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Free-agency winners and losers

Against the best playoff opponents, Steve Kerr can stagger minutes so that either Stephen Curry or Durant is on court. They revive dead possessions with...

'I don't mind losing a few on the way to a win'

On occasion - most strikingly while Moeen Ali and Steven Finn were adding 72 for the ninth wicket at Chester-le-Street - his leadership appeared devoid...

Mike Clay's tight end dynasty rankings

Zach Miller (CHI), Age: 31-11. Our fifth tier includes a combination of fading stars, potential TE1s and seasoned veterans with obvious question marks. Both second-rounders,...

Mike Clay's wide receiver dynasty rankings

Mike Evans (TB), Age: 23-0. The best assets in dynasty are young wide receivers. If you can get your hands on one of these seven...

Mike Clay's quarterback dynasty rankings

Wilson joined Newton and Tyrod Taylor as the only quarterbacks to eclipse 100 carries last season. ... Bridgewater could be the best talent of the...

Bill Barnwell's offseason report cards: NFC North

While the Saints have repeatedly gone after high-risk options in free agency and traded up for draft picks, Pace has been relatively conservative in free...

Rankings: Story on verge of top-100 fantasy status

Name aside, he's not even a starter-worthy backstop in an standard league, but to address the second part of Daniel's question, replacements don't look...

Real Madrid face dilemma replacing Casemiro against Manchester City

(blog) (blog)That approach might sound too conservative at first sight. However, playing with three forwards in Bale, Ronaldo and Vazquez might demand some reinforcement...

Fantasy analysis of Day 3 NFL draft picks

Built a like a running back, Louis figures to get a few carries and may help out as a returner. Although versatile, Louis isn't ...

Browns lead way in draft trade winners (so far)

In 2014, they made what looks to be an excellent move up to grab Allen Robinson in the second round with the 61st pick. Robinson...

Wales v Ireland key battles

O'Connor promised so much as an uncapped international and indicated he had a bright future during his two Autumn Tests, but has lost ground this...

Eales to miss another week

After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in their last two games in New Zealand, Queensland coach Mark McBain has criticised his team for...

Genia, Horne ruled out for Argentina Test

We have taken a conservative approach with Rob and the additional week off will serve him well going into the next stage of our campaign.

Big guns return to boost Gloucester's bid

Mike Tindall and Rob Cook also come into the Gloucester backline. Just Jim Hamilton and Tom Savage retain their places ... Errie Claassens comes in...

Team of the Season

Conrad Smith (Hurricanes). Just a joy to watch at times. Right up there with the world's best players, Smith produced some excellent form throughout the...

Cowboys, Bears among beneficiaries of 2016 NFL schedule

On the schedule are meetings with Richard Sherman (twice), Brent Grimes, Patrick Peterson/Tyrann Mathieu (twice, Stephone Gillmore/Ronald Darby, Darius Slay, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie/Janoris Jenkins, Josh Norman,...

The unsanitized story of Jackie Robinson

Robinson was such a powerful force during the 1960 presidential campaign between Nixon and John F. Kennedy that the Kennedy camp feared his influence with...

NBA awards ballot, Part 1: More wins for the Warriors

He would be a star anywhere. But you could imagine these Warriors playing good defense without Green; they did under Mark Jackson, using a more...

Miller: Fightback poses questions for Hodgson

(blog) (blog)Joe Hart probably won't have much to concern himself with, but Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere might have watched with mixed emotions to...

Tristan's Twenty: High-value picks for fantasy baseball in 2016

There's a significant difference between Richards' fantasy value entering 2015 and 2016: Last season, he entered spring training recovering from a torn patellar tendon in...

Grading the free-agency stragglers: Which teams have been smart to sit out?

Lost in the clamor of NFL free agency is that it's often best not to get involved in the first place. Think about the teams...

Barnwell grades free-agent deals

At 6-foot-4, Smith is the smallest of the bunch, but his listed weight of 300 pounds seems like a conservative interpretation. At his best, Smith...

The fifth annual Luke Walton All-Stars

"We never heard one word," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "He just wants to help the team. That's the ... Turner has worked his butt...

Don't count out the Thunder

He has busted his butt doing Roberson's work defending elite wings, including James Harden, since his promotion. The Thunder need to figure out who among...

Which players could be gone from playoff teams?

Recent history tells us that teams that win the Super Bowl follow that triumph by losing a number of key players, often because of the...

The moves that make Carolina unique -

ESPN- and a Super Bowl teamESPNOnce the poster child for conservative late-game decisions, Rivera snapped after an infuriating 24-23 loss to the Bills during Week...

Making plays not enough for CJ McCollum -

ESPN- he wants to cover themESPN"Just finishing up that 'Big Poppa' right here on JAM'N 107.5 Playlist, I'm C.J. McCollum, being joined by Cool Nutz,"...

A look inside Arizona's QB challenge -

ESPN (blog)- and the costumes it producesESPN (blog)"It was funny because a couple coaches were out there on the field and this outfit that Matt...

Liverpool's inconsistency is Jurgen Klopp's biggest challenge

(blog) (blog)United have been cagey for most of the season and have come under heavy criticism from their own supporters for being too conservative,...

Coaching defense attorney: The case to keep your coach

I didn't include any of the teams who are set to make the playoffs on the list, which may be too conservative; remember, last year...

Path to the playoffs: NL Central

(blog) (blog)Now comes the bad news: Three-fifths of the rotation currently consists of Jeff Locke (4.49 ERA in 2015), Jonathon Niese (4.13 ERA with...

Ranking GMs most likely to make trades

Blackhawk UpConfusion reigned Monday night, as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks announced that Trevor Daley and Rob Scuderi would switch teams. Thanks to the...

The Knicks' bright future (that's right, the Knicks)

Boston likely wants a better gauge on where Brooklyn's pick might end up, and Anthony doesn't fit its developmental timeline -- or Brad Stevens' pass-happy...

Luke Kuechly is up in Panthers' win; Cam Newton is down

(blog) (blog)Ron Rivera: The head coach lost his "Riverboat Ron" swagger and got a bit conservative when he punted instead of allowing Graham Gano...

Emergency quarterbacks for all 32 teams

The most conservative approach is to use Matt Forte. The Bears have run a .... Every Friday, Peterson participates in the Cardinals weekly QB competition,...

Nickel Coverage: Five fantasy questions that need answers before Week 11

... starting quarterback. That said, having him in the game will be better than the other Cowboys quarterback options in his absence (sorry you didn't...

Wednesday NFL preview: Eyeing Megatron's injury status

Yet the Steelers game was a back-and-forth affair, with Pittsburgh winning in the final seconds. Playing a complete game will surely be a coaching focus...

Tuesday NFL preview: Injury updates on Bridgewater, Ware, McCoy

Pitta, who has had hip surgeries each of the previous two years, has been tough to cover in practices, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

Love/Hate for Week 9: Thomas Paine was ahead of his time

I hear you, Jeff. I hear all of you. Your cries for help, for solace. I'm right there with you myself. Lost Le'Veon and Arian...

Time to review my 2007 predictions and pick the next class

I heard stories and witnessed behaviors based on their poor- to lower-middle-class upbringing: conservative in financial decisions, value things, stay very close to siblings through...

Revisiting Jets' loss: The coach, the clock, and the knife

(blog) (blog)It was a Hall of Fame throw by Brady, but it also was a conservative call by Bowles. The call wasn't the issue,...

Ryan Fitzpatrick up, Brandon Marshall down in Jets' loss

(blog) (blog)Tom Brady took his sweet time and eventually threw a touchdown pass to a wide-open Rob Gronkowski with 1:13 to go. It wasn't...

Love/Hate for Week 4: A Giant letdown

He's usually obvious, but in case you were worried about him having Michael Vick as his QB, I wouldn't be. The Ravens have allowed 110...

Bruins come to camp in 'impressive' shape

(blog)“This is the most fit team and group of guys that I've been a part of since I've been here and that's great to...

Thursday NFL preview: Final auditions for Tim Tebow, other bubble players

... hit and a pass breakup in two games. Although he's flashed at times, Perryman needs to show he can be counted on as a...

Sunday NFL preview: Cowboys RB job up for grabs vs. 49ers

Chicago Bears: The players have Sunday off, but John Fox's staff will evaluate tape from Saturday's game against the Colts. ... With coordinator Gregg Williams...

Love/Hate for 2015

It means at Agholor's current, 10th-round price, I love his value (I have him as an eighth-rounder), and given Calvin's knees, the more conservative Lions...

Updating the Mount Rushmore for all 30 NHL teams

Wisconsin twice in June for an Andy North charity golf event and Blake Geoffrion's charity hockey game, then off to Los Angeles for an ESPYS...

Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer are natural born rivals

"They were having a good year, but they lost to Minnesota. So all we had to do was win and we go to the Rose...

Lions Sunday Mailbag: How conservative will Jim Caldwell be this season?

(blog) (blog)The Lions are clearly hoping the 2014 season -- where Caldwell and Joe Lombardi wanted Stafford to focus on limiting turnovers and have...