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Arizona Diamondbacks 2015 Preview and Prediction

Paul Goldschmidt and the Diamondbacks hope wholesale changes produce better results
Arizona Diamondbacks 2015 Preview and Prediction

The Diamondbacks are rebooting, and it is hard to blame them. The wall-to-wall changes began with the hiring of Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer last May, and also include new GM Dave Stewart, new director of baseball operations De Jon Watson and new manager Chip Hale.

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Big Ten's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2015

Joey Bosa tops the Big Ten ranks.
Big Ten's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2015

The national perception of the Big Ten shifted at the end of the 2014 season thanks to Ohio State’s national championship and Michigan’s hire of Jim Harbaugh as the program’s new coach. While the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is only going to increase in intensity with Harbaugh going up against Urban Meyer, don’t forget about Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

College Basketball's Best Players at Every Height

From diminutive point guards to massive shot blockers, these guys run the spectrum
College Basketball's Best Players at Every Height

College basketball, especially this time of year, is all about mismatches.

 

In general, that means a power forward with quickness or a big guy who can step out to take a 3.

 

With 351 teams in college basketball, the sample size leads to size mismatches between a 5-foot-8 guard and a 7-6 center. And we’re not kidding. This is a a year ago.

 

The SEC's Bubble has Popped: Let Murray State Take its Place

If Texas A&M and Ole Miss were typical bubble teams, time to change the formula
The SEC's Bubble has Popped: Let Murray State Take its Place

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Let’s get weird, NCAA selection committee.

 

In one day, the SEC lost probably one and perhaps two teams in consideration for the NCAA Tournament. Texas A&M lost 66-59 to an Auburn team that won four SEC games all year. Ole Miss lost 60-58 to a South Carolina team that won six league games.

 

If the Aggies and Rebels are a representative sample of the bubble, send the lot of them to the NIT.

 

SEC's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2015

Dak Prescott takes the pre-spring No. 1 spot.
SEC's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2015

The SEC hasn’t won a national title in the last two seasons, but this conference is still the best in the nation. And the two-year drought certainly won’t last much longer with the talent flowing to the 14 teams over the last few years on the recruiting trail.

 

College Basketball Expert Poll: How can the Game be Fixed?

Our panel weighs in on the top change they'd like to see in the sport
College Basketball Expert Poll: How Can The Game Be Fixed?

College basketball seems to be in a state of crisis.

 

The sport is fading into a niche market with only March Madness able to capture widespread national attention.

 

The reasons are many: The sport lacks the stars power it did when players stayed in school for four years. Defenses have free reign, deflating scoring totals and slowing the game. Timeouts at the end of the game grind momentum to a halt in the final minutes.

 

All of these are popular topics to improve the game. But which is the No. 1 thing our panel would fix?

Just Shut Up, Chip Kelly Knows What He's Doing

Kelly is making headlines in Philadelphia.
Just Shut Up, Chip Kelly Knows What He's Doing

Chip Kelly isn’t the nicest or most humble guy in the room but he’s probably the smartest.

 

Just ask him.

 

After all, you don’t go from New Hampshire’s offensive coordinator to NFL head coach and general manager in eights years by being stupid.

 

St. Louis Cardinals 2015 Preview and Prediction

Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals look to defend their NL Central crown
St. Louis Cardinals 2015 Preview and Prediction

Ten days after the Cardinals’ postseason run ended just shy of their intended destination, a tragedy stunned the organization and sent its future in an unplanned direction.

Early Winners and Losers as NFL Starts New League Year, Free Agency

The start of the new league year has not gone well for Bill Belichick and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots
Early Winners and Losers as NFL Starts New League Year, Free Agency

The NFL’s new league year isn’t even a day old but you wouldn’t think so based on all the moves that have already transpired. Not only has free agency gotten off to a furious start, but last week’s LeSean McCoy trade ended up being the appetizer to Tuesday’s swapfest.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Preview and Prediction

Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates are aiming for a third consecutive playoff appearance
Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Preview and Prediction

It is almost hard to believe the Pittsburgh Pirates were the laughingstocks of baseball not long ago. They had 20 consecutive losing seasons from 1993-2012, the longest such streak of futility in major North American professional sports history.

 

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