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If NFL teams are unable to hold offseason workouts amid the coronavirus pandemic, Andrew Whitworth and Austin Blythe believe continuity will be a valuable commodity this fall. Whitworth and Blythe are both returning to their starting jobs on the line after re-signing with the Rams as free agents. Whitworth has been Los Angeles' starting left tackle for each of coach Sean McVay's three seasons, while Blythe has started at all three interior spots on the line over the past two years.
Uruguay star Luis Suarez complained on Thursday that he has been "hurt" by criticism of him and fellow millionaire Barcelona players for the time it took to agree to pay cuts to help out other club employees. Argentine superstar Lionel Messi announced on Monday that Barca's players had agreed to a 70 percent pay cut and to make contributions to ensure the club's non-playing staff could be paid in full during the state of alarm in Spain caused by the coronavirus pandemic. "It hurts because we were the first to want to reach an agreement," Suarez told Uruguayan radio station Sport890.
New Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay welcomes the opportunity to cover the opponent's best receiver. "I love the challenge," Slay said in a conference call Thursday. The Eagles traded a third-round pick (No. 85 overall) and a fifth-round pick (No. 166) to the Lions to get Slay two weeks ago.
NFL Network's Steve Mariucci and Daniel Jeremiah explore which teams need the most help at wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft.
According to a police report obtained by ESPN, Michigan State student Brayden Smith was with basketball player Brock Washington on the night a female student said Washington forcibly groped her. When police interviewed Smith, he said he had already been contacted by Izzo and assistant coaches Dwayne Stephens and Mike Garland.
Oregon State basketball player Destiny Slocum has opted to enter the transfer portal for her final season of eligibility. Slocum, a 5-foot-7 guard, averaged a team-best 14.9 points and had 4.7 assists a game this past season with the Beavers, who finished the season ranked No. 14 with a 23-9 record. In a statement released by the university on Thursday, Slocum thanked everyone who supported her in the decision.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo examines concerns over player health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coach Anthony Lynn and the Chargers staff have been conducting pre-draft interviews remotely, often meeting prospects face-to-face but doing so from great distances.
More than two weeks after reports surfaced that free agent cornerback Eli Apple was signing with the Raiders, it turns out that no deal was reached. Apple and the Raiders were unable to finalize the agreement, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. It's unclear what the issue was that prevented a deal from getting done. This [more]
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- There's been a horse fatality at Santa Anita, which is temporarily closed for live racing because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Blanket testing for players and a 14-day quarantine for foreign players are on the menu as Serie A reportedly looks to resume in May.
Next month's Senior PGA Championship joined the lengthy list of golf events to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday as US officials confirmed cancellation of the May 19-24 tournament. A statement from the PGA of America said the tournament scheduled to take place at Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan, had been axed after state authorities issued a stay-at-home order on March 23. "While we are incredibly disappointed, we all understand that protecting public health is the highest priority," said PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh.
Fauci led his high school team to an upset of a team led by Donnie Walsh, the future Knicks executive.
All-Pac-12 talent Mikayla Pivec's career in Corvallis has been memorable to say the least. While it's difficult to choose just three, her top moments include a career-high 19 rebounds against Washington, a buzzer-beating layup against ASU, and breaking Ruth Hamblin's Oregon State rebounding record this year against Stanford.
Senior UCLA guard Japreece Dean has had an eventful two years in Westwood after transferring from Texas Tech. Among her top three moments as a Bruin are her career-high 28 pts against Cal, her first career triple-double against Yale, and a game-winning three to beat ASU with nine seconds left.
Oregon superstar Sabrina Ionescu's career has been marked by many incredible accomplishments. Picking just three is a tough task, but Ionescu's career 2k pts/1k reb/1k ast moment, breaking Gary Payton's all-time Pac-12 assists record, and 31-8-7 performance in the Elite 8 to lead Oregon to its first Final Four appearance top the list.
Falcons defensive end Dante Fowler had a career-high 11.5 sacks last season, but he's aiming at doubling that. Fowler told reporters today that his goal is to get at least 23 sacks, breaking Michael Strahan's record of 22.5, set in 2001. That would be a tall order. Fowler, the third overall pick in the 2015 [more]
Football Week in America continues on Thursday night with a pair of games involving Brett Favre, both directly and indirectly. Up first, Favre's second game at Lambeau Field as a member of the Vikings. The 2010 Sunday night contest saw the Packers settle the score after losing to Favre in 2009. Then comes a game [more]
The report comes as the Belgian Super League reportedly prepares to award its league title to Club Brugge on April 15, abandoning its season.
Haley Moore collected $2,500 by defeating 16 other players in the three-day event that concluded Thursday in Arizona.
The Rotoworld Premier League team debates those center-backs worthy of our hypothetical Fantasy Premier League Hall of Fame (Getty Images)
UEFA, the European Club Association and the European Leagues umbrella group sent a joint letter to their members on Thursday saying it was of "paramount importance" that competitions, including domestic leagues, were decided on the field. The letter, seen by Reuters, was sent hours after the Belgian league abandoned the season and proclaimed Club Brugge as champions. The letter said the working groups were "focusing on scenarios encompassing the months of July and August, including the possibility that the UEFA competitions restart after the completion of domestic leagues."
The Warriors best move might be to trade down.
Titans running back Derrick Henry has signed a franchise tender that puts him under contract for the 2020 season as Tennessee works toward reaching a long-term deal with the 2019 NFL rushing leader. Team officials announced Thursday that Henry had signed the tender.
A European plan is being formed to resume football around July and August, with domestic leagues told Thursday not to abandon competitions yet due to the coronavirus pandemic. The aspiration was outlined in a letter, seen by The Associated Press, that was signed by UEFA, the European Club Association and European Leagues body and was being sent to their members. The letter was issued hours after the Belgian league became the first major European competition to recommend ending its season with the current standings declared final.
The California State Athletic Commission, as first reported by ESPN, has canceled all combat sports events in its state through the end of May.Under guidance of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the move was a proactive measure to help inhibit the spread of the covid-19 virus that has the world dealing with a global pandemic."The Commission didn't take this decision lightly and understands the potential economic loss to promoters and the industry of combative sports. We had to weigh the best interest of our fighters and the community around us," the CSAC statement said.The UFC has already postponed at least three events, though company president Dana White has insisted on trying to move...
NASCAR announced that the Next Gen car, scheduled to debut with the 2021 Daytona 500, will debut in 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New York Giants are giving free-agent linebacker Kyler Fackrell a chance to show that his 2019 season wasn't as bad as the numbers suggest. It's a one-year shot for Fackrell to prove his 10 1/2 sack season in 2018 with the Green Bay Packers wasn't a fluke. It will cost the Giants, too.
Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks feels like there might be some deja vu in the air. Hicks was a member of the Eagles when they went 7-9 with a first-year head coach and a rookie quarterback during the 2016 season. He was also a member of last year's 5-10-1 Cardinals with rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury [more]
The request to Premier League players from British health secretary Matt Hancock was direct: "Take a pay cut." With soccer on hold across Europe, players at Barcelona and Atlético Madrid have taken pay cuts of 70%, but English clubs have yet to announce any similar measures. Tottenham and other clubs have even said they plan to use a government scheme to help pay the wages of club staff during the shutdown, effectively using tax payer money as a bailout despite making record revenues last season.
Justin Turner has an idea to help limit the toll on players during a shortened season: a home run derby to decide a winner when a game is tied after 10 innings.
From the hoops of Celtic to the blaugrana stripes of Barcelona, we want to know who you consider to have the best looks on Earth.
Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't believe extending preseason camp for college football teams around the country is necessarily the best way to get them ready for the season. "If you look at statistics historically on concussions, injuries … the most concentrated time that you practice and not play is in fall camp," Saban said on a conference call with reporters.
DePaul and coach Dave Leitao on Thursday agreed to a contract extension through the 2023-24 season after a year in which the Blue Demons went 16-16. Leitao has a 122-132 record over eight seasons and two stints at DePaul. The Blue Demons won 12 of their first 13 games and beat NCAA runner-up Texas Tech.
Eric Ebron isn't worried about Ben Roethlisberger's surgically repaired right elbow. The same goes for Ebron's balky ankle, which the newly signed Pittsburgh Steelers tight end said had "a whole lot of mess" in it before getting cleaned up in December. While Ebron acknowledged he wouldn't quite be ready to go if the season started this week, he quickly pointed out that it doesn't.
UFC president Dana White has been hard at work trying everything within his power to keep UFC 249 intact. His initial belief was that he'd even be able to keep the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson main event intact. Amidst the regulatory hurdles and restrictions that continue to fly up, White is running out of time to stick with his intended April 18 date. But even if he is able to do so, the main event between Khabib and Ferguson has been nixed for the fifth time. After returning to Russia, Nurmagomedov found himself basically locked down, as his country closed its borders. There was a glimmer of hope that he might be able to fly around the globe on a private business flight in...
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Former Wake Forest and Marshall basketball coach Carl Tacy has died at 87. Tacy's son, Carl Jr., told The Associated Press his father died early Thursday. Tacy spent a year as Marshall's head coach before 13 seasons with the Demon Deacons from 1973-85, compiling a 222-149 record for the third-most wins in school history.
Slick-fielding infielder Roberto Baldoquin cost the Angels $14 million to sign out of Cuba in 2015, but he was released recently because his bat didn't develop.
On this day in 1992, the Phillies and Astros combined for one of the most lopsided deals in MLB history, swapping Jason Grimsley and Curt Schilling.
The Bulls are having their best season since Zach LaVine arrived in Chicago. They're 22-43.
Atlético Madrid says it has reached an agreement with its players and coaching staff to reduce their salaries by 70% while competitions are stopped during the coronavirus pandemic. The Spanish club added that some of the money saved by the players' salary cuts will be given to its other employees who will be furloughed. Both clubs said that such cost-saving measures were necessary to ensure their financial stability due to the loss in revenue during the stoppage of competitions.
"We fully accept that players will have to be flexible and share the financial burden of the COVID-19 outbreak," says the PFA.
The Professional Footballers' Association insist they are aware players must "share the financial burden" during the coronavirus as the row over wage cuts for Premier League stars mounted on Thursday. The British Government's Health Secretary Matt Hancock called on top-flight players to take a pay cut after several clubs placed non-playing staff on furlough. Hancock said Premier League players should "make a contribution, take a pay cut and play their part".
Giants GM couldn't wait for Opening Day after watching his team in spring training.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found Tom Brady's backup quarterback.
LaMelo Ball is a team owner at age 18. He and manager Jermaine Jackson have purchased Australia's Illawarra Hawks, Jackson told ESPN on Thursday.
Tom Brady made stars out of many Patriots pass-catchers over the years. But who were his all-time favorite targets? Here's what the stats tell us.
Yannick Ngakoue has made it clear he wants out of Jacksonville. The Jaguars are looking to trade him. Multiple teams are interested in him. Yet, a report from two weeks ago indicated there was no movement on a deal. The reason? It's going to be expensive in compensation both in a new deal for the [more]
The Green Bay Packers have signed wide receiver Devin Funchess as he tries to bounce back from an injury-shortened 2019 season. Funchess played for the Indianapolis Colts last year but went on injured reserve after breaking his collarbone in a season-opening 30-24 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The 25-year-old Funchess spent his first four NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers, who selected him out of Michigan in the second round of the 2015 draft.
Cornerback Darius Slay made a move from the Lions to the Eagles in a trade last month and he's just starting to get a handle on how his new team will be using him in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's scheme. On a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Slay was asked if the plan was [more]
odgers slugger Justin Turner proposes going to a home run derby to end games tied after 10 innings this season.
Cornerback Eli Apple will remain a free agent after he and the Las Vegas Raiders were unable to finalize his contract, sources told ESPN.
Although better and no longer hospitalized, Tony Boselli said he's still weak and battling fatigue, and hasn't quite shaken his cough. "It's been quite a few weeks but I'm feeling better," he said.
Jabril Cox, a two-time FCS All-American at North Dakota State, announced he's transferring to LSU. As a graduate transfer, he's eligible to play for the Tigers this season.
Car park to be used as drive-through test site by NHS | ESPNcricinfo.com
Jaguars great Tony Boselli on Thursday revealed the details of his battle with the illness he contracted as a result of the new coronavirus pandemic currently gripping the world.
Jason Whitlock and Marcellus Wiley share their thoughts on Aldon Smith signing a 1-yr deal with the Dallas Cowboys. Whitlock and Wiley agree Smith will be an effective pass rushers for the Cowboys.
Mike Leach said "he had no intention of offending anyone" when he posted a meme of a woman knitting her husband a noose during quarantine.
The NFL issued a memo to teams Thursday detailing two different scenarios for 2020 draft procedures the league is considering.
The 2020 NFL Draft will be unlike any other, as the league marches on amid the COVID-19 coronavirus. It's going to be the ultimate work from home event.
The restart date for the Premier League will be pushed back on Friday when all 20 clubs meet to discuss the future of the season.
Tua Tagovailoa underwent a comprehensive medical exam by a doctor selected by NFL team physicians, with the quarterback's representatives saying his results were "positive."
England allrounder talks about staying fit in lockdown and launching a fundraiser in support of the NHS | ESPNcricinfo.com
"The team to beat in the East is the Patriots," Bills general manager Brandon Beane said. "So until we beat them, we've done nothing, and we've got our work cut out for us."
A look back at the storied history of WrestleMania, highlighting the most memorable moments from each WrestleMania chronologically from 1-35.
Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa participated in a medical recheck and results "were overwhelmingly positive." All 32 team doctors were able to provide input on exams.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid is working in his basement, making plans to defend the team's Super Bowl title next season.
The "first thing" Premier League footballers can do is "take a pay cut and play their part" to help out during the coronavirus pandemic, says health secretary Matt Hancock.
The Bills were this close to a playoff win last season, but Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane not ready to be considered a favorite. That title still belongs to Bill Belichick's team.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are signing former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert to back up Tom Brady, Ian Rapoport reported. Gabbert played under Bruce Arians in Arizona and is familiar with his offense.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are signing former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert to back up Tom Brady, Ian Rapoport reported. Gabbert played under Bruce Arians in Arizona and is familiar with his offense.
With Wimbledon cancelled and the French and US Opens postponed, Russell Fuller looks at what we will miss from tennis this summer.
The Detroit Lions continue to add to their secondary, signing ex-Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts to a one-year deal, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Thursday. Plus, other news around the NFL.
Shannon and Skip discuss who was the better player to wear the number 3, Allen Iverson or Dwyane Wade. Hear why Shannon believes that Wade has the slight advantage over AI.
New Bucs QB Tom Brady reportedly has rented the 30,000-square-foot home belonging to Marlins CEO Derek Jeter on Davis Islands, located just a short drive from the team's facility.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has signed his franchise tender, NFL Network's Mike Giardi reported. Henry can still come to an agreement on a long-term deal with the Titans before July 15.
NFL players and teams continued to support COVID-19 relief efforts across the country in a variety of ways Thursday.
LaMelo Ball played only 12 games in Australia, but he is now linked to the NBL after buying the Illawarra Hawks with his manager Jermaine Jackson.
Dallas Cowboys have picked up All-Pro DE Aldon Smith, who has not played in the league since 2015. Hear why Skip Bayless thinks this move will pay off for the Dallas Cowboys.
Titans RB Derrick Henry, who won the NFL rushing title with 1,540 yards last season and has posted consecutive seasons of more than 1,000 yards, has signed his franchise tender for $10.2 million, sources told ESPN.
According to a survey released Thursday, 63% of responding athletic directors forecast a worst-case scenario in which their schools' revenues decrease by at least 20% during the 2020-21 academic year.
Nick Wright and Kevin Wildes are joined by Greg Jennings to talk former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who says he's 100% recovered from his hip injury, and 'could play tomorrow'. Nick tells Greg and Kevin that he doesn't believe Tua is healed up enough to play just yet, but does think he should still be the number one overall draft pick, even if he has to sit out for a season.
RFU boss Bill Sweeney urges Eddie Jones to keep his "competitive edge", even if the England head coach does "slightly cross the line" on occasions.
Full highlights from Wednesday night's World of Outlaws dirt features in the Sprint car and Late Model divisions at virtual Charlotte Dirt Track on iRacing
The New England Patriots team plane was used this week for a shipment of more than 1 million N95 masks from Shenzhen, China.
Defensive lineman Michael Brockers was Ravens-bound before a failed physical landed him back with the Rams, who he's played for since 2012. Brockers discussed on Thursday what led to the nixed deal.
As future Hall of Fame QB Tom Brady settles into his new reality as QB of the Buccaneers, he has chosen to settle his family in the mansion of a Hall of Famer from a different sport: Derek Jeter.
In a conference call Wednesday, Jets general manager Joe Douglas recalled telling Sam Darnold's parents last preseason that buffering the signal-caller was his first priority. That task remains.
The Belgian Pro League becomes the first major European league to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Formula E's Alex Sims is keeping sharp behind the wheel of his delivery van, as others in motorsport and cycling help to fight coronavirus.
Tom Brady signing in Tampa Bay makes the NFC South one of the most interesting divisions in 2020. Brady's new division foes concur that the future Hall of Fame QB joining the Bucs bolsters the South.
Fifteen years after one of the most shocking moments in Premier League history, BBC Sport takes a look at some other on-pitch bust-ups involving team-mates.
Pending his reinstatement back into the NFL, Aldon Smith will end a four-year hiatus from football and hopes to show how much he's grown since after signing a one-year contract with the Cowboys.
Because AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow's suspensions are tied to the end of the 2020 postseason rather than a specific number of games, MLB will view them as having served their discipline this year no matter what, sources told ESPN.
The Royal and Ancient, which organizes The Open Championship, is "continuing to work through our options" regarding the 2020 major, following a report that the July tournament had been canceled.
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo approached a witness in a 2017 investigation of criminal sexual conduct involving one of his players before that witness spoke to police or school investigators.
Australia wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy had a pretty good excuse for missing jury service down under - she was playing in the Women's T20 World Cup final.
The transfer of 1.2 million N95 masks from China to the United States was the result of multiple global negotiations and the Massachusetts governor calling on Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft for his help, according to a report.
The Jets and Raiders get their guys, while the Cowboys find a slot complement. Let's find ideal team fits for a loaded wideout class.
Aintree donates 10,000 tickets for day one of next year's Grand National festival to NHS staff and carers on Merseyside.