Caps’ Hathaway ejected for spitting on opponent

9:14 PM ET ESPN News Services WASHINGTON — Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway was ejected from Washington’s 5-2 win on Monday for spitting on a player from the Anaheim Ducks. Hathaway spit on defenseman Erik Gudbranson during a brawl late in the second period, with referee Peter MacDougall standing a few feet away. Officials reviewed video […]

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 […]

Panthers owner: Won’t stand long-term mediocrity

7:32 PM ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper would not address the future of coach Ron Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney during a Monday meeting with Charlotte-based reporters, but he made it clear that he will not accept long-term mediocrity. Tepper also made it clear that no decision has been made […]

Washington is a city of sporting champions. Just don't tell its woeful NFL team

The capital has enjoyed success in baseball, hockey and basketball recently. The football team, however, are terrible and show few signs of improvement Just 37 miles but light years away from the stadium at which Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson put on a show for thousands of delirious fans, Washington played the New York Jets before thousands of empty red, yellow and orange seats. The Jets – a terrible team themselves – won, 34-17, and the score flattered Washington. Washington’s record fell to 1[..]

Duke, Louisville move into top spots in AP poll

12:13 PM ET Associated Press Duke is back at No. 1, moving up a spot after a pair of victories last week. The Blue Devils can thank Evansville for the jump. Duke moved to No. 1 for the first time this season, receiving 52 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel in The Associated Press […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Bellinger 1st Dodger to win NL MVP since Clayton Kershaw

6:18 PM ET Cody Bellinger captured his first National League Most Valuable Player Award on Thursday, beating out defending champion Christian Yelich and World Series champion Anthony Rendon. Bellinger was selected first on 19 of 30 ballots and second on 10 more, beating out Yelich, the runner-up who was named first on 10 ballots and […]

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 […]

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 […]

DeGrom 7th in NL to win 2 straight Cy Youngs

6:19 PM ET New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom was named the National League Cy Young Award winner Wednesday, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes. He becomes the seventh NL pitcher to win the award at least two years in a row. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, the major league ERA leader, finished second […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

JuJu agrees with Ramsey: ‘I’ll never be Antonio’

10:08 PM ET PITTSBURGH — If Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey was trying to get under JuJu Smith-Schuster‘s skin before Sunday’s game, it didn’t work. Ramsey told reporters on Friday that the Steelers’ wide receiver is not the same as one of his former teammates. “No disrespect to him, he’s not Antonio Brown,” Ramsey […]

Steelers need one stop vs. Rams — Minkah Fitzpatrick delivers in win

8:19 PM ET PITTSBURGH — It had to be Minkah. The Pittsburgh Steelers‘ defense just had to make one more stop, and Minkah Fitzpatrick, the defensive back they gave up a first-round pick for, was the one who had to make it. Chris Berman and Tom Jackson recap the weekend’s games with extended highlights and […]

Panthers prove they can contend for a playoff spot despite loss

7:56 PM ET GREEN BAY, Wisc. — The Carolina Panthers lost 24-16 to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field, but showed they might have what it takes to remain a contender in the NFC playoff hunt for the duration. And quarterback Kyle Allen, despite a costly interception, may have earned a little […]

Week 10 NFL takeaways: What to make of the Saints’ and Chiefs’ upset losses

6:00 PM ET The Saints lost by 17 points to the Falcons. And even with Patrick Mahomes back under center, the Chiefs couldn’t outlast the Titans. The Jets got by the Giants in a Battle of New York, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson piled on offense against an overmatched Cincinnati team and the Browns held off the […]

Fantasy fallout: Better late than never for Ronald Jones, DeVante Parker

6:00 AM ET Last week was a stark reminder that some fantasy breakthroughs take longer than others. Running backs Ronald Jones and Kenyan Drake, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end Mike Gesicki all posted career-high weeks in ESPN’s PPR scoring. And receiver DeVante Parker — a first-round draft pick in 2015 — has now posted […]

How Trump’s Visit to an Alabama Football Game Caused Controversy Before He Even Arrived

President Donald Trump is causing controversy at the University of Alabama even before he arrives on campus Saturday for the big game against Louisiana State University. A memo from the Alabama student government warning students against “disruptive behavior” during the game was met with an angry reaction from some on campus, who interpreted it as…

Conner out 2nd straight game; JuJu in question

3:46 PM ET PITTSBURGH — For the second week in a row, the Pittsburgh Steelers ground attack will be without James Conner. After taking steps back in his recovery from a shoulder injury, Conner is listed as out for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Because he didn’t practice Thursday or Friday after a […]

Sources: Redskins opt not to pay Williams’ salary

2:25 PM ET Adam Schefter Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN NFL Insider Joined ESPN in 2009 Former president of the Pro Football Writers of America and the author of four books Field Yates Close ESPN Insider Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A […]

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 […]

‘It’s a good time, man’: Loving life on the bayou with LSU’s new, high-powered offense

7:00 AM ET Life on this planet is filled with so many unanswered questions. Most remain lost in a perpetual fog of question marks, left forever unanswered. So when we suddenly do receive some resolution on one of those eternal what-ifs, it rattles us to the core. We likely will never know the identity of […]

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 […]

OK State lands first 5-star prospect since Smart

7:38 PM ET Cade Cunningham, the No. 2 prospect in the 2020 class and the top available player in the country, according to ESPN’s rankings, announced his commitment to Oklahoma State on Tuesday night. “To be honest, I was this close to picking a different school, but blood is always thicker than water. Go Pokes,” […]

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 […]

Trump Honors World Series Champion Nationals at the White House

"Everyone fell in love with Nats baseball," Trump said

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, […]

Let’s overreact to Week 9: The Jets made a huge offseason mistake

9:15 AM ET You get to Week 9 and you’re thinking about overreactions and you get to worrying a little bit. I mean, half a season has gone by. Can our reactions really still be overreactions at this point? Or is the stuff that happens from here on out just the stuff that’s supposed to […]

The Nationals Are Headed to Trump’s White House Today — Without One Key Player

"I just can't do it," says reliever Sean Doolittle

The image of Nats players cozying up to Trump was jarring for many fans

Players have every right to visit the White House after a title victory. But the rush to do so angered many fans in a city where the President is reviled This past Saturday marked a monumental day in DC sports history. The scrappy underdog Washington Nationals, at one point 19-31 and now improbable World Series champions, paraded down Constitution Avenue as approximately 750,000 fans showered the team with affection. When Nats fans weren’t screaming “FIGHT FINISHED”, they were rhythmically interlacing their[..]

Week 9 NFL takeaways: What’s wrong with the Bears and Jets?

12:07 AM ET The Bears dropped another game as the offense struggled to get going, the Dolphins got in the win column and Buffalo moved to 6-2. Meanwhile, the Chiefs got a big victory without quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and the Steelers inched by the Colts to get back to .500 on the season. In the […]

Union blasts NFL Network info on Trent Williams

12:22 PM ET ESPN News Services The NFL Players Association came to the defense of Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams by accusing the NFL Network of using misinformation in an attempt to tarnish the player’s reputation. The NFLPA posted a statement on its Twitter account backing Williams and saying it will consider taking action against […]

President Trump’s Arrival to a New York City UFC Fight Received a Very Mixed, Very Loud Reaction

The audience erupted into boos and cheers

Sources: Strasburg opts out of Nationals contract

10:22 PM ET World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is opting out of his contract with the Washington Nationals, sources familiar with the situation tell ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Strasburg had four years and $100 million left on a deal he signed in 2016. He faced a Saturday deadline to opt out. The 31-year-old enters free agency […]

Washington Nationals players praise and thank Trump during White House visit

World Series champions visit President after title victory Ten players stay away from traditional celebration Trump was booed at Nationals home game last month Donald Trump’s rough welcome at the hands of Washington Nationals fans at last month’s World Series gained widespread attention, but the players themselves – or the ones in attendance, at least – were rather more friendly during a visit to the White House on Monday. Related: Donald Trump booed and greeted with 'lock him up' chants at World Series Con[..]

Donald Trump may have been booed in New York but UFC is his friend

The President was met by jeers - and a few cheers - at UFC 244. But he has enjoyed a cosy relationship with the promotion down the years On Saturday night, Donald Trump decided to make an appearance at UFC 244 in New York City. It was his second appearance in less than a week at a sporting event, and it was the second time he was booed. Last Sunday, he watched Game 5 of the World Series at Nationals Park in Washington DC and was greeted with a barrage of boos and chants of “Lock him up”. On Saturday, there [..]

Redskins TE Sprinkle fined more than $84K

5:51 PM ET BUFFALO — Washington Redskins tight end Jeremy Sprinkle was fined $84,231 — more than two game checks worth of salary — for two hits considered to be unnecessary roughness in a Week 8 loss at the Minnesota Vikings. Sprinkle’s $56,156 fine for the first play to be considered unnecessary roughness — a […]

Mets hire former All-Star Beltran as new manager

3:27 PM ET The New York Mets have hired former All-Star Carlos Beltran as their new manager, the team announced Friday evening. Beltran’s deal is for three years with an option for a fourth season. A news conference is planned for Monday. Value Rank WAR 31.1 3rd HR 149 6th Runs 551 8th RBIs 559 […]

Source: Ex-player Beltran to be Mets’ manager

3:27 PM ET The New York Mets plan to hire Carlos Beltran as the team’s new manager, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Sources told ESPN’s Marly Rivera that Beltran’s deal is for three years with an option for a fourth year. A news conference is planned for Monday, sources told Rivera. Value Rank […]

Lowe’s 10 things: KAT’s superstar push and four rookies making noise

8:46 AM ET Ten days in, here are our first 10 things of the season: 1. Holy KAT I’ve written many times that Karl-Anthony Towns has a chance to be the most versatile scoring big man ever and only the second (after the Tall Baller from the G) to put up a 50-40-90 shooting season […]

Week 9 NFL game picks, schedule guide, fantasy football tips and more

7:30 AM ET The Week 9 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 […]

Rendon tops list of 131 free agents on market

9:06 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon became a free agent Thursday, a day after homering to spark the Nationals’ seventh-inning comeback in Game 7 of the World Series. Houston pitcher Gerrit Cole also went free after warming up in the bullpen but never getting into the season finale. […]