1. MLB Rumors: Why Bud Selig's Newest Committee Is Worse Than a Waste

    Do you know the story of the invention of baseball? Have you grown up reading about Abner Doubleday, who sprung fully formed from the head of Zeus and invented baseball in six ...

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  2. 2011 NFL Draft: Ranking the Top 20 Pass Rushers

    By no coincidence, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers met in Super Bowl XLV last month after finishing first and second in the NFL in sacks for the season...

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  3. MLB Trade Rumors: Power Ranking the Top 50 Hottest Names To Watch Before 2012

    Heath Bell and the San Diego Padres are reportedly discussing a long-term extension. Bell has made it known that he wants to stay in San Diego for as long as possible...

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  4. Cleveland Indians 2011 MLB Preview: 10 Things That Must Go Right To Rock the AL

    Carlos Santana was only eight years old when the Cleveland Indians opened the doors to Jacobs Field in 1994...

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  5. NFL Draft 2011: 10 Guys With Character Questions

    If the past few seasons have taught us anything about first-round picks in the NFL Draft, it is that character is more important than ever as a factor in determining when a player gets drafted and how much success they have thereafter...

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  6. March Madness: Power Ranking the Last 25 NCAA Champions

    There are no fluke winners of the annual NCAA men's basketball tournament. Whoever wins does so only after winning six games over teams from all over the country, teams that all won at least 20 games and belong in the Big Dance...

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  7. 2011 NFL Draft: Ranking the Top 25 Wide Receivers Available

    The 2011 NFL Draft is a mere seven weeks away, and though no one is sure whether or not there is to be a football season in 2011, the draft will carry its usual level of excitement...

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  8. 2011 MLB Preview: 10 Things the Cincinnati Reds Must Do To Win the Pennant

    From 2002 to 2009, the Chicago Cubs won three division titles. The St. Louis Cardinals took the other five. The Cincinnati Reds never had a winning record during that stretch. Then, in 2010, they figured it all out...

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  9. 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Every Team's First-Round Focus

    The 2011 NFL draft is just 50 days away, and with the NFL combine in the rearview mirror, it is time to examine the possibilities in the draft from the vantage point of teams' needs and preferences...

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  10. Chicago White Sox 2011: 10 Things That Must Go Right To Get Back That 2005 Feel

    The 2010 season ended on sour notes for Ozzie Guillen's Chicago White Sox. After battling into mid-September for the division title, they fell out of contention when the Minnesota Twins thumped them in a three-game sweep that month...

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  11. Chicago Cubs Predictions: 10 Things That Have To Go Right To End the Curse

    The Cubs' 2010 season was so depressing that manager Lou Piniella retired six weeks early. No one pooped in the dugout this time around, but in all other ways the final chapter of ...

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  12. MLB Draft: Analyzing How Adding International Free Agents Would Change the Draft

    With the first overall pick of the 2000 June amateur draft, the Florida Marlins took Adrian Gonzalez. But what if Hanley Ramirez , who signed just a month later with the Boston ...

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  13. Boston Red Sox 2011 MLB Predictions: 10 Things To Help the Sox Win It All

    Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are the highlighted names, but virtually every move Theo Epstein made this winter made good sense and improved the team...

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  14. Baltimore Orioles MLB 2011 Prediction: 10 Things That Could Bring Them a Pennant

    The Baltimore Orioles used to be the envy of the baseball world. There was an Oriole Way: The team had an identity and a unique sense of fundamental soundness and professionalism...

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  15. Atlanta Braves MLB 2011 Predictions: 10 Things That Could Vault Them to Pennant

    Jason Heyward has graduated, but the Atlanta Braves' minor-league system remains loaded with talent. Another superb player, first baseman Freddie Freeman, will make the jump to the parent club as its starting first baseman in 2011...

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  16. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB 2011 Predictions: 10 Things That Could Make Them Champs

    Justin Upton and the Arizona Diamondbacks had a rough go in 2010. Plagued by a historic case of strikeout fever—the batters whiffed 144 times more than any other club in the ...

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  17. MLB 2011 Power Rankings: Each System's Best Low-Level Prospect

    With Adam Wainwright hurt, Miguel Cabrera battling alcohol addiction and the Yankees' rotation in shambles, it only makes sense that most of the talk about minor leaguers so far this ...

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  18. Albert Pujols Rumors: How Important Is His Age to His Market Value?

    Albert Pujols was born on January 16, 1980, or so he and the St. Louis Cardinals would have us all believe. Pujols was born in the Dominican Republic, though, and would not move to the United States until 1996...

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  19. Adam Wainwright Has Elbow Injury: What It Could All Mean

    Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals' ace and arguably their most important player, has an elbow injury GM John Mozeliak called "signficant," according to Derrick Goold of the St...

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  20. MLB Power Rankings: Rating Each Team's Top Overall Prospect

    Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg do not a system make. One prospect cannot turn a team around overnight. Still, the enthusiasm and optimism fans draw from elite prospects can be worth the trade offs of a top-heavy system...

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  21. Albert Pujols MLB Rumors: What The Chicago Cubs Can Learn From Theo Epstein

    Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein made a remark late last week that likely drew less attention than it deserved, especially as the world gears up for Albert Pujols to hit free agency after the 2011 season...

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  22. Albert Pujols, CC Sabathia and Quick Hits From Around MLB Spring Training

    A majority of MLB position players will be at the site of their teams' Spring Training camps by the end of the day Wednesday, and that certainly includes Albert Pujols. The St...

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  23. Albert Pujols Contract All-Stars: A Full Lineup for Less Than $30 Million

    Albert Pujols plays his home games in the shadow of the gateway to the American West, but with only a few days left before the deadlin, Pujols imposed upon negotiations for a contract extension, he and the St...

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  24. MLB Predictions 2011: Power Ranking 5 Favorites For Each of MLB’s Top Awards

    If Albert Pujols was looking for more incentive to have a monster season in 2011, he may be about to find it. He and the St. Louis Cardinals remain far apart on a contract extension, and Pujols said he would not discuss it beyond Feb...

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  25. MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Potential Deals for the Chicago Cubs

    The Chicago Cubs have already traded for starting pitcher Matt Garza and traded away starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny this winter, and it seems very possible that that will be enough for GM Jim Hendry...

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