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Vanderbilt Terminates Michigan's Cinderella Run, Wins College World Series Vanderbilt Terminates Michigan's Cinderella Run, Wins College World Series

They didn’t have the luxury of superstar pitcher Kumar Rocker on the mound tonight, but Vanderbilt didn’t need him for even a moment in their winner-take-all game against Michigan on Wednesday night. With a dull but decisive 8-2 victory, the Commodores completed a comeback from a 1-0 series deficit, won the national…

Deadspin Up All Night: Rockets, Bells, And Poetry Deadspin Up All Night: Rockets, Bells, And Poetry

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Miguel Cabrera's Decline Is Going To Be A Long And Sad Affair Miguel Cabrera's Decline Is Going To Be A Long And Sad Affair

I didn’t watch the Tigers lose 5-3 to the Rangers on Tuesday night—I was paying attention, instead, to the local baseball team that was actually trying to win. But a tweet from the Tigers’ broadcasters caught my eye in the middle of the Michigan-Vanderbilt game. I assumed, at first glance, that Miguel Cabrera had hit…

The Cubs Fell Ass Backwards Into A Very Dumb Double Play The Cubs Fell Ass Backwards Into A Very Dumb Double Play

I don’t know why Javy Baez (or whoever’s giving him signals) would have so much faith that a pitcher making only his third plate appearance in the major leagues would be able to hold up his end of the suicide squeeze, but the overconfidence of Baez and the pure stupidity of Willson Contreras over on second combined to…

Deadspin Up All Night: No Regrets, Coyote Deadspin Up All Night: No Regrets, Coyote

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An Unlucky Handball Sends Japan Out Of The World Cup An Unlucky Handball Sends Japan Out Of The World Cup

An exhilarating World Cup round of 16 rematch between the Netherlands and Japan got decided in favor of the Dutch in the 90th minute, thanks to a penalty kick converted by forward Lieke Martens. The PK gave the Dutch a 2-1 win over the same team that kicked them out of the 2015 World Cup, and it put them in the…

Cardinals Flamethrower Jordan Hicks Shredded His Pitching Elbow Cardinals Flamethrower Jordan Hicks Shredded His Pitching Elbow

In some MLB injury news that felt as sadly inevitable as it is disappointing, St. Louis Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks is likely out for the long-term future, as the team announced today that he tore the UCL in his right (throwing) elbow. The Cardinals said they are “determining the next course of action” for Hicks,…

A Pair Of Megan Rapinoe Penalties Sent A Shaky USWNT To The Quarterfinals A Pair Of Megan Rapinoe Penalties Sent A Shaky USWNT To The Quarterfinals

It wasn’t the type of breezy victory that defined the USWNT’s run through the group stage, but in their first knockout game of the 2019 World Cup, the U.S. gutted out a tough, unpretty 2-1 victory against Spain in which two Megan Rapinoe penalties outweighed one disastrous defensive mistake.

VAR Has One Job, And It's Failing Miserably At It VAR Has One Job, And It's Failing Miserably At It

The most common complaint against VAR—or any form of video review in sports—in one of aesthetics. If referees insist on stopping the game for several minutes to double check every key play, the thinking goes, all the drama and intensity and emotion of the biggest moments will be lost, and the celebrations of fans will…

Deadspin Up All Night: Whoaaaa, Whoawhoaaaaaa, Whoa, Jokerman Deadspin Up All Night: Whoaaaa, Whoawhoaaaaaa, Whoa, Jokerman

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Jordan Bone's Draft Party Went From Tragic To Joyful In A Flash

As this video of undrafted Fred VanVleet that made the rounds last night showed, there are at least some NBA draft parties that fizzle out before anyone can enjoy the ecstatic release they all came for, and it looked like Tennessee standout Jordan Bone’s party was headed that way as the draft wound down on Thursday…

Tobin Heath Declares War On Sweden, Wins Tobin Heath Declares War On Sweden, Wins

It’s truly a crime that we missed out on 90 minutes of Tobin Heath in the U.S.’s last game against Chile, but today against Sweden, the magical American winger came back with a vengeance. In the 50th minute, Heath’s deadly feet took on an overmatched opponent in Sweden defender Jonna Andersson and orchestrated an own…

The Vanderbilt Whistler Will Not Be Silenced The Vanderbilt Whistler Will Not Be Silenced

Vanderbilt beat Mississippi State 6-3 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals of the College World Series, and they pulled off their second win in Omaha despite The Man’s best efforts to keep a crucial person from making an impact: 72-year-old Preacher Franklin.

Lovable Asshole Corey Perry's Time With The Ducks Is Over Lovable Asshole Corey Perry's Time With The Ducks Is Over

In an unsurprising yet still kind of melancholy move, the Anaheim Ducks have bought out the last two years of Corey Perry’s pricey contract, making him an unrestricted free agent for the offseason. Perry, the 34-year-old winger, played his whole 14-year career with Anaheim, and he leaves the franchise as one of its …

The End Of Argentina-Scotland Was A Fucking Mess The End Of Argentina-Scotland Was A Fucking Mess

Scotland just had to defend a 3-0 lead over the final 20 minutes of their match on Wednesday against Argentina in order to make it to the knockout stage of the World Cup. They couldn’t do it, and as a result will exit their first World Cup after just three games.

MLB Umpires Throw Whiny Tantrum Over Manny Machado's Whiny Tantrum MLB Umpires Throw Whiny Tantrum Over Manny Machado's Whiny Tantrum

In the fifth inning of the Padres’ 14-8 loss to the Rockies on Saturday, San Diego third baseman Manny Machado blew a gasket after getting called out on strikes by umpire Bill Welke. Machado caught a quick ejection for arguing the call and was livid, yelling in Welke’s face and then tossing his bat at the backstop.

This Is Not The Best Way To Try And Catch A Home-Run Ball

Every baseball fan who buys tickets in the outfield dreams of exactly one thing: catching a home run ball hit by Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy. With that goal so close to his grasp in the fifth inning of Monday night’s Royals-Mariners game, it’s understandable that an overexcited Ichiro supporter would take some…

Nigeria Got Screwed Over By Some Ticky-Tack VAR Bullshit Nigeria Got Screwed Over By Some Ticky-Tack VAR Bullshit

Nigeria were not eliminated from the World Cup on Monday afternoon, but their hopes of advancing to the knockout stages took a hit when, after a pair of VAR reviews, Wendie Renard knocked home a PK in the 79th minute to break a scoreless draw and give France a 1-0 win.

ESPN Is Stuck With Tyson Fury As Its Hero ESPN Is Stuck With Tyson Fury As Its Hero

Tyson Fury won what was for all intents and purposes a fixed fight in his ESPN+ and Las Vegas debut on Saturday night, beating the technically “undefeated” but deeply non-threatening Tom Schwarz in a second-round TKO. Against a no-name boxer who’d never fought outside of Germany or the Czech Republic before, Fury’s…

Chicago Photographer Heroically Avoids Being Retraumatized By Ugly First Pitch

Just a couple of weeks ago, Chicago photographer Darren Georgia narrowly avoided a serious bump on his face during a ceremonial first pitch gone awry. Mere milliseconds after his flash captured a White Sox fan’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Georgia’s camera found itself the victim of what was either a targeted hit…

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