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September 18, 2019

Trash talk, mattress fires and a flying projector: Lane Kiffin's year at Tennessee
Lane Kiffin's one season in Knoxville was one of the wildest in recent memory. A decade later, those involved remember the highs, the lows and the unbelievable.... More >>

Vazquez told police of attempted sex with minor
According to a criminal complaint released by Pennsylvania State Police, Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez admitted that he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.... More >>

Saints don't name QB starter; no IR for Brees
Sean Payton declined to name a starter for the Saints' first game without Drew Brees on Sunday at Seattle, saying, "We'll approach this game with two quarterbacks" in veteran Teddy Bridgewater and dual-threat athlete Taysom Hill.... More >>

Pitino settles with Louisville, seeks 'new chapter'
Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville Athletic Association have dropped their lawsuits as part of a settlement that will reflect that his employment ended "as a result of a resignation."... More >>

N.Y. senator proposes bill to pay college athletes
New York state Sen. Kevin Parker proposed a bill that includes an amendment that would require college athletic departments to give a 15% share of annual revenue to student-athletes.... More >>

In video chat, Gordon says he'll play 'somewhere'
In a video chat with his Instagram followers on Tuesday, Chargers running back holdout Melvin Gordon said it would be "a waste of talent" if he didn't play this season.... More >>

Curry commits to Olympics: 'That is the plan'
In an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, Warriors guard Stephen Curry said he's committed to playing for Team USA in his first Olympic Games next summer in Tokyo.... More >>

NFL veteran Vontae Davis quit the NFL midgame. Here's what happened next
One year ago, Vontae Davis walked off a football field for the last time ... in the middle of a game. Now he revisits the moment that shocked the NFL and where it's taken him since.... More >>

PSG vs. Real Madrid is biggest game of group stage, but behind the scenes, both teams are a mess
The Champions League group stage has offered up one blockbuster clash but neither PSG nor Real will be that thrilled about such an early test.... More >>

Timeline of Ramsey's tumultuous tenure with Jaguars
In three-plus seasons in Jacksonville, the cornerback has been a mainstay in the headlines because of his talent and brash personality.... More >>

The Bottom 10 welcomes the ACC (and former pal Maryland)
Kicking off with a conference game that wasn't a conference game, it was a bad week along the Atlantic coast.... More >>

Eli Manning's legacy through the eyes of those who know him best
The Giants' easygoing legend with a humble personality left an indelible impression with his work ethic, pranks and a surprising Super Bowl speech.... More >>

Think Max Scherzer is a lock to start the wild-card game if the Nats make it? Maybe not
Mad Max in a winner-take-all game seems like a no-brainer. But Washington might have an even better option.... More >>

The three superstars who defined this NBA decade
Here's how LeBron, Steph and KD defined and dominated the 2010s.... More >>

Ranking the eight best NBA games of the 2010s
Our list features career-defining playoff moments and a couple of the most entertaining regular-season games of all time.... More >>

Fantasy football Week 3 rankings
Matthew Berry, Field Yates, Mike Clay, Eric Karabell, Stephania Bell and Tristan H. Cockcroft offer up their rankings for Week 3.... More >>

Could MLS, Liga MX actually merge in the future? MLB might provide the blueprint
It's no secret that MLS and Liga MX want to shake up the landscape of club soccer in North America. Could the answer lie in America's Pastime?... More >>

'Altitude is real': Why one UFC fighter spent nearly $30K to train
Jeremy Stephens knew his best chance to be successful in Saturday's main event in Mexico City was to acclimate himself to altitude.... More >>

UFC main event breakdown: Rodriguez's volume all types of trouble for Stephens
The offensive output of Yair Rodriguez could pose a significant problem for Jeremy Stephens, who needs to put his focus on the ground game.... More >>

Everything you need to know ahead of the PFL playoffs
October is a make-or-break month for the 44 fighters still in contention for $1 million paydays in the PFL's six divisions. Here's an in-depth primer on the PFL playoffs.... More >>

How Olympian Gus Kenworthy landed his first Hollywood role, in 'American Horror Story, 1984'
Catch Kenworthy make his debut on "American Horror Story" on Wednesday, Sept. 18.... More >>

WNBA mock draft: Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu is projected No. 1 pick
Sabrina Ionescu looks headed to the Big Apple after New York got the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft lottery. But two more Ducks are expected first-rounders.... More >>

Coach wins biggest battle to bring her daughter home
Joanne Boyle retired from coaching to focus on adopting her Senegalese daughter. After seven years of red tape, the adoption is official.... More >>

From bullied to Louisville commit, Olivia Cochran keeps going
Cochran, the No. 18 women's college basketball recruit in the Class of 2020, went from being bullied for her size to becoming a Louisville commit.... More >>

Fan gets Odell Beckham Jr. autograph tattooed after Monday Night Football
Odell Beckham Jr.'s homecoming at MetLife Stadium on Monday night wasn't just memorable for the Cleveland Brown's star. One lucky fan is the proud owner of one-of-a-kind OBJ autograph ink. Yep, dreams do come true.... More >>

Love, rugby and a sport's crucial battle with concussion
On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Tom Hamilton assesses how far the game has come and how far it still has to go in its understanding of the most prevalent -- and damaging -- injury in rugby.... More >>

What is a concussion protocol? Sport by sport, there's no single solution
Reporters from across ESPN give their insights on how sport has been impacted by the increasing awareness of concussion.... More >>

Peter Quillin still competing at 168, but fighting for something different
One day a champion, the next, down on the canvas. How former middleweight world titleholder Peter Quillin reinvented himself after a tough decision in his career.... More >>

The night that changed NXT forever
NXT as a brand took a major step forward on one night in 2018. Adam Cole, Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano and Shayna Baszler share their memories of TakeOver: New Orleans... More >>

Power Rankings: LAFC stumbles again, Zlatan on fire as chaos reigns in wild Western Conference
Peace has settled across MLS's Eastern conference. NYCFC are sitting pretty at the top, Toronto have found stability. In the West? Utter chaos.... More >>

Playoff picture: LAFC slipping? SKC have any hope?
With Decision Day looming, the MLS playoff picture is coming into focus. So who's postseason bound and whose season is already over?... More >>

Henrik Lundqvist talks Rangers rebuild, his workload and being 'the shampoo guy'
Entering his 15th season, the netminder dishes on his team's rapid rebuild, being pushed by Alexandar Georgiev, his favorite "cheat meal" and more.... More >>

Why Leclerc, not Vettel, looks like the champion Ferrari has been waiting for
There are no prizes for guessing who tops our Power Rankings -- Charles Leclerc, having claimed back-to-back victories, looks like the champion Ferrari has been waiting for.... More >>

NASCAR StatWatch: Martin Truex Jr. an oldie but goodie with Las Vegas win
The win on Sunday was the 24th of Martin Truex Jr.'s career, and the 21st since the 39-year-old reached the age of 35.... More >>

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