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Crowded NL wild-card hunt puts teams in tricky trade deadline position

When Major League Baseball added a second wild-card playoff team in each league ahead of the 2012 season, the goal was to keep more teams and fan bases engaged for the duration of the season. How the senior circuit has played out in 2019 is precisely what for

Falcons safety J.J. Wilcox out for season with torn ACL

The Atlanta Falcons lost safety J.J. Wilcox for the entire season on the first day of practice. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Wilcox tore his ACL and is out the rest of 2019. It is a rough blow. Wilcox was slated to have a prominent role in Atlanta

Declining RB market complicates Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott holdouts

It stands to reason that every high-profile running back in the NFL is fighting to demonstrate and earn his value. It’s something every professional athlete, or even every working person, should be invested in doing. But in the last few years, rushers have

Winners and losers from the 2019 Open Championship

Ireland’s own Shane Lowry won the 2019 Open Championship on Sunday with a gutty final-round performance on a rainy, windy day that doomed many others. Major slayer Brooks Koepka also made his mark with another historic performance, despite finishing in a ti

Five reasons why the MLB HOF voting process is a failure

Since the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors in 1936, it’s generally done a good job of honoring the history of MLB. There are some exceptions, though. Over the last 83 years, Cooperstown has seen its share of controversies, as well

Why under-the-radar Falcons and these sleepers could surprise in 2019

A few recent Super Bowl entrants barely resemble their ultimate-game versions. The Seahawks, Panthers and Broncos hover at different retooling stages, well off the level of their championship-caliber teams. Another franchise that claimed a mid-2010s conferenc

Banned by MLB, 'Shoeless Joe' Jackson has Hall of Fame-like shrine where he died

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Nearly 68 years ago, one of the greatest players in Major League Baseball history died of a heart attack in the bedroom of his modest, one-story brick house. «Greenville is a weeping city today,» sports columnist Carter «

Who are next NBA stars (James Harden?!) to ride trade wave?

Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul and Paul George are “Patients Zero” for the trade epidemic that has rocked the NBA the past two years. Following disappointing ends to their respective 2016-17 seasons, each demanded a trade and was subsequently dealt to a new tea

'Unsung heroes': In Indiana, a quirky hall of fame honors sports mascots

WHITING, Ind. -– To hear David Raymond put it, the opening of a brick-and-mortar home for the Mascot Hall of Fame ranks among the greatest events of his life. “It’s indescribable,” he says. “... It’s like the day I got married. It’s like when I

My crazy life as 21-year-old road manager for The Famous Chicken

In the fall of 1980, Jack Bowen served as road manager for The Famous Chicken, one of the best-known sports entertainers of his time. The experience was life-changing for Bowen. Hilarious, too. Here's his story about working for the bird (real name Ted Gianno

Is Eli Manning HOF-worthy? Hall, yes! And here's why.

Eli Manning’s Hall of Fame debate will be one of the more complicated in pro football history.  Responsible for two of the greatest quarterback runs in playoff history, Manning is near-certain to retire ranking in the top 10 in career touchdown passes and

Hall of Very Good? Bleh. Let's make halls of fame great again.

The best part about Hall of Fame debates is that they never end — even after someone gets voted in. No offense to Harold Baines, but really? I understand why the Veterans Committee decided to put Bill Mazeroski of the Pirates in; and as a Mets fan I totall

58 active standouts who didn't make Yardbarker Hall of Fame cut

We have a message for those on Yardbarker's «Hall, No!» list, Tier 5 of our Hall of Fame project in which we rank worthy, active athletes in four major sports:  Good job!  But not great  job. Only the best of the best  belong in the Hall of Fa

One-on-One: If Troy Aikman's in HOF, Donovan McNabb should be, too. Right?

Yardbarker NFL writers Michael Tunison and Chris Mueller address some of the hottest issues in the league. This week's topic: Does Donovan McNabb have a compelling case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Mueller: There exists an old saying in sports talk radi

58 active standouts who don't make Yardbarker Hall of Fame cut

We have a message for those on Yardbarker's «Hall, No!» list, Tier 5 of our Hall of Fame project in which we rank worthy, active athletes in four major sports:  Good job!  But not great  job. Only the best of the best  belong in the Hall of Fa

59 active standouts who don't make Yardbarker Hall of Fame cut

We have a message for those on Yardbarker's «Hall, No!» list, Tier 5 of our Hall of Fame project in which we rank worthy, active athletes in four major sports:  Good job!  But not great  job. Only the best of the best  belong in the Hall of Fa

Yardbarker's Ultimate Hall of Fame tiers: Active stars on path to enshrinement

About our tiers What active athletes in the NFL, NBA, WNBA, Major League Baseball and NHL are Hall of Fame worthy? That's the question we posed to Yardbarker editors and writers, and boy did we have some spirited debates. (No blood was shed, however.) So we p

WWE Extreme Rules 2019 preview

On July 14, the WWE Network presents WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view, live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. There are 10 announced matches on this card, including Kofi Kingston’s WWE Championship defense against Samoa Joe. So let’s look at

Four most likely Chris Paul trade scenarios

The Oklahoma City Thunder might have added Chris Paul in the blockbuster Russell Westbrook trade on Thursday, but he’s not going to be in OKC for too long. Oklahoma City is already looking to move Paul with a number of potential suitors, including the Miam

Earthquake to Aerosmith: 10 things that rocked NBA Summer League in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- NBA teams, reporters and fans descend on Sin City every year for Summer League, the "NBA Coachella.” It’s a multi-day festival in the desert, with multiple stages to see up-and-coming stars and scores of hipsters wearing throwback basketball

Why mega-trade for Russell Westbrook is a huge gamble for Rockets

In their second apocalyptic roster move of the week, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, reuniting Westbrook with his old Thunder teammate James Harden and closing the book on the OKC almost-dynasty. The m

Rockets' trade for Russell Westbrook is a gamble they had to make

In their second apocalyptic roster move of the week, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, reuniting Westbrook with his old Thunder teammate James Harden and closing the book on the OKC almost-dynasty. The m

The Rockets' trade for Russell Westbrook is a gamble they had to make

In their second apocalyptic roster move of the week, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, reuniting Westbrook with his old Thunder teammate James Harden and closing the book on the OKC almost-dynasty. The m

Blockbuster: Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to Rockets for Chris Paul, draft picks

The Houston Rockets have acquired eight-time All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook.  According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com (Twitter link), Houston will send Chris Paul, two first-round picks and two pick swaps to Oklahoma City in exchange for the 20

One-on-One: Our never-too-early look at intriguing 2019 NFL games

Yardbarker NFL writers Michael Tunison and Chris Mueller address some of the hottest issues in the league. This week's topic: a super-early look at compelling games on 2019 schedule. Tunison: The interminable NFL off-season provides a lot of time for reflecti

One-on-One: Miami, Orlando, Chicago? Where will OKC's Russell Westbrook land?

Yardbarker NBA writers Pat Heery and Sean Keane address the hottest issues in the NBA. This week's topic: Where will Russell Westbrook end up? Heery: Nothing in the NBA lasts forever. Not even the Russell Westbrook era in Oklahoma City. A decade that began wi

Adam Silver plans to address 'disheartening' trade requests

The NBA is seeing increased player and superstar movement unlike any other time in the league’s past. Between shorter contract lengths and superstars forcing their way out of teams, matters have been shifting constantly. Anthony Davis was one star who deman

Winners and losers from 2019 MLB All-Star Game

The 2019 MLB All-Star Game is in the books. The American League jumped out to a three-run lead and held on for a 4-3 victory. An American League win could have been predicted as it was the league’s seventh straight triumph in the Midsummer Classic. The way

Five ways to make the MLB All-Star Game more interesting

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game has long been an annual rite of summer. That reality is reflected in its oft-used nickname, the Midsummer Classic. Television ratings suggest that the game is losing steam and is in need of a jolt of excitement, freshne

Kawhi's masterful power moves usher in NBA Era of Parity

It all makes sense now. The “Board” in “Board Man gets paid” was referring to the chess board Kawhi Leonard was operating on while the rest of the NBA was playing a simple game of checkers. After six days of nonsense, rumors and speculation, the Boar

Report: Rival execs see Rockets as 'likely suitor' for Russell Westbrook

The Oklahoma City Thunder have no choice but to explore the possibility of trading Russell Westbrook now that Paul George has forced his way out of town, and any deal involving the All-Star point guard could once again shift the balance of power in the Wester

Megan Rapinoe strikes her pose upon receiving Golden Boot

Megan Rapinoe struck her popular celebratory pose upon receiving the Golden Boot at the Women’s World Cup. Rapinoe scored on a penalty in the 61st minute of the U.S.’ 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday in F

Kawhi, George make Clippers title favorites. The biggest loser? LA Lakers.

The news broke late on a Friday night, when half the basketball world was in bed, typical for the NBA star who cares least about the spotlight. Kawhi Leonard is going to the Clippers, who also traded Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and a massive pac

Kawhi Leonard to sign four-year, $142M deal with Clippers

Reigning NBA Finals MVP and top 2019 free agent Kawhi Leonard has decided to sign with the Clippers, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Leonard has informed the runner-up teams — the Raptors and Lakers — of his decision, according to ESPN’s Adri

One-on-One: Why we like these WRs (and RB) as fantasy football sleepers

Yardbarker NFL writers Michael Tunison and Chris Mueller address some of the hottest issues in the league. This week's topic: Who are some enticing fantasy football sleepers for 2019? Mueller: I am terrible at fantasy football. That’s not so much a lament

Eight times we were reminded of sports' place in America

Baseball is as American as apple pie. We’ve heard that many times over the years. It remains true on this Independence Day. But sports in general has always reminded us of what’s great about America. From helping us return to normalcy following unimaginab

What we might expect in 2019 from Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes

In 2018, with one pro start under his belt, Patrick Mahomes went from a promising young gunslinger to toast of the NFL, the MVP, and potentially one possession from the Super Bowl. Given that his season was only the third 50-touchdown passing season in NFL hi

How these brilliant front offices dominated in NBA free-agency 'playoffs'

Every spring, NBA fans are treated to basketball’s ultimate competition for players: the playoffs. At the end of the four rounds, the last team remaining is crowned champion and we typically have a better appreciation for which players are “16-game player

Report: Kawhi Leonard may not make decision until later in week

Kawhi Leonard appears to have his free agency decision narrowed down to three teams or fewer, but the NBA Finals MVP is in no rush to choose between them. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on “Get Up” Tuesday morning that Leonard “very much has a willing
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