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December 15, 2017

Lakers' road trip ends with first Lonzo-LeBron duel
LeBron James didn't have the best shooting night, but his 59th career triple-double helped the Cavaliers hold off the Lakers.... More >>

LeBron mum on his postgame chat with Lonzo
LeBron James and Lonzo Ball both declined to reveal what was said during their brief chat after the Cavs' 121-112 win over the Lakers, though Ball was quick to praise James as "the best player in the world right now" after their much anticipated meeting.... More >>

Colts' Williams (concussion) out of hospital
Colts tight end Brandon Williams was diagnosed with a concussion and was released from a local hospital following Thursday's game against the Broncos.... More >>

Judge: Can't wait to play alongside Stanton
Aaron Judge can't wait to get to spring training and start learning from new Yankees teammate Giancarlo Stanton, saying "we're just adding not only great players but quality guys as well."... More >>

Source: Cardinals put Peterson (neck) on IR
Adrian Peterson's 2017 season is coming to an end as the Arizona Cardinals are placing the running back on injured reserve, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Peterson was injured on Nov. 26 against Jacksonville.... More >>

Broncos QB Siemian set for MRI on shoulder
Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian will have an MRI on Friday for the left shoulder injury he suffered in Thursday night's loss to the Colts.... More >>

Source: Giants fine Apple for tweeting 'mistake'
Eli Apple hopes to play against the Eagles after the Giants cornerback tweeted during last week's loss, despite knowing it was against the rules. A source said he was fined.... More >>

Even when they win, Broncos can't escape quarterback question
Brock Osweiler relieved an injured Trevor Siemian and led the Broncos back from a 10-point deficit for a victory on a bruising Thursday at Indy.... 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 >>

Barnwell: Ranking the NFL's best and worst potential coach openings
A super-talented 22-year-old quarterback and a few defensive stars? The Texans' job is intriguing if Bill O'Brien doesn't return. Bill Barnwell sorts the coaching jobs that could come open in 2018.... 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 >>

Winter Meetings Daily: Is Manny Machado on his way out of Baltimore?
The MLB winter meetings are going strong in Orlando, and rumors are swirling across baseball. Here is what our writers are hearing today.... More >>

Who can make an offer for Machado the Orioles can't refuse?
Almost everyone could use the O's star, but only a few clubs have enough to land him. From one-year rentals to long-term homes, here are the best fits.... More >>

The Red Sox didn't get their man at the winter meetings. Will they -- and when?
Boston and J.D. Martinez appear to be a perfect match. But Sox president Dave Dombrowski and agent Scott Boras are locked in a hot-stove stalemate.... More >>

NFL Insiders predict: Upsets, flops, teams facing crucial drafts, more
The Bears traded up for Mitchell Trubisky, and now they need to build around him. Plus: Can the Steelers upset the Patriots? Our experts weigh in.... More >>

Browns, Bills and 49ers are set up for big draft
Three teams traded up to select their quarterbacks of the future in 2017. Now three others are armed with lots of capital, but not all will take a QB.... More >>

The ultimate College Football Playoff preview
The CFP semifinals feature four blue bloods, the Heisman Trophy winner, three elite defenses and one team going for back-to-back titles. Here's everything to know about these epic matchups.... More >>

Players who could surprise in bowl season
Intriguing matchups and unfamiliar opponents can lead to new stars emerging from bowl season. Here are a few who could surprise.... More >>

2017 college football quotes of the year
Mike Leach on weddings, Nick Saban on ripped jeans, Lane Kiffin on just about everything else. It was an unforgettable year for coaching sound bites, and these are the best of the bunch.... More >>

Football's next generation -- 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 >>

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 >>

Run the Table 2.0 would rank high among Aaron Rodgers' feats
The Packers QB will play Sunday for the first time since he broke his right collarbone on Oct. 15, and Green Bay has no room for error.... More >>

Packers have legitimate playoff hopes with Rodgers' recovery
On the 12th day of December, the Packers' No. 12 got the clearance he needed to help the team make one final push for the playoffs.... More >>

Mike Daum is the star you haven't heard of that everybody wants
Mike Daum has made a name for himself at South Dakota State, an honorable mention All-American who is drawing NBA attention. But he has a choice to make: Will he finish his career at the place that made him or make a grad-transfer move to a Power 5?... More >>

Blackbelts for Butterflies brings jiu-jitsu community together to bring light to the darkness of Sandy Hook
Rich McKeegan's son was born on the same morning as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Through his love of jiu-jitsu, and the support of hundreds, McKeegan and Blackbelts for Butterflies honor the memory of Dylan Hockley through special needs causes.... More >>

Power Rankings: Recasting each NHL team as a Star Wars character
The Lightning as Rey? The Penguins as the Death Star? We channeled our love for both hockey and a galaxy far, far away to identify the Star Wars character who best embodies each team.... More >>

How to fix the Penguins' woes
Pittsburgh is a team with a lot of miles on its tires. Our writers offer ideas to help the Pens get back in gear, including: make a trade, score more even-strength goals -- and keep passing the puck to Phil Kessel.... More >>

Bet on Golden Knights to make postseason
How many of the teams that didn't make the playoffs last season will be there this April? The Devils have doubters and not everyone is sold on the Stars or the Islanders, but Vegas' odds look good.... More >>

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