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The secret to Madden's player ratings, revealed at last

For years, I've bothered Donny Moore — the "Ratings Czar" for EA Sports' Madden NFL series — for a breakdown of how a player's all-important "Overall" rating was computed. It's position-specific. If you're creating a quarterback, giving him high marks in kicking accuracy doesn't mean anything, for …

Marshawn Lynch back to Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch is returning to the Seattle Seahawks.<p>The star running back signed a two-year extension Friday after meeting with Seahawks officials, …

NFL

LeBron James Has Altered His Free Throw Stroke After Struggles Versus Rockets

LeBron James has never been a great free throw shooter, and likely never will be. Following his woeful 3-of-11 showing from the stripe in his team’s loss to the Houston Rockets last weekend, though, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar has made a subtle adjustment to his stroke in efforts to curb the …

Why Marcus Mariota Should Be Philadelphia Eagles' Ultimate NFL Draft Target

If the recent transactions by Chip Kelly have shown anything, it’s that his tenure as Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach won’t be boring.<p>Kelly beat Howie Roseman in a power struggle then pulled off a slew of transactions, releasing longtime Eagles Todd Herremans and, per the team's official website, …

2015 NFL Draft: Who's Trending In, Out of 1st Round?

Should we put much stock in NFL draft stock?<p>One of my favorite truisms about draft season is that teams know infinitely more about what's coming than the rest of us. That doesn't necessarily mean they're always smarter or that plenty of teams won't mess it up, but they're connected to a player's …

Chicago Bears are a better team with Brandon Marshall

The Chicago Bears' reported openness to trading receiver Brandon Marshall makes sense if the new regime believes it can replace his production and …

Weird science: The 10 oddest tech stories of 2014

Every now and again, strange events from the world of high tech bubble over to the general news cycle and make headlines for a day or two. No doubt …

Weird science: Dogs have internal magnetic compass to guide pooping orientation

Cutting edge research<p>Many animals behave in ways that show that they can use the Earth's magnetic fields to guide themselves. The most common …

The Weird Science Behind Your Cat’s Paws

I’m sure I can’t be the only cat slave who likes giving my furry friends foot massages. My cats seem to find the act of being rubbed between the toes …

Pets

6 predictions about the future of video and job interviewing

Imagine it’s 2025 and you’re preparing to interview candidates for an open position. Are you setting up your office for the interview? Or are you …

7 Trends From 2014 That Aren't Going Away

We're wishing these 2014 trends a long and happy life.<p>We're wishing these 2014 trends a long and happy life. This article originally appeared on ELLEDecor.com.

Why you can't escape dress debate

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's a simple reason why the dress debate and the rampaging llamas in Arizona have taken over our news feeds, our conversations and our lives this week -- and it has more to do with cat videos than science. To put it simply, we'd rather debate something positive, like the dress, than …

Llamas

Should texts, e-mail, tweets and Facebook posts be the new fingerprints in court?

Inside the debate over whether our language choices are as distinctive as our DNA.<p>In an episode of the CBS show “Criminal Minds” that aired last year , an FBI team is on a frantic hunt for a missing 4-year-old. The team soon realizes that the girl has been given away by a relative, Sue, and that …

7 NBA Takeaways from 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

Over the weekend, some of the sports world's brightest and most innovative minds convened at MIT for the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.<p>With discussion topics ranging from analytical processes in the NBA uncovering hidden gems to the league's efforts to make its product even more …

What color was Djokovic's shirt?

Was that a blue-and-white shirt Novak Djokovic was wearing or ...<p>Wait, that's a discussion for a different time. Who needs to facilitate another …

Morin fighting to earn seventh-inning role in bullpen

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels reliever Mike Morin entered camp with two clearly defined goals -- take over the seventh inning and improve against opposing …

Fighting

Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki will begin running next week

The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are recovering from offseason surgeries and are hopeful about starting on opening day, the team …

Bizarre Baseball Injuries Pop Up at Spring Training as Usual

Long live the “What the bleep???’’ Major League Baseball injury. Memorialized by incidents such as ex-Twin, Oriole and Red Sox Marty Cordova hitting …

With Upton out, Braves can get good look at CF options

<b>DARK STAR, Fla. –</b> If you were thinking that things couldn’t possibly go as bad for Melvin Upton Jr. than when he was known as B.J. Upton, well, it …

2015 NFL Draft prospects with famous football fathers

11<p>Associated Press<p>The Andersons<p><b>Father:</b> WR Willie "Flipper" Anderson. He starred in college at UCLA, then played 10 seasons in the NFL (1988-1997) …

5 Late-Round Sleepers the Chicago Bears Should Target in 2015 NFL Draft

PREV NEXT<p>5. James Vaughters, OLB, Stanford<p>4. Brandon Bridge, QB, South Alabama<p>3. Taiwan Jones, ILB, Michigan State<p>2. Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA<p>1. …

Report: Panthers are done with Greg Hardy

AP<p>We don’t know at the moment whether Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will or won’t be suspended.<p>And we can’t know until at least the March 10 …