1. Oakland A's: How Billy Beane Puts Moneyball Theory into Practice

    The 2012 Oakland A's sustained a nine-game losing streak in late May and were 22-30 on June 1. As recently as June 30th they were still only 37-42. Since then they have surged, going 23-9...

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  2. Kevin Youkilis Trade Will Kill the Boston Red Sox in July

    The Boston Red Sox have crept back into contention and now trail the Baltimore Orioles by 1.5 games for the second wild-card position...

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  3. How Josh Beckett Is Killing the Boston Red Sox

    Josh Beckett drew the brunt of the Red Sox Nation's ire for the 2011 collapse amidst the "beer-and-chicken wings" controversy...

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  4. 2012 NHL Playoffs: L.A. Kings Will Win Behind Goalie Jonathan Quick

    Jonathan Quick's storybook season highlight might well have been his nomination as one of three Vezina Trophy candidate finalists. That will be surpassed by his forthcoming leading role in the Kings capturing the Stanley Cup...

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  5. NBA Playoffs 2012: Why the San Antonio Spurs Are Unstoppable

    The San Antonio Spurs' sweeps of the Utah Jazz and the formidable Los Angeles Clippers is testimony to the incredibly deep squad General Manager R.C. Buford has built and that Head coach Gregg Popovich has cultivated...

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  6. NBA Playoffs 2012 Boston vs. Philly: All About Avery Bradley

    The resuscitation of the Boston Celtics ' season is attributable to the emergence of Avery Bradley as an NBA All-Star calibre player. During the first 11 games of the season, Bradley played 11...

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  7. Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery: The Captain of a Sinking Ship

    I wrote back on April 5 extolling Bears running back Matt Forte for his achievements, which have been especially noteworthy in light of the terrible offensive line he has had blocking for him...

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  8. 2012 NBA Playoffs: Caron Butler the Key to Memphis vs. L.A. Clippers Series

    Caron Butler has endured a "Jekyll vs. Hyde" regular season as his splits are markedly different in the team's wins versus its losses. In the wins he has shot 42.6 percent and produced a 1...

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  9. NBA Playoffs 2012: Can Jason Kidd Turn Back Time...Again?

    The reigning champion Dallas Mavericks vs. the ascendant Oklahoma City Thunder ; what's different from their 2011 playoff battle, which the Mavs won four-to-one? The fact of the matter is that Jason Kidd thoroughly dominated Russell Westbrook...

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  10. 2012 NBA Playoffs: Why the LA Lakers Will Rout Denver Nuggets

    The Lakers' acquisition of Ramon Sessions introduces an entirely new dynamic to the team: a point guard that can penetrate to the basket and consequently set up teammates for open shots they are not accustomed to seeing...

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  11. NHL Playoffs 2012: How the New Jersey Devils Advanced to the Second Round

    NHL fans might have overlooked the New Jersey Devils ' chances in the playoffs despite their 102 point regular season and the wonderful play of their two veteran goalies, Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg ...

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  12. NHL Playoffs 2012: How the Phoenix Coyotes Beat the Chicago Blackhawks

    Phoenix's first round victory over Chicago can hardly be called an upset for the Coyotes beat the Blackhawks three out of the four games in their regular season series. Moreover, Phoenix's 97 points was comparable to Chicago's 101...

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  13. NHL Playoffs 2012 Unsung Heroes: Nashville's David Legwand, LA's Willie Mitchell

    Those of us on the East Coast often overlook the achievements of players beyond our immediate geographic area...

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  14. Why Bryce Harper Won't Be in Washington Nationals' Uniform in 2012

    Phenom Bryce Harper has struggled mightily in minor league ball since his initial success early in 2011 at the A level. At A level, he hit 14 home runs in 258 at-bats—one every 18...

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  15. Matt Bonner, Manu Ginobili Will Spark San Antonio Spurs to Another NBA Crown

    San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is now the NBA 's best coach in the aftermath of Phil Jackson's retirement. His ability to mold an incredibly well-disciplined unit while integrating new players into his rotation is unparalleled...

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  16. Why T.J. Oshie Will Boost the Blues Past San Jose Sharks

    This past season St. Louis swept all four games from San Jose, including two games in San Jose where the Sharks have historically been very strong, including 26-12-3 this year...

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  17. Why Nicklas Backstrom Is the Capitals' Key to Upsetting the NHL Champ Bruins

    Nicklas Backstrom 's return to action from an early January concussion provides the Washington Capitals a spark of hope against the defending NHL Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins ...

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  18. NHL Playoffs 2012: Why Dmitry Kulikov Is Key to Panthers vs. Devils

    Dmitry Kulikov is the Florida Panthers ' exciting 21-year-old Russian defenseman who is already third in team seniority among critical players, behind only veteran center Stephen Weiss and fellow defenseman Jason Garrison...

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  19. Why Texas Rangers Should Sign Johnny Damon Right Now

    The Texas Rangers and Johnny Damon are a heavenly match. Texas needs outfield depth because Nelson Cruz has never played more than 128 games in a season, David Murphy never ...

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  20. Chicago Bears Can Not Win Without Running Back Matt Forte

    Matt Forte 's accomplishments with the Chicago Bears over the past several years have been unmatched in the NFL . That's because he has achieved All-Pro status with the worst surrounding cast of offensive players of any top back...

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  21. Why the New York Rangers Will Crash and Burn in the NHL Playoffs

    The New York Rangers have produced a wonderful season, but their lack of defensemen depth will result in their early exit from the playoffs...

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  22. St. Louis Cardinals: Why Yadier Molina Is Worth Every Penny of His Mega-Contract

    Many fans might have been surprised by Yadier Molina 's five-year, $75 million contract extension. It even dwarfed Victor Martinez's free-agent one...

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  23. Left-Handed Hitters and the Achilles' Heel for Some of Them

    So many of today's best baseball hitters are left-handed, and one can categorize them into three classifications: 1. Those who excel versus left-handed pitching. 2...

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  24. 2012 NFL Draft's Biggest Sleeper: Arkansas Wide Receiver Jarius Wright

    A wide variety of well-respected NFL draft prognosticators have Arkansas' wide receiver Jarius Wright going in the mid- to late fourth round...

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  25. New York Islanders: Why Clutch John Tavares Is the NHL MVP

    Clutch performance measures abound in baseball, as statistics for both hitters and pitchers are available in "runners in scoring position" situations, late-inning one-run game situations, etc...

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