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January 16, 2018

Sources: Rockets push into Clips' locker room
Houston's James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green pushed into the LA Clippers' locker room Monday night looking to confront Austin Rivers after the Rockets' 113-102 loss, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.... More >>

Melo 'done' with refs after Westbrook ejected
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook's ejection minutes before the end of Monday's game resulted in a technical foul for coach Billy Donovan and led teammate Carmelo Anthony to say he's "done" with officials.... More >>

Warriors suffer through cold showers at 'The Q'
The Warriors, after taking down the Cavs with a stout fourth quarter in which they shot 53 percent, were cooled off in the visitors' locker room after the win. "Somebody call Bron!" Kevin Durant could be heard yelling.... More >>

CP3 draws mixed reception in return to L.A.
The boos for Chris Paul weren't the reason it was a disappointing return to L.A. for the former Clippers star, with his Rockets falling 113-102 at Staples Center on Monday night.... More >>

Sources: Giants shift coach search to Shurmur
The focus of the New York Giants' coaching search has shifted to Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. The Giants are planning to schedule a second interview next week with Shurmur, sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano and Chris Mortensen.... More >>

Sources: Norton jilts 49ers to be Seahawks DC
The Seahawks' coaching changes now feature Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator and Mike Solari as offensive line coach, sources told ESPN. Norton is leaving the 49ers after just one week for the Seattle job.... More >>

Alabama LB who went after staffer will transfer
Alabama linebacker Mekhi Brown, who was involved in a sideline incident with an assistant coach during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, will transfer to Tennessee State.... More >>

Kevin Durant dominates the Cavaliers again as Warriors sweep series
The Golden State Warriors took advantage of Cleveland's porous defense to sweep the season series.... More >>

Three goats and the GOAT: Barnwell's lessons of an improbable NFL final four
We knew Tom Brady would be here. But Case Keenum, Blake Bortles and Nick Foles? No way. There are lessons to be learned from each of the quarterbacks in the conference title games and how they got here.... More >>

Resetting NFL playoff bracket: Who has edge in Jags-Patriots, Vikings-Eagles?
Minnesota punched its ticket to Philadelphia for a chance at the NFC crown with a late game winner. Here's a look at both conference title matchups.... More >>

Duke's good and bad all on display in one night
When Duke is good, the Blue Devils might be the best team in the nation. When they're bad, they look like a young mess. They showed both against Miami.... More >>

Power Rankings: Big 12 depth is downright scary
How tough is the Big 12 this season? The top of the league includes four Final Four threats. So no games are easy, especially on the road.... More >>

Bracketology: The ever-changing No. 1 seeds
The revolving door of No. 1 seeds spins again. Purdue, it's your turn on a top line.... More >>

Kansas, Duke show why it's hard to beat the king
Kansas and Duke might not be in Final Four form, but Monday's comeback victories showed that they are significant factors in their conference races.... More >>

Anthony Davis' play is evidence that it's best to be patient with Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis is just 44 games into his role as the No. 1 option in an NBA offense, so the flashes of brilliance could yet become a regular thing.... More >>

McCutchen, face of Pirates, shipped to Giants
Two days after sending ace Gerrit Cole to Houston, the Pirates took another definitive step in their rebuild Monday, trading former MVP outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the Giants.... More >>

Old, bold and unwilling to fold: Can the Giants make one last run?
Time is running out for the Giants' veterans, but adding Andrew McCutchen means the fading champs are making a desperate bid to keep up with the National League's elite teams.... More >>

Donovan: Failure at Leon not an option
Landon Donovan was presented in front of around 7,000 Club Leon fans on Monday evening in Estadio Leon and wasted no time in setting the bar high.... More >>

UConn survives upset bid from Texas
The performance fell short of vintage UConn, but Geno Auriemma didn't hesitate to say he was proud of his Huskies. On a night when little came easily, the Huskies withstood their latest test. Even so, it seems like it's getting more difficult to be UConn.... More >>

Inside the play that saved the Vikings' season -- and crushed the Saints
Minnesota had less than a 3 percent chance to win before Diggs caught the 61-yard touchdown pass from Keenum. Here's how the tide changed in the final moments -- from both teams' perspectives.... More >>

Mularkey's stubbornness, failure to scheme around Marcus Mariota was his demise
Mularkey didn't make enough adjustments to take advantage of his quarterback's skill set in what had become a predictable offense in Tennessee.... More >>

Brady, Gronkowski, Belichick stand in way of Jaguars' Super Bowl run
The Jaguars advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the third time in franchise history by beating Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on Sunday.... More >>

In a shocker, Patriots will host Jaguars, not Steelers, in AFC title game
The Patriots won't have to contend with the Steelers next weekend, but there is no guarantee that facing the Jaguars will be the "easier" path.... More >>

History repeating? Eagles to host Vikings in NFC Championship Game
The last time the Eagles went to the Super Bowl, they played the Falcons and Vikings to get there. They'll get the latter again after Minnesota's wild win.... More >>

Just how evil can the Yankees get? Imagine this dream/nightmare 2018
We dust off our crystal ball for our annual glimpse into one extreme -- though not completely implausible -- season in the Bronx.... More >>

Man City pull out of Sanchez race - sources
Manchester City have pulled out of the race to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, sources have told ESPN FC.... More >>

Liverpool vs. Man City lived up to hype
The Premier League often overhypes itself when it comes to clashes between big clubs, but Liverpool vs. Man City definitely delivered.... More >>

What you need to know before national signing day
The season is over. What's next? Recruiting. Patrick Surtain Jr. is the top available recruit and UGA has the top class. With one signing period in the books and another less than a month away, let's catch up and get ready for national signing day.... More >>

Hiring of Kevin Sumlin should be great news for Arizona QB Khalil Tate
Sumlin coached Johnny Manziel to a Heisman while at Texas A&M, and the coach's attention to detail should work wonders for the Wildcats' young quarterback.... More >>

Remembering Dan Gurney, always the coolest man in the room
The first driver to stand atop the podium in the world's four major racing classifications got there with a decidedly American flair, and his legacy as one cool racing hero will long transcend the world of motorsports.... More >>

Who will win Bellator's Heavyweight World Grand Prix?
Bellator's Heavyweight World Grand Prix kicks off Saturday when Chael Sonnen faces Rampage Jackson in Los Angeles. Which fighter will come out on top when the tournament is completed? Our panel makes its picks.... More >>

NHL trade asset tiers: Buyer's guide to the deadline
Now that trade season has begun in earnest, who are the top players available? We rank the top 34 into five tiers based on expected return, led by three veteran skaters in the "price of your neighbor's yacht" class.... More >>


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