Texans’ Tashaun Gipson ready to ‘put the clamps on’ tight ends

Although the Houston Texans lost safety Tyrann Mathieu in free agency, they’re hoping his replacement — Tashaun Gipson — can help improve an area in which the secondary struggled last season. “The best tight ends that are coming into NRG [Stadium], I’m going to put the clamps on them,” Gipson said. In 2018, the Texans […]


Haskins turning heads at Redskins minicamp

The scene was different for a Washington Redskins rookie minicamp, with three dozen or so media members attending. It’s been seven years since they entertained that sort of gathering for a rookie minicamp. But, as in the days of Robert Griffin III, the Redskins have a quarterback as their latest symbol of hope: Dwayne Haskins. […]


Manchester United stopped pursuit of Ajax’s De Ligt due to weight concerns – sources

Manchester United gave up their pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt before Ajax’s run to the Champions League semifinals because of concerns about his weight, sources have told ESPN FC. The 19-year-old defender is wanted by Barcelona this summer after helping the Dutch giants to the brink of a first Champions League final since 1996 before […]


Van Persie to ‘go out with honour’ in final Feyenoord game

Robin van Persie says he wants to end his playing days with dignity on Sunday when he hangs up his boots after an 18-year career. “The goal was go out with honour because football is my passion,” the 35-year-old told Dutch media on Saturday before he plays his last game for Feyenoord against ADO Den […]


Real or not? The Nationals are in trouble, and so is Dave Martinez

That was published before the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 6-0 on Tuesday with a six-run seventh inning and five scoreless innings of relief from Freddy Peralta, dropping the Nationals to 14-21 on the season and marking the first time they’ve been seven games under .500 since Sept. 19, 2011. The big hit was […]


Texas’ Gallo in books with 100 HRs, 93 singles

Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo earned a place in baseball’s history books with a major league first on Wednesday. Gallo hit a two-run shot into the Allegheny River in the third inning of the Rangers’ 9-6 win at the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the first player in major league history to hit 100 home runs before […]


The education of Zion Williamson

Columbia, South Carolina, Bill Pell sits in his living room and reminisces about his final year teaching at Spartanburg Day School, a tiny private school located about 100 miles from the arena where the Duke Blue Devils will play later tonight. Before retiring last spring, the 79-year-old taught a daily creative writing class, a yearlong […]


Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic overwhelm the Trail Blazers in Game 5

Paul Millsap scored inside while being fouled, then did something he doesn’t do very often. The calm and often emotionless veteran flexed both of his arms. After four games of both teams playing virtually even basketball across the board, the Denver Nuggets followed Millsap’s lead and muscled their way past the Portland Trail Blazers 124-98 […]


Introducing Quinton Bell, the Raiders rookie who ‘stumped the truck’

It was during one of the Oakland Raiders’ top 30 visits when Quinton Bell, the unknown physical specimen from Prairie View A&M, took his place at the dinner table. There was Clelin Ferrell, chopping it up with Montez Sweat. Along with Christian Wilkins, breaking bread with Devin White and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. The elite defensive draft […]


Davante Adams and then who? Questions remain about Packers WRs

Last season, only one team devoted more salary-cap space to the receiver position than the Green Bay Packers. Using $26.67 million in cap space on receivers, second only to Tampa Bay’s $30.03 million, didn’t translate into across-the-board production, however. Other than Davante Adams, who narrowly missed the Packers’ single-season receptions record, no other consistent threat […]