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Anthony Castrovince

MLB Rain Rules May Need Adjustment

Monday night at Yankee Stadium was an extreme event, but prolonged rain delays are unfortunately not uncommon in a game largely subject to Mother Nature's whims, and it's time MLB rethink its policy on rain delays. More»
Doug Farrar

How Ryan's 46 Defense Ruled Football

Buddy Ryan, who died on Tuesday, revolutionized football in the 1980s through his 46 defense, which helped make the Bears a Super Bowl champion by finding new ways to pressure and attack quarterbacks. His legacy will continue to live on. More»
Mike Lupica

Serena and the Williams To Win

Serena Williams has looked slow in big moments this year, even stumbling during her straight-set victory over Amra Sadikovic at Wimbledon Tuesday. But she has come back big in the past. Can she do it again? More»
Mike Lupica

England Loss to Iceland Not Cool

This was the day after in England, which means the day after Iceland 2, England 1 in Euro 2016. After one of the worst losses in the history of English soccer, the people of London have added a sixth stage to the typical five stages of grief: gallows humor. More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos of the week

As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from June 21-27. More»
David Ubben

Summitt's Peak Lifted Us All

Even women who never knew Pat Summitt felt the weight of what she had done for the game. Her excellence and rise showed universities across America that women's basketball was more than just viable. It could be an asset, and the game grew as a result. More»
Andrew Garda

Buddy Ryan: Genius, Jerk, Winner

Buddy Ryan -- who passed away at the age of 85 -- was a genius, as his 46 defense helped change the way the NFL was played. Buddy Ryan was also jerk. Most innovators are a little bit of both. That's why we love them. More»
Will Leitch

Surprising MLB All-Star Starters

Today's star is tomorrow's "Hey, didn't he used to be in the league?" Thus, with 2016 voting ending this week, we take a look back, over the past 20 years, at the most surprising people to be voted into the MLB All-Star Game as starters. More»
Daniel Kramer

Tulo's Spirit Still Reigns For Rox

Troy Tulowitzki is playing in Denver for the first time since last summer's blockbuster trade that shipped him to Toronto, but arrived with a refreshed attitude. Those who are leading the Rockies now have lived up to his example. More»
Doug Farrar

NFL Pot Stirrer: Medical Marijuana

With a multitude of new research available about the effects of marijuana usage and their treatment of painkillers in the past, it's not only time to reopen the discussion of league-wide testing -- it's time for significant reform. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Defensive Linemen Rankings 2016

Next to quarterback, it can be argued that there is no more valuable position in football that a strong pass rush. Defensive line is always a unit highly valued in the NFL draft, and there is a ton of talent returning to both defensive end and tackle in college this season. More»
Dani Wexelman

Colabello Wants to Clear Name

Last year, after a career mostly spent in the Independent Canadian American Association, Chris Colabello emerged as an impact player on one of the Major's best and most entertaining teams. And then came a dreaded call a month before Opening Day 2016. More»
Cy Brown

Icy Brexit For England at the Euros

Iceland shocked the world on Monday by defeating England, 2-1, and advancing to the quarterfinals of Euro 2016. Elsewhere, defending Euro champs Spain were knockout out at the hands of Italy. But about that Iceland-England match ... More»
Mike Lupica

True Brit: Welcome to Wimbledon

Djokovic is back. Serena is back. Wimbledon is back. At a time when everything changes in sports, and not just the players and the uniforms and the stadiums and the cities in which teams are playing, Wimbledon doesn't change. This is a good thing. More»
Michael Tunison

Harden Schools Kid At Hoops Camp

A child tried to guard James Harden at a basketball camp and you will be shocked to discover that it did not go well for him. More»
Michael Tunison

2016 USA Basketball Roster Set

USA Basketball finalized its 12-man roster in advance of the Rio games, with Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant leading the team. But there will be plenty of notable no-shows. More»
Alexander Goot

Stewart Wins Close Sonoma Race

Thanks to some smart pit stops and a bit of fearless, late contact with Denny Hamlin's car, Tony Stewart broke a long winless streak to secure a victory at Sonoma. The Smoke Show is well on its way to the Chase, as Stewart hopes to end his career on a high note. More»
Michael Tunison

Was Messi Serious About Retiring?

After losing in the Copa America final to Chile, Lionel Messi says that he is retiring from playing with the Argentina national team in international football. More»
Michael Tunison

Harrison Wants A Visit From Goodell

James Harrison is continuing his fight with the NFL over PED testing. Now the Steelers linebacker is requesting that an interview be done at his home with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in attendance. More»
Matt Brown

CFB's Players Under Pressure

The fate of any college football season can hinge on one player or position group. As always, no position is more important than QB, but this type of pressure extends to line play and beyond. As the season nears, these are 10 players or position groups under the microscope. More»
Cy Brown

Messi's Miss Seals Argentina's Fate

Chile won the Copa America Centenario, its second consecutive Copa, in a penalty shootout after Argentina missed two of its spot kicks, including a terrible shot that soared over the goal from the world's best player, Lionel Messi. More»
Anthony Castrovince

A Longo and Winding Road For Rays

The Rays have been decimated by injuries this year, hampering their chances to make noise in the AL East. One thing that has gone right, though, is the resurgence of Evan Longoria. But his performance may initiate a tough decision. More»
Cy Brown

France, Germany Still Alive in Euros

France went up against a feisty Ireland squad in the Euros on Sunday, but emerged victorious. Meanwhile, Germany had no problems against Slovakia and Belgium took down Hungary with four late goals. More»
Michael Tunison

Fight Night at NASCAR

A protracted fight broke out between during the final laps of Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race Saturday night between John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT's Copa: Lessons Learned

The Copa America taught us a lot of things about the USMNT, both good and bad. And the U.S. will need to reflect deeply on its performance to get the most out of its next big tournament: the World Cup 2018 in Russia. More»
Brian Kenny

Peak Pitching: Kershaw Vs. The Greats

Clayton Kershaw has re-emerged as the no-doubt Best Pitcher On The Planet, and he already has enough of a track record to challenge some of the greatest stretches in the history of baseball. So let's compare Kershaw to the all-time great peaks. More»
Cy Brown

Colombia beats USMNT Again

The United States men's national team ended its Copa America Centnario the same way it began: with a loss to Colombia. In the third-place match, Colombia managed a 1-0 victory, but the U.S. looked dangerous throughout the night. More»
Cy Brown

Portugal, Poland and Wales Advance

Late goals ruled the day in Saturday's Euro 2016 action. Portugal advanced past Croatia with a goal in the final moments of extra time, Wales won with a late own goal from Northern Ireland and Poland knocked out Switzerland in a penalty shootout. More»
Terence Moore

Oscar Robertson On LeBron

On Friday at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Oscar Robertson said LeBron James is so peerless these days in the NBA that the league should get rid of its MVP Award for embarrassing itself by giving it to someone else. More»

Baylor, Briles Officially Part Ways

Baylor and former football coach Art Briles mutually agreed to part ways, almost a month after the release of a scathing report over the university's handling of sexual assault complaints and the coach being suspended by school regents "with intent to terminate." More»

Manziel's Lawyer Texts: 'Heaven Help Us'

An attorney handling Johnny Manziel's domestic violence case expressed doubts about the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback's ability to stay clean, according to a lengthy text message accidentally sent to The Associated Press. More»
Sean Highkin

Thunder: To Victor Go the Spoils?

The Serge Ibaka trade (for Victor Oladipo Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to No. 11 draft pick, Domantis Sabonis) helps position the Thunder to be successful long-term with or without Kevin Durant, but if Durant walks next week, it will be tough to swallow. More»
Michael Pina

2016 NBA Draft: Winners and Losers

Maybe everything unfolds opposite of how it appears it will from everything we know today. But that doesn't mean there weren't some obvious strong moves along with missteps in the NBA Draft held at the Barclays Center Thursday. More»
Will Leitch

Filling Out My All-Star Game Ballot

There is only one week left to fill out your MLB All-Star ballot, and I realized that despite coming up with 17 different ways to fill out your ballot, I had not in fact filled out my own. It's time to get some picks on record. More»
Trade Winds

Magic, Thunder Make Noise In Blockbuster Deal

The Thunder traded power forward Serge Ibaka to the Magic for Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and newly drafted forward Domantas Sabonis, the teams announced Thursday. OKC may have tweaked its roster to appeal to Kevin Durant, who will become a free agent on July 1. More»
Michael Pina

Celtics' Risks Could Reap Big Rewards

After much talk about possibly dealing picks for a star, Boston came up empty on draft night. But coming off a 48-win season that featured a top-five defense and top-10 point differential, the Celtics still have a lot going for them. More»
Alex Wong

Philadelphia Story: Simmons No. 1

The Sixers' new general manager, Bryan Colangelo, operates with the belief that you retool, not rebuild. Ben Simmons will be a big part of the team's plans after it selected him No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft Thursday. But Philly isn't done yet. More»
Will Leitch

MLB's Best Cap: Time to Vote!

Every Friday for the last couple of months, we here at Sports On Earth have done a bracket. After the Royals won the voting in both the best baseball stadium and best baseball uniform, it's time to move on to reader voting for the best MLB hat. More»
The Picks Are In

NBA Draft Recap

Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft where the Sixers selected him at No. 1, and a record number of international players followed. You can see all the first and second round picks right here. More»
Alex Wong

2016 NBA Draft: What We Know

Year in and year out, there are surprises on NBA Draft Day, be it a last-minute trade or a shocking selection. But in 2016, there are some things that fans should already know or expect before teams are on the clock. More»
Will Leitch

Simmons' Show Refreshingly Normal

The problem with any insanely hyped pilot episode of a television show is inherently that insane hype, and Bill Simmons' new "Any Given Wednesday" had a tall task in its debut. Merely by being normal and watchable, it was successful. More»
Matt Brown

Shooting Star: Ingram Still Rising

Brandon Ingram is the latest NBA product from the little-known town of Kinston, N.C., joining Jerry Stackhouse and others. The No. 2 pick in the draft by the Lakers, Ingram is poised to become his hometown's biggest star, with his growth only beginning. More»
David Ubben

High Stakes For Simmons In Philly

There's a long list of things about Ben Simmons that don't make sense, from his decision to go to LSU to his occasional passive play on the court. Look back into Simmons' background, though, and the questions become far less perplexing for the No. 1 draft pick. More»
Michael Pina

Hitting the Lottery: NBA Mock Draft

The NBA draft is always a crap shoot, but we can develop a decent idea of who the best players are and a solid understanding of each team's strengths and weaknesses. With the 2016 draft on Thursday night, here's a look at how the lottery might play out. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's Happiest Surprises in 2016

The MLB season is too long and grueling for teams to survive it with Plan A intact, which is why seemingly every playoff team comes equipped with some storyline about unexpected contributions. These are some of the happy accidents that worked out well. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Odds Update: June Edition

Two months ago, I looked at Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds Report and how much more it tells you about where teams stand than the actual standings tell you. Now, we take a look at the June update to see just how much things have changed. More»
Michael Pina

Hawks Win Three-Team Deal

As the Cavaliers paraded their way through downtown Cleveland on Wednesday, the Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks kicked off the NBA offseason with a compelling three-team trade. More»
Mike Lupica

Knicks Promise You a Rose Garden

You start any evaluation of Derrick Rose now being a Knick this way, after knee surgery and an ankle injury and even an orbital fracture once: If he stays healthy. But if you are Phil Jackson, this is a deal that was worth pursuing. More»
Michael Tunison

Cavs Championship Parade Highlights

It should come as no surprise that Cleveland would go all-out for the city's first major sports title in more than 50 years. Indeed, the city's population more than tripled during the parade for the Cavaliers on Wednesday. More»
Michael Tunison

LeBron Will Defend Title With Cavs

LeBron James swiftly put to rest the speculation of what he would do after this season by saying he would remains with the Cleveland Cavaliers to defend their title. More»
Celebration Time

Toast of the Town: Cavs Parade On the March

Hundreds of thousands of fans are lining the downtown Cleveland streets to cheer LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who made history by overcoming a 3-1 deficit to beat Golden State in the NBA Finals and end the city's 52-year championship drought. More»
Michael Tunison

Ponzi Scheme Hits Athletes For $30 Mil

A court order by the SEC freezing the assets of a shady advisor who bilked Mark Sanchez, Jake Peavy and Roy Oswalt out of $30 million in a Ponzi scheme. More»
Terence Moore

Cavs Win ... Cubs Next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions, finishing off an incredible run and ending 52 years of misery for a beleaguered sports city. Your move, Cubs. More»
Will Leitch

NBA's Most Tortured Fan Bases: 2016

For the first time since we've been doing this rankings, the "most tortured" team has finally won a title. Now that the Cavs have given Cleveland a championship, let's see who has usurped them at the top of this NBA list. More»
Matt Brown

Badgers About to Run The Gauntlet

Last season, Wisconsin managed to go 10-3 despite a lackluster running game, thanks to a laughably easy schedule after Week 1. This year is much different. With one of the toughest schedule draws in the country, the Badgers need a quick rushing rebound. More»
Andrea Hangst

Linebackers Under Pressure In 2016

In football, more responsibility brings scrutiny, as well as the potential for extraordinary paydays that can rival even deals given to quarterbacks. There are many plates an NFL linebacker must keep spinning in order to do his job well. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT Loss: What a Messi

Argentina thoroughly trounced the United States men's national team on Tuesday night, winning 4-0 and advancing to the Copa America Centenario final against either Colombia or Chile on Sunday. And Lionel Messi was a magician. More»
Cy Brown

Croatia Causes Spain Pain at Euros

Croatia scored a last-minute goal to upset Spain and win Group D at UEFA Euro 2016, with the Spaniards finishing second. In Group C, Germany went top with a win against Northern Ireland, while Poland finished second after beating Ukraine. More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos of the week

As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from June 14-20. More»
Will Leitch

USMNT: Nothing To Lose vs. Argentina

With the World Cup in Russia two years away, Tuesday night is as good as it gets for experiencing U.S. men's soccer for a while. And regardless of what happens in the semifinals vs. Argentina, the Copa America has already been a success for the USMNT. More»
Ross Tucker

The Problem with Football's HOF

Currently, the only criteria for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, according to the bylaws, are a nominee's achievements and contributions as a player, coach, or contributor in professional football in the United States of America. Not character. Really? More»
Cy Brown

For USMNT, it's time to believe

The USMNT takes on Argentina in the Copa America semifinals Tuesday in Houston. Everything must go perfect, and the U.S. needs to play the best match its played in years to have any shot at pulling off the upset. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Offensive Linemen Rankings 2016

Our weekly breakdown of the best players returning to college football in 2016 continues with the 30 best offensive linemen, a list headlined by Alabama star tackle Cam Robinson, who appears to have escaped potential legal trouble. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The Impact Of Tech In Football

As the league tries to make the sport safer, you can expect that most changes to how the game is played will be preventative in nature. These are some of the futuristic technologies that could be changing the NFL someday, if not already. More»
Cy Brown

Wales of a Time At the Euros

With the backing of one of the most passionate fanbases at the Euros, the Welsh finished off a disappointing Russia team to win Group B and qualify for the knockout round. It's an amazing accomplishment for a nation that last made the Euros in 1958. More»
Michael Tunison

LeBron Trolls With Vintage T-Shirt

LeBron James wore an Ultimate Warriors shirt and a tea-sipping frog hat to poke some fun at the Warriors after winning an NBA title. More»
Michael Pina

The King and Ky: 3 Games to Won!

Kyrie and LeBron
The Cleveland Cavaliers faced one of the biggest uphill battles in NBA history on their quest to immortal glory. Yet there was a series of key plays that helped them achieve the seemingly impossible, starting with three minutes before the end of Game 5. More»
Michael Tunison

Dan Gilbert Wants President LeBron

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert joked that LeBron James should put himself in contention for the Republican nomination with the GOP convention coming to town next month. More»
Michael Pina

Dubs Regrets, They Have a Few

After a historically dominant regular season and a seemingly insurmountable lead, the Warriors lost a Game 7 at home to the Cavaliers, falling just short of the NBA title. What caused such a collapse of epic proportions? Let's take a look. More»
Michael Tunison

Cavs Motivated By Replica Trophy

The Cavaliers had a secret motivational tool they used to guide them to a championship: a replica trophy puzzle that was broken up into 16 pieces. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Greatest Non-Championship Teams

An MVP trophy, a record 73-9 regular season and 88 total wins make the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors one of the greatest teams in sports history, but it doesn't make them champions. They join the list of regular-season juggernauts that fell short in the postseason. More»
Mike Lupica

For Cleveland: All The King's Win

LeBron James came back home to win a title in a city that hasn't won a title of any kind in more than half-a-century. In an all-time great NBA Finals performance, he has achieved one of the most amazing accomplishments in sports history. More»
Alex Wong

Love's Story One of Redemption

Kevin Love has gotten his fair share of criticism, but he showed up in Game 7, playing with a level of patience and poise on the offensive end he has rarely demonstrated throughout the Finals, with a key defensive stop on Steph Curry in the final minute. More»
NBA Finals

Dubs Flub Golden Opportunity

The record-setting 73 wins in the regular season, Steph Curry's unanimous MVP and the memorable comeback in the conference finals will all be a footnote now after the Warriors became the first team ever to lose the NBA Finals after taking a 3-1 series lead. More»
Anthony Castrovince

The Cavs and The Have-Nots No More

In announcing his return to Cleveland in 2014, LeBron had said, "In northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned." Man, he wasn't kidding. For a city starved for a championship for 52 years, Sunday was everything. More»
Erik Malinowski

James 7: 'Cleveland, This Is For You'

This incredible reality had come true: The Cavaliers are, at long last, NBA champions. But that summation, so succinct and superficial, doesn't do the accomplishment any sort of justice. Game 7 of the Finals vs. the Warriors was epic. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Bigger in Texas: Rangers Built To Last

Texas might be the AL's answer to the Cubs, and not just because it has the league's best record. What stands out about the Rangers is less the winning percentage itself and more the way they've built it despite some major hurdles. More»
Will Leitch

The Block Heard 'Round The World

For years, as wonderful as LeBron James has been, we've been waiting for a certain signature, iconic, immortal moment, one that we'll always remember. And then, Sunday night, on the night of his greatest achievement: LeBron got one. More»
Karim Zidan

Dustin, The Win: I Close My Prize

Dustin Johnson's first major title didn't come easy, but on Sunday he finally broke through to conquer Oakmont and win the U.S. Open by three shots. Not even a controversial one-stroke penalty from the USGA could slow down a phenomenal final round. More»

James 7: 'Cleveland, This Is For You!'

LeBron James and his relentless, never-count-them-out Cavaliers pulled off an improbable NBA Finals comeback, and Cleveland is title town again at long last. More»
Go Crazy, Cleveland

The King, His Town and Their Crown

LeBron James delivered on a promise to bring a championship to his native northeast Ohio, and he and the Cavs became the first team to rally from a 3-1 finals deficit by beating the Warriors 93-89 on Sunday night to end a 52-year major sports title drought in Cleveland. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Jokemont: Confusion At U.S. Open

The final day of the U.S. Open had people talking ... for all the wrong reasons. Dustin Johnson was on the fifth green on Sunday when he backed off of his putt and alerted a rules official that he saw his ball move. That's when the chaos set it. More»
U.S. Open

Dustin, The Win: I Close My Prize

Dustin Johnson won his first major championship in style, lacing a 6-iron to 5 feet on the 18th hole and making the putt for a final birdie. He made moot any possible penalty by the USGA for his ball moving on the fifth green. More»
Michael Tunison

Spieth Has The Curry Shoes

Jordan Spieth brought the Steph Curry shoes that the internet has endlessly mocked to the U.S. Open. Appropriate. More»
Michael Pina

The Impact of Iguodala's Injury

There's no replacing what Andre Iguodala provides on both ends for the Warriors, and against the Cleveland Cavaliers -- a team with inconsistent pick-and-roll coverage that isn't afraid to trap ball screens -- his offensive impact is huge. More»
Alex Wong

Game 7: What's at Stake For Everyone

The best part about Game 7 is the finality of it all. There are no more what-ifs beyond the final result of the game, no one theorizing about how the series can swing. There's one more game to determine it all. And it's not all about LeBron. More»
Alex Wong

Cavs Can Rewrite History

Cleveland fans are very familiar with heartbreak, which makes Sunday's game between the Cavaliers and Warriors their latest chance at salvation, to liberate themselves from the pain that's consumed them for so long. More»
Cy Brown

Argentina has a Date with the U.S.

Argentina smashed the dreams of Venezuela 4-1 Saturday night in Foxborough, Mass. The victory moved Argentina one step closer to its first piece of major silverware since it won Copa America 1993, and featured a record-setting performance from Lionel Messi. More»
U.S. Open

Lowry's The Man At Oakmont

Shane Lowry is at the top of the leaderboard at the U.S. Open heading into Sunday. The Irishman sandwiched three birdies around a bogey to close out his front nine at 33 and 4 under, but there are plenty of contenders on his tail. More»
Andrew Mearns

Why the 'Grandy Man' Is Underrated

Sandy Alderson and the Mets made a smart move when they signed Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract in the 2013-14 offseason. Since then, the "Grandy Man" has not made them regret that decision, even during his slumps. More»
Cy Brown

Ronaldo, Portugal fall short again

Ronaldo missed PK
A missed penalty by Ronaldo cost Portugal as it drew 0-0 with Austria. Elsewhere, Iceland robbed itself of a win against Hungary, and Belgium got back on the right foot with a 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland. More»
Manny Randhawa

Road Isn't Rocky For Chatwood

No qualified pitcher in the Majors has a better road ERA than the Rockies' Tyler Chatwood this season. Not Clayton Kershaw. Not Jake Arrieta. Not anyone else. At home? Well, that's a different story. More»
Cy Brown

O.J. doc's most fascinating moments

There are many moments in ESPN's five-part O.J. Simpson series that lend insight into the mind of Simpson, his abusive relationship with Nicole and the racial tensions in L.A. Here are the five most fascinating and thought-provoking moments from the series. More»
David Ubben

Most Famous father & sons in sports

Father's Day is Sunday, as good a time as any to recognize some of the most famous fathers in sports. Sometimes, the genes of a superstar athlete beget more stars. Here are some of the families who most famously have sports running through their bloodlines. More»
Cy Brown

Fan Mayhem Flares Up At Euro 2016

Chaos erupted in the Croatian supporters' section during a 2-2 draw between Croatia and the Czech Republic in Saint-Etienne. Late in the match, Croatian fans threw fireworks and 10 flares onto the pitch, and appeared to fight among themselves in the stands. More»
Alex Wong

The Ultimate NBA conspiracy theory

Ayesha Curry late Thursday became the latest person to express a belief in the NBA's alleged rigged state of existence, that league pulls strings to orchestrate results it wants -- in this case, against the Warriors. But what if it's the other way around? More»
Cy Brown

Mouthing off: Curry Fined For Toss

Steph Curry was not happy last night. That's what tends to happen when your team goes from 3-1 up to 3-3 in the NBA Finals and you foul out for the first time in your career. And when Curry was called for his final foul of the night in Game 6, he threw a temper tantrum. More»
Will Leitch

A Brief History of NBA Finals Game 7s

Only six times in the last three-plus decades before Sunday has the NBA championship come down to one game. And none of them has come close to the stakes that Cavaliers-Warriors holds. Let's take a look at the NBA Finals' most recent Game 7s. More»
Alex Wong

Caught Off Guard: Warriors Reeling

The Warriors unraveled in a Game 6 loss to Cleveland, with Steph Curry getting ejected in the fourth quarter. They need him to get back to being the Curry we're used to in Game 7, and he'll also need to lead the team with his composure. More»
Mike Lupica

Hooper Sunday: G7 Hardwood Heaven

All the talk of the NBA Finals will finally end on Sunday night, with or without mouthpieces, from suspended players and MVP's wives, and with coaches crying and crying about the refs. You throw it all out. Starting with the mouthpieces, right? More»
Erik Malinowski

King Reigns Supreme In Game 6

LeBron James ascended to a whole other plane of basketball in Game 6, a ferocious 115-101 Cavs win at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night to even the series against the Warriors. Sunday's Game 7 is going to be epic. More»
Matt Brown

CFB's Most Underappreciated Star

The 2016 college football is loaded with great running backs, from Leonard Fournette to Christian McCaffrey and beyond. While he has gotten recognition, it's been easy for one of the biggest stars to get lost in the shuffle. So don't forget about Oregon's Royce Freeman. More»
NBA Playoffs

Going Back to Cali: Cavs Force Game 7

LeBron James scored 41 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Cleveland Cavaliers sent the NBA Finals packing for Oakland by beating the rattled Golden State Warriors, 115-101, on Thursday night to even this unpredictable series. More»
Joe DeLessio

NHL tortured fan base rankings: 2016

The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday to cap the 2015-16 NHL season, and so as per Sports on Earth tradition, that means it's time to rank each of the league's franchises based on how tortured their fan bases are. More»
Julian McWilliams

Ayesha Curry Calls Finals 'Rigged'

In a much-discussed tweet that was later deleted at the end of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Steph Curry's wife, Ayesha, suggested that the league had fixed the results to force a Game 7. She later apologized. More»
Cy Brown

U-S-A! U-S-A! On to the Copa Semis

The USMNT advanced to the semifinals of the Copa America Centenario with a 2-1 victory over Ecuador on Thursday, achieving the goal Jurgen Klinsmann set out for before the tournament began. It was one of the best wins in U.S. soccer history. More»
Tim Healey

Wright can do no wrong in Boston

Steven Wright is an American League Cy Young Award candidate. Go ahead, read it again. It's true, and it's nuts. Wright, a 31-year-old knuckleballer, has been the best pitcher on the Red Sox and one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2016. More»
Michael Pina

Who Will Be The Finals MVP?

With five games already in the books and a possibly decisive Game 6 on the horizon, we already have a good idea of who is in the running for the Finals MVP Award on both the Warriors and the Cavs. And no, the answer isn't Kevin Love. More»
Cy Brown

England beats Wales in final minute

England broke a lot of Welsh hearts today. With their UEFA Euro 2016 group match level at 1-1 in the final moments of the match in Lens, Daniel Sturridge broke a 1-1 deadlock to earn three points and move to the top of Group B. More»
Mike Lupica

A Tale of Two Big Citi Infielders

Ten years ago, the Mets' future appeared to be as bright as ever, thanks to young rising stars David Wright and Jose Reyes. Now, with Wright's injury troubles and Reyes designated for assignment by Colorado, the future has become a sad present. More»
Will Leitch

Groundhog Day? NBA Finals Game 6

On the brink of closing out a historic title run, the Warriors are one road win away in Cleveland from winning it all, led by the immortal Steph Curry. Sound familiar? Well, LeBron and the Cavs are trying to make sure that history doesn't repeat itself. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Summer matchmaker, MLB edition

There could be a lot of early activity in the MLB trade market this season. Here's an early attempt at playing matchmaker, pairing some of the biggest names (not all of whom will actually get dealt, of course) with the clubs most poised to land them. More»
Karim Zidan

What to watch for during U.S. Open

The dastardly course aside, the U.S. Open will serve as an opportunity for a host of talented players to cross the Rubicon following impressive weeks on the PGA TOUR. Here is a rundown of storylines heading into the tournament. More»
Cy Brown

Time for the USMNT to show its mettle

With the USMNT set to play its Copa America quarterfinal at CenturyLink Field in Seattle -- an American soccer stronghold -- against a beatable Ecuadoran side, the once far-fetched goal of advancing to the semifinals is well within reach. More»
Matt Brown

In With The Old: 25 Key CFB Transfers

When college football players transfer, it's always important to remember that not everybody can make the impact that Russell Wilson did. Still, every season features big impacts being made by veteran players who have switched teams. More»
Tim Healey

King or not, Ichiro is one of a kind

Let's say two things about Ichiro Suzuki: At 42, he is having a stunningly good season, all but forcing Marlins manager Don Mattingly's hand as far as near-everyday playing time goes. Also, Ichiro hasn't passed Pete Rose in anything. More»
Cy Brown

France wins it late again

France became the first team to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 knockout stage by beating Albania, 2-0, on Tuesday with a goal from Antoine Griezmann in the 90th minute to break the deadlock, before Dimitri Payet added another late in stoppage time. More»
Michael Tunison

Highlights From The Penguins Parade

Penguins fans crammed downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday 400,000 strong, creating the most attended sports parade in the city's history. More»
Michael Tunison

Craig Sager To Work First NBA Finals

Thanks to a deal between TNT and ESPN, Craig Sager will get to work the first NBA Finals of his career by being the sideline reporter during Game 6 on ABC. More»
Alex Wong

Curry Struggles While Warriors Roll

Steph Curry is clearly not himself since his knee injury, but the Warriors have stepped up their game around their leader. What will Curry's legacy look like after these Finals come to a close? We look across the court for an answer. More»
Michael Tunison

Andrew Bogut Out For Finals

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will miss the remainder of the NBA Finals due to a knee injury. He will not require surgery, however. More»
Will Leitch

Top Home Run Derby Candidates

While pitchers are clamoring to be in the Home Run Derby, the harsh reality is that they simply don't belong. But with a great new format inaugurated last year, there are plenty of candidates that we'd love to see this July. More»
Michael Tunison

Karlos Williams' Weight Gain Excuse

Bills running back Karlos Williams showed up to the team's mandatory minicamp out of shape and blamed his weight gain on being tempted to eat with his pregnant fiancee. More»
Joe DeLessio

NHL In Vegas A Roll of the Ice

The NHL's expansion to Las Vegas is reportedly now almost a done deal. The pros and cons have been weighed, but the big advantage the league has in the move may be short-lived, depending on what happens with the NFL. More»
Terence Moore

The Cardinals Won't Fade Away

Just last month, the St. Louis Cardinals were a mess. Their offense remained potent, but their starting pitching was awful, and so was their defense. Now, the team is rising again. Did you expect anything less? More»
Tim Healey

Can Nats Get Zim Back On Track?

Ryan Zimmerman over a full season has never been as bad as he is now. He is a massive hole in the heart of a top-five NL lineup, and his ability to produce is central to the Nationals' continued ability to finally live up to years of expectations. More»
Matt Brown

Florida Still Lurking Atop SEC East

Even at its lowest moments, Florida has been able to produce silver linings, mostly in the form of tormenting rivals Tennessee and Georgia. This year, they may be a sleeper, but history says that the SEC East still goes through the Gators. More»
Ross Tucker

Rodgers: The LeBron of the NFL

Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best player in the NFL. With that, however, comes increased expectations, which leads to a key question: If LeBron James keeps getting criticized for his shortcomings, why doesn't Rodgers? More»
Andrea Hangst

NFL Under Pressure: Defensive Line

The defensive line doesn't get a lot of attention in the NFL unless it is doing two things: Significantly disrupting quarterbacks on a regular basis or making mistakes allowing running backs to break free and passes to fly with ease. More»
Alex Wong

Love Looks Lost In Finals

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers to a Game 5 win on Monday, but Cleveland is still waiting for Kevin Love to show up this series. We know he's set to stay in the starting lineup for Game 6. What impact will he have? More»
Michael Pina

The Irrepressible Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving's performance Monday night to stave off elimination for the Cavs was iconic, the type of game that caps a legendary career as the first story told during a Hall of Fame induction. It also speaks to why he's such an enigma. More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos of the week

As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from June 7-13. More»
Mike Lupica

Green Light For Cavs' King, Kyrie

You take nothing away from what LeBron James and Kyrie Irving did in Oakland on Monday night because, really, how could you? But Draymond Green -- specifically, his suspension and absence -- is a big reason Cleveland has pushed the NBA Finals to a Game 6. More»
Erik Malinowski

Two Good: LeBron, Kyrie Save Cavs

Sublime performances from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving kept the Cavs' hopes for a title afloat, as they beat back the shorthanded Warriors, 112-97, to force Game 6 in Cleveland. It's hard to overstate just how great those two stars were. More»
Matt Brown

College Defensive Back Rankings 2016

While many impact college football defensive backs did leave early for the draft, the group does have several returning stars who easily could have turned pro but decided to come back for their senior seasons, including the top three cornerbacks in our rankings. More»
David Ubben

Briles Debate Still Lingering

The Baylor scandal has grown increasingly complex. It added another layer on Monday when reports surfaced saying that some university donors and regents want to suspend Art Briles rather than fire him. Confused? We'll get you straightened out. More»
Cat Garcia

Too early to worry about Heyward

As we reach the 100-games-left-in-the-season mark of the 2016 season, it's a bit surprising to see that Jason Heyward's slash line is sitting at .226/.323/.313. The thing is, there's more to the story than that. More»
Len Hochberg

The Oakmonster Is Ready to Destroy

When thinking of great defense, what comes to mind? The 1985 Bears, for sure. And Lawrence Taylor, Bill Russell and Willie Mays. Maybe J.J. Watt, Ozzie Smith and even Floyd Mayweather. And Oakmont Country Club. More»
NBA Playoffs

LeBron and Kyrie too much for Dubs in Game 5

LeBron James had 41 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists, Kyrie Irving also scored 41 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers capitalized on the Warriors playing without suspended star Draymond Green, staving off NBA Finals elimination with a 112-97 victory in Game 5. More»
Cy Brown

Rough start for Belgium at Euros

In its opening match at Euro 2016 on Monday, Belgium fell short of expectations thanks to a top performance from a team that has gone in the opposite trajectory as Belgium in the past few years: Italy. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Who Gets The Next Big NFL Extension?

This month we've already seen some prominent NFL players sign extensions, with Fletcher Cox being the latest to agree to terms with the Eagles. Which other studs around the league are realistically due for a new contract? More»
Michael Tunison

Van Gundy's Crazy O.J. Story

Jeff Van Gundy relayed a story explaining why O.J. Simpson was going so slow during the infamous white Bronco chase: He was listening to the NBA Finals. More»
Michael Tunison

Game 5 Finals Clinch Could Cost Green

Draymond Green is suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Should the Golden State Warriors close out the series Monday, it would cost Green to celebrate on the court. More»
Karim Zidan

Rising Berger Wins First Title

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2015 Rookie of the Year Daniel Berger took home his first title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, proving to critics like Phil Mickelson that he has what it takes to hang with the veterans. Next, he has his sights set on rising to the top at the U.S. Open. More»
Alex Wong

Examining LeBron's Seven Finals

LeBron's seven Finals appearances have increasingly felt like a trial on his career and a referendum on what his legacy should be. This year against the Warriors in no different, but bears some perspective on what's happened before. More»
Joe DeLessio

Cup Phil'd With Glory For Penguins

With the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-1 Game 6 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, Phil Kessel is now a Stanley Cup champion. Better still, he was a huge reason why the Pens won, silencing doubters once and for all. More»
Will Leitch

USMNT: Progress On the Pitch

When it comes to Jurgen Klinsmann and U.S. Soccer, if everybody wants to just care about results, how about this one: The USMNT is one win away from one of the greatest achievements in the history of the whole organization. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Designated Pitcher: Madbum in Derby?

Early this month, Madison Bumgarner said he wants to participate in the Home Run Derby, and now other pitchers have chimed in about wanting to join. If a pitcher is going to infiltrate the Derby, Bumgarner -- and only Bumgarner -- is the one who ought to do it. More»
NHL Playoffs

Pitt In Six! Penguins Are the Champs

Sidney Crosby set up Kris Letang's go-ahead goal midway through the second period and the Pittsburgh Penguins won the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history by beating the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 6 of the final Sunday night. More»
Cy Brown

Athletes mourn Orlando victims

The tragic mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that resulted in the deaths of at least 50 people left America in shock on Sunday. Messages of mourning have flooded in from the sports world, with many coming from athletes with a connection to Orlando. More»

Draymond Green Suspended For Game 5

Golden State star Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals after the league assessed a Flagrant 1 foul from his scuffle with Cleveland's LeBron James. More»
Michael Tunison

Big Ben Denies Trump Endorsement

Ben Roethlisberger denied a claim made by Donald Trump that the Steelers quarterback would appear at the GOP convention to endorse the candidate. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT advances to Copa quarters

The United States men's national team withstood a red card early in the second half of its Copa America Centenario Group A match against Paraguay to win 1-0 and advance to the knockout round. More»
Anthony Mazzuca

Creator Captures Belmont Victory

Closers close, and that's exactly what Creator did on Saturday, winning the Belmont Stakes in dramatic fashion and capturing the $1.5 million dollar prize. More»
Cy Brown

Elation for Wales in Euro Opener

Wales, playing in its first major tournament in more than half a century, got an historic win in its Euro 2016 opener against Slovakia. Meanwhile, England lost a 1-0 lead in stoppage time to finish the day with a heartbreaking draw with Russia. More»
Joe DeLessio

The Brutal Grace of Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe died on Friday at the age of 88, and he's rightfully being remembered as one of the most iconic figures the sport has seen. But Howe, of course, was also one of the fiercest men ever to play the game. It defined him. More»
Erik Malinowski

Splash Dance: Dubs One W Away

Thanks to Steph Curry's explosive rebirth, Golden State's D and a record-setting night from beyond the arc, the Warriors gutted out a 108-97 win on the road against the Cavs Friday and are on the verge of immortality. More»
NBA Playoffs

Splash Dance: Dubs One W Away From Title

The Warriors are oh-so-close now. In a crucial Game 4 Friday night in Cleveland, the Dubs overcame an eight-point, third-quarter deficit, beating the Cavs 108-97. Steph Curry had 38 points and Klay Thompson poured in 25 of his own. More»
Patrick Dubuque

The Lost Art of Stealing Home

Without a moving walkway on the third base line, the steal home may be gone for good. There aren't any obvious ways to tinker with the rules to allow us more of these. So all we can do is appreciate the hubris when we can. More»
Gene Menez

Belmont Stakes Preview

Common sense suggests that there's an easy formula to follow when handicapping the Belmont Stakes. But as recent history has shown, common sense hasn't always prevailed in the final jewel of the Triple Crown. More»
Cy Brown

Payet stunner wins it for France

After scoring its first goal in the second half to go up 2-1, Les Bleus withstood a comeback from Romania -- which tied the match thanks to a penalty -- and won 2-1 following an 89th minute wondergoal from Dimitri Payet in its Euro 2016 opener. More»
Cy Brown

They Really Said That?! Sports Edition

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Fox Sports Florida reporter Emily Austen was fired for racist comments she made on a Barstool Sports Facebook Live broadcast. It's not the first time sports people did something stupid that went viral. Nor will it be the last. More»
Cy Brown

Nine greatest moments from No. 9

At one point or another, Gordie Howe held pretty much every major offensive record there was to hold in the NHL, both a testament to Mr. Hockey's incredible talent and his even more incredible longevity. More»
Michael Tunison

Gordie Howe Defined an NHL Era

Gordie Howe -- known as "Mr. Hockey" -- passed away at the age of 88 on Friday. His playing career spanned five decades and included four Stanley Cups and six Hart Trophies. More»
Will Leitch

Key Questions For Cardinals, Pirates

It's already obvious that nobody is catching the Cubs in the NL Central this year, which is bad news for two of the best teams in baseball: the Cardinals and Pirates. With a weekend series on tap, here are key questions for each team as they pursue playoff spots. More»
Matt Brown

Best Yet To Come for Clemson Offense

Behind quarterback Deshaun Watson, Clemson's offense was thrilling to watch last season in its run to the national title game. But it was only the beginning. With nearly every key player returning, the Tigers are poised for another leap forward. More»
Andrew Simon

MLB's 100-WAR club: Who is next?

Albert Pujols, with 99.9 career WAR and a brief stop at triple digits, is the latest member of baseball's 100-WAR club, a prestigious group full of baseball royalty. Here are four more active players who could join the club. More»
Alex Wong

Cavs-Dubs Game 4: Decisions, Decisions

With the NBA Finals looking competitive again, Game 4 takes on a new level of importance. Right now, two looming decisions will have a significant effect: If Kevin Love plays, how much will he play? And will the Warriors start Andre Iguodala again? More»
Michael Pina

The NBA Finals' other Thompson

Tristan Thompson can't score consistently, protect the rim or dribble without looking at his shoes. This sounds concerning, but given Thompson's strengths and his contextual responsibilities, he starts at center for a team with championship aspirations. More»
NHL playoffs

Sharks Survive To Swim Another Day

Martin Jones stopped everything on Thursday night. The San Jose Sharks goaltender made 44 saves -- including all 31 over the final two periods -- in a 4-2 victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins, forcing a Game 6 on home ice. More»
Mike Lupica

Tennis' Menace: The PED Racket

Every time somebody new in any sport gets clipped the way Maria Sharapova has been clipped, it turns way too many other people in the same sport into suspects, whether they have ever tested positive or not. That's just the way it goes. More»
Will Leitch

Winning a Title at Home Extra Special

The feeling of winning a title in front of your home crowd is a rarity like no other, and the city of Pittsburgh hasn't seen a champion in any sport crowned at home since 1960. The Penguins have a chance to break that streak with a win over the Sharks. More»
Erik Malinowski

Cavs Three-mendous As Dubs Flub

LeBron James scored 32 points and Cleveland dominated a step-slow Golden State team that looked lost in a 120-90 thrashing that may change the course of these NBA Finals. More»
Ross Tucker

Vikings Can Be Super Bowl Surprise

Typically, picking a darkhorse Super Bowl contender during the offseason is a hollow act, as a select crop seemingly always rises to the top. Yet this year, the Minnesota Vikings boast a talented, underrated and hungry squad which deserves an exception. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Breakthrough Team Candidates

The college football power structure doesn't change a lot over time, with the most powerful teams typically staying atop the national hierarchy. Still, any individual season features fluidity, and every season features teams ready to take a leap forward. More»
Tim Healey

All-Star voting course corrections

George Springer, with the sort of skill and personality that should be on display during baseball's signature summer event, and Corey Seager, as a top young talent in the game, deserve to be All-Stars whether fans vote them in or not. More»
Cy Brown

Euro 2016 Group preview

Euro 2016 is upon us. The quadrennial tournament to determine the best national team in Europe will pit some of the best squads the world has to offer against one another for a solid month. Let's look at what to expect from the group stage. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB Draft's Most Valuable Picks

Here's the truth about many of the great MLB Draft day steals: They didn't prove their greatness with the clubs that drafted them. But let's focus on the ones that did. What follows are my choices for the top 10 MVPs -- Most Valuable Picks -- in the history of the June draft. More»
Will Leitch

KC is royal in best MLB jersey bracket

It is an axiom of the baseball internet that when you have a poll, any poll, if there is a component involving the Kansas City Royals, the component that involves the Kansas City Royals will win. That holds true in our Best MLB Jersey Bracket. More»

Cavs Roll Warriors 120-90 in Cleveland

LeBron James scored 32 points, Kyrie Irving added 30 and the Cleveland Cavaliers, pushed for 48 minutes by a delirious, championship-starved crowd, hammered the Golden State Warriors 120-90 in Game 3 on Wednesday night to pull within 2-1 in the NBA Finals. More»
Alex Wong

Why Iggy Is Indispensable For Dubs

Andre Iguodala prophesied in 2013 that he was the missing piece needed to propel the Golden State Warriors to a championship. Nearly three years later, it's almost scary how something that seemed so silly at the time turned out to be so right. More»
Karim Zidan

Should Sharapova's Ban Get Reduced?

Sharapova doping
Maria Sharapova plans to immediately appeal her two-year suspension for testing positive for meldonium, and the drug's complicated background calls into question the World Anti-Doping Agency's handling of PED testing as a whole. More»
Michael Tunison

Love Lost: Cavs Star Out For Game 3

Cavaliers forward will miss Game 3 of the Finals following a concussion he suffered in Game 2. The Cavs, who are already down 2-0 in the series against the Warriors, will have to shuffle around their starting lineup. More»
Michael Pina

Deep Trouble: Cavs' Threes Go Cold

While the Warriors have been the best 3-point shooting team in the NBA this season, the Cavaliers weren't far behind. Until the Finals, that is. Golden State's suffocating defense has made life difficult for Cleveland from the outside, and the Cavs haven't had any answers. More»
Michael Tunison

Sharapova Suspended Two Years

Maria Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for doping. The Russian tennis star has already announced a planned appeal. More»
Will Leitch

Klinsmann Knows Best (No, Really)

Jurgen Klinsmann can't seem to do anything right in the eyes of soccer fans and media. Yet it's his job to tell us truths that we don't want to hear, and he has an important message that it would best for us to finally listen to. More»
Michael Tunison

Report: JPP To Do Fireworks PSAs

According to a New York Daily News report, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is going to film public service announcements promoting firework safety to kids in advance of July 4th. More»
Matt Brown

Hokies Can Rise Quickly Under Fuente

There are no sure things when coaching changes are made, but Virginia Tech made what appears to be the best hire of last fall when it brought in Justin Fuente. After a few seasons of mediocrity, Hokies success may be closer than you think. More»
Alex Wong

Stock watch: NBA Finals edition

The NBA Finals might already be over. But before the Warriors and Cavaliers play two more games in Cleveland, let's take stock of the first two games of this series and look at who is rising, who is falling and what remains unchanged. More»
Andrea Hangst

Offensive Linemen Under Pressure

Offensive linemen in the NFL have among the toughest jobs to handle in the league. Some have more on their shoulders than others, though. Here are six players (and one whole unit) who must block with the best of them. Or else. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT Back On Track After Big Win

The USMNT played an inspired match against Costa Rica, getting a goal early and finishing the first half with three. The Americans ended up securing a 4-0 win, it's first in the Copa America Centenario. More»
Terence Moore

Do or Die For Current Cavs Squad

If they haven't already, owner Dan Gilbert, general manager David Griffin, coach Tyronn Lue and the rest of the decision makers for the Cleveland Cavaliers should huddle to discuss what to do with their roster if they don't come back. More»
Mike Lupica

New York State of Mind: Get Durant

The Knicks brought Phil Jackson in to be the same kind of star in his new role as president of the Knicks as he was when he was coaching Michael and Scottie and Kobe and Shaq, to lure on-court stars to come play in New York. He hasn't done that yet. More»
Joe Sparacio

Photos of the week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here are the best photos from May 31- June 6. More»
Will Leitch

MLB Draft's impact can be quick

The MLB Draft doesn't get enough credit for being the sport-shaping event it is, mostly because the draftees' impact isn't immediate. But here, with a look back at the last seven first rounds, is evidence that it matters more quickly than you think. More»
Joe DeLessio

Penguins Can Soon Ice Cup Final

Through four games in the Penguins-Sharks' Stanley Cup Final, it's become apparent that the Pens are the better team, peaking at the right time and getting contributions from up and down their lineup. They can close things out Thursday. More»
Karim Zidan

RIP Kimbo Slice: Larger Than Life

Kimbo Slice passed away at the age of 42 after being taken to a Florida hospital early Monday morning. The details surrounding his passing remain unclear, but what we do know is that the former internet brawler won't be forgotten. More»
Michael Pina

LeBron Needs Answers, Quickly

Besides cleaning up his turnovers, dominating one-on-one matchups, staying on the floor for 48 minutes and sustaining an unrealistic level of aggression on every possession, what more can LeBron James do? More»
Nick Ashbourne

Ellsbury chasing Unusual record

Believe it or not, Jacoby Ellsbury has a chance to chase history Through about a third of the year, he has a good chance at breaking a record for -- wait for it -- most catcher's interference calls in a season. Here's why that's awesome. More»
Matt Brown

College Receiver Rankings 2016

Sports on Earth's weekly offseason rankings of the top 2016 college football players by position continues with the 30 best wide receivers -- led by Corey Davis, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Calvin Ridley -- in addition to the 15 best tight ends. More»
Julian McWilliams and Anthony Mazzuca

Kimbo Slice dead at 42

Popular MMA fighter Kimbo Slice was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital Monday evening. More»
Alexander Goot

Busch picks up win at Pocono, barely

For all his talent behind the wheel, Kurt Busch would hardly be considered a picture of tranquility. And yet, with barely enough fuel in the tank to make it to the finish and a number of competitors bearing down on him, Busch won Monday at Pocono Raceway. More»
Michael Tunison

Marshawn Rules Out Comeback

In a soon to broadcast interview, Marshawn Lynch shot down rumors that he would return after announcing his retirement during the Super Bowl. More»
Will Leitch

Ali's Battles Haven't Gone Away

When Muhammad Ali died, there was a lot of back-patting in his eulogies, that Ali has been vindicated, that the conflicts he fought outside the ring were as resounding victories as the ones inside it. But is this true? More»
Karim Zidan

Lesnar return highlights UFC's issue

Four and a half years after his last UFC fight, Brock Lesnar is returning to the promotion for UFC 200, a one-off fight against Mark Hunt on July 9. Still under contract with WWE, Lesnar explained on SportsCenter how this came to be. More»
Mike Lupica

Ali Still Undisputed Champ

Muhammad Ali didn't step forward on the day his name was called in the draft nearly 50 years ago, and now we're supposed to believe that any young sports star who doesn't step forward and step up is somehow hiding in his locker. Don't believe it. More»
Michael Tunison

Talib Wound Only Needed Stitches

Aqib Talib was shot at a nightclub in Dallas over the weekend, but the wound isn't serious, as Talib only required stitches to recover. More»
Erik Malinowski

Dubs Look Golden As Cavs Flail

The Warriors beat the Cavs in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, 110-79, and the point differential was in every way indicative of the complete smackdown Golden State applied in what very well could be its final home game of the season. More»
Alex Wong

'The Answer' Was Always Complicated

On Monday, NBA TV will air a one-hour special on Allen Iverson at 8 p.m. ET. For those who remember how much Iverson influenced the game, it should be a fond look back; for those who don't know what AI meant, it's required viewing. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Power Surge Lights Up AL East

The AL East home run derby, the White Sox make a move, the MLB Draft and more in this week's installment of The Rotation. More»
Cy Brown

Mexico tops Uruguay in Copa Thriller

In the most exciting match of the Copa America Centenario so far, Mexico defeated Uruguay 3-1 thanks to two late goals. Not a whole went right for Uruguay. Tournament organizers even accidentally played the Chile's national anthem instead of Uruguay's. Awkward. More»
Mike Lupica

No Djoke: Novak Could Be Best Ever

On Sunday, you saw Novak Djokovic playing across the last three sets against Andy Murray in the French Open final like exactly what he will someday be called in tennis, as long as he stays healthy: the greatest men's tennis player of all time. More»
Alex Wong

How the Cavs Can Solve the Warriors

It'll be hard enough for the Cavs to take four games from the Warriors in the NBA Finals, but a 2-0 deficit heading back to Cleveland would make the task even more difficult. Here are five things to watch Sunday. More»
Karim Zidan

Ali's Legacy One of Defiance

In March of 1967, a black, Muslim boxer spoke out against an unjust war, and with just a few words, forever changed the course of American history. Let us never forget that. More»
Joe DeLessio

Sharks Attack Finally Makes Splash

The Sharks' power play was supposed to be a sort of wild card in the Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins. It finally showed up late in Game 3, when the team needed it the most, allowing San Jose to beat Pittsburgh in overtime. More»
Terence Moore

Reflections on Ali, In Three Parts

Since Muhammad Ali's death Friday night, I've had stretches filled with anger, regret and thankfulness. Bear with me as I explore my trio of emotions regarding The Greatest beyond just his ability inside of a boxing ring. More»
Michael Pina

Lue's Clues: In Over His Head?

One key takeaway from Cleveland's Game 1 NBA Finals loss to Golden State was the whiff of anxiety that radiated from coach Tyronn Lue's curious strategy -- most notably, the benching of Channing Frye, who can help maximize the Cavs' greatest strength. More»
Cy Brown

Serena upset in French Open final

For the third Grand Slam event in a row, Serena Williams played late into the tournament in a bid to win her 22nd Grand Slam title. And for the third Grand Slam event in a row, Serena's march to 22 was cut short just before the finish line. More»
SoE Staff

The Champ: A Life In Pictures

Muhammad Ali was a talker. There's no doubt about that. But when all the words are used up and there's nothing left to say now that the Champ has departed this world for the next, all we're left with is the images he's left behind. And they are treasures. More»
Cy Brown

Ali's Most Memorable Moments

Muhammad Ali's legacy isn't just about the amazing things he accomplished in the ring, but also about the barriers he broke by taking a stand outside it. Let's take a look back. More»
Julian McWilliams

The World Mourns Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 late Friday night after fighting Parkinson's disease for 30 years. Luminaries from across the sports, pop culture and politics landscape offered their thoughts and remembrances. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT loses Copa America opener

Colombia capitalized on a few first half mistakes by the USMNT to win the Copa America Centenario opener, 2-0. The U.S. wasn't as bad as the scoreline indicates, but there was a disconcerting lack of passion from the American side. More»
Mike Lupica

Remembering Ali, The Greatest

Muhammad Ali, as big a sports star as this country has ever produced, the biggest sports star anywhere over the last 50 years, has passed away at the age of 74. It's hard to explain Ali at his peak, but we need to try. More»
Manny Randhawa

Adam Duvall Is Red Hot

The 27-year-old Duvall is getting everyday playing time in the Majors for the first time in his career. And he's making the most of it: in May, he tied Oakland's Khris Davis for most home runs in the Majors, and he continues to rake. More»
David Ubben

Adding a Title Game Boosts Big 12

For the last year, Oklahoma president David Boren's comment that the Big 12 was "psychologically disadvantaged" loomed over the conference. Now, with the addition of a conference championship game, the Big 12 has regained confidence. More»
Will Leitch

The WAR-Stars: Division edition

Why limit our MLB All-Star teams to one per league? In a just world, we'd have an All-Star team for each division. So let's put them together. These are my selections for the best players in each of the six divisions by position, based on the season so far. More»
Erik Malinowski

Dubs' Bench Is Golden In Game 1

No superlative performances from either Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson? No problem. Shaun Livingston's 20 points carried Golden State to an easy win over Cleveland in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. More»

Once down by 10, Mariners sink Padres

The Mariners scored 14 times in two innings to erase a 10-run deficit and stun the Padres, 16-13, on Thursday, the latest pratfall for a Padres team that was ripped in a radio interview by its executive chairman a day earlier. More»
NBA playoffs

Dubs get the W in Game 1

Stephen Curry's "Strength In Numbers" supporting cast made all the timely shots and all the difference for the defending champions in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors beat the Cavaliers,104-89, despite Curry and Klay Thompson combining for 20 points. More»
Cy Brown

Copa America Centenario preview

The Copa America is coming to the United States for its 100th birthday. That means the best soccer teams in South and North America are here for the biggest tournament American soil has seen since the 1994 World Cup. More»
David Ubben

Mayfield Gets Extra Year at Oklahoma

The Big 12 changed its mind about a transfer rule that stripped walk-on transfers of a year of eligibility, and now the conference's defenses will have to deal with star Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield for two more seasons instead of one. More»
Will Leitch

Vote: Final of MLB best jersey bracket

One month ago, we began our First Annual MLB Jersey Bracket, where you could vote on your favorite jerseys. Now we're down to the final matchup, and it's an all-Missouri affair: the No. 1-seeded Cardinals against the No. 10-seeded Royals. More»
Matt Brown

Don't Panic Yet, Huskers

Nebraska fired Bo Pelini after seven straight four-loss seasons and replaced him with Mike Riley, who finished with seven losses in his debut. Hope can be hard to find in Lincoln right now, but Riley's Cornhuskers shouldn't be judged on one fluke season. More»
Mike Lupica

For The Byrds: Excuses Don't Fly

Marlon Byrd is the latest to do hard baseball time because of a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. His explanation made him sound like the victim of life's circumstances, but we've certainly heard such things before. More»
Cy Brown

Serena shows she's still clutch

Serena Williams played bad Thursday at the French Open in her quarterfinal against Yadia Putintseva. But for the 38th time, Williams won a Grand Slam match after losing the first set to advance to the semifinals. More»
Will Leitch

LeBron Finally In Underdog Role

LeBron has had otherworldly expectations thrust upon him since he was 17 years old and no matter what he did, it never seemed like enough. Now, finally, he gets to play the role of the underdog -- a role that may change our view of the historic superstar forever. More»
Joe DeLessio

Sharks Weak? San Jose Not Done Yet

The Penguins are in excellent shape -- up 2-0 -- as the Stanley Cup Final shifts to San Jose, but don't give up on the Sharks quite yet. Even in back-to-back defeats, the Sharks can cling to a few things to give them hope that they can make a series of this yet. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Help Wanted? 12 Teams With Needs

June signals the start of summer and the start of baseball's summer swap market. That means it is officially acceptable for those of us on the outside to speculate about who needs what. Here are a dozen needs that come to mind for some clear contenders. More»
Ross Benes

NBA Finals: Who Are You Rooting For?

There are lots of narratives to choose from when picking a team to root for in the NBA Finals, so while those interesting storylines make the rounds this week, here's a look at data that might shape each state's rooting interests. More»
Cy Brown

Dawn of a New Day For USMNT

The USMNT had all kinds of problems in the two years since the 2014 World Cup, but Jurgen Klinsmann's squad seems to have addressed some of its problems. More»
Andrew Simon

Stock watch: MLB's likely free agents

An already modest 2016-17 free-agent class dried up further when Stephen Strasburg agreed to a contract extension with the Nationals, but quite a few are having seasons worth noting. Here are eight likely free agents who may be raising their stock. More»
Alex Wong

Five Key NBA Finals Questions

It's Cavs-Warriors II, the matchup many long expected. The Cavs are healthier. The Warriors are looking to finish what could be the greatest season ever with another championship. Here are five storylines that could determine the Finals. More»
Matt Brown

Next Top CFB Head Coach Candidates

Last season's college football coaching carousel was even more active than usual, and it could be active again this fall. So which rising stars could be in the mix for promotions to bigger jobs elsewhere if things break right during the 2016 season? More»
Anthony Castrovince

In praise of Cleveland sports

Pain isn't a part of Cleveland sports. Pain is Cleveland sports. In some sick way, it's what makes Cleveland sports special. If the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors, that would all change. More»
Michael Pina

Who will be this year's Iggy?

Who will be this year's Andre Iguodala? That is, which non-star will thrive on the biggest stage and help elevate his team to victory in a surprising, historically meaningful way? Here are big major candidates. More»
Will Leitch

The Dumbest May Sports Stories

From horse tweeting to the Dikembe Mutombo NBA Draft lottery conspiracy theory, there was no shortage of inane topics to discuss this month. We review the ten most mind-numbing. More»
Will Leitch

USMNT: Get Excited For Copa America

There is nothing in the world I am less skeptical about -- with no real evidence to back up my lack of skepticism -- than the U.S. men's national soccer team. And with the Copa America Centenario about to start, you should join me in my unabashed excitement. More»
Michael Tunison

Harbaugh Fires Back at Saban

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh took issue with recent comments that Alabama's Nick Saban made against satellite camps. Once again, Harbaugh took to his Twitter account to respond to a prominent critic. More»
Sean Highkin

Topic Thunder: Why Durant Will Stay

The Warriors have been such a dominant force that, somehow, the fact that Kevin Durant is about to hit free agency has became a rarely discussed afterthought. With his season over, though, it moves to the forefront. What are his options? What is his best option? More»
Kenneth Arthur

Nine best quarterbacks from the '90s

With the retirements of Peyton Manning and Matt Hasselbeck this year, there are now no more active quarterbacks who were drafted in the 1990s. If we discount any season that didn't take place in the '90s, these are the nine best quarterbacks from that decade. More»
Matt Brown

Reloading Defense Key To OSU Fate

Ohio State faces a steep task in 2016 with so many key contributors gone from a team that lost two games in two seasons and won a national championship. Much attention will be paid to a new offense, but it's the defense that can keep the Buckeyes in the title hunt. More»
Terence Moore

Bonds Regrets The Way He Acted

Ever since Barry Bonds joined the Major Leagues in 1986, we've had riveting conversations, and they've lasted awhile. Around me, he's straight forward without the hint of spin. Too bad that's not how he acted during his playing career. More»
Andrea Hangst

Tight ends under pressure in 2016

Experiencing an immense amount of pressure to succeed is part of the day-to-day lives of all NFL players, but the degree of pressure that weighs on tight ends is a more modern phenomenon. Here are the tight ends under the most pressure this ear. More»