NFL: Preseason-Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers

Chiefs and Alex Smith agree on four-year, $68 million extension

The Kansas City Chiefs have made it known that they want Alex Smith as their franchise quarterback—signing him to a four-year, $68 million extension. At 30 years old, Smith is about to begin his second season with the Chiefs after spending the first seven years of his pro career with San Francisco. In 2013, the […]

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots

Patriots make another notable move in sending Ryan Mallett to Texans

On a weekend in which NFL rosters were trimmed and adjusted, the New England Patriots made their second noteworthy transaction of the past few days as they sent quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texas in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in 2016—according to the first reports by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Terms: The

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Watch: Nebraska receiver makes college football’s catch of the year

When it’s the first week of college football, it’s silly to get overly excited about what happens during the initial slate of games. Good games will be had, but for the most part, the best moments still await down the road. That won’t likely be the case in the competition for catch of the year. […]

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Watch: Josh Harrison turns spectacular double play

There’s turning the conventional 5-4-3 double play and then there’s what Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison seems to do on a daily basis. With runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the seventh inning, Harrison made a great diving stop on a hit down the line by Cincinnati Reds […]

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs

Which five MLB teams are set to play spoilers in September?

When a playoff contender takes a look at the final few weeks of its regular season schedule, the natural focus turns to the games against teams they are competing with for the pennant. But how many times do we see those clubs stumble against the overlooked foes that they thought were simply playing out the string. […]

NFL: Preseason-Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons

Twenty bold predictions for the 2014 NFL season

Let the (real) NFL games begin. The 2014 preseason is over. In less than a week, we’ll actually recognize most of the players we’re watching. What does the upcoming season have in store? Who will be this year’s surprise playoff teams? Which rookies will become instant stars? Which records will be broken? The only thing that we […]

NFL: Preseason-Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers

5 things we learned from Steelers-Panthers

Following the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 10-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the time has finally arrived for Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert and the rest of the staff to cut down the roster and form the 53-man group that will take the team into their regular season opener against the Cleveland Browns. Here’s a look at what […]

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at South Carolina

Kenny Hill breaks Texas A&M passing record as team routs South Carolina

Who needs Johnny Football? It didn’t take long for the first stunner of the college football season. On opening night in Columbia, the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks were taken to task by No. 21 Texas A&, 52-28, in the Aggies’ first game of the post-Johnny Manziel era. Fittingly, the star of the contest was […]

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Video: Detroit Tigers fan makes over-the-wall catch, gets tossed

Using glovework that would have made Torii Hunter proud, a Detroit Tigers fan seated along the right field line at Comerica Park in Thursday afternoon’s contest against the New York Yankees stretched the rules of fandom and ultimately paid the price. The story began with Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos hitting a foul ball in the second […]

NFL: Minnesota Vikings-Training Camp

Ranking the NFL’s top 10 running backs heading into 2014 season

While the ‘ground-and-pound’ era is now a thing of the past, running backs still hold great value in the NFL. Versatile, all-purpose backs are the new prototype—players who can rip off big runs, protect the quarterback and catch passes. Let’s take a look at the 10 best running backs in the NFL today. 10. Doug […]

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Video: Fan spikes ground with awful first pitch at Astros game

One lucky Astros fan was invited to throw out the first pitch before Tuesday night’s Oakland-Houston matchup at Minute Maid Park. But after watching her toss the ball as poorly as 50 Cent recently did, the team may want to consider vetting their choices next time. She took the mound and cocked her arm back […]

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Watch: Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine ride the Giant Slide at State Fair

Four new members of the Minnesota Timberwolves—Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young—were unveiled to the public at the Minnesota State Fair. And Wiggins and LaVine had a fun time riding the Giant Slide. They looked like they had a blast as they cruised down to the bottom. [theScore]

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

Seven MLB managers on the hot seat looking to salvage their jobs

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the current unemployment rate is at 6.2 percent. And while it won’t make a significant dent in the MLB realm, the conclusion of MLB’s regular season always sees a handful of disappointed teams handing walking papers to their managers. The unlucky seven on this list all field ball […]

NFL: Preseason-San Diego Chargers at Seattle Seahawks

Video: Richard Sherman says fantasy football is behind increase in penalties

Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman recently sat down with NBC’s Josh Elliott for an interview that aired during halftime of the Bengals-Cardinals game on Sunday Night Football. He was asked if he thought the recent emphasis on calling more penalties in the secondary—specifically illegal contact and holding by defensive backs—was aimed at the team’s Legion […]

NFL: Preseason-St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns

Five things we learned from Week 3 of the NFL preseason

The NFL preseason usually doesn’t tell us much about first-teamers, but it can definitely clue us in about how depth charts are shaping up. If certain teams or players are overachieving before the season starts, it’s a good bet to think they’ll carry that momentum into the season. During the preseason’s Week 3 action, we […]

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This week in international football (video highlights and recaps)

Week 2 has come and gone in Europe, and things are beginning to take shape. The better teams are vying for the top spots, while the rest of the teams fight for the remaining positions.  But it’s a long season, the transfer window remains open until Sept. 1, and it is possible that one of […]

NFL: Preseason-St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns

Sam Bradford leaves game with knee injury

St Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford missed the final nine games of the 2013 season with a torn ACL in his left knee. After having surgery to repair the damage, expectations were high and 2014 was shaping up to be a potential bounce-back year. He played in his second preseason game this season in Saturday […]

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LeBron James officially welcomes Kevin Love to Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers recently announced a three-team trade in which the team has acquired Kevin Love and will send Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to Minnesota. And LeBron James has already taken to Twitter to extend a welcome to his new teammate. Welcome to the Land

NFL: Preseason-Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles

5 things we learned from Steelers-Eagles

After the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 31-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team’s readiness for the regular season is questionable. Their listless performance a day after two key cogs were arrested led to a longer-than-usual appearance by the starting units and uncovered some potentially serious issues. Here’s what we learned from Thursday night’s game. Penalty problems […]

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10 greatest NFL announcers of all-time

There have been many great sports announcers calling games in stadiums across the country since the NFL’s inception almost a century ago. We’ve narrowed the field down in search of the 10 best and also ranked them for your viewing pleasure. 10. Charlie Jones Back in the ’80s, Dick Enberg was NBC’s top football broadcaster. […]

NFL: Annual Meetings

Dean Blandino: Number of penalties will decrease in regular season

There’s been a lot of buzz from fans and analysts alike about NFL preseason games being taken over by strict officiating. And the numbers back up this claim. On average, there have been 23.1 penalties called per game during the preseason thus far, a significant increase from last season’s 14. But NFL vice president of […]

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros

Stock report: Hottest MLB hitters right now

If hitting a baseball is the most difficult thing to do in sports, then the players that perform this skill well over an elongated period of time deserve added recognition. A majority of the ten hot hitters that make up this list have been catalysts during their respective teams’ success. The others are simply outliers on clubs struggling through rough […]

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Six overlooked NFL teams that could be contenders in 2014

There is no league in which parity is more prevalent than in the NFL. Preseason predictions are often rendered useless by Week 6 with many popular favorites crippled by injuries or poor execution on the gridiron. The top Super Bowl picks this year are clear: Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New England […]

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Jerry Jones: Seattle Seahawks are to blame for increase in penalties

The 2013 Seattle Seahawks put together a tremendous season which ended with a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. But the team has since been scrutinized because of their physical, “grabby” play in the secondary. In fact, they’ve been called for 21 penalties in their first two preseason games already. And various entities around the league […]

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Video: Antonio Brown took batting practice at PNC Park

Steelers WR Antonio Brown is coming off a career year in which he hauled in 110 catches for 1,499 yards. He’s now the team’s clear No. 1 wide receiver, and is primed for another big season as a dominant playmaker. So he decided to give baseball a try, and took batting practice with the Pirates […]

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