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March 24, 2018

Duke, Kansas and the marquee matchup we've been waiting to see
The Blue Devils and Jayhawks advanced on Friday to set up a meeting between heavyweight programs that have already made plenty of history in the tournament.... More >>

Curry exits with MCL sprain, MRI set for Sat.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry, in his first game back after injuring his right ankle, left Friday's home win over the Hawks with a left MCL sprain. He is set to have an MRI on Saturday.... More >>

Bumgarner struck by liner, breaks bone in hand
Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner suffered a broken bone in his left hand after being hit by a line drive Friday. A source told ESPN's Buster Olney that Bumgarner will miss six to eight weeks.... More >>

Canelo temporarily suspended over two tests
Canelo Alvarez has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for two positive tests of a banned substance. He will be required to appear at a hearing on April 10, less than a month before his rematch against Gennady Golovkin.... More >>

Eagles' Bennett indicted for injury of elderly
Prosecutors in Houston say a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett, who allegedly injured a paraplegic woman as he tried to get onto the field at last year's Super Bowl to celebrate with his brother.... More >>

Report: Cousins offers to pay for man's funeral
DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly told the family of a 22-year-old who was shot and killed by Sacramento police that he will pay for the man's funeral.... More >>

Veteran tight end Martellus Bennett, 31, retires
Veteran free-agent tight end Martellus Bennett, whose career was highlighted by winning a Super Bowl championship with the Patriots in the 2016 season, announced his retirement Friday night.... More >>

Villanova has a knockout punch nobody else has
The Wildcats advanced with a second-half run against West Virginia that has become a Villanova staple. And it's one nobody else left in this tournament can duplicate.... More >>

Everything you need to know for Saturday's Elite Eight games
Can Kansas State's defense stop Loyola-Chicago's unlikely tournament run? Will Michigan or Florida State build on impressive Sweet 16 wins? Two spots in the Final Four will be decided.... More >>

Grayson Allen makes peace with being Grayson Allen
He is college basketball's most polarizing player, and his career is coming to an end. Through the controversy and triumphs, Duke's lone senior is starting to understand himself.... More >>

Late nights, back tats and chasing titles with Chris Beard
Having been a nomad his whole career, Texas Tech's coach took a long road to Lubbock. Now, he has the Red Raiders in the Elite Eight.... More >>

McCowan's perfect night carries Bulldogs to Elite Eight
Teaira McCowan's record-tying shooting performance helped put Mississippi State back in the Elite Eight. Up next? Jordin Canada and UCLA, which advanced to its first regional final since 1999.... More >>

Beavers ace Sweet 16 test against Baylor
Oregon State notched a historic win in the second round. Friday was even more impressive. After three cross-country flights and squeezing in finals on campus, the Beavers kept it simple in bouncing second-seeded Baylor out of the Sweet 16.... More >>

Lowe's 10 things: The Cavs look unstoppable again
This week's highlights include evolutionary Anthony Davis crossovers, tanky jumpers, the ginormous Sixers and more.... More >>

Tennessee's coaching search was even wilder than you thought
When Tennessee released thousands of pages of documents related to its November coaching search, it showed a fan base in revolt. From protesting Greg Schiano to politicking for Lane Kiffin, they had a little bit of everything.... More >>

Baseball's new World Series-winning philosophy? Lose. A lot
The Process, the five-year plan, Moneyball: Whatever you call it, MLB's new -- cough, cough -- "strategy" just means ignoring the present (sorry, 2018) in hopes of a ticker tape parade down the line. This is the story of how baseball got weird.... More >>

The 2018 Uni Watch preview
It's time for another baseball season, so let's catch up with every patch, stripe, throwback and color change in the majors.... More >>

Madison Bumgarner's unfortunate break could be enough to sink Giants' season
San Francisco was hoping to ride its rotation to a bounce-back year. But with MadBum sidelined, the Giants could instead be headed to rebuilding mode.... More >>

Welcome to Kyle Schwarber's comeback season
A winter mission to transform his body was just the beginning. Everyone who has seen the Cubs this spring agrees: Schwarber is ready to do big things.... More >>

How Bumgarner's injury impacts his draft value
For the second straight season, the Giants ace will hit the disabled list and miss a significant chunk of the season. Our experts break down what it means for his fantasy value.... More >>

Olney: Aaron Judge, Manny Machado among the underrated in fantasy rankings
They're among MLB's biggest stars, but they might be even better than the experts think. Here are nine players ranked too low, or too high, this year.... More >>

New Air Jordan 3 honors the designer who saved Nike
Michael Jordan was prepared to leave Nike for Adidas, until Tinker Hatfield came up with the design for the Air Jordan 3. Now Nike is releasing a new version of the iconic sneaker based on Hatfield's previously unseen design sketches.... More >>

College hockey rivalries run deep in NHL locker rooms
The NCAA hockey tournament is rife with rivalries, and that enmity extends to the pros. We asked some NHL players who are alumni of top college programs to sell us on their alma mater's virtues, talk trash about their rivals and pick this year's winner.... More >>

Fabian back as Osorio shuffles XI in Mexico win
Mexico vanquished demons from a 7-0 loss to Chile with another surprising Juan Carlos Osorio lineup, including Marco Fabian, beating Iceland 3-0.... More >>

Johnny Manziel to the Patriots? Not likely, but not crazy
The Patriots were one of 13 teams to watch Johnny Manziel throw Thursday. And while it's unlikely, there are reasons for them to consider signing him.... More >>

Vettel quickest in final Australian GP practice
Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 finish in the final practice for the Australian Grand Prix, during a wet-dry session in which few drivers opted to make the change onto slick tires.... More >>

Predicting the 2018 Formula One season
Ahead of the start of the season, our experts have attempted to guess how it will unfold.... More >>

Does F1 finally have a three-way battle?
ESPN previews the opening race and takes a look at the possibility of an enticing three-way battle at the front of the grid.... More >>

Planes, steaks and bad cell reception: How the Vikings crushed free agency
Vikings GM Rick Spielman discusses how he managed the organized chaos of free agency and landed franchise-altering signings.... More >>

NFL Insiders predict free-agency impact: The best bargain deal so far
The Texans signed Tyrann Mathieu for less than his restructure in Arizona would have been. Our NFL Insiders weigh in on the best low-cost deals, plus the most head-scratching moves and more.... More >>

Barnwell: NFL's highest-paid players at every position -- and who's up next
Kirk Cousins set a benchmark for quarterbacks, but Aaron Rodgers is primed to raise the bar even higher. Bill Barnwell breaks down the biggest contract numbers by position and forecasts who is in line for bigger paydays.... More >>

Zlatan tells Los Angeles: You're welcome
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is moving to LA Galaxy and he announced the move on Friday in, er, typical understated style. Or not.... More >>

Zlatan was a box office smash at United
He didn't stay long and left via the back door but he and his larger-than-life character was a success at Manchester United.... More >>

The dominant 20 athletes of the past two decades
In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's 20th anniversary, Peter Keating crunched the numbers to find the most dominant athletes of our time.... More >>

When did Roger Federer discover his dominance?
Roger Federer made this discovery in the 2004 U.S. Open final against Lleyton Hewitt, he discloses to writer Michael Steinberger. This is the never-before-told oral history of that moment.... More >>

Sizing up Mike Trout and the Sultan of Swat, most unseriously
Sure, Mike Trout is great at baseball, but could he carry Babe Ruth's spittoon? Humorist Steve Etheridge digs into advanced analytics to conclusively settle this debate for the ages.... More >>

Will Don Sweeney have the last laugh?
Sweeney has drawn plenty of criticism, but the Bruins GM has made all the right moves lately. We asked our experts: Has he been lucky, or do we owe him an apology?... More >>

The Accolade Index: Ranking every team's success in the salary-cap era
Success in the salary-cap era is all about the most effective management of cap space. According to our new Accolade Index, the Penguins have enjoyed the most success since 2005-06, in all its various forms. We rank every team here.... More >>

Five tracks to cut, five to add to Cup
NASCAR faces significant contractual hurdles to change its Cup series schedule and tracks. But it should be looking at different avenues, especially at short tracks and road courses.... More >>

Roundtable: What schedule changes would boost fan interest?
Want to get NASCAR fans riled up? Bring up the Cup schedule. So what enhancements should the sport consider for 2019? Our experts weigh in.... More >>

Testing the NBA draft waters? More complicated than it sounds
Declaring for the NBA draft and then returning to school isn't always a simple process, and pro teams are split on how aggressively to scout the influx of early-entry prospects.... More >>

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