MLB Rank 2023: Who are the best 100 players in baseball?

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 12:44:59 EST)

With Opening Day approaching, we rank -- and make predictions for -- the best 100 players in the sport for the upcoming season.

Sources: LeBron could play final week of season

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 14:13:58 EST)

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James continues to make progress following a tendon injury in his right foot and could play "a few" games in the final week of the regular season, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

Phillies 1B Hoskins carted off with knee injury

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 14:13:58 EST)

Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins was carted off the field Thursday because of a noncontact injury to his left knee.

Track and field to bar elite transgender women

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 14:13:58 EST)

World Athletics has banned transgender women from elite competitions if they have gone through male puberty. The track and field governing body also lifted its doping sanctions against Russia, which remains excluded over the invasion of Ukraine.

Cuban to protest Mavs loss, blasts refs' 'mistake'

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 14:13:58 EST)

The Mavericks will file a protest of Wednesday's loss to the Warriors after what team governor Mark Cuban called "the worst officiating non call mistake possibly in the history of the NBA."

Cards' Wainwright hurt during WBC, to start on IL

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 14:13:58 EST)

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright suffered a groin injury while working out during the World Baseball Classic and will start the season on the IL.

Sources: Providence to hire English as next HC

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 14:13:58 EST)

Providence has finalized a deal to make George Mason's Kim English the Friars' next head coach, sources told ESPN.

Report: Blackhawks won't wear Pride warmups

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 14:13:58 EST)

The Chicago Blackhawks won't wear Pride-themed warmup jerseys before Sunday's Pride Night game against Vancouver because of security concerns involving a Russian law that expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBTQIA+ rights in the country.

UEFA opens investigation into Barca ref scandal

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 14:13:58 EST)

UEFA have opened an investigation into payments made by Barcelona to the former vice president of the refereeing committee in Spain.

The Coach Prime Effect: Inside Deion Sanders’ first 100 days at Colorado

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 10:36:04 EST)

Coach Prime has already taken Colorado to uncharted territory with a social media buzz that has famous alums scrambling for tickets.

Which NFL teams nailed free agency? How all 32 fared and where each could still add

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 10:38:38 EST)

Tremaine Edmunds was a headliner on an aggressive free agency period for the Bears. How did Chicago, and every other NFL team, fare?

NFL experts debate free agency's most head-scratching moves

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 10:38:38 EST)

A dozen experts weigh in on the best and worst deals, plus the most improved teams.

Sweet 16 predictions: Who wins Arkansas-UConn, Gonzaga-UCLA?

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 12:00:26 EST)

We're salivating over these second-weekend matchups. Who wins out in the regional semifinals, and by how much?

Picks, predictions and breakout players

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 14:03:03 EST)

Is the UConn-Tennessee rivalry about to get its next chapter? Is LSU a Sweet 16 favorite? Before games resume Friday, our panel previews the regional semifinals.

'Something we dreamt about': Cavinder twins, Miami ready for Sweet 16

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 14:03:03 EST)

The Hurricanes face Villanova Friday (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) in their first Sweet 16 in 31 years.

NHL playoff watch: Who will get the West's No. 1 seed?

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 11:07:57 EST)

There's a strong case to be made for the Stars. Plus, full updated playoff projections, draft lottery standings and more.

60 goals and counting: McDavid joins elite club

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 12:02:41 EST)

The Oilers' star became just the fourth active player to score 60 goals in a season.

Could the NFL adopt rules from the XFL? Six to consider, from a faster pace to different kickoff

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 11:02:15 EST)

From an onside kick alternative to expanded replay review to shorter games, here are some XFL innovations the NFL should consider.

The Cavaliers have learned from last year's collapse

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 08:01:37 EST)

A season ago, Cleveland seemed poised to end its playoff drought but fell apart down the stretch. Now with more experience -- and Donovan Mitchell -- the Cavs are looking to make noise in the postseason.

NBA Power Rankings: Where all 30 teams stand right now

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 08:01:37 EST)

Ja Morant's return to the Grizzlies could be consequential down the stretch.

How the USMNT can join FIFA's elite tier: lessons from Belgium, Chile and others who've done it

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 12:09:06 EST)

What can the United States men's national team learn from history when it comes to maximizing the achievements of a golden generation?

Women's World Cup wonders: Kits inspired by nations' natural beauty

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 08:15:23 EST)

With four months to go until the 2023 Women's World Cup, Adidas has released away kits for six teams inspired by each nation's natural beauty.

Why the stars may be aligned for Minnesota to snap its 20-year title drought

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 10:25:40 EST)

The Golden Gophers, one of the sport's bluest blue bloods, are lined up as a favorite to win their first NCAA men's hockey title since 2003. Can they pull it off?

March Madness parity? Here’s how we could achieve more of it

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 08:38:29 EST)

In the past four men's tournaments, 14 of the 17 top-four seeds lost to double-digit seeds. So why aren't more mid-majors getting bids?

Betting tips for the men's Sweet 16

(Wed, 22 Mar 2023 13:10:27 EST)

Odds, upsets, predictions and top picks can be confusing. Our betting analysts give their best advice on how to bet the men's Sweet 16.

Former UFC fighters have failed in PFL. Will Burgos, Santos and Ladd make a dent?

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 09:21:21 EST)

The chase for $1 million hasn't gone as planned for previous UFC contenders. Will this year's crop of new faces be the ones that find a way?

Boxing overreactions: Usyk's future, Canelo's next foe, Shakur's P4P status and more

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 09:29:10 EST)

Our boxing panel discusses trending topics in boxing, including Oleksandr Usyk's potential opponents, Teofimo Lopez's last shot and more.

What's the state of the Raiders' offense under Jimmy Garoppolo?

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 11:20:26 EST)

Coming to a team with Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs, Jakobi Meyers and Hunter Renfrow has Garoppolo excited about being a Raider.

How do the Packers know Jordan Love is ready to replace Aaron Rodgers?

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 11:20:26 EST)

Was there a moment when the Packers knew Love was ready to take over?

Button, Räikkönen NASCAR drives illustrate how perceptions have changed

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 09:00:21 EST)

Many in F1 used to call NASCAR "taxicab racing." Now ex-champs Jenson Button and Kimi Räikkönen are taking part, and they likely won't be the last.

France's 'Mbappe era' begins with unhappy Griezmann and questions for Deschamps

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 10:27:37 EST)

The new France era has begun as Kylian Mbappe received the captaincy over an unhappy Antoine Griezmann. Now the hard work begins.

Transfer Talk: Juventus tracking USMNT star Timothy Weah

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 07:48:22 EST)

United States star Timothy Weah could be in line for a blockbuster move to Serie A giants Juventus. Transfer Talk has the latest.

'It definitely is spicy': Barcelona's Walsh can't wait for Clasico vs. Real Madrid

(Thu, 23 Mar 2023 12:09:19 EST)

Saturday is El Clasico in Spain's Liga F, the kind of occasion and atmosphere that led England midfielder Keira Walsh to join Barcelona last summer.

College sports' racial, gender hiring practices getting worse instead of improving

(Wed, 22 Mar 2023 16:21:16 EST)

The imbalance between coaches and athletics directors versus student-athlete representation in the college sports ranks is called a "major concern."

SCNext Top 25: Ranking the best boys' teams in the 2022-23 season

(Wed, 22 Mar 2023 16:55:23 EST)

We rank the top 25 boys' high school basketball programs in the country for the 2022-23 season.

Roundtable: Who are the top players to add for the rest of this week?

(Wed, 22 Mar 2023 16:20:31 EST)

Our fantasy basketball experts point out the best players to add for the rest of Week 23.