August 31, 2015

Forget It, L.A., It’s Jake: Arrieta Extends the Dodgers’ No-Hit Parade and Puts the Cubs’ Pitching in the Spotlight

The Cubs’ young hitters get all of the love. But as Jake Arrieta loudly announced on Sunday night in no-hitting the Dodgers: Chicago has some pitchers worth worshiping, too.

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The Swamp: The State of the NFL in Washington, D.C.

Concussions, controversy, and a crazed owner — it may be the end for Robert Griffin III in D.C., but the circus for The Shield goes on.

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The 30: When the Road to Failure Comes, Well, on the Road

This week’s four featured teams have all played a lot better in their own friendly confines than they have on the road this season. The plummeting Braves own the biggest home/road split in the National League; the White Sox’s always-leaky defense has looked even worse away from the Cell; the loaded Blue Jays have been on fire since their trade deadline shopping spree but still own a sub-.500 road record; and the Orioles’ road losses have prevented them from making headway in the crowded race for the AL’s second wild-card spot … and Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has some thoughts about that.

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Al Arbour: 1932-2015

The man who indisputably owns a spot on the Mount Rushmore of hockey coaching passed away late last week. He built a legendary career as the second-winningest coach in league history.

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College Football Cram Session Preview: 2015 Power 5 Conference CliffsNotes

College football is back! If you’ve been too busy to keep pace with our full season preview, or just lost track of time during the most interminable offseason in sports, don’t worry: We’ve got your back. Consider this your conference-by-conference cram session, outlining the least you need to know about the Power 5 leagues to get back up to speed before Thursday’s kickoff.

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The Second-Annual NBA Video Music Awards

These videos have gone through a rigorous selection process over the past 12 months. They were filmed at a number of different functions and charity events. They truly represent the best the Internet has to offer in terms of filmed musical performances by professional basketball players in 2015.

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Flagrant But True Statements About Crystal Palace’s Upset Over Chelsea

Crystal Palace beat Chelsea, 2-1, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday — something that hasn’t happened since the first Olympiad in 776 BC. Here are some flagrant but true statements about the game.

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Unlucky in Lovie: Which Coach Has Had the Worst Quarterbacks in History?

The preseason heroics of Jameis Winston for Lovie Smith got us wondering: Has he had the worst quarterbacks in the history of the NFL?

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August 28, 2015

‘Cheap Heat’ Podcast: ‘SummerSlam’ Review and the First ‘TriviaSlam’

The guys talk ‘SummerSlam,’ ‘NXT,’ ‘Raw,’ and the whole weekend of wrestling madness.

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‘The Ropes’ Podcast: Previewing the Leo Santa Cruz–Abner Mares Fight

Rafe Bartholomew and Brian Campbell return to break down all the chatter heading into boxing’s prime fall season and analyze Saturday’s Leo Santa Cruz–Abner Mares fight on ESPN.

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Don’t Waste These Days, Jays Fans

Nothing like it will happen again for another 20 years. But when it does, it will have been worth the wait.

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Darryl Dawkins: 1957-2015

The life and legacy of an NBA legend.

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Serena Williams’s Moment, Forever

On the eve of the U.S. Open, Serena prepares to affirm her reign as the greatest women’s tennis player of all time.

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Leap Year: Six College Football Teams Positioned to Break Through in 2015

This handful of teams has the best chance of shifting perceptions this season after suffering through extended bouts of mediocrity.

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College Football Identity Crisis: Does Anyone Want to Coach Wisconsin, You Guys?

Wisconsin hopes that new head man Paul Chryst can keep the team in the Big Ten title hunt. But Badgers fans might have an even more fierce desire: that Chryst stays put to bring the school’s stunning coaching carousel to a halt.

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The Kids Are Just All Right: Barcelona’s Future Isn’t As Bright As It Used to Be

They might still be the best team in the world, but Barcelona has plenty of problems.

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The Legion of Whom? Dan Quinn Tries to Find an Identity for Atlanta’s Nondescript Defense

In going from the Seahawks to the Falcons, Quinn has left the boldest defense in the league to fix the blandest.

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