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The Lakers Really Want You Know They Don't Want J.R. Smith

The Lakers Really Want You Know They Don't Want J.R. Smith

You would have been forgiven for wondering, even assuming. LeBron likes his guys, those role players he has repeatedly gathered around him at every stop in his role as shadow GM. J.R. Smith is one of his guys. Yes, even after that .

At exactly 5 p.m. on Monday, the deadline arrived for the Cavaliers to either waive or trade Smith before his $15.6 million deal became partially guaranteed....

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 20:32.

Odell Beckham Jr. Says NFL Players Should Be Paid More

Odell Beckham Jr. Says NFL Players Should Be Paid More

Giants receiver and Madden cover boy Odell Beckham Jr. was asked by the Huffington Post what one thing he would change about the NFL. He took a second to think, then answered, “I think that we should make more money, personally.”

“It’s not even a full-contact sport, I would call it a full-collision sport. You have people running who can run 20 miles per hour and they’re running downhill to hit...

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 20:25. 20 comments

The Texans Are Stiffing Jadeveon Clowney

The Texans Are Stiffing Jadeveon Clowney

It has been a relatively quiet offseason for the NFL, which comes as a real pleasure for everyone, but that’s just about ended. For folks thirsty for football-adjacent events, we’re less than a week out from the start of training camps, and just hours away from the deadline for players slapped with the franchise tag to sign long-term deals. Among those stars not expected to get a deal done by...

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 19:56.

It’s time once again to play Spot The Ball

It’s time once again to play Spot The Ball

It’s time once again to play Spot The Ball. You’ll be bad at it.

Quiz: Find the missing World Cup ball (Group stages)

The New York Times removed the ball from World Cup photos. See if you can find where it belongs in…

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 19:49.

FIFA Turned A Huge Profit On The World Cup, Of Course

FIFA Turned A Huge Profit On The World Cup, Of Course

FIFA is bad. "Bad," as in many of the people who work there are bad, and they often do bad things to the sport of soccer and to the world at large. But let no one ever say that FIFA isn't very, very good at making money: it pulled in more than $2 billion in revenues last year, nearly all of that from the World Cup.

FIFA released its annual earning report, which can be read in full below. The...

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 19:35.

Deadspin Up All Night: Fearless In Motion

Deadspin Up All Night: Fearless In Motion

Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. It’s too nice to be inside.

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 19:35.

Here are the 15 biggest plays in MLB history, ranked by Championship Probability Added

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Here are the 15 biggest plays in MLB history, ranked by Championship Probability Added

Here are the 15 biggest plays in MLB history, ranked by Championship Probability Added. There are three plays from the same game, and you will never, ever guess No. 1.

The 15 Biggest Plays in Baseball History

Which plays caused the widest swings in a team’s numerical chances at winning the World Series?

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 19:17.

Deadspin Up All Night: Catching The Wind

Deadspin Up All Night: Catching The Wind

Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. We’ll see you when we see you.

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 19:10.

Matt Leinart's Flag Football League Is Up To Some Shady Stuff

Matt Leinart's Flag Football League Is Up To Some Shady Stuff

Matt Leinart’s flag football league avoided paying $50,000 in rental fees for public fields this past spring by registering as a non-profit, an Orange County Register investigation has found, and will do so again next year. The big problem here is that the league is very much for-profit.

It’s a little involved, and you should definitely read the Register story, but here’s how it works: The...

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 19:09.

NFL Football Manufacturer Also Says Bill Belichick Is Full Of Shit

NFL Football Manufacturer Also Says Bill Belichick Is Full Of Shit

It's not just Bill Nye the Science Guy who isn't buying Bill Belichick's involved and theoretical explanation for how the Patriots's underinflated footballs might have gotten that way without any nefarious tactics. Representatives from Wilson, the company that makes the NFL's footballs, say that Belichick's ball story doesn't wash.

Bill Nye The Science Guy Says Bill Belichick Is Full Of Shit...
Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 19:05.

Not Even Hockey Is Safe For Packers Fans Right Now

Not Even Hockey Is Safe For Packers Fans Right Now

I absolutely love this. When your own team sucks—as the Vikings do—sports, in their infinite wisdom, offer you a consolation prize: exulting in the tears of your enemies. St. Paul native Ryan Rhody had seats behind the Wild's bench for last night's game, and so knew he'd end up on TV multiple times. So he whipped out a hastily made sign, with a delightfully simple message, and got joy from...

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 18:56.

The Phillies Knew Their Fans Wanted Bryce Harper Over Manny Machado

The Phillies Knew Their Fans Wanted Bryce Harper Over Manny Machado

The Phillies eventually got their man in Bryce Harper, even if it took all damn winter, but they were always favored to get someone, given that principal owner John Middleton perhaps unwisely admitted the team’s willingness to spend “stupid” money. What was in dispute was whether their primary target would be Harper or Manny Machado. Now a little more light is being shed on that debate, and...

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 18:31.

This Year's Baseball Hall Of Famers Are Nearly Sure Things

This Year's Baseball Hall Of Famers Are Nearly Sure Things

The most important man in baseball every December is Ryan Thibodaux. Thibodaux runs the Baseball Hall of Fame Vote Tracker, which does exactly what it promises: it keeps a running tally of BBWAA members’ ballots, allowing you (and also, crucially, people who are actually good with statistics) to get a sense of the chances for this year’s candidates for Cooperstown.

So rather than wait for the...

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 18:15.

Carter Hart Could Be The Start Of Something Big In Philadelphia

Carter Hart Could Be The Start Of Something Big In Philadelphia

You would have been forgiven for counting out the Flyers. Hell, you would be forgiven for counting them out now. But ... it’s not so easy anymore. Thanks to an eight-game winning streak, a Philadelphia team that had the league’s worst record less than a month ago is now just five points out of a playoff spot. And it can thank its 20-year-old goalie.

Carter Hart stopped 41 of 42 shots in the...

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 18:09.

Now The Sharks Want An Apology From The NHL For A Controversial Call

Now The Sharks Want An Apology From The NHL For A Controversial Call

The Sharks watched, amused, as some rough officiating in the first round led to their improbable Game 7 comeback, and as the league quietly apologized to the still-salty Golden Knights. Not that it did Vegas any good; they’re still golfing. (The Sharks’ general reaction to that kerfuffle could be summed up in this tweet from the team account.) So it was going to be interesting to see how...

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 18:05.

That Terrible Football Game Was Really Fun

That Terrible Football Game Was Really Fun

I’ve long had this theory that the best NFL games, or at least the most entertaining ones, take place between two bad teams. Mistakes are good for unpredictability, and poor decision-making provides the opportunity for hilarity. It’s part of the reason why college games have such wild finishes. The sloppiness does come with risks for the viewer—when it manifests in penalties and red zone...

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 18:04.

I Just Learned About A New MLB Rule That's As Trivial As It Is Wonderful 

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I Just Learned About A New MLB Rule That's As Trivial As It Is Wonderful 

It makes me a total hypocrite to criticize the NFL’s byzantine rulebook and yet value baseball in large part for its own wholly opaque regulations. (Seriously. Try explaining a balk to an alien or to a small child, or, hell, to me. You can’t do it.) I don’t care. I love the fact that baseball has planned for every contingency you can imagine, and about 3,000 that you can’t.

So I am overjoyed...

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 18:01.

Taking into account taxes and deferred salary, CBS Sports ranks the highest paid NFL players in 2015

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Taking into account taxes and deferred salary, CBS Sports ranks the highest paid NFL players in 2015

Taking into account taxes and deferred salary, CBS Sports ranks the highest paid NFL players in 2015. The top three: Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, and Marcell Dareus.

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 17:58.

The Hurricanes' Victory Celebration Rules

The Hurricanes' Victory Celebration Rules

The Carolina Hurricanes, after a long stretch of irrelevance, appear to finally be going in the right direction. They’re a young team with a lot of talent, and though they’re going to be sloppy at times (and their goaltending remains a mess), they should be a ton of fun to watch.

All of that (including the bad goaltending) was on display Sunday in an 8-5 home win over the Rangers in which the...

Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Jul 15, 2019 at 17:51.

That time Air Bud helped the U.S. win the Women’s World Cup

That time Air Bud helped the U.S. win the Women’s World Cup
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That time Air Bud helped the U.S. win the Women’s World Cup. [Philly Mag]

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