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March 23, 2018

'Is this really happening?' Why yes, it is
No. 11 Loyola-Chicago and No. 9 Kansas State advance to an Elite Eight matchup that no one predicted in what was supposed to be Kentucky's region.... More >>

No asterisk: Hornets grind Griz for 61-point win
The Hornets beat the Grizzlies by 61 points for the largest margin of victory in the NBA since 1998. Kemba Walker led the way for Charlotte with 46 points in only 28 minutes.... More >>

Kings owner calls for unity amid police protests
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive addressed the crowd after the team's delayed game Thursday against the Hawks, as protests took place around Sacramento in the wake of the weekend police shooting of an unarmed black man.... More >>

KSU players irked by no Kentucky handshakes
Kansas State players said they were upset that Kentucky's squad left the court before shaking their hands, a move that Kentucky coach John Calipari said was not meant to be disrespectful.... More >>

Suns already beginning search for head coach
The Suns will begin their search for a new head coach now, with interim coach Jay Triano on their eventual list of candidates.... More >>

Reid says he'll no longer protest during anthem
Eric Reid, who said last week that his protesting during the national anthem is why he remains a free agent, says he intends to "take a different approach" to his activism and doesn't plan to protest in the upcoming season.... More >>

Manziel throws at USD; 13 NFL teams watch
Johnny Manziel threw to receivers at the University of San Diego's pro day on Thursday. Thirteen NFL teams had scouts in attendance.... More >>

No denying Michigan on path to the Final Four
Michigan didn't just advance into the Elite Eight. It hammered Texas A&M, sending a clear message that the Wolverines will be tough to stop.... More >>

Everything you need to know for Friday's Sweet 16 games
The big names come out to play -- Villanova, Duke, Kansas -- with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line. Will the top seeds advance, or will lower seeds again bust brackets?... More >>

Lowe: How Lillard and the Blazers found a brand-new ceiling
Portland faced an existential crisis three months ago. Subtle shifts -- and Damian Lillard going scorched-earth -- have vaulted the team to another level.... More >>

Barnwell's NFL trade grades: Bucs deal for Jason Pierre-Paul
The Giants got draft picks for the pass-rusher, but did anyone win the deal? Bill Barnwell evaluates every big move of the offseason.... More >>

Pierre-Paul trade sets stage for more Giants moves
The decision to send Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers signals new GM Dave Gettleman's intention to remake the Giants' roster over the next two years.... More >>

Live: Johnny Manziel throws at San Diego pro day
The 2014 first-rounder, who has been training with QB guru George Whitfield Jr., participated at the University of San Diego's pro day on Thursday.... More >>

LA Galaxy's move for Ibra a no-brainer
You don't say no to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, especially not at the price the Galaxy got him for, but will their gamble on an injured 36-year-old pay off?... More >>

Sorry, haters: The Yankees are loaded -- and there's more talent on the way
From top-flight starting pitching prospects to a speedster you have to see to believe, the Evil Empire is stacked down on the farm.... More >>

Planes, steaks and bad cell reception: How the Vikings crushed free agency
Vikings GM Rick Spielman discusses how he managed the organized chaos of free agency and landed franchise-altering signings.... More >>

Barnwell: NFL's highest-paid players at every position -- and who's up next
Kirk Cousins set a benchmark for quarterbacks, but Aaron Rodgers is primed to raise the bar even higher. Bill Barnwell breaks down the biggest contract numbers by position and forecasts who is in line for bigger paydays.... More >>

NFL Insiders predict free-agency impact: The biggest head-scratching move so far
Did the Vikings overvalue Sheldon Richardson? Our NFL Insiders weigh in on which signings have been the most perplexing, plus the best overall deals and most improved teams.... More >>

What is UConn getting in new coach Dan Hurley?
The Huskies have their new coach. Who's coming to Storrs? A mushroom coffee-drinking, meditating, basketball lifer.... More >>

Source: K. Antetokounmpo to test draft waters
Kostas Antetokounmpo, a redshirt freshman at Dayton and the younger brother of Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, will enter the NBA draft, according to a source.... More >>

Auriemma criticizes Cincy for firing its coach
UConn coach Geno Auriemma turned to Twitter to defend Jamelle Elliott, a former player of his who was fired as Cincinnati's head coach this week.... More >>

Sources: Spurs met to implore Kawhi to return
The Spurs held a players-only meeting after Saturday night's victory over Minnesota to implore All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard to return to the lineup and help the team in its push for the playoffs, league sources told ESPN.... More >>

NBA March Madness: Cast your vote in our Final Four of alumni teams
We're down to the Final Four teams in our ultimate NBA/NCAA mashup bracket. Now it's your turn to vote on which college alumni teams made up of today's NBA players will advance to the title game.... More >>

Welcome to Kyle Schwarber's comeback season
A winter mission to transform his body was just the beginning. Everyone who has seen the Cubs this spring agrees: Schwarber is ready to do big things.... More >>

Why 2018 could be monumental for Trout
Just how good is Mike Trout? He's so good, it took three rounds of swapping astounding stats to decide which numbers best cement his growing stature in baseball history.... More >>

Olney: Judge, Machado among the underrated in fantasy rankings
They're among MLB's biggest stars, but they might be even better than the experts think. Here are nine players ranked too low, or too high, this year.... More >>

2018 fantasy baseball rankings, sleepers, cheat sheets and more
Get everything you need to prepare for your fantasy baseball drafts here, including rankings and analysis from ESPN's team of experts.... More >>

Decoding the sneaker scribbles of NBA stars
Take a close look at the shoes of LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving and you'll see handwritten messages. But what do they mean? We go behind the Sharpie to break it down.... More >>

First look at the women's NCAA tournament Sweet 16 field
All four No. 1 seeds and each No. 2 seed reached the regional semifinals. Only 16 teams are left. How did they advance to the Sweet 16 -- and what must they do to move on?... More >>

UConn's Nurse living in the moment
Kia Nurse doesn't know where she'll be playing or living next year. But despite facing more questions than answers right now, the UConn senior is savoring her final March Madness with the Huskies.... More >>

Tiger's next task? Check his book on Augusta and get ready for bent grass
With two weeks to go before the Masters and five tournaments behind him, Tiger Woods tells what's next as he preps for an event he has won four times but hasn't played in three years.... More >>

Mark Richt on his way to restoring Miami to its former glory
Mark Richt has brought stability and made Miami relevant again. Now the challenge is to get the Hurricanes to their championship level of the past.... More >>

The dominant 20 athletes of the past two decades
In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's 20th anniversary, Peter Keating crunched the numbers to find the most dominant athletes of our time.... More >>

Proving Usain Bolt is the fastest in history
He's a six-time IAAF Athlete of the Year, eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder in the 100 and 200 meters. Not bad! ESPN's Anthony Olivieri runs some other numbers on the fastest man in history.... More >>

Steelers set forth plan to replace the irreplaceable Shazier
The Steelers will have a hard time finding somebody with the speed at linebacker of Ryan Shazier. But their moves so far are clearing the way.... More >>

Belichick's presence at pro days sparks headlines, social media buzz
The Patriots coach always draws attention on college campuses as he briefly transforms from head coach to head scout.... More >>

Cowboys break free-agency ice but look to make splash in the draft
The Cowboys know their moves have been underwhelming, but they've always viewed free agency as complementary to the draft.... More >>

ESPN's 2017 prospect of the year headlines Golden Boy card
Junior lightweight Ryan Garcia had an exceptional 2016, winning all six fights by stoppage. He'll try to keep the momentum going when he faces Fernando Vargas in the main event of a Golden Boy on ESPN card Thursday night.... More >>

The Accolade Index: Ranking every team's success in the salary-cap era
Success in the salary-cap era is all about the most effective management of cap space. According to our new Accolade Index, the Penguins have enjoyed the most success since 2005-06, in all its various forms. We rank every team here.... More >>

Predicting the 2018 Formula One season
Ahead of the start of the season, our experts have attempted to guess how it will unfold.... More >>

Does F1 finally have a three-way battle?
ESPN previews the opening race and takes a look at the possibility of an enticing three-way battle at the front of the grid.... More >>

How NASCAR helps teams land (and keep) sponsors
Securing sufficient sponsorship can be tough, but teams don't have to navigate those waters alone. When asked, the sanctioning body is willing to assist in several key areas.... More >>

#AskRicky: What's wrong with Hendrick Motorsports?
With just three top-10 finishes, HMS has fallen on hard times. In this week's fan mailbag, Ricky Craven covers the team's woes, new tracks, failed inspections and more.... More >>

Testing the NBA draft waters? More complicated than it sounds
Declaring for the NBA draft and then returning to school isn't always a simple process, and pro teams are split on how aggressively to scout the influx of early-entry prospects.... More >>

The top 10 college programs based on NHL lineups
With the 2018 tournament upon us, we look at the legacy of college hockey's top programs -- some involved in this year's bracket, some in a down cycle -- and rank the ultimate lineups for them, based on the players' success at the NHL level.... More >>

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