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September 22, 2020

Fistfights, battle lines and Show(boat) time: Inside the Lakers' Kobe-Shaq dynasty
In his new book, "Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty," Jeff Pearlman reveals the inner workings of the Kobe-Shaq dynasty, full of behind-the-scenes infighting, untold hilarity and endless controversy.... More >>

Notre Dame-Wake Forest postponed due to virus
After seven more positive coronavirus tests at Notre Dame and 13 players in isolation, the game against Wake Forest has been postponed.... More >>

Silver: Best guess next NBA season starts in '21
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said his "best guess" is that the league will not begin its next season until 2021, emphasizing that "the goal is to play a standard season."... More >>

Source: Broncos to sign Bortles after Lock injury
Quarterback Blake Bortles, who spent five seasons with the Jaguars and one with the Rams, is signing with the Broncos after starter Drew Lock went down with a rotator cuff injury.... More >>

Vanessa Bryant sues sheriff over crash photos
Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball star Kobe Bryant, has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff claiming deputies shared unauthorized photos of the crash that killed her husband, their 13-year-old daughter and seven others.... More >>

All hit, no glove: Colts' Leonard nearly loses ring
Colts linebacker Darius Leonard's desire to make a young fan's day -- outside of getting a win -- nearly cost him his wedding ring following Sunday's victory over the Minnesota Vikings.... More >>

Sources: Suarez furious as Barca retract on exit
Sources: Suarez furious as Barca retract on exit... More >>

Michael Jordan's road to being a NASCAR owner, 14 years in the making
Michael Jordan is now a NASCAR team owner. His teaming up with Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace isn't as strange as it might sound.... More >>

20 questions on the wild week ahead in MLB
Jeff Passan has 20 questions -- and answers -- about baseball's frantic finish.... More >>

'This isn't fun': How everyone in baseball has navigated a very different season
The game has gone on. It's good that it has. But it has felt different, sounded different, looked different.... More >>

Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus early fantasy finds for each team
Dion Lewis could be getting big work soon, Cam Newton seems like a QB1 again and Jonnu Smith is turning into a favorite option for the Titans.... More >>

NHL bubble confidential: Go inside the Toronto and Edmonton playoff hubs
From on-site amenities (or lack thereof) to playing without fans to recreational substances of choice, here's the inside scoop from those who lived it.... More >>

What it took for Anthony Davis to get to this moment
Here's how Davis arrived at the doorstep of the NBA Finals with an opportunity to cement his legacy.... More >>

How one meeting brought the Big Ten back on the field
The Big Ten is playing football this fall. What changed? It all came down to updated medical reports.... More >>

Who's the boss? At Toledo in 1990, it was 38-year-old Nick Saban
September marks the 30th anniversary of Nick Saban's debut as a college head coach, a one-year jaunt at the helm of the Toledo Rockets.... More >>

Heisman Watch: Trevor Lawrence vs. Justin Fields is back
Clemson's Lawrence gets every first-place vote, but Fields -- who hasn't played yet -- makes his debut at No. 2.... More >>

Intel for all 32 NFL teams ahead of Week 3
Mike Clay breaks down each NFL team with a key fantasy football fact to get you ahead of the curve for Week 3 and beyond.... More >>

Fantasy football rankings: NFL Week 3
Our fantasy football experts provide Week 3 individual and composite rankings for each position.... More >>

Can the best Dodgers team yet end L.A.'s World Series drought?
As good as the mighty Dodgers are, even they are subject to the randomness that makes the MLB postseason so exciting.... More >>

Gronk's ultimate Florida road trip: A guided tour with festivals, mermaids and manatees
The peerless Florida Man is a 6-foot-6, 268-pound force of nature who vibes so hard. Here's where he should visit in his new state.... More >>

Stanley Cup Final Game 2 takeaways: How the Lightning held off a late Stars rally
Hint: The win had something to do with their goaltender. Here are the top things to know as the series is knotted heading into Game 3.... More >>

Barnwell: The story of Week 2 was injuries. These 21 were the most impactful
Nick Bosa, Saquon Barkley, Drew Lock, Jimmy Garoppolo and more went down. Here are the injuries that could most change the season.... More >>

Jaylen Brown is a player for this moment
The fourth-year wing is helping the Celtics get back to the NBA Finals for the first time in a decade -- during a time he has long been preparing for.... More >>

Bubbles, buy games and bid worries: Inside the frenzy to save college basketball's nonconference season
The NCAA cleared a path for the 2020-21 college basketball season to begin with last week's announcement. Now comes the tough part.... More >>

How Bryson DeChambeau went to great lengths to win the U.S. Open
No one can question Bryson DeChambeau's methods now. He overpowered Winged Foot and the field to win his first major championship.... More >>

Ringside Seat: Charlo brothers highlight a week loaded with intriguing fights
The Charlo brothers, Josh Taylor and the World Boxing Super Series highlight a week of action that boxing fans are sure to enjoy.... More >>

Moving on from Jon Jones: Can Dominick Reyes or Jan Blachowicz create a new light heavyweight era?
Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz are preparing to fight for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday. Can they fight out of Jon Jones' shadow?... More >>

Adesanya will be more aggressive; Chandler needs to prove himself
MMA experts discuss how Israel Adesanya might attack Paulo Costa and Michael Chandler's possible debut at UFC 254.... More >>

Why a former Olympic site is finally removing the slur from its name
Renaming a major ski resort -- a place with great historical significance in sports -- is one key step towards removing the derogatory term from our culture. But it's just the beginning of what needs to be done.... More >>

Shaka Hislop: How football can drive the social justice message
"My message to those who love the game is simple: Whether you speak out or stay silent, show up and be a part of the movement."... More >>

MLS Power Rankings: Columbus cements No. 1 status
It's as you were at the top of this week's MLS Power Rankings, with Columbus again leading the way, as things go from bad to worse in San Jose.... More >>

WNBA playoffs 2020: Las Vegas Aces look to shake off 'lazy' and 'embarrassing' loss
After a lackluster effort last time out, the top-seeded Aces hope to return to form and even their WNBA semifinal series with No. 7 seed Connecticut.... More >>

Sources: NFL levies $1M in fines for mask snubs
The NFL fined three head coaches -- Denver's Vic Fangio, Seattle's Pete Carroll and San Francisco's Kyle Shanahan -- $100,000 each for not wearing masks Sunday, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter, and also fined each coach's team $250,000.... More >>

SEC to use device used by NFL in contact tracing
SEC football players will use the same type of devices worn by NFL players to assist in contact tracing.... More >>

MJ, Hamlin to field car with Bubba Wallace driving
Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan will field a car for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, with Wallace driving.... More >>

Top five top laners at the League of Legends World Championship
Looking ahead to the start of the League of Legends World Championship, we picked our top five top laners, including three from China's League of Legends Pro League.... More >>

ROX Tigers vs. SK Telecom: League of Legends' greatest rivalry
Fans still have stories of the epic clashes between the upstart Tigers and the juggernaut of SK Telecom.... More >>

The Schumacher trait that makes Verstappen such a tough teammate
In an exclusive interview, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner gives his theory on why Max Verstappen's teammates struggle to match him and weighs up the strengths and weaknesses of Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon.... More >>

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