Friday, Nov 30


LeBron James 'battling' when to defer and when to take over games


LOS ANGELES -- If it seems as if LeBron James has been shouldering a disproportionate part of the load for the Los Angeles Lakers so far this season, that's because he has. The four-time MVP admitted after Thursday's 104-96 win over the…

Raptors have a superstar ready to duel with best in Leonard


TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors had seen this movie before. When Kevin Durant hit a completely absurd turnaround fall-away 3-pointer in the corner to tie the game at 119 in the final seconds of regulation, he completely wiped away what had…


Guest speaker Denzel Washington lifts Lakers' spirits during 'Genius Series'


LOS ANGELES -- Maybe the only thing the Los Angeles Lakers needed to end their two-game losing streak on Thursday was a good pep talk. Coming off a 32-point drubbing by the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers turned to Coach Herman Boone from T.C. …


Sources: Dwight Howard likely to need surgery to help gluteal injury


Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard likely will need a surgical procedure to provide relief from a gluteal injury that has frequently sidelined him this season, league sources told ESPN. Editor's Picks. Buy or sell NBA trades: Lakers'…

Portland Timbers reach MLS Cup on Diego Valeri's late strike over Sporting Kansas City


Diego Valeri scored twice, the second in second-half stoppage time, as the Portland Timbers defeated host Sporting Kansas City 3-2 Thursday night to claim the MLS Western Conference championship. Sebastian Blanco also scored for the fifth…

Saints' 10-game winning streak ends as offense falls flat vs. Cowboys


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Drew Brees and the historic New Orleans Saints offense came crashing back down to earth Thursday night as their 10-game win streak was snapped by the Dallas Cowboys in a 13-10 slugfest.


Cowboys' path to playoffs becomes clearer after stunning upset of Saints


ARLINGTON, Texas -- In 2009, the Dallas Cowboys went to the Superdome with their season on the line against the undefeated New Orleans Saints and left with a win that propelled them to an 11-5 finish and a wild-card playoff victory. On…

NFL playoff picture: AFC, NFC seeds through Week 13's TNF


Whoa. The Cowboys' upset Thursday night of the Saints has shaken up the NFC playoff picture. Here is our weekly look at what the postseason would look like if the season had ended today. AFC. 1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2). The positive side…

With 51 points, Kevin Durant continues hot streak, but Warriors lose to Raptors


TORONTO -- Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant scored 51 points in Thursday night's 131-128 overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors, marking the first time in his storied career he scored 40 or more points in three consecutive games.


UCF beats Alabama for 2nd straight year in hoops; football next?


ORLANDO, Fla. -- UCF finally got Alabama. In basketball. But football was not exactly an afterthought during the men's hoops game Thursday night. One fan in the student section held up a sign that read, "Was your football team too scared…


Texas Tech tabs Utah State's Matt Wells as new coach


Texas Tech on Thursday hired Utah State's Matt Wells as its new head football coach. Texas Tech made the announcement after holding a team meeting to inform the players of Wells' hiring. He replaces Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired Sunday…

Reports: Mets closing in on deal for Mariners' Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz


The Mets and Mariners are closing in on a trade that would send All-Star closer Edwin Diaz and former All-Star Robinson Cano to New York, with the Mariners getting top prospects in return, according to multiple reports.

Kings coach Dave Joerger asks assistant GM Brandon Williams to leave practice


Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger asked assistant general manager Brandon Williams to leave the team's shootaround Thursday, according to The Athletic. Williams departed with Kings general manager Vlade Divac after Joerger's request, the…


What will Robinson Cano be worth over next five years?


The buzz on Thursday had trade talks between the Seattle Mariners and New York Mets involving Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz heating up hotter than a thousand suns, with reports Thursday night that the sides are closing in on a deal. Names…


Magic Johnson on LeBron usage: Don't want 'Cleveland all over again'


Magic Johnson, keeping a big-picture eye on LeBron James' usage, reiterated Thursday that the Los Angeles Lakers will continue to follow their offseason plan of trying to lighten James' load compared to how he was utilized with the…

Richard Sherman: Didn't really have relationship with Russell Wilson


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- For the first time since they entered the league, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will be on opposite sides in a game Sunday. It will be Sherman's first…

Sources: Georgia Tech to interview Chargers' Ken Whisenhunt for top spot


Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is interviewing this weekend for the Georgia Tech head coaching job, league sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. Whisenhunt attended Georgia Tech, which would like to hire someone…

Tiger Woods struggles as Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay lead in Bahamas


NASSAU, Bahamas -- Tiger Woods generally likes an early tee time, sometimes the earlier the better. But not when it means he is going off first because his position is near last. Woods beat just one player on Thursday in the opening round…

Mets introduce new assistant GM Allard Baird


NEW YORK -- Allard Baird believes the New York Mets are ready to win now. "You need impact starting pitching and they have it here. That was one of the attractive things," he said Thursday, a day after leaving the World Series champion…

Thursday, Nov 29


Garrett Richards agrees to two-year deal with Padres amid Tommy John recovery


The San Diego Padres have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent pitcher Garrett Richards, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports. The deal includes a guaranteed $15 million during that two-year span, according to the report.


Cubs trade Tommy La Stella to Angels


CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs traded their best pinch hitter, infielder Tommy La Stella, to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The trade comes one day after the Cubs acquired versatile…

Packers' Randall Cobb set to return vs. Cardinals


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb, who has missed six of the past eight games because of a hamstring injury, believes he will return to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. But that's not the only thing he…

Portland group seeking MLB team proposes waterfront ballpark site


PORTLAND, Ore. -- A group seeking to lure a Major League Baseball team to Portland announced that it has signed an agreement in principle to develop a 45-acre waterfront site. The agreement with the Port of Portland was announced Thursday…

Doug Williams: Redskins unified in decision to claim Reuben Foster


ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins senior vice president Doug Williams said the team's four key decision-makers were unanimous in wanting to claim linebacker Reuben Foster on Tuesday, and that he was comfortable with the research he did…


Browns OC Freddie Kitchens supports Baker Mayfield over Hue Jackson comments


BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens has Baker Mayfield's back. In a big way. Kitchens said Thursday he has no problem with any of Mayfield's recent statements about former coach Hue Jackson, including an…

Family affair for Aussie duo at UFC Fight Night Adelaide


UFC Fight Night Adelaide will have more than just an Aussie feel - there will be a real family vibe with brothers-in-law Tai Tuivasa and Tyson Pedro on the Dec. 2 (AEDT) card, as well as their mentor and veteran Mark Hunt in his UFC swan…


East Carolina fires Scottie Montgomery; David Blackwell to coach finale


East Carolina fired coach Scottie Montgomery on Thursday after three seasons. Defensive coordinator David Blackwell will coach the Pirates (3-8) in their season finale on Saturday at NC State (Noon ET, ESPN App).

Stephen Curry makes shoes available to girls online after letter


Nine-year-old Riley Morrison needed shoes for the new hoops season, but after deciding she liked Under Armour's Stephen Curry model, she couldn't find a pair online. So she took her problem straight to the top, writing a letter to the…


Man United's leopard print leads FIFA 19 shirts that will never be worn by players


Manchester United fans now have the opportunity to part with real money in exchange for a new kit that doesn't technically exist. To clarify, Adidas have released a range of limited edition "digital fourth kits" for United -- as well…


Best, worst matchups at all fantasy football positions for Week 13


Matchups are often a driving force behind fantasy managers' weekly lineup decisions. When choosing between two (or more) similarly talented players, you know the first question that comes to mind: Which one has the best matchup? Ah, but…