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Splitsville: Getting defensive Sep 18
Streaming defenses against offenses that allow a high sack rate is the best recipe for fantasy success.

Angels return to familiar surroundings after clinching AL West Sep 18
Once accustomed to reaching the postseason, the Angels have had a long and sometimes bumpy road to make it back.

Cat Zingano eager for Octagon return after multiple injuries, personal tragedy Sep 18
The women's bantamweight contender has had a difficult past 18 months, but she's ready to get back in the cage.

Can ex-prosecutor help save NFL from itself? Sep 17
The league has proven itself inept at understanding abuse and figuring out punishments for various misdeeds. Both need to be addressed urgently. And just because Lisa Friel is a woman doesn't mean she gets a pass; social media and mainstream media will be justifiably skeptical of her every move.

The happiness that Manchester City's billions can't buy Sep 17
Even with its billions, City can't get a fair deal with the UEFA Champions League seeding process.

Odd couple: Fabregas and Costa tandem make Chelsea Champions League favourites Sep 17
Chelsea may have begun their UEFA Champions League campaign on the wrong foot with a 1-1 draw against Schalke 04, but that shouldn’t stop Jose Mourinho’s side from being considered serious contenders for cup glory. Now, more than ever.

Source: Center Ryan Hollins, Kings agree to one-year deal Sep 17
The newcomer could pair with DeMarcus Cousins if Sacramento chooses to play a big lineup.

Week 3 Rankings: Wide Receivers Sep 17
Facing Green Bay, Calvin Johnson is the unanimous top fantasy wide receiver in the Week 3 rankings.

Florida State continues enabling of Jameis Winston with half-baked punishment Sep 17
The Seminoles responded to Winston's latest faux pas by suspending their star QB for a half against Clemson.

Just like the rest of Scotland, the nation’s soccer community is divided on independence Sep 17
Scottish soccer fans are passionate about their clubs, their politics, and their views on independence.

Sources: Free-agent forward Michael Beasley working out for Spurs Sep 17
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft is at the Spurs’ practice facility this week.

Filmmaker Ken Burns vows true portrait of 'most important person in the history of baseball' Sep 17
With a likely air date in 2016, Burns is focused on providing a complex, imperfect view of American hero Jackie Robinson.

Week 3 Rankings: Running Backs Sep 17
DeMarco Murray's star continues to rise in Dallas as he tops the Week 3 fantasy running back rankings.

Vikings fumbled in handling the Adrian Peterson situation Sep 17
The message from the team and the NFL is as muddled as ever as the Vikings place Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list after reactivating him Monday.

Why boxing stars like Floyd Mayweather want to avoid Gennady Golovkin Sep 17
Golovkin is as good as it gets in the ring. Unfortunately for him, being a great boxer isn't enough nowadays.

Jameis Winston's latest blunder shows tone-deaf QB still needs to grow up Sep 16
The Heisman winner continues to stir controversy off the field as he allegedly shouted an obscene phrase on the Florida State campus on Tuesday.

Week 3 Rankings: Quarterbacks Sep 16
Playing at home for the first time in '14, Drew Brees is the unanimous top-ranked fantasy QB for Week 3.

Week 3 Rankings: Tight Ends Sep 16
Hosting Minnesota, Jimmy Graham sweeps the top votes in the Week 3 fantasy tight end rankings.

Week 3 Ranks: Defense/Special Teams Sep 16
Hosting the Oakland Raiders, New England is the top-ranked fantasy defense/special teams unit for Week 3.

Week 3 Rankings: Kickers Sep 16
New England footsmith Stephen Gostkowski takes top honors in the Week 3 fantasy kicker rankings.

Sources: Timberwolves signing Glenn Robinson III Sep 16
Glenn Robinson III has reached agreement on a contract with Minnesota.

Tony Stewart faces tense days ahead as grand jury considers possible indictment Sep 16
The three-time NASCAR champ had hoped the local district attorney would drop the case against him in the death of Kevin Ward. Instead, the DA passed the case along to a grand jury.

Eddie Alvarez ready for UFC pressure cooker after laborious road to big show Sep 16
Alvarez knows he'll have a metaphorical bull's-eye on his back when he makes his UFC debut.

Oscar De La Hoya seems prepared to guide Golden Boy through difficult waters Sep 16
With contractual issues and plenty of promotional problems, the time is now for the former champ to display his leadership skills with the company he founded.

Dan Wetzel's Week 4 College Football Podcast: SEC West is king Sep 16
Week 4 of Wetzel's podcast highlights how impressive the SEC West has been and looks at some coaches in trouble.

J.J. Watt vs. Robert Quinn deals: What's pass-rushing market look like in actual dollars? Sep 16
How will these contracts affect other pass rushers from the stellar 2011 draft class? Players in line to hit free agency – barring franchise or transition tags – or receive extensions in the next two years: Jets DL Muhammad Wilkerson, Saints DE Cameron Jordan, Chargers DE Corey Liuget, 49ers OLB Aldon Smith and Broncos OLB Von Miller.

The advance of hockey stats: Analytics continue to grow, evolve in NHL Sep 16
More and more NHL teams are embracing analytics, and it's not a question of whether advanced stats can help. Clearly, they can. But questions remain: Exactly how have successful teams used analytics? How have they weighed new information against the old?

Forde-Yard Dash: Which coaches desperately need to win Saturday? Sep 16
In his weekly column, Pat Forde takes the temperature of struggling coaches and discusses this season's contenders and pretenders.

Given a rebirth in Philly, Darren Sproles becoming one of NFL's most exciting players Sep 16
Darren Sproles helped deliver another thrilling victory for the Eagles after coach Chip Kelly plucked him from the Saints in the offseason.

Jonathan Papelbon in need of a different kind of adjustment Sep 15
Umpire Joe West handled Papelbon’s ejection Sunday the best way he could, with the incident earning the Phillies’ closer a seven-game suspension and fine.

Vikings clearly should have taken more time before reinstating Adrian Peterson Sep 15
The team's justification of "due process" leaves it open to potentially more surprises and damage.

Yahoo Best XI - Champions League Power Rankings Sep 15
Yahoo soccer editors around the world choose the top 11 contenders for the UEFA Champions League title.

Is Cam Newton NFL's most underrated QB? Sep 15
Look around the NFC South. Tampa Bay is struggling. Atlanta is suspect. New Orleans lost to Cleveland. It's expected that a different team wins this division every season, but good luck picking against the Panthers to repeat.

Scouting Notebook: Jewel of the Knile Sep 15
With elite measurables and a coach that knows how to use them, Knile Davis could be fantasy gold while Jamaal Charles is out.

NBA needs to pull stars from USA Basketball, which is showcasing only Duke's coach Sep 15
As USA Basketball fades into one endless Duke photo op, it's time for USA Basketball to rethink how it uses its stars in FIBA tournaments.

10 Degrees: Measuring baseball's graybeards by more than their age Sep 14
From Scott Atchison to David Ortiz, some of MLB's elder statesmen continue to produce.

Clayton Kershaw strengthens case for NL MVP as Dodgers follow his lead Sep 14
The Dodgers call Clayton Kershaw "Big Train," a fitting nickname after he again plowed through the Giants.

Panthers' Ron Rivera doesn't hide in explaining his decision to sit Greg Hardy amid public pressure Sep 14
Now that Greg Hardy has sat out for one game, he should be able to return to play without the amount of venom the franchise has faced. Some want Hardy banned from the team, but the more reasonable choice was always a punishment that indicates awareness and respect for victims who don't get protected by powerful people.

Ricky Rubio still hopes for brighter future with Timberwolves after losing Kevin Love Sep 14
Ricky Rubio lost Kevin Love then lost a chance at a gold medal with Spain. He still hopes to transform the T'wolves into winners.

Forde's Fab Four: Georgia's loss opens door in projected playoff field Sep 14
One Big 12 team vaults into Pat Forde's College Football Playoff field thanks to the Bulldogs' loss at South Carolina.

Floyd Mayweather beats Marcos Maidana via unanimous decision in rematch Sep 14
Mayweather wasn't at his best, but he still handled Maidana in a fight marred by a biting incident.

No punishment expected for Marcos Maidana after Floyd Mayweather biting incident Sep 14
Maidana is likely to escape punishment for his alleged bite on Floyd Mayweather during Saturday's welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand.

Brett Bochy makes MLB history as first pitcher to play for his father Sep 14
The Giants' Bruce and Brett Bochy became MLB's first father-son manager-pitcher combo.

Is Floyd Mayweather's tease of potential Manny Pacquiao fight legit or just more posturing? Sep 14
Not even hinting at a potential fight with his rival seemed to pique apathetic boxing fans on Saturday.

Ten takeaways from college football's crazy day Sep 14
From Boston College's stunning upset of USC to a curious call in Georgia's loss to South Carolina, college football took its fans on a wild ride.

Controversial spot leaves Georgia on short end of the stick in loss to South Carolina Sep 14
Steve Spurrier said it was meant to be that his team would win, but the Bulldogs had ample opportunity Saturday.

Mayweather-Maidana II live chat and analysis Sep 13
Follow along live as Yahoo Sports breaks down the rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana from ringside.

Giants draw closer to Dodgers as Hyun-Jin Ryu leaves with sore shoulder Sep 13
The NL West race could come down to a clash of cultures. Or a measure of health.

Danny Ferry's fatal mistake: He never owned his comments Sep 13
Danny Ferry has likely served his last day as the Hawks' GM, and he can blame only himself.

Vikings' swift call to sit Adrian Peterson is approach Ravens should have taken Sep 12
Other teams should follow Minnesota's lead of at least temporarily deactivating players who are arrested for domestic abuse.

Source: Rams, DE Robert Quinn close on extension as talks intensify Sep 12
There is optimism in Quinn's camp that a deal can get done before Week 3, the source said. Quinn is believed to be targeting a deal that would pay him in the $15 million per season range on a four- to six-year extension.

How getting old could help Floyd Mayweather Jr. stay relevant Sep 12
The only way for Mayweather to keep the mainstream's attention might be regression, aided by the touch of time.

Week 2 Rankings: Tight Ends Sep 12
Jimmy Graham is the unanimous top fantasy tight end choice for Week 2.

Week 2 Rankings: Wide Receivers Sep 12
Facing the division-rival Chiefs, Demaryius Thomas opens Week 2 as the top-ranked fantasy wideout.

Week 2 Ranks: Defense/Special Teams Sep 12
The Broncos take top honors in the Week 2 fantasy defense/special teams rankings.

Week 2 Rankings: Kickers Sep 12
Pats' footsmith Stephen Gostkowski has a leg up on the rest of the kicker class in the Week 2 fantasy ranks.

Week 2 Rankings: Quarterbacks Sep 12
Facing the Chiefs at home, Peyton Manning lands in the top spot on the Week 2 fantasy QB rankings.

Week 2 Rankings: Running Backs Sep 12
Traveling to Indy on Monday night, LeSean McCoy occupies the top spot on the Week 2 fantasy RB rankings.

New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women executive director: Roger Goodell shouldn't lose job Sep 12
While many people are calling Roger Goodell to step down in the wake of the Ray Rice controversy, Jane Shivas is not among them.

Players OK new NFL drug policy; Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick, Broncos' Wes Welker could play Sunday Sep 12
The new policy will more than double the threshold for what would constitute a positive test for marijuana.

Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury counting on hard work, pedigree more than looks Sep 12
While he doesn't downplay the Ryan Gosling comparisons, Kingsbury's future stardom won't be a product of marketing.

Why Chris Davis turned to using a banned substance Sep 12
The Orioles slugger’s suspension for amphetamine use puts the spotlight on one of baseball’s most uncomfortable relationships.

Five biggest contradictions in Ray Rice scandal that are dogging Roger Goodell and the NFL Sep 12
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is being challenged on several fronts, including reports that conflict with his statements on the Ray Rice case.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim: 'I am proud to have African in me' Sep 12
Former Hawks star Shareef Abdur-Rahim wrote an open letter about the racially charged comments by Steven Levenson and Danny Ferry.

Van Gaal reshaping Manchester United to regain EPL team’s winning ways Sep 12
New faces in, and older faces are out at Old Trafford. Will this signal in a new era for the Red Devils?

Interview with Fedor Emelianenko offers fresh look at the former MMA star Sep 12
The notoriously private Russian opens up more than in the past in an upcoming interview on an AXS TV series.

Source: Chiefs to sign CB Jamell Fleming off Ravens' practice squad Sep 12
He played in eight games with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season before getting cut in August and landing with the Ravens.

How Mayweather-Maidana II should unfold Saturday night Sep 12
It hasn’t been the best time to sell a fight, but one thing is certain: No matter the distractions, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be ready to perform.

Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide; Steenkamp family 'not happy' Sep 12
After 41 days of testimony spanning more than five months, a verdict in the Oscar Pistorius trial has been handed down: guilty of culpable homicide, a ruling that comes with no minimum jail sentence.

What Herschel Walker's Georgia teammates think about the Todd Gurley comparisons Sep 12
The current Bulldogs star is drawing a legendary comparison. What do former Georgia players think about it?

Source: Patriots work out ex-Vikings DT Fred Evans Sep 11
Fred Evans played for the Minnesota Vikings, the Patriots' opponent on Sunday, for the past seven seasons before getting cut in late August.

Men behaving badly: Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, Danny Ferry at forefront of rough week in sports Sep 11
Whether it's a major sport American sports league or athletics abroad, the sporting world has taken it on the chin this week.

Meet the minor-league manager who may have major-league potential Sep 11
Former Arizona State coach Pat Murphy has displayed a real talent for connecting with players.

Nathan MacKinnon wants to be 'dominant' after spending summer training with Sidney Crosby Sep 11
Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon captured the Calder Trophy as the NHL's best rookie last season, and he's determined to elevate his game to a higher level after working out all summer with Hart Trophy winner – and Nova Scotia neighbor – Sidney Crosby.

Why Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva's failed drug test hurt more than just himself Sep 11
There were no winners when Silva failed a drug test and was suspended after his epic UFC bout with Mark Hunt.

Why trainer Robert Garcia has such a unique perspective of Floyd Mayweather Sep 11
Garcia has a long history with Mayweather, and now he’s preparing Marcos Maidana for the ultimate challenge.

A look at how probe of Roger Goodell, NFL could play out amid Ray Rice firestorm Sep 11
Unless NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is fooling everyone, some oversight by someone whose FBI title gives him credibility will find some underling and a poor investigative process to blame. If so, Goodell will continue on in his role, vowing better.

MLB Power Rankings: Angels No. 1 Sep 11
With a huge lead in the AL West, everything is looking up for the Angels.

Splitsville: Go-to receivers Sep 11
The stats say that Anquan Boldin is the No. 1 receiver in the 49ers' offensive attack.

Why Cincinnati is unlike any FBS team in college football Sep 11
The Bearcats have a big-name coach and a once-heralded recruit starting at quarterback. But that’s not why they are unique.

Oscar Pistorius found not guilty of murder Sep 11
The stunning development was revealed as Judge Thokozile Masipa read her summation of the evidence Thursday in front of a packed courthouse and a worldwide television audience.

NFL's next Ray Rice crisis is already here with Greg Hardy, Panthers Sep 10
Even though the Ray Rice incident has the nation talking, the inaction continues at both the league and team level. Domestic violence matters will be reviewed on a case by case basis, says the league. That leads to more paralysis. And more of the judging Panthers owner Jerry Richardson fears.

MLB can take stand NFL didn't in vetting Jeff Wilpon accusations with severe potential consequences Sep 10
A lawsuit alleges Mets COO Jeff Wilpon harassed a former VP for being pregnant while unmarried.

Even best-case explanation for Roger Goodell makes him and NFL look woefully incompetent Sep 10
The worst is … well, it could be anything at this point, which is why some fans have their conspiracies racing. Everything is fair game against the NFL. They have only themselves to blame.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. misses mark with comments on Ray Rice situation Sep 10
The champ comes off as tone deaf and out of touch with the feelings of a shocked nation.

An exclusive look at Hawks GM Danny Ferry’s fateful conference call Sep 10
Limited owner Michael Gearon Jr. wanted a change and Ferry made a major mistake in a mess that will likely haunt the franchise.

P.K. Subban makes his case for captaincy of the Canadiens Sep 10
P.K. Subban recently signed an 8-year $72 million contract and is key piece of the Montreal Canadiens' present and future plans. But at 25 years old, is he ready for the weighty responsibility of wearing the 'C' for the NHL's most storied franchise?

Chauncey Billups retires: 'It's just time' Sep 9
After 17 NBA seasons, former Finals MVP Chauncey Billups is ending his playing career.

Who made the Yahoo Sports all-minor league team? Sep 9
Thanks to its GM's draft-and-develop philosophy, one organization is ahead of the curve in terms of future talent.

After realizing NBA dream, Serge Ibaka working to help reshape Africa Sep 9
Serge Ibaka wants to show African children they, too, can accomplish their dreams.

Source: Colts sign RB Dion Lewis to two-year deal Sep 9
The Indianapolis Colts signed running back Dion Lewis to a two-year deal, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

MLB attempts to clarify home-plate collision rule, but it’s still murky Sep 9
In a Tuesday morning email sent to the 30 teams, MLB provided photos of where catchers can and cannot set up on plays at the plate, explanations for each, and reaffirmed that the letter of the rule should not outweigh clear outcomes on those plays.

Why Season 20 of 'The Ultimate Fighter' might be can’t-miss TV Sep 9
UFC president Dana White says this season is so good, one very important fan didn’t miss a single fight.

Source: Browns bring in TE Kellen Davis for workout Sep 9
In the wake of an injury that starting tight end Jordan Cameron suffered in the season-opener, the Cleveland Browns brought in tight end Kellen Davis for a workout on Tuesday, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

Why Marcos Maidana’s bout with Floyd Mayweather won’t be any easier Sep 9
The first fight wasn’t necessarily close, and Money May has his place in history at stake.

The hell of Roger Goodell: Tarnishing the shield and mudslinging with TMZ Sep 9
Roger Goodell is out of credibility today and that may be the most jarring thing to him. A life of creating the perfect image, of building a base power from his ability to reassure that he can be believed, that he can be fair, that he can get the job done, is crumbling because of Ray Rice and TMZ.

Dan Wetzel's Week 3 College Football Podcast: What will be Big Ten's fate? Sep 9
The conference isn't looking good with Michigan State's loss at Oregon and Michigan's overall sad state.

Sources: Kentucky coach John Calipari finalizing unprecedented scouting combine for NBA personnel Sep 9
The coach wants to showcase his talented roster for NBA executives and scouts before closing off access to avoid distractions.

Sources: Pistons add Pat Garrity to front office Sep 9
The ex-NBA forward is Detroit's new director of strategic planning, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Forde-Yard Dash: Penn State's boon offers floundering Big Ten an upside Sep 9
In this week's Dash, Pat Forde tackles the Big Ten dumpster fire, USC athletic director Pat Haden and more.