Trade grades: Bruins solve two problems in fleecing Ducks for Ondrej Kase

The Bruins land the two-way winger from Anaheim while unloading David Backes’ contract. We grade both GMs on the swap. – NHL

Endgame lineup: CP3 is leading a Thunder closing group that is the league’s best

In what could be a quarterfinals matchup, the Thunder dominated behind their late lineup, while the Nuggets need to reestablish theirs. – NBA

What’s going on with the NFL CBA vote? Everything you need to know

The NFLPA has put off a vote for a new collective bargaining agreement after the team owners approved the proposal. What happens now? – NFL

Sources: Lakers waiving Cousins; eye Morris

The Los Angeles Lakers intend to waive DeMarcus Cousins, who hasn’t played this season because of injury, to clear a roster spot for Markieff Morris if he clears waivers Sunday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne. – TOP

Inside the Miracle on Ice: How Team USA defied the numbers 40 years ago

Team USA was outpossessed, outshot and overmatched. So how did Herb Brooks’ team pull off the miracle 40 years ago? We go inside the numbers and strategy of the upset. – NHL

NBA predictions: MVP, Finals matchups and best rookie

We polled the ESPN NBA Forecast panel of experts for their predictions now that we are two-thirds of the way through the season. – NBA

Barnwell forecasts AFC South offseason moves: How the Titans could use their tags

Tennessee is in a bind with a few big-name free agents, but it has a CBA quirk on its side. Let’s predict what’s in store for the AFC South. – NFL

Tyrell Fortune: Living to fight another day after they pronounced me dead

Undefeated Bellator heavyweight Tyrell Fortune recalls the weight cut that nearly took his life and left him with a new outlook. – TOP

How the Seattle NHL franchise is bringing hockey to everyone

Every new NHL city sees a spike in youth participation. The Seattle franchise wants previously underserved communities to experience the sport too. – NHL

Kerr: Curry ‘gaining strength,’ but still no contact

Warriors star Stephen Curry ran around the floor in a red jersey sleeve during Tuesday’s practice, signifying that he wasn’t to be touched as he continues to rehab from a broken left hand. – NBA

Ex-Panthers TE Olsen agrees to join Seahawks

Former Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a deal with the Seahawks, the team announced Tuesday. Terms weren’t released, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the deal is for one year and worth $ 7 million, with $ 5.5 million in guaranteed money. – NFL

Sources: Beilein out, Bickerstaff in as Cavs coach

John Beilein is out as head coach of the Cavaliers, and the team has promoted associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to the full-time position, sources told ESPN. – TOP

Trade grades: Canucks go big with Tyler Toffoli deal

The 27-year-old heads north to aid the Canucks’ playoff quest. We grade both GMs on the terms of the swap. – NHL

Sources: Rockets to sign veterans Green, Carroll

The Rockets are going all-in on small ball and plan to use their two remaining roster spots on forwards DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Green. – NBA

Bring back Brady … right? Barnwell predicts five moves for each AFC East team

The GOAT would leave a huge void in New England if he departs — in multiple ways. Let’s make offseason moves for the AFC East. – NFL

Newman injuries not life-threatening after crash

Ryan Newman is in serious condition following Monday’s Daytona 500 crash, but doctors indicated his injuries are not life-threatening. – TOP

Meet the ‘other’ 99: Vyacheslav Gretsky is the KHL’s newest cult hero

He has the name and he has the number. But Vyacheslav Gretsky is looking for his own way. “I would like to create my own legacy,” the KHL’s No. 99 says. – NHL

Rudolph: Garrett slur claim a ‘bold-faced lie’

Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph calls Myles Garrett’s claim he used a racial slur toward him “1000% false.” – NFL

Grading every player in the skills, 3-point and dunk contests

Derrick Jones Jr., Buddy Hield and Bam Adebayo emerged as winners on All-Star Saturday night. – NBA

When five 50s aren’t enough: The Aaron Gordon dunk contest story

The 2020 slam dunk contest featured an epic dunk battle, but for Gordon, it felt more like 2016. – TOP

The fallout from the Wild’s firing of Bruce Boudreau, and what comes next

Who is Dean Evason? Does this change the trade deadline strategy? What’s next for Boudreau? We pull on all the threads in the aftermath. – NHL

Breaker of rims: Zion damages hoop with dunk

Zion Williamson’s two-handed jam caused the rim to bend in Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge game, forcing United Center employees to readjust the basket at halftime. – NBA

Can the Cowboys really not keep Dak? Barnwell predicts five moves for NFC East teams

How can the Cowboys retain Dak, Amari and their other free agents? Well, it’s not that easy. Let’s make offseason moves for the NFC East. – NFL

Grading Zion, Luka, Trae and every player in the Rising Stars

Leads were not safe in the Rising Stars Challenge, and neither were rims. Here are Friday night’s grades. – TOP

Walker: Tatum ‘best player on the court’ vs. Clips

Against one of the league’s best teams, Jayson Tatum was “the best player on the court” Thursday night, according to Celtics teammate Kemba Walker. – NBA

The Wysh List: The NHL Olympics debate is a sham

It’s getting more difficult to side with the NHL when it comes to Olympic participation. Plus, Jersey Fouls, winners and losers of the week and more. – NHL

OTL: Garrett again accuses Rudolph of using slur

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, in an interview with Outside The Lines, again alleged that Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph directed a racial slur at him just prior to the November brawl that led to 33 players being disciplined. – NFL

J.T. Miller, a grizzled vet? How he has brought wisdom to the young Canucks

The Canucks traded a first-round pick to land Miller last summer. What they got was a breakout season and a leader for a young Vancouver team. – NHL

Raptors ‘zombie’-like as win streak ends at 15

The Nets had an answer for every Raptors rally Wednesday night and ended Toronto’s 15-game winning streak in a 101-91 victory that had guard Kyle Lowry comparing his team’s effort to that of “walking zombies.” – NBA

Get me outta here! 32 NFL players who need a change of scenery

Sometimes you just need to go somewhere new. For high-priced QBs such as Derek Carr, Cam Newton and Nick Foles, playing for a new team in 2020 could make a lot of sense. – NFL

LeBron: Lakers not focusing on being No. 1 seed

The Lakers’ win Wednesday gave them a four-game lead over the Nuggets for the West’s No. 1 spot. – TOP

Ranking the coolest NHL goals ever: Our top 10 — and what creative move might be next

Was Andrei Svechnikov’s lacrosse move the most fun NHL goal ever scored? We ranked our top 10 and then guessed what creative move might come next. – NHL

‘Pretty scary’: Harden, Russ combine for 78

James Harden scored 42 points and Russell Westbrook added 36 in the Rockets’ 116-105 win over the Celtics on Tuesday. – NBA

Tepper: Cam’s Panthers’ future depends on health

While quarterback Cam Newton has said he “absolutely” will return to the Carolina Panthers in 2020, owner David Tepper made it clear again Tuesday that the team won’t decide on Newton’s future before knowing that he has recovered from foot surgery. – NFL

What we know and don’t know about the Sixers entering the second half

Philly enters the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak but still trails Miami by two games. – TOP

Trade grade: Penguins add Zucker, earn an A-minus

Pittsburgh gears up for a playoff run, adding veteran forward Jason Zucker. Minnesota looks to the future with its return package. How did each side do? – NHL

Emotional night in Bay Area as Iguodala returns

Now a member of the Miami Heat, former Golden State guard Andre Iguodala was given an emotional, standing ovation before the start of his return game vs. the Warriors on Monday night. – NBA

Barnwell sets off NFL offseason dominoes: 8 star players, 144 moves

Tom Brady to the Chargers. Jadeveon Clowney to the Ravens. Here’s how one signing or trade could send aftershocks pulsating through the NFL. – NFL

One thing to watch for all 30 teams as spring training begins

As players start reporting to spring training this week, the fans of every team have something or somebody to focus on. – TOP

Avalanche’s Kadri exits with injury after fall

Nazem Kadri appeared to twist his left leg as he back-passed the puck after a faceoff, and he left the game in the third period. – NHL

Sources: Collison staying retired despite interest

After considering a midseason return to the NBA with the Lakers or the Clippers, veteran guard Darren Collison has decided to remain retired, league sources told ESPN. – NBA

Former NFL WR Cherry wins Oscar for short film

Matthew A. Cherry, who spent about three seasons in the NFL with several teams, won an Academy Award for his animated short film “Hair Love.” – NFL

Sources: Betts, Price trade to Dodgers completed

The blockbuster trade that will send Mookie Betts and David Price from the Red Sox to the Dodgers has finally been agreed upon, sources told ESPN. – TOP

Is Ovechkin the NHL’s greatest goal scorer ever?

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is just two goals shy of 700 for his career. But is he the best scorer of all time? Our team weighs in. – NHL

Lakers still in awe over LeBron’s Kobe tribute slam

Two days after LeBron James’ double-clutch reverse dunk, a near carbon copy of a move Kobe Bryant made in November 2001, the Lakers were still talking about their star’s amazing basket. – NBA

NFC East makeover: Coaches who will reshape the division in 2020

Fans will need a program to recognize some of the new faces on the sidelines in 2020. Here’s a closer look at the division’s coaching overhaul. – NFL

It’s time for Jon Jones to move up to heavyweight

There’s nothing left for Jones to prove as a UFC light heavyweight, but the heavyweight division offers a world of new possibilities. – TOP

NHL experts propose six trades ahead of the deadline

With a couple of weeks to go before the trade deadline, our panelists identify some logical destinations for players rumored to be on the move. – NHL

NTSB: Kobe copter was 100 feet from clear skies

The pilot of the helicopter that crashed near Los Angeles, killing Lakers star Kobe Bryant and eight others, rose to 2,300 feet, just 100 feet from what camera footage later reviewed by the NTSB showed was the top of the clouds, federal authorities said. – NBA

Landry Jones is the face of the XFL. Does he want to be?

Landry Jones went from Pittsburgh Steelers backup to Fort Worth construction worker. Now, in his third act as a founding star of the XFL, he’s giving football one last try. – NFL

Dame furious after missed call: ‘Cost us a game’

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers were livid Friday night after a missed goaltending violation at the end of their game at the Utah Jazz denied the Blazers a shot at tying the score. – TOP

NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus the best nickname on every team

From “French Toast” to “Stinky” to “Ghost Bear” and more, here are our top picks. Plus, our latest 1-31 rundown of every NHL club. – NHL

Bold offseason predictions for all 32 NFL teams: Gurley trade, QBs on move

A new home for Todd Gurley? How badly do you want Tua Tagovailoa? Who will be the QB when the Raiders open in Las Vegas? NFL Nation reporters make their bold predictions for the 2020 offseason. – NFL

How the Lakers-Clippers rivalry spilled into the trade deadline

The race to acquire Marcus Morris Sr. was another major event in this growing crosstown stare-down. – TOP

The cases for, against every top NHL MVP candidate

It might look like a two-player race between Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon. But there are seven others with compelling Hart Trophy arguments. – NHL

Sources: Kings ship Dedmon to new-look Hawks

The Kings agreed to deal Dewayne Dedmon to the Hawks for Jabari Parker and Alex Len, sources told ESPN, in a swap that also includes two draft picks landing in Atlanta. – NBA

Offseason predictions for all 32 NFL teams: Gurley trade, QBs on move

A new home for Todd Gurley? How badly do you want Tua Tagovailoa? Who will be the QB when the Raiders open in Las Vegas? NFL Nation reporters make their bold predictions for the 2020 offseason. – NFL

Spicy NHL storylines to watch for the rest of the season

From the Capitals’ goalie situation, to the Battle of Alberta, to a wild MVP race, and oh yeah, the trade deadline. Here’s what we’re watching. – NHL

Chiefs’ Nnadi pays adoption fees for dog shelter

Chiefs defensive lineman Derrick Nnadi will pay the adoption fee for 91 dogs at a Kansas City area shelter. – NFL

Lowe: NBA trade talk and what might happen before the deadline

Big decisions for contenders are looming as we approach the NBA trade deadline. – NBA

Mahomes goes to Disney: ‘Spoke it into existence’

Patrick Mahomes fulfilled a high school dream when he was able to say, “I’m going to Disney World,” after winning Super Bowl MVP. In an interview with ESPN on Monday at the theme park, he called the full-circle moment “amazing.” – TOP

Wings lose rookie Zadina to lower-body injury

Red Wings rookie Filip Zadina will miss between two and three weeks with a lower-body injury. – NHL

Sources: Rockets shopping Capela to East teams

The Rockets are in active talks on several potential trades involving center Clint Capela, including with a host of East teams, league sources said. – NBA

Mahomes wins MVP: ‘Guys kept believing in me’

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named MVP of Super Bowl LIV after leading the Chiefs on three touchdown drives in the fourth quarter en route to a comeback win over the 49ers. – TOP

Ovechkin passes Messier with 695 career goals

Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in the Capitals’ 5-3 win at Ottawa on Friday night to pass Mark Messier for No. 8 on the list with 695 career goals. – NHL

Lillard adds to historic run with 51-point night

Said Carmelo Anthony of his teammate: “What he’s doing, we haven’t seen that in a long time.” – NBA

Ranking Chiefs and 49ers players from 1-53: Which team has the better roster?

Here’s what insiders told us this past week. – NFL

The Wysh List: Stanley Cup contender tiers and long-shot dreams

We rank all 31 teams by their chances this season — or lack thereof. Plus, Jersey Fouls, winners and losers this week, and more. – NHL

James caps Kobe ‘celebration’ with stirring speech

LeBron James’ speech capped a moving tribute to Kobe Bryant at Staples Center on Friday night. – NBA

Super Bowl LIV cheat sheet: 49ers-Chiefs picks, bold predictions, key matchups, more

What to watch for. Breaking down the matchup. Betting advice. Stats to know. Expert predictions. It’s all here for Super Bowl LIV. – NFL

The quiet moments from an emotional night for the Lakers and Los Angeles

The Lakers’ first game after Kobe Bryant’s death was full of consoling and catharsis. – TOP

NHL trade deadline preview: Possible moves, what to watch for all 31 teams

The NHL trade season is underway. Get caught up on the assets, restrictions and potential moves for every team ahead of the Feb. 24 deadline. – NHL

Grading our 32 NFL preseason bold predictions: Hits, misses and regrets

Lamar to set records? Lions to the playoffs? Kamara to catch 100? We assess whether we were right on, way off or somewhere in between. – NFL

The best 49ers-Chiefs preview you’ll read: Barnwell makes his pick

Two stellar teams led by offensive geniuses with stars on both sides of the ball. Super Bowl LIV is a coin flip — on paper. – TOP

What the NHL can learn from the KHL’s support of women’s hockey

The WHL is supported financially and promoted by the KHL, a system similar to what North American women want from the NHL. – NHL

Kawhi uncertain on future helicopter commutes

Kawhi Leonard has a Los Angeles residence but has stayed at his San Diego home when he can, using the same helicopter and pilot as Kobe Bryant for his commute. He said he hasn’t been able to think about whether Bryant’s crash has given him pause. – NBA

Chiefs, 49ers fill the need for speed in Super Bowl LIV

The Chiefs’ wide receivers — nicknamed the Legion of Zoom — and the 49ers’ speedy running backs will give Super Bowl LIV a track meet feel. – NFL

Vanessa Bryant: ‘We are completely devastated’

In her first public comments since the death of her husband, Kobe, and daughter Gianna on Sunday, Vanessa Bryant thanked the millions of fans who have shown support during what she called a “horrific time.” – TOP

Inside the Rangers’ goalie carousel: Is Lundqvist still the No. 1?

Is Henrik Lundqvist still the starter? Will Alexandar Georgiev be traded? How good is Igor Shesterkin? Our team tackles the Rangers’ goalie questions. – NHL

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant: Remembrances and reaction

Find all of ESPN’s coverage on Bryant and the Lakers, as well as reaction around the NBA here. – NBA

Meet the NFL’s class of 2019: 10 players who graduated to stardom

Lamar Jackson, the likely MVP, and Derrick Henry are the NFL’s new stars. – NFL

Shaq, West in tears as Kobe honored in tribute

As part of an emotional pregame show on TNT, Shaquille O’Neal called the death of Kobe Bryant something he “never could have imagined,” and Jerry West called it the “saddest day of my life.” – TOP

The NHL’s best and worst this week: When will Kirill Kaprizov, Ilya Sorokin come to the NHL?

Wild and Islanders fans are waiting on the impact Russian imports. Plus, more fallout from All-Star Weekend, three stars, games of the week and more. – NHL

Kobe Bryant was basketball’s greatest storyteller

Kobe Bryant approached his post-basketball life with the same Mamba Mentality he displayed as a player: an audacious, unyielding will to motivate the next generation. – NBA

Barnwell picks next season’s 49ers: Five teams that have ingredients for a rapid rise

The Lions get back their quarterback and have to improve on defense … right? These five teams could take huge leaps next season. – NFL

Best and worst of the 2020 NHL All-Star Game: Laila Anderson, Green Day, women’s 3-on-3 and more

There were some mighty highs and some disappointing lows at this year’s All-Star Weekend. Get caught up here. – NHL

Pro Bowl becomes tribute to Lakers legend Kobe Bryant

Numerous players took time throughout the Pro Bowl to pay tribute to Bryant, whose death overshadowed the AFC’s 38-33 victory. – NFL

Remembering Kobe Bryant: Relentless, curious and infinitely complicated

The Los Angeles Lakers legend was a man with limitless possibilities. – NBA

Sources: Kobe, daughter die in helicopter crash

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in California, sources confirmed to ESPN. – TOP

NHL experts pick our favorite All-Star moments, suggestions for new events, and bold predictions

Our panel highlights top memories from All-Star Weekends past, suggests new twists for the future, and makes some predictions for this weekend. – NHL

LeBron: ‘Surreal’ to pass Kobe on NBA scoring list

With a running layup midway through the third quarter, Lakers forward LeBron James passed former Lakers guard Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Saturday night during a 108-91 loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia. – NBA

Drew Bledsoe, ‘wine guy’: Inside the former Pat’s life after football

Opening a winery helped ease Drew Bledsoe into retirement. That winery’s unequivocal success, critically and commercially, has helped him put his playing career — and all its unfinished business — in the past. – NFL

Cyborg pummels Budd for historic 4th MMA title

In her Bellator debut, Cris Cyborg finished Julia Budd with a flurry of strikes in Round 3 on Saturday night to become the first fighter to win titles in the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce and Invicta FC. – TOP

How to make the NHL All-Star skills competition even wilder

It’s one of the greatest things the league does each year. But here are 10 ways to make it even better. – NHL

LeBron’s decision, dream pairings and big All-Star starter questions

Which superstar will go No. 1? Who was the most controversial selection? Our NBA experts answer the biggest questions surrounding the 2020 All-Star starters. – NBA

Barnwell: Ranking the 10 most unlikely Super Bowl teams ever

The 49ers came out of nowhere this season, improving by nine wins. Is it the biggest jump by a title contender in NFL history? – NFL

AB turns himself in to police on multiple charges

Antonio Brown turned himself in to Broward County Jail on Thursday night after a warrant had been issued for his arrest stemming from Tuesday’s incident. – TOP

The NHL’s Analytics Awards at midseason

These players likely won’t win any hardware at the end of the season, but their value is undeniable — so we created some awards for them. – NHL

Zion gives Pels ‘a taste’ in debut, drops 17 in 4th

Zion Williamson electrified the crowd with a 17-point explosion in the fourth quarter, but he said it was “very tough” to sit out the final 5:23 of his long-awaited debut Wednesday against the Spurs. – NBA

Five moves that propelled the Chiefs from 2-14 to the Super Bowl

When the Chiefs hired Andy Reid in 2013, it started a series of events that took them from dreadful to their first Super Bowl in 50 years. – NFL

The best moments from Zion Williamson’s first NBA game

A stretch of 17 straight points stole the show, but there was plenty more to see from the No. 1 overall pick. – TOP

KHL player poll: All-Stars on the next city to get a team, misconceptions about the league and more

Who’s the next KHL import to be an NHL star? The toughest competitor faced? We asked, and KHL All-Stars answered. – NHL

How to watch Zion: Best moves, big games and expectations

The No. 1 pick is making his NBA debut at last. Here’s what you need to know. – NBA

AB, trainer allegedly battered driver, police say

Police say Antonio Brown is a suspect but he has not been arrested or charged, and attempts to make contact with him were unsuccessful. – NFL

Late block sparks brawl between Kansas, KSU

The melee started when Silvio De Sousa blocked DaJuan Gordon’s shot and then stood over him. From there, players from both benches ran onto the floor as the game came to an end. – TOP

The Wysh List: Five essential traits of an NHL pest

Matthew Tkachuk is reminding us of legendary pests of the past. Plus, Jersey Fouls, winners and losers of the week and more. – NHL

Bucks GM Horst says team isn’t chasing wins

The Milwaukee Bucks are setting the pace in the NBA with a 36-6 record, but GM Jon Horst says they’re not chasing wins. They want to be NBA champions. – NBA

NFL playoffs conference championship round: Biggest injury questions for all four teams

Get the latest scoop from inside NFL locker rooms on who’s in and who’s out this weekend. – NFL

Mets agree to part ways with manager Beltran

Carlos Beltran, before beginning his first season on the job with the New York Mets, became the third MLB manager to lose his job as a result of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, joining AJ Hinch and Alex Cora. – TOP

Slurpees, smoothies and scoring: Inside Cale Makar’s quick transition to NHL stardom

After an impressive playoff call-up last spring, the defenseman — who models his persona on Jarome Iginla — is on fire in his first full season. – NHL

Kawhi to Clips: ‘Have fun,’ don’t rush title chase

Kawhi Leonard scored 43 points in just under 29 minutes in Tuesday night’s 128-103 rout of the Cavaliers and afterward talked about how the Clippers need to be patient and “have fun” in their pursuit of a championship. – NBA

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly announces retirement at 28

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring at age 28 after eight seasons in the NFL. – NFL

Two managers gone in two days: What losing Alex Cora, AJ Hinch means for baseball

The World Series-winning skippers of 2017 and 2018 are out and, no matter the circumstances, it’s a sad thing for MLB. – TOP

NHL experts buy/sell Lightning winning the Atlantic, Justin Williams’ scoring pace, more

Are the Lightning back to their dominant selves? Might the Red Wings prefer Byfield over Lafreniere? Our panel weighs five hot topics. – NHL

Let’s go on a road trip with the NBA-best Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks won’t have another stretch away from home that lasts more than four games. Here’s how their recent odyssey went down. – NBA

Four big questions for the conference title games: Can Derrick Henry keep this up?

The Titans have won two road playoff games on the back of their star running back. Can they do it again? – NFL

First look at NFL conference championships: Previewing Titans-Chiefs, Packers-49ers

Everything you need to know for both conference championship games, with X factors, what to watch for and more. – TOP

Stars navigating past shocking coach dismissal

Rick Bowness took over under not-so-great circumstances. But he has the team pointed in the right direction and looking like a serious contender. – NHL

Embiid to have surgery, out at least 1-2 weeks

The 76ers say Joel Embiid will have surgery on his left hand and will be reevaluated in one to two weeks. – NBA

Westbrook returns to OKC: ‘Felt like I was home’

Oklahoma City and Russell Westbrook held an emotional reunion in his return Thursday night, with a crowd Westbrook called “the best fans in the world” greeting him with “MVP” cheers. – TOP

Midseason grades for all 31 NHL teams

From the A’s to the F’s (yes, multiple teams have failing grades thus far), we profile how each club has performed against expectations. – NHL

Knicks’ Portis tossed after swipe at KCP’s head

Bobby Portis of the Knicks was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Lakers in the second quarter after forcefully knocking an airborne Kentavious Caldwell-Pope across the head. – NBA

Hiring Joe Judge a bold stroke by Giants, who need to shake things up

Turning to the Patriots assistant who has never been a head coach is a risky move that shows the Giants entered this process with an open mind. – NFL

Lakers’ Davis falls hard on tailbone, leaves game

Anthony Davis left the Lakers’ game vs. the Knicks in the third after landing painfully on his tailbone and back. – TOP

Why the Predators fired Peter Laviolette, and where team and coach go from here

After five-plus seasons behind the bench, Laviolette is out. Who takes over? Will the Preds make any trades? Could the coach land in Seattle? – NHL

NBA Power Rankings: Is OKC a top-10 team?

The Thunder might be playing the best basketball in the Western Conference, just in time for a reunion showdown with Russell Westbrook. – NBA

Sources: Cowboys tab McCarthy coach, Nolan DC

The Cowboys have agreed to hire Mike McCarthy as their new head coach to replace Jason Garrett, a source confirmed to ESPN. – NFL

Barnwell: 31 events that led to the Patriots’ shocking playoff exit

Gronk’s early back issues. The Jimmy G trade. A poor 2017 draft. A miss in free agency. New England’s issues go beyond this season. – TOP

What’s in, what’s out in the hockey world for 2020

While some trends will surely continue in the new year, others will undergo a transformation. Get caught up here. – NHL

David Stern was a complete force of nature

Obsessive, relentless, ambitious and progressive — the former NBA commissioner lived a sporting life for the ages. – NBA

NFL playoffs wild-card weekend: Biggest injury questions for all eight teams

Get the latest scoop from inside NFL locker rooms on who’s in and who’s out this weekend. – NFL

NFL playoffs confidential: The book on Lamar Jackson, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and more

How do you stop Lamar Jackson or Drew Brees? Whom do you attack on the Texans’ defense? Can you block the Vikings’ pass-rushers? – TOP

2020 NHL Winter Classic: Schedule, jerseys, matchups and predictions

Here’s everything you need to know, and what you didn’t think you needed to know, about the Stars-Predators showdown at the Cotton Bowl. – NHL

Triple-doubles, 30-footers and all the stats that defined this NBA decade

Here is a look at every stat we could think of as the NBA ventures into a new decade. – NBA

NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus each team’s most notable 2010s moment

While Drew Brees gave the Saints a great memory, Redskins and Jaguars fans are left to wonder what if. What about the rest of the NFL in the 2010s? – NFL

Judge Judy, rat poison and promposals: The best of Harbaugh and Saban

Two of college football’s most interesting personalities go head-to-head in this year’s Vrbo Citrus Bowl. – TOP

NHL experts: 2020 NHL All-Star Game roster snubs

No Brad Marchand? Where’s Max Pacioretty? Our experts weigh in on the biggest snubs from the NHL All-Star Game rosters. – NHL

A top-five shake-up headlines the final NBA Power Rankings of the decade

Miami owns the longest active win streak in the league. How high can the Heat climb, and how far do the Lakers fall as we count down to 2020? – NBA

Barnwell’s bizarro NFL season: Moves and injuries that could have changed everything

A bad Baltimore defense. OBJ to Oakland. Better kicking in Dallas. Slight changes to the season could have made huge differences. – NFL

First look at NFL playoff bracket: Everything you need to know for each team

The NFL playoff field is finally set. Here’s your guide to everything you need to know about the 12 teams vying to win Super Bowl LIV. – TOP

NBC suspends Roenick for inappropriate talk

Former NHL forward Jeremy Roenick was suspended indefinitely by NBC Sports on Monday for his inappropriate comments about coworkers. – NHL

The sneakers NBA stars will be wearing on Christmas Day

Leading with LeBron’s “More Than An Athlete” Nikes, here are the best kicks you’ll see on the court on Christmas. – NBA

Ranking NFL teams from 1-32, plus the regular-season MVP for each

Julio Jones, Patrick Mahomes and Jamal Adams are the picks for their teams. Who are the MVPs for the other 29 squads? – NFL

The NHL’s best and worst this week: How Sidney Crosby inspired Nathan MacKinnon to ‘take less’

The Avalanche star isn’t looking to break the bank on his next deal; here’s why. Plus, three stars, games of the week and more. – NHL

Sources: Jazz trade Exum to Cavs for Clarkson

The Jazz are sending Dante Exum and two second-round picks to the Cavaliers for Jordan Clarkson, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. – NBA

Can the high-seeded, win-ugly Packers really contend for the Super Bowl?

Green Bay has 12 wins and could receive a first-round bye. But is this actually a good football team? And can it win in the playoffs? – TOP

NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus hopes and dreams in 2020 for all 31 teams

The Avalanche are back in the top three. Plus, we provide some optimism for every fan base heading into the holiday season. – NHL

Raptors stage franchise-best 30-point comeback

Led by Kyle Lowry and a cast of reserves, the Raptors rallied from 30 points down against the Mavericks. – NBA

Kyler Murray leaves game with hamstring injury

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray left Sunday’s 27-13 win over the Seahawks with a hamstring injury in the third quarter. – NFL

Week 16 NFL playoff picture: Eagles take NFC East lead, Titans jump into AFC field

Will Tennessee and Philadelphia hold on to their playoff spots, and what other playoff scenarios could play out? – TOP