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May 22, 2019

Passan: How a 19-year-old prospect is turning the MLB draft upside down
By agreeing to a deal to play in Japan and shunning the draft, Carter Stewart will make himself millions of dollars and might be changing the way baseball does business.... More >>

Lawyer: Mathieu victim of $5M extortion plot
Chiefs defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was the victim of a $5 million extortion plot by a family member, court records show.... More >>

Sources: Man United rule out move for Sancho
Manchester United will pursue alternative targets to bolster their attacking options this summer after ruling out an 80 million move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, sources have told ESPN FC.... More >>

McGregor on Khabib melee: 'This war is not over'
Conor McGregor, in a recently released interview with self-help guru Tony Robbins, opened up about his postfight melee with Khabib Nurmagomedov's team at UFC 229 in October and said "it's on them" if a rematch doesn't happen.... More >>

Sources: Pitcher skips MLB draft for Japan deal
Carter Stewart is in agreement with a Japanese team on a deal that could set a precedent for young prospects looking to make more money early in their careers.... More >>

VanVleet's shot reborn after birth of 2nd child
A day after the birth of his second child, Fred VanVleet broke out of his shooting slump and had his best game of the playoffs, scoring 13 points off the bench to help the Raptors rout the Bucks 120-102 in Game 4.... More >>

UW scores second top-7 recruit in PF McDaniels
Jaden McDaniels announced Tuesday night he has committed to Washington, which now is the only team with two top-seven recruits in the Class of 2019.... More >>

This is the season of the massive comeback in the NBA
The adage that an NBA game isn't over until it's over rose to unprecedented heights this season.... More >>

'It's the Kawhi effect': The impact of having a transcendent star
The Raptors' bench supported Kawhi Leonard by scoring 48 points in a Game 4 win.... More >>

For long-suffering Blues fans and players, it's different this time
For the first time since 1970, St. Louis will witness a Stanley Cup Final. The franchise and fan base are quite deserving of the ultimate prize.... More >>

Dabo Confidential: The Clemson coach dishes on Bama, Nick Saban, new contract
Dabo Swinney sat down with ESPN for a Q&A on Alabama, Saban, his new contract and more.... More >>

Eagles rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside and his guardian angels
With parents who were professional athletes and a grandmom who gave him pregame pep talks, the 23-year-old wide receiver was born to play.... More >>

How Michael Brantley -- MLB's best free-agent bargain -- could swing the World Series
He didn't make headlines like Harper and Machado, but Brantley is playing like a star again, and helping lift the Astros to a whole new level.... More >>

Alex Verdugo's 'youthful enthusiasm' keeps Dodgers charged up
There's a new kind of energy in L.A.'s outfield, with the rookie winning over teammates and fans alike in a way Yasiel Puig did not.... More >>

The best loss of his life: How Jeremy Kennedy found himself on a path toward $1 million
Jeremy Kennedy was 11-0 and in the UFC before a defeat changed the course of his career. Now the Canadian featherweight is in the PFL, making his debut Thursday in pursuit of Season 2's big prize.... More >>

Get ready, world: Here comes Mal Pugh
As the World Cup approaches, other countries may be catching up to the U.S. women's national team, but they'll have to catch her first.... More >>

'This is where I wanted to be': How Mike Martin built his legacy at Florida State
Martin's current and former players want one more College World Series run for their coach in his 40th and final season.... More >>

WNBA 2019 season predictions: Best- and worst-case scenarios for each team
How will defending champ Seattle do without its MVP? Can Phoenix and Washington return to the semis? We predict how far each WNBA team goes in 2019.... More >>

Chasing Ghosts: Will Indiana ever really move on from Bob Knight?
The post-Bob Knight era at Indiana has been littered with false starts and missteps. When will the Hoosiers return to the elite?... More >>

Why Serena Williams isn't the favorite in a deep French Open field
With Serena Williams a huge question mark and one of the deepest fields ever, who are the top contenders for the women's crown at Roland Garros?... More >>

Pound-for-pound rankings: Naoya Inoue is coming for the top spot ... fast
Naoya Inoue accomplished a few things with his latest KO victory: He stopped a legit opponent, won a bantamweight world title and made a big jump in the pound-for-pound rankings. Who completes the top 10?... More >>

Gaethje: UFC should remove McGregor from rankings if he doesn't fight
Justin Gaethje is ready to get back into the Octagon, but he cannot do that until the UFC gives him an opponent. He sits down with ESPN to talk about what's ahead at lightweight.... More >>

23 MMA thoughts, including why Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor should be revisited
Ariel Helwani shares his thoughts on the future for dos Anjos, including an intriguing potential opponent, as well as a glimpse of what to expect from Monday's show.... More >>

NCAA Division I men's lacrosse tournament: Schedule, results, previews
Follow along all tournament long for the latest results, news and schedules for the 2019 Men's Division I NCAA lacrosse tournament.... More >>

F1 Power Rankings: Why Max is the man to end Mercedes' winning run
Who's hot and who's not in Formula One? Jake Michaels ranks all 20 drivers ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.... More >>

Raimondi: 2019 is the right time for the new WWE 24/7 title ... if executed correctly
WWE introduced a new 24/7 title with the idea that it could be defended anywhere at any time. Utilizing the whole roster and all of the WWE's media platforms will be key if it's going to succeed as planned in 2019.... More >>

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