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Bill Simmons, Kevin Clark, and Robert Mays on the Best QB in Three Years 

Plus: Ryen, Bill, and Kevin discuss the Patriots acquiring Josh Gordon

Eight Breakout Candidates for the 2018-19 NBA Season

Star-making seasons are often dependent on health, context, and opportunity. Should those things align, look out for players like Taurean Prince, Khris Middleton, and Julius Randle. They all have what it takes to shock the league.

How to Use a Running Back in the Passing Game

Throwing the football is more efficient than rushing it, but that doesn’t mean all catches by RBs are created equal

Best Case, Worst Case: Orlando Magic

The no. 28 team in The Ringer’s preseason rankings has enough length to circle the globe, but is that enough to find a way out of the league’s morass?

Are Liverpool Just Better Than PSG?

Plus more from Tuesday’s Champions League action

NBA Hall of Famers, KD’s MVP Potential, and Messi vs. Ronaldo With Steve Nash

The NBA legend shares how he would fix American soccer

Waiver-Wire Pickups, Dark Knights, Designated Hitters, and an Explosion of RB Catches

Plus: the Dannies highlight an offensive trend to keep in mind

The Brand Is Strong: Philly’s GM Search Is Over. Now What?

The Sixers may have hired internally, but choosing former player Elton Brand over more experienced options is as bold a move as they could’ve made

LeSean McCoy Physically Abused His Son, Says an Affidavit Filed by the Boy’s Mother

The document supports the Bills running back’s ex-girlfriend in a lawsuit filed over a July home invasion

Producer Kyle’s Tattoo Saga and the SMU-TCU Rivalry

Plus: even more tattoo talk

‘Heat Check’: Jimmy Butler v. the Timberwolves and the Lakers’ Lonzo Problem

Plus: The Clippers’ hiring of scribe Lee Jenkins

Listener Questions, Interleague Play, and Finding Joy in September Baseball

Is your team out of it? Here’s why you should still follow MLB.

The Steelers Are the Most Gloriously Dysfunctional Team in the NFL

Is Pittsburgh bound to have a season from hell? Maybe. But Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Co. are the league’s most compelling theater.

2018-19 NBA Preview: Rankings Week

Slapping a number on the players, story lines, and everything else leading up to the 2018-19 NBA season

Week 2 Reactions

Michael Lombardi and Tate Frazier discuss the players who stole the show in the NFL’s second slate of games

So, What Is Lee Jenkins Going to Be Doing for the Clippers?

The franchise has hired the Sports Illustrated feature writer to be a part of its front office, but it’s still unclear exactly how the team intends to use his skills to its benefit

Why Inner-City Miami Produces More NFL Talent Than Anywhere Else

Amari Cooper, Chad Johnson, Devonta Freeman, and countless others have come out of the Liberty City neighborhood showcased in a new Starz series

Jian Ghomeshi, NFL Grab Bag, and Cable Storm Coverage

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss The New York Review of Books’ controversial decision to publish Jian Ghomeshi’s first-person story

Light Work: The Rise of NBA Skills Trainers

With the help of social media, some private basketball trainers are using the exposure to become entrepreneurs, newsmakers, and even celebrities in their own right

Best Case, Worst Case: Sacramento Kings

The no. 29 team in The Ringer’s Preseason Rankings has to hope one of its young players emerges as a star, because it won’t have its own draft pick to fall back on

The Best Backcourt Duos in the Western Conference, Ranked

While the two best guard tandems in the West are obvious, the conference’s depth goes beyond just the Warriors and Rockets

Peak NBA: Which Team Would Be Best If Every Player Were in His Prime?

Tom Thibodeau’s attempt at re-creating the early-2010s Chicago Bulls in Minnesota had us thinking: If every team had a time machine to retrieve their players’ best selves, what would the league look like?

Of Course the Patriots Traded for Josh Gordon

But that doesn’t mean Gordon is the next Randy Moss. As New England’s history shows, these types of high-profile signings are more likely to disappoint than not.

The Starting 11: Blake Bortles and Ryan Fitzpatrick Are … for Real?

Jacksonville and Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinators appear to have unlocked their teams’ full potential. Plus: Carson Wentz is back, the NFL has a kicking problem, and Josh Gordon may soon be the newest Patriot.

Decoding Jimmy Butler’s Frosty Relationship With the Timberwolves

The guard seems to want out of Minnesota just a year after joining the budding superteam. What’s next for the most important Timberbull?

Patrick Mahomes II and the Chiefs Are the New Greatest Show on Turf

Through two games, Kansas City’s offense has been something to behold. But can the Chiefs’ dazzling collection of playmakers keep scoring enough to make up for a porous defense?

Will Kevin Durant Ever Be the NBA’s Best Player?

The maligned superstar is entering his third season with the two-time defending champion Warriors and once again finds himself at a crossroads. Can he find what he’s looking for in Golden State’s dynasty, or might destiny push him elsewhere?

Blake Bortles, the Vikings’ Receiving Duo, and the Game-Changing Plays From NFL Week 2

The Chiefs have the most exciting offense in football—but they face stiff competition from the Buccaneers

Guess the Lines Week 3 With Cousin Sal

Cousin Sal joins Bill to discuss NFL Week 2 and the Canelo vs. GGG rematch

The 34 People and Things That Will Define the 2018-19 NBA Season

Everything we think we know about this season before anything actually happens

The Best Backcourt Duos in the Eastern Conference, Ranked

Guard play is the bedrock of modern NBA systems, but which team in the East has the strongest tandem at the point of attack?

Best Case, Worst Case: Atlanta Hawks

The no. 30 team in The Ringer’s preseason rankings will shoot a whole lot of 3s, and lose a whole lot of games