Fantasy fallout: Can you trust surging receivers like Alshon Jeffery in playoffs?

6:00 AM ET Alshon Jeffery turned back the clock last week with his best fantasy performance in four years … while being started in fewer than 25% of ESPN leagues. More than 80% of ESPN fantasy owners also missed out on recent surges from James Washington, Anthony Miller, Cole Beasley and Dede Westbrook — all […]

LeBron: ‘Always special’ to match up with Melo

3:34 AM ET PORTLAND, Ore. — Nearly two decades after they met at a USA Basketball camp, LeBron James, playing for his third NBA team, and Carmelo Anthony, playing for his fifth, matched up once again in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 136-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. James got the better of […]

Ducks won’t seek easier opponents in CFP quest

2:09 AM ET SANTA CLARA, Calif. — For the fourth time in six years, the Pac-12 will not send a team to the College Football Playoff. The continued absence has limited the conference’s national visibility and damaged its perception, but Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said his program will not make any scheduling concessions to facilitate […]

College Football Playoff tracker: How each conference title game affects the field

11:52 PM ET GRAPEVINE, Texas — Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens, who is also the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, is here at the Gaylord Texan Resort, not the Pac-12 championship game, where his two-loss Ducks had a chance to win the league — and simultaneously eliminate it from the CFP with […]

Blazers ‘very sad’ as Hood tears Achilles tendon

11:43 PM ET PORTLAND, Ore. — Trail Blazers swingman Rodney Hood tore his left Achilles tendon in the first quarter of Friday night’s 136-113 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The team announced the injury after Hood underwent an MRI. “I’m very sad,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. “Very disappointed for Rodney, who was […]

Sources: Cavs open to trade offers for Love

11:59 PM ET As NBA trade possibilities expand beginning Dec. 15, the Cleveland Cavaliers are expressing a willingness to listen to trade offers for All-Star forward Kevin Love, league sources told ESPN. Cleveland is open to the idea of moving Love before the Feb. 7 trade deadline should the Cavaliers find a requisite package of […]

Man United was supposed to be too big to fail: The inside story on how everything fell apart

Dec 5, 2019 NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan — It is 4:50 a.m. on Wednesday. The wind chill factor takes the temperature down to a punishing -22 degrees Celsius (-7 Fahrenheit), but as Manchester United’s young squad emerges from the arrivals hall at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport, a throng of 60 locals with United scarves and banners greets […]

Ole Miss finalizing deal with Kiffin, sources say

11:02 PM ET Lane Kiffin is zeroing in on a return to the SEC. Sources told ESPN that Ole Miss is finalizing a deal with Kiffin, currently in his third year at Florida Atlantic, to be the Rebels’ next head coach. They hope to announce Kiffin as early as Saturday. The former Tennessee head coach […]

Beilein disputes report players unhappy with him

10:22 PM ET ESPN News Services First-year Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Beilein is disputing a report that his players are tuning him out. Beilein spoke before Friday night’s 93-87 loss to the Orlando Magic and addressed a report from The Athletic that quoted anonymous Cleveland players. The report also said players have complained about Beilein’s […]

Holtkamp-Sterling 1st mother to ref NBA game

8:08 PM ET Associated Press CHICAGO — Referee Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling made NBA history Friday night when she became the first mother to officiate a league game. Holtkamp-Sterling worked the Bulls-Warriors game in Chicago. The game was the first for Holtkamp-Sterling since she gave birth to daughter, Stoan, earlier this year. She missed last season with […]

Reed gets 2-shot penalty for improving his lie

5:24 PM ET Patrick Reed was assessed a two-shot penalty, after conferring with rules officials following his third round at the Hero World Challenge on Friday, for improving his lie in a sandy waste area on the 11th hole at Albany Golf Club. Video clearly shows Reed taking a practice swing with his club behind […]

Sources: Knicks fire Fizdale after sliding to 4-18

3:46 PM ET As the franchise spirals with a ruddlerless roster, the New York Knicks fired coach David Fizdale on Friday, league sources told ESPN. The Knicks lost eight straight games, including a 129-92 loss to Denver on Thursday night that dropped the team to an Eastern Conference-worst 4-18, which is tied for the worst […]

Knicks fire Fizdale after sliding to 4-18 start

3:46 PM ET As the franchise spirals with a ruddlerless roster, the New York Knicks fired coach David Fizdale on Friday. The Knicks lost eight straight games, including a 129-92 loss to Denver on Thursday night that dropped the team to an Eastern Conference-worst 4-18, which is tied for the worst record in franchise history. […]

Colts to be without Vinatieri, Hilton vs. Bucs

2:33 PM ET INDIANAPOLIS — Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay because of a left knee injury, coach Frank Reich said Friday. Vinatieri, who said he started feeling pain in his knee last week, did not practice Thursday or Friday after being a limited participant Wednesday. It […]

Bad air: Jerry Jones cut off after radio curses

2:02 PM ET A day after the Dallas Cowboys lost their third straight game, a testy Jerry Jones addressed the team’s issues during a radio interview that was cut off midway after he cursed twice. Jones, the Cowboys’ owner and general manager, told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Friday that he deserves his share […]

Yankees GM gets message from above on Cole

11:31 AM ET ESPN News Services STAMFORD, Conn. — While Brian Cashman was descending the Landmark Building on Friday in preparation for a holiday celebration this weekend, the New York Yankees general manager came across a message taped to a 10th-floor window from a fan: Please sign Gerrit Cole. Cashman confirmed he met with Cole […]

Rays’ Snell seen reacting to Pham trade on Twitch

10:46 AM ET Tampa Bay Rays left-hander and former Cy Young winner Blake Snell had an immediate and strong reaction when he apparently learned about his team’s reported trade of outfielder Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres. “We gave Pham up for [Hunter] Renfroe and a damn slapd— prospect?” Snell said during a Twitch […]

Heavy weight: Ruiz balloons to 283 for rematch

9:19 AM ET When Andy Ruiz Jr. knocked out Anthony Joshua in the seventh round to take his three heavyweight world title belts in a massive upset on June 1 in New York, few had given him a chance because of his chubby physique compared to the muscled Joshua. Ruiz, never a body beautiful kind […]

Wozniacki to retire after 2020 Australian Open

8:35 AM ET Caroline Wozniacki, formerly the top-ranked player in the world, will play the 2020 Australian Open as her final tournament, she told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday. Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open winner, also announced her decision in a post on Instagram. View this post on Instagram I’ve played professionally since I […]

Nats owner: Can’t keep Strasburg and Rendon

8:31 AM ET Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon were key components in the Washington Nationals winning the franchise’s first World Series title this year, but Mark Lerner, the team’s principal owner, is already preparing to say goodbye to at least one of them in free agency. “We really can only afford to have one of […]

Chelsea transfer ban cut, able to buy in January

6:00 AM ET ESPN Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email Chelsea will be able to sign players in January after the Court of Arbitation for Sport (CAS) reduced the club’s transfer ban. Chelsea were handed a two-window transfer ban and fined £460,000 ($599,000) in December 2018 after FIFA found them guilty of breaching rules relating […]

Sources: Pads to get Pham, ship Renfroe to Rays

12:41 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The San Diego Padres, intent on winning in 2020, agreed to a trade for outfielder Tommy Pham and two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for outfielder Hunter […]

Fizdale calls Knicks’ effort in latest loss ‘sickening’

11:55 PM ET ESPN News Services Things didn’t get any better for the New York Knicks and embattled coach David Fizdale on Thursday night as they dropped a 129-92 decision to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. It was the eighth straight loss for the 4-18 Knicks. The Knicks trailed by 43 points in […]

Cowboys fall to Bears for 3rd consecutive loss

11:35 PM ET CHICAGO — Jerry Jones might not be in a position to keep Jason Garrett as Dallas Cowboys head coach anymore. Thursday’s 31-24 loss to the Chicago Bears was the latest disappointment in a Cowboys season that has gone wrong but still has the potential to lead to a playoff appearance. Jones has […]

Jones after loss: We’ve got to win a football game

11:35 PM ET CHICAGO — Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones did not make any proclamations about changes to Jason Garrett’s job status after Thursday’s 31-24 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, but he did question why the roster is not producing results. “These guys are mentally OK for me and […]

Toeing the line, Brady shrugs off injury report

11:00 PM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was limited in practice Thursday with the team listing him with toe and right elbow injuries, which he addressed with humor. “That might be the first time my toe’s ever been on the injury report. You know us Patriots. We’re pretty diligent about […]

Athletes join in on the ‘Baby Yoda’ meme frenzy

9:45 PM ET Tory BarronESPN Editor Close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. You must unlearn what you have learned about elite internet memes in the past because “Baby Yoda” […]

‘Basketball pulled me back’: Inside Carmelo’s return to the NBA

7:00 AM ET ON AN OVERCAST Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles, Carmelo Anthony strides along a sidewalk in sneakers, black sweatpants and a black hoodie pulled over his head. He’s heading toward the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where the Portland Trail Blazers are staying, after making the short trek from shootaround at nearby Staples Center. His teammates […]

Sources: Pineda, Twins agree to 2-year contract

8:47 PM ET Right-hander Michael Pineda is returning to the Minnesota Twins, as the sides have reached an agreement on a two-year, $20 million contract, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. FOX 9 of Minneapolis was first to report on the agreement. Pineda will begin the 2020 season serving the remainder of a 60-game suspension that […]

Sources: Yankees make signing Cole top priority

8:01 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The New York Yankees have made signing right-hander Gerrit Cole their clear offseason priority and have ownership-level approval to offer him a record-setting deal, sources familiar with their plans told ESPN. The […]

Sources: Blazers make Melo’s deal guaranteed

7:26 PM ET The Portland Trail Blazers will amend Carmelo Anthony‘s contract so that it becomes fully guaranteed for the remainder of the season, league sources told ESPN. Portland had until early January to fully guarantee the deal for the season. Anthony, 35, had signed a non-guaranteed contract last month. Anthony was named the Western […]

Thanks to Tiger and Captain America, the Hero World Challenge has plenty of intrigue

5:41 PM ET NASSAU, Bahamas — Patrick Reed not only wants to impress the boss, he wants to win his tournament — and is on track to do so. Captain America, who stirred things up pretty good last year in France at the Ryder Cup and needed an at-large pick from captain Tiger Woods to […]

Tua: Tough to pass on draft if top 10-15 pick

4:41 PM ET TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said he’d be tempted to enter the NFL draft if he were a top-10 or top-15 pick instead of returning to school for his senior season. “I think that’d be tough to pass up,” he said. “But there’s a lot more to it than that […]

Tiger rebounds in Bahamas, tied for fifth place

4:31 PM ET NASSAU, Bahamas — Bubba Watson played with Tiger Woods on Thursday at the Hero World Challenge, an experience he took in stride, in part thanks to the low-key Bahamian vibe. It can’t be fun to get waxed by 7 shots, as Watson did in playing alongside Woods at Albany Golf Club. But […]

OBJ vague on Browns future amid worst season

3:11 PM ET BEREA, Ohio — As the 5-7 Cleveland Browns have all but tumbled out of the playoff picture, star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was vague about his future with the team beyond the 2019 season. “No one knows what the future holds, like tomorrow,” Beckham said when asked after Thursday’s practice if […]

Colts’ Vinatieri may not play again this season

1:56 PM ET INDIANAPOLIS — Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri isn’t sure he’ll play again this season due to a left knee injury. “I don’t have an answer,” Vinatieri said Thursday. “I don’t know. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and the next day and the next day.” Vinatieri, the NFL’s all-time leading scorer, showed up […]

Sock hop: LeBron defends elation amid criticism

1:09 PM ET Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took to social media on Thursday to shrug off criticism made by Utah Jazz television announcers and defend his actions for coming onto the court in socks to cheer his teammates in the closing minutes of Wednesday night’s blowout win. James, who had already exited the […]

Bournemouth v Liverpool, Tottenham v Burnley and more: clockwatch – live!

Follow the 3pm GMT games in Premier League and beyond Live scores from around Europe | Everton 3-1 Chelsea Get in touch! Email Rob with your thoughts 3.43pm GMT Sol Campbell’s Southend lead 2-0 at Bristol Rovers. ICYMI , this is a cracking interview with Sol by our own Jonathan Liew. Related: Sol Campbell: ‘Trouble is people got the wrong end of the stick about me’ 3.42pm GMT Tottenham 3-0 Burnley Jay Rodriguez heads a simple chance wide from Dwight McNeil’s gorgeous cross. Continue reading...

Defi Du Seuil holds off battling Un De Sceaux to win Tingle Creek

• Winner goes clear after final fence but pegged back • 11-year-old Un De Sceaux only beaten by a neck Defi Du Seuil has confirmed himself as a top-class two-miler by winning the Tingle Creek, holding off a superbly game effort from Un De Sceaux. The betting market’s faith in the eventual winner had seemed to be ebbing in the moments before the race, when he was briefly available at 5-2, but he appeared comfortable throughout the strongly run contest and looked the best in the race when he went clear soon a[..]

Seven-try Leinster tear Premiership leaders Northampton apart

• Northampton 16-43 Leinster • Leinster take control of Pool One Leinster took control of Pool One of the Champions Cup with a seven-try, bonus-point victory ahead of Saturday’s return at the Aviva Stadium. The four-times European Cup winners had too much know-how for the Premiership leaders whose ambition was undermined by mistakes made under pressure. Northampton set out to attack with pace, moving the ball immediately from the point of contact to get over the gainline. It yielded them a try for Ashlee Tu[..]

Hernández seals West Yorkshire derby win as Leeds go top at Huddersfield

Leeds climbed to the top of the Championship with a battling 2-0 West Yorkshire derby victory over Huddersfield. Second-half goals from Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernández did the damage as the visitors stretched their unbeaten run to nine games – including six straight wins – to leapfrog West Brom at the summit. The Baggies can go top again with victory at home to Swansea on Sunday Continue reading...

Tiger Woods relishes new leading role as Presidents Cup playing captain

Woods is not known for being a team player. But all that changes in Melbourne where he will lead the USA against an international team It is testament to the resurgence of Tiger Woods’s career that its next phase will play out as he still has club in hand. When considering a Woods captaincy for the Presidents Cup, which begins on Thursday at Royal Melbourne, the subliminal message was obvious: by late 2019, he would be looking at a life beyond individual competition. If that assumption was once wholly logic[..]

Calvert-Lewin’s double gives Ferguson dream start at Everton against Chelsea

Duncan Ferguson took a bath at 2.30am on Friday to compose himself for his first game as Everton temporary manager. If he dared to dream of the perfect day as he lay there it would have been like this. A thumping header to start with, two more goals from an Everton No 9 and standing in front of a delirious Gwladys Street after the final whistle punching the air in celebration. He has some script writer. Chelsea were defeated by emotion, fight and character on Ferguson’s big day. Frank Lampard’s side played [..]

Karim Benzema ensures Real Madrid sink Espanyol despite Mendy red card

Real Madrid kept the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 victory over Espanyol at the Bernabéu. Goals from Raphaël Varane and Karim Benzema secured Zinedine Zidane’s side a fourth straight league win, despite Ferland Mendy’s late dismissal. Real’s victory moved them temporarily three points ahead of Barca, who host Mallorca in the late game, with the first clásico of the campaign taking place on 18 December. Continue reading...

Bairstow and Anderson recalled for England Test series in South Africa

• Mark Wood also included in 17-man England squad • Moeen Ali remains unavailable for selection Jimmy Anderson and Jonny Bairstow have been recalled for England’s tour of South Africa, after missing the recent Test series defeat to New Zealand. The pair are joined in the 17-man Test squad by Mark Wood, who last played Test cricket in February. The Durham paceman has recovered from injuries sustained during the World Cup final, but Moeen Ali remains unavailable. Continue reading...

Everton v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off at Goodison Park Ferguson sweats on Everton future | Live scoreboard Get in touch! Email Scott with your thoughts 12.44pm GMT 14 min: Mount earns Chelsea’s first corner of the afternoon, off Iwobi down the right. Willian takes. It’s easily cleared by Calvert-Lewin. Pickford hasn’t had a thing to do yet. 12.43pm GMT 13 min: Abraham flips a cute reverse pass down the inside left for Mount, who topples over. Mount wants a penalty, but the clip from Sidibe was minimal and o[..]

Sale’s Marland Yarde defies medical opinion with his rapid return

The wing was told he might never play again after suffering a horrific knee injury but was lining up for his club within a year Whatever Marland Yarde goes on to accomplish in a career that has earned him 13 England caps, nothing in his mind will match lining up for Sale against Wasps in the Premiership Cup one day before the first anniversary of a knee injury so horrific he was warned he may never play again. There were five minutes to go against Newcastle when Yarde slipped and two players fell on his lef[..]

Liverpool’s Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar to be moved with venue not ready

• Education City Stadium opening postponed until early 2020 • Semi-finals and final will now be held at nearby Khalifa Stadium Fifa has announced that Qatar’s Education City Stadium, the planned venue for Liverpool’s Club World Cup semi-final, will not host any matches in the tournament. Liverpool’s semi-final, the final and third-place play-off have all been moved to the nearby 40,000-seat Khalifa International Stadium. The official opening of Education City has now been postponed until early 2020. Continu[..]

Celtic fans fear Steven Gerrard’s Rangers can end their supremacy | Ewan Murray

The Liverpool legend has given his side hope and is looking for his first trophy as a manager in the Scottish League Cup final It would be natural for Celtic supporters to have spent recent days in a state of apprehension. For the prospect of their domestic dominance being halted by their Old Firm rivals Rangers is galling. Were Aberdeen, Dundee United or Motherwell to end Celtic’s consecutive trophy haul, which currently stands at nine, there would be joy for the underdog and widespread shock. If Rangers b[..]

Andy Ruiz Jr's plan to make Anthony Joshua's height work against him

The Mexican-American giant-killer, who cut his teeth fighting bigger opponents, says the Briton’s style is perfect for him The superficial differences in the physiques of Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua were laid bare even more dramatically than six months ago at Friday’s weigh-in on a sun-splashed afternoon outside the Al Faisaliyah Centre in downtown Riyadh. The doughy Ruiz came in at 20st 3lb (283lb) for Saturday’s rematch, more than a stone above the svelte-for-him 268lb of their encounter in June, whil[..]