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  • NFL Picks Week 15: Highlighting Best Vegas Odds and Expert Predictions

    One game sticks out among the rest on the Week 15 NFL slate, as the 10-3 New England Patriots will travel to face the 11-2 Pittsburgh Steelers in a matchup that will go a long way toward deciding the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

    It's the most important game on the ledger given the playoff implications, but on paper, this is also the most likely to turn into a shootout. Per OddsShark, the over/under total for the matchup is set at 54 points. For context, no other game has an over/under above...


  • Week 15 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Play or Bench Advice for Fantasy Playoffs

    By now, the importance of start 'em, sit 'em decisions in NFL fantasy football shouldn't be lost on owners heading into Week 15. 

    Week 14 started the playoffs for most, and alongside its arrival came endless examples. For instance, those who trusted Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott despite weeks of mediocre performances got one of the top-scoring days. Those who trusted Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons likely bowed out of the playoffs entirely thanks to a dud of a performance. 

    Owners who have worked...


  • LeBron James Rumors: Lakers a 'Long Shot'; Teaming with Chris Paul 'Overstated'

    LeBron James' signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency this summer is a "long shot," according to a report from Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.

    As for the possibility that James teams up with Chris Paul this summer, per Shelburne and Windhorst, "League sources called the concept that James and Paul want to spend their golden years as teammates an overstated assumption."

    This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes...


  • John Dorsey on Browns Under Sashi Brown: 'They Didn't Get Real Players'

    New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey said the organization didn't acquire "real players" under its previous front-office leadership, led by executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown before his firing last week.

    On Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com passed along comments Dorsey made about the status of the roster during an appearance on WKNR Radio.

    "You know what? You've got to get a guy like that (Hue Jackson) players," he said. "And you know what? I'll come...


  • Report: MLB to Investigate Leak of Shohei Ohtani's Elbow Injury

    Major League Baseball reportedly will launch an investigation into the circumstances that led to this week's release of the medical information of Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

    Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reported Monday that sources from two MLB teams told him Ohtani had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow in October.

    On Tuesday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Ohtani underwent a physical in November that...


  • Bleacher Report Expert Predictions for College Football Bowl Season

    It's time to stop arguing about whether the College Football Playoff selection committee got it right and start trying to figure out who will win these incredible games.

    Considering each of the four semifinalists is being predicted to win the national championship by at least one of Bleacher Report's college football experts—Matt Hayes, David Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Kerry Miller, Brad Shepard and Greg Wallace—we should be headed for three entertaining games to determine a champ.

    Though the playoff...


  • MLB Rule 5 Draft 2017 Results: Team-by-Team Breakdown

    The 2017 MLB Rule 5 draft took place Thursday morning from the MLB winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Detroit Tigers selected outfielder Victor Reyes from the Arizona Diamondbacks with the first overall pick.

    Teams pay $100,000 to take a player during the major league phase of the draft. The choice must remain on the club's 25-man roster for the duration of the 2018 season or he must be offered back to his original organization for $50,000.

    Roberto Clemente, Johan Santana, Jose...


  • WWE Rumors Roundup for Week of Dec. 14 Ahead of Clash of Champions

    Big plans are afoot in WWE.

    With 2018 and the road to WrestleMania 34 just around the corner, several of the company's biggest storylines are beginning to gather momentum at just the right time.

    And this week's rumors roundup has a look at what fans can expect not just over Christmas and new year, but heading into the first major show of 2018, too.

    There's a look at what may be next for Brock Lesnar and the Universal Championship, as well as encouraging news for fans of one of the best and...


  • NFL Standings 2017: Full League Outlook and AFC, NFC Playoff Predictions

    The 2017 NFL season is almost over, but the playoff picture is nowhere near to be set.

    After the New England Patriots lost to the Miami Dolphins, the top seed in the AFC is now the Pittsburgh Steelers' spot to lose as they take on the Patriots in Week 15.

    A win over the Patriots would give the Steelers a 12-3 record through 15 weeks with a two-game advantage over the Patriots, including the head-to-head tiebreaker.

    And that's only one scenario for the top seed.

    The rest of the playoff picture in...


  • World's Only Transatlantic Team Proving Distance Is Only a State of Mind

    When you ask Paul Rowley, the second year head coach of the Toronto Wolfpack, about the success of the team's inaugural 2017 season, he's about as matter of fact as you can be, in his Northern English accent.

    "Year 1 was good to give everyone a taste of [success], not stress out too much about the results," Rowley told B/R. "It was a nice, gentle way to ease into [the league], but I think 2018 will be a different experience altogether."

    What the rugged player-turned-coach is referring to is the...


  • 2018 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 50 Players 1 Month into CBB Season

    College basketball is a month in, and we're already starting to see new names emerge into the NBA draft conversation.

    Some breakout prospects were easier to see coming. There have been a few others, including a pair of freshmen, who've cracked our top 30 after starting the season off the radar.

    The No. 1 overall debate is also heating up, with three contenders all producing at monster rates.

    The rankings on our updated big board account for long-term NBA potential. It's possible that some names...


  • MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz Around Available Stars as Winter Meetings Wrap Up

    MLB executives will look to place the finishing touches on any ongoing trade talks before leaving Orlando, Florida. Following days of frantic activity, the winter meetings end on Thursday.

    Most trade news has revolved around the Miami Marlins, as new ownership has maintained the organization's status quo with another teardown. After sending speedster Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners and 2017 National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, they sold another star position player...