May 21, 2015

10 Reasons Why Russell Westbrook Is Still Winning During the Playoffs

If you were worried about ‘Westbrook not being Westbrook,’ then don’t.

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Bay Area Bellwether: How the Improvement of Harrison Barnes Mirrors Golden State’s Ascent

Barnes may not be a Splash Brother, but his jumper has gone from bad to good in a very short time.

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Days of Our Foxborough Lives: Robert Kraft Surrenders; Tom Brady Discovered Under Bus Wheels

The great Patriots soap opera rolls on — but what on earth is their owner doing surrendering to Roger Goodell? And what does that mean for New England’s superstar quarterback?

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Stranded in Sixth: Have Tottenham Made Any Progress in Mauricio Pochettino’s First Season?

Sixth place for two years in a row isn’t the end of the world if that’s where Spurs reside as they build a team to challenge going forward. The question is: Are they actually building anything?

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‘Cheap Heat’ Podcast: Talking Kevin Owens, ‘Payback,’ and ‘Elimination Chamber’

Rosenberg returns as the guys talk about Kevin Owens, ‘Payback,’ and ‘Elimination Chamber.’

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‘The Ropes’ Podcast: Talking Golovkin With Abel Sanchez and Willie Monroe Jr.

Rafe Bartholomew and Brian Campbell go HAM on middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin, including interviews with trainer Abel Sanchez and recent opponent Willie Monroe Jr.

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Toronto Wins the Great Mike Babcock Sweepstakes

The Leafs have their man. Let’s sort out what this means for them and the rest of the league.

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Becoming the Boomstick: How Nelson Cruz Beat the Aging Curve to Become One of the Best Hitters in Baseball

For much of Nelson Cruz’s career, traditional baseball calculus seemed to exclude him from consideration as a star. Nothing about his background says he belongs among the best hitters in baseball. But he crashed the former top prospects’ party, and now he’s lingering long after we figured he’d leave. And with every swing, he looks less out of place.

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NBA Shootaround: Look Out Below

J.R. Smith chooses wisely, Kyle Korver runs for his life, DeMarre goes down, and more from Cleveland-Atlanta.

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May 20, 2015

Eephus Influence: Tracing the Lineage of the Blooping Curve From the Late 19th Century to Today

Despite the success enjoyed by Dave LaRoche and other devotees of the pitch, the eephus has become a dying art, but we can still see remnants of it across the majors.

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World Cup Players to Know: Eugénie Le Sommer and Louisa Nécib, France’s One-Two Punch

When Nécib sees Le Sommer making a through-run, she lets her fly. When Le Sommer sees Nécib at the top of the box, she’ll tee up Nécib’s remarkable long-range shot.

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Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

We take a break from the four teams vying for the NBA title to bring you the 14 teams pinning their hopes on the future.

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Football Fates: Adrian Peterson to Dallas, Robert Griffin III to Houston, and Other NFL Destinies We Want to See Fulfilled

There are no real criteria here, other than matching players and teams that make sense because of narrative symmetry, scheme fits, convenient locations, or whatever other reasons we decide to make up.

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Lightning Round: The 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

So, how about that NBA draft lottery last night, eh? As usual, the night was mostly chalk, until it wasn’t — suddenly the Lakers and Knicks, two teams that happen to represent the two biggest markets in the league, found themselves conjoined in a yin-and-yang formation of joy and sorrow. All the while, the legion of Hinkie acolytes in Philadelphia stand strong.

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TD and Me: Biking Around Atlanta With Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff

After a 17-mile bike ride, Dimitroff sat down to talk about the importance of bicycles in his life, riding with Lance Armstrong, and making the NFL more bike-friendly.

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NBA Shootaround: Small Wonder

Small ball, handshake beef, the importance of Dwight Howard, and everything else from Warriors-Rockets Game 1.

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