NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition: Week 7 begins this evening as the Chicago Bears visit the Green Bay Packers. Make your picks and don't lend your tablet to Bill Belichick.
Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series: The Cleveland Indians last won a World Series in 1948 and last reached one in 1997. For game 5 of the ALCS this year, manager Terry Francona improbably asked Ryan Merritt to take the mound -- a rookie with one career start and 11 total innings pitched. He kept the Toronto Blue Jays scoreless through 4 1/3 innings, Francona handed the game to his formidable bullpen and the World Series opens in Title Town, Ohio, on Tuesday.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition: The NFL week begins tonight as Denver visits San Diego. After five weeks, grum@work is in first at 299, followed by Ufez Jones at 297 and tron7 at 296. Make your picks.
SportsFilter's Fantasy Hockey League Needs Owners: Koharski's Donuts is returning for a fourth season on ESPN Fantasy Hockey. There are slots available for 5 more owners. Use this link and the password "glazed" to join. The league has a live draft tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern. At 6 p.m. the league will be opened to the public, so join before that if you want in.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Touchdown John Kuhn Edition: Make your picks for this weekend's games. Results to come.
Blue Jays Beat Orioles, Advance to Face Rangers: The Toronto Blue Jays added another bat flip to their playoff highlight reel, a three-run, 11th-inning Edwin Encarnacion moon shot that won the AL wild card game 5-2 over the Baltimore Orioles. The Jays move on to face the Texas Rangers. In a less pleasant flashback to last year's playoffs, a Jays fan threw a beer, nearly hitting Orioles left fielder Hyun Soo Kim as he caught a fly ball.
Maria Sharapova's Doping Ban from Tennis Reduced: Maria Sharapova will be eligible to return to competitive tennis in April after the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced her doping ban from two years to 15 months. Sharapova tested positive for the banned heart medication meldonium at this year's Australian Open. The court ruled Sharapova bore "some degree of fault" but "less than significant fault." She's now eligible to return a month ahead of the French Open in 2017.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Throw the Ball Jameis Edition: After three weeks in SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, tron7 leads with 211 points, followed by jagsnumberone with 187 points and MeatSaber at 185.
Packers Returner Ingeniously Exploits Out-of-Bounds Rule: In Sunday's game, Green Bay Packers kick returner Ty Montgomery made a sneaky use of an out-of-bounds rule, as former NFL director of officiating Mike Pereira explains. I don't think I've seen this done intentionally before.
Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident: Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez died early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach. He was 24. Fernandez, a former NL rookie of the year having his best season with 16 wins, was one of at least three people killed in the 3 a.m. accident involving a 30-foot boat. "They found a boat that was up against the jetties," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Todd Garofalo said. "They did do an initial search and they found three victims -- two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away."
SportsFilter's ESPN Fantasy Hockey Looking for Teams: Koharski's Donuts, this site's fantasy hockey league, is beginning its fourth season on ESPN in just a few weeks. It's a head-to-head league where teams face off each week in 10 rotisserie categories. A live draft is held the Sunday night before the season begins. A cash prize is awarded to the champion and the other three playoff teams. If you're interested in joining (or a returning owner), post here. Most owners are expected to return, but there should be at least 1-2 openings for new teams.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition: After two weeks in SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, tron7 leads with 150 points followed by jagsnumberone at 144 and tahoemoj at 138. The winner will receive an official NFL game ball.
Lady Gaga Will Perform Super Bowl Halftime Show: Lady Gaga is set to headline the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show, Us Weekly reports. Finally the NFL gets me.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition: Choose the winners of each game, the margin of victory and any game as a stone cold lead pipe lock to double your points in victory (for the glorious) or lose points in defeat (for the vainglorious). The winner will receive an official NFL game ball.
Kevin Harlan's Epic Radio Call of Monday Night Football Interloper: Last night, Kevin Harlan of Westwood One had more fun on the radio call of an idiot who ran onto the field during play of Niners/Rams than he did the rest of the game.
Tim Tebow Signs Minor League Contract with Mets: The New York Mets have announced that they're signing Tim Tebow to a minor league contract. The 29-year-old Heisman Trophy winner will start at instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Scouts were mixed after his public tryout. The good: batting practice power, above average speed. Bad: live hitting, weak arm.
Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest: The NFL season starts Thursday, which means the return of the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em. There are some changes this year. Choose the winners of each game, the margin of victory and any game as a stone cold lead pipe lock to double your points in victory (for the glorious) or lose points in defeat (for the vainglorious). The winner will receive an official NFL game ball (details inside).
Troy Aikman Blasts Fox Hiring Skip Bayless: "To say I'm disappointed in the hiring of Skip Bayless would be an enormous understatement. Clearly, [Fox Sports exec] Jamie Horowitz and I have a difference of opinion when it comes to building a successful organization. I believe success is achieved by acquiring and developing talented, respected and credible individuals, none of which applies to Skip Bayless." -- Fox lead NFL analyst Troy Aikman
TCU Begins Defense of College Football Belt Against South Dakota State: The TCU Horned Frogs host the South Dakota State Jackrabbits tonight in their second defense of the College Football Belt, the sport's only championship decided entirely on the field. Fans of the Belt have been looking for a team to end the four-year run of the Big 12 holding it, but this one's a big ask. TCU's ranked 13th and FCS team South Dakota State is a 34.5-point underdog.
Sam Bradford to Vikings, Mark Sanchez to Cowboys: Two teams just got last-minute quarterback help. The Philadelphia Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2017 first round and 2018 fourth round pick. The Denver Broncos released Mark Sanchez, who will be signed by the Dallas Cowboys. The Vikings lost Teddy Bridgewater to a season-ending knee injury. The Cowboys lost Tony Romo for a long stretch of the season to another back injury. Rookie Dak Prescott is the starter.
Teddy Bridgewater Tears ACL, Will Miss Season: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a torn ACL when he went down during a non-contact drill at practice Tuesday, ending his 2016 season. Bridgewater dropped back to pass during a drill, planted his foot and immediately went down. The 23-year-old quarterback led the Vikings to a division championship last season. His backup is Shaun Hill, 36. Before this injury the Vikings were a popular choice of gamblers to win the Super Bowl, with odds trailing only the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots.
Fantasy Premier League Week 2 Begins Today: Week 2 of the Premier League begins today at 3:30 p.m. ET when Manchester United plays Southampton. BillsaysthisScores leads our fantasy league followed by FC Outlaw and The Zlatanic Verses. This week's biggest pickups are Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Middlesborough forward Alvaro Negredo and Swansea defender Stephen Kingsley.
LeBron James Wants to Own an NBA Team: LeBron James said in a podcast he hopes to buy an NBA team in the future. He said, "My dream is to actually own a team. I don't need to (be) fully hands on. If I'm fortunate enough to own a team, then I'll going to hire the best GM and president that I can. But I feel like I got a good eye for not only talent, because we all see a lot of talent, but the things that make the talent." With career earnings exceeding $1.3 billion so far, it's a viable goal.
Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal: U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo added to her controversial Olympics reputation by calling Sweden "a bunch of cowards" for the strategy they employed in defeating in a 1-1 draw settled by 4-3 penalty kicks. "Sweden dropped off. They didn't want to open play. ... They dropped into a 50. ... I think it was very cowardly. But they won. They're moving on, and we're going home."
Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League: The Premier League season begins Saturday morning, which means it's time to build your squad for our Fantasy Premier League. Use the link to join (the code is 1607479-394225). Returning teams may be entered automatically. Last year's champion Red Loop has already returned with the Scufflin Hillbillies. The first decision we all must make: to Zlatan or not to Zlatan.