LOS ANGELES — On the same day that word trickled out about a Cleveland Cavaliers finger-pointing team meeting, the Boston Celtics huddled in Los Angeles on Monday to discuss their own struggles and privately resolved to work together to overcome one of the first rough patches the team has encountered this season. Celtics players acknowledged
It took less than two rounds in Boston last weekend for Ghana’s Abdul Razak Alhassan to show Welterweight division rivals and combat sports fans that his victory at UFC 218 over Sabah Homasi was no fluke. Judo Thunder’s ferocious uppercut that put Homasi on the mat at UFC 220 on Saturday night earned the 32-year-old
1:00 AM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” The
DALLAS — Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul said he was “cool” with not being selected for the All-Star Game. His co-star and coach weren’t so accepting of the snub. “I was amazed that people that should be watching games don’t watch the games and see how important a guy is,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.
The early betting action on Super Bowl LII had been evenly divided between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles at MGM’s sportsbooks in Las Vegas. It’s not anymore. On Wednesday, a bettor placed a “multimillion-dollar” bet on the underdog Eagles, according to MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood. Rood declined to
The baseball writers elected four new members to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday: Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman. They join Modern Baseball Era electees Jack Morris and Alan Trammell in the Class of 2018, which will be inducted on July 27 in Cooperstown, New York. The writers’ ballot always produces
Lorenz Larkin is looking forward to fighting at home for the first time since he left the regional MMA scene seven years ago. Chael Sonnen was able to negate Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s considerable size and strength to score a unanimous decision at the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix eight-man heavyweight tournament. Bellator has finalized a
8:07 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was suspended five games Wednesday by the NHL Department of Player Safety for elbowing Marcus Johansson of the New Jersey Devils, the maximum amount allowable without an in-person hearing. The NHL told ESPN on Wednesday that despite the suspension, Marchand is still eligible to play
One by one the top boxers dressed in formal clothing, many with their world title belts slung over the shoulder, strolled across the stage at a New York banquet hall Wednesday afternoon as Showtime, fight by fight, unveiled most of its schedule for the first half of 2018 to the media. It was an unprecedented
In his first public appearance since resigning as Ole Miss’ football coach in July, Hugh Freeze showed remorse and asked for forgiveness while speaking at Liberty University on Wednesday. “I had to say to people that I loved, ‘I am sorry, please forgive me,” Freeze said during the school’s chapel service, which streamed live on
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo talked publicly Wednesday for the first time since Jason Kidd’s firing as coach Monday, saying he wished what they discussed had remained silent. Antetokounmpo acknowledged calling Kidd about 15 minutes before he was officially notified of his firing by the Bucks. Asked about what he said, Antetokounmpo declined to elaborate.
6:15 PM ET Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR wouldn’t totally dispute the comments from Kyle Busch that it has an increased focus on marketing young drivers, but its top marketing executive indicated it was more a matter
Looming tall among the outsiders in the field for the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Saturday is Giant Expectations. That’s “giant” as in his sire, Frost Giant, and “expectations,” as in what were dashed after he left the stage with a health scare that offered no guarantees he would ever see a starting
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson strongly believes a potential fight against bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw should be on a “stacked card.” So much so, in fact, he won’t accept it any other way. “That’s what the UFC wants,” Johnson told ESPN. “It’s the superfight everyone wants. I think TJ and I are both on board.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was listed with a concussion on the New England Patriots’ initial injury report ahead of Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury report said Gronkowski would not have practiced had the Patriots taken the field Wednesday. This marks the first time the Patriots have acknowledged that
5:05 PM ET Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brad Keselowski certainly isn’t the first one to say NASCAR chairman Brian France needs to show up at the track more often. But the fact he said it would be
SAN DIEGO — While he said the main goal is to be prepared for April and the Masters, Tiger Woods admitted that his first official PGA Tour event in a year comes without the usual thoughts of holding the trophy Sunday. Woods begins play Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open, the same tournament he has
SAN DIEGO — Some of his finest accomplishments in the game occurred here, as did some of his first memories of PGA Tour golf. It is where Tiger Woods first came to witness a tournament, then with celebrity host Andy Williams’ name in the title, the picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean a backdrop. Woods,