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The 'It's all about the Yu' quiz

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you had a good weekend, but even if you did, it surely wasn't as prosperous as the weekend Yu Darvish just had. On Saturday, the Cubs signed Darvish to six-year, $126M deal that, with incentives, could top out at over the $150M mark. The move takes the best starting pitcher off the market and, depending how you feel about J.D. Martinez, takes the best...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL mock draft: Feb. 12 edition

Now one week past Super Bowl LII, all teams are looking toward the offseason, and the dust is starting to settle. The NFL Draft is still months away, but there is plenty of reason for excitement now.Every team will look to boost its roster through the draft, whether we're talking a rebuilding squad or the powerhouses looking to remain on top. Here's the latest NFL mock draft for...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sports & Politics Intersect: American controversies follow athletes to Olympics

Front Five: The top stories that shaped both sports & politics this week “[Adam Rippon] I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!” - Vice President Mike Pence to Adam Rippon on TwitterThe saga between Adam Rippon and Vice...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

The greatest barrier-breaking African-American moments in MLB history

The plight of the African-American experience in America as been tightly intertwined with and displayed through the lens of the national pastime. Whether it be the fight to break through the ranks or continuing to raise the profile of both heroes and the game itself, it is impossible to tell the tale of Major League Baseball without including the story of its exclusion of African...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The 'Winter Olympics are gonna be Luuuuuuuge' quiz

The 23rd Winter Olympics begin today in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the Opening Ceremony is sure to be a celebratory spectacle. To catch up on the biggest stories heading into the games, help organize your hockey viewing schedule or stay updated on the hottest fashion trends, such as the Dia de los Muertos inspired ski team, we have you covered. Or not, because that Tongan flag...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Weekender: The Golden Knights just keep on winning

At the end of every workweek, Yardbarker takes a look at what the NHL has in store for the weekend. We'll see whose stock is soaring, who needs to get their acts together and what tilts promise to keep you on the edge of your seat. In this week's edition, trade talk and the new expansion team continue to dominate the overall narrative for the season.Who's on fire The Boston Bruins...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

The 'One and only?' quiz

Much like the 2009-10 and 2013-14 NBA seasons, the largest theme in the sport isn't about the games taking place on the hardwood. No, it's all about where impending free agent LeBron James will end up next.It's easy to see why. The Cleveland Cavaliers do not appear to like each other very much — evident by LeBron's apparent snub of his newest and now former All-Star teammate — James...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Willy Hernangomez has a second chance to grow

After a promising rookie year that saw him earn First-Team All-Rookie honors, Willy Hernangomez was traded from the New York Knicks to the Charlotte Hornets amid frustrations about playing time from the 23-year-old big man. At the end of the 2016-17 NBA season, Hernangomez was seen as a potential cornerstone to grow with Kristaps Porzingis and shape a new future for the Knicks; instead...
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NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Philadelphia makes an emergency call

For the final time, Yardbarker takes a look at the NFL’s referee hotline, a number set up for players’ questions and concerns about officiating. We’ve obtained access to the responses, which are about as real as Justin Timberlake’s affection for Prince. We know when that hotline blings, it can only mean one thing: The government of Philadelphia is calling for backup. Philadelphia...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

The 'Koo-koo-ka-choo' quiz

It appears that the Major League Baseball Players Association has had enough of MLB teams lowballing free agents this offseason. In a strongly worded statement from MLBPA executive director Tony Clark, the owners’ commitment to fans and the “integrity of the game” came into question with a “record number of talented” stars like Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta and J.D. Martinez remaining...
17 days ago  |  Discuss
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