April 24, 2015

‘The Lowe Post’ Podcast: ESPN’s Amin Elhassan on Scott Brooks, Warriors-Pelicans, and the Rest of the NBA Playoffs

Zach Lowe talks to Amin Elhassan of ESPN.com about the playoffs, the Thunder firing Scott Brooks, and much more.

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‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’: Mock Draft Fight!

Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays engage in dueling mock drafts.

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Everyone Should Fear the Return of Old-School Derrick Rose

Chicago’s 3-0 lead on Milwaukee is so exciting because Rose has looked almost like his old self at times. The Bulls overall have looked ragged, but they’ve been electric with Rose on the floor. He’s pushed the pace off misses, generating easy points that can compensate for all the times when Chicago’s offense slows to a slog.

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The Slugger With a Thousand Faces: Has Any Ballplayer Embodied As Many Sports Media Stereotypes As A-Rod?

From ‘The Natural’ to ‘The Cheater’ to ‘The Comeback Story’ to ‘The Unrepentant Cheater’ and more, Alex Rodriguez has embodied almost every athlete archetype in the book.

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The Mailbag Reunion Tour Continues

Before going through his inbox, Bill Simmons has some awards to hand out in what has already been a memorable NBA playoffs.

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This Is Our #Youth: The Kiddie Brigade Breaks Out in the NHL Playoffs

It was all about the twentysomethings in last night’s NHL playoff games.

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‘Jalen and Jacoby': Breaking Down the First Round, the Future of the Thunder, and More

Jalen and Jacoby break down Clippers-Spurs and all the other playoff matchups, look at the future for the Thunder, update the hip-hop music video bracket, and much more.

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Roster Doctor Mailbag: No, It’s Never Too Early for Fantasy Baseball Advice

Pitching staff got you down? That hot rookie causing more headaches than he’s worth? Are you in 10th place in your league and wondering how it all went wrong? Or are you in first, crippled by the insecurity that it’ll all come crashing down any week now?

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NBA Shootaround: ‘I Don’t Want to Say It Was a Miracle, But It Was Pretty Close’

Stephen Curry hits a shot for the ages, Cleveland takes a punch, and Jimmy Butler’s star rises.

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‘NBA After Dark’ Podcast: With Guests Tim MacMahon, Royce Young, and Dave Hartley of the War on Drugs

Juliet, Chris, and Sharp talk Rondo with Tim MacMahon, then discuss the Thunder with Royce Young. Also, Dave Hartley from the War on Drugs stops by to chat about the playoffs.

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April 23, 2015

The Rollins Era: The Mid-card Renaissance in WWE’s Post-‘WrestleMania’ Leveling

Yesterday’s rookies are the new stars, and the old headliners are hanging out in the mid-card. There are no metaphorical giants, just a bunch of role players looking for a chance to break out.

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‘Cheap Heat’ Podcast: ‘Extreme Rules’ and the Mid-Cardization of WWE

The guys talk ‘Extreme Rules,’ the possible end of the Curb Stomp, and the mid-cardization of WWE.

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Five Reasons the Senators Will Beat the Canadiens

The NHL playoffs suffered their first casualty last night, as the Anaheim Ducks completed their sweep of the Winnipeg Jets with a 5-2 win. Two more are in danger of joining them on the sideline tonight, as the Predators and Canucks both trail their series 3-1. But last night also saw our first team to […]

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We Can Play Defense, Too: Real Madrid Bring a Katana to Atlético Madrid’s Knife Fight

Why was Real Madrid finally able to win a match that was less a soccer game and more a late ’90s brawl between the New York Knicks and Miami Heat?

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Taking Baseball’s Pulse: Checking Up on the Trends Transforming the Game

Over the offseason, Major League Baseball welcomed a new commissioner, and with him, renewed debate about every reading had fallen outside the “normal” range, including run scoring, strikeouts and the strike zone, and the length of games. We spent the winter wondering whether those trends would reverse themselves or proceed along the same path until officials intervened or the sport self-destructed. With only 9 percent of the season complete, that’s still an open question, but every plate appearance is part of the answer. Let’s check up on how the sport’s recent runaway stats have fared so far.

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Frankenmanager: Building the Perfect MLB Skipper

Bryan Price’s recent tirade got us thinking: What makes a bad manager? And, in turn, what makes a great one? Let’s figure that out and then build the ideal skipper from scratch.

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With More Time on His Hands, Rajon Rondo Gives Connect Four Advice to Children

Every week, champion Connect Four player Rajon Rondo takes the time to answer your questions about Connect Four strategy, gameplay, and positional play.

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Polish vs. Potential: Should Amari Cooper or Kevin White Be the First Wide Receiver Drafted?

Cooper landing in the top five was supposed to be a sure thing — until White went to the combine.

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NBA Shootaround: Power Station

The Spurs and Clippers put on a basketball master class.

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‘The Ropes’ Podcast: Talking Mayweather-Pacquiao With Referee Steve Smoger, and Previewing Klitschko-Jennings

Rafe and Brian ask Steve Smoger how a top referee approaches Mayweather-Pacquiao; plus, the weekend in boxing and a preview of the Klitschko-Jennings heavyweight title bout.

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Scott-Free: The Thunder Imagine a Future Without Scott Brooks

The Thunder didn’t win a title with Scott Brooks as a coach. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t have.

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