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April 20, 2018

Embiid's return gives 76ers the edge to be conference champions
Joel Embiid's return to Philadelphia's lineup unlocks peak 76ers, and The Process continued to develop in South Beach.... More >>

Karolyis 'no way' knew of abuses by Nassar
Gymnastics coaches Martha and Bela Karolyi said there was "no way" they suspected Larry Nassar was sexually abusing women and young girls.... More >>

76ers, Heat feud over garbage-time layups
Sixers center Joel Embiid said he was "pissed" about Goran Dragic's layup at the end of Game 2, and the bad blood over garbage-time hoops continued Thursday, when Dario Saric attempted a layup with four seconds left and Philly up by 19.... More >>

Harvey defiant after loss: I'm a starting pitcher
Mets right-hander Matt Harvey was roughed up for six runs in six innings Thursday night against the Braves, and afterward manager Mickey Callaway said he wasn't sure whether Harvey would make his next scheduled start.... More >>

Durant: Ankle not serious; I won't miss time
Kevin Durant says he is OK and won't miss any time after leaving the Warriors' win in the fourth quarter with a sprained left ankle.... More >>

Former Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, 87, dies
Earle Bruce, who won at least a share of four Big Ten titles at Ohio State during a college career that spanned 21 seasons, has died. He was 87.... More >>

Wenger to leave Arsenal after 22 seasons
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced that he will step down from the role he has occupied since 1996 at the end of the season.... More >>

NFL schedule winners and losers: Why Steelers should be happy
The Steelers could have the AFC North wrapped up by midseason. Plus: How Ed Sheeran influenced eight different games and more.... More >>

Here are 2018 win-loss predictions (and schedules) for all 32 NFL teams
The full schedule is out, and Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will meet in Week 9, just the second time they've faced off. We've got predictions for every game.... More >>

Franchise QB or bust? Making sense of Josh Allen, draft enigma
Rocket arm. Freakish talent. The Wyoming quarterback could be a superstar. But Allen has flaws that stand out from the usual top draft pick.... More >>

LeBron James' solo act recalls early Cleveland playoff runs
The lack of production from LeBron's supporting cast is eerily reminiscent of his first stint in Cleveland -- without the stingy defense to match.... More >>

The revival of Jaylen Brown, the Celtics' surging star
Boston's second-year swingman was once so broken up about basketball that he became physically ill. Now, he's breaking out on the NBA's biggest stage.... More >>

DeRozan and Lowry: 'We're playing for everything'
The Raptors are hell-bent on getting to the NBA Finals. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry talked to Rachel Nichols about their season and their on- and off-court evolution.... More >>

Spurs' playoff loss is meaningless in the big picture of life
With Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich away from the team on bereavement, San Antonio hosted Game 3 with a focus on the players.... More >>

The case for 154 games, Fenway's quest and MLB's next big thing
How to shorten the season without hurting MLB's bottom line, Boston's ballpark is about to set a new record -- and introducing the super sophs!... More >>

What will it take for the Dodgers to be the Dodgers again?
A slumping lineup, a struggling closer and a sub-.500 record aren't what L.A. had in mind for 2018. We break down what the slow start means.... More >>

Wenger leaves Arsenal with tarnished legacy
Arsene Wenger stayed on too long, but in time, fondness and respect for his achievements will return.... More >>

Mourinho on Wenger: 'We respect each other'
Man United's Jose Mourinho insists he always had respect for Wenger even during their heated run-ins.... 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 >>

A look ahead to WrestleMania 35
With WrestleMania 34 and the Superstar Shakeup now in the rearview mirror, the WWE on ESPN staff projects which matches will highlight the show when the WWE returns to MetLife stadium on April 7, 2019.... 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 >>

Gervonta Davis has world title expectations after joining new camp
Davis, coming off a lackluster performance last August, hopes to get back on track with a dominant performance against Jesús Cuellar on Saturday.... 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 >>

Nearly 20K high schools eligible to join new esports league
The National Federation of State High School Associations and PlayVS will start to sponsor esports leagues in October.... More >>

Downtime doesn't suit Kyle Busch, who just wants to race
This Cup driver will have his hands full Saturday night at Richmond Raceway. But what about Friday during the Xfinity race? Well, that's another story.... More >>

Why did Tony Stewart settle Kevin Ward Jr. lawsuit?
"A trial is a risky strategy," said one law expert, who is one of several to weigh in on why Tony Stewart ended the proceedings of his wrongful death lawsuit.... 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 >>

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