James Harden’s MVP highlights the ‘what-ifs’ for both Houston and OKC

The iconic third-quarter 8-0 run and eventual comeback win against the Lakers is now a piece of Thunder lore, showcasing a bit of each player’s personality and skill — a ferocious Russell Westbrook poster, a smooth James Harden 3-pointer off the catch and a now-famous dagger Kevin Durant pull-up jumper — a moment placed in […]


Pump the brakes on a universal DH, and MLB’s next big thing

There are some debates in baseball that just never go away. To be fair, baseball itself causes some of this by stirring the pot from time to time, and that’s not a bad thing. Anything that generates discussion is good. It shows that people care. People who care watch games and buy tickets. Thus, here […]


Chris Sale shows he deserves to be part of AL Cy Young discussion

They used to say “Don’t pitch a lefty in Fenway Park.” The Green Monster is so close and gives up so many cheap home runs to right-handed batters and so many cheap doubles off the wall that it will eventually get in your head if you’re a southpaw. Whitey Ford was one of the best […]


Australia won’t change playing style vs. Peru – Bert van Marwijk

Bert van Marwijk has backed Australia to stay the course and overcome Peru, while also trusting France to hold nothing back against Denmark, as the Socceroos bid to reach the World Cup knockout stage for just the second time. Australia face an “emotional” Peru in Sochi on Tuesday, knowing they must win to have any […]


Ajax take responsibility for ‘inadequate’ Abdelhak Nouri treatment

Ajax have admitted to providing “inadequate” on-field medical treatment for Abdelhak Nouri after the former midfielder collapsed during a preseason friendly last year, the Dutch club’s general manager Edwin van der Sar has said. Nouri suffered a cardiac arrest during the match against German club Werder Bremen in July 2017 and despite being revived on […]


Could Jets flip Teddy Bridgewater for much-needed edge rusher?

As you mention, Ian, it’s a huge need. The problem is that it’s a lot harder to find a pass-rusher than a wide receiver. Two names have emerged in speculation — Shane Ray and Dante Fowler. The reason is because they’re former first-round picks whose fifth-year options weren’t exercised, meaning they will be free agents […]


Jameis Winston’s expected suspension hurts, but Bucs have backup plan

The Bucs were cautiously optimistic all offseason but knew Winston could face discipline following an investigation into his alleged groping of a female Uber driver, and they secured insurance by re-signing Fitzpatrick in March before he could test free agency. The 14-year veteran, who first signed with the Bucs last offseason, won two of three […]


An alternate way to rank the value of fantasy catchers

In fantasy football, in which everybody plays once a week, it’s not all that hard to be up-to-date with a list of “going forward” rankings that takes into account any new injuries suffered by players at the skills positions. However, in fantasy baseball, it’s a nearly impossible task to adjust the top-300 list after every […]


Cubs, Brewers square off again with first place at stake

An early June showdown awaits the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers this week, as they’ll renew their budding rivalry over the next three days with first place on the line. Just like a year ago at this time, the Brewers have dictated the standings from atop the NL Central. But unlike last season, the two-time […]


The NBA Finals will play a role in free agency

Since Durant signed with the Warriors two years ago, they are 9-2 against the Cavs, taking a once skintight rivalry and turning it one-sided. There have been occasional bouts of turbulence as he has dealt with injury and adjustment, but essentially since Durant authored “My Next Chapter,” the balance of power in the NBA has […]