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Andrea Hangst

WWE Raw Has a Tag Team Problem

Since the WWE opted to split into two main brands a year ago, there have been numerous consequences. Some are intended, and others have been unintended. Nowhere is it more evident now than in the tag team division, particularly on the "Raw" brand. More»
Will Leitch

How To Fill Out The All-Star Ballot

When filling out the MLB All-Star Game ballot, I'm not thinking about who the "best" player is. I just pick the guys I want to see on the biggest platform, the game in which baseball has the stage all to itself. These are my picks for the NL and AL lineups. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Dodgers Making Case For MLB's Best

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball's best division, and, thanks to crazy depth and crazy comebacks, they might soon have the best record in baseball, making them the top MLB story among a starting five of topics worth bantering about this week. More»
Cy Brown

Chip, Chip, Hooray! Spieth's Walk-Off

Jordan Spieth sunk an incredible walk-off chip shot from the bunker to beat Daniel Berger in a playoff at the Travelers Championship. With the win, Spieth became the second golfer in the PGA TOUR's modern era to win 10 times before the age of 24. More»
Cy Brown

Top 5 Transfer Sagas of the Summer

With no clubs matches to watch during the summer, soccer fans' eyes turn to the transfer window. A handful of the world's best players are rumored to be on the move. Here are a few transfer storylines that will dominate headlines until the window closes in August. More»
Joe Sparacio

Five MLB Stars Ready to Rebound

A few of baseball's best players are struggling at the dish or on the mound right now, but some advanced numbers paint a different picture. Expect these five stars to rebound in a big way as they make their way back to being elite. More»
Dylan Hornik

College World Series Names to Know

In Omaha, the College World Series is in full swing, and some of the players have already been selected in the MLB Draft. Here are a group of players to keep your eye on as they move from college through the Minors. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

With the NHL and NBA seasons coming to the end, baseball will shine even brighter as we enter late June. This weekend, you can also catch a bit of the Confederations Cup, some MLS action, or tune into the NHL Draft. More»
Mike Lupica

Wait and C: Tribe, Tribe Again

The Indians are starting to create some separation in the AL Central as they begin a weekend series against the Twins at home. But the memories of last year's World Series loss are still fresh, and this is a team hungry for another chance. More»
Will Leitch

Teams With Longest No-No Droughts

Max Scherzer came very close to throwing a no-hitter this week, losing it in the eighth inning. If he had finished the no-no, it would have been the fourth since the start of 2014 for the Nats. Not all teams have been so lucky. More»
Alex Wong

Winners & Losers of the '17 NBA Draft

The picks are in, but the drama may just be getting started. The 2017 NBA Draft took place in Brooklyn on Thursday night, with Markelle Fultz going to the 76ers at No. 1 and Lonzo Ball to the Lakers at No. 2. Let's look at what's coming next. More»
Matt Brown

CFB's Wild 2007 Season, 10 Years Later

Every college football season features at least one week in which the sport descends into chaos, but we need to resist the urge to compare anything to 2007. Ten years later, it's a season that deserves to be celebrated for its unsurpassable drama and quirkiness. More»
Alex Wong

Butler Makes Wolves Playoff-Ready

The Bulls parted ways with Jimmy Butler on Thursday's draft night, trading him and the 16th pick to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the selection of Lauri Markkanen. Here are three takeaways from the first blockbuster trade of the evening: More»
NBA Draft

Markelle Yeah! Fultz Goes No. 1, Ball No. 2

The Philadelphia 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday night with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The Los Angeles Lakers followed by taking Lonzo Ball as the draft started with a pair of freshmen point guards from the Pac-12 Conference. More»
SoE Original

FWIW, Brady's Sumo Game Is Huge

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On this week's For What It's Worth, Tom Brady goes to the land of the rising sun and wedgies. Ray Lewis has advice for Colin Kaepernick. And the worst thing to happen in a video game in the history of the world, happens. More»
Cliff Corcoran

MLB All-Star Game: My Roster Picks

2017 All-Star Game voting ends at the end of June, and if you need help putting a ballot together, here are my selections for the All-Star rosters. While some names are shoo-ins, other cases are a bit more difficult to determine. More»
Will Leitch

Going Back to The Future In Baseball

Twenty years is a long time. The world will change a lot more than baseball will in 20 years, and baseball can't help but evolve. If you look at an MLB game from 1997 -- 20 years ago -- it barely looks like the same game. Here's how much has changed. More»
Cliff Corcoran

All-Star Game: My NL Roster Picks

2017 All-Star Game voting ends at the end of June, and if you need help putting a ballot together, here are my selections for the National League All-Star roster. While some names are shoo-ins, other cases are a bit more difficult to determine. More»
Joe DeLessio

Golden Goal: Building a Vegas Winner

The Las Vegas Golden Knights began constructing their roster on Wednesday in an expansion draft. While some names drew some applause, the main goal for the NHL's newest team is compiling assets to compete later on. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Breakout Team Candidates

The 2016 college football season featured several examples of teams breaking out of recent ruts to achieve breakthroughs, and it's inevitable that the 2017 season will feature similar achievements. These are the teams with the best chance of making a leap forward. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's 5 Most Fun Player Debates

Who is the best pitcher in the league? It's a trickier question than you might think. How about the best young shortstop? And If you were starting a franchise, would you draft Nolan Arenado or Kris Bryant? Let's settle some fun arguments. More»
Mike Lupica

Send In the Crown! Can King Save L.A.?

If you believe the rumors, LeBron James just might have one more move left in him. Some people think, if he feels he can't win another title in Cleveland once he hits free agency next year, he could be going west. That might mean Jerry West. More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Odds Report: June Edition

Every month, we take a look at the MLB playoff picture with the help of Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds Report. This month, the numbers show that the Rays and Indians are surging while Brewers fans may have something to worry about. More»
Will Leitch

The Perils of Being a Knicks Fan

Even though most of my 17 years as a Knicks fan has been miserable, I've stuck with them through some of the lowest points of the franchise. But if Phil Jackson ends up trading Kristaps Porzingis, that might be the last straw. More»
Alex Wong

Movers & Lakers: L.A.'s Next Play

On Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers will be trading Timofey Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in Thursday's draft. It looks as if L.A. is ready to make a bigger move -- back to relevance. More»
Terence Moore

'Real Deal' Memories of The Bite Fight

On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson shocked the world by biting the ear of his heavyweight opponent, Evander Holyfield. Twenty years after the infamous fight, I chatted with "Real Deal" to talk about that night, and the power of forgiveness. More»
Matt Brown

Huskies Hope For New Golden Age

It's been one hundred years since the end of the first golden age of Washington football, when it went a record 64 games without a loss over a decade. With Chris Petersen at the helm, the hope is that, a century later, Washington is heading for new glory days. More»
David Ubben

Will To Win? Grier Gives WVU QB Boost

West Virginia will look a lot different in 2017, with many of its key players gone from a 10-3 team. However, one area is looking a lot better: Quarterback. Florida transfer Will Grier received a waive to be eligible at the start of the season, giving WVU a prized new passer. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Ranking the Best NFL O-Line Units

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Without protection, even the best running backs and quarterbacks can't succeed. A great offensive line is often as underrated as it is important. Let's take a look around the league and see which units are the strongest and which might need an overhaul. More»
SoE Staff

Top 5 Athletes On Earth This Week

A baseball rookie blasted some home runs at a never-before-seen pace, an NYCFC veteran showed that he isn't slowing down just yet and a WNBA star set a historic record. But which athlete topped our list this week? More»
Joe Sparacio

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 13 photos from June 14-20. More»
Will Leitch

Debatable Me: Warriors and POTUS

There is much discussion about whether the Golden State Warriors should visit President Donald Trump at the White House to celebrate a title after being outspoken against his political policies. Here, I debate the hot topic ... with myself. More»
Joe DeLessio

2017's Most Tortured NHL Fan Bases

The Pittsburgh Penguins won their second consecutive Stanley Cup this week, and so now that the season is over, it's time for a Sports on Earth tradition: Our annual ranking of the league's franchises based on how tortured their fan bases are. More»
Cliff Corcoran

All-Star Game: My AL Roster Picks

2017 All-Star Game voting ends at the end of June, and if you need help putting a ballot together, here are my selections for the American League All-Star roster. While some names are close calls and others are no-brainers, they are all well deserving. More»
David Ubben

Best NBA Draft Classes In History

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While we don't know where the 2017 draft class will rank among the best of all time, we can still know where the bar has been set. Let's look to the past and determine the top 10 NBA Drafts of all time, based on number of titles, All-Stars, MVP Awards and more. More»
Alex Wong

Griffin Done In Cavs' Exec Shakeup

Days before the draft, and less than two weeks before free agency season opens, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert took everyone by surprise by letting David Griffin walk. Here are three revelations from the stunning turn of events. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Offensive Lineman Rankings 2017

Our weekly preseason college football player rankings continue with the top 35 offensive linemen for 2017, a group deep with potential stars after only two linemen were picked in the first round of the NFL Draft in April. More»
Alex Wong

NBA Mock Draft: Best Case/Worst Case

The NBA Draft is almost here, with a blockbuster trade already in the books between the Sixers and Celtics. Time to mock things up to see how things may shake out on Thursday, along with possible comps for each potential lottery pick. More»
Cy Brown

VAR Is a Kick In Right Direction

So far at the Confederations Cup, the VAR -- "Video Assistant Referee" -- system has shown it can make correct call where referees can't. While it still has kinks that need to be worked out, it's a positive step toward getting rid of human error. More»
Ross Tucker

Seven NFL Team Stocks to Buy

After the Titans added receiver Eric Decker, the franchise's strong offseason got even stronger. Tennessee isn't alone, though, in the way it has improved. What other football teams around the league have seen their stocks on the rise? More»
Mike Lupica

Time to Put Rose On HOF Ballot

Pete Rose shouldn't come off baseball's ineligible list, nor should he be a manager or coach again, nor be on the field for anything except ceremonial occasions. But he still belongs on the Hall of Fame ballot. After that, the voters can decide what's next. More»
Will Leitch

The Making of a Signature Moment

When teams are destined for greatness, they often have a signature moment during the season which validates their surprising success. For the Rockies, that moment may have come on Sunday, when Nolan Arenado crushed a walk-off home run to hit for the cycle. More»
Manny Randhawa

Solid As the Rox: Colorado Is Tops

Still think the Rockies are just a flash in the pan? Think again. Colorado is perched atop the NL West with the second-best record in the Majors (46-26) following one of the most exciting games in franchise history on Sunday. More»
Anthony Castrovince

NL Power Trio: The West's Best

A three-headed monster has emerged in the National League West, as the Rockies, Dodgers and D-backs could be frontrunners for three of the league's five postseason spots. This week, the teams will battle for divisional supremacy. More»
Cy Brown

Koepka Cruises To Record-Tying Win

Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open, the first major victory of his career, with a 5-under 67 on Sunday at Erin Hills in Wisconsin to finish 16-under for the weekend, tying Rory McIlroy's record for lowest 72-hole score under par in tournament history. More»
Alex Wong

LaVar Ball: Father of the Year?

Just days away from the 2017 NBA Draft, the entire basketball world has its focus on LaVar and Lonzo Ball. You can criticize LaVar all you want for being an overbearing dad, but there's no question he loves his son, who could be a game-changer. More»
Joe Sparacio

Five Young Aces In the Making

This year, we have seen some truly promising youngsters look ready to make the leap and join the game's elite pitchers. Let's look closely at five whose jerseys you may want to buy before they win their first Cy Young Award. More»
Alex Wong

Real Deal! Celtics-Sixers Swap Picks

The NBA Draft is still a few days away, but the wheeling and dealing has already begun. According to several reports, the Celtics have agreed to a trade that will send the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's draft to the Sixers. More»
Andrea Hangst

Previewing WWE's Most 'Money' Event

On Sunday, the WWE will host its eighth Money in the Bank event, a ladder event with plenty of intriguing possibilities. Here's a preview of the two matches -- on the men's and women's side -- and an attempt to sort through the noise. More»
Cy Brown

U.S. Open Still Up For Grabs

Justin Thomas set a U.S. Open record for lowest-score below par with a 9-under 63 on Saturday at Erin Hills. Despite that historic effort, the field is still wide open, and a number of golfers still have a chance to make a run for the title. More»
Cliff Corcoran

10 Great Father-Son Duos in MLB

The relationship between fathers and sons is baked into baseball's mythology as well as reality. Entering Father's Day weekend, there are 19 players on active Major League rosters whose fathers also played in the Show. Let's look at the best. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

Father's Day Weekend is here, which means the headlining event of the sports week is the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Here's our weekly guide to the most essential sporting events to watch over the weekend. More»
Mike McCormick

10 Best College Baseball Teams Ever

It's the time of year when the ping replaces the crack of the bat for two weeks. The College World Series starts this weekend, and top-seeded Oregon State will be chasing history, trying to find a place on the list of the best college baseball teams ever. More»
Will Leitch

Most Tortured NBA Fan Bases: 2017

Now that the Warriors have established themselves as a true juggernaut, the rest of the NBA continues to wonder if there's any stopping them. That leads to a lot of angst, with some fans enduring more than others. Let's measure the misery. More»
Matt Brown

Gators Swamped With Imbalance

Florida's golden eras have come with entertaining, prolific offenses leading the charge. The past few years have been anything but that, as the Gators' defense has been far ahead of the offense -- a divide greater than any other team in college football. More»
SoE Original

FWIW, The 'Big' Fight May Fizzle

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The Golden State Warriors win the NBA title and Kevin Durant had more problems with beer cans than the Cavaliers defense. Meanwhile, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are teaming up to swindle you out of 100 bucks. More»
Cy Brown

U.S. Open: Five to Watch on Day 2

Even though the U.S. Open is being played on the longest course in the history of the tournament, there were plenty of low scores early. Rickie Fowler set a U.S. Open opening round record with a 7-under 65. Can he and other fast-starters keep it up? More»
Cy Brown

Green Throws Shade at Parade

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In keeping with the fine tradition of victory parade hijinks, there were plenty of antics during the Warriors' victory parade and rally on Thursday through the streets of Oakland. The highlight may have been an incredibly petty shirt worn by Draymond Green. More»
U.S. Open

Follow the U.S. Open Live

Entering Saturday, the four players tied for the lead at the U.S. Open -- Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka, Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood -- created the largest 36-hole logjam in 43 years at the tournament. Keep track of the leaderboard right here. More»
Matt Brown

NCAA Suspends Pitino, Punishes Cards

The NCAA has ruled that Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino will be suspended for five games and the team must vacate wins from 2012-14, likely including the 2013 national championship, as a result of the investigation into a sex scandal involving a staffer and recruits. More»
Karim Zidan

Floyd vs. McGregor is a Moneymaker

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The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight is finally official, as the two will clash in Las Vegas on August 26. But when it comes down to it, this fight is far more about money and publicity than it is about a 12-round boxing match. More»
Cliff Corcoran

The Best MLB Divisions in History

As it currently stands, the AL East has an aggregate winning percentage of .535 and only one team in the division has a record below .500. While that seems very good, where does this collection of teams stand in the history books? More»
Will Leitch

Longest Active All-Star Snubs

Bryan LaHair's miraculous performance at the start of 2012 catapulted him into the All-Star Game. Who, among active players with the most games played, has a chance to do the same this season? We have a suggestion or two. More»
Terence Moore

On Tiger and Father's Day

The symptoms continue for Tiger Woods, once the envy of aspiring golfers everywhere. Now he is buried up to his Nike cap in the sand trap of life. Father's Day is this weekend, along with another U.S. Open, and this was their time of year. He misses Earl Woods. Badly. More»
Matt Brown

Ranking CFB's Transfer Quarterbacks

While expectations are often unreasonable for transfer quarterbacks, the national leader in passer rating in three of the past six years has in fact been a transfer. Will another one become a star in 2017? The list of possibilities is deep. More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 Biggest Trade Deadline Needs

With the MLB Draft behind us, fans can look ahead toward the Trade Deadline. Each of baseball's contenders have a need they should try to fill to solidify their standing in the playoff race. Let's explore what teams might be looking for. More»
Mike Lupica

Baseball, DC & Sickening Shots

Rep. Steve Scalise was one of five wounded in a shooting on a baseball field on Wednesday during practice for a congressional charity baseball game. They had all come to the field to feel young, but this time witnessed the kind of scene that keeps playing out over and over again in America. More»
Cy Brown

French Soccer's Future Is Now

With their performances against England, 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe and 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele arrived on the big stage for the French national team. And they're good enough to be difference-makers for France in the year leading up to Russia 2018 and beyond. More»
Will Leitch

Edwin Jackson's Baseball Saga

Edwin Jackson has played for 12 different teams and has experienced baseball's greatest highs, from winning a World Series to throwing a no-hitter. But after getting cut by the Orioles, this may be the end of the road for the hurler. Let's take a look back at his marvelous journey. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Every NFL Edge Rush Unit, Ranked

Edges are the new trenches. As passing gets more prevalent in the NFL, defenses can focus their attention on pressuring the quarterback, and those who can do so best are extremely valuable. Let's rank every team in the NFL based on such rushers. More»
Matt Brown

Defense Now Star of Clemson Show

Deshaun Watson is rightfully given the most credit as the face of Clemson's rise to the national championship, but the defense's growth shouldn't be taken for granted. And with Watson gone, that defense ensures that the Tigers won't fall far after their title. More»
SoE Staff

Top 5 Athletes On Earth This Week

A Yankees slugger continued to amaze, a superstar finally saw his championship dreams fulfilled and an unseeded Latvian won her first ever major title. But which athlete topped our list? More»
Joe Sparacio

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 13 photos from June 7-13. More»
Mike Lupica

Kevin and L: Durant Rises Up

When it was all on the line in the biggest moments of the NBA Finals, the Warriors threw it to Kevin Durant. It doesn't mean he's Michael Jordan, but he sure played that way against the best in LeBron James and came out victorious. More»
Mike Lupica

Boston Longs For Papi's Bat

Someday, there will be a statue of David Ortiz outside Fenway Park. He is one of the biggest and most important players the Red Sox have ever had. And the slugger's absence from the lineup this season has been felt in Boston. More»
Will Leitch

10 Best players without a title

Kevin Durant was arguably the best player in sports without a title to his name, and that streak ended on Monday night. What other future Hall-of-Fame players, then, bear the burden of missing that one final puzzle piece on their storied resumes? More»
Alex Wong

Can the King Get Back The Crown?

After losing to the Warriors in the NBA Finals for the second time in three seasons, the Cavaliers head into the offseason knowing that their best was not good enough. For LeBron James, there are some doubts he wants to address. More»
Seerat Sohi

Kevin Sent: This Is Durant's Moment

When the Golden State Warriors took home the Larry O'Brien trophy on Monday, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games (capping things off with a 129-120 victory), Kevin Durant was anything but a second fiddle. He was the real MVP. More»
Alex Wong

Golden Age: Warriors Conquer Cavs

The Warriors may not have been perfect in the playoffs. But, in the end, that didn't matter. They are champs once again after beating the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. And, the scary thing is, Golden State could just be getting started. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Every MLB Team's Best Draft Pick

Since the institution of the MLB Draft in 1965, every Major League team has drafted and signed at least one player who has gone on to compile more than 40 WAR in his career. Here is the best player ever drafted and signed by each of the 30 Major League franchises. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Defensive Lineman Rankings 2017

A pair of sophomore defensive tackles, Houston's Ed Oliver and Clemson's Dexter Lawrence, are in the conversation for best overall player in college football this season, and they headline our list of the nation's top defensive ends and tackles. More»
NBA Finals

Good As Golden: Warriors Are Champs Again

Kevin Durant scored 39 points, Stephen Curry added 34 and the Golden State Warriors won their second NBA championship in three seasons with a 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Finals on Monday night. More»
NBA Playoffs

Warriors Look to Put Away the Cavs

The Cavaliers are hoping to once again rally from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals to take home their second straight ring. But this Warriors team isn't the same as last year's -- Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Co. are determined to end things Monday night at Oracle Arena. More»
Michael Tunison

Jeremy Maclin Heads To Baltimore

The Baltimore Ravens upgraded a depleted receiving corps by signing former Kansas City Chiefs wideout Jeremy Maclin to a two-year deal. Maclin was also in talks with the Buffalo Bills but will now join Joe Flacco as a possession receiver. More»
Ross Tucker

Rebuild Battle: Jets vs. Chiefs

This offseason, the Jets have gone into full rebuild mode, while the Chiefs are making incremental moves for the future at the expense of the present. Are both viable options for success? More»
Will Leitch

Christian Pulisic is USMNT's Future

The USMNT managed to play to a 1-1 draw at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, all but securing their spot in the World Cup. But maybe even more important than the action on the pitch was the realization that US soccer now has a superstar, and his name is Christian Pulisic. More»
Mark Newman

Longest No-Repeat Streaks In Sports

The Penguins went into Nashville on Sunday night and captured the Stanley Cup for the second time in two years, becoming the first NHL team to repeat as champions since the 1997 and '98 Red Wings. Which sports have gone the longest without repeat champs? More»
Joe DeLessio

Crosby Secures All-Time Great Status

Sidney Crosby is the rare athlete who began his career with the expectation that he'd finish it as one of the all-time greats. He's the even rarer athlete who's lived up to those expectations, a legacy further secured by the Penguins' second straight Stanley Cup. More»
NHL Playoffs

Cup and Away! Pens Win Second Straight Title

Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 saves as the Penguins became the NHL's first team in nearly two decades to repeat as Stanley Cup champions following a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 on Sunday night. More»
Cy Brown

Golazo Gives U.S. Draw against Mexico

Michael Bradley scored one of the most stunning goals you'll ever see by an American in the USMNT's 1-1 draw with Mexico. It's only the third time in the U.S. has drawn against Mexico at the Estadio Azteca in a World Cup qualifier. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB Draft Picks: The Game-Changers

The MLB Draft begins on Monday night. Just for fun, let's take a look at a few examples of recent picks that have shaped the 2017 standings. One of these guys is currently hitting mammoth home runs for the Yankees. More»
Cy Brown

Nadal Wins 10th French Open Title

Rafael Nadal has long been known as the "King of Clay," and no performance exemplified that more than his victory over Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final on Sunday. The Spaniard beat Wawrinka in straight sets to win his 10th French Open title. More»
Joe Sparacio

8 of MLB's most underrated players

Some great players in the league are still quite underappreciated, and it's our duty to make sure that they get some well-deserved praise. Here are 8 players that have been flying under the radar all season (and even last season as well). More»
Cy Brown

USMNT Aims to End Azteca Struggles

The USMNT travels to Mexico City this Sunday for a crucial World Cup qualifying match with El Tri at the dreaded Estadio Azteca. With almost nothing to lose and almost everything to gain, can the U.S. once again get one over at their theatre of nightmares? More»
Cy Brown

Tapwrit Takes the Belmont Stakes

A late surge carried Tapwrit to a Belmont Stakes win over Irish War Cry and Patch on Saturday. He's the fifth horse in the past nine years to finish out of the money in the Derby, skip the Preakness and win the Belmont. More»
Cy Brown

Ostapenko's Historic French Open Win

Any way you look at it, Jelena Ostapenko's win over Simona Halep in the French Open final was an amazing feat. Ostapenko is the youngest winner of the major in 20 years, the first Latvian to win it and the first unseeded woman to take the title since 1933. More»
Cy Brown

What to Know for the 2017 Belmont

There's no Triple Crown on the line this year, but there's still plenty of reason to be excited for the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Let's get you ready for the race. More»
Alex Wong

Best NBA Finals Plays of All-Time

In Friday's Game 4 NBA Finals win over the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James threw an alley-oop to himself in the third quarter, a play normally reserved for All-Star Games or dunk contests. Where does it stand among all-time Finals plays? More»
Alex Wong

Still Believeland? Cavs Show Fight

Down 3-0 in the NBA Finals to the juggernaut Warriors, the Cavaliers didn't back down. They beat Golden State, 137-116, in Cleveland on Friday night, setting offensive records -- and exchanging plenty of trash talk -- in the process. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

Your weekly sports viewing guide includes the Belmont Stakes (yes, it's fun to watch even without the Triple Crown potential), a win-or-go-home Stanley Cup Final game in Nashville and the USMNT in action at Estadio Azteca. More»
Cy Brown

Hugo No! French Keeper's Big Blunder

French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made one of the worst errors you'll ever see from a keeper of his caliber. Hell, it was one of the worst errors you'll ever see from a keeper, period. And it led to a last-second, winning 50-yard goal from Sweden. More»
Joe Sparacio

Checking in on MLB's Closer Carousel

The closer's role might be the toughest in baseball, as a few small missteps might cost you your job. With that in mind, we take a look around the Majors at the bullpens that still need some sorting out before the season's end. More»
Will Leitch

Cards Still Looking For Answers

The Cardinals have been slumping lately, losing seven in a row on their recent road trip. They've been able to get back on track before (and still can), but the perennial contender still could face a dilemma around the Trade Deadline. More»
Joe DeLessio

Penguins Have Their Way With Preds

Pittsburgh is now one win away from becoming back-to-back champions after a 6-0 blowout of Nashville on Thursday night. But the Pens will have to head to the Predators' home turf to close it out, which has been no easy task in this year's playoffs. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT's Young Star Shines Again

Christian Pulisic is far and away the best American soccer player right now, and his two goals in the USMNT's 2-0 World Cup qualifier win over Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday is just another reason why. He now has four goals in as many matches for the U.S. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Ranking the Best NFL Receiving Corps

In the modern NFL, success often revolves around high-volume passing offenses. In fact, an impressive stable of wide receivers can catapult a team to the Super Bowl. Here we rank every set of receivers in the football, from best too worst More»
Mike Lupica

Sweet 16-0: Perfect Payback?

The Warriors are now a win away from going 16-0 in this NBA postseason. And they've gotten here thanks to some symmetry: a late run at the end of Game 3, along with a timely block that had echoes from the 2016 Finals. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Surprise Members of the 4-Homer Club

Scooter Gennett launched four homers this past Tuesday, etching his name into baseball's history books. Was his outstanding performance the most unlikely in the game's history? Let's dive into the numbers to find the answer. More»
Anthony Castrovince

5 Biggest Trade Deadline Questions

Right now, every Major League front office is waist deep in the Draft waters, angling for the amateur talent that is going to shape squads in the future. We will then get a clear picture of how the Trade Deadline may shape up. More»
Alex Wong

Cavs Can't Stop Golden Juggernaut

On Wednesday in Cleveland, the Cavaliers were at their very best. But it didn't matter. With a 118-113 victory, the Warriors are now one win away from sweeping away the Cavs and finishing the playoffs with a perfect 16-0 record. More»
Joe Sparacio

Mound Matters: Paxton Big For M's

While Felix Hernandez attempts to get back on the mound, the Seattle Mariners have a new ace who has been waiting in the wings. Southpaw James Paxton is taking the league by storm, and it's been a beautiful thing to behold. More»
David Ubben

Stoops Goes Out on Own Terms

On Wednesday, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops shocked college football by announcing a retirement preceded by almost no chatter during the season or offseason. But his legacy is secure -- and he now has a life to live. More»
Mike Lupica

Verdict Is Obvious: Vote Judge

There have been other Yankees home run kids since Mickey Mantle. But few have captivated crowds quite like Aaron Judge, who continues to rake in June and sends baseballs flying into the stratosphere wherever he goes. More»
Cy Brown

'Lion of London Bridge' Has No Fear

Millwall F.C. isn't the most successful club in English soccer, but it does have a reputation for having some of the toughest fans. And they don't come any tougher than supporter Roy Larner, who was stabbed eight times in the London Bridge attacks earlier this week. More»
SoE Staff

Top 5 Athletes On Earth This Week

A goalie kept his team alive in the Stanley Cup Finals, a Cincinnati native had a historic night on the baseball diamond and a softball star powered her team to a second straight WCWS title. But which athlete topped our list? More»
Will Leitch

USMNT World Cup Qualifying FAQ

Sure, the USMNT has been in every World Cup since 1990, but things are getting a little dicey this time around. Currently tied for fourth in the qualifying bracket, Team USA still has a few hurdles to overcome to continue the streak. More»
Alex Wong

Jersey Loyalty? Don't Belieb the Hype

Earlier in the Stanley Cup Finals, Justin Bieber -- a Stratford, Ontario native, who has proclaimed his love of the Maple Leafs in the past -- posted a photo of himself in a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey. But was that really such a bad transgression? More»
Terence Moore

Memories Still to Cav and to Hold

The Cavaliers would love to come back from a 2-0 deficit in the NBA Finals and win back-to-back NBA titles this season. But they gave themselves a huge pass for years after June 19, 2016, when they ended decades of Cleveland sports misery. More»
David Ubben

Sooners Now! OU Wins WCWS Title

After Monday's epic, 17-inning Game 1 of the Women's College World Series between Oklahoma and Florida, the Sooners held off any more late Gators' heroics in Tuesday's Game 2 to earn a second consecutive national title. More»
Will Leitch

Schmidt Way Off Base On Herrera

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt told a Philadelphia radio station on Tuesday that current Phillies third baseman Obudel Herrera was "not the type of player you build around" because of a "language barrier." Here's why he was clearly wrong. More»
Joe Sparacio

Top 12 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 12 photos as the calendar flips from May to June. More»
Alex Wong

Warriors Dynasty is Here to Stay

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Kobe and Shaq's Lakers got derailed. The Spurs got old. The Heat broke up. The Thunder got hurt. Even the best-laid NBA dynasty plans can go to waste quite quickly. This Warriors team is different though -- and their reign might just be beginning. More»
Will Leitch

2017's Biggest Baseball Surprises

Entering every baseball season, predictions abound and we think we have it all figured out. And every year, within the season's first few weeks, all our assumptions are usually proven wildly wrong. What, then, have been the 10 biggest baseball surprises in 2017? More»
Joe DeLessio

Four Score! Preds Get Even Vs. Pens

The crowds in Nashville during the Stanley Cup Final have been electric and the city has embraced the team. Now, the Predators are matching the hype, tying up the series at two games apiece with a 4-1 win over the Penguins on Monday. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Unlikeliest No-no Pitchers of All Time

Edison Volquez's no-hitter this past Saturday may have come as a surprise, given his recent track record. But is it one of the most unlikely no-no's ever? Hardly. Here are some other pitchers who made history, with low profiles. More»
Ross Tucker

Liquor Ads open floodgates for NFL

This week, the NFL loosened its longstanding policy of prohibiting hard alcohol advertising during games. This is likely the first step in the league's changing philosophy on advertising and may lead to larger wholesale changes down the line. More»
David Ubben

Matta's Run Ends at Ohio State

One decade ago, Buckeyes coach Thad Matta brought the school to the National Championship game. Ten years and two back surgeries later, Ohio State has seen some very different results, and Matta's tenure comes to an end after 13 seasons. More»
NCAA Basketball

Thad Matta out at Ohio State

After 13 seasons, Thad Matta and the Buckeyes are parting ways. Under Matta's leadership, the men's basketball team went 337-123 and reached the Final Four in 2012, but the school has failed to advance to the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. More»
Mike Lupica

AL East Mode: Sox, Yanks Back!

The Yankees and Red Sox will meet this week at Yankee Stadium. And, while it may be a little too early in the season for this to be a Big Series, we still see one of the great baseball rivalries of all time beginning to stir once again. More»
Will Leitch

NBA Finals: Deja Vu All Over Again

The Warriors have blown out the Cavs in two straight games for a 2-0 lead in the Finals. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love look lost. Steph Curry is sizzling and Golden State looks like a well-oiled machine. Wait, doesn't this seem at all familiar? More»
Alex Wong

Warriors Continue to Make a Splash

The Warriors outscored the Cavs by 11 points in the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, opening up a double-digit lead heading into the final period and won handily, 132-113, largely thanks to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson's heroics. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Scouting Out the Future 600 HR Club

Albert Pujols' grand heroics notwithstanding, it's understandable why the average fan would feel the 600 home run mark is a bit watered-down, but it could be a while before we see again what we saw this weekend. Who's next up? More»
Alex Wong

NBA Celebrity Fan Power Rankings

We can universally conclude that Rihanna was the star of Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals and should be No. 1 on any list of celebrity superfans. Where would other famous faces who are always courtside rank? More»
Joe DeLessio

Preds Have Fiesta, Feast On Penguins

Despite the Predators' 2-0 series deficit, the party in Nashville on Saturday began early and the Preds responded to the positive energy, bombarding the Penguins on home ice, 5-1, in Game 3 on Saturday night. More»
Joe Sparacio

MLB's Most Unlikely All-Star Team

Two months of the season are in the books and we've had plenty of surprises. Before some of players that are sizzling fall back down to earth, it's worth honoring them with a selection on MLB's Most Unlikely All-Star Team. More»
Cy Brown

No Comparison: Ronaldo Is A Legend

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Cristiano Ronaldo won the fourth UEFA Champions League title of his career as Real Madrid topped Juventus 4-1 on Saturday. Forget comparisons to Messi, for now, and appreciate Ronaldo for what he is: a legend and giant of the game. More»
Alex Wong

How the Cavs Can Strike Back

The Cavs have plenty of room to improve from their Game 1 performance, which should at least give them some encouragement that they can close the gap on the Warriors and leave Golden State with a split on Sunday night. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

Your weekly sports viewing guide includes Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, plenty of great baseball games ... and an after-hours soccer match that could be very compelling (if you can stay awake). More»
Seerat Sohi

Durant vs. Rihanna: New NBA Rivals

Kevin Durant, you might have heard, is sick of being No. 2. And while he may one-up LeBron on the court this series, he'll always be second to LeBron in the heart of basketball superfan, celebrity icon and eight-time Grammy winner, Rihanna. More»
Will Leitch

Early Season MLB Awards Update

It's never to early to look into which players are the front-runners for the end-of-season baseball awards. Through one-third of the campaign, some names are rising to the top of the pack ... and we might have a dual MVP/RoY winner this year! More»
Alex Wong

KD Golden, Cavs No Match In Game 1

There are plenty of subplots in the NBA Finals. But in Game 1 on Thursday, only one storyline mattered: This could be the defining moment of Kevin Durant's career, as he got off to a hot start leading the Warriors to a 113-91 win over the Cavs. More»
Cy Brown

Un-Bee-Lievable! Meet Spelling Champ

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Aside from a couple of dunks, there wasn't much to watch in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Monday night on ABC. But in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN, kids were dunking on every one of us, with 12 year-old Ananya Vinay the winner. More»
SoE Original

FWIW, Mascots Have Gone Bad Before

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Mr. Met goes rogue, but is the worst thing a mascot has ever done? Hunter Strickland is mad because Bryce Harper stared at him, but Harper's pain is the internet's gain. Plus, the best end zone celebration you've ever seen. More»
Matt Brown

Top 15 CFB Hall of Fame Candidates

The selection process for the College Football Hall of Fame can't help but be unwieldy, with so many deserving candidates and such small sample sizes. On Thursday, the 75 nominees for the 2018 class were revealed. These are the most deserving. More»
Will Leitch

May's 10 Dumbest Sports Stories

Believe it or not, there are a lot of dumb sports stories created each month (crazy, I know). We continue to keep track of them, and May featured a mound fight, a flippin' mascot and the world's worst strikeout. More»
Cy Brown

A Champions League Final For the Ages

Real Madrid vs. Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Gianluigi Buffon. An unstoppable attack vs. an impenetrable defense. UEFA Champions League finals don't get any better than this. More»
Will Leitch

MLB Season's 1st Third: Buy, Sell, Hold

Should we be selling the D-backs' hot start? Should we be buying the Mets' ability to get back into the race? Where do the Dodgers fit into the NL West puzzle? We answer all these questions and more in this 1/3-of-the-season review. More»
Joe Sparacio

LeBron's NBA Finals in Photos

LeBron James has again taken a team all the way to the NBA Finals, his seventh straight appearance and eighth overall. Let's pay homage to The King by looking back at his other memorable runs at a ring. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Biggest Needs For Six Contenders

Six baseball teams have surprised most fans and analysts to start the season and now need to figure out whether they want to buy or sell at the trade deadline. Let's take a look at the needs and playoff odds for each squad and help them find an answer. More»
Joe DeLessio

For Preds: When It's Rinne, It's Poor

Pekka Rinne is a big reason the Predators are about to play their first June game in franchise history. But it was hard to watch him skate to the bench after being pulled during the Penguins' 4-1 victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. More»
Matt Brown

College Conference Coach Rankings

The past decade has seen the SEC reign supreme more often than not, but three of the past four national titles have been won by the ACC and Big Ten, which have come close, at least, to evening the playing field thanks to some inspired coaching hires. More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 Key MLB Players Entering June

The month of June will bring us clearer skies and a clearer picture in the Major League standings. This is a moving month, one in which the jockeying for positioning can undoubtedly be affected by the health and productivity of key contributors. Here are 10 to watch. More»
Alex Wong

12 Big Questions for Cavs-Warriors III

After another extended break between rounds, the NBA Finals finally tip off on Thursday in Oakland. There are plenty of obvious storylines, and there are also a lot of smaller subplots to keep an eye on as the Cavaliers meet the Warriors again. More»