Rangers Get Jacob Trouba in a Major Deal, Hastening Their Rebuild

The Rangers made a major deal four days ahead of this weekend’s draft, acquiring Jacob Trouba, an elite defenseman, from the Winnipeg Jets. To get Trouba on Monday, the Rangers traded defenseman Neal Pionk plus the 20th choice in Friday night’s first round, a pick they acquired from the Jets as part of a trade…

Pro Football Focus’ biggest Patriots nemesis since 2006 might surprise you

Pro Football Focus’ biggest Patriots nemesis since 2006 might surprise you originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The New England Patriots have dominated the NFL since Pro Football Focus was created in 2006. The Pats have made six Super Bowl appearances and won three championships over that span, but that hasn’t stopped certain players from giving consistently excellent…

Why Picking Second in the N.B.A. Draft Might Be a Bad Thing

Just two years ago, Lonzo Ball was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers out of U.C.L.A. with the second pick in the draft. It wasn’t a surprise. The Lakers brass had long been enamored with Ball. Rob Pelinka, then the team’s general manager, called him a “transcendent talent.” Now, Ball is out the door: He…