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February 18, 2018

Michigan honors plane crash survivor Hatch
Plane crash survivor Austin Hatch suited up and was honored by Michigan on senior day.... More >>

Sources: Padres, 1B Eric Hosmer agree to deal
The San Diego Padres and free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to an 8-year contract, according to ESPN and multiple reports. The deal is worth $144 million, according to multiple reports.... More >>

Silver floats possible playoff format change
In mulling a possible postseason format change, Adam Silver offered a compromise: both the Eastern and Western conferences still send eight teams apiece, but 1-16 seeding would mean the best two teams, regardless of conference, make the Finals.... More >>

Huggins hacked off by 35-2 disparity at FT line
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was ejected for arguing with officials in the final minute of Saturday's loss at Kansas. Afterward, he revealed the main source of his ire: the disparity in the teams' number of free-throw attempts.... More >>

4 fans ejected for racist taunts at Smith-Pelly
Four fans were ejected from Saturday's Capitals-Blackhawks game in Chicago after making racist comments toward Washington forward Devante Smith-Pelly. Coach Barry Trotz called the incident "disgusting" and said "there is absolutely no place" for racism.... More >>

Family version of Brady SB ring sells for $344K
A family version of the New England Patriots' Super Bowl LI championship ring with "Brady" on it sold Sunday morning for $344,927, a record for a football ring.... More >>

Can you draft an All-Star champ? Assemble your own superstar roster
Assume the role of All-Star captain, assemble your team and choose a coaching style. Do you have what it takes to defeat Team LeBron or Team Steph?... More >>

How to fix the All-Star Game? Our experts have the answer!
We get it. It's an exhibition game. That's fine. We don't want injuries either. But is it too much to want some reasonably watchable basketball? We asked five of our NBA experts to dish on how to amp up the Sunday-night snoozer.... More >>

Mitchell leads the class in throwback dunk contest
Kevin Pelton slams out grades for every player in a contest that included tributes to three legendary dunkers.... More >>

The journey, not a medal, is biggest reward for Goepper, Kenworthy
Four years after making history, teammates Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy hit rock bottom. But Sunday, after returning to the Olympic men's ski slopestyle final, both know success in life outweighs any medal.... More >>

Figure skating coach Brian Orser is a master of costume changes
Brian Orser has no shortage of jackets in Pyeongchang. As a figure skating coach to Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, Spain's Javier Fernandez and South Korea's Cha Jun-hwan, he has a jacket for every occasion -- and he's used to the quick change.... More >>

Preview: Canada's Virtue and Moir eye ice dance gold; USA vs. Finland in women's hockey semis
Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir go for a second gold in their final Olympics and USA takes on Finland in the women's ice hockey semis.... More >>

Who will become NASCAR's most popular driver?
After a string of 15 consecutive most popular driver awards, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have to pass the torch to a fresh face this year. In honor of Junior's original No. 8 car, here are eight likable choices.... More >>

Twenty years later, Dale Earnhardt's Daytona 500 win remains one of a kind
After 19 failed attempts, Dale Earnhardt won the 1998 Daytona 500 as crew members from several teams took part in the celebration. It was a storybook scene, one the sport will likely never be able to replicate.... More >>

Kansas' wild win sets up a huge week in the Big 12
The Jayhawks are able to control their fate in the Big 12 race once again, after rallying to defeat West Virginia at home on Saturday.... More >>

Tar Heels have found their hustle as calendar nears March
After going 4-5 in January, North Carolina has won five in a row in February by making the type of plays that win games in March.... More >>

Eric Hosmer striking it rich in San Diego is crazy enough to work
A front-loaded, eight-year deal for $144 million put one of this winter's biggest free agents in a Padres uniform. How could this calculated risk also make sense?... More >>

Olney: Patience doesn't pay for free agents who sit out spring training
Unsigned veterans such as Logan Morrison might be tempted to wait to sign after Opening Day, but it's a gambit without guarantees -- or recent success.... More >>

Three outside-the-box answers to baseball's extra-innings issue
Due up: Bryce Harper, Bryce Harper and Bryce Harper! As MLB experiments with pace of play, there are more intriguing ways to add spice to bonus baseball than by simply starting innings with a runner on second base.... More >>

CC Sabathia is the old man in Yankees' rotation but a new man on mound
No longer the staff ace, the 37-year-old is content with helping turn his young Yankees teammates into contenders.... More >>

How the Greek Freak's hustle shapes his story
Giannis Antetokounmpo has made it as the face of an NBA franchise and an international superstar. But he won't forget where he came from as he journeys through stardom.... More >>

Lowe's 10 things: The epic NBA tank battle is coming
This week's highlights include James Harden's defense, Jaylen Brown, a gorgeous Nuggets play and bad teams being very bad.... More >>

Think you're tough? Justin Olsen returns to bobsled days after appendectomy
No, having an emergency appendectomy just days before the opening ceremonies is not the way to start an Olympics. But American bobsledder Justin Olsen shares how he was able to fight through it and return to the track for Team USA.... More >>

Best trick wins! Snowboard big air event set to make Olympic debut
The thrills and spills of snowboard big air will grace the Winter Olympics for the first time this week. What should you be looking out for? Alyssa Roenigk breaks it down.... More >>

Jets have enough cap cash ($73M and climbing) to win offseason
The Jets are estimated to have the second-most salary-cap space this season and should have plenty of money to go after the top free agents.... More >>

Why Saints, Drew Brees have hard deadline for new contract, and what's next
The free-agent quarterback will be in New Orleans in 2018. But the deal the two sides need to work out is tricky and has to be set before March 14.... More >>

Seven IndyCar drivers we'd like to see try NASCAR
Danica Patrick went from IndyCar to NASCAR. There are a few others from the open-wheel world whom Bob Pockrass can envision turning left in a heavy stock car at tracks such as Daytona International Speedway.... More >>

Tiger Woods will play back-to-back because practice isn't enough
Even before he missed the cut at the Genesis Open in California, Tiger Woods announced he would play in Florida next week. If Woods wants to be ready for Augusta, he doesn't have much choice.... More >>

The Cavaliers face a record-smashing, $300 million future
If LeBron James stays in Cleveland and the Cavs keep the players they acquired at the deadline, owner Dan Gilbert's team could be looking at an enormous payroll and tax bill next season.... More >>

Lonzo is no longer the Lakers’ savior – because they no longer need one
Last year, the Lakers went all-in on Lonzo Ball -- and all that came with him, including his outspoken father, LaVar. Now, with Lonzo sidelined and LaVar across the globe, the Lakers are finding their way on the court, with or without them.... More >>

Power Rankings: Red-hot Bruins keep climbing
Vegas remains No. 1 -- while Tampa Bay and Nashville round out the top three -- but Boston's recent run has shaved the Lightning's lead in the Atlantic Division to just one point.... More >>

Weekly Reader: Ranking all 31 NHL GMs into tiers
While players get all the attention during trade season, what about the men pulling the strings in the front office? We slot all of them into one of eight tiers, from Golden Boys to Disaster Artists. Plus, Jersey Foul of the Week, Hall for Hart and more.... More >>

Best trade destinations for Evander Kane
Sabres winger Evander Kane is one of the biggest names on the market. Could we see Jumbo Joe Thornton feathering passes to him with the Sharks? Will the Predators pounce if they don't land Rick Nash? And would Kane be a good fit on the Kings' top line?... More >>

Clemson stays atop post-signing-day Way-Too-Early Top 25
With a top-ranked recruiting class, Georgia has moved into the top three of our Way-Too-Early rankings, but Clemson still leads the way.... More >>

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