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NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

If Wild Card Weekend was largely a dud for the NFL, the Divisional Round more than made up for it. Sure, there was the predictable Patriots blowout — though the officials may have helped the process along — but the rest of the games delivered the goods. P

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Once the NFL Conference Championship Games were set, the immediate narrative set forth by pundits and fans alike was that the remainder of the postseason will pit the big, bad Patriots with GOAT Tom Brady against a bunch of teams that have never won anything

Jayson Tatum is making a living in the clutch

He’s been doing it all season. Big shots down the stretch. Huge defensive plays. The baseline dunk against Brooklyn. The James Harden block. The late-game, lead-expanding three in Detroit. He is a forward, a Celtic and a rookie. He can hoop but understands

NFL Divisional Round Predictions: Patriots cruise, but one favorite will lose

The Wild Card Round has come and gone, and the NFL can’t be terribly happy with how things went. Jeff Triplette had such a rough time officiating the Chiefs-Titans game that he decided to retire afterwards. Cam Newton’s injury, which sure looked like at l

NFL has made concussion protocol irrelevant in playoffs

Throughout the regular season, in regard to the concussion protocol, the NFL was making it up as it went along. To the degree that the league didn’t even know what it was policing, it makes sense little punishment was doled out to offending teams.The Texan

Sports & Politics Intersect: Raiders gamble with Rooney Rule ahead of Vegas

Front Five: The top stories that shaped both sports & politics this week “Many have asked me whether I think OAK should be required to comply w/Rooney Rule or whether OAK should be given leeway b/c of Al’s legacy. If OAK opts to comply, it should do so ho

NFL Wild Card predictions: NFC shines while the AFC grinds

After a season fraught with dramas both off-field and on, major injuries to key pieces, and several “game of the year” level matchups living up to their advance billing, the playoffs are here.Wild Card weekend brings with it a decidedly mixed bag in term

NFL Wild Card weekend predictions: NFC shines while the AFC grinds

After a season fraught with dramas both off-field and on, major injuries to key pieces, and several “game of the year” level matchups living up to their advance billing, the playoffs are here.Wild Card weekend brings with it a decidedly mixed bag in term

Sports & Politics Intersect 2017 in review: #MeToo reaches the highest levels in sports

It would be borderline impossible to cover the breadth of sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual abuse stories that plagued not just the world at large, but in the sports world specifically. While recorded accounts of sexual misconduct of all forms bein

Harper, Machado already influencing MLB free agency

If any word could be used to describe the front end of Major League Baseball’s offseason, "plodding" would be the most accurate term to sum it up. Those who entered the winter anticipating excitement along the waves of winter free agency and trade bustle ha

NFL MVP Watch: Todd Gurley rests his case

This has been one of the most fascinating NFL MVP races in recent memory as the final stretch of December has been full of twists and turns. After Week 14, the race so Philadelphia hotshot quarterback Carson Wentz go down with a season-ending knee injury, cut

Is it too early to buy in on the 49ers as a 2018 playoff team?

Had you explained to someone in August that a team would have a statement win over the Jaguars in December, he or should would have expressed concern that you were the latest person to have your brain broken by 2017. Yet that’s exactly what the 49ers did o

Rule changes that would benefit the NFL most

The week-by-week progress of the NFL can feel like a whack-a-mole game in which each of the issues plaguing the sport presents itself. Sometimes it’s injuries, sometimes it’s the league running up against a larger culture war being waged, and sometimes it

NFL MVP Watch: Todd Gurley rushes into the race

This is getting depressing.The 2017 NFL season will be remembered for all the major injuries to stars. The hits refuse to stop coming, and the NFL MVP race continues to be jolted by the unrelenting injury epidemic. For the second straight December week, the M

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

This is what you need to know about the AFC in 2017: A team that started 0-4 is probably the most feared team in the conference by the two favorites.While the NFC is a mess fueled by talented teams, the AFC is equally messy for different reasons. There aren

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

This is what you need to know about the AFC in 2017: A team that started 0-4 is probably the most feared team in the conference by the two favorites.While the NFC is a mess fueled by talented teams, the AFC is equally messy for different reasons. There aren

The Chargers are the AFC team no one will want to play in January

This is what you need to know about the AFC in 2017: A team that started 0-4 is probably the most feared team in the conference by the two favorites.While the NFC is a mess fueled by talented teams, the AFC is equally messy for different reasons. There aren

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

The gruesome Week 13 Monday night game between the Steelers and Bengals brought back into focus the potential for extreme violence in football that has made so many fret for its future.Players, it was frequently suggested in the aftermath by access media, wer

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

The NBA has started a new hotline for its players to talk about the officials. It’s a phone number they can call to express concerns and complaints about NBA referees – like an ombudsman, but for Buddy Hield. We’ve obtained exclusive access to the hotli

NFL MVP Watch: Antonio Brown enters suddenly wide-open race

Sadly, the NFL MVP race has been sent into disarray with just three weeks remaining.It was thrown in upheaval when second-year star Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL, an injury that will cause him to miss the rest of what was sh

Sports & Politics Intersect: When Olympic gold corrupts

Front Five: The top stories that shaped both sports & politics this week “I fear that there are still people working at these organizations who put money, medals and reputation above the safety of athletes.” - Aly Raisman on the institutions that enable

The NFC playoffs will be loaded from top to bottom

In a year of upheaval in the NFC playoff picture, Sunday night restored a bit of order. As it stands, the only 2016 NFC playoff team that would qualify for the postseason this year is the Seattle Seahawks — yes, the team that has represented the conference

The NFC playoffs will be loaded from top to bottom, no matter who falls where

In a year of upheaval in the NFC playoff picture, Sunday night restored a bit of order. As it stands, the only 2016 NFC playoff team that would qualify for the postseason this year is the Seattle Seahawks — yes, the team that has represented the conference

Joel Embiid and displacing fundamental truths

Everyone wants to talk about Joel Embiid, but what I want to talk about is the future that Joel Embiid’s short career alludes to. I want to talk about an NBA in which NBA titles only matter to provide context to a point in time instead of a watermarked desc

Joel Embiid and displacing fundamental truths

Everyone wants to talk about Joel Embiid, but what I want to talk about is the future that Joel Embiid’s short career alludes to. I want to talk about an NBA in which NBA titles only matter to provide context to a point in time instead of a watermarked desc

Referee Hotline Bling: LeBron gets obscene about a call

The NBA has a new hotline for players to sound off about referees. They can dispute calls, critique the behavior of officials, and even though it’s dangerously meta, review replay reviews. It’s like a Yelp review for a restaurant that only serves blockin

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: LeBron gets obscene about a call

The NBA has a new hotline for players to sound off about referees. They can dispute calls, critique the behavior of officials, and even though it’s dangerously meta, review replay reviews. It’s like a Yelp review for a restaurant that only serves blockin

NFL MVP Watch: Tom Brady continues to soar

We are down to the final quarter of the NFL regular season, and one of the highlights is that the MVP race is heating up. After a certain sophomore quarterback in Philadelphia owned the first two rankings, we have some movement on our board thanks to some vet

How did Cover 2 collapse the creative Chiefs offense?

An incredible change of fortune is playing out in the AFC West. Whereas the Chargers are trying to become the first team to start 0-4 and make the playoffs since their franchise did it back in 1992, the Chiefs are looking at the more ignominious side of thing

Report: Herm Edwards will be next ASU coach pending president’s approval

It sounds like Herm Edwards becoming the next Arizona State football coach may actually happen.247 Sports’ Chris Karpman reported on Wednesday that Edwards is in line to be named the next ASU coach. The one hurdle is Edwards meeting with school president Dr

Bradley Beal must embrace change to keep Wizards afloat

The players who capture the essence of any particular era are those who find comfort in, instead of shying away from, the variability that naturally comes with the game. The NBA is defined by a sense of indeterminate flux. There is change from era to era, yea

Bradley Beal must embrace change to keep the Wizards afloat

The players who capture the essence of any particular era are those who find comfort in, instead of shying away from, the variability that naturally comes with the game. The NBA is defined by a sense of indeterminate flux. There is change from era to era, yea

Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib suspended for fight

An on-the-field fight started on Sunday because of pulled chains. As a result, the NFL pulled two players from the football field.The league suspended Raiders wideout Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib for two games due to their behavior in Su

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

It’s been apparent for several weeks now that the Philadelphia Eagles are among the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. On a weekend when Philly rolled the defending NFC East champs and the Los Angeles Rams stumbled in Minnesota, the Eagles

Each MLB team’s most important free agent

Pretty much every MLB team will have to deal with the reality that a few of their players are headed to free agency. For many teams, the ability to keep all their players is just not feasible. In some cases, they will be losing role players or guys who were o

Each MLB team’s most important free agent

Pretty much every MLB team will have to deal with the reality that a few of their players are headed to free agency. For many teams, the ability to keep all their players is just not feasible. In some cases, they will be losing role players or guys who were o

The Saints flipped the script to revive their season

In large part, it’s a testament to the narrative-building power of the first two weeks of the NFL season that the New Orleans Saints have such a hard time being mentioned alongside the formidable teams in the league this season.But how can that be? They’v

The Dirk Koetter gamble looks like a miss for the Bucs

Two years after the Buccaneers tasked Lovie Smith with rebuilding a franchise buried in the rubble that was left behind by Greg Schiano, the team abruptly fired the head coach the week after the 2015 season ended and promoted offensive coordinator Dirk Koette

As the 2017 MLB campaign ends, what made it unique and the trends that will continue in 2018

With one of the most competitive Major League Baseball campaigns in recent memory concluding with a World Series for the ages, the pages on the calendar are preparing to turn towards the hot stove season of the winter. But before the rumor mill begins to spi

Pursuing the Pennant: Astros, Dodgers prepare to cap a classic World Series

Only five games into the World Series, and we have already enjoyed four games that have outdone the best that many Fall Classic pairings have offered over their full lifespan. The dramatics of Game 1 were outdone a night later, while the Dodgers late inning r
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