State of baseball’s rebuilding teams: Contenders already?

Last winter, with baseball’s free-agent class mostly dangling in limbo, super agent Scott Boras was about all we had for hardball-related entertainment. You probably remember many of Boras’ metaphor-laden barbs. Like this one: “The team cutting payroll is treating their family where they’re staying in a neighborhood that has less protection. They’re not living in […]


Mike D’Antoni’s isolation adaptation: ‘With James and Chris, why not?’

D’Antoni found himself in familiar territory after his Houston Rockets lost at home to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. This time he got ripped for the Rockets’ reliance on isolation plays. Houston ran 45 isos in Game 1, according to Second Spectrum data, cheap authentic nfl jerseys china […]


Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, Pelicans’ Anthony Davis lead All-Defensive team

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert led the voting for the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive team Wednesday, joined by New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and point guard Jrue Holiday, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington.official cheap nfl jerseys Gobert, named to the team for the second year in a row, is […]


Building a No. 1 defense: Vikings can never have enough corners

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer used an analogy to portray the high regard in which he holds the cornerback position just as he was set to introduce his newest corner, first-round pick Mike Hughes, the day after Hughes was drafted. “A famous, old coach called me this morning and said that one of the reasons […]


Seahawks focusing on fixing a deteriorating run game

Two of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2018 draft picks, like several of the team’s moves earlier in the offseason, had one thing in common: they were made with an eye towards fixing a badly broken running game. That’s why the Seahawks spent their first-round pick on running back Rashaad Penny and then in the fourth chose […]


Andres Iniesta delayed Barcelona exit reveal due to Champions League shock vs. Roma – Gerard Pique

Andres Iniesta planned to announce his Barcelona departure after the Champions League quarterfinal against Roma, Gerard Pique said after the midfielder’s send-off at the Camp Nou on Friday. Iniesta, 34, decided to delay the announcement, though, when Barca were unexpectedly eliminated in Rome, losing 3-0 and exiting the competition on away goals. He finally said […]


AFC Cup, Roca’s future on the line as BFC take on Abahani

In what could be Albert Roca’s final match in charge of the club, Bengaluru FC (BFC) face Dhaka Abahani away in an AFC Cup group match on Wednesday, hoping at the same time for a favour from Aizawl FC. ESPN understands that BFC and Roca are on the verge of parting ways, though a small […]


One year after cancer, Chad Bettis is winning with every pitch

While some of his peers collect wine for a hobby, Colorado Rockies starter Chad Bettis is partial to nursing a glass of single-malt Scotch whiskey in his free time. He has about 70 bottles of Speysides, Islays and Highlands in his collection, and when he isn’t pitching, preparing for his next start or recovering from […]


Cubs out of the zone as strikeout issues return

Perhaps it’s the hitting background at Sun Trust Park. Or perhaps the Chicago Cubs simply can’t give up their affinity for striking out a lot. After whiffing just twice in a Monday game against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field, the Cubs reverted to their old ways once the series shifted south. They’ve struck out […]


Bucks announce Mike Budenholzer as coach

“After a thorough coaching search, it was clear that Mike was the ideal choice as we enter into a new era of Bucks Basketball,” Bucks owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan said in the statement. “Mike has demonstrated the ability to lead and communicate, and understands what it takes to build a winning […]