12.21.15: Super Cam

After this weekend we’re thinking about MVPs, and we’re thinking about Cam Newton. The Carolina Panthers are still undefeated with only two games left in the season, and quarterback Cam is a big part of that. Check out this weekend’s action here: 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Sunday Night Football ended with the Arizona Cardinals defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 40-17 on the road.

Headed into Sunday, the Texas Texans and Indianapolis Colts were both 6-7, but the Texans won the AFC South match up 16-10. The Atlanta Falcons beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-17 to end their six-game losing streak. The Carolina Panthers beat the New York Giants 38-35 to remain undefeated this season with only two games remaining. The New England Patriots scored a 33-16 win over the Tennessee Titans, the Buffalo Bills lost 25-35 to the Washington Redskins, the Oakland Raiders lost 20-30 to the Green Bay Packers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched a 34-27 win over the Denver Broncos.

On Saturday, Randy Bullock of the New York Jets kicked a 40 yard field goal with 36 seconds left to lead the Jets over the Dallas Cowboys 19-16.

Monday Night Football features the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints at 8:30pm EST on ESPN.

College Football

Bowl games have begun! This weekend, Utah won the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl 35-28 against BYU, Appalachian State beat Ohio 31-29 to clinch the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Arkansas State fell 28-47 to Louisiana Tech in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Arizona won 45-37 over New Mexico in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, and Georgia State lost the Autonation Cure Bowl 16-27 to San Jose State.

Check out the rest of the schedule here.

NBA

On Friday, the Golden State Warriors continued their almost perfect (26-1) record with a 121-112 win against the Milwaukee Bucks. Remember when, last week, the Bucks handed the Warriors their first loss all season? Well, the Warriors came back late in the game to redeem themselves this time! The San Antonio Spurs scored a 115-107 win against the Los Angeles Clippers to remain undefeated at home. The other Los Angeles team, the Lakers, lost on Saturday to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 78-118.

Welcome back, Kyrie! On Sunday, Kyrie Irving rejoined the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time since June and with a full, healthy squad, the Cavs scored a 108-86 win against the Philadelphia 76ers.

College Basketball

This weekend, Michigan State scored another win, this time over Northeastern, to hold onto their number one spot and undefeated record this season. #4 Kentucky had a surprising loss to Ohio State, 67-74 in the CBS Sports Classic, Northern Iowa upset the #5 Iowa State Cyclones, 81-79, and #7 Duke was upset in overtime by Utah 75-77 at Madison Square Garden.

Soccer

Seven months after Jose Mourinho led Chelsea to win the Premier League title, the two parted by mutual consent on Thursday. Chelsea has confirmed that Guus Hiddink as their new manager through the end of the season. On Saturday, Chelsea scored a 3-1 win against Sunderland, Premier League newbies Leicester City beat Everton 3-2 to remain at the top of the table, Manchester United lost 1-2 to Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur won 2-0 against Southampton, Stoke City lost 1-2 to to Crystal Palace, and we watched a 1-1 draw in the Newcastle United/Aston Villa match. On Sunday, Liverpool lost 0-2 to Watford.

Keep an eye out for Monday’s Arsenal/Manchester City match – the two teams are 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, and this is a massive game for both clubs. Saturday’s Boxing Day matches are important, as well:

  • Manchester United v. Stoke City at 7:45am EST
  • Chelsea v. Watford at 10am EST
  • Liverpool v. Leicester City at 10am EST
  • Southampton v. Arsenal 2:45 EST

European champion Barcelona won the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup 3-0 over the South American champion, River Plate, with a goal from Messi and two from Suarez yesterday morning.

NHL

On Saturday, Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza helped the number one Dallas Stars to sail past the Montreal Canadiens with a 6-2 win. The St. Louis Blues scored a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames to shut down the Flames’ seven-game winning streak and remain at the top of the league standings. Vladimir Tarasenko of the Blues scored his 21st goal, and this was his second time in three games with three points. The Blues’ Colton Parayko also passed to himself to score a goal – check it out here. And, on Sunday, the Washington Capitals played the New York Rangers and won 7-3.

The Montreal Canadiens will play the Boston Bruins on Saturday, January 1 at 1pm EST in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic 2016.

JUST FOR FUN

Spoke too soon
The kid who cried when the New York Knicks signed Kristaps Porzingis is now a fan

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

One to watch
Cam Newton: making football fun to watch
He has an almost undefeated season under his belt with Carolina – will they make it to 16-0?

Hero
Rest in peace, Zaevion William Dobson
The high school football player was killed while shielding others from gunfire

Holly Holm
Becoming a celebrity
After defeating Ronda Rousey, everything has changed but her

12.14.15: ‘Tis the Season

Is it the holidays yet? We’re almost there. In the meantime, let’s enjoy this video teaching us about the sports science of floating as we count down the days!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Sunday night football featured the return of the Gronk as the New England Patriots steamrolled the Houston Texans with a 27-6 win.

So about the rest of Week 14… the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Buffalo Bills 23-20, the Washington Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears 24-21, andthe Seattle Seahawks looked strong against the Baltimore Ravens with a 35-6 win while the Denver Broncos struggled in a loss to the Oakland Raiders 12-15. Oh, and the Carolina Panthers  remain undefeated after a dominating win over the Atlanta Falcons 38-0 and the Green Bay Packers collected a good victory over the Dallas Cowboys 28-7.

Monday Night Football features the New York Giants v. the Miami Dolphins at 8:30pm on ESPN.

College Football

Derrick Henry of Alabama was named an AP All-American and is also this year’s winner of the elusive Heisman Trophy.

Also get excited because it’s almost time for the bowl games! Once again, the entire schedule can be found here.

NBA

The streak may be over as the Golden State Warriors lost their 25th game (and 7th game on the road) to the Milwaukee Bucks 95-108 but the Dubs still look mighty impressive at 24-1. The Warriors will be back in action against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

The Washington Wizards will be without Bradley Beal for at least 2 weeks as he recovers from a stress reaction in his fibula.

In other injury news, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping/expecting that Kyrie Irving  will return to action soon.

College Basketball

What do you need to know about college basketball this past weekend?

Exams are mostly over so college hoops should be picking up with some games around the holidays before conference play picks up. Next Saturday in particular should be pretty fun as #8 Duke takes on #25 Utah, #10 Virginia plays #9 Villanova and #3 UNC goes up against UCLA.

Soccer

On Saturday in the Premier League, Manchester City scored a 2-1 win against Swansea City, and AFC Bournemouth won 2-1 against Manchester United. On Sunday, the Liverpool/West Bromwich Albion match ended with a 2-2 draw, and Arsenal beat Aston Villa 2-0 to climb to the top of the table.

The UEFA Euro 2016 Group Stage draw is complete, and you can check it out here.

NHL

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks just keeps scoring. After the Blackhawks’ Sunday night win against the Vancouver Canucks, he extended his points streak to 26 games (surpassing Sidney Crosby’s 25-game streak in 2010-11 for the longest in the league).

In other (almost) record-setting news, the Florida Panthers’ Jaromir Jagr’s next goal will propel him to 4th place on the NHL goals list, over Marcel Dionne.

 

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He’s baaack
Iman Shumpert announced his return to the Cavs’ lineup with this Batman cartoon

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Are you ready to rumble?
NBA Predictions
What to expect out of the league’s best teams this season

Reflection
Abby Wambach on retirement
The intersection between Abby the soccer player and the rest of who she is

Open for business
New Yorkers can still access DraftKings and FanDuel
They’re operating under an emergency temporary stay in the state, which will probably last through the end of the year

12.7.15: Bowl Season

Good morning, team SQ! Check out this impressive 87 yard touchdown run from quarterback Marcus Mariota who helped his Tennessee Titans squad defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-39 on Sunday afternoon.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Last night in Sunday Night Football, the Pittsburgh Steelers scored a 45-10 win against the Indianapolis Colts. A few of the Sunday afternoon games were also noteworthy. The New York Giants damaged their playoff hopes after losing to the  New York Jets in OT 23-20, the Seattle Seahawks continued their uphill climb with a win over the  Minnesota Vikings 38-7, the San Francisco 49ers upset the Chicago Bears 26-20 in OT and the New England Patriots lost 28-35 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Oh and in all things NFC South, the Carolina Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints 41-38 to reach 12-0, and Cam Newton had a career-high five touchdown passes.

Monday Night Football features NFC East rivals — the Dallas Cowboys v. the Washington Redskins at 8:30pm on NBC.

The NFL also announced this week that this year’s Super Bowl half-time performer will be Coldplay, who just released a new album last week.

College Football

This weekend was all about the conference championships in college football. #1 Clemson beat #10 North Carolina in a controversial-esque ending to win the ACC 45-37, #2 Alabama took down #18 Florida 29-15 in the SEC Championship game, #5 Michigan State fought back to defeat #4 Iowa 16-13 to win the Big 10, and #7 Stanford pretty much crushed  USC 41-22 to win the Pac-12.

So what does this mean? It means that bowl season is now set, including the New Years Six and National Championship tournament. Upcoming games of note include:

  • College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Orange Bowl features #4 Oklahoma v. #1 Clemson — December 31st at 4pm on ESPN
  • College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic features #3 Michigan State v. #2 Alabama — December 31st at 8pm on ESPN
  • Fiesta Bowl features Notre Dame v. Ohio State — January 1st at 1pm on ESPN
  • Rose Bowl Game features Stanford v. Iowa — January 1st at 5pm on ESPN
  • College Football Playoff National Championship — January 11th at 8:30pm on ESPN

The entire schedule can be found here.

NBA

The questions on everyone’s (or NBA fans’) minds: How long can the Golden State Warriors stay undefeated, and how many games will they win overall this season? After some close games and some heroics from Stephen Curry and Co., the answer remains TBD at 22-0 after a Sunday night win over the Brooklyn Nets, 114-98, and a long season to go… Regardless, go check out Steph (even in practice). How fun would it be if the Dubs could stay undefeated until Christmas when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Speaking of the Cavs, injury woes continue to dominate this season.  LeBron James recently sat out  in a loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday after playing in a OT loss on Friday to the New Orleans Pelicans. Here’s to hoping to good health in 2016!

In other news, the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George is looking better than ever these days. He netted 48 points in a loss to the Utah Jazz in OT on Saturday. The Indiana Pacers can look forward to a big game to the Golden State Warriors this week.

College Basketball

It’s still early, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some good games to enjoy. In a rematch to last year’s embarrassment,  UCLA defeated #1 Kentucky 87-77 on Thursday eve, #2 Maryland beat #9 North Carolina 89-81 and #4 Kansas topped a tough Harvard team 75-69 on Saturday.

Also of note, Ben Simmons had 43 points (the most by an LSU player since Shaq scored 43 points against Northern Arizona), as his LSU team beat North Florida 119-108 on Wednesday. Oh, and he’s got a fan in LeBron James.
This week, tune into more games before the season briefly slows down with exams coming up!

Soccer

This Saturday in Premier League soccer, Stoke City took home a 2-0 win against Manchester City. This was Man City’s fourth away game without a win, and with that, City has been overtaken by both Leicester and Arsenal at the top of the table. Arsenal beat Sunderland 1-0, and Swansea City fell 0-3 to Leicester City. Also on Saturday, the Manchester United/West Ham United match ended in a goalless draw, West Bromwich Albion finished with a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea (who we thought was turning a corner in this season’s performance) lost 0-1 to AFC Bournemouth. On Sunday, Liverpool showed that they were still a work in progress with a 0-2 loss to Newcastle United.

On Saturday in La Liga, Valencia scored with only a few minutes left in the match to tie Barcelona 1-1. Barca’s league lead over second place Atletico Madrid is now only a two point lead.

Yesterday afternoon, we watched Columbus Crew SC host the Portland Timbers for the 2015 MLS Cup. The Timbers took home their first MLS Cup title after five years in the league with Sunday’s 2-1 win.

NHL

On Friday and Saturday, we witnessed several upsets in the NHL. The league #1, the Dallas Stars, lost 1-2 to the Edmonton Oilers in OT on Friday. On Saturday, Mark Scheifele scored with 19 seconds left in OT to lift the #19 Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the league #3 Washington Capitals, the #9 Ottawa Senators won 3-2 against the #5 New York Islanders with help from the NHL’s leader in assists this season, Erik Karlsson, and the #28 Carolina Hurricanes broke their 3-game losing streak when they beat the #2 Montreal Canadiens 3-2. Although the Canadiens would go on to lose the game, check out Mike Condon’s awesome (and totally blind) save when Carolina’s Eric Staal tried to put the puck in the net behind his left shoulder. On Sunday, last year’s Stanley Cup winners, the Chicago Blackhawks, played Winnipeg and won, 3-1. The Blackhawks’ right wing Patrick Kane broke the franchise record for consecutive games with a point or more with this victory. The #4 New York Rangers also beat Ottawa on Sunday night, 4-1.

In other hockey news, the Vancouver Canucks’ Brandon Prust will be fined $5,000 by the NHL Department of Player Safety for spearing Boston Bruins’ player Brad Marchand during Saturday’s game. The Canucks and the Bruins have had a heated rivalry since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

Other

A South African appeals court overturned an earlier verdict to find Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February 2013. He will return to court to be re-sentenced.

After signing David Price for a seven year $217 million contract, the Boston Red Sox introduced him to the media at Fenway Park on Friday. Baseball is coming y’all.

Get well, Megan Rapinoe. The US Soccer star suffered a torn ACL on Friday during a training session with the national team in Hawaii, leading to questions of whether she can recover in time for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

 

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2015 Sportsman of the Year
Would you choose American Pharoah or Carli Lloyd?

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Those who can’t play, teach
But can players coach, too?
Barry Bonds was hired as a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins

American Boy
Why don’t we have any domestic soccer greats?
We’re finally trying to develop local talent, but it’s going to take time

On Tour
Major League Baseball is headed to Cuba
This is their first visit since the Orioles played a 1999 exhibition game against the Cubans

11.30.15: It’s beginning to look a lot like December

After Sunday’s exciting games, we are amped up about soccer! 10 out of the 11 players on this year’s MLS Best XI are newbies, and we watched 6 of them play in yesterday’s Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Check them all out in preparation for next Sunday’s 2015 MLS Cup:

 

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NFL

In Sunday Night Football, the New England Patriots were defeated by the Denver Broncos 24-30 in OT after C.J. Anderson scored on a 48-yard run. The Pats lost their record as one of the only undefeated teams in the league, and also may have lost their tight end Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury.

Sunday football also featured a few other notable games. The Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-14 to regain a 5-6 tie atop of the NFC East, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 39-30, and the Arizona Cardinals got the win over the San Francisco 49ers, 19-13. Additionally, Thanksgiving football saw the Carolina Panthers take out the Dallas Cowboys  33-14 to remain undefeated this season, and also saw the potential end to Tony Romo’s season due to a hairline fracture injury.

Monday Night Football features the Baltimore Ravens v. the Cleveland Browns at 8:30pm EST on ESPN.

College Football

College football had a pretty interesting, rivalry-themed weekend starting with #4 Iowa beating Nebraska 28-20 and #19 TCU beating #7 Baylor 28-21 on Friday. Then on Saturday, #1 Clemson defeated South Carolina 37-32, #2 Alabama took down Auburn 29-13, #3 Oklahoma dominated #11 Oklahoma State 58-23, #6 Notre Dame lost to #9 Stanford 36-38, and #14 Florida State got the win over #12 Florida 27-2.

As we move closer and closer to the playoffs, the new rankings reflect  what will likely be the post-season match-ups. Currently, Clemson leads the pack at #1 followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Michigan State. Close behind the top five are Ohio State, Stanford, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Florida State.

Conference championship games to watch this week include:

  • #12 Florida v. #2 Alabama – Saturday at 4:00pm EST on CBS
  • #9 Stanford v. USC – Saturday at 7:45pm EST on ESPN
  • #5 Michigan State v. #4 Iowa – Saturday at 8:00pm on FOX
  • #14 North Carolina v. #1 Clemson – Saturday at 8:00pm on ABC

NBA

There’s a few main things to talk about in pro hoops:

Soccer

On Saturday, Leicester City moved to the second spot in the Premier League table with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United, after Manchester City picked up a 3-1 win (and the 1st place spot in the table) against Southampton. On Sunday, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur finished with a 0-0 drawArsenal finished with a 1-1 draw against Norwich City, and Liverpool scored a 1-0 win against Swansea City. Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool has climbed the table and is now sitting in the 6th position, behind Tottenham (still in #5) and Arsenal (#4).

Also on Sunday, we watched the second leg of the MLS Conference Championships: FC Dallas v. Portland Timbers ended in a 2-2 draw and New York Red Bulls v. Columbus Crew SC ended 1-0. Based on series aggregates, Columbus and Portland captured the Eastern and Western Conference titles, respectively, and will progress to the 2015 MLS Cup on Sunday, December 6th in Columbus. Be sure to watch — next Sunday on ESPN at 4pm!

NHL

The NHL is heating up! On Saturday, the Montreal Canadiens lost 2-3 in OT to the New Jersey Devils, but they remain at the top of the league standings in first place. Currently residing in second, the Dallas Stars gained a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild. Third in the standings, the Washington Capitals won 4-2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 4th place New York Rangers may have lost 0-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers, but Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been playing “the best hockey of his career” and is an early favorite to win the Hart Trophy at the 2016 NHL Awards. And, in 5th right now, the St. Louis Blues scored a 3-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. For more NHL info, check out the league standings here.

Other

Current men’s college basketball top ten rankings are as follows: Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State, Iowa State, Kansas, Duke, Oklahoma, Villanova, North Carolina, and Gonzaga.

This weekend, the world’s #2 player, Andy Murray, helped Britain to win tennis’ most prestigious team competition, the Davis Cup.

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Sweet Kicks
LeBron honored an 18-year old fan who passed away from cancer by writing “R.I.P. Ebony” on his sneakers

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Too many losers
There aren’t enough six-win college football teams to fill all 40 bowls
Does this mean that there are too many bowl games?

Revolving door
Are you having a hard time following who’s in and who’s out?
This year’s NCAA football hiring and firing

Domination
It’s no fun if the same guy always wins
Mercedes has won all but three Formula One races so far in 2015 (and the same thing happened last year, too)

11.23.15: Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Happy Thanksgiving week! Let’s kick off a short week by welcoming Tony Romo back to the Cowboys.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

In Sunday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals lost 31-34 to the Arizona Cardinals.

In other football news, the Indianapolis Colts beat the Atlanta Falcons 24-21, Tony Romo returned to the Dallas Cowboys who in turn defeated the Miami Dolphins 24-14, the Carolina Panthers looked dominant in a win  over the Washington Redskins 44-16 (which put them at 10-0 this season), and the Baltimore Ravens may have gotten the victory over the St. Louis Rams 16-13, but they’ve lost Joe Flacco for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Monday Night Football features the New England Patriots (who are now 9-0) v. the Buffalo Bills at 8:30pm EST on ESPN. And, Thursday Thanksgiving football includes three intriguing match-ups: Philadelphia Eagles v. Detroit Lions at 12:30pm on FOX, Dallas Cowboys v. Carolina Panthers at 4:30pm on CBS, and the Chicago Bears v. the Green Bay Packers at 8:30pm on NBC.

College Football

In college football-land, we had quite the weekend. #1 Clemson beat Wake Forest 33-13 and #2 Alabama defeated Charleston Southern 56-6 but #3 Ohio State was upset by #9 Michigan State 17-13. In other upset news, #10 Baylor got the win over #6 Oklahoma State 45-35 and UCLA took down #13 Utah 17-9.

So in terms of the rankings, this weekend adjusted things quite a bit. Clemson and Alabama stayed at their top spots respectively, but Iowa jumped up to the #3 spot followed by Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

Games to watch this week include:

  • #3 Iowa v. Nebraska – Saturday at 3:30pm EST on ABC
  • #8 Ohio State v.  #12 Michigan – Saturday at 12:00pm EST on ABC

College Basketball

Well hello, college hoops, welcome back to the quips! It’s still early but it was a fun week for some of the top ranked teams as #5 Duke bounced back from a loss to #2 Kentucky to defeat VCU 79-71 and Georgetown 86-84 to win the 2K classic on Sunday. Speaking of Kentucky, they looked pretty good in their big win against Duke this past week 74-63 and again against Wright State 78-63.

What about some of the other teams? #1 UNC suffered an early season upset, 71-67 to Northern Iowa while #3 Maryland continues to look tough after two solid wins this past week against Georgetown 75-71 and Rider 65-58.

What’s on deck this week? Lots of holiday hoops including the Battle For Atlantis,  Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, the Cancun Challenge and a number of other games.

NBA

Moving onto the professionals — let’s dive into the NBA. The Golden State Warriors went into Sunday night at an amazing 14-0 and after their 118-105 win against the Denver Nuggets made that record 15-0.

The number 1 team in the East to watch, the Cleveland Cavaliers, defeated the Atlanta Hawks 109-97 on Sunday afternoon after some interesting substitution issues resulting in a technical foul for Cleveland.

What’s it like to be in the top 50 of the NBA’s all-time scoring list? Ask DWade, who moved up the list after his Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Soccer

On Saturday, Barcelona stunned Real Madrid 4-0 with the help of Neymar and Luis Suarez. Lionel Messi hadn’t quite recovered from his knee injury and although he returned to the roster, he remained on the bench for the Clasico match.

Leicester City moved to the top of the Premier League table after Jamie Vardy led the way to a 3-0 win against Newcastle United. Additionally on Saturday, Liverpool beat Manchester City 4-1 on Saturday. However, Arsenal was unable to take advantage of the City loss to ascend to the top of the table, due to a 1-2 loss to West Bromwich AlbionManchester United also scored a 2-1 victory against Watford, and Chelsea won 1-0 against Norwich City. In Sunday’s matchup, Tottenham defeated West Ham United 4-1 to clinch a #5 position on the table heading into the grueling holiday fixtures.

On Sunday, we watched the first leg of the MLS Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Justin Meram put Columbus Crew on the scoreboard with a goal only 10 seconds into the game. Columbus never relinquished that lead, and won 2-0 against the New York Red Bulls. Later in the day, the Portland Timbers won 3-1 against FC Dallas. The second leg of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals is next Sunday, November 29th (times are still pending).

Other

As the NHL season progresses, the Dallas Stars, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens head the top of the league standings.

In golf news, Rory McIlroy won both the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai on Sunday.

 

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The Knicks are back
But, they can’t find a nickname for their newest sensation – Kristaps Porzingis

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Brothers
Westbook and Durant
Learning more about the close brotherhood of KD and Russ in this exclusive interview

Heisman
We know it’s early… but, who do you have your eyes on?
As we watch college football roll on, we’re seeing some stars emerge

Can anyone beat the Warriors?
They’re a small lineup of stars, but they’re innovating and adjusting to stay on top
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, and Draymond Green play best when the team is in a tight spot

11.16.15: Steph gonna Steph

Good Morning! Let’s start our day with the greatness that is Steph Curry — he passed his father Dell on the all-time 3-point total list over the weekend at 1,248… Congrats Steph!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

On Sunday night in the NFC West, the Arizona Cardinals won 39-32 against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle.

Let’s talk about what happened in Week 10. On Thursday, the Buffalo Bills trumped the New York Jets 22-17 with Rex Ryan’s return to the Meadowlands. The Detroit Lions stopped their 24-game road losing streak with a win against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon, 18-16. The Tampa Bay Bucs beat the Dallas Cowboys, 10-6, and the Carolina Panthers maintained a perfect record by winning their game against the Tennessee Titans, 27-10. The Washington Redskins crushed the New Orleans Saints, 47-14, the Miami Dolphins rallied from a 13 point deficit against the Philadelphia Eagles to win 20-19, and the New York Giants lost 26-27 to the New England Patriots, who improved to 9-0 with that win. The Kansas City Chiefs won 29-13 against the Denver Broncos after Peyton Manning passed Brett Favre for the record for the most career passing yards (and was then benched in the third quarter).

Monday Night Football features the Cincinnati Bengals v. the Houston Texans at 8:30pm EST on ESPN.

College Football

We’re getting closer and closer to the end of college football season which means the games matter now more than ever. And on this past weekend, #1 Clemson beat Syracuse 37-27, #2 Alabama took down #17 Mississippi State 31-6, #3 Ohio State defeated Illinois 28-3, #4 Notre Dame topped Wake Forest 28-7, and #5 Iowa got the win over Minnesota 40-35. On the upset front, #13 Oklahoma beat #6 Baylor 44-34, Oregon shocked #7 Stanford 38-36 and #9 LSU lost to Arkansas 31-14 (all rankings from game times).

In all things rankings, Clemson stood strong at #1 followed by Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame to close out the top 5.

Games to watch this week include:

  • #2 Ohio State v. #9 Michigan State – Saturday at 3:30pm EST on ABC
  • #4 Oklahoma State v. #1o Baylor – Saturday at 7:30pm EST on FOX

NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers are still the talk of the Eastern Conference. At 8-2, LeBron James and the Cavs are looking strong despite losing to the Milwaukee Bucks 108-105 in 2OT.

As for your injury updates — the Chicago Bulls worry that Derrick Rose will suffer from blurred vision for a few more months as he plays and recovers from orbital bone surgery.

Oh, and just like last week the Golden State Warriors are still undefeated at 11-0.

Other

Last night, the New York Rangers scored their ninth straight victory with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Former world boxing champion, Holly Holm, scored the sport’s biggest upset on Sunday in Melbourne when she knocked out Ronda Rousey in the second round. With this, she claimed the  bantamweight championship fight. This was the first UFC event held in Melbourne, and it broke the promotion’s previous attendance record.

Tune for some quality early season college hoops this week as Duke faces Kentucky and Michigan State takes on Kansas on Tuesday night in Chicago. Perhaps a preview for the Final Four?

 

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And then there’s Jabari
During Saturday’s game against the Cavs, the Milwaukee Bucks’ forward was dunking hard

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Just Keep Swimming
Michael Phelps is getting ready for Rio
He may have encountered some troubles, but he’s a new man and is excited to perform

Successor
5 candidates cleared to run for president
Keep your eyes peeled for controversy as FIFA looks to replace Sepp Blatter

11.9.15: Lots of Soccer

There was a lot of great soccer this weekend, but this Neymar goal against Villarreal certainly takes the cake. We’ll be watching this goal of the year candidate on replay! Check it out:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

On Sunday night, NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys went head to head in Texas, and the Eagles left with the OT win, 33-27.

This weekend of football was quite fun. The Carolina Panthers remain undefeated after beating the Green Bay Packers 37-29, as did the New England Patriots after getting the win 27-10 over the Washington Redskins, and the Cincinnati Bengals over the Cleveland Browns 31-10. In other news starring the Manning brothers, the Denver Broncos suffered their first loss to the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 and the New York Giants beat the Tampa Bay Bucs 32-18.

Monday Night Football features the Chicago Bears v. the San Diego Chargers at 8:30pm EST on ESPN.

College Football

Let’s talk about Week 10. #1 Clemson beat #19 Florida State 23-13 in an ACC match-up, #3 Alabama upset #9 LSU 30-16 (they were ranked #2 at the time), #2 Ohio State defeated Minnesota and #6 Notre Dame got the victory over Pittsburgh 42-30. Oh and in a surprise win, Nebraska topped previously #7 Michigan State 39-38 while #5 Oklahoma State (then #14) pulled off an upset against #13 TCU (then #8), 49-29.

The new top 5 rankings  was shaken up a little with Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, Baylor and Oklahoma State closing out the top.

Games to watch this week include:

  • #3 Alabama vs. #20 Mississippi State – Saturday at 3:30pm EST on CBS
  • #12 Oklahoma vs. #4 Baylor – Saturday at 8:00pm EST on ABC

NBA

This weekend, the LA Lakers featured a classic showdown against the New York Knicks, and lost 95-99 in the Garden. Kobe Bryant is back from injury but we’re already debating whether or not this season will be his last.

In other news, the Brooklyn Nets are relieved to learn that starting center Brook Lopez didn’t suffer a serious injury in his foot and will likely be back on the court this week.

Oh, and the Golden State Warriors remain undefeated  after beating the  Sacramento Kings 103-94 in a game that featured Steph Curry versus his little brother Seth Curry.

Soccer

Group stage matchday 4 for the UEFA Champions League was Tuesday/Wednesday of this past week. On Tuesday, Atlético Madrid and Astana finished with a goalless tieManchester City won 3-1 against Sevilla, Paris lost 0-1 to Real Madrid, and Manchester United won 1-0 against CSKA Moskva. On Wednesday, Arsenal lost hope of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages after losing 1-5 to Bayern Munich. Chelsea beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 (a step in the right direction for Chelsea!), and Barcelona took home a 3-0 win over BATE. Check out the other scores here. Matchday 5 will be Tuesday, November 24th and Wednesday, November 25th.
On Saturday in the Premier League, Man U won 2-0 against West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City won 2-1 against Watford. On Sunday, Aston Villa (with new manager Remi Garde) broke their seven-game losing streak after tying Man City 0-0, Arsenal finished with a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, and Crystal Palace handed Jurgen Klopp his first Liverpool loss, 2-1.
There were some exciting games in La Liga this Sunday. Athletic Bilbao scored a 2-1 win over Espanyol with the help of 21-year-old Iñaki Williams, who scored a goal of the year candidate. Luis Suarez and Neymar were in fine form (as you can tell by our intro!) and Barcelona beat Villarreal to top the league. In the afternoon, Real Madrid lost to Sevilla 2-3.
The second round of the MLS Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals was this Sunday. The New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 1-0, Columbus Crew won 3-1 against the Montreal ImpactFC Dallas won 2-1 against the Seattle Sounders, and the Vancouver Whitecaps lost 0-2 to the Portland Timbers. The winners (NYRB, Columbus, FCD and Portland) will move on to the first leg of the Conference Championships on Sunday, November 22nd – get ready!

Other

The World Gymnastics Championship wrapped up on Sunday. Japan, the U.S., Great Britain, and Cuba went home with impressive wins, and we’ll be keeping our eyes on them during the 2016 Rio Olympics!

 

JUST FOR FUN

I just can’t take it anymore
LeBron tears the sleeves off his jersey (because… should basketball jerseys really have sleeves? No.)

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Junior League
Rangers’ Marty St. Louis is still on the ice
He retired after 16 seasons in the NHL, but now, he’s teaching kids to play hockey and be great teammates

On Strike
Mizzou football players are boycotting university president Tim Wolfe
They won’t take part in football activities until Wolfe, who has come under fire for his management of racial controversies at the school, is removed

11.2.15: Comeback kids

Welcome to November, Team SQ! There’s much to discuss after a wonderful weekend of sports but first, let’s congratulate the Kansas City Royals on their comeback last night, and their World Series win!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

MLB

The World Series ended on Sunday night when the Kansas City Royals rallied with two runs in the 9th inning and five more in the 12th to beat the New York Mets in Game 5, 7-2. This is Kansas City’s first title in 30 years. Congrats, KC!

NFL

On Sunday night, the Denver Broncos powered their way past the Green Bay Packers 29-10 to remain undefeated this season.

Let’s talk more football. Sunday featured a shootout between the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints, who won at home 52-49 in New Orleans, an Oakland Raiders victory over the New York Jets 34-20, and a very close victory for the Seattle Seahawks over the Dallas Cowboys at 13-12. Also of note, far too many star players were injured during Week 8.

Monday Night Football features the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts at 8:30pm EST on ESPN.

College Football

There was plenty of drama during Week 9 starting with the wild ending of the DukeMiami game. Long story short, Miami won, but the refs are suspended after missing calls at key moments in the game. In other Week 9 news, #3 Clemson looked strong in a win  over NC State 56-40, and #9 Stanford got a narrow win over Washington Stateas did #8 Notre Dame with a victory over #23 Temple 24-20.

In coaching news, Virgina Tech’s Frank Beamer announced his resignation from the team at the end of the season.

The top 5 rankings remain the same with Ohio State, Baylor, Clemson, LSU and TCU staying in the same order.

Games to watch this week include:

  • Duke vs. North Carolina – Saturday at 12:00pm EST on ESPN2
  • #17 FSU vs. #3 Clemson – Saturday at 3:30pm EST on ABC
  • #5 TCU vs. Oklahoma State – Saturday at 3:30pm EST on FOX
  • #4 LSU vs. #7 Alabama – Saturday at 8:00pm EST on CBS

NBA

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are ready for this new season. Curry had 53 points against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night, including a 28-point 3rd quarter in which he outscored the entire Pelicans team to remain undefeated. Looks like the champs are back.

In other early NBA news, the Houston Rockets are 0-3 after losing to the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon. Good news: it’s way early in the season. Bad news: the rest of the West could care less.

Finally, in New York Knicks-land, Carmelo Anthony dropped 37 points against the Washington Wizards on Saturday night in a win in the District.

Soccer

MLS playoffs began this week, and DC United, the Seattle Sounders, Montreal Impact, and Portland Timbers all advanced to the knockout rounds. DC United met the New York Red Bulls, the Portland Timbers met the Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact met Columbus Crew, and the Seattle Sounders met FC Dallas. They’ll play each other again in the second leg next Sunday, November 8th.

In Premier League soccer this Saturday, Arsenal beat Swansea City 3-0, Manchester United tied 0-0 against Crystal PalaceManchester City beat Norwich City 2-1 to reclaim the top spot in the league, and Liverpool beat Chelsea 3-1. This is Chelsea’s sixth loss in eleven Premier League matches, which comes as a shock after last year’s championship. On Sunday, Sunderland lost 2-6 to Everton and Southampton beat newly promoted side AFC Bournemouth 2-0.

In La Liga, both Real Madrid and Barcelona took home wins against Las Palmas and Getafe, respectively.

Other

For the third time, the New Zealand All Blacks took home the Rugby World Cup championship. This year they beat out fierce rivals, Australia, for the win.

The always impressive runners in the NYC Marathon never cease to amaze. This years winners include: Stanley Biwott of Kenya for the men in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 34 seconds, and Mary Keitany of Kenya for the women in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 25 seconds.

Finally, college basketball is starting to heat up with preseason games — get excited!

JUST FOR FUN

Boom
5-year-old Rob Gronkowski’s piñata game was fierce

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Goodbye, Grantland
ESPN is suspending the site
Sources speculate that the shut down began several months ago when Bill Simmons left — we’ll miss you!

This year in the NBA
What are we expecting?
The last recommendation on this list — “don’t draw conclusions after one game.” We’re expecting the unexpected

In memoriam
How the Minnesota Timberwolves are remembering Flip Saunders
They’ll wear shirts that say “We” (referencing their “We over Me” mantra) and “Flip” to warm up for the first month of the season

10.26.15: Hoops are back!

It’s the last week of October and you what that means…basketball is just around the corner! Get into the spirit by celebrating the start of the NBA this week:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

As always, Sunday Funday was full of action in the NFL. The New England Patriots are still undefeated after beating the New York Jets 30-27, the Washington Redskins scored a win over the Tampa Bay Bucs 31-30 after a last minute touchdown and a fumble that went their way, and the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tennessee Titans 10-7. In the afternoon games, the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-20.

Oh, and as for that big Sunday Night Football game — the Philadelphia Eagles lost 16-27 to the Carolina Panthers. The Carolina Panthers remain unbeaten this season.

Monday Night Football features the Arizona Cardinals and the Baltimore Ravens at 8:30pm EST on ESPN.

College Football

Week 8 has come and gone and the results are in. Ohio State looked like the number 1 team in the country after a strong win over Rutgers 49-7, and #2 Baylor had a pretty good day with a win over Iowa State 45-27. But, #3 Utah (now #13) was not so lucky after losing 42-24 to USC.

What was the game of the weekend, you ask? That title belongs to #23 Duke (now #22)… and it’s not even because we are known Duke fans. They beat Virginia Tech 45-43 after FOUR OVERTIMES.

And with that, the new top five rankings  are as follows: Ohio State, Baylor, Clemson, LSU and TCU.

Games to watch this week include:

  • #3 Clemson vs. NC State – Saturday at 3:30pm EST on ABC
  • #9 Notre Dame vs. #21 Temple – Saturday at 8:00pm on ABC

MLB

And just like that, it’s time for the World Series!

How did we get here? The New York Mets swept the Chicago Cubs to win the National League while the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays in 6 games to win the American League.

To recap: the New York Mets will face the Kansas City Royals in the World Series for the right be this season’s champs. Game 1 takes place in Kansas City on Tuesday night (you can watch it at 8:07pm EST on FOX). Ready or not, it’s go time!

NBA

Get excited because, like we said in our intro, NBA hoops are back this week! Wednesday, October 28th marks the beginning of the 2016 season.

Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors will not return for the beginning of the season. Coach Kerr is recovering from back surgery and hopes to return to last year’s champion team shortly. Luke Walton will serve as interim head coach for the time being.

In other injury news, LeBron James is still recovering from a back injury and hopes to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers soon while Derrick Rose of Chicago Bulls is expected to play this week after recovering from a orbital bone break.

Soccer

Arsenal beat Everton 2-1 to cap off an amazing week for the club. Not only did they defeat Bayern Munich to reignite their Champions League campaign, but the win against Everton also propelled them to the top spot in the Premier League table.  The highly anticipated Manchester derby ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw.  Liverpool tied 1-1 versus Southampton while Chelsea continued this season’s struggle, losing 1-2 to West Ham United.

In La Liga, Barcelona beat Eibar 3-1, thanks to a Luis Suarez hat trick.  Real Madrid also defeated Celta Vigo by the same score line.

Sunday was deemed “Decision Day” in MLS, as many teams fought it out to claim/solidify their post season births/seeding. After all the action, the playoffs brackets have been set, view them here.

NHL

It’s all about Canada! Well, at least the Montreal Canadiens, who maintained their perfect 9-0 start to the 2015/16 season with a 5-3 win over division (and country) rivals Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. With one more win, they’ll tie an NHL record.

On the flip side, the Columbus Blue Jackets got their first win of the season  after defeating the Colorado Avalanche. Could this help them turn their season around? Time will tell.

Oh and in a rematch to  last season’s Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Other

USA Basketball announced that Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs will be the next head coach  of the men’s national team from 2017-2020. Duke’s Coach K will leave the heading coaching job after the 2016 Summer Olympics and will move to a senior advisory role within the program.

Shannon Boxx and Lori Chalupny retired from the United States women’s national soccer team after storied careers with the program.

JUST FOR FUN

Hello Basketball
The Oklahoma City Thunder had quite the Halloween party.

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Hoops
Talking predictions for the upcoming season
Grantland’s Zach Lowe gives us 35 of his best educated guesses for what will happen this season in the NBA

Power
Countdown to the World Series
Learning more about the rise of of New York Mets star Daniel Murphy

RIP
Remembering Coach Saunders
Flip Saunders passed away from cancer at age 60 over the weekend

10.19.15: Football, baby

Good Morning! Have you heard about the Michigan v. Michigan State game?

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Let’s talk football. Sunday night featured a rematch of the game that started the deflategate scandal as the Indianapolis Colts faced off against the New England Patriots. The Pats won 34-27, and now have five straight wins under their belt this season.

In other notable Sunday football news, the Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears 37-34 in overtime for their first win of the season, and Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos held onto their winning record with an OT win over the Cleveland Browns 26-23. Oh, and the Carolina Panthers stayed perfect and beat the Seattle Seahawks 27-23 while the San Diego Chargers lost to the Green Bay Packers 20-27 despite 503 passing yards from Philip Rivers (a feat only accomplished 17 times in league history).

Monday Night Football features an NFC East showdown between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly at 8:30pm EST on ESPN.

College Football

The game of the weekend was #12 Michigan versus  #7 Michigan State. As you can tell from our intro video, the game came down to the wire, with Michigan State winning 27-23 on a last second play.

In other football news, we saw #15 Stanford beat #18 UCLA on Thursday followed by a weekend of games that included #1 Ohio State dominating Penn State, #2 Baylor defeating West Virginia, #3 TCU scoring a victory over Iowa State, and #4 Utah getting the win over Arizona State. Oh, and #5 Clemson beat Boston College, #6 LSU topped #8 Florida, and #10 Alabama defeated #9 Texas A&M.

Games to watch this week include:

  • #2 Baylor vs. Iowa State – Saturday at 12pm EST on ABC
  • #7 Michigan State vs. Indiana – Saturday at 3:30pm EST on ABC
  • #5 LSU vs. Western Kentucky – Saturday at 7:00pm EST on ESPNU
  • #1 Ohio State vs. Rutgers – Saturday at 8:00pm EST on ABC

MLB

Happy post-season everybody! We hope you’re enjoying what have turned out to be awesome Division Championship match-ups.

In the American League, the Kansas City Royals lead the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 after rallying for Saturday’s 6-3 win. Game 3 takes place tonight at 8:07pm EST on FS1 — the Royals will try to keep the momentum going and get closer to that elusive World Series dream.

In the National League, it’s all about the New York Mets, who are leading the series against the Chicago Cubs 2-0 after their 4-1 win at home last night. Watch Game 3 on Tuesday at 8:07pm EST on TBS.

Soccer

In MLS news, Mike Grella of the New York Red Bulls scored the fastest goal in the league’s history after seven seconds. They would go on to beat the Philadelphia Union 4-1 on Sunday, and earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. D.C. United beat the Chicago Fire on Sunday as well, and moved into second place in the Eastern Conference. On Friday, the San Jose Earthquakes won 1-0 against Sporting KC. On Saturday, Columbus Crew scored a 2-0 victory against Toronto FC to qualify for the playoffs, and the Montreal Impact also qualified this weekend with a 1-0 win against the New England RevolutionFC Dallas clinched the Western Conference title after a win against Real Salt Lake. On Sunday night, the Seattle Sounders finished their match against the Houston Dynamo as a 1-1 draw and the LA Galaxy lost 2-5 to the Portland Timbers. Wondering who’s making it to the playoffs? You can take a look at the table here. Plus, mark your calendars – Conference Semifinals are on Sunday, November 1st and Sunday, November 8th, Conference Championships are on Sunday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 29th, and the 2015 MLS Cup is set for Sunday, December 6th at 4pm EST on ESPN.

In the Premier League, we saw Chelsea win 2-0 against Aston Villa and Everton lose 0-3 to Manchester United. This was Everton’s first loss since August, and after this game, Wayne Rooney of Man U is now tied with former striker Andy Cole as the second-highest scorer in league history. Additionally, Manchester City beat AFC Bournemouth 5-1Watford lost 0-3 to Arsenal after a strong second half, and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad ended with a 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. On Sunday, Newcastle United celebrated a 6-2 victory over Norwich City, after Georginio Wijnaldum scored four goals for the team. The top 3 teams in the Premier League table are Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United.

On Saturday in La Liga, Real Madrid laid down another win 3-0 against Levante, and Barcelona won 5-2 against Rayo Vallecano without Lionel Messi, who is still recovering from an injury. Neymar played one of his best games for Barca, and scored four times for their win.

NHL

Hockey is back! The Montreal Canadiens are now 6 and 0 for the first time in franchise history after a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Last year’s Stanley Cup winners, the Chicago Blackhawks, won 4-1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets and gave Columbus their sixth straight loss. Additionally, The Tampa Bay Lightning (who lost last year’s Stanley Cup to the Chicago Blackhawks), beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. Goalie Ben Bishop of the Lightning made 31 saves and set a team record with 84 career wins.

On Sunday, the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers 2-1 after Lee Stempniak scored an OT goal for the Devils. This was the Devils’ first win under new coach John Hynes, and the third straight loss for the Rangers.

Other

Congratulations to the Minnesota Lynx, who won the WNBA Finals this year against the Indiana Fever, 69-52. This is their third title in five seasons, but their first at-home finals win (the last two championship wins were on the road in Atlanta). Sylvia Fowles of the Lynx had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and was named the series MVP.

The Rugby World Cup quarter finals finished up, and the semi finals begin on Saturday, October 24th. The semi finals will feature South Africa v. New Zealand (10/24) and Argentina v. Australia (10/25).

Oh, and the NBA comes back in less than 10 days. Some of us are excited, very very excited.

JUST FOR FUN

GOAL
Giovinco Golazo of Toronto FC scored an outstanding left-footed goal against the New York Red Bulls to help TFC qualify for their first MLS playoffs. It’s unreal…

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Bartolo Colon
42 years old, 283 pounds, and not that fast
The veteran of the Mets has taught many a player (including closer Jeurys Familia) about life and success in the Majors

First Lady
Dottie Pepper will be covering the 2016 Masters for CBS
The LPGA tour star and ESPN sportscaster will be the first woman to do so

Unhappy Ending
Why Michigan is still back
This year, everyone wanted to watch the rivalry

10.13.15: Happy Tuesday

Happy Columbus Day and welcome to Tuesday! We rang in our day off with New York Giants’ player Larry Donnell’s outstanding TD catch against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

In Sunday football news, the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Seattle Seahawks, 27-24 after QB Andy Dalton led Cincinnati back from a 17-point deficit. The Bengals are now one win short of matching their best start in history. The undefeated Atlanta Falcons cleaned up 25-19 against the Washington Redskins, the Philadelphia Eagles finished 39-17 against the New Orleans Saints, the St. Louis Rams lost 10-24 against the Green Bay Packers, and the Buffalo Bills won by one point against the Tennessee Titans, 14-13. The New England Patriots scored big against the Dallas Cowboys (30-6), who were missing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. The Cowboys have now lost 3 games in a row without those players. And, the San Francisco 49ers lost 27-30 to the New York Giants after Larry Donnell’s fantastic TD catch.

In Monday Night Football, the Pittsburgh Steelers went head to head with the San Diego Chargers and came out with the win, 24-20 thanks to a last second touchdown run. Antonio Gates of the Chargers caught his hundredth career TD this game, and is now the ninth player in the history of the league to do so.

College Football

On Thursday, USC fell to the Washington Huskies, 12-17. On Sunday, Trojans’ head coach Steve Sarkisian was terminated.

This weekend, unbeaten #1 Ohio State used Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett as a dual-quarterback attack to batter Maryland 49-28#2 TCU had a 52-45 win over Kansas State#4 Michigan State took care of business with a 31-24 win against Rutgers#5 Utah beat #23 Cal 30-24 to remain the one undefeated team in the Pac-12, #6 Clemson beat Georgia Tech 43-24, #11 Florida beat Missouri 21-3 and is now 6-0 for the season, and #18 Michigan clobbered #13 Northwestern 38-0. #3 Baylor won big (66-7) against Kansas and moved to #2 in the AP Top 25, right behind Ohio State and above TCU.

Games to watch this week include:

  • #18 UCLA v. #15 Stanford – Thursday at 10:30pm EST on ESPN
  • #10 Alabama v. #9 Texas A&M – Saturday at 3:30pm EST on CBS
  • #7 Michigan State v. #12 Michigan – Saturday at 3:3opm on ESPN
  • #6 LSU v. #8 Florida – Saturday at 7pm on ESPN
  • Penn State v. #1 Ohio State – Saturday at 8pm on ABC

MLB

In Tuesday’s AL wild card game, the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 3-0. On Wednesday’s NL wild card game, the Chicago Cubs won their first post-season game in twelve years, 4-0 against the Pittsburgh Pirates after Jake Arrieta pitched a complete game shut-out.

In the American League, the division series between the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals is tied 2-2 after the Royals won Monday’s game 9-6 after rallying from a four run deficit after 7 innings. The series between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays is also tied 2-2 after Toronto’s 8-4 win on Monday night. Check out the Rangers v. the Blue Jays on Wednesday at 4:07pm EST on FS1, and the Astros v. the Royals on Wednesday at 8:07pm EST on FS1.

The National League division series started a little later, as the Chicago Cubs v. St. Louis Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie when the Cubs scored 6 home runs yesterday night. The New York Mets broke a 1-1 tie as well last night with their 13-7 win against the LA Dodgers. The Mets had to play without shortstop Ruben Tejada, whose leg was broken in the seventh inning of Game 2, when Chase Utley of the Dodgers slid into him. The Cubs and the Cardinals play again tonight at 6:07pm on TBS, and the Mets v. Dodgers will play tonight at 8:07pm on TBS.

Soccer

On Saturday, Mexico beat the United States Men’s National Team 3-2 in extra time to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup.

In other soccer news, the European Qualifiers group stage matches come to a close this week.  The top two teams from each group plus the best overall 3rd place team advance to next year’s 2016 European Championships in France.  The eight remaining 3rd place countries duke it out for the final four spots in mid-November.

Other

U.S. Golfers took home the Presidents Cup for the sixth straight time this weekend.

The WNBA Finals featuring the Indiana Fever and the Minnesota Lynx head to a winner-takes-all Game 5 on Wednesday at 8pm EST on ESPN2.

JUST FOR FUN

Just married
Two runners stopped at mile 8 of the Chicago Marathon to get hitched

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Chris Burns
Coming out as a Division I basketball coach
Burns talks about the juxtaposition between being uncomfortable in his own skin, and the confidence basketball gave him

139
What we don’t always hear about – NFL players doing good off the field
Through his charity, Warrick Dunn helps single mothers achieve the monumental accomplishment of home ownership

Expansion
After the recent NFL game in the UK, where’s the league headed next?
The full International Series will be announced soon, but we’re thinking Mexico

10.5.15: I can’t stand the rain

Hurricane Joaquin may have ruined some of our weekend plans, but it didn’t get in the way of this weekend’s football! Minnesota Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson just kept running to complete a crazy 48-yard touchdown against the Denver Broncos this Sunday:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Week 4 came and went with several eventful games this past weekend. The New York Giants appear to be shaking off their early season rust and defeated the Buffalo Bills on Sunday while the Washington Redskins came back in dramatic fashion to beat the Philadelphia Eagles. The New York Jets took down the Miami Dolphins across the pond in London while the Denver Broncos got the win against the  Minnesota Vikings.

Additionally, Sunday Night Football saw the New Orleans Saints get an overtime win 26-20 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Monday Night Football features the Detroit Lions v. the Seattle Seahawks at 8:30pm on ESPN.

College Football

There were quite a few interesting college football games this past weekend. The top two teams (at the time) both had close games as  Ohio State defeated Indiana  and Michigan State beat Purdue in conference play. Additionally, Florida upset Ole Miss and TCU dominated Texas.

Let’s talk rankings. Ohio State tied a record and remains #1… for the the 101st time. TCU moved up to #2, Baylor moved up to #3, Michigan State fell to #4, and Utah took a big leap to 5.

Next week’s big games to watch include:

  • Northwestern v. Michigan – Saturday at 3:30pm EST
  • Cal v. Utah – Saturday at 10:00pm EST on ESPN

MLB

It’s officially playoff time for the Major Leagues  and things kick off with wild card games. In the American League (AL), the Houston Astros play the New York Yankees on Tuesday night at 8:08pm EST on ESPN. In the National League (NL),  the Chicago Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday at 8:08pm EST on TBS.

It was a weekend of milestones  for Clayton Kershaw this weekend. The LA Dodgers’ star player became the first pitcher since 2002 to get 300 strikeouts in a season.

Soccer

On Wednesday, Sporting KC (Kansas City) took home the US Open Cup after winning in penalties against Philadelphia.

On Saturday, Manchester City beat Newcastle United 6-1 with five goals by Sergio Aguero, and Southampton finished up 3-1 against Chelsea. But, Sunday was the bigger day for Premier League soccer. Before this weekend, Manchester United was sitting atop the table and Arsenal was in fourth. But, Arsenal bounced back from a mid-week loss and took home the win 3-0 over Manchester United. The Everton v. Liverpool match ended in a 1-1 draw, and Manager Brendan Rogers was fired after the game (after three years with the club). Who will Liverpool replace him with? Check out some potential candidates here.

In La Liga this weekend, Sevilla FC won against Barcelona 2-1, and Atletico Madrid v. Real Madrid ended in a 1-1 draw.

Other

In NBA news, Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors is taking a leave of absence due to a back injury. Assistant coach Luke Walton will be taking his place for the time being, until he has made a full recovery. Get well soon!

Additionally, the former Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey, will now be advising Adam Silver and the NBA on leadership and service.

JUST FOR FUN

Almost doesn’t count
But this catch by the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. is still awesome

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Couch potato
The dangers of being a sedentary sports fan
When you’re watching sports, you’re usually sitting down, right?

Tristan Thompson
Will he sign a new deal with the Cavs?
Time will tell whether Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers can restructure a new contract

Breast Cancer Awareness
The Buffalo Bills honored survivors this weekend
50 breast cancer survivors welcomed the two teams to the field in this week’s game

9.28.15: Wake me up when September ends

So, it’s almost October…how did that happen? We don’t know but what we do know is that it’s about to be prime sports season (think: post-season baseball, all the action in college and pro football… and the start of basketball)! So, get yourself pumped up with this video where Emmanuel Sanders saved an almost-interception and turned it into a touchdown, which ultimately helped the Denver Broncos defeat the Detroit Lions during Sunday night football.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Let’s talk about week 3 and what you need to know. The Indianapolis Colts finally won a game, this time against the Tennessee Titans. Tom Brady threw for his 400th touchdown pass in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Ben Roethlisberger got hurt (he’ll be out for at least a month with a knee injury), but the Pittsburgh Steelers still beat the St. Louis Rams.  Oh, and the Seattle Seahawks shut out the Chicago Bears and the  Carolina Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints.

In other news, the New York Giants defeated Washington Redskins last Thursday night while the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Jets on Sunday. This leaves us wondering… who in the NFC East will step up and shine this season?

Monday Night Football features the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Green Bay Packers at 8:30pm on ESPN.

College Football

In college football, we’ve also got a few things to talk about in week 4. For starters, for the first time since 2009, Oregon is out of the Top 25 after losing big to Utah.

Elsewhere, Duke picked up a big win over Georgia Tech, Ohio State defeated Western Michigan, TCU got a big win over Texas Tech in a very close game and Ole Miss got the win over Vanderbilt in the SEC.

Other things to know: Utah, UCLA, and TCU are all still undefeated going into week 5.

Next week’s big games to watch include:

  • MSU vs. Purdue – Saturday at 12:00pm
  • Alabama vs. Georgia  – Saturday at 3:30pm on CBS
  • Ole Miss vs. Florida – Saturday at 8pm on ABC

MLB

October is just around the corner… which means the playoffs are, too!

But first things first, let’s talk about this past weekend. Jake Arrieta continued his excellent season by getting his 21st win as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates (and put a stop to their 8 game winning streak) on Sunday night.

And, the Washington Nationals had a bit of a fight in their dugout over the weekend.

Now, back to the playoffs. This past week/end both the Kansas City Royals (who won the AL Central)  and the San Francisco Giants clinched wins and will be headed to October’s post-season play.

Soccer

This weekend, we saw lots of excitement in the Premier League. Beginning on Saturday, Tottenham Hotspur clinched a 4-1 win against Manchester City with a great performance by Hugo Lloris in the first half, Liverpool scored a 3-2 win against Aston VillaArsenal finished 5-2 against Leicester CityManchester United beat Sunderland 3-0 and the Chelsea/Newcastle United match ended in a 2-2 draw.

In La Liga, Barcelona won 2-1 against Las Palmas, and the Real Madrid/Malaga match ended in a 0-0 draw. Barca’s win was not without its drawbacks, though, as Lionel Messi was injured early in the match.

Other

The 8th Rugby World Cup hosted by England is taking place right now! For those of us who are less familiar with rugby, the 20 teams competing at the 2015 World Cup qualified in the following ways: (1) 12 of them qualified by finishing in the top three places in their respective pools during the last World Cup in 2011, and (2) 8 of them qualified through regional competition. Keep an eye out for the matches, which will be played through the end of October.

In golf, Jordan Spieth won the FedEx Cup, which means he gets a $10 million bonus. Whoa.

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I believe I can fly…
Le’Veon Bell is in the air

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September 22, 2015
90 percent mental and the other half is physical
Rest in peace to Hall of Fame baseball player and Yankees manager, Yogi Berra

9 minutes
5 goals in 9 minutes
Robert Lewandowski came out at halftime for Bayern Munich and made Bundesliga history by scoring 5 goals in 9 minutes

Sports Gambling
The legal loophole that created an industry
Fantasy sports, and how you have to be a gambler — not just a casual sports fan — to cash out

9.21.15: Goodbye Summer

Welcome to fall, Team SQ! We’re loving the second week of NFL football, including Cam Newton’s performance this past weekend. Check it out:

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NFL

It’s been quite the start to the NFL season and week 2 lived up to what we’ve seen thus far. Tom Brady threw for 466 yards  as the New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills, and Cam Newton led his Carolina Panthers to a win over the the Houston Texans. In other quarterback news, Jay Cutler left the game hurt as his Chicago Bears lost to the Arizona Cardinals, and both Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel picked up their first wins (as starters) when Tampa Bay Bucs beat the New Orleans Saints and the Cleveland Browns beat the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon. And on Sunday Night Football, the Seattle Seahawks lost again. This time to the Green Bay Packers, which means they are now 0-2 to start a long season.

In all things injuries, the Dallas Cowboys may have been NFC East rival the Philadelphia Eagles, but they lost Tony Romo to a broken clavicle bone that will keep him out for about 8 weeks.

Monday Night Football features the New York Jets versus the Indianapolis Colts at 8:30pm on ESPN.

College Football

Let’s talk about week 3 in college football. Noteworthy results include: #6 Notre Dame topped #20 Georgia Tech, #21 Stanford defeated #19 USC, #3 Ole Miss upset #15 Alabama (‘Bama was higher ranked at the time)  and #17 Northwestern defeated Duke.

It’s still a little early to start predicting the college football playoffs, but thus far #1 Ohio State is still looking like its eye is on the prize — a repeat title — even though they had a slightly closer than expected win over Northern Illinois.

In terms of rankings, the Big Ten is looking as strong as ever. Ohio State and Michigan State are your top 2 ranked teams followed by Mississippi, TCU and Baylor.

Next week’s big games to watch include:

  • #3 TCU vs. Texas Tech – Saturday at 4:30pm on FOX
  • Vanderbilt vs. #3 Ole Miss – Saturday at 7pm on ESPNU
  • #9 UCLA vs. #16 Arizona – Saturday at 8pm on ABC

MLB

Sunday Night Baseball featured a match-up of the New York squads: Mets and Yankees. The Yankees are dominated by older talent while the Mets feature rising stars, but nonetheless the Yankees won the series Sunday night… although the fight to be Kings of New York continues.

The first place Toronto Blue Jays suffered a pretty big loss against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday after a 5-run comeback in the 9th, decreasing their lead as top of the AL East. The race for October heats up!

In other news, the St. Louis Cardinals are the first Major League team to lock up a spot in the playoffs after a number of other teams lost over the weekend.

Soccer

On Saturday in the Premier League, Chelsea won their second league game of the season, 2-0 against Arsenal. In a surprise move, Chelsea started defender Kurt Zouma instead of captain John Terry. The decision paid off, as Zouma scored the game-winning goal. In a massive upset, West Ham United  beat Manchester City 2-1. On Sunday, nineteen year old Anthony Martial scored his third goal in two games for Manchester United to secure a 3-2 win over Southampton. Norwich City finished with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool, as well.

In La Liga this weekend, Real Madrid continued their streak with a 1-0 win against Granada – Real has yet to concede a goal this season. Additionally, Lionel Messi scored two goals for Barcelona to cement their 4-1 win against Levante.

Other

Congrats to Spain — the winners of this year’s European basketball championship! Team Spain won the title after defeating Lithuania on Sunday.

Jason Day won the BMW Championship today in Lake Forest, Illinois. He has now moved past both Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth to #1  in the world rankings.

In women’s golf, the United States won back the Solheim Cup this weekend, after losing two years in a row. The team overcame a huge deficit, and staged the biggest comeback in cup history.

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Runaway Love
Chicago Bears fan runs away with the football 

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Are you ready for this?
NHL training camps have begun
We’re preparing ourselves by thinking back to last year, and thinking ahead to the upcoming season

In the books
August 2015’s best selling sports books
Sports aren’t all about stats and scores – there’s a lot to be said for the stories

Bling on the court
The NBA is investing in wearable devices
They’re investing in studies to create tech that monitors movement and health to keep players safer

9.14.15: Welcome back, football

Good Morning! Today, we’re all about the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, Tennessee Titans’ Marcus Mariota. Last night, he had a fantastic start to the NFL season. Check out some highlights – we’re looking forward to seeing his season progress!

 

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NFL

Week 1 of the NFL season featured quite a few interesting games on opening Sunday. The  Seattle Seahawks lost to the St. Louis Rams in OT, and despite an appearance by Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns fell to the New York Jets.  Marcus Mariota put on quite a show with 4 TDs in his debut for the  Tennessee Titans, and beat Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Bucs. Mariota is the second player in NFL history to throw 4 or more touchdown passes in his first league game. Sunday night ended late with the Dallas Cowboys winning an NFC East showdown against the New York Giants.

Also of note, Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers, Josh McCown of the Cleveland BrownsDeSean Jackson of the Washington Redskins, and both Lorenzo Mauldin and Antonio Cromartie of the New York Jets were all injured in their opening weekend games.

Monday Night Football features two match-ups: the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Atlanta Falcons at 7:10pm EST on ESPN and the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Minnesota Vikings at 10:20pm EST on ESPN.

College Football

College football was back in full force for week 2. Many of the top teams looked strong, but several notable SEC teams had rough weekends and lost their games, including  Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

After the weekend, the latest poll shows Ohio State, Alabama, TCU, Michigan State and Baylor rounding out the top five. Stay tuned for next week as Alabama will take on another Top 15 team in Ole Miss.

Next week’s big games to watch include:

  • Northwestern vs. Duke on Saturday – 12:30pm on ESPN3 and ACCN
  • Georgia Tech vs. Notre Dame on Saturday – 3:3opm on NBC
  • Stanford vs. USC on Saturday – 8pm on ABC
  • Alabama vs. Ole Miss on Saturday – 9:15pm on ESPN

MLB

As we get closer and closer to the October baseball, injuries are starting to disrupt some teams’ post-season dreams. Troy Tulowitzki of the Toronto Blue Jays will be out for a least a couple of weeks after fracturing his shoulder, and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals  left a game after a collision with Florida Marlins’ second baseman Derek Dietrich on Sunday.

The New York Mets’ Matt Harvey rest-versus-play saga continues with the latest announcement that he will use half-outings to stay ready. Another pitcher will be used after Harvey so as to give him time on the pitch but not exhaust him.

In exciting news, David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox hit the 500th home run of his career in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

Tennis

Flavia Pennetta is this year’s US Open women’s champion. On Saturday, she beat Roberta Vinci for the title. Vinci had defeated Serena Williams earlier in the week and ended the dream of a Serena Slam.

Roger Federer beat out Stan Wawrinka and world #1 Novak Djokovic beat out Marin Cilic to meet at the US Open men’s finals. Late Sunday night, after a rain delay and four sets against Federer, Djokovic took home his second US Open title and third major title of 2015.

Soccer

On Saturday, Everton scored a humiliating 3-1 win against Chelsea, putting the defending Premier League champions’ performance at their worst start since the 1988-89 season.Steven Naismith had a hat-trick and was Everton’s star player of the match. Chelsea currently resides in 15th place with only four points after five games. Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 1-0, and Arsenal took home a 2-0 win against Stoke CityManchester United finished up 3-1 against Liverpool, but Liverpool’s Christian Benteke had an incredibly acrobatic goal.

La Liga was in full force this weekend as well. On Saturday, Real Madrid scored a 6-0 win against Espanyol and Barcelona won 2-1 against Atletico Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi (of Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively) both broke their scoring droughts for this season. Ronaldo scored 5 of the 6 Real Madrid goals, and had a hat-trick within the first 20 minutes of the match. He has now scored the most goals for Real Madrid in team history (230).

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Snooze-fest
KC fans fall asleep at the Chiefs/Texans game this weekend

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A Legend
Rest in peace, Moses Malone
He was a Hall of Famer who enjoyed a 20-year NBA career and several MVP seasons

Talent agencies are investing in athletics
It’s one of the only growing arms of the entertainment industry 
The value of athletes as both players and marketers is skyrocketing, and the agencies are taking advantage of that business

Last fight
Floyd Mayweather won every round against Andre Berto
There was a lot of verbal back-and-forth, but the fight itself was a disappointment

9.8.15: The Open

Happy Tuesday! We hope you enjoyed an excellent long sports weekend and are ready for tonight’s matchup between Venus and Serena. Get hyped with the latest Beats By Dre commercial for Serena this morning!

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College Football

College football kicked off this weekend with a number of great games, including the reigning champion Ohio State Buckeyes’ win over the Virginia Tech Hokies, 42-24. College football is officially back in action. Get ready!

MLB

The New York Mets announced that they might limit star pitcher Matt Harvey as September baseball begins to heat up in order to protect his health. Harvey will be pitching on Tuesday against the Nats in Washington as part of their series.

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins may have to sit out the rest of the season  as he struggles to recover from a broken hand.

The Atlanta Braves ended their losing streak at 12 after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.

NFL

In case you missed it, Judge Richard Berman ruled in Tom Brady’s favor over the NFL last week. This means that his 4-game suspension will be overturned although it is expected that NFL will file an official appeal. Here is a helpful legal breakdown of the decision.

The New York Giants will meet with Jason Pierre-Paul for the first time since the July 4th fireworks accident that left him with an injured hand. JPP is expected to go in for a physical on Monday with the team.

Tennis

Serena Williams and Venus Williams will face off tonight night in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. This is not just a big match because they are sisters, but also because with a win, Serena is one step closer to a grand slam.

On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marin Cilic advanced to the quarterfinals after winning their matches over the weekend.

However, Andy Murray is out of the Open after losing to Kevin Anderson on Sunday night in the 4th round. It’s a disappointing early exit for the British star.

Soccer

 The European Championship Qualifying matches started up again on Thursday. The matches have been played throughout the past year (September ’14 – October ’15), with 53 nations split into groups of 5 or 6 teams. The group winners, runners-up, and the best third placed side will qualify for the final tournament. In addition, the 8 remaining third place teams among the groups will participate in playoffs to determine the last 4 final tournament qualifiers.

Of note during these qualifying matches, Germany defeated Scotland 3-2, which left Scotland in a precarious position for the Euro 2016 playoffs. The Republic of Ireland was able to keep their qualification dreams alive after they earned a second-half goal over Georgia, and finished the match 1-0. In addition, the Netherlands are on the brink of elimination after a 3-0 loss to Turkey.

In the upcoming month of October, France (the host country) will join 23 final tournament qualifiers, where the teams will be put into 6 groups of 4 teams to continue the competition. Stay tuned!

Also upcoming, USA will play Brazil in an international friendly tomorrow at 8:40 pm EST.

Other

Congrats to Tony Parker of France (and of the San Antonio Spurs) who claimed the all-time leading scoring title in European championship history on Monday.

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Grumpy Cat
The famous cat ‘throws’ out the first pitch at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ game

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Beyond Sport Awards 2015
The shortlist features projects that use sport for positive social change
We’re so impressed by all of the initiatives on the short list – looking forward to seeing the winners at the Beyond Sport Summit!

50th Anniversary
The 2015 All-Africa Games: Brazzaville
The games were first held 50 years ago in Brazzaville, Congo, and feature over 50 nations

New Ideas
A philosophy of positive reinforcement
Pete Carroll is unique in the way he supports and nurtures his players

8.31.15: Incoming!

Happy Monday! The US Open is starting tonight – are you ready to watch stars like Serena Williams and Roger Federer play some tennis?! We are!

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It was quite the weekend for Jake Arrieta. The Chicago Cubs pitcher threw his first no-hitter against the LA Dodgers on Sunday night.

Congratulations to Japan, who won the the Little League World Series against Mid-Atlantic this weekend! This was Japan’s 10th Little League World Series Championship.
The Toronto Blue Jays continued their domination… this time with a sweep over the Detroit Tigers.

Soccer

It was business as usual for the early Premier League favorites, as Manchester City easily defeated Watford 2-0. It took a red card and own goal for Arsenal to best Newcastle United, 1-0. Last season’s champions, Chelsea, continued their struggles and lost at home to Crystal Palace, 2-1.  Liverpool also lost at home 3-0 to West Ham United.  To cap off a weekend full of upsets, Swansea City downed Manchester United 2-1.  It’s only the fourth week and there’s been no shortage of drama.  Premier League action will be on hold for a week because of European Championship qualifying matches, but will resume on Saturday, September 12th with exciting match-ups. We’re already looking forward to Manchester United hosting Liverpool, and Chelsea traveling to play Everton on that Saturday.

In La Liga this Saturday, Barcelona took home a 1-0 win against Malaga to maintain their 100% start to the season. James Rodriguez helped Real Madrid to clinch a 5-0 win against Real Betis. Rodriguez scored twice (once with a crazy bicycle kick), as did teammate Gareth Bale to seal the deal on Real Madrid’s first win of the season. Notably absent from the scoreboard was Cristiano Ronaldo, who has yet to make his first goal of the season.

Other

2015 US Open tennis starts today! Tonight at 7pm is the first round of men’s and women’s tennis. Catch the TV schedule here, or catch the games themselves at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

One tennis star who won’t be playing is Maria Sharapova. She announced her withdrawal from the tournament because of a leg injury.

In golf news, Jordan Spieth lost his No. 1 world ranking this week after a missed cut at the FedEx Cup playoff event. He held the record for only two weeks, but is hoping to make a comeback.

 

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The value of real estate
Why the MLB can’t get ahold of www.twins.com for the Minnesota Twins

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I won’t give up on you
Under Armour is still featuring Tom Brady in their upcoming ads
Their newest campaign focuses on athletes’ work ethics and training regimens

150%
What does Serena Williams stand for?
She doesn’t accept achievements or criticism quietly – she stands out

How to win in college football
Traits we’ve seen in the past 10 success stories
What doesn’t matter? Having the best quarterback. What does matter? Read on to find out.

8.24.15: Land of Summer

Good morning! We’re so excited to watch Jen Welter’s success as the first female NFL coach during the Arizona Cardinals’ training camp – check it out:

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MLB

The New York Yankees lost CC Sabathia to a knee injury on Sunday night. It is expected that he will placed on the DL indefinitely.

The Houston Astros are looking good. After sweeping the LA Dodgers over the weekend, the Astros are heading into September with October baseball on their minds. Watch out.

The New York Mets expect David Wright to return from injury and get back into the lineup this Monday. Wright has been on the DL since mid-April.

NFL

A tough loss for the Green Bay Packers as Jordy Nelson went down with a knee injury in a preseason match-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. The Packers hope that today’s results do not show what is feared to be a torn ACL.

In other injury news, it looks like Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers  will have to have surgery to repair a damaged ankle.

Soccer

In the Premier League, Chelsea debuted Pedro Rodriguez (who signed from Barcelona this week). On Sunday, Chelsea — with the help of Rodriguez — finished out their game against West Bromwich Albion 3-2. Looks like Chelsea has bounced back from their 3-0 loss to Manchester City last week! In additional Premier League news, Manchester City maintained their winning streak as they beat Everton on Sunday, 2-0.  Today at 3pm EST, tune in to watch Arsenal take on Liverpool.

In La Liga news, this weekend we saw Barcelona beat Athletic 1-0 and Real Madrid finish their game against Real Sporting de Gijon 0-0.

In MLS, the LA Galaxy took home a win against NYC FC, 5-1. The Galaxy have now won four straight MLS games. This game is especially important because of how heavily promoted it was — this was the first Major League Soccer game that past English teammates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard would play against each other.  Prior to the game, NYC FC ruled that Lampard was unfit to play.

Other

JR Smith announced  that he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on a two year deal.

The Little League World Series is currently taking place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. But, don’t expect to see another star like Mo’ne Davis during this year’s competition, because the qualifying teams are all male.

Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt retained the world 100m title at the World Athletics Championship this weekend. He was a hundredth of a second faster than this year’s fastest man in the world, Justin Gatlin.

Are you ready for US Open tennis to begin on August 31st? BecauseSerena Williams and Roger Federer sure are !

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Step by Step
The WNBA’s Elena Delle Donne lost a shoe in the middle of a game

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Our Team
SQ is hitting ’em out of the park

Why subscribe to SQ? This article has some pretty great reasons for you to share The SportsQuip

Thinking cap
Watching and learning his way through MLB
Pitcher Aaron Harang has played for lots of teams – he’s currently under a 1 year contract with the Phillies, but he’s a likely trade candidate

From the outside in
Why NFL tackles are switching to guards
Teams are acknowledging their need for nuanced, quick thinkers on the inside

8.17.15: Let’s get it started

Good morning! This weekend, Jason Day won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Check out his heartwarming response to receiving the 2015 trophy:

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MLB

The Chicago Cubs beat their city rivals, the Chicago White Sox, and won their 9th game in a row (15 of 16) on Saturday night. But, that streak was broken on Sunday afternoon as the White Sox got revenge in the form of a 3-1 win.

Last week, David Denson of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first publicly out player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball after sharing with both teammates and the media that he is gay.

NFL

It may still be preseason, but there has been no shortage of drama so far this August. Of note:

  • Tim Tebow debuted (after quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley) for the Philadelphia Eagles, who defeated the Indianapolis Colts in a preseason match-up.
  • The Tom Brady and New England Patriots saga continued in a federal courtroom last week. Stay tuned for more as the case develops.

NBA

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers will likely be out for another season  after undergoing surgery on his foot. This foot has troubled his NBA career thus far – Embiid had his first surgery the week before the 2014 NBA draft, in which he was taken by the 76ers with the third pick. Here’s to hoping for a successful recovery!

Michael Jordan and Nike will open a store in Chicago dedicated to the Jordan brand line before the end of 2015.

Team USA held their annual mini-camp in Vegas last week. The final roster won’t be announced for awhile, but everyone is getting excited for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Many of the league’s biggest stars were onsite in Vegas, looking forward to trying for Team USA’s third straight Olympic gold medal.

LeBron James is known for doing amazing things on the court, but he’s also doing some pretty amazing things off of it as well. James announced that he would fund full college scholarships for any kid who completes his “I Promise” program as part of his foundation, and in partnership with the University of Akron program.

Soccer

Starting off on Friday, we witnessed some great Premier League games. Manchester United took the win over Aston Villa, 1-0.  On Sunday, Arsenal began their campaign for this year’s championship with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. In addition, 2013-14 Premier League champion Manchester City stunned last year’s champion, Chelsea, 3-0.

Other

Who’s number 1? Well, in the world of Official World Golf Rankings it’s now Jordan Spieth. The young golfer passed Rory McIlroy on the ranks despite not winning the PGA Championship on Sunday.

Women’s gymnastics was front and center  as the U.S. National championships heated up in Indianapolis this weekend. Olympic champions Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman showed off their stuff against newcomers Simone Biles and Maggie Nichols.

 

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Getting a round in
Steph Curry and POTUS played a round of golf together this weekend

 

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Two more years
Twitter and the NFL extended their deal
The partnership will continue to syndicate league content across Twitter’s network

What are the odds?
All 15 MLB home teams won on the same day this past Tuesday
According to the NY Times, the odds of this happening on a night with a full MLB schedule are 1 in 32, 768

Young Love
Why the media loves Jordan Spieth
He’s the good guy – earnest, innocent, and eager to please

8.10.15: Welcome back, EPL!

This morning, we take a moment to reflect on the career of storied NFL Hall of Fame star, Frank Gifford. Gifford passed away at the age of 84 this weekend. Once a member of the New York Giants, he won Comeback Player of the Year in 1962, and was also an eight-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro.

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MLB

The Toronto Blue Jays are the talk of the town after sweeping the New York Yankees and getting their 8th straight win over the weekend. This was the first time since May of 2003 that Toronto swept New York in a series of at least three games. The gap for the American League (AL) East lead is now even closer.

David Ortiz plans to return to the Boston Red Sox next season. Big Papi announced his intentions for the 2016 season after a clause in his contract kicked in on Saturday night with his 425th plate appearance (against the Detroit Tigers).

Soccer

English Premier League kicked off this weekend with several important games. Last season’s Premier League champions, Chelsea, drew their opening match 2-2 against Swansea City, while Arsenal lost a disappointing home opener to West Ham United 2-0. Up north, Manchester United started the new campaign with a 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur, while Liverpool was also victorious against Stoke City, 1-0. The last of the “Big 5” title contenders, Manchester City, starts its season this afternoon against West Bromwich Albion at 3pm EST.

In MLS this Sunday, the LA Galaxy overcame a slow start to clinch a 3-1 win against Seattle Sounders FC. Of note, Giovani dos Santos scored his first goal for the Galaxy in his MLS debut, a week after arriving from Mexico’s Gold Cup title run. In addition, the New York Red Bulls finished their match with a 2-0 win over New York City FC. The Red Bulls are now unbeaten for their past five games, and are 3-0 against NYCFC.

Other

Professional football kicked offed their preseason  with the Hall of Fame game on Sunday night. Get ready, the NFL season is about to begin.

This weekend, 22-year-old Sloane Stephens took home a win after the final round of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. She won a hard fought battle for her first WTA title against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Next stop, the U.S. Open!

Katie Ledecky is still on the rise. This week at the swimming world championships, she took gold in the 200-meter race (in addition to her usual distances). She’s expanding her skill set to both sprints and endurance events, and is dominating across the board. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for this 18-year-old.

 

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Staying in shape
Getting ready for game day is unique for 350-pound football players

 

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Unheard Speech
Junior Seau’s daughter wanted to give a speech on his behalf at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony
She was unable to do so, as the Hall does not allow others to give speeches on behalf of deceased inductees. But, we thought her speech was important to share

Goodbye!
The story of two elite athletes on their way down
Tiger Woods and A-Rod are both at the point where their best just isn’t good enough

Need help with soccer?
You’re not alone. Here’s a guide to the EPL
It started up again this weekend, and we have to stay on top of it!

8.3.15: Welcome to August

Happy Monday! August may feel like a light month for sports (because it is), but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some things to check out… like this awesome video of Michael Jordan against Jimmy Butler in a game of hoops at a summer camp:

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MLB

The  trade deadline came and went last week with a few big developments. Of note: Cole Hamels was traded to the Texas Rangers and Yoenis Cespedes went to the New York Mets.

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Kansas City Royals in wild fashion (5-2) yesterday in what appears to be an increasingly heated rivalry.

Also over the weekend, the  LA Dodgers swept the LA Angels 5-3 and the New York Mets swept the  Washington Nationals 5-2.

 

Other

In all things MMA, Ronda Rousey enhanced her legacy with a 34 second knockout win  on Saturday against Bethe Correia.

The NBA held their first game  in Africa over the weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team World rallied to beat Team Africa in an exciting match-up. This was the NBA’s first venture on the continent, and its success could lead to many more events in the future.

Oh, and just a reminder that the NFL season will be here before you know it — NFL training camp is up and running!

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Crunch
From the football field to a peanut brittle factory

 

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Tom Brady
Coping with Deflategate
How Brady should be responding — and getting his image back under control

American Pharoah does it again
He’s the 8th Triple Crown victor to win his next race
At this weekend’s Haskell Invitational, he was having a ton of fun and barely broke a sweat

7.27.15: July is for Baseball

Happy Monday! Start your week off with this no-hitter from Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies!

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

MLB

David Ortiz (aka Big Papi) had a big Sunday night last night. The Boston Red Sox star had two three-run home-runs in a big win over the Detroit Tigers.

As we mentioned in our intro, Cole Hamels also had a big weekend. The Philadelphia Phillies pitcher had a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night just as trade rumors continue to heat up. Conversations are being had with at least six potential teams, but the Texas Rangers or the LA Dodgers seem the most keen on matching up on a deal. Stay tuned!

Major League Baseball also introduced their latest class  into the Hall of Fame over the weekend.

Soccer

Last night, Mexico took on Jamaica for this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final and came out on top 3-1 to win their seventh all-time title. The last time the Mexican team won the Gold Cup crown was in 2011, with a 4-2 win against USA. To get to the final this year, Jamaica beat out USA (the defending champion) 2-1, and Mexico clinched a 2-1 win against Panama last week.

Golf

This past week, Jordan Spieth was unable to reach his goal of winning the Grand Slam. The 2015 British Open ended with 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson taking home the Claret Jug after a three-way playoff. Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman ended in second and third places, respectively.

Other

Congratulations to the 2015 Tour de France winner, Chris Froome. Born in Nairobi, Froome represented Britain in the historic race. This is his second win at the Tour de France.

The United States ended up on top at this year’s Pan Am Games: Team USA had a final total of 265 medals — 103 of which were gold. Host Canada finished second in both counts, winning 217 medals and 78 golds.

Kyle Busch’s successful return to the racetrack continued as he picked up a win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday night. He has now won three consecutive Sprint Cup Series races, and four of the past five.

JUST FOR FUN

Prom-posal
A 16-year-old amateur golfer bet Holly Sanders that he’d win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship — if he won, she’d go to prom with him! He didn’t win, but she might go to prom anyways!

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

A Chance
The Special Olympics
Jamaal Charles shares an inspirational story about his own disability and experience in the Special Olympics prior to becoming a KC Chiefs running back

Unbreakable
Why NFL players are taking to MMA in the off-season
Transforming fighting drills into football drills, this training is a testament of will — resilience that gives you an emotional edge over another player

HBO
The network welcomes Bill Simmons
After he parted ways with ESPN, he signed a multi-platform deal with HBO and will debut a new weekly series next year

7.20.15: Summer Baseball

Good Morning! During this week’s Home Run Derby, Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds hit 39 home runs to wow the crowd. Take a look here:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

MLB

MLB All-Star week was a big success this past week in Cincinnati. The Reds’ third baseman Todd Frazier  was the big winner of the HR Derby and the LA Angels’ Mike Trout was named the MVP of the All-Star Game. Next year’s game will be hosted by the Washington Nationals.

It was actually a great week for Mike Trout. The MVP helped his LA Angels squad get past the Boston Red Sox with a walk off home run.

Post All-Star it was back to baseball for teams this weekend. Of note, the New York Mets defeated the  St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday evening after 18 long innings.

Soccer

After this weekend’s CONCACAF Gold Cup matches, Wednesday’s semifinals will feature the United States v. Jamaica  and Panama v. Mexico at 6pm and 9pm ET respectively. To get to the semifinals,  Panama took home the win on penalties against Trinidad and Tobago. The United States pulled ahead with a win against Cuba 6-0, Jamaica joined the semifinals after a 1-0 game against Haiti, and Mexico beat Costa Rica 1-0.

Golf

In St. Andrews, Scotland, Jordan Spieth is looking to make history and win the Grand Slam. After winning both the U.S. Open and the Masters, he has to clinch the third leg — The Open — today. He finished up Sunday at The Open 11-under overall, and is headed into today’s final round one stroke behind Paul Dunne, Jason Day, and Louis Oosthuizen. If he wins, he’ll be the first player since Jack Nicklaus in 1972 to win all three and earn the Grand Slam title.

Other

Congratulations to Brett Favre, who was inducted into the Green Bay Packers’ Hall of Fame on

Ronda Rousey received the ESPY for Best Fighter last Wednesday night. She was the first person other than Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao to win the award. Congrats!

The Denver Nuggets traded Ty Lawson to the  Houston Rockets in return for a few players and a draft pick.

JUST FOR FUN

Riley Curry
She’s got the moves!

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Something Special
Karl-Anthony Towns: the #1 NBA draft pick we forgot about
We might have gotten distracted by D’Angelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis, Alex Len and DeMarcus Cousins, but Karl-Anthony Towns is going to be extraordinary

“Losing is just feedback”
Lessons learned on the court that stick with you for life
Successful former college athletes think through what they took from sports to their jobs in the professional world

Rest in Peace
Formula One driver Jules Bianchi passed away this weekend
He had sustained head injuries in a Japanese Grand Prix crash last year, and had been in a coma since the October accident

7.13.15: Legendary

Happy Monday! Today we’re celebrating the Serena Slam — Serena Williams made history this weekend after winning her 6th Wimbledon and 4th straight major.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

Tennis

As we mentioned above, Serena Williams is a living legend and won Wimbledon in the ladies’ tourney after defeating first-time finalist Garbiñe Muguruza. On the men’s side, #1 Novak Djokovic defeated a timeless  Roger Federer in 4 sets to win the the 2015 Wimbledon title.  Next up, the 2015 US Open begins in New York on August 31.

NBA

Remember that time we told you DeAndre Jordan was going to play for the Dallas Mavericks? Well, sometimes things change when it comes to free agency! After a change of heart and a very interesting day on Twitter, DeAndre decided to go back to the LA Clippers.

In other news, LeBron James signed a 2 year deal (with a player option on the second year) to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The off-season has been nothing short of exciting , and with many teams reloading, next season is going to be awesome! Stay tuned.

MLB

Major League Baseball’s All-Star events kick off this week! Tune in tonight for the  Home-Run Derby and Tuesday, July 14th for the main event — the game (which features players from the American League vs. players from the National League)!

Other

Golf’s rising star, Jordan Spieth, picked up his 4th win of the year at the John Deere Classic. This is his 5th PGA Tour win.

JUST FOR FUN

#GivingASpit
The story of Jenn and Nestor Aparicio, a Baltimore couple committed to raising leukemia awareness throughout ballparks across the nation

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Body Image
Even the brightest stars in women’s tennis struggle with “getting bigger”
Acknowledging that self-consciousness can get in the way of ambition and success

Canyon of Heroes
Welcoming back the women’s World Cup champions
The USWNT is showing women all around the states that being female is a powerful thing, and women’s sports deserve equal recognition

No more isolation
Helping the hearing-impaired to enjoy life, just like the rest of us
Texas State University’s Brian Guendling is bringing sign language to music

 

7.6.15: USA

Good morning! And, about that World Cup game last night… USA USA USA! Start your day with one of Carli Lloyd’s amazing three goals here:

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

Soccer

Like we said in the intro…Team USA won the women’s World Cup  for the first time since 1999 in dominating fashion. After scoring 4 goals (including an amazing hat trick from Carli Lloyd who won the Golden Ball) in the early part of the game, the Americans would go on to win the World Cup 5-2. Yay America!

NBA

After a wild week of free agency the major signings to report include:

  • LaMarcus Aldridge to the San Antonio Spurs
  • DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks
  • Kevin Love re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Dwyane Wade re-signed with the  Miami Heat

Tennis

Wimbledon continues this week including a match today (at 7am) between the Williams sisters — Venus and Serena.

MLB

Major League Baseball named their starters for the upcoming  All-Star Game in Cincinnati later this month.

The Washington Nationals’ pitcher Stephen Strasburg has a strained left oblique and will be on DL.

JUST FOR FUN

Goodbye, Portland – hello, San Antonio
LaMarcus Aldridge’s goodbye letter to Portland

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Whoosh
The fastest time trial ever
Australian Rohan Dennis not only won the first stage of the 2015 Tour de France, but also set a new record

It began on July 1, 2015
The NBA just got a little crazier
This year saw some interesting themes: the players are looking for security, and franchises are coming to terms with their markets

For the first time
Chile won the Copa America against Argentina
The game ended 0-0 after extra time, but the penalty shootout showed a clear winner

Sibling Rivalry
Get ready for Monday!
Venus v. Serena is coming up – how do the siblings feel about that?

 

6.29.15: End of the Road

Good Morning! Wimbledon kicks off today and we couldn’t be more excited. How does SQ favorite Serena Williams prepare for one of tennis’s biggest tournaments?  By shaking it off with Taylor Swift and co. of course…she never goes out of style!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

Last Thursday’s NBA Draft was full of excitement. While it was expected that the Minnesota Timberwolves would acquire Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick, it was a bit of a surprise that the LA Lakers took D’Angelo Russell with the second pick. Other notable rookies selected include: Jahlil Okafor to the Philadelphia 76ers with the third pick, Kristaps Porzingis to the New York Knicks with the fourth pick, and Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh pick to the Denver Nuggets. The Miami Heat were very happy to get Justise Winslow with the tenth pick.

In other NBA off-season news, LeBron James is expected to opt out of his player option contract  and will become a free agent as of July 1st. He joins teammate Kevin Love in making the same decision. It is expected that both will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Other NBA free agents  to watch this off-season include: DeAndre Jordan of the LA Clippers and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers.

MLB

Steven Matz had 4 RBIs in his pitching debut for the New York Mets.

LA Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly lightly challenged star player Yasiel Puig to adjust to the men pitching to him as he returns to the lineup. Puig has challenged pitchers for a long time, but now that they’ve started to figure him out, he’s going to need a game plan.

This year’s MLB Home Run Derby will feature new additions including a bracket and timed round. Stay tuned for this year’s All-Star game in Cincinnati!

Other

The NHL Draft took place last week  and the Edmonton Oilers selected Connor McDavid with the first overall pick.

Wimbledon, one of the biggest tournaments  in all of tennis, kicks off this week!

USA USA USA. That’s right. Team USA plays Team Germany this Tuesday in the women’s FIFA World Cup semis. Make sure to watch!

JUST FOR FUN

Eyesores
The worst outfits in the history of the NBA Draft

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

First
Closing the gap
In this year’s NHL Draft, the NY Islanders took on Andong Song, the first Chinese-born hockey player to be drafted

An issue of coverage
More people are watching the women’s FIFA World Cup than ever before
But how much does that mean to us, in light of the fact that there’s less women’s sports coverage on television now than there was in 1989?

Kristaps Porzingis
You didn’t know who he was before… but you might know now!
The Latvian was the #4 pick in the draft, and is headed for the NY Knicks

Clash of generations
Experience does beat out speed sometimes
At the U.S. Track and Field national championships, the veterans took home the wins

 

6.15.15: Steph Gonna Steph

Happy Monday, Team SQ! Start your Monday off right with these highlights from Steph Curry’s amazing 4th quarter in last night’s Warriors victory over the Cavs.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

The NBA Finals have certainly lived up to the hype and Sunday night’s game was no exception. LeBron James had the first 40-point triple double in 30 years, but Steph Curry’s 4th quarter performance propelled the Golden State Warriors to a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Game 6 is in Cleveland on Tuesday — will the Cavs force a Game 7 or will the Dubs close out the series? We can’t wait to find out!

NHL

Are you ready for Game 6? Because the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning sure are. The Blackhawks are currently up 3-2 and will look to close out the series tonight. The fight for the Stanley Cup continues!

MLB

Pitcher Matt Scherzer put on quite a show this Sunday for the Washington Nationals. Scherzer struck out 16 Milwaukee Brewers and finished with a one-hitter after narrowly missing a perfect game. Talk about Natitude.

The Toronto Blue Jays continue to dominate, and collected their 11th straight win after a victory against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Other

In golf this week, Inbee Park had a big victory  at the Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday. The win was her third consecutive title and moved her back to the #1 ranking in the world.

The US Women’s National Team has their next World Cup soccer match against Nigeria on Tuesday night at 8pm.

JUST FOR FUN

Metallica
Who knew they could sing the national anthem so well?

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Two Worlds
The stars of the show
What do LeBron James and Serena Williams have in common?

The fault of the grass
The complaints continue
The USWNT believes they’d be scoring more goals if the World Cup was played on grass instead of turf

Damon Jones
He’s the answer
LeBron has been heating up the court this season – Damon Jones is the man stoking the fire

 

 

6.8.15: Twenty

Good Morning! Start your morning off with a highlight of  the amazing Serena Williams and her French Open victory…her 20th Grand Slam. Can you say impressive? Because we can.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

Last night, as we watched the second game of the NBA Finals head into overtime (just like the first!), the Cleveland Cavaliers battled their way to a final score of 95-93 against the Golden State Warriors. Although the Cavs played yesterday without Kyrie Irving, LeBron James scored a triple-double and a total of 39 points to carry the team to their win. Kyrie Irving, who sustained a broken kneecap during his team’s eventual 100-108 loss to the Warriors in Thursday’s Game 1, is expected to be out for at least 3-4 months. After this exciting Game 2, the series is tied 1-1. Make sure to catch Game 3, which will be Tuesday night at 9pm EST.

NHL

Stanley Cup hockey continued as well this weekend! The final series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning is now tied 1-1, after the Lightning’s 4-3 win on Saturday. Make sure to check out Game 3 tonight at 8pm EST.

Tennis

As we mentioned earlier, Serena Williams won her 20th Grand Slam at the French Open this weekend. This win against Lucie Safarova marks her third French Open win, as well. On the men’s side, Stan Wawrinka upset Novak Djokavic for his first French Open title.

Other

The wait is over — we have a Triple Crown victor for the first time since 1978. Congratulations to American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza for a phenomenal run!

On Saturday in Berlin, Barcelona took home the glory of a Champions League win. Their 3-1 victory over the Italian team Juventus (alongside their Spanish title and Copa Del Rey win) made them the first team to complete a Treble twice in six years.

Team USA kicks off their first game of the women’s World Cup tonight against Australia.

JUST FOR FUN

In the play pen
The furry — or not so furry — pals that keep race horses company while they’re on the road

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Video killed the radio star
A new era
Yahoo has won the rights to live-stream an NFL game (for free!) to internet-users across the world

Champions League Final
Barcelona v. Juventus – a welcome reprieve from the controversy
Not only was the game thrilling to watch, but it reminded us that what’s most important about soccer is what’s being played on the field

Stayin’ Alive
Is the idea of a Stanley Cup miracle team just a myth?
The Lightning may have talent, but does that top the Blackhawks’ history of experience at the finals?

Hot Hot Hot
Hitting the ball out of the park
The Washington Nationals’ star player Bryce Harper is having a breakout season

6.1.15: Finals Everywhere

Good Morning! Who’s excited about the NBA Finals starting off this week? We sure are! And what better way to kick off the excitement than by watching an adorable highlight reel of Stephen Curry’s adorable daughter Riley showing us that she’s the NBA’s real MVP at the post game press conference. Enjoy the cuteness!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

The NBA Finals are here! Okay, almost here. Starting Thursday, the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers will face off against the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. How did we get here? The Cavs beat the Atlanta Hawks in a 4-game sweep while the Dubs took care of business in 5 games against the Houston Rockets.

What are the main storylines to know heading into the action? Injuries. Both teams have been juggling injuries this post-season. The Cavs are without Kevin Love and are hoping to have Kyrie Irving and LeBron James at full-strength soon. The Warriors are hopeful that Klay Thompson will be ready to go after suffering a concussion in Game 5 against the Rockets.

What are the details?: Game 1, Thursday at 9pm on ABC — Cleveland at Golden State. Be there!

NHL

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Finals where we have an awesome match-up  between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning!

How did we get here? The Lightning beat the New York Rangers in a big Game 7 while the Hawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks to get to the finals.

Game 1 of the Finals hits the ice on Wednesday at 8pm on NBC.

MLB

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals might currently be the home-run leader in the major leagues, but he is undecided on participating in the Home Run Derby.

In all things awesome, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates made a couple of young fans’ days by giving them his batting gloves in a game over the weekend.

Justin Verlander is making his way back from an injury  but the Detroit Tigers’ pitcher struggled in his rehab start over the weekend in a Triple A game.

Other

 The French Open continues this week!

The women’s World Cup kicks off  on June 6 in Canada!

Lionel Messi is good — really, really, really good. Note his contributions to a big Barcelona victory over Athletic Bilbao over the weekend 3-1.

In other soccer news, Arsenal won their second consecutive FA Cup after defeating Aston Villa in the final, 4-0.

JUST FOR FUN

Stadium Design
Ever wonder why you got such a great (or terrible) view?

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

A new era begins
The end is never easy
It’s about time that the Bulls and their coach, Thibodeau, parted ways

Corruption
Have you heard about FIFA?
Sports are about politics, and the United States is taking a stand

Recess: An Exercise in Physical Education
How the Warriors start their practices
“It’s only basketball, so why not have fun?”

It’s a draw
But really, Saturday’s U.S. Soccer game was much more than that
The women’s team is getting their fans back — the game was over capacity!

5.18.15: The first two jewels on the crown

Top of the Morning! Let’s start things off with a highlight from this weekend’s Preakness Stakes — where American Pharoah won the race. If he wins at Belmont Stakes on June 6th, he’ll be the 11th horse to win the Triple Crown! Can he do it?

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

And just like that, it’s the conference finals. How did we get here? Out West, the Golden State Warriors closed out the series last week  against the Memphis Grizzlies, while the Houston Rockets had an incredible comeback in Game 6 and clinched a dominating victory against the LA Clippers on Sunday afternoon.

In the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame major injuries to defeat the Chicago Bulls, while the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards in 7 games to win the series.

What’s next?  The Golden State Warriors play the Houston Rockets, and the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Atlanta Hawks. Get ready, games kick off this week!

NHL

The Anaheim Ducks looked mighty impressive in their Sunday night win against the Chicago Blackhawks — as in 4-1. Let’s see what happens in Game 2, but Game 1 was all Ducks, who are now 9-1 in the playoffs.

Canada is back on top — of the world championships,  that is — after defeating Russia for the gold medal on Sunday.

This week is full of more hockey, and tonight is Game 2 of the Tampa Bay Lightning and NY Rangers series that kicked off on Saturday. Rangers are currently up 1-o.

MLB

Josh Hamilton is expected to return to the lineup next week for the Texas Rangers. It’s his first game back in the Majors since heading back to Texas.

The Miami Marlins fired Mike Redmond on Sunday night. The Marlins will now look for a new manager — their 6th one in the last six seasons.

It was almost a non-hitter… until it wasn’t for Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves. Miller had an impressive day despite losing the no-hitter with one out remaining in the 9th.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Playoff Beards
Four teams remain in the NHL playoffs – what do you think about their facial hair?

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

La Liga
Barcelona takes home the title
With the help of Lionel Messi, they claimed a 1-0 victory against Atletico Madrid

Empty Seats
What happened to the Yankees’ popularity?
They lost Jeter and Rivera, and missed the playoffs the past two seasons — having A-Rod back isn’t quite making up for all that

Tom Brady
Sitting on the sidelines
Even though he’s appealing his suspension, what do these four games really mean?

5.11.15: I Called Game

Good Morning! Remember that time there were three awesome buzzer beaters in one weekend? Hard to say which one was the most impressive, but Paul Pierce’s was truly the most fun:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

Midway through the second round, the NBA playoffs are still equally as exciting as they started out. In the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ series against the Chicago Bulls is all tied up at 2-2 and heading back to Cleveland after LeBron James’ game-winner for the Cavs on Sunday (which came after Derrick Rose’s game winner on Friday night in dramatic bank shot fashion). The Washington Wizards are up 2-1 on the Atlanta Hawks after Paul Pierce’s delightful game-winner in which he called game, not bank. Game 4 is coming up in DC on Tuesday.

Out West,  the Golden State Warriors are down 2-1 to the Memphis Grizzlies, but expect MVP Stephen Curry to bring it for Game 4 on Monday night in Memphis. Meanwhile, the LA Clippers are up 3-1 against the Houston Rockets after a convincing win Sunday night.

This week, tune in for all the action each and every night … the magic of the playoffs: games almost every night! And, let’s hope for less injuries and good health!

NHL

The NHL playoffs are on and popping on the ice. Of note, the NY Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals  on Sunday eve to force a Game 7 this week and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning to force a Game 6.

In non-playoff news, talented free agent goalie Matt O’Connor signed a two-year deal with the Ottawa Senators.

Let’s talk Hockey Worlds. The United States will advance to the quarterfinals after knocking out Slovenia. They will join Russia, the Czech Republic, and Canada in the next rounds.

MLB

The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night, but the real story was Michael Pineda, who had a career high 16 strikeouts.

The LA Dodgers won their 9th straight against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday night despite Clayton Kershaw coming up short in his attempt to win his 100th game. Also — it may be May, but the Rockies had to clear off four inches of snow prior to game-time!

Lastly, the Washington Nationals gave DC sports fans another thing to cheer  about with a sweep of the Atlanta Braves this weekend.

Other

This past week, the NFL released the Wells Report on the New England Patriots’ “deflategate” scandal.

In all things gold, Rickie Fowler is the new champion of the PGA Tour Players Championship. Congrats!

Andy Murray did something he’s never done before and defeated Rafael Nadal for the first time on clay to win the Madrid Open.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Happy Mother’s Day (better late than never!)
The coolest moms we’ve ever seen, doing the coolest things we’ve ever seen — Here’s to you!

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

The Evans Scholarship
When a summer caddy job on the golf course turns into a full ride
A summer job on the green can shape you for life, but it also can change your life

Goodbye, Bill Simmons
Come September, we remember all the times we had together
His work will go down in history, and we are looking forward to following his story elsewhere

All’s quiet
Manila after Manny’s loss
Thinking about how the outcome of a fight — but especially the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight — affects Pacquiao’s home country

8 points, 9 seconds
Remembing Reggie Miller’s legendary game
Nearly 20 years ago, Reggie Miller led the Indiana Pacers back from the brink in a magical 8 point, 9 second performance

Edition 5.4.15: Round 2

Talk about a memorable sports weekend! What caught our eye? How about Chris Paul’s game winning shot from Saturday night? Good stuff.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

A preliminary congrats to this season’s soon to be MVP…  Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors!

Chris Paul’s inspirational Game 7 heroics led the LA Clippers past the defending NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, 111-109. Paul, who had previously been forced to leave the game with an injury, returned with a vengeance, sinking the game-winning shot with under 10 seconds to go, propelling the Clippers into the next round. It’s too early to tell, but it sounds like Coach Popovich, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili  will come back to the Spurs for at least one more season after all.

The second round of playoff action has begun!  The Washington Wizards continue to impress, after sweeping the Toronto Raptors in the first round by stealing Game 1 against the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks. This week, the Chicago Bulls will face LeBron James and the Kevin Love-less Cleveland Cavaliers. The Western Conference Semi Finals see the Houston Rockets taking on the LA Clippers while NBA MVP  Steph Curry’s Golden State Warriors match up against the Memphis Grizzlies.

This week, we’re excited about:

Monday – Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers 7pm EST and LA Clippers vs Houston Rockets 9:30pm EST

Tuesday – Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks 8pm EST and Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors 10:30pm EST

NHL

There’s nothing quite like playoff hockey and so far this post season has lived up to the bill.  Round 1 saw two series decided by Game 7, two thrilling all-Canadian match ups, two Western Conference upsets, fights, penalties, goaltender changes, a triple overtime, and no shortage of pretty passes, big hits, and goals galore. Round 2 pits the Chicago Blackhawks against the Minnesota Wild, the Anaheim Ducks take on the Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the New York Rangers face off against the Washington Capitals.

Ice Hockey World Championships kicked off this past week, and we were able to watch many of the NHL stars who didn’t make it to the playoffs compete. Meanwhile, the NHL Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league’s most valuable player, will end up in the deserving hands of Washington Capitals’ forward Alex OvechkinMontreal Canadiens’ goalie Carey Price or New York Islanders’ forward John Tavares.

MLB

The Houston Astros won their 10th game in row on Sunday evening against the Seattle Mariners to remain atop the American League thus far in the season.

Josh Hamilton is back with the Texas Rangers and is expected to bat for the team for the first time this season this week.

The Milwaukee Brewers parted ways with Manager Ron Roenicke after their MLB worst start at 7-18. The team is expected to choose a replacement this week.

 

Other

Let’s talk about this past week’s NFL.  The real story was the quarterbacks as Jameis Winston went #1 to the Tampa Bay Bucs followed by Marcus Mariota at #2 to the Tennessee Titans.  Also of note was Todd Gurley going to the St. Louis Rams at #10.

Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao this weekend by unanimous decision to become the welterweight world champion. It was one of the biggest fights in boxing history.

Saturday was the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, and it did not disappoint. American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, beat the crowd and came home victorious. This was Espinoza’s third Kentucky Derby win.

In golf news, Rory McIlroy took home his first WGC Match Play title this weekend with a 4 & 2 win over Gary Woodland.

Lastly, congratulations to Dale Earnhardt Jr. for his first win of the season at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. He has won at the Alabama track six times in his career, but this is his first win there since 2004.

JUST FOR FUN

What’s in a name?
How the 2015 Kentucky Derby runners were named (and how the winner ended up with his name spelled wrong)

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Patience is a virtue
He’s become more selective as he ages
Bryce Harper’s new take on baseball – and how upping his walk rate is helping him improve

Fight day hype
We can no longer ignore what happens outside the competition
Even though we were all wrapped up in the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight night itself, we had to think about what these men are like outside the ring

A lot left to wonder about
Thinking through the NFL draft
Some teams were looking for the winners, but others were just looking to enrich their communities

And then this weekend got a little busier…
There was tennis, too!
The inaugural Istanbul Open was this weekend, and Roger Federer won his first clay title since 2012

4.27.15: Injury Blues

Can you believe it’s the last week of April? We can’t either, but this means that we’re one step closer to the end of the playoffs, so enjoy them while you can! What did we enjoy this past week? Everything about Steph Curry’s game last Thursday was pretty much the best.

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

The NBA Playoffs…where do we begin? Let’s start with the East. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon to move on to the next round, but there was plenty of drama along the way. The game was quite physical and resulted in Kevin Love dislocating his shoulder and JR Smith getting involved in an altercation on the court. We hope that both will be back on the court soon. For those of you worried about what this means for the Cavs, remember that they have LeBron James, and that counts for a lot. As for the rest of the East? The Washington Wizards swept the Toronto Raptors, the Chicago Bulls  have a chance to finish their series with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night, and the Atlanta Hawks are up 2-1 on the Brooklyn Nets going into their next game.

Now onto the wild, wild West. The Golden State Warriors  completed a 4-game sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night to advance to the western conference semis. Spoiler alert: The Dubs look good and seem ready to take on whoever comes their way.The LA Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs are all-tied up at 2-2  after a very competitive series thus far, and the Memphis Grizzlies are 1 game away from sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers and moving onward to the next round. However, there’s been some bad news for the Grizzlies, as star guard Mike Conley will need to have surgery  after suffering a facial fracture. Oh, and the Houston Rockets swept the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night to advance to the next round — meaning we have probably seen the last of Rajon Rondo  in a Mav’s uniform.

What happens now? More games! See the schedule here. Important ones to know about now include:

  • Bucks vs. Bulls – Monday night
  • Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers – Monday night
  • Spurs vs. Clippers – Tuesday night

MLB

Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals is expected to be out for the season  after suffering an Achilles injury.

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez hit his 659th home run on Sunday night.  He’s now one home run behind Willie Mays for 4th all-time. A-Rod has had a strong start to the season thus far after sitting out last season on a suspension from the league.

For the first time in his young career, Yasiel Puig of the LA Dodgers has been placed on the DL. Puig has been suffering from a hamstring injury and is hopeful to be back in 15 days.

NHL

The NFL playoffs are on (ice) and popping. On Sunday, the Minnesota Wild defeated the St. Louis Blues to move onto the next round. The Montreal Canadiens closed out the Ottawa Senators on the same day as well. Earlier this weekend, the Calgary Flames ended their series with the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Nashville Predators to advance. Teams that have already advanced to the next round include the New York Rangers and the Anaheim Ducks.

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that he will compete for Canada at the hockey world championships.

Games to watch this week include:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings – Monday
  • NY Islanders vs. Washington Capitals – Monday

Other

The NFL Draft  kicks off this Thursday, April 30th and will continue through Saturday, May 2nd.

JUST FOR FUN

Full Court Shot
You might’ve seen LeBron’s – here’s Dwight Howard’s!

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

A study in introspection
Danny Shelton’s story
How Washington’s NFL draft prospect recovered from tragedy and channeled his energy towards football

Deep dive
They’re always on the field, but don’t seem to get much credit
What’s it like to be a NCAA Division I cheerleader?

Obscurity
Joe Linta finds phenomenal players that would’ve otherwise remained hidden
The agent scouts football players that nobody in the NFL noticed… yet

You better shape up
1 in 4 Americans didn’t exercise at all this year (not even once)
Exercise is trending down among younger Americans, and our culture is getting more and more sedentary

4.20.15: We’re talking about playoffs

Good Morning! This was a crazy weekend, and we know it’s tough to remember all of the great basketball you witnessed during the start of the NBA playoffs. To help jog your memory, here are some of our favorite plays, featuring Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans:

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

The NBA playoffs are here, the NBA playoffs are here, the NBA PLAYOFFS are here! What you need to know so far:

  • The playoffs kicked off on Saturday and will go throughout May and early August
  • Eastern Conference:
    • #1 Atlanta Hawks vs. #8 Brooklyn Nets
    • #2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. #7 Boston Celtics
    • #3 Chicago Bulls vs. #6 Milwaukee Bucks
    • #4 Toronto Raptors vs. #5 Washington Wizards
  • Western Conference:
    • #1 Golden State Warriors vs. #8 New Orleans Pelicans
    • #2 Houston Rockets vs. #7 Dallas Mavericks
    • #3 LA Clippers vs. #6 San Antonio Spurs
    • #4 Portland Trail Blazers vs. #5 Memphis Grizzlies
  • Series is the best of 7, and the winner will advance to the next round

Of note from this weekend, the Wizards defeated the Raptors in OT, while the Cavs looked strong in their win over the Celticsthe first post-season win for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

This week, check out all of the games but especially:

  • New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors – Monday and Thursday
  • Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – Tuesday and Thursday
  • San Antonio Spurs vs. LA Clippers – Wednesday and Friday

MLB

The Oakland A’s and Kansas City Royals series ended on Sunday with 5 Royals players getting ejected from the game. The Royals would go on to win the 4-2.

Yasiel Puig is struggling with injuries early this season. The LA Dodgers star was out of the lineup on Sunday afternoon after a big game on Saturday night against the Colorado Rockies. Here’s to hoping his hamstring is just sore and will heal quickly.

Jon Daniels, the GM of the Texas Rangers, said that while he thinks that Russell Wilson would be successful at baseball in the Major Leagues, he would not interfere with his career as the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.

NHL

In all things hockey, the NHL playoffs are also here!

In the East, first round match-ups include:

  • #1 Montreal Canadiens vs. # 4 Ottawa Senators – MTL leads 2-0
  • #2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. #3 Detroit Red Wings – Series tied 2-1
  • #1 NY Rangers vs. #4 Pittsburgh Penguins – Series tied 1-1
  • #2 Washington Capitals vs. # NY Islanders – NYI leads 2-1

In the West, first round match-ups include:

  • #1 St. Louis Blues vs. #4 Minnesota Wild – Series tied 1-1
  • #2 Nashville Predators vs. #3 Chicago Blackhawks – Chicago leads 2-1
  • #1 Anaheim Ducks vs. Winnipeg Jets – Anaheim leads 2-0
  • #2 Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames – Series tied 1-1

Check out all of the great hockey games as the playoffs continue this week!

The likelihood of a hockey team in Vegas may take a little longer than expected. Rumor has it that if a team were to move toLas Vegas, it would be closer to the 2017-2018 season.

Other

The NFL remains interesting even in the off-season. See: The Philadelphia Eagles will sign quarterback Tim Tebow to a 1-year deal.

JUST FOR FUN

Iced Out
The NBA Championship rings are some serious bling

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Mark Cuban
Business tycoon, parent, “Shark Tank guy,” and the owner of the Mavericks
Finding new ways to change his team, the league, and the game

Learning from the best
Those who can’t play coach instead
USD can’t send players to the league, but they’ve created some rock star NBA coaches

Remember the Orlando Magic?
They had Shaq and Penny… they thought they had it all
The team was unstoppable until it fell apart – but they made their mark on basketball history

All I do is win
Serena
She stayed positive, fought hard, and won the Fed Cup playoff for the United States

4.13.15: Winning The Masters at 21

Good Morning! Remember when Duke won the National Championship last week? We didn’t get to talk about it with you yet… so check out this video of game highlights to start your day feeling like a champion:

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

Golf

Congrats to Jordan Spieth, the newest winner of the 2015 Masters Tournament! Speith, who is 21, is the second youngest golfer (behind Tiger Woods) to win the Masters. He put on an impressive performance in the opening rounds and ended up winning the whole tournament by 4 shots. Watch out world, this kid is good.

NBA

The NBA regular season ends on Wednesday and some of the best in the West are still racing to make the playoffs. The Oklahoma City Thunder may be down a star as Kevin Durant is out for the season, but Russell Westbrook is giving his all to get them into that 8th spot. On Sunday, he had 54 points in a tough loss to the Indiana Pacers. More importantly, he also got a technical that will force him to miss a crucial next game against the Portland Trail Blazers. This could be significant as the Thunder are currently close behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the final playoff spot in the West.

In other playoff news, the the Atlanta Hawks and the Golden State Warriors have the 1 seeds locked up in the East and West, respectfully. Behind them, the Cleveland Cavaliers hold the 2 seed in the East while the San Antonio Spurs moved back into the West’s 2 seed with recent strong play (aka 11 straight wins). As the final week winds down, expect the majority of teams to rest their players as they prepare for post-season play.

This week, check out:

  • Oklahoma City vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Monday
  • Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors – Monday
  • New Orleans Pelicans vs. San Antonio Spurs – Monday

As for all the other teams that won’t make the playoffs, the NBA draft is coming up and there are lots of up-and-coming young players for them (and us) to get excited about!

College Basketball

As we mentioned in our intro — there were some awesome National Championship games last week. Duke beat Wisconsin to win the title in men’s college hoops while UConn defeated Notre Dame to win their third straight title in women’s college hoops and their coach’s 10th title overall. Talk about a great end to the 2015 season.

Every college basketball season ends with an influx of student-athletes declaring for the NBA Draft. There have been a few notable announcements so far, including Jahlil Okafor of Duke and all seven of Kentucky’s stars. Stay tuned for more declarations this week!

In coaching news, Bobby Hurley is the newest coach at Arizona State. He was previously the head coach at Buffalo.

Other

Congratulations to the New York Rangers, who took home the Presidents’ Trophy this year. For all of the hockey fans out there, the NHL Playoffs kick off this week! Get excited for all the first round match-ups.

In all things futbol, Manchester United dominated Manchester City in a huge 4-2 victory on Sunday.

After a slow start to the series, the New York Yankees crushed the Boston Red Sox 14-4 in the Bronx on Sunday night.

Russell Wilson is already an Super Bowl winning NFL quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, but he’s also still interested in pursuing his other dream of playing professional baseball. He’s set to talk about this in an interview on HBO Real Sports that will air on April 21.

 

JUST FOR FUN

When NBA = NFL
The character crossovers — who matches up across the two leagues?

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Lauren Hill
She made the first NCAA basket of the season
Rest in peace to the Mount St. Joseph University basketball player that was an inspiration to us all

How often do you think about Tiger Woods?
He’s got a great record, but time is working against him
Take a look at how he compares to Jack Nicklaus, the only golfer with a better record

What’s going on in Dallas?
Is Rajon Rondo worth it? Ask Kevin Garnett
He grew up wanting to set the curve, but can he still do that and win when the stakes are much higher?

Bad to the bone
Draymond Green sticks out like a sore thumb
In comparison to the other players on the Warriors, he’s loud, proud and full of trash talk

4.6.15: it’s the final countdown

This year’s March Madness is wilder than we ever would have believed it to be! Now that we’re nearing the end, it’s more important than ever to hold on tight to our dreams. Dream big, and then dream a little bigger, because only the real believers will become the champions.

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

College Basketball

Duke and Wisconsin meet tonight to see who will become college basketball’s new NCAA Tournament champion. How did we get here? Duke beat Michigan State convincingly in the first semifinal match-up on Saturday evening in Indianapolis. In the second semifinal, Wisconsin upset and ruined Kentucky’s perfect season (they finished at 38-1) in a close game to move on the championship.

The Championship game tip-offs in Indy at 9:18pm. This will be a rematch from an earlier game this season where Duke beat Wisconsin on the road in December. Regardless, both teams are different and much improved and this game should be a really really good one.

The Women’s NCAA Final Four kicked off in Tampa on Sunday night with Notre Dame defeated South Carolina and UConn crushed Maryland, which means familiar rivals Notre Dame and UConn will face off for the rights to this year’s championship on Tuesday evening.

NBA

Paul George is back. After suffering a bad leg injury last summer in a USA Basketball scrimmage, PG13 is finally back on the court for the Indiana Pacers. He returned to action in a game where the Pacers defeated the Miami Heat at home. In other injury news, Derrick Rose is hoping to return to the Chicago Bulls this weekend.

Speaking of the Bulls, they looked strong but not strong enough in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. JR Smith put up some good numbers for the Cavs but the real star of the show was LeBron James who posted a casual triple double. Seriously, this weekend was all about the triple double as Russell Westbrook collected his 11th of the season in a loss to the Houston Rockets. That game also featured an impressive performance by MVP candidate James Harden.

Finally, the San Antonio Spurs stopped the Golden State Warriors’ 12 game winning streak on Sunday afternoon in a game where Kawhi Leonard played in star form at home.

This week, make sure to check out:

  • San Antonio at Oklahoma City – Tuesday
  • Portland at Golden State – Thursday
  • San Antonio at Houston – Friday

MLB

Major League Baseball is back! The season opened on Sunday night with a St. Louis Cardinals victory over the Chicago Cubs.

In other baseball news, the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves pulled off a multi-player trade that will shake up both squads. Key moves included: Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. heading to San Diego while the Braves picked up draft picks along with Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin.

Finally, it looks like the MLB All-Star game is headed to Washington D.C. in 2018.

JUST FOR FUN

Who do you love?
What NBA team should you adopt as your very own next season? Get on the Bandwagon.

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Enormity
Making a basketball court out of Lucas Oil Stadium
Think about it… 80,000 fans watching basketball in a stadium that’s large enough to be part of the city skyline

Keeping it in the family
The worst season ever for the Lakers
Jeanie Buss says the league is only as strong as its weakest team – but when the team is her family business, can she make the decisions necessary to improve it and improve the league?

Heartwarming
The rare moment when an ad makes you tear up
Nike’s Rory McIlroy spot reminds us of how important it is to have a hero

Running is like breathing
Usain Bolt and the success of Jamaican sprinters
Young athletes compete in Champs – a five day long event where world records are broken and a love for running is fostered

3.30.15: Final Four

Welcome back to SQ after an awesome weekend of college hoops. Check out this clutch 3-pointer from Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison during their game against Notre Dame this weekend:

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

College Basketball

Needless to say, the Elite Eight lived up to the hype this weekend. Wisconsin beat Arizona to win the West, Kentucky beat Notre Dame in a thriller to win the Midwest, Michigan State upset Louisville to win the East and Duke topped Gonzaga to win the South.

Next weekend, all four teams will meet in Indianapolis for the Final Four where Duke will take on Michigan State in the first semifinal followed by Kentucky versus Wisconsin in the second semifinal. On Monday night, the two winners will meet in the National Championship game for the chance to claim their one shining moment.

In the women’s college basketball tournament, we’ve got quite the Final Four coming up so far with South Carolina and Notre Dame heading to Tampa. Who else will join them? Stay tuned for Monday’s match-up between UConn and Dayton as well as Maryland and Tennessee to find out.

NBA

Let’s start with an injury report. Sadly, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that star Kevin Durant will have season-ending foot surgery to repair the broken bone he’s been suffering from all season. Here’s to hoping he’ll be back on his feet by next season!

In on the court news, the Golden State Warriors clinched the top seed in the Western Conference on Saturday night with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Warriors also achieved the greatest number of wins in franchise history with the victory.

This week, make sure to check out:

  • Golden State at LA Clippers – Tuesday
  • Miami at Cleveland – Thursday
  • Oklahoma City at Memphis – Friday

Other

Australia defeated New Zealand to win the Cricket World Cup on Sunday.

Denny Hamlin picked up his 25th victory at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Race.

Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson participated in a one day work out with the Texas Rangers (yes, the baseball team!).

JUST FOR FUN

You’re a Wizard
The Washington Wizards signed a 13-year-old to their team for a day

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

So happy together
Careers aren’t always about the next move
Geno Auriemma and Chris Dailey have worked with UConn basketball since 1985, and neither of them are looking to leave

Hot Rod
Rest in peace, Rod Hundley
He made a name for himself at West Virginia, played for the Lakers, and broadcasted for the Jazz (as well as other teams)

The floor slap
When you need a helping hand on defense
Historically, Duke players slap the floor to lift the intensity of the game. If you’re an opponent, this means trouble.

Hamburglar
Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators gets free burgers for life
He’s the most trending player in the NHL after a Cinderella-esque rise to the top

One of a kind
Dean Smith left a gift for each of his players
A small check was sent out to each UNC letterman that played under him on behalf of his trust

3.23.15: How Sweet It Is …

Good morning Team SQ! After a fun first weekend in the NCAA tournament, we’re down to 16 teams that will get a few days to prepare for their next battle: the Sweet 16. Check out this awesome dunk by Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein that emphasizes how awesome the tourney has been so far:

 

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

College Basketball

First thing first — March Madness. The NCAA Men’s Tournament has certainly lived up to the hype so far. We’ve seen top seeds fall (see: Villanova and UVA), strong performances (See: Notre Dame and Michigan State), and the best teams dominate (see: Kentucky and Duke), all of which got us here: the Sweet 16.

Who are the lucky teams that made it to the Sweet 16?

  • South:
    • #1 Duke vs. #5 Utah (3/27)
    • #11 UCLA vs. #2 Gonzaga (3/27)
  • Midwest:
    • #1 Kentucky vs.#5 West Virgina (3/26)
    • #3 Notre Dame vs. #7 Wichita St. (3/26)
  • West:
    • #1 Wisconsin vs. #4 UNC (3/26)
    • #6 Xavier vs. #2 Arizona (3/26)
  • East
    • #8 NC State vs. #4 Louisville (3/27)
    • #3 Oklahoma vs. #7 Michigan State (3/27)

The Sweet 16 kicks off Thursday and Friday and the winners will compete in the Elite 8 on Saturday and Sunday… and then it’s onward to Indy for the Final Four!

The Women’s Tournament is still proceeding with 3rd round games.  Make sure to check out undefeated #8 Princeton take on #1 Maryland tonight on ESPN in the Spokane region.

NBA

It was an interesting weekend for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as star point guard Russell Westbrook continued to dazzle with his 10th triple double of the season on Sunday night. The team also announced that star player Kevin Durant would be out indefinitely to recover from the foot injury that has plagued him for much of the season. It’s unclear how far the Thunder can go, but this is without a doubt a storyline to watch.

Steve Nash of the LA Lakers announced his retirement from basketball over the weekend. Nash is a 2-time MVP and one of the most fun to watch point guards in the history of the game.

What’s on deck this week? Check out:

  • Oklahoma City at San Antonio – Wednesday
  • Golden State at Memphis – Friday

Other

In all things NFL, St. Louis Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke is looking to design a football stadium in the LA area, the Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed LB James Harrison to a  2-year contract, and LB Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers retired from football at the age of 24 due to concerns about long term health.

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers is getting closer to a return to the ice. The star goalie is back at practice after damaging a blood vessel in his neck in February, but will take his time before rushing back to the game.

Barcelona defeated rival Real Madrid 2-1 to pick up a huge Clasico win in La Liga on Sunday.

Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs is looking particularly awesome so far in Spring baseball. He hit his 8th home run on Saturday in a win against the Seattle Mariners.

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer at Indian Wells in a 3-set finale to win the championship trophy.

In case you forgot, Missy Franklin is still an amazing swimmer. She won her third NCAA title for the Cal Bears on Saturday night during the Swimming and Diving Championships.

JUST FOR FUN

When it’s all said and done
Danny Manning on what it feels like to win a national championship

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Why doesn’t Westbrook like you?
The divide between players and the press
A story of a relationship that isn’t bad  – it’s just virtually nonexistent

With skin you’ll win
…but not really
If you’ve watched any March Madness at all, you probably noticed that the players are all covered up

Casualty counts
Baseball isn’t lookin’ as good as it was a month ago
Take a look at all the MLB players headed towards Tommy John surgeries

Real business
The benefits of sports documentaries
They’re inexpensive (in comparison to live television rights) and engage viewers for longer

Get used to it
Being an athlete means coping with both wins and losses
We saw Flavia Pennetta struggle with the same pressure we all feel when we’re in the heat of the moment

3.16.15: Get into the Madness

The ball is tipped and there you are — you’re running for your life, you’re a shooting star… remember that familiar tune? Well, March Madness is here and soon enough one team will end their season with the beautiful song that is One Shining Moment, and more importantly, the National Championship. So get excited, and get into the spirit with one of our favorite shining moments from 2010.

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

College Basketball

The time has come to welcome back the NCAA Tournament into your lives. It’s one of the reasons we love March and we predict that this year will live up to the hype. We’ll get to a mini-breakdown of the brackets, but keep in mind that the biggest question in this year’s tourney is whether or not #1 overall seed Kentucky can run the table and finish the season undefeated. The answer: 40-0 is looking more and more likely with each game.

Okay, now onward to the brackets. This year, the tournament seeding looks relatively even across the board. As always, there’s definitely some upset potential but this year the tournament is looking more top heavy than usual. Here’s a breakdown of the top four seeds in each region:

  • Midwest: Kentucky, Kansas, Notre Dame, Maryland
  • South: Duke, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Georgetown
  • East: Villanova, UVA, Oklahoma, Louisville
  • West: Wisconsin, Arizona, Baylor, UNC

The play-in games kick off on Tuesday, and the real action kicks off Thursday and Friday with the opening rounds. Get ready, it’s almost go-time.

Oh, and don’t sleep on the women’s tournament — the selection show kicks off on Monday night!

NBA

There were quite a few fun NBA games over the weekend. The Houston Rockets rallied past the LA Clippers 100-98 in a game where MVP candidate James Harden posted an impressive 34 point, 7 rebound and 7 assist performance. However, the bigger story might be the return of Blake Griffin to the Clippers’ line-up, which will matter come playoff time.

Speaking of the playoffs, as we move closer to the end of the regular season, let’s take a look at who’s leading the way. In the East, the Atlanta Hawks remain in control of the top seed but the Cleveland Cavaliers may be the team to beat. Out West, the Golden State Warriors may hold the best record in the league, but the West is really good and the Memphis Grizzlies, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets look ready to go. That’s not to say that things will stay this way — there’s still enough time in the season for things to shift in the last month or so. Stay tuned.

This week, make sure to check out these big match-ups (while you’re not watching March Madness):

  • Cleveland at Miami – Monday
  • Oklahoma City at Dallas – Monday
  • Atlanta at Golden State – Wednesday (this is the game of the week)
  • Atlanta at Oklahoma City – Friday
  • Portland at Memphis – Saturday

Other

Serena Williams returned to Indian Wells for the first time since 2001 and defeated Monica Niculescu in a emotional performance through 2 straight sets. She continued to advance through the tournament with a win against Zarina Diyas on Sunday. Go Serena go!

NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick picked up another win in Arizona, this time at the Phoenix International Raceway.

Manchester United won a statement game against Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on Sunday afternoon in a dominating performance within the Premier League.

JUST FOR FUN

Smile for the camera
Carey Price takes a selfie with a fan during the Canadiens/Islanders game

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Free agency
The first day of  the NFL year was this past Tuesday…
There were trades, surprises, and a whole lot of action

Proving his worth
Kyrie Irving, welcome to the team
As of late, he’s been showing us that he’s got something special

If you’re an American woman who wants to play hockey…
You’ll play for the Boston Blades, the only U.S. team in the Canadian women’s hockey league
But, you’ll also have to work another job and fundraise to keep your professional team alive

Conflicting interests
The issues plaguing MLS players
Jurgen Klinsmann, coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team, has some problems with MLS player development

3.9.15: Time for conference tournaments

We know March is all about college hoops, but our video today is nothing but professional. Check out Stephen Curry being nothing short of magical in this awesome play from the Golden State Warriors’ win over the LA Clippers. WOWZA.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

It was another fun week in NBA land. Russell Westbrook was the talk of the week after putting up 4 triple doubles in a row followed by an almost triple double and then another triple double this past Sunday as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors. Is he making a case for league MVP? It’s certainly not out of the question.

As we mentioned in the intro, the Golden State Warriors are looking pretty good these days. The Dubs have the best record in the league at 49-12, just edging above the Atlanta Hawks who have a 49-13 record. As we move towards the playoffs, it’s looking more and more like these two teams will finish on top of the East and West.

So, what should you be watching this week?

  • Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks – Tuesday
  • LA Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder – Wednesday
  • Houston Rockets at Portland Trailblazers – Wednesday

College Basketball

The regular season in college hoops has come to a close. Before we get to conference play, let’s take a look at the big results from over the weekend. #1 Kentucky beat Florida to complete a perfect regular season at 31-0, #3 Duke beat #19 UNC in Chapel Hill, #15 Oklahoma upset #9 Kansas at the last second, #2 UVA fell to #16 Louisville on the road and #6 Wisconsin defeated #23 Ohio State with the help of a big second half rally.

Like we said, March is all about the Madness… but before the NCAA Tournament come the conference tournaments. Check out the 2015 men’s conference tournament schedule here.

Many of the women’s conference tournaments have already wrapped up. #1 UConn won the AAC tournament, #2 Notre Dame won their second ACC tournament championship in a row, #3 South Carolina won the SEC tournament championship,  #4 Maryland won their first Big Ten tournament championship and #21 GW won the Atlantic 10 championship title to receive an automatic NCAA bid.

What else is on deck? Selection Sunday! As in next Sunday, when both men’s NCAA Tournament seeds are announced. The women’s selection show is on that following Monday. Here we go!

Other

There were quite a few significant NFL off-season signings to talk about over the weekend. WR Jeremy Maclin is headed to the Kansas City Chiefs, RB Frank Gore is joining the Philadelphia Eagles, and Ndamukong Suh is expected to sign a very nice contract with the Miami Dolphins.

The Chicago Blackhawks are hopeful that Patrick Kane will be able to return from the injury reserve in time for the NHL playoffs. The star player fractured his clavicle in February and is working hard to make it back.

In all things baseball, the Texas Rangers are concerned that pitcher Yu Darvish may need Tommy John surgery after tests indicated a sprained ligament in his elbow. Here’s to hoping that he is okay.

JUST FOR FUN

What doesn’t Shaq endorse?
This list of all the products he’s supported over the years will exhaust you!

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Who runs the world? Girls
In celebration of International Women’s Day
Educating the world on how important athletics are to young women

Kentucky
The scariest (and best) team we’ve seen in a long time
This college basketball team is anchored by two Godzillas, and they’re headed to the NBA

A new record
Congratulations to Lionel Messi
He just surpassed Ronaldo for the most hat tricks in La Liga history

Rounding up the all stars
Having a hard time keeping track of the best NCAA basketball players as we head towards the NBA draft?
Here are the big names across each of the conferences – keep an eye on these guys, they’re going to go fast!

3.2.15: March is HERE

Welcome to March! It’s no shocker that we are excited for the upcoming March Madness, and it appears that Tekele Cotton is too. Check out his awesome tomahawk dunk from over the weekend as his #11 Wichita State squad defeated #10 Northern Iowa to secure the MVC regular season title.

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

The playoffs are about six weeks away and things are heating up in the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers lost an intense game to the Houston Rockets in OT on Sunday night. The game featured MVP candidates James Harden and LeBron James. Despite the loss, the Cavs are looking pretty good these days and may be the team to beat in the East.

Stephen Curry dropped 37 points as the Golden State Warriors posted an impressive comeback from 26 down to beat the Boston Celtics on the road. The Dubs remain the team to beat in the wild wild West (for now).

We’ve also got some injury updates. Last week Chicago Bulls’ player Derrick Rose suffered a knee injury that required surgical repair. He is expected to return in about 4-6 weeks (in time for the playoffs). Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook also had surgery to repair a broken cheek bone, but should return within the week. That’s good news for the Thunder because he’s been playing out of his mind and posting up triple doubles left and right.

There was also sad news over the weekend, as former New York Knick Anthony Mason passed away at the age of 48. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

College Basketball

Like we said in our intro, March is here and so many things are happening. After another strong weekend, #1 Kentucky looks awesome and remains undefeated, #2 Virginia remains strong and #4 Duke continues to impress in their 9 game winning streak since losing to #9 Notre Dame back in January. Despite losing last week to #14 Maryland, #5 Wisconsin looked solid this weekend and #7 Arizona picked up a big win on Saturday night against #13 Utah. So, what was the big surprise of the weekend? That would be #3 Gonzaga, who fell to BYU in a big upset on Saturday night.

#8 Kansas is working with the NCAA to examine the eligibility of star player Cliff Alexander. Time will tell how long the investigation will take.

In all things impressive in women’s college hoops, #5 Maryland defeated #25 Northwestern to finish with an 18-0 record in their first season of the Big Ten in their overall record of 27-2.

What to watch this week? Tune in for these awesome upcoming games in men’s hoops:

  • #2 Virginia at Syracuse – Monday
  • #20 West Virginia at #8 Kansas – Tuesday
  • #9 Notre Dame at #17 Louisville – Wednesday
  • Florida at #1 Kentucky – Saturday
  • #4 Duke at #15 North Carolina – Saturday
  • #8 Kansas at #16 Oklahoma – Saturday

NHL

The NHL trade deadline offered many impressive and noteworthy deals over the weekend. Of note: Keith Yandle was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the New York Rangers.

The Florida Panthers and Jaromir Jagr may still be getting to know each other, but things appear to be going well so far as Jagr picked up 1 goal and 1 assist in a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He’s now tied for 5th all-time in goals in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks have added Antoine Vermette to their squad. The Blackhawks have had to make some quick moves as they try to readjust to life without Patrick Kane, who’s out recovering from an injury.

NFL

The NFL draft may not be until the end of April, but there are still a few football stories to report this week:

The Dallas Cowboys have decided to put the franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant. This is expected to happen before the deadline on Monday.

The Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch spoke to a Turkish sports network over the weekend about his expectations for the final play of Super Bowl XLIX. He stated: “To be honest with you, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the ball. Yes, I was expecting the ball. But in life, these things happen. Like I told a reporter after the game, it’s a team sport.” 

Other

Rest in Peace to baseball legend Minnie Minoso of the Chicago White Sox. Minoso was the first black player in the league from Latin America and remains huge part of baseball history.

Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 on Sunday to win the Capital One Cup final. Oh, and in other futbol news, Liverpool came out on top against Manchester City 2-1.

It took Ronda Rousey only 14 seconds to become a champion. The UFC fighter defeated Cat Zingano in an impressive fight on Saturday night.

Let’s talk tennis, and the fact that Rafa is back on top! Rafael Nadal picked up a big win at the Argentina Open over the weekend to get his first title in roughly 9 months.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Better with age
Stephen Curry was the bomb even in the 8th grade

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
Just how important are analytics?
All of the important info you need to know about what went down over the weekend

Thank you!
Kevin Garnett shows his appreciation
He bought 1000 tickets to his first game back in Minnesota to thank his fans for their support

Have you seen the Browns’ new logo?
Neither have we!
They claim that they’ve rebranded, but we’re not really seeing much change

David Blatt
How the Cavs coach has shaped their team
He knows he’s got star players, but he needed to make them into a family — a little bowling trip may have done the trick!

2.23.15: See JR Dunk

Good Morning! The Cleveland Cavaliers’ JR Smith capped off his return to New York with a pretty awesome dunk. We liked it. LeBron liked it. You’ll like it too. Start your Monday off right and have a slam dunk of a week!

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

The NBA is back in business after the All-Star break and there is much to discuss. Last Thursday marked an eventful end to the trade deadline, and we saw many players move from team to team. Some of the most noteworthy moves include:

  • Goran Dragic (and brother Zoran Dragic) were traded to the Miami Heat
  • Reggie Jackson was traded to the Detroit Pistons
  • Kevin Garnett was traded back to the Minnesota Timberwolves (where his career began)
  • Michael Carter-Williams was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Arron Afflalo was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers

The other big story from the weekend was Chris Bosh. The Miami Heat star will miss the rest of the season after the discovery of a blood clot in his lung. The Heat are optimistic regarding his prognosis, and say that Bosh is in good spirits. Here’s to hoping he makes a full recovery!

There are also other injury updates to discuss. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant underwent a procedure to alleviate discomfort in his surgically repaired foot. He’ll be re-evaluated in a week, but is expected to be playing with OKC before the end of the regular season. Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans will miss roughly 1-2 weeks as he recovers from a shoulder injury, while teammate Ryan Anderson will miss around 2-4 weeks with a knee sprain.

College Basketball

Kentucky continues to roll and is now up to 27-0. The last undefeated team in men’s college hoops is looking unbeatable. Will Duke, UVA, Gonzaga, or Wisconsin (all of whom picked up wins this weekend) be able to beat them come tourney time? Will someone else take them down? Only time will tell. March Madness is coming!

UNC honored the late Dean Smith with a tribute to his coaching days. They broke out Coach Smith’s legendary four corners offense during their win over Georgia Tech.

In women’s hoops, NC State upset #10 Duke on the same day they honored legendary Coach Kay Yow.

This week, tune in for these games:

  • Wisconsin vs. Maryland on Tuesday
  • Kentucky vs. Arkansas on Saturday
  • Syracuse vs. Duke on Saturday

Other

Joey Logano dominated the field and won the 2015 Daytona 500 on Sunday.

Both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota put on impressive performances at the NFL Combine. The NFL Draft is coming up, and right now we’re expecting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to take Winston with their first pick.

Many of the members of the 1980 “Miracle on ice” hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union in the Winter Olympics reunited on Saturday evening to celebrate the victory that took place 35 years ago.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Coming Home
Kevin Garnett is headed back to the Minnesota Timberwolves

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Walking before you run
Boston Marathon survivor is recovering and ready to fight
After having her leg amputated, she’s learning to run again and waiting to testify

The Rise
Sleepless in Seattle for the hardworking Mariners
How good will the young Seattle Mariners be this coming season?

Australia’s National Basketball League
…did you know about them (and that there’s a New Zealand team involved, too)?
The New Zealand Breakers are one of the most homegrown teams in the league, but they’re winning because they’ve made something out of nothing

Trade Deadline
Things got a little crazy, and here’s how the balls landed once the juggling stopped
You’ve got your winners, your losers, and those who are still wondering how their teams are going to progress

Roommates
The Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers are considering moving in together
They’re considering a move to LA, but real estate is expensive!

 

2.17.15: All Star Roundup

Happy SQ Tuesday! We hope you had a relaxing Presidents’ Day weekend and enjoyed all of the magic that took place during NBA All-Star. Our favorite moment? Zach LaVine’s gravity-defying performance in the dunk contest.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

The NBA hosted their annual All-Star festivities in New York City this weekend. What are the key takeaways?

The NBA may be on a mid-season break until Thursday night, but there are plenty of stories to keep an eye on:

Also be on the look out for potential trades before this Thursday’s deadline. Grantland’s Zach Lowe shared his predictions here.

College Basketball

The rankings are out and surprise, surprise, Kentucky is #1 again. The Wildcats remain undefeated and the possibility that their record might stay that way is looking more and more likely. The best of the rest goes: UVA, Gonzaga, Duke and Wisconsin (in that order).

#4 Duke plays #15 UNC at home on Wednesday night in the first match-up of the season for one of the top rivalries in all of sports. Look for both teams to honor Dean Smith.

The Vegas Strip will remember the late Jerry Tarkanian by dimming their lights this week. Tarkanian is the legendary former coach at UNLV.

Oh yeah, and we are one month out from Selection Sunday. March Madness is coming, y’all!

Other

After 20 seasons, Jason Giambi will be retiring from baseball.

The Dallas Stars will be without Tyler Seguin for 3-6 weeks after suffering a bad hit last week. Get well!

Lance Armstrong must pay $10 million after losing his arbitration hearing on grounds of fraud.

The NFL Combine begins this week in Indianapolis.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Masterful management
Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks will blow your mind with this goal

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Extra, Extra, read all about it!
Want to hear what the players have to say about this year’s All-Star Weekend?
Hear them talk about the weekend, and what their own teams bring to the table during the 2015 NBA season

Rights
The intersection between segregation and baseball
How the Dodgers handled spring training (and their futures) once Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe and Roy Partlow joined the team

Sixers
Taking the long way around
Pablo Torre talks to Sam Hinkie about how the 76ers plan to win

Wealth Gap
A new Premier League broadcast-rights deal
It’s more than three times the value of any other soccer league’s TV deal – what does this do to the competition?

Rhonda Glenn
The first female anchor on ESPN passed away
She started just two years after the network launched, and paved the way for women in broadcasting everywhere

2.9.15: RIP Dean Smith

We’d like to start this morning by honoring Dean Smith, who was not only a legendary college basketball Coach at the University of North Carolina, but also a man who fought for equality and human rights for all. He will be remembered for his impact as both a great Coach and even more importantly as a great man. We send our thoughts to his family and may he rest in peace. Please watch this video tribute in his honor:

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

College Basketball

It’s prime season for college hoops and things are heating up. #1 Kentucky defeated a gritty Florida team on the road to remain undefeated at 23-0 Saturday night while #4 Duke collected an impressive 30 point revenge win against Notre Dame at home. #3 UVA beat #9 Louisville in a close match-up while #8 Kansas fell to Oklahoma State on Saturday.

In injury news, Justin Anderson of UVA fractured his finger and will be out of the lineup for at least 4-6 weeks. The ACC race is tight so this could definitely have an impact for one of the best teams in the country.

Let’s talk scheduling. This week, look out for:

  • #1 Kentucky at LSU – Tuesday
  • #Duke at Syracuse – Saturday

Also, make sure to watch undefeated #1 South Carolina take on #2 UConn in Storrs, Connecticut in one of the biggest women’s hoops games of the season on Monday night.

NBA

There’s quite a few things to talk about leading up to next weekend’s All-Star Game in New York City. First, Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers will miss the game with an elbow injury. Griffin will have surgery to treat a staph infection and hopes to make a quick recovery. Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers will replace him in the game.

Speaking of the LA Clippers, they lost pretty badly to the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road on Sunday. The Thunder are on the hunt for the 8th playoff spot in the West along with the New Orleans Pelicans (who are hoping Anthony Davis’ shoulder injury isn’t too serious) and the Phoenix Suns.

Can you feel the Love? The Cleveland Cavaliers sure could on Sunday in their game against the LA Lakers. Kevin Love has had a bit of a slow start for the Cavs but against the Lakers, he had a season high 32 points and looked dominant in the paint. The Cavs continue to prove that they are a force to be reckoned with come playoff time (cc: Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors).

This week, be on the look out for Coach Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs who is on the verge of his 1,000th career victory. They play Monday night against the Indiana Pacers.

 

Other

The US men’s national team defeated Panama 2-0 on Sunday afternoon to pick up their first win in the last 5 games.

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday with a back injury and will likely drop to the #59 ranking in golf.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is out for the NY Rangers after suffering a sprained blood vessel in his neck. Get well!

 

JUST FOR FUN

Please tell us you watched the Puppy Bowl!
Did you know that it’s the second highest rated broadcast on the day of the Super Bowl?

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Where is the love?
When the Islanders leave Long Island behind in favor of Barclays, what will happen to their culture?
Right now, they’ve got a fan base of diehard tailgaters — but, once they’re taking the train to Barclays, will it ruin their no-frills love of the team and the sport?

Winner, Winner
Cuba wins their first Caribbean series championship since 1960
They’ve dominated the series in past decades, and now they’re back at the top

Irina Pavlova
From Russia to Brooklyn
Getting to know one of the most powerful women in the business of pro hoops

Congrats, Geno!
How to get to 900 wins
The coach of the UConn women’s basketball team is the fastest coach to reach this level

In Mourning
Soccer game riot in Egypt
At least 25 individuals were killed at a riot outside of a major Egyptian Premier League game

Marcus Mariota
Remember him?
The Oregon QB has fallen pretty far pretty fast, considering how he was praised before the big game

Legendary
Rest in peace, Billy Casper
The golf player had won 51 times on the PGA tour and passed away at the age of 83

2.2.15: Super Dreams

Good Morning Team SQ! So, about that game last night? Nothing like a little Super Bowl magic to ring in February and close out the NFL season. Congrats to the New England Patriots! Anyhoo, in honor of the game, check out all the awesome talent that Jimmy Fallon brought together for an a capella rendition of “We Are The Champions” last night.

 

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Super Bowl XLIX was nothing short of thrilling. The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Arizona to win their 4th Super Bowl in the Belichick-Brady Era. After many lead changes, comebacks, and big plays, the game came down to an ill-advised final play call for the Seahawks (on a play that didn’t go to Marshawn Lynch) that led to an interception by the Patriots’ Malcolm Butler. Tom Brady is your MVP and the Super Bowl is going back to Boston. Congrats Pats fans!

College Basketball

It was a wild weekend for college hoops. After an emotional week, #4 Duke handed #4 UVA their first loss on their home turf in a big game that came down to the wire.

Duke wasn’t the only team with a big win this weekend as #10 Louisville came back from 18 to knock off #13 UNC in overtime. In other news, Pitt won against #8 Notre Dame and #1 Kentucky remains undefeated after a win against this weekend over Alabama.

This week look out for:

  • #2 UVA at #13 UNC – Monday
  • #8 Notre Dame at #4 Duke – Saturday
  • #10 Louisville at #2 UVA – Saturday

NBA

All Star

The NBA announced the final rosters for the league’s upcoming All-Star Game in New York. Starters were voted on by fans, reserves by the coaches, and  DeMarcus Cousins was selected by the Commissioner to fill the injured Kobe Bryant’s all-star spot. The game takes place on February 15th.

Speaking of the All-Star Game, Commissioner Adam Silver announced that he is interested in exploring the possibility of expanding the All-Star roster from 12 to 15. This comes in light of the difficult decision to choose whether to have Damian Lillard or DeMarcus Cousins fill Kobe Bryant’s spot. They both are having great seasons but ultimately there wasn’t enough space to put both on the roster given the roster limit. Stay tuned!

 

Other

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were the big winners at the Australian Open. Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova to win her 6th Australian Open title on the women’s side while Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title after he defeated Andy Murray in the men’s final.

Rory McIlroy won the Dubai Desert Class title in record fashion. It was the second golf title in Dubai for Rory, who shot 22 under and matched a tournament record for the lowest total in the course history.

JUST FOR FUN

Just gotta check real quick
Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell gave the game ball a little squeeze to ensure it was fully inflated

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

How to be an ex-pat Super Bowl fan

Take it from this man in Moscow – it’s not an easy love to kindle

Imagine not being able to find the Super Bowl on television? Well, for supporters that don’t live in America, that’s a real possibility

 

The brawl we can’t not talk about

Who gets into a fight in the last 20 seconds of the Super Bowl?

When the dust cleared, Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks was ejected from the game

 

Another QB

If you saw the P&G Play Like a Girl campaign, you saw 15 year old Karlie Harmon

She’s a club team quarterback, and found herself among athletes and actors on Super Bowl Radio Row talking about the campaign

 

Tom Brady

The legend can’t stop

Check out this long read on what drives Tom Brady of the New England Patriots

 

C’mon

Have you ever heard Serena on the court?

It’s nice to know that her shouting is indicative of all the fun she’s having on the court!

1.26.15: 1K

We hope you had the chance to enjoy Sunday’s Duke/St. John’s game, because we sure did! Congratulations to Coach (1)K for his 1,000th win last night — we three Dukies were rooting for you all the way, and we’re so proud to be Blue Devils. In light of this legendary accomplishment, check out this cool collection of the top 10 most dramatic Coach K wins!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

3 cheers for 49 years, the Super Bowl is almost here! Next Sunday the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Arizona in Super Bowl XLIX. What’s a bit unusual about this game so far? Well, normally the pregame talk is about the game…but in this case it’s been about Deflategate (otherwise known as that time someone on the Patriots deflated 11 out of the 12 game balls used when they played the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship game). The whole thing is a little bit sketchy, and there have been denials across the board. Stay tuned to see how the NFL, the media and both teams react in the week before the game.

In other news, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will face a 1 year ban after failing another drug test over the weekend, according to sources. Yikes.

Oh yeah, and the Pro Bowl was this past weekend and New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham (once upon a time a Miami college basketball player) dunked in celebratory fashion after scoring a touchdown.

College Basketball

We said it before, and we’ll say it again: Congrats to Coach K on his 1,000th victory! How did it happen? Well, #5 Duke beat St. John’s in a nail biter of a game that included many lead changes and finished with a big dose of Duke momentum down the stretch at MSG. The young Duke squad looked tough in the comeback win — some might say they went 0 t0 1,000 real quick. So, what does this mean? Coach K is now the first Division 1 men’s basketball coach to win 1,000 games in his career as the head coach at Duke and previously at Army. Best Coach Ever.

In other college hoops news,#2 UVA remains undefeated after surviving a close game over in-state rival Virginia Tech. Next up for UVA is a big home game against Duke next Saturday.

This upcoming week is a fun one for conference play. Look out for:

  • #5 Duke at #8 Notre Dame – Wednesday
  • #1 Kentucky at Missouri – Thursday
  • #5 Duke at #2 UVA – Saturday
  • #15 UNC at #10 Louisville – Saturday

NBA

Hey now, you’re an All-Star. Congrats to this year’s NBA All Star starters:

West:

  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (Earned the most votes)
  • Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers (Out with a shoulder injury)
  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
  • Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

East:

  • John Wall, Washington Wizards
  • Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavs
  • Carmelo Anthony, NY Knicks
  • Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls

And you know who else should be an All-Star? The Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson. In case you missed it, let’s just say Klay went cray and scored an NBA record 37 points in 1 quarter. That’s 12 minutes. It was amazing — watch it here.

Y’all, the Atlanta Hawks are really good. Over the weekend, they won their 16th straight win against the Minnesota Timberwolves to improve their record to 37-8. These Hawks are fly.

Ain’t no party like a Cleveland Cavs party. Okay, maybe there is no party yet, but the Cavs do seem to have some things figured out as they won their 6th straight over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon. LeBron James was in NBA 2K mode and notched 34 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal in the victory.

Things certainly were heating up down in Miami today for Hassan Whiteside. The Miami Heat player scored a unique triple double with 12 blocks, 14 points and 13 rebounds in their win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

Sad news for the Detroit Pistons’ Brandon Jennings who suffered an ruptured Achilles tendon on Saturday night. He will be out for the remainder of the season.

Other

Rest in Peace to baseball legend Ernie Banks, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 83. Banks was a Chicago Cubs star and two time National League MVP who meant a lot to the game. We would like to extend our condolences to the Banks family.

In the highest scoring NHL All-Star Game of all time, Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12.  The NHL named Ryan Johansen of the Nashville Blue Jackets the MVP of the game.

Oh, and keep your eye on the Australian Open which continues this week!

JUST FOR FUN

Look at this photograph…
The best memories captured by Sports Illustrated staff photographers – which moments do you remember?

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

What’s in a number?
The franchise value of NBA teams has increased 72% this year
When Steve Ballmer bought the LA Clippers for $2 billion, he drove the valuation of many other teams up past $1 billion

The limit doesn’t exist
Mike Conley isn’t underrated – he’s coming up
“As he goes, so go the Memphis Grizzlies”

Breaking down stereotypes
George Washington University’s Yuta Watanabe
He’s got the speed, the jump shot, and the smarts — he’s an inspiration to all basketball fans, but especially to those who can relate to his Japanese heritage

Rest in Peace
Chicago Cubs’ “Mr. Cub” (Ernie Banks) passed away this Friday
Fans took to Twitter and other social media sites in order to express their appreciation of Ernie Banks’ legacy, and grieve as a community

You do you
Lessons learned at the NHL All-Star Weekend
The guys opened up once they were off the ice, and we loved getting to know them better!

1.19.15: One step closer to the Super Bowl

This was quite the weekend of NFL football. How does it feel to make the Super Bowl? Just ask Russell Wilson…

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

The reigning champions the Seattle Seahawks are going back to the Super Bowl. After a rocky start, the Seahawks stormed back in dramatic fashion (with the help of an onside kick) and defeated the the Green Bay Packers in overtime during the NFC Championship Game in Seattle. Talk about epic.

The New England Patriots dominated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 despite the heavy rain in Foxboro to win the the AFC Championship and the right to meet the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Oh yeah, and Tom Brady (who will start his 6th Super Bowl) set a NFL postseason passing record. Just another day in the life.

There are plenty of story lines on deck for Super Bowl XLIX as the Seahawks attempt to be the first repeat Super Bowl Champions since the Patriots in 2004… but first thing’s first: the game kicks off at 6:30pm on Sunday, February 1st in Glendale, Arizona. Get ready for a Pats-Seahawks showdown!

In non-Super Bowl news, Gary Kubiak will be the next coach of the Denver Broncos, and earlier in the week John Fox signed on to be the new head coach of the Chicago Bears.

College Football

As you already know, Ohio State beat Oregon to win the first ever college football playoff national championship game last week. Now it’s time to talk next season.

Oregon quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota announced that he will go pro and enter the NFL Draft. Ohio State’s Cardale Jones decided that after only 3 starts, he will remain at Ohio State and return to the team next season.

The NCAA has reinstated the late Penn State Coach Joe Paterno’s 112 wins that were taken away after the Jerry Sandusky scandal. This means that Paterno is now the winningest coach in college football.

NBA

And just like that the Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to show a little something. After an up and down start to the season, the Cavs picked up 2 key wins on a West Coast road trip and more importantly got their MVP back in top form. That’s right, LeBron James looks healthy and played great which will be important if the Cavs want to make some noise in the playoffs. Time will tell if they can continue to improve.

The LA Clippers made NBA history when they traded for Austin Rivers. Austin will now be playing for his father, Coach Doc Riversmaking them the first father-son combo in the league.

Welcome to Atlanta where the Hawks playas play, and they dominate all the teams in the East each and every day. No really, the Hawks are legit and appear to be the best team in the Eastern Conference. More than that, they have the number 2 record in the entire league at 33-8 behind the Golden State Warriors who are sitting at 32-6.

College Basketball

It took a week of growing pains but #4 Duke appears to be finding their way. After losing back-to-back games to N.C. State and Miami, Duke dominated #6 Louisville on the road in a game where they showed some new stuff, namely on defense. Duke plays Pittsburgh tonight and if they win, they will have the chance to give Coach K his 1000th win at MSG when Duke takes on St. John’s next Sunday in New York.

In other weekend hoops news, #1 Kentucky and #2 UVA remain undefeated after big wins against Alabama and Boston College, respectively. #11 Iowa State defeated #9 Kansas in a tough Big 12 match-up and #10 Arizona got a nice win over #8 Utah while #3 Gonzaga cruised past Loyola Marymount.

This week tune in for #1 Kentucky at South Carolina next Saturday at 12pm and #2 UVA at Virginia Tech next Sunday at 1pm.

Other

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ESPN put together a roundtable of union leaders from the NBA, NFL and MLB to come together and discuss race, unions, equality and diversity.

In all things tennis, the Australian Open kicks off this week. See predictions here.

The St. Louis Cardinals will honor Oscar Taveras, who tragically died in a car accident during the baseball off-season, with a patch on their jersey for the 2015 season.

It was a big weekend for the Power 5 conferences as the Division I Board of Directors passed a full cost of attendance measure 79-1 that will help support college athletics scholarships with more financial resources.

Finally, the NHL revealed their bright uniforms for the upcoming All-Star Game.

JUST FOR FUN

Best we’ve ever had
…or seen. take a look at the coolest celebratory cakes the sports world has ever seen

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Brady v. Manning
The deciding moment
Who wins “best quarterback of his generation?” Looks like we’re leaning towards Brady now!

The Winningest
Settlement to reinstate Penn State Football wins
They had 112 wins removed from their history as a result of their Jerry Sandusky scandal, but now the NCAA is looking at reinstating those wins and giving Joe Paterno back his title as college football’s winningest coach

Title Race
Barclays’ Premier League
Arsenal traveled north to the Etihad and defeated strong favorites Manchester City. City is one of the many clubs paying the price that is the African Cup of Nations, as one of their most impactful players, Yaya Toure, is away on international duty (Ivory Coast)

Drama
Raging ups and downs
Kobe versus LBJ — what’s happening to both of their teams?

We are family
What it means to be a part of the University of Miami Hurricanes family
Coach Jim Larranaga dedicated the Miami/Duke game last week to Jim Palma, a player from the ’40s who passed away shortly after the game

1.12.15: Championship night

We are the champions, we are the champions, no time for the losers ’cause we are the champions of the world… wait, who is? No, this isn’t the Mighty Ducks 2 hockey championship — but there are ducks involved and the tune still fits! Get ready Team SQ — it’s championship ball night! Tonight at 8:30pm, Oregon will face Ohio State for the rights to call themselves the college football playoff champion of the world. Don’t miss out!

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Okay so the Divisional NFL match-ups certainly lived up to the hype…

In the AFC, the New England Patriots rallied past the Baltimore Ravens 35-31 in a game that was nothing short of intense. And on Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts looked strong in a big 24-13 win over the Denver Broncos in Denver.

Now let’s talk about the NFC Divisional games.  On Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks got a big game from Kam Chancellor and Russell Wilson to roll past the Carolina Panthers 31-17. They will head back to the NFC Conference Championships next weekend and face the Green Bay Packers who defeated the Dallas Cowboys 26-21 after a slow start and some play reversal on Sunday night.

What’s NEXT — Conference Championships

  • AFC: Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots on Sunday, January 18 at 6:40pm ET
  • NFC: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, January 18 at 3:05pm ET

College Football

As we mentioned in our intro, championship night is here. #2 Oregon (13-1) will take on #4 Ohio State (13-1) in the first ever college football playoff national championship game.

Seven Key Names:

Logistics: (Today) Monday, January 12 at 8:30pm in Arlington, Texas — watch the game on ESPN!

Prediction: Ohio State

NBA

It was a big week of trades this past week in the NBA. Early last week, the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder completed a 3-team trade that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavs, Dion Waiters to the Thunder and Alex Kirk, Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas to the Knicks.

As of Sunday night, sources say that a trade involving the New Orleans Pelicans, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies will likely end up with Jeff Green headed to the Grizzlies.

Oh, and talk about a big performance as Pau Gasol picked up a career high 46 points and 18 rebounds as his Chicago Bulls defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday evening. Klay Thompson of the league’s best Golden State Warriors also had a career game last week with 40 points to show why he’s one of the best shooting guards in the NBA this season.

On Thursday, the New York Knicks will face off against the Milwaukee Bucks in London as part of the Global Games.

Speaking of the Knicks, Phil Jackson took full credit for the team’s rough start (5-35) to the season…

College Basketball

Much to discuss in college hoops after this weekend. On the men’s side, #2 Duke lost on the road to unranked N.C. State, #1 Kentucky beat Texas A&M in 2OT, #2 UVA rallied past #13 Notre Dame in South Bend, Rutgers upset #4 Wisconsin and #5 Louisville fell to #18 UNC at the Dean Dome.

In women’s hoops, #3 Texas lost on the road to Iowa State in a close 59-57 game.

So what’s on deck this week? #2 Duke will play at #5 Louisville next Saturday in what should be a very good game.

Hockey

The roster is set for the NHL All-Star Game which takes places in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, January 25.

No ruling has been set for the concussion suit filed by former NHL players against the league. U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson has heard from both sides and gave no indication as to when she would make a decision.

Who is leading the way in the NHL? The Nashville Predators hold the league best record at 28-9 and showed their stuff on Saturday night in a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild that gave them a league best 60 points.

Other

Our hearts are with France. On Friday night, the Washington Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin wore a “Je Suis Charlie” shirt during pre-game warmups to honor his country after a week of tragedy. He was joined by Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers who wore a similar shirt prior to his Thursday game. Players in the NBA were not the only ones showing solidarity, as the Montreal Canadiens showed their support by playing the French national anthem on Saturday night before their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In baseball news, after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery, Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals will be out on recovery for roughly 2-3 months.

Morgan Brian of UVA is the back-to-back winner of the Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top players in women’s college soccer. She is the 5th woman to win the trophy more than once.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Katy + Lenny
Are you ready for Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show?

Chef Curry
Could Riley Curry (daughter of Steph and Ayesha) be any cuter???

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

What’s in Cardale’s future?
We’re wondering if the Ohio State QB will be forgotten, or go down in history as a star
At this rate, the backup backup quarterback will be the favorite forever… but we’ll see if he can handle the heat tonight!

Boston 2024
Whaddya wanna know?
After presenting a $4.5 billion proposal to the USOC, Boston was selected as the US bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics

Next
Ball to the Future
Breaking down why the future of pro hoops looks a lot like James Harden

Internal Review
No true resolution in sight when it comes to the Ray Rice scandal
We’re still asking questions and wondering about the NFL’s decision making going forward

Our obsession with barre extends to the NFL
The Dallas Cowboys work on their knowledge of ballet
Before the on-field stretches, they use ballerina barres to stretch and loosen their muscles — it’s a whole new dynamic warm up, and it seems like it’s working well!

Man, can he swim!
Rob Konrad of the Miami Dolphins fell off his boat
…and swam 9 miles to shore (which is the equivalent of swimming 290 lengths of an Olympic-size swimming pool)

1.5.15: It’s 2015

Today we begin a new year of SQ. We want to take a moment to remember ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who passed away at the age of 49 over the weekend. He fought a brave battle against cancer for the past several years and was truly an inspiration to us all. He was one of the most innovative and fun ESPN anchors and brought joy to the sports world with his creative catch phrases and commentary. When honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and Courage in July of 2014 at the ESPYs, he gave a beautiful acceptance speech: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” We send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends and encourage you to watch many of the touching tributes in remembrance of Stuart Scott.

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

In the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night 30-17 to advance to the next round. They will play the New England Patriots next. On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts easily defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 26-10 to advance as well. They will face the Denver Broncos next weekend.

In the NFC, the Carolina Panthers took down the Arizona Cardinals 27-16 on Saturday to move on to play the defending Super Bowl Champs — the Seattle Seahawks. And on Sunday, the the Dallas Cowboys made things interesting by overcoming a poor start to defeat the Detroit Lions 24-20.  They will play the Green Bay Packers next weekend.

Here is the official schedule of the divisional rounds:

Saturday, January 10:

  • Baltimore at New England – 4:45pm – NBC (AFC)
  • Carolina at Seattle – 8:15pm – FOX (NFC)

Sunday, January 11:

  • Dallas at Green Bay – 1:05pm – FOX (NFC)
  • Indianapolis at Denver – 4:40pm – CBS (AFC)

College Football

Oregon will meet Ohio State in college football’s National  Championship game on Tuesday, January 12th. How did they get there?

Turns out this whole college football playoff thing is kind of exciting. On Thursday, the first annual college football playoff semi-finals kicked off with two big games between #2 Oregon vs. #3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl followed by #1 Alabama vs. #4 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.

In the first game, Oregon dominated (and we mean dominated) Florida State to win the game 59-20. Major takeaways: the PAC 12 might be better than people thought (or at least Oregon look great), and Marcus Mariota showed that he was the much better Heisman-winning quarterback in the game, in comparison to Jameis Winston, who didn’t have his best game. Ducks move on.

Without a doubt, the second game was the show of the night. Alabama got off to a hot start until Ohio State showed major heart in an comeback thriller of a game that came down to the wire. Of note, Ohio State was playing their third string quarterback Cardale Jones due to injuries and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer won the battle of the legendary coaches against Alabama’s Nick Saban.  Oh, and Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott put on a show with a 230 yard performance (also a Sugar Bowl record). Buckeyes advance.

To recap: Oregon will play Ohio State in the first ever college football National Championship game in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday, January 12th. We can’t wait.

NBA

What’s cooler than getting your first dunk of the season? Making an awesome one. Check out the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry’s breakaway slam from Friday night. The Warriors are still in the lead for the NBA’s best record, but many teams are catching up cc: Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies. In the East, the Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, and the Chicago Bulls are all neck and neck towards the top of the conference. It’s still early (I know we say this often … it’s a long season), but some fun games to check out this week include the Golden State Warriors vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder on the 5th, and the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday the 9th.

Speaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers, there has been more chatter about why they are struggling this season. Our view: it’s only year 1, and it takes time to develop team chemistry. More than that, they have a first year coach, have  been dealing with injuries to key players, and it’s only January. To make matters worse,  LeBron James announced he will be out for 2 weeks to recover from knee and back injuries. With that said, the narrative is interesting, and if the team doesn’t turn it around by the All-Star break, you never know what changes might be made. Stay tuned!

Rajon Rondo returned to Boston, as his new team (Dallas Mavericks) faced his old team (Boston Celtics). Rondo was dominant in the return, dropping 29 points in the Dallas win. The Celtics were classy in defeat and shared an emotional tribute video honoring Rondo and his time in Boston during the game. Rondo spoke about his love for the Boston fans before and after the game, showing that the appreciation was mutual.

Oh and LA Laker Kobe Bryant shared his thoughts on AAU basketball.

College Basketball

College basketball conference play is off to a sizzling start. Over the weekend, #2 Duke looked dominant in a win over Boston College, #3 UVA overcame a tough Miami team to earn their 2OT win, Seton Hall upset #6 Villanova in OT, #5 Louisville rallied past Wake Forest, and #13 Kansas fought back to defeat UNLV.

On Saturday #14 Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech in 2OT, but the real story was Jerian Grant’s amazing jump out the gym dunk that is potentially the best slam of the year thus far.

In terms of rankings, Kentucky is holding strong at #1 with Duke holding steady in the #2 spot. Time will tell if conference play leads to greater challenges for all of the remaining undefeated teams.

There are some good games to tune in for this week, including: #6 Villanova at #15 St. John’s on Tuesday, #13 Kansas at #22 Baylor on Wednesday, and #5 Louisville at #19 UNC on Saturday.

Other

Talk about a Catch 22 — or something like that. Real Madrid’s loss to Valencia 2-1 ended their winning streak of 22 games and their hope of reaching the world record of 24 wins in a row. 

Jaromir Jagr collected a Hat Trick for ages. No, really. At 42, he collected his 15th hat trick as his Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Saturday night to become the oldest hockey player to get a hat trick (3 goals) moving past hockey legend Gordie Howe.

And the light heavyweight defense UFC championship title goes to… Jon Jones, who defeated Daniel Cormier on Saturday night.

JUST FOR FUN

You never know who’s watching…
The strangest fans of 2014, caught in the act!

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Pay Attention
What to look for when you’re watching Oregon vs. Ohio State
The game will be pretty balanced, but there are some players and plays that will stand out

Why are fans still at the Garden?
Even though the Knicks aren’t performing, the seats are still filling up
Is it the celebrity sightings, team loyalty, or cheap ticket prices?

Making an impact
espnW’s Impact 25
Women who broke down barriers, achieved great things, and paved the way for others in 2014

Laying down the law
What does Jim Harbaugh’s lawyer have to say?
Meet Jeffrey Klein, a man whose job is to handle employment negotiations in the sports world

 

12.29.14: Bowling, anyone?

It’s the last week of 2014… how did that happen? Anyhow, we’re thankful for a great year of sports and even more excited to watch the upcoming 2015 athletic feats of excellence. Happy New Year from Team SQ to you! And with that, enjoy this cool video that Gatorade put together to celebrate their 50th birthday.

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Things were nothing short of interesting in the final 17th week of regular season games in the NFL.

In the AFC: The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 20-10 to clinch the 6th seed, the Denver Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders 47-14 to claim their 1st round bye as the AFC West champs (their 3rd straight season of this), the Indianapolis Colts (who had already clinched the AFC South) beat the Tennessee Titans 27-10, and even though they lost to the Buffalo Bills 17-9, the New England Patriots are your AFC East winners and will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as the overall number 1 seed. Lastly, on Sunday Night Football, we saw the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-17 to win the AFC North. As a result, the Bengals joined the Ravens in the Wild Card spots.

In the NFC: The Seattle Seahawks picked up the NFC West title and home-field advantage with their win over the St. Louis Rams 20-6, the Carolina Panthers moved past the Atlanta Falcons 34-3 to win the NFC South and the Green Bay Packers looked top notch in their win over the Detroit Lions to win the NFC North and claim a first round bye. Finally, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 44-17 to win the NFC East in a game where DeMarco Murray set a single season Dallas record for most rushing yards and surpassed the legendary Emmitt Smith. The other two NFC playoff teams in the Wild Card slots are the Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions.

Now that we know which teams made the playoffs, let’s take a look at the schedule. Wild Card games kick off next weekend on January 3rd and 4th:

  • NFC: Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers 4:25pm (Jan 3rd – ESPN)
  • AFC: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:15pm (Jan 3rd – NBC)
  • AFC: Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts 1:50pm (Jan 4th CBS)
  • NFC: Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys 4:40pm (Jan 4th – FOX)

The San Francisco 49ers announced a mutual separation from head coach Jim Harbaugh on Sunday night. The 49ers finished this season 8-8 and Harbaugh will likely become the next head coach of his alma mater, the Michigan Wolverines.

J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans became the only player in NFL history to have two seasons with 20 sacks. It is becoming more and more likely that he will be this year’s MVP, a rare feat for a NFL defensive end.

One team looking way ahead to next season is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who lost to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday 23-20 but won the right to the number 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

College Football

It’s an exciting week for college football as the bowl season continues. There are plenty of good games to watch, but the real action kicks off on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with five great games including the college football playoffs. On New Year’s Eve, check out #9 Ole Miss vs. #6 TCU in the  Peach Bowl at 12:30pm, #20 Boise State vs. #10 Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl at 4pm and #7 Mississippi State vs. #12 Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

Then on New Year’s Day, starting at noon #19 Auburn plays #18 Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl followed by #8 Michigan State vs. #5 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl at 12:30pm, and #16 Missouri versus #25 Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl at 1pm. But let’s be real, this is all a warm-up for the college football playoffs which heat up on Thursday, January 1st.

#2 Oregon will face off against #3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl at 5pm in a game that features two back-to-back Heisman quarterbacks —  last year’s winner Jameis Winston of FSU, and this year’s winner Marcus Mariota of Oregon while #1 Alabama will meet #4 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl at 8:30pm in a game that features two coaching legends in Alabama’s Nick Saban and OSU’s Urban Meyer. Needless to say, the storylines are endless and the winners of these games will meet in the college football national championship on Monday, January 12th at 8:30pm.

NBA

It was a bit of a rough week for the Cleveland Cavaliers who lost 2 out of 3 games on Christmas to the Miami Heat and then lost again on Sunday night to the Detroit Pistons at home in Cleveland. The Cavs did pick up a solid win in Orlando Friday against the Magic, but will need to maintain that winning energy when they travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks (one of the top teams in the East), on Tuesday. So, why are we talking about some random series of games? The Cavs just lost one of their best players in Anderson Varejao to an Achilles tear for the season and if they’re going to make the Finals (East or NBA), it will be interesting to see how they adapt. Good news for them: they’ve got LeBron James and that helps a lot.

Speaking of LeBron James, all-star voting (the game is February 15th in New York!) has begun and as of right now, he has the lead in the total votes. James currently holds the lead over the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, who is ahead of both the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis and and the LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. Fans have until January 19th to cast their votes.

In all things NBA scoring, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks has now moved up to number 8. Add this to the list of things to talk about when it comes to the Mavs, who are doing quite well in the West and hope to do even better with the new addition of point guard Rajon Rondo, who was recently traded from the Boston Celtics. Without a doubt, the wild wild west continues in the NBA!

College Basketball

#1 Kentucky beat #4 Louisville on Saturday afternoon in Louisville 58-50. Kentucky is really, really good so this was not exactly surprising. As we have mentioned before, the bigger question is whether or not anyone will beat them this year in the regular season. As it stands, they’ve passed pretty big tests so far and while conference play remains, more and more people are suggesting they might just run the table and go undefeated. Guess we’ll find out!

The past few weeks of college hoops have been quiet due to winter breaks and final exams, but things should get going again as 2015 kicks off and conference play gets going. Get excited!

Oh, and there is a big women’s hoops game as #10 Duke travels up to #2 Connecticut to face UConn on their turf on Monday night at 9pm. Check it out!

 

JUST FOR FUN

It’s a beautiful day
Manchester City played in the snow this weekend, and the photos are pretty cool

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

In Memory
Rutgers team honors fallen NYPD officers
Players and coaches alike sported NYPD hats at the Quick Lane Bowl in tribute

A Long December
Tony Romo is really really good
Will Dallas Cowboys fans find pearls in their oysters in this year’s NFL playoffs?

When the clock strikes midnight…
It’ll be a whole new year
What sporting events are you looking forward to the most in 2015? Check out some of the New York Times’ favorites here

Wild Wild West
The NBA’s Western Conference is stacked
Grantland’s Zack Lowe breaks down and ranks the very talented western conference

The man bringing baseball to Africa
George Mukhobe is teaching the Ugandan youth to love the sport
In a place where hardship is prevalent, he’s able to bring fun into the picture