college football postseason reaching 40 games, the NCAA has placed a three-year moratorium on adding new bowls. The arguments about too many bowl games are decades-old, though, and they have always been overblown. More»
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Spurs Hold Off Thunder in OT

Kawhi Leonard had 26 points and San Antonio rallied to beat the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder, 102-98, in overtime to finish 40-1 at home this season, matching an NBA record. The Boston Celtics had the same record in 1985-86. More»
Terence Moore

Catching Up With Dusty Baker

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Dusty Baker can relate to anybody. In the Nationals' clubhouse, where the wildly talented but oft-underachieving roster collapsed late last season, a big dose of Baker could be exactly what's needed for the club to live up to its potential. More»
Cy Brown

Ronaldo rampage advances Madrid

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Real Madrid started its second leg UEFA Champions League match with Woflsburg in a 2-0 hole, but a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo erased that deficit in a hurry. Plus, poor tactical choices from PSG help Manchester City advance to the semifinals. More»
Ross Tucker

Money, CTE concerns fuel retirements

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There is a lengthening list of NFL players in their late 20s and early 30s who still have some football left in them but are choosing to walk away. There are no easy answers when it comes to making that type of decision, but two significant factors seem to be playing a role. More»
Michael Pina

NBA award season: Steph dominates

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The 2015-16 NBA regular season comes to a close this week, which means it's time for postseason awards. Here's one writer's unofficial ballot to try and measure all the awesomeness of an incredible season. More»
Karim Zidan

Top 10 Boxing Trilogies of All-Time

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In the wake of the final encounter between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on Saturday -- a contest that served as Pacquiao's retirement fight -- we delved into the greatest rivalries in the sport's history. Here are the top 10 boxing trilogies of all-time. More»
Cy Brown

Watch Dirk Nowitzki while you can

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Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks clinched an NBA playoff spot Monday night, marking the 15th time the German has made the postseason. When Dirk eventually does retire, he may do it abruptly. Let's enjoy him now. More»
Will Leitch

The legacy of Eugenio Velez

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At 0-for-46, Eugenio Velez holds the record for most at-bats without a hit. He's still only 33 years old, playing in the Mexican League, but for now that streak is active. He could get another chance. Until then, though, we have the Eugenio Velez All-Stars. More»
Cy Brown

Saints speak against violence in NOLA

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Sean Payton did a very un-NFL coach thing on Monday, when, in the wake of the shooting death of former defensive end Will Smith, he made a political statement against guns in America. Some Saints players also denounced violence in New Orleans. More»
Joe DeLessio

Cup For Grabs: NHL playoff preview

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One of the best postseasons in sports kicks off Wednesday night with a slate of three games. As always, questions abound: Can the Capitals finally break through? Will the Kings again do all the way? Here, a preview of the always-wild first round. More»
Matt Brown

Muschamp Goes On The Offensive

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The hiring of Will Muschamp at South Carolina was met with a lot of skepticism, and the doubts will continue until he proves he can adapt on offense. In the spring, at least, Muschamp took a step toward doing so behind freshman QB Brandon McIlwain. More»
They're No. 1

Cavs beat Hawks, clinch top seed in East

After a 109-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, LeBron James and the Cavaliers claimed the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. James led the way with 34 points, six rebounds and six assists in just three quarters. More»
Meanwhile, in the Manziel household

Gordon in trouble with NFL (again)

Josh Gordon, the talented but oft-troubled Browns receiver, might be in more trouble with the NFL. He didn't fail another drug test, according to the AP, but his test had traces of marijuana and a diluting substance. More»
Andrew Simon

The His-Story of MLB's Best Starts

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Trevor Story's first week was an incredible performance. But over the course of baseball history, many other players also have authored amazing season-opening performances. Here are the best in six major offensive categories over the first week. More»
Alex Wong

Kobe in Review: Going Solo

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Kobe Bryant's final game is Wednesday against the Jazz, and we continue our look back on his career with an examination of what might be the most trying years: when Bryant, without Shaq, tried to carry the Lakers through the playoffs. More»
Matt Brown

Jayhawks Land Nation's No. 1 Recruit

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The college basketball season just ended, and yet Bill Self has already taken a gigantic step toward winning a 13th straight Big 12 regular-season championship next winter, as No. 1 recruit Josh Jackson committed to play for Kansas on Monday. More»
David Ubben

Knight and Day: Aggies Get Stability

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With touted underclassmen Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray both transferring, Texas A&M has found some semblance of stability at quarterback, as Kevin Sumlin named Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight the team's 2016 starter on Monday. More»
Mike Lupica

Spieth-less: Worst Collapse? Please

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Jordan Spieth's meltdown on the 12th hole at Augusta National Sunday was shocking, but let's get some perspective. He was a great kid last summer, just not the greatest golf kid of all time. It was a bad loss on Sunday, not the worst of all time. More»
Michael Tunison

Who Is Rooming With Johnny Manziel?

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According to an ESPN source, former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon are living together in a place in L.A., even though Manziel claimed that he was crashing with Von Miller. More»
Michael Tunison

Urban Meyer Hates Text Deregulation

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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is none too pleased about the NCAA Division I Council's decision to deregulate electronic communication between coaches and perspective recruits, which could result in unlimited text messages. More»
Will Leitch

Questioning the Utility of a Presser

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After a historic collapse at the Masters, Jordan Spieth handled his press conference as well as any athlete could. But the line of questioning endured by the golfer brings to light the following issue: Why do press conferences truly exist? More»
Karim Zidan

Name to Know: Willett Wins Masters

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As Jordan Spieth collapsed on Sunday at the Masters, the most popular question at Augusta National became: Who is Danny Willett? The 28-year-old was already a rising star before becoming the first Englishman since Nick Faldo to win the green jacket. More»
Len Hochberg

Behind Spieth's Masters Disaster

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Jordan Spieth stunningly hit two balls into Rae's Creek on the 12th hole of the Masters on Sunday, leading to a quadruple-bogey 7 that opened the door for rising Englishman Danny Willett to come from five shots down to win his first major title. More»
Joe DeLessio

Wild Endings? NHL's Playoff Glitch

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Because of the NHL's playoff format, in which a wild card winner can be slotted into another division's bracket, the team that finished lower in the standings would get the easier first-round matchup, at least on paper. More»
Alex Wong

Kobe In Review: Season of Scandal

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With Kobe Bryant's final game just days away, we take a look back at the various phases of his career. Here, we rewind to the 2003-04 season, a time that forced fans to re-examine who Kobe really was off the court. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Maz-ical! MLB Rookies Off to Hot Start

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Welcome back to The Rotation! Here's a look at five topics shaping the week ahead in Major League Baseball. Among the biggest news this week: a pair of impressive debuts, the new slide rules and the apparently underrated Orioles. More»
Alex Wong

No Bull: Dubs On Cusp of History

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With Sunday's 92-86 win in San Antonio, the Golden State Warriors have tied the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls with 72 wins and get a chance to break the record on Wednesday. Here are a few thoughts on the Dubs' historic season. More»
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Willett to Win: Englishman Takes the Green Jacket

Jordan Spieth appeared to hold a commanding lead on Sunday at the Masters, but after his back-nine collapse, Danny Willett charged to the top of the leaderboard, finishing at 5-under par to claim his first major championship victory. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Aces in the Hole! Three at No. 16

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Drama at the Masters on Sunday wasn't limited to the leaders. Three players aced the par-3 16th hole at Augusta National in a short amount of time, with Shane Lowry, Davis Love III and Louis Oosthuizen all recording holes-in-one. More»
Mike Lupica

We Keep Losing: A Saint Is Shot

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There is another gun death in America, this one claiming the life of former Saints defensive end Will Smith. The circumstances with these shootings are always different, but the common denominator is always a weapon in the wrong hand. More»
Cy Brown

Leicester closes in on EPL title

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Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester City defeated Sunderland, 2-0, on Sunday. The Foxes only need three more wins to clinch the English Premier League title. But that hasn't stopped Tottenham from fighting, as it beat Manchester United 3-0. More»
Michael Tunison

Smith Killed In Road Rage Incident

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Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed on Saturday night in an apparent road rage incident. He was 34 years old. More»
Russell A. Carleton

Go Ahead, Call it a Comeback

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Is the dramatic comeback in MLB dead? Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated thinks that it is because teams have loaded up their bullpen with power-armed specialists. But a closer look at the numbers reveals that there's still plenty of late-inning magic. More»
Three Down, One to Go

Hanging On: Spieth Clings to Masters Lead

What looked to be another march to the Masters for Jordan Spieth suddenly turned into a walk on the wild side Saturday. Ultimately, Spieth was still in the lead for the seventh straight round at Augusta National, one round away from another green jacket. More»
Cy Brown

Gunners' Title Hopes Go Up In Smoke

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Arsenal showed signs of brilliance Saturday at West Ham, but a few minutes of complacent soccer let the Hammers come back. Although the Gunners got the draw, their title chances are done. More»
Injury Report

This Hurts: Schwarber Out for Season

Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber is out for the season after tearing two knee ligaments in an outfield collision, a major setback for a team that many picked to win the World Series. More»
Cy Brown

Lil Wayne applauds Tom Watson

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Tom Watson played his final round at the Masters on Friday, and received a standing ovation from the fans at Augusta National. But they weren't the only ones to applaud him. Lil Wayne did it from his couch. More»
Cy Brown

No-no Interrupted Was Right Move

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Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Ross Stripling had a no-hitter working in the eighth inning of his Major League debut Friday, but manager Dave Roberts pulled him, and the Dodgers lost to the Giants. Here's why it was the right call. More»
Joe Sparacio

The Return of Yasiel Puig

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Yasiel Puig was largely an afterthought entering the 2016 season for the first time in his career. But if the early returns are any indication, he's ready to remind everyone of his talent. More»
Matt Brown

NCAA Puts a Stop to Satellite Camps

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The NCAA has banned satellite camps, effective immediately, a win for the SEC and ACC that prevents rival coaches from the Big Ten and elsewhere from participating in football camps away from campus. More»
Mike Lupica

When You're Hot, You're Not Jack

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Before Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, Jack Nicklaus was the hot kid in golf, teaming up with Arnold Palmer and Gary Player to win 34 majors as golf's second Greatest Generation. Now Spieth, Jason Day and others might be doing the same. More»
Will Leitch

Minor League games can be Major fun

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I've grown to appreciate in recent years the low-key, goofy joy of the Minor Leagues. As we begin to plan our summers, I urge you to remember the Minors this year. Here are 10 reasons to make sure you check out some Minor League Baseball this year. More»
Cy Brown

Jordan big fan of namesake Spieth

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Jordan Spieth's performances at the Masters the last two years have been nothing short of Jordan-esque -- Michael Jordan-esque, that is. On Thursday, Spieth's father shared a story with MJ talking about how impressed he is with Spieth's competitive spirit. More»
Erik Malinowski

Lucky No. 70: Warriors Clinch Top Seed

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With a resounding victory over their closest rival, the Golden State Warriors clinched home court in the playoffs and showed that they're ready for the run to come. With 70 wins in the books, they are motivated in their quest for immortality. More»
Cy Brown

Jets' D'Brickashaw Ferguson retires

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New York Jets offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson is retiring, according to reports Friday. The former No. 4 overall pick played 10 seasons in the NFL and never missed a game. In fact, he only missed a single offensive snap in his entire career. More»
Will Leitch

Vote: MLB stadium competition, Part 3

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Two weeks ago, we put together a 30-stadium bracket to determine the best Major League Baseball stadium. Now, we're down to an Elite Eight that includes Fenway Park, which edged AT&T Park in a tough early-round matchup. More»
Brian Kenny

On baserunning issues, judge intent

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The Chase Utley Rule, the Buster Posey Rule, interference, obstruction. I understand there are a lot of new rules to stay up on, so let me simplify everything. For each of these new plays, rulings and protested games, ask yourself one question: Was he up to no good? More»
Alex Wong

Kobe in Review: The Golden Years

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The three consecutive championships spanning the 2000-2002 seasons gave us the most indelible memories of the Shaq-Kobe era. As Bryant preps for retirement, let's take a look back at when he was at his best. More»
Dani Wexelman

Game-changer? VR tech catching on

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When you think of virtual reality, the first thought that comes to mind might be video games. But the VR market is spreading its wings, including into the sports world, and companies like STRIVR, founded by former Stanford kicker Derek Belch, want to be on the forefront. More»
Matt Brown

CFB's Most Important QB Competitions

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College football hits its spring peak over the next few weeks, with the next three Saturdays standing out as the most popular days for spring scrimmages. It's an important time for quarterbacks hoping to separate themselves in key battles for starting jobs. More»
Joe DeLessio

Caps Look Like Beasts of the East

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The Capitals, who have been running away with the Metropolitan Division for months and cruised to the Presidents' Trophy, will enter this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs as division champions for the sixth time in the Alexander Ovechkin era. More»
RECAP

Masterful: Spieth Picks Up Where He Left Off

Looking very much like the player who romped to a dominating victory a year ago, the 22-year-old Texan threw up a 6-under 66 on a breezy Thursday at Augusta National to claim a familiar position: the top spot on the leaderboard. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Zombies on Ice: NHL vs. the 'Dead'

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In the midst of a hotly contested playoff chase, the Philadelphia Flyers social media team didn't waste an opportunity to have some fun. On Wednesday, the boys from Broad Street took on the Detroit Red Wings in a game that had serious playoff implications. More»
Will Leitch

Lost Cause? The History of 0-3 Teams

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The Cardinals and Padres have started the 2016 MLB season with 0-3 records, which leads to a big question: How have seasons ended for those teams in the past? The 1998 Yankees won the World Series, but many of the stories don't end well. More»
Cy Brown

Space Jam: Diaw wants to Blast Off

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San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw can seemingly do it all, from photography to filmmaking to writing to playing basketball at a very high level. So what's next on his list of things to do? How about space travel. More»
Cy Brown

Big Man Up: Ewing Wants Knicks Job

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Patrick Ewing had a Hall of Fame career with the New York Knicks that spanned three decades. Now, after 13 years as an NBA assistant, Ewing wants a chance to interview with the Knicks for their vacant head coach position. More»
Len Hochberg

Longshots: Six Masters sleepers

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After about a dozen legitimate potential winners and a few more guys who have zero shot, there are about 50 golfers at this week's Masters who could fit into the sleeper category without being comatose. Here are six who, if not victorious, could contend. More»
Manny Randhawa

The All-Coaches All-Star Team

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There are plenty of former Major League players now in the managing and coaching ranks, and if you put together an All-Star team made out of that group, you'd have a pretty formidable lineup. More»
Tim Healey

Yes he Cano: Robbie among the best

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Robinson Cano is off to a start as hot as anybody's, swatting four home runs -- and swatting them hard -- in three games. He's driven in seven runs, and Seattle has won twice. None of this should come as a surprise for anyone who has watched Cano. More»
Karim Zidan

Bubba's Battle With Anxiety

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Bubba Watson has earned a reputation as one of the more controversial characters in golf. But ahead of the Masters, the No. 4 player in the world shared details about his constant battle with anxiety on and off the green. More»
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'Process' ends for Hinkie in Philly

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Sam Hinkie resigned as general manager and president of basketball operations of the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, ending a three-year #Process that resulted in a lot of losses and asset acquiring, but not much to show for it. More»
Matt Brown

Twice as Nice: Nova's Repeat Chances

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Villanova will celebrate its national championship with a parade in Philadelphia on Friday, reveling in the euphoria of the present. The celebrations might not end there, though, because the Wildcats are in position to make another run at the Final Four next year. More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 First impressions from MLB in '16

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You know how it is in MLB's opening week. We can attempt to find humor in the hyperbole or we can try to find substance in the small samples. Here are 10 storylines from the first few days of the season that might, in fact, be precursors to the bigger picture. More»
News

Deep Sixered: Hinkie Out As Philly GM

Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie has quit after turning the organization into one of the worst teams in NBA history. Hinkie didn't even last three full seasons and leaves the Sixers with the worst record in the league at 10-68. More»
RECAP

Bringer of Pain: Donaldson Injures Leg

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson strained his right calf and left Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Rays in Tampa. Donaldson is currently listed as day-to-day. More»
Cy Brown

Real Madrid Falters In the UCL

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Real Madrid was no match for VfL Wolfsburg in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw. Elsewhere, Manchester City scored a big result, drawing 2-2 with Paris Saint-Germain while securing two away goals. More»
Michael Tunison

Officer Gronk Is On Patrol

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Gronk's Instagram page is already paying off for everybody who likes Gronk things as he posted a video of himself being a goofy motorcycle cop. More»
Michael Tunison

Rams PSLs Don't Transfer To L.A.

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The Rams have told a Missouri court that PSLs bought while the team was located in St. Louis do not transfer to the team's new stadium in Los Angeles. And as you could, guess, fans are quite unhappy about this. More»
Erik Malinowski

Warriors' Road to History Hits Bump

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With rookie phenom Karl-Anthony Towns and super-sophomore Andrew Wiggins leading the way, Minnesota shocked Golden State in overtime on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. What must the Warriors do now to regroup? More»
Will Leitch

On Villanova and the Joy of Winning

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In sports, watching your team win in historic, dramatic fashion may be the pinnacle of what it means to be a fan. Charles Barkley and Kaylee Hartung each provided unique moments that captured this phenomenon in all it's glory after Villanova's victory. More»
Len Hochberg

How Day Eclipsed Spieth (For Now)

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Over the winter, Jordan Spieth played a lot of golf and traveled the world. Jason Day stayed at home in Ohio. That is why Day is the favorite entering the 80th Masters that begins on Thursday, having supplanted Spieth as the top-ranked golfer in the world. More»
David Ubben

Orange Crushed: UConn Takes Title

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There continues to be no doubt about the dominance of Connecticut women's basketball, as the Huskies finished off a perfect 38-0 season with a rout of Syracuse in the national championship game on Tuesday for their fourth straight title. More»
Matt Brown

Early 2016-17 College Hoops Top 25

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Now that we're finished digesting Villanova's remarkable national title win over North Carolina, it's time to start looking way ahead to next season, where Villanova will have plenty of competition -- especially from Duke and Kentucky -- as it tries to repeat. More»
Terence Moore

Tar Heels Graceful In Defeat

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Here's a memo to Ron Rivera, Cam Newton and others who support all of the Panthers' pouting: Marcus Paige, the smallish point guard for the University of North Carolina basketball team, knows how to handle losing. More»
Andrea Hangst

Bell Cows Are Back in the NFL Draft

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The three-down running back is becoming less and less common in the NFL. But the 2016 NFL draft class has prospects capable of taking on this full-time workload, if teams want them to, and it could alter the league. More»
Recap

Thor Drops Hammer On Royals

Noah Syndergaard threw six dominant innings, Neil Walker hit his first homer with the Mets and New York beat Kansas City, 2-0, Tuesday after the Royals were given their 2015 World Series rings. More»
Cy Brown

From hero to villain in 10 minutes

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Fernando Torres played the part of hero and villain in Atletico Madrid's Champions League loss to Barcelona, scoring a crucial away goal, but also getting sent off following two yellow cards, giving Barcelona the advantage needed to win, 2-1. More»
Mike Lupica

Make the Yankees Great Again

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The Yankees, after 27 World Series championships, want to be Kansas City. And if the Yankees can't be the Royals, then they think it wouldn't be so terrible to be the team that beat them on Tuesday, the Astros. Things have changed, indeed. More»
RECAP

Take Your Betts Shot: Sox Beat Tribe

In a game delayed a day because of weather in Cleveland, Boston's Mookie Betts homered in the second off Corey Kluber, and David Ortiz added a two-run jack to lift the Red Sox over the Indians, 6-2. More»
Alex Wong

Kobe in review: Pre-Phil, no success

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With Kobe Bryant's final game just days away, we take a look back at the various phases of his career. Up first are those early, pre-Phil Jackson years, when the Lakers fell short in the playoffs and Bryant was (briefly) a rapper. More»
Cy Brown

5 Great Plays That Became Footnotes

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Marcus Paige would've had the most famous shot of the 2016 NCAA Tournament if Kris Jenkins didn't hit a game-winning buzzer-beater only moments later. Now we may never think of it again. Here are five plays history forgot. More»
Terence Moore

Guts and Glory: Nova Has It All

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Villanova defeated North Carolina on Monday night to capture the NCAA championship the only way they know how: With their egos left back home in Pennsylvania. That is, if they have any at all. More»
David Ubben

Get Your Phil: Booth Fuels Title Win

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While Kris Jenkins' buzzer-beating 3-pointer stole the show in Villanova's classic national title win over North Carolina, don't forget who helped make the moment possible: Phil Booth, the reserve guard who played the game of his life on the biggest stage. More»
David Ubben

Cats-Heels: Head of the Classics

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Did you watch Villanova win the national championship on Monday night? Congratulations, it's official: You witnessed the greatest NCAA title game in history. The Wildcats unseated Jim Valvano and NC State's 1983 upset as the gold standard for March Madness finales. More»
Ross Tucker

The Kap Doesn't Fit In Denver

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The Broncos are still reportedly trying to hash out a deal with the 49ers to get Colin Kaepernick. But my main question is: Why? He's been more of a liability than anyone else on the Niners roster, no matter how hard the coaches tried to simplify the offense. More»
Matt Brown

Nobody Wins Championships Like Nova

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For three decades, the 1985 Villanova Wildcats stood unmatched in school history, the No. 8 seed that improbably won a national title. Now, they have company, after Monday's buzzer-beating win over North Carolina. Nobody wins storybook titles like Villanova. More»
Will Leitch

Sealed With A Kris: Super 'Nova

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Thousands of strangers at NRG Stadium in Houston for Villanova vs. UNC got to witness something they couldn't believe they were there in person to see. It's something that happens once in a lifetime. Or twice in five seconds. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

UNC's Loss, Through The Eyes of MJ

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Monday night wasn't just an epic battle between North Carolina and Villanova, it was also an emotional roller coaster for former Tar Heel, Michael Jordan. Let's see the game through his eyes. More»
Matt Brown

Anatomy of Jenkins' Immortal Shot

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Kris Jenkins hit a shot that will go down as one of the greatest in the history of college basketball, a national-title-winning 3-pointer with an assist from Ryan Arcidiacono to lift Villanova over North Carolina on Monday. Here's how it happened. More»
David Ubben

WrestleMania: The Experience

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I've probably watched five total minutes of pro wrestling and lived a fine life. Sunday, though, I came to WrestleMania to try to understand why millions upon millions still love pro wrestling. More»
Tim Healey

No bad answers for Astros, closers

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The Astros' announcement that Luke Gregerson will be the team's closer over Ken Giles drew some odd Internet looks. Houston, of course, is run by smart people, so let's give them the benefit of the doubt. What's the benefit of this bullpen arrangement? More»
Julian McWilliams

Steph Drains Green's Water Prank

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As we all know by now, Stephen Curry isn't human and continues to obliterate the NBA in every way possible. Mess with him too many times, and you'll get burned. Even if you're his teammate. More»
Michael Tunison

Hardy Still In State of Denial

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ESPN will air an Adam Schefter interview with Greg Hardy on Tuesday. The advance quotes are nuts. It seems that the free agent still doesn't have any self-awareness. More»
Will Leitch

The Case For Carolina

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It's easy to harp on North Carolina's alleged wrongs regarding academic misconduct, but you can't pretend it is the only school with that type of scandal. Coaches break these rules all the time, because, honestly, there really isn't any other way to reach the top. More»
Michael Tunison

Walmart gets Terps' state wrong

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Walmart is selling a Maryland Terrapins shirt with the outline of Massachusetts. When called out on it, the chain has doubled down on the shirt being right. More»
Michael Tunison

Best Moments From Wrestlemania 32

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The highlights from Wrestlemania 32, which took place Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, included Shane McMahon's plunge from the Hell in the Cell and a surprise appearance by Shaquille O'Neal. More»
Brian Kenny

MLB Predictions From The Gut

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I'm not saying I'm going to be right, but if I can bag 8 of 10 predictions, I'd like Ken Rosenthal and Al Leiter to make me and my family Bananas Flambé at the 2016 World Series brunch. More»
David Ubben

Villanova's One Shining Month

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After Villanova's 44-point rout of Oklahoma on Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament's Final Four, the Wildcats are in position for a historically great March Madness performance, if they can get past North Carolina in Monday's national title game. More»
Matt Brown

National Championship Viewing Guide

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The 68-team NCAA Tournament bracket is down to two, as North Carolina and Villanova will meet for the national title on Monday night in Houston. After two semifinal blowouts, there is a good chance the Final Four will end on a high note. More»
Andrew Simon

Opening Up: Top 10 MLB Stories

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With the 2016 schedule officially underway following Sunday's three games -- and everyone else set to start on Monday -- here is a look at 10 of the best stories from this year's group of 750 Opening Day big leaguers. More»
Terence Moore

A No-Brainer To Root for Nova

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When it comes to the finale of this Final Four in Houston on Monday night, North Carolina can't win. Otherwise, we all lose. As North Carolina continues to wait for its punishment from the NCAA, all neutral fans should be rooting for Villanova. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Chicago Hope: Is This the Cubs' Year?

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The Rotation returns with a look at five topics shaping a brand-spanking-new season of Major League Baseball, from the hype surrounding the Chicago Cubs to people under pressure to predictions for the season. More»
Alex Goot

Clockin' In: Busch Takes Martinsville

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Just because he was able to lead the most laps, hold off all drivers, complete a weekend sweep, and take home his first Sprint Cup victory at Martinsville, don't think for a second that Kyle Busch doesn't still have his share of challenges. More»
Mike Lupica

Savor Situation: These Days Are Best

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Sunday was one of those days to remind us why we watch and care about sports. We got baseball back, we saw the UConn women's team get another trip to the championship game, and we witnessed the great Jim Herman. More»
Michael Tunison

Bulls Would Beat Dubs, Says Pippen

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With the Warriors closing in on the Bulls single-season win record, Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen weighed in on how it would go if the teams could somehow meet. Take a guess about which team he thinks is better. More»
Cy Brown

Leicester widens gap in EPL race

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For the fourth match in a row, Leicester City scraped out a 1-0 victory, this time against Southampton, and got as close as it's been to the English Premier League title in the process. More»
Will Leitch

Name on the back: MLB's top jerseys

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As a way to try to guess who will emerge -- and who will maintain their popularity -- in 2016, here's my prediction for what the lost of MLB top-selling jerseys will look like come November. More»
Michael Tunison

Den-SF Working On Kaep Trade

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The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos have agreed in principle on a trade for Colin Kaepernick that is contingent on the Broncos negotiating a new contract with the quarterback. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Gimme a Break Out! 13 Players Rising

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Each season, a crop of new players skyrocket to the top of the league, combining raw skills with experience to surprise pundits and fans alike. We've put together a list of 13 candidates from all around the diamond who are most likely to break out in 2016. More»
Anthony Castrovince

The Need for Speed In MLB

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Should a lower scoring environment in baseball and a defensive environment heavily reliant on shifts promote more aggression in the pursuit of run-production opportunities? Or more caution? More»
Andrew Simon

All-Time Opening Day Starter team

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Felix Hernandez, Alex Rodriguez and Adrian Beltre are all set to start on Opening Day, but none of them make the All-Time Opening Day Starter team. Here are the players at each position who have made the most such starts. More»
Kyle Kensing

Bronko Nagurski: Wrestling Legend

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Sunday's WrestleMania will be held at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium, hardly the first connection between pro wrestling and football. There is a long list of crossover stars, none more notable than early football and wrestling standout Bronko Nagurski. More»
Will Leitch

Final Bore: No Drama in Houston

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Saturday night proved to be one of the least compelling Final Four experiences in years. North Carolina capped the night by beating Syracuse 83-66, and that was the closer of the two games. The pressure is on Monday's final to save it. More»
Terence Moore

Cats Run Wild Over Oklahoma

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Forty-four points? Yep, with a lot of offense and defense instead of more than a few smoke and mirrors, Villanova ripped a usually potent Oklahoma team, 95-51, Saturday night. It was the biggest margin of victory in the history of the Final Four. More»
David Ubben

Hield's Place in History Still Secure

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With a few minutes left in Villanova's 44-point Final Four blowout of Oklahoma, Buddy Hield made his exit, his college career finished. While Hield's phenomenal senior season ended with a thud, he squeezed as much out of a college career as any one player could. More»
Matt Brown

The Biggest Final Four Blowouts Ever

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From one of the greatest upsets ever to a half-court buzzer-beater to a historic comeback, this NCAA Tournament already seemed to have it all. Now it has added another feat: the biggest blowout in Final Four history, as Villanova beat Oklahoma by 44. More»
Bryan Grosnick

Young Amazins: Mets' Best Debuts

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Dwight Gooden's rookie season was the stuff of legend. But the Mets have a history of epic rookie-season performances, especially last year with Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard. Will they have another one in 2016? More»
Cy Brown

Spurs, LFC draw; EPL powers rise

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Tottenham draws with Liverpool in an entertaining contest at Anfield; Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester CIty win big; Norwich helps its effort to stay up and Dimitri Payet scores a potential goal of the season. More»
Cy Brown

Get Roped In With WrestleMania 32

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You may have never watched a lick of professional wrestling in your life, but you should be dialed into the WWE Network for WrestleMania 32, live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. More»
Recap

Boston Ruins Dubs' Home Win Streak

The Golden State Warriors suffered their first home defeat in more than 14 months, losing 109-106 to the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Now, the Dubs (68-8) must win five of their final six games to break the 1995-96 Bulls' record of 72 wins. More»
Matt Brown

Onions! The Best of Bill Raftery

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One of the best parts about March Madness is analyst Bill Raftery on the call for games throughout the tournament. While he's no longer partnered with Verne Lundquist, he's made for the perfect addition to the Final Four crew. Here are his most memorable calls. More»
Matt Brown

The 2016 Final Four vs. History

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While North Carolina's track record overshadows everyone else, all four of this year's participants have histories with the Final Four. As they play for new memorable moments in Houston, these are the greatest Final Four moments from their past. More»
Recap

LeBron-athon: Cavs Take Down Hawks In OT

After leading by 21 points in the first half, the Cleveland Cavaliers were pushed past regulation by the Atlanta Hawks. That was OK with LeBron James, who said the test was good for the Cavaliers. More»
Karim Zidan

Fair pay is fair game for USWNT

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Five players from the U.S. women's national soccer team filed a federal complaint Wednesday against U.S. Soccer, the sport's governing body in the country. That development could be pivotal to the long-term financial stability of female athletes in soccer. More»
Cy Brown

5 biggest Premier League storylines

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Now that the latest international break is over, we're on a non-stop ride from now until the end of the English Premier League season. But what storylines will dominate the final month and a half of the 2015-16 EPL season? More»
Cy Brown

ISU Players Save Drowning Woman

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Three Iowa State football players saved a woman from drowning while on a spring break trip in South Padre Island, Tex., a few weeks ago, marking the first time something good happened on spring break. More»
Matt Brown

What to Watch in the Final Four

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The madness of March is finished, leaving four college basketball teams still standing in April for Saturday night's Final Four in Houston: Syracuse, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Villanova. Here's what to watch and who should win in the national semifinals. More»
Will Leitch

Vote: MLB stadium competition, Part 2

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Last week, we put together a 30-stadium bracket to determine the best Major League Baseball stadium. You voted! Thank you for voting. Voting is fun. Now we're down to a Sweet 16, including a tight Fenway Park-AT&T matchup. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

For UNC, Pinson majoring in laughter

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UNC sophomore Theo Pinsons doesn't average big numbers, but his role off the court is a game-changer. He's the Tar heels' comic relief, known for his practical jokes and his ability to talk, non-stop, about anything. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Fools' Gold: NFL's Joke Contract Team

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The NFL has a lot of terrible contracts, and since it's April Fools' Day we're going to take a look at the worst -- the deals that are the biggest laughs in the league. They're the ones getting paid, though, so maybe the joke is on us. More»
Will Leitch

March's 10 dumbest sports stories

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As usual, March had a lot of really, really dumb sports stories. Making the top-10 list this month: Bill Belichick's spatial relationship with microphones, LeBron James unfollowing the Cavaliers, and a couple of bracket-related oopsies. More»