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Eli Heats Up, But Giants Still Stumble

Ebenezer Samuel, N.Y. Daily News

Searching for a Successful GM

Richard Justice, Sports on Earth

La Russa Needs to Stabilize D'backs

Scott Bordow, Arizona Republic

We finally know how good the Giants’ high-octane Ben McAdoo offense can actually look. And we know how bad the Giants actually can be, too. For most of the last two months, the G...(full article)

The comparisons are eerily similar — and Carson Palmer knows it. Just like Kurt Warner, Palmer was once a 30-something quarterback perceived on the downside of a once-illustrio...(full article)

So the Arizona Diamondbacks are going to be getting a new general manager. Someone to right the ship and restore confidence.     Shouldn't be all that difficult. There has to be ...(full article)

It's no surprise that Kevin Towers is no longer the Diamondbacks' general manager. From the moment Tony La Russa took control of the baseball operations it was a foregone conclusio...(full article)

About two weeks ago, at 5:30 a.m., a scream echoed through Daniel Hudson’s house. He didn’t mean to yell so loud. He couldn’t help himself. Of all the ways to derail what h...(full article)

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