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January 18, 2018

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's 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 >>

Afflalo suspended 2 games for throwing punch
Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo has been suspended two games for throwing a punch at Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica, the league announced Thursday.... More >>

USA Gymnastics cuts ties with Karolyi Ranch
New USA Gymnastics CEO Kerry Perry said the organization will no longer be affiliated with the Karolyi Ranch, a training center where Larry Nassar assaulted young gymnasts.... More >>

Celtics' Irving has sore shoulder, out vs. Sixers
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, who has had lingering discomfort in his left shoulder, was particularly sore after Tuesday's loss, and he will sit out against the 76ers on Thursday.... More >>

Judge chides Nassar for complaints in his letter
In a letter to Michigan judge Rosemarie Aquilina, Larry Nassar expressed doubts he could face a week of comments from women he has admitted to abusing. "I have to say, this isn't worth the paper it's written on," Aquilina said about Nassar's letter.... More >>

Fournette says Steelers fan rear-ended his car
When Leonard Fournette was rear-ended in Jacksonville on Tuesday, he was surprised to find out the driver was a Steelers fan.... More >>

First-graders send Jags game plan to beat Pats
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone revealed on Thursday that a first-grade class from a local school sent a game plan on how to defeat the Patriots. "We're just taking as much advice as we can because we need it," Marrone said.... More >>

'He's going to be a superstar': Jayson Tatum is no average rookie
Danny Ainge knew he picked a winner when Boston landed Jayson Tatum, but the Celtics had no idea they'd be hitting the jackpot with their 19-year-old wing.... 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 >>

How the Jaguars can defend Gronk: No 'secret formula,' but here's a start
No defense wants to see Rob Gronkowski spike the football in its end zone. It's a nightmare. Jacksonville has the talent to limit him, however, and force Tom Brady to use other options.... More >>

AFC title game an 'opportunity,' not redemption for Blake Bortles
Despite being dissed by fellow NFL players and others, Jaguars QB Blake Bortles continues to take the high road -- straight to Gillette Stadium.... More >>

Eagles' secret weapon? An analytics-fueled attack
Going for it on fourth down, going for two, rationing timeouts: Some of what the Eagles do might seem random, but each decision is quite calculated.... More >>

Jay Gruden on how to attack the Vikings' and Eagles' defenses
Redskins coach Jay Gruden gives detailed insight on the Vikings' and Eagles' defenses and where each might be vulnerable.... More >>

Players concerned with extreme heat at Aussie Open, but what's the solution?
When is hot too hot? At the Australian Open on Thursday, we got a pretty good idea.... More >>

Great tennis from Tennys in win vs. Wawrinka
Who saw this coming: Stan Wawrinka meeting a Tennys player who was just too tough.... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

BPI ranks the top leagues in college basketball
Should the Big 12, ACC or another conference be considered the best in college basketball? We asked the Basketball Power Index, which said the Big 12 is best from top to bottom.... More >>

Bracketology: Can WCC's best improve their seeds?
Gonzaga and Saint Mary's are both in the tournament, but can either improve their seeding before conference tourney time?... 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 >>

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 >>

Sorry, Alabama, but Clemson is the new No. 1 in Way-Too-Early Top 25
The biggest winner after the NFL draft early-entry deadline is Clemson, which welcomes back the most fearsome defensive line unit in the country.... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

What to look for in NCAA's first reveal of top 16 seeds
Will Rutgers, the biggest surprise of the season so far, wind up in the NCAA's top 16 seeds on Thursday night? What seed will South Carolina land?... 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 >>

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 >>

Power Rankings: Fantasy standouts for each team
Like you, we're fantasy hockey freaks. So for this week's Power Rankings, we decided to honor some of the statistical stars and fantasy-friendly performers for each of the NHL's 31 teams.... More >>

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