Gerrit Cole MLB new york yankees Op-ed Sports 

The Yankees’ Signing of Gerrit Cole Puts New Scrutiny on Ridiculous Appearance Policy

Gerrit Cole signed a record-setting deal with the Yankees. Next up? New York’s new ace cutting his flowing locks and beard. The Yankees’ appearance policy, thankfully, is set to come under new scrutiny. The New York Yankees got their man. Just because they’re thrilled to dole out a whopping $324 million to Gerrit Cole over the next five years, though, doesn’t mean the Yankees are comfortable with their new ace being himself. The team’s wildly outdated “appearance policy,” remember, prohibits players from wearing long hair and outright bans any facial…

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kevin love nba Sports 

With Kevin Love in Play, Here Are 5 Teams That Should Trade for Him

The Cleveland Cavaliers are finally open to trading Kevin Love. There are several teams that could make a playoff push by adding Love. Two teams could vault into championship talks. Kevin Love needs a fresh start. Even though Love has said he’s content being the captain of the sinking ship that is the Cleveland Cavaliers, he deserves to compete.  The Cleveland Cavaliers finally seem to agree. Last Friday Adrian Wojnarowski wrote that the Cavs are “open to the idea of moving Love before the Feb. 6 trade deadline.” The Cavaliers…

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adam silver houston rockets james harden nba Sports 

The NBA Made the Best of a No-Win Situation by Denying the Rockets’ Protest

The league denied the Rockets’ protest of a loss to the Spurs last week. Houston’s motion took issue with referees’ mishandling of an uncounted dunk by James Harden. While the Rockets have a right to be furious, the league issued the only decision that makes sense. The Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs won’t be going back in time after all. The NBA on Monday issued its ruling on the Rockets’ protest of their double-overtime loss to the Spurs last week, in which a dunk by James Harden wasn’t counted…

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Frank Vogel LeBron James Los angeles lakers nba Sports 

This Is Why Frank Vogel Deserves Way More Credit for the Lakers’ Hot Start

Sports media scoffed at the Lakers’ initial hire of Frank Vogel. Vogel has the Lakers clicking on all cylinders, and the media has barely noted it. LeBron James has jumped on board with Vogel’s coaching style. Poor Frank Vogel. When he was hired as the Los Angeles Lakers head coach, he was smeared all across sports media. He was denigrated as the Lakers’ last option. He was repeatedly compared to Doc Rivers, every time as the vastly inferior coach. Analysts theorized that assistant coach Jason Kidd was just waiting to…

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Michael Vick NFL Pro Bowl Sports 

Michael Vick Doesn’t Deserve Pro Bowl Honors

Michael Vick was named an honorary captain for this year’s NFL Pro Bowl. Vick’s inclusion angered many fans. It has led to several petitions being created at Change.org, demanding the NFL retract the honor. Vick shouldn’t be a Pro Bowl captain, but it’s not because of his dog-fighting scandal. It may seem hard to believe sometimes, but the NFL does occasionally try to do the right thing. We’ll never know for sure, but the league may have meant well when it set up the workout for Colin Kaepernick. But to many…

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dallas cowboys jason garrett Jerry Jones Sports 

Poor Jerry Jones Is Losing It Over Cowboys’ Descent Into Mediocrity

The Cowboys entered the season as a team many believed to have a legitimate shot at the Super Bowl. But the team’s wildly inconsistent play and coaching blunders have them with a sub-.500 record with less than a month left in the regular season. After the team’s third consecutive loss, he remains steadfast in his public support of Jason Garret, but the pressure may finally be getting to Jerry Jones. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not a young man. He is an insanely rich man, so he is probably…

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houston rockets james harden nba Sports Toronto Raptors 

This Is What Happens When You Try to Double-Team James Harden

The Raptors sent an extra defender toward James Harden throughout Thursday’s game. He responded with low production but high efficiency, always making the right play. But that doesn’t mean the Rockets will be able to exploit that opposing strategy in the playoffs. The numbers suggest James Harden played a relatively minor role in his team’s impressive road victory over the Toronto Raptors. The Houston Rockets superstar scored 23 points, nearly 16 fewer than his league-leading average, and notched season-lows by taking 11 shots, five three-pointers, and six free-throw attempts. But…

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dallas cowboys jason garrett Jerry Jones NFL Sports 

Jason Garrett May Not Survive The Weekend After Cowboys Lose again

Jerry Jones has been critical of his coaching staff after the Cowboys recent losses. But he has also said he will not fire head coach Jason Garrett during the season. But after the way the team looked against the Bears, the pressure to do just that may be too much. The problem with firing Garrett now, though, is figuring out who to make the interim HC. No unit has played well enough to justify promoting the coach. Jason Garrett entered Week 14 of the NFL season in dire need of…

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Alex Caruso Los angeles lakers nba Sports 

Alex Caruso Hype Is Out of Control, but He’s Still Been Indispensable

Alex Caruso has drawn outsized media attention in the season’s early going. While he’s taken some flak for his popularity, he’s nevertheless been indispensable to the Lakers. Still, the biggest reason behind his popularity is obvious. Die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fans were begging Alex Caruso would simply get the chance to play long before he became a national-media darling. Six weeks into the regular season, Caruso has lived up to the promise of the small minority who always believed in his game to emerge as a fixture for the best…

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gardner minshew Jacksonville Jaguars NFL nick foles Sports 

Gardner Minshew Is Back for the Jags and So Is Minshew Mania

Gardner Minshew and Minshew Mania were the pleasant surprises of the first half of the season. But when Nick Foles was healthy enough to return, Jags head coach Doug Marrone had to get him back into the lineup. It appears that he has since realized the error of his ways. Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone had a tough decision to make a few weeks back. His prized off-season acquisition, quarterback Nick Foles, was ready to return from a nasty collarbone injury suffered in week one. So, does he go…

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