Jeter defined Yankee greatness over last 20 years

Derek Jeter

(Credit: Derek Jeter and Joe Torre won four World Series together. (AFP/Getty Images/John Mabanglo))

Plenty of greats have worn pinstripes, but only a few Yankees define an era. Derek Jeter is one such player, epitomizing one of the greatest periods in Yankees history as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle did before him.

For Bronx Bombers fans born in the '80s and '90s, Jeter is baseball. It's that simple.

At 12 seasons, he will have been the Yankees captain far longer than any...

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6 winter sports in which U.S. hasn't fared as well


(Credit: The U.S. has never medaled in the Olympic biathlon. (Getty Images/Harry How))

The United States is a Winter Olympics power, but success has been limited in these sports:


The U.S. has yet to medal in this sport, which has been contested since 1960. Expect more of the same.

Cross-country skiing

Bill Koch's men's 30-km silver in 1976 is the only time the U.S. placed in this sport, but that figures to change with Kikkan Randall (women's individual...

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U.S. will excel in these 5 sports at Sochi Olympics

Shani Davis

(Credit: Shani Davis is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. (Getty Images/Atsushi Tomura))

The Winter Olympics are back, with the opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia, slated to air Friday night. All of a sudden, the mainstream sports world will find itself enamored with figure skating, skiing and speedskating, as is the case every four years.

But let’s face it, the Olympics are as much about national pride as they are about the spirit of competition. For those Americans seeking to...

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Teletovic makes most of increased minutes for Nets

Mirza Teletovic

(Credit: Mirza Teletovic has topped 20 points twice in two weeks. (Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke))

Mirza Teletovic's recent scoring outbursts are no fluke.

Ten days after shattering a career high with 34 points in 27 minutes against the Mavericks, the Nets forward went for 20 points over 28 minutes in a 108-102 victory against the 76ers on Monday night.

The second-year pro is averaging 8.9 points in 19.4 minutes per game this season, coming off the bench in 33 of 39 contests. But...

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Sleeper candidates for game MVP

Montee Ball

(Credit: Montee Ball has been more involved in the offense since December. (MCT/Mark Reis))

Odds are good that one of the starting quarterbacks will earn the award again. But hey, there are 104 other players on the active roster, and any one of them could earn the MVP if he makes the plays that matter. Here's a look at some sleeper candidates. For the purpose of this piece, the top 10 odds-on favorites for the award are ineligible.

Broncos: Montee Ball (RB)The rookie won't get...

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Weather gives Seahawks the edge

Marshawn Lynch

(Credit: Marshawn Lynch ran for 1,257 yards in 2013. (Getty Images/Tom Pennington))

Today's NFL is full of surprises. It's unusual that two teams who were thought of as among the league's elite in the preseason meet on the final day of the season.

But for once, the 2013 season will culminate in a matchup many foresaw back in the summer as the Seahawks and Broncos square off on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Both teams are true football titans who have few glaring weaknesses,...

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle 'D' elite; Broncos average

RIchard Sherman

(Credit: Richard Sherman led the NFL in interceptions. (Getty Images/Jonathan Ferrey))

The Seahawks' top-ranked defense is garnering just about as much attention entering Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII as Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Or maybe it's just cornerback Richard Sherman who's been the talk of Seattle's elite unit.

Not that the brash, well-spoken All-Pro is undeserving. In his young career, Sherman has already ascended to the top of the heap at his position.


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Super Bowl XLVIII: Broncos receivers are miles ahead

Demaryius Thomas

(Credit: Demaryius Thomas was the Broncos' leading receiver. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger))

Just how much more productive were the Broncos' receivers than those of the Seahawks? Seattle's top receiver Golden Tate had fewer receptions and touchdowns than four Broncos during the regular season.

But don't mistake that for a drastic discrepancy ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII. That's just the way it is when Peyton Manning is slinging the ball all over the field.


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Super Bowl XLVIII: Kicker Prater having history season

Matt Prater

(Credit: Matt Prater hit a 64-yard field goal earlier this season to set an NFL record. (Getty))

Counting field goal, extra-point and kickoff attempts, the average NFL team in 2013 trotted out a kicker about 155 times.

Broncos kicker Matt Prater, who handles all three duties, was involved in 215 such plays -- by far the most in the league.

The fact that Prater, who has battled illness during the past week, led the NFL in field goal percentage (96.2%) and touchbacks (81) and was...

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Television review: 'Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond' -- 3 stars

Dominic Cooper

(Credit: Dominic Cooper stars in "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond." (Liam Daniel/BBC America))

To paraphrase the saying, men have wanted to be James Bond for decades. Apparently, that also applied to Ian Fleming -- who created the world's most famous spy -- even before Bond existed.

That's how the author is portrayed in BBC America's new miniseries "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond." Over four episodes, the show depicts Fleming's life during World War II while working with naval intelligence.


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