Michael Sam Heading to the Lone Star State

This past weekend, I listed 5 possible landing spots for Michael Sam after he got cut from the Rams – and among those possibilities were the Cowboys. Now that Sam has joined the Dallas practice squad after passing his physical … More

After getting cut by the Rams, Michael Sam could help boost a thin Dallas Cowboys line. (Getty Images)

After getting cut by the Rams, Michael Sam could help boost a thin Dallas Cowboys line. (Getty Images)

Athletes on Ice

By now, just about everyone on Earth has either been involved with the ALS ice bucket challenge or gotten sick of them after having their Facebook timeline hijacked by the videos … or both. It’s hard to recall such an oddball … More

The Mets accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge; it doesn't look like Terry Collins suspects a thing. (MLB)

The Mets accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge; it doesn't look like Terry Collins suspects a thing. (MLB)

Fallen Star

One pitch, and there goes maybe an entire season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. That would be the pitch that fractured Andrew McCutchen’s rib, of course — originally, the worry was that the Pirates’ MVP outfielder had suffered a strained oblique, … More

The Pirates' playoff hopes could be in trouble without their superstar outfielder. (Getty)

The Pirates' playoff hopes could be in trouble without their superstar outfielder. (Getty)

Welcome Addition

“I don’t have very many numeric or statistical expectations of him,” Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of David Price prior to his debut for the team Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. “He’s a very good pitcher. I expect him … More

The Tigers were pleased with their first look at David Price. (Getty Images)

The Tigers were pleased with their first look at David Price. (Getty Images)

Don Garber’s Big Gamble

Major League Soccer is a smallish league. Some of its owners fancy themselves big thinkers, so they sometimes talk it up as if it’s on the brink of competing with the EPL and Bundesliga, but that’s just self-flattering breeze. MLS commissioner … More

MLS is looking to rapidly expand to various cities across the country, which is exactly how it almost collapsed in the early 2000s. (USA TODAY Sports)

MLS is looking to rapidly expand to various cities across the country, which is exactly how it almost collapsed in the early 2000s. (USA TODAY Sports)

Follow the Money

Mark Cuban has been agitating against FIBA and the IOC for a while now, both publicly and privately, and Paul George’s gruesome leg break is another occasion for him to reiterate: The NBA should stop sending its players to other … More

Mark Cuban thinks the NBA should ditch FIBA and the IOC and start its own international tournament. Why? Because it would be lucrative. (USA TODAY Sports)

Mark Cuban thinks the NBA should ditch FIBA and the IOC and start its own international tournament. Why? Because it would be lucrative. (USA TODAY Sports)

An Unsettling Reminder

If you haven’t seen the video of Paul George’s injury, don’t. It’s not worth it. You won’t gain anything from watching it. As of late Friday night there hadn’t been an official diagnosis, but in terms of pure, visceral reaction, … More

Pacers forward Paul George suffered a serious leg injury in a Team USA scrimmage on Friday night. (USA TODAY Sports)

Pacers forward Paul George suffered a serious leg injury in a Team USA scrimmage on Friday night. (USA TODAY Sports)

Auburn’s Bigger Worries

Nick Marshall’s brief “suspension” will get the most headlines, and it’s not surprising: He’s the Heisman candidate quarterback who helped unexpectedly lead his team to the national title game last season. He’s the face of the 2014 Auburn Tigers and … More

While attention will obviously be paid to Auburn QB Nick Marshall getting benched for the opener, the bigger news is an injury to one of his top blockers. (USA TODAY Sports)

While attention will obviously be paid to Auburn QB Nick Marshall getting benched for the opener, the bigger news is an injury to one of his top blockers. (USA TODAY Sports)

Trade Deadline Trolls Are Essential

Any time a given league enters a transactions-heavy period — MLB hot stove meetings, the NHL trade deadline, NBA free agency — we turn to that sport’s handful of Most Respected Journalists: your Buster Olneyses, your Adrian Wojnarowskis. This is … More

Whenever there are a lot of transactions going down, you can bet someone is going to hop on Twitter and impersonate an esteemed reporter. We need those people around, if only for satirical purposes. (USA TODAY Sports)

Whenever there are a lot of transactions going down, you can bet someone is going to hop on Twitter and impersonate an esteemed reporter. We need those people around, if only for satirical purposes. (USA TODAY Sports)

Triple Action

Despite whatever jokes you may have about the deal that sent Doug Fister to Washington, Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski’s reign as the most trade-savvy executive in Major League Baseball will continue at least another year after this trade deadline. … More

David Price had a 3.11 ERA this season to go along with a 10 K/9 ratio before he was traded to the Tigers. (USA TODAY Sports)

David Price had a 3.11 ERA this season to go along with a 10 K/9 ratio before he was traded to the Tigers. (USA TODAY Sports)