Building the perfect NHL forward: Best skills, attributes

Connor McDavid’s wheels and Patrick Kane’s handles? We created the ultimate forward with traits from NHL players. – NHL

Building the perfect NHL forward: Best skills, attributes

Connor McDavid’s wheels and Patrick Kane’s handles? We created the ultimate forward with traits from NHL players. – NHL

Sources: Top NBA seeds mull playoff advantages

Though it’s considered a long shot to pass, the NBA’s top-seeded teams are internally discussing ways to exchange the home-court advantage they lost due to the pandemic for alternative advantages in the playoffs, sources told ESPN. – NBA

Sources: Proposed end-of-Finals date is Oct. 12

As the NBA models a 22-team format for a July 31 resumption in Orlando, Florida, the proposed timeline for the last possible date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals is Oct. 12, sources told ESPN. – NBA

Broncos’ Fangio: ‘I don’t see racism at all in NFL’

Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Tuesday he was sad and angry when he saw video of George Floyd’s death while in police custody, but added that he doesn’t see racism or discrimination as being prevalent on NFL teams. – NFL

Sources: Proposed end-of-Finals date is Oct. 12

As the NBA models a 22-team format for a July 31 resumption in Orlando, Florida, the proposed timeline for the last possible date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals is Oct. 12, sources told ESPN. – TOP

Will the NFL season start on time? Here’s everything we know, 100 days out

What we know right now about the NFL’s plans for the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic and what still needs to be figured out. – NFL

NBA playoff debate: Most exciting first-round matchups and players to watch

Our experts debate which players have the most at stake, including LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. – TOP

Angela Ruggiero: ‘Shocking’ that more women aren’t NHL execs, coaches

As the sole woman behind the bench in the 3ICE league, Ruggiero believes her role should clue in NHL teams to consider women for coaching and management positions. – NHL

NBA small-market teams urge 30-team restart

Clay Bennett, owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder, is urging the NBA to consider the competitive and financial plights of smaller-market teams for its return-to-play plans. – NBA

Kap friend: ‘This is what we were talking about’

Former Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall hopes people are now ready for what his and Colin Kaepernick’s message was almost four years ago. – NFL

Sources: MLB mulls shorter season, prorated pay

Unable to yet reach a return-to-play agreement, Major League Baseball has discussed playing a shorter schedule in which it would pay members of the MLB Players Association their full prorated salaries, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN. – TOP

Knicks explain lack of public comment to staffers

The company that owns the Knicks told employees that it is “not any more qualified than anyone else to offer our opinion on social matters” in explaining why it had not issued a public statement in the wake of George Floyd’s death. – NBA

The NHL’s coronavirus pause: Players, coaches offer opinions on return-to-play format

The news of the playoff format sparked optimism last week. Here’s the latest on the remaining hurdles the league must clear to get back on the ice. – NHL

Barnwell debunks the debate around Dak’s deal: Just pay him already, Dallas

The Cowboys and their quarterback are locked in the highest-stakes game of chicken in NFL history. – NFL

How the trust between Adam Silver and Chris Paul will shape the NBA’s restart

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has spent years building capital with the players’ union. He’s going to need all of it to finish this season and beyond. – TOP

Penguins CEO aids cameraman injured in protest

Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse came to the aid of a local television camera operator when protests turned violent Saturday in downtown Pittsburgh. – NHL

Raiders owner seeks ‘solutions’ amid protests

Raiders owner Mark Davis said he has talked with Nevada’s attorney general and the Clark County sheriff in the wake of the death of George Floyd. – NFL

JR Smith beats up man for damaging his truck

JR Smith beat up a man who allegedly damaged his truck during protests in Los Angeles, according to video posted by TMZ Sports. – NBA

MLBPA proposes 114-game season, sources say

The MLBPA hopes its 114-game proposal will serve as a bridge to a potential deal with MLB next week. – TOP

NHL plans to test players daily if games resume

The NHL has a coronavirus testing plan for players and staff if it returns to play, with deputy commissioner Bill Daly saying players will be tested for COVID-19 daily while games are going on. – NHL

Chase Young and Markelle Fultz: High school pals linked by lofty goal

The NFL pass-rusher and the NBA guard pushed each other as teens to achieve their dreams of being No. 1 overall picks — and almost made it happen. – NFL

How real is the ROY debate? Dissecting the big NBA award questions

Our experts break down the awards they’re most interested in following, which rookie star they’d rather build around and future MVP races. – TOP

Massachusetts pro teams can reopen facilities

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says Boston pro teams’ reopening of their practice facilities next week must be done in accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues is developing. – NHL

Seahawks DE Collier vows redemption after dud

L.J. Collier, the Seahawks’ 2019 first-round pick, is eager to prove himself in Seattle’s pass rush after a disappointing debut. – NFL

Majority of NBA GMs want to restart with playoffs

In a survey of all 30 NBA general managers, which was viewed by ESPN, 16 said they would prefer the league come back with just the typical 16 playoff teams, with the teams and seeds based on the standings when the season was suspended March 12. – NBA

Jackson speaks at rally; cop faces murder charge

Stephen Jackson, a 14-year NBA veteran who became friends with George Floyd while growing up in Texas, spoke at a rally in memory of Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in police custody after pleading that he could not breathe. – TOP

Rod Brind’Amour’s take on the NHL’s playoff format, empty arena games and his training camp plan

The Hurricanes coach checks in on the next steps after the NHL approved a plan to restart the season (at some point). – NHL

Sources: NBA board expected to OK restart plan

The NBA is planning a Thursday vote of the league’s board of governors — with owners expected to approve commissioner Adam Silver’s recommendation on a format to restart the season in Orlando, Florida, sources tell ESPN. – NBA

QB Burrow: ‘Black community needs our help’

Prominent sports figures continued to comment about George Floyd, who died while in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. – NFL

Is your team really married to its quarterback? We ranked all 32 marriages

The Rams are committed to Jared Goff. Are the Eagles really tied to Carson Wentz long term? – TOP

How USA Hockey hopes to bring kids back to the ice after the pandemic

Is the organization better set up than it was during the previous dips due to NHL lockouts? Executive director Pat Kelleher highlights the plan for safely getting kids back into the game. – NHL

Wentz, Ertzes express support after Floyd’s death

Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz and Ertz’s wife, USWNT star Julie Johnston Ertz, spoke out Thursday about the death of George Floyd and expressed support for the African American community. – NFL

Sources: NBA eyes plan for players’ families

Conversations between the NBA and NBPA have centered on the timing of family arrivals at Walt Disney World Resort, which are likely to start once an initial wave of teams are eliminated and the number of people within the league’s bubble decreases. – NBA

Sources: Hundreds cut in minors; more expected

With the minor league baseball season nearly certain to be canceled, hundreds of players were cut from their teams, with hundreds of more cuts expected, sources told ESPN. – TOP

Blazers’ Lillard: Play-in tourney ‘would be perfect’

Portland guard Damian Lillard said NBA players “want to play for something,” a play-in tournament for teams outside the playoff picture is the best option and if the NBA decides to go straight to the playoffs, “we would all be disappointed.” – NBA

How the 2020 NHL playoffs can be the greatest ever

While much uncertainty remains as to whether play can actually resume, there are five specific ways the league can maximize the fun should a playoff tournament happen. – NHL

Inside the excitement and uncertainty as NBA players return to facilities

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers were one of the first two NBA teams to return to practice courts three weeks ago. Here’s what they’ve learned. – TOP

Goodbye, pass interference review: What could the NFL do now?

The NFL’s pass interference replay review rule, implemented ahead of the 2019 season, is dead. What comes next for the league’s officiating department? – NFL

LeBron, Kap join outrage over Minn. man’s death

LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick are among the high-profile athletes who have taken to social media to voice their outrage over the death of George Floyd, who died Monday night while in Minneapolis police custody. – NBA

NHL Viewers Club: Seinfeld’s ‘The Face Painter’

Let’s rewatch the classic episode of the series in which a Devils-Rangers playoff game is a key part of the story. – NHL

Sources: MLBPA to seek more games, no pay cut

The Major League Baseball Players Association expects to counter MLB’s economic proposal by the end of this week with a plan that includes more than 100 games and a guarantee of full prorated salaries for the 2020 season, sources told ESPN. – TOP

Mayfield: Actions, not words my focus for Year 3

Baker Mayfield has struck a quieter tone entering Year 3 in the NFL. Said the Browns’ QB after a rocky sophomore season: “It’s just time to work, do our thing, instead of talking about it.” – NFL

2020 NHL draft class’ best at everything: Top skater, shooter, defender and more

The fastest skater in the draft class? The top pure defender? The best shot release? We name the cream of the crop in 20-plus skill areas. – NHL

Basketball Hall pushing enshrinement to 2021

Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the board of governors for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, told ESPN on Wednesday that enshrinement ceremonies for the star-studded Class of 2020 will be moved to spring 2021. – NBA

Meet the ’21 QB class: Names to know, potential landing spots

Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields are the headliners, but who else should you keep an eye on? – NFL

NHL narrows list of potential venues to under 10

The NHL has narrowed its list of potential venues to eight or nine sites that can accommodate “a dozen or so teams in one location” if the league resumes play this summer, commissioner Gary Bettman said on Monday. – NHL

Ewing now home after coronavirus hospitalization

Basketball Hall of Famer and Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing is at home after being hospitalized for the coronavirus. – NBA

Tomlin likes talk of incentivizing Rooney Rule

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he likes the idea of a change to the Rooney Rule that rewards teams for hiring minority candidates. – NFL

Vincent says NFL ‘failed miserably’ with PI replay

The NFL’s implementation of pass interference replay reviews last season did not go as anticipated, league executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said in an interview with NBC Sports. – TOP

NHL’s Phase 2 allows for small-group training

Phase 2 of the NHL’s return to play allows for a maximum of six players at one time for voluntary training at team facilities, with a target start of early June. – NHL

Dunks, game winners and a TD pass: Our favorite play of the season for all 30 teams

The world misses NBA basketball. Our experts do too. That’s why they’re reliving some the most memorable moments of 2019-20 so far. – NBA

Is Tua Tagovailoa ready to become Miami’s biggest star since Dan Marino?

Former Miami athletes Dwyane Wade, Ricky Williams and Joe Rose weigh in on the rookie quarterback’s arrival that is being defined by hope and hype. – NFL

How the coronavirus is forever changing the way MLB connects to fans

Teams are using baseball’s unprecedented shutdown to revamp their social media strategy. For MLB, that could long outlast the pandemic. – TOP

NHLPA board approves plan for 24-team playoffs

The National Hockey League Players’ Association executive board has voted to approve a 24-team, conference-based playoff format for a potential restart of the 2019-20 NHL season this summer. – NHL

Longtime Jazz coach Jerry Sloan dies at age 78

Sloan, who coached the Jazz for 23 seasons as part of a Hall of Fame career, died Friday from complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. – NBA

Peyton Manning says he could pick Eli Manning or Nick Foles to caddy against Tom Brady

Ahead of beating Brady and Phil Mickelson while paired with Tiger Woods, Manning came ready with the trash talk. – NFL

Tom Brady holes wedge shot for birdie as pants split

A struggling Brady made birdie on the seventh hole, earning an extra $ 100,000 for charity from Brooks Koepka. – TOP

N.Y. governor: Pro teams can return to facilities

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months. – NHL

The NBA in a bubble: The blueprint for how the league could finish the 2019-20 season

Hope perseveres to eventually declare a 2019-20 NBA champion. ESPN spoke to a range of stakeholders studying the “bubble” concept and compared their concerns with the league’s thinking. – NBA

Tiger/Peyton hold off Phil/Brady in ‘The Match’

Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning escape a back-nine rally from Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. – NFL

From Tiger’s game to Brady’s wild ride, the biggest takeaways from an entertaining match

Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson put on a good show, with the help of some antics. – TOP

Canada’s NHL teams offer ticket-holders options

Canada’s NHL teams have offered season-ticket holders rebate or refund options in acknowledgment that no more 2019-20 regular-season games will be played in front of fans in their respective buildings. – NHL

Canada’s NHL teams offer ticket-holders options

Canada’s NHL teams have offered season-ticket holders rebate or refund options in acknowledgment that no more 2019-20 regular-season games will be played in front of fans in their respective buildings. – NHL

NBA in talks to resume play at Disney complex

The NBA is in talks with the Walt Disney Company to restart play at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. – NBA

Driveways, canyons, pools: NFL players create clever workouts

Kirk Cousins and Golden Tate are among many who are creating unusual workouts in unusual spaces. – NFL

NBA in talks to resume play at Disney complex

The NBA is in talks with the Walt Disney Company to restart play at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. – NBA

Legendary college coach Eddie Sutton dies at 84

Sutton, who won more than 800 games and was the first coach to take four different schools to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, died Saturday. – TOP

Driveways, canyons, pools: NFL players create clever workouts

Kirk Cousins and Golden Tate are among many who are creating unusual workouts in unusual spaces. – NFL

Legendary college coach Eddie Sutton dies at 84

Sutton, who won more than 800 games and was the first coach to take four different schools to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, died Saturday. – TOP

NHL Viewers Club: ‘Miracle,’ the story of the 1980 USA Hockey team

Let’s rewatch the 2004 film about one of the shining moments in modern sports history. – NHL

Should the Cowboys pay Dak Prescott? Let’s look at the numbers

Dallas needs to decide how much Prescott is worth given his running back, offensive line and the salary cap. – NFL

Cavs’ Love: Mental health vital during COVID-19

Kevin Love has been vocal about valuing mental wellness. He’s reminded of how important it really is during the coronavirus pandemic. – NBA

Knicks legend, Hoyas coach Ewing tests positive

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school announced Friday. The Hall of Famer is under care and isolated at a local hospital. – TOP

How NHL 20 became a hockey ‘lifeline’ during the coronavirus pandemic

The game has hit new levels of popularity in the era of social distancing. Here’s how teams have embraced it, and how they hope to keep the momentum going. – NHL

Sources: NBA teams seek guidance on return

Teams in marketplaces where government restrictions are keeping NBA practice facilities shuttered are asking the NBA if players can report directly to the league’s proposed campus environment to train, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. – NBA

Cowboys, Dak Prescott contract talks: Dispelling the theories

Narratives have emerged as to why Dallas has not struck a long-term deal with its franchise QB. Todd Archer has some debunking to do. – NFL

‘The most competitive guy I ever coached against’: Jerry Sloan, as remembered by fellow greats

Jerry Sloan, who died Friday at 78, sits fourth all time in NBA coaching wins. Some of the other Hall of Famers on the list recall a ruthless competitor with “instant credibility.” – TOP

NHL teams should take a lesson from one KHL team’s recent hire

Omsk Avangard’s new assistant GM came from outside the traditional management pipeline. NHL teams should follow suit. – NHL

Sources: Seahawks offer Freeman 1-year deal

The Seahawks have made a one-year contract offer to Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman and are in talks with Carlos Hyde, sources confirmed to ESPN. – NFL

Giannis unsure of ‘Greek Freak’ roots but loves it

As popular as Giannis Antetokounmpo’s “Greek Freak” nickname is, it’s a mystery how it came about. But he appreciates it nonetheless. “It stuck by me, I love it and it’s a cool nickname,” he said. – NBA

Winner bids $1.025M for Kraft’s Super Bowl ring

The winning bid for Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl LI championship ring closed at $ 1.025 million on Thursday night, making it one of the most expensive items in the All In Challenge, a virtual fundraiser to feed those in need. – TOP

The best goalie prospect since Carey Price? Ranking the top 2020 NHL draft goaltenders

Yaroslav Askarov has been projected in the top 10 of the 2020 NHL draft. What makes him so special? And who ranks behind him among the class’ top goalies? – NHL

Sources: Adams irked as Jets talks hit impasse

While the Jets want to wait on giving Jamal Adams a contract extension, the safety prefers to get a deal done before the season, sources told ESPN. – TOP

GM: Brady, Arians ‘perfect marriage’ for Bucs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht isn’t worried about his young roster feeling pressure to produce now that Tom Brady’s at quarterback, saying Brady and coach Bruce Arians are a “perfect marriage” in that they both are focused on winning. – NFL

The all-time starting five for every NBA Western Conference team

Steph and Wilt? Kobe and Magic? Harden and Hakeem? We imagine what every team’s best all-time lineup would look like. – NBA

Tocchet confident Coyotes have chance with Hall

Arizona coach Rick Tocchet says free agent-to-be Taylor Hall is “very interested” in staying with the Coyotes, though the Arizona coach acknowledged the MVP in 2017-18 has many options to weigh. – NHL

Sources: NBA player return rules expected June 1

NBA teams are expecting the league office will issue guidelines around June 1 that will allow franchises to start recalling players who’ve left their markets as a first step toward a formal ramp-up for the season’s resumption, sources told ESPN. – NBA

Hamlin takes rain-shortened race at Darlington

Denny Hamlin won NASCAR’s first Wednesday race since 1984 when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. – TOP

NFL player suing over sexual assault on plane

According to a lawsuit filed Monday, an NFL player and another passenger made four complaints to flight attendants that a woman allegedly was making “unwanted sexual advances” before she was moved to a different seat. – NFL

Sources: NHL mulling conference-based playoffs

The NHL and NHLPA are discussing a 24-team, conference-based playoff format that would take place in two “hub” cities, sources told ESPN, confirming a report by Sportsnet. – NHL

What would every East team’s all-time starting five look like?

Giannis and Kareem? Bird and Russell? Dr. J and Vinsanity? We imagine what every team’s best all-time lineup would look like. – NBA

Sources: Cowboys DE Smith reinstated by NFL

Cowboys DE Aldon Smith, who hasn’t played in an NFL game since he was suspended as a member of the Raiders in 2015 because of legal and substance abuse issues, has been reinstated by the NFL, sources told ESPN. – NFL

Ohio State eyes football games with 20K-50K fans

Ohio State’s football stadium, with a normal capacity of more than 100,000, could hold a crowd of 20,000 in social distancing models the school has run for potential games this fall and up to 50,000 if guidelines are relaxed. – TOP

Schneider: Some players wary of restarting late

Veteran New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider said Monday that a growing number of players are concerned the NHL will announce a strict deadline for returning to play as the coronavirus pandemic lingers with summer coming up fast. – NHL

T-wolves, Mayo Clinic to lead COVID-19 study

The Minnesota Timberwolves, led by Dr. Robby Sikka, and the Mayo Clinic are teaming up to lead a leaguewide study that aims to establish what percentage of NBA players, coaches, executives and staff have developed antibodies to the coronavirus. – NBA

Sills: NFL’s response to positive tests will be key

The NFL expects positive coronavirus cases moving forward, but the league’s challenge “is to identify them as quickly as possible and prevent spread to any other participants.” – NFL

Grant rips Jordan over ‘so-called documentary’

Ex-Bull Horace Grant fired back Tuesday at claims Michael Jordan made against him during “The Last Dance.” – TOP

Where the star 2020 NHL draft prospects land on ‘The Auston Matthews Scale’

Alexis Lafreniere and Quinton Byfield appear likely to go 1-2 in the 2020 NHL draft. So where do they stack up against recent top-two picks? – NHL

The untold story of what fuels Michael Jordan’s legendary fire

This is the inside tale of Michael Jordan’s deep family history, back to Wilmington, North Carolina, down a tiny stretch of rural Highway 117, where five generations of Jordans came before him. – NBA

Barnwell counts down NFL offseasons from worst to first: Which contenders are in the middle?

The Raiders and Chargers spent the past few months making moves like teams that think they can win in 2020. – NFL

How Major League Baseball is finding the narrow way back to the field

In over 80 interviews, ESPN found baseball’s attempt to restart is less a baseball season than a military-style operation in which any number of variables could derail the plan or, worse, contribute to the spread of the deadly disease. – TOP

Sources: NBA likely to use same lottery process

When the NBA holds its draft lottery, the process will likely look the same as it did last season, sources told ESPN. – NBA

The NHL’s coronavirus pause: The keys to play resuming, latest on the 2020 draft, testing and more

New details are emerging on the league’s return to play, the playoff format and the draft. Plus, more players speak out on a possible return. – NHL

Latimer to appear in court July 24 on gun charges

Redskins receiver Cody Latimer appeared at a court hearing Monday in Colorado, two days after his arrest on charges of assault in the second degree, menacing, illegal discharge of a firearm, prohibited use of weapons and reckless endangerment. – NFL

Nurmagomedov: Father critical due to COVID-19

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father is in critical condition with the coronavirus, the undefeated UFC lightweight champion confirmed on Instagram. – TOP

LeBron: My style would’ve jelled with Jordan’s

LeBron James, invigorated by watching “The Last Dance” over the past five weeks, said he has thought about playing his patented point forward role alongside Michael Jordan and how they could’ve blended together. – NBA

NHL vs. TikTok: Players find an ‘addicting’ outlet during the coronavirus pause

The social media platform has seen an influx of hockey players in the time of social distancing away from the rink. – NHL

Inside the Hail Mary that almost kept the ‘Last Dance’ Bulls together

Keeping a championship group together isn’t as easy as you might think. – TOP

Bills DT Oliver arrested on DWI, gun charges

Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver was arrested Saturday night in his hometown of Houston on charges of driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon. – NFL

Poll: 73% of fans say Jordan better than LeBron

Michael Jordan or LeBron James? For NBA fans, the debate over the better NBA player will never end — but at the moment, MJ clearly has more fans in his corner. – NBA

Safety, not contract, Domi’s priority these days

Canadiens center Max Domi isn’t sure when hockey will resume but said Thursday that he’s not worried about that, nor his contract status as a restricted free agent after this season, amid the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down the NHL. – NHL

MJ: Would’ve re-signed before Bulls’ curtain fell

Michael Jordan, in the finale of the 10-part documentary series “The Last Dance,” said he would’ve been willing to sign a one-year contract after the last season of the Bulls’ dynasty to vie for a seventh NBA championship. – TOP

2020 NHL draft rankings: Top 100 prospects

Alexis Lafreniere is the surefire No. 1 prospect, but the 2020 draft class has plenty of talent from top to bottom. Here are this class’ best 100 players. – NHL

What will be the legacy of ‘The Last Dance’? Our NBA experts weigh in

“The Last Dance” changed the way we think about Michael Jordan. Here’s how. – TOP

Source: Giants tell Baker to avoid team meetings

The Giants have told cornerback DeAndre Baker to stay away from team meetings and focus on his legal issues at this time, a source familiar with the team’s thinking told ESPN. – NFL

The end: NBA stars react to Episodes 9 and 10 of ‘The Last Dance’

One might have thought the late-’90s Finals were ending all over again as “The Last Dance” concluded. – NBA

CP3: Parameters elusive but ‘we want to play bad’

Chris Paul has affirmed publicly — and adamantly — that NBA players want to return, telling ESPN’s The Jump that a lot of “hard conversations” must be undertaken and “hard decisions” made. – NBA

Phyllis George, co-host of ‘NFL Today,’ dies at 70

Phyllis George, who became the first female sportscaster to work at a major TV network when she was hired at CBS in 1974, has died at the age of 70. She was the co-host of “The NFL Today” from 1975 to 1983. – NFL

Overeem rocked early, rallies to finish Harris

Alistair Overeem overcame early trouble and rallied to stop Walt Harris in the second round Saturday night in the UFC Fight Night headliner. – TOP

Lakers’ Howard grieving after death of son’s mom

Lakers center Dwight Howard is mourning the loss of Melissa Rios, the mother of his 6-year-old son, he told reporters Friday. – NBA

Grudge report: The one thing every NHL fan base won’t give up

From Claude Lemieux’s malfeasance to Brett Hull’s controversial goal in 1999 to John Tavares leaving Long Island, this is what irks each team’s fans. – NHL

Bike, tuna and will: How Marshal Yanda lost 60 pounds in three months

The retired Raven went from being a burly 312-pound guard to resembling a rookie tight end at 245. Yanda: “There are two words: It’s the ‘want to.'” – NFL

Biggest takeaways from Overeem-Harris and the surprises of UFC Fight Night

From Alistair Overeem’s come-from-behind victory over Walt Harris to tight decisions and other surprises, our panel breaks down the biggest questions from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card. – TOP

Sources: NBA return gaining momentum after call

After a virtual meeting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, participants on a board of governors call on Tuesday left feeling increasingly positive about the league’s momentum toward a return to play, sources told ESPN. – NBA

AHL after cancellation: A scoring champ, GM and two owners on what comes next

Hockey’s highest minor league ended its 2019-20 season on Monday. Here’s how the future looks for various stakeholders. – NHL

Who won — and lost — the NFL offseason: Barnwell picks 20 players, teams and trends

Drew Lock and Gardner Minshew got job security. Aaron Rodgers and Jadeveon Clowney didn’t. Here’s who won and lost the offseason. – NFL

All-time NBArank, Nos. 40-11: How high did Pippen land?

Scottie Pippen played a key role in “The Last Dance,” but how high did he land on our ranking of the greatest players in NBA history? – TOP

The NHL’s coronavirus pause: Playoff format, practice plans, draft debate and more

The discussions continue on when and how to resume the season, while plans for an early June draft hit some snags. Get caught up here. – NHL

Ranking the top 74 NBA players of all time: Nos. 74-41

With the NBA’s 74th season on hold, we ranked the top 74 players of all time, with one “Last Dance” Bull making an appearance in today’s selections. – NBA

How Christian McCaffrey and his brothers are staying football-ready

A local park now doubles as a playing field for McCaffrey and his brothers who play quarterback at Michigan and Nebraska. – NFL

An 82-game season? A universal DH? Key takeaways from MLB’s 2020 proposal

From when the games could begin to who could be helped and hurt most on the diamond, we debate the baseball side of the league’s reported plan. – TOP

Ducks sign Guhle, Carrick to contract extensions

The Ducks have signed defenseman Brendan Guhle to a two-year, $ 1.6 million contract extension and forward Sam Carrick to a one-year, $ 700,000 extension. – NHL

Cardinals rookie tackle Josh Jones shares a history with Kliff Kingsbury

The Cardinals’ third-round pick has experience in the Air Raid with some of the same people Kingsbury came up with, which could ease his transition. – NFL

Episodes 7 and 8 — ESPN NBA experts’ biggest takeaways from the middle of ‘The Last Dance’

Experts weigh in with their biggest takeaways from the fourth weekend of “The Last Dance.” – TOP

Inside stories of Michael Jordan’s time as an NHL owner

From 2000 to 2001, Jordan was a part-owner of the Capitals. We recount those days with help from the folks who lived it. – NHL

Dennis Rodman wants to set the record straight on Scottie Pippen

Rodman once split Pippen’s chin open, but “The Last Dance” and the history it reveals has strengthened their bond. Watch Episodes 7 & 8 Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. – NBA

Pats, Bucs don’t play at same time until Dec. 20

The New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t play a game at the same time until Week 15 of the 2020 season, giving New England fans who still plan to follow quarterback Tom Brady closely with his new team an unexpected bonus. – NFL

Was that really Cejudo’s last fight? Will Gaethje beat Khabib?

UFC 249 delivered plenty of action, but it also provided plenty of new questions, such as will Henry Cejudo really retire? Our experts debate. – TOP

The iconic hockey moments that should be statues: Bobby Orr has one; who should be next?

What signature moments from hockey history should be immortalized outside of arenas? Here are our picks. – NHL

Michael Jordan dunked on 12-year-old me in a game of one-on-one

The ball at his waist, torso leaning forward, Michael Jordan fakes and flies around a then-12-year-old Wayne Drehs and launches toward the basket. By the time Drehs turns around, all he can see is the back of Jordan’s head as he elevates for a dunk. – NBA

Players seek federal inquiry of Georgia shooting

The Players Coalition and dozens of professional athletes sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting an immediate federal investigation into the death of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. – NFL

Ex-NHLer Laraque on virus fight: ‘It’s insane’

Former Montreal Canadiens tough guy Georges Laraque has described his battle with the coronavirus. – NHL

Shrug, shoes and Seinfeld: NBA stars react to ‘The Last Dance’

Players across the league took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the latest episodes. – NBA

Chiefs reach deal with ex-Michigan QB Patterson

The Chiefs added another developmental quarterback to serve as a backup to Patrick Mahomes by agreeing to contract terms with undrafted rookie Shea Patterson of Michigan, agent Bryan Ehrlich announced Sunday. – NFL

Experts’ biggest takeaways from ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 5 & 6

Our experts weigh in on the latest two installments of the Michael Jordan documentary series. – TOP

NHL makes case for early June draft in memo

In a memo sent to its teams on Friday, the NHL aggressively made its case for holding the 2020 entry draft in early June, before the season is potentially restarted. Play has been halted since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. – NHL

GMs wary for older coaches, staff if NBA resumes

While the NBA continues to mull a resumption of play, general managers are concerned about the coaches and team staffers who might be at high risk if they are exposed to the coronavirus. – NBA

Why yesterday’s Jordan-less Bulls give hope to today’s Brady-less Patriots

The 1993-94 Bulls lost the GOAT. The 2020 Patriots lost the GOAT. Chicago’s success then shows how New England can compete immediately. – NFL

From the archives: Michael Jordan has not left the building

As Michael Jordan turned 50, ESPN was granted unprecedented access to the famously private icon, revealing his dreams, his enduring grudges and how he wishes more than anything to be back where it all began. – TOP

How weed became ‘whatever’: Leagues are ditching old policies

The marijuana stigma is eroding, and sports leagues have adapted. The NFL’s new approach that focuses on treatment — not punishment — has become the norm. – NHL

Everything you need to know about how the NBA bubble could work

ESPN spoke to stakeholders studying the “bubble” concept and compared concerns. – NBA

Jaguars aren’t picking up Fournette’s ’21 option

The Jacksonville Jaguars are not picking up the fifth-year option of former first-round pick Leonard Fournette for the 2021 season. The team has spent the past month trying to trade Fournette. – NFL

Alex Smith’s comeback: Inside the fight to save the QB’s leg and life

The Redskins quarterback’s broken leg led to an insidious infection that could have cost him his life. – TOP