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Is It Time to Break Up the Blazers?

The Portland Trail Blazers look about as convincing of a contender as Steve Buscemi did as a high school student. Behind a stout defense led by Jrue …

NBA

The Role Man

Twenty and 10 is a standard for big men in the NBA, one of those random-but-for-humans-having-10-fingers statistical benchmarks that survives the …

Basketball

Seven-Round NFL Mock Drafts Are Our Favorite Exercise in Impossibility

In 1923, British mountaineer George Mallory was asked why he would attempt to climb Mount Everest. “Because it’s there,” Mallory responded, a quote …

Football (U.S.)

The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball

You might see some of the best prospects in baseball getting their big league debuts any minute now. The collective bargaining agreement that governs …

Baseball

Terry Rozier and Delon Wright Are Ready to Step Out of the Shadows

Terry Rozier’s and Delon Wright’s three-year apprenticeships are paying off. The two young point guards have made names for themselves in the first …

NBA

Pounding the Strike Zone Is Going Out of Style

On Tuesday night in Arizona, Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin pitched the best game of his career and made the second-best start of the 2018 MLB …

Cy Young Award

Hot Boy$: The Pelicans Suddenly Look Unstoppable

All the way back in 2015, before the Warriors conquered the NBA landscape, the first team standing in the way of Golden State’s nascent dynasty was …

Basketball

The Many Beefs of the Sixers’ Game 3 Win in Miami

<i>The Heat welcomed the Sixers to Miami in what was the best and most compelling game of the playoffs so far. Philly won, 128-108, but this game was</i> …

Basketball

The Highlights of the NFL’s 2018 Schedule

Because the NFL schedule is based entirely on math, we knew the 2018 home and away slates for each team the moment the 2017 season ended. That didn’t …

NFL

Jabari Parker’s Time With the Bucks Is Just About Up

Hours before Jabari Parker had his worst-scoring game of the regular season against the Los Angeles Clippers in late March, the former no. 2 overall …

NBA

The First-Round Tight End Is Back in Style

The two most surprising offenses of the 2017 NFL season had plenty in common. The Chiefs and Eagles both have roots in the Andy Reid coaching tree, …

NFL

Yes, the Browns Have Considered Drafting Two Quarterbacks

I occasionally have to ask stupid questions for a living. This draft season, particularly over the last six weeks, I have asked multiple members of …

NFL

What’s Up With Kawhi Leonard? Plus More NBA Playoffs Second Conversations

There are many big questions that get asked during the playoffs, because there are many big talking points that should (and need to be) addressed. …

Anthony Davis

The Anatomy of a Unique First Round

No matter how many mocks the internet churns out, the NFL draft’s first round remains unpredictable. Just about every year, we see trades, shocking …

NFL

The Proof Is in the Pelicans

The first-round series between the Pelicans and Trail Blazers has been a good reminder that the postseason is its own self-contained universe. Force …

NBA

There’s Good Luck, There’s Bad Luck, and Then There’s Burnley

In early March, Burnley manager Sean Dyche welcomed a Sky Sports crew up to the club’s training facility on the grounds of Gawthorpe Hall, an …

Soccer

James Harden Went 2-for-18 and It Didn’t Matter

<i>Thanks to Chris Paul, and not James Harden, the Rockets dismantled the Wolves, 102-82, to gain a commanding 2-0 series lead and get one step closer</i> …

Basketball

Donovan Mitchell Is the Rookie of the Playoffs

<i>After his team dropped Game 1 against a white-hot Paul George, Donovan Mitchell carried the Jazz on his back in the fourth quarter of Game 2 to tie</i> …

Paul George

LeBron Had the Look, and It Was Barely Enough for the Cavs

<i>The Cavs bounced back from their embarrassing Game 1 loss with a 100-97 win over the Pacers thanks to LeBron’s incredible 46-point performance that</i> …

Lebron James

Is the Vegas Golden Knights’ Success a Result of a GM’s Shrewd Moves, or an NHL Overcorrection?

<i>Plain and simple, the success that the Vegas Golden Knights have achieved this season is unprecedented. The team that was just being formed 10 months</i> …

Ice Hockey

The Pacers’ Blueprint for Upsetting LeBron

“How many players can you name on the Pacers?” That’s the question ESPN’s Darren Rovell asked his Twitter audience this week. Nearly 25,000 people …

Basketball

Rocky Mountain Low

On the sports page of <i>The</i> <i>Denver Post</i>, Jason Blevins was an oddity. He wore sunglasses in his author photo. He likes to joke that he’s the worst sports …

High School Football

For Once, History Is Not on LeBron’s Side

LeBron James says he isn’t worried—he’s come back from worse deficits against better teams before. Indiana stunned Cleveland in Game 1 of their …

Basketball

Running Backs Aren’t Worth Top-Five NFL Draft Picks Unless They’re Named Saquon Barkley

In 2018, running backs get paid less than kickers. We consider running back to be one of football’s premium positions, since we play fantasy sports, …

Football (U.S.)

Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans Do Not Acknowledge Dame Time

No one told Jrue Holiday that the fourth quarter wasn’t his time. He wrested ownership of it away from Damian Lillard, much as he did a crucial …

Basketball

Jaylen Brown Will Happily Fill the Boston Superstar Void

<i>The Celtics didn’t mess around in Game 2, taking care of the Bucks early, with a final score of 120-106. Here are three takeaways from a matchup</i> …

NBA

The Raptors’ Game 2 Win Was a Perfect Birthday Present for Dwane Casey

<i>If there was any doubt about the Raptors in the team’s Game 1 win over the Wizards on Saturday, they erased all of it in an impressive 130-119 Game 2</i> …

Basketball

The State of the Kawhi Leonard–Spurs Saga, and Where the Two Sides Go From Here

<i>The Kawhi Leonard saga began before the 2017–18 NBA season even started. He was held out of the Spurs’ preseason with an</i> <i>unspecified left quad injury</i><i>,</i> …

Kawhi Leonard

The NBA Playoffs Need More Situational Rudeness

On Sunday afternoon, Terry Rozier hit a 3-pointer that should have given the Celtics a win in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the …

Brad Stevens

The Bucks and Sixers Are Pushing the Boundaries of Small Ball

The NBA playoffs keep getting smaller. The Warriors took the league by storm a few years ago with their Lineup of Death, when they took their …

Basketball