Sources: Protest of Harden missed dunk call likely

9:56 PM ET The Houston Rockets will likely file an official protest regarding James Harden‘s dunk that wasn’t counted in Tuesday’s 135-133 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Houston had been optimistic in the wake of the loss that the NBA office would take action without a protest being necessary. […]

Straw poll: Is a Giannis MVP repeat in the works?

7:00 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN The NBA season reaches its quarter pole this week, and a new world order has begun to establish itself. The Golden State Warriors are no longer juggernauts. The Los Angeles Lakers might be. The Zion Williamson era … is on hold. But amid all the tumult that has defined the […]

Sources: Phillies seen as top bidder for Wheeler

5:51 AM ET The bidding for right-hander Zack Wheeler continues to progress toward resolution, with the Philadelphia Phillies seen by sources as the most potent bidders — and the Reds, White Sox and Rangers also involved. Wheeler, 29, is widely viewed in the industry as the best of the second tier of free-agent starting pitchers, […]

Source: Saints re-sign LB Te’o in wake of injuries

5:16 PM ET METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints are re-signing veteran linebacker Manti Te’o after the position was hit by injuries last week, a source confirmed. The news was first reported by FOX8 New Orleans. Te’o, 28, has been out of the NFL this season after spending the previous two years in New […]

Source: Cards’ Shaw appeals ban for gambling

5:20 PM ET Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw has appealed his suspension for violating the NFL gambling policy, a source familiar with the matter told ESPN on Tuesday. Pending the appeal, Shaw is suspended through the 2020 season after the NFL found he had bet on league games on multiple occasions this fall. The […]

Rivera out at Carolina after nine seasons

3:16 PM ET The Carolina Panthers have parted ways with coach Ron Rivera, the team announced Tuesday. Rivera has been the Panthers coach since 2011, and earned a 76-63-1 regular season record and a 3-4 postseason mark. In nine seasons, Rivera guided the team to a Super Bowl appearance, an NFC Championship and three NFC […]

Nets’ Irving will be out at least 2 more games

1:50 PM ET NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets will continue to soldier on without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving for at least the next two games, coach Kenny Atkinson said after practice on Tuesday. Atkinson said Irving, who has missed the last nine games due to a right shoulder impingement, will stay behind and continue […]

Sources: Shaw’s parlay bet included Cards game

2:42 PM ET A three-team parlay that included an Arizona Cardinals game led the NFL in part to suspend Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw for violating the league’s gambling policy, multiple sources told ESPN. Shaw, who has been on injured reserve since August and has not played since signing with the Cardinals in March, made […]

What’s the bracket impact after Oregon, Baylor lose on same day?

11:59 AM ET Charlie Close Charlie Creme projects the women’s NCAA tournament bracket for No. 1 Oregon lost. No. 2 Baylor got upset. On the same day. In the same gym. Bracketology now knows to what it gives thanks. Thanksgiving holiday tournaments so often provide quality matchups, and the Paradise Jam outdid itself […]

Chargers find unique way to lose yet another heartbreaker with late PI penalty

7:53 PM ET DENVER — Playing against a rookie quarterback making his first career start in the Denver Broncos‘ Drew Lock, the Los Angeles Chargers were the team surprisingly experiencing a case of the nerves. The Bolts fell behind by 14 points early, made a late surge but ultimately lost their eighth game of the […]

Niners go deep on fourth down for opening TD against Ravens

1:23 PM ET BALTIMORE — Entering Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Baltimore Ravens had not allowed a point on every opponent’s opening possession all season. San Francisco receiver Deebo Samuel changed that less than three minutes into Sunday’s matchup. Facing fourth-and-2 at Baltimore’s 33 on what, to that point, had been a […]

New York, New York: What we learned from a rare NBA doubleheader

1:20 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN NEW YORK — Black Friday offered NBA fans in the Big Apple a rare treat: the chance to take in two games in one day. Between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets playing at Barclays Center on Friday afternoon and the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks squaring off at […]

6-6 but still NFC East favorites? Barnwell on why Dallas isn’t doomed

7:05 AM ET Dallas Cowboys fans are in a panic. Losing a close game to the Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, was one thing, but a 26-15 loss to the Bills at home on Thanksgiving ruined dinners across America. It’s beginning to feel like a lost season for a Cowboys team that before the season expected […]

Week 13 takeaways: Bears, Bills win; Saints clinch playoffs

8:00 PM ET Thursday’s first game went as expected with the Bears beating the Lions, who were down to their third-string quarterback. The Bills proved they were for real in the second game, beating the Cowboys at Dallas. And, the Saints clinched the NFC South with a win over the Falcons. Here are Week 13’s […]

NFL playoff picture: Saints’ win clinches NFC South on Thanksgiving night

11:30 PM ET The NFL’s trio of Thanksgiving Day games delivered one divisional championship and put a second team on the cusp of a playoff berth. The Saints clinched the NFC South with a 26-18 victory over the Falcons, securing the first of 12 playoff spots. They are the 15th team to win a division […]

Follow live: Saints can clinch third straight NFC South title with win

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Source: Cowboys won’t fire Garrett during season

4:25 PM ET Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones will allow Jason Garrett to finish the season as the team’s head coach — no matter what, a high-ranking source familiar with their thinking told ESPN on Thursday. That is the plan even though Jones has been publicly […]

Follow live: Cowboys look to get back on track vs. Bills

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Lions QB David Blough’s first NFL completion goes for a 75-yard touchdown

12:59 PM ET Michael RothsteinESPN Staff Writer Close Previously covered University of Michigan for and Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Follow on Twitter Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print DETROIT — A month ago, David Blough was an inactive quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and Jeff Driskel. Now, on […]

Follow live: Lions start third-string QB in Thanksgiving matchup with Bears

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Thanksgiving fantasy football inactives watch: Who’s in and who’s out?

To help you set your lineups and avoid starting a player who won’t take the field, we will post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their inactives lists, typically about 90 minutes before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks. Refresh often for the latest […]

What’s the bracket impact of Stephen F. Austin’s win over Duke?

11:00 AM ET Moments after Stephen F. Austin made the play of the year to win at Duke, I jokingly tweeted that the NCAA Selection Committee should do away with No. 1 seeds this year. Since the four preseason choices — Michigan State, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas — have lost five times before the first […]

Ranking Week 14’s biggest games by playoff implications

8:20 AM ET There’s no way — just no way — Clemson loses to rival South Carolina on Saturday, right? Ask Georgia how improbable that is. Georgia lost at home to South Carolina on Oct. 12 — a good time for a bad loss if there actually is one. Stumbling during the final week of […]

Izzo apologizes for Michigan State’s upset loss

8:56 AM ET Michigan State coach Tom Izzo took ownership for the third-ranked Spartans’ five-point upset loss in the Maui Invitational. “I publicly want to apologize to maybe the greatest fan group that was here,” Izzo said after Monday’s loss in Hawai’i. “I feel like I let them down and it’s been an interesting couple […]

Winnipeg claims 10th Grey Cup, first since 1990

10:04 PM ET Associated Press CALGARY, Alberta — Andrew Harris made Grey Cup history to help end his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ title drought. Harris became the first player to be honored as both the Grey Cup MVP and top Canadian, running for 134 yards and a touchdown and catching a scoring pass in the […]

Week 12 NFL takeaways: Playoff hopes dim for Raiders, Eagles

8:50 PM ET The Raiders were blown out by the Jets, and the Eagles couldn’t get anything going against the Seahawks. The Panthers-Saints and Lions-Redskins matchups both ended with game-winning field goals, and the Bills got to eight wins and earned some cushion in the AFC playoff race. In the afternoon slate, the Cowboys failed […]

Seahawks use flea flicker to take early lead over Eagles

1:42 PM ET Brady HendersonESPN Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print PHILADELPHIA — Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer went to the trick-play section of his play sheet to give the Seattle Seahawks an early lead over the Philadelphia Eagles. The play had Chris Carson taking a pitch to the right and throwing back to Russell […]

Follow live: Packers, 49ers battling in NFC showdown

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Sources: NFL hopes to reinstate Garrett for 2020

6:40 AM ET Sunday’s contest against the Miami Dolphins will be the first game that Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett will miss under the terms of his indefinite suspension. Although Garrett lost his appeal of the suspension and will miss the rest of this season, the NFL is hopeful and optimistic that the Pro […]

Follow live: Seahawks eyeing fourth straight win, visit Eagles

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Week 12 NFL playoff picture: How the bracket looks headed into Sunday’s games

8:00 AM ET Welcome to the Week 12 of the NFL season, where the most consequential game on the schedule already has been played. The Houston Texans‘ 20-17 victory on Thursday night over the Indianapolis Colts allowed them to recapture the lead in the AFC South and gave them a high probability to make the […]

Chase Young says hello, Oregon says goodbye in appetizer to Rivalry Week feast

11:57 PM ET This was supposed to be the easy Saturday, the warm-up for rivalry week, the appetizer before college football’s main course. For Oregon, however, the check came early with a 31-28 loss to Arizona State. Whether Oregon ever truly deserved Playoff-contender status is up for debate. The Pac-12 was written off early, but […]

LaVine has 49, hits winner game after benching

10:09 PM ET Zach LaVine scored a career-high 49 points and hit the game-winner to beat the Hornets 116-115 on Saturday, just one night after the Bulls guard was temporarily benched. Coach Jim Boylen removed LaVine midway through the first quarter of Friday night’s loss to the Heat after the Bulls fell behind 13-0, and […]

Slovis first Trojans QB to surpass 500 yards

7:29 PM ET LOS ANGELES — USC true freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis became the first player in school history to throw for 500 yards in a game Saturday as the Trojans beat UCLA 52-35. Slovis finished the game 37-of-47 for 515 yards with four touchdowns, breaking a record previously held by Matt Barkley (493 yards). […]

Follow live: Jose Mourinho makes debut as Spurs take on West Ham

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Week 12 NFL game picks, schedule guide, fantasy football tips and more

7:30 AM ET The Week 12 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 […]

Lowe: Ten NBA things I like and don’t like, including the electric Ja Morant

6:51 AM ET Let’s get a helping of 10 NBA things before the holiday, including a closer look at Ja Morant: 1. Hello, Ja Morant Morant is real. In Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. — cut the fouls, big fella! — the Grizzlies have two cornerstones. Brandon Clarke can defend all over the floor, and […]

Follow live: Colts, Texans face-off for AFC South supremacy

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Melo trainer: He ‘bought into’ D, not holding ball

5:59 PM ET The trainer who led Carmelo Anthony‘s workouts over the summer and before his joining the Portland Trail Blazers cold turkey on Tuesday says the forward was able to stay NBA-ready by embracing an overhaul of his game. Trainer Alex Bazzell said in an in-depth interview with SNY that they zeroed in on […]

AB files defamation countersuit against accuser

8:44 PM ET Antonio Brown is countersuing Britney Taylor for defamation and interference with his NFL contracts and endorsements, according to documents obtained Wednesday by ESPN. Brown, the subject of an NFL investigation over Taylor’s claims of rape and sexual assault, is denying the accusations against him and requesting a jury trial. Taylor had served […]

Brady jokes his dislike of Cowboys started at birth

6:16 PM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The 9-1 New England Patriots host the 6-4 Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in a matchup of two of the NFL’s marquee franchises, and quarterback Tom Brady had something to get off his chest. “I’ve really not liked the Cowboys since coming out of the womb,” he said Wednesday with […]

NFL upholds 1-game ban for Browns’ Ogunjobi

4:58 PM ET The one-game suspension for Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was upheld by appeals officer James Thrash on Wednesday, the NFL announced. Thrash, however, rescinded Ogujobi’s fine of $10,527. Ogunjobi had been disciplined for shoving Mason Rudolph from behind during last Thursday night’s game after Browns teammate Myles Garrett had hit the […]

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 […]

Ex-Ravens coach: No plan to move Lamar to WR

12:01 PM ET OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg denied a report Tuesday that he wanted to move quarterback Lamar Jackson to wide receiver. “That didn’t happen,” Mornhinweg said in a statement released by the Ravens. “Never said that.” Former NFL general manager Mike Lombardi said on The GM Shuffle […]

The wild story behind the NBA’s most unlikely heist

7:00 AM ET THE MOVING VAN from Sacramento chokes its way through Miami’s thick August air. It contains the objects of Jeff David’s life, all destined for the Davids’ new house in the affluent Pinecrest neighborhood. It is July 2018, and much of David’s family is on hand to help with the move. Jeff’s mother-in-law […]

Kawhi (knee) misses third straight game for Clips

7:24 PM ET LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will miss Monday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team announced. Leonard suffered a left knee contusion in the second half of the Clippers’ loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and did not play against New Orleans on Thursday or Atlanta on Saturday. Leonard has […]

Kawhi to miss third straight game, sources say

7:24 PM ET LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will miss Monday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Leonard suffered a left knee contusion in the second half of the Clippers’ loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and did not play against New Orleans on Thursday or Atlanta on Saturday. […]

Nagy: Trubisky sat for injury, not bad play

1:57 PM ET Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said Monday that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has a right hip pointer injury and that the decision to remove him from Sunday night’s game had “zero to do with his play.” The coach said Trubisky suffered the injury on a sack at the end of the second quarter […]

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 […]