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New England Patriots Likely Deflated Footballs, Investigator Finds

wsj.com — The New England Patriots likely deflated footballs in January's AFC Championship Game to gain a competitive edge, an independent investigator found. A report by lawyer Ted Wells said that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" of two Patriots employees who were deflating footballs.

The Seattle Seahawks’ Big Problem

NFL Draft: Live Blog

The NFL Draft’s Quarterback Problem

wsj.com — Chicago For months now, former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has been working on what many inside the sport say is a massive change to his game. After winning a Heisman Trophy while performing Oregon's famous no-huddle, quick-strike offense that left college defenses gasping for air, Mariota is learning to huddle.

The NFL Draft: What’s Your Team’s Strategy?

wsj.com — No event is shrouded in more mystery than the NFL draft. It seems impossibly complicated: 40-yard dash times to interpret, mountains of game film to break down. But really, teams are fairly predictable in the players they take. After all, they leave a track record and plenty of evidence of which types of prospects they like.

Why the NFL Draft Is More Awkward Than Ever

wsj.com — In an era of unprecedented information and technology, you might think that it would be easier than ever for NFL teams to pick the right players in the league's annual draft, which kicks off Thursday night. Instead, coaches and team executives say it has never been more challenging.

The New York Transplant’s Dilemma: Mets or Yankees?

wsj.com — When does a New Yorker become a New Yorker? It isn't the first SoulCycle class or the first time you make fun of the people eating in the Times Square Olive Garden. It could be the first time you cut that enormous rent check, although plenty of oligarchs do that in Manhattan and are hardly New Yorkers.

Cris Collinsworth’s New Catch: Making Football Analytics Mainstream

blogs.wsj.com — Some version of analytics can be found in every NFL front office. The same can't be said for the broadcasting world, which has largely stayed away from heavy-duty number crunching. NBC football analyst Cris Collinsworth and Pro Football Focus, his recently purchased analytics company, are trying to change that.

How the Seattle Seahawks Changed the NFL

wsj.com — At the start of this decade, a handful of elite NFL quarterbacks began to get very good at something called the back-shoulder throw. When done properly, this pass drops in behind a speeding receiver's outside shoulder, the one furthest from a pursuing defender.
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May 27, 2015

I would put this fourth among great triumphs of America in soccer--if charges stick, I'm willing to slot it ahead of 1950 win over England.

May 26, 2015

RT @EmilyGlazerWSJ: One border-city biz owner had to jump through some serious hoops to bank in Nogales, AZ (five banks, reams of docs): on.wsj.com/1es6tzf

May 26, 2015

I've never seen the guy just to the left of the basket with the two balloons and Andrew Luck in the same place. twitter.com/si_vault/statu…

May 26, 2015

Not a fan of a Skiles hire but endorse coaches who were once painted releasing from their hands the team's logo. pic.twitter.com/D4arEtsrvL

May 24, 2015

@kevinmdraper they mentioned the stat before the Spurs game. Here's a deeper dive I remember: dailymail.co.uk/sport/football…

May 24, 2015

@kevinmdraper believe on average EL teams drop three places in league. UEFA has to fix it--make it one-game knockout.

May 24, 2015

@kevinmdraper they--like spurs--should send out squad of youth players and out-of-favor veterans and let their starters never see a EL game

May 24, 2015

@matthewsbunch tough to judge on a day like this. I'm watching spurs and no one on Everton cares except mirellas. Rough day for motivation.

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