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 […]

Source: Garrett appeal points to 2013 Smith ban

12:56 PM ET Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett used a precedent-based argument on Wednesday during his suspension appeal hearing, citing the NFL’s punishment for a former Houston Texans player in 2013, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano. Five days after being suspended indefinitely for ripping off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph‘s helmet and clubbing him […]

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 […]

Trail Blazers, Carmelo hopeful after debut loss

11:51 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — With just one morning shootaround — without any teammates, no less — Carmelo Anthony took to the floor as a starter on Tuesday night for the Portland Trail Blazers. It was a process more than a year in the making. He last played in an NBA game […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Week 11 NFL playoff picture: Patriots, Ravens running away with AFC

11:30 PM ET With six weeks remaining in the regular season, the AFC might already be coming down to a two-team race. The Patriots and Ravens stand well atop the conference after wins Sunday afternoon. As we get closer to clinching season here at Playoff Picture headquarters, we’ll start to sprinkle in projections from ESPN’s […]

Power Rankings: Can Michigan State stay on top?

4:22 PM ET So, uh, last week happened. It’s often said, most notably by Mike McDermott in “Rounders,” to always leave yourself outs. While the weekly Power Rankings might not be considered high-stakes gambling, hedging predictions is always a sound strategy. In other words, don’t make Kentucky No. 1 and then write: “The Wildcats don’t […]

NFL officials' main concern appears to be preserving the illusion of infallibility

The league has given officials a chance to take a second look at pass interference calls this season. The new rule has only caused more controversy Let’s get this out of the way first: there’s no way a non-call ended up costing the Houston Texans the game on Sunday. The Texans ended up losing to the Baltimore Ravens 41-7 for a number of reasons, the most obvious being that Lamar Jackson threw for four touchdowns. Still though, there’s every reason for the Texans to be upset that NFL officials refused to mak[..]

NFL takeaways: Big stories from important Ravens, Colts and Vikings wins

6:50 PM ET The Ravens made a massive statement in the AFC with a blowout win over the Texans. The Saints and Cowboys got back on track, the Colts got a big victory in the AFC South and the Vikings came back from a 20-point deficit to beat the Broncos. The Niners pulled off a […]

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 […]

Hopkins: Need ‘someone new’ deciding PI calls

5:59 PM ET BALTIMORE — After what appeared to be a clear instance of pass interference wasn’t called even after a replay review, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins called for action by the NFL. In the first quarter of the Texans’ 41-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, cornerback Marlon Humphrey appeared to […]

College football power rankings: Clemson just keeps winning

2:46 AM ET Defending national champion Clemson has won 26 games in a row, but the 11 teams the Tigers have topped this season haven’t exactly been murderer’s row. At least Trevor Lawrence & Co. are absolutely destroying their opposition. Ohio State might be the most complete team in the FBS, but it’s hard to […]

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, […]

Harden pours in 49, hoisting career-high 41 shots

10:33 PM ET Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Undermanned and playing for the second consecutive night, the Houston Rockets still had plenty of reason to be confident. “I would think it would give you confidence,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “You’re playing with a bazooka out there.” A bazooka named James Harden. Harden unloaded Saturday night, scoring […]

Pelicans could be without seven players vs. Heat

2:11 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN The New Orleans Pelicans will be short-handed once again Saturday when they take on the Miami Heat. On Saturday afternoon, the team downgraded guard Lonzo Ball (right adductor), guard JJ Redick (left big toe sprain) and center Jahlil Okafor (left ankle sprain) from questionable to out. They also downgraded forward […]

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 […]

Sources: Melo won’t make debut before Tuesday

6:45 PM ET Carmelo Anthony isn’t expected to make his Portland Trail Blazers debut until Tuesday’s game at New Orleans at the earliest, league sources tell ESPN. This means Anthony won’t be available to face his former team, the Houston Rockets, on Monday. Anthony, 35, has to complete a physical with the Blazers before the […]

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. […]

Trout edges Bregman to win 3rd AL MVP Award

6:51 PM ET Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout captured his third American League MVP Award on Thursday, edging Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman. Trout received 17 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, with Bregman receiving the other 13. Trout and Bregman were either first or second on all 30 […]

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 […]

Doc tossed to delight of son: ‘I enjoyed it a lot’

1:16 AM ET HOUSTON — LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers was ejected for arguing with official Tony Brothers at half court on Wednesday while his son, Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers, laughed and signaled for the officials to give his father a technical foul. As Doc Rivers was walking off the floor to the locker […]

Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, Angels' Mike Trout win Most Valuable Player honors

Bellinger is first Dodgers player to win NL MVP since Kershaw Anaheim’s Mike Trout wins AL award for third time in career Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win second Cy Young Awards Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP Award. Trout got 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second with the other 13 first-place votes. That duo combined for all t[..]

Verlander wins second Cy Young 7 years after first

6:52 PM ET Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander added to his already lengthy Hall of Fame résumé on Wednesday, when he was announced as this year’s American League Cy Young Award winner, edging teammate Gerrit Cole. Verlander received 17 first-place votes compared to 13 for Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America […]

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 […]

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, […]

Olney: MLB shouldn’t expect much from Astros investigating their own cheating

9:28 PM ET The Houston Astros announced Tuesday that they’ve opened an investigation after former Astro Mike Fiers told The Athletic the team used a camera in center field to steal signs and immediately communicate that information to its hitters, violating baseball rules. This has overshadowed other breaking news: • Pete Rose declared that he’s […]

Twins’ Baldelli named AL top manager in first year

6:21 PM ET Rookie skipper Rocco Baldelli led the Minnesota Twins to one of baseball’s most surprising campaigns, a homer-happy season capped with Tuesday’s announcement that he had won the 2019 American League Manager of the Year award. He narrowly beat out Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees. Both received 13 first-place votes in […]

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 […]

Week 11 Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus biggest game left for each team

6:30 AM ET NFL NationESPN The NFL Power Rankings by nature look at what teams have done thus far, but this week we’re looking ahead. With six or seven games left on the schedule, there are some matchups that loom larger than others in deciding how the story of the 2019 season will be written. […]

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 […]

Stinkers for every Super Bowl contender: What to learn from eight disaster games

8:50 AM ET In an NFL season in which we’re down to just one undefeated team after the better part of 10 weeks, just about everyone has laid an egg. Even the league’s most competitive teams have floundered in a disappointing loss this season, often with no explanation or notice. The Saints made their way […]

Week 10 NFL playoff picture: Could the Steelers really make the postseason?

11:30 PM ET It would have been natural to write off the Steelers after they lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) and opened the season 0-3. Since then, however, they have pulled off one of their most impressive runs since coach Mike Tomlin was hired in 2006. They have won five of their past six games […]

Colts blow chance at first place in AFC South by losing to lowly Dolphins

7:36 PM ET INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts didn’t have their starting quarterback and best receiver on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. But there’s no excuse for the Colts, who lost 16-12 to the previously one-win Dolphins. That’s especially the case when you believe you’re a playoff team. A victory would have moved the Colts […]

Redskins choose not to pay Williams’ 2019 salary

2:25 PM ET After placing offensive tackle Trent Williams on the non-football injury list, the Washington Redskins have elected not to pay his remaining $5.1 million base salary for the 2019 season. This is a voluntary decision, within Washington’s rights, but is not consistent with how other teams have operated. Other notable players on the […]

Could Kyle Allen be Carolina’s Dak Prescott? Why he’s the ultimate bargain

7:05 AM ET Kyle Allen has not, historically, been the guy who gets the job. Sure, five years ago he was a red-hot quarterback recruit out of Scottsdale, Arizona, who signed to play at Texas A&M and looked to have it all set up in front of him. But from that point, it has not […]

Biggest Week 10 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: Latest on Mahomes, Johnson, Green

7:48 PM ET NFL NationESPN After missing recent action, Patrick Mahomes and David Johnson could be back in their respective teams’ active lineups this weekend, and A.J. Green could finally make his 2019 debut. Our NFL Nation reporters update the top injury question for every team heading into Week 10, with intel gathered directly from […]

Lowe: Steph Curry’s place among all-time NBA greats is still being worked out

9:22 AM ET Wednesday night’s Houston Rockets–Golden State Warriors game (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) is a reminder of all the interesting storylines the NBA lost when Aron Baynes fell on Stephen Curry‘s left hand — including what promised to be a season-long question of whether Curry could or would play more like Houston’s supernova James […]

NFL midseason report: Second-half goals, MVPs for all 32 teams

7:52 AM ET NFL NationESPN Every NFL team has played at least eight games, so it is time to pause and take stock of the results. How do we describe the first half? Who is the MVP? What will make the season a success? NFL Nation answers the questions for all 32 teams. Jump to:ARI […]

Healthy Foles to start for Jags over Minshew

1:31 PM ET Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are going with quarterback Nick Foles over rookie sensation Gardner Minshew. Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement Tuesday, saying Foles is ready to return from a broken left collarbone and will start next week at Indianapolis. The Jaguars (4-5) have a bye week before […]

Healthy QB Foles to start for Jags over Minshew

1:31 PM ET JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are Nick Foles‘ team again. Coach Doug Marrone announced Tuesday that Foles would regain his starting job from rookie Gardner Minshew beginning with the Nov. 17 game at Indianapolis. Minshew has started the past eight games while Foles was recovering from a broken collarbone sustained in […]

Bilas Index: 1-68 team rankings, player ranks and more

7:00 AM ET What is one to do after The Year of Zion? The spectacular Duke freshman captured the imagination of the country with his play and unique build and explosiveness. There has never been a player like Zion Williamson in college basketball, and ratings and interest proved it. This season, there isn’t the single […]

Week 10 NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus scary trends for each team

6:40 AM ET NFL NationESPN The NFL Power Rankings celebrated Halloween just like everyone else did. While trick-or-treating is in the past, we picked scary trends for each team that aren’t a once-a-year occurrence. 2 Related Instead, these tricks might be the things that prevent contenders from hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy and make already […]

NBA Power Rankings: How long can the Sixers stay perfect?

8:05 AM ET We’re two weeks into the regular season, which means it’s OK to start reading into teams’ starts to 2019-20. That’s great news for the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers. Very, very bad news for the Golden State Warriors. Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Andre’ Snellings, […]