August 20, 2014

How the United States Can Win the World Cup

As the U.S. grows up as a soccer nation, simply emerging from the group won’t be enough. The team will be expected to bring home the trophy or at least have a strong chance to do so entering the tournament. The question is, how can we get to that point?

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Putting Together the Most Fun Fantasy Team Money Can Buy

Fantasy football is supposed to be fun. I know it might sound obvious, but there are times when that idea gets lost, whether it’s when you’re smashing your laptop after a stat correction costs you a week, or when you’re sitting there, at 11:58 on Sunday morning, having an existential crisis about whether to take […]

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About Last Night: Tigers Keep Pace

In case you were deciding that asking Coldplay for money was just too greedy, here are the top six stories you missed in sports on Tuesday.

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August 19, 2014

A Short History of Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer Freaking Out in Public

The Clippers Fan Fest, held on Monday, was as much a celebration of Steve Ballmer’s purchase of the team (for the paltry sum of $2 billion) as it was an exorcism of the retrograde tightwad Los Angeles plantation regime of Donald Sterling. Shelly Sterling will retain some perks as well as the honorary titles of […]

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Does Braxton Miller’s Season-Ending Injury Spell Doom for National Title Hopeful Ohio State?

Star Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after reinjuring his shoulder in practice. Can the preseason no. 5 Buckeyes still contend for the Big Ten and national titles with a redshirt freshman under center?

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NFL Regression Party! Which Teams Will Disappoint Us This Year?

A completely unscientific look at playoff teams that will slide into mediocrity this year.

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Sabermetrics Gets Soft

With more information available to more teams, how can MLB clubs expect to gain an edge? Welcome to the softer side of sabermetrics.

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Johnny Watch: A Preseason Browns Game for the Birds

There is but one, truly serious philosophical problem, and that is the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback competition. Do you throw Johnny Manziel to the wolves in Week 1, on account of his superior talent, even though he’d probably benefit from a month or so of clipboard carrying? Do you delay the inevitable and start Brian Hoyer out […]

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A New Home and an Old Role for Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas

This is an ideal situation for Fàbregas. He walked into a Chelsea side where he knows he will start and what he will be asked to do. He is paired with an elite defensive midfielder in Nemanja Matic, athletic wingers who are hell-bent on attacking the goal, and a bull of a center forward in Diego Costa.

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Jonah Keri Podcast: Murray Chass and Rany Jazayerli

Jonah Keri talks to baseball historian Murray Chass about MLB labor strife, PEDs, and the Hall of Fame, and to Grantland’s Rany Jazayerli about the surging Royals.

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About Last Night: Saluting Johnny

In case you were busy finding out you cleared revocable waivers at work, here are the top six stories you missed in sports on Monday.

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