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How Clayton Kershaw's Mega-Deal Shapes Future for Next-Generation Superstars

That rumbling coming from Los Angeles has to do with the business that's gone down between the Dodgers and ace lefty Clayton Kershaw.<p>That other rumbling? That's probably the other bright young stars around Major League Baseball throwing a party.<p>We'll get to that. But first, the news!<p>The business …

5 Things Mets Still Need to Do Before the Start of Spring Training

With spring training roughly a month away, the Mets still have some issues to address before putting a better team on the field for this season.<p>The Mets' biggest offseason news included the signings of Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon and Chris Young. The Mets addressed their outfield and starting …

Clayton Kershaw: Best Twitter Reactions to His Record-Breaking Deal

Clayton Kershaw, dinner is on you tonight.<p>The southpaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a seven-year, $215 million deal according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.<p>The deal makes Kershaw the highest-paid pitcher in Major League Baseball history.<p>The 25-year-old lefty is coming off a 2013 season …

Could Fully Rested A-Rod Be an Impact Player Again in 2015?

Alex Rodriguez is facing the reality of his situation, and he's doing so with an optimistic outlook that, given the circumstances, also passes well enough for a realistic outlook.<p>Less than a week after A-Rod's 211-game ban resulting from MLB's investigation into Biogenesis was reduced to 162 games …

Early Predictions for Each MLB Team's Top Spring Training Position Battles

While many established players already have a defined role on their team's Opening Day roster and will utilize spring training as a time to fine tune their swings or build up arm strength, several others will be battling for a job.<p>That job could be as a regular third baseman, No. 5 starter or last …

How Albert Pujols Can Change His Approach to Salvage Superstardom

Albert Pujols became known as "The Machine" because he spent the first decade of his career thoroughly dominating Major League Baseball and putting up numbers that were so consistently elite, he was like, well, a machine.<p>Ever since leaving the St. Louis Cardinals for the Los Angeles Angels, though, …

New York Yankees Rumors: Buying or Selling the Latest Buzz

While "busy" might be the best word to describe the offseason for the New York Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman, "hectic" is probably the best word to describe the upcoming month leading up to when pitchers and catchers report to spring training.<p>The Yankees are still a team with several …

Why Andrelton Simmons Will Be MLB's Best Shortstop in 2014

There are a few standout shortstops in baseball. Then there is <i>the</i> inarguable standout shortstop on defense, Andrelton Simmons.<p>After winning the Defensive Player of the Year and the Rawlings Platinum Glove in 2013, there seems to be little question that Simmons has proven himself to be better than …

CC Sabathia joins Roc Nation

Roc Nation Sports, the sports agency started by Jay Z, has signed New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and will represent him on and off the …

Roc Nation

Jordan Zimmermann has new deal

All-Star pitcher Jordan Zimmermann avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Washington Nationals on Friday.<p>…

Baseball

The Lineup: NBA 1st-Half MVP, LeBron or Durant?

Every week on <i>Inside the</i> <i>NBA</i>, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson bring some of the best and most hilarious basketball analysis that is vital to hardcore NBA fans.<p>"The Lineup" is a segment that allows Bleacher Report's Reese Waters to bring his fan-driven perspective to …

Paul George Says Heat Can't Beat Pacers If Indy Has Home-Court Advantage

Indiana Pacers star player Paul George is convinced that the Miami Heat can’t beat them in the playoffs without home-court advantage.<p>When asked, on a Wednesday episode, by Showtime’s Jim Rome if he can see the Heat beating Indiana in a seven-game series without that added benefit, George said the …

Shaqtin' A Fool: Blake Griffin Showcases Bad Passing at Its Finest

Everything just seems so out of proportion this week on the latest edition of <i>Shaqtin' A Fool</i>. <i></i>No, Chuck wasn't standing in front of a funhouse mirror; rather, it's that all the players didn't seem to know where they were, with whom they were playing or the slightest bit about physics.<p>First, there's …

NBA All-Star jerseys have sleeves

The uniform designs for this season's All-Star Game, set for Feb. 16 in New Orleans, leaked on the Internet on Thursday before being officially …

Nets beat Hawks for third win in London

LONDON -- The Brooklyn Nets should think about making another franchise move -- to London.<p>The Nets improved to 3-0 in regular-season NBA games in the …

Thunder prevail after Rockets set record for futility in 2nd half

HOUSTON -- Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks showed his team each of the 12 3-pointers Houston made in its 73-point first half Thursday night.<p>The …

Basketball

NBA's Least Valuable Players

As Kevin Durant and LeBron James duke it out in the MVP race and the J.R. Smith circus tours America, it got me thinking:<p>Who's leading the LVP race …

Lakers 'fine' after team meeting

BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Lakers held a team meeting Friday to address Nick Young's ejection in a 121-114 loss to the Phoenix Suns as well as …

Basketball

NHL Recap - New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning - Jan 16, 2014 - CBSSports.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Islanders have certainly felt at home on the road lately.<p>Frans Nielsen scored the only shootout goal and assisted on a …

Maple Leafs place David Clarkson on injured reserve

David Clarkson is on injured reserve, while dealing with a bursa sac issue in his elbow, adding another bump in a rocky season.<p><b>More NHL: Scores |</b> …

Auburn's Gus Malzahn wins Bear Bryant Award

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was named the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year.<p>Gus Malzahn can add another coach of the year trophy to his …

Brian Schottenheimer, Pep Hamilton candidates for Vanderbilt job

Two NFL offensive coordinators have a chance at landing a job as an SEC head coach.<p><b>More NFL coaches news: Coaching change tracker | Latest news</b><p>In the …

Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum: Trading for Tim Tebow was mistake

Former Jets general manager Mike Tannebaum said on Wednesday that he made a few mistakes during his time in New York and one of those mistakes was …

Police: Aaron Hernandez may have been shooter in 2012 double slaying

Court documents released on Thursday suggest that police believe that Aaron Hernandez may have been the shooter in a double slaying that occurred in …

Witness: Kellen Winslow masturbating in Target parking lot

Kellen Winslow was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana in November. Now we learned he got nailed because he was allegedly masturbating in …