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Matt Brown

Breaking Down The First CFP Top 25

The selection committee has spoken, and as easy as it is to complain about any rankings, the first College Football Playoff top 25 of the 2017 season produced logical results that set the stage for what could be a wild November. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

NFL Trade Deadline Deals, Ranked

This was the wildest Trade Deadline frenzy in NFL history. Several premier players surprising changed teams during the final days of the trading period, and the NFL hot stove became a reality for the first time. So which deals will have the most impact? More»
Cy Brown

Best Athlete Halloween Costumes

LeBron Costume
Professional athletes go all out for Halloween, donning some of the most elaborate costumes you've ever seen. Here's a collection of some of the best ones from the spooky festivities this year. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Garoppolo: big risk, reward for 49ers

On Monday, the 49ers traded a high second-round pick for New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in an attempt to spark the franchise's rebuilding efforts. The deal represents one of the biggest QB gambles in recent history. More»
Will Leitch

The Case for a Chill Fall Classic Game

This World Series has been amazing, but I'm going to be the fuddy-duddy here and ask it to please slow down for a second. My heart might not be able to take yet another roller coaster ride. A 5-1 game would be just fine. More»
Cliff Corcoran

3 Things to Know for Game 6

Up 3-games-to-2 in the World Series, the Astros have Justin Verlander on the mound hoping to secure the first title in franchise history. Here are the three most important things you need to know before Game 6 gets underway. More»
NFL Trade News

Niners Strike Gold With Garoppolo

The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly acquired their quarterback of the future by trading for New England backup Jimmy Garoppolo, dealing a 2018 second-round pick to the Patriots for Tom Brady's backup, who had won two starts in 2016 during Brady's suspension. More»
Andrea Hangst

Court Says: Uphold Zeke Suspension

U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk ruled to uphold the league's six-game suspension on Ezekiel Elliott imposed for violating the personal conduct policy. ESPN's Adam Schefter was among those to first report on the decision. More»
Matt Brown

Most Disappointing CFB Teams Ever

When the first College Football Playoff top 25 is revealed on Tuesday, Florida State will be nowhere to be found. After starting the season No. 3 in the AP poll, the Seminoles are 2-5 and on the verge of joining the list of the most disappointing teams ever. More»
Ross Tucker

The New QB Revolution Is Here

As quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Tom Brady get closer to retirement, who will take up the elite QB mantle? This weekend's showdown between Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson gave us a glimpse at the answer. More»
Mike Lupica

Verlander's Ticket to Rise

Justin Verlander's task when he came to the Astros was to bring Houston a World Series title. After the team's wild Game 5 victory on Sunday night, Verlander gets a chance to finish the job back in L.A. on Tuesday in Game 6. More»
Will Leitch

10 Reasons to Hope for the Dodgers

ouston's delirious, crazy 13-12 Game 5 victory puts the Astros within one win of the franchise's first World Series title and was demoralizing for the Dodgers. But LA still has home-field advantage and these reasons to keep its chin up. More»
Mike Lupica

Astros Thrive In Mighty Game 5

Game 5 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park went deep into the night, and when it was all over, the Astros beat the Dodgers, 13-12, via an Alex Bregman walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th. But there's so much more to the story. More»
Michael Tunison

AFR: Stardom Elementary For Watson

The Texans came up just short on the road in Seattle, but it's never been more clear that Deshaun Watson is the breakout star of 2017. With him taking snaps, Houston's future is looking bright, even if the defense still needs a lot of work. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Best NFL QB Duels of All Time

Where does Russell Wilson vs. Deshaun Watson rank among the greatest QB battles in NFL history? Here, we rank the 10 best signal-caller showdowns using an evaluation of the quarterbacks' production, flair for the dramatic and what was at stake More»
Matt Brown

Barrett Roller Coaster Reaches Peak

J.T. Barrett has packed the ups and downs of a 15-year NFL veteran's career into five college seasons at Ohio State. Saturday, he reached a new high, becoming the biggest story of the week in a comeback win over Penn State. More»

Zeke leads Cowboys over Redskins

Ezekiel Elliott ran rampant all over the Redskins defense, notching 150 yards and two touchdowns. Washington saw tight end Jordan Reed go down with a hamstring injury in the 33-19 loss while Dallas moved into sole possession of second place in the division. More»

Seahawks Top Texans In High-Flyin' Thriller

Down 38-34 with under two minutes to play, Russell Wilson led a ferocious comeback against the Texans, hitting Jimmy Graham for the game-winner. Wilson finished with a career-high 452 yards and four TDs. Deshaun Watson topped 400 yards in the loss. More»

Bills Still Money, Take Down Raiders

The Bills improved to 5-2 on the season with a key victory over the Raiders at home, matching the best start of the season in franchise history. LeSean McCoy notched 151 yards rushing in the 34-14 win, while the defense forced four turnovers. More»

Dunlap, Bengals Scratch Out Win vs. Colts

Carlos Dunlap's interception gave the Bengals new life with just under seven minutes left in the game, as Cincinnati pulled out a close 24-23 victory. The Colts were in a position to win, but the Dunlap's game-changing TD put the home team ahead for good. More»

Easy Brees? Saints win fifth straight

Drew Brees and the Saints' running backs slowly picked apart a strong Bears defense in the Dome, notching a 20-12 victory. The Bears' Jordan Howard ran for over 100 yards in the defeat but the team also lost tight end Zach Miller to a knee injury. More»

Brady capitalizes on mistakes to diffuse Bolts

Tom Brady threw for over 300 yards and Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field to give the Patriots a 21-13 win over the Chargers. LA, meanwhile, muffed a punt and Phillip Rivers fumbled, as the Bolts struggled to move the ball offensively against New England. More»

Falcons hold off Jets in wet, wild victory

Things were rainy and muddy in the Meadowlands as the Jets and Falcons squared off on Sunday afternoon. Despite fumbled snaps and dropped passes, the Falcons emerged victorious with a 25-20 victory behind Matt Ryan's two touchdown passes. More»

Eagles Soar In Road Win Over Niners

Carson Wentz threw two touchdown passes and the Philadelphia defense scored a TD as the Eagles beat the 49ers on the road, 33-10. San Francisco fell to 0-8 for the first time in franchise history while the Eagles notched their seventh win. More»

Panthers Defense Pounces on Bucs

The Carolina defense didn't allow a touchdown for a second straight week and the team broke a two-game losing streak, notching a 17-3 victory over the Buccaneers. The Panthers intercepted QB Jameis Winston two times in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. More»
Matt Brown

McElwain Era Comes To Abrupt End

Before he could even finish his third season, Jim McElwain is out as Florida's head football coach. Despite winning back-to-back SEC East titles, McElwain struggled to fix the Gators' offense and had a growing rift with the school's administration. More»
Cy Brown

Most Texans Players Take a Knee

A majority of players for the Houston Texans took a knee during the national anthem ahead of the team's game against the Seahawks. They were responding to Texans owner Bob McNair's "inmates" comment in an ESPN story published last week. More»
Manny Randhawa

Kershaw Looks to Pull a Koufax

Fifty-two years ago, Sandy Koufax helped the Dodgers beat the Twins in a World Series and earned MVP honors for his efforts in the Fall Classic, including a brilliant Game 5. Now, it could be Clayton Kershaw's turn to dominate. More»
Andrea Hangst

Juju Key: Steelers' New Playmaker

Martavis Bryant has been defensive ever since the Steelers picked Juju Smith-Schuster in April. And for good reason: the younger model is much more positive and dynamic than Bryant. Can the two co-exist in a competitive offensive scheme? More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 9

The first College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed on Tuesday, and the pecking order first got a bit of a shake-up on Saturday, as No. 2 Penn State and No. 4 TCU both lost. Don't be shocked if Georgia makes a run for No. 1. More»
Matt Brown

The Khalil Tate Show Rolls On

Arizona QB Khalil Tate rushed 13 times for 146 yards and a touchdown and passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 58-37 win over No. 15 Washington State in Tucson, continuing Arizona's transformation into a surprise Pac-12 contender. More»
College Football

Mayfield, Sooners Pull Away To Rout Red Raiders

Baker Mayfield completed 22 of 34 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score to lead No. 10 Oklahoma to a 49-27 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday night. More»
Will Leitch

Bullpen Series Takes Another Twist

In a tense Game 4 of the World Series, LA's struggling young slugger Clay Bellinger got the best of the Astros' struggling closer Ken Giles in the ninth. As the Fall Classic moves to Game 4, who will Houston turn to in the late innings? More»
Mike Lupica

On the Double! Cody Lifts LA

Cody Bellinger had gotten off to a dreadful start in the World Series. But when the Dodgers needed him most, he stepped up with two big at-bats in Game 4. Now the Dodgers have evened up the Series going into Sunday, with their ace waiting. More»
College Football

Clemson Bounces Back, Stings Yellow Jackets

Kelly Bryant threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns and No. 7 Clemson bounced back from its first loss of the season with a dominating 24-10 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday night. More»
College Football

Hokies Cruise Past Duke On Rainy Night

Josh Jackson threw for a touchdown and ran for another on Saturday night to lead No. 13 Virginia Tech to a 24-3 win over Duke. The Blue Devils lost their fifth in a row and had less than 100 yards of offense until late. More»
College Football

Huskies Roll Past UCLA With Ground Attack

Led by the duo of Myles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman, No. 12 Washington rolled through UCLA 44-23 on Saturday, overpowering the worst run defense in the country. Gaskin finished with 169 yards rushing and one TD, while Coleman added 94 yards and three TDs. More»
College Football

Wildcats Outlast Spartans In 3-OT Upset

Clayton Thorson threw a 22-yard touchdown to Flynn Nagel in the third overtime, Nate Hall intercepted Brian Lewerke and Northwestern beat No. 16 Michigan State 39-31 on Saturday. More»
College Football

Georgia Embarrasses Florida With Rivalry Rout

Sony Michel put No. 3 Georgia up big early and put Florida away late, scoring on two long runs in a 42-7 drubbing that might have been the final game for Gators coach Jim McElwain. It was Florida's most lopsided loss in the series since a 44-0 shutout in 1982. More»
College Football

Notre Dame Quiets Wolfpack In Runaway Win

Julian Love returned his second interception of the season for a touchdown and running back Josh Adams had another big day, rushing for 202 yards, to help No. 9 Notre Dame beat 14th-ranked North Carolina State 35-14 on a blustery Saturday. More»
College Football

Houston Spoils South Florida's Bid For Perfection

D'Eriq King kept Houston's hopes alive with a 30-yard completion on fourth-and-24, then finished a game-winning drive with a 20-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds remaining, lifting the Cougars over No. 17 South Florida 28-24 on Saturday. More»
David Ubben

Rising Cyclones Topple TCU

Three weeks ago, Iowa State upset one undefeated team in the top five when it beat Oklahoma in Norman. On Saturday, the Cyclones did it again, taking down No. 4 TCU 14-7 at home in Ames to shockingly move to the lead in the Big 12. More»
Matt Brown

Lion Tamers: Barrett, OSU Come Up B1G

Penn State stormed out to an early lead and kept it most of the game, but led by a spectacular performance from QB J.T. Barrett, No. 6 Ohio State rallied to take down No. 2 Penn State, 39-38, by playing a nearly perfect fourth quarter. More»
College Football

Badgers Grind Out Another Win, Stay Unbeaten

Alec Ingold and Garrett Groshek scored on short runs in the first half, offensive lineman Michael Deiter added another touchdown on a trick play late in the game, and No. 5 Wisconsin beat Illinois 24-10 on Saturday to remain unbeaten. More»
College Football

Cowboys Run Over Mountaineers

Mason Rudolph threw three TD passes and ran for another score to lead No. 11 Oklahoma State to a 50-39 victory over No. 22 West Virginia on Saturday. Freshman J.D. King ran for 142 yards and two TDs in place of Big 12 leading rusher Justice Hill for the Cowboys. More»
College Football

Canes Pull Off Another Escape at UNC

Malik Rosier threw for a career-high 356 yards with three touchdowns to help eighth-ranked Miami hold off North Carolina 24-19 on Saturday. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. From the World Series in Houston to important college football games, here's our weekly guide to the biggest events to watch on Saturday and Sunday. More»
NBA Altercation

Green, Beal Brawl As Dubs Beat Wizards

Kevin Durant had 31 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to help rally the Warriors from 18 points down and beat the Wizards 120-117 on Friday night, a game marred by a fight between Draymond Green and Washington's Bradley Beal that led to both being tossed. More»
Mike Lupica

How Astros Beat LA? Don't Go Changin'

The Dodgers had a parade of pitchers try to stem the offensive tide from the Astros in Game 3 of the World Series after it was clear Yu Darvish didn't have it. Houston only needed two hurlers, and now the 'Stros go into Saturday's Game 4 sitting pretty. More»
Will Leitch

Dodgers Hope to Get Mojo Back

Do you remember that stretch in September when the Dodgers lost 11 in a row and 16 out of 17? Well, for some reason, it seems like that version of the team has shown up in the World Series. How did they lose it so fast? Is it gone for good? More»
College Football

Eagles Soar Past Struggling Florida State

A.J. Dillon ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Boston College extended its surprising turnaround with a third straight victory, beating Florida State 35-3 on Friday night for its first win over the Seminoles since 2009. More»
Cy Brown

Texans Owner's Comment Angers Team

According to a report, many Texans players considered walking out of practice after Houston owner Bob McNair made a comment about "inmates running the prison." Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins skipped practice. More»
NFL News

Texans CEO Apologizes for 'Inmates' Comment

Bob McNair, the chairman and chief executive of the Houston Texans, has apologized after a report said he declared "we can't have the inmates running the prison" during a meeting of NFL owners over what to do about players who kneel in protest during the national anthem. More»
Will Leitch

Game 3: Thrill of Past Is Prologue

After the madness of Game 2 of the World Series, it would be understandable if you think things have peaked. But you know that there will be plenty of twists and turns to come as the Fall Classic heads to Houston all even. More»
College Football

Stanford Escapes Oregon State Without Love

Keller Chryst threw a three-yard touchdown pass to JJ Arcega-Whiteside with 20 seconds left to give No. 20 Stanford a 15-14 come-from-behind victory over Oregon State on Thursday night. Heisman candidate RB Bryce Love (ankle) missed the game. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Confidence Pool: Week 8

This season, rather than doing pure NFL picks against the spread, I've decided to do weekly confidence pool rankings and pit myself against both Vegas and analytics. I'm currently eighth out of 123 competitors through three weeks -- see if you can do better. More»

Ravens Win, But Lose Flacco In Rough Game

Joe Flacco threw a TD pass before being knocked from the game with a concussion from a hit by Kiko Alonso, and the Baltimore Ravens frustrated quarterback Matt Moore and the Miami Dolphins in a 40-0 victory Thursday night. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 9

Before the first College Football Playoff top 25 is released, there's one more week of October football to be played, headlined by a loaded afternoon slate that includes Penn State at Ohio State, N.C. State at Notre Dame and Georgia vs. Florida. More»
Mike Lupica

Say It Ain't Joe? Girardi Out

Joe Girardi is out as manager of the Yankees after 10 years at the job, and despite the fact that he never had a losing season in New York. It was a surprise move to some, but with a young team on the rise, the front office wanted a change. More»
Joe Sparacio

Fantasy Football Week 8: Start/Sit

Everyone can always use a little extra fantasy football advice before Sunday kickoff, right? Let us help you determine your best lineup (or pick daily fantasy players) as we prepare for all of the key bye weeks that begin in Week 8. More»
Cy Brown

Rodgers Talks Injury on 'Conan'

While appearing in a "Clueless Gamer" segment on "Conan," Packers QB Aaron Rodgers revealed he had 13 screws inserted into his fractured right collarbone, which he injured in Week 6 against the Vikings. Then he played a game. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Lessons Learned From A Wild Game 2

Game 2 wasn't just exciting -- it perhaps changed the course of the World Series. Houston now heads home with a split in LA, ready to play in front of a raucous home crowd. The Astros also know that the Dodgers' bullpen isn't untouchable. More»
Will Leitch

2 Amazing: A Game for the Ages

The strangest thing about one of the wildest, nonsensical, downright lunatic World Series games of all time is that they're going to keep playing. How can we recover from the delirious madness of Game 2? By taking it all in again. More»
David Ubben

Arkansas Heading Toward Crossroads

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long pulled off an impressive hire when he landed Bret Bielema from Wisconsin, but the Bielema era hasn't worked out as hoped. With his 10-26 SEC record -- 0-4 this year -- Bielema is suddenly under significant pressure. More»
Matt Brown

Lions-Buckeyes Rivalry Still Growing

The Penn State-Ohio State series started with a fourth-quarter forfeit in 1912. Over a century later, with the two teams playing annually in the Big Ten, mutual bitterness has returned. A rivalry is blossoming, and Saturday is one of its biggest games yet. More»
Kenneth Arthur

2016 Draft Class: The NFL's New Stars

As Carson Wentz showed this past week, the 2016 NFL draft class has some true superstars in the making. Almost every top-10 pick is already elite and there have been plenty of other diamonds in the rough in later rounds. Let's take a look. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Ranking the NFL's Top 10 Defenses

If nothing else, the most recent Super Bowls tell us that defense is often the key to winning titles. While there are currently no elite units in the NFL, contenders with good defenses separate themselves from the pack. What are the top 10 defenses in the league? More»
Terence Moore

Astros Are A Classic Inspiration

The Los Angeles Dodgers are lovable, both on and off the field. They play home games around a slice of heaven disguised as a ballpark, but you know what? You can't root against emotion. And the Houston Astros have given their city much-needed joy. More»
Matt Brown

UGA Must Erase Its Florida Problem

No. 3 Georgia enters Saturday's rivalry game with Florida as the heavy favorite, in a season in which its hoping for a playoff bid. The past 25 years of this rivalry, however, haven't been kind to highly regarded Bulldogs teams. Can they fix their Florida problem? More»
Will Leitch

'Animal' House: Turner, LA Strike First

The World Series is off to a hot start already, with the Dodgers winning a brisk Game 1 thanks to Clayton Kershaw brilliance and a big blast from their red-bearded, Muppet-like star, Justin Turner, who is simply a joy to watch. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete on Earth: Oct. 18-24

Both the basketball and hockey seasons opened their seasons on exciting notes while the ALCS and NLCS came to a close. Add in a pair of impressive dodgeball teams and we have ourselves a fun week of athletic feats. More»
Ross Tucker

Fixing the NFL's O-Line Problem

Outside of anthem protests and the like, the question that I get most from fans and colleagues is "Why is offensive line play so poor across the NFL?" I took some time to assemble my thoughts, so here are football's four biggest o-line problems. More»
Will Leitch

LA Glory: Dodgers Have Arrived

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the LA lifestyle, only one thing seems to have remained unchanged: its baseball team. But this year, things feel a little different, more fresh and exciting. Maybe, just maybe, you can teach the old Dodgers new tricks. More»
Cliff Corcoran

7 World Series X-Factors

In a World Series, a mad race to four wins between two of the best teams in the game means that any small edge can tip the scales. What are some factors that could swing the Fall Classic in Houston or Los Angeles' favor? More»
Will Leitch

Astros-Dodgers World Series Preview

It all comes down to this. We have a World Series between a historic franchise that hasn't won a title in nearly 30 years and a young team that has yet to win a title in its history. Who comes out on top? I'll break it all down. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Peters Injury Dampens Eagles W

The Philadelphia Eagles dispatched division-rival Washington with ease at home with a 34-24 victory on Monday Night Football. But amidst the celebration, Philly lost All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters, who suffered a torn ACL and MCL. More»
Matt Brown

Jackson Is Still Putting On a Show

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson has virtually no chance of repeating as Heisman Trophy winner, but that doesn't mean his individual season has been a disappointment. In fact, he's still a dazzling player who needs to be appreciated before NFL Draft debates take over. More»
The Fans

NFL Fanalysis: Week 7 Reactions

What do some of the most passionate football fans around the league have to say about their teams' performances in Week 7? We asked. They answered. More»
Joe DeLessio

Mr. Ice Guy: Sean Avery Opens Up

Before the release of his new book, the always-colorful Sean Avery sat down to chat about his issues with Martin Brodeur, Jim Dolan's merits as a sports owner, some of the NHL's biggest mistakes and possibly performing on Broadway. More»
Mike Lupica

A Hit Series Starts In LA

The World Series returns on Tuesday night to one of the important and essential capitals of the game, and that means Dodger Stadium. Too often the place doesn't get its due, but it truly is a baseball setting right out of the movies. More»
Will Leitch

Reasons to Root: World Series Edition

With the arrival of the World Series comes the continuation of an annual Sports On Earth tradition -- our five reasons to cheer for each Fall Classic participant. This year, we celebrate the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros! More»
Alex Wong

NBA Head Coach Hot Seat Index

Earl Watson was the first NBA coach to lose his job this season after the Suns got off to a brutal start, but there are several others already on the hot seat. Which is most likely to follow Watson's fate sooner rather than later? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Panthers Starting to Look Lost

Despite a winning record, the Carolina Panthers look like a team teetering on the edge of a collapse after a humiliating 17-3 defeat in Chicago. While there are problems on both sides of the ball, the biggest question marks are on offense. More»
Michael Tunison

AFR: John Fox, QB Concealer

Who says this is a pass-happy league? The Chicago Bears found a way to win convincingly over the Panthers by getting next to nothing from rookie quarterback, Mitch Trubisky. Credit John Fox. We also take a look at foggy Foxboro, the week in celebrations and more. More»
Matt Brown

Lions Affirming Big Ten Power Status

Penn State is celebrating its 25th season of Big Ten football in style. After blowing out Michigan in one of the biggest stories of Week 7, it's ranked No. 2 and 7-0. Next up, however, the Big Ten gauntlet continues with a trip to Ohio State. More»
David Ubben

Houston & LA have Rich Sports History

We won't have a renewal of the New York-Los Angeles baseball rivalry in the World Series, but Houston and LA have some extensive sports history of their own. Let's take a closer look at how these two cities are intertwined. More»

Hawks Flip Switch In second half, Slay Giants

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns in the second half and the injury-ridden Giants couldn't keep up, as Seattle scored a 24-7 victory on the road in New York. The Seahawks dominated time of possession, and the team moved to 4-2 on the season. More»

Chargers Shock Broncos With Shutout

The Chargers scored a big win at home to move to 3-3 on the season, shutting the Broncos out on the way to a 21-0 victory. QB Phillip Rivers notched his 100th career victory and the Bolts finally won their first game at home in Los Angeles. More»

Bell, Big Ben lead Steelers over Bengals

Le'Veon Bell totaled 192 all-purpose yards and Ben Roethlisberger threw for two TD passes, as the Steelers rolled over the Bengals, 29-14. The Steelers' defense picked off Andy Dalton twice and sacked him three times in the second half to seal the victory. More»

Elliot Runs all over Niners

With a suspension still looming, Ezekiel Elliott had a strong game against the 49ers, gaining 219 total yards from scrimmage. The running back totaled a career-high three touchdowns on the afternoon as the Cowboys notched a 40-10 win. More»
Barry M. Bloom

Stepan Ready For Change In Arizona

Derek Stepan, who returns to Madison Square Garden on Thursday, played center for the New York Rangers for seven years. Despite getting traded to the Coyotes, there are no disappointments and no heartbreak for the veteran. More»
Alex Wong

Simmons Leading 'Process' for Sixers

In Philadelphia, something special is beginning to come to fruition, starting with point guard Ben Simmons. With comparisons to Magic Johnson and Tim Duncan, the youngster looks like just the right player to lead the 76ers back to their winning ways. More»

Bears Defense Maul Panthers

Rookie safety Eddie Jackson became the first NFL player to score multiple defensive touchdowns of 75 yards or more in a game, as the Bears' defense powered the club to a 17-3 win over the Panthers. Chicago also sacked Cam Newton five times with two INTs. More»

Bills Sink Bucs with a late kick

Bills running back LeSean McCoy ran for two touchdowns on the ground and the Bills defense forced a key fumble late to rally for a 30-27 victory. Jameis Winston showed no signs of rust in the loss, throwing for 384 yards and three touchdowns. More»

Saints Come back Vs. Rodgers-less Pack

After stumbling out of the gate, Drew Brees led the Saints to a 26-17 victory in Green Bay, finishing with game with over 300 yards and two scores. The Packers' offense struggled to get anything going through the air, though rookie RB Aaron Jones ran for over 100 yards. More»

Succop hits FG in OT, Titans Down Browns

Titans kicker Ryan Succop continues his impressive season, kicking a game-winning field goal in overtime to secure a 12-9 victory over the Browns. Both teams failed to execute in what was an ugly game, combining for seven total field goals. More»

Jags Blank Colts, remain atop AFC South

The Jaguars dominated on both sides of the ball, shutting out the Colts, 27-0, on the road. QB Blake Bortles threw for a season-high 330 yards and the Jaguars defense registered 10 sacks to match a franchise record, as the team secured its lead atop the division. More»

Fins Rally For Win Over Jets

The Dolphins' Jay Cutler left the game due to a chest injury with his team trailing 21-14, but Matt Moore entered the game and manufactured a comeback. Miami would beat New York on a field goal, 31-28, with under 30 seconds to go. More»

Vikings' D Dominates Ravens

The Vikings defense sacked Ravens QB Joe Flacco five times en route to a 24-16 win at home. Running back Latavius Murray kept things moving on the ground for Minnesota, rushing for over 100 yards and a score in the victory. More»

Goff, Gurley ground Cards in London

The Los Angeles Rams won big in London, shutting out the Arizona Cardinals, 33-0. Jared Goff ran for a score and threw for another, Todd Gurley topped 100 yards on the ground and kicker Greg Zuerelein made four field goals in a blowout victory. More»
Cy Brown

Spurs Prove Too Much for Liverpool

Spurs defeated Liverpool 4-1 in front of a Premier League record-setting crowd of 80,827 at Wembley Stadium. The win puts Spurs level on Manchester United in second place, five points behind league leaders Manchester City. More»
Joe Sparacio

Fantasy Football Week 7: Start/Sit

Everyone can always use a little extra fantasy football advice before Sunday kickoff, right? Let us help you determine your best lineup (or pick daily fantasy players) as we prepare for what will undoubtedly be a tumultuous Week 7. More»
Cliff Corcoran

4 Winning Lessons the Astros Learned

The Houston Astros are headed to the World Series having defeated the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the American League Championship series Saturday night. They'll also carry some valuable lessons with them into the World Series. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 8

After a chaotic Week 7, college football's Week 8 felt a lot different. With few upsets, the story of the day on Saturday was blowouts: In addition to No. 1 Alabama crushing Tennessee, Notre Dame dominated USC and Penn State routed Michigan. More»
College Football

WVU Survives At Baylor With 2-Point Stop

Xavier Preston sacked Charlie Brewer on a two-point conversion attempt with 17 seconds left and No. 23 West Virginia withstood a furious fourth-quarter Baylor rally to escape with a 38-36 win Saturday night. More»
College Football

Horned Frogs Demolish Kansas In Rout

Kenny Hill matched his career high with five touchdown passes, and the TCU defense dominated overmatched Kansas in the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs' 43-0 victory Saturday night. The Jayhawks finished with just 21 total yards. More»
Matt Brown

Irish Topple USC in Rivalry Statement

It's hard for a top-15 Notre Dame team to fly under the radar, but this year's squad had done just that through the first half of the season. That will no longer be the case after the No. 13 Fighting Irish clobbered No. 11 USC 49-14 on Saturday. More»
Matt Brown

PSU Gets Revenge Vs. Michigan

Penn State's fortunes changed after a blowout loss to Michigan last season. On Saturday, the No. 2 Nittany Lions continued their perfect 2017 run by getting revenge, crushing No. 19 Michigan 42-13 in front of the largest crowd in school history. More»
Matt Brown

Sooners Storm Back, Avoid Upset Trap

It's almost impossible to avoid viewing a ranked opponent visiting a Bill Snyder-coached Kansas State as a possible upset trap. But after a rough first half, No. 9 Oklahoma bounced back and beat the Wildcats 42-35 with a late Rodney Anderson TD. More»
College Football

Canes Pass Another Test, Hold Off Orange

Malik Rosier threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns, and Travis Homer's 33-yard touchdown run with 2:48 left helped No. 8 Miami defeat upset-minded Syracuse 27-19 on Saturday as the Hurricanes extended their winning streak to 11 games. More»
College Football

UCF Outlasts Navy For First 6-0 Start

Adrian Killins ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns, McKenzie Milton passed for 233 yards and No. 20 Central Florida beat Navy 31-21 on Saturday for the first 6-0 start in school history. More»
College Football

Bama Rolls to 11th Straight Win Against Vols

Bo Scarbrough had two fourth-down touchdown runs and No. 1 Alabama continued its domination of rival Tennessee with a 45-7 victory on Saturday. The Crimson Tide improved to 11-0 in the traditional Third Saturday in October game under coach Nick Saban. More»
College Football

Late Field Goal Lifts Louisville Past FSU

Blanton Creque made a 34-yard field goal with five seconds remaining as Louisville defeated Florida State 31-28 on Saturday and got its first win at Doak Campbell Stadium since 1952. More»
College Football

Badgers Cruise To Easy Win Over Terps

Jonathan Taylor ran for a touchdown and broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season, Alex Hornibrook passed for two scores and No. 5 Wisconsin stayed unbeaten with a 38-13 win over Maryland on Saturday. More»
Matt Brown

Cowboys Give Texas More Heartbreak

Little that happened Saturday afternoon resembled what we expect from an Oklahoma State football game, and yet the No. 10 Cowboys won anyway, inflicting more heartbreak upon Texas with a 13-10 overtime win over the Longhorns. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. From Game 7 of the ALCS to Penn State-Michigan to the NFL, here's our weekly guide to the biggest events to watch on Saturday and Sunday. More»
Cy Brown

Huddersfield Stuns Man United

On Matchday 9 of the English Premier League season, Manchester United doubled its goals allowed total for the season in an upset loss to Huddersfield Town, while Chelsea mounted a roaring comeback to defeat upstarts Watford. More»
Cliff Corcoran

7th Heaven: Yanks-Astros Preview

The American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros will come down to a decisive Game 7 Saturday night in Houston (8 p.m. ET on FS1). Who has the advantage? Let's break it down. More»
Terence Moore

'05 USC Loss Still Stings For Irish

Saturday night is the biggest Notre Dame-USC game in South Bend since 2005, when Reggie Bush's push of Matt Leinart into the end capped a wild, controversial finish that leaves Fighting Irish fans -- and QB Brady Quinn -- still bitter to this day. More»
Alex Wong

Future Uncertain For More Linsanity

One of the building blocks for the Nets was supposed to be point guard Jeremy Lin, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal in 2016. But now that Lin is out for the season with a torn patellar tendon, his fate in Brooklyn is up in the air. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Glory Days Here Again For Dodgers

The Dodgers are returning to the World Series for the first time in 29 years, and they are doing so looking every bit a juggernaut. Yes, there was a late-season swoon, but if you look closer at how that happened, you'll see that wasn't the real LA. More»
Will Leitch

Turner Field Lives on For GSU Football

The official name of Georgia State's home football stadium just outside downtown Atlanta is Parker H. Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium, but you know it as Turner Field. It's become a unique sports experience that I highly recommend. More»
Alex Wong

Rap Party Just Getting Started

For years, the Toronto Raptors have relied on their starting backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to carry them. But with the team falling short in the playoffs time and time again, it was finally time to try something new, starting now. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 8

Last week's dramatic upsets are a tough act to follow, but Week 8 in college football features plenty of intriguing matchups, headlined by two huge games in prime time: No. 19 Michigan at No. 2 Penn State and No. 11 USC at No. 13 Notre Dame. More»
David Ubben

Big Injuries Don't Always Mean Doom

What happens when a sports team loses a star? The results have been mixed -- sometimes the team can fall into ruin, but often a new star emerges or the season ends up better than expected. Maybe the Packers and Celtics can look at some history. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Ranking the NFL's Top Running Backs

Which running back in the league is the best at breaking tackles? What about the most versatile? Who has the most yards after the carry? We answer all these questions and more in our running back rankings heading into Week 7. More»
NBA News

Lin Out for the Season after Knee Injury

Nets guard Jeremy Lin went down in the fourth quarter of Brooklyn's season opener on Wednesday, and was in tears after being unable to put weight on his right knee. The team has now announced that he will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured patella tendon. More»
Cliff Corcoran

N.Y. State of Mind: Finish the Job

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The Yankees entered the ALDS as underdogs against the defending AL Champions. They've now come back from an 0-2 deficit in the ALCS against a powerful Astros team, one win away from the World Series. Can they finish the job? More»
Will Leitch

Down 3-1, The Cubs have Hope

Coming back in a baseball playoff series when a team is down 3-0 is nearly impossible, but that's not the case when the deficit is cut to 3-1. The Cubs have a glimmer of hope in the NLCS -- just look at baseball's past five 3-1 comebacks. More»
Mike Lupica

This Just In: Verlander Must Win

The Astros still have the chance to be the only team to beat the Red Sox and the Yankees in the same postseason. But they need Justin Verlander to pitch like he did in Game 2, flipping the narrative of what's already been a dramatic ALCS. More»
Matt Brown

Midseason CFB Rankings: All 130 Teams

The second half of the 2017 college football season is about to begin. First, it's time to prepare by ranking all 130 FBS teams, from No. 130 UTEP to No. 1 Alabama, and trying to offer a positive thought or reason to watch for each team. More»
David Ubben

Knight and Day: UCF's Fast Turnaround

No college football team has been on a roller coaster in recent years quite like UCF, which went from the Fiesta Bowl in 2013 to winless in 2015 to a promising 2017 campaign that has the Knights 5-0, ranked 20th and scoring 50 points per game under coach Scott Frost. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Confidence Pool: Week 7

This season, rather than doing pure NFL picks against the spread, I've decided to do weekly confidence pool rankings and pit myself against both Vegas and analytics. I'm currently 14th out of 123 competitors through three weeks -- see if you can do better. More»
Will Leitch

Yankee Stadium Has Gone Electric

For some time, the new Yankee Stadium seemed to lack the energy of the old place. Now, all that has changed. With a homegrown team winning thrilling postseason games, the cathedral in the Bronx is rocking and rolling again. More»
Terence Moore

Falcons Still Have '28-3' In Mind

The Super Bowl is all anyone talks about when it comes to the Atlanta Falcons, but it's a necessary discussion as the team heads to New England on Sunday. The memory of "28-3" has haunted them, as demonstrated by last week's collapse against Miami. More»
Alex Wong

World of Pain For Hayward, Celtics

On the NBA's opening night, the Celtics' new acquisition Gordon Hayward fractured his left ankle while landing awkwardly on the court. The injury affected everyone who saw it, and it will alter the trajectory of the Eastern Conference. More»
Matt Brown

Midseason CFB Playoff and Bowl Picks

In seven weeks, the field of College Football Playoff contenders has significantly narrowed. It's time to use what we've learned so far and make an educated guess as to how the postseason race will play out, with picks for the playoff and all the bowls. More»
Ross Tucker

Uncertainty Is Always Part of the NFL

Injuries are the worst. Every year, some of the NFL's marquee players go down. But, while the league is not better off without stars like J.J. Watt and Aaron Rodgers, it does mean that opportunities open for other players and teams. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete on Earth: Oct. 10-17

This week, the Dodgers have two players worthy of Greatest Athlete on Earth consideration. Joining them is the QB who led his team to a win over Clemson, a veteran running back with something to prove and a young soccer player that was truly in the zone. More»
SoE Staff

Top 14 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 we count down the best 14 photos from October 10-17. More»
Mike Lupica

Rise & Shine: All Eyes On Judge

Aaron Judge might not win the AL MVP Award. But what he has established in his hit-or-miss postseason is that he continues to be one of the most magnetic players in the game, whether it's with his big bat or stellar play in the field. More»
Will Leitch

10 Signs that the NBA is at its peak

Think about where the NBA is at this specific moment in its history -- from its on-the-court product to its off-the-court voice, the league has everything going. Here are 10 signs that basketball is peaking, and why we should get excited for the new season. More»
Cliff Corcoran

'Pen May Write Cubs' Fate in NLCS

Los Angeles has a 2-0 lead in the NLCS over the defending champion Cubs, but the series now heads to Wrigley Field for Game 3. Despite a struggling lineup and bullpen, the Cubbies have a chance to climb back. More»
Matt Brown

Midseason College Football Awards

Seven weeks of the college football season have passed, with seven to go. That means it's time to pause and look back at the first half and hand out individual midseason awards, in addition to naming a midseason All-America team. More»
The Fans

NFL Fanalysis: Week 6 Reactions

What do some of the most passionate football fans around the league have to say about their teams' performances in Week 6? We asked. They answered. And they even weighed in on the monumental loss of Aaron Rodgers. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Post-Rodgers Injury NFC Rankings

The Packers lost Aaron Rodgers for quite possibly the rest of the season, and his absence has a big effect on the NFC power rankings going forward. Where does Green Bay land after the loss and what other teams move up as a result? More»
Alex Wong

30 Bold NBA Predictions for 2017-18

On Tuesday, after a crazy offseason, the 2017-18 NBA season will get underway. Before that, though, we have some predictions about what fans should expect . LeBron: MVP? The Nets being good? Warriors as champs again? Get ready for tip off. More»
Will Leitch

Maddon's Lackey Move Questioned

Joe Maddon made an odd decision to let John Lackey face Justin Turner with Game 2 of the NLCS on the line on Sunday, and we all know what happened as a result. But, no matter what, Maddon will always be revered after what he did for Chicago fans last season. More»
Mike Lupica

LA Has Seen This Turner Classic

Justin Turner's shot was over the wall at Dodger Stadium on Sunday night, giving LA an NLCS Game 2 victory over the Cubs. It was one of those October home runs that are as much a pageant of baseball as Opening Day in April. More»
Michael Tunison

AFR: No League For Favorites

By the time Sunday was over, the NFL lost its best quarterback for the year and several other teams occupying the top of the pecking order in the league suffered setbacks, casting the direction of this season in question. More»
Matt Brown

Ohio State Bucks Trend of CFB Chaos

College football's Week 7 seemed to produce chaos wherever you looked, including four top-10 upsets. One team emphatically avoided drama: Ohio State, which crushed Nebraska and has played nearly perfect football since losing to Oklahoma. More»

Chargers Electrify With Late Kick For Win

The Chargers found a way to win late in Oakland, as Nick Novak kicked a go-ahead field goal on the final play of the game to give Los Angeles a 17-16 victory. Derek Carr returned to the field for Oakland but finished the game with only 171 yards and two interceptions. More»

AP Draws Winning Cards Against Bucs

Adrian Peterson showed he still has some burst left, scoring two TDs and gaining over 100 yards on the ground to power the Cardinals to a 38-33 victory over the Bucs. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, saw QB Jameis Winston leave the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter. More»

Steel Wheels: Bell, Brown Down Chiefs

The Steelers' star players were on full display against the NFL's lone undefeated team, handing the Chiefs their first loss with a 19-13 victory. Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell each totaled over 100 yards and a touchdown apiece as Kansas City fell short at home. More»

Road Warrior Rams Take Down Jags

The Rams earned a statement win on the road in Jacksonville thanks to two key special teams touchdowns. With the 27-17 victory, LA moved to 3-0 on the road for the first time since 2001. In the loss, Leonard Fournette totaled 165 yards and two scores. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Packers Panic? Life After Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in the Packers' loss to the Vikings on Sunday and it sounds like he could miss the rest of the season. Can Green Bay still overcome the odds and contend for a title without their signal caller? More»

Home Sweet Dome For Saints

Detroit scored four straight TDs in New Orleans to try to make an incredible comeback, but it wasn't enough. The Saints' running backs combined for 237 yards from scrimmage in a 52-38 victory marked by pick-sixes on both sides and crazy plays galore. More»

Bears Ruffle Ravens' Feathers, win in OT

Chicago's Jordan Howard secured 167 yards on the ground and kicker Connor Barth nailed a 40-yard field goal in overtime to defeat the Ravens, 27-24. The Bears defense harassed Baltimore QB Joe Flacco all afternoon, totaling three interceptions on the day. More»

Washington Scrapes By Niners In DC

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan benched QB Brian Hoyer against his old team in Washington, and the 49ers almost made a late comeback against the Redskins. Kirk Cousins did just enough, though, rushing for a score and firing two TD passes for a 26-24 win. More»

Fins Up! Miami Shocks Falcons in Atlanta

The Miami Dolphins came back from a 17-point deficit at the half to score an upset in Atlanta and beat the Falcons, 20-17. Jay Ajayi rushed for over 100 yards and Jay Cutler threw a pair of TD passes, while Matt Ryan threw a late interception in the loss. More»

Watson Shines Again as Texans thump Browns

Texans QB Deshaun Watson became the first rookie in NFL history with at least three TD passes in three straight games and the Browns lost their 16th-straight contest on the road as Houston cruised to a 33-17 victory over Cleveland. More»
Cy Brown

Reversal of Misfortune: Jets Lose TD

The New York Jets lost at home to the New England Patriots on Sunday, 24-17, but the result may have gone the other way if not for a bizarre, controversial call to overturn a Jets touchdown in the fourth quarter. Here's a closer look at what happened. More»
NFL Injury News

Rodgers Out With Broken Collarbone

Ominous news for Packers fans: Aaron Rodgers left Sunday's game in Minnesota in the first quarter due to an injury to his right shoulder after taking a hard hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. The team later announced the QB has a broken collarbone. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Wild Night: Puig's Play Lifts LA

Yasiel Puig is having fun again. Bat-flipping, tongue-wagging, shot-calling, coach-kissing, bat-licking, hot-dogging, team-leading fun. And, largely because of him, the Dodgers are three wins away from winning their first pennant since 1988. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 7

We just witnessed an annual college football tradition: chaos weekend. Week 7 featured four losses by top-10 teams to unranked opponents, including Washington to Arizona State and Auburn to LSU on Saturday after Clemson and Washington State fell on Friday. More»
Matt Brown

ASU Bedevils Huskies In Shocker

In the fourth loss by a top-10 team in Week 7, No. 5 Washington went to Arizona State and was shut down by a previously vulnerable Sun Devils defense. After giving up at least 30 points in 11 straight games, Arizona State stunned Washington 13-7. More»
College Football

USC Escapes After Stopping Utes' 2-Pointer

Sam Darnold led Southern California on three long scoring drives in the second half, and the 13th-ranked Trojans stopped a two-point conversion attempt by Utah with 42 seconds to play to edge the Utes 28-27 on Saturday night. More»
College Football

Georgia Runs Away From Mizzou After Early Scare

Sony Michel ran for two touchdowns as No. 4 Georgia found its running game after a slow start and took control with 26 unanswered points to beat Missouri 53-28 on Saturday night. Georgia recovered from an early scare by gaining 696 total yards. More»
College Football

Buckeyes Crush Nebraska In Another Rout

J.T. Barrett passed for five touchdowns and ran for two others, and ninth-ranked Ohio State scored on its first eight possessions on its way to a 56-14 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night. More»
College Football

Harris Rolls Early, Bama Dominates Arkansas

Damien Harris opened with a 75-yard touchdown run and No. 1 Alabama rode a fast start to a 41-9 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night. Harris ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. More»
David Ubben

Mayfield Leaves Rivalry On High Note

Baker Mayfield felt some sadness knowing that his days in the Red River Rivalry are over, but the star senior Oklahoma quarterback was able to celebrate one more win vs. Texas, a 29-24 victory over the Longhorns in which he passed for 302 yards. More»
College Football

TCU Handles Wildcats, Weather Delays

Sixth-ranked TCU's stingy defense shut down the ailing Kansas State offense, and Kenny Hill threw for 297 yards while running for a touchdown in a 26-6 victory that kept the Horned Frogs undefeated after a long lightning delay More»
College Football

Taylor Shines As Badgers Hold Off Purdue

Jonathan Taylor ran for 219 yards on 30 carries, including a 67-yard touchdown, and No. 7 Wisconsin relied on its stifling defense to overcome a three-turnover afternoon and beat Purdue 17-9 on Saturday. More»
College Football

Cowboys Blow Out Baylor With Record Day

Mason Rudolph passed for 459 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help No. 14 Oklahoma State beat Baylor 59-16. Rudolph guided an offense that gained a school-record 747 yards, and James Washington caught six passes for 235 yards. More»
Matt Brown

Miami Pulls Off More Late-Game Magic

For the second week in a row, Miami used late heroics to keep its perfect record intact. Once again, it involved a big pass from Malik Rosier to Darrell Langham, this one setting up a go-ahead field goal that allowed the No. 11 Canes to beat Georgia Tech 25-24. More»
Matt Brown

LSU Rally Tops Auburn in Death Valley

Auburn raced out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter at LSU, appearing set to win in Death Valley for the first time since 1999. Shockingly, LSU had other plans, with big plays on both sides of the ball leading a big comeback to beat No. 10 Auburn 27-23. More»
College Football

Michigan Escapes Hoosiers In Overtime

Karan Higdon ran 25 yards for a touchdown on the first play of overtime for No. 17 Michigan and Tyree Kinnel intercepted a fourth-down pass in the end zone on the final play as the Wolverines held off Indiana 27-20 on Saturday. More»
College Football

Gamecocks Top Vols With Goal-Line Stand

Parker White made all three of his field-goal attempts, including a a tiebreaking 21-yarder with 5:17 remaining, and South Carolina produced a goal-line stand Saturday in the closing seconds of a 15-9 victory over Tennessee. More»
College Football

Hines' Field: NC State Runs Away From Pitt

Nyheim Hines ran for an 83-yard touchdown and returned a punt 92 yards for another score on his way to 249 total yards to help No. 20 North Carolina State win its sixth straight game with a 35-17 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. More»
College Football

Red Raiders Collapse on Defense, Fall at WVU

Will Grier threw four of his five touchdown passes in the second half and West Virginia overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat No. 24 Texas Tech 46-35 on Saturday. More»
Joe Sparacio

Fantasy Football Week 6: Start/Sit

With the fantasy football season entering a crucial stretch, everyone can use a little extra advice about their teams. Let us help you determine your best lineup (or pick daily fantasy players) as we prepare for Sunday's action. More»
Matt Brown

Cal Flips Upset Script On Wazzu

From seven turnovers to nine sacks to a one-yard punt, everything that could go wrong did go wrong for No. 8 Washington State on Friday night. California won 37-3, adding insult to injury with QB Ross Bowers' phenomenal front-flip touchdown. More»
Matt Brown

Orange Crushed: 'Cuse Upsets Clemson

Nobody built a better September resume than defending national champion Clemson, but the No. 2 Tigers saw their 11-game winning streak come to an end on Friday night in a stunning 27-24 loss at Syracuse in which they were outplayed from start to finish. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

Astros-Yankees and Cubs-Dodgers should keep us entertained all weekend long, while you can also flip around to some college football action, plus the NFL slate which includes Steelers at Chiefs. Let us be your viewing guide. More»
Alex Wong

Pressure Points: NBA's 30 to Watch

The basketball season hasn't yet begun, but the pressure is already on for some of the game's best. Whether it's because they're on a new team, taking on a larger role or have something to prove, here are the players that have a lot on the line. More»
Will Leitch

Cubs vs. Dodgers NLCS Preview

The NLCS features a team that got off to one of the hottest starts in baseball history and the team that won it all last season. Will the Chicago Cubs move one step close to defending their crown or will the Dodgers finally make the Fall Classic? More»
College Sports

UNC Avoids Penalties In NCAA Academic Case

North Carolina has avoided major penalties after an NCAA infractions committee panel "could not conclude" there were academic violations in the multi-year case focused on irregular courses. The NCAA released its report Friday morning. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 7

It's Week 7 in college football, meaning that the season is hitting its halfway point. Strangely, there are no matchups of ranked opponents this Saturday, but from the Red River Showdown to some important tests for contenders, there's still plenty to watch. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The NFL's Most Surprising Stats

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This NFL season may seem normal (for the most part), but if you look beneath the surface, there are plenty of eye-opening numbers. Let's see what advanced stats have to say about the success and struggles around the league. More»
Will Leitch

Yankees vs. Astros ALCS Preview

The Yankees-Astros American League Championship Series promises to be a back-and-forth affair. A matchup between two young teams on the rise features potent lineups, MVP candidates and some power pitching. More»
Cy Brown

Giants suspend DRC Indefinitely

The latest sign of the Giants' continuing dysfunction is the breakdown in the relationship between All-Pro corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and head coach Ben McAdoo, which came to a head when McAdoo handed DRC an indefinite suspension. More»
Mike Lupica

Unprecedented October in Astros' way

The long, great moment that began last year with the World Series, continues in baseball. With so much of the 2017 postseason yet to be written, there is this: The Astros are looking to beat both the Red Sox and the Yankees in October. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Confidence Pool: Week 6

This season, rather than doing pure NFL picks against the spread, I've decided to do weekly confidence pool rankings and pit myself against both Vegas and analytics. I'm currently 19th out of 123 competitors through three weeks -- see if you can do better. More»
Will Leitch

5 Alive: Nats Hope to Make History

The Nationals' hearts have been broken time and time again, and even the Expos have always fallen short in the playoffs. Will the 2017 Washington club be the one to finally win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history? More»
Cliff Corcoran

NLDS Game 5: Who Has the Edge?

After Stephen Strasburg's herculean effort in Game 4, the NLDS returns to Washington for a decisive fifth game. Will the Nationals take another step closer to rewriting their playoff history or will the Cubs get the chance to defend their baseball crown? More»
Cliff Corcoran

Constant Gardner: Brett's Big At-Bat

The Yankees pulled out a gritty, 5-2 victory in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Indians on Wednesday night in Cleveland, and will now advance to the ALCS against the Astros. Brett Gardner's clutch at-bat in the ninth inning was a big reason why. More»
David Ubben

Kempt Rises as Iowa State Upset Hero

Before Saturday, Kyle Kempt was an unknown QB, despite being a fifth-year senior who has had stints at two Power Five schools. After a long journey, Kempt finally got his shot, leading Iowa State to an upset at Oklahoma in one of the biggest wins in school history. More»
Matt Brown

Harbaugh Rebuild Still on Schedule

Michigan's loss to Michigan State invited questions about the trajectory of the Wolverines and when they're going to match the high expectations set by Jim Harbaugh. But although it's Year 3, this was always going to be a transition year before bigger and better things. More»
Will Leitch

USMNT's Failure Is a Loss For Us All

World Cup soccer in the United States is not just about watching a bunch of players run around a field. It's about coming together, with people from all walks of life, to support a common cause. And we all lost that on Tuesday night. More»
Cy Brown

What's Next for the USMNT?

Plenty of deep-seeded systemic issues within American soccer led to the USMNT's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but there were also plenty of problems solely on the senior team level. Here are ways U.S. Soccer can fix things. More»
Terence Moore

The Playoff Case for Notre Dame

Notre Dame may have went 4-8 last year, but it's already surpassed that win total with a 5-1 start in 2017, lifting it to No. 16 in the AP poll. Facing a tough remaining schedule, the Irish hope that a strong run game and improved defense can carry them to a playoff push. More»
Joe DeLessio

Emotional Home Debut For Knights

Considering what happened in the city less than two weeks ago, the home debut of the new hockey team in Las Vegas is trivial. But the Golden Knights used the moment on Tuesday night to help the healing process. Then they played with passion and purpose. More»
Matt Brown

Washington After Dark? Embrace It

Coming off a playoff bid, Washington is off to a 6-0 start. Despite the Huskies' success, coach Chris Petersen's complaints about late kickoff times have dominated the conversation. Washington should drop the complaints and embrace #Pac12AfterDark. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT Fails to Qualify for World Cup

In a World Cup qualifying process filled with embarrassment and disaster, the United States saved its worst for last. The U.S. men's national team will not compete in the 2018 World Cup after losing to Trinidad and Tobago. More»
NFL News

NFL to Consider changing Anthem policy

In an internal memo from Commissioner Roger Goodell to NFL owners, he noted that the league needs "to move past this controversy" surrounding the national anthem. The clubs will consider changes to the game manual at a meeting next week. More»
NFL News

Cardinals acquire Peterson from Saints

The Arizona Cardinals have the worst rushing game in the league and in an attempt to find a spark, they acquired veteran RB Adrian Peterson from the Saints on Tuesday for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick. The change of scenery could help all parties involved. More»
The Fans

NFL Fanalysis: Week 5 Reactions

What do some of the most passionate football fans around the league have to say about their teams' performances in Week 5? We asked. They answered. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete on Earth: Oct. 4-10

In this week's greatest athlete search, we have candidates from football, baseball and basketball dominating the top five. But will a WNBA superstar take the top spot? Let's break it down. More»
SoE Staff

Top 14 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 we count down the best 14 photos from October 3-9. More»
Mike Lupica

Won & Fun: Astros Show a Hit

The Houston Astros may or may not win the World Series this season, but what they reminded us of in their American League Division Series against the Red Sox, is that they are the most entertaining baseball team on the planet. More»
Will Leitch

What's at Stake for Yanks, Indians

The results of Game 5 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Indians could alter the course of history for both franchises. How will Cleveland be remembered the season after they lost the World Series? And will this New York team continue to surprise? More»
Cliff Corcoran

ALDS Game 5: Who Has the Edge?

Only nine teams in baseball history have come back from an 0-2 deficit in a postseason to secure a victory in a winner-take-all Game 5. But when you take a long look at this series, New York may have a better shot than many suppose. More»

Case's Place: Vikings Quiet Bears

Case Keenum led three second-half scoring drives in relief of Sam Bradford, and the Minnesota Vikings spoiled prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's debut with a 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night. More»
Matt Brown

Andersen Out In Another OSU Surprise

Less than three years after pulling the shocking move of leaving Wisconsin for Oregon State, head coach Gary Andersen is leaving the Beavers. Andersen and Oregon State mutually parted ways after a 1-5 start to his third season. More»
Ross Tucker

NFL Deserves Credit For Changes

It's time to give some credit where it's due for the NFL. The league made some small tweaks that have been successful this season, including fewer commercial breaks, a better instant replay process and relaxed touchdown celebration rules. More»
Will Leitch

Optics Illusion? Veep's Colts Show

Vice President Mike Pence attended Sunday's game between the 49ers and Colts in his home state of Indianapolis and left early, saying it was in response to protests during the national anthem. Of course, everything about the trip was scripted. More»
Mike Lupica

October Drama On the Rise

On Sunday night, Masahiro Tanaka pitched a gem for the Yankees and Aaron Judge robbed a homer. Earlier, Mookie Betts helped save the Red Sox season. There has been so much going on in all the Division Series. We're just getting started. More»
NFL Injury News

Watt breaks leg in loss to Chiefs

The Texans fell to the Chiefs on Sunday night, but they lost a lot more than that in the game. Star defensive end J.J. Watt was helped off the field in the first quarter, unable to walk, and news soon broke that the Texas icon broke his left leg. More»
Kenneth Arthur

AFC Power Rankings

With so many teams in the AFC having similar records, only the Browns seem as though they don't have a chance of making the playoffs. We attempt to sort through the jumbled mess in the middle with this set of AFC power rankings. More»
Michael Tunison

AFR: Is This The Chiefs' Kingdom?

Week 5 of the NFL season featured a slew of shocking results, and it's unclear who the elite teams are (but we have a few guesses). Here are all the trends, injury updates and vice presidential antics from a busy football Sunday. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Pack's Back, A-Rod Man Among 'Boys

Nine months after Aaron Rodgers shattered the Cowboys' Super Bowl dreams, the Packers quarterback did it again, orchestrating a late fourth-quarter drive to defeat Dallas, 35-31, at AT&T Stadium and solidify NFC supremacy. More»
Matt Brown

Canes Must Capitalize on FSU Triumph

While two big upsets stole the show in college football's Week 6, other teams created opportunities for themselves. That's especially true for Miami, which ended a rivalry losing streak at Florida State to raise expectations for the rest of the season. More»

Rodgers works his magic to win in Dallas

As well as the Cowboys played, they couldn't stop the Packers from manufacturing a late, game-winning drive. Aaron Rodgers stormed down the field in under two minutes and hit Davante Adams with 11 seconds left to give the Packers a 35-31 victory in Dallas. More»

Seahawks' defense comes up big in Hollywood

In a battle for NFC West supremacy, the Seahawks scored a big win over the Rams on the road. With the score tied heading into halftime, Seattle managed to shut out Los Angeles' offense in the second half, scoring a gritty 16-10 victory. More»

Raiders struggle without Carr, fall to Ravens

Joe Flacco connected on multiple deep passes and the Ravens' defense returned a fumble for a touchdown as Baltimore flattened the Raiders, 30-17. Oakland's offense struggled mightily without QB Derek Carr, and the team suffered its third loss in a row. More»

Dalton, Green bury Bills in Bengals country

The Bengals defended their home turf and handed a loss to the surging Bills as A.J. Green picked up nearly 200 yards and a touchdown. Andy Dalton outplayed his counterpart Tyrod Taylor, accumulating 328 yards through the air. More»

Kizer benched vs. Jets as Browns remain winless

The Jets continued their surprising run with a 17-14 win in Cleveland. The Browns remain winless as DeShone Kizer was benched midway through the game while New York claimed a victory to move the team's record to 3-2. More»

Newton totals 3 TDs as Panthers tame Lions

Brushing aside off-the-field criticism, Cam Newton led the Panthers to a victory 27-24 victory in Detroit. The QB threw for three touchdowns and 355 yards as Matthew Stafford and the Lions fell just short in front of a home crowd. More»

Colts kick game-winner in OT to down 49ers

Adam Vinatieri was the star of the show in Indianapolis with four field goals, including a 51-yarder in overtime, to win the game. Brian Hoyer threw a game-tying TD with 20 seconds left for San Francisco, but in the end it wasn't enough as his team felt to the Colts. More»

Fins beat Mariota-less Titans at home

The Titans struggled with Matt Cassel at the helm, as Miami sacked the QB six times in a 16-10 victory. In a low-scoring affair, the Dolphins went with a ground-and-pound strategy, feeding Jay Ajayi 25 carries in the win. More»

Bolts shock Giants as New York loses Odell

The Chargers and Giants faced off in a battle of winless teams in New York and Los Angeles edged out a 27-22 victory. The Giants lost both Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham Jr. to injury while Melvin Gordon led the way for the Chargers in the win. More»

Philadelphia flies high in battle of the birds

Carson Wentz fired four touchdowns and the Eagles defense held Carson Palmer to only one TD as Philadelphia took home a 34-7 win. The Eagles have won three straight games and now move to 4-1 on the season. More»

Fournette, Jags roll in the Steel City

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette continues his sizzling rookie season, totaling nearly 200 yards in a 30-9 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh. On the other end, Ben Roethlisberger struggled mightily, finishing with five interceptions on the day. More»
College Football

Arizona's Tate Sets QB Rushing Record

Backup Khalil Tate rushed for 327 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and accounted for five touchdowns to help Arizona hold off Colorado 45-42 on Saturday night. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 6

Four teams dropped from the ranks of college football's undefeated teams on Saturday, two of which were surprises on home fields: No. 3 Oklahoma lost to Iowa State and No. 7 Michigan lost to Michigan State, making both into the biggest story of the week. More»
College Football

Longhorns Outlast Kansas State in Double-OT

Texas running back Chris Warren III scored on a two-yard touchdown run in the second overtime when the powerful running back moved a pile of Kansas State tacklers across the goal line, sending the Longhorns to 40-34 win Saturday night. More»
College Football

Cougars Cruise To Runaway Win Over Oregon

Luke Falk threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns and No. 11 Washington State held Oregon scoreless after the first quarter for a 33-10 victory Saturday night. The Cougars were on their first trip after quirky scheduling gave them their first five games at home. More»
College Football

Badgers Earn Taylor-Made Win At Nebraska

Freshman Johnathan Taylor rushed for a season-high 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead a punishing ground game that helped ninth-ranked Wisconsin wear down Nebraska in the second half of a 38-17 win Saturday night. More»
College Football

Bama Holds Off Aggies To Stay Unbeaten

Damien Harris ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, and Jalen Hurts had a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help top-ranked Alabama remain undefeated with a 27-19 win over Texas A&M on Saturday night. More»
Matt Brown

Another Sparty Party at The Big House

Michigan was not expected to win the Big Ten this year, but nobody expected the Wolverines to lose to rival Michigan State. It happened again anyway. On a rainy night at the Big House, the Spartans stunned No. 7 Michigan 14-10. More»
David Ubben

Horned Frogs Have Leg Up On Big 12

Presented with a golden opportunity after Oklahoma's upset loss earlier in the day, No. 8 TCU capitalized on Saturday afternoon, beating No. 23 West Virginia 31-24 to move forward as the last unbeaten team remaining in the Big 12. More»
Matt Brown

WMU Beats Buffalo in 7-OT Marathon

Western Michigan and Buffalo met in the fourth seven-overtime game ever on Saturday, a game that finally ended when Broncos running back Jarvion Franklin scored a 12-yard touchdown to lift WMU to a 71-68 victory over the Bulls. More»
College Football

Trojans Bounce Back From Loss, Top Beavers

Sam Darnold threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns, Ronald Jones II rushed for one touchdown and No. 14 Southern California defeated Oregon State 38-10 on Saturday. More»
College Football

Barrett, Buckeyes Blow Out Maryland

J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the first half, and No. 10 Ohio State had its most dominant defensive effort in nearly 60 years, routing Maryland 62-14 on Saturday. More»
College Football

LSU Rebounds, Edges Gators By A Point

Danny Etling threw a short touchdown pass in the second half and LSU rebounded from last week's stunning home loss to Troy with a 17-16 victory at No. 21 Florida on Saturday, with the help of a missed Gators extra point. More»
Matt Brown

Late TD Pass Raises Canes Past FSU

For Miami to become the ACC Coastal favorite, it had to first finally end a losing streak to rival Florida State. After years of heartbreak, the No. 13 Hurricanes beat the Seminoles, 24-20, for the first time since 2009 on a touchdown pass with six seconds left. More»
College Football

Auburn Rolls To Another SEC Rout

Kerryon Johnson rushed for a career-high 204 yards and three touchdowns and No. 12 Auburn beat Mississippi 44-23 on Saturday, the Tigers' third straight blowout win over an SEC opponent. More»
College Football

Chubb, Bulldogs Run Over Commodores

Nick Chubb ran for two touchdowns and 138 yards, and fifth-ranked Georgia routed Vanderbilt 45-14 Saturday despite missing three players from the Bulldogs' stingy defense. More»
College Football

Nittany Lions' Defense Pounces On Wildcats

Trace McSorley threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, Saquon Barkley ran for two scores in the second half and No. 4 Penn State shut down Northwestern in a 31-7 road win on Saturday. More»
College Football

Bryant Hurt In Clemson Win Over Wake

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant threw for 200 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an ankle injury as the second-ranked Tigers defeated Wake Forest 28-14 on Saturday to move to 6-0 for a third straight season. More»
Cliff Corcoran

It Ain't Over: 0-2 Playoff Comebacks

In MLB playoff history, there have been nine comebacks from teams down 0-2 in a best-of-five format. For what it's worth, this list already includes both the Yankees and Red Sox as victors and the Indians and Astros as losers. More»
Matt Brown

Cyclones Storm To Upset at Oklahoma

Oklahoma owned the series history with Iowa State entering Saturday, and it also owned playoff expectations. The Cyclones upended all expectations, led by a backup QB and a two-way QB, in a shocking 38-31 win over the No. 3 Sooners. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

The drama-filled MLB postseason continues this weekend, with four great games. Also, don't forget about Mark Richt facing Florida State, the Panthers vs. the Lions and even the NBA preseason. Let us be your sports watching guide. More»
Joe Sparacio

Fantasy Football Week 5: Start/Sit

It's Week 5 of the NFL season and if you're 0-4 or 1-3, you need to turn things around pretty quickly. Let us help you determine your best lineup (or pick daily fantasy players) as we prepare for Sunday's action. More»
Cy Brown

Pulisic is Saving Grace For USMNT

The U.S. men's national team's 4-0 victory over Panama on Friday night in a must-win World Cup qualifier showed just how special Christian Pulisic is. His brilliance in the middle opened up the American attack and put the U.S. on the brink of a bid. More»

Standing Pats: New England Holds Off Bucs

Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and the Patriots defeated the Buccaneers, 19-14, in Tampa on Thursday night. New England rebounded from a last-second loss in Week 4 that left them searching for answers to defensive woes. More»
Will Leitch

D-backs vs. Dodgers NLDS Preview

Like every matchup in the Division Series, the Arizona-LA promises to be an intriguing one. The Dodgers have high expectations this October, but the D-backs are ready to play spoilers (as long as they can figure out that starting rotation). More»
David Ubben

Cougars Raiding Pac-12 With Defense

Every team coached by Mike Leach is going to be known primarily for its offense thanks to his Air Raid attack. However, this year's Washington State team appears to be Leach's best yet, and it's because of an energized defense coached by Alex Grinch. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 6

Week 6 of the college football schedule doesn't feature a ton of big games, as TCU-West Virginia is the only Saturday game between ranked teams. But the day is at least enlivened by rivalries, including Miami-FSU and Michigan-Michigan State. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete on Earth: 9/27-10/3

This week in our greatest athlete search, we have candidates from all over the sports world, including soccer, golf and MLB. Which standout performer takes the crown? More»
Matt Brown

N.C. State Packing a Punch in ACC

For years, N.C. State has been viewed as a middle-of-the-road football program struggling to break out. Despite a disconcerting Week 1 loss, this year's Wolfpack is well on its way to a breakthrough after Thursday night's win over Louisville. More»
Andrea Hangst

Cam's Sorry, But That's Not Enough

Cam Newton has apologized for a sexist remark he made to a female reporter this week. But his initial choice of words are the real issue: the belief that women have no place covering the NFL. Newton flippantly expressed what many others think. More»
Will Leitch

USMNT: Cup Hopes Almost on Empty

If you're a fan of American soccer, you should be quite worried about the USMNT. After subpar play earlier in the World Cup qualifiers, the squad pretty much needs to win their matchup against Panama on Friday night to not miss the tournament altogether. More»
Mike Lupica

Dusty 'N' The Win: Is This Nats' Year?

There are so many stories this October in MLB, but maybe there is no better story than the Washington Nationals and their 68-year old manager, Dusty Baker, a great baseball man who has to believe he is past due at this time of year. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Confidence Pool: Week 5

This season, rather than doing pure NFL picks against the spread, I've decided to do weekly confidence pool rankings and pit myself against both Vegas and analytics. I'm currently 13th out of 123 competitors through three weeks -- see if you can do better. More»
Cliff Corcoran

#PitchersWhoRake: Greatest Hits

D-backs reliever Archie Bradley changed the course of the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday night with a go-ahead two-run triple in the 7th inning. But his important knock doesn't even rank among history's 10 most important postseason hits by pitchers. More»
Will Leitch

World Series Urgency Index Update

One of the eight teams in the postseason is going to win a World Series come November. Each franchise would be absolutely thrilled to earn a championship, although some may have even extra urgency based on historical context. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Role Call: Possible Playoff Surprises

When it comes to the October, sometimes the guys in the smallest roles turn in the biggest moments. Here is an under-the-radar or limited-role position player from each postseason MLB club who could shine in the Division Series and beyond. More»
David Ubben

Lynx Sink Sparks, Win WNBA Title

In Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Sparks, the Minnesota Lynx never trailed and held off a late rally to win the clinching contest, 85-76, and earn their fourth title in seven seasons. More»
Matt Brown

Best College Football Rivalry Peaks

"Best college football rivalry" is a common debate topic, one that can't help but be influenced by one's age and background. The answer shifts over time. One way to rank them is to evaluate them based on their most memorable golden age. More»
NFL News

Newton Expresses 'Regret' for Sexist Remark

On Wednesady, when Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Cam Newton at a press conference about wide receiver Devin Funchess' route running, the Panthers QB smiled and said, "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes. It's funny." A team spokesperson said Newton "expressed regret" for that response. More»
Will Leitch

Yankees vs. Indians ALDS Preview

In the ALDS, an upstart New York team heads to Cleveland to take on a battle-tested Indians squad that finished just short of a World Series crown last season. I'll break down the lineups, pitching matchups and predict a winner. More»
Will Leitch

2017 Nationals Playoff Dossier

The Nationals have been to the playoffs time and time again, but they've never broken through. Can Washington put it all together this year and make a deep run with their talented roster? More»
Will Leitch

2017 Cubs Playoff Dossier

The defending champs picked up right where they left off in 2016, winning the NL Central yet again. But since they've also shown some cracks in the armor and they may even be flying under the radar in a loaded playoff picture. More»
Will Leitch

2017 Dodgers Playoff Dossier

The Dodgers are combating not just their opponents on the field this postseason, but also the doubt in the minds of analysts and fans; its "put up or shut up" time after a fifth-straight division title. Will the NL West champs rise to the occasion? More»
Terence Moore

Brave Times in Aaron's Career

Baseball legend Hank Aaron was one of the sport's standard bearers for civil rights in the 1950s and beyond. The Hall of Famer discusses his time in Milwaukee, activism among modern athletes and one of his biggest regrets. More»
Mike Lupica

Yank Rises On October Stage

What fans had really come for at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, as the Yankees surged past the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game, was a signature October moment from rookie sensation Aaron Judge. And he delivered. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Playoff Picture Coming Into Focus

One month into the 2017 college football season, we have a clearer picture of where the season is heading. But for as confident as we may be about teams like Alabama and Clemson reaching the playoff, the history of the polls says a lot will change soon. More»
Will Leitch

Cubs vs. Nationals NLDS Preview

The defending champions are headed to Washington D.C. to take on a Nationals team that is hoping that their time has finally come. Will the Cubs get one step closer to defending their crown or will the Nats send Chicago packing? More»
Will Leitch

Red Sox vs. Astros ALDS Preview

There seem to be a lot of similarities between the Red Sox and Astros, especially the aces at the top of the rotation and the deep, potent lineups. Houston may seem to have the edge, but can Chris Sale be the primary difference-maker? More»
Will Leitch

2017 Astros Playoff Dossier

With one of the deepest lineups in baseball and a newly-acquired ace, the Houston Astros are as dangerous as any team in the American League. How will they fare against the Red Sox in their hunt for a World Series crown? More»
Will Leitch

2017 Red Sox Playoff Dossier

Could it be possible that the Red Sox are actually a sleeper team? While most are consumed with the upstart Yankees, dominant Indians and feisty Astros, Boston awaits in the shadows, ready to make an run. More»
Will Leitch

2017 Indians Playoff Dossier

Thanks to their historic win streak, the Indians will be favorited in the ALDS against the Yankees. Can Cleveland go one step further this year and take back the World Series crown that slipped just out of their fingertips a year ago? More»
Joe DeLessio

45 Predictions for the NHL Season

Are we destined for another Penguins title or can another team unseat them? Can the Predators take the next step? Will the Red Wings continue to languish? We make our best guesses with 45 bold predictions for the NHL season. More»
Ross Tucker

Chargers Lack Spark In Los Angeles

It's been a running narrative in Los Angeles from the beginning of the season, but the Chargers have a problem. Due to a rushed move from San Diego, fans aren't showing up to games in LA, and barely anyone even notices the team. More»
SoE Staff

Top 13 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 we count down the best set of photos from Sept. 26-Oct. 2. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Most Intriguing Postseason Players

This MLB postseason promises to be unpredictable. What we do know is that short series will magnify the impact of individual performances. With that in mind, here is one player from each of the 10 playoff teams who could be a difference-maker. More»
Matt Brown

Love Off To Historic Start At Stanford

Stanford had big shoes to fill after losing first-round pick Christian McCaffrey to the NFL. But despite losing two games, Stanford has found the perfect replacement: Bryce Love, whose knack for big plays has given him over 1,000 yards already. More»

Ain't That a Kick? KC Stays Undefeated

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker drilled a 43-yard field goal with 8 seconds left in his first career game, atoning for an earlier miss and helping Kansas City to a 29-20 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night in Kansas City. More»
Will Leitch

NL Wild Card Game Preview

Playoff baseball is finally here, and in the National League, we have a balanced Arizona D-backs squad hosting a potent Colorado Rockies offense in the Wild Card Game. Here are the key things to watch in the desert. More»
Will Leitch

2017 D-Backs Playoff Dossier

The D-backs get to host the Rockies in the desert as the two teams square off in the NL Wild Card Game. With a balance of speed, strength and high-caliber pitching, don't be surprised if Arizona makes a deep playoff run. More»
Will Leitch

2017 Rockies Playoff Dossier

The Colorado will face off against the Arizona D-backs in the NL Wild Card Game. This heavy-hitting club also has young, electric pitching and some rock-solid defense. Don't be surprised if they pull off an upset in the desert. More»
Michael Tunison

AFR: Kneeded Thrills On the Field

The NFL regained a measure of normalcy following a politically-charged week. And though anthem talk was still there, the action on the field was as hectic as ever, including some several exciting come-from-behind wins. More»
Will Leitch

AL Wild Card Game Preview

October baseball is upon us! First up is a matchup between the surprising Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. Here, I'll break down the key things to watch. More»
The Fans

NFL Fanalysis: Week 4 Reactions

What do some of the most passionate NFL fans around the league have to say about their teams' performances in Week 4? We asked. They answered. More»
Will Leitch

2017 Yankees Playoff Dossier

Many believed that this might be a rebuilding year for the New York Yankees. So much for that! Could this young team be ready to go deep in the playoffs? The franchise is filled with history and the players are talented. More»
Cy Brown

Athletes Grieve After Vegas Shooting

A gunman killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 more after opening fire from a hotel room high above an outdoor concert in Las Vegas late Sunday night. In the aftermath of the shooting, athletes from around the country expressed their sorrow. More»
Will Leitch

2017 Twins Playoff Dossier

The Minnesota Twins will take on the New York Yankees on Tuesday in the AL Wild Card Game. Don't count them out. The Twins could build on their speed, timely hitting and defense to advance, so long as their pitching holds up. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL's Top 10 Surprises So Far

Forget your presumptions about the NFL. Through almost four full weeks of the season, it turns out we know nothing. I decided to take a look at the most surprising things about the season so far, ranking them in acsending order of craziness. More»
Anthony Castrovince

'Pens Mightiest In the Postseason?

Arguably the biggest game-changer in the 2016 MLB playoffs was Andrew Miller, who gave the Indians a postseason-record 19 1/3 innings of sweet relief. Beyond Miller himself, I'll look at six of the most interesting men in the bullpen this October. More»
Matt Brown

Crimson Tide Washing Out Rest of SEC

For a few years, the one team that gave Alabama issues in the SEC was Ole Miss. Not anymore. After beating Vandy by 59 and Ole Miss by 63, Bama is poised to embarrass most of the rest of the SEC as it marches to another playoff bid. More»
Barry M. Bloom

The Chargers are out of excuses

Yes, Los Angeles hasn't been a kind home for the Chargers. But when you look at the broader picture, they've lost three games this season by a total of seven points and nine in a row. The losing has to stop, regardless of where the home games take place. More»

Fitz Magic! Larry's TD Lifts Cards In OT

It was a close one in the desert, but Larry Fitzgerald always seems to come through in the clutch. With the score tied heading into OT, the 49ers went ahead on a field goal with under 5:00 minutes to play, but Fitzgerald caught a game-winning TD to win it for the Cards. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

How the Pats Can Fix Their Dire D

The Patriots hoped to defend their Super Bowl title this season. But four weeks in, New England has two losses and its clear that the defense -- which was so impressive last season -- is holding the Pats back. What can Bill Belichick do? More»

Broncos Stifle Raiders, Carr Leaves Game

The Bronco's defense stays strong, holding the Raiders' potent offense to just one touchdown in a 16-10 win. Oakland lost Derek Carr to back spasms in the third quarter and Marshawn Lynch was held to only 12 yards on the ground in the loss. More»

Bucs Get Late FG Winner, G-Men 0-4

Tampa Bay's Nick Folk hit a game-winning field goal as time expired to send the Giants home empty-handed. Jameis Winston threw for three touchdowns, while New York lost on a kick for the second straight week to remain winless on the season. More»

Blount Statement: Eagles Take Down Chargers

LeGarrette Blount rushed for 136 yards, including 88 in the fourth quarter to run out the clock and defeat the Chargers, 26-24. Phillip Rivers totaled 347 yards and two TDs, but Los Angeles came up just short, losing their ninth straight game. More»

Rams Have Starpower in Dallas

Todd Gurley helped power the Rams to a 35-30 victory in Dallas. The running back scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 53-yard catch-and-run and kicker Greg Zuerlein nailed an incredible seven field goals to hold off the Cowboys on the road. More»

Steelers Ring Bell Against Ravens

The Steelers' Le'Veon Bell finally had a strong game this season, as the star running back finished Sunday's 26-9 victory against Baltimore with 144 yards and two TDs. Ravens QB Joe Flacco, meanwhile, was sacked four times and intercepted twice. More»

Thrill Bills: Buffalo Scores Upset in Atlanta

The Bills took on the defending NFC champions and came away with a surprising 23-17 victory thanks to some stifling defense and clutch field goals. The Falcons' Julio Jones left the game with an injury, as his team committed three turnovers on the day. More»

Jets Overcome TOs to beat Jags in OT

The Jaguars came from behind to tie the Jets in the fourth quarter thanks to some key turnovers, but New York would win the game in OT on a game-winning field goal. It was a sloppy game, but the Jets move to 2-2 with the 23-20 win. More»

Cats Nick Pats in Close Shave at Gillette

The Carolina Panthers scored a rare upset win in New England after kicker Graham Gano hit a game-winning field goal as time expired. Cam Newton outplayed Tom Brady, throwing for over 300 yards with four total touchdowns in the contest. More»

Lions Maul Vikings, Cook injured

The Detroit Lions' defense slowed down the Minnesota Vikings' offense on the road, eeking out a 14-7 victory. To make matters worse for Minnesota fans, running back Dalvin Cook exited the game with an ACL injury. More»

Another Brown Out As Cincy Rolls

The Bengals' Andy Dalton finished with 268 yards and four touchdowns as Cincinnati dominated Cleveland on the road, 31-7. The Browns struggled to get anything going on offense, while Dalton attempts to turn his team's season around. More»

Dear Watson! Texans Rack Up Record

Looking to avenge a close loss to the Patriots in Week 3, the Texans scored the most points in franchise history vs. the Tennessee Titans en route to a decisive 57-14 victory. Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and ran for another. More»
NFL In London

Saints Hook Fish Overseas

It took Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints six days and a first half before they finally found their footing in soggy Britain. Brees threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and the Saints downed the Dolphins 20-0 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Wembley Stadium. More»
Will Leitch

On the Bright Sides: Eyes on 2018

Now that the MLB postseason field is all set, we should take some time to look at the teams recently eliminated and assess how their seasons went, while looking ahead to 2018. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 5

A fairly uneventful Saturday in college football mostly served to reinforce a familiar theme: Clemson and Alabama are better than everyone else. Again. The Tigers dominated Virginia Tech, and the Crimson Tide crushed Ole Miss. More»
College Football

Bama Blasts Rebels With New Saban High

Jalen Hurts threw two TDs and ran for a score and No. 1 Alabama let loose on Mississippi 66-3 on Saturday night, emphatically putting down a problematic foe in recent years with the highest-scoring performance by the Crimson Tide in 11 years under Nick Saban. More»
College Football

Rudolph Lifts Cowboys to Rebound Win

Mason Rudolph ran 16 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the final two minutes and No. 15 Oklahoma State beat Texas Tech 41-34 on Saturday night. The Cowboys bounced back from a home loss to TCU behind Rudolph's five total TDs. More»