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December 16, 2017

Embiid defiant after Westbrook says 'go home'
Joel Embiid was quick to respond after the Thunder's Russell Westbrook waved him off the court and told him to "go home" following OKC's win Friday night. Embiid told reporters, "This is my home. I ain't going nowhere."... More >>

Panthers owner facing misconduct allegations
Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson is the subject of a workplace misconduct investigation, the team announced Friday.... More >>

Melo on MSG return: How could I not miss N.Y.?
Carmelo Anthony expects to get "a little emotional" when he makes his first trip back to Madison Square Garden on Saturday since being traded in September, saying, "That's home."... More >>

Report: Ex-wife of slain NBA player arrested
Sherra Wright-Robinson, the ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, has been arrested in California in connection with his 2010 shooting death, according to a report.... More >>

Owner: Sens 'could look good somewhere else'
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk spoke Friday about the possibility of relocating his franchise, saying that "the market here has to prove itself."... More >>

Rockets honor Sager on anniversary of death
The Rockets honored legendary former TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager on Friday night. Sager underwent treatment in Houston while battling the acute myeloid leukemia that ultimately caused his death one year ago.... More >>

Alabama offers Bear Bryant's great-grandson
High school quarterback Paul Tyson, the No. 205-ranked prospect in the ESPN Junior 300, has received an offer from Alabama. Tyson is the great grandson of legendary Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant.... More >>

Paul continues to be undefeated as Rockets hold off Spurs
Chris Paul joined Dennis Rodman as the only starters to win their first 13 games with a new team.... More >>

One-stop guide to all 41 bowl games
It's not all about the playoff. Don't sleep on the pre-Christmas games, as bowl season begins Saturday, including Boise State-Oregon.... More >>

Deflated in Philly: Fans react to Carson, the latest curse
Carson Wentz's torn ACL did more than just lay waste to the Eagles' plans. It also ripped the scab off an old wound the size of the Delaware Valley.... More >>

Week 15 NFL predictions: Scores for every game
Playoff berths are at stake for several teams, with Chargers-Chiefs on Saturday and Patriots-Steelers on Sunday among the top matchups.... More >>

How Joel Embiid is trolling the NBA
Joel Embiid has turned the Sixers' famed process into performance art, and everyone is feeling merry and bright -- for now.... More >>

Why Ben Simmons is the best rookie since LeBron
The inside (and Down Under) story of how Simmons has dominated so far this season.... More >>

LeBron to Lonzo discreetly: 'Tell them nothing'
The postgame conversation LeBron James and Lonzo Ball sought to keep private became public Friday when audio of a foreign language feed was discovered.... More >>

Lowe's 10 things: Lonzo's smart plays, OKC and good news for the Bulls
Zach Lowe highlights Charlotte's Dwight Howard problem, Lonzo Ball's development, Marcus Smart's manipulative passing and more.... More >>

Cold stove: The four teams no one talked about at the winter meetings
It was a quiet week in Orlando, but for a quartet of clubs, it was practically dead silent. We tracked the rumor mill -- and found a group that generated almost no buzz whatsoever. What does that say about each?... More >>

Growing divide between elite teams and also-rans on display in Orlando
After an era of relative parity in Major League Baseball, the list of clubs with a ticket to Scott Boras' proverbial "Playoffville" is shrinking.... More >>

Hayward holds out hope for return this season
Gordon Hayward left Utah for Boston this offseason, but suffered a season-threatening leg injury in October.... More >>

After loss to depleted Jazz, Irving says Celtics are being tested
The Celtics have played uneven basketball over their past five games, but Kyrie Irving isn't here for excuses.... More >>

NFL Rookie of the Year races: Where they stand, how they could finish
Kareem Hunt emerged as the early favorite for the offensive award, but a midseason slump cracked the field wide-open for other young stars. NFL Nation reporters make cases for the top five candidates on both sides of the ball.... More >>

Berry's Love/Hate for Week 15
Matthew Berry reaches into the Star Wars universe to give you the advice and encouragement you need to win.... More >>

Which player will people still talk about 100 years from now?
Sidney Crosby has all those Cups and Alex Ovechkin is one of the game's greatest scorers, but there's something mythical about hockey's most famous mullet.... More >>

McDavid among biggest penalty-minute magnets
Why does Connor McDavid draw penalties at a higher rate than his peers? Because his ability to get into scoring position all but forces opposing players to foul him. Plus, the latest on the Seattle expansion front and more Jersey Fouls.... More >>

Ride the Lightning: Why Tampa Bay's hot start is legit
Steven Stamkos & Co. are off to a 23-6-2 start in 2017-18, but there's a lot of season left. Here's why they'll remain one of the top Stanley Cup contenders this season -- with one caveat.... More >>

The 10 most effective #ProBowlVote tweets
What follows are the 10 posts that got the most retweets during public Pro Bowl voting, based on ESPN research.... More >>

Next gen - Star Wars: The Last Jedi-style
Drawing inspiration from the upcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", we select the best players under 21 who are primed to rule the football galaxy.... More >>

Next -- last? -- chapter for Big Ben: Slaying Patriots dragon
Ben Roethlisberger won't say it, but Sunday's game against the Patriots is about more than playoff seedings -- it's a chance to cement his NFL legacy.... More >>

Brady vs. Big Ben by the numbers: A study in dominance; shot at redemption
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has the weapons to stack up favorably against the GOAT on Sunday, but history is against him.... More >>

Geno Auriemma's 10 biggest wins
Geno Auriemma is one victory shy of 1,000 career wins. Which ones stand out the most? Before he reaches the milestone, we select the breakthrough moments that helped build the UConn dynasty and launch Huskymania into a full-fledged phenomenon.... More >>

Figure skating needs uniforms!
It's time to ditch the costumes that we see every year at the Winter Olympics and get the figure skaters of the world a uniform.... More >>

Serena to play the Australian Open? Yes? No? Maybe?
We are exactly one month out from the Australian Open, but we still have so many questions. Not small questions -- Serena Williams-esque questions.... More >>

Luis Perez is the best QB in Div. II and never played it in high school
The Harlon Hill trophy winner and Texas A&M-Commerce QB faces his toughest test yet in SaturdayÃ... More >>

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