All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field: Major League Baseball is changing the rules for home-field advantage in the World Series. The experiment of giving it to the league that wins the All-Star Game is over. Instead, for the first time in league history, home field will go to the team with the better record.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition: The NFL week begins Thursday night with Dallas vs. Minnesota. In our NFL Pick 'Em, Tron7 keeps the lead with 771 points and MeatSaber second at 741. Ufez Jones and Jagsnumberone tie for third at 733. Grum@work goes wild on locks and wins the week with 128 points. Make your picks.
NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Doc Rivers Will Smash Edition: There are four national NBA games on TV this week and the Bulls and Rockets play in two of them apiece without facing each other. The first games are Thursday night. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, everybody wins last week's games, keeping the leaders as NoMich, Ufez Jones and Goyoucolts. Make your picks and don't lose your cool like Doc Rivers.
Brazilian Soccer Team Lost in Plane Crash: A plane carrying Chapecoense, a soccer team in Brazil's top division, crashed early Tuesday in Colombia. Seventy six people died and five survived, including player Alan Ruschel. The team was scheduled Wednesday to play the first half of a Copa Sudamericana final -- a tournament equivalent to the Europa League. The team from Chapeco reached Brazil's top division for the first time in decades in 2014. "What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy," Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez said.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition: The NFL week begins with the three-game Thanksgiving schedule: Minnesota at Detroit, Washington at Dallas and Pittsburgh at Indianapolis. In SportsFilter's contest, Tron7 wins the week with 116 points and holds on to first at 678. MeatSaber rises to second at 648 and Rumple third at 632. Make your picks and remember to talk to your relatives, even when a game is on.
NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: Michael Jordan of Greatness Edition: There are only two games this Thanksgiving week: San Antonio at Charlotte and Minnesota at New Orleans on ESPN Wednesday night. NoMich keeps the lead at 119, Ufez Jones holds second with 108 and Goyoucolts climbs into third with 99 after a week-best 43. Be the Michael Jordan of prognostication and make your selections.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition: The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers begin week 11 tonight in an NFC divisional battle. In the NFL Pick 'Em, Tron7 takes the lead with 562 on a 58-point week, Ufez Jones holds second at 556 and Jagsnumberone climbs to third at 555. May your luck be better than the Saints last weekend.
NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: All Hail the Clippers Edition: Another week of NBA basketball prognostication is upon us. In the Pace Mannion SportsFilter Pick 'Em, NoMich wins the week with 37 points and takes first place at 88, with Ufez Jones in second at 75 and rcade third at 70. Golden State faces Toronto tomorrow night on ESPN to start a six-game schedule of national TV games. Make your picks.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition: The Cleveland Browns visit the former Cleveland Browns Thursday night to start the 10th week of the NFL season. In our Pick 'Em, jagsnumberone climbs into first at 542 with a 98-point week, with Ufez Jones in second at 538 and MeatSaber third at 525 with a 95-point week. The Costanza lead is held by bender at 354. Good luck, pilgrims.
NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Enes Kanter Edition: Week three of SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em is light at just four games, beginning Wednesday night when the Brooklyn Net make the short trip to play the New York Knicks. The top three switch places: Tron7 takes first with 57, rcade at second with 52 and NoMich third with 51.
Cubs Win World Series: For the first time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series, defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in an unforgettable game 7 that ended in the 10th inning. The Cubs had a four-run lead erased by the Indians late, then the game was delayed by rain for a half hour after the end of the ninth. Cleveland's own 68-year title drought continues.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Concussion Protocol Edition: The NFL kicks off Thursday with Atlanta at Tampa Bay in an NFC South clash. In our Pick 'Em contest, Ufez Jones climbs into first place with 462, followed by tron7 at 456 and jagsnumberone at 444. One point separates two players for the coveted Costanza, bender at 288 and holden at 289. Your picks make.
NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Who Needs Kevin Durant? Edition: The second week of SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em features six games, beginning Wednesday night with Chicago at Boston and Oklahoma City at the Los Angeles Clippers on ESPN. (Hot tip: Russell Westbrook is pretty good.) NoMich claims the lead with 48, followed by tron7 at 41 and rcade at 39. Make your picks.
Patriots Trade Jamie Collins to Browns for 3rd Round Pick: On Sunday, Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins played for the 6-1 New England Patriots and wanted "Von Miller money" when his contract expired at the end of the season. Now he's playing for the 0-8 Cleveland Browns after being traded for a compensatory third round draft pick and is much more likely to have a franchise tag slapped on him. The Hoodie can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop ... ever, until you are dealt!
Divorcing Couple Go to Court Over Cubs World Series Tickets: A couple getting a divorce in Cook County, Illinois, are fighting for custody of a World Series ticket to tonight's game 4. John and Nancy Riddle both want the ticket so they can be the one who takes their 12-year-old son. After Nancy's filing argued this is an emergency because the Cubs might not reach the Series again in her lifetime, John's attorney Michael Berger disagreed and tempted fate in his response: "Even if the Cubs lose this time, it is likely -- regrettably -- that they will be back to the World Series again soon."
MLB Commissioner Red-Faced Over Indians Logo: The belief that the Cleveland Indians were phasing out Chief Wahoo has been completely obliterated during the postseason. The Sambo-like caricature is on the team's caps, uniforms and a lot of other branding. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the logo is considered offensive and will discuss it with team owner Larry Dolan: "I think that after the World Series, at an appropriate point in time, Mr. Dolan and I have agreed we'll have a conversation about what should happen with that particular logo going forward."
NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition: The NFL returns Thursday night with the race to glory that is the AFC South. Robby Blake Bortles (QBR 50.2) and the 2-4 Jacksonville Jaguars face Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota (QBR 55.0) and the 3-4 Tennessee Titans. Our NFL Pick 'Em contest is led by tron7 with 410 points, followed by Ufez Jones at 404 and rumple at 389. Make your picks.
World Series Game 1 Preview: The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians meet tonight for game 1 of a World Series guaranteed to end a historic championship drought. Cubs ace Jon Lester faces Indians ace Corey Kluber in Cleveland. Vegas likes the Cubs to win game 1 and the series.
Enter SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: For the NBA season that begins Tuesday, SportsFilter is bringing back the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em. Choose the winner and margin for the nationally televised games each week on TNT, ESPN and ABC (around 6-8 games). Last year was won by Howard T, who left the rest of us in the dust. First prize is a $25 NBA Shop gift certificate.
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.