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April 19, 2018

'Man, can I ever get you out?': Inside Albert Pujols' path to 3,000 hits
As he closes in on one of baseball's most sacred career milestones, The Machine and those around him reflect on the journey Pujols has traveled to get there.... More >>

Real or not: Is 15-2 just the beginning of what these Red Sox can do?
Other teams have sizzled in the first month and fizzled later, but banged-up Boston's start already makes it an easy favorite in the AL East.... More >>

Popovich to miss Game 3 after wife's death
Gregg Popovich, whose wife, Erin, died Wednesday, will not coach the Spurs on Thursday night. Ettore Messina will fill in for Popovich.... More >>

Rozier downplays any bad blood with Bledsoe
Celtics guard Terry Rozier downplayed any bad blood with Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe and suggested that referring to him as "Drew" during a news conference after Game 1 was simply an accident.... More >>

Humboldt GoFundMe page raises over $15M
The GoFundMe account collecting funds for the Humboldt Broncos closed Wednesday after raising more than $15 million in less than two weeks.... More >>

Reds fire Price after 3-15 start to season
The Reds have fired manager Bryan Price after a 3-15 start to the season, his fifth with the club.... More >>

Tractors worth $50K stolen from Pippen's farm
Scottie Pippen's family is offering a reward after two tractors worth $50,000 were stolen from the former NBA star's livestock farm in Arkansas.... More >>

Harden's 'amazing' D atones for 2-of-18 night
James Harden had one of the worst shooting outings in NBA playoff history Wednesday night, but he contributed three steals and three blocks and continued to play strong defense in the post as the Rockets took a 2-0 series lead.... More >>

Lowe: The chessmaster play that NBA playoff teams love to run
Little things matter in the postseason, and one sweet set has rippled across three playoff series -- with perhaps even more to come.... More >>

ESPN Forecast: New playoff predictions for Round 1
Who are the new favorites in the NBA playoffs? Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts the outcome of all eight Round 1 series after two games.... More >>

Ranking the must-see NBA playoff series this round
We're two games into every Round 1 matchup. Which series will be the most entertaining the rest of the way? Here's our 1-8 rankings.... More >>

The Breakfast Club: The surprisingly snakey secret to the Sixers’ success
Two years ago, the Philadelphia 76ers won 10 games. Now they're a 52-win 3-seed, with two possible future MVPs, each under the age of 24. This is the inside story of the talk therapy that helped make it all happen.... More >>

Roundtable: Trouble signs for Predators, Lightning and Blue Jackets
Even series leaders have issues. Nashville has been leaky defensively, Tampa Bay is taking too many penalties and three OT games have overtaxed Columbus' young guns.... More >>

Matthews, Marner living to answer Leafs' prayers
This postseason, the Leafs' young stars have each other, and that's a lot. But is it enough to orchestrate a comeback against the Bruins?... More >>

How did Donovan Mitchell turn into Utah's go-to scorer? Check the tape
Take an exclusive look inside the film room with Donovan Mitchell and Jazz coach Quin Snyder as the duo breaks down the Rookie of the Year contender's rapid rise.... More >>

What you need to know about the Reds firing manager Bryan Price
Cincinnati wasted little time changing skippers after a 3-15 start. Here's what the numbers say about the rare April managerial move.... More >>

Three wild ways baseball in 2018 is unlike ever before
Duck! Pitches are flying all over, strikeouts are surging and lineups are bottoming out ... it's early, but MLB's latest evolution is taking shape.... More >>

Football a refuge as Bama OC grieves his son's unsolved killing
When Mike Locksley spoke to his son Meiko after Alabama's season-opening win, he never thought that would be their final conversation.... More >>

What quick turnarounds mean for MMA fighters
Frankie Edgar will fight on Saturday night just 49 days after being brutally knocked out by Brian Ortega at UFC 222. Does the quick turnaround make sense? We looked at the historical trends to find out.... More >>

Frampton: Donaire 'the best fighter that I will have ever fought'
Former featherweight titlist Carl Frampton has a lot of respect for Nonito Donaire. Frampton also knows a victory against the former fighter of the year on Saturday will earn him another title opportunity.... More >>

The defining legacy of Bruno Sammartino
Beyond his 4,000-plus days as world champion in the WWE, Bruno Sammartino's history and convictions made him a believable hero who fans connected to in a deep and meaningful way. His legacy is one of the cornerstones upon which the modern WWE is built.... More >>

Why the Patriots need to solidify a post-Brady plan at QB
The Patriots have the chips to make a move up for a quarterback in the draft, and that strategy is making more sense by the day.... More >>

ICC features Madrid, Barca, Manchester clubs, Liverpool, more
The International Champions Cup announced its full 2018 schedule, featuring games like Real Madrid vs. Man United and Man United vs. Liverpool.... More >>

Six of the biggest games
The International Champions Cup is back for 2018 and will see the game's top teams face off in preseason. Here are six must-see games.... More >>

ESPN 100 Rankings
Five-star small forward R.J. Barrett remains on top in the final ESPN 100 rankings. Duke commitments take the top three spots.... More >>

RecruitingNation 2018 basketball recruiting class rankings
It seemed Duke would run away with the top class after landing the top three players. But, like the last several years, Kentucky has made it a close race.... More >>

Power, control and legacy: Bob Knight's last days at IU
Almost 20 years after Indiana fired Bob Knight, the lessons of power and influence -- and their consequences -- still resonate.... More >>

Kevin Lee discusses first camp without head coach, lightweight title picture
UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee, who fights Edson Barboza on Saturday night, is motivated by carrying on the legacy of his former coach who died in December.... More >>

Power Rankings: Kyle Busch still out front
Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have won five of eight Cup races, and that's why they're tops in Ryan McGee's latest rankings. Who else made the list?... More >>

Perseverance (and a little luck) carry Hemric to Cup debut
Daniel Hemric first caught the eye of Brad Keselowski in a late-model race in Michigan. Six years later, that big break has turned into a start in NASCAR's top series.... More >>

Bristol breakdown: Johnson's top-5 finish
While Kyle Busch continues to rack up the victories, the weekend at Bristol boasted many other interesting insights.... More >>

Talking points: What advice would you give Verstappen?
Does Mercedes still have the fastest car in F1 and where should Daniel Ricciardo go next year? Our panel of F1 experts answer the main talking points to come out of the Chinese Grand Prix.... More >>

Rafael Nadal shows he's a star molded from clay
Novak Djokovic was also in action at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal eased to a victory and Djokovic toughed one out against Croatia's Borna Coric.... More >>

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