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May 30, 2020

Goodell: 'Urgent need for action' after Floyd death
In a statement, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said "there remains an urgent need for action" following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, while NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith sent a letter to players to address the pain of recent events.... More >>

OSU's Towns detained by police during protest
Seth Towns, who graduated from Harvard on Thursday and has transferred to play for Ohio State next season, was briefly detained during a protest in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday.... More >>

Pistons' Casey: We all have to be and do better
Pistons coach Dwane Casey, 63, wonders if anything has changed from the time when he was an 8-year-old boy walking into a white school in Kentucky, feeling helpless and like he was unseen, not heard and not understood.... More >>

U.S. star dons Floyd armband in Bundesliga play
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49ers' Kittle looking for more than top TE money
George Kittle and the 49ers haven't made much progress on a new contract, with his agent saying he is looking for more than a deal that makes Kittle the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.... More >>

Top Rank announces headliners for June boxing
Top Rank's Bob Arum has announced the promotion's boxing cards for June, the majority of which will take place at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. The cards will be televised on ESPN platforms, Arum said Saturday.... More >>

UFC Fight Night viewers guide: Which Tyron Woodley will we see against Gilbert Burns?
Woodley, the former UFC welterweight champion, returns after an absence of over a year to take on rising contender Gilbert Burns.... More >>

UFC Fight Night live results and analysis
The UFC returns to Las Vegas with a card that features a welterweight bout with title implications.... More >>

Is your team really married to its quarterback? We ranked all 32 marriages
The Rams are committed to Jared Goff. Are the Eagles really tied to Carson Wentz long term?... More >>

Ripple effect of the coronavirus: College baseball programs canceled
The son of former Chicago Bears defensive end Alex Brown is looking for a new school after Furman cut its baseball program on May 18.... More >>

What sweeping cuts mean for minor league baseball and its players
Hundreds of minor leaguers were released Thursday. Where does that leave them for 2020 and beyond?... More >>

President Chris Paul -- the point guard at a time of crisis
The 10-time All-Star is the president of the players' association, putting him in a key leadership role as the NBA mulls options to return.... More >>

When will the NBA return? Latest updates and big questions
Get the latest intel on the NBA's plans to finish the 2019-20 season.... More >>

Bayern continues relentless charge toward Bundesliga title
Bayern Munich are 10 points clear atop the Bundesliga after dismantling Fortuna Dusseldorf. Could silverware outside of Germany be in their future?... More >>

Diary of 49ers' Ben Garland: Learning my limits on Kilimanjaro
After the Super Bowl, 49ers offensive lineman Ben Garland took a humanitarian trip to Tanzania, where he helped bring water to those in need and tackled Africa's highest peak. Here are his experiences in his words.... More >>

'You don't give Mike Tyson a script:' Chris Jericho on boxing legend's AEW appearance
Chris Jericho explains how the AEW segment with Mike Tyson came together, his thoughts on Henry Cejudo's appearance and the Stadium Stampede match.... More >>

Source: With market cool, Cam may wait to sign
With league sources saying that the market to sign Cam Newton has cooled over the past month, Newton is expected to take his time before joining a team, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.... More >>

Power 5 leagues want athlete compensation law
Power 5 conference commissioners ask Congress to move ahead with federal legislation for college athlete compensation.... More >>

Life after Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa: Our top college football quarterback questions
A new season of college football on the horizon (we hope anyway) carries a new set of QB questions. Here's what we want to know.... More >>

Cal Ripken, the birth of The Streak and the toughness it took to keep it going
Cal Ripken played and played, through pain that would have forced others to stop. Why? Because that is what his father taught him.... More >>

Mexico 1970: The World Cup that changed soccer forever
With a legend revitalized in color and bold new commercial opportunities untapped, Mexico 1970 permanently altered the fabric of world soccer.... More >>

Top 10 European Cup finals ever: Liverpool 2005? Man United 1999? Real Madrid 1960?
The 2020 Champions League final would have been played Saturday, May 30, before the coronavirus, so let's look at the top 10 finals from history.... More >>

Gambling on table tennis is blowing up -- but are the matches legit?
When live sports went dark, table tennis became one of the only options for sports bettors. But details on matches are sketchy, scarce and sometimes kept secret.... More >>

Will fighters take less money to get back in the ring?
Without paying audiences, fighters could have to take a pay cut from their regular purses. Will they fight for less?... More >>

Rod Brind'Amour's take on the NHL's playoff format, empty arena games and his training camp plan
The Hurricanes coach checks in on the next steps after the NHL approved a plan to restart the season (at some point).... More >>

How the 2020 NHL playoffs can be the greatest ever
There are five specific ways the league can maximize the fun should a playoff tournament happen.... More >>

Nunes-Spencer finalized as full UFC 250 card set
UFC president Dana White announced the full card for UFC 250 on Wednesday, an event that will take place in Las Vegas without fans on June 6. Amanda Nunes will defend her 145-pound title vs. Felicia Spencer in the main event.... More >>

Riot Games unveils Reyna, 11th VALORANT agent
Riot Games announced the newest VALORANT agent on Saturday. The FPS game's 11th agent is named Reyna and hails from Mexico.... More >>

Playbook Inning 9: Master the player pool
Part 9 of Tristan H. Cockcroft's nine-part expanded "Playbook" takes a deep dive into this year's player pool, uncovering the guys to go after and the ones to dodge in 2020.... More >>


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