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Jazz, Wolves, Lakers among six NBA teams on the rise in 2016-17

At this point, Monroe seems a lot like a much-younger version of David Lee with the Warriors, where he was added to help make them...

Penguins beat Sharks 3-1 for 4th Stanley Cup title

''It's so hard to win it year after year,'' said Lemieux, who won back-to-back titles and Conn Smythe trophies as a player for Pittsburgh. ''For...

Ducks hit with rash of injuries, David Perron out 4-6 weeks

An often slow-to-heal injury that could be made worse if Perron returns too early, the Ducks are wise to put a conservative timeline on this.

2016 NFL Combine: 10 surprise invitations and 10 snubs

Sometimes referred to as the NFL Draft Underwear Olympics, the NFL combine is an opportunity to match quantifiable data with a prospect's scouting report, including...

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Bills bolster passing game with Laquon Treadwell

Philadelphia Eagles - Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida: The Eagles invested a lot of money in Byron Maxwell and a second round pick in Eric...

Week 15 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

Jeremy Maclin (6.3): The Ravens have allowed 24 touchdowns to receivers including five last week. Maybe the Chiefs look at that and figure to take...

Ranking top 100 college basketball players through the first month

Since 2011, we've been ranking the top 100 players in college basketball before the season. However, there has never really been any follow-through on what...

Early trends in NBA defense

The Cavaliers had a 100.9 defensive rating with Mozgov on the floor last season, compared to a 104.3 mark with Tristan Thompson and 105.3 with...

33 weird and awesome reasons to be excited for the 2015-16 NBA season

Peak Cavs will not be available until later in this season, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both either banged up or recovering from surgery...

Numbers Crunch: How DeAndre's flip-flop impacted Clippers, Mavericks

Peters: The Blue Jackets desperately need a turnaround after firing Todd Richards. Is John Tortorella the answer? Here are four things to know after the...

UCLA recruiting has bright future by returning to California roots

Many of the area's AAU coaches already disliked the conservative offensive system that Howland ran, feeling it didn't showcase their players' talents to NBA scouts.

Week 6 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

The Steelers offense has gone mostly conservative with Vick under center and the Cardinals have done a nice job against No. 1 receivers. But if...

Inside College Sports: O'Bannon seeks new appeal vs. NCAA in Ninth Circuit

Lawyers for the Ed O'Bannon plaintiffs filed a petition on Wednesday for an appeal of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that a...

College Football Rewind: SEC West gets its mojo back in Week 1

Malzahn had to be conservative late with Johnson. The last time Auburn threw three interceptions in a ... When you've got playmakers like Christian Kirk,...

Report: Cavs want to cut playing time for LeBron James, Kyrie Irving

In Tim Duncan's 13th season, the San Antonio Spurs cut his playing time to 31.3 minutes per game in the regular season. In Duncan's 14th...

Inside Baseball: Wish lists for 23 would-be buyers; more MLB notes

Outfielder Preston Tucker was joined in the organization by brother Kyle, the No. 5 overall pick, and Preston told folks, "The kid's way better than...

Agent's Take: Answers relating to Pierre-Paul's contract, future

Prior to the accident, Pierre-Paul was likely seeking a deal in excess of the contract extension Robert Quinn signed with the St. Louis Rams early...

Agent's Take: A fair contract solution for Dez Bryant and the Cowboys

Mike Wallace has the distinction with Fitzgerald's blockbuster deal no longer a part of the equation. He signed a five-year, $60 million deal, ... A...

Agent's Take: A fair contract solution for Dez Bryant and the Cowboys

Mike Wallace has the distinction with Fitzgerald's blockbuster deal no longer a part of the equation. He signed a five-year, $60 million deal, including $30...

Warriors bring an end to outdated ideas about what a champion must be

The Golden State Warriors became NBA champions Tuesday night, defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 to secure their first title in 40 years.

Reds 2B Brandon Phillips not ready to return to starting lineup

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was absent from the starting lineup again Friday against the Cubs, missing a third straight start due to a groin...

Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli hits home run in win over Blue Jays

But we are working him a very slow, very conservative progression because of our belief in what it takes to get back from Tommy John...

Agent: Titans QB Zach Mettenberger seeking to fight for job

"To get two young corners like that and you watch Chicago take the receiver from West Virginia, knowing the receivers that we face in Green...

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson OK with Leonard Williams pick

"To get two young corners like that and you watch Chicago take the receiver from West Virginia, knowing the receivers that we face in Green...

Adrian Peterson's agent wants long-term commitment from Vikings

"To get two young corners like that and you watch Chicago take the receiver from West Virginia, knowing the receivers that we face in Green...

NFL Draft: Day 1 Fantasy winners and losers

That versatility should make him a favorite of Cutler's, especially if the rumors about Martellus Bennett being on the block are true. If Bennett leaves,...

2015 NFL mock draft: Saints, Dolphins, Eagles, Jaguars making trades

And let me make this clear: the Titans nabbing Mariota here doesn't at all preclude from him ending up reuniting with Chip Kelly. Perhaps it...

Vikings LB Chad Greenway unsure if he'll play beyond 2015

"To get two young corners like that and you watch Chicago take the receiver from West Virginia, knowing the receivers that we face in Green...

Broncos waive Quanterus Smith

"To get two young corners like that and you watch Chicago take the receiver from West Virginia, knowing the receivers that we face in Green...

2015 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Eagles trade twice to land Marcus Mariota

Jacksonville Jaguars — Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida — This is the conservative pick from the third spot and it wouldn't be surprising at all if...

2015 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Eagles trade twice to land Marcus Mariota

Jacksonville Jaguars — Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida — This is the conservative pick from the third spot and it wouldn't be surprising at all if...

Offseason Extra: Scouting the second-year wideouts

... that keeps him appealing for Fantasy. The expectation is that a conservative offense along with weakish quarterbacks will hold Watkins back. .... (3/28/2015) Although...

Winning the market: Explaining why teams succeed or flop in free agency

See: Peyton Manning to the Denver Broncos in 2012, Mike Wallace to the Miami Dolphins in 2013, Jairus Byrd to the New Orleans Saints in...

Cubs' Daniel Bard 'felt really good' with Sunday's simulated game

"I've been pushing [pitching coach Chris Bosio] as hard as I can to get out in a real game but their conservative approach seems to...

Eight things to know about NFL franchise tag deadline day

With Mike Wallace possibly on his way out, joining Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson and others, they may as well stake a claim to this...

Report: Mike Wallace not interested in restructuring contract with Dolphins

Wallace, who has expressed his displeasure with the Dolphins' conservative offense, would rather test the free-agent market than re-work the details of his contract, which...

Offseason Extra: Impact of new playcallers

An exception was last season with the Falcons, when he went from Tony Gonzalez to Levine Toilolo. .... Even though Chryst has a ton of...

Giants OF Angel Pagan on pain-free back: 'I feel like never before'

Pagan also noted that injuries won't cause him to be conservative on the field. He plans to "play at one speed" regardless of ... Manager...

Super Bowl 49: 7 must-know things about Patriots-Seahawks Sunday

Against Tom Brady they would be wise to be even more conservative than that because his shotgun short passing game defeats the blitz with a...

2015 Mock Draft: The Big Ten's return to prominence?

Scherff, a collegiate tackle with the strong hands and nasty disposition to project well inside too, would be a solid building block for a franchise...

2015 Mock Draft: Return to prominence of the Big Ten?

Scherff, a collegiate tackle with the strong hands and nasty disposition to project well inside too, would be a solid building block for a franchise...

2015 Mock Draft: DL Leonard Williams, Randy Gregory lead off

Scherff, a collegiate tackle with the strong hands and nasty disposition to project well inside too, would be a solid building block for a franchise...

2015 Mock Draft: Defensive linemen Williams, Gregory lead off

Philadelphia Eagles - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon: Offense was, of course, Chip Kelly's calling card at Oregon but he recruited and helped to develop plenty...

49ers-Rams: 15 things to know about Week 6's MNF game

Williams could gamble and send the house, or he could hope that the defensive line wakes up. If they keep it conservative and that happens,...

Patriots-Chiefs Week 4: 15 things to know about the MNF matchup

About 900 miles southeast in Atlanta, Scott Pioli will surely be watching as well. His current ... And so while the Chiefs are the team...

2015 Mock Draft: Talent in place for NFL to copy Seattle, Denver template

ESPN Oakland Raiders - Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M: If the Raiders "earn" another top five pick (it would be their fourth since 2007), GM Reggie...

Weekly lineup winners for Week 3

(7:42 pm ET) The Raiders had a conservative game plan on the road against a Patriots defense that proved to be stout through the first...

2015 NFL Mock Draft: With Raiders, Jags leading the way, QBs could fall

Oakland Raiders - Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M: If the Raiders "earn" another top five pick (it would be their fourth since 2007), GM Reggie...

Iowa State rallies past Iowa 20-17

Iowa was then faced with a 4th-down-and-8 at the Cyclones 16-yard line late in in the first half. But after missing three field goals from...

Week 1 Fantasy Cheat Sheet

Marqise Lee, Cecil Shorts, Allen Hurns (3.6 avg.): It's not like the Philadelphia ... how the Bengals plan to use him. One factor: Marvin Lewis...