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Sources: Nike studying why LeBron James' jersey split down middle in opener


Nike officials spent much of Wednesday investigating a wardrobe malfunction on its highest-paid active NBA player spokesman. Although Nike officials declined to publicly comment, sources told ESPN that executives with the shoe and apparel…

NFL looking into why Panthers QB Cam Newton declined to speak to media Thursday


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NFL will look into why Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Thursday declined to speak to media, league spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN. Team spokesperson Steven Drummond said the 2015 NFL MVP did not give…

Source: Tigers will hire Ron Gardenhire as manager


Ron Gardenhire will be the next manager of the Detroit Tigers, sources tell ESPN, confirming a report by The Athletic. Gardenhire, who spent this past season as the Arizona Diamondbacks' bench coach, spent 13 seasons as manager of the…

How does Jeremy Lin's injury change his and Brooklyn's future?


What does Jeremy Lin's injury mean for the Brooklyn Nets guard and his team? For the second night in a row, we saw a starter suffer a season-ending injury in his team's season opener. Although Lin's ruptured patella tendon wasn't quite as…

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Jaguars president apologizes to city official for anthem kneeling in London


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --? Jacksonville Jaguars?president Mark Lamping has apologized to the city of Jacksonville's director of military affairs chief and local military representatives for not fully understanding the potential impact of…


Will ALCS off day zap Yankees momentum like it did Astros?


Joe Girardi says the New York Yankees would have preferred to be playing after winning three straight home games to take a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series


Teddy Bridgewater: Return to practice 'mini milestone,' believes he'll play in 2017


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Teddy Bridgewater?says he believes he will be able to play at some point this season, but he isn't circling a particular date on the schedule. Bridgewater, who returned to the practice field Wednesday,?dislocated his…

Astros now trailing Yankees in ALCS, need 9th Verlander win


Astros have won to win Verlander's ninth start, like the first eight, or the Yankees will take the AL pennant in Houston


MRI results negative on Draymond Green's knee, but he is doubtful for Friday


Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green underwent an MRI on his left knee Wednesday, and the results came back negative, the team said. Although no new structural damage was revealed by the MRI, Green is doubtful to play in Friday…

Emails: Protests spur college officials to talk with players


Some college and university officials are having talks with student-athletes and consulting each other amid concerns that demonstrations over racial injustice like the ones roiling pro sports will spread to college athletics


Hamilton title chase returns to track he's dominated


F1 leader Hamilton dismisses title talk as 'silly' as he returns to Texas track he's dominated


NFLRA says reports of officiating bias 'irresponsible and baseless'


The NFL Referees Association released a statement Thursday denouncing "recent media reports alleging bias in NFL officiating." The NFLRA's statement didn't identify the reports that prompted the statement, but acknowledged to ESPN that the…


Alex Smith: Mike Mitchell's hit 'extremely late, as flagrant as it gets'


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After having a chance to see the video of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell's hit to the back of his knees, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith called the shot from Sunday's game between the teams "about as flagrant as…


IOC expects decisions on Russian doping cases next month


Investigators at the International Olympic Committee expect to have "a number" of Russian doping cases from the 2014 Sochi Olympics resolved by the end of November


The night after, Celtics stumble forward without Gordon Hayward


BOSTON -- This was supposed to be a celebration. The? Boston Celtics' home opener on Wednesday night was supposed to be our first glimpse of the team's two new stars -- Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward -- together in a regular-season game…


The Yankee Greeter: Judge always the last man off for NY


Aaron Judge is the Yankee Greeter, waiting outside the dugout at the end of every defensive inning for his teammates to pass so he can complement them or give them a kind word

LEADING OFF: Cubs face Dodgers' Kershaw trailing 3-1 in NLCS


LEADING OFF: Cubs face Dodgers' Kershaw trailing 3-1 in NLCS


Aldridge's double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves, 107-99


SAN ANTONIO -- LaMarcus Aldridge was unhappy with the Spurs the past two seasons and Gregg Popovich understood why. Their heart-to-heart talk has made basketball life much easier for Aldridge, and his comfort was apparent in the season…

Blazers hand Suns worst loss ever in season opener, 124-76


Damian Lillard scored 27 points and the Portland Trail Blazers opened the season by handing the Phoenix Suns the most one-sided loss in the franchise's 49-year history, 124-76

WATCH: NFL not changing its national anthem policy, Goodell says


Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Tuesday at the league's fall meetings that altering the language from "should stand" to "must stand" was not discussed.

Thursday, Oct 19

Paul George reached out to Gordon Hayward: 'Hard to get over that'


OKLAHOMA CITY -- If there's one player who understands what Gordon Hayward is going through, it's Paul George.? The? Oklahoma City Thunder?star said seeing Hayward's devastating injury Tuesday night made him "nauseous." "It just brought me…

Wednesday, Oct 18

Bulls suspend Bobby Portis for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic


CHICAGO -- The? Chicago Bulls?have suspended forward Bobby Portis?for eight games for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic during an altercation that left Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. Mirotic is expected to miss at least…

McKayla Maroney alleges past abuses by Larry Nassar as early as age 13


McKayla Maroney, a two-time Olympic medalist, has alleged that she was abused as early as age 13 by former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who already faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and could…

Sore knee relegates Chris Paul to bench as Rockets hold off Warriors


OAKLAND, Calif. --? Chris Paul was a crunchtime spectator during his Houston Rockets debut, cheering on his teammates from the bench for the final 4 minutes, 47 seconds of Tuesday's 122-121 comeback win over the Golden State Warriors, a…

Bulls' Nikola Mirotic suffers broken facial bones in altercation with teammate Bobby Portis


Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is out indefinitely after suffering fractures to his upper jaw and a concussion in an altercation with teammate Bobby Portis at practice Tuesday. The players had been talking trash to one another in…

Tuesday, Oct 17

LeBron James doesn't owe anybody but wants to pay forward


After winning his third championship with an epic comeback from down 3-1 to the Golden State Warriors in 2016, LeBron James told campers at his summer clinic he was "chasing the ghost" of Michael Jordan. Still stuck at half Jordan's six…

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer shrugs off scrutiny of Anthony Barr's hit on Aaron Rodgers


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. --? Minnesota Vikings?coach Mike Zimmer does not understand the "scrutiny" surrounding linebacker? Anthony Barr's hit on? Green Bay's? Aaron Rodgers, which resulted in the quarterback breaking his right collarbone. Barr…

NFLPA will ask for en banc rehearing of Ezekiel Elliott's suspension case at 5th Circuit


The NFL players' union has issued notice that it will request an en banc hearing -- a hearing of the full panel of judges with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans -- on behalf of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. In…

Houston Nutt, Ole Miss reach settlement in lawsuit


Ole Miss officials and former Rebels coach Houston Nutt reached an undisclosed settlement Monday to dismiss Nutt's lawsuit against the school. Nutt, who coached the Rebels from 2008 to 2011, filed a lawsuit against Ole Miss, its athletics…

Monday, Oct 16

NCAA hoops corruption scandal prompts schools to review programs


The spate of arrests, details of under-the-table bribes to teenagers and the downfall of one of the sport's best-known coaches has triggered uncomfortable soul-searching among the institutions at the heart of college basketball, including…

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell proves prescient with 179 yards in win


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Le'Veon Bell had no problem backing up his theory, restated early last week, that running the ball is a "formula for winning." Bell put the Pittsburgh Steelers -- and Kansas City Chiefs defenders -- on his back for 179…

Teddy Bridgewater could come off PUP list following checkup


Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to come off the physically unable to perform list as early as this week, barring any setbacks in his checkup with his knee surgeon on Monday, league sources told ESPN. Bridgewater…

QB Colin Kaepernick files grievance for collusion against NFL owners


Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick?has filed a grievance under the latest collective bargaining agreement against NFL owners for collusion, according to his attorney, Mark Geragos. Kaepernick is not going through the NFL Players…

Sunday, Oct 15

Ducks-Stars Preview


The Anaheim Ducks are probably not too excited about heading on the road again. After a successful homestand, Anaheim looks to avoid its longest road losing streak in more than four years Thursday night when it meets the Dallas Stars. The…

Deshaun Watson sets rookie mark for TD passes through 6 games


HOUSTON -- With three touchdowns on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has the most passing touchdowns by a rookie through six games since the NFL-AFL merger. He now has 15 on the season after throwing…

Before release, 49ers had trade terms to send NaVorro Bowman to Saints


Before they surprisingly released linebacker NaVorro Bowman on Friday, the San Francisco 49ers agreed to trade the longtime veteran to the New Orleans Saints for a seventh-round draft pick, league sources told ESPN. But after agreeing to…

Cavaliers trade Richard Jefferson, Kay Felder to Hawks


The Cleveland Cavaliers traded forward Richard Jefferson, guard Kay Felder, two second-round draft picks and cash considerations to the Atlanta Hawks for the draft rights to forward Dimitrios Agravanis and guard Sergey Gladyr. Sources say…