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April 19, 2018

Follow live: Heat look to build off Game 2 win
The series moves to Miami as Dwyane Wade and the Heat aim to upset the Sixers for the second straight game.... More >>

Sixers' Embiid starting in Game 3 vs. Heat
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is in the starting lineup against Miami for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday. Embiid last played on March 28, when he suffered an orbital fracture and a concussion colliding with Markelle Fultz.... More >>

Armstrong settles $100M fraud suit with U.S.
Lance Armstrong has agreed to a $5 million settlement of a federal government whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist.... More >>

Source: Eagles to kick off 2018 vs. Falcons
The Eagles will open their first Super Bowl defense when they host the Falcons to start the 2018 NFL regular season, a source confirmed to ESPN.... More >>

Saban: On same page with QB Hurts' father
Nick Saban said he wasn't concerned about a Bleacher Report article in which Jalen Hurts' dad discussed the possibility of his son transferring. Saban said he'll instead rely on talks he has had with Hurts and his father.... More >>

Popovich to miss Game 3 after wife's death
Gregg Popovich, whose wife, Erin, died Wednesday, will not coach the Spurs on Thursday night. Ettore Messina will fill in for Popovich.... More >>

Giants release WR Marshall, cite failed physical
Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, whom the Giants signed last offseason to a two-year, $11 million deal, was cut by the team Thursday.... More >>

'Man, can I ever get you out?': Inside Albert Pujols' path to 3,000 hits
As he closes in on one of baseball's most sacred career milestones, The Machine and those around him reflect on the journey Pujols has traveled to get there.... More >>

Real or not: Is 15-2 just the beginning of what these Red Sox can do?
Other teams have sizzled in the first month and fizzled later, but banged-up Boston's start already makes it an easy favorite in the AL East.... More >>

Lowe: The chessmaster play that NBA playoff teams love to run
Little things matter in the postseason, and one sweet set has rippled across three playoff series -- with perhaps even more to come.... More >>

ESPN Forecast: New playoff predictions for Round 1
Who are the new favorites in the NBA playoffs? Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts the outcome of all eight Round 1 series after two games.... More >>

Ranking the must-see NBA playoff series this round
We're two games into every Round 1 matchup. Which series will be the most entertaining the rest of the way? Here's our 1-8 rankings.... More >>

Roundtable: Trouble signs for Predators, Lightning and Blue Jackets
Even series leaders have issues. Nashville has been leaky defensively, Tampa Bay is taking too many penalties and three OT games have overtaxed Columbus' young guns.... More >>

Matthews, Marner living to answer Leafs' prayers
This postseason, the Leafs' young stars have each other, and that's a lot. But is it enough to orchestrate a comeback against the Bruins?... More >>

What you need to know about the Reds firing manager Bryan Price
Cincinnati wasted little time changing skippers after a 3-15 start. Here's what the numbers say about the rare April managerial move.... More >>

A look ahead to WrestleMania 35
With WrestleMania 34 and the Superstar Shakeup now in the rearview mirror, the WWE on ESPN staff projects which matches will highlight the show when the WWE returns to MetLife stadium on April 7, 2019.... More >>

Three wild ways baseball in 2018 is unlike ever before
Duck! Pitches are flying all over, strikeouts are surging and lineups are bottoming out ... it's early, but MLB's latest evolution is taking shape.... More >>

Football a refuge as Bama OC grieves his son's unsolved killing
When Mike Locksley spoke to his son Meiko after Alabama's season-opening win, he never thought that would be their final conversation.... More >>

What quick turnarounds mean for MMA fighters
Frankie Edgar will fight on Saturday night just 49 days after being brutally knocked out by Brian Ortega at UFC 222. Does the quick turnaround make sense? We looked at the historical trends to find out.... More >>

Frampton: Donaire 'the best fighter that I will have ever fought'
Former featherweight titlist Carl Frampton has a lot of respect for Nonito Donaire. Frampton also knows a victory against the former fighter of the year on Saturday will earn him another title opportunity.... More >>

Gervonta Davis has world title expectations after joining new camp
Davis, coming off a lackluster performance last August, hopes to get back on track with a dominant performance against Jesús Cuellar on Saturday.... More >>

ESPN 100 Rankings
Five-star small forward R.J. Barrett remains on top in the final ESPN 100 rankings. Duke commitments take the top three spots.... More >>

RecruitingNation 2018 basketball recruiting class rankings
It seemed Duke would run away with the top class after landing the top three players. But, like the last several years, Kentucky has made it a close race.... More >>

Power, control and legacy: Bob Knight's last days at IU
Almost 20 years after Indiana fired Bob Knight, the lessons of power and influence -- and their consequences -- still resonate.... More >>

Nearly 20K high schools eligible to join new esports league
The National Federation of State High School Associations and PlayVS will start to sponsor esports leagues in October.... More >>

Power Rankings: Kyle Busch still out front
Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have won five of eight Cup races, and that's why they're tops in Ryan McGee's latest rankings. Who else made the list?... More >>

Perseverance (and a little luck) carry Hemric to Cup debut
Daniel Hemric first caught the eye of Brad Keselowski in a late-model race in Michigan. Six years later, that big break has turned into a start in NASCAR's top series.... More >>

Bristol breakdown: Johnson's top-5 finish
While Kyle Busch continues to rack up the victories, the weekend at Bristol boasted many other interesting insights.... More >>

Talking points: What advice would you give Verstappen?
Does Mercedes still have the fastest car in F1 and where should Daniel Ricciardo go next year? Our panel of F1 experts answer the main talking points to come out of the Chinese Grand Prix.... More >>

Rafael Nadal shows he's a star molded from clay
Novak Djokovic was also in action at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal eased to a victory and Djokovic toughed one out against Croatia's Borna Coric.... More >>

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