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article April 17, 2014

Western Conference Playoff Preview

The NBA's Western Conference playoffs are the Wild West. There's no clear favorite, and no one would be shocked if the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers or Rockets are standing when the West is finally won. Here are our predictions. More»
heat_pacers_1980 article April 17, 2014

Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

Though many would prefer to skip past the first few rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs and just get straight to a Heat / Pacers rematch, there's some interesting matchups here. Can the Nets topple the Raptors? What will the Bulls do to stop John Wall and the Wizards? More»
winston_salem_baseball article April 15, 2014

The New Faces of Baseball

Historically black colleges and universities, HBCUs for short, find themselves in an interesting athletic position these days. With the popularity of baseball waning among young African Americans, many HBCUs have as many, or more, whites and Latinos on their rosters. More»
Pacers-Heat article April 11, 2014

Sudden Impact

The two runaway leaders in the the NBA's Eastern Conference are losing games (somewhat unintentionally), resting players (intentionally) and raising questions about their championship swagger. Can they silence the doubters? More»
nbaawards article April 10, 2014

The Best in the NBA 2014

This NBA season hasn't been pretty, from injuries to tanking to problems in New York and L.A, but it wasn't a total loss. There are still players deserving of accolades, so we hand out awards for the best in the league, including a fierce MVP debate. More»
USATSI_7860463 article April 9, 2014

The Legend Continues

It's been forty years since Hank Aaron hit his record-breaking 715th home run. This week, thousands of fans gathered at Turner Field to pay tribute to a living legend -- and the man many baseball fans still consider to be the true home-run king. More»
NBA-Franchise-Rankings article April 4, 2014

NBA Franchise Power Rankings

Every organization sets a standard. Some have built-in advantages, but even those are squandered if the management is weak. Here's how we rate the NBA franchises taking into account three important top layers: ownership, the front office and coaching. More»
Detroit_Pistons article April 2, 2014

Pitsville, USA

There may be no sadder story in the NBA than the steady collapse and decay of the Pistons, once one of the best-run and most-profitable organizations around. Are there any signs of hope among the wreckage wrought by management? More»
Harrisons-Kentucky article April 1, 2014

Wonder Twins

Aaron and Andrew Harrison weren't instant sensations at Kentucky. But they've matured quickly on the court over the last few weeks. And they could win two huge games in their home state, one that thought the twins may have been destined for gridiron glory instead. More»
albrecht_mcgary_michigan article March 29, 2014

Tough Acts To Follow

Last year, Spike Albrecht and Mitch McGary put themselves on the basketball map with furious tournament performances for the Wolverines. Now, with Albrecht back to earth and McGary injured, they're forced to watch their teammates try to lead the way back to the Final Four. More»
Pitino-Calipari article March 28, 2014

Enemies of the State

When one coaches at Louisville, winner of three national titles, and the other at Kentucky, winner of eight national titles, does that make it tough for two coaches with a personal history to have a close relationship? In a word: yes. More»
stephenson_wade_glare article March 27, 2014

Midwest Manners

It doesn't matter who finishes with the best record in the East, not anymore. It's now about who successfully plants a seed of doubt into the other guy's head. The Indiana Pacers might have accomplished just that on Wednesday night against LeBron James and the Heat. More»
redlarry article March 27, 2014

Red's apprentice

Larry Bird's first lesson on how to be a general manager in the NBA came well before his first lesson on how to be an NBA player. The education of the Pacers' boss was taught early and delivered thoroughly by the Celtics all-time master planner, Red Auerbach. More»
heatslump article March 26, 2014

Stretch Run

The Heat are fading faster than the hairline of their best player. The defending champions have a pedestrian record since the All-Star break and lost to a trio of sub-.500 teams in March. Needless to say, Miami is desperate for a statement win. More»
mccarthy_injured article March 24, 2014

In The Line Of Fire

The line drive that injured Aroldis Chapman reminded us yet again of just how dangerous it can be for a pitcher to be unprotected against batted baseballs. From Herb Score in 1957 to Chapman, Brandon McCarthy, J.A. Happ and others recently, pitchers continue to get hurt. More»
Bill_Walton article March 20, 2014

The Ecstasy and the Agony

Basketball and broadcasting legend Bill Walton has dealt with a lot of adversity in his 61 years. But nothing has brought him to the depths of despair like his battle with severe back pain, which recently left him crippled -- and contemplating death. More»
Phil_Jackson article March 18, 2014

Jax of All Trades

The Knicks announced their new president, Phil Jackson, at a well-received press conference. He can do what others tried and failed to do in New York, with a bit of luck, of course -- but only if he's indeed a magnetic presence in the eyes of free agents. More»
jabari_parker article March 18, 2014

Leveling Up

There's more at stake than NCAA tournament wins over the next few weeks. This is the best and last chance to see college players in pressure situations against top competition, and NBA scouts will get a better handle on the top players as the draft looms. More»
GeraldGreen article March 14, 2014

Finally Figuring It Out

With NBA success a long time coming after he was drafted out of high school in 2005, the Suns' Gerald Green may be the poster child for the NBA's desire to raise the age limit for the draft. Except he doesn't believe there should be one. Who's right? More»
blog March 12, 2014

Running Out Of Time

Kobe Bryant has been out since December with a knee injury, and nearing the end of a lost season, the Lakers finally decided to rule him out the rest of the way. Now, with two years left, they have to figure out how to win immediately while trying to rebuild. More»

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