Raptors and Wizards are limping into playoffs

The Wizards have lost five of their last six and are sputtering. The Raptors could enter the playoffs without a significant win on their résumé since the calendar turned to 2015.

NL East preview: Nationals should coast to the division title

Washington is the preseason favorite to win the World Series and is estimated to win its division by 13 games, the largest projected advantage in a decade.

AL East preview: Boston Red Sox go from worst to first

The American League East has seen a lot of parity over the past few seasons.

Michigan State is NCAA tournament’s most dangerous team

No. 7 Michigan State entered the round of 32 game against No. 2 Virginia as underdogs, but as Tom Izzo demonstrates every March, the team is never an easy out.

After Kevin Durant injury, Thunder probably wished it never traded James Harden

Harden was drafted by the Thunder with the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft and traded in 2012 to the Rockets

Fantasy baseball: The best pitching staff $78 can buy

In a standard 5x5 auction league, optimal budgeting calls for a 70/30 split of the $260 salary cap between hitters and pitchers.

Yunel Escobar should bat leadoff for Nats with Denard Span out

The top spot in the batting order is one of the most important in all of baseball.

How Wisconsin could end Kentucky’s unbeaten season

Like Notre Dame, Wisconsin has a better than average chance to upset Kentucky. Aided by Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, two players who create constant mismatches, the Badgers could make history next Saturday.

Michigan State will depend on Travis Trice to beat Louisville

Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino are 1-1 in NCAA tournament games. Why Sunday's match-up should split the tie in the Big Ten program's favor.

Duke’s tweaks instrumental for Final Four push

Duke's defense was porous earlier this season, but several tweaks have the Blue Devils operating at much stingier level.

Final Four a reality for Michigan State

Michigan State again rolls to an Elite Eight, an improbable feat a month ago. Why a Final Four, and even title game appearance, isn't impossible.

Los Angeles Kings will be dangerous in the playoffs, if they get in

One of the best tools for measuring possession at our disposal is even-strength shot attempt differential adjusted for score effect

Notre Dame’s blueprint to beat Kentucky: Lessons from Cincinnati, West Virginia

Notre Dame is the latest team to have a chance to upset Kentucky. What can the Irish learn from Cincinnati and West Virginia?

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