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December 18, 2017

Barnwell: Three options to fix the NFL's catch rule
OK, fine, the catch rule was interpreted correctly in the final minute of the Patriots' win over the Steelers. But the rule is still bad. Here's how the league can make it better.... More >>

The NFL catch rule has issues, but Steelers' 'survive the ground' call was right
There have been way too many controversial reversals of touchdowns this season. What happened on Sunday with Jesse James wasn't one of them.... More >>

Scandal-hit Richardson selling NFL's Panthers
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is selling the NFL franchise amid accusations that include sexual harassment and a racial slur toward a scout who has since left the team.... More >>

Steelers TE James 'sick' over overruled TD call
A dramatic ending to the Steelers-Patriots matchup turned controversial after officials overruled what appeared to be a go-ahead touchdown catch by the Steelers tight end Jesse James -- a decision derided by James and several of his teammates.... More >>

Georgia lands No. 1 Fields despite FSU efforts
Justin Fields, a quarterback who is the nation's top prospect in the class of 2018, says he will sign with Georgia after a weekend visit to Athens... More >>

Source: IT4's debut not before Warriors tilt
Isaiah Thomas' highly anticipated debut for the Cavaliers will not come before the team's Christmas matchup with the Warriors, a source tells ESPN.... More >>

Source: WR Brown has partially torn calf muscle
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown suffered a partially torn left calf muscle in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, adding that Brown is unlikely to play next week but is expected back for the postseason.... More >>

LeBron's shoes send 'Equality' message in D.C.
Cavaliers star LeBron James took the court Sunday in Washington, D.C., wearing one black sneaker and one white sneaker -- each adorned with the word "EQUALITY" in gold stitching -- in an apparent ode to racial harmony.... More >>

Cowboys stay in playoff race with Ezekiel Elliott set to return
The Cowboys' playoff hopes remained alive by the thinnest of margins, as a folded sheet of paper and a fumble helped them withstand the Raiders.... More >>

Why the Steelers have hope in postseason Patriots rematch
A wild final minute highlighted by a good call on a bad rule aside, Pittsburgh stood up to New England to prove they're still in the thick of this race.... More >>

Playoff picture: Updated seeds after Week 15
The NFL has a new leader atop the AFC and a total of five playoff spots accounted for. That leaves seven slots left to be claimed in the final two weeks of the season.... More >>

Projected 2018 NFL draft order: Two top-five picks for the Browns?
The 0-14 Browns haven't quite clinched the No. 1 overall pick in next year's draft, but the Texans' four-game losing streak means Cleveland's second first-round pick is looking better and better.... More >>

Kobe Bryant is finally ready to say goodbye
The Lakers legend grew up devouring VHS highlights of Wilt, Magic and West. His jerseys will join theirs on Monday night, as Bryant moves on from his NBA career.... More >>

Jerry Richardson's decision to sell gives Panthers players some certainty
Richardson's letter announcing plans to sell gave players an end point in what could have been an ongoing saga and allows them to focus on the field.... More >>

Bengals hit low point, drop third straight in wake of news Marvin Lewis is leaving
The Bengals were disorganized and disengaged in an embarrassing loss to Minnesota, and it looks as if the Marvin Lewis era might end with a whimper.... More >>

The timing is right for Marvin Lewis and the Bengals to part ways
Marvin Lewis turned around a floundering franchise to make it a regular playoff contender, but with the team regressing, the time was right for change.... More >>

Thomas Davis' hit on Davante Adams is why a targeting rule is on the way
This season has demonstrated that the league's current rules aren't curbing dangerous hits to the head as well as they should.... More >>

Eagles escape a trap with eyes on home-field advantage -- and more
Philadelphia's win wasn't pretty, but it's now 12-2 and atop the NFC. And a "wake-up call" against the Giants might help in the long term.... More >>

Gronk returns; Pats clinch AFC East
With nine catches for 168 yards and some late-game heroics, Rob Gronkowski helped the Patriots pull off a dramatic victory in Pittsburgh.... More >>

Steelers' misery vs. Patriots continues
The souls of Heinz Field were crushed once again Sunday as Tom Brady broke off a surgical five-play drive that ended with a Dion Lewis TD with 56 seconds remaining.... More >>

Garoppolo delivers win in tough test with 49ers
Facing a stout Titans defense, Jimmy Garoppolo had a career day and sent the 49ers to their third straight win, delivering on the game's final drive.... More >>

Rams annihilate Seahawks; control NFC West
The Rams took control of the NFC West in convincingly brutal fashion, routing the Seahawks in Seattle thanks to a big performance by Todd Gurley.... More >>

Texans' search for backup QB has come up empty
Since Deshaun Watson tore his ACL, the season has turned into an audition for next seasonâ... More >>

Cleveland provides 'That's So Browns' moments
The Browns played a home game to match the mood of a half-empty stadium on Sunday, losing 27-10 to the Ravens to remain winless on the season.... More >>

Week 15 fantasy football winners and losers
Running backs dominated the fantasy leaderboard yet again in Week 15, as Todd Gurley II, Kareem Hunt and Mark Ingram provided their teams with huge point totals.... More >>

NFL players who protested during national anthem in Week 15
Several players have continued to protest before games, after Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem last year.... More >>

Even in defeat to North Carolina, Tennessee announced itself
Sure, Tennessee didn't win, despite having a chance. But what the Volunteers did prove was that they are ready to make some serious noise.... More >>

Olney: Dodgers, Braves both profit from creative, debt-defying deal
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos struck a deal with the Dodgers that did more than fix the two teams' payroll problems -- it set up future moves for both.... More >>

Why the Cubs should make Addison Russell-for-Manny Machado blockbuster trade
Dealing four years of Russell for one of Machado might seem like a lot, but bringing the O's star to Wrigley needs to be No. 1 on the Cubs' to-do list.... More >>

Competitive spirit still drives North Carolina's Hatchell
Whether it's the driving force behind three decades on the sideline at North Carolina or the will she displayed in beating cancer, Sylvia Hatchell's competitive side has the Tar Heels coach at the top of the game and on the brink of her 1,000th win.... More >>

Geno Auriemma's 10 biggest wins
Geno Auriemma is one victory shy of 1,000 career wins. Which ones stand out the most? Before he reaches the milestone, we select the breakthrough moments that helped build the UConn dynasty and launch Huskymania into a full-fledged phenomenon.... More >>

Man United keep faint title hopes alive
Man United showed impressive character to beat West Brom 2-1 and keep their faint title hopes alive, reducing Man City's lead to 11 points.... More >>

One-stop guide to all 41 bowl games
It's not all about the playoff. Don't sleep on the pre-Christmas games, as bowl season continues next week with Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic taking on Akron.... More >>

Who gets credit for the NBA 3-point revolution?
Kevin Pelton answers questions on the 3-point explosion, which Gasol brother was better at his peak, what's plaguing the Pelicans and more.... More >>

Who had the best sneakers of Week 9?
Kyrie Irving debuted his new signature sneaker, Montrezl Harrell dug deep in the Jordan archives, and Karl-Anthony Towns paid homage to Kanye West with some custom kicks.... More >>

Trust Your Elders: Sixers' young stars kept honest by vets
The Process has led to a high ceiling for the Philadelphia 76ers, but the veterans are there to raise the floor as well.... More >>

How Joel Embiid is trolling the NBA
Joel Embiid has turned the Sixers' famed process into performance art, and everyone is feeling merry and bright -- for now.... More >>

Which player will people still talk about 100 years from now?
Sidney Crosby has all those Cups and Alex Ovechkin is one of the game's greatest scorers, but there's something mythical about hockey's most famous mullet.... More >>

McDavid among biggest penalty-minute magnets
Why does Connor McDavid draw penalties at a higher rate than his peers? Because his ability to get into scoring position all but forces opposing players to foul him. Plus, the latest on the Seattle expansion front and more Jersey Fouls.... More >>

Ride the Lightning: Why Tampa Bay's hot start is legit
Steven Stamkos & Co. are off to a 23-6-2 start in 2017-18, but there's a lot of season left. Here's why they'll remain one of the top Stanley Cup contenders this season -- with one caveat.... More >>

Biney makes history at U.S. short track trials
Maame Biney, 17, became the first black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team with a pair of victories in the 500 meters on Saturday.... More >>

Figure skating needs uniforms!
It's time to ditch the costumes that we see every year at the Winter Olympics and get the figure skaters of the world uniforms.... More >>

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