Insider notebook: Steve Smith sets the record straight on Cam Newton and Panthers divorce, plus Week 4 picks

One of the two most well-known Carolina Panthers of all time wants to set the record straight about the other one. Steve Smith is tired of all the questions about Cam Newton. Over the last six years he’s grown weary of a media narrative he never really tried to correct. Read more

Patriots notebook: David Andrews injury takes center stage leading up to Week 3 matchup with Raiders

The Patriots will be squaring off against the Raiders on Sunday without a key piece to their offensive attack. On Saturday, New England placed starting center David Andrews on injured reserve after missing the past week of practice due to what they are calling a hand injury. Jay Glazer of FOX Read more

Insider notebook: Money pouring in but NFL gambling still has far to go, MVP rankings, Week 3 picks and more

Since the May 2018 Supreme Court decision opened the floodgates on legalized sports betting in America, I have heard from every corner of the NFL world that the league would immediately and quickly reap the benefits of this multi-billion industry. It’s been a refrain my media colleagues have repeated over Read more

Fantasy Baseball Spring Notebook: Injury updates from around the league; Nathan Eovaldi’s sleeper appeal

Let’s do an injury roundup right off the top since that’s what’s on everyone’s mind. There’s no shortage of updates along that front: More Draft Prep Justin Verlander was the weekend’s highest-profile casualty, being removed from his start Sunday with what was originally reported as “triceps soreness.” It turned out Read more

Fantasy Baseball Spring Notebook: A look around the league including Miguel Cabrera’s sleeper case

Earlier this week, I talked about Chris Davis’ physical transformation and early resurgence this spring, unbelievable though it may be. How about another blast from the past? Or actually, two. Miguel Cabrera homered twice Thursday and looked impressive doing it. I don’t just mean the home runs looked impressive. I Read more

Fantasy Baseball Spring Notebook: Dylan Bundy, Josh James gaining sleeper appeal; is now their time?

If you’ve gotten burned by Dylan Bundy before, you’re in good company. The 27-year-old was at one point considered the top pitching prospect in baseball. Injuries set him back early in his career, but even in more recent years, he has flashed the potential that once made him the fourth Read more

Fantasy Baseball Spring Notebook: Noah Syndergaard, Kenley Jansen making key adjustments

Spring training is one of the rare points on the baseball calendar when everyone, both on the field and off, can agree that process matters over results. So what you get are players — and particularly pitchers — speaking more freely about some of the changes they’re been implementing. Some Read more

Fantasy Baseball Spring Notebook: Alex Wood as a Dodgers rotation lock and possible sleeper among 14 items

The presumption heading into spring training was that Alex Wood, back with the Dodgers on a one-year deal, was merely competing for the final rotation spot. But to hear him tell it after a spring debut Sunday in which he struck out two over a scoreless inning, it’s already decided. Read more