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March 20, 2018

How LeBron James fixed his back and is on track to play all 82 games
LeBron's back threatened to betray him. Then a former Navy SEAL went to work and gave him new strength.... More >>

LeBron records historic 40-point triple-double
The Cavaliers superstar was historically dominant, as he became the third-oldest player to notch a triple-double while scoring at least 40 points at 33 years and 79 days old, putting him only behind Larry Bird and Elgin Baylor.... More >>

Sources: Curry targeting return vs. Hawks
Stephen Curry is targeting a return to action against the Hawks on Friday, sources told ESPN. The Warriors guard will have his ankle re-evaluated on Tuesday with the hope that enough progress has been made for him to play.... More >>

Dodgers 3B Turner suffers broken left wrist
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner suffered a broken left wrist after he was hit by a pitch in a spring training game on Monday night. There is no timetable yet for Turner's return.... More >>

Report: Purdue engineering at work for Haas
Purdue's sports medicine program has asked a group of mechanical engineers on campus to design an NCAA-approved brace for Boilermakers center Isaac Haas, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier.... More >>

Lue sets goal of return to Cavaliers at 1 week
Tyronn Lue is taking a break from coaching the Cavaliers to focus on his health. His goal, he told ESPN, is to return in about a week.... More >>

Ex-NBA star Francis cited for public intoxication
Former NBA All-Star Steve Francis was arrested and cited for public intoxication on Sunday at a hotel bar in Burbank, California.... More >>

Stats system crashes in Heat's 2-overtime win
James Johnson scored a career-high 31 points, Kelly Olynyk added 30 off the bench and the Miami Heat set a franchise single-game scoring record by beating the Denver Nuggets 149-141 in double overtime Monday night.... More >>

With so many top seeds eliminated, it's time to reseed the Sweet 16
Let's try this again. It's not exactly the 16 teams we expected, but it's time to take a good look and put them in the proper order.... More >>

What separates each coach?
The Sweet 16 coaches are a blend of the familiar (Jim Boeheim, Coach K, John Calipari) and some surprises (Loyola-Chicago's Porter Moser).... More >>

Field contains more surprises than sure things
Welcome to the Sweet 16, Sister Jean. Loyola-Chicago's Cinderella story is just one delightful development in this year's field. Half the 1-seeds are gone, and there's no telling who has the upper hand to reach the Final Four.... More >>

The mostly bad history of NBA All-Stars as college coaches
Penny Hardaway won't be the first former NBA All-Star to try his hand at being a college head coach. A look back at those who tried before should worry Memphis fans.... More >>

How they got here and what's next for every team in the Sweet 16
The field has been trimmed. Only 16 are left standing. It's time to look at what they did to get here and, more important, what they need to do if they hope to keep moving along in March.... More >>

Who really got the best NFL free-agent deals?
Trumaine Johnson played the franchise-tag game just as well as Kirk Cousins did, but not every big contract is what it seems. Here's what we learned after a closer look at the biggest contracts.... More >>

Biggest remaining need for all 32 teams
Who will protect Tom Brady's blind side? Will the Packers add a cornerback? Here are the top questions remaining for every team after a furious first week of free agency.... More >>

Barnwell's free-agency and trade grades
New England has a new kick returner. Plus: Sheldon Richardson to the Vikings. Dontari Poe to the Panthers. And Kirk Cousins to the Vikings. Bill Barnwell evaluates every big move of the offseason.... More >>

NBA, players to address stigma of mental health
Recent revelations by Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan about players' mental health show the NBA is making some progress. But some formidable obstacles remain, including the tricky subject of confidentiality.... More >>

Giannis Antetokounmpo represents the Bucks' best hope since Kareem
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar laid the groundwork for making Milwaukee a championship city more than 40 years ago. Now the Bucks are banking on Giannis Antetokounmpo's ability to do the same -- while hoping he doesn't follow Kareem's path out of town.... More >>

Spurs take advantage of short-handed Warriors, avoid Golden State regular-season sweep
The Spurs lost a 16-point lead by the end of the third quarter, but they dominated the Warriors in the final period to reach four straight wins.... More >>

UConn touts the upside to downshifting
Fast? Slow? Somewhere in between? After wins in two very different types of games in the first two rounds, UConn might be ready for anything Duke can throw at it in the Sweet 16.... More >>

Buffalo stuns Florida State to reach first Sweet 16
The Sweet 16 has two double-digit Cinderellas after No. 11 seeds Buffalo and Central Michigan won Monday. The Bulls, who beat Florida State on the Seminoles' court, and Chippewas are the first pair of 11-seeds or lower to reach the Sweet 16 since 2012.... More >>

NBA Power Rankings: Which red-hot team just jumped past the Warriors?
Toronto's 11-game run may be over, but Portland and Utah have kept their impressive winning streaks alive out West.... More >>

McGregor favored in would-be Floyd MMA bout
A Las Vegas sportsbook has installed Conor McGregor as a -1000 favorite over Floyd Mayweather in a hypothetical MMA bout that, at this point, seems unlikely to ever take place.... More >>

The Dominant 20: Tiger tops our list, but how close to great is he again?
In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's 20th anniversary, we honor the 20 most dominant athletes of the past 20 years. Topping the list: Tiger Woods.... More >>

The 20 most dominant athletes of the past two decades
Peter Keating examines the numbers to find the most dominant athletes of our time.... More >>

'It doesn't come down to money': Manny Machado explains his move to shortstop
Getting ready for his last season in Baltimore before free agency, the Orioles star is taking on multiple challenges -- a switch back to his old position, and a new focus on his future.... More >>

UMBC's brief, but unforgettable, moment in the spotlight comes to an end
Kansas State kept the Retrievers from moving on to the Sweet 16, but the unlikely team from Maryland will always have its place in history.... More >>

A conference-by-conference breakdown of the spring's biggest stories
From Willie Taggart's debut at Florida State to several looming QB battles in the SEC, each conference has something to watch for this spring. Here's everything you need to know as spring ball hits overdrive.... More >>

It's Jalen vs. Tua time, as Alabama gets ready to kick off spring ball
Nick Saban has never deviated from the wait-and-see approach in terms of naming a starting quarterback. That won't change this spring.... More >>

Why the Rams for Aqib Talib? Two words: Wade Phillips
"No time in the NFL was I more comfortable playing football than with Wade Phillips," says the Rams CB, who reunites with his D-coordinator of choice.... More >>

Rams' D-line: Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers ... and Ndamukong Suh?
Adding a pass-rusher like Ndamukong Suh would further strengthen a unit that already boasts the league's top defensive player and an elite secondary.... More >>

'The Super Bowl champs wanted me': Haloti Ngata finds fit with Eagles
Haloti Ngata won a ring with Baltimore five years ago, and the pursuit of another is what brought him to the city where his idol looms large.... More >>

Atlanta is No. 2 in MLS Power Rankings
While the jockeying was limited near the top of the MLS Power Rankings this week, teams like Sporting KC, Minnesota and Real Salt Lake made big gains.... More >>

United will back Mourinho to build a team... for now
Mourinho knows the potential risks that come with singling players out for public criticism, but at United he also knows he is on safe ground for now.... More >>

Dominant Martin Truex Jr. re-emerges at California
On a day when an early mistake cost Kevin Harvick the chance at a fourth straight trophy, Truex Jr. reverted to his 2017 form and delivered a statement win (by 11.7 seconds) at Auto Club Speedway.... More >>

ESPN's Frozen Four and national title predictions
Three Minnesota teams made the 16-team field for the NCAA Division I men's hockey tournament, but none of them is the consensus pick among our experts to win it all. Here's who John Buccigross and other ESPN puckheads predict will reach the Frozen Four.... More >>

Which bubble team will miss the playoffs, but doesn't deserve to?
Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg are having stellar seasons for the Stars, but they're looking up at the Kings and Colorado in the wild-card standings. Here's why the Blues, Panthers, Devils and Hurricanes could also unfairly miss out on the playoff dance.... More >>

2018 fantasy baseball rankings, sleepers, cheat sheets and more
Get everything you need to prepare for your fantasy baseball drafts here, including rankings and analysis from ESPN's team of experts.... More >>

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