Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins reportedly may talk new contract next summer

Sunday, the Lakers waived DeMarcus Cousins to clear out a roster space for Markieff Morris. Cousins was signed last July to be the team's starting center, but he tore his ACL in training and has not stepped on the court this season. It wasn't personal, it was business, and under the terms of the CBA Cousins can continue his rehab in the Lakers' practice facilities.

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Rangers goalie Shesterkin injured in car crash

New York Rangers hotshot rookie goaltender Igor Shesterkin suffered a non-displaced rib fracture in a car accident in Brooklyn on Sunday night and will be reevaluated in “a couple of weeks,” according to Rangers president John Davidson. – NHL

Kawhi-led Clippers snap 3-game skid with rout

Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, Montrezl Harrell added 22, and the Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 124-97 rout of the Grizzlies on Monday. – NBA

Altuve grazed by pitch, Astros booed on road

Jose Altuve was loudly booed Monday when he was introduced for his spring training road debut, cheered when he struck out and called a cheater by several fans before he was nicked in the foot by a pitch. – TOP

Competition committee: PI review rule ‘not great’

Despite skepticism about the pass interference review implemented before last season, the NFL competition committee members are not yet ready to recommend an end to the rule. – NFL

Tyson Fury sends ‘love and respect’ to Deontay Wilder two days after fight

Tyson Fury has plenty of respect for Deontay Wilder. Two days after Fury defeated Wilder in the seventh round, Fury sent well wishes to Wilder on Instagram. In a message, Fury said he has “love and respect” for Wilder.

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Blue Jackets goalie Merzlikins exits with injury

Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins suffered an injury in the second period of Monday night’s OT win, when Senators forward Anthony Duclair ran into him on a breakaway attempt. – NHL

Embiid takes over in fourth, finishes with 49

Joel Embiid took over the game when it counted, single-handedly outscoring the Hawks in the fourth quarter 22-20 en route to 49 points and a 129-112 win. – NBA

Clippers’ Rivers sees catharsis in Kobe memorial

Doc Rivers attended the Kobe Bryant memorial on Monday in Los Angeles and said he thought it was the first time family, friends and the city could start to move from grieving to celebrating the Lakers great’s life. – TOP

NFL owners, union set for critical CBA meeting

The NFL and the NFLPA will continue to try to drag an imperiled collective bargaining agreement across the finish line Tuesday when a group of players and owners meet at the NFL combine to go over details of the proposed deal. – NFL

Trade Deadline Winners/Losers

Ottawa Senators – The Senators made a flurry of trades and while most of them don't stand out, getting at least a first-round pick and a second rounder (they also get a third-round pick if the Islanders make the playoffs) for Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who is a player they definitely sold high on. Ottawa's a pretty bad team, but they're projected to have three first-round picks and four second-round picks in the upcoming draft. Two of those picks – their own and the Sharks – should be very good.

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Tua, Burrow and top stories to follow at combine

The scouting combine is one of the biggest weeks of the football year. The foundation for the 2020 season begins in Indianapolis and there are plenty of storylines to watch.

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Trade grades: Robin Lehner more than just an insurance policy for Golden Knights

The Vezina Trophy finalist from last year gives Vegas the Western Conference’s best goalie tandem. We grade both GMs on the swap. – NHL

Beal 1st since Kobe to score 50 two nights in row

Bradley Beal became the first player since Kobe Bryant to score 50 points on back-to-back nights when he dropped 55 in the Washington Wizards’ 137-134 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. – NBA

Wilder confirms Fury III, rues 40-pound costume

Former heavyweight world titlist Deontay Wilder said he will “definitely” exercise his right to an immediate third fight with Tyson Fury, even while he bemoaned the fatiguing effects of the elaborate outfit he wore on his ring walk. – TOP

Cowboys prefer deal over franchise tag with Dak

Dallas Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones says the team remains hopeful of a long-term deal with quarterback Dak Prescott. – NFL

Winners and losers of the NHL trade deadline

Which teams, players, GMs and coaches came out ahead? Who missed an opportunity? We break down all the highs and lows of deadline day. – NHL

Vanessa Bryant leads memorial for Kobe, Gianna

Vanessa Bryant called Kobe ‘the MVP of girl dads’ and predicted that her daughter Gianna could have become ‘the best player in the WNBA’ at the public memorial for both of them Monday. – NBA

The intersection of emotion at Kobe Bryant’s memorial

On Feb. 24, thousands gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others who died in a helicopter crash. These were the moments in the margins of the spotlight. – TOP

NFL franchise tag candidates and predictions: 21 teams that could use it

Dak Prescott, Jameis Winston, A.J. Green and Chris Jones could be tagged. Our reporters make their predictions. – NFL

Don’t look now, but here come Arsenal

There's promise in Mikel Arteta's Arsenal, which overturned a deficit within the first 33 minutes and held off Everton's furious push for a point.

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Wilder vs Fury result: Mike Tyson celebrates jubilantly after heavyweight rematch ends in stoppage

Mike Tyson was seen celebrating in jubilant fashion after Tyson Fury stopped Deontay Wilder to become WBC heavyweight champion. Fury stopped Wilder inside seven rounds after previously revealing he would not leave the result up to the judges to decide the winner. The Gypsy King was the aggressor from the moment the first bell rang and made victory look easy, knocking Wilder down twice along the way.

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Raleigh to honor fill-in goalie after Canes heroics

The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled goaltenders Anton Forsberg and Alex Nedeljkovic from their American Hockey League affiliate after losing two goaltenders to injury and relying on an on-call emergency netminder Saturday night in a victory at Toronto. – NHL

Melo’s best game in 3 years helps Blazers rally

Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points in his first game to have 30 or more since February 2017, when he was with the Knicks, as Portland rallied to beat visiting Detroit. – NBA

D-backs’ Bumgarner roping in rodeos incognito

Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders, and he won $ 26,560 in a team-roping competition in December, according to a story published Sunday by The Athletic. – TOP

Source: Franchise designation period pushed

The franchise designation period will now start on Feb. 27 and end on March 12, a source told ESPN. – NFL

Sensational Fury crushes Wilder in heavyweight title rematch

Tyson Fury reigns again as a heavyweight world champion after battering Deontay Wilder to a stunning seventh-round stoppage in their World Boxing Council title rematch. Fourteen months after their dramatic split-decision draw, Britain's Fury dominated the American champion — who had blood dripping from his left ear and leaking from his mouth when referee Kenny Bayless called a halt as Wilder's corner threw in the towel. "The king has returned to the top of the throne," said Fury, who had dropped Wilder in the third and fifth rounds as he remained unbeaten while handing Wilder the first defeat of his career.

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Lightning sign disgruntled Sabres D Bogosian

The Sabres placed Bogosian on unconditional waivers Friday after suspending the defenseman for refusing to report to Buffalo’s AHL affiliate. – NHL

Brooks after loss to Bulls: Wizards ‘playing soft’

After a second straight loss Sunday night, frustrated Wizards coach Scott Brooks said his team is “playing soft,” adding that his players need to exhibit toughness and pride. Brooks said he has to do a better job getting the team ready to play. – NBA

Markieff Morris clears waivers, signs with Lakers

Markieff Morris, a former Pistons forward, has cleared waivers and will sign with the Lakers through their $ 1.75 million disabled player exception. – TOP

Colorado hires Dolphins’ Dorrell as next coach

Colorado named Karl Dorrell as their next head coach on Sunday. His 5 year, $ 18 million contract is pending approval by the school’s Board of Regents. – NFL

Mamba forever: The iconic images of Kobe Bryant

There is some saving grace to a career chronicled on screen. We have photos that captured his essence, images to look back on, to hold onto, to carry on.

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Habs trade Kovalchuk to Capitals for draft pick

Ilya Kovalchuk was traded from the Canadiens to the Capitals for a 2020 third-round draft pick, putting the veteran on his third team in the 2019-20 season. – NHL

Cuban discipline to wait on Mavs’ protest ruling

The Dallas Mavericks have filed a protest over their loss Saturday night to the Atlanta Hawks, citing a “misapplication of the rules,” sources confirmed to ESPN. The New York Times first reported the protest of a call with 8.4 seconds remaining. – NBA

LeBron’s ‘Dream Shake’ lifts Lakers over Celtics

LeBron James said he had been setting up Jaylen Brown all game to give up the fadeaway jumper that ultimately sealed the Lakers’ victory over the Celtics on Sunday night. – TOP

Young Bucs fan, whose wish was granted, dies

Kacey Reynolds, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan whose wish was granted last year when he got to announce the Bucs’ 2019 first-round draft pick, has died. – NFL

Trade grades: Kovalchuk deal a wise, low-risk move for Capitals

It’s a potentially high-reward move for Washington, while Montreal gets yet another 2020 pick. How did each GM do? – NHL

Bucks clinch earliest playoff berth in 15 years

The Milwaukee Bucks have clinched a playoff berth 55 days before the NBA postseason is set to begin. – NBA

The stories the people closest to Kobe keep remembering

People close to Kobe Bryant share the stories they’re looking back on ahead of Monday’s memorial. – TOP

Sources: Player reps divided over 17-game slate

NFL player leadership is still divided over the thought of a 17-game season, falling into three categories when discussing the proposed new collective bargaining agreement, sources told ESPN. – NFL

Fury wins in stunning stoppage of Wilder in heavyweight tilt

Tyson Fury reinvented himself once again, and once again he's a heavyweight champion. The Gypsy King dropped Deontay Wilder twice Saturday night in their heavyweight title rematch, turning from boxer to puncher to win the title when Wilder's corner threw in the towel as he was taking a beating in the seventh round. It was a stunning turnaround for a fighter who came back from drug and alcohol abuse to win the title for a second time, made even more surprising because Wilder was the devastating puncher in their first fight 14 months ago.

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Leafs trade Harpur to Predators for Salomaki

Ben Harpur, 25, has played 33 games this season with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and has one goal and 10 assists. Miikka Salomaki played five games with Nashville this season and has 12 goals and 15 assists in 167 career NHL games. – NHL

Sources: 76ers’ Simmons to get MRI on back

Ben Simmons played less than five minutes Saturday night against the Bucks because of a lower back injury. Sources told ESPN that Simmons will have an MRI on Sunday. – NBA

No. 4 San Diego State’s 26-game win streak ends

San Diego State, which had been the nation’s only undefeated team, lost 66-63 at home to UNLV on Saturday. – TOP

Agent: Crosby stays with Packers on 3-year deal

Kicker Mason Crosby, the Packers’ career scoring leader who had a career-best 91.7% success rate last season, has agreed to a three-year deal with the team, his agent said. – NFL

The Latest: Fury beats Wilder to reclaim heavyweight title

The Latest from the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury (all times local) 9:40 p.m. Tyson Fury is a heavyweight champion once again, dominating Deontay Wilder in their title rematch before Wilder's corner threw in the towel in the seventh round. Fury, the boxer in the first fight, turned puncher as he dropped Wilder in the third and fifth rounds and was landing at will to the champion's head.

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Wilder vs Fury 2 result: Tyson Fury wins in seventh round as Deontay Wilder corner throws in towel

The world knew that Tyson Fury was  special, but the performance to brutally dominate Deontay Wilder with a blend of boxing nous combined with power and poise raises the 31-year-old pugilist of the traveller race to the level of extraordinary. The 'Gypsy King' compelled the dangerous knockout artist Wilder to a forlorn figure, beaten up, bleeding from the ear, bullied to the level that the Alabaman's corner threw in the towel in the seventh round after an unabated beating. It was so one-sided, it is doubtful whether Wilder will activate the trilogy rematch clause.

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Zamboni driver saves the day in goal for Carolina

Dave Ayres, a 42-year-old who drives the Zamboni for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, stepped in as the emergency goalie for the Hurricanes on Saturday night, stopping 8 of 10 shots to help Carolina to a 6-3 win. – NHL

Cuban: NBA’s ref problem ‘going on for 20 years’

Mavs owner Mark Cuban went off on NBA officiating in a series of tweets Saturday night, writing, “Refs have bad games. Crews have bad games. But this isn’t a single game issue.” – NBA

Fans heckling Astros at opener get signs taken

Fans hoping to heckle the Astros at Houston’s spring opener against the Nationals on Saturday had their signs taken away by someone who worked for the ballpark. – TOP

Roethlisberger (elbow) resumes throwing footballs

A little more than five months after suffering a season-ending elbow injury, Ben Roethlisberger is throwing footballs again. – NFL

King Fury now holds all the heavyweight cards

The man who calls himself the “Gypsy King” became the king of boxing Saturday in a stellar performance vs. Deontay Wilder. And now he's in boxing's driver's seat.

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‘Miracle on Ice’ team saluted before Vegas game

Members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team were honored before Saturday’s Panthers-Golden Knights game in Las Vegas. – NHL

D-Wade echoes Kobe in Heat jersey retirement

Dwyane Wade said he wanted to follow Kobe Bryant’s example as he heads into true retirement from basketball at his jersey-retirement ceremony in Miami on Saturday. – NBA

Fury drops Wilder twice, finishes job in Round 7

Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder by TKO in the seventh round after Wilder’s corner threw in the towel Saturday night in their heavily anticipated rematch in Las Vegas. – TOP

Source: Colorado hiring Dolphins’ Dorrell as coach

‪Miami Dolphins assistant head coach Karl Dorrell will become the new head coach at the University of Colorado, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. – NFL

700 down, 194 to go: Ovechkin’s ‘legitimate chance’ at Gretzky’s goal record

Can The Great 8 catch The Great One to break hockey’s most cherished record? We assess his chances, with help from Gretzky and other stars. – NHL

Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to level up and be decisively great

While Joel Embiid declared himself the best player in the world, Giannis Antetokounmpo did what he has done all season in another dominating performance. – NBA

Holyfield and 16 other former champs: It’s time for Fury vs. Joshua

We canvassed 17 former champions who say the sport of boxing needs a Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua bout. – TOP

Sibling fights to Super Bowls: Kelce boys have always been life of party

The Eagles’ Jason wore a Mummers costume. The Chiefs’ Travis, a fur jacket and a WWE belt. The NFL brothers share many bonds, albeit in unique ways. – NFL

Russell Wilson responds in perfect way to claim his shoulder was photoshopped

But, some people on social media are wondering… was Russell Wilson's photo announcing the news photoshopped? After looking at this from many possible angles, I still can't decide.

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Report: Trail Blazers offered to trade expiring contracts to Cavaliers for Kevin Love

Kevin Love's trade value has proven divisive inside and outside Cleveland. The Cavaliers reportedly wanted a first-round pick for the talented forward. The Trail Blazers – long-rumored as a Love suitor – apparently tried to find common ground with Hassan Whiteside's and Kent Bazemore's expiring contracts.

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Tonelli thankful as Isles ship No. 27 to rafters

John Tonelli became the seventh former Islanders player to have his number retired by the team — and first since Bryan Trottier in 2001. – NHL

Towns out at least 2 weeks with broken left wrist

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has a broken left wrist and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, the team announced Friday. Towns is averaging a career-best 26.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game this season. – NBA

Penn State, Paternos reach financial settlement

Penn State has agreed to pay “certain of the Paterno family’s expenses” as part of a settlement to resolve “outstanding issues” between the family of late head football coach Joe Paterno and the university. – TOP

NFL OKs stadium betting lounges, but no betting

Beginning this season, the NFL will allow teams to have betting lounges in stadiums, though on-site wagering will not be allowed. – NFL

OK, this is it, this is the luckiest break in the history of golf

There are two bunkers, one left of the green and one behind it, in addition to water front and right. There's also a tree right of the green, forcing players to favor the left portion of the putting surface. According to, the scoring average on this hole is 3.292.

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The spot where Wilder sees weakness in Fury

Fighters are always looking for an edge, and Deontay Wilder thinks he's spotted one, but it's not in Tyson Fury's mechanics. It's who's behind the Brit.

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Francouz gets 1st shutout hours after new deal

Avs goalie Pavel Francouz had “a day to remember,” finalizing a two-year, $ 4 million extension with Colorado before making 26 saves to record his first NHL shutout in a 1-0 win over the Ducks. – NHL

Pilot in Kobe crash violated visibility rules in ’15

Ara Zobayan, the pilot of the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant, himself and seven others, was reprimanded in 2015 for flying into airspace with reduced visibility without permission. – NBA

Astros’ Reddick: Kids also targeted in threats

Astros players have gotten threats “every day” since the team’s 2017-18 sign-stealing scheme came to light in recent weeks, according to outfielder Josh Reddick, who said Friday that messages he has received also targeted his family. – TOP

Bears clear cap space, cut Gabriel, Amukamara

The Bears will free up $ 13.5 million in salary-cap space with the release of wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and cornerback Prince Amukamara. – NFL

Seven trades we’d like to see before the NHL trade deadline

We find logical new homes for Chris Kreider, Kyle Palmieri, Alexandar Georgiev and more, including what it would take to make the deals happen. – NHL

Wiseman bemoans NCAA punishment as ‘unfair’

In his first interview since leaving school, James Wiseman told ESPN that he cried every night in his Memphis dormitory room during his turbulent episode with the NCAA over rules violations that Wiseman insists he hadn’t been aware occurred. – NBA

Wilder up to 231 lbs.; Fury looking for KO at 273

With 10 feet separating them onstage, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury’s weigh-in on Friday was more subdued than their final prefight news conference. At 231 pounds, Wilder was the heaviest of his career, with Fury weighing in at 273. – TOP

Sources: NFL CBA vote set to go to membership

A vote on the proposed collective bargaining agreement will go to the full membership of the NFL Players Association next week, even with player reps choosing not to vote on a recommendation for approval, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano on Friday. – NFL

Trade grades: Bruins solve two problems in fleecing Ducks for Ondrej Kase

The Bruins land the two-way winger from Anaheim while unloading David Backes’ contract. We grade both GMs on the swap. – NHL

Endgame lineup: CP3 is leading a Thunder closing group that is the league’s best

In what could be a quarterfinals matchup, the Thunder dominated behind their late lineup, while the Nuggets need to reestablish theirs. – NBA

Sources: Lakers waiving Cousins; eye Morris

The Los Angeles Lakers intend to waive DeMarcus Cousins, who hasn’t played this season because of injury, to clear a roster spot for Markieff Morris if he clears waivers Sunday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne. – TOP

What’s going on with the NFL CBA vote? Everything you need to know

The NFLPA has put off a vote for a new collective bargaining agreement after the team owners approved the proposal. What happens now? – NFL

3 NFL teams that should try to sign Teddy Bridgewater

NFL Free Agency kicks off on March 18th, which means we are inching closer to one of the most impactful days on the league's calendar. Few players are likely going to draw as much attention on the open market as New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. With Drew Brees announcing he will return for another season, it seems likely that Bridgewater will test free agency. There are definitely some teams that could use his talents.

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Ovechkin strikes early vs. Habs, one shy of 700

Alex Ovechkin’s goal Thursday night was his first since Feb. 4, a streak of five games. He’s now one shy of 700 for his career. – NHL

Cousins hopes to join Lakers for playoff run

DeMarcus Cousins, yet to play a game this season as he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee, said on Showtime’s “All the Smoke” podcast that he’s hopeful of being healthy enough to help the Los Angeles Lakers during the playoffs. – NBA

Lucroy: Changed signs every pitch vs. Astros

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who played for three of the Astros’ AL West rivals between 2016 and ’19, says “everyone in baseball” knew they were stealing signs and that he changed his signs every single pitch. – TOP

Browns wide receiver Landry has hip surgery

The Browns announced receiver Jarvis Landry had hip surgery on Feb. 4 and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2020 season. – NFL

New Red Sox catcher Jonathan Lucroy gives unique take on Astros’ sign-stealing

Newly signed Boston Red Sox catcher Jonathan Lucroy had the unfortunate experience of seeing the Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation firsthand over the last three years. Major League Baseball handed down unprecedented punishments to the Astros in January after completing an investigation on Houston's in-depth system created to illegally steal signs from opponents. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

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The Auston Matthews Effect revitalized hockey in Arizona, but what comes next?

The success of the Arizona-born star has shone a light on the state, with many working to create the next generation of players in his wake. – NHL

Kyrie to have season-ending shoulder surgery

Nets GM Sean Marks said the team is “looking at the big picture” after announcing star guard Kyrie Irving will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. – NBA

NSAC bans Wilder-Fury faceoff after weigh-in

In an unprecedented move, the NSAC has banned Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury from facing off after their weigh-in Friday. The two fighters pushed each other during Wednesday’s final news conference. – TOP

Bills’ Ford fine reduced; funds donated to charity

Bills rookie Cody Ford’s fine for an illegal blindside hit was reduced to less than a quarter of its original amount, the offensive lineman tweeted Thursday. – NFL

NBA rumors: Could Warriors trade Andrew Wiggins for Giannis Antetokounmpo?

The Warriors' desire to bring the Milwaukee Bucks star to Northern California is well known, and fans have talked themselves into the idea of the Greek Freak taking the baton from Steph Curry. Antetokounmpo will be a free agent in the summer of 2021, and will be eligible to sign a supermax extension this summer. The Bucks currently are the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference, and a trip to the NBA Finals likely would mean the reigning NBA MVP would make Milwaukee his long-term home.

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How the Golden Knights drove Vegas hockey-mad — and how they plan to keep it that way

The team forged a bond with the city, connected through tragedy and enjoyed early success on the ice. Here’s how they keep the momentum. – NHL

Westbrook tossed: ‘I just got to control myself’

Rockets guard Russell Westbrook got his 13th technical foul and was ejected Thursday night against the Warriors and acknowledged that he needs to hold himself to a higher standard. – NBA

Hawks’ Young hits 50, gets last laugh on Butler

Hawks guard Trae Young had a career-high 50 points in Thursday night’s 129-124 win over the Heat and made sure he jabbed back at Jimmy Butler for his “teller of the future” quip in December. – TOP

HBO: Lynch has ‘substantial role’ in ‘Westworld’

Running back Marshawn Lynch appears prominently in the trailer for Season 3 of HBO’s “Westworld,” and a network spokesperson said Beast Mode is expected to have “a fun and pretty substantial role” in the sci-fi series. – NFL

‘Hard no’ on NFL labor deal may signal problem

Texans star J.J. Watt shot down the league's proposed collective bargaining agreement, which may hint that many other players will vote against it.

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The Wysh List: The California NHL trio’s less-than-golden moment

It has been a rough campaign for the Ducks, Kings and Sharks. We assess the current status for each, as well as any hope for the future. – NHL

76ers’ Embiid says he’s ‘best player in the world’

Joel Embiid said he needed to be aggressive inside Thursday night against the Nets and after a 39-point, 16-rebound performance in an overtime win, the 76ers center said he’s “the best player in the world.” – NBA

Kyrie’s season is over (again), but does that mean Brooklyn’s is?

The Brooklyn Nets always knew this season would be a challenge, but with Kyrie Irving officially shut down, can they still make the most of it? – TOP

Owners approve proposed CBA; player vote next

NFL owners on Thursday voted to approve terms of a new proposed CBA, sending the vote to the players ahead of a potential agreement. – NFL

Peter Kostis: I’ve seen Patrick Reed improve lies ‘up close and personal’

While Patrick Reed's penalty for improving his lie at last year's Hero World Challenge raised plenty of eyebrows in and around the sport, one person who wasn't shocked by the scene was longtime TV golf analyst Peter Kostis. Speaking on a recent episode of the No Laying Up podcast, the longtime announcer whose contract with CBS was not renewed last year didn't hold back when asked for his perception of Reed's recent brush with the rule book. "I've seen Patrick Reed improve his lie, up close and personal, four times now," Kostis said.

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Knights get Martinez from Kings for draft picks

The Golden Knights have acquired defenseman Alec Martinez from the Kings for two second-round draft picks. – NHL

Beilein resigns as coach, will have new Cavs role

The Cavaliers announced Wednesday that John Beilein has officially resigned as head coach and will be reassigned to a different role in the organization, with Beilein saying stepping down “was a very difficult decision for me.” – NBA

DEA: Ex-Browns LT Robinson had 157 lbs. of pot

NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson was being held Wednesday in a Texas jail on a pending drug distribution charge after federal agents said they found 157 pounds of marijuana in a rented vehicle in which he and two other people were riding. – TOP

Ravens’ Hurst calls suicide attempt ‘rock bottom’

Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst said living with depression led to a suicide attempt four years ago when he was playing college football at South Carolina, telling First Coast News that he woke up in the hospital and didn’t know what had happened. – NFL

How Kevin Durant reacted to Ja Morant jabbing Steph Curry on Twitter

Two weeks ago, Warriors superstar Steph Curry and Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant made headlines because of a little social media spat regarding Andre Iguodala. Hey Kevin Durant — why do you think Morant chose to tweet a picture of you holding the NBA Finals MVP trophy? There's always been speculation about what my place was on the team, or what I meant to the team," the two-time NBA Finals MVP told Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks. "I don't think that got anybody on the Warriors upset that he posted a picture of me.

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Caps hope Dillon trade, adjustments right ship

For the first time since October, the Washington Capitals took the ice for practice as something other than a first-place team. – NHL

Wilder, Fury ramp up hostilities at final presser

In a dramatic change from their previous media sessions, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury went nose to nose, trading shoves and then insults Wednesday in the final prefight news conference before Saturday’s rematch. – TOP

Sources: Owners, NFLPA hold separate CBA talks

Separate meetings being held by the NFL’s owners and the players’ association could result in votes to approve or reject the current CBA proposal, sources close to the negotiations told ESPN’s Dan Graziano. – NFL

Easy as 1-2-3: Best starts to an NFL career

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been amazing through his first three NFL seasons, but there may be one guy who had an even better three-year start to his career.

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Manfred missed the signs with Astros’ punishment

It seems MLB commissioner Rob Manfred never saw the backlash coming over his decision not to punish Astros players in the sign-stealing scandal. Now he's paying the price.

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Trade grade: Martinez shores up Knights’ defense, Kings pile on more draft picks

A win-win in the Pacific Division? We grade Vegas’ addition of Alec Martinez to its defense, and the pair of second-round picks headed back to Los Angeles in the return. – NHL

All-Star Game likely to again feature target score

While not set in stone, the NBA is likely to use a target score again at the end of next season’s All-Star Game after the experiment was well received this season, Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of league operations, told ESPN’s Zach Lowe Wednesday. – NBA

Coach K: Duke ‘not competitive’ in NC State rout

Mike Krzyzewski had a fairly mundane explanation for the 22-point bludgeoning of sixth-ranked Duke at the hands of bubble-bound NC State: “It happens,” he said. – TOP

Sources: 14 playoff teams likely in new NFL CBA

If and when a collective bargaining agreement is finalized, it it is expected to change the NFL’s playoff structure as currently constituted for next season, league sources told ESPN, including an expansion to seven teams from each conference. – NFL

Inside the Miracle on Ice: How Team USA defied the numbers 40 years ago

Team USA was outpossessed, outshot and overmatched. So how did Herb Brooks’ team pull off the miracle 40 years ago? We go inside the numbers and strategy of the upset. – NHL

NBA predictions: MVP, Finals matchups and best rookie

We polled the ESPN NBA Forecast panel of experts for their predictions now that we are two-thirds of the way through the season. – NBA

Tyrell Fortune: Living to fight another day after they pronounced me dead

Undefeated Bellator heavyweight Tyrell Fortune recalls the weight cut that nearly took his life and left him with a new outlook. – TOP

Barnwell forecasts AFC South offseason moves: How the Titans could use their tags

Tennessee is in a bind with a few big-name free agents, but it has a CBA quirk on its side. Let’s predict what’s in store for the AFC South. – NFL

How are those big NBA moves panning out?

This offseason saw superstars like AD, Kawhi, PG13, Russ and CP3 switch locations. With half of the season down, it’s time to see how things have worked out so far.

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How the Seattle NHL franchise is bringing hockey to everyone

Every new NHL city sees a spike in youth participation. The Seattle franchise wants previously underserved communities to experience the sport too. – NHL

Kerr: Curry ‘gaining strength,’ but still no contact

Warriors star Stephen Curry ran around the floor in a red jersey sleeve during Tuesday’s practice, signifying that he wasn’t to be touched as he continues to rehab from a broken left hand. – NBA

Sources: Beilein out, Bickerstaff in as Cavs coach

John Beilein is out as head coach of the Cavaliers, and the team has promoted associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to the full-time position, sources told ESPN. – TOP

How the Bengals can start fresh: Barnwell forecasts AFC North offseason moves

What will Cincinnati do with its longtime top quarterback and receiver? Let’s predict what’s in store for the AFC North. – NFL

Giannis’ NBA All-Star Game block on LeBron James had Steph Curry hyped

Here's a sentence I didn't think I would write Sunday: Officiating decisions in the NBA All-Star Game brought out plenty of passion. The NBA's format change, where the winner had to score 24 more points (in honor of Kobe Bryant) in the fourth quarter than the leading score of the third, led to one of the best finishes to an All-Star Game in recent memory. The intensity was perhaps best defined by Giannis Antetokounmpo guarding fellow All-Star captain and namesake LeBron James in isolation.

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Rains postpones Daytona 500, dampening event, Trump’s visit

The Daytona 500 has been postponed by rain for the first time since 2012, dampening NASCAR's season opener that started with a ballyhooed visit from President Donald Trump. The first delay of the day came moments after the presidential motorcade completed a ceremonial parade lap around the 2 1/2-mile track. Trump's armored limousine nicknamed ''The Beast'' exited Daytona International Speedway, and the sky opened for a brief shower that forced drivers back to pit road.

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Air Force: Accidents added to NHL game traffic

The Air Force Academy is blaming car accidents and ill-prepared drivers for traffic jams that were so bad before and after the NHL’s Stadium Series game at Falcon Stadium that some fans didn’t enter until the third period. – NHL

The fourth quarter of the All-Star Game will never be the same again

The NBA announced changes to the final quarter of the All-Star Game to honor Kobe Bryant. It changed everything. – NBA

Daytona 500 postponed until Monday by rain

The Daytona 500 will resume at 4 p.m. ET Monday after rain halted Sunday’s race after just 20 of 200 laps had been completed. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will be the leader when the race resumes. – TOP

2020 NFL Power Rankings: Way-too-early offseason poll

From Patrick Mahomes to the 49ers’ continuity to Bill Belichick, let’s get optimistic about all 32 teams. – NFL

Bad quarterbacks a big problem for the XFL

Two more XFL games were played on Saturday, neither of them was compelling, and both of them suffered from bad quarterback play. The quarterbacks playing in the XFL right now just don't look capable of delivering the kind of football that modern fans have grown accustomed to watching. Obviously, no quarterback who's good enough to start in the NFL is going to play in the XFL.

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Sources: Bulls likely to make front office changes

Bulls president Michael Reinsdorf is looking to make changes to the front office, sources confirmed to ESPN. John Paxson and Gar Forman have led the operation since 2009. The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the expected shift in leadership. – NBA

Magic leads tributes to Kobe at All-Star Game

Sunday’s All-Star Game was all about remembering Kobe Bryant. Magic Johnson gave a pregame speech, Jennifer Hudson performed “For All We Know (We May Never Meet Again),” and Common rapped, “Even in the darkest times, you’ll feel Kobe’s light.” – TOP

Welcome to the 2020 NFL offseason: Key dates, priorities and more

Fixing the Rooney Rule? Determining the future of pass interference review? A looming CBA in the works? Here’s an in-depth look at the offseason. – NFL

Mamba Mentality reflected in these four All-Stars

The ambassador, the stubborn menace, the developing prodigy, the crowd-wowing scorer. Some of the top NBA players are kindred spirits with the fallen legend.

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Trade grades: Isles bolster blue line in Andy Greene deal

The 14-year NHL veteran will help the Islanders’ Stanley Cup cause, but was the price too steep? – NHL

Kawhi lights-out to claim MVP of All-Star thriller

The 2020 All-Star Game saw Kawhi Leonard win the first Kobe Bryant MVP Award and saw both teams honor the late Los Angeles Lakers legend in the most fitting fashion: by playing hard to the last second. – NBA

Sources: Cavs, Beilein discussed parting ways

Cleveland and John Beilein have discussed the possibility of him stepping down as head coach during the NBA All-Star break, sources told ESPN. – TOP

Does Philip Rivers make sense for the Bucs?

Bruce Arians said a big part of determining Jameis Winston’s future is knowing who is available in free agency. Would Rivers be a good replacement? – NFL

Trade grades: Lightning swing for the fences with Blake Coleman trade

A top prospect and 2020 first-rounder were the ante for the underrated veteran forward. Did Tampa Bay overpay? – NHL

Grading LeBron, Giannis and every player in the All-Star Game

The grades are in for the NBA’s unique All-Star Weekend finale. – NBA

The greatness of this All-Star Game will carry us

From crucial blocked shots to rare alley-oops, this year’s NBA All-Star Game was a showcase of great basketball. – TOP

Texans’ Watt has ‘best day,’ marries NWSL’s Ohai

Texans star J.J. Watt married professional soccer player Kealia Ohai on Saturday, calling it the “best day of my life.” – NFL

Short-handed Georgetown upsets No. 19 Butler on the road

Terrell Allen tied a career high with 22 points, including key baskets on back-to-back possessions late, and short-handed Georgetown endured on the road without its top two scorers to knock off No. Butler 73-66 on Saturday. The Hoyas (15-10, 5-7 Big East) were missing injured starters Mac McClung and Omer Yurtseven, but Allen hit the game's first shot and stayed hot to keep the visitors ahead for much of the game.

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NHL Stadium Series coming to NC State in 2021

The Carolina Hurricanes will play in the first outdoor hockey game in franchise history when the NHL Stadium Series comes to Raleigh on Feb. 20, 2021. A crowd of more than 50,000 could be in attendance. – NHL

Silver uncertain on preseason games in China

Commissioner Adam Silver said he hoped for “a return to normalcy fairly soon” with the NBA’s relationship with China, but admitted there was no clarity on when the league would have preseason games there again. – NBA

Blachowicz KO’s Anderson, wants shot at Jones

Jan Blachowicz dropped Corey Anderson with a perfectly timed counter right to the chin in the first round of their bout Saturday night, then turned to UFC champ Jon Jones and said, “Let’s do this. Tell me when.” – TOP

A football coach’s grief and hope two years after Parkland

For coach Willis May, football has served as both reminder and respite from the realities of life following a mass shooting that killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018. – NFL

NBA players ‘enjoy’ Steph Curry being out, Giannis Antetokounmpo says

Steph Curry and the Warriors ran roughshod over the NBA for five years, reaching five consecutive NBA Finals and putting together the league's greatest regular season ever with 73 wins in 2015-16. The 2019-20 season has not gone quite the same for Golden State, as Curry remains out since suffering a broken hand on Oct. 30. The Warriors now own the league's worst record at the All-Star break.

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Irate fans caught in ‘horrific’ traffic want refunds

Thousands of fans didn’t see large portions of the Kings-Avs game at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, and many left before its conclusion, thanks to a horrific traffic mess that turned 45-minute journeys from Denver into four-plus-hour expeditions. – NHL

Long shot Adebayo wins All-Star skills challenge

Bam Adebayo won Saturday’s NBA All-Star skills competition despite coming in with the lowest odds at some sportsbooks. – NBA

Hield bests Booker at buzzer in 3-point shootout

Kings guard Buddy Hield hit four of the five money balls on his final rack to defeat Suns star Devin Booker by a point and win the NBA All-Star Weekend 3-point shootout Saturday night. – TOP

OTL: Garrett again accuses Rudolph of using slur

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, in an interview with Outside the Lines, again alleged that Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph directed a racial slur at him just prior to the November brawl that led to 33 players being disciplined. – NFL

Report: Raiders ready to offer Tom Brady two-year, $60 million deal

The quarterback carousel already is spinning. Nearly two weeks after a report emerged that the Raiders will target Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in free agency, a new report puts some monetary meat on the bone. Larry Fitzgerald Sr., a long-time member of the media in Minnesota and the father of future first-ballot Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald, reports that the Raiders are ready to offer Brady $ 60 million over two years.

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Dunk contest spoiled by flawed judging system

Aaron Gordon pulled off some ridiculous dunks, but he didn't win on Saturday because judges were handing out perfect scores like candy.

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Habs’ Julien on refs: ‘Had to beat 2 teams tonight’

Canadiens coach Claude Julien expressed frustration with the officiating in Saturday night’s 4-3 loss to the Stars, saying, “Some people need to be held accountable after this game. We had to beat two teams tonight.” – NHL

NBA All-Star Game MVP award named for Kobe

The NBA has named the All-Star Game MVP award for the late Kobe Bryant, an 18-time All-Star who won a record-tying four All-Star Game MVP awards, commissioner Adam Silver announced Saturday. – NBA

Jones edges Gordon in controversial dunk contest

Judges said after the slam dunk contest that they thought it was headed to another tie, but “somebody didn’t do it right.” – TOP