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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- A museum is being planned to tell the story of basketball great Larry Bird, an Indiana native. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Losing LeBron James from the roster is sure to change any team's outlook in a given season. The Cleveland Cavaliers know that well, having dealt with James' departure not once, but twice, now. After James opted to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason, the Cavs were hoping a roster led by All-Star big man Kevin Love and other holdovers from Cleveland's runs to The Finals would keep the Cavs in the playoff mix in the East. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Comparing a rookie with one year of college experience -- even one as impressive as Trae Young's flame-throwing freshman season at Oklahoma -- to a future Hall of Famer is almost always an exercise in hyperbole. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram has been suspended four games without pay, Lakers guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended three games without pay, and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul has been suspended two games without pay, for their roles in an on-court altercation with 4:13 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Rockets' 124-115 win over the Lakers on Oct. 20 at Staples Center. The suspensions were announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Shaquille Harrison. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a preceding move, the Bulls waived center Omer Asik. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scrappy home start [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Denver Nuggets starting forward Will Barton was carted off during Saturday's game with a right hip injury. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Fireworks were expected during the Los Angeles Lakers' home opener, but not as a result of an ugly multi-player brawl. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
One of the most touching moments from the NBA's first week of the 2018-19 season came when a video surfaced of Kyle Lowry still doing the pregame handshake he once shared with DeMar DeRozan. [...]
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Philadelphia Sixers point-forward Ben Simmons left Saturday's game against the Orlando Magic with back tightness. [...]
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source

Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown was absent Tuesday as the team prepared to leave for training camp in West Virginia, according to NFL Network's James Palmer. [...]
Tue, Jul 25, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday that first-round draft pick Malik Hooker will open training camp on the PUP list. Hooker injured his hamstring during Monday's conditioning test. [...]
Tue, Jul 25, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon enters Year 2 facing more adversity. After earning a four-game ban for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs, Dixon is slated for knee surgery Tuesday. [...]
Tue, Jul 25, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned. For his ex-teammate in San Francisco, Jeremy Kerley, that's a shame. Because for Kerley, Kaepernick "knows how to get" a team back to the Super Bowl. [...]
Tue, Jul 25, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant may have shown up late to training camp, but that didn't stop him from professing his love for the organization that drafted him. [...]
Tue, Jul 25, 2017, Continue reading at the source

Josef Martinez has been leading the MVP race all season but could a late charge from Zlatan Ibrahimovic tip the award towards the big Swede? LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fond of saying, "The lion is hungry." The same is true of his fans, who made his jersey the top seller in MLS for 2018, according to the league. The ranking is based on overall retail sales of adidas MLS jerseys on MLSstore.com since the beginning of 2018. Ibrahimovic, 36, has enjoyed a sensational first season with the Galaxy, scoring 21 goals and adding nine assists and fans have responded in kind. He beat out crosstown rival Carlos Vela of LAFC for the... [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Former AC Milan boss Cristian Brocchi has been appointed as manager of Monza, recently bought by bought by former Rossoneri owner Silvio Berlusconi. Brocchi has replaced Marco Zaffaroni, who was dismissed after a five-match winless streak with the club sitting 10th in Serie C Group B. This will be Brocchi's third stint in management, having briefly taken charge of Milan for the final five matches of the 2015-16 campaign, following the sacking of Sinisa Mihajlovic. However, he was replaced by... [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Barcelona have lost their safety blanket, the ace in the hole that sees you through tough times, the guy whose technical ability, creativity and decision-making can make the best-laid tactical schemes redundant. That's what Lionel Messi brings to the table and the broken arm he suffered early in the Sevilla game means Ernesto Valverde will be without his services for a good three weeks. In that time, they'll play matches that matter: Inter home (and possibly away) in the Champions League, Rayo... [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Sergio Ramos has played down a training ground bust-up with youth player Sergio Regulion ahead of their Champions League match against Viktoria Plzen. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has escaped a touchline ban after being issued with a warning by the Football Association following his spat with Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni.  The pair clashed at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when Ianni appeared to goad Mourinho after Ross Barkley's stoppage-time equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw for Chelsea. It promoted Mourinho to attempt to confront Ianni before being held back by members of his coaching staff.  Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri... [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Stewart Robson explains why Jose Mourinho's cautious approach to games doesn't help Manchester United based on their 2-2 draw against Chelsea. ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Steve Nicol look ahead to Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus' Champions match against Manchester United. Steve Nicol believes Jose Mourinho was well within his rights to react the way he did after he was taunted by Chelsea assistant coach Mauro Ianni. MANCHESTER, England -- Romelu Lukaku said he is still waiting for things to click at Manchester United. The striker, into his second season at Old Trafford following a £75 million move from Everton in 2016, is on a run of seven games without a goal for his club. Lukaku has scored four goals in 12 games this season -- a contrast to last season when he netted 11 times over the same period. Another blank against Juventus on Tuesday would make it the 25-year-old's longest barren run for United... [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp previews the Huddersfield match, targets the Nations League and congratulates the Red Sox for getting to the World Series. ESPN FC's Julien Laurens believes the only reason Joachim Low still has a job is because Germany has a lack of replacement options. The UEFA Nations League is here. Here's a guide for all you need to know about the new competition, and you can check out the current state of play. What is the UEFA Nations League? It is a competition between the 55 member nations of UEFA, created because "UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams." So... [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Exploding Heads take you inside Joe Hart's Manchester City return and everything else that happened over the Premier League weekend. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Stewart Robson explains why Jose Mourinho's cautious approach to games doesn't help Manchester United based on their 2-2 draw against Chelsea. ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Steve Nicol look ahead to Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus' Champions match against Manchester United. Steve Nicol believes Jose Mourinho was well within his rights to react the way he did after he was taunted by Chelsea assistant coach Mauro Ianni. MANCHESTER, England -- Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculation he could return to Real Madrid and insisted he would like to stay at Manchester United beyond his current contract. Mourinho has been linked with the job at the Bernabeu as a replacement for Julen Lopetegui, who has struggled since taking over in the summer. Madrid lost 2-1 at home to Levante on Saturday, a third successive defeat and only narrowly avoided a club-record goal drought. Mourinho, who signed an extension at Old Trafford... [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Ilkay Gundogan says he rates the Champions League as the pinnacle of club football and that Man City must win it to be remembered as a truly great team. Manchester City can only be considered one of the greatest teams ever if they win the Champions League, according to Ilkay Gundogan. Pep Guardiola's side won plenty of plaudits for the way they won the Premier League last season, breaking a number of records on their way to winning the title with a record tally of 100 points. But Gundogan, who reached the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund before his switch to the Etihad, said they must win in Europe to become one of the greatest club sides. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system "The... [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source

After nearly two decades of not dabbling significantly in Latin American prospects, the Marlins on Monday announced the signings of Cuban outfield prospects Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr., sending a signal to the industry that Miami intends to be active on the international front. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
With the Yankees idle for their ninth consecutive World Series, the framework for their offseason will be constructed beginning on Monday, as general manager Brian Cashman prepares to head the club's annual professional scouting meetings at Yankee Stadium. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The goal here is to do a position-by-position analysis of this World Series, but that will naturally be difficult to do with so many wonderful players involved. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Dodgers on Sunday were not quite ready to commit the World Series Game 1 start to Clayton Kershaw, who made the final 15 pitches in Saturday night's pennant clincher against Milwaukee. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Two of baseball's most historic teams -- the Red Sox and Dodgers -- are set to meet in what should be a thrilling World Series. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
If someone had tapped Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy on the shoulder a year ago and told him he would be playing in the 2018 World Series, he might have needed a minute to get his mind around those words. Even his dreams hadn't gotten that far. Same thing with Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Two of baseball's most historic teams -- the Red Sox and Dodgers -- are set to meet in what should be a thrilling World Series. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Dodgers have won the National League pennant 23 times. The Red Sox have been kings of the American League 14 times. But surprisingly, for all that success, the teams have only met once before in the World Series -- all the way back in 1916, when the Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins (named after manager Wilbert Robinson) in five games for the club's fourth championship. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Knuckleballer Steven Wright's mission over these next couple of days is to prove to the Red Sox that he is healthy enough to pitch in the World Series. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
All week, Major League Baseball's Breakthrough Series squad has shown it can compete with the elite at Perfect Game's talent-rich World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) World Championship at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source

Stanislas Wawrinka, who won his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, says he deserved the crown after his final-round win over Rafael Nadal, who was contending with a back injury. The Swiss will move up to a career-high No. 3 ranking when they are released on Monday. “To win a Slam, to be No. 3, both for me is a big surprise,” he said. “But I think more to win a Slam. Because in the ranking you can be No. 3 without winning a Slam. But now it's both happening, so it's a big surprise. It's amazing feeling. I saw Roger [Federer] winning so many Grand Slams in the past, so now it's my turn to win one. If you look the 10 past years, except [Juan Martin] Del Potro, it's only the top four guys who was winning all the Grand Slams. So, I will need time to realize what I did in these two weeks. Because at the end, even if Rafa was injury, I think I deserve that Grand Slam because I won against Djokovic, No. 2; I won against Rafa. I did amazing two weeks, and I was playing my best tennis ever.” [...]
Sun, Aug 04, 2013, Continue reading at the source
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt won the Australian Open men's double title in their first Grand Slam as a team with a 6-3, 6-3 win Saturday over Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen. Kubot and Lindstedt dominated from the start, fending off the only breakpoint they faced and wrapping up the final in just an hour and five minutes. Butorac and Klaasen — who had an upset win over top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan in the third round — upped their tempo in the second set to stay in touch, but could only watch as their opponents served out the match. In the first round, they beat local favorite Pat Rafter, who came out of retirement at the age of 41 to play doubles with Lleyton Hewitt. [...]
Sun, Aug 04, 2013, Continue reading at the source
Melbourne, Australia (AP)—Daniel Nestor of Canada and Kristina Mladenovic of France combined to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title with a 6-3, 6-2 win Sunday over sixth-seeded Sania Mirza of India and Horia Tecau of Romania. Nestor and Mladenovic, who won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title last year, fended off all five break points they faced and broke the Mirza-Tecau combination four times in the 58-minute match. ''Kiki, she's the best mixed doubles player. She really helps me out on court,'' the 41-year-old Nestor said. ''I actually have to cover less of the court, which is perfect for me, because I'm so old. '' Nestor has won all four majors in men's doubles. This was his second Australian Open mixed doubles title his victory at Melbourne Park in 2007. [...]
Sun, Aug 04, 2013, Continue reading at the source
I'm not sure what Stanislas Wawrinka expected as he faced the prospect of becoming just the second man outside of the game's Big Four to win a major title over the past 36 opportunities. Whatever it was could not have been what happened on the floor of Rod Laver Arena tonight, as Wawrinka won the most bizarre Grand Slam final in recent memory, overcoming an injured but unyielding Rafael Nadal over four sometimes brilliant, sometimes ghastly sets lasting two hours and 24 minutes. The final score was 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. And the question lingering after Wawrinka cracked the final ball, a forehand approach winner, was: “Just how badly is Nadal hurt?” Wawrinka's prospects looked grim going into the match, even though he had knocked knocked out No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. For one thing, he was winless against the tournament's top seed in 12 tries. Moreover, he had never won a set in any of those matches. To top it off—no, wait, not yet—he had been unable to convert on nine set-point opportunities in those 12 matches. And finally, nobody had ever beaten Djokovic and Nadal in the same tournament. In other words, Nadal was not only in Wawrinka's head, he'd built a McMansion there and moved all of his junk in. Yet from the start, there were signs that Wawrinka had somehow managed to evict Nadal from between his ears – at least temporarily. Few first-time Grand Slam finalists have come out looking as calm, confident, and determined as Wawrinka. In what some would find a refreshing—and astonishing—plot twist, it was Nadal who seemed to fall prey to bouts of anxiety in the early going. Thus, Wawrinka was able to draw first blood with a break for 3-1—the kill shot an unreturnable cross-court forehand. While Wawrinka has always been known for his heavy, punishing backhand, it was his forehand that had carried him to the ultimate round at this tournament. With that lead in hand, Wawrinka continued to play assured, handsome tennis. He had another break point in the sixth game, and although Nadal survived it to go to 2-4, it was clear that Wawrinka had him on the run. In the next game, Wawrinka held for the 33rd consecutive time in the tournament. Yet that elusive first-set win seemed improbable just a game later, as Wawrinka served at 5-3. He got off on the wrong foot with a forehand [...]
Sun, Aug 04, 2013, Continue reading at the source
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival's injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday's final. The 28-year-old Wawrinka had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start against the 13-time major winner and regained his nerve after dropping the third set against the injured Spaniard. Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but he refused to quit. "It's really not the way you want to win a tennis match, but in a Grand Slam final I'll take it," said Wawrinka, the first man in 21 years to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players en route to a Grand Slam title. Nadal was a hot favorite to win at Melbourne Park and become the first man to win each of the four Grand Slam tournaments twice in the Open era -- instead, his injury curse struck again. It remains the only major he's hasn't won at least two times. "Rafa, I'm really sorry for you, I hope your back is going to be fine, you're a really great guy, good friend and really amazing champion," Wawrinka said as he accepted his first major trophy. "Last year I had a crazy match, I lost it. I was crying a lot after the match. But in one year a lot happened -- I still don't know if I'm dreaming or not but we'll see tomorrow morning." Warwinka lost in five sets to Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the 2013 Australian Open, in the longest Grand Slam match of the season. Djokovic went on to win his third consecutive title at Melbourne Park, and then beat Wawrinka again in five sets in the U.S. Open semifinals. But Wawrinka avenged those losses this time, beating Djokovic in five sets in the quarterfinals -- ending a run of 14 straight losses to the Serbian player. Now he'll move from No. 8 to No. 3. In doing so, he'll surpass Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner who lost to Nadal in the semifinals -- to become the highest-ranked Swiss player for the first time in his career. Wawrinka also broke up a sequence of wins for the [...]
Sun, Aug 04, 2013, Continue reading at the source

Darius Bazley, a top basketball prospect, is skipping college and charting a new path for draft prep: earning $1 million as an intern for New Balance. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
After almost 19 years, Carruth, the former Carolina Panthers player, is freed and says he hopes to have a relationship with his son. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
New Orleans went for it on fourth down four times in one possession. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Hundreds of women came forward with accusations of sexual abuse by Nassar, a former American gymnastics team doctor sentenced to decades of prison. Here's a look at many officials ousted or charged as the scandal widened. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
With New Yorkers aching over a once-great team dwelling in the cellar, the Giants' decision to keep their beloved quarterback has drawn ire. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The sun rises in the East and sets in the West. The Patriots find a way to win against young quarterbacks, and the Browns somehow end up in overtime. Here's what we learned in Week 7. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Johnny Gaudreau and Garnet Hathaway scored twice each for Calgary, which had lost six straight road games to the Rangers. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Reid, who has criticized Jenkins for ceasing to protest after striking a deal with the N.F.L., exchanged words with Jenkins before the game and criticized him afterward. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Almost doubling the penalty for Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram would make it a fair punishment. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The rookie Sam Darnold, showing growing pains, was outplayed by Minnesota's Kirk Cousins, who had been pursued by the Jets this off-season. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source

Azinger has signed on to broadcast 14 events, including the Open Championship and Ryder Cup. He'll also retain his position as FOX's top analyst for the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
If the Big Ten's best continue to beat each other up over the next month, the Big 12 could end up being the biggest winner. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
How to watch Arsenal vs. Leicester City in the Premier League on Monday, Oct. 22. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source