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The Difference In The East Could Be Andrei Vasilevskiy The Difference In The East Could Be Andrei Vasilevskiy

In a just world, the Lightning and Maple Leafs would meet in the Eastern Conference final. But it is not a just world, and because the two clear best teams in the East also happen to be the two best teams in the Atlantic Division, the NHL’s playoff format puts the two on track for a second-round showdown. It’ll be…

No One Knows Where The Raiders Are Going To Play Next Season No One Knows Where The Raiders Are Going To Play Next Season

The Raiders have just one home game left in Oakland this year, Christmas Eve against the Broncos. The Raiders will begin play in their new domed Las Vegas Stadium in the 2020 season. And in between? Uhhhhhhhh...

Everything's Going Great With The Skins, Why Do You Ask? Everything's Going Great With The Skins, Why Do You Ask?

Washington is a half-game out of a playoff spot, and yet somehow it feels like they’ve been eliminated for weeks. It’s a function of vibe: This is a miserable team to be on or around right now.

The Flames Can't Keep Winning Like This, But It's Going To Be Fun To Watch Them Try The Flames Can't Keep Winning Like This, But It's Going To Be Fun To Watch Them Try

The Calgary Flames are not hard to figure out. A young, explosive team that will go only so far as its goaltending will take it—which, in any half-logical outcome, is not very far. But inexplicably, old man Mike Smith has been red-hot over the last month, and unheralded backup David Rittich red-hot before that, and…

More Than You Probably Wanted To Know About The Rules On A Puck Hitting A Ref's Dick And Balls

Just an excellent hockey highlight from Tuesday’s 4-3 Blues win over the Panthers, as St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo—fresh off of beating the hell out of a teammate in practice—tried to dump in a puck and ended up banking it off of referee Tim Peel’s biscuits, past goalie Roberto Luongo, and into the net. There…

It's Pretty Messed Up That The Red Sox Might Be Shedding Payroll It's Pretty Messed Up That The Red Sox Might Be Shedding Payroll

The championship window is rarely open as long as you’d like or expect it to be—just ask the 2014 Red Sox. And the current defending World Series champs can see it coming. In the next two to three years, Boston is going to have to worry about the following players hitting the open market: Chris Sale, Rick Porcello,…

Blues Players Just Straight Up Start Whaling On Each Other In Practice

This is it, folks: The most exciting moment of the Blues’ season. It’s all downhill from here. (And, uh, was all downhill to get here. Don’t think about it too hard.)

The Mets Are Ready To Get Weird The Mets Are Ready To Get Weird

It was, from the outside, a quiet day in Las Vegas for the second day of baseball’s winter meetings. Not much stirring; a chilly day in the desert. But inside? Oh, inside, that stove is red fucking hot.

Paul Konerko Has A Good Bad Idea For The Hall Of Fame Paul Konerko Has A Good Bad Idea For The Hall Of Fame

The baseball world is very bored right now, and so is in high dudgeon over the election to the Hall of Fame of Lee Smith (fine, whatever) and Harold Baines. Harold Baines! It’s alternately inexplicable (Harold Baines was good for a long time, but c’mon, he’s no Ryan Klesko) and completely explicable (the 16-person …

The Miami Miracle Was 12 Years In The Making The Miami Miracle Was 12 Years In The Making

The Miami Miracle was, like any even-half-decent football play, lovingly swiped. In this case, from one of the greatest college football game ever played: Boise State vs. Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. The Dolphins’ last gasp was supposed to be the relatively simple hook and lateral that Boise State used to tie up…

No One Knows Who Doped These Sled Dogs No One Knows Who Doped These Sled Dogs

A four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Race has been cleared in a nearly-two-year old case involving four of his dogs testing positive for a banned substance. Except—it’s weird. What’s been overturned is not that Dallas Seavey’s dogs were doped. Oh, those dogs were doped to the gills. What has apparently been…

Rui Hachimura Hit The Game-Winner For Gonzaga And Is On His Way To Being A Household Name Rui Hachimura Hit The Game-Winner For Gonzaga And Is On His Way To Being A Household Name

So...Gonzaga’s good. And you can say that without any qualifier, either: They’re not some scrappy upstarts, or even a particularly surprising national No. 1. They’re undefeated, and have come by their ranking honestly. And they feature one of the best players in the nation, Rui Hachimura. All of those statements were…

Red Sox Will Visit White House Red Sox Will Visit White House

Because this is now a legitimate question after every championship, it was news Monday night when the Boston Red Sox announced they have accepted an invitation to visit President Trump at the White House. When it is and who will attend are still up in the air—J.D. Martinez must be psyched, but you can probably count…

Urban Meyer Resigns, You Know The Drill Urban Meyer Resigns, You Know The Drill

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Urban Meyer is stepping down from his head coaching gig, in part because of his health and in part because he wants to spend more time with family. He even might consider doing some TV! So obviously the only thing to do now is speculate on where he’s going to coach next.…

Bill Belichick Got Into It With Adam Thielen

Down two scores and with about nine minutes remaining, the Vikings picked up what looked like a fourth-down conversion—but it was close. Minnesota hurried to the line to try to get the next play off before the Patriots could decide whether to challenge the ruling, but safety Patrick Chung dropped to the ground with an…

Sweden Will Prosecute Hockey Player For Blind-Side Hit That Might Have Ended Daniel Paille's Career Sweden Will Prosecute Hockey Player For Blind-Side Hit That Might Have Ended Daniel Paille's Career

A Swedish prosecutor has charged defenseman Thomas Larkin with assault for a blind-side hit on former NHLer Daniel Paille, a check to the head that appears to have ended Paille’s career. The hit “goes beyond a level of violence that can be allowed in sports,” the prosecutor told Sportbladet.

The Next USMNT Coach Will Be Gregg Berhalter, Apparently The Next USMNT Coach Will Be Gregg Berhalter, Apparently

It is looking increasingly likely that Gregg Berhalter, former national team player and current Columbus Crew coach, will be named the next coach of the USMNT. It has looked increasingly likely for the better part of a year, but it appears to be actually happening now, so everyone try to look surprised.

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