May 22, 2015

‘The Lowe Post’ Podcast: Brian Windhorst on LeBron and the Cavs, the Western Conference Finals, and the Riley Curry ‘Controversy’

Zach talks to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com about the Riley Curry ‘controversy,’ LeBron and the Cavs, the Western Conference finals, and more.

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Eight Things to Watch for This Weekend in the NBA Conference Finals

As we keep our fingers crossed that this final four doesn’t get boring, here are some things to look for this weekend.

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Moderation and a Cutter: Why Aaron Harang Is Playing the Best Baseball of His Career at 37

Despite playing for a fourth-place Phillies squad that’s also the worst defensive team in the majors by a mile, Harang has the fifth-best ERA in the National League.

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Runner, Runner: What the Latest Heisman Trophy Odds Reveal About the State of College Football in 2015

According to Vegas, the top two Heisman Trophy candidates for the 2015 season are both running backs. Weirder still, they’re not established superstars. It’s hard to recall another offseason in which the title of Next Big Thing doubled as the highest distinction on offer.

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‘The Grantland NFL Podcast': Talking Ryan Tannehill, the New Extra-Point Scheme, and More

Mays and Barnwell break down the Ryan Tannehill deal, unpack the league’s new extra-point scheme, and come up with a few rule changes of their own during today’s podcast.

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The NFL Statistical Crystal Ball: What 2014’s Numbers Can Tell Us About 2015

Even with a 16-game sample, there’s a lot we can predict about the upcoming NFL season by looking at what just happened.

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What Should NBA Players Bring to Postgame Press Conferences Instead of Kids?

Children. They’re cute. It’s almost like they’re very small human beings, completely lacking in guile, who are totally dependent on adults for their care and survival. But are they too cute? Are their warblings and penchant for playing peek-a-boo under the interview table too distractingly cute for the NBA workplace?

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Fowl Play: The Goalie Who Is Anchoring the Ducks’ Postseason Surge

The redheaded goalie has had the highest save percentage in the 2015 NHL playoffs. Not bad for a guy who never had too firm a grip on the starting job in Anaheim this season.

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Which Old Guy Without a Stanley Cup Should You Be Rooting For?

As we inch our way through the NHL playoffs and draw closer to the appearance of the Stanley Cup, we’ve reached the point when we can get started on one of hockey’s most cherished springtime traditions: It’s time to start hunting OGWACs.

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Steven Gerrard: A Story in Five Goals

As Steven Gerrard ends his Liverpool career, a look back at some historic, heroic, and heartbreaking moments.

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‘NBA After Dark’ Podcast: With Special Guest Vince Staples

Juliet Litman, Chris Ryan, and Andrew Sharp talk about the NBA lottery, drama in Chicago, and the coaching carousel. Plus, Vince Staples stops by to share his thoughts on Chris Paul, Los Angeles basketball players, and his new album.

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NBA Shootaround: Grin and Bear It

Harden, Howard, and Houston come up just short against Curry and the Warriors.

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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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