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Former Dallas Mavericks executive Haralabos Voulgaris compares franchise's dysfunction to 'high school drama'

Haralabos Voulgaris, the  Dallas Mavericks' former director of quantitative research and development who became a polarizing figure within the organization as his decision-making influence increased, compared the franchise's dysfunction during his tenure to "high school drama." Voulgaris discussed in depth the franchise's internal issues -- particularly the tension between himself and longtime Mavs general manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson,  who was fired in June -- during his first interview since he parted ways with the Mavericks. Voulgaris' contract expired before the season, and he said he had no interest in continuing in his role. "I wanted to be a part of something. I wanted to win basketball games," Voulgaris told Pablo Torre on the ESPN Daily podcast. "Changing the organizational structure of the Dallas Mavericks was never something I was interested in unless I was going to be the guy in charge, and I wasn't even sure. I...
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How professional sports leagues got most players vaccinated -- without mandates

A small number of holdouts have made headlines for not getting the shot.
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In this Aug. 17, 2021 file photo The Los Angeles Sparks huddle on the court at Staples Center in Los Angeles. 99% of the WNBA  league is vaccinated according the the WNBA.
October 21

Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Justin Turner likely out for rest of postseason with hamstring injury

LOS ANGELES -- His hamstring injured and his season likely over, Justin Turner got to within 25 feet of first base and tried to stop. He throttled back, hobbling at first before slowing enough to turn the hobble to a limp. Slowly, painfully, he worked his way back to the Dodgers' dugout, wincing with every step, before Albert Pujols helped him down the stairs and through the tunnel that leads to to the clubhouse. So now, one loss away from an inglorious end to a remarkable season, the Dodgers are faced with overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the National League Championship Series without their All-Star third baseman, who sustained a hamstring injury while hitting into a double-play in the seventh inning of the 9-2 loss against the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 on Wednesday night. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed in his postgame interview that the early indication is that Turner has a Grade 2 strain, which is defined as a partial tear of one or more...
October 21
October 21

Eddie Rosario's 4-hit, 2-homer night gives Atlanta Braves 3-1 lead over Los Angeles Dodgers in NLCS

LOS ANGELES -- There's hot, there is sizzling and then there is the Braves' Eddie Rosario. Rosario banged out four hits in a game for the second time in the National League Championship Series and tied a Braves postseason record with 12 total bases, leading Atlanta to a 9-2 win over the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. With the victory, the Braves seized a commanding 3-1 series lead over Los Angeles and can clinch their first pennant since 1999 with a win at Dodger Stadium in Game 5 on Thursday. "This whole postseason he's been pretty much unbelievable," said Braves leader Freddie Freeman, who homered, doubled, walked and got overshadowed by Rosario's spree. Rosario fell a double short of becoming the second player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game, but only because his bat is almost too hot. With a homer, triple and single already in the books, Rosario cleared the fence with a drive to right in the ninth inning for his...
October 21
October 21

Philadelphia 76ers regroup with team dinner before opening romp against New Orleans Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS -- After a stressful day Tuesday with Ben Simmons being tossed out of practice and then suspended, the Philadelphia 76ers players gathered for a team dinner after flying to New Orleans in an effort to clear the air. After laughing and getting their minds off basketball for a few hours, the 76ers assembled a strong opening showing by blowing out the New Orleans Pelicans 117-97 on Wednesday, showing good team chemistry along the way. "It's good to just go out and kinda not talk about basketball and talk about life," said Joel Embiid, who scored 22 points and was able to take the fourth quarter off. "That's also an evolution for me, because I usually, when I used to go on the road, I'd just like to stay in my room and be on the phone and play video games." During a big fourth-quarter run in which the team's bench led a surge that put the game way, the 76ers' bench was electric. After Furkan Korkmaz hit his fourth 3-pointer...
October 21
October 21

Zach LaVine puts on an opening-night show, says new-look Bulls 'looking forward now,' not back

DETROIT, Mich. --  Chicago All-Star guard Zach LaVine got the new-look Bulls off to a flying start this season by dropping 34 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead them past the Detroit Pistons, 94-88, in their opener on Wednesday night. After igniting a third-quarter rally with 15 of his points and then adding eight more in the fourth, he sat next to new teammate DeMar DeRozan during postgame interviews with added confidence, saying he is only looking ahead, not back at 2020-21. "This ain't last year. We're looking forward now," LaVine said of the revamped Bulls, who also added Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso to the roster. "It's a whole new team. A whole new mindset. So, I'm excited that we grinded that one out. A win's a win." The win gave the Bulls their first season-opening triumph since 2016-17. And for LaVine, it marked the second time he has recorded 30 points in a Bulls' season opener, joining Michael Jordan (7 times)...
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October 20

Kentucky men's basketball freshman TyTy Washington gets NIL deal with Porsche dealership

The next time point guard TyTy Washington pulls up to Kentucky's campus, the freshman standout will be driving a luxury vehicle that's worth nearly six figures. Washington -- a projected first-round pick in the 2022 NBA draft and the No. 14 recruit in this season's freshman class, according to ESPN -- announced Wednesday night that he'd signed a deal with a Porsche dealership in Louisville, Kentucky. The newest model of the Porsche Cayenne SUV that Washington is driving in his Instagram photos sells for more than $80,000, per Porsche's website. As a beneficiary of new name, image and likeness rules effective for collegiate athletes this year, Washington and his peers can now sign deals to get cars and other luxurious items that would have rendered them ineligible for NCAA competition or subjected them to other sanctions just a few months ago. Washington is expected to play a key role for a Kentucky team -- ranked 10th in the Associated Press preseason...
October 20
October 20

Framber Valdez, 'totally focused' after sluggish start to ALCS, carries Houston Astros to 3-2 lead

BOSTON -- As Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker walked out of the dugout in the middle of the fifth inning, Framber Valdez felt surprised. Entering the fourth inning, Valdez was no-hitting Boston, rolling through the Red Sox lineup as Houston clung to a 1-0 lead in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. But a single by Boston third baseman Rafael Devers broke up the no-no bid and a hit-by-pitch of designated hitter J.D. Martinez increased the inning's stakes with Boston's go-ahead run standing on first base. Valdez turned toward the bullpen as Baker approached the mound, checking to see if a reliever was warming up behind him. He saw nobody there. "All right," Valdez said to himself. "Well, this is all right." With the balance of the ALCS hanging, Baker pulled his pitcher in close. "Frambioso," Baker said. "Man, you're the best. Just be natural and just do your thing." Valdez lived up to the word of his skipper, inducing a...
October 20
October 20

Seattle Seahawks claim QB Jacob Eason off waivers with Russell Wilson still on IR

The Seattle Seahawks claimed quarterback Jacob Eason on Wednesday, a day after he was waived by the Indianapolis Colts. Eason joins his hometown team to bolster its quarterback depth while Russell Wilson recovers from finger surgery. With Wilson on injured reserve, the Seahawks now have Geno Smith and Eason on their 53-man roster as well as Jake Luton and Danny Etling on their practice squad. A fourth-round pick out of Washington in 2020, Eason appeared in one game this season, completing 2 of 5 attempts for 25 yards and an interception while replacing an injured Carson Wentz in Week 2. He didn't see the field as a rookie. The Colts waived him after activating rookie quarterback Sam Ehlinger off injured reserve. Eason (Lake Stevens) and Luton (Marysville) are from neighboring towns north of Seattle. According to the Seahawks' website, they played on the same flag football team as kids before facing each other...
October 20
October 20

Braves scratch Huascar Ynoa (shoulder) from Game 4 start; Jesse Chavez to open instead

LOS ANGELES -- The Atlanta Braves' pitching puzzle for Game 4 of the NL Championship Series was complicated further by news that righty Huascar Ynoa would be unavailable because of tightness in his right shoulder. Atlanta made the announcement as manager Brian Snitker sat down for his pregame news conference. Ynoa had been slated to start what the Braves had previously announced would be a bullpen game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He'll be replaced in that role by right-hander Jesse Chavez. "He had felt a little discomfort yesterday, but he kind of was like, 'I should be good'," Snitker said. "[Today] he came early, got treatment, went out and played a little catch and it was really tight. And it's like, we're just not going to take a chance." Ynoa, 23, was 4-6 with a 4.05 ERA over 18 outings during the regular season, 17 as a starter. He missed three months with a fractured right hand after starting the campaign as one of baseball's hottest...
October 20
October 20

Bob Huggins says major conferences should create own college basketball postseason event, ditch NCAA tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As the collegiate landscape changes amid conference realignment and the NCAA's future remains in flux, West Virginia men's basketball coach Bob Huggins said it's time for the major conferences to split from the other schools and create their own postseason tournament, so they can control the sport's most significant financial stream. "They're doing it in football," Huggins told ESPN at Big 12 media day. "Why wouldn't they do it? The presidents and athletic directors that have all the juice, why wouldn't they do it? Makes no sense why they wouldn't do it. I think it's more 'Why wouldn't they?' than 'Why would they?' And then, the other people, they can have their own tournament." It's not the first time the idea has been discussed. Those against changing the 68-team NCAA tournament format in favor of the larger schools have often cited the thrill of watching the Cinderellas compete against more prominent programs. Huggins, however, said that should...
October 20
October 20

QB Joe Burrow still dealing with effects of throat contusion as Cincinnati Bengals prepare for 'noisy' matchup at Baltimore

CINCINNATI --   Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow continues to have throat issues ahead of Sunday's big showdown against the Baltimore Ravens. For the second straight week, Burrow did not participate in his weekly Wednesday media availability because of lingering effects from a throat contusion. According to a team spokesperson, Bengals doctors advised the quarterback to stay on voice rest because of throat soreness. Despite the issue, Burrow is expected to play Sunday. "The doctors said he should rest a little bit more, so that's what we're going to do," Bengals coach Zac Taylor said when asked about the severity of the issue that has bothered Burrow for several weeks. Burrow played in last weekend's win over the Detroit Lions. After the game, he spoke for nearly 10 minutes in his first media appearance since the throat became a problem. Burrow was taken to the hospital following the Bengals' overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers...
October 20
October 20

Source: Pass-rusher Whitney Mercilus to sign with Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers are turning to another veteran player who was recently released in an effort to help their banged-up defense. This time it's former Houston Texans edge rusher Whitney Mercilus. A source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Wednesday that Mercilus was signing with the Packers. It comes two weeks after the Packers signed former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith, who made his Green Bay debut on Sunday against the Bears. Mercilus, who was released by the Texans on Tuesday after spending 10 seasons with that franchise, turned down more money elsewhere to join Green Bay's defense, the source said. The Kansas City Chiefs were also in the mix for Mercilus, who had guaranteed money owed to him as part of his Texans deal, a source told Fowler. "Nothing's official," Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday. "Until then, I'm not going to say much about it." When asked whether it will soon become official, LaFleur...
October 20
October 20

Doc Rivers says Ben Simmons drama muting fun of opening day for Philadelphia 76ers

NEW ORLEANS -- Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers said the typical fun that surrounds opening day is muted with star point guard Ben Simmons back home under team suspension as his trade demand has kept the team dealing with drama. "It's a predicament that we're in and that part is no fun. It really isn't," Rivers said Wednesday ahead of his team's first game against the New Orleans Pelicans. "We get to play right now and Ben is not. I want Ben to be playing. That's his job." Rivers ejected Simmons from practice Tuesday after he refused to participate in a drill and the team quickly suspended him from the opener. After the announcement, Rivers said his phone lit up with texts of support but the experience is not something he wants to celebrate. "Obviously you don't want any of those things. You get a lot of texts, "great job" and all this stuff and it's not," Rivers said. "I don't think people understand ... you want all your players to do well. You cheer...
October 20
October 20

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown to be in starting lineup for opener after positive COVID-19 test

NEW YORK -- Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 8, will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's opener against the New York Knicks, coach Ime Udoka said. Brown, who had been listed as questionable on Tuesday afternoon, said he had "some mild symptoms for the most part," including some breathing issues that he used meditation to navigate through. "The most concerning was my breathing," Brown said. "I had to really focus to get my breathing kind of back to normal. ... But the more I focused on it, the better I was able to gain more efficiency in it." Brown said the Celtics have provided an inhaler for him to use if he needs it, but he hopes it won't be necessary Wednesday night (TV: ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET). "I feel pretty good for the most part," Brown said. "Just coming off being in quarantine and ramping the intensity level, there's obviously concerns, risk of injury and things like that. Some of the coaches are...
October 20
October 20

New Orleans Pelicans, Jonas Valanciunas reach 2-year, $30.1 million extension

New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas has agreed to a two-year extension worth $30.1 million, agents Aaron Mintz, Mitch Nathan and Drew Morrison of CAA Basketball told ESPN on Wednesday. Valanciunas, who had one year left on his contract after being traded to New Orleans this offseason, is now tied to the franchise for three years and $44.1 million. The Pelicans acquired Valanciunas from Memphis in the deal that sent Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams to Memphis. Bledsoe was ultimately dealt to the LA Clippers. Valanciunas said he took the preseason to get a feel for the franchise and ultimately decided he wanted to be a part of the team's long-term vision. "It was good for me so I decided I wanted to stay here," Valanciunas told reporters Wednesday. "If they wanted to keep me, I would be really happy to stay here. I felt like this was my family here. I'm happy now. "From a coaching standpoint, they understand me and what I do. We have good...
October 20
October 20

NFL launches responsible betting awareness campaign

The NFL is putting its voice and money behind an initiative to build a safer sports betting ecosystem in the U.S. On Wednesday, the NFL launched a responsible betting public awareness campaign that includes a $6.2 million, three-year partnership with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). It's the largest grant ever for the NCPG, and according to executive director Keith Whyte, nearly doubles the annual budget of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that was founded in 1972. "The problem gambling field is about 20 years behind where we are with substance abuse, and this grant is going to help us catch up," Whyte told ESPN. "It's massive. It's going to really help us help more people." The initiative will fund state and local problem gambling resources, modernize the national hotline, develop the website responsibleplay.org and promote responsible play messaging across the league's media platforms. Later this fall, responsible play television spots featuring...
October 20
October 20

DE Mykel Williams, No. 50 prospect in Class of 2022, flips commitment from USC to Georgia

Georgia gained a commitment on Wednesday when ESPN 300 Class of 2022 defensive end Mykel Williams flipped from USC to the Dawgs. Williams is the No. 50-ranked recruit in the country and had been committed to USC since June. The Trojans have since fired coach Clay Helton and have not named a new, permanent head coach. While remaining committed to USC, Williams had taken visits to Florida, Auburn and Georgia recently, and ultimately decided it was in his best interest to flip to Georgia. "[Georgia is] home, it's the crib, that's really what it was," Williams said. "It wasn't anything that USC did; I actually love USC and I still have love for USC. I felt like Georgia was the best place for me and the defense has been lights-out dominant, and I want to play for a dominant defense in a dominant scheme." He's a 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end from Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia, and is the No. 3 prospect in the state of Georgia. While he said it...
October 20
October 20

Top international basketball prospect Benjamin Schroder commits to Oklahoma Sooners

Top international basketball prospect Benjamin Schroder has committed to Oklahoma, he told ESPN on Wednesday. "The recruiting process was a different experience from the very beginning," Schroder told ESPN. "They seemed really to care about me, not only as a player, but also as a person. Head coach Porter Moser, associate head coach David Patrick and the whole coaching staff want to win championships." Schroder, 18, is considered one of the most promising European prospects committing to the college route. He averaged 16.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in just 23 minutes per game at the FIBA U18 European Challengers this summer for Germany, finishing second in scoring and third in player efficiency rating (PER) at the event while converting 71% of his field goal attempts. He also led Germany in scoring and was one of the top per-minute scorers at the U16 European Championship in 2019. Schroder grew up with Bayern Munich but moved to Kickz IBAM (International...
October 20
October 20

Ed Orgeron to finish out season as LSU football coach with 'our team'

LSU coach Ed Orgeron, who has agreed with the university to part ways with the football program after this season, wants to "finish out" the season, including any potential bowl game, with his team. "This is our team," Orgeron said Wednesday. "I wanted to finish out with it." Orgeron, a Louisiana native who grew up rooting for LSU, led the Tigers to an unbeaten season and national championship in 2019. He received a six-year contract extension shortly thereafter, but the Tigers have gone 9-8 since amid a litany of off-field issues. What comes next for Orgeron, 60, remains up in the air -- and he said he'd be open to different opportunities -- but he wants to take some time to spend with family and figure out he'd enjoy doing. "I'm open-minded right now," Orgeron said, "but I do need to take a year off. I want to spend some time with my children." First, however, there are five regular-season games remaining for the Tigers, starting with Saturday's clash on the road against No....
October 20
October 20

Ex-Washington State coach Nick Rolovich to sue over firing

Former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich will be suing the university for illegal termination, in part because of "discriminatory and vindictive behavior" by athletic director Pat Chun, an attorney representing Rolovich said Wednesday. Washington State fired Rolovich and four other assistant coaches Monday night after they refused to comply with a mandate that required all state employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Gov. Jay Inslee had set a deadline of Monday for employees to be vaccinated or to receive an exemption and accommodations from their direct supervisors. WSU athletic director Chun on Monday said Rolovich's firing is a for-cause separation, noting that he could not meet the requirements in his contract, which paid him $3 million annually. Therefore, Rolovich will not continue to be paid by the school. Brian Fahling, an attorney in Kenmore, Washington, who is representing Rolovich, confirmed in a statement to ESPN that Rolovich's request for a religious...
October 20
October 20

With Baker Mayfield ailing, Cleveland Browns to start Case Keenum vs. Denver Broncos

BEREA, Ohio --  Cleveland Browns quarterback Case Keenum will get the start Thursday against the Denver Broncos in place of Baker Mayfield, who is battling a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder and has officially been ruled out. A limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Mayfield said earlier that day that he planned to start and that it would ultimately be his decision. But Mayfield added that he would play only if he felt that his injury wouldn't hamper the team or his own performance. "Only I know how my body feels," Mayfield said Tuesday. "If anyone questions whether I am hindering the team and going out there injured, that's just not right. It's my decision. I get to say whether I am able to play or not, and that's just how it is." Mayfield suffered the shoulder injury Sept. 19 against the Houston Texans while attempting to make a tackle after throwing an interception. He continued to play through it, wearing a harness on...
October 20
October 20

LeBron James, Anthony Davis reassure Russell Westbrook after his struggles as Los Angeles Lakers drop NBA opener

LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook failed their first real test together, a 121-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors on opening night, but they found some common ground. All three of them have now lost in their Lakers debuts: James against the Portland Trail Blazers in 2018, Davis against the LA Clippers in 2019 and Westbrook against the Warriors on Tuesday. While James (34 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists) and Davis (33 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks) outperformed Westbrook, who had a team-worst plus/minus of minus-23 in 35 minutes and finished with eight points on 4-for-13 shooting and four turnovers, their bigger impact might have come in the postgame locker room, lifting up their new teammate. "I told Russ to go home and watch a comedy," James said. "Do something that can put a smile on his face. He's so hard on himself. I told him, 'Don't be so hard on yourself. It's one game.'" It was...
October 20
October 20

LeBron James, Anthony Davis reassure Russell Westbrook after his struggles as Los Angeles Lakers drop opener

LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook failed their first real test together, a 121-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors on opening night, but they found some common ground. The defeat meant that all three of them lost in their Lakers debut: James against the Portland Trail Blazers in 2018, Davis against the LA Clippers in 2019 and Westbrook against the Warriors on Tuesday. While James (34 points, 11 rebounds, five assists) and Davis (33 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks) outperformed Westbrook, who had a team-worst plus-minus of minus-23 in 35 minutes and finished with eight points on 4-for-13 shooting and four turnovers, their bigger impact might have come in the postgame locker room, lifting up their new teammate. "I told Russ to go home and watch a comedy," James said. "Do something that can put a smile on his face. He's so hard on himself. I told him, 'Don't be so hard on yourself. It's one...
October 20
October 20

Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox take issue with pivotal ball-strike call in loss to Houston Astros

BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi took two steps toward the dugout when his 1-2 curveball against Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro landed in the glove of catcher Christian Vazquez close to the top-right corner of the strike zone. With two outs already in the ninth inning, Eovaldi momentarily believed he had stranded Astros shortstop Carlos Correa on second base and first baseman Yuli Gurriel on first, but plate umpire Laz Diaz never signaled the punchout that would have left the score tied at 2 heading into the home half of the inning. Instead, the at-bat continued, with Castro eventually singling to center field, scoring Correa to give Houston a 3-2 lead in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Soon, the wheels fell off for Boston, which gave up seven runs in Tuesday's final frame as the Astros won 9-2 to tie the series at two wins apiece and push it to at least a Game 6, which will be back in...
October 20
October 20

Giannis Antetokounmpo on Milwaukee Bucks' title banner: 'That's going to be forever'

MILWAUKEE -- As the Milwaukee Bucks gathered at the free throw line, their championship rings in hand, watching as the banner for the franchise's first championship in 50 years was unveiled in the rafters of Fiserv Forum, Giannis Antetokounmpo said he started to get emotional. "That's going to be forever," Antetokounmpo said following Tuesday night's season-opening 127-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets. "You can walk away from the game today and that banner is always going to be there. You can always come back and watch a game in 2055 -- hopefully we are alive -- and the banner is going to be there." The NBA had not started a season with a banner-raising ceremony on opening night in two years. With fans still not allowed at the Staples Center at the start of last season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Lakers waited until May to unveil their banner. However, fans in Milwaukee have waited since 1971 for another NBA championship. A...
October 20
October 20

James Harden, after opting not to sign extension with Brooklyn Nets before deadline, says 'I don't plan on leaving'

MILWAUKEE -- James Harden did not sign an extension prior to the midnight deadline on Oct. 18, but he made it clear the Brooklyn Nets have "nothing to worry about." Harden said not to read anything negative into his decision to pass on an extension before the deadline. "Honestly, I'm just focused on getting healthy, getting my body right and then preparing for a great season," Harden said after recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the Nets' 127-104 season-opening loss to the  Milwaukee Bucks. "The contract, the money is going to be there. "I don't plan on leaving this organization and the situation that we have. So my focus, honestly, is just focus on the season and then winning the championship. The contract and all that stuff will bear itself out, but my focus is going to be locked on this season." Harden's decision to pass on an extension now allows the Nets' All-Star to opt in to his $47.4 million contract for 2022-23 and sign a...
October 20
October 20

'It's just hard to imagine a bigger hit': Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers in awe of Cody Bellinger

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts summed up the gravity of the moment best: "It just flipped everything." That was just one way Roberts described a three-run home run by Cody Bellinger that did more than tie the score in the bottom of the eighth inning. It just might have rescued the bid of the defending champions to win it all again. Bellinger electrified a to-that-point tense Dodger Stadium crowd with that blast, erasing a 5-2 Atlanta lead and setting up Mookie Betts' go-ahead double a few batters later. Facing the abyss of a 3-0 series deficit, the Dodgers instead defeated the Braves 6-5 on Tuesday and now can even the National League Championship Series in Game 4 on Wednesday. "Man, pure elation, joy," Roberts said. "I mean, it's just hard to imagine a bigger hit." The sudden turnabout, when the Dodgers appeared to be on the cusp of a virtually insurmountable series deficit, was swift and stunning. "It's impossible not to be aware of...
October 20
October 19

Milwaukee Bucks raise title banner, receive rings inside sold-out Fiserv Forum

MILWAUKEE -- As the Milwaukee Bucks gathered at the free throw line, their championship rings in hand, watching as the banner for the franchise's first championship in 50 years was unveiled in the rafters of Fiserv Forum, Giannis Antetokounmpo said he started to get emotional. "That's going to be forever," Antetokounmpo said following Tuesday night's season-opening 127-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets. "You can walk away from the game today and that banner is always going to be there. You can always come back and watch a game in 2055 -- hopefully we are alive -- and the banner is going to be there." The NBA had not started a season with a banner-raising ceremony on opening night in two years. With fans still not allowed at the Staples Center at the start of last season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Lakers waited until May to unveil their banner. However, fans in Milwaukee have waited since 1971 for another NBA championship. A...
October 19
October 19

Jeremy Pruitt's lawyer seeks Oct. 29 deadline for settlement by Tennessee, says Volunteers facing lawsuit if not met

An attorney representing Jeremy Pruitt has given University of Tennessee officials until Oct. 29 to reach a financial settlement with the former Vols football coach, or face a lawsuit that he says will include details of myriad NCAA rules violations in the football program and other sports and result in debilitating NCAA sanctions. In an Oct. 7 letter to Tennessee general counsel Ryan Stinnett, attorney Michael Lyons of Dallas requested a meeting to resolve Pruitt's demands for a $12.6 million buyout that he claims he is owed after being fired in January for alleged rules violations in his program. The university said he was terminated with cause and is owed nothing. "As we have previously discussed, a public lawsuit with its related discovery, document productions, depositions, disclosures, and court filings is a no-win situation for UT," Lyons wrote in the letter, which was obtained by ESPN on Tuesday through an open records request. "Even if UT prevails on its claimed...
October 19
October 19

Marvin Bagley's agent blasts Sacramento Kings after forward left out of rotation: 'This is a case study in mismanagement'

The high-powered agent who represents Sacramento Kings forward  Marvin Bagley issued a rare public rebuke Tuesday of the team's treatment of his client on the eve of his final season under contract. "Sacramento has informed Marvin Bagley he is not in the opening night rotation, which is completely baffling," Jeff Schwartz said in a statement. "It's clear they have no plans for him in the future, and yet, passed on potential deals at last year's deadline and this summer based on 'value.' Instead, they chose to bring him back but not play him, a move completely contradictory to their 'value' argument." The statement stopped short of demanding a trade, which would've likely drawn a fine from the NBA. However, Schwartz has attempted to get Bagley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, traded for more than a year without success, sources said. Last season, Bagley suffered a broken wrist a month before the trade deadline, which might have affected his trade...
October 19
October 19

Dallas Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee arrested on DWI charge

THE COLONY, Texas -- Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in a Dallas suburb, police said. The Colony police Sgt. Aaron Woodard said Kazee was booked on a Class B misdemeanor. Kazee was released around midday after posting $2,500 bond, Woodard said. Kazee was pulled over in the suburb next to Frisco, the location of team headquarters about 30 miles north of Dallas. Kazee is in his first season with the Cowboys after signing as a free agent. The 28-year-old has started all six games for the Cowboys (5-1), who have won five consecutive games. Dallas is off this week. Their next game is Oct. 31 at Minnesota. On Monday, coach Mike McCarthy said he talked with players last week about being smart during the bye when he informed them they would not have any practices this week. "Talked about the distractions and what we don't want," McCarthy said. "We have an outstanding season -- 5-1, where we are -- make...
October 19
October 19

Source: Six schools officially apply to join American Athletic Conference

The American Athletic Conference has received applications from six schools hoping to join the conference, and the AAC is expected to send them each a formal letter by the end of the week detailing the terms of expansion, a source with knowledge of the process told ESPN on Tuesday. Florida Atlantic, Charlotte, North Texas, UTSA, Rice and UAB have each officially requested to join the AAC, a move that was first reported by Yahoo Sports on Monday. It's the first step in the realignment process, which is expected to move quickly this week after the university presidents and their general counsels have time to review the terms. The AAC's desire to expand comes after Cincinnati, UCF and Houston decided this fall to eventually join the Big 12. UConn also left after the 2019 season. The addition of six more schools would expand the AAC to a 14-team conference in football and basketball while crippling Conference USA, where all of the schools currently call home. According to the...
October 19
October 19

Jacksonville Jaguars' Dawuane Smoot helps wife deliver baby girl at home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dawuane Smoot might just have the best hands on the team. Smoot helped his wife, Aumari, deliver the couple's second child early Tuesday morning in their Jacksonville home, according to a team official. They were about to leave for the hospital around 4 a.m. ET when Aumari fell, the official said. Smoot caught her, but there wasn't enough time to get to the hospital before the baby was born. Smoot called 911, and paramedics talked him through tying the umbilical cord over the phone. Daughter Ahlani Moon Smoot was born in the couple's living room. Smoot obviously missed Tuesday's workouts at the Jaguars' facility, but he called in to the team meeting and told the story, and was roundly cheered. The couple also has a 2-year-old son, Ahmir.
October 19
October 19

Philadelphia 76ers suspend Ben Simmons for their season opener after spat in practice

CAMDEN, N.J. -- In the wake of the Philadelphia 76ers suspending Ben Simmons for their season-opening game in New Orleans on Wednesday night, superstar center Joel Embiid said he has yet to speak to Simmons, and declared -- several times -- that it isn't his job to "babysit" anyone. "I'm trying to win," Embiid said after Simmons had been tossed from Tuesday's practice by 76ers coach Doc Rivers. "And to win, you have to have that relationship with your teammates. I do have that relationship with all my teammates. "But at the end of the day, our job is not to babysit somebody. We get paid to produce on the court, go out, play hard, win some games ... that's what we get paid for. We don't get paid to come out here and try to babysit somebody. So that's not our job, and I'm sure my teammates feel that way. "We're really focused on just winning and playing as a team." The 76ers announced late in Tuesday's practice that Simmons has been suspended one game for...
October 19
October 19

Buckeyes defense concentrates on Juice

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There's no need for Ohio State's veterans to watch video of Illinois quarterback Juice Williams. They've seen the replays in their minds, over and over again. Williams put together a personal highlight reel in 2007 when he led the Illini to a stunning victory over a Buckeyes team that came into the game top-ranked and undefeated. The most toxic clip is of Williams engineering a drive that ate up the final 8 minutes while Ohio State was desperate to get the ball back to try for a tying score. But Williams played keepaway, Illinois won 28-21 -- and it was another big-game painful moment for the Buckeyes. Illinois' fans and players flooded the field to celebrate at midfield atop Ohio State's logo. "Bad memories," Ohio State linebacker Austin Spitler said grimly, staring straight ahead. "I remember them dancing on the block O in Ohio Stadium. It just wasn't fun." The Buckeyes swear they have let go of that image and are more concerned about the Xs and Os of...
October 19
October 19

Buffalo Bills say TE Dawson Knox fractured hand in loss to Tennessee Titans

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Bills tight end Dawson Knox suffered a fracture in his right hand during the team's 34-31 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday night, per coach Sean McDermott. "Don't know much more at this point, other than we'll just monitor it," McDermott said Tuesday. "We'll see where it goes here." There is not significant concern over the injury, and Knox will be aided by the Bills being on their bye week before a Week 8 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. All three of Buffalo's next opponents have only one win apiece (Dolphins, Jaguars and Jets). Knox tweeted Tuesday evening that he "will be back very soon." Knox caught three passes for 25 yards in the game. The former high school quarterback and Bills third-round pick in 2019 also threw a successful 2-point conversion pass to quarterback Josh Allen in the third quarter despite having already suffered the injury. "Huge shoutout to Dawson," Allen said. "I was trying...
October 19
October 19

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield preparing to play Thursday; team believes shoulder injury not season-ending, according to source

BEREA, Ohio -- Despite aggravating the torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield says he's still preparing to play in Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos. A league source told ESPN that the Browns also hope the franchise quarterback will avoid season-ending surgery. "I work with my physiotherapist Dave [Matthews] and do everything I possibly can. After that, it's pain tolerance and wanting to be out there for my guys," Mayfield said of his left shoulder. "Obviously if I was in a physical state where I wasn't able to play to the best of my abilities and I was hurting the team, I wouldn't do that because I care about winning. ... Only I know how my body feels. If anyone questions whether I'm hindering the team and going out there injured, that's just not right. It's my decision. I get to say whether I'm able to play or not, and that's just how it is." Mayfield suffered the shoulder injury -- initially...
October 19
October 19

Clemson's Dabo Swinney says he doesn't have interest in LSU football coaching opening

Clemson football's Dabo Swinney said Tuesday that he had no interest in the LSU coaching vacancy at this point, joking that he was surprised to be considered "a big-time coach." "This is the only Death Valley I'm concerned with right here," Swinney said, referring to the stadiums in Clemson and Baton Rouge, which are both nicknamed "Death Valley." Swinney has been speculated to be a possible candidate to replace Ed Orgeron since LSU agreed to part ways with its coach after this season -- just two years after winning the national title. "I don't know the situation [with Orgeron at LSU]," Swinney said when asked about the pressure to win immediately and consistently, "but I do know some of the greatest coaches we've ever had weren't good early or maybe the consistency wasn't there. It's a tough business." Swinney has long been rumored as a potential successor to Nick Saban at Alabama, his alma mater, but has always denied any serious interest in leaving Clemson,...
October 19
October 19

Philadelphia 76ers suspend Ben Simmons for their season opener

The Philadelphia 76ers suspended Ben Simmons for one game for conduct detrimental to the team on Tuesday, the team announced. Simmons will serve the suspension Wednesday for the season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans. Coach Doc Rivers threw Simmons out of practice Tuesday and the suspension came shortly thereafter, sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The three-time All-Star guard was a holdout in training camp in the wake of his offseason trade demand. He reported last week and practiced Sunday and Monday with the Sixers. He had been scheduled to talk to the media on Tuesday. The 25-year-old from Australia has four years and $147 million left on his max contract. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
October 19
October 19

Cleveland Browns believe quarterback Baker Mayfield's shoulder injury not season-ending, according to source

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns do not believe quarterback  Baker Mayfield's left shoulder injury will end his season or require immediate surgery at this point, a league source told ESPN. Mayfield, however, is still waiting on a second opinion from his own doctor. That doctor is expected to review his MRI scans later Tuesday. Mayfield initially suffered the shoulder injury -- a partially torn labrum -- on Sept 19 while attempting to make a tackle after an interception. He continued to play through it, wearing a harness on the shoulder for support. But Mayfield aggravated the shoulder injury Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. During the third quarter, Cardinals pass-rusher J.J. Watt drove Mayfield's left shoulder into the ground, resulting in a fumble. Mayfield stayed down for several minutes and had to be helped off the field, though he didn't miss a snap. After the game, Mayfield, who was wearing a sling, said his shoulder had popped back...
October 19
October 19

Brooklyn Nets favored to win NBA title, but bettors backing the Los Angeles Lakers

The Brooklyn Nets may be the consensus favorites at U.S. sportsbooks, but the betting public is significantly more invested in the new-look Los Angeles Lakers. At Caesars Sportsbook, more money has been bet on the Lakers to win the NBA championship than has been bet on all the other teams combined. Fifty-one percent of the dollars bet on Caesars' title odds is on the Lakers. That's four times as much as has been bet on the Nets. The Lakers love has spread to sportsbooks across the nation, yet despite the lopsided action on L.A. and the uncertainty surrounding Nets point guard Kyrie Irving, oddsmakers have kept Brooklyn as the clear-cut favorite entering Tuesday night's season tip-off. The Nets are +230 to win the title at Caesars Sportsbook, followed by the Lakers at +400. The defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, who host the Nets in Tuesday night's season opener, are +1,000. "As far as money [bet], the Lakers are pretty overwhelming," Jeff Sherman,...
October 19
October 19

Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan carted off on stretcher; first-round pick Caleb Farley tears ACL, per source

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan was carted off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter of Monday's 34-31 win over the Buffalo Bills, while rookie cornerback Caleb Farley will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. Lewan laid on the ground as trainers came out to the field along with head coach Mike Vrabel. Lewan's head appeared to collide with a Bills defender as he went down in a pile following a Derrick Henry run in the red zone. The trainers quickly determined that a cart was needed after examining Lewan. Lewan gave a thumbs-up as he was taken off the field. He was being evaluated for a concussion and had movement in all of his extremities. Vrabel did not give an update on Lewan after the game.  The Titans entered the game with 16 players on injured reserve after placing right cornerback Kristian Fulton (hamstring) on the list just hours before Monday's...
October 19
October 19

Aaron Boone to return as manager of New York Yankees

Aaron Boone, who has led the New York Yankees to the postseason in each of his four seasons in the Bronx, will return as manager on a new three-year deal with a club option for 2025, it was announced Tuesday. "We have a person and manager in Aaron Boone who possesses the baseball acumen and widespread respect in our clubhouse to continue to guide us forward," Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. "As a team and as an organization, we must grow, evolve and improve. We need to get better. Period. "I know Aaron fully embraces our expectations of success, and I look forward to drawing on his intelligence, instincts and leadership in pursuit of our next World Series championship." With his previous contract set to expire at the end of the World Series, Boone's job security came under scrutiny after the Yankees' third-place finish in the AL East and loss to the rival Boston Red Sox in the AL Wild Card Game. "I think I can help lead us to the top. That's...
October 19
October 19

Aaron Boone to return as manager of New York Yankees, sources say

Aaron Boone, who has led the New York Yankees to the postseason in each of his four seasons in the Bronx, will be returning as manager, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. Boone will receive a three-year deal with an option, sources confirmed to ESPN. His job security came under scrutiny after the Yankees' third-place finish in the AL East and loss to the rival Boston Red Sox in the AL Wild Card Game. The last time a Yankees manager was allowed to manage a fifth season without having won a World Series ring was 1922. "When you are the manager of this team and you wear the N.Y. and you wear these pinstripes, it's a heavy burden," slugger Aaron Judge said after the team's season ended. "But a guy like Booney, man, he wears it with pride, shows up to work every day and gets us prepared the right way, keeps us motivated and gets on guys when he needs to. "It's been a pleasure the past couple of years to play for him and fight for him every single day. I...
October 19
October 19

Diana Taurasi says 'magic slipped away' from Phoenix Mercury in WNBA Finals loss

A day after blowing a fourth quarter lead while facing elimination in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals, the Phoenix Mercury players addressed what went wrong after deciding not to speak to the media immediately following Sunday's result.   "We've been so good at the end of games that we thought we were gonna pull it out, because that's just what we do," Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi said Monday of the 80-74 loss to the Chicago Sky, which prevented a Game 5 back in Phoenix on Tuesday. "And it didn't work out that way. I think at one point, all five of us missed a layup. "So the magic slipped away from our hands pretty quickly and reality hit, and we were a pretty devastated team." Taurasi addressed the team not speaking to the media on Sunday, saying they "just had to take a minute." Asked about a door to the Mercury's locker room at Wintrust Arena being damaged after the game, Taurasi said, "There were a lot of doors in there." Taurasi, 39, reiterated what she...
October 19
October 19

Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez mimics Carlos Correa's watch gesture, drawing rebuke from Boston manager Alex Cora

BOSTON -- The new- and old-school ways of baseball etiquette clashed during the  Boston Red Sox's 12-3 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night when  Carlos Correa grounded out to second baseman Christian Arroyo to end the sixth inning. As Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez walked off the mound, he pointed to his wrist, a reference to Correa's celebration in Game 1 after the shortstop hit a home run off reliever Hansel Robles. The celebration drew an immediate reaction from Boston manager Alex Cora, who screamed, "Hey, no!" Upon Rodriguez's return to the dugout, Cora hugged the pitcher and pulled him in for a conversation. "Don't do that," Cora told Rodriguez. Cora said he did not want Rodriguez to show up Correa for getting out, and that the pitcher needed to maintain humility while finding success. "We just show up, we play, and we move on, and he knows," Cora said. "I let him know. We don't...
October 19
October 18

Washington State fires football coach Nick Rolovich, 4 assistants for refusing state-mandated COVID-19 vaccine

PULLMAN, Wash. --  Washington State fired football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants on Monday after they refused to comply with a mandate that all state employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee had set a deadline of Monday for thousands of state employees, including the Cougars' coaches, to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or risk losing their jobs. "The noncompliance with this requirement renders [Rolovich] ineligible to be employed at Washington State University and therefore can no longer fulfill the duties as a head coach of our football program effective immediately," Washington State athletic director Pat Chun said during a Monday night news conference. "It is disheartening to be here today. Our football team is hurting. Our WSU community is fractured. Today will have a lasting impact on the young men on our team and the remaining coaches and staff." Also fired were assistant coaches Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig...
October 18
October 18

Los Angeles Rams' Sean McVay wishes communication with Jared Goff was better ahead of trade to Detroit Lions

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Nearly nine months after the Los Angeles Rams agreed to trade Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions, and with a pending reunion at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, coach Sean McVay expressed regret about how the deal went down with his former quarterback. "Yes, I wish there was better, clearer communication," McVay said Monday. "To say that it was perfectly handled on my end, I wouldn't be totally accurate in that. I'll never claim to be perfect, but I will try to learn from some things that I can do better, and I think that was one of them without a doubt." The Rams are 5-1 and heavily favored against the 0-6 Lions in the Week 7 matchup, but plenty of intrigue surrounds the game as McVay and Goff prepare to face off after a conflicted ending to their four-year run.   "I think he'll be received well," McVay said about Goff's return to L.A., where he spent five seasons after the Rams traded up 15 spots to select him first overall in 2016. "I...
October 18
October 18

Lakers' LeBron James adamant limiting workload won't shield body from injury: 'Feel worse when I play low minutes'

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- LeBron James does not buy that monitoring his minutes will have any effect on his health as the Los Angeles Lakers are about to start their new season this week. "I don't play the game thinking about injuries," James said Monday, ahead of L.A.'s regular-season opener against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. "And I also feel worse when I play low minutes." In what has become a near annual ritual for the 19-year veteran, James -- already sixth on the all-time minutes played list -- flatly rejected the notion that limiting his playing time can shield his body from potential harm. The fact is that even though James logged a career-low 33.4 minutes per game last season, he still suffered a severe high ankle sprain that caused him to miss 26 games and derailed a potential MVP campaign. While James played on the right ankle in all six games of the Lakers' first-round loss to the Phoenix Suns, he averaged just 23.3 points on...
October 18

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