The best hair at the Minnesota boys’ high school hockey tournament

From bleach jobs to mullets to stripes to mustaches, from hair flips to blown kisses to winks, our picks for the best of the best for 2019. – NHL

Source: Steelers agree to deal Antonio Brown to Raiders

The Steelers have agreed to trade Antonio Brown to the Raiders for a third- and fifth-round pick, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. – TOP

Antonio Brown joining Raiders is more Jerry Rice than Randy Moss

Antonio Brown will respect — and has the respect of — head coach Jon Gruden and should add just the right spice to the Raiders’ mix. – NFL

To move forward, the Lakers need a long look in the mirror

The brand of the Los Angeles Lakers is simply not enough on its own to overcome what has been the most forgettable decade in franchise history. – NBA

Barnwell’s NFL free-agency and trade grades: Tracking every big move

The Rams got a jump on free agency by adding Eric Weddle on a two-year deal. Bill Barnwell evaluates every big move of the offseason. – NFL

OKC’s George rips refs: ‘It’s getting out of hand’

After he and Russell Westbrook fouled out, Thunder star Paul George blasted the officiating in Friday’s loss to the Clippers, saying, “There’s got to be a change, but there’s nothing I can do.” – NBA

Wysh List: Five rule changes that makes sense

The GMs debated some tweaks at their recent meetings, with a few catching our eye. Plus, the Week in Gritty, Jersey Fouls and more. – NHL

The Warriors move the right way to strengthen top-seed chances

The Golden State Warriors were motivated to keep the Denver Nuggets at arm’s length at the top of the West standings. – TOP

Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

Of the 123 major sports teams, 82 percent play in areas where it’s legal to purchase medicinal or recreational marijuana. The NHL has noticed. Who’s next? – NHL

Sources: Broncos trading Keenum to Redskins

The Broncos, who have a deal in place with the Ravens to acquire Joe Flacco, have agreed to trade QB Case Keenum to the Redskins, sources told ESPN. – TOP

Steak, booze and a sense of dull dread: Here’s what really happens at the NFL combine

Once a year, all of football descends upon Indianapolis for the NFL combine, a few days at which will tell you far less about the prospective players than it will about the league they aspire to join. – NFL

The Bucks showed Pacers how hard playoffs will be for Indiana

The Pacers have been resilient without Victor Oladipo, but Giannis Antetokounmpo showed them how tough the road ahead can be. – NBA

Ryan O’Reilly explains the Blues’ wild ride this season

From the depths of the conference to a solid playoff spot, how St. Louis has turned it around. Plus, what went wrong in Buffalo? – NHL

No time to celebrate as LeBron passes Michael again

LeBron James has surpassed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, but there are more important matters at hand. – TOP

Could Cards trade out of No. 1? Answering 10 big draft questions

How much will the Cardinals need in return to trade out of the top spot? What is the one position the Packers need to address? NFL Nation answers burning questions. – NFL

LeBron: Passing MJ ranks up there with title wins

LeBron James leaped ahead of Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and said of the achievement afterward, “This ranks right up there at the top with winning a championship.” – NBA

The secret to the Carolina Hurricanes’ goaltending turnaround

In the previous four seasons, the Canes were 29th in save percentage. This season, they’re 12th. Goaltending coach Mike Bales chats us up on his tactics. – NHL

Free-agent frenzy? How active all 32 NFL teams will be in the market

Which teams will go after Le’Veon Bell or be the most aggressive when the market opens next week? NFL Nation breaks down what to expect from every team. – NFL

Rocket climbers: Houston’s journey up the West standings

Once 14th in the conference, the Rockets have regained their place among the West’s most dangerous teams. – NBA

LeBron ‘not sitting games’ with playoffs fading

With the Lakers’ playoff hopes fading following a loss to the Clippers on Monday night, LeBron James won’t entertain the idea of shutting it down for the remainder of the season, telling ESPN, “Unless I’m hurt, I’m not sitting games.” – NBA

NHL Awards Watch: Calder Trophy race officially heating up

Can Jordan Binnington spoil Elias Pettersson’s Calder Trophy party? We update the races for every major award. – NHL

NFL franchise tag tracker: Who’s getting paid for 2019, and what’s next

Tuesday is the deadline for NFL teams to franchise players, and two teams have already locked down their stars. – NFL

LeBron’s first season in Los Angeles has become a disaster

The Lakers are on the verge of missing the playoffs in LeBron James’ first season in Los Angeles. – TOP

Harden says Rockets in rhythm at ‘perfect time’

After a rocky start to the season, a healthy Rockets squad is “finally catching a rhythm” at the perfect time, guard James Harden said after Sunday’s win over the Celtics. – NBA

Jets’ Lowry suspended 2 games for high-sticking

Jets forward Adam Lowry received a two-game suspension without pay for high-sticking Predators forward Filip Forsberg in Friday night’s game. – NHL

Why the Celtics are less than the sum of their talented parts

The Celtics entered this season as Eastern Conference favorites but now are left searching for answers. – TOP

Sources: Jags expected to sign Foles next week

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign free-agent quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles when the new league year opens next week. The Jags are expected to release Blake Bortles and install Foles as their starter. – NFL

Granny’s boy N’Keal Harry ready to rise at NFL combine

Harry is giving his first NFL paycheck to his Caribbean-born grandmother, and it could get a lot bigger with a strong performance at the combine. – NFL

Lakers seek answers with loss to NBA-worst Suns

In a game they considered a must-win, the Lakers hit a new low Saturday night by falling 118-109 to the 13-51 Suns, the league’s worst team. – NBA

NHL Playoff Watch Daily: Playoff chances, Lose for Hughes projections and more

Who has the best playoff chances? What teams are poised to land Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick? Projections for both, plus the most important games today. – NHL

Jones dominant from start, easily keeps UFC title

Never in trouble despite a two-point deduction for an illegal knee, Jon Jones battered Anthony Smith for five rounds and won by unanimous decision to retain his UFC crown Saturday night. – TOP

NHL rookie rankings: Elias Pettersson is the clear front-runner

Pettersson appears to be a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year, leading a promising crop of first-year NHL players. – NHL

Bulls-Hawks’ 329-point tally third-highest ever

Lauri Markkanen made three free throws to give Chicago the lead for good, Zach LaVine scored a career-high 47 points, and the Bulls overcame Trae Young’s career-high 49 points to beat the Atlanta Hawks 168-161 in four overtimes on Friday. – NBA

Walton: Costly turnover, loss to Bucks ‘on me’

Lakers coach Luke Walton accepted blame for a critical turnover late in a close game that contributed to the team’s collapse in a 131-120 loss to Milwaukee. – TOP

Sources: Raiders among 3 most interested in AB

Although other teams could emerge, the belief right now is that the Raiders, Redskins and Titans are the most likely landing spots for receiver Antonio Brown, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. – NFL

What sealed Bryce Harper’s record deal with the Phillies

While there were other huge offers out there, the mutual commitment made the difference. But will Harper and Philly live happily ever after? – TOP

Kraft pleads not guilty to solicitation charges

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to solicitation charges, and in a court filing, his attorneys requested a non-jury trial. – NFL

Harden drops 58 points to guide Rockets by Heat

James Harden recorded his seventh career game with 50 points and 10 assists — more than twice as many as any other player in NBA history. – NBA

NHL Power Rankings: 31 players who need a strong final stretch

The trade deadline has come and gone, with some shifts in the rankings. Plus, which player on each team is under the most pressure? – NHL

Targets and draft needs for all 32 teams at the 2019 NFL combine

What will the Cardinals do at No. 1? Will the Raiders hang on to all of their first-round picks? NFL Nation assesses which position each team will target at the combine. – NFL

How the NBA’s Eastern Conference will — and won’t — be won

The Bucks, Raptors, Celtics and 76ers can each make a case for becoming the first team not led by LeBron James to represent the East in the Finals since 2010. – NBA

Ranking NHL prospects traded at the deadline

As the dust settles from the NHL trade deadline, we rank the top 10 prospects dealt to new teams, starting with Ottawa’s Erik Brannstrom. – NHL

Smart: Celtics ‘just not together’ in recent slide

After Tuesday’s blowout loss to the Raptors, Marcus Smart said he sees a Boston team that is “just not together” as compared to recent Celtics teams. – TOP

Where Le’Veon Bell fits: We put together potential contract offers

We asked NFL Nation reporters to make their best offers for the free-agent running back — then chose the best one. Green Bay, Houston or New York? – NFL

The reloading bubble team: The Clippers’ place in the playoff race

The Clippers broke up their roster for the second season in a row, but they’re still right in the middle of the playoff chase. – NBA

Winners and losers of the 2019 NHL trade deadline

The Blue Jackets and Predators made smart additions, while the Bruins and Penguins misfired. We identify the best and worst around the league. – NHL

LBJ: Lakers ‘wrong franchise’ if you’re distracted

Asked if the pressure of the Lakers’ playoff push was becoming a distraction to his team, LeBron James replied, “At this point if you are still allowing distractions to affect how the way you play, then this is the wrong franchise to be a part of.” – TOP

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

Kevin Hayes to the Jets? Mark Stone to the Predators? These trades might not happen — but they should. – NHL

Bucs RB’s tablet stolen; team says no info leaked

Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber’s team-issued tablet was stolen Saturday morning, but team officials say it was wiped clean of information remotely and had only scouting video on it. – NFL

Knicks win at MSG to snap 18-game home skid

Damyean Dotson made eight 3-pointers Sunday to help the Knicks beat the Spurs and end an 18-game home losing streak. – NBA

‘I need a kidney’: From NFL pass-rusher to dialysis in a year

Armonty Bryant has gone from fighting through blockers to fighting for his life. Now he waits, and hopes, for a kidney donation that can give him a chance at normalcy again. – TOP

The biggest trade deadline questions answered

Where will Artemi Panarin land? How many first-round picks will be traded? Which team will “win” the deadline? Our panel checks in. – NHL

Rockets downplay another victory vs. Warriors

After the Rockets beat the Warriors for the third time this season — without James Harden — Clint Capela wasn’t about to “get fired up.” – TOP

Inside Kevin Mawae’s agonizing wait for his Hall of Fame nod

Sitting tight. A sick feeling. Deep breaths. Elation. Ride the roller coaster of emotions as the 16-year NFL center finally gets the knock on the door. – NFL

LeBron questions teammates’ ‘sense of urgency’

LeBron James questioned whether his Lakers teammates have the experience to grasp the urgency needed for them to qualify for the playoffs, posing the question, “How many know what’s at stake if you’ve never been there?” – NBA

What charges could mean for Patriots owner Robert Kraft

Kraft is facing charges of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. What will the consequences be for him and the NFL? – NFL

Sources: Jackson Jr. out indefinitely (right quad)

Memphis rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. will be sidelined for the foreseeable future after suffering a right quadriceps injury, sources said. The Grizzlies plan to be cautious with a timetable on their young star’s return. – NBA

New Jackets C Duchene to face Sens after trade

Matt Duchene will now be playing against the Senators on Friday night after being traded to the Blue Jackets. – NHL

‘That was a statement’: George’s confidence is becoming unconditional

A comeback, a windmill and a game winner: Paul George gave the Jazz fits in winning time. – TOP

Harden: ‘Arrogant’ Foster shouldn’t ref our games

After fouling out late in Thursday’s loss to the Lakers, James Harden sounded off on referee Scott Foster, saying he shouldn’t be allowed to officiate Rockets games anymore. – NBA

NHL Power Rankings after Week 20

Nikita Kucherov and the Lightning remain No. 1, with big moves elsewhere. Plus, we make the case for what all 31 clubs should do at the deadline. – NHL

LeBron thrives in this uncomfortable sprint to playoffs

This Lakers win was a welcome relief after the drama that has consumed the team. – TOP

Getting the NFL’s five biggest spenders out of salary-cap hell

The Eagles are currently more than $ 22 million over the salary cap. How can they, and four other teams, save money? – NFL

Q&A: Tom Dundon on $250 million well spent, and his ‘bunch of jerks’

The Hurricanes owner is now the chairman of the AAF. How will that impact his hockey team? And what does he think of Don Cherry’s comments? – NHL

Let’s improve the Raiders: Barnwell predicts AFC West offseason moves

Oakland needs to add talent (and more picks). The Chargers and Chiefs face crucial decisions. Let’s make offseason moves for the AFC West. – NFL

Capela (thumb) expected to return vs. Lakers

Rockets center Clint Capela — who has missed 15 games because of ligament damage in his right thumb — practiced Tuesday, and he is expected to play Thursday against the Lakers. – NBA

How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games

In 2007, NBA ref Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to betting on games he officiated. But it was never proved that he fixed them — until now. Our two-year investigation reveals how he did it, whom he did it with and the millions that flowed from the conspiracy. – TOP

‘Trash’ talk: Bills QB’s autograph jabs at Ramsey

Bills quarterback Josh Allen took a shot at Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey by autographing a photo at a fan’s request with the question, “Hey Ramsey … Am I still trash?” – NFL

Contenders, playoff hopefuls and lottery dreamers to watch down the stretch

Are LeBron and the Lakers in trouble? Can the Warriors hang on to No. 1 in the West? We’re setting you up for the season’s final two months. – NBA

Prospects Kaprizov and Kakko continue to light the lamp

Will Kirill Kaprizov ever stop scoring? Can Kaapo Kakko make a charge for the No. 1 pick? All that and more in this week’s prospect rundown. – NHL

Harden says streak reflects necessity of situation

James Harden, who has scored 30 points in 31 consecutive games to tie Wilt Chamberlain’s second-longest streak, stressed in a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that the Rockets needed him to go on the run. – TOP

Miller becomes American-born goalies win leader

Ryan Miller became the all-time leader in wins by a U.S.-born goaltender as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Sunday night. – NHL

KD grabs second ASG MVP, Team LeBron wins

Kevin Durant won his second career All-Star MVP, after helping lead Team LeBron back from a 20-point deficit in a 178-164 win over Team Giannis. Durant finished the game with a team-high 31 points. – NBA

Grading KD, LeBron, Giannis and every All-Star

Durant and Team LeBron put on an epic show — and comeback — in Charlotte, and Giannis had the dunk of the night. We’re handing out grades for every player. – TOP

Kap ‘absolutely’ still wants to play, lawyer says

Attorney Mark Geragos said he believes the Panthers and Patriots are two potential landing spots for his client, Colin Kaepernick, who still “absolutely wants to play” in the NFL. – NFL

All the best skills, shots and slams from All-Star Saturday night

Here are the best highlight moments from the skills, 3-point and dunk contests during All-Star Saturday Night – NBA

Oilers trade Spooner to Canucks for Gagner

Ryan Spooner, who has played for the Rangers and Oilers this season, will now suit up for the Canucks, who acquired him in a trade with Edmonton for Sam Gagner. – NHL

Picking players who need a change of scenery on all 32 NFL teams

The Steelers resetting without Antonio Brown and the Bears bouncing their kicker are among the moves predicted. – NFL

Nets’ Harris beats Stephen Curry for 3-point title

Brooklyn’s Joe Harris made 12 consecutive shots during the final round to upset Golden State’s Stephen Curry to win the 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night. – TOP

The race for the top pick: Is Hughes vs. Kakko really that close?

Can Kaapo Kakko catch Jack Hughes to be the top pick in June’s NHL draft? – NHL

Kaepernick, Reid settle grievances against NFL

The NFL, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid issued a joint statement Friday saying they have resolved the collusion grievances filed by the players against the league. – NFL

Grading Kuzma, Simmons, Doncic and every player in the Rising Stars

Kyle Kuzma dropped 35. Jayson Tatum added 30. Defense was a DNP. We’re handing out grades for every player in the Rising Stars Challenge. – NBA

The Kaepernick-Reid NFL settlement: How we got here, and what’s next

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled their joint collusion-grievance filing with the NFL. Here’s what we know, and what we don’t. – TOP

Re-imagining Steelers’ offense without Antonio Brown

The Steelers will look to players on the current roster to make leaps in production without AB, including JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington. – NFL

Harden runs streak to 31, tying Wilt for second

For the 31st consecutive game, Rockets star James Harden finished with at least 30 points, putting him in rare company alongside Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in NBA history. – NBA

Bold predictions for the NHL trade deadline

We’re familiar with the names available. It’s time to play matchmaker for all 31 NHL teams as the trade deadline nears. – NHL

Kerr blasts ref over ‘head-scratching’ flagrant call

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was ejected after he spiked his clipboard and went off on officials for calling a flagrant foul on Draymond Green in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss to Portland. – TOP

2019 NHL draft rankings: Chris Peters’ Top 50 prospects

It’s Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko leading the way, but how is the rest the 2019 class shaping up? We rank the top 50 prospects for June’s draft. – NHL

Duke storms back from 23 down, stuns Louisville

Cam Reddish made a tying 3-pointer with 1:28 left and the go-ahead free throws with 14 seconds remaining, helping No. 2 Duke overcome a 23-point second-half deficit to beat No. 16 Louisville 71-69 on Tuesday night. – TOP

Kareem Hunt to Browns: How he fits, status with NFL and more

The Browns are giving running back Kareem Hunt a second chance. Here’s what needs to happen for him to play again and what that means for Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson. – NFL

Davis on loss: Pels weren’t interested in playing

Disgruntled star Anthony Davis scored three points on 1-of-9 shooting, outplayed badly by big man Nikola Vucevic, as the Orlando Magic beat the listless New Orleans Pelicans 118-88 on Tuesday. – NBA

After team-changing moves, new-look Raptors are done playing nice

Masai Ujiri shook up the Raptors last summer and did it again last week. Now Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol are poised to make a difference for Toronto when it counts. – TOP

Predicting offseason dominoes: 7 free agents who could cause ripples

One signing or trade can dictate several more moves. Let’s lay out destinations for seven potential free agents, then predict what comes next. – NFL

Sources: 76ers’ Brand called Magic to apologize

Sixers GM Elton Brand called Magic Johnson on Monday afternoon to apologize for insinuating in a radio interview that the Lakers had called — unprompted — to ask permission for Johnson to speak with Ben Simmons, league sources told ESPN. – NBA

Evaluating every new head coach in the 2018-19 NHL season

Following the firing of Randy Carlyle in Anaheim, Bob Murray becomes the 12th new coach this season. How have the changes played out? – NHL

Ranking the top 10 NHL dynasties of all time

The Patriots’ Super Bowl win solidifies their spot among the top dynasties in any sport. Who are the NHL’s best? Here are the top 10. – NHL

Gase’s staff with Jets doesn’t lack for family drama

The coaching staff of new Jets coach Adam Gase includes Joe Vitt, his father-in-law, and Gregg Williams, who coached with Vitt with the Saints. Vitt and Williams had a rocky relationship while together in New Orleans. – NFL

Magic: Pels didn’t act in good faith on Davis

Lakers president Magic Johnson said the Pelicans didn’t act in good faith in their negotiations involving Anthony Davis. – NBA

‘Hell yeah, I’m playing football again’: Welcome to the AAF

From players to coaches to GMs, the new Alliance of American Football offers another shot at the top while opening a new talent resource to the NFL. – NFL

Harden, Westbrook face off as streaks roll on

James Harden scored at least 30 points for the 29th game in a row, and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double in his ninth straight game — and got the win. – NBA

Thunder are asking stars to lead, but can they get more depth?

Oklahoma City knows what its getting from the All-Stars. The question now is how it can bolster the roster for the spring. – TOP

Davis: ‘Awkward’ being booed in Pelicans return

Met with boos and cheers in his return to the Pelicans’ lineup Friday in New Orleans, Anthony Davis said he was surprised by the jeers but was “just happy to be back on the floor playing the game that I love.” – TOP

Bold offseason predictions for all 32 NFL teams

Le’Veon Bell’s landing spot, blockbuster trades, draft moves — we have fearless predictions that would shake up the NFL. – NFL

Harris fits right in as new-look 76ers beat Nuggets

Tobias Harris said his Philadelphia 76ers debut was awesome after he scored 14 points in Friday night’s 117-110 win over the visiting Denver Nuggets. – NBA

Ranking Carter Hart and every other Flyers goalie

Hart has shined in his first 16 games and could be the franchise goaltender the Flyers have wanted for decades. Here’s a look at where he ranks against past Philadelphia netminders. – NHL

Inside the next potential fight between Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers

The running back and the franchise probably are headed for more hostility over how he’s tagged, with the real possibility of arbitration. – NFL

Anthony Davis defines the latest chapter of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry

The two storied franchises have battled for championships through the decades. With the backdrop of a thrilling finish Thursday night, their next battle will come this summer as both teams try to land the coveted Pelicans star. – NBA

Mikko Rantanen is firing on all … cupcakes

The Avalanche have a fun-loving breakout star on their hands. Here’s what comes next for the high-scoring 22-year-old Finn. – NHL

Lowe: Who’s on notice after this NBA trade deadline

Zach Lowe breaks down the teams and players on notice after a whirlwind trade deadline. – TOP

NHL Awards Watch: New leaders for MVP, Norris and Vezina

Scoring leader Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning has charged to the top of the Hart Trophy ranks. Who’s ahead for all the major awards? – NHL

Police: WR Brown involved in domestic dispute

The Hollywood Police Department in South Florida confirmed to ESPN that Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was involved in a domestic dispute in January and that no arrests were made. – NFL

Sources: Clippers agree to deal Harris to Sixers

The Clippers have agreed to trade Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott to the 76ers for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and draft picks, sources say. – TOP

Kobe: Harden’s play amid streak not title friendly

Kobe Bryant said he doesn’t think the Rockets can win an NBA championship with reigning MVP James Harden continuing to play like he has. – NBA

Who wins the Western Conference wild-card spots?

It’s a jumbled mess of teams fighting for the two slots. We debate which clubs will ultimately emerge. – NHL

Way-too-early 2019 NFL Power Rankings

Super Bowl LIII is in the books, but we’re already on to the 2019 season. Who is at the top of our projection? Here’s how our experts have the league stacked. – TOP

Ten predictions for 2019 NFL season: Le’Veon to the Texans?

What’s in store this offseason? Nick Foles and Le’Veon Bell head south, Antonio Brown moves west, and Browns fans make playoff plans. – NFL

Lowe: Latest trade talk and what teams might be doing at the deadline

Who are the players and teams to watch as the trade deadline nears? Zach Lowe bounces around the league. – NBA

Sabres place Elie on waivers; Leafs cut Marincin

The Buffalo Sabres have placed underperforming forward Remi Elie on waivers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs pared their defensive depth by waiving Martin Marincin. – NHL

It’s time to appreciate this Patriots dynasty as the greatest in sports

You might not like it, but you’re watching the greatest dynasty in sports history. And it’s time to appreciate it, whether or not you root for the Pats. – TOP

Five Super Bowls that were somehow more boring than Pats-Rams (really)

With 16 combined points, Super Bowl LIII was a yawnfest. But how about Cowboys-Dolphins in 1972? Or Niners-Broncos? Here are the five worst of all time. – NFL

Checking in with Jonathan Cheechoo

The former NHL journeyman discusses winning a goal-scoring title, his legacy in San Jose and being from a place called Moose Factory. – NHL

Reed, Bailey, Law, Gonzalez, Mawae make HOF

Four defensive backs — Ed Reed, Champ Bailey, Ty Law and seniors finalist Johnny Robinson — were among the eight men chosen for enshrinement by the Hall’s board of selectors on Saturday. – NFL

Sources: Walton, Lakers vets get heated after loss

Lakers coach Luke Walton called out several players for their selfish approach Saturday, leading to a heated exchange with some veterans, sources told ESPN. – NBA

How Rams DT Aaron Donald became the NFL’s most unstoppable force

Four-time All-Pro. Record-breaker. Donald could decide the 2018 playoffs, and his amazing journey began in a basement gym called “The Dungeon.” – TOP

LeBron returns with near triple-double in OT win

LeBron James returned from the longest injury layoff of his career with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists in the Lakers’ 123-120 OT win over the Clippers. – NBA

Mavs get Porzingis, send Smith, two 1s to Knicks

The Knicks have traded Kristaps Porzingis, Trey Burke, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Mavs in return for Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and two future first-round picks. – TOP

The best Patriots-Rams preview you’ll read: Barnwell makes his pick

Brady, Belichick and Gronk. Gurley, McVay and Goff. There are plenty of stars who could wreck Super Bowl LIII. Bill Barnwell covers every angle. – NFL

Depleted Pels block out Davis buzz, stun Rockets

In their first game since news broke of Anthony Davis’ trade request, the Pelicans were down five of their top six scorers and still managed to top the Rockets 121-116 in Houston on Tuesday night. – NBA

Q&A: Donald Fehr on the next CBA, player tracking and more

The NHLPA executive director says the players “are not looking for a fight,” and checks in on various other topics. – NHL

Lakers struggle to keep playoff pace, feel the pressure

The Lakers had a glimpse of what they could be on Christmas Day, but now they wait for health, LeBron James’ return and the trade deadline. – TOP

Meet the NFL’s class of 2018: Players who graduated to stardom

From the next great Steelers wideout to a trio of former No. 1 overall picks to the league’s tackles leader, this is the NFL’s latest batch of stars. – NFL

Trade Grades: Leafs, Kings both earn high marks for Muzzin deal

Toronto landed a first-pairing defenseman in Jake Muzzin, but it cost the Maple Leafs two prospects and a first-rounder. We grade both GMs on the swap. – NHL

Sources: Pelicans, barring huge offer, in no rush

Anthony Davis won’t be traded before next Thursday’s NBA trade deadline unless the Pelicans are made an overwhelming offer, sources say. The Lakers plan to make an aggressive push, according to sources. – NBA

Super Bowl opening night: Brady gets a pillow, Gronk hugs and Goff talks dogs

Super Bowl week is here. The Patriots and Rams have arrived in Atlanta and will met the media Monday night. Things, of course, got interesting. – NFL

Melo on pending move: I just want to be happy

Carmelo Anthony, speaking during an appearance to see friend Dwyane Wade play against the Knicks, said he hopes to play in Madison Square Garden at least one more time. – NBA

The best and worst of NHL All-Star Weekend 2019

From a memorable skills competition Friday night to Saturday night’s games, we break down the good, the bad and the Gritty. – NHL

PG13 launches MVP campaign: ‘He had his NASA shoes on’

The Thunder’s Paul George dropped 36 points in a showdown against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the league-leading Bucks. – TOP

Rams QB Jared Goff is really funny … if you’re paying attention

Goff comes off as cool and unassuming, not one to crack jokes or rib teammates. A closer look, though, shows a young, funny QB coming into his own. – NFL

Crosby wins All-Star MVP nod after 4-goal night

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby finished the night with four goals and four assists — including two goals and three assists in the championship round — to earn MVP honors for the NHL All-Star Game. – NHL

Sean McVay sprang from the NFL’s most underrated coaching tree

Mike Shanahan was 24-40 in Washington, but his legacy could be redefined by the success of McVay and his other former assistants-turned-head coaches. – NFL

Warriors, winners of 10 in row, ‘can still be better’

After a rocky first half of the season, the Warriors have rolled off 10 straight wins and are of the belief that they can still get better as they continue to weave center DeMarcus Cousins into the fold. – NBA

Boston sees how far it needs to go to meet Golden State

The Celtics had a golden opportunity to beat the defending champion — but familiar issues are keeping them from reaching their potential. – TOP

Curry to join brother Seth in 3-point shootout

Warriors star Stephen Curry told ESPN on Friday night that he planned to join brother Seth in the All-Star 3-point shootout in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. – NBA

Why young NHL players love the All-Star experience

Though some veterans may be tired of the routine, it’s a big deal to newbies. Plus, Jersey Fouls, the Week in Gritty and more! – NHL

Barnwell: The art and agony of the Super Bowl prop bet

Thinking about placing a tidy sum on a sure-thing Super Bowl prop bet? Allow us to save your big game viewing experience: Don’t do it. – NFL

Harden gets key defensive stop, streak rolls on

James Harden forced the Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard into taking a tough 3-point attempt late in Friday’s 121-119 win. Harden scored 35 to continue his record streak. – TOP

LeBron, Giannis lead ASG starters, to be captains

LeBron James was the leading vote-getter for the Feb. 17 NBA All-Star Game and will serve as a team captain along with Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. – NBA

NHL Power Rankings: Top All-Star moments for all 31 teams

Can anyone top the Lightning? Not yet! Plus, a look back at the shining All-Star Weekend moment for every franchise. – NHL

Everything you need to know for NBA All-Star 2019

Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James were named captains as starters were announced for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte. – TOP

Inside the Browns’ front office, where hope and history collide

The Browns have a new coach and a franchise QB. But under owner Jimmy Haslam, they have been repeatedly sabotaged by infighting and ineptitude. So what will win out: hope or history? – NFL

The imperfect joys of the Carolina Hurricanes

The post-win celebrations have gone viral, but some of the club’s perennial problems persist. Here’s how the Canes take the next steps to contention. – NHL

‘That’s all coach Wade’: Rams D hitting its stride in time for Super Bowl

They paid big for free agents, trades and contract extensions and it looked uncertain. But in the playoffs, L.A.’s defense has been worth every penny. – NFL

Torrid Harden lights up MSG with career-best 61

James Harden scored a career-high 61 points, tying Kobe Bryant’s mark for a visiting opponent at the current Madison Square Garden, as the Rockets edged the Knicks 114-110 on Wednesday night. – NBA

Sources: Pacers fear Oladipo lost for season

A preliminary exam has left the Pacers fearful that Victor Oladipo suffered a season-ending right-knee injury Wednesday night, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Oladipo will undergo an MRI on Thursday. – TOP