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 […]

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 […]

‘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: 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 […]

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 […]

LeBron on uncalled travel: ‘Had a malfunction’

1:44 AM ET SALT LAKE CITY — LeBron James broke a personal seven-game road losing streak to the Utah Jazz, dating back to December 2010, in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 121-96 win Wednesday, but there was one sequence he would like to get back. As James was bringing the ball past half court in the […]

Giannis resists urge to fight Pistons in blowout win

9:42 PM ET Associated Press DETROIT — Giannis Antetokounmpo was ready to go toe to toe with Blake Griffin during a second-quarter flareup between division rivals Milwaukee and Detroit. The game was turning contentious. It wouldn’t stay close for long. “They’re just a great defensive team and just play really physical,” Antetokounmpo said. “They want […]

McVay ‘not being an idiot,’ using RB Gurley more

9:18 PM ET Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Todd Gurley’s role in the Los Angeles Rams‘ offense has recently increased. The reason, according to Rams coach Sean McVay, is quite simple. […]

Early predictions for the loaded 2020 NFL QB market: Barnwell on what’s next

8:15 AM ET It’s never too early to start thinking about the offseason quarterback carousel. All around the league, we’re seeing teams whose ups and downs are being influenced by the decisions they made at quarterback. Ryan Tannehill is sparking the Titans into the AFC playoff race, while Jared Goff‘s precipitous decline has dropped the […]

Davis requires IV at half, still leads Lakers to win

2:28 AM ET DENVER — After flu-like symptoms tore through the Los Angeles Lakers‘ roster on Tuesday, Anthony Davis, under the weather himself, tore up the Denver Nuggets‘ game plan, stymieing Nikola Jokic and Co. in L.A.’s 105-96 win. Davis, who required intravenous fluids at halftime, finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds to Jokic’s […]

Minshew named Jaguars’ QB for rest of season

2:09 PM ET JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Minshew Mania is back in Jacksonville. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that rookie Gardner Minshew would be the team’s starting quarterback for the last month of the season, putting supposed franchise quarterback Nick Foles on the bench just 10 quarters after his return from a broken collarbone. […]

First-class treatment: Team plane perks help Seahawks become road warriors

6:00 AM ET Brady HendersonESPN RENTON, Wash. — With an ear-to-ear smile on his face and a spring in his step, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney strolled through the visitors locker room at Mercedes-Benz Stadium like a man who couldn’t wait to get where he was going. The Seattle Seahawks had just hung on for a […]

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 […]

Title window closing? Rams have major salary-cap issues

7:05 AM ET Going “all-in” is a popular expression, but the 2019 Los Angeles Rams really were. After Monday Night’s brutal loss to the red-hot Baltimore Ravens, it appears as if the Rams are almost all-out — out of the hunt for the playoffs and a return to the Super Bowl. The ESPN Football Power […]

Week 13 NFL game picks, schedule guide, playoff scenarios and more

6:45 AM ET The Week 13 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 […]

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 […]

AD scores 41 in frosty return to New Orleans

10:32 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — As the lights dimmed in the Smoothie King Center for the national anthem and a calm came over the crowd, one New Orleans Pelicans fan let Anthony Davis know exactly what he thought about his return to the city he once called home. “AD’s a sellout!” It […]

LeBron coaching Davis on return to former city

8:52 AM ET As Anthony Davis fielded questions about what his return to New Orleans on Wednesday might feel like, he stared across the Los Angeles Lakers‘ locker room at someone who already has answers about how to navigate an uneasy homecoming: LeBron James. Of course James remembers the animosity in the air when he […]

L. Jackson passes Vick as Madden’s fastest QB

8:58 PM ET Lamar Jackson is expected to break Michael Vick’s single-season rushing record next month. The passing of the torch between Jackson and Vick was handled, at least virtually, on Tuesday. Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens‘ electric dual-threat star and NFL Most Valuable Player front-runner, will achieve a 96 speed rating when Madden updates its […]

Wilder-Fury II set for Feb. 22; site not finalized

7:29 PM ET Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder’s one-punch, seventh-round knockout of Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in their rematch on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas officially set up perhaps the biggest fight in boxing. The rematch between Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury was signed months ago, but with two interim fights […]

NBA MVP debate: Who is winning the incredibly tight race?

7:10 AM ET NBA Insiders Nearly a quarter of the way into the NBA season, a hotly-contested and deep MVP race is already shaping up featuring established stars and one rising phenom. Do recent winners James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo have an edge? How do Los Angeles Lakers‘ teammates Anthony Davis and LeBron James fit […]

Hodges named Steelers’ starter against Browns

1:28 PM ET PITTSBURGH – Encouraged by the boost of energy quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges gave the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Cincinnati Bengals, Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday Hodges would be the starter in Sunday’s rematch with the Cleveland Browns. “We met as a staff, we decided that we’re going to start Duck this week.” Tomlin […]

Aaron Donald is Darth Vader with freaky-fast feet. We can show you

9:00 AM ET Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Aaron Donald is humble. He’s quiet. He doesn’t self-promote his out-of-this-world physical feats. But sometimes that’s out of his control. Donald’s freakish athleticism […]

‘I’m just getting started’: How Lamar Jackson has grown up in 53 weeks

Nov 23, 2019 OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Lamar Jackson makes his Monday Night Football debut as the quarterback of the highest-scoring team in the NFL, the newly minted favorite for Most Valuable Player and arguably the league’s most popular player. Any suggestion that Jackson would become football’s next great young superstar by this point would’ve […]

Hart sought to clear up Lakers remarks with calls

4:02 AM ET LOS ANGELES — New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart said he called some of his former Los Angeles Lakers teammates and front office staffers to clear up the negative comments he made about the organization on his podcast and on social media in September. Hart said he never intended those comments to […]

Barnwell’s All-Underrated team: 24 NFL players I like more than most

8:55 AM ET Even by 2019 standards, Sunday in the NFL was strange. The Jets outscored the Cowboys and Patriots — combined — with 12 points to spare. The best quarterback performances of the day belonged to the Browns and Titans. The Saints won after overcoming a pass interference penalty that was triggered by a […]

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 […]

Lakers reach 14-2, but baffled by LeBron’s 0 FTAs

1:58 AM ET MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Los Angeles Lakers‘ 109-108 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday resulted in a historically triumphant moment in LeBron James‘ 17-year career as well as a historically perplexing one. On the one hand, the Lakers’ 14-2 start to the season is the best that any of James’ teams […]

AD told ‘stop hesitating’ on 3s, hits 4 in Laker win

1:01 AM ET OKLAHOMA CITY — Anthony Davis hit a season-high four 3-pointers, including a clutch four-point play with less than 3 minutes to go, in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 130-127 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. And the team is urging Davis to let it fly even more often from the outside. […]

Harassment charges against Cousins dropped

4:52 PM ET Charges of third-degree harassing communications against Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins have been dropped and a misdemeanor case has been dismissed, his attorney Moshae Donald told ESPN on Friday. A warrant for Cousins’ arrest was filed in a Mobile, Alabama, county court in August following allegations by Christy West, the mother […]

Beleaguered Trubisky gets start Sun. for Bears

2:41 PM ET LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (right hip pointer) practiced without restrictions for the third consecutive day on Friday and will start against the New York Giants on Sunday at Soldier Field. Trubisky was not given an injury designation on the Bears’ final report. Bears coach Matt Nagy said […]

Veteran Johnson among three QBs signed by XFL

10:15 AM ET Veteran NFL backup Josh Johnson was among three quarterbacks signed by the XFL on Friday ahead of a supplemental round to its inaugural draft, raising the total of league-distributed quarterbacks to 11. Johnson, who started three games for the Washington Redskins in 2018, will join the Los Angeles Wildcats. He also played […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ravens CB Peters: No chip on shoulder for Rams

2:35 PM ET OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters says he holds no animosity toward the Los Angeles Rams heading into Monday night’s reunion with his former team. “I don’t got a chip on my shoulder,” Peters said Thursday. “How did it end? I got traded, and I’m liking the situation I’m […]

Tanking Probably Won’t Make Your Team Better. Sorry.

We live in odd athletic times. Losing has never been this fashionable. Look no further than the 2019 Miami Dolphins, who, as the season was about to kick off, traded two starters for a haul of future draft picks. The Dolphins decided, in modern parlance, to “tank,” or sacrifice the present for the potential of…

Weddle won’t divulge Ravens secrets to Rams

9:56 PM ET Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams will play the Baltimore Ravens next week on Monday Night Football. It’s a critical game for the 6-4 Rams, […]

Gasol waived by Blazers, discussing coach role

5:23 PM ET The Portland Trail Blazers have waived big man Pau Gasol, he said on Wednesday. Gasol, 39, has been unable to successfully rehab his left foot following surgery. Gasol said the Blazers are working on details of a coaching role for the future Hall of Famer. Gasol has two championships and six All-Star […]

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 […]

LeBron first with triple-double vs. all 30 teams

1:05 AM ET LOS ANGELES — LeBron James completed his triple-double collection on Tuesday. With 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 112-107 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar became the first player in league history to log a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams, according to the […]

XXIII Capital: the company changing the face of football transfers

Millions of pounds of transfers, including Antoine Griezmann’s to Barcelona, have roots in a fund started five years ago It did not make headlines at the time. And you’ve probably not heard of it since. But a little more than five years on from its establishment in the plush surroundings of London’s Mayfair district, XXIII Capital has become one of the most influential investment funds in football, financing millions of pounds worth of transfers, including Antoine Griezmann’s €120m move to Barcelona and tha[..]

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 […]

Philip Rivers’ four interceptions crush Chargers’ slim playoff hopes

11:46 PM ET MEXICO CITY — The Los Angeles Chargers viewed their prime-time matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs as a must-win to have any chance at reaching the postseason. After a 24-17 loss to the Chiefs at Aztec Stadium on Monday night, the 4-7 Chargers can now turn their attention toward next season heading […]

Lakers bring in Chappelle for ‘peek’ at greatness

8:25 PM ET EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The doors to the Los Angeles Lakers‘ practice court swung open Monday, and as reporters trickled into the gym, a team spokesman joked that “our new free agent” was at the far basket, getting up shots. Dave Chappelle, welcome to the Lakers. The comedian and actor, whose recent […]

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 […]

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 […]

Philip Rivers intercepted four times as Chiefs beat Chargers in Mexico City

Kansas City Chiefs 24-17 Los Angeles Chargers Patrick Mahomes and Co maintain lead in AFC West The Kansas City Chiefs stayed on top of the AFC West with a 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium. Patrick Mahomes passed for 182 yards and hit Travis Kelce for his only touchdown, while LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams rushed for touchdowns as the Chiefs (7-4) hung on to win the fourth regular-season NFL game played in Mexico despite a few problems with Azteca[..]

Follow live: Rams aim to get back on track vs. Bears

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Coverage: NBC Los Angeles, CA Line: LAR -5.5 Over/Under: 40 Capacity: 76,750 Down:2nd & 9 Ball on:CHI 32 Drive:4 plays, 15 yds4 plays, 15 yards, 1:34 CHILAR502020CHILAR304050403010202010 (4:43) D.Montgomery left tackle to CHI 32 for 1 yard (M.Brockers, S.Ebukam). 1TOT 0SACKS 0INT NBC 1 2 3 4 T Bears 0 0 […]

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 […]

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 […]