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The MLBPA might let MLB implement pace of play without a fight

It makes sense in some respects, but in other, far more troublesome senses, it makes no sense at all. Rob Manfred wants to enact pace of play changes, and there isn’t anything that can be done to stop him from implementing some version of them. Show More Summary

Clint Capela had the funniest role in the Rockets-Clippers locker room fiasco

Here are some theories on what he was up to. I’ve read about 10 different things on the Rockets’ locker room heist at the Staples Center. It’s pretty much my favorite sports story of the year. It’s not often we get an Ocean’s Eleven-esque...Show More Summary

Sean Payton’s ‘Skol’ chant went from troll to self-own in 25 seconds thanks to the ‘Minneapolis Miracle’

He probably should have waited on that one. Rumors swirled after the Saints’ loss to the Vikings that Sean Payton was doing the “Sköl” clap as it appeared his team would beat the Vikings with 25 seconds to go in the game. We can now confirm those to be true. Payton didn’t just do it facing the field, either. Show More Summary

Bryce Love is coming back to Stanford for 2018, and that’s exciting for college football

The Heisman runner-up will be back for 2018. Stanford running back Bryce Love will forgo the 2018 NFL Draft and plans to return to Palo Alto for his senior season. Early Tuesday morning, the San Fransisco Chronicle confirmed the news via a text message from Love’s father. Show More Summary

No one is stopping the Warriors

We can’t even spin convincing fictions to allow us to believe this season’s inevitable end is remotely in doubt. Obviously, the Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA and the overwhelming favorite to win another championship. Show More Summary

The List: Let’s fill out my NBA All-Star ballot

NBA All-Star Game votes are in. Here is a look at how I made my starter choices for the 2018 game. It is All-Star voting time and once again your LIST maker has a media vote. This is not something I take lightly. In addition to watching...Show More Summary

The Pirates blew it up over the weekend, and not for the last time

Tuesday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at the Pirates admitting they’re never going to break the cycle. Are you a Pirates fan wondering when the cycle of acquiring prospects to be developed into players who will be traded for more prospects...Show More Summary

Flyers vs. Rangers 2018 odds: Philadelphia small road underdog at Madison Square Garden

The Philadelphia Flyers will be looking to extend their winning streak Tuesday night facing the New York Rangers as small road underdogs at the sportsbooks. The Philadelphia Flyers are 4-0 straight up and on the puckline over their last four games. Show More Summary

Clemson vs. Alabama Round 4 comin’

The last eight days have only increased the chances of these two meeting again. When Clemson was the clear No. 2 in all the way-too-early top 25 rankings, I was a little confused. Sure, they’ll definitely be great, but what about all...Show More Summary

Chris Paul missed yelling at Clippers so much he led a locker room invasion

We have that and more in Tuesday’s NBA newsletter. I don’t even know where to begin. So Chris Paul made his return to Los Angeles to face the Clippers. The team gave him a nice video and all that. But Blake Griffin was geared up for this, and the Clippers were in position to pull off the upset. Show More Summary

Isaiah Thomas is getting his legs back, and that’s good news for the Cavaliers

Thomas is back from his hip injury. Now, he has to get into basketball shape on the fly Isaiah Thomas and LeBron James connected for two gorgeous alley-oops in the first half of the Cavaliers’ loss to the Warriors on Monday night. The...Show More Summary

Phil Mickelson launches 2018 season with an eye on a Ryder Cup spot

Phil Mickelson begins his 2018 season in Palm Springs with the goal of making his 11th consecutive Ryder Cup team. Phil Mickelson is one of the most enthusiastic golfers on the PGA Tour when it comes to predicting how he’ll fare on any given Sunday. Show More Summary

The 2018 NFL playoffs are proving defense still win championships

A great defense is always enough to do damage, and now Nick Foles, Blake Bortles and Case Keenum are all a win away from a trip to the Super Bowl “Defense wins championships” is a tired cliché in football. It feels especially overused when the New England Patriots — led by the NFL’s No. Show More Summary

The unique sadness of the Andrew McCutchen trade

Before going the way of every Pirates star, McCutchen led a full-scale baseball revival in Pittsburgh. The first time I ever felt convinced my baseball team was good was July 8, 2012. The Pirates beat the Giants at PNC Park that afternoon, 13-2, on the strength of a strong A.J. Show More Summary

How the hell did the Vikings pull off the ‘Minnesota Miracle?’

A few things had to line up just right, and they did! Let’s walk back through the steps that made for the most exciting NFL play we’ve seen in a long, long time. I woke up Monday still in a daze. Two intense, down-to-the-wire playoff...Show More Summary

NBA Scores 2018: Happy MLK Day and 16 other things from Monday in the NBA

Russell Westbrook didn’t have a great Monday and more Every year on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, the NBA puts together a showcase of matinee games and marquee matchups to bring us all together to watch this sport we know and love. Show More Summary

Australian Open 2018 results and bracket: Roger Federer, Simona Halep advance

Roger Federer and Simona Halep easily made it into the next round of the Australian Open. Roger Federer and Simona Halep easily made it into the second round of the 2018 Australian Open. Federer, the second seed and the winner of last year’s event, made it through his opener against Aljaz Bedene, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. Show More Summary

Rockets players reportedly confront Austin Rivers, Blake Griffin in Clippers locker room

Things got chippy at the end of Rockets-Clippers, and it dragged on after the game. Tempers flared at the end of the Rockets-Clippers game and, according ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, those tempers extended into the locker room. James Harden,...Show More Summary

Blake Griffin ejected after heated exchange during Chris Paul’s return to L.A.

Griffin and Paul still have some unsettled business. Chris Paul returned to the Staples Center to play the Clippers for the first time since he was traded to the Houston Rockets over the summer, and it quickly became apparent that there...Show More Summary

Chris Paul totally picked on Milos Teodosic in his return to the Clippers

WHY, CHRIS? Chris Paul left the Clippers for the Rockets this summer and they had to replace him with someone. It just so happens that it was Milos Teodosic. So Teodosic is the unlucky soul who had to guard Paul in his return to the Staples Center against the Clippers and, boy, did Paul do a job on him. Show More Summary

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