August 1, 2014

Cheap Heat Podcast: Daniel Bryan, TNA’s TV Deal, and the Demise of ‘WWE Magazine’

The guys talk Daniel Bryan’s crime fighting, TNA’s TV deal, and the demise of ‘WWE the Magazine.’

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Apples to Digital Apples: Pairing College Football Coaches and Emojis

After tasking a team of forensic experts with reviewing the iPhone keystroke patterns of 10 of the country’s highest-profile college football coaches, we were able to determine their emoji counterparts. Our findings will change the way you consume the sport, so please proceed with caution.

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MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers: Smile, Sox Fans! (Cry, Phillies Fans)

Welcome to the 2014 edition of that time-honored August 1 tradition, the Trade Deadline Winners and Losers post, in which we pass judgment on many of the moves that were made prior to yesterday’s 4 p.m. ET cutoff as we sat, spellbound, watching wonders unfold on our Twitter feeds. For the purposes of this post, winning and losing were the only options allowed; get your gray area elsewhere.

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PitchCraft: Jon Lester, Moneyball Mercenary

It’s a mini renaissance for a guy who didn’t really need one, and it’s going to be fascinating to watch him spearhead Oakland’s playoff efforts against the Tigers juggernaut.

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Jonah Keri Podcast: With Special Guest Pedro Martinez!

Jonah talks to Pedro Martinez about Martinez’s career in baseball, the joys and challenges of being an athlete in Boston, and why part of the pitcher’s heart will always remain in Montreal.

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The Day of the Sanchez Has Arrived

For the first time in his NFL career, he’s just a guy. When that comes after five years of being the famous guy, that’s not so bad.

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July 31, 2014

Detroit Just Landed David Price in a Three-Team Bonanza … and Evened Out the American League Arms Race

Well, so much for a quiet 2014 trade deadline. Following this morning’s Oakland-Boston blockbuster, the Detroit Tigers capped one of the wildest deadline days in history with an 11th-hour deal for David Price, the most sought-after commodity on the market. The three-team swap between Detroit, Tampa Bay, and Seattle sent pitcher Drew Smyly and infield prospects Nick Franklin and Willy Adames to the Rays; outfielder Austin Jackson to the M’s; and Price to the Tigers, who now have the last three American League Cy Young winners in the same starting rotation.

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The Desolation of Southampton

Team building, in the modern day and age, isn’t about finding a generation of talent and keeping it together; it’s about waves of talent.

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Struggling to Reinvent the NBA Draft Lottery

The NBA has raised the possibility of implementing lottery reform as early as next season, and the Sixers have a point about changing the rules midstream. Their new owners green-lit a long-term rebuilding plan under the set of rules in place, with no indication those rules might change so soon.

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Derek Jeter’s Diary: A Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes to 2

The baseball season is a long and lonely road. To preserve his sanity, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter keeps a diary. These are excerpts from The Captain’s private journal.

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Josh Gordon and the NFL’s Drug Problem

The only way the suspension makes sense is when you remember every other way the league insults our intelligence.

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RAPINOE!

This happened on Wednesday, during Seattle Reign’s win over Houston in the National Women’s Soccer League. Feel free to peruse some of our drooling over Rapinoe here and here.

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The Lowe Post Podcast: Zach Lowe and Will Leitch

Zach talks to Will Leitch about why free agency is more interesting than actual basketball, Wes Anderson movies, and sports fandom.

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Men in Blazers: Europe’s American Summer Tour, Transfer Window Winners and Losers, and an Interview With Ferran Soriano

Rog and Davo discuss European clubs’ American summer tours and transfer window winners and losers. Plus, an interview with Manchester City and New York City FC CEO Ferran Soriano.

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What the Jon Lester–Yoenis Cespedes Blockbuster Means for the World Series Hopeful A’s and the Champion Turned Seller Red Sox

In one of the most shocking blockbusters in MLB trade deadline history, the Oakland A’s sent All-Star Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive balance pick to the Boston Red Sox for Cy Young contender Jon Lester, former Athletic Jonny Gomes, and a gold-plated protective case for Billy Beane’s giant balls. So … what does it all mean?

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Lightning Round: The Jon Lester–Yoenis Cespedes Trade

Dan Fierman: Any Red Sox fan who tells you winning three championships hasn’t changed everything is lying. We care less. Almost all of us care less. This is not a bad thing. No one, not even Dan Shaughnessy, would want to go back in time to 2003. (OK, maybe Dan Shaughnessy would.) We’re up $200,000 […]

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A Few NFL Draft Prospects to Keep an Eye on This College Football Season

Watching the four expected first-round quarterbacks — Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Bryce Petty, and Brett Hundley — jostle for position this season is going to be fascinating.

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About Last Night: Dodgers Rolling

In case you were busy watching bad actors kill flying sharks with chain saws, here are the top five stories you missed in sports on Wednesday.

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