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NBA trade chatter: Will Pistons' Griffin, Cavs' Love, Thunder's Paul be dealt?

Yardbarker NBA writers Pat Heery and Sean Keane address the hottest issues in the NBA. This week's topic: opening of trade season.  Heery: December 15 marks the first day players who were signed in the summer can be traded. Considering roughly 40 percent of

Underachieving Cowboys among decade's most disappointing teams

The nucleus of the 2019 Cowboys may be their best since the one that helped Dallas dominate the NFL in the 1990s. But this hugely underachieving team is 6-7, tied for first with Philadelphia in the dreadfully weak NFC East, and major issues loom. Longtime hea

Winners, losers from Ravens' blowout victory over Jets on 'Thursday Night Football'

The Baltimore Ravens hosted the New York Jets to get Week 15 kicked off on «Thursday Night Football,» and this game was predictably lopsided. By the end of the first quarter, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson had broken Michael Vick’s single-season recor

Former NBA commissioner David Stern undergoes emergency surgery for brain hemorrhage

Former NBA commissioner David Stern underwent emergency surgery on Thursday for a brain hemorrhage, current commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. Stern was eating at a restaurant in Midtown Manhattan when he collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital fo

NFL world reacts as Lamar Jackson breaks Michael Vick's single-season QB rushing record

Coming into Thursday night’s game, Lamar Jackson only needed 23 yards on the ground to break Michael Vick’s single-season quarterback rushing record. In the first quarter, on Baltimore’s opening drive, he did just that. Jackson opened the game with a br

Are slumping Patriots down and out or still formidable?

Yardbarker NFL writers Mike Tunison and Chris Mueller address the hottest issues in the league every week. This week's topic: Are the Patriots vulnerable?   Mueller: The previously unthinkable is plausible. It may be time to count out  Touchdown Tom and th

NFL Week 15 matchups: Your ultimate insiders' guide

Yardbarker's Sam Robinson and Michael Nania go deep inside NFL games each week, focusing on key numbers and roster issues.  GLOSSARY:  DVOA (Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average): A method of evaluating teams, units or players in a comparative fashion. It t

NFL rookie QB grades: How Cardinals' Murray, Redskins' Haskins could rise

Former NFL scout Matt Williamson writes about the league from X's and O's and talent evaluation perspectives.  This week, he evaluates seven rookie QBs who have played extensively this season. Kyler Murray, Cardinals (Rd. 1, 1st pick) Key stats: 3,060 yards

Grading the deal: Yankees embrace their inner Yankee, sign Gerrit Cole

Well, that escalated quickly. The ink had barely dried on Stephen Strasburg's record-setting contract with the Nationals when the Yankees went and took the best free agent available off the board and shattered said record. Gerrit Cole is now, pending a physi

Anthony Rendon to sign seven-year, $245M deal with Angels

Yet another superstar free agent has come off the board in what has turned into the fastest-moving offseason in recent memory. The Angels reached a seven-year, $245M agreement with free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Netw

Angels reportedly sign Anthony Rendon for seven years, $245M

The Los Angeles Angels have pulled off that one blockbuster they have been looking to finalize all winter. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Los Angeles has signed reigning NL MVP finalist Anthony Rendon to a seven-year, $245 million contract. This is a

NFL Week 15 matchups: Your insiders' guide

Yardbarker's Sam Robinson and Michael Nania go deep inside NFL games each week, focusing on key numbers and roster issues.  GLOSSARY:  DVOA (Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average): A method of evaluating teams, units or players in a comparative fashion. It t

Who needs Love? Blazers, Hawks, Wolves are intriguing landing spots

When LeBron James left Cleveland for the Lakers in summer 2018, the Cavs needed to respond with a big move. So they extended five-time All-Star Kevin Love’s contract through the 2022-23 season, a bold move demonstrating Cleveland still had playoff aspiratio

Duck's season: 15 things to know about Steelers cult hero QB Devlin Hodges

The Steelers' run to an 8-5 record and wild-card playoff contention without Ben Roethlisberger may be the most improbable story of the 2019 season. Even more improbable is who led them to their past three wins: Devlin «Duck» Hodges, who took over

Gerrit Cole to sign nine-year, $324M deal with Yankees

The Gerrit Cole sweepstakes has reached an end just over a month after the start of free agency. The Yankees have agreed to sign the ace right-hander to a nine-year, $324M contract, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. It includes a full no-trade clause and a

Gerrit Cole reportedly signs record nine-year, $324 million deal with Yankees

The most coveted free-agent pitcher in MLB history is off the board. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has signed a record nine-year deal for $324 million with the New York Yankees. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman first reported the deal. Cole’s new contract immediat

NBA quarter-season awards: MVP race? It's a jump ball.

All NBA teams have played more than 20 games in the 82-game regular season, so it’s time to hand out quarter-season awards for Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and best sixth man, rookie and coach: MVP 1a. LeBron James, Lakers | 1b. Giannis Anteto

Eagles dig deep to save season, now set up to secure NFC Least

It took roughly 37 minutes against arguably the worst team in professional football, but Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles finally figured it out late Monday night in a 23-17 overtime win over their hated NFC East rival, the New York Giants.  First, t

Winners, losers from Eagles' amazing OT win over Giants on 'Monday Night Football'

The Philadelphia Eagles, desperate for a win, gave it everything they had going against the New York Giants on «Monday Night Football.» The Giants jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and stretched it to 17-3  by halftime. Seemingly with all the momen

Winners, losers from Eagles' amazing overtime win over Giants on 'Monday Night Football'

The Philadelphia Eagles, desperate for a win, gave it everything they had going against the New York Giants on «Monday Night Football.» The Giants jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and stretched it to 17-3  by halftime. Seemingly with all the momen

Winners and losers from Day 1 of MLB winter meetings

The MLB winter meetings in San Diego got off to a rip-roaring start on Monday with the defending champion Washington Nationals inking Stephen Strasburg to a record-breaking seven-year, $245 million contract. This deal in and of itself is going to have wide-ra

Heisman Trophy finalists: Ranking the four players heading to New York

Four players were announced as Heisman Trophy finalists on Monday, with Joe Burrow being joined by Justin Fields, Jalen Hurts and Chase Young. It’s a star-studded field, but one player stands above the pack as most deserving of the Heisman Trophy in 2019. H

2020 NFL QB market is loaded, but are there enough destinations?

It was a decidedly mixed bag for the Buccaneers and Jameis Winston on Sunday. Tampa completed a dramatic comeback at home, rallying from down two scores in the second half, to defeat the Colts. As exhilarating as that win was for the Bucs, it meant little in

Nationals, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg agree to record seven-year, $245M contract

The defending World Series champs and the game’s biggest agent have kicked off the winter meetings with a bang. The Nationals have reached agreement on a new contract with star righty Stephen Strasburg, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. It’s a stunning se

Stephen Strasburg, Nationals agree to seven-year, $245M contract

The Washington Nationals and ace Stephen Strasburg reportedly have agreed to a new deal to bring the pitcher back to D.C. The winter meetings are taking place in San Diego this week, which is Strasburg’s hometown. Teams are negotiating with free agents duri

Mighty or mirage? Assessing starts by Suns, Jazz, Nets, Nuggets, others

About 20 games into the season, we usually get a feel for which NBA teams are for real and which are pretenders. Yet every season there are always a handful of teams that are difficult to get a read on. Some are better than their current record indicates; oth

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 14

We’re in the final quarter of the NFL season, and Sunday’s games did not disappoint. The highlight was an unexpected shootout in New Orleans, but there was a lot to watch across the league and a lot of standout performances. There were also some underwhel

Top takeaways from Sunday’s Week 14 action

Sunday’s Week 14 action around the NFL was something else. The day started with one of the best games of the season, a thrilling San Francisco 49ers win over the Saints in New Orleans. It culminated in the Los Angeles Rams surprising the masses with a blowo

Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Longtime Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons and MLB Players Association executive director Marvin Miller were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, as announced Sunday night on MLB Network. Simmons and Miller were inducted via the “Modern Era” veterans commit

Baker Mayfield apologizes for throwing Browns’ medical staff under the bus

Baker Mayfield made some surprising comments on Sunday about the way the Cleveland Browns’ medical staff handled an injury Odell Beckham Jr. has been dealing with, and it wasn’t long before the quarterback issued an apology. Following Cleveland’s 27-19

Four Goliaths in College Football Playoff? Yawn. Let's expand field.

When the LSU Tigers -- one of the four winningest programs in college football over the past two decades -- are the closest thing to a Cinderella story in the College Football Playoff, you know something must change. The change is simple: Give us an eight-tea

Watch: Lamar Jackson throws stunning 61-yard TD pass while being tackled

The Buffalo Bills learned the hard way that almost isn’t good enough when you’re playing Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Check out this incredible play by Jackson. He took a big hit right as he let the ball go and still delivered a perfect strike

LSU earns top seed in College Football Playoff over Ohio State

LSU was dominant in its victory over Georgia to capture the SEC championship on Saturday, and that performance was enough to convince the College Football Playoff committee to give them the top spot in the CFB Playoff over Ohio State. The four playoff teams w

Equipment snafu might force Chiefs to forfeit game vs. Patriots

The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots are set to do battle at Gillette Stadium Sunday afternoon in one of the best games on the NFL schedule. Or so we thought. Kansas City sent its equipment to New Jersey instead of Foxborough for Sunday’s game. T

Watch: Browns' Baker Mayfield goes full Superman on electric rushing touchdown

Baker Mayfield would not be denied. Determined to score a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Cleveland Browns quarterback did just that. Check out Mayfield doing his best Superman impersonation to get the ball over the pylon. This 7-yard

MVP candidate Lamar Jackson: In 15 factoids, tracking Ravens star's rise

Lamar Jackson has morphed from a quarterback many questioned going into the season to one who has the 10-2 Ravens poised to seize the AFC's No. 1 seed. With the MVP now looking like Jackson's to lose, here are 15 components associated with his rise. 1. As a

Report: Patriots still have no plans to bring back Antonio Brown

There is perhaps no team in the NFL that could use Antonio Brown’s services more than the New England Patriots, but that doesn't mean the Pats have any intention of bringing back the troubled wide receiver. The Patriots have not considered re-signing Brown

Odell Beckham reportedly has told opponents he wants out of Cleveland

Odell Beckham Jr hinted earlier in the week that he might not be thrilled with his current situation in Cleveland, and apparently that is something he has been telling opposing players and coaches throughout the season. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported on Su

10 most jaw-dropping performances from conference championship games

The arrival of conference championship weekend delivered everything we could hope for in Week 15. Between dominant performances and some close finishes, this weekend’s championship action lived up to the hype. It all began on Friday with the Pac-12 Champion

Winners, losers from Ohio State's comeback win in the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin

The No. 1-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes went into halftime down two touchdowns after being shocked by Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. Then, Ryan Day’s team made adjustments in the locker room. Those adjustments worked wonders, as the Buckeyes domin
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