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Miami dismisses Josh Gattis as OC after one season

Miami has fired Josh Gattis as offensive coordinator after one season, coach Mario Cristobal announced Friday. When Gattis was hired a year ago from Michigan, the move was widely applauded. Gattis had just won the Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the country after helping the Wolverines make the College Football Playoff with a balanced offensive approach. But in his lone season in Miami, the results were not what was expected. Returning quarterback Tyler Van Dyke struggled in the new scheme even before he missed three games with a shoulder injury, throwing for 1,844 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions -- a far cry from the 25 touchdowns he threw in 2021. Miami ranked No. 86 in the nation in total offense, averaging 367.1 yards. That was down from a top-20 offense in 2021 that averaged 448.8 yards. Compounding the issues was an inability to run the ball, as the Hurricanes averaged 3.7 yards per carry. They ended up playing three quarterbacks...
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Jake Paul, Tommy Fury finalize February fight in Saudi Arabia

The fight between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury is finally a done deal. Paul, the YouTube star-turned-boxer, and Fury will meet Feb. 26 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, officials told ESPN on Friday. The anticipated event, which had initially been reported to take place Feb. 25, will partner with Top Rank and broadcast digitally in the United States on ESPN+ pay-per-view. The fight will be contested at 185 pounds and is contracted for eight rounds. In the co-main event, former two-weight world champion Badou Jack will face WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu. Also on the card, Ashton Sylve, an undefeated top prospect from Paul's Most Valuable Promotions, will face Maxwell Awuku. An official announcement on the card is expected later Friday. Paul and Fury, half-brother of heavyweight great Tyson Fury and a reality star in the United Kingdom, were supposed to fight twice before. The original fight was scheduled for December 2021, but Fury pulled out with an illness. Paul ended up...
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January 27

Mavericks star Luka Doncic exits win vs. Suns with ankle sprain

Dallas superstar Luka Doncic exited in the first quarter of the Mavericks' 99-95 win over the host  Phoenix Suns on Thursday because of a sprained left ankle. An X-ray was negative, and Mavs coach Jason Kidd said Doncic was in "good spirits" after the game. "He looked good, he looked fine," Kidd said. "But we'll see how he feels as we go forward." The Mavericks next play Saturday at  Utah. Doncic suffered the injury when he stepped on a Suns defender's foot while pivoting a few minutes into the game.  Dallas called a timeout with 8:39 remaining in the first quarter to substitute for Doncic, who immediately limped to the locker room along with Mavs director of player health and performance Casey Smith. The Mavs announced at the conclusion of the first quarter that Doncic would not return. Doncic, who was selected as an All-Star starter, entered the night as the NBA's leading scorer with 33.8 points per game. He is also averaging a team-best 9.1...
January 27
January 27

Jaylen Brown vows to be better after missed FTs sink Celtics

BOSTON -- After missing two free throws with 7.6 seconds to go in overtime that would've given the Boston Celtics the lead, star guard Jaylen Brown took the blame for Boston's 120-117 overtime loss to the New York Knicks at TD Garden Thursday night. "I've just got to be better, to be honest," Brown said after finishing with 22 points on 8-for-22 shooting and nine rebounds in 42 minutes. "Tonight was a rough game, and I'm a better basketball player than I played today. "Those two missed free throws kind of embodied the whole game. I didn't get it going, didn't give my teammates enough energy to get the win, and that's what happens when you don't come out and give your best. I'll be better." Boston (35-15), which has lost three straight after ripping off nine wins in a row before that, needed a furious fourth quarter comeback to even have a chance to win the game in the extra session. The Celtics trailed 102-89 with exactly eight minutes remaining after a...
January 27
January 26

Billy Packer, 82, longtime Final Four basketball analyst, dies

Longtime college basketball commentator Billy Packer, the voice of the NCAA tournament for more than 30 years, died Thursday night. He was 82. Packer's two sons, Mark and Brandt, announced the news via Twitter on Thursday night. Mark Packer told The Associated Press that his father had been hospitalized in Charlotte for the past three weeks with several medical issues and ultimately succumbed to kidney failure. Billy Packer was the lead college basketball analyst for 34 straight Final Fours, first at NBC and then at CBS, while also doing work as an analyst for ACC games on Raycom. He received a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Analyst in 1993. He was the son of longtime basketball coach Anthony Packer, who spent 16 seasons as the head coach at Lehigh. After earning all-state honors as a high schooler in Pennsylvania, Packer attended Wake Forest, where he was named All-ACC in 1961 and 1962. He helped lead the Demon Deacons to three...
January 26
January 26

Mavericks star Luka Doncic exits game vs. Suns with ankle injury

Dallas superstar Luka Doncic exited in the first quarter of the Mavericks' 99-95 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday because of a sprained left ankle. Doncic suffered the injury when he stepped on a Suns defender's foot while pivoting a few minutes into the game.  Dallas called a timeout with 8:39 remaining in the first quarter to substitute for Doncic, who immediately limped to the locker room along with Mavs director of player health and performance Casey Smith. The Mavs announced at the conclusion of the first quarter that Doncic would not return to the game. An X-ray was negative. Doncic, who was selected as an All-Star starter, entered the night as the NBA's leading scorer with 33.8 points per game. He is also averaging a team-best 9.1 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game. The Mavs are 0-5 in games Doncic has not played this season, all of which have been the second night of back-to-backs.
January 26
January 26

Mavericks' star Luka Doncic exits game vs. Suns with ankle injury

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic exited in the first quarter of Thursday's game against the Phoenix Suns due to a sprained left ankle. Doncic suffered the injury when he stepped on a Suns defender's foot while pivoting a few minutes into the game.  Dallas called a timeout with 8:39 remaining in the first quarter to substitute for Doncic, who immediately limped to the locker room along with Mavs director of player health and performance Casey Smith. The Mavs announced at the conclusion of the first quarter that Doncic would not return to the game. An X-ray was negative. Doncic, who was selected as an All-Star starter, entered the night as the NBA's leading scorer with 33.8 points per game. He is also averaging a team-best 9.1 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game. The Mavs are 0-5 in games Doncic has not played this season, all of which have been the second night of back-to-backs.
January 26
January 26

LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo voted as All-Star captains

BOSTON -- LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo were named the captains of the two teams that will take part in the 2023 NBA All-Star Game next month in Salt Lake City. James ties Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- whom he is about to pass as the NBA's all-time scoring leader -- for most All-Star Game appearances with 19. James has now been a captain each of the six years the NBA has used the format of two captains drafting their individual teams. The Los Angeles Lakers star is averaging 29.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game in his age-38 season. Antetokounmpo will be a captain for the third time, having done so in 2019 and 2020, and will be an All-Star for the seventh consecutive season. The Milwaukee Bucks star is averaging 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game this season for the Bucks, who are a half-game behind the Philadelphia 76ers for second place in the Eastern Conference. Joining James among starters selected from the...
January 26
January 26

Duquesne reviews safety policy after food delivery 'prank'

Don't expect courtside food deliveries at Duquesne basketball games in the future. Duquesne issued a statement Thursday regarding Wednesday night's viral moment of an Uber Eats delivery person wandering onto the court during the Dukes' game against Loyola Chicago. The game was briefly paused after a man in a yellow jacket holding a bag of McDonald's walked onto the floor -- a few feet from where Loyola Chicago's Philip Alston was holding the ball. He was shown a couple of minutes later, walking around the concourse level, looking to track down the person who ordered the food. According to Duquesne, it was not the bizarre yet organic moment it initially appeared to be. It was a prank. "We strive to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for guests and participants at all events on our campus. We also rely on common courtesy and the civility of those in attendance to adhere to the guidelines that are in place," the school said in a statement. "This was a prank,...
January 26
January 26

DC Dan Quinn returning to Cowboys after HC interviews

FRISCO, Texas -- For the second straight year, Dan Quinn has decided to pass up potential head-coaching jobs to remain as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator. Quinn interviewed with the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts in the past few weeks. "Unfinished business here in Dallas. My complete focus is helping the team play championship ball in 2023," Quinn told ESPN's Ed Werder. During his end-of-season news conference, coach Mike McCarthy hinted at a possible return by saying, "I feel good about where we are," but "We'll give Dan his due time." Not long after the session ended, McCarthy confirmed Quinn's decision to stay. "We're all extremely excited to have Dan back," McCarthy said. "Had a chance to visit with him a short while ago. This is big for us. Gives us continuity, definitely what we've accomplished the last two years, building off of that. Frankly, on a personal note, I can't tell you how thankful I am." The...
January 26
January 26

49ers' Christian McCaffrey: 'Zero' chance he's not playing

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- For the second straight day, San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey sat out of practice Thursday as he works back from a bruised calf. And while McCaffrey isn't slated to participate in the Niners' Thursday practice, he did speak to the media and offered a simple answer when asked if there was any chance he won't play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles. "Zero," McCaffrey said. McCaffrey suffered the injury in last week's 19-12 NFC divisional round victory over the Dallas Cowboys but came out of the game saying that he felt like he was fine. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that he expected McCaffrey and other injured Niners to play but didn't want to make any guarantees. Asked whether his concerns for McCaffrey's availability had changed with McCaffrey not practicing on Thursday, Shanahan said he has the "same concerns that I had yesterday." McCaffrey said he will go through...
January 26
January 26

Orioles acquire Cole Irvin in trade with Athletics

The Baltimore Orioles acquired left-hander Cole Irvin from the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, bolstering their rotation as they look to take a step forward in the ultracompetitive American League East. Irvin, who turns 29 this week, emerged as a reliable innings eater over the past two seasons, throwing 359⅓ innings at a 4.11 ERA after the A's acquired him from Philadelphia for $100,000. Baltimore used its substantial middle-infield depth in the deal, sending 21-year-old Darell Hernaiz to Oakland. The Orioles also received 24-year-old minor league right-hander Kyle Virbitsky as part of the trade. Baltimore took a significant leap forward last year, finishing 83-79 a year after losing 110 games. The promotion of catcher Adley Rutschman and infielder Gunnar Henderson -- both considered the top prospects in the game at the time of their debuts -- buttressed a team that had lost at least 108 games in the previous three full seasons. The...
January 26
January 26

Sources: Orioles acquire Cole Irvin in trade with Athletics

The  Baltimore Orioles have acquired left-handed pitcher Cole Irvin from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for infield prospect Darell Hernaiz, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Thursday. Right-handed pitcher Kyle Virbitsky also is going to the Orioles in the deal, sources said. The 28-year-old Irvin went 9-13 with a 3.98 ERA and 128 strikeouts for the A's last season. In four MLB seasons with the A's and the Phillies, Irvin is 21-30 with a 4.40 ERA and 288 strikeouts.
January 26
January 26

Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes says first practice went better than expected

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The focus for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has shifted from whether he can play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals to how effective he can be. Mahomes indicated that his high ankle sprain has improved throughout the week and that he was able to get through the Chiefs' first practice of the week without much trouble. "I thought I had a good day yesterday," Mahomes said Thursday. "Overall probably better than I expected being able to go out there and throw the football and get in the work I needed to get in." Mahomes was also listed as a full participant in practice on Thursday. Mahomes' mobility diminished and his style of play changed after he injured the ankle in Saturday's divisional round playoff win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After leading the league during the regular season in passes from outside of the pocket, Mahomes made no such throws against the Jaguars after the...
January 26
January 26

Panthers hire ex-Colts coach Frank Reich as new head coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Frank Reich, the starting quarterback for the first game in Carolina Panthers history in 1995, is now the team's sixth head coach. Reich agreed to a four-year deal that is expected to be finalized by Monday, a league source told ESPN. Owner David Tepper chose Reich, 61, after a search that included nine candidates, including interim head coach Steve Wilks and former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton. It ultimately came down to Reich and Wilks, who went 6-6 after Matt Rhule was fired following a 1-4 start. Wilks was the sentimental favorite of Carolina players to get the full-time job. Tepper called Wilks to inform him he was not getting the job, according to a source, who added that there currently have been no discussions about whether Wilks will be asked to stay as a member of the staff. Wigdor LLP, a New York City-based law firm that represents Wilks in his discrimination suit against the NFL for being fired after one season (2018) as the...
January 26
January 26

Astros hire Braves scouting executive Dana Brown as new GM

The Houston Astros named Dana Brown their new general manager Thursday, choosing the longtime scouting executive to shepherd the team after it let go of former GM James Click, the architect of the 2022 World Series champions. Brown, 55, served as the vice president of scouting for the Atlanta Braves over the past four years, hitting on a number of draft picks. His 2019 draft in particular was a windfall, netting starting center fielder Michael Harris II in the third round, projected shortstop Vaughn Grissom in the 11th round and  Shea Langeliers, the centerpiece of Atlanta's trade for Matt Olson, in the first. "I'm coming to a winning team and a big part of what I want to do is sustain the winning long term,'' Brown said. "We want to continue to build, continue to sign good players, continue to develop players and continue the winning success.'' After interviewing a group that included former Miami GM Michael Hill, former San...
January 26
January 26

Mike Hilton, Bengals confident for title game at 'Burrowhead'

CINCINNATI -- Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton has a unique name for the Kansas City Chiefs' stadium -- "Burrowhead." Hilton coined the moniker for Arrowhead Stadium during the team's divisional round victory over the Buffalo Bills. Hilton said he knew he would ruffle a few feathers when he uttered the phrase into an NFL Films camera last weekend, but it's evidence of the team's confidence heading into the rematch with Kansas City in the AFC title game Sunday. "That's just our locker room, man," Hilton said Wednesday. "That's just who we are. We got a whole bunch of guys that love playing with each other." The story behind the story is about as cut-and-dried as what it's referencing. During the team's 27-10 win over the Bills last weekend, Hilton was walking down the sideline, realized the Bengals were headed to Kansas City for another AFC Championship Game and saw Joe Burrow, the winning quarterback in last year's tilt for AFC supremacy. Last...
January 26
January 26

Jets hire former Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett as new OC

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets ended their two-week search for an offensive coordinator, hiring former Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett on Thursday -- a move that adds to the already intense speculation about a potential Aaron Rodgers trade. Coach Robert Saleh said Hackett is a "home run" hire for the Jets. Rodgers could make it a grand slam. Hackett, who replaces Mike LaFleur, developed a good relationship with Rodgers while serving as the Green Bay Packers' coordinator from 2019 to 2021. Rodgers' future in Green Bay is uncertain and the Jets are "committed" to acquiring a veteran quarterback, Saleh told reporters. It's not hard to connect the dots, though Saleh claimed he didn't discuss Rodgers -- or any available quarterbacks -- in his interview with Hackett. That process begins next week, he said. "It's all surface-level stuff because it doesn't matter what the connections are," Saleh said. "Everybody has a connection to...
January 26
January 26

Ex-Detroit Lions linebacker Jessie Lemonier dies at age 25

Former Detroit Lions linebacker Jessie Lemonier has died, the team confirmed Thursday. He was 25. No details have been released on the cause of death. Lemonier, who was drafted by the XFL's Arlington Renegades in November, instead recently signed with the USFL's Houston Gamblers for the upcoming season before being traded to the Birmingham Stallions. He appeared in seven games with the Lions during the 2021 season, finishing with 15 total tackles and 1.5 sacks. He signed with the Arizona Cardinals last summer and registered a sack in a preseason game but was later released during training camp. "We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former Detroit Lion Jessie Lemonier," the Lions said in a statement. "Jessie was a model teammate and wonderful young man who is gone far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time." His agent, Drew Smith of DEC Management, told ESPN that Lemonier and...
January 26
January 26

Elena Rybakina tops Victoria Azarenka to make Aussie Open final

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina reached her second final in the past three Grand Slam tournaments by beating Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (4), 6-3 at the Australian Open on Thursday. Rybakina added to what already was an impressive run through a string of top opponents. Azarenka, the champion at Melbourne Park in 2012 and 2013, joined a list of players eliminated by Rybakina over the past two weeks that includes No. 1 Iga Swiatek and No. 17 Jelena Ostapenko -- both owners of major titles -- and 2022 Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins. As usual, Rybakina did it with her powerful serve, delivering it at up to 117 mph and accumulating nine aces to bring her total to a tournament-high 44, and stinging groundstrokes that she used to close points seemingly at will. The performance was particularly noteworthy against a returner and defender as established on hard courts as Azarenka, a former No. 1 and a three-time...
January 26
January 26

Damian Lillard drops mic with historically efficient 60-point game

PORTLAND -- While scoring 60 points for the fourth time in his career during Wednesday's 134-124 win over the Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard made history with his efficiency. Lillard needed just 29 shot attempts and 10 free throw attempts to score 60, putting him in elite company. Just two other players ( Karl Malone with 26 in 1990 and James Harden with 24 in 2019) have reached 60 points on fewer shot attempts, but both scored a high percentage of their points at the foul line, taking 23 free throws apiece. Meanwhile, only one player to score 60 ( Rick Barry in 1974, with five) has done so with fewer than 10 free throw attempts. Because of those limited opportunities, Lillard posted the highest true shooting percentage -- a measure of combined efficiency on shot attempts and free throws -- ever in a 60-point game (.898). "That was incredible, man," Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said. "You don't get...
January 26
January 26

Warriors battle back as Stephen Curry tossed for throwing mouthpiece

SAN FRANCISCO -- With Golden State leading  Memphis by just two points with 1:14 remaining Wednesday night,  Stephen Curry clapped his hands at Jordan Poole after what Curry said he thought was an ill-advised 3-point attempt by his Warriors teammate.  While running back on defense, a frustrated Curry took out his mouthpiece and whipped it through the air. It ricocheted off the court and landed near the courtside seats for an automatic ejection.  "It was a crucial time in the game, and the way that our season has gone, questions about a heightened sense of urgency ... when you want something really bad ... I reacted in a way that put myself out of the game and put the team in a tough place," Curry said after the Warriors pulled off a wild  122-120 victory.  This was Curry's third career ejection, including playoffs. All three ejections have involved his mouthpiece. In Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals, Curry was tossed for an almost identical...
January 26
January 26

Anthony Davis scores 21 while coming off bench in Lakers return

LOS ANGELES -- Lakers star big man Anthony Davis returned Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs, scoring 21 points in a 113-104 Los Angeles victory while coming off the bench for the first time in nearly a decade. Afterward he said he couldn't even remember the handful of times he didn't start as a pro. "It was definitely new for me since I've been playing," Davis said. "I told them, I said the last time I came off the bench was the 2012 Olympics." Davis, out for the past 5½ weeks because of a fractured bone spur and stress reaction in his right foot, was cleared after his pregame warm-up Wednesday about two hours prior to tipoff. "I'm happy for him, first and foremost," Lakers coach Darvin Ham said before the game. "I know how frustrating this process has been for him, especially at the level at which he was playing. I'm just happy for him, and definitely happy for us. We'll get him out there, we won't go too crazy with his minutes, and...
January 26
January 26

Damian Lillard drops mic on Jazz with historically efficient 60-point game

PORTLAND -- While scoring 60 points for the fourth time in his career during Wednesday's 134-124 win over the Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard made history with his efficiency. Lillard needed just 29 shot attempts and 10 free throw attempts to score 60, putting him in elite company. Just two other players ( Karl Malone with 26 in 1990, and James Harden with 24 in 2019) have reached 60 points on fewer shot attempts, but both scored a high percentage of their points at the foul line, taking 23 free throws apiece. Meanwhile, only one player to score 60 ( Rick Barry in 1974, with five) has done so with fewer than 10 free throw attempts. Because of those limited opportunities, Lillard posted the highest true shooting percentage -- a measure of combined efficiency on shot attempts and free throws -- ever in a 60-point game (.898). "That was incredible, man," said Blazers coach Chauncey Billups. "You don't get...
January 26
January 26

Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid finally face each other as opponents

PHILADELPHIA -- The fans here in the City of Brotherly Love waited almost a year to see Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid face each other as opponents for the first time in an NBA game. It didn't disappoint. In front of a raucous sellout crowd at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night, it was the 76ers who came away with a thrilling 137-133 victory over the Brooklyn Nets -- though the score was a mere backdrop to the ongoing drama surrounding Simmons and Embiid. "Nothing," said Embiid, when asked about how it felt going up against Simmons for the first time. "Just, like every single night, [I am trying to] just freaking kill whoever is in front of me. My mentality is always about scoring. If I get doubled, make the right pass, but if I get played one-on-one, or I see an opportunity to go score, I'm going to go score." Just a minute into the game, Embiid aggressively posted up Simmons -- the first of three post-ups he would attempt to execute on his...
January 26
January 26

Blazers' Damian Lillard nets 60 in season's second-highest tally

PORTLAND -- While scoring 60 points for the fourth time in his career during Wednesday's 134-124 win over the Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard made history for his efficiency. Lillard needed just 29 shot attempts and 10 free throw attempts to score 60, putting him in elite company. Just two other players ( Karl Malone with 26 in 1990, and James Harden with 24 in 2019) have reached 60 points on fewer shot attempts, but both scored a high percentage of their points at the foul line, taking 23 free throws apiece. Meanwhile, only one player to score 60 ( Rick Barry in 1974, with five) has done so with fewer than 10 free throw attempts. Because of those limited opportunities, Lillard posted the highest true shooting percentage -- a measure of combined efficiency on shot attempts and free throws -- ever in a 60-point game (.898). "That was incredible, man," said Blazers coach Chauncey Billups. "You don't get...
January 26
January 25

OU's Taylor Robertson ties NCAA D-I women's career 3-point record

Oklahoma Sooners guard Taylor Robertson tied the Division I women's basketball record for 3-pointers as she made two treys Wednesday in the Sooners' 78-58 loss to the Texas Longhorns in Austin. She now has 497, which matches the mark Ohio State Buckeyes star  Kelsey Mitchell set from 2014 to 2018. Robertson is a fifth-year senior who is taking advantage of the extra season offered by the COVID-19 waiver from 2020-2021. However, Robertson reached the record in fewer games than Mitchell: 137 to 139. She also got the career mark in fewer attempts: 1,133 to Mitchell's 1,286. Mitchell was the No. 2 pick by the  Indiana Fever in the 2018 WNBA draft and has made 347 3's thus far in her five WNBA seasons. Robertson has a chance to break the record Saturday in Ames, Iowa, where the Sooners face the  Iowa State Cyclones (4 p.m. ET, ESPN App). She has made at least one 3-pointer in 61 consecutive games. Oklahoma, Iowa State and Texas are tied...
January 25
January 25

NCAA president Mark Emmert has 'very mixed emotions' on end of tenure

INDIANAPOLIS -- Outgoing NCAA president Mark Emmert said Wednesday evening he has "very mixed emotions" about ending his 12-year tenure while the college sports industry and its leaders are in the midst of attempting to sort through a barrage of potentially existential issues. Emmert, who will officially step down from his post as the association's top executive at the end of February, was the first witness called Wednesday in a civil court trial to determine if the NCAA holds legal responsibility for the death of a former Division II quarterback who suffered a concussion while playing college football. It is the second concussion-related trial for the NCAA in the past three months, and one of several ongoing legal issues that have made Emmert and the association regular visitors to courtrooms during the tail end of his NCAA presidency. The NCAA is also facing a number of legal challenges aimed at making college athletes into employees of its schools or providing other avenues for...
January 25
January 25

David Wright on the Rebound

In his latest edition of The Mets Hot Stove Podcast, 1050 ESPN's Mets Insider Rich Coutinho has a sit down with David Wright who if the 2010 Mets are to rebound, will need a bounce back season.  
January 25
January 25

Niners willing to let legal process play out with Charles Omenihu

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Following his Monday arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Charles Omenihu will remain with the team and continue preparing for Sunday's NFC Championship Game, coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday.  Shanahan added that the Niners spent the past couple of days looking into what happened with Omenihu and concluded that the best way of handling it is to let the legal process play out before making further decisions. "We feel very good letting the legal process take care of itself. And don't feel we should kick him off our team at this time," Shanahan said. According to a release from the San Jose Police Department, police arrived at a residence at 4:39 p.m. local time on Monday after a woman called to report that Omenihu, who is her boyfriend, pushed her to the ground during an argument. No visible injuries were observed on the woman, who did complain of pain in her arm but declined medical...
January 25
January 25

Rays, lefty Jeffrey Springs reach 4-year, $31M extension

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a four-year, $31 million extension Wednesday, the team announced. The deal includes a club option for the 2027 season and can be worth up to $65.75 million if that option is exercised  and Springs meets incentives for innings pitched and Cy Young Award escalators are triggered. With the extension agreement, Spring and the Rays avoided arbitration. The 30-year-old pitcher was acquired by the Rays last year from the Boston Red Sox and last season he transitioned from a reliever to a full-time starter in the majors for the first time. He excelled in his new role, going 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts. He struck out 144 batters in 135⅓ innings.
January 25
January 25

Eagles' A.J. Brown says he isn't a 'diva,' but he wants the ball

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles receiver A.J. Brown dove into the mentality of a top-end wide receiver Wednesday as he faced questions about his visible frustration on the sideline late in a blowout win over the New York Giants on Saturday. "They throw the ball to me 100 times, I'm going to want it 101 times," Brown said. "Me personally, I just feel like I can change the game at any moment. Getting the ball often keeps you going, keeps you in a rhythm. It definitely puts you in a zone; you're locked in. Of course I want the ball." With 5:11 remaining in the game and the Eagles leading 31-7, television cameras showed coach Nick Sirianni talking to Brown on the bench. Sirianni indicated afterward that Brown, who had three catches for 22 yards on six targets against New York, was frustrated over a lack of touches. "Of course he's always going to want the ball. He's a really good player," Sirianni said Monday. "Not really anybody in the pass game really got a lot of...
January 25
January 25

Bobby Portis out at least 2 weeks with MCL sprain, ankle injury

Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis will miss at least the next couple of weeks after spraining his right MCL and right ankle during a 150-130 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday. The Bucks announced Portis' injuries Wednesday and said he would be reevaluated in two weeks. Portis, who turns 28 on Feb. 10, is averaging 14.4 points and a career-high 10.1 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-11 forward will miss a game for the first time this season when the Bucks host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. He was injured the same night that two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and three-time All-Star Khris Middleton returned from knee injuries. Middleton, who had been out with right knee soreness, played just his eighth game of the season Monday. Antetokounmpo returned after missing five games with left knee soreness. Portis missed nearly seven weeks when he sprained his MCL in 2018-19 while with the Chicago Bulls. The Associated...
January 25
January 25

Patrick Mahomes says he's 'ready to go' for AFC title game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If there was ever a doubt about his availability for the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Patrick Mahomes put an end to it. "AFC championship week," the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback said about Sunday's conference title game against the Cincinnati Bengals. "Ready to go." Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of Saturday's 27-20 divisional round playoff victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned to the game in the second half. Mahomes was listed as a full participant at Wednesday's practice. Mahomes said the ankle has progressed since the game against the Jaguars. "It's doing good," he said. "I've done a few days of treatment, a few days of rehab. Excited to get on the practice field and kind of test it out and see where I'm at. But it's feeling good so far. "I felt better than I thought I was going to be after the game. Moving on it during the game definitely hurt. But after the game, I was able to...
January 25
January 25

Bucks' Bobby Portis set to miss at least 2 weeks, sources say

Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis is expected to miss at least two weeks with an MCL sprain in his right knee, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday. It is expected that Portis will be reevaluated at the two-week mark. Portis suffered the same injury in 2018-19 with the Chicago Bulls and missed nearly seven weeks. He had left Monday's win over the Detroit Pistons early in the fourth quarter after grabbing a 10th rebound to record his 29th double-double of the season. He had already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets.
January 25
January 25

Sources: Mat Ishbia's purchase of Suns, Mercury to be official soon

Billionaire mortgage lender Mat Ishbia's purchase of a majority stake in the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury at a $4 billion valuation is expected to become official in the next two weeks, with Ishbia assuming control before the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline, team and league sources told ESPN. The NBA's board of governors is expected to ratify Ishbia's purchase with a vote in early February, sources said. A news conference to introduce Ishbia is scheduled for the morning of Feb. 8 in Phoenix, according to team sources.  Although the league suspended former Suns majority owner Robert Sarver in September after a 10-month NBA investigation into his conduct as owner, he has retained authority over the signing, acquisition or trade of any player with a salary in excess of the leaguewide average player salary, sources said. The current average player salary is $10.8 million, and the salary of disgruntled forward Jae Crowder, whom the team hasn't...
January 25
January 25

Bucks' Bobby Portis diagnosed with MCL sprain, sources say

Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis has suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday. The Bucks are still working through a timeline on Portis' return, sources said. Portis suffered the same injury in 2018-19 with the Chicago Bulls and missed nearly seven weeks. He had left Monday's win over the Detroit Pistons early in the fourth quarter after grabbing a 10th rebound to record his 29th double-double of the season. He had already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets.
January 25
January 25

Rory McIlroy snubs Patrick Reed, in no mood for reconciliation

As one of the most vocal critics of the LIV Golf breakaway league, Rory McIlroy felt mentally drained at the end of last year and decided to put his clubs away for a few weeks. "It's been nice," top-ranked McIlroy said, "to try to take a little bit of time away, and try to sort of distance myself from the game of golf." Now he's back and appears to be as fiery as ever. McIlroy was on the driving range Tuesday at the Dubai Desert Classic when he was approached by Patrick Reed, one of the high-profile players to have joined the exodus to the Saudi-backed series that changed the face of golf in 2022. McIlroy said he was busy practicing and didn't feel the need to acknowledge Reed. "Patrick came up to say hello, and I didn't really want him to," McIlroy said Wednesday. McIlroy was asked about reports that the American threw a tee toward him. The four-time major winner said he didn't see or feel anything. "But apparently that's what happened," McIlroy said. "And if...
January 25
January 25

PGA Tour seeks to add Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund to LIV lawsuit

Attorneys representing the PGA Tour are seeking to add Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and the fund's governor, Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, as defendants in the tour's countersuit against LIV Golf. In a motion for leave filed to a U.S. District Court in Northern California on Tuesday, the PGA Tour's attorneys argued that recently produced documents from LIV Golf confirm that the PIF and Al-Rumayyan played an active role in causing golfers to breach their contracts with the PGA Tour by joining the LIV Golf circuit. "As set forth in the existing counterclaim, LIV intentionally and knowingly caused these players to breach their contractual obligations to the TOUR by mispresenting TOUR contracts; inducing these breaches by offering highly lucrative contracts that make it impossible for players to comply with their TOUR contracts; and providing extensive indemnification and hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate LIV players for these breaches," PGA Tour attorneys wrote in the...
January 25
January 25

Tommy Paul wins all-American quarter, faces Novak Djokovic next

Tommy Paul received a lot less attention than his younger, less-experienced opponent, Ben Shelton, heading into their all-American quarterfinal at the Australian Open. Perhaps that was a product of the fascination with the out-of-nowhere Shelton: Just 20 and less than a year after winning an NCAA title at Florida, he was traveling outside the United States for the first time and participating in his second Grand Slam tournament. So the loud shouts heard most often emanating from the Rod Laver Arena stands Wednesday, under the sun that carried the temperature to 87 degrees, were for one of the pair: "Let's go, Benny! Let's go!" or "Go, Gators!" "He had a pretty good trip," Paul noted. Paul's story is a pretty good one, too, and it is the one that will keep going at Melbourne Park. The 25-year-old was a star in the juniors and now is making good on that promise in the pros, using a 7-6 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Shelton to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal in his...
January 25
January 25

Grizzlies' Danny Green plans to return from knee injury Feb. 1

Eight months after a severe left knee injury, Memphis Grizzlies guard Danny Green plans to make his season debut Feb. 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers, Green said on his "Inside The Green Room" podcast Wednesday morning. Green, 35, comes to the Grizzlies with the pedigree of three NBA championships and a belief that he can play a significant role in the franchise's own title aspirations. Memphis' leadership, including general manager Zach Kleiman and coach Taylor Jenkins, has raved about Green's organizational impact before he has even played a game. "What I bring is definitely needed here: perimeter shooting and perimeter defense," Green told ESPN late Tuesday night. "I think I can bring maturity and help a young team understand what it takes to win. This has been an A-1 organization from top to bottom in handling this entire rehab with me." Green tore the anterior and lateral cruciate ligaments in his left knee while playing for the ...
January 25
January 25

Tommy Paul beats Ben Shelton in all-American quarterfinal at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Tommy Paul received a lot less attention than his younger, less-experienced opponent, Ben Shelton, heading into their all-American quarterfinal at the Australian Open. Perhaps that was a product of the fascination with the out-of-nowhere Shelton: Just 20, and less than a year after winning an NCAA title for the University of Florida, he was traveling outside of the United States for the first time and participating in his second Grand Slam tournament. So the loud shouts of support heard most often at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday under the sun that carried the temperature to 87 degrees Fahrenheit were for one of the pair: "Let's go, Benny! Let's go!'' or "Benny, Benny, Benny! Oi, Oi, Oi!'' or "Go, Gators!'' "He had a pretty good trip,'' Paul noted. Paul's story is a pretty good one, too, and it is the one that will keep going at Melbourne Park: The 25-year-old from New Jersey was a star in the juniors and now is making good on that promise...
January 25
January 25

Sources: Anthony Davis (foot) set to rejoin Lakers on Wed.

LOS ANGELES -- Lakers star big man Anthony Davis will return to the lineup on Wednesday against the visiting  San Antonio Spurs, barring any setback during his pregame warmup, league sources told ESPN. Davis will be on a 20- to 24-minute restriction, easing back from a foot injury that had some medical personnel projecting an eight- to 10-week recovery time frame, sources said. It was 5½ weeks ago that he suffered a fractured bone spur and stress reaction in his right foot. The Lakers have gone 10-10 in Davis' absence, after falling to the LA Clippers  133-115 on Tuesday. "I didn't expect anything besides just go out and compete," LeBron James said after the Clippers game when asked about how the Lakers fared without Davis. "It wasn't like, 'OK, AD's out, what can we do?' You just go out and play the game and see what happens." Davis averaged 27.4 points this season prior to the injury, while also posting career bests in rebounds...
January 25
January 24

Rob Pelinka: Rui Hachimura move 'doesn't mean our work is finished'

LOS ANGELES -- Having already made a major move 2½ weeks prior to the NBA's trade deadline by acquiring Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards on Monday, Los Angeles Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka still stressed urgency in upgrading the roster. "[We] felt like it was an opportunity for us to strike early and address a need in a market that has proven to be a little bit slow," Pelinka said before the Lakers lost 133-115 to the LA Clippers on Tuesday, joining Hachimura for an introductory news conference. "And [it] doesn't mean our work is finished: We're going to continue to monitor the situation with the 29 other teams. ... "Our job as a front office is always to look to improve our team both now and in the future, and we felt like Rui was the perfect way to do that, and that's why we struck early." Pelinka was asked if the Lakers' pursuit of additional deals leading up to the Feb. 9 trade deadline...
January 24
January 24

Groin injury, turnovers haunt Cavs' Mitchell in loss to Knicks

NEW YORK -- Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell was unsure about his status moving forward after his groin tightened up on the final play of Cleveland's 105-103 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. "It felt the same as before," said Mitchell, who had missed the prior three games with groin tightness. "I don't know what comes next." Mitchell had attempted to drive into the paint and tie the game for the Cavaliers, but his shot was blocked by Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein for the second time in the game's final minute. Then, after grabbing the rebound and kicking it out to forward Evan Mobley -- who missed another potential game-tying shot as New York claimed the victory -- Mitchell stayed down on the court for an extended period. He later said he not only was dealing with groin tightness, but also cramping in both legs, all of which happened on that final drive. He eventually got to his feet and walked off...
January 24
January 24

Georgetown beats DePaul, snapping 29-game Big East losing skid

WASHINGTON -- Georgetown snapped a 29-game losing streak against Big East opponents with an 81-76 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night. The Hoyas (6-15, 1-9) won their first Big East game since March 13, 2021 -- the conference tournament final against  Creighton -- ending the longest skid in the history of the conference. Their last regular-season Big East win was March 2, 2021, against  Xavier. With the victory Tuesday, Georgetown also ended a 10-game losing streak this season. Primo Spears scored 21 points and also contributed six assists for the Hoyas. Akok Akok scored 12 points and added six rebounds and four blocks and Brandon Murray recorded 12 points. "Coach [Patrick] Ewing kept emphasizing the message just stay in the fight, keep believing. Some of the points that he's made are pride and having pride in wearing the Georgetown jersey," Akok said. "That's just a couple things that are important within our program, so just...
January 24
January 24

Eight-time Gold Glove 3B Scott Rolen makes Baseball Hall of Fame

Scott Rolen has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, sneaking over the threshold by the narrowest of margins. Rolen, one of the game's great third basemen, was named on 76.3% of ballots cast in his sixth year of eligibility to earn enshrinement. Just missing was former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who received support on 72.2% of ballots in his fifth try at election. Along with Helton, none of the other 27 players listed on the 2023 ballot cleared the 75% minimum for election. Players can appear on the ballot for 10 seasons after a five-year waiting period after their retirement, provided they are named on at least 5% of the ballots during a voting cycle. "You don't think about this," Rolen said on MLB Network. "You think about trying to do the best you can, play for your team and play the game as best you can, and there's such a long road. I never thought that the Hall of Fame was going to be the answer." Rolen was a seven-time All-Star during his...
January 24
January 24

White Sox's Mike Clevinger under investigation by MLB

Mike Clevinger, a starting pitcher who signed with the Chicago White Sox earlier this offseason, is under investigation for allegedly violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The investigation stems from allegations made by a woman, Olivia Finestead, who accused Clevinger of physical and emotional abuse toward his three children and their two mothers, herself included. She agreed to be named in an interview with The Athletic. Finestead has been in touch with MLB investigators since last summer, when Clevinger was a member of the San Diego Padres, according to The Athletic, but mentioned her accusations in a series of stories on her Instagram account Tuesday. In them, she accused Clevinger of "several acts of domestic violence and child abuse," including throwing "chew spit on a screaming infant child" and strangling her. The latter accusation was posted with a series of photos that alleged to be the result of violent acts committed by...
January 24
January 24

Kings GM Monte McNair agrees to contract extension, sources say

After orchestrating a remarkable franchise renaissance, Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair has agreed on a contract extension, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. McNair, who had entered into the final months of his original three-year deal, has overseen the Kings (27-18) rise to third place in the Western Conference and a playoff berth that would end a 16-year postseason absence. The Kings are also working to finalize a new contract for assistant general manager Wes Wilcox, sources said. Wilcox and McNair have worked closely together in reshaping the organization. After arriving in Sacramento in 2020, McNair has worked with assistant GM Wes Wilcox to oversee the stabilization of a wayward organization and engineer a series of moves that have elevated the franchise into Western Conference contention. Among them was the drafting and trading of Tyrese Haliburton for All-Star center Domantas Sabonis, the drafting of impressive rookie Keegan...
January 24
January 24

Pelicans' Zion Williamson to miss at least 2 more weeks

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson, who has been out since Jan. 2 with a right hamstring strain, is progressing with his rehabilitation and will be re-evaluated again in two weeks, the team said Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Pelicans could also get  Brandon Ingram, their other All-Star forward who hasn't played since Nov. 25 because of a left big toe contusion, back very soon. The Pelicans said Williamson's hamstring is healing as expected and that his rehabilitation process, which includes strengthening his hamstring and gradually progressing to more movement, will continue. "The healing process is going accordingly and we'll continue to progress from there," Pelicans coach Willie Green said prior to Tuesday's game against the Denver Nuggets. Williamson is averaging 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game this season. He's shooting 60.8% from the field and 71.4% from the line. He has played in only 29 games this season...
January 24

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