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Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano set May 20 title rematch in Dublin

NEW YORK -- The rematch is set, and Katie Taylor will finally get her first professional fight in her country. Taylor will fight undisputed featherweight champion Amanda Serrano on May 20 in a rematch of their epic fight last April at Madison Square Garden. Taylor won that bout by split decision to defend her undisputed lightweight title. The rematch will take place in Dublin, Ireland, where the two will once again fight for Taylor's lightweight belts. The location has not been announced, but 82,000-seat Croke Park and 13,000-seat 3Arena have been mentioned as possibilities. After Serrano beat Erika Cruz by unanimous decision on Saturday night, Taylor joined her in the ring to announce the fight. "This is more than a dream come true -- my debut in Ireland against Amanda Serrano, 'The Real Deal' Amanda Serrano," Taylor said. "This is incredible and as I said, the last fight was epic, and I expect nothing less for the next one." Serrano's trainer, Jordan Maldonado, said a rematch...
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Would a Kyrie Irving deal give Lakers a lift? LeBron James answers, 'duh'

NEW ORLEANS - With the trade deadline just five days away and Kyrie Irving having already informed the Brooklyn Nets he wants out, LeBron James was asked if Irving -- whom he teamed up with for three NBA Finals appearances and a championship with the  Cleveland Cavaliers -- is the type of player who can stamp the  Los Angeles Lakers' title chances. Last month, Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka declared, "If there's an opportunity to get all the way to the end and win a championship, there's no resource we'll hold onto if we feel like that's there." Trading for Irving almost assuredly would require the Lakers to include both their 2027 and 2029 first-round picks in the package, especially with other teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and  LA Clippers also preparing trade bids for Brooklyn, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "That's a Rob question," James said...
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Fedor Emelianenko drubbed in 1st-round TKO loss in final fight

For the retirement fight of Fedor Emelianenko, one of the greatest ever to compete in mixed martial arts and the icon of an era gone by, there was a who's who of MMA legends gathered at Bellator 290 in Inglewood, California, on Saturday night to give one of their own a proper sendoff. They ended up being reminded that this is not a sport that ushers its greats out of the game gently. The 46-year-old Emelianenko, challenging Ryan Bader for the Bellator heavyweight championship in the main event at Kia Forum, was stopped via TKO in the first round of a bout in which he was dominated. In some ways, the fight played out even uglier than their first meeting in 2019, when Bader knocked out Emelianenko in 35 seconds. This time the fight lasted 2 minutes, 30 seconds, but it was apparent from the start that this was a mismatch, as Emelianenko was winging wild punches and missing badly. Less than a minute in, Bader dropped him with an overhand right, and that began a...
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Stephen Curry (knee) exits win, Warriors keep 'fingers crossed'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry left the Warriors' 119-113 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at the end of the third quarter after suffering an apparent left knee injury. Curry immediately received an X-ray, which came back negative, the team announced. He will get an MRI next. Curry sustained the injury with 2:01 left in the third quarter after his left knee collided with Dallas'  McKinley Wright IV's knee while Curry was defending him. The Mavericks called a timeout, and Curry immediately limped to the bench where he was met by two team trainers. They examined him throughout the timeout, and as players returned to the court to resume play, Curry limped back to the locker room. He was later ruled out of the remainder of the game. Curry finished his night with 21 points in 7-of-11 shooting and seven assists. "Any time a guy gets an MRI, there's a concern level," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "We'll just have to...
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Fedor Emelianenko mauled in 1st-round TKO loss in final fight

For the retirement fight of Fedor Emelianenko, one of the greatest ever to compete in mixed martial arts and the icon of an era gone by, there was a who's who of MMA legends gathered at Bellator 290 in Inglewood, California, on Saturday night to give one of their own a proper sendoff. They ended up being reminded that this is not a sport that ushers its greats out of the game gently. The 46-year-old Emelianenko, challenging Ryan Bader for the Bellator heavyweight championship in the main event at Kia Forum, was stopped via TKO in the first round of a bout in which he was dominated. In some ways, the fight played out even uglier than their first meeting in 2019, when Bader knocked out Emelianenko in 35 seconds. This time the fight lasted 2 minutes, 30 seconds, but it was apparent from the start that this was a mismatch, as Emelianenko was winging wild punches and missing badly. Less than a minute in, Bader dropped him with an overhand right, and that began a...
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February 04

Warriors guard Stephen Curry (knee) exits win in second half

SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry left Saturday's 119-113 victory over the Dallas Mavericks near the end of the third quarter after suffering an apparent left knee injury. Curry sustained the injury with 2:01 left in the quarter when his left knee collided with the right knee of Dallas' McKinley Wright while Curry was defending him. X-rays were negative, the team said, but Curry did not return. He will undergo an MRI next. The star guard finished with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting and seven assists. Two nights prior, Curry banged the same knee in the second half of Golden State's game against the Denver Nuggets. Earlier this season, Curry missed 11 games due to a left shoulder subluxation. During that time, the Warriors went 6-5.
February 04
February 04

Warriors guard Stephen Curry (knee) exits game in second half

SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry left Saturday's game against the Dallas Mavericks at the end of the third quarter after suffering an apparent left knee injury. Curry sustained the injury with 2:01 left in the quarter when his left knee collided with the right knee of Dallas' McKinley Wright while Curry was defending him. X-rays came back negative, the team said, but Curry did not return. He will undergo an MRI as his next step. The star guard finished his night with 21 points in 7-of-11 shooting and seven assists. Two nights prior, Curry banged the same knee in the second half of Golden State's game against the Denver Nuggets. Earlier this season, Curry missed 11 games due to a left shoulder subluxation. During that time, the Warriors went 6-5.
February 04
February 04

Syracuse's Jim Boeheim 'probably' returning for 2023-24 season

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- At age 78 and amid his 47th season as the head coach at Syracuse, Jim Boeheim acknowledges that he has heard chatter about his retirement for well over a decade. After the Orange's 77-68 win over Boston College here Saturday evening, Boeheim told ESPN he would "probably" return for the 2023-24 season and that the decision to do so is up to him. Boeheim expressed optimism about Syracuse's young core and some misgivings about the future of college basketball, bemoaning that it's in an "awful place." When asked if he thought he'd be coaching this young core again next season, Boeheim told ESPN: "I have no other plans. Listen, this has been the question of the day for 15 years. This isn't a new question. It's just the calendar going, 'Well, he's 78.' It's just the calendar. If it wasn't the calendar, if I was 65, no one would be saying anything. And I'm not going to retire just because it's the calendar. Anything can happen. Anything, literally. We'll...
February 04
February 04

Tkachuk teams up with brother in 'extra special' All-Star win

SUNRISE, Fla. -- For Matthew Tkachuk, winning most valuable player at the 2023 NHL All-Star Game was an honor Saturday. But having the chance to represent the host Florida Panthers and finally play on a team with his brother made the event even more memorable. Tkachuk, 25, was named MVP with four goals and three assists in the Atlantic Division's two All-Star tournament victories. He had the opportunity to play with Panthers teammate Aleksander Barkov and brother Brady Tkachuk, a 23-year-old forward with the Ottawa Senators. It was the first time the Tkachuks were teammates as professional players. "We always dreamt about playing with each other. We always figured it would be on Team USA," said Matthew Tkachuk, who was traded to the Panthers from the Calgary Flames last summer. "I was in the West forever. He was in the Atlantic. We never thought this was a possibility. So this weekend, being the first time playing together, made it...
February 04
February 04

Sources: Clippers join trade talks for Nets' Kyrie Irving

The LA Clippers have joined the pursuit of Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, sources told ESPN on Saturday. The Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns -- among others -- have been engaging with the Nets since Irving's trade demand Friday, sources said. And now the Clippers -- who've been in the trade market for a point guard -- are probing a possible deal too, sources said. Irving has not given the Nets a list of preferred destinations, but there's strong mutual interest between him and the Lakers that goes back to the summer. LeBron James is an immense proponent of making a deal for his former Cavaliers teammate, and the Lakers are operating as a motivated suitor for Irving, sources said.   The Nets are proceeding in talks throughout the league as though they're determined to find a deal for Irving ahead of the NBA trade deadline Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, sources said. Brooklyn has been working to find deals...
February 04
February 04

Dylan Larkin nets 3 in final as Atlantic wins NHL All-Star Game

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin had a hat trick, Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitchell Marner had three assists and the Atlantic Division topped the Central Division 7-5 in the All-Star Game final on Saturday. All-Star Game MVP Matthew Tkachuk -- playing alongside his brother Brady Tkachuk of the Ottawa Senators -- had seven points on the day, after a five-point outburst in a semifinal win over the Metropolitan Division as he represented the hometown Florida Panthers for the first time. Larkin had five goals in the Atlantic's two games. "We wanted to get a win for the home crowd, the fans," Montreal Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki said. "They did a good job of cheering on the Atlantic Division. We just wanted to put on a good show for them." Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller, Dallas Stars winger Jason Robertson and Colorado Avalanche teammates ...
February 04
February 04

Matthew Tkachuk wins MVP as Atlantic Division wins All-Star Game

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Matthew Tkachuk was right at home at the NHL All-Star Game. Again. Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin had a hat trick, Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitchell Marner had three assists and the Atlantic Division topped the Central Division 7-5 in the All-Star Game final on Saturday. All-Star Game MVP Tkachuk -- playing alongside his brother Brady Tkachuk of the Ottawa Senators -- had seven points on the day, after a five-point outburst in a semifinal win over the Metropolitan Division. Larkin had five goals in the Atlantic's two games. And for the MVP, winning in front of Florida Panthers fans in his first season with the club meant more than just winning. "It's been an honor to play in front of them this whole year and it's great that the other players in the league can see what a great place this is to play," Matthew Tkachuk said. "I'm as happy as can be here." Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller, ...
February 04
February 04

Baylor's Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua makes return to court after knee injury

Less than one year after suffering a serious knee injury, Baylor's Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua returned to the basketball court Saturday, playing his first minutes of the season. With 13:06 left in the first half against Texas Tech, Tchamwa Tchatchoua went to the scorer's table and checked into the game, earning a standing ovation from the Ferrell Center crowd. He helped spark Baylor to an 89-62 win over the Red Raiders, playing 14 minutes and finishing with eight points and four rebounds -- making both of his 3-point attempts in the process. "It was just surreal. I remember praying in my bedroom last night, just crying about all the trials that I've been going through and realizing the day is actually here. I'm actually playing,'' Tchamwa Tchatchoua said. "I feel like it was a miracle for me to even be out here.'' Tchamwa Tchatchoua went down with a season-ending left knee injury against Texas on Feb. 12, 2022, suffering multiple torn ligaments and nerve...
February 04
February 04

Fernando Tatis Jr. set to rejoin Padres after missed season

SAN DIEGO -- Fernando Tatis Jr. spent his Friday out in the community, visiting children at a local elementary school and spending time with members of the United States Marine Corps as part of the San Diego Padres' goodwill tour throughout the city. The following morning, he was back inside Petco Park, taking part in a fan fest event that was attended by tens of thousands of the team's most ardent supporters, signing autographs, snapping selfies and making the media rounds. After an entire season away -- and with the cloud of a steroid suspension still hanging overhead -- Tatis was back, once again a celebrated member of one of the sport's most star-studded teams. "I missed it a lot," Tatis said. "I missed a year of it, and I'm not looking forward to missing any more." Tatis, who will serve the remaining 20 games of his 80-game suspension at the start of the 2023 regular season, estimated being "90 percent" recovered from recent shoulder and wrist surgeries and...
February 04
February 04

Cowboys name Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator

The Dallas Cowboys have named Brian Schottenheimer as the team's new offensive coordinator, it was announced Saturday. The Cowboys agreed to part ways with previous offensive coordinator Kellen Moore last week and owner and general manager Jerry Jones has said coach Mike McCarthy will be calling the plays next season. Moore, meanwhile, joined the Los Angeles Chargers as their offensive coordinator. "I am very happy to have Brian take on this key role with our team," McCarthy said. "He has been an important part of our staff already and has a great grasp of where we are and where we want to go." Schottenheimer, 49, spent last season as a consultant with the Cowboys, so he is familiar with the personnel. He was the  Jacksonville Jaguars' passing game coordinator under Urban Meyer in 2021 and previously worked for the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets, among other stops. Brian is the son of longtime NFL coach...
February 04
February 04

Toronto to host 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities

FORT LAUDERDALE -- The NHL will head north for its 2024 All-Star Weekend, with Toronto tapped as host city for next winter's festivities. League commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement during a Saturday news conference ahead of this year's All-Star Game in South Florida. He invited Maple Leafs president and former NHL player Brendan Shanahan and current Leafs forward Mitchell Marner, representing the team at this weekend's proceedings, out to promote Toronto's future involvement. "It's going to be a little colder than here, obviously," Marner said, "but I think just the buzz around it [will be great]. People love going to Toronto, it's always a good place to visit, a good place to play in. You know the fans are always going to be there. The food and restaurants are pretty good too. It's going to be a little colder but nothing a winter coat [can't fix]." The 2024 nod will be Toronto's ninth time playing host to an All-Star Weekend. When the event took place...
February 04
February 04

Cowboys name Brian Schottenheimer as new offensive coordinator

The Dallas Cowboys have named Brian Schottenheimer as the team's new offensive coordinator, it was announced Saturday. The Cowboys agreed to part ways with previous offensive coordinator Kellen Moore last week and owner and general manager Jerry Jones has said head coach Mike McCarthy will be calling the plays next season.    "I am very happy to have Brian take on this key role with our team," McCarthy said. "He has been an important part of our staff already and has a great grasp of where we are and where we want to go." The Cowboys initially hired Schottenheimer, 49, as a consultant before the season. Before then he worked as the  Jacksonville Jaguars' passing game coordinator under Urban Meyer in 2021 and previously has worked for the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets, among other stops. Brian is the son of longtime NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer. 
February 04
February 04

Nets' Kyrie Irving out with calf soreness after trade request

NEW YORK -- One day after he requested a trade, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will not play in Saturday's game against the Washington Wizards because of right calf soreness, the team announced. On Friday, Irving told the Nets he wants out of Brooklyn ahead of Thursday's trade deadline after failing to negotiate terms on a long-term contract extension, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Irving did not attend the pregame walkthrough Saturday, and Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said it was unclear whether Irving would attend Saturday's game. Vaughn said he spent Friday speaking to each player on the roster individually, including Irving, but Vaughn said he did not ask Irving why he had requested a trade. "I didn't ask those questions," Vaughn said Saturday. "There's a business side to this thing and there's a human side to this thing. I elected to touch on the human side and check on him as an individual. I'll leave the business side to Sean [Marks,...
February 04
February 04

Conor McGregor to face Michael Chandler, serve as TUF coach

Conor McGregor's return has been set, as the former UFC double champion will coach against lightweight star Michael Chandler on the next season of "The Ultimate Fighter" before facing him in the Octagon. UFC president Dana White announced McGregor and Chandler as the coaches on social media Saturday. No date or location was announced for the McGregor-Chandler fight, which will likely take place at 170 pounds. Chandler told ESPN's Brett Okamoto on Saturday the high-stakes bout should take place in September. "That would make the most sense to me," said Chandler. "Obviously, Conor is driven by pay-per-view buys. You want to keep that tension [from the reality show] as close to the fight as possible. You start pushing it to the end of the year, other big fights are happening ... September would be absolutely perfect." The 31st season of "The Ultimate Fighter," which will air on ESPN and ESPN+, will run from May 30 to Aug. 15. McGregor, who coached on the reality series in...
February 04
February 04

Conor McGregor to face Michael Chandler, serve as 'TUF' coach

Conor McGregor's return has been set, as the former UFC double champion will coach against lightweight star Michael Chandler on the next season of "The Ultimate Fighter" before facing him in the Octagon. UFC president Dana White announced McGregor and Chandler as the coaches on social media Saturday. No date or location was announced for the McGregor-Chandler fight, which will likely take place at 170 pounds. The 31st season of "The Ultimate Fighter," which will air on ESPN and ESPN+, will run from May 30 to Aug. 15. McGregor, who coached on the reality series in 2015 against Urijah Faber, has not competed since breaking his left leg in a fight with Dustin Poirier in July 2021. Chandler has been calling for a fight with McGregor for more than a year. A former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, McGregor (22-6) was the first fighter to hold two separate weight division titles in UFC concurrently. The Irish-born fighter holds the fastest finish in UFC title...
February 04
February 04

Conor McGregor returns as 'TUF' coach vs. Michael Chandler

Conor McGregor's return has been set, as the former UFC double champion will coach against lightweight star Michael Chandler on the next season of "The Ultimate Fighter" before facing him in the Octagon. UFC president Dana White announced McGregor and Chandler as the coaches on social media Saturday. No date or location was announced for the McGregor-Chandler fight, which will likely take place at 170 pounds. The 31st season of "The Ultimate Fighter," which will air on ESPN and ESPN+, will run from May 30 to Aug. 15. McGregor, who coached on the reality series in 2015 against Urijah Faber, has not competed since breaking his leg in a fight with Dustin Poirier in July 2021. Chandler has been calling for a fight with McGregor for more than a year. A former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, McGregor (22-6) was the first fighter to hold two separate weight division titles in UFC concurrently. The Irish-born fighter holds the fastest finish in UFC title...
February 04
February 04

Sources: Kyrie Irving asks Nets for trade ahead of deadline

After failing to negotiate terms on a long-term contract extension with the organization, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has issued a trade request, sources told ESPN on Friday. Irving, who will become a free agent this summer, wants out ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline. The  Los Angeles Lakers and  Phoenix Suns are already expressing interest in discussing an Irving trade and the Dallas Mavericks are expected to do so soon, sources told ESPN. Irving did not furnish a list of preferred teams, but his marketplace is small and it's clear he is hoping that a team will trade for him with intentions of signing him to an extension in the offseason. The Nets and Irving's agent, Shetellia Riley-Irving, had discussed an extension recently, but Brooklyn remained reluctant to rush into a long-term commitment without further evidence that Irving could stay reliable, perform at a high level and remain controversy-free, sources said. Rival teams...
February 04
February 04

Alex Ovechkin, son share 'special' All-Star moment with Sidney Crosby

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin said partnering with son Sergei and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby for an NHL All-Star skills event Friday night was a "special moment" for all three and the game of hockey.  Crosby, 35, and Ovechkin, 37, were a dual-entry in the breakaway challenge trick-shot competition at FLA Live, home of the Florida Panthers. They skated out to center ice together, where they were soon joined by 4-year-old Sergei Ovechkin, who had watched the event with his father near the benches while wearing an "Ovi Jr." jersey. The trio skated together toward Hall of Famer Roberto Luongo, tending goal for the event. Crosby and Alex Ovechkin passed the puck to each other, with Sergei Ovechkin enthusiastically tapping his stick on the ice for a pass. His father eventually passed him the puck, he scored through a sprawling Luongo and then celebrated with the other NHL All-Stars watching from the...
February 04
February 03

Austin Rivers, Mo Bamba among five ejected in Magic-Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- A fight broke out and punches were thrown during the game between the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Five players were ejected following the brawl, which started in front of the Orlando bench late in the third quarter. Minnesota guard Austin Rivers and Magic center Mo Bamba were the initial players involved, and it spilled over to include several others on the court. Rivers, Jaden McDaniels and Taurean Prince were ejected from the Timberwolves. Jalen Suggs was tossed along with Bamba for Orlando, which went on to win 127-120. "This isn't like a cool moment for me," Rivers said after the game. "I feel embarrassed. I'm the oldest on the team. I consider myself the leader of the team, or one of the leaders of the team. It was a weird game, and I don't think that helped at all. If anything right now, I'm just [ticked off] that we lost, and that I had [something] to do with that. It...
February 03
February 03

Eastern Illinois' Kinyon Hodges disciplined 'internally' for swinging at fan

The top scorer for the Eastern Illinois men's basketball team will be disciplined "internally" after he tried to hit a fan in a loss Thursday, according to the school. Late in the first half of Eastern Illinois' 80-67 loss at Lindenwood, guard Kinyon Hodges walked up to a fan sitting in the front row at Hyland Arena and swung at his face. The fan and another man sitting next to him immediately pointed to a ref who stopped the game. Hodges was hit with a technical foul, but he was allowed to remain in the game. It's unclear from video of the incident what led up to it or if Hodges actually made contact with the fan. Hodges, who averages a team-high 13.8 points per game, scored two in 24 minutes Thursday as Eastern Illinois suffered its eighth loss in nine games. The team is 7-17 under second-year coach Marty Simmons. Per an Eastern Illinois statement Friday, Hodges let his "emotions get the best of him." "We are aware of the incident that occurred during...
February 03
February 03

'An outstanding leader': Sean Payton officially named new Broncos coach

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos formally announced Sean Payton as the team's newest head coach Friday. Payton signed what sources told ESPN was a five-year contract, but he's essentially been on the job since Wednesday, including interviewing prospective assistant coaches for his staff. In a statement Friday afternoon, Broncos owner/CEO Greg Penner called Payton "an outstanding leader and Super Bowl champion with a brilliant offensive mind'' and added "he shares our commitment to winning championships for Broncos Country and we're excited to welcome him as our new head coach.'' Penner also added "it is rare in any sport to hire a head coach with Sean's credentials and we appreciate the first-class manner in which the Saints approached this process. We also appreciated the opportunity to meet and learn from the other highly qualified, outstanding coaches we interviewed. Our goal was to identify a strong leader for the Denver Broncos who is focused on winning, and we...
February 03
February 03

Grizzlies' Brooks suspended, Cavs' Mitchell fined for altercation

The NBA on Friday suspended the Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks for one game and fined the Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell $20,000 for their roles in an altercation that got them both ejected from Thursday night's game in Cleveland. Midway through the third quarter of Cleveland's 128-113 victory, Brooks rolled into Mitchell's leg and swung his hand up and hit Mitchell in the groin. In response, Mitchell threw the ball back at Brooks and pushed him. Ultimately, Brooks was given a flagrant foul 2, causing him to be ejected, while Mitchell was given a technical as he, too, was ejected. "That's just who he is," Mitchell told reporters after Thursday's game. "We've seen it a bunch in this team with him. Him and I have had our personal battles over the years. "There's no place for that in the game. This has been brewing for years with me and other guys in the league. You all see it. This isn't new." Brooks now will not play Sunday at home against the ...
February 03
February 03

Geno Smith offers optimistic outlook on reaching deal with Seahawks

Pro Bowl quarterback Geno Smith told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday that contract talks with the Seattle Seahawks are underway and the prospects of the two sides reaching a deal are "looking very good." Smith, 32, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. "We've had talks and we're in the process of getting all that settled right now," Smith said from the Pro Bowl in Las Vegas in an interview that aired Friday afternoon. "It's looking very good. We think we can get some things done, but obviously those things take time. This is the process that I hate about the NFL because I just want to play football, but it's a business as well, so we've got to take care of business and then we'll get back to the football." Smith was one of the biggest surprises of the 2022 NFL season. A backup for most of the past seven years, he won the Seahawks' starting job following the Russell Wilson trade and delivered a Pro Bowl season, leading the league in...
February 03
February 03

Caddie collapses, given CPR during AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- A caddie for an amateur player collapsed during the second round of the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Friday and received CPR before being taken to a nearby hospital. Play was stopped on No. 11 for nearly an hour as the caddie for Pebble Beach businessman Geoff Couch was attended to for an extended period of time after he collapsed on the fairway. Gary Young, the PGA Tour's chief referee, said a spectator began the CPR and an officer from Cal Fire took over from there. The playing group included country singer Lukas Nelson and PGA Tour pros Beau Hossler and Max McGreevy, who appeared to be shaken up after witnessing the incident. Shortly after the ambulance arrived, Couch left the playing group. The players and caddies later were seen hugging each other upon receiving news. When asked about the status of the caddie by ESPN, Nelson said the caddie -- whom the PGA Tour did not name -- was "doing better." Golf Channel also reported...
February 03
February 03

Zaire Wade to play for BAL's Cape Town Tigers

Zaire Wade, the son of former NBA star Dwyane Wade, has agreed to sign with the Cape Town Tigers of the Basketball Africa League. Wade averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 assists in 13 games for the Utah Jazz's G League Salt Lake City Stars last season. The 6-foot-1 guard took part in the BAL's recent combine in Paris with his father in attendance. Wade is expected to join Cape Town in South Africa immediately in preparation for the 2023 BAL season. The BAL season will again feature the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries playing a total of 38 games in Dakar, Senegal; Cairo, Egypt; and Kigali, Rwanda, over a three-month span. Cape Town will play in the Nile Conference during a 15-game group phase at the Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo from April 26 to May 6. The top four teams from the two conferences will advance to an eight-game, single-elimination playoffs and finals May 21-27 at BK Arena in Kigali.
February 03
February 03

Sources: Raiders letting QB Derek Carr talk to other teams

The  Raiders have granted Derek Carr permission to speak with teams that have already agreed to the compensation Las Vegas is looking for in a potential trade for the quarterback, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday. It's the same arrangement the Houston Texans had with quarterback Deshaun Watson last offseason.   Carr said on Thursday during the Pro Bowl Games skills competition that he and his representative were waiting to be authorized to speak with potential trade partners. Carr has a no-trade clause in his contract and said he would use it if he deemed it necessary. Carr also said Thursday that he has no intention of extending the Feb. 15 trigger date on his contract, the date by which more than $40 million in guarantees kick in. The 31-year-old quarterback signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension with the Raiders in 2017 and then a three-year, $121.5 million extension last spring. The most recent extension included...
February 03
February 03

Source: Kyrie Irving asks Nets for trade ahead of deadline

After failing to negotiate terms on a long-term contract extension with the organization, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has issued a trade request, sources told ESPN on Friday. Irving, who will become a free agent this summer, wants out ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline. The  Los Angeles Lakers and  Phoenix Suns are already expressing interest in discussing an Irving trade and the Dallas Mavericks are expected to do so soon, sources told ESPN. Irving did not furnish a list of preferred teams, but his marketplace is small and it's clear he's hoping that a team will trade for him with intentions of signing him to an extension in the offseason. The Nets and Irving's agent, Shetellia Riley-Irving, had discussed an extension recently, but Brooklyn remained reluctant to rush into a long-term commitment without further evidence that Irving could stay reliable, perform at a high level and remain controversy-free, sources said. Rival teams...
February 03
February 03

South Carolina Gamecocks suspend 3 freshmen football players

South Carolina freshman football player Monteque Rhames II is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on charges of carrying weapons on school property and obstructing justice. Rhames has been suspended by coach Shane Beamer, along with fellow freshmen  Anthony Rose and Cameron Upshaw, it was announced Friday. No reasons were given for the suspensions by the university, but online records showed Rhames, an 18-year-old defensive end from Sumter, South Carolina, was booked Thursday night in Columbia on the two charges. "Our student-athletes know what is expected of them," Beamer said in a statement. "They know that both the university and the football program will hold them accountable for their actions and decisions." Rhames and Upshaw, a three-star safety from Florida, enrolled in February as part of a 2023 recruiting class that is ranked 14th by ESPN. Rose, a defensive back and former three-star prospect from Miami, redshirted the 2022 season...
February 03
February 03

Sources: Notre Dame's Tommy Rees accepts Alabama OC job

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees has accepted the job to become Alabama's offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN. The former star quarterback for the Irish took the job officially on Friday, sources told ESPN, and he has informed Notre Dame officials of his decision. Ultimately for Rees, the opportunity to work for Nick Saban proved to be a deciding factor. Rees, 30, is one of the bright young minds rising in the sport. He's spent the past three years as the offensive coordinator after joining the program as quarterbacks coach for the 2017 season. Rees will replace Bill O'Brien, who left for the New England Patriots, and will be the sixth different offensive coordinator to go to Alabama in the past eight years. Rees went 31-8 as a playcaller at Notre Dame, including a trip to the College Football Playoff in 2020 and a Fiesta Bowl appearance after the 2021 season. Rees was well thought of enough by former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly that Kelly made a...
February 03
February 03

Source: Zaire Wade to play for BAL's Cape Town

Zaire Wade, the son of former NBA star Dwyane Wade, has agreed to sign with the Cape Town Tigers of the Basketball Africa League, a source told ESPN's Andscape. Wade averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 assists in 13 games for the Utah Jazz's G League Salt Lake City Stars last season. The 6-foot-1 guard took part in the BAL's recent combine in Paris with his father in attendance. Wade is expected to join Cape Town in South Africa immediately in preparation for the 2023 BAL season. The BAL season will again feature the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries playing a total of 38 games in Dakar, Senegal; Cairo, Egypt; and Kigali, Rwanda, over a three-month span. Cape Town will play in the Nile Conference during a 15-game group phase at the Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo from April 26 to May 6. The top four teams from the two conferences will advance to an eight-game, single-elimination playoffs and finals May 21-27 at BK Arena in Kigali.
February 03
February 03

Sources: Notre Dame OC Tommy Rees accepts Alabama OC job

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees has accepted the job to become Alabama's offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN. The former star quarterback for the Irish took the job officially on Friday, sources told ESPN, and he's informed Notre Dame officials of his decision. Ultimately for Rees, the opportunity to work for Nick Saban proved to be a deciding factor. Rees, 30, is one of the bright young minds rising in the sport. He's spent the last three years as the offensive coordinator and joined the program as quarterback coach for the 2017 season. Rees will replace Bill O'Brien, who left for the New England Patriots, and will be the sixth different offensive coordinator to go to Alabama in the last eight years. Rees went 31-8 as a player caller at Notre Dame, including a trip to the College Football Playoff in 2020 and a Fiesta Bowl appearance after the 2021 season. Rees was well-thought of enough by former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly that he made a...
February 03
February 03

LeBron James' 'greatness' has him on cusp of NBA scoring mark

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar set the NBA's all-time scoring mark while wearing a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, but a significant part of that total came from the 14,211 points he tallied while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. LeBron James will pass Abdul-Jabbar's record donned in purple and gold, too, but he also scored 23,119 points with the Cleveland Cavaliers and 7,919 points with the Miami Heat. It's a distinction that's not lost on Lakers governor Jeanie Buss. Whenever James passes Abdul-Jabbar with the 38,388th point of his career -- possibly next week at Crypto.com Arena during one of the Lakers' home games against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday or the Bucks on Thursday -- the achievement will be commemorated by the Lakers. But it won't belong to them. "I think this is a record that really stands out among all the different records in the NBA," Buss told ESPN this week as James edged closer to Abdul-Jabbar. "I mean, this is the...
February 03
February 03

Menacing charge for Bengals RB Joe Mixon dismissed

CINCINNATI -- A misdemeanor menacing charge against Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was dismissed Friday. The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office requested that the aggravated menacing charge against Mixon be dismissed, according to a filing issued Friday afternoon. "We need additional investigation before we would move forward with this case," a prosecutor told county judge Curt Kissinger, according to WCPO-TV. The prosecutor said the victim understood the need to dismiss the case and would be in favor of moving forward with the charge if it needs to be refiled. The dismissal comes one day after county officials authorized a warrant for Mixon stemming from the incident that allegedly occurred on Jan. 21, one day before the Bengals defeated the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. According to the complaint filed on Thursday, police claim that Mixon pointed a firearm at a woman, which is a first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio....
February 03
February 03

Auburn lands another top-30 recruit in junior Labaron Philon

ESPN 60 junior Labaron Philon, the No. 1 men's basketball prospect in the state of Alabama, committed to  Auburn on Friday afternoon. Philon chose the Tigers over a final six that also included Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Kansas. He becomes the second top-30 recruit coach Bruce Pearl has landed in the past three days, following No. 20 Tahaad Pettiford, who committed to Auburn earlier this week. "Auburn was always a top choice since a young age," Philon told ESPN. "Coach Pearl started recruiting me a few years ago and had recruited me hard. He has kept his word throughout the process." Auburn hosted Philon on an official visit in September, when Pearl made a huge impression on Philon. "He has been great to me and my entire family," Philon said. "He has made us feel like we were at home on our visit. I was looking for a coach who is going to push me both on and off the court. I trust him with my future." A 6-foot-3 guard from Baker High...
February 03
February 03

Snowboarders sue ex-coach, federation, USOPC for sex trafficking

An Olympic bronze medalist and other former U.S. Ski & Snowboard team members sued their former coach, Peter Foley, along with the national federation, its former CEO and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee on Thursday for sex trafficking, harassment, and enabling and covering up repeated acts of sexual assault and misconduct. Three-time Olympian Rosey Fletcher, 2010 Olympian Callan Chythlook-Sifsof and former national team member Erin O'Malley alleged in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that Foley, the national federation, its longtime CEO Gale "Tiger" Shaw and the USOPC "conspired and acted in concert with one another to commit unlawful acts." Their lawsuit alleged that Foley exploited his position of trust to "coerce sexual acts through force, manipulation, emotional abuse, intimidation, and retaliation." "We are aware of the lawsuits that were filed," a USSS spokesperson said. "U.S. Ski & Snowboard has not yet been served with the complaint nor has had...
February 03
February 03

NFL says regular-season concussions increased 18% in 2022

The NFL acknowledged Friday that concussions rose significantly during the 2022 regular season, a sobering outcome that aligned with a season-long public conversation about head injuries. According to data released by the league, there were 149 concussions suffered over 271 games this season. That's an 18% jump from 2021 (126) and 14% higher than the three-year average (130) between 2018 and 2020. NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills on Friday attributed the rise to a number of factors, including a protocol change that he said "broadened and strengthened" the definition of a concussion following a series of injuries suffered by Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. "We continue to become more cautious and conservative in our evaluation and diagnosis of concussions," Sills said. "That's not just an opinion. That's backed up by the data." Sills did not say whether he thought the numbers were driven by better diagnostics, but he did reveal that league...
February 03
February 03

Ford announces return to Formula One for 2026, partners with Red Bull

NEW YORK -- Ford has confirmed it will return to Formula One in 2026 as it joins forces with world champions Red Bull. The American automotive giant announced its return to the sport on Friday morning at Red Bull's launch event in New York. The deal will see Ford team up with Red Bull's recently formed engine company, Red Bull Powertrains, which is based at the F1 team's factory in Milton Keynes, England, and is already working on a power unit to meet F1's new engine regulations for 2026. Ford's involvement has been labelled as a strategic partnership and "will provide expertise in areas including battery cell and electric motor technology as well as power unit control software and analytics" and "combustion engine development." Red Bull decided to set up its own power unit facility in 2021 after current engine supplier Honda showed uncertainty about its long-term commitment to F1. Red Bull and its sister team, AlphaTauri, will continue to use Honda engines until the end of the...
February 03
February 03

OU, Texas to join SEC in '25 as exit talks stall, sources say

The negotiations for Oklahoma and Texas to leave the Big 12 a year early and join the SEC in 2024 have stalled and a deal is not expected to come to fruition, sources told ESPN on Friday morning. After weeks of negotiations, Texas and Oklahoma are still slated to join the SEC in 2025. Sources said the parties couldn't come to terms amid a complex negotiation involving two schools, two networks (ESPN and Fox) and the Big 12. Sources said the sides couldn't agree on how to create equitable value for what Fox would lose in 2024 -- the equivalent of seven football games featuring Oklahoma and Texas that command premium advertising. The negotiations heated up over the past few days, with the Big 12 meetings late this week doubling as an unofficial deadline to get a deal done. The timeline in play -- the 2024 season -- leaves some ambiguity and small potential for a Hail Mary revival, but the strong expectation remains that Oklahoma and Texas will play in the 14-team Big 12 in 2023...
February 03
February 03

Miami completes hiring of DL coach Petri

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami completed the hiring of defensive line coach Rick Petri on Thursday, bringing him back to the Hurricanes 15 years after his last stint with the team ended. Petri, whose return had been expected for several days, worked with some of Miami's best defensive linemen ever from 1993 through 1995, including Warren Sapp, Kevin Patrick, Kenny Holmes and Kenard Lang. At Miami, he replaces Clint Hurtt, who accepted a job at Louisville earlier this month. Petri has 29 years of coaching experience, including the last five seasons at Kentucky.
February 03
February 03

Ford announces return to Formula One for 2026, prepares to partner with Red Bull

NEW YORK, United States -- Ford has confirmed it will return to Formula One in 2026 as it prepares to join forces with world champions Red Bull. The American automotive giant announced its return to the sport on Friday morning without mention of Red Bull, but further details are set to be confirmed at the F1 team's season launch event in New York later today. The deal will see Ford team up with Red Bull's recently-formed engine company, Red Bull Powertrains, which is based at the F1 team's factory in Milton Keynes, England and is already working on a power unit to meet F1's new engine regulations for 2026. Red Bull decided to set up its own power unit facility in 2021 after current engine supplier Honda showed uncertainty about its long-term commitment to F1. Red Bull and its sister team AlphaTauri will continue to use Honda engines until the end of the current regulation cycle in 2025. The new power unit regulations for 2026 will see F1 cars continue to be powered by V6...
February 03
February 03

Kyrgios assault charge dismissed despite guilty plea

Nick Kyrgios had suffered severe depression, suicidal ideation and insomnia in the past, a psychologist told a court on Friday when the Australian tennis star pleaded guilty to pushing a former girlfriend to the ground two years ago. The 2022 Wimbledon runner-up pleaded guilty in the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates Court to assaulting Chiara Passari during an argument in his hometown of Canberra in January 2021. Magistrate Jane Campbell didn't record a conviction against Kyrgios for reasons including that the offense was at the low end of seriousness for a common assault, and was not premeditated. Campbell described it as an act of "stupidity'' and "frustration." Kyrgios, who was using crutches following recent surgery on his left knee, didn't speak to reporters as he left court but issued a statement through a management company. "I respect today's ruling and am grateful to the court for dismissing the charges without conviction," Kyrgios said. "I was not in a good...
February 03
February 02

Luka Doncic leaves Mavs' win with bruised heel after fall

DALLAS -- Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic exited Thursday's 111-106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans after suffering a right heel contusion during the third quarter. Doncic came up limping after a scary fall on an attempted dunk that was blocked by Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram with 7:12 remaining in the third quarter. Doncic collided with New Orleans center Jonas Valanciunas in midair. Doncic limped to the Mavs' bench during the ensuing timeout, when the Pelicans successfully challenged a foul called on Ingram. Doncic stayed in the game for one possession and then looked toward coach Jason Kidd and shook his head, indicating he needed to exit. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow and have a better update to give you," Kidd said after the game. Dallas led by 27 points when Doncic, who had 31 points in 23 minutes, checked out and went straight to the locker room along with Mavs athletic training staff members. "No matter what the...
February 02
February 02

Luka Doncic exits Mavs' win with bruised heel after fall

DALLAS -- Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic exited Thursday's 111-106 win against the New Orleans Pelicans after suffering a right heel contusion during the third quarter. Doncic came up limping after a scary fall on an attempted dunk that was blocked by Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram with 7:12 remaining in the third quarter. Doncic collided with New Orleans center Jonas Valanciunas in midair. Doncic limped to the Mavs' bench during the ensuing timeout, when the Pelicans successfully challenged a foul called on Ingram. Doncic stayed in the game for one possession and then looked toward coach Jason Kidd and shook his head, indicating that he needed to exit. Dallas led by 27 points when Doncic checked out and went straight to the locker room along with Mavs athletic training staff members. Doncic, an All-Star starter, missed one game last week after spraining his left ankle a few minutes into the Mavs' win over the Phoenix...
February 02
February 02

Luka Doncic exits Mavs' game with bruised heel after fall

DALLAS -- Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic exited Thursday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans after suffering a right heel contusion during the third quarter. Doncic came up limping after a scary fall on an attempted dunk that was blocked by Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram with 7:12 remaining in the third quarter. Doncic collided with New Orleans center Jonas Valanciunas in midair. Doncic limped to the Mavs' bench during the ensuing timeout, when the Pelicans successfully challenged a foul called on Ingram. Doncic stayed in the game for one possession and then looked toward coach Jason Kidd and shook his head, indicating that he needed to exit. Dallas led by 27 points when Doncic checked out and went straight to the locker room along with Mavs athletic training staff members. Doncic, an All-Star starter, missed one game last week after spraining his left ankle a few minutes into the Mavs' win over the Phoenix Suns.
February 02
February 02

LeBron James closes in on scoring mark as Lakers rally past Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS -- As much as LeBron James' march toward the NBA's all-time scoring mark might have captured people's attention outside of the Los Angeles Lakers, James' goal for this season was to get back into the playoffs whether he scored five points or 5,000. James' 26 points in Thursday's 112-111 win over the Indiana Pacers pulled him within 63 points of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record. However, the victory itself, which brought L.A. just one game out of the final play-in spot, seemed more significant. "I think it's an amazing feat," Lakers coach Darvin Ham said of the scoring record. "When it happens, kudos to Bron for all his longevity and not just longevity, but longevity at the top of the list at an elite level. But our day-to-day, we hardly ever discuss it unless we're asked about it. For us, it's just, how can we get our team in the best position to make a run?" James was instrumental in the Lakers' fourth-quarter comeback against the Pacers. L.A....
February 02

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