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 […]

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 […]

Brewers fill need at catcher, acquire Narvaez

11:08 AM ET ESPN News Services The Milwaukee Brewers completed a trade Thursday with the Seattle Mariners to acquire catcher Omar Narvaez in exchange for minor league pitcher Adam Hill and a competitive balance Round B draft pick. The Brewers had a need at catcher after starter Yasmani Grandal signed a four-year, $73 million contract […]

Sources: Brewers fill need at C, acquire Narvaez

11:08 AM ET The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a trade with the Seattle Mariners to acquire catcher Omar Narvaez in exchange for minor league pitcher Adam Hill and a competitive balance draft pick, sources confirmed to ESPN. The Brewers had a need at catcher after starter Yasmani Grandal, who was a free agent, signed […]

Crunchy mouthpieces, frozen gloves: Cowboys’ 2013 trip to Chicago

6:00 AM ET Center Travis Frederick grew up in Wisconsin, not far from the Illinois border. He played football at the University of Wisconsin. He has gone ice fishing. He knows cold. At least he thought he did until Dec. 9, 2013 when the Dallas Cowboys played the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. “I think […]

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 […]

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. […]

Marco Silva appears to be done in England – but he remains a managerial mystery | Barney Ronay

The surely doomed Everton manager has been in the English game for three years but has not grown roots at any of his three clubs, built no notable teams and won only 32 league matches “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.” When it comes to Marco Silva and the Premier League it is tempting to wonder which part of Joseph Heller’s dictum is most applicable. The third part? All of them? None? There was something haunting about the sight of Silva[..]

Andros Townsend reveals he lost £46,000 gambling in bed on one night

Incident happened while on loan at Birmingham in 2012 Crystal Palace winger opens up on gambling addiction Andros Townsend has revealed he lost £46,000 in one night while struggling with a gambling addiction. The Crystal Palace winger, who has 13 England caps, was fined in June 2013 by the Football Association and suspended for four months for breaching betting regulations and it proved a turning point in his career. Townsend has explained how a mix of an addictive personality and boredom led him to downloa[..]

The best of Bob Willis, Manchester derby memories and karting on ice | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features dropped catches, teddy bear tossing and Tiger Woods magic 1) RIP Bob Willis. The legendary cricketer, commentator and former England captain died aged 70 on Wednesday. Where else to start our tribute than Headingley 1981, and his unforgettable Ashes spell of 8 for 43. Willis excelled against New Zealand at the same ground two years later, taking match figures of 9 for 92 as he passed 300 England wickets. A courageous, relentless pace bowler, Willis came back from a double k[..]

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 […]

NHL Awards Watch: The McDavid-Draisaitl debate continues

7:00 AM ET A month in the NHL can repaint the awards picture. The November portrait still has some broad strokes that we can see in this latest NHL Awards Watch. But there’s a lot of blue and gold that has been erased from the image. A month ago, the Buffalo Sabres were the talk […]

Eli Manning set to return as New York Giants starter after Jones injury

38-year-old had been benched for first-round rookie Jones could be out for weeks with high ankle sprain New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was kept out of practice on Wednesday with a high ankle sprain, and coach Pat Shurmur says Eli Manning is “very likely” to start on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury could sideline Jones for a few weeks, meaning Manning could start for the remainder of the season. The rookie Jones has been the starter since the third game of the season, which[..]

Football transfer rumours: Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini to Tottenham?

Today’s tittle-tattle is picking up the pieces José Mourinho may be seeking to project an air of love and harmony among an apparently previously unsettled Tottenham squad, but that doesn’t mean they won’t consider offloading those who want to be offloaded. Christian Eriksen, for example, still wants out, and his chairman, Daniel Levy, is happy to assist in that ambition, with Manchester United among possible suitors. The Evening Standard reports that Levy is pushing for the Dane’s sale in January – for less[..]

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 […]

MLB trade tiers: The big names who could move this winter

8:30 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” For the many thousands of hours executives have spent talking with their counterparts about potential trades since the end of the baseball season, there have been a grand total of four deals […]

NFL Power Rankings: A new No. 1 in our poll from 1-32

6:40 AM ET NFL NationESPN The NFL Power Rankings looked at players, coaches and executives on the hot seat in the preseason. Now that we’re in the home stretch of the regular season, we figured we’d revisit this subject and see who was under fire going into the final month. Our NFL Nation reporters took […]

Which MLB players were cut loose or traded on non-tender night?

10:48 PM ET Non-tender night has become an increasingly interesting spot on the baseball calendar, as teams increasingly decline to offer contracts to viable and sometimes quite productive major league players who are not so productive that their current teams are willing to pay them what they might earn via the arbitration process. The Baltimore […]

Sources: Moustakas, Reds agree on 4-year deal

3:47 PM ET Infielder Mike Moustakas and the Cincinnati Reds are in agreement on a four-year deal worth more than $60 million, league sources tell ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Moustakas, who turned 31 in September, was a free agent for the third straight offseason after earning $18.7 million in a pair of one-year deals. He hit […]

Ravens move past Pats as Super Bowl favorites

10:05 AM ET The Baltimore Ravens are the team to beat, according to sportsbooks around the nation. The Ravens, who beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday for their eighth straight victory, moved past the New England Patriots and are now the consensus favorites to win the Super Bowl. The Ravens, at +250, top the […]

How a (finally) healthy Dalvin Cook has ‘juiced’ the Vikings

8:02 AM ET EAGAN, Minn. — Don’t put Xavier Rhodes on the spot about the NFL’s MVP race — not when it comes to choosing between two of his South Florida brethren. “C’mon man, next question,” the Minnesota Vikings cornerback said with a smile. 2 Related The Baltimore Ravens‘ Lamar Jackson has taken the league […]

Offense sputters as Pats lose grip on No. 1 seed

11:53 PM ET HOUSTON — The Tom Brady-led New England Patriots offense continued to slump in Sunday night’s 28-22 loss to the Houston Texans, a result that has knocked New England out of the No. 1 spot in the AFC. The Baltimore Ravens, at 10-2, move into the top spot in the conference. The Patriots […]

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 […]

Sources: NFL reminds teams of gambling stance

8:18 PM ET Shortly before the NFL announced that Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw was suspended through at least the 2020 season, the league sent a memo to all teams reaffirming that any employee found gambling on football would be terminated, league sources told ESPN. The league has outlined its stance in the past, […]

Atalanta-Brescia and a tale of the Crusades, pigs and Sherman tanks

Nov 29, 2019 Atalanta fans hold up banners in 2004 to taunt then Brescia manager Carlo Mazzone. Grazia Neri/ALLSPORT Before Manchester City played Atalanta in October, Pep Guardiola was asked whether the game, apparently innocuous and unprecedented, had personal significance to him. “It’s like an Italian derby for you,” the reporter pointed out. A former Brescia […]

Southampton v Watford: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 5.30pm GMT kick-off at St Mary’s Live scoreboard – keep up with all goals in Saturday’s games! Email Scott here 6.35pm GMT 46 min: Capoue dithers over an opportunity to shoot at the Southampton goal from the edge of the box. The defenders do nothing to resolve the situation whatsoever, and are fortunate their striker Ings is wily enough to track back and block. Danger over. 6.33pm GMT Watford get the ball rolling again. No half-time changes. Continue reading...

Source: Eagles make Johnson highest-paid tackle

4:44 PM ET PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles and right tackle Lane Johnson have agreed to a four-year contract extension that runs through 2025, the team announced Friday. The new deal is worth $72 million and includes over $54 million in guarantees, a league source tells ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, making Johnson the highest-paid tackle in […]

49ers, Ravens use highly effective, but very different, rushing attacks to excel

6:00 AM ET Nick Wagoner Close ESPN Staff Writer Covered Rams for nine years for Previously covered University of Missouri football Member of Pro Football Writers of America Jamison Hensley Close ESPN Staff Writer University of Maryland graduate Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son As the Baltimore Ravens and San […]

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 […]

Sports quiz of the week: betrayal, vandalism and embarrassment

Who said goodbye? Who showed quick wits? Who was prepared? Unai Emery’s career at Arsenal ended the way it started: with a defeat at the Emirates. Who beat Arsenal in Emery’s first game in charge? Tottenham Hotspur Everton Manchester City Leicester City How many players captained Arsenal during Emery's time at the club? One Three Six Nine It was a tough week for Arsenal. Not only did they lose a game and sack their manager, but they also embarrassed themselves on social media when they tried to wish Mexican[..]

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 […]

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 […]

Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus what each team is thankful for

6:40 AM ET NFL NationESPN The NFL Power Rankings are all about Thanksgiving. Not only are we looking forward to feasting with friends and family, but this holiday gives us a chance to look back at what we cherish the most. NFL teams are no different in this regard. Each team (yes, even the Bengals) […]

‘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 […]

Remains believed to be of fighter’s stepdaughter

3:24 PM ET ESPN News Services AUBURN, Ala. — An Alabama district attorney said Monday that authorities have “good reason” to believe human remains that were found belong to the missing stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris. The remains were found on a county road in neighboring Macon County, Lee County District Attorney Brandon […]

Anxiety forced Eagles RG Brooks out of game

10:38 AM ET PHILADELPHIA — Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks was forced out of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks due to an illness related to anxiety. Brooks, who has been open about dealing with anxiety, took to social media Monday to address what happened. “I’d like to address what happened yesterday. I woke up, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mario Balotelli subject to racist comment by his Brescia chairman

• Massimo Cellino: ‘He’s black and he’s working to whiten himself’ • Brescia say chairman’s ‘quip’ was ‘clearly misunderstood’ Mario Balotelli has been subject to an extraordinary racist comment from his chairman at Brescia. The former Leeds owner Massimo Cellino targeted the striker, who was dropped for the weekend defeat to Roma after a row with the manager, Fabio Grosso, as he answered questions about the former Italy international. Cellino said: “What can I say? That he’s black and he’s working to white[..]

Sources: NBA mulling reseeding, play-in tourney

11:10 AM ET The NBA is engaged in serious discussions with the National Basketball Players Association and broadcast partners on sweeping and dramatic changes to the league calendar that would include a reseeding of the four conference finalists, a 30-team in-season tournament and a postseason play-in, league sources told ESPN. These scenarios would come with […]

Celtics’ Smart: Players will protect themselves

9:02 AM ET Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart says NBA players are “gonna end up protecting ourselves eventually” in altercations with fans after he got tangled up with a spectator during Friday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. In the fourth quarter, Smart fell into the front row of the crowd at the Pepsi Center while […]

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 […]

The Cowboys aren’t playing the Cowboy way on offense. Is that good or bad?

7:05 AM ET Dissecting the Dallas Cowboys is America’s pastime, and at this point it feels a little silly. They are, after all, 6-4 and in first place in the NFC East. This time last year, they were 5-5 and went on to win the division. Since the start of the 2016 season, only four […]

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 […]

Hopkins’ monster game gives Texans’ huge playoff boost

11:34 PM ET HOUSTON — Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has two home run-hitting wide receivers in Will Fuller and Kenny Stills, so star DeAndre Hopkins‘ role has been a little different this season. But it was a throwback night in the Houston Texans‘ 20-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday. Mina Kimes: Texans […]

Lowe: The Sixers are all-in on new vibes after their absurdist drama

8:21 AM ET The Philadelphia 76ers mobbed Furkan Korkmaz after his winning buzzer-beater in Portland on Nov. 2, but what they have cherished more than the win is the night that unfolded afterward. Tobias Harris organized a gathering at a local club to celebrate. Every player on the trip came but Al Horford, who says […]

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, […]

Talking Horses: what would a Labour win mean for the gambling industry?

Labour have followed the Lib Dems in pledging stronger regulation, but what might ‘a Gambling Act for the digital age’ actually look like? The Labour party and the Liberal Democrats have published their manifestos for next month’s general election over the last two days. While they are understandably keen to differentiate their offers to the British public wherever possible, gambling is one area where both parties appear to be in full agreement on the need for stronger regulation. The Lib Dems are promising[..]