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3-Way Trade Would Have 3 Winners

Dave Cameron, Just a Bit Outside

Legendary Beamer Hanging by a Thread

T. Evans & P. Thamel, SI.com

Harper Best Bet as Next $300M Man

Zachary D. Rymer, Bleacher Report

For most of Robert Griffin III’s rookie season, it looked as though the NFL had found the face to replace Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. No league is better at pushing its athlet...(full article)

The Red Sox had too many hitters before they signed both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to lucrative contracts, and now they have perhaps the deepest lineup in all of baseba...(full article)

In a city built on evasion and empty phrases, Jay Gruden's Wednesday news conference was built on bluntness and brass tacks. After he announced the benching of his former franchise...(full article)

Bobby Bowden was flipping through the sports pages of the Tallahassee Democrat last Sunday morning when he came across a score that gave him flashbacks. He saw that Frank Beamer’...(full article)

In the wake of Giancarlo Stanton becoming Major League Baseball's first $300 million man, a question comes to mind. Who's next? There's no doubt baseball will get a second $300 mil...(full article)

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