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Sources: Kawhi, with George, plans to face Celts

3:48 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Close NBA Senior NBA Insider Joined ESPN in 2017 Host of The Woj Pod Ohm Youngmisuk Close ESPN Staff Writer Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com […]

Rudolph regrets his actions, is OK with Garrett

12:01 PM ET PITTSBURGH — At the same time Myles Garrett‘s appeal was being heard by the NFL in New York, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph walked into a cramped back room of the team facility with a paper of prepared remarks in hand. Facing dozens of cameras and media members with his back against […]

Do the Celtics have an Embiid-sized hole in their lineup?

7:04 AM ET Even with the postmodern realities about size and space in the NBA game, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens’ shift toward featuring skill and speed has been remarkable. Marcus Smart in the trenches defending centers six-plus inches and many pounds heavier than him? So be it. Playing at times with a point guard […]

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard were ‘destined’ to play together

7:00 AM ET A CROWD FORMS on the shores of Waikiki Beach, gawking at a procession of extremely tall passengers preparing to board the bright yellow and blue “Manu Kai” catamaran. At the front of the line, Paul George anticipates the waves and darts up the staircase, hopping aboard the boat just as the water […]

Mourinho appointed Tottenham head coach

1:38 AM ET Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new Tottenham Hotspur head coach, the club announced early on Wednesday morning. The former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager will take over at Spurs on a deal that runs until the end of the 2022-23 season. 2 Related Sources told ESPN on Tuesday […]

LSU atop CFP again; Alabama stays at No. 5

6:59 PM ET LSU is once again atop this week’s edition of the College Football Playoff rankings, with Alabama staying at No. 5 in the wake of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa‘s season-ending hip injury. 1. LSU (10-0)2. Ohio State (10-0)3. Clemson (11-0)4. Georgia (9-1)5. Alabama (9-1)6. Oregon (9-1)7. Utah (9-1)8. Penn State (9-1)9. Oklahoma (9-1)10. Minnesota […]

Tottenham eyes Mourinho after Pochettino ousted

2:41 PM ET Tottenham have sacked Mauricio Pochettino as manager, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday, with sources telling ESPN FC that Jose Mourinho is at the top of the club’s wish list to take over. “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board has taken […]

Manfred hints at severe penalties if Astros guilty

3:52 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” ARLINGTON, Texas — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he believes the sign-stealing scandal that has engulfed the sport involves only the Houston Astros and that he can mete out discipline […]

Gronk won’t say ‘never’ on return, but not in ’19

10:04 AM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn’t ruled out a return to football in the future, but he has no plans to do so in 2019. “I wouldn’t say ‘never coming back,'” Gronkowski told ESPN on Tuesday. “I’m 30 years old. I’m young. I still stay fit, […]

Week 12 Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus each team’s most underrated player

6:35 AM ET NFL NationESPN The NFL Power Rankings are all about evaluating teams every week. Because we have to rank all 32, there aren’t teams that fall through the cracks. That’s not the case with individual players, though. Some players, no matter what they do, don’t get the big headlines. Whether this player is […]

Tua resting after successful surgery on hip

12:56 PM ET Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had successful surgery on his right hip Monday morning in Houston, the school announced. The surgery went as planned, according to the school, which said Tagovailoa is “resting comfortably.” “Tua’s prognosis is excellent, and we expect him to make a full recovery,” Alabama orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lyle […]

Lamar in the lead: Ravens QB has top MVP odds

12:24 PM ET Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson began the season as a long shot to win NFL MVP. He’s now the favorite. For the first time this season, Jackson sits atop the odds to win NFL MVP. He is 7-5 at Caesars Sportsbook, after entering the season — his second in the NFL and […]

Let’s overreact to Week 11: Rams are playoff contenders

6:45 AM ET This is a column about overreactions, as any regular Monday reader knows, but they don’t always come easily. Sometimes, you’re sitting in your hotel room on a Sunday night, watching a couple of teams that combined to win 25 games last season but now can’t find the end zone, and you have […]

Eight teams for six spots: Making sense of the loaded NFC playoff race

8:50 AM ET The NFC playoff picture is a beautifully muddled mess. Sunday saw the 49ers and Vikings hold serve in their divisional races by pulling out comeback victories, leaving three of the NFC’s four divisions within one game at the top. The Saints reaffirmed their stranglehold on the South by all but eliminating the […]

Late 49ers TD ‘worst-case scenario’ for Caesars

8:53 PM ET The ending of the San Francisco 49ers–Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday produced a “worst-case scenario” for Caesars Sportsbook — as well as for some Cardinals bettors. The 49ers opened as 13.5-point favorites at Caesars Sportsbook but closed as 10-point favorites. At other Vegas sportsbooks, the spread closed at 49ers -9.5. Down 30-26 […]

Tagovailoa set to have hip surgery on Monday

6:33 PM ET Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is scheduled to have hip surgery Monday after being evaluated in Houston, team orthopedic surgeon Lyle Cain said in a statement released Sunday night. Tagovailoa dislocated his hip in the Crimson Tide’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State on Saturday, ending his season. Sources confirmed to ESPN that he […]

Sources: Docs tell Stafford he has 6-week injury

9:24 PM ET Doctors recently told Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford that the fractured bones in his back are a six-week injury, league sources told ESPN. This doesn’t mean Stafford will be sidelined six games, but it does provide a glimpse into the severity of the injury that he has played through before the Lions’ […]

What you need to know about teams on the College Football Playoff bubble

9:00 AM ET With convincing victories on Saturday by No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson and a tough road win by No. 4 Georgia, there shouldn’t be any change this week in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s top four. That doesn’t mean, though, that the fourth spot will be […]

Sources: Brawl appeal rulings expected by Wed.

6:41 AM ET Jointly appointed officers Derrick Brooks and James Thrash are expected to hear and rule upon the appeals of the three players suspended for Thursday night’s Steelers–Browns melee no later than Wednesday morning and possibly as early as Tuesday, NFL sources told ESPN. The appeals for the three suspended players — Myles Garrett, […]

Sources: Astros exec asked scouts to spy in ’17

2:30 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” A high-ranking Houston Astros official asked scouts to spy on opponents’ dugouts leading up to the 2017 postseason, hoping to steal signs and suggesting the potential use of cameras to do so, […]

Oklahoma stuns Baylor with historic 25-point rally

1:38 AM ET WACO, Texas — Oklahoma kept its College Football Playoff hopes alive by putting together its biggest comeback win in school history. The No. 10 Sooners climbed out of a 25-point deficit against No. 13 Baylor to give the Bears their first loss of the season, escaping McLane Stadium with a 34-31 win. […]

Tagovailoa’s season done with dislocated hip

1:36 PM ET Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss the remainder of this season after suffering a dislocated right hip Saturday in the Crimson Tide’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State, Alabama orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain said in a statement. Tagovailoa also suffered a posterior wall fracture, sources confirmed to ESPN, and medical officials are […]

Right now, the Blazers and Carmelo Anthony need each other

8:41 PM ET Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey had tried to get Carmelo Anthony in trades with the New York Knicks, tried to get him as a free agent post-Oklahoma City. Now, they were together on a call Thursday morning. Time had passed, circumstances had changed. “You need us,” sources said […]

UK lands No. 22 recruit, eyes No. 1 class for ’20

3:01 PM ET Five-star forward Isaiah Jackson committed to Kentucky on Saturday afternoon, giving the Wildcats their fourth five-star prospect in the 2020 class. John Calipari’s program now has the inside track to the No. 1 recruiting class in 2020, which would be the first time since 2016 that the Wildcats had the top class […]

AL West: Can Angels land an ace?

9:46 AM ET With MLB free agency underway, the offseason is going to pick up steam. What are the big questions facing all 30 teams? Here’s a look at the AL West, where the Astros continue to loom, the A’s always seem to find a way to contend and the Angels appear poised to go […]

Week 11 NFL game picks, schedule guide, fantasy football tips and more

7:25 AM ET The Week 11 NFL slate is stacked with great matchups. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the keys to every game, a bold prediction for each matchup and final score predictions. Additionally, ESPN Stats & Information provides a stat to know for each game, and the Football Power Index (FPI) goes inside […]

Jeopardy James avenges loss, wins Champions

7:59 PM ET James Holzhauer, who garnered national attention this spring on “Jeopardy!” with a prolific run, won the game show’s Tournament of Champions during Friday’s episode, fending off rival Emma Boettcher to capture the $250,000 first prize. Holzhauer, a 35-year-old Las Vegas sports bettor, won $2.46 million during a 32-game winning streak. That streak […]

Source: Steelers’ Rudolph won’t take legal action

7:25 PM ET PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph will not pursue legal charges or take additional action toward Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett following Thursday night’s on-field altercation, a source told ESPN on Friday. It is now considered an NFL matter exclusively. Earlier Friday, Rudolph’s agent Tim Younger said “no options have […]

Sources: Over 24 teams to attend Kap workout

6:17 PM ET Colin Kaepernick‘s workout will go on as scheduled Saturday and more than 24 NFL teams are now expected to attend, sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Kaepernick is already in Atlanta preparing for the workout, which is being held at the Falcons’ training complex just outside Atlanta. ‪The NFL has not provided the […]

Source: AB meeting with NFL lasted eight hours

9:55 AM ET Wide receiver Antonio Brown‘s meeting Thursday with the NFL to address sexual assault allegations against him lasted about eight hours, and there could be follow-ups before a decision is made about his future, a source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. The meeting took place in Florida. Brown has denied the allegations. The NFL […]

What we saw the last time Lamar Jackson faced Deshaun Watson

11:17 AM ET Jamison Hensley Close ESPN Staff Writer University of Maryland graduate Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son Sarah Barshop Close ESPN Staff Writer Covered the Packers for ESPN Milwaukee Marquette University graduate Quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson headline Sunday’s clash between the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans (1 […]

Trending: Reactions to Carmelo Anthony’s long-awaited return to the NBA

9:19 PM ET play 1:15 It seemed like Carmelo Anthony’s career in the NBA was over, but he is headed to Portland to play with the Blazers. On Thursday night, the Portland Trail Blazers agreed to a deal with Carmelo Anthony, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Anthony last played for the Houston Rockets on Nov. […]

OBJ, Landry troll Tomlin with yawns in end zone

10:11 PM ET CLEVELAND — Browns receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry let Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin know they didn’t sleep on his offseason gesture about Beckham. Both receivers pretended to yawn in the end zone after big plays in Thursday night’s game, an apparent nod to a Tomlin on-camera ESPN interview, during […]

Hue to lead Kap workout; 11 teams to attend

4:40 PM ET Former NFL head coach Hue Jackson will lead the drills during quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s scheduled workout in Atlanta on Saturday, and former NFL head coach Joe Philbin will be in attendance to assist, the league announced Thursday. The league said 11 teams have committed to attend: the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland […]

Hue to lead Kap workout; at least 13 teams to go

4:40 PM ET Former NFL head coach Hue Jackson will lead the drills during quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s scheduled workout in Atlanta on Saturday, and former NFL head coach Joe Philbin will be in attendance to assist, the league announced Thursday. The NFL said 11 teams have committed to attend: the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland […]

Sources: MLB probe to include ’19 Astros, others

10:41 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Major League Baseball’s investigation into illegal sign stealing is expected to expand beyond the 2017 Houston Astros and look into whether other teams, including the 2019 Astros, used technology to aid hitters, […]

Welcome back? Rating Kristaps’ return and every NBA reunion for 2019-20

8:00 AM ET After an offseason of furious player movement — including eight 2019 All-Stars changing teams — one intriguing storyline of this NBA season will be how players are received by fans when they return to the cities they left. Some will be easier to predict than others. Kyrie Irving in Boston? Won’t be […]

Westbrook trolls Beverley, points to Harden’s 47

12:51 AM ET HOUSTON — Notorious pest Patrick Beverley‘s reputation as an elite defender isn’t accurate, according to Russell Westbrook, who cited James Harden‘s 47-point performance in the Houston Rockets‘ 102-93 win Wednesday over the LA Clippers as proof. “Pat Bev trick y’all, man, like he playing defense,” Westbrook said. “He don’t guard nobody, man. […]

Barnwell: Picking who will improve, decline and score more TDs this season

8:50 AM ET It’s easy to have a short memory in the NFL. When the 2019 season started, the most promising young quarterback in the AFC North was Baker Mayfield. The dominant team in the NFC West was supposed to be the Los Angeles Rams. The New York Jets were a hot sleeper pick to […]

Sources: NFL won’t give Kap reps list of attendees

7:03 PM ET The NFL will not provide a list of personnel executives and coaches who will attend Colin Kaepernick‘s workout Saturday to the quarterback’s representatives, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Sources earlier Wednesday told ESPN that the NFL had agreed to give the Kaepernick camp a list of attendees. However, an NFL source later […]

Wiseman ineligibility could cost H.S. state title

5:27 PM ET The Memphis East High School basketball team, which won a 2017-18 state championship with Penny Hardaway as its coach and James Wiseman as its star player, is in danger of being stripped of its title because Wiseman and another player were ineligible. Shelby County Chancery Court Judge Jim Kyle ruled on Oct. […]

Here’s why Colin Kaepernick is working out for NFL teams, and what happens next

4:25 PM ET Colin Kaepernick is a 32-year-old quarterback with 72 career touchdown passes, 13 rushing touchdowns, 30 interceptions and a Super Bowl start. But it has been almost three seasons since he played in the NFL, and during that time he has been more of a symbol and a lightning rod than a football […]

Reid: NFL’s Kap workout ‘feels like a PR stunt’

4:06 PM ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid said “it feels disingenuous” that the NFL would schedule a workout for Colin Kaepernick on Saturday. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” Reid said Wednesday. “At this point, it feels like a PR stunt.” Kaepernick and Reid are former San Francisco 49ers teammates. […]

Fantasy vs. reality: The rise and fall of one-game wonder Jonas Gray

8:00 AM ET THE DAY JONAS GRAY destroyed your fantasy football team started out innocently enough, with a hot Epsom salts bath and breakfast at a forgettable downtown Indianapolis restaurant with his mom and brother. Had Gray known what would happen later that night, he might have tried to find his family better tickets for […]

The NFL’s greatest one-hit wonders ever: Shooting stars for all 32 teams

7:15 AM ET Remember Jonas Gray’s legendary four-touchdown Thursday night against the Colts? What about Peyton Hillis’ run to the cover of Madden NFL 12? Or maybe Chris Matthews’ come-from-nowhere game in Super Bowl XLIX? We asked our NFL Nation reporters to pick the greatest one-hit wonders in the history of the teams they cover, […]

LeBron: Davis shows ‘grit’ playing through pain

1:57 AM ET PHOENIX — Anthony Davis had a wrap on his right shoulder before the game and tape around his ribs by the end of it, but neither setback stopped him from putting up 24 points and 12 rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 123-115 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. “He wants […]

Ex-Astros pitcher: Team stole signs with camera

3:37 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The Houston Astros used a center-field camera to help steal signs during their 2017 championship season, a former Astros pitcher told The Athletic, a practice that would have run afoul of rules […]

Sources: George to make Clips debut this week

1:09 PM ET All-Star swingman Paul George will make his LA Clippers debut during the team’s upcoming road trip, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Clippers will visit the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. George and the Clippers are still deciding when he’ll appear, but sources told ESPN […]

KU lands 1st 5-star recruit since NOA from NCAA

11:19 AM ET Five-star guard Bryce Thompson announced his commitment to Kansas on Tuesday morning, giving the Jayhawks their first five-star recruit since the 2018 class. Thompson — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma — chose Kansas over a final four that included Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and North […]

Astros slugger Alvarez named AL Rookie of Year

6:21 PM ET Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez capped a meteoric rise by becoming the franchise’s third Rookie of the Year winner and second since the club moved to the American League. Alvarez was a unanimous selection of the award’s 30 voters. Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means finished second, with Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe […]