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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 ESPNNewYork.com […]

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 […]

Jets’ Bell rips NFL for ‘random’ HGH blood tests

12:22 PM ET FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell ripped the NFL for its drug-test policy, indicating Wednesday on Twitter that he’s being unfairly targeted. “I done had 5 ‘random’ HGH blood test in 10 weeks,” Bell tweeted, adding that he wants to league to concentrate on finding those who […]

Rudolph regrets his actions, is OK with Garrett

12:01 PM ET PITTSBURGH — At the same time Myles Garrett‘s appeal was being heard by the NFL in New York, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph walked into a cramped back room of the team facility with a paper of prepared remarks in hand. Facing dozens of cameras and media members with his back against […]

Nats fan favorite Parra leaves to play in Japan

8:26 AM ET Associated Press TOKYO — The “Baby Shark” is moving to Japan. Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants, the team said Tuesday. A two-time Gold Glove winner and a backup on this year’s World Series champion Washington Nationals, the 32-year-old outfielder has a .276 […]

Do the Celtics have an Embiid-sized hole in their lineup?

7:04 AM ET Even with the postmodern realities about size and space in the NBA game, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens’ shift toward featuring skill and speed has been remarkable. Marcus Smart in the trenches defending centers six-plus inches and many pounds heavier than him? So be it. Playing at times with a point guard […]

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 […]

How Rick Carlisle learned to stop worrying and love Luka Doncic

7:00 AM ET LUKA DONCIC CROSSES the half-court line and surveys the defense, setting up a high ball screen on the right wing by using a nifty crossover and hesitation dribble to leave the defender on his heels. Time for a highlight. It is Nov. 11 and the Dallas Mavericks are trailing by five points […]

Mourinho appointed Tottenham head coach

1:38 AM ET Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new Tottenham Hotspur head coach, the club announced early on Wednesday morning. The former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager will take over at Spurs on a deal that runs until the end of the 2022-23 season. 2 Related Sources told ESPN on Tuesday […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Trail Blazers debut, Carmelo nets 10 in loss

11:51 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — It didn’t take long for the Portland Trail Blazers to get Carmelo Anthony involved in the offense. And though he ended up with just 10 points in Tuesday’s 115-104 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, it is abundantly clear that Portland’s objective is clear: Get the ball […]

USMNT takes care of what’s expected — but same questions persist

10:10 PM ET The U.S. men’s national team did what was needed against Cuba in the group stage finale of the CONCACAF Nations League, prevailing 4-0 over the Lions of the Caribbean. Jordan Morris continued his renaissance with two goals, with Josh Sargent adding two of his own. The win secured the Americans’ place in […]

Hockey Canada dropping ‘midget’ from divisions

4:41 PM ET Associated Press TORONTO — The term “midget” is being dropped from youth divisions in Canadian hockey because the governing body aims to be more inclusive. Hockey Canada says it wanted to be sure it wasn’t “putting up barriers to keep people away from the sport.” The term “midget” has long been used […]

LSU atop CFP again; Alabama stays at No. 5

6:59 PM ET LSU is once again atop this week’s edition of the College Football Playoff rankings, with Alabama staying at No. 5 in the wake of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa‘s season-ending hip injury. 1. LSU (10-0)2. Ohio State (10-0)3. Clemson (11-0)4. Georgia (9-1)5. Alabama (9-1)6. Oregon (9-1)7. Utah (9-1)8. Penn State (9-1)9. Oklahoma (9-1)10. Minnesota […]

Tottenham eyes Mourinho after Pochettino ousted

2:41 PM ET Tottenham have sacked Mauricio Pochettino as manager, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday, with sources telling ESPN FC that Jose Mourinho is at the top of the club’s wish list to take over. “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board has taken […]

PSU QB Clifford ‘sick and tired’ of death threats

4:13 PM ET Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford told reporters Tuesday that he deleted his social media accounts after receiving death threats and vulgar messages regarding the Nittany Lions’ first loss of the season, to Minnesota this past Saturday. “I usually delete it closer to games, but I completely deleted it after the Minnesota 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 […]

Vazquez denied bail, faces new felony charges

3:50 PM ET Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez has been denied bail and is facing 21 felony counts from his alleged sexual assault of a minor. The bail decision and announcement of additional charges were made at a Tuesday hearing in a Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, courtroom. The new charges consist of 10 counts of unlawful […]

Tottenham fires Mauricio Pochettino as manager

2:41 PM ET Tottenham have sacked Mauricio Pochettino as manager, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste,” Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said it a team statement. “Regrettably domestic results at the end of […]

AB posts apology to Patriots’ Kraft for ‘drama’

12:22 PM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Wide receiver Antonio Brown posted an apology to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Instagram on Tuesday. Brown wrote: “Mr. Kraft I apologize sincerely to you and your organization! All I wanted to be was an asset to the organization; sorry for the bad media and the drama […]

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 […]

Gronk won’t say ‘never’ on return, but not in ’19

10:04 AM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn’t ruled out a return to football in the future, but he has no plans to do so in 2019. “I wouldn’t say ‘never coming back,'” Gronkowski told ESPN on Tuesday. “I’m 30 years old. I’m young. I still stay fit, […]

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 […]

Week 12 Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus each team’s most underrated player

6:35 AM ET NFL NationESPN The NFL Power Rankings are all about evaluating teams every week. Because we have to rank all 32, there aren’t teams that fall through the cracks. That’s not the case with individual players, though. Some players, no matter what they do, don’t get the big headlines. Whether this player is […]

George’s latest clutch 3 helps down former team

3:31 AM ET LOS ANGELES — Paul George knows the narrative used to be that he isn’t clutch. That hasn’t been true of late, and on Monday, the All-Star swingman proved that for the first time as a member of the LA Clippers. In his third game back from offseason surgeries on both of his […]

Lynn on Rivers INTs: ‘Just has to execute better’

2:15 AM ET MEXICO CITY — Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers knows he’s costing his team games because of his turnovers. However, through 11 games, Rivers hasn’t found the magic elixir. “It’s a football game,” he said. “If you could just pick and choose and never throw them ever, I’d choose to throw zero. […]

Westbrook: Don’t normalize Harden’s greatness

11:48 PM ET HOUSTON — James Harden‘s scoring average for the season dipped slightly Monday, when he scored 36 points in the Houston Rockets‘ 132-108 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. That puts in perspective how productive Harden has been for the Rockets, who have won eight consecutive games, with Harden scoring more than 35 […]

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 […]

Doncic 2nd youngest with 40-point triple-double

11:15 PM ET Associated Press DALLAS — Luka Doncic scored a career-high 42 points in his sixth triple-double of the young NBA season and the Dallas Mavericks sent the San Antonio Spurs to their sixth straight loss, 117-110 on Monday night. Dallas led wire to wire but had to fend off a late Spurs rally, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Irked Bengals WR Boyd: Nothing came my way

5:09 PM ET CINCINNATI — Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd wasn’t bashful about voicing his frustration after the least productive outing of his career. Boyd had only one catch for zero yards in the Bengals’ 17-10 loss at Oakland, Cincinnati’s 10th defeat in as many games this season. The fourth-year receiver was targeted a mere […]

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 […]

Kitchens: Browns standing by suspended Garrett

1:36 PM ET BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said Monday that the Browns will continue to support suspended defensive end Myles Garrett while also not excusing Garrett for his actions Thursday against Pittsburgh. “Myles Garrett’s a good person,” Kitchens said. “We’re not going to pile on Myles. He had a bad lapse in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jeter headlines 18 newcomers on HOF ballot

12:20 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. He is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick by the Baseball Writers’ Association […]

Brady expresses frustration with Pats’ offense

10:45 AM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged disappointment with the team’s offense Monday morning, which helped explain why his media session following the team’s 17-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles felt more like it came after a loss. “It’s just frustration with the offense; we’re trying to grind them […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Late 49ers TD ‘worst-case scenario’ for Caesars

8:53 PM ET The ending of the San Francisco 49ers–Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday produced a “worst-case scenario” for Caesars Sportsbook — as well as for some Cardinals bettors. The 49ers opened as 13.5-point favorites at Caesars Sportsbook but closed as 10-point favorites. At other Vegas sportsbooks, the spread closed at 49ers -9.5. Down 30-26 […]

Unpacking the good, the bad and the ugly from a wild Brazilian Grand Prix

6:09 PM ET The Brazilian Grand Prix was an instant classic, but a difficult spectacle to summarise with so many things happening across the race. So, for our usual Sunday evening round-up, we thought we would pick out the standout performers and the people with a lot to think about on the journey back home. […]

Reid: Kap accomplished goal, proved he can play

7:19 PM ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid could have thrown his team’s management under the bus for not attending quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s workout on Saturday after his quarterback threw four interceptions in Sunday’s 29-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He didn’t. But Reid said Kaepernick, his former San Francisco 49ers teammate, […]