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Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 defensemen in 2016-17 Aug 25
Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 defensemen in the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Surely you will agree that we have each and every player slotted correctly…

Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 goalies in 2016-17 Aug 25
Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 goalies in the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Surely you will agree that we have each and every netminder slotted correctly…

Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 left wingers in 2016-17 Aug 24
Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 left wingers in the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Surely you will agree that we have each and every player slotted correctly…

Vertical Pod with Woj: Billy King Aug 24
The ex-76ers GM talks about his time with Allen Iverson and the guard's legendary persona.

Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 right wingers in 2016-17 Aug 23
Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 right wingers in the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Surely you will agree that we have each and every player slotted correctly…

Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix Aug 23
The Vertical's Michael Lee discusses Team USA, its future and the impact of Carmelo Anthony.

Overall Fantasy Football Ranks for preseason 2016 Aug 22
Receivers Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. top the '16 preseason overall fantasy rankings.

Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 centers in 2016-17 Aug 22
Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 centers in the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Surely you will agree that we have each and every player slotted correctly…

Vertical Pod with JJ Redick: Ben Winston Aug 22
Redick talks basketball and life with “The Late Late Show with James Corden” executive producer.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Wide Receiver Aug 22
Antonio Brown is king of the top-heavy WR class in the '16 fantasy rankings.

Draft prep: Overall Fantasy Football Running Back rankings Aug 21
Lean on our experts to stack the running backs, so you'll know who to go with when you're on the clock.

Overall Fantasy Football quarterback rankings Aug 20
Aaron Rodgers and all other passers are looking up at Cam Newton in the '16 fantasy football QB rankings.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Tight End Aug 20
Rob Gronkowski was the unanimous top choice at TE in the '16 fantasy rankings.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Defense Aug 20
The Seahawks and Broncos are fighting it out for the top choice in the '16 fantasy team defense rankings.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Kicker Aug 19
Stephen Gostkowski swept the first-place votes in the '16 fantasy football kicker rankings.

Join Yahoo's Fantasy Football experts for 6 days of draft tips Aug 18
We're counting down to National Draft Day on August 28 by having our experts answer your questions for six-straight days.

The Vertical Podcast with Woj Aug 17
The Vertical's Michael Lee breaks down Team USA's struggles in the Olympics.

Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: Dan Patrick Aug 16
The broadcaster reminisces about the greatness of MJ in the 1998 NBA Finals.

Vertical Pod with JJ Redick: Bill Simmons Aug 15
Simmons discusses his new HBO show, and athletes and social media.

Launch of new Premier League season is a highly-anticipated one Aug 13
If the actual play on the pitch can match the off-season litany of coaching moves and player signings, fans of the Premiership are in for a blockbuster campaign.

Vertical Pod with Woj: Rod Thorn Aug 10
The NBA great tells an array of stories about some of the league's greatest players.

Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: Brad Stevens Aug 9
The Celtics coach discusses the thought process behind drafting Jaylen Brown at No. 3 overall.

Vertical pod with JJ Redick: Jerry Ferrara Aug 8
The "Entourage" actor discusses the show that brought him fame and his beloved Knicks.

Vertical Pod with Woj: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Aug 3
The Hornets forward discusses some deep personal issues and his desire to improve as a player.

Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: Jerry Colangelo Aug 2
The director of USA Basketball discusses rebuilding the program and making it attractive to stars again.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Running Backs Aug 1
David Johnson has parlayed a strong finish to his rookie season into the top spot in the '16 RB rankings.

Backdraft 2013, 2014 & 2015: An early ranking of the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2013, 2014 & 2015 NHL drafts Jul 29
A look back at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 NHL drafts: For each year, we've ranked the forwards and defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

As Mourinho era dawns, Manchester United turns back on traditional formula Jul 29
Ryan Giggs' departure, the pursuit of Paul Pogba and the delusional Jose Mourinho point to United's bipolar decision-making.

Vertical Pod with Woj: Doc Rivers Jul 28
The Clippers coach reaffirms the franchise’s commitment to All-Star Blake Griffin.

Backdraft 2012: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2012 NHL draft Jul 28
A look back at the 2012 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Backdraft 2011: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2011 NHL draft Jul 28
A look back at the 2011 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Backdraft 2010: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2010 NHL draft Jul 27
A look back at the 2010 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Vertical Pod with Woj: Chauncey Billups Jul 27
The former All-Star discusses why he turned down the top assistant coaching job with Orlando.

The top two-way backcourt in basketball? Jul 27
Wizards coach Scott Brooks talked to The Vertical’s Chris Mannix about how much he likes his guards.

Backdraft 2009: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2009 NHL draft Jul 26
A look back at the 2009 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: Scott Brooks Jul 26
The Wizards' coach talks about his days with the Thunder and his plans for Washington.

Closer Depth Chart: Tracking bullpen situations around baseball Jul 26
The closer landscape continues to evolve as the season progresses. Stay up to date on all the latest.

Sources: Cavs coach Tyronn Lue agrees to $35M extension Jul 25
The Cavaliers' coach bet on himself after never signing Cleveland's initial three-year, $9.5 million offer.

Vertical Pod with JJ Redick: Jeremy Lin Jul 25
Lin discusses the opportunity to become a starter with the Nets and what attracted him to Brooklyn.

Backdraft 2008: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2008 NHL draft Jul 25
A look back at the 2008 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Backdraft 2007: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2007 NHL draft Jul 21
A look back at the 2007 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Backdraft 2006: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2006 NHL draft Jul 21
A look back at the 2006 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Backdraft 2005: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2005 NHL draft Jul 20
A look back at the 2005 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Hits and Misses from WWE's Monday Night Raw and Smackdown LIVE draft Jul 20
Takeaways from WWE's Monday Night Raw and Smackdown LIVE drafts.

Vertical Pod with Woj: Chris Carrino Jul 20
The Nets' radio play-by-play voice discusses the New York market and his diagnosis of FSHD.

Backdraft 2004: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2004 NHL draft Jul 20
A look back at the 2004 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Backdraft 2003: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2003 NHL draft Jul 19
A look back at the 2003 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: Wes Wilcox Jul 19
The Atlanta GM discusses the process behind signing Dwight Howard in free agency.

Vertical Pod with JJ Redick: Mike Dunleavy Jr. Jul 19
The former Duke star discusses his recent trade to the Cavs and the state of the league.

Pelle move points to Premier League's new uncertainties Jul 18
The Chinese Super League soccer revolution has been bubbling for a while, yet there were plenty of eyebrows raised when latest marquee signing Graziano Pelle was announced.

Backdraft 2002: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2002 NHL draft Jul 18
A look back at the 2002 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Backdraft 2001: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2001 NHL draft Jul 15
A look back at the 2001 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Backdraft 2000: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2000 NHL draft Jul 15
A look back at the 2000 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Vertical Pod with Woj: David Griffin Jul 15
The Cavaliers' general manager discusses his team's improbable NBA championship run.

Vertical Pod with Woj: R.C. Buford Jul 14
The Spurs GM opens up about just how close Tim Duncan was to leaving the team in 2000.

Vertical Podcast with Woj: Mike D’Antoni Jul 12
The Rockets head coach discusses the greatness of Tim Duncan and how he'll utilize James Harden.

Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: J.B. Bickerstaff Jul 12
The Grizzlies' associate head coach details growing up around the league as the son of a head coach.

Vertical pod with JJ Redick: Mike Krzyzewski Jul 11
The Duke and Team USA coach opens up about what he's learned from coaching NBA players.

Tim Duncan was a legend unlike any other Jul 11
What set Duncan apart were the 19 seasons of sustained excellence with one franchise.

Jeff Teague's dream finally coming true Jul 11
Jeff Teague always wanted to play for the Indiana Pacers, and now he's come home to team up with Paul George.

Sources: Nets signing Greivis Vasquez Jul 10
After losing out on Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson, Brooklyn picks up Greivis Vasquez.

Sources: Aaron Brooks nearing deal with Pacers Jul 10
The veteran will give Indiana a dependable backup point guard.

The Vertical's Top 100 free agents Jul 10
The top 100 unrestricted and restricted free agents available on the market.

Sources: Heat add to frontcourt Jul 10
Free agent Willie Reed agreed to a two-year deal with Miami.

Sources: Heat match Tyler Johnson offer sheet Jul 10
Miami matched the four-year, $50 million offer sheet, keeping the guard from joining Brooklyn.

Sources: Blazers match Allen Crabbe offer sheet Jul 10
Portland thwarted Brooklyn by matching the four-year, $75 million offer sheet for the restricted free agent.

Sources: Meyers Leonard remains with Blazers Jul 10
The 7-foot restricted free agent signed a four-year, $41 million contract extension with Portland.

Best free agents available by position Jul 10
A quick reference guide to the top players still remaining on the market.

Sources: Deyonta Davis agrees to richest guarantee for American second-round pick Jul 10
The No. 31 pick in the 2016 NBA draft agreed to a three-year, $4 million guaranteed deal with Memphis.

Sources: Wayne Ellington agrees to Heat deal Jul 10
The free-agent guard agreed to a two-year, $12 million-plus deal with Miami.

Sources: Andrew Harrison reaches deal with Memphis Jul 10
The guard from Kentucky agreed to a three-year, $3 million guaranteed deal.

Sources: Memphis agrees to deal with Troy Daniels Jul 9
The Hornets and Grizzlies completed a sign-and-trade that will allow Daniels to join Memphis.

Sources: James Harden agrees to $118M renegotiation Jul 9
The four-year deal includes a player option that could return him to free agency in 2019.

Sources: Derrick Williams reaches deal with Heat Jul 8
The free-agent forward agreed to a one-year deal with a Heat team that should offer plenty of opportunity.

Gennady Golovkin finally gets high-end opponent as Canelo's star fades Jul 8
While Canelo Alvarez and others have continued to duck him, Golovkin finally had somebody step up to the table.

As La Marseillaise plays on, France shows just how much a game can matter Jul 8
"We don't have the power to solve the French people's problems but we can ease their worries," says Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps.

Kicks Fix: Top 2015-16 sneaker rookies Jul 8
The class of 2015 surpassed expectations with some players who demonstrated some marketing heft.

Meet the player who lost over 50 pounds in pursuit of NBA dream Jul 8
Former UCLA and Georgetown center Joshua Smith will show off his new physique at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Sources: Marreese Speights agrees to deal with Clippers Jul 8
Los Angeles adding Speights eases the loss of backup center Cole Aldrich in free agency.

Sources: Nets sign Allen Crabbe to $75M offer sheet Jul 7
The deal is a huge package for a 24-year-old who averaged 10.3 points as a Blazers reserve last season.

Sources: Festus Ezeli agrees to Blazers deal Jul 7
The free-agent center agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with Portland.

Sources: Marcelo Huertas re-signing with Lakers Jul 7
Marcelo Huertas will be the third point guard on the Lakers' roster.

Vertical pod with JJ Redick: Woj on free agency Jul 7
Adrian Wojnarowski joins the podcast to discuss Kevin Durant and the ins and outs of NBA free agency.

Sources: Spurs reach agreement with center Jul 7
Free agent Dewayne Dedmon agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with San Antonio.

Front-Office Insider: After the moratorium Jul 7
A breakdown of how teams time their transactions to utilize cap space and build their rosters in free agency.

Sources: Nets sign Tyler Johnson to $50M offer sheet Jul 7
The Heat have three days to match the offer to keep Johnson.

The one factor that led to the divorce of Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley Jul 7
The franchise's star and president won three titles together, and their split came down to something common between them.

Sources: Leandro Barbosa, Suns reach deal Jul 7
The free-agent guard agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with Phoenix.

Why Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat had to part ways Jul 6
In the end, Dwyane Wade felt disrespected after sacrificing for so long for the franchise. And the Heat didn't want to sacrifice their future.

How Brock Lesnar has changed since his first UFC stint Jul 6
Lesnar was more surly than charismatic in his first UFC run. But he seems right at home in his long-awaited return.

Sources: Dwyane Wade agrees to deal with Bulls Jul 6
The free-agent guard agreed to a two-year, $47.5 million deal with Chicago.

Sources: Dwyane Wade meeting with teams in New York Jul 6
The meetings include the Nuggets, Bucks and Heat, with the Bulls canceling because of scheduling issues.

Sources: Nene agrees to Rockets deal Jul 6
The free-agent center agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with Houston.

Sources: Mavs to trade forward to Pacers Jul 6
Dallas is trading forward Jeremy Evans and cash to Indiana.

The Vertical Pod with Woj: Jeff Van Gundy Jul 6
Van Gundy discusses the seismic shift of Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors.

How Nate Diaz used his mind to turn the UFC upside down Jul 5
Diaz came from nothing and now has plenty. But he didn't get to this point immediately, or with luck. It took some self-realization and business smarts.

Sources: Wizards, Jason Smith agree to deal Jul 5
The free-agent center agreed to a three-year, $16 million contract with the Washington Wizards.

What Brock Lesnar's return means for himself and the UFC Jul 5
UFC 200 is trending to be the company's biggest pay-per-view. At least part of that is thanks to the crossover WWE star.

Sources: Spurs trade Boris Diaw to Jazz Jul 5
Dealing the veteran forward will give the Spurs the salary-cap room to sign Pau Gasol.

Sources: Knicks reach deal with Spanish center Jul 5
Willy Hernangomez has agreed to a multiyear deal with New York.