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November 24, 2017

UCF uses return TD to win an instant classic
No. 15 UCF went from winless two years ago to an undefeated regular season by beating South Florida in one of the wildest endings of the year.... More >>

Bielema fired as Razorbacks' head coach
Bret Bielema says he was informed that he was fired as he was walking off the field following Friday's 48-45 loss to Missouri. He finishes 29-34 in five seasons at Arkansas, including 4-8 this year.... More >>

Sources: Rose away from Cavs, weighing future
Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose has left the team and is seriously re-evaluating his future in the NBA, league sources told ESPN.... More >>

Miami's Richt: Still have 'awful lot to play for'
Despite Friday's crushing loss to Pitt, Miami's shot at a conference title and potentially a berth into the College Football Playoff are not lost, and coach Mark Richt says he wants his team to "keep our hopes up in those regards."... More >>

Sources: Florida also looking at UCF's Frost
Florida is scheduled to meet with representatives for Central Florida coach Scott Frost in Orlando this weekend in case Chip Kelly chooses the UCLA job, sources told ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Edward Aschoff.... More >>

Pistorius' prison sentence doubled to 13 years
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal increased Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence to 13 years, five months on Friday for the Olympic runner's murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.... More >>

Jags' Ramsey jams hand, says he's out Sunday
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is listed as questionable on Friday's game-status report with a hand injury, but he says he will not play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.... More >>

Steelers keeping Smith-Schuster out vs. Pack
Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will not play Sunday night against the Packers because of a hamstring injury.... More >>

Could Derrick Rose walk away from $80M left on Adidas deal?
Rose signed a 13-year extension with Adidas in 2012. Walking away from the NBA now would mean walking away from the seven years and $80 million left on that deal.... More >>

History repeats itself as unranked Pitt shocks Miami
One season after surprising then-No. 2-ranked Clemson, the Panthers have done it again, dealing a blow to Miami's postseason hopes.... More >>

Earl Thomas, favorite son of a troubled Texas town
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas III is a deserving hero for Orange, Texas, his small hometown that has been plagued by natural disasters and racial conflict. But just how much can one man do to pull his community up with him?... More >>

Barnwell: Lessons from Case Keenum's breakout, and the Vikings' 2018 dilemma
The $2 million free-agent signing has been one of the NFL's most efficient and effective quarterbacks, and he has the Vikings sitting at 9-2. Keenum's surprising season can teach us a lot about the football universe.... More >>

Ten things I like and don't like, including Ben Simmons' LeBron-y game
Zach Lowe highlights the super-big Sixers, All-Star-level Bradley Beal, pearl-clutching refs, Brandon Ingram figuring it out and more.... More >>

Isaiah who? Why Kyrie is Boston's new king of clutch time
It seemed improbable that anyone could rival Isaiah Thomas' fourth-quarter production of last season, but Boston's masked man has turned into a superhero in the clutch.... More >>

Rivalry games: Life as a Buckeye or Wolverine behind enemy lines
Ohio State-Michigan is a 365/24/7 rivalry, and not just for the players. Try being a parent whose son left his home state for that dreaded school up north or down south. It's not always easy being a Wolverine in Ohio or a Buckeye in Michigan.... More >>

Can these two Hollywood QBs save New York football?
USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen both have the talent and demeanor to handle the bright lights of Broadway should either end up in New York.... More >>

Jerry delivers 'message of support' to Cowboys
Jerry Jones, in a postgame meeting, acknowledged that the Cowboys "are not a good team right now" but backed the players, coach Jason Garrett and the rest of the coaching staff.... More >>

How Under Armour learned from past mistakes to make the Curry 4
In the aftermath of the Warriors' 2016 NBA Finals loss -- and the roasting of the Curry 2 Low "Chef" edition -- Under Armour went back to the drawing board to rebuild Stephen Curry's signature sneaker.... More >>

LeBron and the Cavs to debut new (yet familiar) black uniforms
Cleveland will rock its "Statement" uniforms for the first time on Friday night -- similar to the ones the Cavaliers wore when they won the 2016 NBA Finals, but this time without the sleeves that aggravated LeBron James.... More >>

The special connection between Isaiah Thomas and 'the bravest boy in the world'
At the Cavs' annual "Big Shots and Little Stars" fundraiser, the shortest player in the NBA found inspiration in 5-year-old Gavin Heileman, who has been fighting cancer for two years and takes pride in being the shortest person in his class.... More >>

Philip Rivers throws for 434 yards as Chargers keep playoff hopes alive
Their big win over the Cowboys keeps them in the postseason conversation, just a half-game back of Baltimore for the final wild-card spot in the AFC.... More >>

Redskins' new big three lead win over Giants
Jamison Crowder, Samaje Perine and Josh Doctson together made the plays that Washington needed for a Thanksgiving Night victory.... More >>

Matthew Berry: Love, Hate and pardon the turkeys
Berry is feeling magnanimous and invites readers to forgive themselves for their poor fantasy decisions this season, and he helps set the table for Week 12 with his weekly loves and hates.... More >>

80 for 80: Everything you need to know about PK80
The field is loaded: Duke, UNC, Michigan State, Gonzaga and more. There are two brackets with names like Bagley, Bridges and Bamba. We give you a full rundown (yes, 80 things!) to set up a March-like event in November.... More >>

UFC Fight Night prediction: Michael Bisping vs. Kelvin Gastelum
The UFC heads to China on Saturday when Michael Bisping faces Kelvin Gastelum in a battle of top middleweight contenders. Who prevails?... More >>

Why the 100-win Indians, Astros and Dodgers could be even better in 2018
Having three teams with triple-digit W's is rare, but MLB's power trio is just a few offseason tweaks from reaching the century mark again.... More >>

Who, me?! Why your team's next closer will probably be a total surprise -- even to him
Where do closers come from? By next September, you'll likely be rooting for a fireman who wasn't the closer in April -- and it very well could be a pitcher you've never heard of who had never before recorded a major league save.... More >>

NFL MVP poll: Why it's Carson Wentz's award to lose
Tom Brady is having another MVP-caliber season, but Wentz is the one who has led his team to the best record. Then there's Drew Brees and ... who else? Here are our experts' favorites.... More >>

Power Rankings: Why each team should be thankful
For this week's Power Rankings, we took a Turkey Day angle, listing what each team should be thankful for as the tryptophan works its magic.... More >>

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