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article April 19, 2017

Aaron Hernandez's Story: Pathetic

Early Wednesday morning, convicted murderer and former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez was discovered dead in his jail cell. He goes to the grave with his own regrets about the choices he made. What choices did Odin Lloyd have? More»
AP_485406645636 article April 18, 2017

Brown & Out? Cleveland's Due

There are rumors swirling about the possibility of the Cleveland Browns selecting North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky with their No. 1 overall draft pick. If that happens, I hope it works out, because Browns fans have suffered enough. More»
USATSI_9959278 article April 14, 2017

King James: Defender of the Crown

There have been so many big games over the past 12 months, involving some of the greatest athletes of all time. Now one of them, LeBron James, will try to keep the trend going as he tries to defend the Cavaliers' title. More»
AcesLupica article April 11, 2017

Aces Low: Only Elites Deserve Label

When it comes to true aces in baseball, you either are one or you're not. Buck Showalter says that "it's not a very long list" in MLB. But let's take a look at the pitchers who may qualify, the ones you always want to see on the mound in big moments. More»
Garcia1 article April 10, 2017

Sergi-OH! Spain Reigns At Augusta

Sergio Garcia finally beat Justin Rose on the 73rd hold at the Masters on Sunday, and Rose talked afterward about how Sergio has had his "fair share" of heartbreak in majors. He wasn't kidding. Garcia earned his green jacket. No doubt about it. More»
GettyImages-665026418 article April 6, 2017

Smooth Sale-ing For Sox At the Start

When Chris Sale took the mound at Fenway Park for the first time as a member of the Red Sox, it was an event. And Sale put on a show, striking out seven through seven shutout innings. It's only April, but right now, Sale looks every bit Boston's ace. More»
USATSI_9992012 article April 4, 2017

Let Players Decide Games, Period

Over the past several days, there have been too many glaring examples of people in charge forgetting they're in a players' game, and getting in the way to the point where you want to call interference penalties on all of them. More»
GettyImages-653258132 article March 31, 2017

Green Day: MLB's Young, Best

Spring Training has come and gone and just like that, it's time for baseball. The best part is that every place in the country has hope, from NYC to Chicago to Texas to California. And there is a ridiculous amount of young talent in the game. More»
Kentucky-UNC-Maye article March 27, 2017

Awesome/Weak End For Cats-Heels

John Calipari's Kentucky team had come all the way back to tie the game against North Carolina near the end on Sunday. But then UNC's Luke Maye hit his shot. Sometimes it's just a miss-or-make sport. Sometimes it's a make-and-make sport. More»
DallasGreen article March 22, 2017

Angel At Gates For Dallas Green

Dallas Green is gone at the age of 82 after a wonderful baseball life. We should celebrate his love of the game. But we should also take a moment to remember the unspeakable grief he endured when his young granddaughter was shot and killed in 2011. More»
USATSI_9766921 article March 22, 2017

Kap-sized: Throw QB a Life Raft

Colin Kaepernick isn't just without an NFL team right now: He's getting called out by the president. NFL teams, unsurprisingly, likely won't take a chance on the free agent QB, because above everything else, they lack the courage. More»
GleyberTorres1 article March 20, 2017

New Yanks: House That Youth Built

It's safe to say New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't used to a Spring Training where all the talk is about the team's young guys. But he has high hopes that Gleyber Torres, Tyler Wade and others can help bring the Yanks' glory days back. More»
DannyBobbyHurley article March 18, 2017

King of the Rhode? A Hurley

The Hurley family is back on the board for the NCAA Tournament now, after Danny coached his Rhode Island team to a win on Friday. The irony, of course, is that the game was in Sacramento, where brother Bobby's life nearly ended 24 years ago. More»
GettyImages-649619712 article March 14, 2017

Yo Man: Frozen Ropes, High Hopes

Most of those who pay close attention to the New York Mets always start talking about their pitching when it comes to their playoff chances. But we should always be talking about Yoenis Cespedes, the most exciting at-bat the Mets have ever had. More»
SteveKerr-1 article March 12, 2017

Sitting, Bull: Stars Belong On Floor

Steve Kerr is a great coach, but the idea that the grind of the season, and all the back-to-back games, are a justification for sitting Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala on Saturday night against the Spurs is a lame one. More»
ChrisSaleSpring article March 6, 2017

Boston's Love For Sale? Priceless

As the Red Sox breathed a sigh of relief over news that David Price's elbow issue wasn't as bad as initially feared, Chris Sale made his first start of Spring Training. Boston acquired him to fill one of the most important jobs in all of baseball: a true ace. More»
GettyImages-585116044 article March 2, 2017

Mint 2B: Altuve Second to None

He might be listed at 5-foot-6, but Houston's All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has become one of the biggest stars in the Major Leagues. And make no mistake: Altuve absolutely belongs in the same conversation with Mike Trout. More»
USATSI_9907698 article March 1, 2017

Golden Fate? KD Injury Opens Door

Sometimes there's just nothing you can do when sports hit you the way Kevin Durant and the Warriors were hit on Tuesday. Now, Durant will be out for weeks, making the rest of the NBA and the upcoming postseason that much more interesting. More»
GettyImages-598965558 article February 28, 2017

Murphy's Awe: Sky's The Limit For Nat

Not too long ago, Daniel Murphy became the story of MLB's postseason, hitting homer after homer for the New York Mets. Now, coming off an All-Star '16 season with the Nationals, Murph has it figured out: Get the ball in the air. More»
StickballScreenshot article February 24, 2017

Pick-Up Sticks: Let's Play Ball

At the Palm Beach County Senior Stickball League in Wellington, Fla., age is all relative. The pavement turns into the streets of Brooklyn and the Bronx and Queens, where players remember their NYC youth -- and take their cuts with joy. More»

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