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Eagles' A.J. Brown calls out rumors, says, 'I want to be here'

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown called into a sports radio show Friday afternoon to address rumors about his future with the team. "I have no problem. I want to be here, it's as simple as that," Brown told Philadelphia radio station 94WIP. "I love where I'm at, it's as simple as that. Next question." He also called rumors of friction between himself and quarterback Jalen Hurts "total B.S." "I'm not going to get into me and his relationship on the air. But it's total B.S., you know what I'm saying?" he said. "It wasn't a problem when I was on my six-game streak. They wasn't talking about that then, so they only started talking about that when we started losing. Of course, you see friction from everybody, from the coaches, the players and from everybody. So there you go." Brown was referring to his streak of 125-plus receiving yards in six straight games, an NFL record. The Eagles started the season 10-1 but collapsed down the stretch, losing...
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Eagles' A.J. Brown calls out rumors, says 'I want to be here'

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown called into a sports radio show Friday afternoon to address rumors about his future with the team. "I have no problem. I want to be here, it's as simple as that," Brown told Philadelphia radio station 94WIP. "I love where I'm at, it's as simple as that. Next question." He also called rumors of friction between himself and quarterback Jalen Hurts "total B.S." "I'm not going to get into me and his relationship on the air. But it's total B.S., you know what I'm saying," he said. "It wasn't a problem when I was on my six-game streak. They wasn't talking about that then, so they only started talking about that when we started losing. Of course, you see friction from everybody, from the coaches, the players and from everybody. So there you go." Brown was referring to his NFL-record six-game streak of 125-plus receiving yards in each game. The Eagles started the season 10-1 but collapsed down the stretch, losing six of...
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NBA suspends five players for roles in Heat-Pelicans fight

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler is among five players suspended without pay for their roles in Friday night's on-court altercation with the New Orleans Pelicans. Butler and Pelicans forward Naji Marshall were suspended one game for "instigating and engaging in" an on-court altercation, the NBA announced Sunday. Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado and Heat center Thomas Bryant were suspended three games for leaving the bench area during the on-court altercation and fighting. Miami forward Nikola Jovic was also suspended one game for leaving the bench. The altercation started after Pelicans forward Zion Williamson stole the ball from Butler and went up for a layup. Heat forward  Kevin Love wrapped up Williamson -- who later told reporters he thought the move was meant to protect him from a fall -- at the 11:19 mark of the fourth quarter. Butler and Marshall got into it at that point and had to be separated on the court....
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Hawks' Trae Young out at least 4 weeks for finger surgery

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young will miss at least the next four weeks after suffering a ligament tear in his left pinkie. An MRI revealed a tear of the radial collateral ligament that will require surgery, the Hawks announced Sunday. Young's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, and he will be reevaluated in four weeks. Young, 25, has averaged a team-best 26.4 points and 10.8 assists in 51 games this season. He was limited to 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the floor in Atlanta's 123-121 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday. A three-time All-Star, Young has averaged 25.6 points and 9.5 assists in 404 career games (all starts) since being selected fifth overall in the 2018 NBA draft. With Young out, Dejounte Murray likely will assume the primary ballhandling duties. The Hawks are also without forward Onyeka Okongwu, who averages 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Okongwu is in a walking boot due to a sprained toe, with the team announcing...
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Hawks' Trae Young out vs. Magic due to finger injury

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the visiting Orlando Magic due to an injury to his left pinkie finger. Young, 25, averages a team-best 26.4 points and 10.8 assists in 51 games (all starts) this season. He was limited to 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the floor in Atlanta's 123-121 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday. A three-time All-Star, Young has averaged 25.6 points and 9.5 assists in 404 career games (all starts) since being selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2018 NBA draft. Forward Onyeka Okongwu, who averages 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, also was ruled out for the Hawks due to a toe injury. Okongwu was injured before the All-Star break and was expected to miss a week to 10 days, but coach Quin Snyder said Thursday that Okongwu "is not going to be available for the foreseeable future." For Orlando, guard Gary Harris has been ruled out due to right calf injury...
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Van Dijk header in extra time wins Carabao Cup for Liverpool

Liverpool ensured that Jurgen Klopp's final season will end with silverware after Virgil Van Dijk's extra-time goal gave them a 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.  A frenetic final, which saw both teams denied goals by VAR, was scoreless after 90 minutes, before eventually being decided in the 28th minute of extra time by the Liverpool captain's glancing header off a corner. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Liverpool entered the final with 10 first-team players, including Mohamed Salah and Darwin Núñez, missing through injury. But roared on by their raucous supporters, they competed bravely to see off Chelsea.  The win kept Liverpool's hopes of an unlikely quadruple alive and saw them lift the Carabao Cup for a record-extending 10th time. Chelsea's run to the final had emerged as a silver lining for coach Mauricio Pochettino in what has been a bleak first season in charge of...
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Mets' Kodai Senga gets PRP shot, won't throw for 3 weeks

New York Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his ailing right shoulder and won't throw for at least three weeks, all but sealing that he won't take the mound as the team's Opening Day starter. Manager Carlos Mendoza told reporters Sunday that Senga had returned to spring training camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida, after traveling to New York for diagnosis and treatment. The 31-year-old Senga was diagnosed with a moderate posterior capsule strain in his pitching shoulder after an MRI on Wednesday. Mendoza said the hope is the shot will accelerate the healing. "Let the shot do the work, and once we start ramping up his throwing program, we'll have a better idea how he's bouncing back and all that," Mendoza said. "We got to let it heal." Once doctors give him the green light to throw, Senga still will need the time he would have had in spring training to prepare for the regular season, meaning he likely will be on the injured list...
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February 25

Bordeaux's Alberth Elis has surgery after serious head injury

Bordeaux forward Alberth Elis has undergone surgery after sustaining a serious head injury during a Ligue 2 match against Guingamp, his club said on Sunday. The 28-year-old Honduras international collided with Guingamp defender Donatien Gomis just 40 seconds into the game at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux on Saturday, after which he was carried off on a stretcher. Thirteenth-placed Bordeaux, who secured a 1-0 win over Guingamp, said Elis was rushed to the hospital after the incident and underwent surgery during the night. They added that Elis had to be placed in an induced coma. "We will be monitoring his condition in the hospital over the next few days. At this stage, it is not yet possible to give an opinion on Alberth's vital and functional prognosis," Bordeaux said in a statement. "The club therefore expects that it will not be able to communicate any new decisive information for a few days and will not comment further on Alberth's state of health."
February 25
February 25

Bordeaux's Elis has surgery after suffering head injury

Bordeaux forward Alberth Elis has undergone surgery after sustaining a serious head injury during a Ligue 2 match against Guingamp, his club said on Sunday. The 28-year-old Honduras international collided with Guingamp defender Donatien Gomis just 40 seconds into the game at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux on Saturday, after which he was carried off on a stretcher. Thirteenth-placed Bordeaux, who secured a 1-0 win over Guingamp, said Elis was rushed to the hospital after the incident and underwent surgery during the night. They added that Elis had to be placed in an induced coma. "We will be monitoring his condition in the hospital over the next few days. At this stage, it is not yet possible to give an opinion on Alberth's vital and functional prognosis," Bordeaux said in a statement. "The club therefore expects that it will not be able to communicate any new decisive information for a few days and will not comment further on Alberth's state of health."
February 25
February 25

Sources: Eric Bieniemy set to be UCLA's offensive coordinator

Former Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is finalizing a two-year deal to join UCLA's staff as the Bruins' associate head coach/offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN on Saturday night. The move marks a significant hire for new UCLA coach DeShaun Foster, who intends to forge an NFL identity with the Bruins. It also marks a homecoming for Bieniemy, who grew up in the area and was a Bruins assistant from 2003 to 2005. "Southern California," Bieniemy wrote in an email Saturday. "I attended high school there. I started my career in the league here [with the Chargers]. It's obviously great to be back with the Bruins, where I was previously employed." Bieniemy had opportunities to remain in the NFL. He interviewed for the Commanders' head-coaching job and two other offensive coordinator jobs. Bieniemy said one NFL team offered him its assistant head coach/running backs job. But ultimately, he took his time and found his way back to...
February 25
February 25

Duke's Kyle Filipowski injured by fan in Wake's court storming

Wake Forest did everything it needed Saturday to take a major step toward earning an NCAA tournament bid, a moment that sent its celebrating fans sprinting onto the court as the clock hit zero. That moment of exuberance left Duke star Kyle Filipowski hobbled after a collision with a fan, reigniting discussions about the dangers of court storming and overshadowing the afterglow of the Demon Deacons' 83-79 win against the eighth-ranked Blue Devils. The 7-footer was hobbled when he appeared to bang his right leg into the leg of a fan running by him. Filipowski, who had raised his arms as though to brace for a potential collision, spun off balance and ended up wrapping his arms around a manager and walk-on teammate Stanley Borden for help getting to the locker room tunnel amid the chaos. Filipowski, who said he injured his knee in the collision, believes the contact was intentional. "It's just really ridiculous how that situation is handled,"...
February 25
February 25

Sources: Cody Bellinger, Cubs agree on 3-year, $80M deal

Center fielder Cody Bellinger and the Cubs are in agreement on a three-year, $80 million contract, sources told ESPN, ending a prolonged free agency with a return engagement after his excellent 2023 season with Chicago. Bellinger, 28, has opt-outs after the first and second years of the deal, sources said. He will receive a $30 million salary this season, $30 million in 2025 (if he doesn't opt out after the first year) and $20 million in 2026 (if he doesn't opt out after the second year), according to sources. Coming off a season in which he hit .307/.356/.525 with 26 home runs and 97 RBIs, Bellinger reached free agency in hopes of securing a mega-contract. A robust market never materialized, and Bellinger took a similar path to that of Carlos Correa, with whom he shares an agent in Scott Boras. Before the 2022 season, Correa signed a three-year, $105 million contract with the Minnesota Twins when no team offered a longer-term deal he deemed worth...
February 25
February 25

Sources: Cody Bellinger, Cubs agree on 3-year, $80 million deal

Center fielder Cody Bellinger and the Cubs are in agreement on a three-year, $80 million contract, sources told ESPN, ending a prolonged free agency with a return engagement after his excellent 2023 season with Chicago. Bellinger, 28, will receive opt-outs after the first and second years of the deal, sources said. He will receive a $30 million salary this season, $30 million in 2025 (if he doesn't opt out after the first year) and $20 million in 2026 (if he doesn't opt out after the second year), according to sources. Coming off a season in which he hit .307/.356/.525 with 26 home runs and 97 RBIs, Bellinger reached free agency in hopes of securing a mega-contract. A robust market never materialized, and Bellinger took a similar path to that of Carlos Correa, with whom he shares an agent in Scott Boras. Before the 2022 season, Correa signed a three-year, $105 million contract with Minnesota when no team offered a longer-term deal he deemed worth signing....
February 25
February 25

Brandon Royval spoils Moreno's homecoming at UFC Mexico City

Brandon Royval was not the favorite Saturday night. Not in the betting odds, nor in the eyes of the fans in the building. Across the cage from him was Brandon Moreno, the first Mexican-born UFC champion who had yet to win a UFC fight in his home country. With those cards stacked against him, Royval rose to the occasion, coming back from an early deficit to beat Moreno via split decision (48-47, 46-49, 48-47) in the flyweight main event of UFC Mexico City. The fight was very close, and when the scorecards were read, the sold-out crowd fell silent. Royval, though, had picked up the biggest win of his career in front of onlookers he felt kinship with. "I'm a third-generation Mexican," Royval said in his postfight interview. "I know that doesn't count, but the only reason I get through this s--- is because I got that Mexican heart like all you guys. ... I love you people. I love Mexico. Hey, I'm one of you guys as much as I can be. The best part of me is you." Coming in,...
February 25
February 25

Boston Celtics notch season-best eighth straight victory

NEW YORK -- After the Celtics claimed their season-best eighth straight victory Saturday night, defeating the New York Knicks 116-102 at Madison Square Garden, Boston now has an eight-game cushion over the second-place Cleveland Cavaliers atop the Eastern Conference. That is a bigger gap than the one between the West-leading Minnesota Timberwolves and the eighth-place Phoenix Suns (7 games). But rather than applauding their league-leading performance through the first two-thirds of the season, the Celtics instead said they have higher levels to reach. "It's just the way kind of the season has gone," Celtics center Al Horford said. "We've kind of held our own, continued to work through things. Obviously the Sixers have injuries, different teams have different stuff going on, so that all goes into account. "But I can just speak to we're continuing to play good basketball. We're really trying to play the right way. I...
February 25
February 24

Sources: Bieniemy set to be UCLA's offensive coordinator

Former Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is finalizing a two-year deal to join UCLA's staff as the Bruins' associate head coach/offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN on Saturday night. The move marks a significant hire for new UCLA coach DeShaun Foster, who intends to forge an NFL identity with the Bruins. It also marks a homecoming for Bieniemy, who grew up in the area and was a Bruins assistant from 2003-05. "Southern California," Bieniemy wrote in an email Saturday. "I attended high school there. I started my career in the league here [with the Chargers]. It's obviously great to be back with the Bruins, where I was previously employed." Bieniemy had opportunities to remain in the NFL. He interviewed for the Commanders' head-coaching job, and two other offensive coordinator jobs. Bieniemy said one NFL team offered him its assistant head coach/running backs job. But ultimately, he took his time and found his way back to school. "I have...
February 24
February 24

New York Rangers tie franchise record with 10th straight win

Alexis Lafreniere scored, Matt Rempe netted his first career goal and sparked his streaking club with a first-period fight, and the New York Rangers tied a franchise record with their 10th straight victory, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Saturday. Igor Shesterkin made 39 saves for the surging Rangers, who can set a club mark for consecutive victories Sunday at Columbus. The Rangers, who are leading the Metropolitan Division, have not lost since Jan. 26. "It was good," Rangers coach Peter Laviolette said of the win. "It had a little bit of everything." Rempe, promoted from the American Hockey League last week, is the first Rangers skater with a goal and a fighting major in the same game within the first five games of their career since Ryan Callahan in March 2017, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Philadelphia veteran Nicolas Deslauriers battled Rempe in a heavyweight duel just three minutes into the game. Both players...
February 24
February 24

Renan Ferreira KOs Ryan Bader, paves way for Francis Ngannou bout

Who will fight Francis Ngannou when he returns to the world of mixed martial arts? The answer is an emphatic Renan Ferreira. Ferreira (13-3) knocked out Bellator MMA heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (31-8) in just 21 seconds on Saturday in the PFL vs. Bellator pay-per-view in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Ferreira knocked Bader down with a right hand, before ending the fight with hammerfists on the ground. It is his fourth consecutive win by knockout, three of which came in the first round. "I am the real problem," Ferreira said. "I am the record setter. Francis, where you at? I'm the champion out here. I've always been ready to fight with the very best in the world. Francis it can be in [MMA] or boxing, whatever you want to do." Ngannou (17-3) is scheduled to make his second appearance in professional boxing on March 8 in Saudi Arabia, when he takes on former heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua. Earlier this week, however, Ngannou told ESPN he still intends...
February 24
February 24

Duke's Kyle Filipowski injured by fan in Wake's court-storming win

Wake Forest did everything it needed Saturday to take a major step toward earning an NCAA tournament bid, a moment that sent its celebrating fans sprinting onto the court as the clock hit zero. That moment of exuberance left Duke star Kyle Filipowski hobbled after a collision with a fan, reigniting discussions about the dangers of court storming and overshadowing the afterglow of the Demon Deacons' 83-79 win against the eighth-ranked Blue Devils. The 7-footer was hobbled when he appeared to bang his right leg into the leg of a fan running by him. Filipowski, who had raised his arms as though to brace for a potential collision, spun off balance and ended up wrapping his arms around a manager and walk-on teammate Stanley Borden for help getting to the locker-room tunnel amid the chaos. Filipowski, who said he injured his knee in the collision, believes the contact was intentional. "It's just really ridiculous how that situation is handled,"...
February 24
February 24

Man Utd moving in 'right direction' despite loss - Ten Hag

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag said the club is moving in the "right direction" despite the defeat to Fulham and added that the "bigger picture looks very good" at the club. Fulham won 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday in United's first game since official confirmation of Sir Jim Ratcliffe's purchase of a minority stake in the club. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) The result leaves Ten Hag's team eight points off the top four with 12 games left but the Dutch manager said he hopes Ratcliffe is looking beyond what is turning into a disastrous campaign. "After one defeat you have to see the bigger picture, and the bigger picture looks very good," Ten Hag said. "We have to catch up in certain positions and get the injuries back, then we will be more in balance and also strengthen the squad in the transfer windows. "You see there are many good players coming up and real high-potential players. They will be getting...
February 24
February 24

Antelope Valley hoops coach fundraises to get teams to tourneys

The coach of a private California school that recently announced the closure of its campus and canceled all sports is raising money to send the men's and women's basketball teams to their postseason tournaments. Jordan Mast, coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Antelope Valley, told ESPN on Saturday that the school's men's and women's basketball teams have qualified to play in their conference tournaments but have been told by school officials that their seasons will be canceled without outside help. They have until Sunday to leave their dorms, the team facilities and the campus. The school has not offered alternate housing for the affected athletes. Mast said he was aware of the NAIA school's financial troubles, but school officials notified him only last week about the dire circumstances. He said he asked the leaders of the private, for-profit institution for the opportunity to start a GoFundMe to give his teams a chance to play in the postseason and they...
February 24
February 24

Antelope Valley hoops coach fundraising to get teams to tournaments

The coach of a private California school that recently announced the closure of its campus and canceled all sports is raising money to send the men's and women's basketball teams to their postseason tournaments. Jordan Mast, coach of the men's team at the University of Antelope Valley, told ESPN on Saturday that the school's men's and women's basketball teams have qualified to play in their conference tournaments but have been told by school officials their seasons will be canceled without outside help. They have until Sunday to leave their dorms, the team facilities and the campus. The school has not offered alternate housing for the affected athletes. Mast said he was aware of the NAIA school's financial troubles, but school officials notified him only last week about the dire circumstances. He said he asked the leaders of the private, for-profit institution for the opportunity to start a GoFundMe to give his teams a chance to play in the postseason and they agreed. "All we...
February 24
February 24

Memphis' Malcolm Dandridge out as Tigers look into eligibility

Memphis senior Malcolm Dandridge will be held out of competition indefinitely during an investigation into his eligibility, the school announced Saturday morning. The Tigers will host Florida Atlantic on Sunday afternoon. "The University of Memphis is currently gathering and reviewing information regarding a potential issue impacting Malcolm Dandridge's eligibility and is withholding him from competition until further notice," the school said in a statement. "To protect the integrity of that process, we are unable to comment further at this time." Dandridge, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, was coach Penny Hardaway's first commitment in the Tigers' 2019 recruiting class that ultimately finished as the No. 1 class in the country. This is his fifth year in the Tigers' program. Dandridge briefly entered the transfer portal last spring but opted to return to Memphis and has started 19 games this season. He is averaging 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in...
February 24
February 24

Junto Nakatani TKO's Alexandro Santiago for WBC bantamweight title

Junto Nakatani scored a sixth-round TKO victory over Alexandro Santiago on Saturday in Tokyo to become the WBC bantamweight champion and claim his third division title. Japan's Nakatani (27-0, 20 KOs) floored Santiago with a straight left in Round 6. Moments later, a crisp right hook sent Santiago to the canvas again as his corner quickly halted the one-sided action at 1 minute, 12 seconds. Nakatani, 26, won every round on all three scorecards. "Looking forward to everyone watching me fight at bantamweight from now on," said Nakatani, who trains in Los Angeles. He entered the bout rated No. 4 at 115 pounds by ESPN; this was Nakatani's first fight at 118 pounds. Even in another weight class, Nakatani still possessed considerable advantages in height and reach. At 5-foot-8 with a 67-inch reach, Nakatani was able to box from the outside, using his active southpaw jab to control the action. He peppered Santiago with clean left hands from range and busted up the champion around both...
February 24
February 24

Junto Nakatani TKOs Alexandro Santiago for WBC bantamweight title

Junto Nakatani scored a sixth-round TKO victory over Alexandro Santiago on Saturday in Tokyo to become the WBC bantamweight champion, his third division title. Japan's Nakatani (27-0, 20 KOs) floored Santiago with a straight left in Round 6. Moments later, a crisp right hook sent Santiago to the canvas again as his corner quickly halted the one-sided action at 1 minute, 12 seconds. Nakatani, 26, won every round on all three scorecards. "Looking forward to everyone watching me fight at bantamweight from now on," said Nakatani, who trains in Los Angeles. He entered the bout rated No. 4 at 115 pounds by ESPN; this was Nakatani's first fight at 118 pounds. And even in another weight class, Nakatani still possessed considerable advantages in height and reach. At 5-foot-8 with a 67-inch reach, Nakatani was able to box from the outside, using his active southpaw jab to control the action. He peppered Santiago with clean left hands from range and busted up the champion around both...
February 24
February 24

Junko Nakatani TKOs Alexandro Santiago for WBC bantamweight title

Junto Nakatani scored a sixth-round TKO victory over Alexandro Santiago on Saturday in Tokyo to become the WBC bantamweight champion, his third division title. Japan's Nakatani (27-0, 20 KOs) floored Santiago with a straight left in Round 6. Moments later, a crisp right hook sent the Mexican to the canvas again as Santiago's corner quickly halted the one-sided action at 1 minute, 12 seconds. Nakatani, 26, won every round on all three scorecards. "Looking forward to everyone watching me fight at bantamweight from now on," said Nakatani, who trains in Los Angeles. He entered the bout rated No. 4 at 115 pounds by ESPN; this was Nakatani's first fight at 118 pounds. And even in another weight class, Nakatani still possessed considerable advantages in height and reach. At 5-foot-8 with a 67-inch reach, Nakatani was able to box from the outside, using his active southpaw jab to control the action. He peppered Santiago with clean left hands from range and busted up the champion around...
February 24
February 24

Spurs' Victor Wembanyama posts 5x5 night in loss to Lakers

LOS ANGELES -- Victor Wembanyama took questions at the podium sitting in front of a San Antonio Spurs banner and was told about the statistical feat he had just pulled off Friday night against the  Los Angeles Lakers. Wembanyama joined Jamaal Tinsley (2001) as the only NBA rookies to have a 5x5 game -- posting at least 5 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 5 blocks in a game -- and became just the second player to have 5 blocks and 5 steals in consecutive games, joining Michael Jordan. Wembanyama paused to consider Jordan's feat and then asked, "I wonder if he did it in wins." Jordan, who did it in his third season, did in fact do it in wins. Wembanyama did it in losses. Wembanyama's Spurs lost 113-108 to the Lakers on Friday night despite the rookie's best efforts. Wembanyama finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and 5 blocks to become just the 15th player in NBA history to record a 5x5 and the first since ...
February 24
February 24

Arizona wins at Stanford for 1st time since '01, stunning No. 3 Cardinal

STANFORD, Calif. -- With the game tied late and a chance for Arizona to win on the road at No. 3 Stanford for the first time since 2001,  Jada Williams got the ball off a dribble handoff, went between the legs with a dribble and let it go. Her shot arched high and banked in to give the Wildcats the lead with 30 seconds to play in a stunning 68-61 victory over the Cardinal on Friday night. "The bank was open," Williams said. "That's all I got to say. My teammates trusted me, and I had the green light." Williams scored 14 points in the last four minutes -- including the winning 3-pointer -- and led Arizona (15-12, 7-8 Pac-12) in scoring with 23 points. Esmery Martinez added 17. The Wildcats had lost seven straight to the Cardinal (23-4, 12-3). They had just seven players dressed, were without leading scorer Kailyn Gilbert and coming off a triple-overtime win over  Washington on Sunday.  The Wildcats snapped a 20-game road...
February 24
February 24

Shaw scores twice as USWNT down Argentina 4-0 in Gold Cup

Jaedyn Shaw scored a pair of goals and the United States went up 3-0 within the first 20 minutes before going on to defeat Argentina 4-0 on Friday night in the Concacaf Women's Gold Cup. Shaw, 19, scored in the 10th and 18th minutes, while veteran Alex Morgan added a third goal off a header in the 19th. Lindsey Horan converted a penalty kick in the 77th. -  Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) "It's good to get on the score sheet and we were really attacking minded tonight. Getting three goals in 20 minutes or less is great," Morgan said. Shaw became the youngest player to score three goals in her first six national team appearances. She was also the fifth-youngest player to score in a competitive match for the team. Morgan started after joining the team earlier this week as an injury replacement for Mia Fishel, who tore a ligament in her right knee in practice. Morgan, who normally wears No. 13, is...
February 24
February 23

Warriors give Steve Kerr record two-year, $35M extension

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, an architect of four franchise championships, has agreed on a two-year, $35 million contract extension that will make him the highest-paid coach in NBA history, agents Rick Smith and Dan Eveloff of Priority Sports told ESPN on Friday. Kerr's deal was set to expire at the end of the 2023-24 season, and his $17.5 million-per-season extension takes him through the 2025-26 campaign. The extension aligns him with the two years left on  Stephen Curry's contract. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich makes more annually, sources said, but he holds the dual title of president and coach. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra signed an eight-year extension that pays him about $15 million per season, according to sources. The agreement completes months of talks between Golden State general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Kerr's representatives, assuring the Warriors that they will hold on to the coach whose .655 winning percentage is fifth in...
February 23
February 23

Heat's Jimmy Butler among 4 ejected after scuffle with Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS -- Miami's Jimmy Butler was among four players ejected after a scuffle early in the fourth quarter in the Heat's 106-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. "I don't think I should have gotten thrown out of the game," Butler said, noting that he was trying to keep Pelicans forward Naji Marshall away from Kevin Love when he put his hand on Marshall's neck. Heat reserve Thomas Bryant and two Pelicans -- Marshall and Jose Alvarado -- also were ejected after fisticuffs erupted with 11:19 left and Miami leading 84-81. The scuffle began after Pelicans star forward Zion Williamson stole the ball from Butler, and Love grabbed Williamson to prevent an uncontested layup. As Love was whistled for a foul, Williamson fell to the court and Marshall rushed in to object to the way Williamson was fouled. "I wasn't tripping about K-Love because he actually protected me on my fall," Williamson said. "All...
February 23
February 23

Sources: Warriors give Steve Kerr record 2-year, $35M extension

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, an architect of four franchise championships, has agreed on a two-year, $35 million contract extension that will make him the highest-paid coach in NBA history, agents Rick Smith and Dan Eveloff of Priority Sports told ESPN on Friday. Kerr's deal was set to expire at the end of the 2023-24 season, and his $17.5 million-per-season extension takes him through the 2025-26 campaign. The extension aligns him with the two years left on  Stephen Curry's contract. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich makes more annually, sources said, but he holds the dual title of president and coach. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra signed an eight-year extension that pays him about $15 million per season, according to sources. The agreement completes months of talks between Golden State general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Kerr's representatives, assuring the Warriors that they'll hold on to the coach whose .655 winning percentage is fifth in...
February 23
February 23

Dolphins clearing cap space by releasing veterans Howard, Ogbah

MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins will release cornerback Xavien Howard, his agent David Canter confirmed Friday, as the team looks to shed salary and clear cap space. All Dolphins was the first to report. The Dolphins' longest-tenured player, Howard represented a $25.9 million cap hit in 2024. Cutting him after June 1 would save Miami $18.5 million in 2024 while creating roughly $23 million in dead cap over the next two seasons. Releasing Howard prior to June 1 would save Miami at most $2.8 million, with up to $30 million in dead cap in 2024. Miami's second-round pick out of Baylor in 2016, Howard is a former first-team All-Pro and a four-time Pro Bowler. Since 2016, only Justin Simmons has more interceptions than Howard's 29 -- although Howard has recorded just two interceptions over the past two seasons. The Dolphins' relationship with Howard had been tumultuous over the past few seasons; the team signed cornerback Byron Jones to a five-year, $82.5 million...
February 23
February 23

Steelers release starting center Mason Cole, save $5M

PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers are on the hunt for a new starting center. The team announced the release of Mason Cole, who started 34 games in Pittsburgh after being acquired in free agency two seasons ago. The move clears nearly $5 million in cap space, giving the Steelers even more flexibility with the $30 million increase in cap space announced by the league earlier Friday afternoon. Cole, who will be 28 next month, had one year left on a three-year, $15.7 million contract signed in 2022. Though Cole, a 2018 third-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals, was a leader on the offensive line and in the locker room, he was inconsistent in his snaps throughout the season, prompting the Steelers to search for an upgrade at the position. The team has the No. 20 pick in April's draft and closely evaluated offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl earlier this month.
February 23
February 23

Dolphins release veteran defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah

The Miami Dolphins have released veteran defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, the team announced Friday. The move will save the Dolphins close to $14 million in cap space if they cut him before June 1.  If the team designates Ogbah as a post-June 1 cut, Miami can save $16M against the cap. Miami signed Ogbah in 2020. The team awarded him a four-year, $65 million extension in 2022 after he led the team in sacks during the 2021 and 2022 seasons, although a torn triceps ended his 2022 season early. He appeared in 15 games last season, registering 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception on the year.
February 23
February 23

NCAA can't enforce NIL rules after judge grants injunction

A federal judge in Tennessee granted a preliminary injunction Friday afternoon that prohibits the NCAA from punishing any athletes or boosters for negotiating name, image and likeness deals during their recruiting process or while they are in the transfer portal. The injunction is not a final ruling in the case, but the judge's decision will likely have an immediate and dramatic impact on how NIL deals are used in the recruiting process. "The NCAA's prohibition likely violates federal antitrust law and harms student-athletes," U.S. District Judge Clifton Corker wrote in his decision Friday. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from signing NIL contracts that are designed as inducements to get them to attend a particular school -- one of the few restrictions in place for how athletes can make money. For example, the NCAA recently announced sanctions against Florida State football because a member of its coaching staff connected a prospect with a booster collective that...
February 23
February 23

Cowboys' Mike McCarthy will not attend NFL scouting combine

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy will not be at next week's NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis as he and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer continue to set the staff and changes to the scheme. McCarthy said the workload capacity and time efficiency made more sense for them to remain at The Star. "Zim and I will have a full week together here and cover a lot of ground with things we're working on," McCarthy said. "At the same time, we can still participate in the combine process and have direct contact through video calls and meetings, while having our coaches on the ground there as well." Last year, McCarthy did not attend the combine because of changes he was making to the offensive scheme in his first year as the playcaller. He flew to Indianapolis for a few hours to meet the media, but then returned to The Star as he and the offensive coaches made the alterations that helped the Cowboys lead the league in scoring in 2023. While McCarthy and Zimmer...
February 23
February 23

Jackie Robinson statue cleats heading to Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

WICHITA, Kan. -- The bronze cleats from a Jackie Robinson statue that was cut at the ankles and stolen last month will be donated to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, the league's executive director told ESPN on Friday. "We thought it was the absolute right thing to do," said Bob Lutz, who founded and operates League 42, which was named after the baseball Hall of Famer and civil rights icon. "It's looking like the cleats will be delivered by April 11, definitely before Jackie Robinson Day [April 15]." Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, said Friday that there are plans to have a ceremony when the cleats arrive at the museum. Kendrick said the cleats likely will be displayed alongside a historical marker from Robinson's birthplace in Cairo, Georgia -- a marker that was damaged by gunfire in 2021 and was donated to the museum. "We have a story to tell," Kendrick said. The statue, which police said was valued at $75,000, was...
February 23
February 23

Source: Dolphins plan to release defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah

The Miami Dolphins are planning to release veteran defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah on Friday, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. The move will save the Dolphins close to $14 million in cap space if they cut him before June 1.  If the team designates Ogbah as a post-June 1 cut, Miami can save $16M against the cap. Miami signed Ogbah in 2020. The team awarded him a four-year, $65 million extension in 2022 after he led the team in sacks during the 2021 and 2022 seasons, although a torn triceps ended his 2022 season early. He appeared in 15 games last season, registering 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception on the year.
February 23
February 23

NFL salary cap rises $30.6 million to record $255.4 million per team

The NFL announced Friday that its salary cap for the 2024 season will be a record $255.4 million per team -- a stunning 13.6 percent increase over last year's cap and a sign that the league is entering a new phase of exploding revenue. This year's salary cap will be $30.6 million more per team than last year's $224.8 million -- by far the largest jump it has taken from one year to the next since the salary cap was introduced in 1994. The increase could have a significant impact on the free agent market set to open next month, as most teams had been using cap projections in the range of between $240 million and $245 million when budgeting for the upcoming season. As an example, there are three teams -- the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks -- that ESPN's Roster Management System projected to be over the cap as of Friday morning and should be under the cap now that the actual cap number is established. Part of the reason for the...
February 23
February 23

Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal to face off in U.S. this summer

Premier League rivals  Manchester United,  Liverpool and Arsenal will face off in a series of matches in the United States this summer, the clubs announced Friday. The preseason tour will begin with United taking on Arsenal on July 27 at the 70,000-seat SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California -- the home of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Liverpool and Arsenal will then face off on July 31 at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, the 69,328-capacity home of the Philadelphia Eagles and another stadium that will host matches during the 2026 World Cup to be jointly hosted by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Finally, Liverpool and United -- England's two most successful clubs -- will meet Aug. 3 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, marking the biggest club soccer game ever played at the 77,559-capacity Williams-Brice...
February 23
February 23

3 University of Wyoming swimmers killed in crash in Colorado

CHEYENNE, Wyo. --  Three members of the University of Wyoming swimming and diving team were killed and two others were injured when their sport utility vehicle veered off-road and rolled over along a rural highway known for deadly wrecks, including one that killed eight other Wyoming athletes. The crash happened Thursday afternoon on U.S. 287 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of the Wyoming-Colorado line between Laramie and Fort Collins, Colorado. The three swimmers killed in the crash were: Charlie Clark, 19, a sophomore on the men's team from Las Vegas; Luke Slabber, 21, a junior on the men's team from South Africa; and Carson Muir, 18, a freshman on the women's team from Birmingham, Alabama. The crash injured two other team members who were expected to survive, according to a University of Wyoming statement. The two injured men, 20 and 21, were taken to hospitals, according to a Colorado State Patrol statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with our swimming and diving...
February 23
February 23

Saints rework Derek Carr's deal, save $23M vs. cap, sources say

The New Orleans Saints are restructuring quarterback Derek Carr's contract in a move that is expected to give the team around $23 million in salary cap relief, sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Friday. Carr was due $30 million in base salary for the 2024 season, so converting a large portion of that into a signing bonus can help the Saints, who  need to free up millions via restructures. This is one of several contract moves the Saints are set to make, along with reworking the deals of center Erik McCoy, guard Cesar Ruiz and defensive end Cam Jordan, sources said. Carr, 32, played his first season in New Orleans in 2023, throwing for 3,878 yards with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. But the 9-8 Saints lost the NFC South tiebreaker to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, extending their playoff drought to three seasons. He remains under contract through the 2026 season on the four-year deal he signed with the Saints in March...
February 23
February 23

Ex-NFL CB Shareece Wright alleges sexual assault by trainer

Former NFL player Shareece Wright has identified himself publicly as one of 12 anonymous plaintiffs who accused a former high school athletic trainer of sexually assaulting them while they were minors attending a Southern California high school, according to court documents and interviews. Wright recently told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that he hopes speaking out will "stop it from happening to other kids." "The less it's kept a secret, the harder it is for it to continue to happen," Wright said. Wright, 36, was one of six former Colton High School football players who originally sued the Colton Joint Unified School District and former athletic trainer Tiffany Strauss-Gordon in September 2022. The number of plaintiffs has since grown to 12. Strauss-Gordon, suspended by the district since 2022, has denied allegations raised in the lawsuit and has not been criminally charged. She is the daughter of former Colton football coach Harold Strauss, who died in 2019. Strauss won more...
February 23
February 23

Caitlin Clark held to 24 points as Iowa upset by Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Before a sold-out crowd at Indiana's Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Thursday, Iowa star Caitlin Clark might have felt at times like most of the 17,222 in attendance were guarding her. That's how hard the No. 14 Hoosiers made things on Clark and the No. 4 Hawkeyes, winning 86-69. The 17-point margin of defeat was the biggest for Iowa since it lost by 17 to LSU in last season's national championship game. Clark's 24 points were eight below her average and marked her lowest scoring output since Dec. 2, when she also had 24 in a victory over Bowling Green. It's her second-lowest total of the season; her lowest was 21 on Nov. 25 against Florida Gulf Coast. A week ago at home in Iowa City, Clark had a school-record 49 points in breaking the NCAA women's basketball career scoring record. The Hawkeyes hadn't played since then until Thursday, while the Hoosiers were coming off an 86-66 loss at Illinois on Monday. Indiana coach Teri Moren...
February 23
February 23

Hamilton: Childhood Ferrari dream stems from Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton has said his desire to drive for Ferrari dates back to his childhood, when he used to play Formula One video games as Michael Schumacher. Hamilton shocked the F1 world at the start of this month when it was announced that he would leave his Mercedes contract a year early to drive for Ferrari in 2025. - Unlapped: How to listen or watch ESPN's F1 show -  A comprehensive guide to F1's preseason testing Ferrari has not won a drivers' championship since Kimi Raikkonen beat Hamilton to the title in 2007, and its last period of sustained success was with Schumacher between 2000 and 2004. In an Instagram post earlier this month, Hamilton said it was a "childhood dream" to drive for Ferrari in F1 -- a theme he elaborated on during a news conference at preseason testing on Friday. "I think for every driver, I think growing up, watching the history, watching Michael Schumacher in his prime, I think...
February 23
February 23

Valencia, Levante games postponed after deadly fire in city

LaLiga has postponed  Valencia's and Levante's games this weekend at the clubs' request after a deadly fire in the Spanish city on Thursday. At least four people died and up to 15 are missing after a massive blaze that ripped through two joined apartment blocks, according to Valencia's emergency services. Valencia were scheduled to play away at Granada in LaLiga on Saturday at 2 p.m. local time, and second-division side Levante had been due to host FC Andorra in Valencia seven hours later. "LaLiga announces the postponement of the matches between Granada CF and Valencia CF scheduled for tomorrow," the league said in a statement. "This is in response to the request for postponement made by Valencia CF and Levante UD, which had the agreement of the affected teams Granada CF and FC Andorra, due to the fire that occurred on Friday in Valencia." Earlier on Friday, Valencia CF had  released a statement expressing condolences and calling...
February 23
February 23

Salah a doubt for Cup final as Liverpool injuries pile up

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has said he is hopeful  Mohamed Salah will be fit for Sunday's Carabao Cup final against Chelsea, but said his participation remains in doubt.  Both Salah and Darwin Núñez missed Wednesday's match against Luton Town after featuring for Liverpool at Brentford last weekend. -  Stream LIVE: Chelsea vs. Liverpool, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. ET, ESPN+ "Dominik [Szoboszlai], Darwin and [Salah], we really have to see. We have two more days," Lijnders told a news conference Friday. "Then we will check if they can be there. It would be great to be honest." Salah, who had been out for a month with a hamstring injury sustained at the African Cup of Nations, scored in his comeback as a substitute at Brentford on Saturday before missing the match vs. Luton Town. Ljinders confirmed the absences of Curtis Jones, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson and Diogo Jota for...
February 23
February 23

Valencia, Levante request postponement after deadly fire in city

Valencia and Levante have asked LaLiga for their games this weekend to be postponed following a deadly fire on Thursday in the Spanish city. At least four people died and up to 15 are missing following the massive blaze that ripped through two joined apartment blocks, according to Valencia's emergency services. Valencia are scheduled to play away at Granada in LaLiga on Saturday at 2 p.m. local time, while seven hours later, second division side Levante are due to host FC Andorra in Valencia. "The Club deeply regrets what happened, wants to send a lot of strength to all the victims and publicly thank the commendable work of the emergency services," Valencia CF said in a statement. "This Friday the players and coaches of the men's first team, the women's first team and the VCF Academy teams will observe a respectful minute of silence at the beginning of their training sessions in memory of the victims. "Likewise, the Club has processed the...
February 23
February 23

LeBron James (ankle) likely back for Lakers Friday vs. Spurs

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Los Angeles Lakers started the final stretch of the season with a disappointing 128-110 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday but will "in all likelihood" have LeBron James back in the lineup on Friday, according to Lakers coach Darvin Ham. For a team banking on a 39-year-old James to steady them, he has played just 14 minutes of game action in the last week and a half, and all of those came in the NBA All-Star Game -- hardly a challenging athletic endeavor. After missing the Lakers' last game before the All-Star break because of a sore left ankle, James sat out again Thursday in order to rest the ankle after seeking treatment on it during the break, sources told ESPN. L.A. hosts the San Antonio Spurs on the second night of a back-to-back for both teams. The Spurs lost 127-122 on the road to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. "We'll get an official word [Friday] morning and see, but in all likelihood, he...
February 23

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