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December 14, 2017

Barnwell: Ranking the NFL's best and worst potential coach openings
A super-talented 22-year-old quarterback and a few defensive stars? The Texans' job is intriguing if Bill O'Brien doesn't return. Bill Barnwell sorts the coaching jobs that could come open in 2018.... More >>

Sources: MLB seeks info on Ohtani injury leak
Major League Baseball plans to look into the source of information about Shohei Ohtani's elbow injury and determine whether the story came from a team official, sources told ESPN.... More >>

Show-cause order upheld for ex-Tide assistant
Bo Davis, a former assistant at Alabama, currently at Texas-San Antonio, will continue to be prohibited from off-campus recruiting activities through April 2019, the NCAA ruled.... More >>

Piscotty traded to A's, closer to mom with ALS
The Oakland Athletics have acquired outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the St. Louis Cardinals for two minor leaguers, both teams announced on Thursday.... More >>

Pot charges dropped against UGA LB Patrick
Charges against Natrez Patrick were dismissed after he was arrested for marijuana possession.... More >>

Vols lose two QB recruits but secure top-50 WR
Tennessee lost its two quarterback prospects with ESPN 300 QB Adrian Martinez switching to Nebraska and Michael Penix decommitting, but secured the recommitment of highly ranked wide receiver Alontae Taylor for its class of '18.... More >>

Regional sports networks in Disney-Fox deal
Disney -- the parent company of ESPN -- agrees to deal to acquire most of 21st Century Fox, which includes 22 regional sports networks.... More >>

While the Lakers pine for LeBron, his next home remains a mystery
LeBron James welcomes the Lakers to Cleveland on Thursday night. Is he taking the court against his future teammates, or will "LeBron to L.A." remain the stuff of Hollywood fiction?... More >>

Winter Meetings Daily: Is Manny Machado on his way out of Baltimore?
The MLB winter meetings are going strong in Orlando, and rumors are swirling across baseball. Here is what our writers are hearing today.... More >>

Who can make an offer for Machado the Orioles can't refuse?
Almost everyone could use the O's star, but only a few clubs have enough to land him. From one-year rentals to long-term homes, here are the best fits.... More >>

The one line you need to hear from each manager at winter meetings
We listened to 15 hours of manager meetings so you don't have to. Here are the best takeaways from their talks in Orlando.... More >>

NFL Insiders predict: Upsets, flops, teams facing crucial drafts, more
The Bears traded up for Mitchell Trubisky, and now they need to build around him. Plus: Can the Steelers upset the Patriots? Our experts weigh in.... More >>

Browns, Bills and 49ers are set up for big draft
Three teams traded up to select their quarterbacks of the future in 2017. Now three others are armed with lots of capital, but not all will take a QB.... More >>

The ultimate College Football Playoff preview
The CFP semifinals feature four blue bloods, the Heisman Trophy winner, three elite defenses and one team going for back-to-back titles. Here's everything to know about these epic matchups.... More >>

Players who could surprise in bowl season
Intriguing matchups and unfamiliar opponents can lead to new stars emerging from bowl season. Here are a few who could surprise.... More >>

2017 college football quotes of the year
Mike Leach on weddings, Nick Saban on ripped jeans, Lane Kiffin on just about everything else. It was an unforgettable year for coaching soundbites, and these are the best of the bunch.... More >>

Football's next generation -- Star Wars: The Last Jedi-style
Drawing inspiration from the upcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", we select the best players under 21 who are primed to rule the football galaxy.... More >>

The cheat code that has made James Harden virtually unguardable
James Harden was already arguably the world's best one-on-one player. So what happens when the Beard unleashes the step-back 3 on helpless defenses? The game reaches another level for Houston's star.... More >>

PG-13 on Indy return: 'Glad circus is over with'
From the pregame introduction until his final play, Thunder forward Paul George was heavily booed by the Pacers faithful in his first game back in Indiana.... More >>

Thursday Night Football is likely here to stay, whether players like it or not
Broncos-Colts is the last TNF game of the season, but it's going to be back in 2018 and beyond. Here's why.... More >>

Brady vs. Big Ben by the numbers: A study in dominance; shot at redemption
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has the weapons to stack up favorably against the GOAT on Sunday, but history is against him.... More >>

Will Stanton and Judge become the most prolific slugging duo of all time?
A look back at the power-hitting duos of history proves it: We've never seen anything quite like the pairing of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.... More >>

Cardinals must add more than Ozuna to join NL elite
If the Cardinals want to keep up with the mini-dynasties brewing in Chicago and Los Angeles, Marcell Ozuna is a great start. But another signing -- say, Manny Machado or Josh Donaldson -- could return St. Louis to elite status in the NL.... More >>

Lowe: Grizzlies suddenly have no identity and hard questions ahead
Zach Lowe talks to Marc Gasol and takes stock of a Memphis team with two aging stars and no clear path forward.... More >>

Run the Table 2.0 would rank high among Aaron Rodgers' feats
The Packers QB will play Sunday for the first time since he broke his right collarbone on Oct. 15, and Green Bay has no room for error.... More >>

Packers have legitimate playoff hopes with Rodgers' recovery
On the 12th day of December, the Packers' No. 12 got the clearance he needed to help the team make one final push for the playoffs.... More >>

Week 15 fantasy football rankings
Fantasy football rankings from Matt Bowen, Field Yates, Mike Clay, Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft for Week 15 of the NFL season.... More >>

Mike Daum is the star you haven't heard of that everybody wants
Mike Daum has made a name for himself at South Dakota State, an honorable mention All-American who is drawing NBA attention. But he has a choice to make: Will he finish his career at the place that made him or make a grad-transfer move to a Power 5?... More >>

The most exciting players in college basketball
The argument about the best player in college basketball will go on all season. But it's already clear which players are the most exciting. We go through the list, starting, of course, with Deandre Ayton and Collin Sexton.... More >>

Power Rankings: Recasting each NHL team as a Star Wars character
The Lightning as Rey? The Penguins as the Death Star? We channeled our love for both hockey and a galaxy far, far away to identify the Star Wars character who best embodies each team.... More >>

How to fix the Penguins' woes
Pittsburgh is a team with a lot of miles on its tires. Our writers offer ideas to help the Pens get back in gear, including: make a trade, score more even-strength goals -- and keep passing the puck to Phil Kessel.... More >>

Bet on Golden Knights to make postseason
How many of the teams that didn't make the playoffs last season will be there this April? The Devils have doubters and not everyone is sold on the Stars or the Islanders, but Vegas' odds look good.... More >>

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