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Real Madrid have failed to take advantage of Barcelona's dropped points at the hands of Deportivo yesterday, losing to a surprisingly good Villareal side who were tactically brilliant at closing down passing lanes and defending as a unit. It's surprising, because the yellow submarine had just returned from the Czech Republic where they conceded three goals after a dreadful defensive…

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Oh, the folly of grading transactions months before baseball even starts. It's so, so dumb and predictable. All of these predictions are guaranteed to be wrong. Reminder: Edinson Volquez, Game 1 starter for the team that won the World Series. If you're looking for a recap of dumb predictions, David Schoenfeld has you covered, including especially dense ones from some…

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Mike Tolbert isn't one of the NFL's most prolific touchdown scorers, but whenever he does hit paydirt, the fullback turns into one of the NFL's best dancers. He's already dabbed and given us something too sexy for TV this year. And after scoring against New Orleans, it was time for THE CARLTON! Tolbert is the second-largest Carlton in the NFL, behind Ravens DT…

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The hype for the new Star Wars movie is real. On Wednesday, fans of CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria staged a stadium-wide rendition of the "Imperial March" theme before a game, with each fan wielding a Stormtrooper mask. Plus, there was a huge, menacing Darth Vader banner sitting neatly in the middle of the stands. As far as I know, lyrics don't…

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LOS ANGELES -- It seems like Gabe Kapler's name has come up regarding the Dodgers' managerial job even before it came vacant. So it's only natural now that with Don Mattingly moving on, Kapler has emerged as the nearly consensus favorite to take over the reins in the third base dugout. Buster Olney of ESPN called Kapler "a serious frontrunner"…

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