Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 3

Bills RB LeSean McCoy is iffy for Week 3 with a rib issue. Who else is of concern? NFL Nation reporters offer insight on all the key injuries. – NFL

NBArank: Predicting Tatum, Mitchell and more top-30 players

Our annual forecast of the best players in the NBA continues at No. 30, with a group of future and current All-Stars. – NBA

Luongo: Domi’s punch on Ekblad ‘gutless’

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo said Max Domi’s sucker punch on Aaron Ekblad was “gutless.” – NHL

Sources: Butler most interested in Clippers

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler is most interested in pursuing a future with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN. – TOP

Wysh list: Plant-my-flag draft picks for this fantasy season

Greg Wyshynski spills the beans on which players he’s targeting in his fantasy hockey drafts ahead of the 2018-19 NHL season. – NHL

Week 2 lessons: Will the Josh Gordon lottery ticket pay off?

The concept of Gordon rediscovering his dominant form is thrilling, but his history says it would be foolish to expect it. Plus: Where’s Dez? – NFL

NBArank: Wall, Booker, DeRozan and more top-50 players

Our annual countdown forecasting the best players in the NBA continues at No. 50. – NBA

Rating real or not: Biggest surprises for all 32 NFL teams

Antonio Brown’s modest start. An unstoppable Patrick Mahomes. NFL Nation picks out what’s real and what’s a mirage from the first two weeks. – TOP

Ranking every NHL team’s prospect pipeline

The Sabres top the pipeline rankings with Rasmus Dahlin and Casey Mittelstadt. Where do the other 30 teams rank? – NHL

Playcalling and constant pressure on Russell Wilson put Seattle in 0-2 hole

Russell Wilson was sacked six times against the Bears and didn’t try to run the ball. The Seahawks are now in a 0-2 hole with few answers on offense. – NFL

Ranking the best players in the NBA this season, from 100-51

Our annual countdown forecasting the best players in the NBA starts at No. 100. See which stars made the cut. – NBA

Barnwell: Scoring is up. Bortles bested Brady. Why 2018 is so fun

Blake Bortles is good. Patrick Mahomes is better. And a player retired at halftime. The NFL has been wildly entertaining through two weeks. – TOP

Pipeline report and prospects to watch: Pacific Division

The Pacific is home to some of the best prospect pools in the NHL, including many NHL-ready pieces. – NHL

Week 2 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners for every matchup. Fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. And everything you need to catch up on Week 2. It’s all here. – NFL

Kyle Kuzma’s dream of having a LeBron-like impact on Flint

In his struggling hometown of Flint, Michigan, Kyle Kuzma hopes he can drive the kind of lasting change that LeBron James has led in Akron, Ohio. – NBA

Canelo takes razor-thin decision over Golovkin

It went the distance again, but this time Canelo Alvarez came out on top, defeating Gennady Golovkin in a very close majority decision Saturday night to take the unified middleweight world championship. – TOP

Evaluating fantasy impact of the Erik Karlsson trade

Erik Karlsson joins a loaded Sharks team. So what does it mean in fantasy? Sean Allen looks at the fallout. – NHL

Matthew Berry’s 50 facts for Week 2

As usual, plenty of correct statements to help you set your Week 2 lineups, as well as the story of a fantasy player in a battle for his life. – NFL

The best and worst of LeBron James’ signature sneakers

Before the LeBron 16 drops next week, we look back at King James’ signature line, ranking all 15 previous models. – NBA

Which top-15 team playing away from home has the most to lose?

The road doesn’t tend to be particularly friendly to playoff contenders. Of the 16 previous CFP semifinalists, six lost road games along the way. Here are the five top-15 teams in that danger zone this week. – TOP

Celts’ Hayward says he’s ‘basically 100 percent’

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, 11 months removed from a gruesome ankle injury, said Thursday that he’s essentially at full health and has been playing 5-on-5 games with teammates in advance of training camp later this month. – NBA

Trade Grades: Sharks earn A- for Erik Karlsson heist

An all-world defenseman changes teams, with a somewhat underwhelming package heading the other way. We grade both GMs. – NHL

Unbeaten Bengals still searching for true identity

Andy Dalton and the Bengals jumped out to an early 21-0 lead, but the offense had its share of struggles in a 34-23 victory over the Ravens. – TOP

Sources: Seahawks sign ex-Browns LB Kendricks

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, released by the Cleveland Browns following charges of insider trading, is signing a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. – NFL

Lowe: Welcome to the NBA’s hall of absolute absurdities

The NBA is the most absurd major U.S. sports league. Let’s celebrate it. – NBA

Pipeline report and prospects to watch: Central Division

Chris Peters evaluates the Central’s farm systems and picks each team’s NHL-impact prospect for this season. – NHL

Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 2

All eyes are on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers after his Week 1 knee injury. Who else bears watching? NFL Nation offers insight on all the key injuries. – NFL

WNBA title proves to be Stewart’s destiny

For Breanna Stewart, it wasn’t a matter of if she’d win a WNBA title. The when was answered Wednesday as Stewart led the Storm to a Finals sweep. – TOP

Brock Boeser overcomes personal, family hardships to star for Canucks

The 21-year-old and his family have overcome a lot just to get here, as he looks to improve upon a breakout rookie season. – NHL

15 years of amazing catches and class as told by Larry Fitzgerald’s 18 QBs

The men who have thrown passes to the Cardinals’ future Hall of Famer offer an insider’s view of his exploits on the field and character off it. – NFL

Booker has hand surgery, faces 6-week recovery

Phoenix guard Devin Booker has undergone surgery to repair an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint of his right hand, and the Suns say the expected recovery time is approximately six weeks. – NBA

Real or not? Red Sox clinch but still seek answers for October

The first team to clinch a playoff spot nevertheless has a few questions to answer, such as how soon ace Chris Sale will be fully up to speed. – TOP

Remade Rams defense starts slow, then slams the door

The Rams’ new-look, big-name defense looked out of sync in the first half, but two fourth-quarter interceptions put the game away. – NFL

Trade Grades: Canadiens earn B+ for Max Pacioretty deal

The Habs dealt their captain to the desert in a deal that will have long-term implications for both clubs. Who came out ahead? – NHL

Matt Patricia’s Lions coaching debut as bad as it gets

The wheels came off in the second half for the Lions, who were outplayed and embarrassed in historic fashion by the Jets. – TOP

Sources: Suns’ Booker to undergo hand surgery

Suns star Devin Booker will have minor hand surgery on Monday in Los Angeles, a source confirmed. A timetable for his recovery has not been determined. – NBA

Rodgers returns from injury, drives big Pack rally

Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the second half after rebounding from a knee injury in the first half, and the Packers overcame a 20-point deficit for a thrilling 24-23 win over the Bears on Sunday night. – NFL

Week 1 takeaways for every team: Rough starts for Saints, Cowboys

The Bucs shocked the Saints. The Cowboys managed just eight points. The Steelers had six turnovers. NFL Nation dives into the first week of games. – TOP

Welcome to Springfield: The candidates we’d put in the Hall

The Basketball Hall of Fame is already one of sports’ most inclusive, but there are plenty of worthy candidates who’ve been left waiting. – NBA

Bergeron, Chara among Bruins to skip China trip

Patrice Bergeron and a handful of other Bruins players won’t be going to China for a pair of preseason games later this month against the Flames. – NHL

Who got better, who got worse and who made history in Week 2

Kansas won a road game for the first time since 2009. Kentucky snapped a 31-game losing streak to Florida. Alabama and Georgia kept rolling, and Arizona’s Khalil Tate and UNC kept falling. – TOP

Todd Gurley knows your fantasy football joys and pains

The Rams running back knows how valuable and popular he is to fantasy football players, and he’s paying back the loyalty. – NFL

Fantasy hockey position preview: Goalie

Every good fantasy hockey team has a sturdy goaltender to lean on. Here’s how you should draft the position this season. – NHL

No one deserves a shot at the US Open title more than del Potro

After years of setbacks, Juan Martin del Potro is one win away from another Grand Slam title and sweet redemption. – TOP

Matthew Berry’s 50 facts for Week 1

Nothing but the facts to get you ready to set your lineup for Week 1, as well as bold predictions for each of the 32 NFL teams this season. – NFL

Looking ahead at the next three Basketball Hall of Fame classes

All eyes are already on 2020, when a star-studded group featuring Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett could become part of one of the best Hall classes ever. – NBA

Mo Cheeks, the Thunder’s Westbrook whisperer

The OKC assistant and new Hall of Famer might be the only person in the NBA who can journey into the eye of a Russell Westbrook storm, and calm it. – NBA

Fantasy hockey position preview: Defense

There are only a few high-end fantasy defensemen this season. So how should you approach the blue line in your drafts? – NHL

Forgive the Eagles’ ugliness — Nick Foles just keeps winning

No, Foles isn’t as talented as Carson Wentz. But he is 6-1 as a starter since Wentz was injured, and the streaky quarterback deserves to play. – TOP

Trick play ‘Philly Philly’ sparks Eagles in win

With the Eagles’ offense struggling, coach Doug Pederson called for a trick known as “Philly Philly” Thursday. Nelson Agholor completed a pass to Nick Foles to spark a drive that culminated in a touchdown. – NFL

Let’s get all 32 teams to the Super Bowl: Barnwell shows the path

Every NFL team has a chance to win the title, but some of those chances are 0.1 percent or less. Here’s what each team needs to happen to win it all. – TOP

Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 1

Will Eric Berry be ready to play against the Chargers in the season opener? What about Joey Bosa? NFL Nation offers insight on all the key injuries. – NFL

Nash: ‘I probably should have shot the ball 20 times a game’

One of history’s best passers also possessed an elite jumper. So, what if Hall of Famer and two-time MVP Steve Nash had flipped his pass-first, shoot-last mindset? – NBA

Fantasy hockey position preview: Wing

Wingers can be tricky to rank, but you’ll want to draft a few quality players at the position to tack on goals, points and shots to your roster. – NHL

Trump: Nike sends ‘terrible message’ with Kap ad

President Donald Trump said Colin Kaepernick’s inclusion in Nike’s latest “Just Do It” ad campaign is a “terrible message,” while the NFL said issues raised by Kaepernick deserve “attention and action.” – NFL

Doc: Hate seeing rift in 2008 Celtics title team

Doc Rivers, who coached the Celtics to the 2008 NBA crown, said it “really hurts” him to witness the icy relationships among his former players, especially ahead of Ray Allen’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction. – NBA

Who’s under the most pressure for all 31 NHL teams?

We identify the figure — whether it be player, GM, coach or group of players — under the most pressure for each team in the league. – NHL

Two nights, two legends, two results: The story of Rafa and Roger

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer took center stage on consecutive nights at the US Open, but their fates ended very differently. – TOP

Panthers, veteran Brouwer agree to 1-year deal

Veteran right winger Troy Brouwer, who became a free agent when the Calgary Flames bought out the final two years of his contract, has agreed to terms on a 1-year contract with the Florida Panthers. – NHL

Carr: Raiders players over shock of Mack trade

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said Monday the shock of teammate Khalil Mack being trade has worn off “because we’re back to work.” – NFL

New Hall of Famer Jason Kidd was ‘the first LeBron’

Jason Kidd was a high school sensation in the Bay Area, where tear-stained battles with Gary Payton helped turn him into a future Hall of Famer. – NBA

Health? Desire? Nah, but the heat was a major problem for Roger Federer

After a brilliant performance in the third round, Roger Federer could do no right against No. 55 John Millman. So what went wrong? – TOP

Knights D-man Schmidt suspended 20 games

Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt has been suspended the first 20 games of the season for violating the PED policy. – NHL

Rockets deal Anderson to Suns for Chriss, Knight

The Rockets on Friday sent Ryan Anderson and De’Anthony Melton to the Suns in exchange for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight. – NBA

Tracking NFL roster cuts: Who’s in, who’s out for all 32 teams

NFL teams had to cut their rosters to 53 players by Saturday. Here’s a look at what they did to get there. – NFL

As LSU heats up, Coach O’s seat cools down … for now

The Tigers still have a treacherous SEC slate ahead of them, but Ed Orgeron got a desperately needed signature win in dominant fashion over Miami. – TOP

Sources: Lakers benefit from Deng $7.5M buyout

Luol Deng agreed to a significant give-back of $ 7.5 million in his contract buyout with the Lakers, clearing $ 38 million in salary cap space for 2019 free agency, league sources told ESPN. – NBA

Hanifin joins Flames on 6-year, $29.7M deal

Noah Hanifin, who had 10 goals and 79 games for the Hurricanes last season, signed a six-year, $ 29.7 million contract with the Flames on Thursday. – NHL

Who should be panicking, celebrating after Week 1

What have we learned so far from college football’s opening week? See which teams you should sell, buy or wait on before passing judgment. – TOP

Biggest surprises and takeaways from NFL cut-down day

It’s a wild day as NFL teams trim their rosters to 53. What to make of all the moves? What’s next? Here’s what you can take away from the chaos. – NFL

Weekly Reader: Seguin, Panarin, Hall and contractual panic

Two of the three stars are in contract seasons, while the other’s deal is up in 2020. Plus, Jersey Foul of the Week, the KHL’s big mistake and more. – NHL

The gloriously petty history of Michigan-Notre Dame

From a sweater-wearing, Michigan-taunting dog in 1909 to the 2013 “Chicken Dance,” the Wolverines-Irish battles are often as fun off the field as on it. – TOP

Rams’ Donald relieved to end ‘stressful’ dispute

Aaron Donald called his contract dispute with the Rams “a stressful time” and expressed relief after signing a six-year extension. The deal is worth $ 135 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the richest defensive deal in NFL history. – NFL

It’s gotta (not) be the shoes: The kicks banned by the NBA

The NBA is relaxing its sneaker rules, but that change wasn’t in time for these players, who were warned — and in some cases fined — for their shoes. – NBA

Point total predictions for all 31 NHL teams

How many teams will top 100 points? Will the Rangers really finish in the 70s? We weigh in on every team’s projected number. – NHL

Sources: Anthem resolution unlikely by Week 1

Although the two sides have had “productive” talks, the NFL and NFLPA are not expected to reach a resolution on a national anthem policy by Week 1 of the regular season, sources told ESPN’s Dan Graziano. – NFL

The day Uncle Drew found out Kyrie Irving was traded

One year ago, in between playing one-on-one with his “Uncle Drew” body double and filming an epic dance scene in Atlanta, Kyrie Irving’s basketball future hung in the balance. – NBA

The only 14 teams that can win the College Football Playoff

ESPN Analytics has identified 19 teams that have at least a 1 percent chance to make the College Football Playoff this season, and of those, only 14 have a chance to win it. – TOP

NBA, USA hoops align; one-and-done in danger

Basketball’s biggest stakeholders have come together to make an unprecedented agreement that will allow the NBA to begin formally working with the nation’s top teenagers to help prepare them for pro careers. – NBA

Martin Brodeur taking Devils’ biz VP post

Martin Brodeur is returning to the New Jersey Devils as the team’s executive vice president of business development. – NHL

Source: Packers’ Rodgers signs record extension

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has signed a record-breaking extension Wednesday that has an average annual value of $ 33.5 million, a source told Adam Schefter. – NFL

Barnwell: The NFL’s 50 most intriguing people, and why each matters

J.J. Watt and Andrew Luck are back. Jalen Ramsey is just getting started. These are the most intriguing players, coaches and front-office men of the season. – TOP

Final 53-man roster projections for all 32 NFL teams

Will the New York Jets keep Teddy Bridgewater? What about the Ravens and Robert Griffin III? NFL Nation reporters project rosters for all 32 teams. – TOP

Sources: Eagles eye Jeffery return in Week 3

Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery likely will miss the first two games of the season, but the team will activate him Saturday in hopes he plays in Week 3. – NFL

NBA BPI projections: New playoff favorites and title chances

How does LeBron’s move to L.A. change the playoff race and lottery picture? We unveil our first look at the 2018-19 Basketball Power Index. – NBA

Potential fantasy hockey breakout players

Who is ready to make the next step? Sean Allen identifies a handful of NHL players who are poised to break out in 2018-19. – NHL

$10,000 well spent: The quirks of outfitting an NHL goalie

We check in with a handful of netminders on their likes and dislikes, as well as how the NHL’s new rules will impact their setups. – NHL

Cancer, a torn ACL, a torn Achilles. Can Eric Berry come back one more time?

Three-time All Pro Eric Berry is making the third comeback of his eight-year NFL career, but an Achilles injury is “a walk in the park” comparatively. – NFL

‘Man, I’m gonna get fined.’ Trolling with Enes Kanter

The outspoken Knick shares his thoughts on his LeBron beef, the Warriors, why he loves to talk trash and why he’s not backing down from his stance on the Turkish government. – NBA

U.S.-born NHL players honor late exec Johannson

Sunday’s Stars & Stripes Showdown featured more than two dozen U.S.-born hockey players who came together to pay tribute to Jim Johannson, the assistant executive director of USA Hockey who died of heart disease in January. – NHL

The biggest injuries from NFL preseason Week 3

Here are the most important injuries of the preseason’s third week, and what they mean moving forward. – NFL

Ex-Warriors G Young arrested in Hollywood

Los Angeles police say former Warriors guard Nick Young was arrested in Hollywood during a late-night stop for a routine traffic violation. – NBA

Shooter kills two people at Madden tournament

A gamer at a “Madden NFL 19” qualifying tournament in Jacksonville killed two people in a mass shooting Sunday, and authorities said the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Eleven others were injured, nine due to gunshot wounds. – TOP

Diary of a rescue: Marc Gasol’s mission to help immigrants

Moved by the desperation of immigrants and the efforts to rescue them, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol didn’t hesitate to accept an invitation to see for himself what one group is doing to help. – NBA

Caps forward brings Stanley Cup to Humboldt

Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson brought the Stanley Cup to Humboldt on Friday to recognize the community’s strength and resilience after April’s deadly bus crash. – NHL

McCain recalled fondly as passionate boxing fan

Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday after battling brain cancer for more than a year, was a passionate boxing fan who long advocated for better protections for professional fighters. He was 81. – TOP

Jags’ Marrone on Lee’s knee injury: ‘It looked bad’

Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone said that while the knee injury suffered by wide receiver Marqise Lee looked bad, the team won’t know the severity of it until Sunday. – NFL

Nick Foles, first-team Eagles offense finish preseason in a funk

The preseason has not been kind to the Super Bowl MVP, who finished with no touchdowns, two interceptions and two lost fumbles. – NFL

Kyrie Irving finds a missing piece of his life at the Standing Rock reservation

Standing Rock Sioux gave Kyrie Irving a new Native American name and a new family in a sacred ceremony. – NBA

Hayley Wickenheiser and the search for the NHL’s first female GM

The Canadian icon has been hired as Toronto’s assistant direct of player development. Next stop, a GM job? Here are the women who could do it. – NHL

Preseason Week 3 takeaways: Adrian Peterson looks like a starter

Here are the biggest things we learned about every team during Week 3 of the preseason. – TOP

Inside Barry Sanders’ record-setting, Heisman-winning (and nap-taking) 1988 season

Coaches, teammates and opponents recall the magical season 30 years ago, when the Oklahoma State running back ran for 2,850 yards, 44 TDs, set 34 NCAA records and exploded from obscurity to win a Heisman — in Tokyo. – TOP

The new analytics arms race in the NFL

Some NFL teams have been slow to embrace analytics. With the deep player-tracking era now upon us, the skeptical could get quickly left behind. – NFL

Yelled at, spit on and insulted: Inside the life of an NBA ref

He tossed Tim Duncan for laughing, got chewed out by David Stern and landed in NBA-mandated therapy, thinking he’d lost everything. In his own words, Joey Crawford tells his story. – NBA

Fantasy hockey sleepers for the 2018-19 season

Fantasy leagues can be won with great late-round drafting. Here’s some sleepers you won’t want to pass on come draft day. – NHL

Adam Boqvist not letting dyslexia get in the way of NHL dreams

How the Blackhawks’ first-rounder from 2018 has managed the condition, and what’s next for the 18-year-old. – NHL

Von Miller at crossroads: ‘I can’t just lead by example’

The Broncos superstar might never give up his big-smiling, fan-friendly, dancing ways, but now he is ready to be Denver’s veteran, vocal leader. – NFL

How OCD almost ended one NBA player’s career before it began

From Shane Larkin choosing therapy to Jalen Rose refusing meds to Larry Sanders opting to self-medicate, treatment decisions are personal — and not easy. – NBA

Dinich: News conference shows Meyer still doesn’t get it

Urban Meyer and Ohio State AD Gene Smith found time to apologize to Buckeye Nation on Wednesday night, but not to Courtney Smith. And that proves they haven’t learned anything. – TOP

Growing up poor and black: The challenges facing some NBA players

A childhood filled with violence, poverty and racism can lead to lifelong anxiety and depression for even the league’s best players. – NBA

The biggest Mount Puckmore snubs, according to you

We picked the four most iconic players for every NHL franchise. You told us where we got ’em wrong (and right). – NHL

Meet the college football preseason All-America team

Wisconsin dominates the All-America team with four first-teamers, while Alabama, Clemson and West Virginia have two each. – TOP

Fantasy fallout: Christian McCaffrey, Jimmy Graham generating buzz

Impressive performances by Carolina’s top running back and Aaron Rodgers’ new tight end are sure to boost their value in fantasy drafts. – NFL

What’s up, babe? Ovechkin welcomes son Sergei

Caps captain Alex Ovechkin is now a father, as his wife, Nastya, gave birth to son Sergei on Saturday. – NHL

Vikes’ Zimmer: Helmet rule will cost people jobs

The implementation of the NFL’s new helmet rule this preseason has drawn criticism from players and coaches, including the Vikings’ Mike Zimmer, who believes “it’s going to cost some people some jobs — playoffs, jobs, the whole bit I’m guessing.” – NFL

Sources: Raptors hiring Kawhi friend to staff

The Raptors are hiring Jeremy Castleberry, a Spurs staffer and close friend of Kawhi Leonard, to a position on their coaching staff, league sources told ESPN. – NBA

‘Why am I still hiding this?’: The state of mental health in the NBA

Stars such as Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan opening up has been an important step, but the stigma of mental health issues remains alive in NBA locker rooms. – TOP

Oilers sign free-agent forward Upshall to tryout

The Oilers have signed 34-year-old free agent Scottie Upshall to a professional tryout. – NHL

The biggest injuries from NFL preseason Week 2

This week was tough on quarterbacks. Here are the most important injuries of Week 2, and what they mean moving forward. – NFL

Curry: ‘For sure’ I want to be Warrior for life

Stephen Curry, during an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast this week, said he wants to be a Warrior for life. “For sure I do,” Curry said. “This is home. This is where I want to be, for obvious reasons.” – NBA

Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate for the 2018 season

It’s the must-read column — and final edition — of the fantasy football preseason, highlighting Matthew Berry’s most undervalued and overvalued players in drafts. – TOP

Mount Puckmore: Four players who define each Pacific team

Who are the most iconic players for every Pacific team? Here are our picks — and a chance for you to cast your votes. – NHL

Source: Cowboys OG Martin hyperextends knee

Cowboys Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin suffered a hyperextended left knee during Saturday’s preseason game, a source told ESPN, but he will undergo an MRI on Sunday to confirm. – TOP

Gordon back to Browns; Jackson ‘never lost trust’

Wide receiver Josh Gordon has returned to the Browns, expressing gratitude to the team for giving him time to work on his mental and physical health. – NFL

Big O’s 1971 title ring sells for $91K at auction

A 1971 NBA championship ring won by Oscar Robertson sold in an auction for a little more than $ 91,000. – NBA

Weekly Reader: Ranking long-shot MVP candidates for 2018-19

Taylor Hall wasn’t even on the board before last season. Who could come out of nowhere this coming season? We pick eight long shots to watch. – NHL

Preseason Week 2 takeaways: Mahomes shows off arm, McCarron fractures collarbone

Week 2 of the preseason is underway. Here are the biggest things we learned about every team. – TOP

Report: Bills’ McCarron suffers collarbone break

Bills quarterback AJ McCarron sustained a hairline fracture to his right collarbone Friday in Buffalo’s preseason game against the Browns, according to the Buffalo News. – NFL

NBA superteam rankings: Who has the most star power?

Who really has a superteam, and who’s close to being the next one? We rank the top teams into tiers by star power. – NBA

Mount Puckmore: Four players who define each Central team

Who are the most iconic faces for Central Division teams? Here are our picks. – NHL

Preseason Week 2 takeaways: Darnold’s first INT, Brady’s big night

Week 2 of the preseason is underway. Here are the biggest things we learned for every team. – TOP

Elway: Kap had chance to be Bronco, ‘passed’

If the Broncos decide to sign a veteran backup to quarterback Case Keenum, it won’t be Colin Kaepernick. “He’s had his chance to be here. He passed it,” John Elway said Thursday. – NFL

5-on-5: Rookies talk best advice, big purchases and LeBron

We caught up with Deandre Ayton and the Class of 2018 to talk about awards, most anticipated matchups and LeBron’s move to L.A. – NBA

Mount Puckmore: Four players who define each Metro team

Which four players are the most iconic for each Metropolitan team? Here are our picks, along with a chance for you to cast your votes. – NHL

Acuna drilled by first Urena pitch, sparking melee

Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr., who had homered in five straight games, was hit by the first pitch thrown by Miami starter Jose Urena on Wednesday night, sparking a melee that led to benches and bullpens for Atlanta and Miami emptying twice. – TOP

DA drops rape case against Broncos DE Gotsis

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia has dropped a rape case against Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis, writing in a statement that “the evidence presented does not warrant any further action in this case.” – NFL

Predicting where 2019’s superstar free agents will sign

Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts where the top 2019 free agents will play in 2019-20. – NBA

How the East and West standings will look in 2018-19

Which teams will make the playoffs? Which are lottery bound? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early win-loss projections for all 30 teams. – NBA

Mount Puckmore: Four players who define each Atlantic team

If every NHL team created a monument of its history, which faces would be included? Here are our picks — and a chance for you to cast your votes. – NHL

Inside Derek Jeter’s plan to build a winner in Miami

A champion in New York, Jeter didn’t come to Miami to lose. Here’s a look at how he plans to put a winning team on the field while learning on the job in South Beach. – TOP

NFL Power Rankings: 32 surprise players to watch this preseason

As the regular season nears, our NFL experts stack up every team and choose some unexpected players you need to watch. – NFL

Fantasy hockey dynasty league rankings for the 2018-19 season

Gearing up for another season in your fantasy hockey dynasty league? Sean Allen has a brand new set of rankings entering the 2018-19 NHL campaign. – NHL

Source: Rookie Smith ends holdout with Bears

Roquan Smith, the last unsigned rookie in the NFL, has agreed to end his holdout with the Bears, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. – NFL

Predicting contenders for East, West and NBA crowns

Will the Warriors win it all again? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early projections. – NBA

Zach Smith kept DUI arrest secret from Meyer

Former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith said he did not inform his former boss, Urban Meyer, about an arrest for speeding and operating a vehicle while intoxicated in February 2013. – TOP

Biggest injuries of NFL preseason: Star receivers on the mend

Here are the most crushing injuries of training camp and preseason so far, the prognosis for all those players and who could replace them. – NFL

Red Wings re-sign Larkin to 5-year contract

The Red Wings have re-signed restricted free-agent center Dylan Larkin to a five-year contract, the team announced Friday. – NHL

For once, second didn’t stink for Tiger

Tiger Woods wanted to win his 15th major. Pretty much everyone at Bellerive wanted the same thing. That he didn’t wasn’t so bad when you consider what he has done in the past two majors. – TOP

The Gretzky Trade quiz: 30-year anniversary edition

How well do you know ‘The Trade?’ Test your knowledge with 10 questions on Wayne Gretzky, the Kings, the Oilers and the aftermath. – NHL

Arcade games, city tours and Spotify: Best of NBA teams’ schedule reveals

Whether it’s a trip around town or a retro game, the 2018-19 NBA schedule reveal allowed teams to have fun with the new slate. – NBA

Tiger and the search for 18 holes of old magic

At times Saturday, old Tiger looked like the Tiger of old. The roars. The club twirls. The walk. But something was still missing. What if he finds it Sunday? – TOP

Sources: Redskins WR Davis (knee) going on IR

More bad news strikes the Washington Redskins. Sources tell ESPN’s John Keim that receiver Robert Davis has broken his tibia and suffered multiple ligament damage in his knee and will go on injured reserve. – NFL

Weekly Reader: The most baffling contracts of the offseason

Perhaps it’s the term, perhaps it’s the money, perhaps it’s something else. Plus, is Alex Kovalev right about the state of the game? – NHL

The inside story of a toxic culture at Maryland football

Current Maryland players describe a culture of fear and intimidation within the football program in the run-up to offensive lineman Jordan McNair’s death. – TOP

Every NBA game we can’t wait to watch, and why

Mark your calendars, because the full NBA schedule has been unveiled. Here are our can’t-miss games. – NBA

Ultimate ‘Madden 19’ preview: Best players, rookies, more

The strongest. The fastest. The slowest. The players rated 99 overall. We break down everything you need to know as “Madden NFL 19” hits shelves. – NFL