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Eagles extend WR DeVonta Smith through 2028 season

The Philadelphia Eagles and DeVonta Smith have agreed to a three-year extension that ties the wide receiver to the team through the 2028 season. Terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the contract is worth $75 million, with $51 million guaranteed. Smith was the Eagles' first-round draft pick in 2021 and the team has already picked up the fifth-year option in his rookie contract for the 2025 season.  He has surpassed 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons and has had more than 100 catches in all three of his seasons.
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Sources: Five-star Boogie Fland requests release from Kentucky

Five-star guard Boogie Fland has requested his release from Kentucky and will reopen his recruitment, sources told ESPN. Fland becomes the fourth member of what was the No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the country to decommit from the Wildcats, following five-star forward Jayden Quaintance and ESPN 100 prospects Karter Knox and Somto Cyril. These decisions come in the wake of John Calipari's decision to leave Kentucky for Arkansas and the Wildcats hiring Mark Pope to replace Calipari. When Fland originally committed to Kentucky in October, he chose the Wildcats over Indiana, although Alabama was also on his final list of three. The Hoosiers were in the lead entering the final weeks, but Calipari and Kentucky finished strong to overtake Mike Woodson's program. "He is a Hall of Fame coach who cares about his players," Fland told ESPN at the time about Calipari. "When he gave his Hall of Fame speech, his former players and coaches were...
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Davante Adams on Raiders: 'If I wanted to be gone, I'd be gone'

In February, Raiders general manager Tom Telesco indicated that star wide receiver Davante Adams wouldn't be traded when he said, " He's a Raider." On Sunday, Adams made it clear that sentiment was mutual. "If I wanted to be gone, I'd be gone by now," Adams told reporters from his football camp, according to The Athletic. "This is where I want to be." The Raiders acquired Adams from the Packers in 2022 and then signed him to a five-year, $140 million contract extension. That still hasn't stopped trade speculation the past two offseasons. However, while he might have had some discontent with Josh McDaniels, his former coach, he is a staunch supporter of Antonio Pierce, his new coach. In January, Adams stumped for Pierce to have the interim tag removed from his title after he led the Raiders to a 5-4 record to end the season. Adams appears to be much happier now that Pierce was hired for the full-time role. "It's already helped the...
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Grayson Allen agrees to 4-year, $70M extension with Suns

Phoenix Suns guard Grayson Allen has agreed on a four-year, $70 million contract extension that includes a player option, his agents Mitch Nathan, Aaron Mintz and Steven Heumann of CAA Sports told ESPN on Monday. The deal keeps Allen out of unrestricted free agency this summer and rewards him for a career-best season with the Suns. Allen started 73 games and averaged 13.4 points, 3.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 33.5 minutes per game.  After landing with his fourth team in six seasons, Allen, 28, was eager to re-sign as part of a lineup of Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal that allows him tremendous space and room to operate on the court. His 46.1% on 3-pointers led the NBA this season. Allen's signing comes with massive luxury tax implications for owner Mat Ishbia. The Suns could've replaced him only with minimum contract free agents, so his re-signing was vital to the franchise's ability to keep its core together. Allen's $15.6 million...
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Tiger Woods shares moment with retiring Verne Lundquist at Masters

Tiger Woods and Verne Lundquist will always share a connection at Augusta National. It was only appropriate that they shared a moment at Lundquist's final Masters. At the 16th hole, where Woods made a memorable chip-in at the 2005 Masters on the way to his fourth of five green jackets, the golfer stopped to shake Lundquist's hand and exchange a few words after tapping in for par. The 83-year-old Lundquist is retiring after calling the Masters for CBS for the 40th time. His decision to step away has rekindled memories of his epic call of Woods' chip-in nearly two decades ago, when Lundquist bellowed, "In your life have you seen anything like that?!" Early in Sunday's broadcast, CBS' Jim Nantz said, "We will be celebrating you as long as there is a Masters tournament. ... You will always be a part of it. You have permanent residence here with that impressive resume of calls and moments. You all love you and we're going to miss you." Lundquist replied, "I thank you Jim, and...
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Sources: Colts' DeForest Buckner gets 2-year, $46M extension

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have locked in another key piece of their core. In a continuation of moves made this spring, the Colts signed star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to an extension Monday. Sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that it's a two-year deal for $46 million and runs through the 2026 season. The deal comes as the Colts report this week for voluntary offseason workouts and preempts what would have been a contract year for one of the team's captains and most productive players. He was entering the final year of a four-year, $84 million contract signed after joining the Colts in a trade from the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, when he was a first-team All-Pro selection. "DeForest has been the epitome of what it means to be a Colt the last four years," general manager Chris Ballard said in a statement. "As one of the premier defensive tackles in the league, he is a destructive force on our defensive line. DeForest is one of the...
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April 15

Padres back 'relevant' Jurickson Profar after clutch hit vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- San Diego Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar came up with the game-winning hit that led to a series victory Sunday at Dodger Stadium. That his three-run double in the seventh inning came one day after Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith called him "irrelevant" did not go unnoticed by one of Profar's most prominent teammates. "Irrelevant? I don't know. You'll have to check the dictionary on that," Padres third baseman Manny Machado said after San Diego's  6-3 win. "He's been leading this team big-time. The numbers speak for themselves. Every time he comes out here, steps on that field, he makes a big impact on the game. At the end of the day, boy got 10 years in the league. There's only a handful of baseball players, in all of baseball, who accomplish that goal, so, got to put a little bit of respect on his name." Profar took exception to being brushed back by an up-and-in cutter from Dodgers starter Gavin...
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April 14

Houston Dash record-signing Maria Sanchez requests trade - sources

Houston Dash winger Maria Sanchez has requested a trade only four months after signing one of the most lucrative deals in National Women's Soccer League history, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN. Both the NWSL trade window and transfer window will close at midnight ET on Friday. Sanchez signed a new contract with Houston in December for three years plus a fourth-year option, with a total compensation of $1.5 million including bonuses and the option year. At the time it was inked, it was the largest deal in NWSL history, although it was eclipsed by a few contracts signed in the months that followed. - Stream on ESPN+: NWSL regular-season games (U.S.) Reached by ESPN on Sunday, a Dash spokesperson provided the following statement: "Maria Sanchez is under contract, a choice she made in free agency at the end of 2023." Sanchez, 28, was a restricted free agent this past offseason, meaning that Houston had the ability to match any offer from...
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April 14

Scottie Scheffler closes with 68, wins another Masters title

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A victory at the 2024 Masters seemed inevitable for Scottie Scheffler. The Texan has been ranked No. 1 in the world for more than 80 weeks during his short career. He'd won eight times on the PGA Tour since February 2022, a stretch that saw him become the first golfer ever to win the Players Championship in back-to-back years. Scheffler is regarded as perhaps golf's best ball striker since Tiger Woods in his prime, and Scheffler's magical hands around the greens also have drawn comparison to you-know-who. Until Sunday, Scheffler had only one major championship victory, the 2022 Masters, which might have been the only reason anyone would doubt his status as the game's next generational star. After entering Sunday's final round of the 88th Masters at Augusta National Golf Club leading by 1 shot, Scheffler ran away from the other contenders on the second nine to win a second green jacket in three years. Scheffler carded a 4-under 68 over the final...
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April 14

Cutter Gauthier signs entry-level deal with Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Cutter Gauthier, who scored the most goals in the NCAA in the past 25 years during Boston College's run to the Frozen Four, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Gauthier is likely to make his NHL debut Thursday when the Ducks wrap up their season at Vegas. His rights were acquired from Philadelphia for defenseman Jamie Drysdale and a 2025 second-round pick. Gauthier was the fifth overall pick by the Flyers in the 2022 NHL draft. Flyers general manager Danny Briere said in January that he traded Gauthier because he wouldn't sign, train or even communicate with Philadelphia. Gauthier's 38 goals are tied with Ryan Potulny, who played for Minnesota in 2005-06, for most by a collegiate player in the past 25 seasons. The center also led the NCAA in game-winning goals (10), was second in points (65) and tied for second in power-play goals (13). He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player...
April 14
April 14

Scottie Scheffler wins by 4 shots, captures another Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A victory at the 2024 Masters seemed inevitable for Scottie Scheffler. The Texan has been ranked No. 1 in the world for more than 80 weeks during his short career. He'd won eight times on the PGA Tour since February 2022, a stretch that saw him become the first golfer ever to win the Players Championship in back-to-back years. Scheffler is regarded as perhaps golf's best ballstriker since Tiger Woods in his prime, and Scheffler's magical hands around the greens also have drawn comparison to you-know-who. Until Sunday, Scheffler had only one major championship victory, the 2022 Masters, which might have been the only reason anyone would doubt his status as the game's next generational star. After entering Sunday's final round of the 88th Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in a three-way tie for the lead, Scheffler ran away from the other contenders on the second nine to win a second green jacket in three years. Scheffler carded a 4-under 68...
April 14
April 14

Frank Nazar scores on first attempt in NHL debut with Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Welcome to the NHL, Frank Nazar. Nazar scored on his first shot on goal in his debut with the Chicago Blackhawks in the team's home finale against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, a 4-2 Chicago loss. Wearing No. 91, a smiling Nazar got a big cheer from the early-arriving fans when he took the ice for his solo rookie lap ahead of warmups. He centered a line with Jason Dickinson and Joey Anderson at the beginning of the game, but coach Luke Richardson said the Blackhawks might take a look at a couple different combinations. After coming up empty on an early power-play opportunity, Nazar got a slick pass from Seth Jones and skated in on Pyotr Kochetkov for a breakaway. He beat Kochetkov on the goaltender's stick side 10:05 into the first period, sending a charge through the United Center crowd. The 20-year-old Nazar, one of Chicago's top prospects, turned pro after Michigan lost 4-0 to Boston College in the Frozen...
April 14
April 14

Thunder clinch 1-seed but are keeping 'eyes on the prize'

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Rookie center Chet Holmgren unzipped his black hoodie sweatshirt when asked how the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrated earning the Western Conference's No. 1 seed, showing off his blue Northwest Division champions T-shirt that was handed out in the locker room. The Thunder took a team picture to commemorate the occasion after Sunday's 135-86 win over the Dallas Mavericks -- who rested all their starters and a few key reserves -- then shifted their focus to preparing for the playoffs. "I wouldn't say celebratory so much as just kind of recognizing the fruition of all the hard work that we've been putting in," Holmgren said. "We're not in the position we're in by accident. There was a lot of dedication and hard work that went into it. "But we're not celebrating, because what we're trying to do, we're not there yet. So, we're still eyes on the prize, locked in." Oklahoma City entered the final day of the regular season in a three-way...
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April 14

Thunder clinch 1 seed, but are keeping 'eyes on the prize'

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Rookie center Chet Holmgren unzipped his black hoodie sweatshirt when asked how the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrated earning the Western Conference's No. 1 seed, showing off the blue Northwest Division T-shirts that were handed out in the locker room. The Thunder took a team picture to commemorate the occasion after Sunday's 135-86 win over the Dallas Mavericks, who rested all their starters and a few key reserves, and then shifted their focus to preparing for the playoffs. "I wouldn't say celebratory so much as just kind of recognizing the fruition of all the hard work that we've been putting in," Holmgren said. "We're not in the position we're in by accident. There was a lot of dedication and hard work that went into it, but we're not celebrating because what we're trying to do, we're not there yet. So we're still eyes on the prize, locked in." Oklahoma City entered the final day of the regular season in a three-way tie for first place in...
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April 14

Kentucky's Mark Pope introduced in front of Rupp Arena crowd

Days after John Calipari left town, Mark Pope stood on a podium in front of a sold-out crowd at Rupp Arena on Sunday. During his official introduction, Kentucky's new coach, who signed a five-year deal for $5.5 million per season, said he's aware of the expectations around the program. "I understand the assignment," Pope said. "We are here to win banners. As we go through this journey, we're here to win banners in Nashville [at the SEC tournament] because you guys turn out in Nashville like nobody else and that matters. And our job here and our assignment is here to win banners in the Final Four, national championships. That's our job." Pope's arrival marked the latest step in a surprising sequence of events that has changed the SEC and men's college basketball. Three days ago, Calipari was introduced as the head coach at Arkansas following a 15-year tenure that included the 2012 national title. Calipari decided to leave the Wildcats after a series of lackluster postseason...
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April 14

Thunder clinch No. 1 seed for Western Conference playoffs

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 points in one half of action and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Dallas Mavericks 135-86 on Sunday to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Oklahoma City finished with the same 57-25 record as the Denver Nuggets but owned the tiebreaker. The Thunder hadn't finished as the top seed since the 2012-13 season. The Thunder entered the final day in a three-way tie with the Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves for the best record in the Western Conference, the first such occurrence in NBA history. Denver's win over the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota's loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday clinched the No. 2 and 3 seeds for the Nuggets and Timberwolves, respectively. The Thunder will have to wait for the play-in tournament's conclusion to learn their first-round opponent. The Nuggets will face the winner of the 7-8 play-in game between the Los Angeles...
April 14
April 14

Knicks clinch No. 2 seed; Sixers to host Heat in play-in

PHILADELPHIA -- Long after the 76ers emerged with a comfortable 107-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in their season finale Sunday at Wells Fargo Center, most of Philadelphia's roster was standing in the locker room watching the final moments of the New York Knicks- Chicago Bulls game 100 miles up Interstate 95. If New York won, it would clinch the second seed in the Eastern Conference and be Philadelphia's potential first-round opponent next weekend. If Chicago won, the Knicks would be the third seed, and the Milwaukee Bucks would get the second seed. Ultimately, the Knicks escaped with a thrilling 120-119 overtime victory after Chicago forward  DeMar DeRozan's potential game-winning jumper went wanting. The 76ers -- relegated to the play-in tournament close to an hour earlier by the Orlando Magic's 113-88 victory over the Bucks -- will shift their focus to Wednesday's Nos. 7-8 play-in game at home...
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April 14

Leverkusen's Alonso hails 'extraordinary' Bundesliga triumph

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso hailed their Bundesliga triumph as "something extraordinary" after they secured their first title in the club's 120-year history on Sunday evening. Bayer Leverkusen had a 13-point lead heading into the match against  Werder Bremen, knowing a victory would secure the Bundesliga even with five matches remaining. The hosts made easy work of Bremen as they won 5-0 thanks to a penalty from Victor Boniface, a wonderful strike from Granit Xhaka and a Florian Wirtz hat trick. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) The triumph marked the end of Bayern Munich's run of 11 straight titles, and a breakthrough for Leverkusen after they came so close in both 2000 and 2002. "This is a very special moment for the club," Alonso said postmatch. "After 120 years, to win the Bundesliga for the first time is something extraordinary. The players really performed, they were a top team...
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April 14

Bruins' Kevin Shattenkirk fined for unsportsmanlike conduct

The NHL has fined Boston Bruins defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk $2,734.38 for unsportsmanlike conduct after he hit Pittsburgh Penguins winger Michael Bunting with his stick from the bench during Saturday's game. Shattenkirk was not penalized for his action with 19:37 left in the first period of the Bruins' 6-4 victory. Bunting had made contact with the Bruins' Linus Ullmark, the winger's stick catching the goaltender's skates and causing him to fall over. Bunting then skated past the Boston bench, where Shattenkirk apparently reached out with his stick and hit Bunting with it. On Sunday, the league's Department of Player Safety announced the fine, the maximum allowed for unsportsmanlike conduct under the collective bargaining agreement, with the money going to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. Shattenkirk scored a goal and Bunting had one goal and one assist in the game, with Ullmark (28 saves) earning the win. Shattenkirk was...
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April 14

Liverpool's Klopp at loss for words after Palace defeat

Liverpool's season is starting to unravel, and manager Jurgen Klopp is at a loss to explain why. A 1-0 home loss to Crystal Palace damaged Liverpool's Premier League title challenge on Sunday, three days after a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta at Anfield in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Those consecutive home losses come after last Sunday's draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford and leave Klopp's side looking up the table at leaders Manchester City yet again. "Could be," Klopp said, when asked if the loss to Palace was a hangover from the defeat to Atalanta. "If you look at my teams over the years, I think you could say our pressing is usually good, the counter-press is there. The first half [against Palace], we were open -- like how can that happen? "It's only a few days ago that we played a bad game, so it might have something to do with that. Actually it was a...
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April 14

Tagged WR Tee Higgins anticipates playing for Bengals in 2024

One of the biggest question marks of the Cincinnati Bengals' offseason appears to be heading toward a resolution. Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins anticipates playing for Cincinnati in 2024, he told reporters at his youth football camp Sunday. Higgins, who is entering his fifth year in the league, had requested a trade earlier in the offseason after Cincinnati placed the franchise tag on him. "I do anticipate it," Higgins said, according to video posted by WXIX-TV. "I've grown a love for Cincinnati that I didn't think I would. [I'm] looking forward to it." For the past two years, Higgins and Cincinnati have been unable to come to terms on a long-term contract. The two sides made little progress ahead of a 2023 season that saw Higgins battle injuries. A rib injury he suffered in Week 4 and a hamstring issue ahead of Week 10 forced Higgins to miss five combined games last year. He finished with 42 catches for 656 receiving yards and five...
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April 14

Tiger Woods finishes Masters at 16-over 304, a career worst

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Despite posting his highest round in his Masters career and his worst 72-hole score in a professional event, Tiger Woods said his return to Augusta National Golf Club was a "good week." A day after the 15-time major champion posted a 10-over 82 in the third round, he played better while carding a 5-over 77 over the final 18 holes Sunday. Woods made a triple bogey on the par-4 fifth hole to go with three bogeys and one birdie. Woods' 72-hole total of 16-over 304 was last among the 60 golfers who made the 36-hole cut. The five-time green jacket winner was 2 strokes behind former Masters champion Vijay Singh and Denmark's  Thorbjørn Olesen. Still, Woods was able to finish an official 72-hole tournament for the first time since tying for 45th at the Genesis Invitational outside Los Angeles in February 2023. It was the first time he finished a major championship since he was 47th in the 2022 Masters, his first start after he was seriously...
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April 14

Sky swap 2024 WNBA draft picks, prospects with Lynx in trade

The Chicago Sky acquired the seventh overall pick in the 2024 WNBA draft and center Nikolina Milic from the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday. The Lynx, in turn, received the eighth overall pick in the draft, forward Sika Kone, Chicago's second-round selection in the 2025 draft and the rights to swap the Sky's first-round pick in 2026.   "We are excited to strengthen our draft position once again in a year with many top prospects," Sky general manager Jeff Pagliocca said. "We thank Sika for her many contributions to the Chicago Sky and wish her success in her next role." The Sky now own the third overall pick in the 2024 draft (from the Phoenix Mercury) in addition to Nos. 7 and 13 (from the Dallas Wings via the Indiana Fever). "This trade in the WNBA draft continues our focus on building a foundation for sustained success," said Cheryl Reeve, the Lynx's head coach and president of basketball operations. Minnesota has two...
April 14
April 14

Stephen Curry, Draymond Green out for finale ahead of play-in

SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and forward Draymond Green will not play in the team's regular-season finale against the Utah Jazz on Sunday afternoon. "[Curry] could play. If he had to play, he would be playing," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game. "Given what we are facing, it made no sense to put him out there today. We're hoping that we've got three games this week, so getting a rest today, getting time to recover before that first play-in game, that's much more important." Gary Payton II will miss his third consecutive game with a left calf strain. All the other players on the roster are available, including  Jonathan Kuminga, who missed Friday's game with a right pelvic contusion. The Warriors have a chance to move into the 8-seed, but given the way Kerr spoke pregame, it appears that they are preparing to move forward as the 9- or 10-seed. "It's most likely we're going to have to win two games...
April 14
April 14

Xabi Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen win first Bundesliga title

Bayer Leverkusen won the first Bundesliga title in their history with a 5-0 win over Werder Bremen  on Sunday, securing the championship with five games to play. Alonso's team remain unbeaten in all competitions this season having broken Bayern Munich's German record of 32 games without a defeat in all competitions in February. The run now stands at 43 in all competitions. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) "It feels great. I have the feeling this is not just for us, this is for so many people that have been chasing this dream for so many years," Alonso said after the game. "Past coaches are part of it as well. It is very special when it is the first time for everything, and this is the most difficult title probably." Leverkusen took the lead in the 25th minute through  Victor Boniface's penalty, and a long-range strike from  Granit Xhaka in the second half added comfort to the score in front a...
April 14
April 14

76ers' Joel Embiid (knee) sits out regular-season finale

PHILADELPHIA --  Joel Embiid sat out Sunday's regular-season finale for the Philadelphia 76ers against the Brooklyn Nets as a precautionary measure ahead of the playoffs, sources told ESPN. The expectation is Embiid will be available for Philadelphia's next game, sources told ESPN. That next game could be Tuesday if Philadelphia is on the road for the 7-8 play-in game, or Wednesday if the 76ers are hosting it. It also could be next weekend, if the 76ers move up into the fifth or sixth seed in the East and avoid the play-in game. Embiid, who briefly left Friday's 125-113 win over the Orlando Magic after it appeared he was having issues with his left knee late in the first half, returned and played the rest of the game. Sixers coach Nick Nurse told reporters Embiid took part in Saturday's practice. The NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, Embiid has averaged 30.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists in the five games he has played following a...
April 14
April 14

Eze and Palace deal Liverpool big blow to title chance

Liverpool's quest for a Premier League title in manager Jurgen Klopp's final season with the team suffered a huge blow with a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday that left them third in the table. Eberechi Eze scored in the 14th minute to stun the Anfield faithful in the third consecutive disappointing result for Liverpool. Klopp's men are even on 71 points with second-placed Arsenal, who were playing later Sunday, and two behind provisional leaders Manchester City. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) "I would say with the chances we had, we were really unlucky," Klopp told the BBC. "In the second half, Crystal Palace were lucky we didn't punish them, but that's why we are stood here with no points and Crystal Palace have three." Tyrick Mitchell found Eze unmarked in the box after some good passing and the England international slotted home with his first touch to put Palace ahead. "It's an...
April 14
April 14

Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa, gifts sneakers to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES --  Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers received some special footwear Saturday, courtesy of Kobe Bryant's widow. On the eighth anniversary of Bryant's last NBA game, Vanessa Bryant gave members of the Dodgers exclusive sneakers in a team color scheme from the late basketball star's signature Nike line. The club posted a thank-you message to Vanessa Bryant with photos of the sneakers on X and shared video on Instagram of players opening their new Nike Kobe 6 LA Dodgers PE shoes. Betts said he was going to wear them every day, and manager Dave Roberts said: "These are ridiculous. I'm going to rock these with Mamba pride." The Dodgers went on to beat the  San Diego Padres  5-2 on Saturday night. Bryant scored 60 points for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Utah Jazz at home in the last game of his career on April 13, 2016, often referred to as Mamba Day in a nod to his Black Mamba nickname. He...
April 14
April 14

Conor McGregor's return set vs. Michael Chandler at UFC 303

LAS VEGAS -- Conor McGregor's comeback fight is now official. UFC CEO Dana White announced Saturday night that McGregor will fight Michael Chandler -- long the planned matchup -- in the main event of UFC 303 on June 29 in Las Vegas. The card will highlight the UFC's annual International Fight Week. McGregor had said Jan. 1 that he'd be fighting Chandler on that date, but it was not made official until White's announcement. White said the fight would take place at 170 pounds. McGregor, the biggest star in UFC history, has not fought since July 2021, when he broke his left leg in a fight with Dustin Poirier. McGregor and Chandler coached against one another on "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2023, with the plan being that the two would fight after the conclusion of the reality show. McGregor (22-6) has just one UFC victory since 2016 and has fought only four times since then, not including a blockbuster boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in 2017. The Ireland...
April 14
April 14

Alex Pereira blasts Jamahal Hill in 1st to retain UFC crown

LAS VEGAS --  Alex Pereira continued his run as one of UFC's most dynamic big-fight athletes. Pereira has already won two championships at New York's Madison Square Garden. And on Saturday, he knocked out former champ Jamahal Hill to retain the UFC light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 300 -- one of the biggest events in promotion history -- at T-Mobile Arena. The finish came at 3 minutes, 14 seconds of the first round after one of Pereira's trademark left hooks. The finish will live on highlight reels forever. Hill kicked Pereira low, prompting referee Herb Dean to step in and try to pause the fight. Pereira held up his right hand, stopping the official from intervening. Pereira then blasted Hill with the left hook and followed with violent punches on the ground. "I was gauging the distance and timing," Pereira said through an interpreter. "Everything went perfect." Pereira said the groin kick hurt him a little, but he was just starting to figure out...
April 14
April 14

Alex Pereira throttles Jamahal Hill in 1st to retain UFC crown

LAS VEGAS --  Alex Pereira continued his run as one of the UFC's most dynamic big-fight athletes. Pereira has already won two championships at New York's Madison Square Garden. And Saturday, he knocked out former champ Jamahal Hill to retain the UFC light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 300 -- one of the biggest events in promotion history -- at T-Mobile Arena. The finish came at 3 minutes, 14 seconds of the first round after one of Pereira's trademark left hooks. The finish will be one that will live on highlight reels forever. Hill kicked Pereira low, prompting referee Herb Dean to step in and try to pause the fight. Pereira held up his right hand, stopping the official from intervening. Pereira then blasted Hill with the left hook and followed with violent punches on the ground. "I was gauging the distance and timing," Pereira said through an interpreter. "Everything went perfect." Hill relinquished the title last summer after rupturing his left...
April 14
April 14

Max Holloway wins BMF with last-second KO of Justin Gaethje

The BMF title is not a real championship, but Max Holloway did the gimmick proud on Saturday night with an explosive last-second knockout of Justin Gaethje at UFC 300 in Las Vegas. Holloway (26-7), a former featherweight champion competing at lightweight in this bout, was in control from the start, with faster hands and elusive footwork that made it difficult for Gaethje (25-5) to find him. For Gaethje, the defending BMF belt holder, the fight became increasingly difficult after Holloway connected with a spinning back kick to the face right before the horn to end Round 2. The kick busted up Gaethje's nose, and his face was a bloody mess the rest of the way. Gaethje did floor Holloway with a right hand late in Round 4, although UFC Stats did not credit him with handing Holloway the first knockdown of his career. The punch turned the tide briefly, but Holloway retook control in the final round. As the final seconds ticked away, when all Holloway had to do was avoid a...
April 14
April 14

Messi golazo helps Miami beat SKC in front of almost 73K at Arrowhead

A stunning long-range strike from Lionel Messi helped Inter Miami to a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City in front of a record crowd of 72,610 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday. Making his first MLS start since March 2 after overcoming a hamstring injury, Messi let fly from 25 yards with his famed left foot to give Miami the lead six minutes into the second half. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, NWSL more (U.S.) The home team, cheered on by minority owner and three-time Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes, played its part in an entertaining evening. Erik Thommy, who also gave his team the lead after six minutes, equalized with an impressive volley seven minutes after Messi's strike. But Miami avoided a sixth straight match without a win in all competition courtesy of a close-range finish from Messi's ex- Barcelona teammate,  Luis Suárez, in the 71st minute...
April 14
April 13

Messi golazo helps Miami beat SKC in front of 73K at Arrowhead

A stunning long-range strike from Lionel Messi helped Inter Miami to a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City in front of a record crowd of 72,610 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday. Making his first MLS start since March 2 after overcoming a hamstring injury, Messi let fly from 25 yards with his famed left foot to give Miami the lead six minutes into the second half. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, NWSL more (U.S.) The home team, cheered on by minority owner and three-time Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes, played its part in an entertaining evening. Erik Thommy, who also gave his team the lead after six minutes, equalized with an impressive volley seven minutes after Messi's strike. But Miami avoided a sixth straight match without a win in all competitions courtesy of a close-range finish from Messi's ex- Barcelona teammate Luis Suárez in the 71st minute...
April 13
April 13

Denver topples Boston College to win NCAA championship

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jared Wright and Rieger Lorenz scored second-period goals, Matt Davis had 35 saves and Denver beat No. 1 overall seed Boston College 2-0 Saturday night to win the 10th national championship in program history. No. 3 seed Denver (32-9-3), which finished the season on a nine-game win streak, moved past Michigan (nine) for most titles of all time. Boston College is tied with Boston University (five) for fourth, behind Wisconsin (six). Davis had 23 third-period saves in his third shutout of the season. The junior made his 26th consecutive start, the longest streak of his career, and stopped 68 of the 69 shots he faced at the Frozen Four. Davis had 33 saves in the Pioneers' 2-1 double-overtime win over Boston University in the semifinals. After Denver won a faceoff in its defensive zone and quickly pushed it up the left side, Lorenz passed to Wright for a shot that ricocheted off the near post then bounced off Boston College goaltender Jacob Fowler's back above the...
April 13
April 13

'Error' led to extra time on clock in Lakers win vs. Grizzlies

NEW ORLEANS -- More than a minute of extra game time was added to the clock in the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 123-120 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, an NBA spokesperson confirmed to ESPN. "We have confirmed that the game clock was inaccurately set in the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers-Memphis Grizzlies game last night at FedEx Forum," league spokesperson Tim Frank said in a statement Saturday. "After a shot clock violation, the clock was set at 2:20 when it should have been at 1:14. The error was not noticed in real time by the teams, the referees, the game clock operator or the stats crew. While unfortunate, the effort was not identified in time to resolve the situation in-game." The Grizzlies shot two consecutive air balls to end their possession with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter but the shot clock was reset mistakenly after the second attempt. While Memphis guard Timmy Allen corralled the ball and hoisted up a...
April 13
April 13

'Error' led to extra time on clock in Lakers win vs. Grizzles

NEW ORLEANS -- More than a minute of extra game time was added to the clock in the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 123-120 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, an NBA spokesperson confirmed to ESPN. "We have confirmed that the game clock was inaccurately set in the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers-Memphis Grizzlies game last night at FedEx Forum," league spokesperson Tim Frank said in a statement Saturday. "After a shot clock violation, the clock was set at 2:20 when it should have been at 1:14. The error was not noticed in real time by the teams, the referees, the game clock operator or the stats crew. While unfortunate, the effort was not identified in time to resolve the situation in-game." The Grizzlies shot two consecutive air balls to end their possession with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter but the shot clock was reset mistakenly after the second attempt. While Memphis guard Timmy Allen corralled the ball and hoisted up a...
April 13
April 13

Tiger Woods posts 10-over 82 for career worst score at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- For the second day in a row on Saturday, Tiger Woods made Masters history. Only this time, it was a mark the 15-time major championship winner was hoping to avoid. After setting the Masters record with his 24th consecutive made cut on Friday, Woods posted his worst score ever in his 26th tournament at Augusta National Golf Club with a 10-over 82 in the third round. It was his highest round in any major championship during his career. Woods, a five-time Masters champion, is 11 over after 54 holes and was tied for 52nd when his third round ended. "The fact that I was not hitting it very good or putting well," Woods said when he was asked what his biggest challenge was on Saturday. "I didn't have a very good warmup session, and I kept it going all day today. Just hit the ball in all the places that I know I shouldn't hit it. "And I missed a lot of putts. Easy, makeable putts. I missed a lot of them." After starting the day at 1 over after 36 holes, Woods...
April 13
April 13

Tiger Woods posts 10-over 82 for career worst Masters score

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- For the second day in a row on Saturday, Tiger Woods made Masters history. Only this time, it was a mark the 15-time major championship winner was hoping to avoid. After setting the Masters record with his 24th consecutive made cut on Friday, Woods posted his worst score ever in his 26th tournament at Augusta National Golf Club with a 10-over 82 in the third round. It was his highest round in any major championship during his career. Woods, a five-time Masters champion, is 11 over after 54 holes and was tied for 52nd when his third round ended. "The fact that I was not hitting it very good or putting well," Woods said when he was asked what his biggest challenge was on Saturday. "I didn't have a very good warmup session, and I kept it going all day today. Just hit the ball in all the places that I know I shouldn't hit it. "And I missed a lot of putts. Easy, makeable putts. I missed a lot of them." After starting the day at 1 over after 36 holes, Woods...
April 13
April 13

Scottie Scheffler leads Masters by 1 shot entering final round

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The last time Scottie Scheffler slept on a lead going into the final round of the Masters in 2022, he woke up Sunday morning and cried with his wife, Meredith, because of the pressure. Scheffler, who is the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, is sleeping on another lead heading into Sunday's final round of the 88th Masters. He overcame a couple of rare mistakes to post a 1-under 71 in Saturday's third round for a 54-hole total of 7 under. Two-time major championship winner Collin Morikawa is 1 stroke back after carding a 3-under 69. Max Homa is 2 back at 5 under, followed by Sweden's Ludvig Åberg at 4 under and LIV Golf League captain Bryson DeChambeau at 3 under. Two years ago, Scheffler, then aged 25, had captured his first three PGA Tour victories in six weeks and ascended to No. 1 in the world. The Texan had a 3-stroke lead over Australia's Cameron Smith and wasn't sure he was ready for the biggest moment of his...
April 13
April 13

Kayla Harrison chokes out Holly Holm to win debut at UFC 300

LAS VEGAS --  Kayla Harrison's UFC debut could not have gone any better. The former two-time Olympic judo champion dominated former champion and combat sports legend Holly Holm, beating Holm with a rear-naked choke submission at 1 minute, 47 seconds of the second round Saturday in the prelims of UFC 300 at T-Mobile Arena. "I want my title next. That's what I came over here for -- one thing and one thing only," Harrison said in her postfight interview. "By the end of the year, I will be UFC champion." Harrison, who was cutting to bantamweight for the first time in her MMA career, took Holm down in the first round and blasted her with hard ground-and-pound, including elbows. Those elbows were a major factor in the fight. Harrison was not able to use those in PFL, where she previously fought due to that promotion's rules. Harrison was a two-time PFL women's lightweight champion. The second round was more of the same. Harrison went for a head kick and then shot in...
April 13
April 13

Zach McKinstry accounts for six runs allowed in Tigers' loss

DETROIT -- Third baseman Zach McKinstry accounted for six runs allowed in a bizarre 12th inning, as the Detroit Tigers dropped a lengthy 11-5 decision to the Minnesota Twins in the opening game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Stuck in a 4-4 game in the 12th, the Twins took advantage of a based-loaded walk and a three-run error by McKinstry at third, when Ryan Jeffers hit a grounder that went through his legs. Then, needing pitchers on a long day in which his club had already used five, Detroit manager AJ Hinch called on McKinstry to take the mound and help the Tigers get out of the inning. McKinstry proceeded to walk Manuel Margot before allowing a three-run homer to Matt Wallner. The Twins ultimately scored eight runs in extra innings, the most in franchise history since Aug. 1, 1970, which also came in a victory over the Tigers, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Detroit reliever Alex Lange (0-1), who...
April 13
April 13

'Can't be disappointed': Islanders lose, still control fate

NEW YORK -- No team in the NHL this season has lost in overtime or the shootout more than the New York Islanders. But all of those losses add up to the Islanders remaining in control of their playoff fate after their 3-2 shootout loss to the rival New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. "We can't be disappointed with it. Every point matters here down the stretch. It's obviously very tight within the division and within the wild card, so it's a big point today on the road against a great hockey team," Islanders captain Anders Lee said. "The extra point could have gone either way in a shootout or overtime." It was the 16th time the Islanders lost after regulation, one more than the Boston Bruins (15) have this season. The point they earned for a regulation tie against the Rangers gave the Islanders 90 points in 80 games, good for third in the Metropolitan Division. They have games at the New Jersey Devils (April 15) and...
April 13
April 13

Sam Mayer's win by .002 seconds matches 2nd-closest Xfinity finish

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Sam Mayer made a last-lap pass and held on to win by a matter of inches ahead of Ryan Sieg at Texas Motor Speedway in one of the closest finishes in NASCAR Xfinity Series history on Saturday. Mayer was high against the outside wall after the two cars banged side-by-side on the way to the checkered flag. The final margin was .002, matching the second-closest finish in series history. "That's unreal. I mean I was like a second and a half back probably at one point. So to make up that much time in that little amount of time is certainly unreal," Mayer said. "We led the most important lap. ... We didn't dominate by any means, but we certainly worked our tails off to get to that point to win like that." Justin Allgaier finished third after leading 117 of the race's 200 laps. Sieg went from 10th place to first in a span of four laps just before the race's final caution. After the restart with 11 to go, Sieg stayed in front until the final lap when Mayer was able to...
April 13
April 13

Nike notes options for track athletes amid uniform backlash

Nike said the U.S. women's track and field Olympians will have multiple uniform options available for this summer's Paris Games after some athletes bashed the kit as needlessly revealing and sexist. Images made public Thursday of the women's kit on a mannequin, showing a very high-cut panty line, triggered criticism from several athletes for what they saw as a decision to prioritize skimpiness over function. "They are absolutely not made for performance," U.S. steeplechaser Colleen Quigley said in a message to Reuters. Nike said in an email to Reuters that it was offering athletes uniform options with both a brief and a short for this Olympics, whereas it offered only the brief for the Tokyo Games. Nike's track and field kits for men and women include nearly 50 apparel pieces and 12 competition styles for specific events, the brand said when launching the outfits. "Athlete options and choices were the driving force for USATF in the planning process with Nike," a...
April 13
April 13

Masters champion to pocket $3.6M from record $20M purse

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- There will be more than a green jacket on the line in the final round of the 88th Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday. The Masters champion will receive $3.6 million from a record $20 million purse, Augusta National Golf Club officials announced Saturday. That's a 33% increase from just two years ago, when first-time winner Scottie Scheffler collected $2.7 million of a $15 million purse in 2022. Last year, Spain's Jon Rahm won $3.24 million from an $18 million purse. The rest of the top five payouts this year are $2.16 million for second, $1.36 million for third, $960,000 for fourth and $800,000 for fifth. The 50th-place finisher will receive $50,400, and golfers who finish outside the top 50 will get $49,200 or less. This year's purse is nearly double from nine years ago, when Jordan Spieth won $1.8 million from a purse of just over $10 million. In 2010, Phil Mickelson collected $1.35 million for winning his...
April 13
April 13

Wrexham promoted for second straight season, chase league title

Wrexham beat Forest Green 6-0 on Saturday to earn promotion for a second straight season as their movie-script story under Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney continues. MK Dons and Barrow dropped points, meaning Wrexham's victory secured promotion to League One -- English football's third-tier -- and are another step closer to their owners' dream of one day reaching the Premier League. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) "A few years ago, if you told me I would be crying tears of joy over a football match taking place in North Wales, you would be Rob McElhenney,"  Reynolds wrote on X after the game. "Congrats to Wrexham and to my co-chairman in crime. Double up the town! This is the ride of our lives." Saturday's victory also kept Wrexham in the hunt to win the League Two title as they trail leaders Stockport County, who have a game in hand and are scheduled to face Wrexham on the final day of the...
April 13
April 13

Ex-Kentucky swimmers sue, allege sexual assault by then-coach

Two former Kentucky swimmers filed a lawsuit against the school, its athletic director and former swim coach Lars Jorgensen on Friday, claiming the coach sexually assaulted them -- including an allegation of rape -- and that the university ignored warnings about his alleged inappropriate behavior toward women. The lawsuit states that Jorgensen "forcibly raped" former Kentucky swimmer Briggs Alexander, who was a graduate student at the time of the first alleged assault and, later, an assistant coach for the team. Another unnamed former swimmer claims Jorgensen groped, harassed and attempted to have sex with her in 2022 while she was an assistant coach. The lawsuit also details an allegation made by a third unnamed woman who is not a plaintiff and who says Jorgensen "forcibly raped" her in 2013 during his first year as the team's head coach. Jorgensen did not respond to a phone call from ESPN. He told The Athletic, which first reported Friday's lawsuit, that none of the...
April 13
April 13

Twins place SS Carlos Correa on 10-day IL with oblique strain

The Minnesota Twins placed shortstop Carlos Correa on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right oblique strain. Correa suffered the injury in Friday night's 8-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers Correa, 29, was seen grabbing at his right side during a third-inning at-bat. He eventually struck out and was removed from the lineup. "It's like a gut punch," Twins outfielder Byron Buxton said after the game. The banged-up Twins were already without infielder Royce Lewis, who was put on the injured list two weeks ago with strained quadriceps. Correa, a two-time All-Star, is among the top players for the defending American League Central champions, who are hitting a major-league-low .184. He is batting .306 with one home run and four RBIs. He missed Minnesota's final 11 games last year because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot and returned for the playoffs, hitting .409 (9-for-22) with four RBIs as the Twins beat the ...
April 13
April 13

Sources: Arizona St. adds Steelers great Hines Ward as WR coach

Hines Ward has agreed to become Arizona State's next wide receivers coach, sources told ESPN. The deal is expected to be finalized in the near future, sources said, bringing the Super Bowl XL MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion to the Arizona State coaching staff. Ward also brings coaching experience. He is a former wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic and has been an offensive assistant for the New York Jets as well as a head coach in the XFL. He will join second-year coach Kenny Dillingham's staff after the departure of receivers coach Ra'Shaad Samples to Oregon. Ward will inherit a wide receiver room that is considered one of the most talented units in the program. It includes veteran transfer Jake Smith, leading returning receiver Elijhah Badger and Colorado transfer Jordyn Tyson. Ward played in 217 NFL games, all with the Pittsburgh Steelers, from 1998 to 2011. He has 12,083 receiving yards, 1,000...
April 13

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