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December 9, 2019

Playoff picture: Chiefs, Ravens clinch spots in AFC, 49ers jump in NFC
The Chiefs and Ravens secured playoff berths in Week 14. Here's how the current postseason bracket looks and what scenarios lie ahead.... More >>

NFL takeaways: What's next for the Saints, Bills after crushing losses
San Francisco topped New Orleans in a 94-point battle, while Baltimore edged Buffalo to clinch a playoff berth.... More >>

WADA imposes four-year ban on Russia
The World Anti-Doping Agency has imposed a four-year ban on Russia using its flag, anthem and team names at Olympic and sports events.... More >>

Patriots' home streak ends at 21 as rally falls shy
The Patriots had their 21-game home winning streak (including playoffs) snapped on Sunday with a loss to the Chiefs. The loss included two questionable calls from the officiating crew that went against New England.... More >>

Mayfield criticizes Browns' handling of OBJ injury
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said Sunday that Odell Beckham Jr.'s injury "wasn't handled right" by the team's training staff, suggesting Cleveland would have been better off had the receiver undergone surgery during the preseason.... More >>

Melo says after Rockets exit, he warned CP3
Carmelo Anthony said he wasn't surprised by the way Chris Paul's deal to Oklahoma City was handled by the Rockets and, in fact, he told his good friend to "just be careful" in the wake of his own departure from Houston.... More >>

Davis: Lakers trio encouraged thrust toward 50
Anthony Davis said he was "constantly reminded" Sunday night by teammates Avery Bradley, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo that he should go for the 50-point mark.... More >>

Catcher Simmons, ex-exec Miller elected to HOF
Marvin Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday along with former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons.... More >>

College Football Playoff gets it right, gives us matchups we wanted
We can't believe we are about to say this, but ... thank you, College Football Playoff selection committee. You've given college football fans two must-see semifinal matchups.... More >>

These Patriots are down, not out: The silver lining in a second straight loss
New England, now 10-3, has issues, and they start with Tom Brady and the offense. But history is on the Pats' side.... More >>

First look at LSU-Oklahoma and Ohio State-Clemson
Here's what we're expecting to see when No. 1 LSU takes on No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 2 Ohio State faces No. 3 Clemson.... More >>

Ohio State, Maryland keep Big Ten relevant
Louisville of the ACC remains No. 1, but the Big Ten is well represented even without preseason favorite Michigan State.... More >>

Week 14 highs and lows: Drew Brees' big day
Drew Brees' massive game highlights the Week 14 fantasy football takeaways from Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft.... More >>

LaMelo Ball to miss four weeks in Australian league
LaMelo Ball suffered a bruised foot in practice last week and will miss about a month, sources say.... More >>

So what do we know about UConn so far this season?
UConn is 8-0 and undefeated. And on Sunday, junior Megan Walker showed the rest of the country she might be ready to be the next great UConn player.... More >>

Mookie Betts to the Reds (or White Sox) and more winter meetings trades we want to see
Here are some deals that would get everyone talking.... More >>

Who's next for Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Alistair Overeem and Aspen Ladd?
Jairzinho Rozenstruik may get his wish for his next fight while Aspen Ladd shouldn't be rushed despite her impressive KO.... More >>

Is Joshua the best heavyweight in boxing?
Where does Joshua stand in the heavyweight pecking order? And whom will he fight next?... More >>

Weekend review: Rashford could be an icon for Man United
As long as Marcus Rashford is around, United have a chance. PLUS: Bournemouth are officially in trouble. It's ESPN's Premier League weekend review.... More >>

Derby defeat suggests Man City dominance might be ending
Against Man United, Man City looked old and slow. Is its derby defeat the beginning of the end of its dominance?... More >>

Which player had the best sneakers in the NBA during Week 7?
Langston Galloway, Blake Griffin, PJ Tucker and Russell Westbrook highlight sneakers in the first week of December.... More >>

Stanford beats UNC in shootout to take College Cup
Stanford won the not-so-pretty NCAA women's soccer title on penalty kicks after the Cardinal and North Carolina played to the first 0-0 tie in College Cup history.... More >>

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