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February 25, 2018

IT: Lakers trade result of Cavs in 'panic mode'
Traded to Los Angeles after playing in only 15 games in Cleveland, Isaiah Thomas told E:60 that the Cavaliers showed desperation in sending him away.... More >>

Rangers trade All-Star winger Nash to Bruins
The Bruins will acquire six-time All-Star forward Rick Nash after agreeing to a trade with the Rangers.... More >>

Nagasu sorry for chatter after solo struggles
U.S. women's figure skater Mirai Nagasu says she feels "really, really awful" for her comments that appeared to criticize her American teammates and made it seem as if she wasn't taking her performance seriously.... More >>

Politically charged Olympics come to an end
The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box.... 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 >>

Lost skier takes wrong turn, ruins medal hopes
Austrian cross-country skier Teresa Stadlober was well on her way to a silver medal at the Pyeongchang Games. Then came a mental hiccup that cost her a spot on the podium but earned her a place in Olympic history.... More >>

This time, it's Golden State's turn to blow out Oklahoma City
After a slow start marred by poor shooting, the Warriors broke open a close game against the Thunder for a statement win.... More >>

Westbrook on Pachulia: 'He tried to hurt me'
A heated Russell Westbrook went off on Zaza Pachulia on Saturday night, accusing the Warriors center of intentionally falling on his leg and trying to hurt him late in the third quarter of a game Golden State won 112-80.... More >>

With hockey gold, Russian team sings anthem
The Russians triumphed in the tournament they were favored to win, capturing men's hockey gold with a 4-3 overtime victory over Germany after Kirill Kaprizov's power-play goal capped a classic final.... More >>

Tiger back seven 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 >>

Depth in Winter 2018: The unforgettable stories from Pyeongchang
The controlled chaos of short-track speedskating. The Unified women's ice hockey team bringing North and South together. The U.S. women's hockey team ending its gold-medal drought. Here are the stories to remember from the 2018 Winter Olympics.... More >>

From Simpsons' prophetic curling call to Russians' gold-medal finale, Games come to close
From the Russian men's hockey team's gold-medal finale to the continued celebrations in curling, we recap the last day of the 2018 Winter Olympics.... More >>

Can Dejounte Murray be the next great Spur?
San Antonio's rising star isn't satisfied with being the team's new starting point guard.... More >>

Stephens scores controversial finish of Emmett
Jeremy Stephens strengthened his case for a title shot after a vicious second-round knockout of Josh Emmett on Saturday at UFC Fight Night, but controversy followed due to a series of potentiallly illegal strikes that came just before the stoppage.... 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 >>

Calipari: No talk with Knox about FBI inquiry
Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox deflected questions Saturday about alleged ties to a sports agent and a report detailing the FBI's investigation into college basketball recruiting.... More >>

Coach K 'very confident' about Carter eligibility
After Duke freshman Wendell Carter Jr. was named in a Yahoo! Sports report detailing the FBI's ongoing investigation into illegal recruiting practices, coach Mike Krzyzewski explained how the school handled Carter's clearance to play on Saturday.... More >>

Bridges, Sexton, 2 others eligible amid inquiry
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 >>

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 >>

'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 >>

Olney: The players ought to own MLB's pace-of-play problem
The players should fire up their own committee to design the changes they want, using every means to reach fan-friendly game lengths.... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Jaguars now must put pieces around Bortles
Now that Jacksonville has committed to Blake Bortles it needs to put more talent around him, primarily at wide receiver and tight end.... 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 >>

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 >>

Luck on Chase Elliott's side? Fans did their best
As he pursues his breakthrough Cup win, the Georgia native has plenty of fan-donated good-luck charms thanks to a promotion orchestrated by Atlanta Motor Speedway.... 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 >>

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 >>

Sor Rungvisai scores narrow win over Estrada
In an intense slugfest, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai emerged with a majority decision victory over Juan Francisco Estrada to retain his junior bantamweight world title Saturday night at The Forum.... More >>

Nietes stops Reveco; Arroyo outpoints Cuadras
Flyweight world titleholder Donnie Nietes dominated Juan Carlos Reveco in a KO victory, and McWilliams Arroyo surprised Carlos Cuadras for a majority-decision win at Superfly 2 on Saturday.... 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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