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February 24, 2018

Miller won't coach vs. Oregon; Ayton eligible
Sean Miller will not coach Arizona's game Saturday against Oregon in the wake of an ESPN report that detailed his involvement in a discussion to pay a star freshman Deandre Ayton $100,000 to attend the school. Ayton is still eligible to play Saturday.... More >>

Butler avoids ACL tear, has injured meniscus
An MRI revealed that Jimmy Butler suffered a right meniscus injury. The team has not announced how much time he will miss. Butler injured his knee in the third quarter of Minnesota's Friday night road loss to Houston.... More >>

Sources: Sean Miller talked payment on wiretap
FBI wiretaps intercepted multiple conversations between Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller and sports agent Christian Dawkins in which Miller discussed a $100,000 payment to ensure star freshman Deandre Ayton signed with the Wildcats, sources told ESPN.... More >>

Shaq's son Shareef decommits from Arizona
A day after the FBI revealed wiretaps from Sean Miller discussing payments, ESPN 2018 top-30 prospect and Arizona commit Shareef O'Neal, son of Shaquille, announced he was reopening his recruitment.... More >>

Source: Jags, Bortles reach 3-year, $54M deal
The Jaguars are out of the quarterback market after agreeing to a three-year, $54 million extension with Blake Bortles, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is worth up to $66.5 million with incentives and includes $26.5 million guaranteed.... More >>

Tiger back 7 but 'overall' pleased at Honda
Tiger Woods is seven strokes off the lead and optimistic about his play entering the final round of the Honda Classic.... More >>

Bridges, Sexton, 2 others eligible amid probe
Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Alabama's Collin Sexton, USC's Chimezie Metu and Kentucky's Kevin Knox have been cleared by their schools Saturday, a day after being named in documents that detailed possible NCAA rules violations.... More >>

The reinvention of Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has spent his 15-year career doing one thing more than anyone else in the NBA. But as the league moves on without the non-paint 2, Anthony is trying to learn how to move with it.... More >>

What's next for the inconsistent, unpredictable and maybe very good Thunder?
OKC is ready to lock in after the All-Star break and build an excellent playoff team. Can Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony pull it off?... More >>

Leaderboard: Tiger tees off
After bogeying the 15th and 17th holes, Tiger Woods bounced back to birdie the final hole of his third round. Luke List is the leader going into Sunday's final round at 7-under par.... More >>

Etch it in stones, U.S. curlers make history and cap incredible run with a gold medal
The Americans went on an improbable run and beat powerhouses on their way to an Olympic gold medal in curling -- the first Olympic gold for Team USA in the sport.... More >>

Kyle Mack lands a frontside 1440 bloody Dracula for silver: 'I'm doing this for snowboarding'
Five of nine gold medals and half of all of the American medals have been won by the U.S. snowboard and freeski teams in Pyeongchang.... More >>

Everything you need to know about the college basketball scandal
A comprehensive breakdown of the teams, players, coaches and others implicated in the scandal engulfing college basketball.... More >>

Ayton family lawyer: Allegations are false
A lawyer representing the family of Deandre Ayton called allegations involving the Arizona star freshman false and urged the FBI, the NCAA and the university to come out publicly and clear his name.... More >>

'Disgusted' Fox says blame 'starts with coaches'
As a wide-ranging FBI investigation continues to send shock waves through college basketball, Georgia coach Mark Fox said Saturday that he is "past anger, sadness" and is "disgusted with how people have treated our game."... More >>

Report: NCAA teams, players ID'd in FBI probe
Players at basketball powers such as Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Michigan State and Kansas may have committed NCAA violations that were uncovered by an FBI investigation, according to Yahoo! Sports.... More >>

L'ville's Snider: 'Relief' to see others implicated
After his team's win over Virginia Tech on Saturday, Louisville senior Quentin Snider said it was "a relief" to see other programs implicated in the widespread FBI investigation that has rocked college basketball, adding, "Everything was just on us."... More >>

Maryland conducting internal investigation
Dismissing any notion that the Terps' 24-point home loss was due in part to the FBI's revelations on Friday, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said the school would conduct its own internal investigation.... More >>

Texas, SDSU to sit players amid inquiries
Texas guard Eric Davis Jr. and San Diego State forward Malik Pope will not play while their schools investigate allegations they each took money from ASM Sports.... More >>

UFC headliner Josh Emmett continues to rise, and credits his best friend as major factor
Emmett envisions a title shot with a win against Jeremy Stephens on Saturday night. But he wouldn't be at this point without extra motivation from a close friend.... More >>

Zach LaVine understands Jimmy Butler's pain
Jimmy Butler will miss Saturday's game against his former Bulls team after injuring his knee Friday. The Bulls' Zach LaVine, playing at his former home arena in the game, knows the "scary" feeling all too well.... More >>

Angels' Ohtani struggles with control in debut
Shohei Ohtani made his debut with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday and gave up two runs on 31 pitches, only 17 of them strikes, before being lifted with one out in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers.... More >>

The most unappreciated baseball trait? Strength
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge add size and power to the Yankees' lineup that is attracting attention this season, sparking memories of some of baseball's strongest players.... More >>

Joe Maddon goes deep on impact of limiting mound visits
Sign stealing? Sure, that's part of it. But there's another way the Cubs skipper thinks MLB's rule changes could hurt his pitchers even more.... More >>

Lowe's 10 things: Uber-LeBron, Celtics unis and future All-Star Games
This week's highlights include James deciding to be unstoppable, a potent trick for sneaky guards, cranky Marc Gasol and more.... More >>

What's it like to guard Harden? Just 'hope he misses'
The Rockets' MVP front-runner is a nightly headache for opponents. Players who have been tasked with checking The Beard share why he's among the NBA's most unstoppable forces equipped with an unguardable shot -- the step-back 3.... More >>

NFL quarterback carousel: The likelihood of every possible match
Take a spin through the 2018 QB merry-go-round by matching up the signal-callers who could be available this offseason with the teams that need help.... More >>

Seven free-agent offers for Kirk Cousins, and the one he should take
Just how much will the quarterback make when he hits the open market next month, and what could the contract he signs look like? We crafted offers for the seven most likely teams -- and picked the best.... More >>

Steelers, Martavis Bryant seem destined for eventual divorce
The Steelers may not be actively shopping Bryant, but they're likely keeping all options open as the talented WR enters a contract year.... More >>

With brutal honesty and tough talk, Mike Vrabel plans to win big
Vrabel won't apologize for his fast rise. He believes he's ready for the job, and those who know him promise he will be worth the risk for the Titans.... More >>

Cowboys will be 'grinding' over Dez Bryant decision
Stephen Jones loves Dez Bryant's work ethic but doesn't love his cap figure for 2018, meaning the team has a tough decision to make.... More >>

England lose their heads as well as Grand Slam hopes in Murrayfield mauling
A prematch bust-up in the tunnel summed up an afternoon to forget for England in Edinburgh, as they lost emphatically to a determined Scotland side led masterfully by an under-fire Finn Russell.... More >>

Six Nations: Scotland rewrite record books
Scotland rewrote the rugby history books as they defeated England in the 2018 Six Nations to lift the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield.... More >>

From eating garbage to wearing gold, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai finds his calling
Rungvisai's path to boxing greatness was far from an easy one. Living in poverty and desperate for money, the Thai boxer found his way to the ring.... More >>

Mikey Garcia aims for fourth divisional title, possible move up in weight
Mikey Garcia has already won world titles at featherweight, junior lightweight and lightweight. Next month he aims to do it at junior welterweight against Sergey Lipinets. Here's why this next challenge will be the most pivotal of his career.... More >>

Assistant football coach Aaron Feis died as he had lived -- helping students
Feis, who died last week in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was praised by college recruiters and former players for helping dozens of high school athletes land a chance to play in college.... More >>

Stoneman Douglas wrestlers mourn their coach, then wrestle in his memory
Sara Ochoa pinned her first opponent in 16 seconds. Unseeded Matt Kelly won his division. Jason Wolk won in overtime. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Eagles wrestled their hearts out in their first competition since the mass shooting at their school.... More >>

Tennessee's new coach isn't shying away from the challenge of rebuilding
It became clear the kind of mentality Jeremy Pruitt wanted to bring to his new job at Tennessee when, even though he'd only been there a few months, he was already pushing for big-time prospects on signing day.... More >>

The storied history of the uniform name game
Now that the NFL might see the first M.D. on a jersey, let's look back at the history of the uniform name game.... More >>

Luck on Chase Elliott's side? Fans did their best
Still seeking his first Cup win, the Georgia native received dozens of fan-donated good-luck charms through a promotion orchestrated by Atlanta Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's race.... More >>

Now the real work begins for Wallace
Performance -- not a beef with one of the sport's veterans -- needs to be Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.'s focus now that the Cup series shifts to racetracks that don't rely on the draft to get to the front.... More >>

Roundtable: Rating debuts, playoff chances of new driver-team pairings
Ryan Blaney and Team Penske started things off on the right foot to kick off the 2018 Cup season. How did the other new driver-team duos fare? Our experts weigh in.... More >>

Trade deadline X factors
For different reasons, the Senators and Golden Knights will have an oversized impact on the trade deadline. We preview what could be a wild weekend.... More >>

Power Rankings: A trade deadline to-do list for every team
Should the Golden Knights go for it all and keep James Neal? Could the Lightning land Erik Karlsson? Will the bullish Bruins snag another blueliner? This week, we prescribe what moves -- or non-moves -- every franchise should make by Monday's deadline.... More >>

Gary Bettman hits back at NBC's ratings decline claim
Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting & Sports, declared that the NHL's absence from the Olympics hurt hockey ratings everywhere. Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman bristled at the suggestion.... More >>

2018 fantasy baseball rankings, sleepers, cheat sheets and more
Get everything you need to prepare for your fantasy baseball drafts here, including rankings and analysis from ESPN's team of experts.... More >>

How you can utilize Shohei Ohtani in fantasy
Ohtani has sparked the imagination of baseball fans everywhere, as his ability to both hit and pitch sets him apart from nearly everyone else in MLB. What can you expect from this one-of-a-kind player in ESPN's fantasy game?... More >>

Columbus rebuilding, but not retreating
Gregg Berhalter insists that Columbus can still compete despite losing its top two scorers, who both requested a trade with the team's future unclear.... More >>


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