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January 17, 2018

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 >>

Kawhi out indefinitely with quad injury
Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard is out indefinitely as he rehabs a quad injury that cost him the first 27 games of the season.... More >>

Steelers' Tomlin parts ways with OC Haley
The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, coach Mike Tomlin announced Wednesday.... More >>

Landry: Contract talks with Fins 'disrespectful'
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry isn't sure why contract talks with the Dolphins have stalled, but the NFL leader in receptions this season feels the process has been "disrespectful" to this point.... More >>

Kaep makes good on final $100K of $1M pledge
Colin Kaepernick announced Wednesday his plans for the final $100,000 installment of his $1 million pledge to charity.... More >>

Source: Munchak declines 2nd Cards interview
Mike Munchak has declined the Cardinals' request to interview him a second time for their head-coaching vacancy. Munchak has been the Steelers' offensive line coach since 2014.... More >>

Kiffin hires Charlie Weis Jr., 24, as FAU's OC
Florida Atlantic football coach Lane Kiffin has hired 24-year-old Charlie Weis Jr. as his offensive coordinator.... More >>

Top looming free-agent decisions for all 32 NFL teams
Case Keenum has led the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game. But he might not even be back next season -- all three quarterbacks in Minnesota could hit the open market. NFL Nation reporters assess questions throughout the league.... More >>

Le'Veon Bell's best 2018 team fit
The Steelers' star running back is a free agent and has already threatened to retire if he's hit with the franchise tag again. So where should he go? Or is Pittsburgh the ideal spot? Our insiders weigh in.... 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 >>

Eagles coaches show players 'Minneapolis Miracle' to open Vikings week
The Eagles have avoided giving up the type of late game-winning drives this season that they watched the Vikings pull off on Sunday.... More >>

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

Lou Williams has been Stephen Curry-like of late
Williams has gone from sixth man to starter and has performed at an extraordinary level.... More >>

Meet the young American who almost pulled off an epic upset of Grigor Dimitrov
Mackenzie McDonald put on one heck of a show Wednesday night at the Australian Open before falling just short of a major upset.... More >>

Why Wozniacki is at peace on the tennis court
Happy life, happy tennis player. Just ask Caroline Wozniacki, who is in a good spot both on and off the court.... More >>

Celtics won't share Pierce tribute with Thomas
Paul Pierce will be the lone former Celtic honored when his jersey is retired on Feb. 11, and he says the only reason Isaiah Thomas nearly got a tribute of his own on that night is due to the franchise's guilt over trading Thomas to Cleveland.... More >>

Are the Cubs gearing up for a run at Bryce Harper?
His dog is named Wrigley, and one of his best friends is a star in Chicago. Does that make next winter's top free agent and the Cubs a perfect fit?... More >>

Bad money: The worst contract investments on all 30 teams
Wondering why your squad's front office isn't making a splash this offseason? It might be because they're stuck paying these guys instead.... More >>

Todd Haley, Steelers had successful run but needed a clean break
Todd Haley's offenses put up big numbers, but a frosty relationship with Ben Roethlisberger and some questionable playcalling ultimately cost him.... More >>

Sorry, Alabama, but Clemson is the new No. 1 in Way-Too-Early Top 25
Sure, Alabama just won the national title, but with Clemson unexpectedly returning several potential first-round picks to its dominant defensive line, the Tigers overtake the Tide for the top spot in our rankings.... More >>

How Alabama got Tua
Before Tua Tagovailoa came off the bench and into Alabama lore, the QB recruit had to get discovered. With a decommitment from Jake Fromm and an assist from Lane Kiffin, the QB went from Honolulu to college football history.... More >>

Police: WSU QB Hilinski dies in apparent suicide
Police said Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead of an apparent suicide Tuesday in an apartment in Pullman.... 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 >>

Which early-season surprises are really contenders
There might not be a single great team this season, but Oklahoma, Purdue and West Virginia have been pleasant surprises. Now we have to wait and see if they can really challenge for a national title.... More >>

College basketball's dream matchups
The 50th anniversary of the "Game of the Century" got us daydreaming about fantasy matchups. Back then, it was Lew Alcindor vs. Elvin Hayes. Imagine Ayton vs. Bagley, Young vs. Sexton and more.... More >>

Sources: Rockets push into Clips' locker room
Houston's James Harden, Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green pushed into the LA Clippers' locker room Monday night looking to confront Austin Rivers after the Rockets' loss, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.... More >>

How Cavs, Spurs handled trade demands by stars is worlds apart
Both Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge asked out this past summer. How Cleveland and San Antonio responded is revealing of the franchises.... More >>

Liga MX 101: The terms you need to know
Do you know your Clausuras from your Aperturas? Your Clasico Regio from your Clasico Tapatio? Tom Marshall gives you the lowdown to follow Liga MX.... More >>

Donovan in Liga MX kicks off new rivalry
Landon Donovan doesn't fit the typical "U.S. star to Mexico" signing but the league's pursuit of big names will take their rivalry to a new level.... More >>

Fans may never forgive Pirates for trading Andrew McCutchen
The Bucs didn't bring a parade to Pittsburgh. Now without their franchise star, expect empty seats at PNC Park this summer -- and for years to come.... More >>

The crown of glory: How NHL teams reward their player of the game
Sometimes it's a hat. Sometimes it's a jacket. Other times, it's a fighter pilot helmet, like the Jets have used. Which is to say that these things can get weird. Here are 10 of the most unique awards in use this season.... More >>

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