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April 19, 2018

Cavs ride LeBron's hot start to Game 2 win
After being urged by Tyronn Lue to come out more aggressively, LeBron put on a show in the opening minutes, helping Cleveland even the series.... More >>

Mitchell tops MJ with 55 in first 2 playoff games
Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Thunder, giving him 55 so far in the series, the most ever by a guard in his first two playoff games.... More >>

Red Sox just 7th in live ball era to begin 15-2
After belting six homers on Tuesday, the Red Sox added another three Wednesday, including a grand slam by Rafael Devers, to rout the Angels 9-0 and improve their record to 15-2.... More >>

Lue: LeBron's supporting cast needs to step up
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue challenged his team's supporting cast to step it up in their series against the Indiana Pacers, after star LeBron James carried them with a game-high 46 points on Wednesday night.... More >>

Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs coach, dies at 67
Erin Popovich, the wife of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died early Wednesday at age 67. She had been battling an illness for an extended period.... More >>

Harden's 'amazing' D atones for 2-of-18 night
James Harden had one of the worst shooting outings in NBA playoff history Wednesday night, but he contributed three steals and three blocks and continued to play strong defense in the post as the Rockets took a 2-0 series lead.... More >>

Freeman leaves game after being hit in wrist
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who missed time last season due to a broken left wrist, left Wednesday's game in the eighth inning after being hit by a pitch in the same wrist.... More >>

The legend of Saquon Barkley was born long before Penn State
The NFL draft's top RB was a superstar long before Penn State in a tiny town still big enough to turn out a crowd almost double its size to honor him.... More >>

How did Donovan Mitchell turn into Utah's go-to scorer? Check the tape
Take an exclusive look inside the film room with Donovan Mitchell and Jazz coach Quin Snyder as the duo breaks down the Rookie of the Year contender's rapid rise.... 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 >>

Roundtable: Can the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup?
Given goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's dominance and the Golden Knights' relentless, physical play in front of him, our writers like Vegas' chances to make a title run.... More >>

MLBRank 50-1: Trout is clear No. 1, but who comes next?
The top spot is an easy call, but then the fun begins. Did Kershaw hold off Scherzer as MLB's best ace? And which MVP passed Harper on our list?... More >>

Roundtable: Answering the biggest questions for Nos. 50-1
Which ranking is the most head-scratching? What will the top five look like next year? We asked our experts to answer some of the biggest questions.... 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 >>

We've got the proof: You cannot stop Joel Embiid. You can't even hope to contain him
Here's what we know: Joel Embiid, at 30 minutes per game, is an MVP candidate. Here's what we also know: Embiid is nearly healthy again and rotations get shorter in the playoffs. So, Joel Embiid ... with no restrictions? Look out, NBA.... More >>

Make no mistake: This is a real punishment for Canelo
The six-month suspension will be a legitimate hit for Canelo Alvarez because he will miss out on an eight-figure payday on May 5. But he will still make that kind of cash when he returns this fall against Gennady Golovkin, says Dan Rafael.... More >>

The defining legacy of Bruno Sammartino
Beyond his 4,000-plus days as world champion in the WWE, Bruno Sammartino's history and convictions made him a believable hero who fans connected to in a deep and meaningful way. His legacy is one of the cornerstones upon which the modern WWE is built.... More >>

Why the Patriots need to solidify a post-Brady plan at QB
The Patriots have the chips to make a move up for a quarterback in the draft, and that strategy is making more sense by the day.... More >>

The best undrafted players in every NFL team's history
Antonio Gates. Kurt Warner. James Harrison. NFL Nation reporters identify the players who went from under-the-radar prospects to franchise leaders.... More >>

ICC features Madrid, Barca, Manchester clubs, Liverpool, more
The International Champions Cup announced its full 2018 schedule, featuring games like Real Madrid vs. Man United and Man United vs. Liverpool.... More >>

Six of the biggest games
The International Champions Cup is back for 2018 and will see the game's top teams face off in preseason. Here are six must-see games.... 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 >>

What to know about Todd McNair vs. the NCAA
It's the case that began with the NCAA's infractions around Reggie Bush's time at Southern California. McNair is claiming defamation after he was caught up as a chief culprit.... More >>

Jim McElwain might help Michigan most by focusing on receivers
The former Florida head coach, part of Jim Harbaugh's staff shakeup, is charged with improving one of the program's weakest spots last season.... 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 >>

Kevin Lee discusses first camp without head coach, lightweight title picture
UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee, who fights Edson Barboza on Saturday night, is motivated by carrying on the legacy of his former coach who died in December.... 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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