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January 20, 2018

No. 1 Halep survives Davis in marathon last set
Unseeded American Lauren Davis took No. 1 Simona Halep to 48 games before Halep claimed victory. Those 48 games are tied for the most total games in a women's Australian Open match in the Open Era.... More >>

Roy Halladay autopsy reveals traces of drugs
Roy Halladay had evidence of several drugs in his system when he died in a plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico last November, an autopsy showed. There is yet to be an identified cause for the crash.... More >>

Injured Brady on playing vs. Jags: 'We'll see'
Patriots QB Tom Brady, wearing red gloves on both hands, said he isn't talking about his injured right hand, saying "we'll see" concerning his status for the AFC Championship Game.... More >>

White won't say if McGregor will lose UFC belt
UFC president Dana White revealed Friday that the UFC 223 matchup between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will be for the "undisputed" lightweight title, but White declined to say whether he would strip Conor McGregor of his title.... More >>

Vikings apply for trademarks after miracle win
The Vikings have applied to trademark the phrases "Minneapolis Miracle" and "Minnesota Miracle" after the Vikings' improbable win over the Saints in last week's divisional-round game.... More >>

Porzingis: 'Players know' I'm an All-Star starter
The Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis said he should be the starting forward in the NBA All-Star Game over 76ers forward Joel Embiid, based on player voting.... More >>

Follow live: Halep faces Davis for fourth round spot
Alexander Zverev and Hyeon Chung are on Rod Laver Arena in a clash to win through to the fourth round. Earlier, in close to four hours, world No. 1 Simona Halep outlasted American Lauren Davis in a classic.... More >>

Something has to give in Sharapova-Kerber clash
Be careful what you wish for, Maria Sharapova. Angelique Kerber is playing like the former Australian Open champion she is.... More >>

What's going on with Tom Brady's throwing hand?
The fact that the Patriots QB didn't practice Thursday highlights how his right hand injury, suffered Wednesday, isn't something to dismiss outright.... More >>

Barnwell: Predicting 2018 Vegas win totals for all 32 NFL teams
You want over/under win total projections for next season? We've got them for every team, from 32-1. Guess where the Tom Brady and the Patriots are.... More >>

Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar surrounded by enablers as he abused athletes
Understanding how Dr. Larry Nassar gained unfettered access to sexually assault young female athletes -- despite repeated warning signs -- means confronting an uncomfortable truth: He didn't gain that access alone.... More >>

Lowe's 10 things: Ridiculous CP3, Porzingis promo and the Patty Mills experience
This week's highlights include LeBron's draft pick, a high-IQ Warrior, bad All-Star promotions and more.... More >>

Doug Marrone's revival: How one shot, and Tom Coughlin, brought him back
Three years ago, Marrone was considered the most toxic coach in the NFL. Now he has the Jaguars one win away from the Super Bowl. Here's why he has Tom Coughlin to thank.... More >>

How the Jaguars went from 3-13 to the AFC Championship Game
A culture change, a fantastic draft, some free-agent additions and a resurgent quarterback all led to Jacksonville's dramatic, one-season turnaround.... More >>

Case closed: Keenum has earned the Vikings' starting job in 2018
Even with Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford healthy, the Vikings can't reject the QB who has them on the cusp of their first Super Bowl in 40 years.... More >>

What Carson Wentz is doing to help the Eagles during their playoff run
The Eagles' franchise quarterback hasn't been taking time off during rehab; instead, he has remained focused and involved in Philadelphia's game plans.... More >>

2017 AFC-NFC championship game predictions: Super Bowl finalists will be ...
Will the Jaguars give the Patriots a run for their money? Which backup QB will lead his team to the NFC title? ESPN's reporters make their picks.... More >>

Scouting NFL playoff officials: What to know about championship game referees
Ed Hochuli will ref his fourth Eagles playoff game since 1999, while Clete Blakeman will run the crew in Foxborough. Here's what to expect from both.... More >>

What you need to know about Zion Williamson before he commits
Can Clemson or South Carolina keep the state's best player at home? Will a blue blood like Kansas or Kentucky poach the five-star? One of the few remaining five-star 2018 recruits commits Saturday.... More >>

LeBron, Curry win ASG voting, to be captains
LeBron James received the most votes in the Eastern Conference, while Stephen Curry was tops in the West. They will serve as All-Star Game captains and pick their teams, which will be announced Jan. 25.... More >>

Austin Rivers has heard it all, and now he's firing back
Rivers knows what you think about him -- that he's spoiled, cocky, entitled, a bust. But that big chip on his shoulder? He says that's how he has made it this far.... More >>

Clippers have found their identity, but how long will it last?
Although Blake Griffin & Co. have regrouped after the departure of Chris Paul, the team still faces a very uncertain future.... More >>

2018 NFL draft QB class primer: Rosen, Mayfield, Darnold and more
Scouting reports, insight from NFL personnel and what's next -- we've got it all on the best signal-callers in next year's draft. Catch up on the most-talked-about class in years.... More >>

UFC 220 Cheat Sheet: Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Cormier and Oezdemir will square off for the UFC's light heavyweight belt Saturday. Who has the advantage? Brett Okamoto breaks it down.... More >>

From UFC champ to fireman: Stipe Miocic's life outside the Octagon
Stipe Miocic is considered the "baddest man on the planet" as the UFC's heavyweight champion. He also helps save lives -- and cleans toilets -- as a member of the Valley View Fire Department.... More >>

Clubs that helped themselves in MLS SuperDraft
The first day of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft was chock full of trades. So who left Philadelphia with a stronger squad?... More >>

ESPN's evolution: Snapchat, esports and attribution guidelines
The Public Editor follows up on SportsCenter on Snapchat, content for emerging fans and guidelines for breaking news attribution.... More >>

Do top teams have recruits ready to take over for NFL draft hopefuls?
Sam Darnold is among the key players leaving early for the NFL. The USC Trojans and other top teams have recruits ready to step in.... More >>

Breaking down 20 QB battles to watch this spring
Alabama and Georgia played for the CFP title, but both teams will start spring practice expecting spirited competition at quarterback. They'll have lots of company as teams search for their next leader.... More >>

Apologists vs. Deniers: What voting -- or not voting -- for Bonds and Clemens says about you
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are two of the greatest -- and most controversial -- stars MLB has ever seen. As the Cooperstown debate rages, which side voters land on tells us much more than just their stance on steroids.... More >>

Are the Red Sox going to sign J.D. Martinez or what? Here's what we know
Boston needs him. He appears to need Boston. A deal for baseball's top free-agent slugger is inevitable ... right?... More >>

After coming out of left field as a rookie surprise, Rhys Hoskins prepares for stardom -- in left field
Philadelphia's breakout slugger snuck up on everyone during his record-setting debut. Now, he's adjusting to life as a known quantity while trying to master a new position.... More >>

Do the best free-agent deals come to teams that wait?
As this odd hot stove season lingers on, we crunched the numbers to see who benefits most by holding contract negotiations later in the offseason.... More >>

Golden Knights' next moves? Trade James Neal, lock in William Karlsson
The Golden Knights are showing no signs of slowing down. They swept their season series with the NHL-leading Lightning, signed several players to extensions and made it clear they won't be sellers at the trade deadline. Here's what Vegas should do next.... More >>

A gray day for Russian Olympians
For the Russian athletes who are allowed to compete in the Olympics, their uniforms will be memorable for being so forgettable.... More >>

Baylor's No. 3 seed is biggest shocker in NCAA's reveal
Including Oregon as a No. 1 seed isn't a hard sell, but Baylor falling off the top line and all the way to a No. 3 seed was the lone shocker as the NCAA revealed its top 16 teams Thursday, Charlie Creme writes.... More >>

Women's Bracketology
UConn, Baylor, Louisville and Mississippi State are No. 1 seeds, while Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas are 2-seeds in Charlie Creme's latest 64-team projection.... More >>


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