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The Vertical Podcast with Woj: Jeff Van Gundy Feb 10
Van Gundy talks candidly about his potential interest in returning to the NBA as a head coach.

Sources: Tyreke Evans to have surgery, likely miss remainder of season Feb 10
Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans initially had surgery on his right knee in October.

Combat sports leaders hope foresight with CTE research will help avoid NFL-type situation Feb 9
Are boxing and MMA safer than football? The funded research may not provide a definitive answer, but any information can help all fighters better protect themselves.

Kings to keep George Karl as head coach Feb 9
Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac said in a statement Tuesday that Karl would not be dismissed.

What Kristaps Porzingis must do to make next step toward greatness Feb 9
How much Kristaps Porzingis improves between Seasons 1 and 2 will determine what kind of player he can become.

Cam Newton's defense of his pouting shows fallacy of culture war debate Feb 9
The Carolina QB couldn’t have been more perfect for both his irrational detractors and staunchest defenders in saying, "Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser."

The Great Canadian Ratings Report: Super Bowl dominates the TV landscape Feb 9
Super Bowl outdraws NHL five to one.

Kicks Fix: Kyrie Irving's new shoe Feb 9
The Nike Kyrie 2 is inspired by motorcycle tires and the speed and extreme angles achieved with them.

Guide to the NBA trade deadline: Heat Feb 9
The Heat are built to win now, and could be better off focusing on their health at the deadline.

Guide to the NBA trade deadline: Kings Feb 9
The Kings need to hold onto DeMarcus Cousins. Figuring out how to build around him is the big task.

Larry Sanders to ‘look into coming back’ to NBA Feb 9
The former Bucks center plans to return to the league once his off-court ventures stabilize.

The Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: Scott Brooks Feb 9
The former coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder reflects on the highs and lows of his career.

Forde Minutes: Will these five 'contenders' deliver in March? Feb 9
Villanova's suspect tourney history doesn't inspire confidence. Which other teams may collapse late this season?

If Phil Jackson doesn't want to coach the Knicks, he ought to let someone else Feb 9
Want to coach the Knicks? Then you better coach them on Phil Jackson's terms with Phil Jackson's offense.

Front-Office Insider: Getting prepared Feb 8
The Vertical's weekly look at the mindset and challenges facing the modern NBA front office.

The Vertical Prospect Watch: Malik Beasley Feb 8
The Florida State freshman has come from under the radar to make a name for himself.

Guide to the NBA trade deadline: Cavs Feb 8
The Cavs are capped out and don't have much flexibility.

Guide to the trade deadline: Timberwolves Feb 8
Minnesota's top priority is to protect and develop its young core.

The Vertical Breakdown: Derek Fisher’s firing Feb 8
Front-Office Insider Bobby Marks examines the situation that prompted the Knicks to make a move.

Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher Feb 8
Assistant Kurt Rambis was named the team's interim head coach.

There’s nothing healthy about Kings situation Feb 8
Coach George Karl likely will be gone soon, the front office is a mess, and ownership is mostly to blame.

The Vertical Podcast with JJ Redick: Steve Nash Feb 8
Nash covers a variety of topics, and Redick's teammate, Jamal Crawford, joins to talk about hoops history.

Can Panthers come back from Super Bowl 50 loss? Feb 8
A Super Bowl loss can be a catalyst for future success, if Carolina can endure and fix its glaring problems.

When Von Miller and the Broncos realized they had broken Cam Newton Feb 8
Miller strip sacked Newton on the Panthers' second series and there was no letting up by Denver's defense.

Cam Newton goes from Superman to Incredible Sulk in poor postgame showing Feb 8
In a postseason when Blair Walsh can take every question about his on-field failure with aplomb, the newest football supernova can and should do better.

Broncos D shuts down Cam Newton, Denver wins Super Bowl 50 Feb 7
The league MVP was harassed throughout and kept out of the end zone. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning gets his second Super Bowl title.

Guide to the NBA trade deadline: Pacers Feb 7
Is there a move for the Pacers to make that can lift them to contender status this season?

Despite looming free agency, Kevin Durant focused on beating Warriors Feb 7
The All-Star will have options this summer, but for now he's concerned about toppling Golden State, not joining it.

Stephen Thompson stakes claim to UFC welterweight title shot with dominating win Feb 7
'Wonderboy' picked former champ Johny Hendricks apart Saturday, but did he earn himself a shot at Robbie Lawler?

Jon Jones to make return against Daniel Cormier at UFC 197 on April 23 Feb 6
A flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and No. 1 contender Henry Cejudo will be the co-main event.

Rick Pitino rails against Louisville's self-imposed postseason ban Feb 6
Pitino wasn't done ripping the decision to ban his team this postseason. He even offered up an alternative punishment.

Guide to the NBA trade deadline: Mavericks Feb 6
Dallas has already exceeded expectations, but will there be opportunities to upgrade the roster?

Sources: Kings strongly weighing the firing of coach George Karl Feb 6
Sacramento owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Vlade Divac were livid about a blowout loss to the Nets.

Cam Newton, fashion icon? Feb 5
Cam Newton knows fashion, and he's not afraid to flaunt it.

Here's a fix for Roger Goodell's Pro Bowl problem Feb 5
Put back real competition in the form of skills contests featuring the game's elite and next generation of rising stars.

Fallout of Louisville stripper scandal claims two innocent victims Feb 5
Damion Lee and Trey Lewis transferred to Louisville to play in the NCAA tournament. Now they're collateral damage in the university's attempt at damage control.

The Woj Report: Blake Griffin's future Feb 5
Griffin's tenure with the Clippers may be tied to how well the team does in the playoffs.

European Dispatch: Getting to know Dragan Bender Feb 5
Is the top international prospect in this year's draft class another Kristaps Porzingis?

Guide to the NBA trade deadline: Bucks Feb 5
The Bucks have a nice young core, but how can they improve their roster?

Guide to the NBA trade deadline: Grizzlies Feb 5
Memphis is preparing for Mike Conley's free agency and has some expiring contracts it could move.

Louisville to self-impose postseason ban for alleged violations related to prostitution scandal Feb 5
The university decided to enforce its own penalty in the midst of an NCAA investigation into alleged rules violations committed by a former staffer and players.

Jimmy Butler all in with Demaryius Thomas and the Broncos Feb 5
The Bulls guard and Broncos receiver share a bond that extends beyond the sporting life.

Dwight Howard at a crossroads yet again Feb 5
Perhaps best suited as a third option, Howard, 30, faces an uncertain NBA future.

The Seven: McDavid marks his return to the Oilers with his nascent signature move Feb 5
Our weekly look at the NHL's seven Canadian franchise begins with Connor McDavid not missing a beat as he rejoined the Edmonton lineup.

Gary Neville's souring story at Valencia points to young managers' quandary Feb 5
As Gary Neville struggles in his first managerial job at Spanish club Valencia, the bigger question concerns the wider treatment of younger managers generally.

5 players from this Super Bowl who should see big raises next season Feb 4
Signing budding young players or established vets from Super Bowl teams often make sexy free-agent pickups, and this offseason will be no different.

Johnny Manziel's latest and most disturbing incident may leave NFL teams asking, 'Why bother?' Feb 4
Whatever remains of Manziel's football future probably hangs in the balance of what the NFL can glean from potential evidence and witnesses that come from the police report.

40 years after Darryl Sittler's 10-point game: Top 10 unbreakable NHL records Feb 4
In honor of Darryl Sittler’s 10-point game 40 years ago on Feb. 7, 1976, here are 10 other NHL individual records that won’t be broken any time soon.

Guide to the trade deadline: Clippers Feb 4
With a core in place, the Clippers are in no position to start looking at a rebuild.

Guide to the trade deadline: Celtics Feb 4
Boston has loads of picks and some nice young talent with which to build.

European Dispatch: Getting to know Paul Zipser Feb 4
The German prospect could face an easier transition to the NBA than other players.

Suddenly frugal Yankees playing long game with eye on Bryce Harper Feb 4
The Yankees spent zero dollars on free agents this offseason, but there's a good reason why: they're prepping for a big spend that could include the 2015 NL MVP.

How a rare loss helped elevate Stephen Thompson's game Feb 4
A defeat to Matt Brown has made Thompson a stronger fighter as he prepares for Johny Hendricks.

Steph Curry’s ‘surreal’ relationship with President Obama Feb 4
Before the doors of the White House opened and he walked inside to meet President Barack Obama for the first time last year, Stephen Curry was overcome by nerves and a little fear. There was concern during much of the morning that Obama wouldn’t really be able to find the five minutes in his schedule to talk to him, and Curry didn’t want to leave a bad impression with the leader of the free world. Within moments of that hello and handshake, all the worry had melted away as Obama dominated the conversation by talking basketball, golf and surprisingly, Draymond Green, Curry’s teammate with the Golden State Warriors.

Sources: 76ers promote exec to new position Feb 4
Brandon Williams is now the chief of staff, reporting to GM Sam Hinkie.

UFC legend Matt Serra: Sage Northcutt's 'best fights are ahead of him' Feb 4
Northcutt's rapid rise to stardom doesn't mean he's not talented. One UFC legend says he just needs time to grow.

Sources: Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy Jr.'s return date set Feb 3
The veteran will make his season debut Saturday, barring any physical setbacks.

Detainment of Bronco Ryan Murphy calls attention to prostitution by human trafficking Feb 3
Santa Clara County, where Murphy was detained and released, has spent years building awareness of this issue.

From prop bet to Super Bowl champion? Ted Ginn Jr.'s opportunity Feb 3
Long criticized for dropping passes, Ted Ginn Jr. now has a chance to help Carolina grab the NFL's ultimate prize.

Georgia's Kirby Smart holds his own against Alabama with first recruiting class Feb 3
The Tide rolled on with the No. 1 incoming class, but the Bulldogs are looking good as well thanks to groundwork laid by Smart.

Panthers have 'Super Bowl Shuffle' swagger, but not enough to flaunt in this era Feb 3
A team doing a rap video during the season, like the '85 Bears, seems unfathomable today when sports is so uptight.

Texas takes big step back toward relevance with signing day blitz Feb 3
Charlie Strong's incoming class won't save the Longhorns, but it could one day prove to be a turning point.

Guide to the trade deadline: Warriors Feb 3
Golden State could look to make a move addressing cap space.

Guide to the NBA trade deadline: Pistons Feb 3
Detroit has some assets that might be worth moving.

Silicon Valley's last Super Bowl had collegiate feel to it Feb 3
Super Bowl XIX was the last NFL championship played on a college campus. Many tickets were in the $60 range, with prices closer to $100.

Georgia commit Mecole Hardman dupes home crowd with signing day circus Feb 3
The No. 2 athlete in the country had a full-on production for his announcement, complete with cakes and the ol' switcheroo.

Johny Hendricks hoping 'major lifestyle change' will pay off in Octagon Feb 3
Hendricks said he was alarmed after missing weight at UFC 192, so he decided to do something about it.

High Fives: Possible fantasy risers and fallers in spring training Feb 3
The Yahoo pundits offer up some of their initial thoughts on the upcoming '16 fantasy baseball campaign.

Broncos' Wade Phillips has hotline to Drake and dialing up rugged defense Feb 3
No one may be having more fun here at Super Bowl 50 than Phillips, at least when he isn't trying to figure out how to stop Carolina's Cam Newton.

Zach Randolph, Grizzlies put life back in tall ball Feb 3
Randolph’s leadership during benching set the path for a return to the power game.

How the free agency landscape changed 40 years ago today Feb 3
A new chapter started in sports when a judge agreed in a lengthy written opinion that baseball’s indentured servitude must end.

The Vertical Podcast with Woj: Brian Scalabrine Feb 3
Scal opens up about one of the most unique careers in recent NBA history.

Panthers 'Keep Pounding' in honor of late assistant coach, LB Sam Mills Feb 3
Mills sparked a stirring Super Bowl run 12 years ago and his legacy includes a son who's now on the Panthers' staff.

Why tickets for Super Bowl 50 are selling for less than expected Feb 2
Not even the possibility of Peyton Manning playing his final game has been enough to drive ticket costs to last year's levels.

If Panthers win Super Bowl 50, are they greatest team of all time? Feb 2
GOAT status usually goes to the '72 Dolphins or the '85 Bears. If the Panthers win Sunday – especially if they win decidedly – why not them?

NFL's missing data on air pressure is another black eye in deflate-gate saga Feb 2
The league's treatment of a scientific study in response to deflate-gate will keep the Patriots from recovering draft picks.

Chris Duhon vows to make 'lifestyle changes' after return from suspension Feb 2
Former NBA player Chris Duhon says he will be more dedicated to his work as an assistant coach at Marshall University.

European Dispatch: Getting to know Furkan Korkmaz Feb 2
The Turkish prospect has the ability to win dunk contests and hit 3-pointers.

Sources: Suns’ T.J. Warren to miss rest of season with broken foot Feb 2
It is immediately unclear if Warren will need surgery, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.

Mickey Gall's master plan is paying off Feb 2
Mickey Gall had a plan to make himself known – fight CM Punk. Now all he has to do is beat Mike Jackson.

Sources: Warriors serious threat to sign Kevin Durant Feb 2
If K.D. leaves the Thunder, Golden State would be the frontrunner to sign him in free agency.

How the Warriors can afford to sign Kevin Durant Feb 2
The Vertical’s step-by-step guide to how Golden State can fit K.D. under the cap.

Fantasy Baseball Ranks: Relief Pitcher Feb 2
Boston offseason acquisition Craig Kimbrel is the top-ranked closer for the '16 fantasy campaign.

Fantasy Baseball Ranks: Starting Pitcher Feb 2
The Mets placed three starters inside the top 20 in the '16 starting pitcher fantasy rankings.

Fantasy Baseball Ranks: Outfield Feb 2
Young stars Mike Trout and Bryce Harper pace the outfield class in the '16 fantasy rankings.

Fantasy Baseball Ranks: Catcher Feb 2
Buster Posey owns the top spot in the 2016 fantasy rankings of MLB's top backstops.

Fantasy Baseball Ranks: Shortstop Feb 2
Despite less than 100 career MLB games played, Carlos Correa is tied for the top spot on the '16 shortstop rankings.

Fantasy Baseball Ranks: Second Base Feb 2
Houston's Jose Altuve swept the first place votes in the second base fantasy rankings for the '16 season.

Guide to the trade deadline: Hawks Feb 2
Atlanta has a key decision to make at point guard.

Guide to the trade deadline: Suns Feb 2
Phoenix has some solid pieces but needs to make changes.

Islanders make surprising goalie move for game vs. Wild Feb 2
The New York Islanders are back in action on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild. They’ll have Jaroslav Halak in uniform. They will not have Jaroslav Halak starting in goal.

The Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: Paul Pierce Feb 2
The 10-time All-Star looks back at his incredible NBA career.

KHL goalie drops gloves, attacks crease-crashing opponent (Video) Feb 2
What did Gelashvili get for this incursion into his crease? A match penalty!

Cam Newton poised to take superstar stranglehold of NFL Feb 2
The Panther has an opportunity to become the bridge between arguably the greatest quarterback era in league history and a budding group of young stars.

Josh Norman takes dig at Odell Beckham Jr., spars with Deion Sanders Feb 2
The Panthers cornerback wore a wrestling mask for part of his Super Bowl media session – a fitting look for someone who embraces drama.

50 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments, No. 4: John Elway's helicopter spin Feb 2
In the latest installment of our countdown, Elway puts his body on the line in the closing minutes to get his coveted championship.

Peyton Manning soaking up improbable run to Super Bowl as retirement speculation continues Feb 2
The five-time MVP jokes about finding the fountain of youth and acknowledges not being the leading man for the Broncos.

Forde Minutes: Why the NCAA tournament could look wide open Feb 2
In a college basketball season rife with chaos, it's best not to prognosticate. But where's the fun in that?

Fantasy Baseball Ranks: Third Base Feb 1
AL East hot corners Josh Donaldson and Manny Machado split the vote for the top third baseman for fantasy baseball '16.

Fantasy Baseball Ranks: First Base Feb 1
Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt is the unanimous top first base choice in the preseason '16 fantasy baseball rankings.