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Francisco Lindor says he’s open to discussing long-term deal with New York Mets

The New York Mets have been searching for years for a superstar position player. They now have one in Francisco Lindor, and the big question on everyone’s mind: Will he sign a long-term deal with the Mets? Lindor, eligible for free agency after the 2021 season, said during a video call Monday that he’s certainly open to discussing […]

How Rams’ Darious Williams knew what was coming on his pick-6

If you need an example of how important film study is in football, look no further than Darious Williams’ interception of Russell Wilson in the Rams’ 30-20 win over the Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. Williams has had a knack for jumping routes all season long, so it wasn’t surprising to see […]

Ohio State vs. Alabama: A giant film study

Kerry Coombs, Ohio State’s first-year defensive coordinator, laid out the challenge clear as day. “It is a complete offense,” he said of the looming test against Alabama in Monday’s national championship game. “There are five All-Americans on the offensive side of the ball, a Heisman Trophy winner and the runner-up. They have great players, but […]

NFL picks against the spread for the first round of the playoffs

Home-field advantage has been anything but in the opening round of the NFL playoffs. Since 2002, when the league expanded to 32 teams, home squads are 38-34 in first-round games (.528) and even worse against the spread (30-39-3, .435). Home teams favored by three or more points don’t provide value, either, with a measly 22-22 […]

Way-Too-Early Ranking of Next Winter’s Top MLB Free Agents

The road to next offseason is a long and treacherous one. Countless obstacles will present themselves along the way, none bigger than the Dec. 1 expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. More pressing are the inevitably contentious negotiations needing to play out between the owners and players to commence the 2021 season as they bicker over […]

How freshman Will Anderson is giving Alabama the pass rush spark it needs

The moment that Will Anderson stepped on campus in Tuscaloosa as a true freshman from Hampton, Ga., the buzz started. It got stronger and stronger, even without spring practice. By the time the season arrived, it wasn’t all that surprising that the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder had earned a starting role on the Alabama defense. You can […]

Braves’ interest in re-signing Marcell Ozuna likely doesn’t hinge on DH

Marcell Ozuna is the latest player to benefit from signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves. In 2018, they inked starter Aníbal Sánchez to a $1 million contract. He revived his career by posting a 2.83 ERA over 25 games and cashed in by signing a two-year, $19 million deal with the Nationals the […]

Wizardry in the Field: Andrelton Simmons is Still Worth Your Time

The slow MLB free agency market is creating quite the off-season conversation around possible fits. Yankee fans wrestle with the possibility that DJ LeMahieu may walk in free agency and are looking for options to replace him. While a reunion with Didi Gregorius has been rumored as a possible fallback option, former Angel shortstop Andrelton Simmons has been floated out there […]

Could Nico Hoerner’s growing versatility make him a breakout candidate in 2021?

As the Cubs try to put together their roster for the 2021 season and beyond, one name they are sure to pencil in somewhere on the diamond is Nico Hoerner. He has grown into a piece of the Cubs’ future in a very short time. Hoerner endeared himself to manager David Ross during his rookie […]

Kolten Wong is still inexplicably available

In many ways, Kolten Wong was the canary in the coal mine for this offseason. Wong was coming off a season in which he was on pace for 3.5 fWAR over a 162-game span. That would have been an effective repeat of his 2019 campaign in which he accrued 3.7 wins as the Cardinals’ everyday […]

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