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January 18, 2020

OBJ cop-slap case won't be pursued by DA office
The case against Odell Beckham Jr. for slapping a cop's butt won't be pursued by the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office and the New Orleans Police Department said the officer in question won't pursue charges.... More >>

Viral star goes from thwarting thief to UFC 246
Summer Tapasa became a viral video star after she blocked and battled a would-be thief. Now she's got a job offer with the UFC and was in the middle of the weigh-in action Friday.... More >>

Sources: Blazers trade Bazemore, picks to Kings
The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks to the Sacramento Kings for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel, and Caleb Swanigan, league sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.... More >>

Martinez confident Red Sox did nothing wrong
At the Red Sox Winter Weekend fan festival, Boston slugger J.D. Martinez reiterated his confidence that his club will be cleared in MLB's investigation into sign stealing.... More >>

Survey: Fans want Astros players punished too
More than half of MLB fans believe Astros players should have been penalized along with team management in the aftermath of the sign-stealing scandal, according to an online survey conducted on behalf of ESPN.... More >>

Osaka ignoring critics after 'toughest year' of life
Naomi Osaka said she struggled with the scrutiny that came with being the No. 1-ranked player in the world but has made a conscious decision not to worry about "outside noise."... More >>

UFC 246 viewers guide: McGregor returns with big plans; can Cerrone cancel them all?
What can we expect as Conor McGregor returns from an extended absence to take on Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone?... More >>

How the internet helped crack the Astros' sign-stealing case
From video breakdowns to screengrabs to players weighing in, social media shaped MLB's first uniquely 21st century scandal.... More >>

How Frank Vogel won over the Lakers and their superstars
How has a retread coach made it work inside the league's most treacherous minefield?... More >>

What really happened during Deflategate? Five years later, the NFL's 'scandal' aged poorly
Five years ago, the Deflategate allegations against the Patriots spun out of control. Did the NFL actually learn anything from it?... More >>

Guide to Titans-Chiefs, Packers-49ers: Picks, bold predictions, key matchups, more
What to watch for in both games. Matchup breakdowns. Stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It's all here for the NFL conference championships.... More >>

The incredible true story of Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone's body
Cowboy Cerrone has broken 100 bones, lost half of his intestines, been stepped on by a bull and nearly severed his ring finger on a wakeboard, yet somehow he has become the most durable -- and winningest -- cage fighter ever.... More >>

Haaland's debut hat trick sparks BVB comeback
Erling Haaland continued his incredible campaign with a hat trick on his Borussia Dortmund debut, which sparked a comeback from 3-1 down to win 5-3.... More >>

Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes learned a few lessons in last year's AFC title game
Since falling short of the Super Bowl last season with an OT loss to the Patriots, Mahomes has figured out "how to win when things aren't perfect."... More >>

When Andy Reid coached his first conference title game, where was his competition?
Reid is coaching his sixth conference championship game, while the other three coaches are in their first.... More >>

Matt LaFleur vs. Robert Saleh: Best man stands in way of Super Bowl berth
LaFleur was best man in his wedding. Saleh helped him get his start in the NFL. Now LaFleur, the Packers' offensive playcaller, will have to beat Saleh, the 49ers' defensive coordinator, to get to the Super Bowl.... More >>

Australian Open draw envisions epic women's matches, more Big Three
Serena Williams' path to a 24th major title is filled with former Grand Slam winners. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer top a more balanced men's side.... More >>

AO FAQ: How fires could impact first major of 2020
What protocols do officials have in place to protect players, fans and staff?... More >>

Bryant: As Australia burns, it's time for athletes to speak out on climate
As the Australian Open is set to begin, there is something tone-deaf about the idea of playing tennis while a country burns. Athletes are raising money for relief efforts, but it's not enough. It's time for them to raise their voices about climate change.... More >>

How Facebook (and a couple of KOs) breathed new life into Michael Seals' career
Michael Seals couldn't get a fight, and at the age of 36, he was running out of time. Less than a year later, he is on the brink of making serious noise at light heavyweight.... More >>

Meet the 2020 breakout players for each Top 25 team
These are the players, led by No. 1 Clemson's WR Joe Ngata, who are expected to make big leaps next season.... More >>

How Barcelona replaced Valverde with Setien
ESPN takes readers behind the scenes to reveal why Barcelona finally dismissed Ernesto Valverde, and why they put their belief in Quique Setien.... More >>

LSU Tigers' celebration among must-see sports photos of the week
The most interesting sports shots from around the globe this week include a motorbike race along a desert canyon and an epic photobomb by an ice luger.... More >>

Maryville University No. 1 in preseason ESPN College League of Legends coaches poll
Over 40 coaches voted and more than half of them voted for Maryville University as the No. 1 team in the country in ESPN's preseason College League of Legends coaches poll.... More >>

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