Checking in with Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour

The Carolina coach dishes on coaching millennials, his influences, the team wearing Hartford Whalers jerseys and more. – NHL

Week 5 takeaways: Steelers, Vikings reverse playoff course

The Steelers and Vikings bounced back, the Jets found their identity and the Chiefs’ defense wasn’t all that bad. NFL Nation looks at Week 5. – TOP

NFC East craziness: Up is down and .500 is good enough to lead the way

Even if Washington loses Monday night and falls to .500, it’ll be in first place of an NFC East in which nothing is ever simple, predictable or routine. – NFL

Lowe’s League Pass Rankings: New teams at the top

Which teams will be the most entertaining this season? Zach Lowe ranks the NBA’s top 15 squads to see. – NBA

Cowboys place C Frederick, WR Williams on IR

The earliest possible return to playing for Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick and receiver Terrance Williams will be December after they were placed on injured reserve Saturday. – NFL

Celts’ Smart ejected after tiff with Cavs’ Smith

A scuffle broke out between the Celtics and Cavaliers on Saturday night, leading Boston’s Marcus Smart to shove Cleveland guard JR Smith and say afterward, “Whatever happens happens. JR knows where I’m at.” – NBA

Blues preview: Rankings, predictions, playoff chances, more

After a flurry of offseason moves, the Blues have become a trendy pick to make some noise in 2018-19. – NHL

Khabib submits Conor; postfight brawl ensues

Khabib Nurmagomedov choked out Conor McGregor in the fourth round Saturday night at UFC 229, but the win was soon marred by an ugly brawl at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. – TOP

Week 5 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners and projections for every matchup. Fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 5 here. – NFL

Does Seattle have any chance of landing an NBA team anytime soon?

The Sonics left town 10 years ago. When will an NBA team call Seattle home again? – NBA

His heart still in Ottawa, Karlsson focused on the Cup in San Jose

Erik Karlsson won’t hide his affection for Ottawa. It’s where he met his wife and just bought a new home. But he wants a Cup with the Sharks. – NHL

Chris Sale helps deliver crucial Game 1 win for Red Sox; now it’s David Price’s turn

The lefty ace showed some of his strong summer form to give Boston a 1-0 series lead over New York. Can Price match that with his first win in a postseason start? – TOP

Brady becomes third QB to throw 500 TD passes

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady became the third player in NFL history to throw for 500 touchdown passes when he connected with wide receiver Josh Gordon. – TOP

Brees not focusing on passing yardage record

Drew Brees said Thursday he “never would have dreamed” of being just 201 yards away from setting the NFL record for passing yards. He could set the mark Monday against the Washington Redskins. – NFL

Roundtable: Can the Caps repeat as Stanley Cup champions?

Our panel breaks down the Caps’ chances, the team’s most important player this season, and makes bold predictions for one year from now. – NHL

NHL experts’ predictions: division winners, Stanley Cup, awards

Our picks for each division, Stanley Cup Final matchup, 2019 champion and all of the major awards. – NHL

Judge, Stanton look to be at full power

If their monster home runs in New York’s wild-card win are any indication, the Yankees’ sluggers are fit and ready to do some damage. – TOP

Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 5

Will the Bengals get Joe Mixon back this week? How does Gronk look for Thursday night? NFL Nation reporters update all the key injuries. – NFL

Sources: Heat pushing Wolves for Butler trade

After two weeks of discussions, the Heat are pushing the Timberwolves to accept a revised offer for Jimmy Butler, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. No deal was imminent late Wednesday for the All-Star, who has requested a trade. – NBA

NFL Week 5 Power Rankings: 32 rookies crushing league so far

There’s no need for learning curves for these rookies who are already making their marks. We have stars for all 32 teams. – NFL

Kobe’s ‘no flinch’ GIF debunked with new photo

An iconic image of Kobe Bryant not flinching as Matt Barnes fakes a pass to his face isn’t entirely accurate, according to a new angle. – NBA

Roundtable: Bold predictions, teams most deserving of a Cup and more

We make our bold season predictions, including which teams could surprise, who could be traded and our must-watch teams. – NHL

LeBron creates buzz, thrills fans in home debut

On Tuesday night, LeBron James made his home debut for the Lakers in a preseason game against the Nuggets. The superstar gave fans a glimpse of what’s to come this season with several exciting plays in the first half. – TOP

NHL Power Rankings: Final preseason edition

Wednesday is opening night of the 2018-19 season. Here’s how our panel stacks up all 31 NHL teams, plus a reason for optimism for every fan base. – NHL

Mahomes sparks Chiefs’ rally in Denver

Patrick Mahomes guided the Chiefs to two late TDs, bringing Kansas City back from a 10-point deficit to check “comeback win” off his to-do list. – TOP

How the Chiefs were built to take over the AFC West from the Broncos

From drafting to stop Von Miller to Andy Reid’s offensive evolution, the Chiefs appear to have wrested control away from the Broncos. – NFL

Lowe’s League Pass Rankings: NBA’s most watchable teams

Zach Lowe breaks out his comprehensive guide to the most watchable (and least watchable) NBA teams, ranked from 30 to 16. – NBA

LeBron creates first highlights as Laker in debut

LeBron James’ first game with his third franchise opened up with a pair of highlight-worthy plays in the Los Angeles Lakers’ preseason debut against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. – NBA

Caps’ Wilson offered in-person hearing after hit

The Capitals’ Tom Wilson was ejected from Sunday’s preseason game after an illegal check to the head left Oskar Sundqvist motionless on the ice. – NHL

Bears establish themselves as contenders and other Week 4 takeaways

NFL Nation breaks down all of Sunday’s action, including the Bears cooking up 48 points against the Bucs and the Cowboys’ last-second win. – TOP

Let’s overreact to Week 4 in the NFL: Is the Bears’ offense for real?

Are Mitchell Trubisky & Co. ready to carry the load in Chicago? Should Earl Thomas be peeved? We take on the big questions of Week 4. – NFL

Thibodeau and Minnesota’s erosion of promise

One would think Minnesota’s first postseason appearance in 14 years would be a cause for exciting optimism. Unfortunately for Tom Thibodeau, that’s not the case. – NBA

Former Maple Leafs forward Terrion dies at 58

Former NHL forward Greg Terrion, who played six of his eight seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, has died at 58. – NHL

Ohio State, Clemson and two clutch, season-defining drives

The Buckeyes and Tigers still have playoff hopes, but Week 5 also showed how much has changed since the season began. – TOP

Week 4 score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners and projections for every matchup. Fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 4 here. – NFL

Baker Mayfield prepares to plant a new flag in his first NFL start

Mayfield “walked it like he talked it” when he stuck the OU flag on the Ohio State logo. It’s that brashness the Browns like in their rookie QB. – NFL

Will LeBron be able to accept less success in L.A.?

After eight straight trips to the NBA Finals, LeBron might have to deal with more losing as a Laker. – NBA

Rams QB Goff has career passing night vs. Vikes

Rams QB Jared Goff set career highs with 465 passing yards and five passing TDs in an explosive performance in Thursday night’s win over the Vikings. – NFL

JaVale McGee is the greatest dad on earth

The Lakers are poised to be an NBA high-wire act. So what better place to prep their new big man, JaVale McGee, and his baby girl than at circus school? – NBA

2018-19 NHL season preview: Predictions, rankings and more

Get ready for the upcoming hockey season with team-by-team previews, bold predictions, position rankings, prospect reports and fantasy nuggets. – NHL

Follow live: USA looks to take an early Ryder Cup lead in the four-ball session

Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed highlight the early-morning pairings at Le Golf National. – TOP

Inside the unique bond between Puerto Rico and native son J.J. Barea

The Mavs’ spark plug reserve guard is a larger-than-life celebrity in his home, which continues to recover after Hurricane Maria devastated the island one year ago. – NBA

Ranking all 31 NHL teams by their goalie tandems

Which team has the best netminders in the league? We rank them from 1 (Predators) to 31 (Hurricanes). – NHL

Marquez keeps Rockies riding high

With a dominant win over the Phillies, German Marquez helped push Colorado past the Dodgers and into first place in the NL West. – TOP

Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 4

Will the Jags have Leonard Fournette back in Week 4? What’s the latest on Devonta Freeman? NFL Nation reporters update all the key injuries. – NFL

Sharks top rankings of all 31 NHL teams’ defense groups

The Erik Karlsson trade caused a seismic shift in the defensive landscape in the NHL. Where do all 31 teams rank? – NHL

Walton sets tone as LeBron, Lakers hit the court

LeBron James had “a great first practice” under coach Luke Walton and the Lakers, using the session to focus entirely on the defensive side of the ball. – TOP

Who should start Week 4 for Bucs: Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick?

Coach Dirk Koetter is keeping the quarterback situation a mystery for now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell us who you would pick in our poll. – NFL

Kerr: 2018-19 Warriors not like 1997-98 Bulls

When asked whether his team is entering a “last dance” like the 1997-98 Bulls, Warriors coach Steve Kerr laughed and said his team will “enjoy what we have this year.” – NBA

FitzMagic runs out, but QB still throws for 411

Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, whose “FitzMagic” was the talk of the NFL the first two weeks, struggled early with three first-half interceptions Monday night but still managed to engineer a late rally that came up just short in a 30-27 loss to Pittsburgh. – NFL

It’s media day! Let’s jump around the league

Media day is finally here! We’ve got you covered across the league with the latest news, buzz and reaction. – NBA

Roethlisberger, Steelers put drama to bed with win in Tampa

Instead of panicking over a winless start through two games, Pittsburgh quelled the concerns by earning its first win of the 2018 season. – TOP

Week 3 takeaways: Panic time for Cowboys, Raiders?

Dallas couldn’t convert third downs and Oakland disappeared after the half. Time to worry about the Cowboys and Raiders? NFL Nation looks at Week 3. – NFL

Davis inks with LeBron agent, to meet with Pels

Five-time All-Star Anthony Davis has signed with Klutch Sports, which represents LeBron James. Davis has two years and $ 52 million left on his contract with the Pelicans. – NBA

Hamilton coach ‘in good spirits’ after collapsing

The Hamilton Bulldogs say head coach Dave Matsos is “resting comfortably” at a hospital a day after collapsing on the team bench during a game. – NHL

It’s official: After ups and downs, Tiger is back

Five years removed from his last win, Woods summoned his greatness one more time Sunday at the Tour Championship. – TOP

Barnwell: Ranking NFL’s 0-2 teams from eliminated to (barely) alive

These seven winless teams are playoff long shots, but it can be done. Let’s sort in order of their chances of returning to respectability. – NFL

Sources: KAT, Wolves agree to super-max deal

All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns has agreed to a 5-year, $ 190 million super-max extension with the Timberwolves, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. – NBA

Inside Ilya Kovalchuk’s decision to return to the NHL

The winger checks in on why he chose the Kings, living in Beverly Hills, Alex Ovechkin’s wild summer, what’s changed in the U.S. since 2013 and more. – NHL

ODU’s miracle, Stanford’s stunner and the best (and worst) of Week 4

Old Dominion’s backup QB, who grew up a Virginia Tech fan, leads stunner over the No. 13 Hokies. – TOP

Week 3 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners for every matchup. Fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. And everything you need to catch up on Week 3. It’s all here. – NFL

Lowe: Every realistic trade scenario for Jimmy Butler

What deals — and which teams — would make the most sense if Minnesota decides to grant Jimmy Butler’s wish to be traded? – NBA

Weekly Reader: Fortnite and the NHL player

Fortnite has taken hold of the NHL’s younger players, but is it a good or bad distraction? Plus, the Senators have hit rock bottom. – NHL

Which teams most need to rally in Week 4?

Wisconsin has to bounce back from its devastating loss to BYU if it has any hope of winning its division, and the Badgers aren’t alone. – TOP

NBArank top 10: Predicting the absolute best players this season

Giannis or KD? Steph or LeBron? Here’s our forecast for the 10 best players in the NBA this season. – NBA

Coconut on ice: The NHL’s strange love affair

It’s now the go-to form of hydration for athletes at the highest level. Here’s how that happened — and how widespread coconut water fever has become. – NHL

Darnold takes blame for ‘stupid mistakes’ in loss

Outplayed by fellow rookie Baker Mayfield in the second half Thursday night, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold took the blame for the offense’s woes in a 21-17 loss to the Browns. – NFL

Mayfield carries Browns to first win since 2016

Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield brought the Cleveland Browns back from a 14-0 deficit to prevail 21-17, snapping a 19-game winless streak dating back to Dec. 24, 2016 — a span of 635 days. – TOP

NBArank: Predicting Tatum, Mitchell and more top-30 players

Our annual forecast of the best players in the NBA continues at No. 30, with a group of future and current All-Stars. – NBA

Luongo: Domi’s punch on Ekblad ‘gutless’

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo said Max Domi’s sucker punch on Aaron Ekblad was “gutless.” – NHL

Sources: Butler most interested in Clippers

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler is most interested in pursuing a future with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN. – TOP

Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 3

Bills RB LeSean McCoy is iffy for Week 3 with a rib issue. Who else is of concern? NFL Nation reporters offer insight on all the key injuries. – NFL

Week 2 lessons: Will the Josh Gordon lottery ticket pay off?

The concept of Gordon rediscovering his dominant form is thrilling, but his history says it would be foolish to expect it. Plus: Where’s Dez? – NFL

NBArank: Wall, Booker, DeRozan and more top-50 players

Our annual countdown forecasting the best players in the NBA continues at No. 50. – NBA

Wysh list: Plant-my-flag draft picks for this fantasy season

Greg Wyshynski spills the beans on which players he’s targeting in his fantasy hockey drafts ahead of the 2018-19 NHL season. – NHL

Rating real or not: Biggest surprises for all 32 NFL teams

Antonio Brown’s modest start. An unstoppable Patrick Mahomes. NFL Nation picks out what’s real and what’s a mirage from the first two weeks. – TOP

Ranking every NHL team’s prospect pipeline

The Sabres top the pipeline rankings with Rasmus Dahlin and Casey Mittelstadt. Where do the other 30 teams rank? – NHL

Barnwell: Scoring is up. Bortles bested Brady. Why 2018 is so fun

Blake Bortles is good. Patrick Mahomes is better. And a player retired at halftime. The NFL has been wildly entertaining through two weeks. – TOP

Playcalling and constant pressure on Russell Wilson put Seattle in 0-2 hole

Russell Wilson was sacked six times against the Bears and didn’t try to run the ball. The Seahawks are now in a 0-2 hole with few answers on offense. – NFL

Ranking the best players in the NBA this season, from 100-51

Our annual countdown forecasting the best players in the NBA starts at No. 100. See which stars made the cut. – NBA

Pipeline report and prospects to watch: Pacific Division

The Pacific is home to some of the best prospect pools in the NHL, including many NHL-ready pieces. – NHL

Week 2 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners for every matchup. Fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. And everything you need to catch up on Week 2. It’s all here. – NFL

Kyle Kuzma’s dream of having a LeBron-like impact on Flint

In his struggling hometown of Flint, Michigan, Kyle Kuzma hopes he can drive the kind of lasting change that LeBron James has led in Akron, Ohio. – NBA

Canelo takes razor-thin decision over Golovkin

It went the distance again, but this time Canelo Alvarez came out on top, defeating Gennady Golovkin in a very close majority decision Saturday night to take the unified middleweight world championship. – TOP

Evaluating fantasy impact of the Erik Karlsson trade

Erik Karlsson joins a loaded Sharks team. So what does it mean in fantasy? Sean Allen looks at the fallout. – NHL

Matthew Berry’s 50 facts for Week 2

As usual, plenty of correct statements to help you set your Week 2 lineups, as well as the story of a fantasy player in a battle for his life. – NFL

The best and worst of LeBron James’ signature sneakers

Before the LeBron 16 drops next week, we look back at King James’ signature line, ranking all 15 previous models. – NBA

Which top-15 team playing away from home has the most to lose?

The road doesn’t tend to be particularly friendly to playoff contenders. Of the 16 previous CFP semifinalists, six lost road games along the way. Here are the five top-15 teams in that danger zone this week. – TOP

Sources: Seahawks sign ex-Browns LB Kendricks

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, released by the Cleveland Browns following charges of insider trading, is signing a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. – NFL

Celts’ Hayward says he’s ‘basically 100 percent’

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, 11 months removed from a gruesome ankle injury, said Thursday that he’s essentially at full health and has been playing 5-on-5 games with teammates in advance of training camp later this month. – NBA

Trade Grades: Sharks earn A- for Erik Karlsson heist

An all-world defenseman changes teams, with a somewhat underwhelming package heading the other way. We grade both GMs. – NHL

Unbeaten Bengals still searching for true identity

Andy Dalton and the Bengals jumped out to an early 21-0 lead, but the offense had its share of struggles in a 34-23 victory over the Ravens. – TOP

Lowe: Welcome to the NBA’s hall of absolute absurdities

The NBA is the most absurd major U.S. sports league. Let’s celebrate it. – NBA

Pipeline report and prospects to watch: Central Division

Chris Peters evaluates the Central’s farm systems and picks each team’s NHL-impact prospect for this season. – NHL

WNBA title proves to be Stewart’s destiny

For Breanna Stewart, it wasn’t a matter of if she’d win a WNBA title. The when was answered Wednesday as Stewart led the Storm to a Finals sweep. – TOP

Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 2

All eyes are on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers after his Week 1 knee injury. Who else bears watching? NFL Nation offers insight on all the key injuries. – NFL

15 years of amazing catches and class as told by Larry Fitzgerald’s 18 QBs

The men who have thrown passes to the Cardinals’ future Hall of Famer offer an insider’s view of his exploits on the field and character off it. – NFL

Booker has hand surgery, faces 6-week recovery

Phoenix guard Devin Booker has undergone surgery to repair an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint of his right hand, and the Suns say the expected recovery time is approximately six weeks. – NBA

Brock Boeser overcomes personal, family hardships to star for Canucks

The 21-year-old and his family have overcome a lot just to get here, as he looks to improve upon a breakout rookie season. – NHL

Real or not? Red Sox clinch but still seek answers for October

The first team to clinch a playoff spot nevertheless has a few questions to answer, such as how soon ace Chris Sale will be fully up to speed. – TOP

Remade Rams defense starts slow, then slams the door

The Rams’ new-look, big-name defense looked out of sync in the first half, but two fourth-quarter interceptions put the game away. – NFL

Trade Grades: Canadiens earn B+ for Max Pacioretty deal

The Habs dealt their captain to the desert in a deal that will have long-term implications for both clubs. Who came out ahead? – NHL

Matt Patricia’s Lions coaching debut as bad as it gets

The wheels came off in the second half for the Lions, who were outplayed and embarrassed in historic fashion by the Jets. – TOP

Rodgers returns from injury, drives big Pack rally

Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the second half after rebounding from a knee injury in the first half, and the Packers overcame a 20-point deficit for a thrilling 24-23 win over the Bears on Sunday night. – NFL

Sources: Suns’ Booker to undergo hand surgery

Suns star Devin Booker will have minor hand surgery on Monday in Los Angeles, a source confirmed. A timetable for his recovery has not been determined. – NBA

Week 1 takeaways for every team: Rough starts for Saints, Cowboys

The Bucs shocked the Saints. The Cowboys managed just eight points. The Steelers had six turnovers. NFL Nation dives into the first week of games. – TOP

Bergeron, Chara among Bruins to skip China trip

Patrice Bergeron and a handful of other Bruins players won’t be going to China for a pair of preseason games later this month against the Flames. – NHL

Who got better, who got worse and who made history in Week 2

Kansas won a road game for the first time since 2009. Kentucky snapped a 31-game losing streak to Florida. Alabama and Georgia kept rolling, and Arizona’s Khalil Tate and UNC kept falling. – TOP

Todd Gurley knows your fantasy football joys and pains

The Rams running back knows how valuable and popular he is to fantasy football players, and he’s paying back the loyalty. – NFL

Welcome to Springfield: The candidates we’d put in the Hall

The Basketball Hall of Fame is already one of sports’ most inclusive, but there are plenty of worthy candidates who’ve been left waiting. – NBA

Matthew Berry’s 50 facts for Week 1

Nothing but the facts to get you ready to set your lineup for Week 1, as well as bold predictions for each of the 32 NFL teams this season. – NFL

Looking ahead at the next three Basketball Hall of Fame classes

All eyes are already on 2020, when a star-studded group featuring Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett could become part of one of the best Hall classes ever. – NBA

Fantasy hockey position preview: Goalie

Every good fantasy hockey team has a sturdy goaltender to lean on. Here’s how you should draft the position this season. – NHL

No one deserves a shot at the US Open title more than del Potro

After years of setbacks, Juan Martin del Potro is one win away from another Grand Slam title and sweet redemption. – TOP

Forgive the Eagles’ ugliness — Nick Foles just keeps winning

No, Foles isn’t as talented as Carson Wentz. But he is 6-1 as a starter since Wentz was injured, and the streaky quarterback deserves to play. – TOP

Trick play ‘Philly Philly’ sparks Eagles in win

With the Eagles’ offense struggling, coach Doug Pederson called for a trick known as “Philly Philly” Thursday. Nelson Agholor completed a pass to Nick Foles to spark a drive that culminated in a touchdown. – NFL

Mo Cheeks, the Thunder’s Westbrook whisperer

The OKC assistant and new Hall of Famer might be the only person in the NBA who can journey into the eye of a Russell Westbrook storm, and calm it. – NBA

Fantasy hockey position preview: Defense

There are only a few high-end fantasy defensemen this season. So how should you approach the blue line in your drafts? – NHL

Nash: ‘I probably should have shot the ball 20 times a game’

One of history’s best passers also possessed an elite jumper. So, what if Hall of Famer and two-time MVP Steve Nash had flipped his pass-first, shoot-last mindset? – NBA

Fantasy hockey position preview: Wing

Wingers can be tricky to rank, but you’ll want to draft a few quality players at the position to tack on goals, points and shots to your roster. – NHL

Let’s get all 32 teams to the Super Bowl: Barnwell shows the path

Every NFL team has a chance to win the title, but some of those chances are 0.1 percent or less. Here’s what each team needs to happen to win it all. – TOP

Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 1

Will Eric Berry be ready to play against the Chargers in the season opener? What about Joey Bosa? NFL Nation offers insight on all the key injuries. – NFL

Trump: Nike sends ‘terrible message’ with Kap ad

President Donald Trump said Colin Kaepernick’s inclusion in Nike’s latest “Just Do It” ad campaign is a “terrible message,” while the NFL said issues raised by Kaepernick deserve “attention and action.” – NFL

Doc: Hate seeing rift in 2008 Celtics title team

Doc Rivers, who coached the Celtics to the 2008 NBA crown, said it “really hurts” him to witness the icy relationships among his former players, especially ahead of Ray Allen’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction. – NBA

Who’s under the most pressure for all 31 NHL teams?

We identify the figure — whether it be player, GM, coach or group of players — under the most pressure for each team in the league. – NHL

Nadal outlasts Thiem in US Open marathon

Defending champion Rafael Nadal shockingly was shut out in the first set of his US Open quarterfinal before coming back to beat No. 9 seed Dominic Thiem. – TOP

NFL Week 1 no-shows: Suspended players for opener (and beyond)

Big names, including one starting QB in Jameis Winston, will sit Week 1 due to suspensions. Here’s who is out and what that means to their teams. – NFL

New Hall of Famer Jason Kidd was ‘the first LeBron’

Jason Kidd was a high school sensation in the Bay Area, where tear-stained battles with Gary Payton helped turn him into a future Hall of Famer. – NBA

Brodeur taking position on Devils’ business side

Martin Brodeur is returning to the New Jersey Devils as the team’s executive vice president of business development. – NHL

Health? Desire? Nah, but the heat was a major problem for Roger Federer

After a brilliant performance in the third round, Roger Federer could do no right against No. 55 John Millman. So what went wrong? – TOP

As LSU heats up, Coach O’s seat cools down … for now

The Tigers still have a treacherous SEC slate ahead of them, but Ed Orgeron got a desperately needed signature win in dominant fashion over Miami. – TOP

Tracking NFL roster cuts: Who’s in, who’s out for all 32 teams

NFL teams had to cut their rosters to 53 players by Saturday. Here’s a look at what they did to get there. – NFL

Rockets deal Anderson to Suns for Chriss, Knight

The Rockets on Friday sent Ryan Anderson and De’Anthony Melton to the Suns in exchange for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight. – NBA

Knights D-man Schmidt suspended 20 games

Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt has been suspended the first 20 games of the season for violating the PED policy. – NHL

Biggest surprises and takeaways from NFL cut-down day

It’s a wild day as NFL teams trim their rosters to 53. What to make of all the moves? What’s next? Here’s what you can take away from the chaos. – NFL

Sources: Lakers benefit from Deng $7.5M buyout

Luol Deng agreed to a significant give-back of $ 7.5 million in his contract buyout with the Lakers, clearing $ 38 million in salary cap space for 2019 free agency, league sources told ESPN. – NBA

Hanifin joins Flames on 6-year, $29.7M deal

Noah Hanifin, who had 10 goals and 79 games for the Hurricanes last season, signed a six-year, $ 29.7 million contract with the Flames on Thursday. – NHL

Who should be panicking, celebrating after Week 1

What have we learned so far from college football’s opening week? See which teams you should sell, buy or wait on before passing judgment. – TOP

Weekly Reader: Seguin, Panarin, Hall and contractual panic

Two of the three stars are in contract seasons, while the other’s deal is up in 2020. Plus, Jersey Foul of the Week, the KHL’s big mistake and more. – NHL

The gloriously petty history of Michigan-Notre Dame

From a sweater-wearing, Michigan-taunting dog in 1909 to the 2013 “Chicken Dance,” the Wolverines-Irish battles are often as fun off the field as on it. – TOP

Rams’ Donald relieved to end ‘stressful’ dispute

Aaron Donald called his contract dispute with the Rams “a stressful time” and expressed relief after signing a six-year extension. The deal is worth $ 135 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the richest defensive deal in NFL history. – NFL

It’s gotta (not) be the shoes: The kicks banned by the NBA

The NBA is relaxing its sneaker rules, but that change wasn’t in time for these players, who were warned — and in some cases fined — for their shoes. – NBA

Sources: Anthem resolution unlikely by Week 1

Although the two sides have had “productive” talks, the NFL and NFLPA are not expected to reach a resolution on a national anthem policy by Week 1 of the regular season, sources told ESPN’s Dan Graziano. – NFL

The day Uncle Drew found out Kyrie Irving was traded

One year ago, in between playing one-on-one with his “Uncle Drew” body double and filming an epic dance scene in Atlanta, Kyrie Irving’s basketball future hung in the balance. – NBA

Point total predictions for all 31 NHL teams

How many teams will top 100 points? Will the Rangers really finish in the 70s? We weigh in on every team’s projected number. – NHL

The only 14 teams that can win the College Football Playoff

ESPN Analytics has identified 19 teams that have at least a 1 percent chance to make the College Football Playoff this season, and of those, only 14 have a chance to win it. – TOP

NBA BPI projections: New playoff favorites and title chances

How does LeBron’s move to L.A. change the playoff race and lottery picture? We unveil our first look at the 2018-19 Basketball Power Index. – NBA

Potential fantasy hockey breakout players

Who is ready to make the next step? Sean Allen identifies a handful of NHL players who are poised to break out in 2018-19. – NHL

Sources: Eagles eye Jeffery return in Week 3

Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery likely will miss the first two games of the season, but the team will activate him Saturday in hopes he plays in Week 3. – NFL

Final 53-man roster projections for all 32 NFL teams

Will the New York Jets keep Teddy Bridgewater? What about the Ravens and Robert Griffin III? NFL Nation reporters project rosters for all 32 teams. – TOP

Cancer, a torn ACL, a torn Achilles. Can Eric Berry come back one more time?

Three-time All Pro Eric Berry is making the third comeback of his eight-year NFL career, but an Achilles injury is “a walk in the park” comparatively. – NFL

‘Man, I’m gonna get fined.’ Trolling with Enes Kanter

The outspoken Knick shares his thoughts on his LeBron beef, the Warriors, why he loves to talk trash and why he’s not backing down from his stance on the Turkish government. – NBA

$10,000 well spent: The quirks of outfitting an NHL goalie

We check in with a handful of netminders on their likes and dislikes, as well as how the NHL’s new rules will impact their setups. – NHL