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Offseason needs for every NFL team

Every NFL team has holes to fill as the 2018 offseason begins. There will be players lost to free agency, injuries to overcome, and positions that simply need to be shored up for better production and depth.Here are the biggest needs for each team, from the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles all the way down to the winless Cleveland Browns.

MLB's top 10 second basemen for 2018

To be among the top second basemen in today’s game requires being adept at more than just one or two facets of the game. You cannot just get on base regularly or steal a ton of bases. At the same time, it takes more than just elite glove work or the ability to hit the ball over the fence habitually. Today’s top-tier second sackers bing a lot to the table, and many do the heaviest...

The 'All muscle hamsters go to heaven' quiz

On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released running back Doug Martin after six seasons with the team. Coming out of Boise State, Martin was drafted 31st overall by the Bucs in the 2012 NFL Draft and was a revelation for the team in his rookie season. He ran for 1,454 yards along with 49 receptions and 472 yards through the air, giving him 1,926 yards from scrimmage in his first...

A.J. McCarron might be the best consolation prize in free agency

A slew of prominent quarterback injuries in 2017 vaulted quite a few middle-of-the-road, or even marginal, NFL quarterbacks into the spotlight. Look no further than Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who before this past season was two years removed from being a starting quarterback. There was also Case Keenum, a journeyman starter who had a breakout year before falling to Foles’ Eagles...

The 'James gang walks away with a win' quiz

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is in the books, and all indications point to the updated schoolyard-style draft format leading to new levels of competition for the midseason spectacle (also, next year's draft will likely be televised, which is the right call). Before the game even began, the two captains had a lot to say in terms of sneaker style with Steph Curry taking a subtle but...

Negro Leaguers every baseball fan should know

The story of the various baseball organizations that collectively formed the Negro Leagues over the first half of the 20th century is vital to telling the story of the game to this day.This list highlights the legacies of the greatest black players during the segregated era of professional baseball. Ranging from the Negro Leagues to Cuban and Mexican pro leagues and the barnstorming...

Top 30 NFL free agents

The NFL unrestricted free agency period officially begins in mid-March, and all 32 teams are making plans. This year's crop feature some true difference makers at the top. Here are the top 30 NFL free agents entering the offseason.

Sports & Politics Intersect: NBA united against racial divide

"I think it's pretty obvious. Our league is made up of a lot of black guys. To honor that and understand it is pretty simplistic. How would you ignore that?" - Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs It's All-Star Weekend for the NBA, but much of the media focus this week has been on Black History Month and the league's relationship to the monthlong celebration. It all started on Monday...

The 'Emerald City on ice' quiz

Earlier this week, an ownership group out of Seattle formally applied for NHL expansion with a down payment of $10M, which has a whole lot more zeros in it than the down payment I put on my Starbucks soy latte this morning. This is a firm commitment to bring hockey back to the Pacific Northwest and a city that has been starved for a third major professional sports team ever since...

NHL Weekender: Blackhawks, Rangers continue to free fall

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, a former Stanley Cup champion continues on a downward spiral, and everyone's favorite bearded guy switches positions midgame.Who...