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No one knows who will win the 2014-15 NBA MVP

By Rosalyn Ross James Harden seems to be this week’s trendy pick to win the 2014-2015 MVP. I suppose beating the Cleveland Cavaliers impressively and administering an “I don’t care if you are the best player on the planet” beat down to LeBron James’ nether region has that effect on people. It was ballsy stuff, literally. In fact for the first time this season, Harden...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Gregg Popovich rips notion of NBA Finals games in July

By Steve DelVecchio The NBA is reportedly considering the idea of extending the regular season later into the summer. While there would still be an 82-game season, the idea would be to eliminate back-to-back games and not cram so many games into such a short span. Mark Cuban said last month that he thinks a more spaced-out schedule would be a great idea. But if the season does...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Is there a team for Rajon Rondo?

By Sam Quinn On May 13, 2010, Rajon Rondo scored 21 points on 60 percent shooting to go along with 12 assists, five steals, and three rebounds. At that point, such a line was relatively pedestrian by Rondo’s standards. After all, for the series in question, he averaged 20.7 points, 11.8 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals. His team needed that level of production. After all...
Via The Sports Post
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Five most likely running back targets for the Eagles

By Vincent Frank With LeSean McCoy now jettisoned from the Philadelphia Eagles following a blockbuster trade, head coach Chip Kelly and company find themselves in the market for a running back. Knowing full well the landscape surrounding this position heading into free agency and the draft, Philadelphia is in prime position to grab a solid combination of value and talent at running...
Via Sportsnaut
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Marijuana and MLB's Joint Drug Agreement

By Nathaniel Grow Last week’s report that Josh Hamilton could be facing an imminent suspension from Major League Baseball following an alleged violation of his drug treatment program has brought a renewed focus on MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement (JDA), and in particular its treatment of non-performance enhancing drugs. As I noted last week, in addition to PEDs and stimulants...
Via Fangraphs
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Twelve unlikely players who could be NCAA Tourney heroes

By David Fox Every team that makes a run in the NCAA Tournament needs a role player to become the hero for a game or two. For 2014 national champion Connecticut, it was DeAndre Daniels. The forward was a solid player entering the tournament, but he exploded for 27 points in the Sweet 16 against Iowa State and then 20 in the Final Four against Florida. And who could have expected...
Via Athlon Sports
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking every starting QB in the NFL based on mobility

by Dean Gomes Quarterback remains the most-important position in all of sports, but that doesn’t mean it’s not evolving. In fact, the past 10 years have seen a drastic shift in the way success is defined behind center. No longer are quarterbacks asked to simply stand in the pocket and deliver passes to receiver. More and more, they are becoming dynamic, two-way threats, players...
Via cover32
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: CP3 goes nuts after DeAndre Jordan doesn't shoot

By Matt Birch The Portland Trail Blazers used a late surge to force overtime and later pull off a dramatic comeback victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Wednesday night. Damian Lillard had his worst game of the season and made only one field goal of the 13 he attempted. However, Nicolas Batum caught fire in the fourth quarter and it carried over into overtime...
Via The Sports Daily
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

UFC must make Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg happen

by Eric Gargiulo It took a combined 60 seconds for Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg Justino to dominate their opponents this past weekend. The time for joking is over, it’s time for Rousey to either fight or face the consequences that come with avoiding her most devastating opponent. UFC president Dana White gets credit for a lot of things but his biggest failure as promoter has...
Via The Camel Clutch Blog
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Teams think Suh to Dolphins is ‘done' deal

By Larry Brown Ndamukong Suh is the biggest free agent on the market and there has been a ton of speculation about where he will sign. From the sounds of things, Suh may end up in Miami. Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said on Twitter Wednesday that teams believe Suh to the Dolphins is a “done" deal. Word on the street regarding Suh is that when Steve Ross is...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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