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Best Sept. Ever? Let's Look Back

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The countdown to October baseball is often filled with plenty of surprises in the regular season's final month. One team can surge while another falters, completely reshaping the playoff picture. Let's look back at the best Septembers races over the past decade. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Star Wattage Helps Harvey Recovery

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Houston has been deep in our hearts this week. While sports are only a small portion of the collective narrative, leagues, teams and athletes have all stepped up to play a part in the storm recovery effort, including Texans star J.J. Watt. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Opening Night Viewing Guide

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After college football fans were treated to a small taste of the 2017 season with five games last Saturday in "Week Zero," the season truly gets going on Thursday night. Week 1 is here, with Ohio State-Indiana headlining 15 Thursday games. More»
Matt Brown

Buckeyes Have Something To Prove

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The last time we saw Ohio State, the result was Urban Meyer's most humiliating loss, a 31-0 shutout in the Fiesta Bowl. Thursday, the Buckeyes will take the field at Indiana with a new offensive coordinator, Kevin Wilson, against his former team. More»
David Ubben

How To Defend Transfer Quarterbacks

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With transfer quarterbacks becoming more popular in college football, defensive coordinators like Virginia Tech's Bud Foster -- who meets West Virginia QB Will Grier on Sunday -- are faced with difficult, more complicated preparation for Week 1. More»
Mike Lupica

Big Fish: Soak Up Stanton's Swing

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Now, and by a lot, Giancarlo Stanton is the home run hitter to talk about in a home run season for baseball. He's approaching 20 home runs in the month of August, as the Marlins try to make a push for the playoffs. Even his manager is amazed. More»
College Basketball

Former Villanova Coach Massimino Dies At 82

Rollie Massimino, who led Villanova's storied run to the 1985 NCAA championship and won more than 800 games in his career, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 82. More»
Anthony Castrovince

So Money: 20 Most Valuable MLB Stars

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"Value" in baseball comes in many shapes in forms, but you can boil the definition down to a simple formula that involves surplus production compared to cost. By that metric, here are the most valuable players in the Majors this season. More»
NFL News

Texans Ready to Head Home after Cancellation

The Texans-Cowboys preseason Week 4 game, originally scheduled for Thursday, was cancelled after authorities found a safe route for the Houston team to drive home. The players are thankful for the chance to get back and see their loved ones. More»
SoE Staff

Top 14 Photos Of The Week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here we count down the best 14 photos from August 22-29. More»
Will Leitch

USMNT World Cup Qualifier Primer

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With six games down and four games left, the US Men's national soccer team hasn't yet qualified for the World Cup. Still, they have all but turned their fortunes around with a tie against Mexico on the road, so now is the time to go out and root for USA! More»
Matt Brown

Cougars' Opener at UTSA Postponed

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The University of Houston's football season won't open as scheduled, as Saturday night's game at UTSA has been postponed because of the flooding in the Houston area as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The Cougars' next game is Sept. 9 at Arizona. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete on Earth: Aug. 23-30

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This week, we had a legendary boxer battle a UFC fighter in the ring and notch win No. 50, and we had a hulking slugger hit No. 50 on the diamond -- and that's just two of our candidates! Only one athlete, though, can with the title. More»
Cy Brown

Federer Escapes Vs. Young American

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Roger Federer's perfect record in the first round of the U.S. Open was pushed to the limit Tuesday by 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe. But Federer, who committed 56 unforced errors, survived a fast start and comeback from the young American to win in five sets. More»
Matt Brown

College Football's Mystery Matchup

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Alabama-Florida State has staked its claim to the title of biggest season-opener in college football history. Michigan vs. Florida in Arlington, Texas, is Saturday's chief undercard, and it is worthy of a different label: Most mysterious opener. More»
Terence Moore

Tap The Brakes on Bama-FSU Hype

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Alabama this, Florida State that, and I get it. Whether we're talking individually or collectively, both teams deserve praise these days. That said, Saturday's matchup is pretty good, but it isn't one of those "Game of the Century" classics for so many reasons. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Lions Share: Matt Stafford Cashes In

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On Monday, the Lions and Matthew Stafford agreed to a five-year extension that pays him $135 million, a record for both total value and annual average value at $27 million per year. Is the 29-year-old QB worth the money, though? More»
Will Leitch

2017 NFL Previews: The NFC North

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The Packers have won the NFC North in five of the past six seasons, and with Aaron Rodgers behind center there's little reason to think they won't do it again. Can he get the help needed to win the Super Bowl? Can the Vikings, Lions or Bears close the gap? More»
David Ubben

After The Storm: Sports Offer Relief

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Houston residents have had to endure the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and the city's sports teams are attempting to both cope and help the best they can. The Astros, Texans and others have had to relocate, while also aiding those who were displaced. More»
Matt Brown

Biggest CFB Opening Games Ever

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No. 1 Alabama will meet No. 3 Florida State in Atlanta on Saturday night in a high-profile showdown that is, based on rankings, the biggest opening game in college football history. So how will it stack up with other top-10 openers? More»
Matt Brown

Briles No Longer Heading To CFL

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Fifteen months after being fired amid the sexual assault scandal at Baylor, former Bears head coach Art Briles briefly landed a coaching job as an assistant with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. A few hours later, the league and team announced the move would no longer happen. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Kizer Helps the Browns win Now

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The Browns' decision to start DeShone Kizer is about more than just the future. The young rookie gives the team its best chance to win now over the likes of Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan, and there's something to be said for that. More»
Ross Tucker

The Hidden Benefits of Holding Out

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Some say that contract holdouts are a waste if a new deal never gets hammered out, but I beg to differ. There are benefits that most don't realize associated with holdouts, and when you take a closer look, more players may begin to hold out for contracts in the future. More»
Will Leitch

Brewers Are Already a Major Success

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No one expected the Brewers to compete for a playoff spot this year. Fast forward to Labor Day and the Brew Crew has as good a shot at winning the NL Central as the Cubs or Cardinals. No matter how you slice it, Milwaukee's season has been amazing. More»
Joe Sparacio

2017 LLWS Championship in Photos

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With the Little League World Series now fresh in the rearview mirror, we take a visual look back at the scenes. Lamade Stadium was filled with excited faces as the summer tournament came to a heartwarming conclusion this weekend. More»
Matt Brown

More Than The Playoff Matters In CFB

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The College Football Playoff has been great for the sport, creating a fairer way to crown a champion while generating more interest. But the debates can be exhausting: Enjoy the season itself, because the national title is far from the only thing that matters. More»
Cy Brown

Sports World Supports Storm Victims

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In response to Hurricane Harvey, plenty of athletes with connections to Houston and the surrounding areas have reached out to offer their thoughts, prayers and support to the victims of this catastrophic storm. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Stanton and Deliver: Miami Gets Hot

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When you have a guy who suddenly hits about two or three home runs a game, your team can't help but look like a juggernaut. That's what's happening lately with the Marlins, who are riding the power bat of Giancarlo Stanton. More»
Cy Brown

Arsenal Looks Lost Already

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Arsenal suffered its second loss in as many games in embarrassing fashion, losing to Liverpool 4-0 at Anfield. The players were careless, and Arsene Wenger made personnel decisions that could be described as naive, feckless, or just plain dumb. More»
Brian Kenny

Uncaged McGregor Shows Fight

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Conor McGregor didn't come to Las Vegas to box Floyd Mayweather; he was going to fight. And that he did. It was just not enough for such a level of professional intensity, as Mayweather won by technical knockout in the 10th round. More»
David Ubben

Still Money: Mayweather Wins By TKO

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If you tuned in to Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to see absurdity, spectacle and nonsense, you got what you paid for. What you didn't expect, perhaps? A good fight. And that was a pleasant surprise, as Mayweather beat McGregor by TKO in the 10th. More»
Mike Lupica

Judge's Jury Out: All Rise Again?

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Aaron Judge made everything look easy in the first half of the season, but now things have gotten hard. Doesn't mean they will stay that way for the young Yankees slugger. It just means he's human and has to make some adjustments. More»
Joe Sparacio

Coolest Players Weekend Nicknames

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On Players Weekend, we're getting to see some creative nicknames across MLB. Which ones are the best? Let's take a look by category. More»
Joe Sparacio

Pending Free Agents in Playoff Hunt

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With the playoffs just around the corner, the pressure for players to perform can be quite high. Yet for pending free agents, the way they play down the stretch may make or break their offseason aspirations. Which 10 should we pay the most attention to? More»
David Ubben

The Biggest Brawls In Sports History

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Who needs Mayweather-McGregor? There's already been plenty of brawling outside the ring already this week with the Tigers and Yankees. Let's see how the Comerica kerfuffle stacks up against the biggest fights across all sports. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

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The Little League World Series championship is happening Sunday, and college football is starting up! Not to mention Players Weekend, where you can check out all the cool nicknames on the back of MLB jerseys. Tune in to all this and more! More»
Sports on Earth

College Football Preview 2017

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The 2017 college football season is finally beginning, with 14 weeks of games before the College Football Playoff and bowl matchups are revealed on Dec. 3. Sports on Earth gathered all of its preseason analysis and predictions in one place. More»
SoE Original

FWIW, Browns Get Shade From Judge

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An Ohio judge is mad at the Cleveland Browns and Paul Pierce has a wax statue, that looks EXACTLY like him. (It doesn't.) It's a brand new edition of "For What It's Worth" with Robert Flores, the latest thing you can hate on the internet. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Week Zero: What to Watch

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We're still a few days away from the first full weekend of the college football season, but Saturday, Aug. 26 offers an appetizer: the first five games of the regular season, including ranked Stanford and South Florida teams both in action. More»
Andrea Hangst

5 Biggest NFL Preseason Topics

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It's the third week of the NFL preseason, which means that all 32 teams are preparing for what is commonly referred to as their "dress rehearsal" for the regular season. We're getting close. Here's where things stand right now. More»
Will Leitch

2017 NFL Previews: The AFC West

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With the Chargers in Los Angeles and the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, the AFC West is experiencing a lot of change. Before they move from Oakland, the Raiders have Super Bowl hopes. Can they hold off the Broncos and Chiefs? More»
Matt Brown

Predicting The Heisman Trophy Race

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The Heisman Trophy race is unpredictable most seasons, but entering 2017, it looks like we're going to be treated to a compelling one. Last year's winner, Lamar Jackson, is back, but he could be chasing new frontrunners Saquon Barkley and Sam Darnold. More»
Cy Brown

'Money' vs. McGregor Viewing Guide

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. faces Conor McGregor on Saturday Aug. 26 at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena in what could be the most-watched boxing match of all time. Here are some basics to know, including start time, betting odds and how to watch. More»
Cy Brown

How to Talk Yourself Into McGregor

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Any sane, reasonable sports fan knows that when Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor square off this Saturday, McGregor will get destroyed. But what if you don't want to be sane or reasonable? Here's how McGregor can pull off an upset. More»
Cy Brown

Ranking the Champions League Groups

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The gods of the draw were kind to soccer fans this year. The UEFA Champions League group stage draw was held on Thursday, giving us a full schedule of killer European matches to enjoy this fall. But which group is the best of the bunch? More»
Mike Lupica

Hill Wins Best Pitcher, Imperfectly

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On Wednesday night, the Dodgers' Rich Hill lost a perfect game in the ninth on an error -- then lost the no-no and the game to the Pirates in the bottom of the 10th. Still, considering his career path, Hill's performance was cinematic. More»
Cliff Corcoran

The Case for the Four-Man Rotation

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Intrigued by the idea of restoring Major League roster balance via a 10-man pitching staff, I wanted to come up with a new type of pitching plan that a team could implement, if not immediately, then certainly heading into the 2018 regular season. More»
Will Leitch

MLB Greats Aim For First World Series

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No player wants to go his whole career, let alone a potential Hall of Fame one, without ever winning the World Series. And as we enter the final month of the season, it's worth noting the greatest active players who have a chance for their first championship. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Team Rankings: 130-1

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As the college football season gets set to begin, it's time for the final national ranking of all 130 FBS teams, featuring a reason to watch or be positive about every one of them, from UAB's return to the field to Alabama's push for another national title. More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 of Baseball's Best Stories in 2017

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We don't have to know a player's background to appreciate his fantastic feats. But it definitely adds nuance to the narrative and soul to the experience. In honor of Players Weekend, let's look at some of the names who have stood out this season. More»
Cy Brown

Money vs. McGregor: Final Staredown

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When Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor fight in Las Vegas on Saturday, they'll be fighting for the "Money Belt," a belt containing thousands of gems, more than a kilogram of 24-karat gold and an alligator leather strap. More»
Will Leitch

10 thoughts on Robert Lee and ESPN

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ESPN chose to remove young broadcaster Robert Lee from working a Virginia football broadcast to avoid a backlash (although it got one anyway). Here are some thoughts on the matter, which -- no surprise -- was blown out of proportion. More»
Terence Moore

Athlete Activism Should Be Cheered

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This merging of folks in athletics with all sorts of worthy causes around the universe is officially a phenomenon, and there isn't an end in sight. That's not just good -- that's great. We've come a long way from the days of Jordan and Barkley. More»
Alex Wong

Rival Revival: When Stars Jump Sides

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n Tuesday, the Cavaliers dealt Kyrie Irving to the Celtics in a blockbuster deal that involved Isaiah Thomas. While trades between rival contenders like that are rare, it's not the first time a star player has gone to the "enemy" side. More»
Matt Brown

Roll With The Tide: Another Bama Title

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While a legitimate case can be made for several teams, there is no better or more logical pick for college football's 2017 national championship than Alabama. After falling just short last year, the Crimson Tide are our pick to bounce back and win it all. More»
Cy Brown

Jon Jones Failed Another Drug Test

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Jon Jones failed another drug test. The fighter tested positive at UFC 214, where he beat Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title. He's expected to be stripped of his title for a third time and receive a second ban from USADA for a failed test. More»
Cy Brown

Twitter Goes Nuts Over Kyrie Trade

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It was just a normal Tuesday in late August without drama going on in the sports world. Then news broke that the Kyrie Irving was being traded to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and other pieces, and NBA Twitter went from zero to insanity in a flash. More»
Seerat Sohi

Haters to Traders: C's-Cavs' Big Deal

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It's official. And it's a doozy. The Celtics have agreed to trade Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizac, an unprotected 2018 first-round pick from the Nets to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving. Who won? Who lost? We break it down. More»
NBA News

Summer Blockbuster! Cavs Swap Irving for Thomas

Kyrie Irving's next cross-over will come against the Cavaliers. Cleveland's All-Star guard was dealt Tuesday night to the Boston Celtics in exchange for star Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder and a 2018 first-round draft pick. More»
SoE Staff

Greatest Athlete on Earth: August 22

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Who is this week's greatest athlete on earth? A few star baseball players made the list with standout performances, as did an amazing Little Leaguer or two. Rounding out the top 5 is a 79-year-old athlete and a young "Death Diver." Yes, you heard that right. More»
SoE Staff

Top 13 Photos Of The Week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here we count down the best 13 photos from August 15-21. More»
Kenneth Arthur

How the Colts Squandered Luck

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In 2011, Indianapolis selected Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Every pick since then has been a disaster. Thanks to a lot of coaching changes and bad personnel decisions, the Colts have woefully underachieved. Can they turn the page? More»
Will Leitch

Playoff Odds Report: August Edition

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Every month, we take a look at the MLB playoff picture. This month, the Cardinals are looking better, the Rockies are looking worse and the AL Wild Card race is still crazy! More»
Cliff Corcoran

AL Wild Card Strengths & Weaknesses

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As we head down the stretch, there are still eight teams within five games of a Wild Card spot in the American League. Let's take some time to analyze each team's strengths and weaknesses and detail some reasons for the casual fan to root for them. More»
Will Leitch

2017 NFL Previews: The NFC South

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The Falcons surprised most fans and analysts by making it all the way to the Super Bowl last year. Can the franchise sustain its winning ways? Will a Super Bowl team come from the NFC South for the third straight season? We answer these questions, and more. More»
Alex Wong

Tamper It Down? NBA's Blurred Line

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On Sunday, the NBA released an official statement confirming they were launching an investigation at the request of the Pacers on alleged tampering by the Lakers with Paul George. Regardless of outcome, it presents a problem. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Beckham Bent, Giants Hold Breath

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The New York Giants saw star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. depart a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Monday after absorbing a vicious hit to the legs. It looks like it's just an ankle sprain, but it still brings concerns. More»
Matt Brown

Breaking Down the AP Top 25

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For the second year in a row, Alabama will open the season ranked No. 1 in the AP's preseason top 25 poll. None of its four national titles under Nick Saban have come in seasons it started No. 1. Let's add historical context to all of this year's top-25 teams. More»
Cy Brown

Sports World Hearts Total Eclipse

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The solar eclipse on Monday captivated people throughout America, including those in the sports world. Here's a roundup of sports figures enjoying this rare cosmic event. More»
Matt Waymire

SummerSlam: Up Close and Personal

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend one of the most talked-about wrestling events of the calendar year? Follow along as we take you through a timeline of this year's SummerSlam at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. More»
Joe Sparacio

MLB Little League Classic in Photos

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There's nothing quite like grownups acting like kids on a baseball diamond on a summer night. Check out some of the special moments from this weekend in Williamsport, Pa., as we recap the MLB Little League Classic with the best pics. More»
Will Leitch

More Goodell May Be Bad for NFL

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The NFL has plenty of problems, ranging from TV contracts in the age of cord cutters to pending labor battles to declining ratings, protests and concussions. Yet in the midst of it all, owners are reportedly close to extending Roger Goodell's contract until 2024. More»
Ross Tucker

QB Done? Bortles Situation Perplexes

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have no idea what they're doing. The only proof you need is the lack of foresight they showed by placing a fifth-year option on incumbent quarterback Blake Bortles, who is now in a competition with Chad Henne. More»
Matt Brown

Predicting Every CFB Bowl Matchup

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With the college football season about to kick off, months upon months of speculation and analysis is just about finished. It's time to go on the record with final national predictions, starting with projected matchups for all 39 bowl games, including the playoff. More»
Anthony Castrovince

NL Playoff Race Is Getting Wild

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We already knew the American League Wild Card race was cray cray. But the NL race is slowly joining the cray fray, as both the Brewers and the Cardinals have moved within striking distance from the D-backs and the Rockies. More»
Matt Brown

Conference USA: 10 Things To Know

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Conference USA offers added intrigue in 2017, with UAB returning to football and Lane Kiffin and Butch Davis joining the league. But while they'll draw attention, the title will come down to the race between entertaining Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky teams. More»
Cy Brown

WWE Stars Meet & Greet the Mets

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The WWE will be holding it's second-biggest annual live event, SummerSlam at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn for the third consecutive year. As part of the event's tour of the Big Apple, some WWE superstars swung by Citi Field to meet the Mets.. More»
Andrea Hangst

SummerSlam Ready to Hit Big Apple

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The 2017 iteration of WWE's SummerSlam takes place on Sunday evening at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and it's guaranteed to be a packed show. Lets sort through all the announced matches and find some meaning in the madness. More»
Cy Brown

New Look United Wins Big Again

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Manchester United have reinvented themselves as master attackers, winning 4-0 for the second time in as many matches this season. Elsewhere in the English Premier League, a careless Arsenal fell to Stoke, and Liverpool edged out a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. More»
Joe Sparacio

Unlikeliest 2017 MLB Success Stories

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Sometimes, all it takes is one unexpected contributor to fuel a team to the playoffs. In 2017, we have seen some stars emerge from the most unexpected of places, and many on contending teams. Which players are the unlikeliest success stories of the year? More»
Matt Brown

AAC Preview: 20 Things To Know

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The American Athletic Conference isn't a power conference, but it continues to be the strongest Group of Five league, giving it the best chance of landing a New Year's Six bowl bid. South Florida enters 2017 as the favorite, but watch out for Houston and Memphis. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

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The Little League World Series is in full swing this weekend -- plus, there's the MLB Little League Classic on Sunday between the Cardinals and Pirates. Those are just a couple of the must-watch events in sports. Tune in! More»
David Ubben

UVA Football Spreads Unity Message

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In the wake of rallies involving neo-Nazi and white nationalist protest groups and subsequent violence in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia football team has joined together to spread a message of unity and community in response. More»
Mike Lupica

Grass Is Greener: MLB In Williamsport

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There will be a celebration of baseball and Little League Baseball in Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday night, at Historic Bowman Field. The Cardinals will play the Pirates in the MLB Little League Classic. And we'll all feel like kids again. More»
Cy Brown

Total Eclipse at the Park

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Inside the path of totality of the solar eclipse that will bisect the U.S. on Monday, a handful of sporting events will be played, and a number of colleges and teams will open their facilities for the public to experience the spectacle. More»
David Ubben

KD: 'I Don't Respect Who's In Office'

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Kevin Durant isn't heading to the White House any time soon. On Thursday, he made it official, telling ESPN he would not be making the customary visit to celebrate his first career title with the Golden State Warriors, if the team is ever invited. More»
Matt Brown

Pressure Builds For New Huskers QB

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For 15 years, Nebraska has been trying to recapture past glory, cycling through crises while ultimately treading water. The next great hope comes from an unlikely place: Tulane transfer QB Tanner Lee, who is being put under a lot of pressure to provide answers. More»
Will Leitch

2017 NFL Previews: The AFC North

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Well, there's not much debate about where the Browns will likely end up in this division, but the top of it is far more up for grabs. Will the Steelers hold it together for one more season, or can the Bengals or Ravens challenge them at the top? More»
Terence Moore

Former Raiders Face Dark Days

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The passage of time is brutal for former NFL players, particularly for those from the Oakland Raiders teams I covered more than three decades ago. Longtime tackle Henry Lawrence is one of the players who has dealt with numerous health issues. More»
Will Leitch

Can Negative WARs Turn Positive?

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Albert Pujols has had a Hall of Fame career, but his 2017 season with the Angels has been anything but a memorable season. In fact, in terms of WAR, Pujols has been one of the least effective players in baseball this season. Can he (and others) rebound? More»
Cliff Corcoran

Ranking Franchise Home Run Records

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Giancarlo Stanton has already slayed one franchise home run record this season and Mike Moustakas is knocking on the door of another. Which home run records are the most infallible and which are in danger of falling soon? More»
Anthony Castrovince

30 Teams, 30 Compelling Storylines

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There's never really a dull moment in baseball, even if your team is out of playoff contention. Whether you're a Dodgers fan or a Phillies fan, there's at least one reason to watch your favorite franchise on the diamond in the final weeks of the regular season. More»
Matt Brown

SEC Preview: 20 Things To Know

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Beyond Alabama playing for another national title, 2016 was a down year for the SEC, with nobody else finishing with fewer than four losses. Alabama is still king, but with improved quarterback play, there's hope that the rest of the SEC can bounce back. More»
SoE Original

FWIW, McGregor's Training Is ... Odd

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Tom Cruise leaps tall buildings in a single bound. Sorta. Also, Conor McGregor has a unique strategy for Floyd Mayweather that involves something you'd see at a used car lot. And Carl Crawford still can't get a ring. More»
Cy Brown

Falcons' Chick-fil-A: Sunday None-day

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Chick-fil-A is pure Georgia, so it only makes sense that a location would be included at Atlanta's new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Falcons and Atlanta United. Just don't expect to grub on one of their chicken sandwiches at many Falcons' games this season. More»
Mike Lupica

Cardinals Rediscover Their Way

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There were times this season when the St. Louis Cardinals looked lost. But, as president of baseball operations John Mozeliak explains, the team is now playing with "energy and purpose." And they're not going away. More»
Will Leitch

In Appreciation of Joey Votto

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Joey Votto is an amazing player, but he often goes unnoticed. His unique skill is unrivaled in baseball right now, and he deserves to bask in all its glory. More»
Matt Brown

Pac-12 Preview: 20 Things To Know

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This is capable of being a big year for the Pac-12, which should have a couple national title contenders, solid depth in the middle and outstanding quarterback play. Can Washington repeat as champion, or is USC ready to return to the top? More»
SoE Staff

This Week's Greatest Athlete on Earth

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Who is our greatest athlete on earth this week? Three baseball players make an appearance on the list, as does a tennis player that beat his idol to win the Rogers cup. We even give a little Harry Potter nod in the No. 5 spot. But who takes home this week's crown? More»
Cliff Corcoran

30 Possible Future Retired Numbers

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Getting your number retired is an honor quite like no other. To take a jersey out of circulation requires quite a list of accomplishments, but some active players might have just the right resume. Which players are most likely to get their jerseys retired on every MLB team? More»
SoE Staff

Top 14 Photos Of The Week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here we count down the best 14 photos from August 8-14. More»
Alex Wong

Must-Watch Games on NBA Schedule

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The NBA announced its full schedule for the 2017-18 regular season on Monday, and with it comes must-watch television. From dramatic rematches from last year's playoffs to grudge matches between teams with bad blood, here are the dates to put on your calendar. More»
Matt Brown

Big Ten Preview: 20 Things To Know

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After producing four playoff contenders, the Big Ten has restored its reputation, with Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin at least creating excitement at the top of the league. In 2017, a playoff bid could come down to the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions. More»
Will Leitch

2017 NFL Previews: The NFC East

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The NFC East race has often come down to the wire in recent years and it will likely do so again, as all four teams in the division have a legitimate claim for a playoff berth. How will Ezekiel Elliot's suspension impact the standings? Let's speculate. More»
David Ubben

Broyles Made Long-Lasting Impact

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If you closely examined almost any corner of college football today, you'd find Frank Broyles' fingerprints. Broyles, who died Monday at age 92, brought Arkansas a national championship and went on to a successful career as a broadcaster and athletic director. More»
Cy Brown

Ronaldo Shoves Ref, Banned 5 Matches

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored the go-ahead goal in Real Madrid's 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup, but it wasn't all roses. He received a red card, was suspended five matches for shoving a referee, and probably won't return until September. More»
Ross Tucker

Goodell Takes the Safe Approach

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Whether for business reasons or otherwise, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made sure Ezekiel Elliott's discipline was significant. Regardless of the motive, it was the way things may go from here on out in the league. More»
Cy Brown

Athletes' Voices On Charlottesville

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A number of professional athletes, including LeBron James and a few notable University of Virginia alum, condemned the acts of hate and violence perpetrated by white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend More»
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The Best NBA Impersonations

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With SNL great Kenan Thompson nailing an impression of LaVar Ball this past weekend, we have yet another instance of an excellent NBA impersonation. Which others NBA impressions over the years -- done by players and actors alike -- are just as iconic? More»
Will Leitch

The Angels Are On a Divine Run

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Everyone in baseball is focused on Los Angeles because of the Dodgers' historic success. But maybe we should turn our attention to the other team in town, as Mike Trout and crew are in the thick of the AL Wild Card hunt and possibly better than you think. More»
Matt Brown

Wolfpack Face Daunting ACC Task

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Choosing N.C. State as a sleeper team that could surprise in 2017 would seem to make a lot of sense for a number of reasons, but there's an enormous hurdle: Being stuck in the ACC Atlantic with Florida State, Clemson and Louisville. More»
David Ubben

Fantasy Football Draft Cheat Sheet

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This time of year, there's only one way to channel your football energy until the season starts. It's time for fantasy football talk. Here's our positional rankings and an overall top 50 to make sure you're ready for your draft. More»
Anthony Castrovince

NL Central Title In the Cards?

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After a recent eight-game winning streak, the Cardinals are making a run in the NL Central. After looking lost for much of the season, they enter week just a game behind the Cubs, and now have a friendly feline on their side. More»
College Football

Florida Suspends 7 For Michigan Game

Florida has suspended receiver Antonio Callaway and six other players for the team's season opener against Michigan. The players were suspended for misusing school-issued funds, according to a person familiar with the situation. More»
Golf News

Justin Time! Thomas Wins PGA Championship

Justin Thomas emerged from the shadow of a longtime friend and won the PGA Championship to take his place among the young elite in golf. This victory was the most fitting major for the 24-year-old son of a PGA professional. More»
Mike Lupica

Bryce Land: Nats' Prayers Answered

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It appears, at least for now, that baseball won't lose Bryce Harper for the season because of what happened at first base on a wet field at Nationals Park on Saturday. That's great news for Nats fans and anybody who loves the sport. More»
Matt Brown

FBS Independents: 10 Things To Know

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There are four major college football independents again this season, with some intriguing storylines: Notre Dame is attempting to bounce back from a disastrous 4-8 season, and Army is aiming for a back-to-back wins over Navy. Here are our picks for all four teams. More»
Joe Sparacio

Top 10 home run robberies of 2017

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Home runs are plentiful in 2017, but home run robberies still remain a scintillating rarity. It takes great timing, poise and skills to bring a ball back from beyond the wall. Let's celebrate these top 10 stunning plays of the season. More»
Cy Brown

Insanity Abounds Early in EPL Season

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The English Premier League is in rare form on its opening weekend. The first Saturday of the new campaign was full of surprises, upsets, comebacks and homecomings. If the season continues along at this pace, we're in for quite a ride. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

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Need some sports to occupy your time on Saturday and Sunday? There is plenty going on, as the English Premier League kicks off, the Red Sox visit the Yankees and the world's top golfers compete in the PGA Championship. More»
Matt Brown

Mountain West: 10 Things To Know

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Group of Five power Boise State has taken a small step back the past few years, and now Brett Rypien and the Broncos will be challenged in an unpredictable Mountain West also featuring San Diego State, Wyoming and Colorado State. More»
Cy Brown

Blockbuster Beginning to the EPL

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The English Premier League season is one day old, but we already have a candidate for match of the year. Arsenal came from behind multiple times on Friday to defeat Leicester City, scoring the winner in the final moments of the season opener. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Breaking Down The Bills' Trades

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If you thought it was hard to pull off just a straight-up swap of players in the NFL between just two teams, how about this: On Friday, it was announced that the Bills made deals with both the Rams and Eagles, involving players and draft picks. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Fallen Star: Zeke's 6-Game Suspension

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After months of investigating, the NFL has finally made a decision in response to the domestic violence allegations against Ezekiel Elliott: The league suspended the Cowboys' running back for the first six games of the upcoming season. More»
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NFL Suspends Elliott For Six Games

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended six games after a yearlong NFL investigation of his domestic violence case in Ohio. The league said there was "substantial and persuasive evidence" that Elliott had physical confrontations last summer with his ex-girlfriend. More»
Cy Brown

Winter Olympic Athletes to Know

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Although the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is just under six months away, it's never too early to start looking at some of the top medal contenders. Read on about these six athletes to watch. More»
Cliff Corcoran

32 Big MLB Competitions, Ranked

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Who will win the NL Cy Young Award? Which team in the Majors will clinch a playoffs spot first? Who will lay claim to the AL Wild Card spots? We dive into all of these questions and more. More»
Mike Lupica

Sale Vote: Sox Set, Others Sink

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Chris Sale will pitch against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. It will feel like a stage and a setting worthy of him and the year he is having for the Red Sox, one in which he's become more an ace than anybody in baseball. More»
Matt Brown

Heisman Huskie? It's A Jake Walk

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Most of the Pac-12 quarterback buzz this offseason has resided in Los Angeles, home to Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen. But after mounting a Heisman campaign much of last year, don't discount Washington's Jake Browning in the 2017 race for college honors. More»
Will Leitch

2017 NFL Previews: The AFC South

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The AFC South may have three or even four teams with a .500 record or better, making it a compelling division to watch this year. With all four teams both young and in transition, it could take a standout quarterback to rise to the top. More»
Walk It Off

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Walk It Off discusses hottest sports topics of the day. More»
SoE Original

FWIW, The Browns Could Go 0-16

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This week, the most dangerous soccer game in the history of everything. The Patriots bought some Jets with unique features, and why the Browns may not win a game all season, if their recent hype video is any indication. More»
Cy Brown

Predicting the 2017-18 EPL Table

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On the eve of another English Premier League season, it's time to take a look at how the standing will shake out come May, and predict where all 20 teams will finish in the league standings come seasons' end. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Ranking the Hottest QB Competitions

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There are only a handful of open NFL QB competitions this year, but you can also count on a few more under-the-radar battles where many people are actually hoping for a change. Which of these QB competitions are heating up and who will ultimately win starting jobs? More»
Cy Brown

Explaining Spurs' Stagnant Summer

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For a team among the elite of the English Premier League, Tottenham was quiet in the transfer market this summer. The club hasn't made a single major signing, but its reluctance to spend may be out of necessity instead of choice. More»
Will Leitch

Cards Fur Real? Rally Animals Rule

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The Cardinals managed to pick up a key victory last night thanks to the help of a Rally Cat (and a grand slam by Yadier Molina). As rally animals have long been sparking team success, maybe this is exactly what St. Louis needed. More»
Anthony Castrovince

12 Biggest Late-Season X-Factors

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In the big picture of 162 ballgames, no one player can dictate the course of a team's season. But in the much smaller window, a key injury situation or a single guy running particularly hot or cold can make a huge difference. More»
Matt Brown

Big 12 Preview: 20 Things To Know

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It's a new era in the Big 12, where the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry features new coaches and the conference is bringing back its title game. While Oklahoma State and Texas hope to challenge their top rival, the Sooners are still the team to beat. More»
Matt Brown

UCLA's Rosen Schools The System

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Outspoken UCLA star QB Josh Rosen has made headlines and drawn predictable backlash for comments to Bleacher Report addressing issues in the balance of academics and athletics. Agree or not, players in Rosen's position deserve to be respectfully heard. More»
Will Leitch

Greatest College Football Slogans

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Some college football slogans are simply phrases. Others are a way of life. Regardless, these motivational tools are often intrinsically bound to schools, fanbases and football teams, so let's take a crack at ranking the best ones. More»
Mike Lupica

Down and Trout: Mike Needs October

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Mike Trout, who just turned 26, has had one shot at October (an Angels sweep at the hands of the Royals). But it's worth wondering if he'll be able to get another chance with his current team the way things are going. More»
Terence Moore

Jim Brown Weighs In On Kaepernick

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With so much happening regarding the transformation of Colin Kaepernick from San Francisco 49ers quarterback to national lightning rod, it was time to go for the jugular. It was time to huddle with Jim Brown. More»
Matt Brown

USC Hype Won't Backfire This Time

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After a downturn featuring NCAA sanctions and coaching drama, USC broke out down the stretch last season behind QB Sam Darnold. But Darnold's return isn't the only reason that USC's 2017 national championship hopes should be taken seriously. More»
David Ubben

How Sooner Is Now? Baker's Test

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After back-to-back Big 12 titles and top-five Heisman Trophy finishes, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield made headlines for the wrong reasons, thanks to a February arrest. Off-the-field embarrassment behind him, Mayfield is re-focusing on pursuing the elusive national title dream. More»
SoE Staff

Top 14 Photos Of The Week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here we count down the best 14 photos from August 1-7. More»
SoE Staff

This Week's Greatest Athlete on Earth

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Which athletes impressed us the most this week? Does a talented surfing dog qualify? How about a sizzling hitter that just switched teams on the diamond or a sprinter that outran Usain Bolt? Let's take a look at which candidate took the crown. More»
Andrea Hangst

Summer Camp Pure Fun For Steelers

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Expectations and pressures might seem high for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they report to training camp, but the players sure aren't showing it. The team is doing its best to stay loose and have fun before heading into the grueling season. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Dodgers Are Heading Toward History

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are sizzling, having won 43 of their past 50 games. The team is not only a lock to make the postseason, but it is practically a lock to become one of the greatest teams of all time. In fact, they have a realistic chance of winning 119 games. More»
Will Leitch

2017 NFL Previews: The NFC West

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With one bad team in transition, one team on the rise in a new city, one team getting old -- but still filled with stars -- and one team that has won the division three out of the past four seasons, what will happen in the NFC West this year? More»
Matt Brown

ACC Preview: 20 Things To Know

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The ACC has a couple star QBs returning, but defense will become the story of the conference in 2017. Can Florida State return to the top of the Atlantic? Will Miami finally play for a title? We break down everything to know about the ACC. More»
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Rollin' Nolan Hits Peak For Rockies

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Nolan Arenado is realistic about his place among baseball's elite. When he hears the chants of "MVP, MVP!" from the Coors Field crowd after a dramatic home run, he takes it in stride. That doesn't mean we can't marvel at him. More»
Cy Brown

Wilfork Chills & Grills In Retirement

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Veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork announced his retirement from the NFL in classic Vince Wilfork fashion: using a sponsored video for a charcoal company. What other pro athletes should be next on the list for some money-making opportunities on the side? More»
Kenneth Arthur

The NFL's Worst Preseason Injuries

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Ryan Tannehill's injury this preseason is an unfortunately familiar tune over the past two decades. The injury may have altered the fate of both the Dolphins and the NFL as a whole this season. What are the biggest preseason injuries that have shaken the NFL in the past? More»
Will Leitch

Sizing Up the AL Wild Card Race

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This season, we may see the best Wild Card finish in history: There are so many teams currently in the American League Wild Card hunt that it is difficult to parse out who has the biggest edge. Let's take a closer look at each contender. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Cut Above? Jay's the Man In Miami

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Before Jay Cutler could broadcast the first game of his television career, the allure of the NFL has already drawn him back to the playing field. The Dolphins signed the veteran signal-caller to a one-year, $10 million deal. More»
Matt Brown

Barkley's Best Is Yet To Come At PSU

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Saquon Barkley was already one of the most successful running backs in college football last season, leading Penn State's resurgence. With a more seasoned offensive line ready for a leap forward, Barkley is poised for even bigger things in 2017. More»
David Ubben

Snap Decision: Softball Team DQ'd

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A softball team from Atlee, Va., was disqualified from the Junior League World Series after advancing to the championship game because of a photo posted on Snapchat in which six players extended middle fingers, a gesture intended for their opponent. More»
Ross Tucker

Belichick Hacks NFL Training Camp

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This summer, the Patriots have scheduled joint practice sessions with three separate opponents. While joint practices aren't new, the volume and way Bill Belichick will use them could set a new standard for the league. More»
Anthony Castrovince

CC Still Turning Back The Clock

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CC Sabathia's at an age and stage when there are lots of cool notes attached to his numbers, including most recently when he tied Cy Young for 20th on the all-time strikeout list. But all he cares about now is helping the Yankees win. More»
Cy Brown

15 Premier League Players to Watch

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The English Premier League calendar begins this Friday, and the fun won't stop until a champion is crowned next May. To get ready for the new campaign, let's run down 15 players to watch for the upcoming season. More»
Cy Brown

Tomlinson's Stirring HoF Speech

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Seven men were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, but the highlight of the night was a stirring speech given by former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson. More»
Alex Wong

Grading Athletes' Career Finales

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In his final individual race, Usain Bolt finished in third place in the 100-meter final, losing to Justin Gatlin at the IAAF World Athletic Championships. A final game rarely defines a career, but sometimes it does. Here are grades for 10 other recent career finales. More»
Matt Brown

MAC Preview: 10 Things To Know

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Our 2017 college football conference previews continue with the Mid-American Conference. Last year, Western Michigan and Ohio broke the Northern Illinois-Bowling Green hold on the conference. Now, it's time for Toledo and Miami (Ohio) to emerge. More»
Cliff Corcoran

10 Most Improved MLB Players in 2017

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With so many teams having improved their rosters at the non-wavier Trade Deadline, we were wondering who the most improved players have been thus far this season across both leagues. Here's a quick look at five hitters and five pitchers. More»
Matt Brown

Sun Belt Preview: 10 Things To Know

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Our preseason college football conference previews begin in the Sun Belt, where favorite Appalachian State won't play either of its top two challengers, Troy and Arkansas State, this season. While it's a three-team race, the Mountaineers are clear favorites. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

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There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Our guide breaks down what to watch, including Nationals-Cubs headlining the baseball schedule, plus soccer and Michelle Wie at the Women's British Open. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Preseason Still Easy To Ignore

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The 2017 NFL preseason began on Thursday night with the Cowboys and Cardinals playing at the refurbished Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. It was the rare preseason game that people were eager to attend, but it still showed how easy the preseason is to ignore. More»
Matt Brown

Most Underrated CFB Players

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With 130 college football teams and new star players every year, it's impossible for every successful player to get proper recognition. We're here to do a small part in trying to fix that by honoring the most underrated players at every position. More»
Mike Lupica

Buck Doesn't Stop, Nor Will the O's

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He's Buck Showalter and the manager of the Orioles and goes into a long baseball weekend just three games out of the second Wild Card in his league in the loss column. There is no quit in this manager -- and the team continues to follow his lead. More»
Cy Brown

10 Great Seasons By Athletes Over 40

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Tom Brady turned 40 on Thursday, and he'll be one of the NFL's oldest players in 2017. With an eye on what he and the New England Patriots can accomplish in his first season over the hill, let's look at 10 of the best seasons from athletes over 40. More»
Will Leitch

2017 World Series Urgency Index

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No doubt a World Series title changes everything. And I'd argue that there are five teams, of the 15 or so who still harbor any sort of championship dreams right now, that are more hungry, more famished, for a World Series than any other. More»
Matt Brown

Top 25 College Football Defenses

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After breaking down college football's top 25 offenses entering 2017, it's time to turn our attention to the top 25 defenses. The top of the list features plenty of teams we've grown accustomed to seeing field elite defenses, led by Alabama and Clemson. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB Playoff & Awards Races, Ranked

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Now that the Trade Deadline dust has settled, we can settle into the home stretch of the Major League season. So let's run through and rank all of the playoff races combined with the awards competitions, from least to most compelling. More»
Terence Moore

Golden Ara: Parseghian Was A Legend

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Nobody surpasses Ara Parseghian as my all-time favorite sports person, and it's not even close. Parseghian, who died on Wednesday at the age of 94, guided Notre Dame to two national titles, and our bond strengthened over the past 40 years for multiple reasons. More»
Mike Lupica

Mass. Hysteria: Sox W Had It All

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That wasn't a baseball game the Red Sox and Indians played at old Fenway on Tuesday night. That was a novel, played out over three hours and 36 minutes until Christian Vazquez hit a walkoff home run. It's why we love baseball. More»
Cliff Corcoran

10 Best Post-Trade Performances

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In the wake of Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, we take a look at which deals made the most in-season impact on the pennant races and postseason in history, both for swaps made early in the season and those made in July. More»
Will Leitch

Ultimate NFL Road Trip 2017

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For the past three seasons, I've put together a plan where you, Mr. or Ms. NFL Fan, could attend games at every NFL stadium before Thanksgiving. Thus, today, merely 36 days before the season begins, we put together this year's itinerary. More»
College Football

Former ND Coach Parseghian Dies At 94

Ara Parseghian, who restored Notre Dame to glory with two national championships in 11 seasons, has died. He was 94. Parseghian and the Irish won titles in 1966 and 1973, but he retired after the 1974 season at age 51 with a record of 95-17-4. More»
Cy Brown

Soccer Shocker: Neymar to Transfer

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Barcelona released a statement on Wednesday saying it will sell Brazilian superstar Neymar for the tidy sum of €222 million. Now Neymar is likely to transfer to PSG in a move that's motivated by politics as much as it's motivated by a desire to win matches. More»
SoE Staff

Top 13 Sports Photos of the Week

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As part of an ongoing series, Sports on Earth is partnering with Getty Images to bring you the best snapshots from around the sports world each week. Here we count down the best 13 photos from July 25-31. More»
Terence Moore

Irish Hope To Wake Up The Echoes

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I want to believe in Brian Kelly, and so do others who bleed gold and blue, even after a 4-8 season in 2016. That's why I kept hearing the "Notre Dame Victory March" rattling around my head this week during his yearly State of Notre Dame Football address. More»
Matt Brown

Top 25 College Football Offenses

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This offseason, we've ranked all the best players individually, and we've ranked the best position units. Now that it's August and we're preparing for our overall preseason rankings, it's time to take a look at the top 25 offenses in college football. More»
SoE Staff

This Week's Greatest Athlete on Earth

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There was plenty of glory to go around this week, from Jose Altuve swinging a hot bat for the Astros to Laurens Leeuwenhoek of the Netherlands killing it in ... Korfball? Find out what that sport is all about, plus bask in the glory of a new Mr. 3000. More»
Alex Wong

Best Throwbacks For Every NBA Team

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Nike's eight-year partnership with the NBA starts next season. Teams will have two alternate jersey designs, with eight teams getting a "Classic Edition" jersey. We picked the classic throwback looks that every team should have in their rotation. More»
Will Leitch

July's 10 Dumbest Sports Stories

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Once again, we look at the dumb stories that made us numb last month, including LaVar Ball (of course), Michael Vick's advice for Colin Kaepernick and a father-to-be who cares about OBP a little too much. More»
Will Leitch

Teams Under Post-Deadline Pressure

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The MLB Trade Deadline sorts teams into contenders, pretenders and fence-sitters, and it also adds pressure. Thus, here are the 10 teams whose moves, or lack thereof, at the Deadline have put them under the most pressure the rest of the season … and into 2018. More»
David Ubben

Herman Builds New Texas Foundation

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After a rapid rise up the coaching ladder the past few years, Tom Herman has earned his dream job as head coach at Texas. To break the Longhorns out of a rut, Herman has brought a forward-thinking approach to revitalize Texas football. More»
Matt Brown

Week-By-Week CFB Schedule Guide

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Preseason practices have begun across the country, and the calendar has flipped to August. To prepare for the impending start of the 2017 college football season, let's run through the entire schedule, week by week, and break down the most important games. More»