Ranking reveals best (and worst) sports teams of 2018

The Golden State Warriors may have secured dynasty status with their third NBA title in four years, but that didn’t make them the best team of 2018. 

Other championship teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Villanova Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide, were in the conversation but fell short of that honor, as well. 

Based on a ranking by FiveThirtyEight, the best team across (almost) all sports in 2018 was none other than the 108-win, World Series champion Boston Red Sox. 

Somewhat surprisingly, 2018’s No. 2 team also hailed from the MLB – the Houston Astros, who fell to the Red Sox in this year’s ALCS, came in just behind the champs.

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Super Bowl LIII odds for each NFL playoff team revealed

Well, it took until the last game of the season, but the NFL playoff picture is finally set

Several familiar faces, including last year’s Super Bowl champion and runner-up in the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, have once again reached the postseason. However, there are also some surprise teams making playoff appearances, hoping to knock off the powerhouse rosters they’ve been staring up at all season long. 

According to Vegas Insider, it’s crowded at the top of the playoff picture. The Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs may be the most heavily favored, but the Chicago Bears and ever-present Patriots aren’t too far behind. 

Predicting 2019 in sports: Which teams and athletes will be crowned as champions?

The beautiful thing about sports is that “there’s always next year.” And for some, 2019 will be that year. 

A fresh calendar means fresh opportunities, a clean slate and history that has yet to be made. Thankfully, fans won’t have to wait long – 2019 in sports starts almost immediately with the College Football Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson on January 7. (We’ll spoil that one for you right off the bat: Alabama is favored to win.)

According to betting odds from Vegas Insider and projections by FiveThirtyEight, 2019 is going to look a heck of a lot like 2018 did, with several repeat champions across the major American sports.

It’s not an exact science, of course, and some of these predictions will surely be wrong, but it’s still fun to think about. 

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Athletes and sports personalities the world lost in 2018

The past year was largely a joyous one in sports, with the world coming together for both the Winter Olympics in February and the FIFA World Cup over the summer. 

However, the sporting world also faced multiple tragedies and endured the deaths of several iconic figures, as well as young athletes lost in their prime. 

From World Series champions to iconic coaches and record setters, click through below to remember the athletes and personalities who passed away in 2018. 

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Way-too-early 2019 World Series odds: Buckle up for another AL-dominated year

In 2018, the Houston Astros fell short of repeating as World Series champions. According to Las Vegas, the Boston Red Sox won’t have that problem. 

Of course, anything can happen between now and the 2019 Fall Classic. We’re still in the midst of what figures to be a busy offseason, with free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still on the market. The Red Sox spent big bucks to secure pitcher Nathan Eovaldi for the next four years, but likely won’t be keeping star closer Craig Kimbrel around. 

With so much movement still anticipated around the league, it’s silly to try to predict the future — but we miss baseball, so why not? Check out every team’s odds of winning the 2019 World series below, courtesy of Vegas Insider

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Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson tops Google’s most searched athletes of 2018

In a year that featured LeBron James’ move to the Lakers, the Philadelphia Eagles’ first Super Bowl win, Serena Williams fighting with an official and multiple Olympic records being set, the United States’ most Googled athlete of 2018 was … Tristan Thompson?

Thompson’s Cleveland Cavaliers are an abysmal 6-21 through their first 27 games without LeBron, but it isn’t the power forward’s play that got him all that attention this year. 

It was the Kardashian Effect. 

Thompson’s relationship with Khloé Kardashian sent him skyrocketing into the spotlight after the couple announced they were expecting a baby — and after it was revealed that the NBA player had been consistently cheating on his pregnant partner

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Bill Belichick takes blame for crushing Patriots loss: ‘It starts with me’

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took the blame for his team’s crushing last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. 

Many were quick to point fingers at Belichick’s decision-making after Miami was able to score a 69-yard touchdown featuring two lateral passes as time expired, ultimately getting by the Patriots’ questionable last line of defense: Rob Gronkowski. 

Gronkowski, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end who has missed three games this season due to injuries, was on the field for the final play in anticipation of a possible Hail Mary pass attempt. However, the Dolphins went with a different strategy, and it had New England completely fooled.

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President Trump becomes 10th commander in chief to attend storied Army-Navy football game

The skies above Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were occupied by paratroopers and Apache helicopters on Saturday, December 8, while thousands of bundled-up fans eagerly gathered for a football game below. 

Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, hosted the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen this past weekend for the 119th playing of the historic game. The Army continued its winning ways for the third straight year with a 17-10 victory.

The rivalry between the Black Knights and Midshipmen is a storied one. First played in 1890 — a commanding 24-0 Navy win — the matchup has been held annually since 1930.

Overall, Navy leads the series 60-52-7, due in large part to a 14-game winning streak from 2002 to 2015, but Army is now on a winning streak of its own since 2016. 

United States President Donald Trump became the tenth sitting commander in chief to attend the game on Saturday. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to attend in 1901, an 11-5 victory by the Black Knights. Most recently, President Barack Obama made the trip in 2011. 

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Peyton Manning among sports icons to pay respects to President George H.W. Bush

Two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning was among several notable figures to pay their respects to President George H.W. Bush during his memorial services this week. 

Manning was joined by golfer Phil Mickelson, Duke men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski and retired golfer Hale Irwin at Bush’s casket as it laid in state inside the Capitol rotunda on Tuesday. Also in attendance were golf legend Jack Nicklaus and sportscaster Jim Nantz. 

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Tom Brady jokes about retirement after rushing milestone: ‘Time to ride off into the sunset’

During Sunday’s 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reached a milestone he’s been working towards for nearly two decades — 1,000 total rushing yards. 

As is tradition with Brady, he took to Instagram after the victory to celebrate. 

“The only reason I’ve been playing 19 years is to get to that 1,000 yards,” he said in a clip posted to his account Monday afternoon. 

And then, as he climbed into his car, Brady uttered the words that will send chills down the spines of Patriots fans everywhere: “That’s it. I’m out. Time to ride off into the sunset.”

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