July 2, 2015

Attempting to Make Sense of the Phil Kessel Trade

The Maple Leafs’ deal with the Penguins would make sense only if it were one Toronto needed to make.

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Scioscia Reigns and Dipoto Resigns: What the Heck Is Going on With the Angels?

Almost a day before former Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed his resignation, his desk had already been packed up.

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Breakouts and Breakdowns: How the Hitters Who’ve Outperformed or Underperformed Their Projections the Most Will Fare in the Second Half

If you think you’re smarter than a statistical algorithm, play along at home, pick your overs and unders, and check your success rate at the end of the season.

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‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’: Adopting Other Sports Rules

Robert Mays and Bill Barnwell promise to adopt rules and customs from other sports for the NFL, but today’s podcast really just descends into lunacy for 55 minutes.

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Czech Marks: The Nation That Would Conquer Women’s Tennis

Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, and Karolina Pliskova play with different styles, but share a rare camaraderie and tendency to break brackets.

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July 1, 2015

The Overwhelming Sound and Fury of Day 1 of NBA Free Agency

The two LeBron James decision years couldn’t even manage to produce as much chaos and drama as the opening hours of the 2015 NBA calendar.

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Lightning Round, NBA Free Agency Day 1: DeAndre and Chandler’s Date Nights, DeMarre Goes North

A quick run through the crazy first day of free agency with some of the Grantland basketball staff.

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2-0: The U.S. Women Exorcise Their World Cup Demons in the City of Saints

Germany is in the rearview mirror now — on to Vancouver and the final.

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10 NHL Free Agents to Watch

Free agency could be even worse than usual this year, because there’s a distinct lack of talent available. But teams have cap space and impatient GMs, so somebody is going to get paid.

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Elbow Apprehension: Why It’s Hard to Get Too Excited About the Return of Jose Fernandez

Thirteen months after undergoing Tommy John surgery, the Marlins star returns to the mound tomorrow. What will happen next is anybody’s guess.

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The USWNT Beats Germany: This Team Is Good, and It Should Be Good for a Long Time

Regardless of what happens in Sunday’s final, the USWNT looks like it finally has some ideas about how to keep moving forward.

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‘Jalen and Jacoby': Breaking Down the NBA Free-Agency Landscape

Jalen Rose and David Jacoby break down the entire NBA free-agency landscape, HGH use in the NBA, Klay Thompson not getting into the club, and more.

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Where Should the Nuggets Send Ty Lawson?

Ty Lawson is great. His numbers are excellent (15.2 points, 9.6 assists last season) and his defense is pretty solid considering his size. He’s also only 27, and he’s signed through 2017 at about $12.5 million per year. He’s too fun a player to watch him waste away on another awful Nuggets team.

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‘The Jonah Keri Podcast’: James Wagner and Nick Mundy

Jonah Keri talks to ‘Washington Post’ writer James Wagner about the Nationals. Then, for ‘My Team Is a Joke,’ comedian Nick Mundy rants about the Astros.

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