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If you haven't already, it's time to start becoming familiar with the name Ronald Acuna.

The Braves outfielder is widely regarded as the top young player in all of baseball, and despite having a grand total of zero official MLB at-bats under his belt, the 20-year-old sensation is already drawing comparisons to Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Hank Aaron. That's pretty good company for someone who can't even legally buy a beer yet. Even with all the effusive praise being heaped on Acuna, he's seemingly even better than the Braves expected he'd be at this stage, so both Braves and MLB fans should look forward to seeing Acuna and his prodigious set of skills come Opening Day, right? Not so fast, my friends.

With the Braves not expected to be anywhere near MLB's playoff picture in 2018, the team will likely send Acuna down to Triple-A for the first few weeks of the season in order to manipulate his service time, giving the Braves an extra year of control over their most valuable asset. The move will be seen as a bit of a farce, as Acuna is tearing it up in spring training and really has nothing to prove on any of the lower levels. This is familiar territory for MLB teams. The Chicago Cubs did the very same thing with Kris Bryant back in 2015 when he was clearly beyond ready to be an MLB player. Of course, the move paid off for the Cubbies as Bryant won the NL MVP the following season while famously leading Chicago to it's first World Series victory in over a century. The Braves and their fans can only hope that Acuna follows a similar trajectory once he makes it to the show.  

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Acuna was born in 1997 a year when the Braves, coincidentally enough, had another hyper-talented young outfielder roaming in the outfield and when he makes his MLB debut, he will be one of, if not the, youngest players in all of baseball. With that in mind, how many of the youngest players in both the American and National Leagues since 1997 can you name in six minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name the youngest players in the AL & NL since 1997

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Happy belated 30th birthday to the greatest shooter in NBA history.

On Wednesday, Steph Curry turned the big 3-0, and to celebrate three decades of Wardell the Warriors threw their captain a surprise party. Curry arrived to the event in style, only to see both Steve Kerr and Klay Thompson show off their best dad dance moves once he got there. The team may have actually gone a little too hard in the paint that night, as the Dubs needed an extra day to recover from their extracurricular activities. No word yet on what gifts Steph may have gotten for his birthday, but if any of his friends or family are reading this, I know of one big prize that the Warriors superstar has had his eyes on now for some time. Might need to get a few others to chip in on that one though. 

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Steph is currently dealing with an ankle injury, and with the team in no rush to bring him back, this will likely be the first season since 2011-12 where someone other than Curry leads the league in three-pointers made. That said, Curry is only in his ninth year in the NBA and already sits seventh all time in threes made in a career. So, in honor of Steph turning 30, we want to see how many of the top 30 career three-point shooters in NBA history you can name in five minutes.

Good luck!


Note: Totals are accurate as of March 14, 2018.

TAKE THE QUIZ: Name the NBA players with the most career three-point field goals

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The NFL's annual spending extravaganza is underway, and teams wasted no time at all scooping up a good portion of the available talent before the official free agency period even began. With this many teams throwing this much cap space at their problems, there are bound to be some good deals and a whole lot of bad deals. But one deal in particular has a chance to not only have a major impact on the field, it might also set a new precedent off of it as well. 

Once Washington acquired Alex Smith from Kansas City, Kirk Cousins immediately became the top target for many teams in free agency. The Minnesota Vikings were the lucky team that was awarded Cousins' rose in free agency, but it was the structure of the deal that made more news than the pact itself. Cousins signed a three-year, $84M contract with the Vikings, but here's the kicker: the whole contract is fully guaranteed. The deal is more akin to an NBA contract than an NFL one, as fully guaranteed contracts are a rarity in the NFL. Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin called Cousins "a hero" in hopes that other players around the league will follow his example, and that's what is expected to happen in short order when both Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan begin negotiating their new contracts. Offers like the one Cousins received may still only be handed out to players that teams view as franchise cornerstones, but in a league where contracts are sometimes not even worth the paper they are written on, Cousins' deal offers hope to NFL players looking for some security along with a hefty payday.

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. As of now, Cousins will be the highest-paid player in the NFL for the 2018 season. But before we look too far ahead, let's see how well you know the past. Today, we want to see if you can you name the highest-paid players at each position in each conference from the 2017 NFL season. Six minutes are on the clock. 

Good luck!


Note: Figures via Spotrac.

TAKE THE QUIZ: Name the highest-paid NFL players at every position in 2017

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On Monday night, Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin joined one of the most exclusive clubs in all of sports when he scored the 600th goal of his career in a 3-2 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets. 

You don't score 600 goals without registering some serious highlights along the way, and reaching the 600-goal plateau in such a short time solidifies Ovechkin as the greatest scorer of his generation, as only three other players were able to reach that benchmark in under 1,000 games played. Teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov summed it up best after the game:

“When you look at those numbers, you don’t even think it’s 599, 600. But then when you understand, holy f---, that’s a lot of goals. I can’t score 20 in a year. This is 600.”

Ovie's career has been a work of art, mostly figuratively, but occasionally literally.  He's been an absolute bargain for the Capitals over his 13-year career. He does things no one else in the league can do. Now, the next obvious question for the 32-year-old Russian superstar is whether or not he'll eventually retire as the NHL's all-time leading goal scorer

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Ovechkin became just the 20th player in NHL history to have scored at least 600 goals in his career. With that in mind, how many members of this legendary fraternity can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name every NHL player to score 600 or more goals

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With the completion of the conference tournaments, Selection Sunday was poised to bring excitement to the college basketball postseason as the brackets were announced. Unfortunately, things did not go so well, and the new NCAA Tournament Selection Show on TBS was a total bomb replete with audio glitches, continuity gaffes by Greg Gumbel and an anticlimactic presentation. By completely throwing out the ethos of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” a sturdy sports tradition was laid to waste, and an army of Twitter trolls descended onto the wreckage. Even a Kansas police department got in a gut shot on the new format. The only thing the show was missing was a new rendition of “One Shining Moment” by Fergie.

But fear not, faithful college basketball fan. The most exciting 48 hours in all of sports will soon be upon us, and with a bracket currently standing in crystal clear perfection, you, like one lone championship team needing six (or seven), only need 63 wins for glory. In order to complete your journey through March Madness, take a look at the 10 most important takeaways from the bracket reveal. If overdoing it on upset picks has trapped you in dark corners of the Minotaur’s maze before, consider these likeliest of candidates to slay a giant. If you, like Dick Vitale, have a fondness for glass slippers, here are eight Cinderella teams who could reach the Final Four. And if you still think the selection committee got it horribly wrong on USC, perhaps there is a greater explanation for this madness. So take off your tinfoil hat; there are plenty of reasons to be excited over the next three weeks — perfecting your bracket is just the least likely.

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. Upsets in the NCAA Tournament are as dependable as death and taxes but much more fun. Every year underdogs prey upon the hopes and dreams of some big conference busts. There have been 87 upsets in the Opening Round of the Men's NCAA Tournament since 2000. How many of them can you name?

Good luck!


Note: We are considering 11 seeds over 6 seeds and higher as upsets for this quiz.

TAKE THE QUIZ: Name every upset of the Opening Round of the men's NCAA Tournament since 2000

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It's been a bizarre offseason if you were an MLB free agent, with many of the top available talents still looking for work. But now that we are just three weeks away from MLB Opening Day, teams are beginning to scoop up the remaining free agents, although there is still an abundance of big names out there for any bidder that wants to come along. 

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. A reunion for Bautista and the Blue Jays does not seem to be in the cards, as Toronto appears ready to move from the man who holds the team record for most dingers in a season. So, with that in mind, how many of the single-season home run record holders for every MLB team can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


Note: An asterisk (*) indicates the players set the record in different city from where the team is currently located. 

TAKE THE QUIZ: Name the player with the most home runs in a season for every MLB franchise

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The times they are a-changin' up in the Pacific Northwest. 

While one Seattle team is welcoming back a beloved franchise icon, another is saying goodbye to theirs. On Wednesday, news started to trickle out that Richard Sherman was telling teammates that he would not be back with the Seahawks in 2018. A few hours later, reports indicated that Sherman would, in fact, be released in the coming days. Sherman's mother seemingly confirmed the news in a now-deleted Facebook post. Couple that with the trade of Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles and the persistent rumors that the team is also listening to offers for Earl Thomas, and it becomes quite clear that we are seeing the abrupt end to the Legion of Boom era in Seattle. Where Sherman lands post-release is still anyone's guess, but between his impending release and Malcolm Butler's bizarre exit from New England, cornerback-needy teams will no doubt be licking their chops for the free agency period to begin. 

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Sherman joined the NFL as a rookie in 2011 and made an immediate impact. From 2011 to 2017, Sherman had 32 picks over that time, more than anyone else in the NFL. During those seven seasons, 26 NFL players have picked off 16 or more passes. With that in mind, how many of the 26 can you name in six minutes?

Good luck!


Note: An asterisk (*) indicates player last played in 2016. Two asterisks (**) indicates player last played in 2015.

TAKE THE QUIZ: Name the NFL players with the most interceptions between 2011 and 2017

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When fans look back on the 2017-18 NBA season, they are going to refer to this year as "the James Harden season."

The Houston Rockets have the best record in the NBA, thanks in large part to the 16-game winning streak the team is currently on, and Harden, by just about every measure, has been the best player in the Association. His 31 points-per-game leads the league, as does his 223 three-pointers made. Advanced metrics show a similar picture as Harden currently leads all players in PER (Player Efficiency Rating), Win Shares, Box Plus/Minus and Value Over Replacement Player. It's no wonder that the MVP Award has been Harden's to lose for some time now. At this point, it's hard to even make a case that anyone but Harden should take home the hardware. It also doesn't hurt that Harden is responsible for the most memorable play of the season so far when he openly and brazenly committed murder on Wesley Johnson's ankles last week against the Clippers. Yes, Harden and Houston will still need to exorcise some playoff demons, but as far the regular season is concerned, this has been the year of the beard. 

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. If Harden does in fact win the MVP Award, that means that the famed former OKC trio of Durant, Westbrook and Harden will have each won one MVP. Harden was the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and would be the first player selected No. 3 in the lottery era to win the MVP Award. (The player selected No. 3 in the draft prior to the start of the lottery era was certainly no stranger to individual accolades.) So, with that in mind, how many of the third overall picks from every NBA Draft since 1985 can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


Note: An asterisk (*) indicates that the player's rights were traded on draft night.

TAKE THE QUIZ: Name every No. 3 overall NBA draft pick in the lottery era

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Early Monday, the Seattle Mariners announced that outfielder Ben Gamel would miss four to six weeks with an oblique strain, leaving the team scrambling to find a replacement with less than a month to go before Opening Day. Luckily for Seattle, a 44-year-old outfielder and former franchise icon was just sitting out there looking for a job, so within hours after announcing Gamel's injury, the M's decided to bring back Ichiro Suzuki on a one-year deal.

While the Mariners faithful should be excited about seeing the former MVP and Rookie of the Year back in navy blue and northwest green, the move also carries some risk, albeit mostly from a PR standpoint. His first go-round with the Mariners ended with a trade request, one that probably came two years too late. Now in his second stint, he's an injury stopgap who may not have a guaranteed roster spot once Gamel recovers. And sure, Seattle will sell a few extra tickets and push a few more bobbleheads out the door, but the last time the M's tried this type of move with an aging franchise icon, it did not end so well. Ichiro seems to have changed in his six years away, embracing his role as a part-timer, so perhaps this time around, the Mariners will be able to give one of the most important players in team history the proper send-off that he deserves.

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Ichiro's return to the Emerald City means he'll get to add to his already-established franchise hits record. So, with that in mind, how many of the career leaders in hits for every MLB franchise can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


Note: Hit totals include players who played for franchises that may have switched names and/or locations. An asterisk (*) indicates the player is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

TAKE THE QUIZ: Name every team's all-time hits leader

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After putting on a dazzling display at the NFL Combine, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is firmly affixed near the top of the draft boards. The problem for most of those teams, however, is that he will be gone faster than a 4.4 40-yard dash. While one coach described the disturbing lengths he'd go to draft the running back, another called him the best RB prospect in 25 years. But it's the woeful Cleveland Browns who are salivating at the thought of Barkley in their backfield, and reports show they are considering taking him with the No. 1 overall pick. Incidentally, the last, first-overall RB was Ki-Jana Carter (also of Penn State), who signed a lucrative contract in 1995, trashed his ACL in preseason and limped through a disappointing eight-year career. No one wants anything like that to happen to Saquon, but a few pros are already none-too-pleased with the early Barkley hype.

On the other side of the ball, the talk was all about Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who dominated the combine without having a left hand. He completely set the 40-yard dash afire with a 4.38 time and showed no signs of slowing down on the bench press with the aid of a prosthesis. Griffin’s impressive performance led to great reactions from Richard ShermanRyan Shazier and the Twittersphere. Ultimately, everyone is rooting for Griffin to get drafted early, but as of now he is being graded out as a mid-round pick.

Other additional odds and ends from the combine include Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen nailing the interview portion of the competition, a projected first-round lineman dropping a stink bomb on the bench press, a Buckeye getting grilled about a specific loss and a punter asked to partake in a staring contest. A handful of players truly shined during the NFL’s annual scouting exposition of soon-to-be pros, and accordingly the mock draft picture is starting to look a little clearer. Right now, Saquon Barkley is penciled in at the top, but it will be interesting to see if he stays there until April.

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. The running back position has seen a resurgence in draft importance during the past few seasons after seemingly falling out of favor with the NFL shifting to pass-happy offenses. But great talent is undeniable and teams inevitably go for broke. With that said, can you name the last running back every team selected in the first round of the NFL Draft? Five minutes are on the clock.


Note: The Houston Texans have never selected a running back in the first round. An asterisk (*) indicates team made selection while located in another city.

TAKE THE QUIZ: Name the last running back each NFL team selected in the first round

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The 90th Academy Awards on Sunday will feature a surprising name among its nominees, and the sports world couldn’t be more thrilled to be represented at Hollywood’s most glamorous evening. “Dear Basketball” — Kobe Bryant’s retirement love poem penned for The Players’ Tribune in November of 2015 — is nominated for Best Animated Short. The short film features hand-drawn animation by director and co-collaborator Glen Keane and a sweeping orchestral score by John Williams (yes, that John Williams). Although the credits make up a solid third of the entire short, the beautiful middle section features Kobe and his younger self running the court and driving to the hoop in parallel, echoing these powerful sculptures and evoking Bryant’s sincere, long-nurtured passion for the game.

Of course, this is not the Black Mamba’s first foray into the arts. His entertainment career began with a cameo on “Moesha” and included a “here today, gone today” moment in rap (hopefully the Sugar Hill Gang and Destiny’s Child got some royalties from K.O.B.E.). Bryant’s on-camera persona was certainly better than his music, and despite the mixed reviews, his collaboration with Spike Lee on “Kobe Doin’ Work” laid the groundwork for the current Oscar nomination. He also did a truly hilarious commercial with Jalen Rose and let the guard off the hook for his shabby defense of Kobe’s 81-point game. Does Kobe Bryant have a real shot at an Oscar? The predictions look that way, but tune in on Sunday to see if his hoop dreams come true. 

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. It is always fun when an athlete makes a cameo in a major motion picture; maybe one day it will even be its own Oscar category. In honor of the Academy Awards, can you name the famous sports person who was in each of the movies listed below? Six minutes are on the clock. 

Good luck!


Note: List is limited to one movie per athlete.

QUIZ: Name the sports figure who appeared in these movies

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Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is already arguably the best pitcher in Major League Baseball, but with the 2018 season rapidly approaching, Scherzer has some bad news for any batters that he'll face this year: he might still be getting better

Sure, we're at the part of the calendar when many players in camps are claiming to be in the best shape of their careers, but just the thought of a player of Scherzer's caliber having another gear he can shift into should strike fear in the hearts of hitters all across the land. In the three years Scherzer has been in the Senior Circuit, the 33-year-old has been utterly dominant. As a member of the Nats, he's never had an ERA above 3.00 or a WHIP above 1.00. If you include his last two seasons in Detroit, this is what Scherzer has done in the last half-decade: three Cy Young Awards, two All-Star Game starts in five All-Star appearances while also leading all pitchers, including Clayton Kershaw, in Wins Above Replacement. The only thing that has been able to slow Scherzer down in that time has been a lumpy pillow, but assuming he has that now under control, Scherzer has very real chance in 2018 to become just the fifth hurler all time to win four Cy Youngs during his playing career. 

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Scherzer led the Nationals in WAR in 2017, just as he did for the 2016 season. With that in mind, how many of the other team leaders in WAR (according to Baseball-Reference) from the 2017 MLB season can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name every MLB team's leader in WAR from 2017

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Anthony Davis is playing like a man possessed. 

Over his last six games, the New Orleans Pelicans' superstar has been putting up numbers that would make Wilt Chamberlain proud, pulling off stat lines that even eluded the Big Dipper himself. Most importantly for the Pels, the team has won all six of those games, as Davis has almost single-handedly kept New Orleans in the playoff picture following the loss of DeMarcus Cousins to an Achilles injury in January.

This stretch of play has put Davis smack dab in the middle of the MVP conversation (it's also allowed the Pelicans to troll the trolls, which is always nice). But can Davis actually take home the award? Not likely. A six-game winning streak is nothing to sneeze at, but the Houston Rockets are currently in the midst of 13-game winning streak and now hold the best record in the entire league, so the award is still very much James Harden's to lose. However, if Davis keeps this pace up over the last six weeks of the season and the Pelicans make the postseason, voters will have no choice but to strongly consider checking off the box next to the Brow's name come awards time.

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. On Monday, Davis torched the Phoenix Suns to the tune of 53 points, alongside 18 boards and five blocks. It was the 12th game this season in which a player has scored 50 or more points. So, with that in mind, how many of the last players to reach the half-century mark in points for every NBA franchise can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


Notes: The Memphis Grizzlies have never had a player score 50 or more points in a game and an asterisk (*) indicates the game happened while the team was located in a different city.

QUIZ: Name the last player to score 50 or more points for every NBA team

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The NHL trade deadline came and went on Monday, and while there were no real blockbusters to speak of, several big names did switch cities. There were also some surprises and head-scratchers, which is all a fan can really ask for at any trade deadline. We have complete recaps of all the moves in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference, but let's take a closer look at some of the biggest moves that did (and didn't happen) yesterday:

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. As of February 2018, 25 active NHL players have notched five or more hat tricks (three or more goals in a game) over the course of their careers, including four players traded in the last two weeks. How many of the 25 can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name the active NHL players with the most career hat tricks

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No matter how you slice it, Blake Bortles led the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game. Sure, the Sacksonville defense was stifling all season, and a lot of the offensive output came from the legs of Leonard Fournette, but Bortles was the best darn game manager since Alex Smith. So it may only have been a mild surprise for some when the Jaguars inked a contract extension with their quarterback on Sunday.

With details emerging from the contract just two days after solidifying three important front office positions, the smart money appears to be firmly in place with this low-risk deal, though others disagree. Jacksonville is only on the hook for about $6.5 million more over three years than it was for just the 2018 season. With Jimmy Garoppolo signing the largest contract in the league and the QB roulette wheel expected to land on Kirk Cousins soon, the Jaguars are looking like a band of pirates that avoided the Siren’s call. Rather than breaking the treasure chest open in free agency, Blake Bortles will provide continuity. Who’s to say that Cousins was going to be the better fit anyway?

The winners of the AFC South can now focus on bringing back Bortles' favorite target and securing more talent in the draft. It’s hard not to forget that Blake was sharing preseason snaps with Chad Henne just six months ago, but this is a team and fan base that rallied around him before. When Jadeveon Clowney called him trash, Blake Bortles responded with 326 yards and three touchdowns against Houston, and the fan base trolled Clowney by sending trash cans. In advance of Jacksonville’s first playoff game since 2007, teammates once again came to the defense of their much-criticized quarterback. With a new contract and that kind of support, the Jags are hoping that Blake Bortles can rise above the noise and lead his team to the AFC Championship Game again — and perhaps the Super Bowl victory that has eluded the Jags in their relatively brief existence.

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. In 2015, Blake Bortles joined an elite list of NFL quarterbacks by passing for over 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns in a season, something that has only been done 30 times in NFL history. With that in mind, how many of these QBs can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name every NFL QB to throw for 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns in a season

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It is hard to believe that it’s been over three weeks since Alex Smith was dealt to Washington, setting the quarterback carousel spinning. No wheeling and dealing frenzy ensued, and the sports world has been left with a whole lot of time for prognostication, which the sports world invariably loves to do.

The next predicted domino to fall is Kirk Cousins, but his decision won't come until free agency begins next month, as Washington is still contemplating its franchise tag options. Meanwhile, every QB-needy team has been connected to Cousins, some at laughably high interest rates and others as unexpected partners at the proverbial dealers table. While the Eagles may consider seeing what the going rate for a Super Bowl MVP is these days, the player that could be the biggest consolation prize is A.J. McCarron, who is currently lampooned on backup island in Cincinnati. Time will tell if either sets sail for new horizons.

It is also perfectly reasonable and exciting to look ahead to April and imagine what marriages will emerge from the quarterback-rich draft class. 2017 Heisman winner Baker Mayfield will field draft day calls from his suitors from the comforts of his own home, but 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson is drawing all sorts of looks. To some, he may look like a young Michael Vick, while to others, he may look more like a wide receiver. Either way, these are just two quarterbacks that could help a handful of desperate teams come draft time. And while teams are most certainly desperate, it's good to know that no NFL team is Tebow-desperate. At least not yet. 

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. Drafting a quarterback early can be a high-risk, high-reward business, but it's something every team inevitably does at some point. With that in mind, can you name the last quarterback every NFL team selected in the first round of the NFL Draft? Five minutes are on the clock.

Good luck!


Note: An asterisk (*) indicates team made selection while located in another city.

QUIZ: Name the last quarterback each NFL team selected in the first round

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The San Antonio Spurs' record currently sits at 35-24, good for third best in the Western Conference and sixth best league-wide. That they've managed to pull this off despite getting just nine games from their star player, Kawhi Leonard, is an accomplishment unto itself, even by the Spurs' lofty standards. But it appears as if this may end up being a lost season for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year, as head coach Gregg Popovich came out on Wednesday and said that he'd be surprised if Leonard was able to make it back onto the court this season.

As if the likely loss of the team's best player for the season isn't detrimental enough, it would appear as if the earlier rumored riff between the Spurs and their superstar is a real thing

The injury, rehabilitation and timetable for a return has complicated the Spurs' and Leonard's relationship, causing tension and fraying the fabric of what was once a strong partnership, league sources told ESPN. The uncertainty surrounding this season -- and Leonard's future, which could include free agency in the summer of 2019 -- has inspired a palpable stress around the organization, league sources said.

Woj's above mention of Leonard's impending free agency is not a fleeting one. He will likely be the crown jewel of the free agent class during a summer when one of the league's marquee teams, the Los Angeles Lakers, will have an abundance of cap space to lure one or more big names to Laker Land. Oh, and Kawhi just happens to have grown up in Los Angeles as a Lakers fan. If the idea of returning home to bring his boyhood team a championship appeals to Leonard, he could end up being the rare Spurs star who leaves what many consider to be the best run franchise, not just in the NBA but all of sports, for greener pastures. 

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Kawhi has rounded himself out to be one of the five best players in the league during his seven seasons in the NBA, but above all, he is still very much known for being the best shutdown defensive player in the league; just ask LeBron James. Leonard has made the NBA's All-Defensive First Team three times so far in his career. Since the NBA began awarding NBA All-Defensive Team honors following the 1968-69 season, 28 players have made the All-Defensive First Team five or more times over the course of their careers. How many of the 28 can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


Note: An asterisk indicates that the person was elected to the Hall of Fame as a player.

QUIZ: Name every player to make the NBA All-Defensive First Team at least five times

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We're just a little over a month away from Opening Day, and it appears MLB general managers are finally remembering there are some pretty talented players on the market.

It was 10 days ago when the Cubs landed the best free agent starter in Yu Darvish, while the ink is still not dry on the eight-year, $144M deal the Padres gave Eric Hosmer to pry him out of Kansas City. But the winter's most inevitable pairing finally got together on Monday as the Boston Red Sox and J.D. Martinez agreed to terms on a five-year, $110M deal. The terms of the deal are not that straightforward, as Martinez can opt out of the deal after the second and third years, meaning we're likely to see Martinez hit free agency again in the not-too-distant future. It's a deal that's mutually beneficial to both sides. The Red Sox greatly upgraded its outfield without breaking the bank or committing to a long-term deal, as they chase the prohibitive favorites in the American League, while Martinez and his agent, Scott Boras, get a big payday along with leverage and flexibility down the road. Now, Martinez must make the adjustment from being an underrated all-star to a well-compensated superstar with lofty expectations, because as David Price was kind enough to remind Martinez, with great power comes great responsibility.

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Speaking of power, 2017 was a big year for big numbers, and J.D. Martinez was one of three players to hit at least 45 home runs and drive in 100 runs. Over the last 15 seasons, only 31 players were able to reach both those totals over the course of one season. How many of the 31 can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name every MLB player to hit 45 home runs and 100 RBI in a season since 2003

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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 year in the NFL. That total was good for third that season, behind only Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson, who both had career years themselves in 2012. 

Martin's next two seasons were marred by injuries, which allowed him to suit up for only 17 games total in 2013 and 2014 combined. Martin, however, was able to return to form in 2015, finishing with 1,673 total yards from scrimmage, which was fourth-best in the league that season. The Bucs rewarded their star tailback with a five-year, $35M extension following that season, and that is seemingly when things started to go a bit askew for both Martin and the Bucs. 

He suffered through an injury-plagued 2016 season, playing in just half of Tampa's games. At the end of the season, he was hit with a four-game suspension after violating the league's substance abuse policy, for which he later checked into rehab. That offseason he was also in a car accident, in which he was fortunate to walk away from with just a few stitches.. Beginning the 2017 season on the suspension list, Martin again was unable to crack three yards per rush when he was on the field, meaning the handwriting was on the wall for some time regarding today's news. Now a free agent, Martin will likely get a second chance somewhere (hello Patriots?), but for now both sides are forced to move on and simply wonder what could have been if things had just gone a bit differently for both sides. 

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Martin's time in Tampa may be over, but he leaves the franchise as its fourth-leading rusher all time and, as of this writing, the last player to reach 1,000 yards rushing in a season for the Bucs. So, with that in mind, how many of the other running backs who last topped 1,000 or more yards in a season for every NFL franchise can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name the last player to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season for every NFL franchise

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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 pink approach while LeBron used his footwear to hit back at a political foe. And while the new format certainly led to most players giving it their all (Jimmy Butler aside), no one out there tried to do more with less than Fergie, much to the delight of both Draymond Green and LeBron. The game itself was a constant highlight reel with Team Steph leading most of the way before Team LeBron took over in the waning seconds. As if Hollywood writers were actively penning a storybook ending, LeBron and Kevin Durant blanketed Steph on the final play of the game, sealing the win. 

Now, as we enter the second half of the season, there are many exciting and important storylines to watch beginning with whether or not those aforementioned Warriors are beatable, especially with Houston currently sitting atop the Western Conference. In the East, are the new-look Cavs for real, or is this finally the moment to pounce for the Celtics or the Raptors? Will the Slam Dunk Contest victory propel Donovan Mitchell to the Rookie of the Year Award, or is it still Ben Simmons’s race to lose? Speaking of losers, as many as nine teams appear to be involved in an all out Tank-a-thon, so who will ultimately be the worst of the worst? Conversely, Adam Silver is considering making the playoffs more competitive in coming seasons, because as always, the NBA is writing the professional sports book on self-improvement.

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. LeBron James was a shoo-in for this year’s All-Star Game MVP with 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds in a winning effort. The NBA All-Star Game has been held since 1951. How many MVPs from each game can you name in six minutes?

Good luck!


Note: The 1999 All-Star Game was canceled due to a labor strike, and there were co-MVPs in 1959, 1993, 2000 and 2009.

QUIZ: Name the MVP of every NBA All-Star Game

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