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February 20, 2019

How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games
In 2007, NBA ref Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to betting on games he officiated. But it was never proved that he fixed them -- until now. Our two-year investigation reveals how he did it, whom he did it with and the millions that flowed from the conspiracy.... More >>

Sources: Machado, Padres reach $300M deal
Manny Machado, a four-time All-Star who had a .297 batting average with 37 home runs, 107 RBIs and a career-high .905 OPS last season, has reached a deal with the Padres, sources told ESPN.... More >>

Source: MLB adding rules to prevent sign stealing
Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report.... More >>

Ex-Minn. coach Kill on Fleck: 'He's about himself'
Former Gophers football coach Jerry Kill was critical of current coach P.J. Fleck on Tuesday, saying in part that Fleck is "about himself."... More >>

UNC-Duke tickets approaching Super Bowl prices
The cheapest ticket to Wednesday's UNC-Duke game is approaching Super Bowl prices, thanks to Zion Williamson. If you're interested in squeezing into Cameron Indoor Stadium to watch the legendary rivalry, it'll cost you at least $2,500.... More >>

Canes' owner invests $250 million, will chair AAF
Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon has invested $250 million in the upstart Alliance of American Football and will become the new chairman of the venture.... More >>

Student makes 100-mile trek to IU to honor Trent
Purdue student Aaron Lai walked nearly 100 miles from West Lafayette to Bloomington in honor of Purdue superfan Tyler Trent, who died in early January from a rare form of bone cancer. The walk raised more than $20,000 for cancer research.... More >>

Winners and losers from Manny Machado's megadeal with Padres
We break down what the deal means for the infielder, the Padres and a certain other available star.... More >>

Bubble Watch: Indiana falls off the bubble
Here's your updated source for all the latest on the NCAA tournament bubble.... More >>

Power Rankings: Plenty at stake for Duke, North Carolina
The rivals meet Wednesday, with the Tar Heels hoping to impact the ACC race and more.... More >>

The most lopsided deadline trades in NHL history
Filip Forsberg for Martin Erat is the clear modern champ, but some historical swaps were just as bad as that robbery. Here are the top 20.... More >>

Anfield draw hardly a nightmare for Liverpool
Bayern Munich silenced usually raucous Anfield, but without an away goal, that's not nearly the disaster scenario for Liverpool it appears to be.... More >>

Tragedy in the Vulture's Nest: What happened at Flamengo?
On Feb. 8, a fire at an uninspected youth dormitory at one of Brazil's highest-earning teams caused 10 preventable deaths. How?... More >>

How the NFL's worst quarterbacks can improve in 2019
All five of the rookies drafted in the first round in 2018 finished in the bottom 10 in QBR last season. How can they take the next step?... More >>

Panthers must weigh pros, cons if considering Colin Kaepernick
The Panthers could use a reliable backup QB, but is the risk of adding Colin Kaepernick worth the potential reward?... More >>

Let's improve the Raiders: Barnwell predicts AFC West offseason moves
Oakland needs to add talent (and more picks). The Chargers and Chiefs face crucial decisions. Let's make offseason moves for the AFC West.... More >>

Romo to compete in PGA Tour's Byron Nelson
Former Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who missed the cut last year in his only PGA Tour start, has received a sponsor's exemption into the AT&T Byron Nelson in May.... More >>

Nine simple steps to go from obscure punter to viral sensation
Living in a villa in Bali, owning a tattoo parlor and working construction in Australia. Here's how Miami's Louis Hedley became a signing-day star.... More >>

Lomachenko to defend title vs. Crolla on April 12
Pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko will defend his unified lightweight world title against mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla on April 12 at Los Angeles' Staples Center after their camps reached a deal Tuesday night.... More >>

Adesanya-Gastelum for interim title at UFC 236
Israel Adesanya will face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 for the interim middleweight title while champion Robert Whittaker continues to recover from emergency surgery earlier this month.... More >>

What to expect from Ibra, Rooney and MLS' superstars in 2019
The 2018 season might have been the best yet for MLS' designated players, but Wayne Rooney & Co. might exceed that elevated threshold in 2019.... More >>

What Fury's deal with Top Rank, ESPN means for the heavyweight division
After Tyson Fury's giant deal with Top Rank and ESPN, rival teams and different broadcasters will sit and plot the future of the heavyweight division. Where do we go from here?... More >>

Contenders, playoff hopefuls and lottery dreamers to watch down the stretch
Are LeBron and the Lakers in trouble? Can the Warriors hang on to No. 1 in the West? We're setting you up for the season's final two months.... More >>

Art of the split decision: Gian Villante explains 'the worst thing ever'
Listening to the reading of a split decision might just be the most agonizing moment possible in an MMA fight. Gian Villante, fighting on ESPN + on Saturday, has four of those in a row.... More >>

A new era for Ohio State
Ryan Day takes over for Urban Meyer, with Georgia QB transfer Justin Fields getting a chance to lead the offense.... More >>

Alabama looks to regroup off title loss
The expectations -- winning a national title -- remain the same in Tuscaloosa, despite serious player and coaching turnover. What's next for the Tide this spring?... More >>

Rob Mendez learned football by playing video games. He's now a head coach
How could someone born without arms or legs, who's never held a football, teach high school players how to throw, tackle or block?... More >>

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