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December 17, 2017

Chiefs win showdown with Chargers to surge back into AFC West lead
Kansas City blasted past Los Angeles on Saturday to score a second straight win over a fellow AFC West front-runner and close in on the division title.... More >>

Melo thanks Knicks, calls tribute 'bittersweet'
Carmelo Anthony received a mix of cheers and boos in his first game back at MSG since being traded to OKC and said he hopes Knicks fans will remember him as "somebody who wanted to be here" and "remained positive through all the negative situations."... More >>

Source: Fournette out as Jags eye playoff berth
With the Jaguars trying to clinch their first playoff berth since 2007, RB Leonard Fournette will be held out vs. the Texans with a sore quad, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.... More >>

LeBron: Level of play doesn't reflect my age
LeBron James, in his 15th season in the NBA, said what he is achieving on the court has not been done a lot in league history, adding that he wants to "break the mold" and stereotype that older players cannot dominate the game as much as younger players.... More >>

Harden expecting to play through pain in knee
Rockets guard James Harden said he almost sat out the Rockets' game Saturday with a bruised right knee but decided to play. Despite scoring a game-high 31 points, Harden said he expects to have the pain for an extended period of time.... More >>

Dodgers get tax relief, Kemp in 5-player trade
The Braves traded Matt Kemp to the Dodgers in exchange for veterans Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and Charlie Culberson in a move that gave L.A. some luxury tax relief. Atlanta subsequently designated Gonzalez for assignment.... More >>

Warriors to be 'out there' for Kobe ceremony
"I'm not going to keep them in the locker room to watch tape of the first half," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of his team being in attendance for Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of Monday night's game. "Let's go out there."... More >>

NFL Playoff Picture: How Week 15 can affect seeding
This weekend could determine two division titles, up to three playoff berths and more. Here's how the field looks now and what can change.... More >>

Weary Thunder return home after eventful reunion trip
Thunder stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony got to visit their old locales on the same road trip, with triple overtime in Philadelphia in between.... More >>

Lions showed potential in win over Bears, but are they trustworthy?
Detroit clinched a .500 season and stayed in the playoff hunt with its win over Chicago, but is this truly a team capable of making a run?... 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 >>

Biggest questions, stats and predictions
One of the biggest weekends of the regular season has a huge Pats-Steelers showdown, Aaron Rodgers' return, a telling test for the Rams and more.... More >>

NFL Nation predictions: Scores for every game
Playoff berths are at stake for several teams, with Patriots-Steelers on Sunday among the top matchup.... 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 continues next week with Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic taking on Akron.... More >>

Dos Anjos eyes title shot after routing Lawler
Rafael dos Anjos made a solid case for being next in line against titleholder Tyron Woodley, after he put on a clinic against Robbie Lawler on Saturday night, sweeping the scorecards in a unanimous decision win at UFC Fight Night in Winnipeg.... More >>

Unstoppable Man City brushes aside Spurs
Manchester City claimed their 16th straight Premier League victory by cruising to a comfortable win at the Etihad.... More >>

Why the Cubs should make Addison Russell-for-Manny Machado blockbuster trade
Dealing four years of Russell for one of Machado might seem like a lot, but bringing the O's star to Wrigley needs to be No. 1 on the Cubs' to-do list.... 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 >>

Trust Your Elders: Sixers' young stars kept honest by vets
The Process has led to a high ceiling for the Philadelphia 76ers, but the veterans are there to raise the floor as well.... 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 >>

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 >>

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

Fantasy Fallout: Can Rodgers, Jordy Nelson save your season?
ESPN's fantasy experts have faith in Rodgers, who came back strong from a similar hiatus four years ago.... 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 -- 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 >>

Marsh emulates father in breakthrough moment
The Ashes is proving memorable for the Marsh brothers, who both had reason to fear for their future before the Australian summer began.... More >>

Biney makes history at U.S. short track trials
Maame Biney, 17, became the first black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team with a pair of victories in the 500 meters on Saturday.... 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 uniforms.... More >>

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