July 30, 2015

‘The Lowe Post’ Podcast: Stan Van Gundy on Greg Monroe, Orlando Regrets, and More

Zach talks to Stan Van Gundy about building the Pistons, losing Greg Monroe, Orlando regrets, ‘The West Wing,’ and more.

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What’s in the Box? Hue Jackson Invokes Pandora Before Bengals Season

Think about it: What if last season’s middling performance was all part of Jackson’s plan? What if the Bengals intentionally played mediocre offense in 2014 so as to take the NFL by complete surprise in 2015?

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Q&A: Flip Saunders on Building the Baby T-Wolves, Luck, and Mountain Dew

How do you coach for today but plan for tomorrow? The Timberwolves’ coach and president of basketball operations has the chops to tell you how it’s done.

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‘Cheap Heat’ Podcast: The ‘Cena’s Exploding Nose’ Edition

The guys talk Cena’s schnoz, four hours of ‘SummerSlam,’ and all the wrestling-free WWE shows.

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Trading Futures: The Sub-.500 Rangers Get Cole Hamels for 2016 and Beyond

The Phillies flipping Hamels had been a long time coming, but given where Texas lies in the standings, it still looks surreal.

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‘The Ropes’ Podcast: Golovkin-Lemieux, Floyd’s Next Fight, and an Interview with Peter Sferrazza

Rafe Bartholomew and Brian Campbell catch up on news about Gennady Golovkin-David Lemieux and Floyd Mayweather’s next fight, plus an interview with Paulie Malignaggi cornerman and best friend Peter Sferrazza.

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July 29, 2015

‘The Lowe Post’ Podcast: Mark Cuban on DeAndre Jordan, Tanking, and ‘Shark Tank’

Zach Lowe talks to Mark Cuban about DeAndre Jordan, tanking, rule changes, ‘Shark Tank’ rivalries, and more.

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Going to the Mat: The Dodgers Boost Their Rotation With Latos While the Marlins Shed Payroll

Mat Latos isn’t a superstar, but he can give the Dodgers the rotation boost they need. The best part? They’re likely holding onto all of their best prospects, leaving them plenty of ammo to make another big deadline deal.

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Houston Needs a QB, San Francisco Needs a Defense, and More: The Six Biggest NFL Training Camp Questions

Let’s forget about deflated balls and demolished cell phones and look to what lies ahead.

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The NFL’s All-Bad-Contracts Team

Let’s break down the worst deals in football and the different ways to overpay someone.

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College Football Offseason Controversy Power Rankings: Crop Tops, Satellite Camps, Kettlebells, and More

Because college football features a cruelly protracted offseason, fans require a heavy dose of off-field drama to survive the lean months between January and September. Thankfully, we were blessed with a particularly eclectic assortment of controversies this offseason, ranging from obscure NCAA violations to a prominent rapper/business mogul accused of assaulting UCLA’s strength and conditioning coach with a kettlebell. So as we transition into preseason camp, let’s celebrate the drama the only way I know how: with some totally arbitrary power rankings!

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College Football Identity Crisis: Can Charlie Strong Save Texas From Turning Into the No-Star State?

Charlie Strong’s first year as Texas head coach was a borderline debacle, with a sub-.500 record, high-profile player dismissals, and dissension among boosters and fans. He’s acknowledged the need for drastic improvement, but will he be able to stage a turnaround without a clear offensive identity?

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Collecting Closers: The Nationals Replace Drew Storen With Jonathan Papelbon

The Nationals needed to find a setup man for Drew Storen. Instead, they replaced Storen with Jonathan Papelbon.

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‘Breaking Brady’: Exclusive Footage of Tom Brady Destroying His Cell Phone

Grantland has received surveillance footage of Tom Brady destroying his cell phone in the wake of Deflategate. OK, fine, not really.

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The Moore the Merrier: Dayton Lands Ben Zobrist, the Perfect Piece for the World Series–Hopeful Royals

The Royals needed to add a difference-maker in their rotation or a difference-maker in their lineup, but GM Dayton Moore decided he wanted to have his cake and eat it, too. And damned if he didn’t accomplish both.

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A Day With J.J. Watt

Doing defensive drills with the best football player in the world.

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The Value of Tom Brady

If you want to figure out how much the Patriots will be affected by the absence of their future Hall of Famer quarterback, look no further than the sharps.

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