‘He’s addicted to winning’: Clayton Kershaw’s battle to remain elite

It was the onset of spring training in 2015, Andrew Friedman’s first as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ president of baseball operations. “Player plan” meetings — basically, an analytics session with players, coaches and executives — were being held. They were mostly for the rookies, but accomplished veterans were included so the message would resonate. The […]


Why this AL race is the best MVP race ever

Here’s the hypothesis: The American League MVP race is arguably the greatest MVP race ever. Here’s the evidence: We already have six position players with a WAR of 7.0 or higher, plus a seventh candidate who is merely chasing a Triple Crown. To have so many players performing at such a high level is nearly […]


Despite Finals loss, Mystics have a lot to be optimistic about

Minutes after Washington head coach Mike Thibault walked into the Mystics locker room following Wednesday’s 98-82 season-ending loss to the Seattle Storm, he was already looking forward to next season. Choosing not to dwell on the team’s third straight loss, or make any excuses as to how it fell on the wrong end of 3-0 […]


Sue Bird and Seattle Storm cap long journey back to WNBA title

A few years ago when point guard Sue Bird was considering where to spend the end of her WNBA career, some close to her suggested leaving Seattle. The Storm were in a rebuilding period, so why not seek another title elsewhere? Maybe back closer to her home in New York? Bird gave it some thought, […]


The Patriots now have six first-rounders … from other teams

The Patriots’ one-year agreement with Coleman on Tuesday highlights this trend, as the club now has six players who were first-round picks by other teams on their roster: defensive end Adrian Clayborn, receiver Phillip Dorsett, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, defensive tackle Danny Shelton and Coleman. Of the group, Dorsett, Patterson and Shelton fall […]


WR Martavis Bryant signing 1-year deal with Raiders

A source told Graziano that Bryant and the Raiders discussed potentially re-signing him at the time of his release and that Bryant is still in “wait and see mode” with regard to a potential suspension. Raiders coach Jon Gruden had grown increasingly impatient with Bryant’s lack of versatility in his playbook and missed practice time […]


Jonathan Gonzalez on switch from U.S. to Mexico: ‘I made the perfect decision’

Mexico midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez has no regrets over his switch from the U.S. national team to El Tri as he prepares to face the Stars and Stripes on Tuesday (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET) for the first time since his decision. The 19-year-old Santa Rosa, Calif., native was aiming for a call-up from the full U.S. […]


Sigi Schmid steps down as LA Galaxy head coach; Dominic Kinnear to take over

Sigi Schmid has stepped down as LA Galaxy manager effective immediately, the MLS club announced on Monday. Schmid, 65, leaves a Galaxy team that is in eighth place in the Western Conference, two spots out of a playoff berth with just six matches left to play. He will be replaced by Galaxy assistant coach Dominic […]


Tie ‘nothing to be excited about’: These Browns want more

So this was … what, exactly, for the Cleveland Browns? A 21-21 comeback tie against their perennial tormenters from Pittsburgh. A better result, objectively, than any they’ve had since Christmas Eve 2016. How many teams came out of Week 1 assured of a better record than they had last year? Just one, folks. Your Cleveland […]


Late fumble spoils Andrew Luck’s impressive return as Colts lose

The loss took away from the moment everybody had been waiting 20 months to happen. The throws made during minicamp, snaps taken and hits Luck took in limited action in preseason were just an appetizer. It was all about how he would handle making the necessary throws while facing pressure throughout an entire game for […]