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Who Will Be Stephen A's Next Foil?

Bob Raissman, New York Daily News

Top 10 Top-Pick Trades in NFL History

Brian Colella, RealClearSports

Top 10 Most Unexpected Champions

Brian Colella, RealClearSports

These NFL Contracts Are Jokes

Kenneth Arthur, Sports on Earth

Stephen A. Smith is never going to find another Skip Bayless. Only one exists, thank God. Maybe SAS should just bolt “First Take” and team up with Kelly Ripa on “Live.” She...(full article)

What was one of the most exciting NBA regular seasons in recent memory has turned sour with injuries hitting teams hard in the playoffs. First it was Stephen Curry's sprained MCL, ...(full article)

The blockbuster draft-day trade can be the best or worst moment for an NFL team. On the one hand, the move up to take a higher pick can be inspiring for fans who want to see action...(full article)

In the money-soaked English Premier League, parity isn't really a thing that happens. Since the league in its current form was founded in 1992, the list of champions consists of:...(full article)

It's April Fools'v Day, which means many of you are watching the Internet with a careful eye, not wanting to be duped or bamboozled by a fake news story or headline, thereby turnin...(full article)

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