Kerr: Green ‘a wrecking ball’ in comeback win

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Draymond Green played one of his best games ever in the Warriors’ Game 3 win over the Blazers. – NBA

Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Blues get even with the Sharks

We’re down to a best-of-three in the Western Conference finals. Plus, what’s going on with Erik Karlsson? – NHL

Legion of doom: Portland becomes the latest victim of the road Warriors

The Warriors’ 18-point comeback in Game 3 shows how hard they are to beat, even when they’re on the road. – TOP

Gas station burritos and one stoplight: Seahawks rookie rises from tiny hometown

Seahawks first-round pick L.J. Collier gave a special shout-out to his tiny West Texas hometown on draft night and hopes to keep making it proud. – NFL

Blues anthem singer battling MS hopes ride continues as long as possible

It’s the final season for Charles Glenn, whose backstory includes being body-slammed by Meat Loaf and having his mic cut out during the audition. – NHL

Source: Texans release TE Griffin after April arrest

Tight end Ryan Griffin has been released by the Houston Texans, a source tells ESPN’s Field Yates. Griffin faces charges in Nashville, Tennessee, for allegedly punching out a hotel window in April. – NFL

The Milwaukee ‘Bench Mob’ is overwhelming Toronto

Slowing down Giannis Antetokounmpo is a top priority for the Raptors, but the Bucks have been so good because their reserves have played like stars. – NBA

If you’re just now seeing how strong the Bucks are, it’s too late

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks know they possess the formula to create an NBA champion. The Raptors, and the rest of the basketball world, are quickly learning it too. – TOP

Lillard: ‘Lot of contact’ by Iguodala on final play

Damian Lillard said he felt there was “a lot of contact” when Andre Iguodala stripped him in the final seconds, but he said, “Obviously, the ref is not going to decide the game or jump in at that point.” – NBA

‘I was trying to get in his head’: The Curry sibling rivalry briefly took over Game 2

Steph’s Warriors got the better of Seth’s Blazers, but not before the brothers turned the fourth quarter into a family affair. – TOP

Cards’ Peterson ‘definitely sorry’ for PED violation

Patrick Peterson apologized for his six-game suspension Thursday. “I never wanted to have my name attached to anything like this.” – NFL

Dolphins’ QB battle: Ryan Fitzpatrick on first team, vibing with Josh Rosen

Miami’s veteran QB seems to have an early leg up on the starting job as he gets to know the inquisitive Rosen, who is 14 years younger. – NFL

Is Zion enough to completely change the Anthony Davis trade sweepstakes?

After months of trade speculation surrounding Anthony Davis, GM David Griffin and the Pelicans suddenly have a new path in front of them, thanks to winning the Zion Williamson lottery. – NBA

Rangers, Islanders and Flyers lead Metro Division prospect systems

Many Metropolitan teams have restocked in rebuilds. Which prospects are ready to make the NHL jump next season? – NHL

For the Warriors, what’s old is new again

There was a familiar flow to the Warriors as they took down the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. – TOP

Setting up the NFL’s QB battles: Who’s leading, where rookies stand

After getting drafted in the first round by the Cardinals last season, Josh Rosen is getting a shot with a new team. For five rookies, a starting job in the NFL may not be far off. Here’s what’s ahead for each. – NFL

76ers coach Brown will return for 2019-20 season

Sixers brass ended speculation that the franchise was planning to part ways with Brett Brown this offseason in a lengthy meeting that centered around plans for the offseason. – NBA

Cancel the NHL rulebook: The Stanley Cup playoffs’ weirdest controversies

There’s been no shortage of angst with the officiating this postseason. Which plays were the officials’ fault, and which are simply bad rules? – NHL

Honoring mom: Brandon Carr connects with breast cancer patients

When Brandon Carr thinks of his mom Sunday, he’ll remember the commitment she made to her family, but her memory influences him beyond Mother’s Day. – NFL

Emotional Embiid ‘can’t explain’ Game 7 loss

Joel Embiid walked off the court in tears after the 76ers’ season ended in the final seconds of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and coach Brett Brown and Ben Simmons expressed a desire to keep the team’s core together. – NBA

‘A helluva shot’: Inside Kawhi Leonard’s historic game winner

Jimmy Butler tied the score at 90 with 4.2 seconds left in the game — just enough time for Kawhi Leonard to hit a series-ending rim rattler. – TOP

From blocking to building: How an NFL TE became a carpenter on HGTV

After a knee injury ended his NFL career, Jordan Thompson has found a new path renovating houses on the HGTV/TLC show “While You Were Out.” – NFL

Sources: Vogel to coach Lakers with Kidd on staff

Frank Vogel has agreed to a three-year deal to become the next head coach of the Lakers, league sources told ESPN, with Jason Kidd agreeing to become a prominent assistant coach on Vogel’s staff. – NBA

David Perron on Joe Thornton hit: ‘I think it’s affected my life a lot’

A play in 2010 concussed the Blues center, ending his season after just 10 games. – NHL

All the challenges facing Frank Vogel, LeBron and the Lakers

There are big names, a big job and a legacy franchise involved in this coaching hire. What happens now? – TOP

‘Fearless’ Curry lifts Warriors with 33 in 2nd half

After going scoreless in the first half, Stephen Curry exploded for 33 points in the final two quarters, including 23 in the fourth, to carry the Kevin Durant-less Warriors to a Game 6 victory. – NBA

2019 Stanley Cup playoffs: Sharks vs. Blues series preview, pick

Both teams won epic Game 7s to get here. Will the power of the Joes take San Jose to the Stanley Cup Final? Or will St. Louis’ magical run continue? – NHL

New cleats a pain for Murray in 1st Cards practice

Kyler Murray’s debut at the Cardinals’ rookie minicamp got off to a rocky start — after the QB said he wasn’t wearing the right cleats. – NFL

Tony Romo ready to show off improved golf game at Byron Nelson

Former Cowboys QB Tony Romo is playing closer to home this week at the AT&T Byron Nelson event, and he’s serious about it. “This is my livelihood.” – NFL

Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic overwhelm the Trail Blazers in Game 5

Denver’s frontcourt duo did whatever they wanted to do against Portland’s interior defense. – NBA

Fiers spins MLB’s improbable, incredible 300th no-no

The Oakland A’s journeyman joined rare company throwing his second career no-hitter, working harder than most to get there. – TOP

Our favorite 2019 NFL draft picks: Nine experts weigh in

The Jets got an interior game-wrecker. The Cardinals got their QB. Our insiders pick their favorite prospect-to-team fit. – NFL

CP3: Rockets still need to ‘be better’ despite win

The Rockets rolled for most of Game 4, but an offense that was spectacular for the first three quarters sputtered and allowed the Warriors to nearly force OT. “Yeah, we won the game, but we’ve got to be better,” Chris Paul said. “We understand that.” – NBA

After four games, this series is a classic in the making

Legacies are on the line for future Hall of Famers as Houston tries to finally conquer its Bay Area demons. – TOP

How the Nuggets are surviving Damian Lillard

The challenge of containing Lillard is a steep one, but Jamal Murray and the Nuggets have accepted it and tied their series with the Trail Blazers at 2-2. – TOP

Fantasy Football Summit PPR rankings

More than 20 of our NFL writers, insiders and fantasy analysts spent two days discussing players. These are the rankings that came out of our annual meeting. – NFL

Kawhi in rare air after 39 points, 14 boards in win

Kawhi Leonard is averaging 32.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists with an effective field goal percentage of 66.2 percent this postseason, numbers better than LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. – NBA

Disbelieving LeBron ‘stunned’ by Magic’s exit

On his HBO show “The Shop,” LeBron James said he was stunned and in disbelief when told before the Lakers’ season finale that Magic Johnson had abruptly stepped down as president of basketball operations. – NBA

The secret to Sergei Bobrovsky’s playoff redemption tour

From 2011 to 2018, Bobrovsky went 5-14 in the playoffs, with an .891 save percentage. This year, he’s 6-2 and at .933. What has changed? – NHL

No excuses for Marcus Mariota heading into make-or-break season

Mariota has yet to become the franchise quarterback the Titans envisioned, but here’s why he’s better positioned than ever heading into next season. – NFL

Mark Gastineau’s 40-year odyssey: Sleeper, sack dancer, cancer patient

Drafted by the Jets on May 3, 1979, one of the NFL’s most feared pass-rushers has a mind and body that are betraying him and he wants to talk about it. – NFL

Kanter plays on despite separating shoulder more

Despite aggravating his separated left shoulder during the first overtime period of Friday’s Game 3 against the Nuggets, Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter continued to play through the injury, saying, “I didn’t want to quit on my teammate.” – NBA

Irving, Celtics no match for ‘aggressive’ Giannis

Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone for Milwaukee in Game 3, repeatedly plowing through Boston’s defense en route to 22 free throws and 32 points as the Bucks regained control of the semifinal series. – TOP

How Nipsey Hussle’s death led DeSean Jackson to Boys’ Latin

Receiver’s first major outreach initiative since rejoining the Eagles this offseason brings a message of perseverance to West Philly charter school. – NFL

Philadelphia dominates the Raptors with ‘pace, post and rub’

The 76ers and their star-studded lineup devastated the visiting Raptors behind sheer force to take a 2-1 series lead. – NBA

When Joe Thornton speaks, the San Jose Sharks listen

The elder statesman of the Sharks still has a big voice in the dressing room. We go inside his impact on the team’s 2019 playoff run. – NHL

Philadelphia dominates Toronto with ‘pace, post and rub’

The 76ers and their star-studded lineup devastated the visiting Raptors behind sheer force to take a 2-1 series lead. – TOP

Source: Tests show no cornea damage for Harden

The Rockets are optimistic that James Harden, who suffered contusions in both eyes and a laceration on the inside of his left eyelid in Game 2, will not have any more problems with his vision in the Western Conference semifinals, sources told ESPN. – NBA

The curious case of Cole Caufield: How high will the diminutive scorer be drafted?

He’s not even 5-foot-7, but few can score like Caufield. Will a team take a chance on him with an early draft pick? – NHL

When Dame Time is delayed, the other Blazers are right on time

Portland proved in Game 2 that it is more than a one-man team, getting contributions from up and down the roster to even the series against Denver. – TOP

The five QBs that could define the 2020 NFL draft class

Tank for Tua? The 2020 NFL draft might be almost a year away, but it’s not too early to look at a loaded QB class and where they might all end up. – NFL

Green: Ref chatter after Game 1 ’embarrassing’

Draymond Green said neither the Warriors nor the Rockets were complaining about many calls Tuesday night, because all the chatter about refs after Game 1 was “kind of embarrassing for the game of basketball.” – NBA

Cale Makar’s warp-speed journey from Hobey Baker to the NHL playoffs

The defenseman went from being named college hockey’s top player to making an impact for the Avalanche. We go inside his journey, and look at what’s next. – NHL

Harden ‘can barely see’ after injury to both eyes

Rockets star James Harden said he “can barely see” after being inadvertently hit in both eyes Tuesday night. Golden State’s Stephen Curry also briefly left the game when he dislocated the middle finger on his left hand in the first quarter. – TOP

32 players most likely to be cut, traded after the 2019 NFL draft

The fallout of the 2019 NFL draft and free agency leaves many players’ roster spots in jeopardy. Bill Barnwell identifies 32 guys who could move on. – NFL

Lillard: Blazers’ jawing at refs reveals distraction

Damian Lillard conceded after the Blazers’ Game 1 loss to the Nuggets that their level of verbal engagement with the game officials was a step back in the strategy that helped them oust the Thunder. – TOP

Which NFL prospects rocked the red carpet at the draft?

No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray’s Gatsby-inspired suit was on point, but his wasn’t the only bold look. We grade the best-dressed from the NFL draft. – NFL

The 76ers reset their defense to steal home-court away from Raptors

After failing to contain Kawhi Leonard in Game 1, the Sixers responded with stifling defense Monday night to even the series. – NBA

Rockets’ Harden wants ‘a fair chance’ from refs

After what he believed were several incorrect non-calls on his 3-point attempts in Sunday’s Game 1 loss to the Warriors, Rockets guard James Harden implored officials to “call the game how it’s supposed to be called … and I’ll live with the results.” – NBA

Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Stars, Blue Jackets even it up

Matt Duchene and Roope Hintz led their teams to victory Saturday. We get you caught up on those games, and preview Sunday’s pair of Game 2s. – NHL

The officiating in the Rockets vs. Warriors series threatens to define the rivalry

In Game 1, the Warriors won, the Rockets lost, but all anyone wanted to talk about was the third team on the floor. – TOP

Source: NFL may put Hill on exempt list this week

The NFL and the players union have reviewed the audiotape, on which Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancée discuss injuries to their child, that a TV station aired last week, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano. – NFL

Dominik Hasek’s 70-save playoff shutout: An oral history, 25 years later

Martin Brodeur, Bobby Holik and others recall one of the best goaltending performances ever: Hasek’s 1994 four-OT masterpiece. – NHL

Flores: Rosen has to ‘earn’ Dolphins’ starting job

Dolphins coach Brian Flores expressed excitement over the addition of Josh Rosen, but said it would be “unfair” to give him the franchise QB label right off the bat. – NFL

The Raptors are as confident as they’ve ever been

The Raptors have been locked in since dropping their opening game of the postseason, and the dominant 76ers lineup was no exception. – NBA

Draft takeaways: Why the QB class was overhyped

Although the 2019 QB class was met with ambivalence, a trade for a slightly older signal-caller might have been the best move in the draft. – TOP

Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Bruins, Blues strike first

It looks like the excitement of the first round will be carrying over based on Thursday’s action. Plus, get ready for Sharks-Avs and Isles-Canes. – NHL

Rosen traded to Dolphins; Cards GM defends deal

The Miami Dolphins made a big quarterback splash Friday night, acquiring Josh Rosen in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals for a second-round pick (No. 62 overall) in this year’s draft as well as a fifth-round pick in 2020. – TOP

Sources: WR Baldwin may have played final down

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin might have played his last down due to the cumulative effect of multiple injuries. – NFL

Warriors limp into second round with little time to recover

Postseason hopes can be fragile. Golden State closed out the Clippers, but the Warriors showed just how important it is to close out teams quickly — and the consequences of when that does not happen. – NBA

Spurs channel Pop’s ‘calm’ in win, force Game 7

DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge played their best all-around games together Thursday, and the Spurs kept their season alive with a rout of the Nuggets. – NBA

Conn Smythe Watch: Which Round 2 players have MVP cases?

We’ve eliminated half of the playoff field, due to some great performances. Who’s in line to take home MVP honors if his team wins the Stanley Cup? – NHL

Pros and cons for every first-round pick

How did your team fare in the first round of the draft? Our NFL Nation reporters analyze each top pick and how they fit with their new team. – TOP

Hill barred from Chiefs activities in wake of audio

The Chiefs have announced that Tyreek Hill has been barred indefinitely from all team activities until more is known about an audio recording that aired on a local TV station in which the receiver’s fiancee accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son. – NFL

Lillard on 37-foot buzzer shot: ‘The last word’

Damian Lillard’s 37-foot shot at the buzzer gave the Trail Blazers a 118-115 win over the Thunder and advanced them into the second round. – TOP

Sources: Steelers target Big Ben deal before draft

The Steelers are trying to wrap up an extension for QB Ben Roethlisberger, who is headed into the final year of his contract with the team, sources told ESPN. – NFL

NBA players react to Damian Lillard’s series-clinching game winner

NBA players took to social media to react to Damian Lillard’s buzzer-beater that clinched a 4-1 series win over the Thunder. – NBA

The most impactful draft-day trade for all 32 NFL teams

NFL Nation reporters revisit the deals made during previous drafts that produced the most memorable outcomes — good or bad — for their teams. – NFL

Suns fire Kokoskov; Williams eyed, sources say

The Suns have fired coach Igor Kokoskov, a Serbia native who was the first head coach born and raised outside North America in NBA history. – NBA

Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Sharks, Bruins survive to force Game 7s

San Jose took two OTs to outlast Vegas, while Boston’s win didn’t take quite so long. Here’s the best of Sunday and a look ahead to Monday. – NHL

Kings’ Walton accused in lawsuit of sexual assault

A new lawsuit alleges that Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted a woman sometime before being named coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in April 2016. – TOP

How Klay Thompson got his team ready for Game 4

Eyeing the next round, Klay Thompson took the lead in keeping his team from being complacent in Los Angeles. – NBA

Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: The Schwartz was with St. Louis in elimination of Jets

The Blues wing picked a good game for a hat trick. Plus, recapping Saturday’s other action and getting you ready for Sunday’s slate. – NHL

Drafting Patrick Mahomes: How the Chiefs outmaneuvered the NFL

Acquiring Mahomes might have shifted the balance of power in the AFC for years to come. Here’s how the Chiefs traded up to get him two years ago. – NFL

Blazers ignore trash talk, refs to beat Thunder

The Trail Blazers took a 3-1 lead over the Thunder in their playoff series on Sunday. “We just got to finish it,” Damian Lillard said. – TOP

Stanley Cup Playoff Daily: Leafs take control, Flames extinguished

Toronto moves ahead in its series, while Calgary’s run has ended. Get caught up on last night, and look ahead to Saturday’s action right here. – NHL

Crawford and Lopez prove more, but how soon will they get their chances?

Terence Crawford and Teofimo Lopez shined in victory, but despite high aspirations for their future fights, the boxing business might get in their way. – TOP

Backflips, basketball and a baby: The legend of Khalen Saunders

Khalen Saunders didn’t have a single FBS scholarship offer out of high school. Now, he’s about to cap a whirlwind three months of personal and professional joy as an NFL draft pick. – NFL

The Bucks are too focused to let the Pistons have a chance

While other top-seeded playoff teams have blown leads and racked up technicals, Milwaukee has outscored Detroit by a combined 72 points through three games. – NBA

‘He’s unbelievable’: Pascal Siakam’s postseason star turn

With a 30-point, 11-rebound, zero-turnover performance, Raptors forward Pascal Siakam put himself in the company of Giannis and LeBron, and gave Toronto control of its first-round series. – NBA

Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Sharks survive, plus a wild finish in Winnipeg

Tomas Hertl led the charge to keep San Jose alive. Catch up on Thursday night’s action and get ready for Friday night’s games here. – NHL

Quinnen Williams is a ‘next generation’ tackle — and a soon-to-be NFL star

Alabama standout Quinnen Williams is the epitome of the modern defensive tackle — he “can do it all.” But before he changes the game, he’s going to have the time of his life. – NFL

Russ gets better of Lillard in chippy Game 3 win

With OKC backed into a virtual must-win, Russell Westbrook cranked up his intensity Friday night, scoring 33 points and aiming plenty of trash talk at Blazers star Damian Lillard as the Thunder took Game 3. – TOP

QB Rosen: Uncertainty with Cardinals ‘annoying’

As the NFL draft looms, with the expectation that the Cardinals will take Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick, current Arizona QB Josh Rosen says the uncertainty is “annoying” but he understands that “football’s a business.” – NFL

KD takes over with 38 points in Game 3 blowout

Warriors superstar Kevin Durant dominated the Clippers in Thursday’s Game 3 win, scoring 38 points in just 29 minutes as Golden State took a 2-1 series lead. – NBA

How the Hurricanes reinvented hockey in North Carolina, and what’s next

A return to the Stanley Cup playoffs is just the start of something special that the franchise is cooking. – NHL

‘He showed everybody who Kevin Durant is’

Coming out aggressive from the opening tip, the two-time Finals MVP reminded everyone why he’s the best pure scorer in the NBA. – TOP

Depth, defense and Super Beard: Houston is scary good right now

Most teams don’t go from 65 to 53 wins and say they’re better. The Rockets are the exception, and they’ve saved their best basketball for the playoffs. – NBA

Has the NHL’s ultimate troll turned over a new leaf?

The high-scoring pest has focused more on scoring and less on pesting this season. Teammates and opponents describe the transformation. – NHL

2019 NFL schedule: Record predictions, analysis for all 32 teams

The full regular-season schedule is out. Who’s ready for Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger — again? We have predictions for all 256 games. – TOP

NFL experts on the schedule: Picking best matchups and biggest winners

Baker Mayfield gets four prime-time games. The Patriots have an easy schedule — again. Here’s what you need to know from the schedule. – NFL

Raptors find the best version of themselves for a critical Game 2 rout

Toronto was one game late to the NBA playoffs. But Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry & Co. showed up in grand fashion. – NBA

Looking ahead for the Tampa Bay Lightning: Assess, but don’t panic

The Lightning’s collapse in the first round of the NHL playoffs was epic. But this remains a loaded team poised to contend for the Cup in 2019-20. – NHL

The next Aaron Donald? Ed Oliver’s unconventional path to NFL draft

It should be no surprise that Ed Oliver’s route to the NFL draft has been a little out of the ordinary. The University of Houston star has never done anything by the book. – NFL

Westbrook vows to play better after loss

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook finished a rebound shy of a triple-double on Tuesday, but he called his play in the Game 2 loss to the Trail Blazers “unacceptable.” – TOP

Can Kyler Murray rewrite years of NFL draft history and go No. 1?

Kyler Murray’s already made history. So what’s next? Go No. 1 in the draft, become a franchise player and — oh yeah — completely blow up decades of doctrine about short quarterbacks. – NFL

Clippers stun Warriors with playoff-record rally

The Clippers set an NBA postseason record Monday night by overcoming a 31-point deficit to win Game 2 of their first-round series against the Warriors. – NBA

Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Lightning, Penguins pushed to the brink

Are Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh headed for early exits? Highlights from Sunday’s games, plus a look ahead to Monday night’s action. – NHL

Warriors fearful Cousins tore quad, sources say

The Warriors are worried that All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn left quad but won’t be certain until his MRI on Tuesday, league sources told ESPN. – TOP

Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Overtime madness!

Three games needed OT to determine the victor on Saturday. Get caught up with highlights and recaps here, and get ready for Sunday’s full slate. – NHL

They did it, Jennifer: Blazers pay off McCollum’s tweet promise

Portland’s win Sunday was its first in the postseason since 2016, ending a 10-game skid and making good on a tweet from CJ McCollum to a fan that went viral last summer. – NBA

A Vegas getaway ruined and ‘never close’ calls: Inside the Antonio Brown trade

Antonio Brown and the Steelers were headed for divorce and the whole league knew it. Here’s how AB got an unlikely payday when a once-unthinkable deal with the Raiders was struck. – NFL

How Tiger made the earth shake again at the Masters

To his children and his peers, Tiger was a memory at majors, a YouTube highlight. On Sunday at Augusta, he reminded the world who he is in winning a fifth green jacket. – TOP

Curry becomes all-time leader in postseason 3s

Stephen Curry passed Ray Allen on Saturday to become the NBA’s all-time leader in postseason 3-pointers. – NBA

Lightning’s Kucherov suspended for Game 3

NHL leading scorer Nikita Kucherov has been suspended for Game 3 of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. – NHL

Poirier tops Holloway for interim lightweight title

Dustin Poirier won by unanimous decision over Max Holloway at UFC 236. All three judges scored the bout 49-46 – TOP

From jackpot to regret: How Anthony Barr spurned Jets to stay with Vikings

Anthony Barr agreed to a contract with the Jets for $ 15 million a season — and immediately regretted it. Here’s how Barr backed out, and proved to himself he made the right decision. – NFL

This Masters literally has the most loaded leaderboard ever

Five players are tied for the lead. They’ve all won majors before. That doesn’t even count Tiger and DJ. Buckle up, this could get good. – TOP

Lawyer argues against Kraft video release

An attorney for Robert Kraft argued Friday that the public release of video evidence in Kraft’s prostitution solicitation case would invade his privacy, and a state attorney acknowledged there was no evidence of human trafficking at the spa Kraft visited. – NFL

Luke Walton couldn’t outcoach the Lakers’ dysfunction

Walton seemed to be on the clock as soon as the Lakers signed LeBron James, and a season of unrealistic expectations and injuries reached fevered levels in the days before his firing. – NBA

Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Maple Leafs, Flames cruise

What night No. 2 lacked in close games, it made up for in epic goaltending performances. Get caught up here, and see what’s on tap for Friday night. – NHL

Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Lightning shocked, rookies rule

It was a wild opening night of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. Get caught up here, and get ready for Thursday’s set of Game 1’s. – NHL

Barnwell: The best (and worst) NFL draft classes at every position

Which draft produced the best running backs? What about quarterbacks? And where do the QBs from the Class of 2004 rank? – NFL

Brooks, Bryson, Phil and what could be a wild Day 2 at the Masters

There are some big names atop the leaderboard. There are some big names with work to do to make the cut. Here’s everything you need to know for Round 2. – TOP

Adams: Rodgers wants his play to silence critics

As Aaron Rodgers’ leadership has once again come into question this offseason, Packers teammate Davante Adams believes his quarterback wants to shut everyone up with his play. – NFL

Banana Boat crew cheers on Wade’s triple-double

Dwyane Wade’s final NBA game marked a reunion of the “Banana Boat” crew, with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony all sitting courtside at Barclays Center to cheer on their longtime friend. They witnessed the final triple-double of Wade’s career. – NBA

Expert picks for the postseason: First-round, Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe

Who wins each first-round series? Which teams do we think will make the Stanley Cup Final? Who’s the early Conn Smythe fave? Our panel checks in. – NHL

The stars, storylines and showdowns you need to know for the NBA playoffs

The Eastern Conference will crown a new king. The champs have worthy challengers. A new postseason has arrived, and here’s everything you need to get ready. – TOP

Rodgers disputes reported feud with McCarthy

Aaron Rodgers on ESPN Milwaukee radio Monday called a story published last week that detailed claims of dysfunction in the Green Bay Packers organization a “smear attack.” – NFL

Ranking the forward groups of all 16 Stanley Cup playoff teams

Which team has the best unit up front? We put them in tiers and rank them 1-16 here, led unsurprisingly by the Tampa Bay Lightning. – NHL

Where does Virginia rank among all the national championship teams?

Headlined by the 1972 UCLA Bruins, 81 teams have cut down the nets at an NCAA tournament. Virginia became the latest on Monday. Where do the Cavs rank all time? – TOP

Wins by Nets, Magic leave three teams on the Eastern Conference bubble

The Heat, Pistons and Hornets are competing for the final playoff spot in the days before Wednesday’s regular-season finale. – NBA

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Central: Schedule, scores, highlights, analysis

From the first round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN has you covered. Check out the full picture and coverage on each team. – NHL

Baylor, Kim Mulkey complete long road back with NCAA championship

After a series of heartbreaks and six seasons ending in disappointment, Baylor and coach Kim Mulkey returned to the top with their third NCAA title. – TOP

‘This can’t be real’: How Browns pulled off Odell Beckham Jr. trade

A “1 percent chance” trade involved a longtime friendship, a furious day of talks, an unwillingness by the Giants to make last-minute calls, and a third team left utterly disappointed. – NFL

By the numbers: How bonkers was the Lightning’s season?

From 62 wins to a scorer who put up Jagr-in-his-prime points and much more. Here are 25 stats that tell the crazy story. – NHL

The foul call that will forever overshadow the Virginia-Auburn classic

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl implored fans to remember a “great game,” but Virginia and Auburn’s Final Four matchup will be tied to a foul call. – TOP

Saban: Players lose by entering NFL draft early

Alabama football coach Nick Saban warned against all but the top-ranked players leaving early for the NFL draft, saying “the person that loses in that is the player.” – NFL

Brooklyn gets breathing room in Eastern Conference playoff push

The Nets got arguably their biggest win of the season in Milwaukee to set up four meaningful Sunday games in the East. – NBA

Final Four predictions: Will Virginia, Michigan State defeat underdogs?

Michigan State and Virginia are Final Four favorites. Texas Tech and Auburn are here for the first time. Here’s who we think will prevail. – TOP

Re-signing DeMarcus Lawrence makes Cowboys a Super Bowl contender

To maintain harmony in the locker room and remain a Super Bowl threat, Dallas needed to reward its best pass-rusher with a lucrative contract. – NFL

For Celtics, big win over Pacers could be sign of things to come

As a disappointing regular season nears the finish line, the Celtics demonstrated why they’ve maintained faith in their ability to dominate when the postseason arrives. – NBA

Ranking all the Carolina Hurricanes’ ‘Storm Surge’ celebrations

On 23 occasions in 2018-19, the “bunch of jerks” did a postgame celebration for the home fans. Here is the definitive ranking of all of them. – NHL

The three types of NHL teams right now: The risers, fallers and tankers

Which teams have caught fire since the trade deadline? Who’s falling? Who’s eyeing their draft lottery chances? – NHL

Giannis is the MVP, but can he do it in the playoffs?

A dominant performance in Philadelphia had Giannis Antetokounmpo looking like an MVP. But real superstardom is cemented in June, not April. – TOP

The ultimate NFL draft glossary: Glass-eater, fluid hips, cow on ice and more

Every industry has its insider lingo. Impress your friends and sound like a draft expert by learning these simple terms. – NFL

Echoes of ’74: Giannis, Bucks clinch best record

Thanks to the latest spectacular performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks beat the 76ers on Thursday night to clinch the NBA’s best record for the first time since 1974. – NBA