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  1. The Highest Paid Players in the Nation

    The Highest Paid Players in the Nation

    Direct deposit is a great thing. It saves you a trip to the bank, and it’s always a highlight the morning you check the bank account and find a nice bump from yesterday.

    We can’t really know whether the highest paid athletes in the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball use direct deposit like the rest of us, but the thought of Steph Curry or Drew Brees checking to see if this month’s $3.3 million went in is pretty crazy.

    While many wonder what they’d do with all that money and others decry what some of these players make, it’s important to remember they have earned their market value. They’ve outperformed a ton of competition d

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  2. San Francisco Eats: Best Restaurants to Hit before a 49ers Game

    Whether it’s a thrilling catch, run, goal line stand or game-changing turnover, most NFL games involve an “I was there when” moment. When that happens, if you’re lucky enough to be one of the 70,000-plus in the stadium, you don’t want to be the guy standing in line to get a hot dog.

    In order to avoid such an occurrence, it’s wise to walk through the turnstiles with a full stomach. Tailgating is an obvious option, but the restaurant and bar scene is always solid on gameday. Luckily, 49ers fans have no shortage of pregame options in San Francisco and Santa Clara, where Levi’s Stadium is located.

    Factoring in quality of food, drink selection, ambiance and likeliness of seeing other 49ers jersey-wearing diehards, here are our choices for the go-to spots prior to your next 49er experience.

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  3. The Ultimate Preseason NFL Prep Guide

    There are not a lot of reasons to mark the first Thursday in August as especially notable in Canton, Ohio — or anywhere else, for that matter. Thanks to football, though, fans across the U.S. have their eyes fixed on Canton in Northeast Ohio’s hottest month.

    When the Baltimore Ravens meet the Chicago Bears in this year’s annual Hall of Fame Game, it will be the first time we’ve seen NFL action since the shootout that was Super Bowl LII. While the luster of preseason football is lacking, the signal it sends is a good one: NFL regular season football is nearly at hand.

    We only get 16 NFL Sundays a year plus a month of playoff drama, so it’s something to savor for pigskin lovers. To make sure you make the most of your fandom this season, get out a pen and paper and jot down a to-do list because we’ve put together the ultimate preseason NFL prep guide to carve some time off the countdown to September.

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  4. The Most Historic NFL Stadiums in the Nation

    Sorry college football fans, but the NFL offers the best, most all-encompassing game day experience in American sports. While the pageantry, pomp and circumstance surrounding the college game is something to behold, the way entire cities rally around their NFL teams each fall and winter is special.

    There’s no arguing that the buildup to kickoff and tailgating are events in and of themselves, but the actual game is the main attraction. In some cases, the main attraction comes with the added bonus of stepping foot into a historic stadium.

    The NFL may not feature quite as many hallowed venues as, say, Major League Baseball, but there’s certainly a few that stand out above the rest.

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  5. Athletes Using their Celebrity Status for Social Good

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    Athletes are increasingly using their platforms to give back to the communities they live in and even those they don’t. As salaries increase along with 24/7, 365 coverage of their exploits, athletes like former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (when he’s not trying his hand at Minor League Baseball) are seriously considering how they can make a broader impact.

    “What’s so amazing in today’s society is people look up to football players,” said Tebow while a Florida Gator. “And as a football player, you have a platform. And it’s so much more important than any touchdown or trophy or anything you could win with football. It&rsquo

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  6. Highlighting the Four Best Left-Handed Pitchers in Major League History

    Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver succinctly summarized the key to winning baseball: “Nobody likes to hear it, because it’s dull, but the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same–pitching.”

    Consistently great pitching helps teams navigate the grind of a six-month, 162-game regular season. Timely pitching helps teams navigate the postseason, where mistakes are magnified and having the best guy or guys on the mound can almost single-handedly lead to a pennant or world title.

    Good pitching can be hard enough to find but good left-handed pitching is often even more elusive. A lockdown lefty can wreak havoc on opposing lineups, particularly in today’s era of ultra-specialization. Perhaps even more valuable, an ace southpaw can take the pressure off his own club while putting it squarely on the opposition.

    The following four left-handers certainly did all of the above.

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  7. NBA Teams with the Best Home-Court Advantage

    Blowouts have been a theme throughout this year’s NBA Playoffs. Unsurprisingly, the scale usually tips heavily toward the home team in these lopsided affairs. Whether it’s the emotional lift provided by rabid fan bases, the comfort of sleeping in your own bed or the proclivity of officials to unwittingly make calls that favor the home team, playing on your home floor provides a distinct advantage.

    A study by FiveThirtyEight published last May analyzed the worth of home-court advantage in the four major American sports by looking at results of regular season and postseason games since 2000. Home-court advantage was most pronounced in the NBA, with home teams having a 9.8 percent greater chance to win at home during the regular season and a nearly 14 percent greater chance to prevail in the playoffs.

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  8. Tracking Baseball’s Rise to ‘America’s Pastime’

    Baseball ingrains itself in the hearts of its fans as much as any sport. For some, it means summer. For others, it means memories of conversations with family and friends between pitches. For most all baseball fans, to varying degrees, part of the game’s appeal lies in its mystique.

    Dubbed as “America’s pastime,” baseball’s rich history is unrivaled in American sports. While we won’t delve into the game’s lore to Ken Burnsian (not a word but go with it) standards, here’s a look at some of the landmark moments and factors that have made baseball what it is.

    Origins

    Although it’s difficult to ascertain with any real certainty when baseball began, the first formally recognized game in the sport’s history is widely accepted to have taken place in New Jersey on June 19, 1846. The New York Nine edged the New York Knickerbockers, 23-1, in four innings

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  9. 2023 NBA Predictions: Top 5 Teams in 5 Years

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    Much to the detriment of our fantasy basketball brackets, there’s no sports-related crystal ball. Diehard fans know that all sorts of upsets — injuries, trades, unexpected rising stars — can change the trajectory of a season, pushing even low-ranking teams to the top of the league and promising ones to the bottom. So while it’s impossible to know exactly what squads will come out on top in any given year, let alone in the next half-decade, it’s fun to do a little bit of predicting. At any rate, it might give you a smidgen of early insight on where to hedge your (legal) bets or help you decide which NBA jerseys

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  10. The Yankees vs. The Red Sox: A Fierce Rivalry Explained

    There are few rivalries in sports history that are as deeply rooted as the one between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. It’s filled with all sorts of sports lore — the “Curse of the Bambino,” notably — and goes back for centuries. Boston and New York competed as the two most significant Northeast cities even before the start of the American Revolution, so it was unsurprising that, when early baseball gained popularity, the two cities would again go head-to-head. 

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