Edition 10.27.14

Happy Monday, Team SQ!  Seeing how it’s almost time to welcome you all back to the wonderful world of college hoops (that’s right, the season is fast approaching – exhibition games begin this week), let’s warm up with this video of some awesome dunks from Duke’s Countdown 2 Craziness event from over the weekend. Yes it’s true, we are Duke fans, but the real point is that college basketball is almost back. BOOM.

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

Baseball

It’s been quite the World Series so far as the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants battled every game. Heading into Game 5 things were all tied up, but on Sunday night the Giants got the win 5-0 in San Francisco with the help of their pitcher, Madison Bumgarner. So heading back to Kansas City, the Giants lead the series 3-2…what will happen next? Will the Giants close? Will the Royals bounce back? You better watch and find out!

Looking ahead, Game 6 will take place on Tuesday night in Kansas City at 8:07pm on FOX. Game 7, if it’s necessary, will take place on Wednesday, same place, same time, same channel. Remember, the winner will be the first team to win 4 games in the best-of-7 series. Make sure you tune in to find out who will claim the elusive World Series Champions title!

In off the field news, it saddens us to report that right fielder Oscar Taveras of the St. Louis Cardinals was killed in a car crash this weekend in the Dominican Republic. Our thoughts are with his family.

NFL

Oh hello there, week 8. Let’s start with the Denver Broncos who looked great in a big Thursday night 35-21 win against the San Diego Chargers. Of note, Emmanuel Sanders had 3 touchdowns in his debut for Denver. On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Carolina Panthers after Russell Wilson threw a late touchdown (there were 47 seconds left) to Luke Willson to get the win, the Detroit Lions came back from 21 down to defeat the Atlanta Falcons on the road 22-21, and the Buffalo Bills crushed the New York Jetswho benched quarterback Geno Smith in the first quarter and put in Michael Vick, 43-23. Oh yeah, and can you say oh Brady!?!? That’s right, led by Tom Brady’s 5 touchdowns, the New England Patriots defeated the Chicago Bears 51-23 at home. In other touchdown news, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 6 TDs (and an NFL record) as his Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Indianapolis Colts 51-34. On Sunday Night Football, the New Orleans Saints got a must win against the Green Bay Packers 44-23 at home in a game where Aaron Rodgers had 2 interceptions.

In other NFL news, there is a report that next season, the NFL is going to increase the number of annual games held in London to 5, and after a ruling from an arbitrator, Commissioner Roger Goodell must testify in a hearing regarding the Ray Rice case.

Monday Night Football is all about the NFC East as the Dallas Cowboys look to continue their strong start as they take on the Washington Redskins in a home game. Kickoff tonight is at 8:30pm on ESPN.

College Football

So, week 9 of college football season surely didn’t disappoint. We saw #1 Mississippi State defeat Kentucky 45-31, #4 Alabama (now #3) defeat Tennessee 34-20 and #5 Auburn (now #4) get the win over South Carolina 42-35 in all things SEC. However, the big surprise of the weekend belongs to former undefeated #3 Ole Miss (now #7) who fell to #24 LSU (now #16) 42-35 in a big upset. Outside of the SEC and top 5 ranking land, #8 Michigan State crushed in-state rival Michigan 35-11 where this happened, and #13 Ohio State beat Penn State 31-24 in double overtime.

What does this mean in terms of rankings? Well, there was a bit of a shake-up. The new AP Top 10 order goes as follows: Mississippi State (undefeated), Florida State (also undefeated), Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Michigan State and Georgia. It’s still a little early to talk post-season but keep paying attention — sooner or later it will matter.

Oh, and keep week 10 on your radar. There’s a big match-up between #7 Ole Miss and #4 Alabama next Saturday.

NBA

Injuries really are the worst. This past week, the LA Lakers announced that Steve Nash will miss the entire 2014-2015 season due to a back issue. He’s one of the all-time greats and here’s to hoping he comes back healthy next season. In other injury news, Oklahoma City Thunder will be without Anthony Morrow for 4-6 weeks as he recovers from a left MCL sprain and the Orlando Magic will have to wait roughly 4 weeks to get Victor Oladipo back on the court after he suffered a facial fracture. Reminder: it’s still preseason.

Out in LA, it’s been an interesting preseason for the Lakeshow (AKA the Lakers). Besides the disappointing Nash news, there’s been a lot of talk about Kobe Bryant, father time and what he means to the team… not exactly in the most complimentary way. What did Lakers’ President Jeanie Buss have to say about the matter? In a interview with Sportscenter: “Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I’m glad they wouldn’t come to the team.” Okay then.

In off the court news, it’s worth noting that Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks’ billionaire owner Paul Allen donated around $100 million to help combat the Ebola outbreak. Allen is one of the co-founders of Microsoft.

Other

After the tragic shooting and death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at Parliament Hill in Canada, the Ottawa Senators honored Cp. Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who tragically died in a hit-and-run attack in Montreal, in a pre-game ceremony and vigil during their game against the New Jersey Devils. May they both rest in peace. This was Ottawa’s first home hockey game since last Wednesday.

We do love futbol so let’s talk about El Clasico! Although there were arguably many winners and losers from the match-up, the real winner was Real Madrid, who rallied back to defeat Barcelona 3-1. But really, look at the big names who were part of this game: Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez, Benzema, Neymar, JRodriguez, Alves, Marcelo, Isco, Iniesta and more. Wowza.

This Sunday’s match between Manchester United and Chelsea ended in a draw. Something to take note of — Chelsea’s Didier Drogba scored a goal off of Robin van Persie’s head in the 53rd minute. Man U tied up the score in the 94th minute.

Don’t call it a comeback, but in a way Serena Williams did just that. The SQ favorite and tennis star defeated Simona Halep (to whom she had a rough loss in the group-stage earlier in the week) in 2 sets to win her 3rd straight WTA Finals title. Oh yeah, and it was her fifth overall WTA Finals title. Talk about a living legend.

Finally, moving on to this complicated UNC stuff. Former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein concluded his report and published his findings on the accusations that there has been a scandal involving fake classes and grade inflation at the University of North Carolina for the past 20 years. The report is extensive and pretty serious, so it will be interesting to see how the NCAA responds.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Bringing back the chalk toss?
Social media votes will decide whether or not LBJ’s pre-game chalk toss will return

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

No More
The “NFL Anthem” campaign that aired during Thursday Night Football
Developed by actress Mariska Hargitay and the Joyful Heart Foundation, the commercial features NFL players saying no more to violence against women and children

Who do you love?
Part One and Part Two
Grantland’s Annual NBA League Pass Rankings shed some light on who to watch

More than just your average pre-med
Tyler Varga, the star of the Yale football team
He attributes his success to the discipline his parents (both bodybuilders) taught him, but he’s also got a ton of talent

Happy Feet
Talk about a trick shot
Tottenham forward Erik Lamela kicked what’s called a “rabona shot” straight into the goal, and it looks awesome

Steve Nash
The man, the myth, the legend
A disappointing end to the 2014/15 season, and perhaps the end of his career

What’s your point?
Questioning the NCAA has become quite the trend
Where are the NCAA rules and regulations headed in the future? Will the organization modernize with the times?

 

Edition 10.20.14

So, it looks like Beats by Dre has done it again and created an awesome new ad, this time featuring LeBron James. Check out the newly released commercial that shows what LeBron means to Akron. Oh, and have a wonderful Monday!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Let’s start with pro football today. In their first game without Percy Harvin (whom they traded to the New York Jets), reigning champion Seattle Seahawks lost on a trick play to the St. Louis Rams 28-26 while the Detroit Lions defeated the struggling New Orleans Saints 24-23 at home. The Chicago Bears lost at home to the Miami Dolphins 27-14, the Indianapolis Colts shut out the Cincinnati Bengals 27-0 in owner Jim Irsay’s first game back after his suspension and the Green Bay Packers picked up a solid win against the Carolina Panthers 38-17 in a game where Aaron Rodgers had 3 touchdowns. Oh, and Sammy Watkins had a great winning catch as the Buffalo Bills picked up the win against the Minnesota Vikings 17-16.

Two of the biggest games of the weekend featured the Dallas Cowboys extending their impressive record with a big win against NFC East rival, the New York Giants, 31-21 at home in a game where DeMarco Murray set a NFL running back record, while Sunday night’s big match-up featured the Denver Broncos winning 42-17 against the San Francisco 49ers in Denver. In other news, the Broncos’ star QB, Peyton Manning, topped Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes after his 509th career scoring pass Sunday night. Congrats, Peyton!

This week’s Monday Night Football features the Houston Texans on the road at the Pittsburgh Steelers!

College Football

Moving along to the college football world, this weekend was a full of great games. Despite off the field distractions involving quarterback Jameis Winston, #2 Florida State came back and defeated #5 Notre Dame (now #7) in a close home game that ended 31-27 while #3 Ole Miss easily defeated Tennessee 34-3 at home.

In all things big wins, #4 Baylor (now #12) wasn’t so lucky and was upset by West Virginia 41-27 on the road in a game that included post-game fan riots while #4 Alabama (then #7) dominated #21 Texas A&M (now unranked) 59-0 in Tuscaloosa.

Let’s talk rankings. There’s nothing new to report but the top five now looks like this: Mississippi State, Florida State, Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburn. Oh wait, there is something there: four SEC West teams are ranked in 4 of the 5 top spots, which is an AP first.

Baseball

Guess what?!?! It’s almost time for the World Series! How did we get here? Well, the Kansas City Royals continued their off-season magic (they haven’t lost a game in the post-season) and defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship to reach the World Series. On the other side, their opponent the San Francisco Giants took down the St. Louis Cardinals in 5 games to close out the the National League Championship and advance to the only series that counts.

There’s a lot to talk about in the World Series match-up from the history of the Royals and the strength of their bullpen to the achievements of the Giants’ Buster Posey to the off-the-field competition between two very different cities… One thing’s for sure, this is going to be a fun World Series to watch.

Okay, so where do you watch? Check out Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday, October 21st in Kansas City and see the rest of the schedule here. Enjoy and take it all in, October baseball only comes around once a year!

NBA

Oh hello basketball season. We know it’s early but there are already a few things to talk about. First, the NBA is considering changing the length of the game and experimented with a 44 minute game (usually they are 48) on Friday night as the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets. It’s too early to tell if the NBA will adopt this new time constraint going forward, but some players are in favor of this or decreasing the amount of total games in the season instead. Of note, Michael Jordan disagrees.

Kevin Durant had surgery on his right foot last Thursday to repair a broken bone called a “Jones Fracture.” Durant is expected to be out of the line-up for the Oklahoma City Thunder for at least 6 weeks. Here’s to wishing him a quick and healthy recovery!

On Friday, the NBA announced a global partnership with the Chinese ministry of education, to foster “fitness and basketball development into their schools’ curriculum at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.” The multi-year partnership is a first of its kind and is expected to strengthen the continued growth of basketball and the popularity of the NBA in China.

Want to catch all the action in the NBA? Check out the season schedule here so you can watch your teams and favorite players throughout the year on TV.

Other

The WTA tour has fined and banned Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev for one year after he called Serena and Venus Williams “brothers” and questioned their gender. Serena Williams stated “I think the WTA did a great job of taking [the] initiative and taking immediate action to his comments, I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were, in a way, bullying” in response to the remarks by Tarpischev.

In all things NASCAR, Brad Keselowski picked up a big must-win at Talladega to advance in the Sprint Cup Series while both Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were eliminated from competition.

Who doesn’t love Nashville? It’s so awesome that the NHL is hosting the 2016 All-Star game at the home of the Nashville Predators. That’s great music, food and hockey — check mate.

Finally, Landon Donovan played his last soccer game Sunday night for the LA Galaxy as he is set to retire after the season. So, what better way to go out than with a special rendition of “End of the Road” by none other than Boyz II Men.

JUST FOR FUN

Celebrate good times, come on!
The (sort of) official rankings of the best and worst NHL team celebratory songs

Airball!
That one time Drake tried to warm up with the University of Kentucky basketball team

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Seamless integration
The new NBA TV deal is paving the way for advertising on jerseys
The deal outlines Turner and ESPN’s role, and establishes how to divide up the revenue between teams

Fighting
The story of Steve Cunningham and his daughter
She’s suffering from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and he got back up and stayed in the ring to keep her alive

Time Off
How a Notre Dame football star spent his exile time wisely
After taking a season off for violating the academic honor code, Everett Golson is back and better than ever

America
What exactly makes Americans’ appreciation for sports different?
Some convenient and colorful diagrams that’ll help you understand the sports industry’s role in America

A Positive Force
Sports help homeless athletes to succeed
We only hear about the hardships athletes faced once they become famous — but what about the young, talented high school players encountering issues right now?

Derrick Rose
Not the same player he used to be
What’s the price of changing? After recovering from his torn ACL, Rose is about to find out

Edition 10.14.14

Happy Tuesday, and welcome back to The SportsQuip. Let’s start this week off right with… some hockey pre-game lights! Wait, what? Really, it’s super cool — so enjoy watching all of the flashing lights (lights lights lights) with the Chicago Blackhawks!!!

 

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

Baseball

The American League Championship has been quite the show so far and we couldn’t be more excited for Game 3 tonight. Rescheduled from Monday (rain, rain go away!), the Kansas City Royals will take on the Baltimore Orioles at 8:07 EST. Both of the first two games were great and the Royals currently lead the series 2-0. Do the Royals have what it takes to win the next two games and close out the series? Or, will the Orioles fight back and use momentum to get to the World Series? Don’t miss the action tonight!

In the National League Championship, we’ve got ourselves a series tied at 1-1 between familiar baseball powerhouses, the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants. Both have won World Series rings in the recent years and are ready to return. Game 3 is set for tonight at 4:07pm EST. Who will win this best-of-7 series? We shall see!

To recap, both of these series are best-of-7, and the winners of each series will advance to the World Series. Both Game 3s take place tonight (Tuesday) while both Game 4s are set for Wednesday at opposite times, respectively. Gotta love October baseball!

College Football

So, Week 7 was fun. We saw a great match-up between #1 Mississippi State (then #3) and #6 Auburn (then #2) that Mississippi State would go onto win 38-23 and a insanely close game between #4 Baylor (then #5) and #12 TCU (then #9) that Baylor rallied to win 61-58 (no really you read that right, 61-58). #7 Alabama (then #7) narrowly defeated Arkansas 14-13 in a controversial game while #3 Ole Miss (then #3) defeated #21 Texas A&M (then #14) 35-20 in a record sell-out for the Aggies.

Leap frog, you’re it! Okay maybe not, but Mississippi State did just leap past Florida State for the Number 1 ranking. The rest of the top 5 includes: Mississippi State, Florida State, Ole Miss, Baylor and Notre Dame.

Off the field, there are a couple stories to discuss. First, Heisman candidate Todd Gurley was indefinitely suspended from the Georgia Bulldogs team for an alleged NCAA violation involving autographs and money. Second, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will appear in a hearing reviewing whether he violated the school’s student conduct code and policy in 2012. Both of these are sensitive issues and the cases are both still developing.

NFL

Let’s talk Monday Night Football… on a Tuesday! That’s new for us! Okay, so what happened? The San Francisco 49ers defeated the St. Louis Rams 31-17.

Alright now let’s jump backwards and talk about Sunday. We saw the Denver Broncos look strong in a win over the New York Jets 31-17, the Dallas Cowboys improving to 5-1 with a big win over the Seattle Seahawks, and the Carolina Panthers and the Cincinnati Bengals end their game with a rare 37-37 tie. Oh yeah, and Joe Flacco had 5 touchdowns (the first 4 in record time), as his Baltimore Ravens beat the Tampa Bay Bucs 48-17.

The New York Giants suffered an ugly loss (and their first shut-out in 18 years) to the Philadelphia Eagles 27-0 on Sunday evening. But, to make matters even worse, they lost their best wide receiver Victor Cruz to a torn patellar tendon. Losses clearly stink, but most of all we feel for Cruz and wish him a smooth recovery. He will be missed this year.

Check out Thursday Night Football’s match-up between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

NBA

Get well, Kevin Durant. The 2014 MVP suffered a Jones Fracture and will be out recovering for the next 6-8 weeks. This will be new territory for the Oklahoma City Thunder who have never really not had Kevin Durant on the court. It will be interesting to see how they adapt as the season begins… and for at least the next 8 weeks, it will really be Russell Westbrook’s team.

In other injury news, Bradley Beal, a young rising star on the Washington Wizards squad, will be out for roughly 2 months as he recovers from a left wrist fracture.

So, what else is on our minds as basketball season approaches? The LeBron James Cavs/Heat reunion, Phil Jackson’s zen mind tricks for the New York Knicks, and this awesome assist from Damian Lillardhe helped a fan propose!

Other

In all things tennis, Roger Federer won the Shanghai Masters and propelled himself to #2 in the rankings. Will he reach #1? Mathematically, it’s quite possible… let’s see what happens on the court!

And the winner of the men’s and women’s Chicago Marathon is… Eliud Kipchoge and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya. Congrats!

JUST FOR FUN

Flower Power
Coach Bill Self wears a suit that’s scarily similar to Andrew Wiggins’ NBA Draft outfit… and nails it!

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Redefining the term “justice”
Is the relationship between Florida State athletics and Tallahassee law enforcement too close for comfort?
Florida State players are treated like celebrities, and the football team pumps a ton of money into the economy — but, does this love cloud the city’s judgment when it comes to investigate crimes?

How much do you love your sports reporters?
“What does sports journalism look like if athletes decide that reporters are dispensable?”
Will the push for athletes to publish their own content edge out sports reporting?

Evolving with the times
Golf is encountering a millennial problem
Gen Y just isn’t interested — how can advertisers, brands, and the PGA combat decreasing interest in the sport?

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled
Hockey has (finally) started…
A look at the developing stories, the headlines to pay attention to, and the rising and falling stars of the NHL

Bringing home the gold
Check out Simone Biles’ successes at the gymnastics world championships
She topped Shannon Miller’s career record of five gold medals at the event

Bob Ryan
Sports writing that grabbed you and pulled you in
A man whose relationship with both the NBA and his readers was based on enthusiastic interactions

Cheering on the Cavs
Take a look at them this season — are they destined for the championship?
Look at who they’ve got… and then look at who everyone else has

Edition 10.6.14

It’s October, which means it’s officially time for one of the best sports months of the year. College and professional football seasons are heating up, basketball and hockey seasons are about start, and we’ve got playoff baseball to enjoy! So, begin your Monday with one of our favorite plays from the end of September, when the Kansas City Royals found wild card magic with a walk off hit to win the game. (ps Congrats to the Royals who advanced to the AL Championship Series Sunday night!):

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

Baseball

We’ve had quite the start to playoff baseball with so many great games and match-ups. In the American League, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Sunday night to sweep the series and move onto the AL Championship series. They will meet the Kansas City Royals who haven’t lost since their magical wild card game against the Oakland A’s and then swept the LA Angels to move onto the championship match-up. Time will tell if they just might be royal after all.

In the National League, the series between the LA Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals is all tied up at 1-1 and Game 3 will be played on Monday night while the Washington Nationals are currently down 2-0 to the San Francisco Giants. After an 18-inning Game 2 they will also meet again Monday night for Game 3. The Nats will need to bring all the Natitude they’ve got if they want to stay alive.

October baseball continues this week with games almost every night depending on how each series plays out.

College Football

What a weekend for college football!  In one of the best games of the weekend, #11 Ole Miss took down #3 Alabama 23-17 in a close game that ended with an insane interception. If that wasn’t exciting enough, it was the first time Ole Miss had beaten Alabama in what seems like forever and the Rebels are now undefeated at 5-0. The SEC continues to do work in the college football world. The real question is, who is the best of the best in the SEC? We shall see…

That wasn’t the only exciting game of the weekend as there were a ton of upsets all over the country. Arizona shocked #2 Oregon on Thursday night 31-24, #25 TCU defeated #4 Oklahoma 37-34 on Saturday, Mississippi State beat #6 Texas A&M 48-31 and Utah knocked off #8 UCLA 30-28. Yeah, that’s a lot of upsets which means a reshuffling of the Top 10 happened.

Okay, so who won like they were supposed to this weekend? That would be Florida State and Auburn. Both had strong wins as Florida State crushed Wake Forest 43-3 and #5 Auburn put on a show against #15 LSU with a 41-7 victory. Oh, and #9 Notre Dame defeated #14 Stanford 17-14 on a last minute TD. So what does this mean? Nothing really yet. Remember, it’s still early and this is the first year there will be a Final Four playoff format instead of the BCS Championship thing of the past.

 

NFL

There was plenty of excitement in Week 5 of the NFL season. Tom Brady got his 50,000 yard mark in the New England Patriots game against the Cincinnati Bengals which the Patriots won 43-17. Peyton Manning threw his 500th touchdown as the Denver Broncos defeated the Arizona Cardinals 41-20 while little brother Eli Manning led the New York Giants over the Atlanta Falcons 30-20 on a chilly fall day at home. In other NFC East news, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the St. Louis Rams 34-28 and the Dallas Cowboys had another big win in overtime against the Houston Texans 20-17.

Other games of note include the Cleveland Browns’ 25-point comeback win over the Tennessee Titans 29-28 and the New Orleans Saints’ overtime win against the Tampa Bay Bucs 37-31, as well as the San Francisco 49ers’ big win over the Kansas City Chiefs 22-17 at home. Oh, and the New York Jets lost 31-0 to the San Diego Chargers, who benched Geno Smith during the game.

The NFL announced that they will begin testing for H.G.H. beginning on Monday. This comes after the announcement of a new drug policy deal that was negotiated between the league and the players a few weeks ago. In other off the field news, sources report that Ray Rice and his wife Janay Rice will meet with representatives from the NFL and the NFLPA as part of the NFL internal investigation into the scandal.

Monday Night Football will continue tomorrow night when the Seattle Seahawks take on the Washington Redskins in Washington D.C.

 

Other

NBA season is right around corner and LeBron James had his debut (well, technically, second debut) for the Cleveland Cavs in their preseason opener game against the visiting Maccabi Tel Aviv squad. In other LeBron news, he is also producing two TV shows that will premiere this year on Disney and STARZ.

In other NBA news, the league has signed a $24 billion 9-year TV deal with ESPN and TNT. It is set to begin in the 2016-2017 season.

After being charged with his second DUI, Michael Phelps announced that he will enter a program to get help.

Finally, Joey Logano got a big win in Kansas for his second Chase series victory in all things NASCAR.

JUST FOR FUN

With love, Russell Westbrook
Check out Westbrook XO, the basketball star’s new clothing collaboration with Barneys

Taking one for the team… or not
Ben Affleck wouldn’t leave his love for the Red Sox behind, even while in character for ‘Gone Girl’

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Keyon Dooling
His harrowing tale of sexual abuse, and how he’s helping others heal
After leaving the Boston Celtics, he turned towards raising awareness and assisting survivors

Bringing concussion prevention into the classroom
How one Canadian school district is changing the culture surrounding head injuries
The school has created a free, interactive online learning tool to educate students on concussion symptoms, care, and recovery

Swan song
Even though most professional ballerinas don’t dance past 40, Wendy Whelan bucked the trend
At 47, she’s finally moving on from her 30-year career with the New York City Ballet

Keep on fighting
Making your mess your message
SportsCenter correspondent Shelley Smith was recently diagnosed with breast cancer — she’s made it her mission to help less fortunate women have access to the necessary resources to fight the disease, too

Need for speed
Did you know that a softball pitch can reach the plate in only 35 hundredths of a second?
…and other cool facts about how the difference between the size of a softball infield and a baseball infield affects speed

Welcome back, NBA
The hits, misses, yes’s, and no’s of 2014 Media Day
If you need a good laugh, be sure to check out some of the uniform photos