FOR JAN. 26, 2015
To the Max
He said he wanted them to show him the money. And show him they did. The Nationals' signing of 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract is the second largest deal for a pitcher (behind Clayton Kershaw's seven-year, $215 million contract). What does it mean for Washington? Will the Nats now trade a starter from a rotation that had a league-best .303 ERA? Go to SI.com/mlb for Jay Jaffe's analysis of the signing, and Albert Chen's breakdown of its implications.
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Watch Peter King each Thursday at TheMMQB.com, as he brings you the latest buzz from around the NFL in his WINDOW INTO THE WEEKEND, presented by Microsoft Surface. This week, King begins his countdown to Super Bowl XLIX's matchup between the Patriots and the defending champion Seahawks.
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Your sports fantasies don't have to end just because football season is nearly over. With Basketball Throwdown on the FanNation fantasy-sports app, you can select a set of NBA players and challenge your friends for cash prizes or for bragging rights. Go to fannation.si.com to pick three players from three teams and see who beats his projection. Last week's top guard was the Timberwolves' Mo Williams, who in three games averaged 30.3 points and 6.7 assists.
From the SI Vault
Nov. 27, 1995
It has been nearly 20 years since Wake Forest junior center Tim Duncan, from the U.S. Virgin Islands, burst onto the college basketball scene with all the force of a two-hand jam
By Tim Crothers
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