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March 23, 2018

Lowe's 10 things: The Cavs look unstoppable again
This week's highlights include evolutionary Anthony Davis crossovers, tanky jumpers, the ginormous Sixers and more.... 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 >>

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 >>

Judge leading off Friday, could hit there in '18
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is in the leadoff spot for Friday's spring training game against the Red Sox and the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year could be used there at times this season.... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

'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 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 >>

Grayson Allen makes peace with being Grayson Allen
He is college basketball's most polarizing player, and his career is coming to an end. Through the controversy and triumphs, Duke's lone senior is starting to understand himself.... More >>

Johnny Manziel to the Patriots? Not likely, but not crazy
The Patriots were one of 13 teams to watch Johnny Manziel throw Thursday. And while it's unlikely, there are reasons for them to consider signing him.... 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 >>

NBA March Madness: Cast your vote for our title winner -- Kentucky or UCLA?
Kevin Durant's Texas squad came up short, as did Duke, leaving just two teams standing. Which school has the better set of alumni in the NBA this season: Kentucky or UCLA?... More >>

Baseball's new World Series-winning philosophy? Lose. A lot
The Process, the five-year plan, Moneyball: Whatever you call it, MLB's new -- cough, cough -- "strategy" just means ignoring the present (sorry, 2018) in hopes of a ticker tape parade down the line. This is the story of how baseball got weird.... More >>

The 2018 Uni Watch preview
It's time for another baseball season, so let's catch up with every patch, stripe, throwback and color change in the majors.... 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 >>

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 best bargain deal so far
The Texans signed Tyrann Mathieu for less than his restructure in Arizona would have been. Our NFL Insiders weigh in on the best low-cost deals, plus the most head-scratching moves and more.... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Sizing up Mike Trout and the Sultan of Swat, most unseriously
Sure, Mike Trout is great at baseball, but could he carry Babe Ruth's spittoon? Humorist Steve Etheridge digs into advanced analytics to conclusively settle this debate for the ages.... 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 >>

Does Derek Carr remind Jordy Nelson of Aaron Rodgers?
Despite the comparisons made between Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson says it unfair to put that kind of weight on the Raiders' young QB.... More >>

How the Giants' front seven might take shape without Jason Pierre-Paul
Under new coordinator James Bettcher, New York is expected to change to a 3-4 base defense, moving Olivier Vernon to outside linebacker.... More >>

Have the Eagles gotten even better this offseason?
The Super Bowl champs decided not to be complacent this offseason, with plenty of departures, a few big additions and more to come on draft day.... More >>

Will Don Sweeney have the last laugh?
Sweeney has drawn plenty of criticism, but the Bruins GM has made all the right moves lately. We asked our experts: Has he been lucky, or do we owe him an apology?... 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 >>

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