How to make the NHL All-Star skills competition even wilder

It’s one of the greatest things the league does each year. But here are 10 ways to make it even better. – NHL

LeBron edges Luka, to captain ASG with Giannis

LeBron James led all players in voting, while Giannis Antetokounmpo paced Eastern Conference players in votes also to be named captain. – NBA

Barnwell: Ranking the 10 most unlikely Super Bowl teams ever

The 49ers came out of nowhere this season, improving by nine wins. Is it the biggest jump by a title contender in NFL history? – NFL

AB turns himself in to police on multiple charges

Antonio Brown turned himself in to Broward County Jail on Thursday night after a warrant had been issued for his arrest stemming from Tuesday’s incident. – TOP

Pelicans’ Williamson in starting lineup vs. Spurs

Nearly 14 weeks after knee surgery, heralded rookie forward Zion Williamson drew the start for the improving Pelicans on Wednesday as they played host to the Spurs. – NBA

The NHL’s Analytics Awards at midseason

These players likely won’t win any hardware at the end of the season, but their value is undeniable — so we created some awards for them. – NHL

Five moves that propelled the Chiefs from 2-14 to the Super Bowl

When the Chiefs hired Andy Reid in 2013, it started a series of events that took them from dreadful to their first Super Bowl in 50 years. – NFL

Warrant issued for arrest of AB in battery case

The Hollywood (Florida) Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for Antonio Brown following allegations that he and his trainer attacked a moving company truck driver near Brown’s Florida home. – TOP

Would the NHL standings change with a different points system?

It’s a seemingly endless debate: Should the league alter its standings strategy? We ran the numbers, and one side will be pleased. – NHL

Barnwell: 10 players and coaches who took a step toward Super Bowl redemption

Some are back in the title game after failures. Others are just happy to be playing (or coaching) football. Meet the Super Bowl Redeem Team. – NFL

Arenado: ‘Lot of disrespect’ from Rockies people

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich told the Denver Post that trade rumors regarding Nolan Arenado can be put to bed. The All-Star third baseman responded by saying he feels disrespected by the organization. – TOP

NHL experts buy/sell Panarin as a Hart finalist, Ovechkin winning the shots title, more

Our panel checks in on a handful of hot topics around the league, including scoring races, goaltender trades and more. – NHL

Which player had the best sneakers in the NBA during Week 13?

Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Langston Galloway highlight the best sneakers in mid-January. – NBA

What to know for 49ers-Chiefs: Early picks, nuggets and big questions

The Niners and Chiefs will go head-to-head for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in two weeks. We have early predictions, looming questions and more for the big game. – NFL

Chiefs slight favorites over 49ers in Super Bowl

The consensus opening line at sportsbooks around the nation was pick ’em, but the spread grew to Kansas City -1.5 late Sunday. – TOP

Rally Caps: Ovechkin, Capitals storm past Isles

On the eve of their bye week, the league-leading Washington Capitals kept up their torrid pace, rallying past the New York Islanders on the strength of another hat trick from Alex Ovechkin. – NHL

Sources: Blazers trade Bazemore, picks to Kings

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks to the Sacramento Kings for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. – NBA

Guide to Titans-Chiefs, Packers-49ers: Picks, bold predictions, key matchups, more

What to watch for in both games. Matchup breakdowns. Stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for the NFL conference championships. – NFL

Astros’ Altuve confident ‘everything will be fine’

While second baseman Jose Altuve was open and eager to address the sign-stealing scandal at the Astros’ winter fan festival, third baseman Alex Bregman was stoic and stingy with his words as the team sets its sights on spring training. – TOP

The rise of Swedish defensemen: How Hedman, others have taken over the NHL

Sweden has become a dominant defensive pipeline. How did Victor Hedman help lead the way for a talented next wave of blueliners? – NHL

Towns back after 15 games out, drops 27 in loss

Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns was back Friday at Indiana after he missed 15 games because of a sprained left knee and scored a team-high 27 points in a 116-114 loss. – NBA

Chiefs sound drained at mere prospect of facing Derrick Henry again

For the Chiefs to reach the Super Bowl, they’ll need to find a way to slow down Henry, especially in the second half. – NFL

Garrett stays in NFC East, named OC of Giants

Jason Garrett is sticking in the NFC East, with the former Cowboys head coach reaching a deal Friday to take over the Giants’ offense. – TOP

The Wysh List: Five essential traits of an NHL pest

Matthew Tkachuk is reminding us of legendary pests of the past. Plus, Jersey Fouls, winners and losers of the week and more. – NHL

Bucks GM Horst says team isn’t chasing wins

The Milwaukee Bucks are setting the pace in the NBA with a 36-6 record, but GM Jon Horst says they’re not chasing wins. They want to be NBA champions. – NBA

NFL playoffs conference championship round: Biggest injury questions for all four teams

Get the latest scoop from inside NFL locker rooms on who’s in and who’s out this weekend. – NFL

Mets agree to part ways with manager Beltran

Carlos Beltran, before beginning his first season on the job with the New York Mets, became the third MLB manager to lose his job as a result of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, joining AJ Hinch and Alex Cora. – TOP

Slurpees, smoothies and scoring: Inside Cale Makar’s quick transition to NHL stardom

After an impressive playoff call-up last spring, the defenseman — who models his persona on Jarome Iginla — is on fire in his first full season. – NHL

Lue still sour on Cavs firing: ‘I won a title there’

Ty Lue, speaking to The Athletic in his first interview since his Cleveland ouster six games into last season, says he deserved better after leading the Cavs to an NBA championship. – NBA

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly announces retirement at 28

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring at age 28 after eight seasons in the NFL. – NFL

Two managers gone in two days: What losing Alex Cora, AJ Hinch means for baseball

The World Series-winning skippers of 2017 and 2018 are out and, no matter the circumstances, it’s a sad thing for MLB. – TOP

The NHL’s best and worst this week: On women’s hockey at the All-Star Game

There is a new wrinkle for women’s players at this year’s event. Plus, three stars, games of the week and Pekka Rinne’s new, self-applied nickname. – NHL

What just happened in the AFC? Barnwell on how the Ravens failed (and the Chiefs didn’t)

The Ravens collapsed, while the Chiefs survived an early onslaught. How did we get here, and what comes next? – NFL

SGA youngest ever with 20-rebound triple-double

At 21 years and 185 days old, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal. – NBA

Burrow’s 60 TD passes sets single-season record

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow broke the NCAA FBS single-season records for touchdown passes and touchdowns responsible for against Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night. – TOP

Midseason grades for all 31 NHL teams

From the A’s to the F’s (yes, multiple teams have failing grades thus far), we profile how each club has performed against expectations. – NHL

Which player had the best sneakers in the NBA during Week 12?

Russell Westbrook makes his triumphant return to Oklahoma City as a member of the Houston Rockets in this edition of Kicks of the Week. – NBA

Mahomes-inspired Chiefs shatter records in rally

The Chiefs beat the Texans 51-31 on Sunday, becoming the first team in postseason history to win by 20 points after trailing by at least 20. – NFL

Pack, led by rookie coach, back in NFC title game

Thanks to a well-oiled offense and with a rookie head coach, the Packers will get another try at the 49ers in their first conference championship game since 2016. – TOP

Sources: Kyrie expected to return to Nets Sunday

Kyrie Irving is expected to make his return to the Nets lineup Sunday against the Hawks, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. – NBA

NHL experts buy/sell Lightning winning the Atlantic, Justin Williams’ scoring pace, more

Are the Lightning back to their dominant selves? Might the Red Wings prefer Byfield over Lafreniere? Our panel weighs five hot topics. – NHL

Near full strength, 49ers’ defense shines in win

Dee Ford, Kwon Alexander and Jaquiski Tartt returned on Saturday to spark the 49ers’ defense in a 27-10 playoff win over the Vikings. – NFL

Lamar struggles as Ravens shocked by Titans

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson struggled in the playoffs for the second straight season, throwing two interceptions Saturday as the Titans shocked top-seeded Baltimore. – TOP

Bold second-half predictions for all 31 NHL teams

From impact trades to personal milestones to awards-race crashers, here are our audacious takes for every NHL club. – NHL

KD defends legacy, Nets in Twitter exchanges

Kevin Durant defended his legacy and decision to join the Nets by engaging with media members on Twitter this week. – NBA

What went wrong with NFL officiating in 2019 … and what comes next?

NFL officiating is headed for a big offseason reevaluation. So why was the 2019 season so controversial, and what is the league planning for a fix? – NFL

Sources: Lakers extend Pelinka amid promotion

The Lakers are extending the contract of Rob Pelinka, sources told ESPN on Friday, the same day the team announced he is adding vice president of basketball operations to his general manager title. – TOP

Stars navigating past shocking coach dismissal

Rick Bowness took over under not-so-great circumstances. But he has the team pointed in the right direction and looking like a serious contender. – NHL

Embiid to have surgery, out at least 1-2 weeks

The 76ers say Joel Embiid will have surgery on his left hand and will be reevaluated in one to two weeks. – NBA

NFL doctor: Wentz reporting concussion ‘heroic’

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was praised by the NFL’s chief medical officer for reporting his concussion during Philadelphia’s playoff loss to Seattle on Sunday. Wentz was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit in the first quarter. – NFL

OKC welcomes back Westbrook with MVP cheers

The Thunder welcomed Russell Westbrook back to Oklahoma City with a tribute video, while fans roared and chanted “MVP!” – TOP

Midseason fixes for NHL teams in the playoff hunt

The Maple Leafs are proof that a small change can have a big impact. Here are some recommendations for other teams that could use a boost. – NHL

Butler irate after jawing with Warren: ‘He’s trash’

In the midst of the Heat outscoring the Pacers 38-23 in the third quarter on the way to a 122-108 rout, Jimmy Butler exchanged bumps, words and gestures with Indiana’s T.J. Warren, who was ejected. Afterward, Butler didn’t hesitate to speak his mind. – NBA

NFL playoffs divisional round: Biggest injury questions for all eight teams

Get the latest scoop from inside NFL locker rooms on who’s in and who’s out this weekend. – NFL

Beilein contrite after calling Cavs ‘bunch of thugs’

After stunning his players in a film session Wednesday with a suggestion that they were no longer playing “like a bunch of thugs,” Cavaliers coach John Beilein later reached out to players individually to insist he instead meant to use the word “slugs.” – TOP

Why the Predators fired Peter Laviolette, and where team and coach go from here

After five-plus seasons behind the bench, Laviolette is out. Who takes over? Will the Preds make any trades? Could the coach land in Seattle? – NHL

Trae Young’s bag of tricks holds more than 30-footers

Amid Atlanta’s struggles, Trae Young has blossomed into an #NBATwitter darling. The tight handle, the floaters, the deep 3s — they’re all part of a dazzling offensive game. The Hawks guard takes us through all of it. – NBA

Barnwell: 31 events that led to the Patriots’ shocking playoff exit

Gronk’s early back issues. The Jimmy G trade. A poor 2017 draft. A miss in free agency. The problems go beyond just this season. – NFL

Bilas Index 2.0: New 1-68 rankings, and college basketball’s officiating problem

College basketball has had its challenges in 2019-20, and an officiating problem is among the core issues. – TOP

Fantasy hockey: Forecaster for the week of Jan. 6-12

Your essential guide to setting fantasy hockey lineups that take full advantage of every NHL team’s strength of schedule. – NHL

Rivers handing Beverley keys like Rondo, CP3

Doc Rivers is putting some exclusive trust in Patrick Beverley, giving the point guard his play sheet in a similar fashion to how he approached coaching Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul. – NBA

Eagles: Hit on Wentz dirty; Clowney denies intent

Left tackle Jason Peters was among the teammates of Carson Wentz who called out a hit by Jadeveon Clowney that knocked the quarterback out of the Eagles’ loss to the Seahawks in the first quarter. – NFL

The perfect Kirk Cousins throw that beat the Saints: ‘I never thought we’d use it there’

The Vikings needed a 43-yard rainbow in overtime to win in New Orleans. – TOP

Vince Carter becomes first NBA player to appear in four decades

Vince Carter made history on Saturday night when he became the first NBA player to appear in a game in four different decades. Long live Vinsanity. – NBA

NHL experts buy/sell Panthers as a top Atlantic team, Jets trading for a defenseman and more

Can Florida hold a top-three Atlantic Division seed? Will Winnipeg add a blueliner at the deadline? Our team weighs in. – NHL

Watson wows in OT: ‘I just told myself to stay up’

With his team trailing 16-0 in the third quarter, Deshaun Watson put the Texans on his back in the second half and overtime to lead them past Buffalo 22-19 for their first playoff victory since he was drafted in 2017. – NFL

Henry rolls up 182 yards to carry Titans by Pats

A winter storm named Henry rolled through New England on Saturday. That’s also what rolled through the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. – TOP

NHL Awards Watch: Nathan MacKinnon has Hart; new Jack Adams leader

As we hit the midway point of the season, here’s our latest look at who’s ahead in all the major races. – NHL

Sources: Pistons escalating Drummond trade talks

The Pistons are escalating discussions with several teams about a trade involving All-Star center Andre Drummond, including serious recent talks with the Hawks, league sources told ESPN. – NBA

NFL wild-card round guide: Game picks, bold predictions, key matchups and more

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Key matchups. Stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for wild-card weekend. – NFL

Lakers fans welcome Ingram, Ball back to Staples

Friday night was the first chance Lakers fans had to see Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart since they were traded for Anthony Davis in July. – TOP

Wysh List: Keep the NHL Winter Classic weird

The wild non-hockey festivities in Dallas remind us that uniqueness makes for a great event. Plus, Jersey Fouls, winners and losers of the week, more. – NHL

Sources: Nets’ LeVert expected to return vs. Raps

Caris LeVert is expected to return to the lineup on Saturday. He’s missed nearly two months due to a thumb injury. – NBA

Polamalu, former WR Wayne finalists for Canton

Former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and former Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, in their first year of eligibility, were among seven NFL greats named as first-time finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020. – NFL

Cowboys to move on without Garrett, source says

Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones have decided that Jason Garrett will not be part of the organization moving forward, a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder. – TOP

What’s in, what’s out in the hockey world for 2020

While some trends will surely continue in the new year, others will undergo a transformation. Get caught up here. – NHL

David Stern was a complete force of nature

Obsessive, relentless, ambitious and progressive — the former NBA commissioner lived a sporting life for the ages. – NBA

NFL playoffs wild-card weekend: Biggest injury questions for all eight teams

Get the latest scoop from inside NFL locker rooms on who’s in and who’s out this weekend. – NFL

Former NBA commissioner Stern dies at 77

David Stern, the NBA commissioner who oversaw the sport’s biggest stage for three decades, has died, the league announced in a statement on Wednesday. He was 77. – TOP

2020 NHL Winter Classic: Schedule, jerseys, matchups and predictions

Here’s everything you need to know, and what you didn’t think you needed to know, about the Stars-Predators showdown at the Cotton Bowl. – NHL

Rockets’ Harden: Double-teams a sign of respect

Rockets star James Harden scored 35 points in Tuesday’s 130-104 win over the Nuggets. He said the frequent double-teams on him mean ‘that I’m doing something right, [that] I’m pretty good.” – NBA

49ers’ goal after earning top seed: ‘Move forward to the Super Bowl’

Now that the 49ers have set themselves up perfectly for a run to the Super Bowl, their next step is to get some long-awaited rest. – NFL

NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus each team’s most notable 2010s moment

While Drew Brees gave the Saints a great memory, Redskins and Jaguars fans are left to wonder what if. What about the rest of the NFL in the 2010s? – TOP

NHL experts: 2020 NHL All-Star Game roster snubs

No Brad Marchand? Where’s Max Pacioretty? Our experts weigh in on the biggest snubs from the NHL All-Star Game rosters. – NHL

A top-five shake-up headlines the final NBA Power Rankings of the decade

Miami owns the longest active win streak in the league. How high can the Heat climb, and how far do the Lakers fall as we count down to 2020? – NBA

Barnwell’s bizarro NFL season: Moves and injuries that could have changed everything

A bad Baltimore defense. OBJ to Oakland. Better kicking in Dallas. Slight changes to the season could have made huge differences. – NFL

Source: Cowboys’ Jones, Garrett set 2nd meeting

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, son Stephen Jones, the team’s executive vice president, and coach Jason Garrett will meet again Tuesday to discuss Garrett’s future, a source confirmed to ESPN. The Dallas Morning News first reported Tuesday’s meeting. – TOP

B’s DeBrusk benched, then scores twice in :18

Jake DeBrusk scored two power-play goals 18 seconds apart early in the third after sitting on the bench for much of the opening period, and the Bruins completed a home-and-home sweep of the Sabres with a 3-2 victory Sunday night. – NHL

Harden (toe) sits out short-handed Rockets’ loss

Rockets guard James Harden sat out his first game of the season Sunday night at New Orleans because of a sprained toe. – NBA

49ers survive Seattle to win NFC West, top seed

The 49ers stopped the Seahawks at the goal line on fourth down late in the fourth quarter to win 26-21 and clinch the NFC West along with the conference’s No. 1 seed. – NFL

First look at NFL playoff bracket: Everything you need to know for each team

The playoff field is finally set. Here’s your guide to everything you need to know about the 12 teams vying to win Super Bowl LIV. – TOP

Wysh List: The people who will matter most in hockey in 2020

From Taylor Hall to Kim Davis to Tod Leiweke, these folks will shape the NHL. Plus, Jersey Fouls, winners and losers of the week, and more. – NHL

Injury-laden Raptors ‘just don’t care’, beat Celtics

Three days ago, the Toronto Raptors were soundly beaten at home on Christmas Day by the Boston Celtics. Saturday night, however, the Raptors turned the tables, and beat the Celtics 113-97 here at TD Garden, in a game Toronto led wire-to-wire. – NBA

Score picks, bold predictions and playoff scenarios for every Week 17 NFL game

What to watch for in every game. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for Week 17. – NFL

‘I don’t see how a defense can stop us’: LSU ready for championship party

Joe Burrow and the rest of the Tigers dismantled the Sooners to set up a trip home for the CFP title game. – TOP

2020 World Juniors preview: Prospects to watch, team predictions and more

Canada’s top NHL draft prospects. Star American and Russian goalies. Finland’s gold repeat chances. Here’s everything to know for all 10 teams. – NHL

Where NBA players go when they can’t afford a billion-dollar team

The Australian NBL has become a nice starter home for NBA players looking to learn about franchise ownership. – NBA

Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate for Week 17

If you’re still playing, it doesn’t get bigger than Week 17, and Matthew has your back with his usual lineup advice. – NFL

Roll Sooner: How Jalen Hurts captivated two of college football’s most rabid fan bases

Being a coach’s son gave the Oklahoma quarterback the foundation on which his elite game was built. But the drive to compete and the grace to handle a difficult choice at Alabama? That can’t be taught. – TOP

NBC suspends Roenick for inappropriate talk

Former NHL forward Jeremy Roenick was suspended indefinitely by NBC Sports on Monday for his inappropriate comments about coworkers. – NHL

Ranking NFL teams from 1-32, plus the regular-season MVP for each

Julio Jones, Patrick Mahomes and Jamal Adams are the picks for their teams. Who are the MVPs for the other 29 squads? – NFL

Aschoff, ESPN college football reporter, dies at 34

Edward Aschoff, who started covering college football for ESPN as an SEC reporter in 2011 and began a more expanded national role in 2017, died Tuesday at age 34. – TOP

2020 NBA trade deadline: Latest news, grades and intel

Get the latest NBA trade deadline news and analysis, including trade grades and inside intel. – NBA

The NHL’s best and worst this week: How Sidney Crosby inspired Nathan MacKinnon to ‘take less’

The Avalanche star isn’t looking to break the bank on his next deal; here’s why. Plus, three stars, games of the week and more. – NHL

Week 16 overreactions: Should every division winner really host a playoff game?

Neither the Eagles nor Cowboys should get a home playoff game. The Bills are the team no one wants to face. It’s time to overreact to Week 16. – NFL

Packers run over Vikings to clinch NFC North

The Packers defeated the Vikings 23-10 on Monday night to clinch the NFC North division for the first time since 2016. – TOP

NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus hopes and dreams in 2020 for all 31 teams

The Avalanche are back in the top three. Plus, we provide some optimism for every fan base heading into the holiday season. – NHL

Fan clash gets Isaiah Thomas 2-game suspension

Isaiah Thomas was suspended two games for his clash with a 76ers fan on Saturday, and two fans have been banned from Wells Fargo Center for a year – NBA

Kyler Murray leaves game with hamstring injury

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray left Sunday’s 27-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks with a hamstring injury in the third quarter. – NFL

Cowboys suffer big loss in biggest moment of 2019 season

After a bad start in Philly, all Dallas can do now is hope for a playoff berth. – TOP

McDavid, Ovechkin among four All-Star captains

Connor McDavid was voted into NHL All-Star Weekend for a fourth season in a row and Alex Ovechkin a third in a row. – NHL

LeBron doubtful; not managing load, sources say

Coach Frank Vogel said LeBron James suffered a thoracic muscle strain against the Pacers on Tuesday and played through it during Thursday’s loss to the Bucks. – NBA

Week 16 NFL playoff picture: Patriots, Texans win division titles

The Patriots and Texans locked up their respective divisions on Saturday. What other playoff scenarios could play out in Week 16? – NFL

Brady leads comeback as Pats clinch AFC East

Tom Brady and the Patriots came to life in the fourth quarter, overcoming a 17-13 deficit to defeat the resilient Bills 24-17 and clinch their 11th consecutive AFC East championship. – TOP

Wysh List: 10 questions about the NHL’s next decade

How will the league change in the 2020s? Plus, Jersey Fouls, Taylor Hall trade fallout, winners and losers of the week and more. – NHL

Love has the perfect response to Morant’s epic missed dunk

Ja Morant nearly threw down the dunk of the season, and the man who almost ended up on the wrong end of the poster had a good sense of humor about it. – NBA

Mistrust. Guilt. Rejection. What it’s like to have played for both Eagles, Cowboys

“I felt almost sort of like I was cheating on them,” cornerback Nolan Carroll says of playing for Dallas after three years with Philly. He’s not alone. – NFL

James Wiseman, Penny Hardaway and the high-stakes collision of two stars

The connection between phenom James Wiseman and Penny Hardaway played out over three cities and several years. Then it all ended — abruptly. – TOP

Kobe, Duncan, Garnett among ’20 Hall nominees

Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Chris Bosh headline a stellar 2020 class of potential inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. – NBA

Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate for Week 16: Ultimate fantasy football rules

It’s championship week, so Matthew has the usual lineup advice for the big matchup, as well as suggestions for many changes you can make to improve your league in 2020. – NFL

NHL’s best at every skill: Top skater, shooter, puckhandler, more

From Shea Weber’s shot to Johnny Gaudreau’s handles to Pekka Rinne’s athleticism, we name the best NHL player at every skill. – NHL

Biggest Week 16 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: Latest on Godwin, Chark, Smith-Schuster

Get the latest scoop from inside NFL locker rooms on who’s in and who’s out this weekend. – NFL

Coughlin out as Jags’ executive VP of football ops

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said his decision to fire Tom Coughlin immediately instead of after the season came “in recent days.” – TOP

NHL experts predict Coyotes’ final record, Taylor Hall’s free-agent home

The 2018 Hart Trophy winner has been traded to Arizona. Where will the Coyotes finish this season? And where will Hall sign long-term? – NHL

Zion ‘fully weight-bearing,’ but no return date set

David Griffin said the Pelicans rookie has returned to full weight-bearing exercises but did not offer a return date. – NBA

No Dak Prescott? Picking snubs, surprises and more from NFL Pro Bowl roster

Our NFL experts audit the rosters and break down snubs, curious picks and more. – NFL

Pro Bowl selections for all 32 teams: Full AFC, NFC rosters

Led by Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens secured the most spots in the NFL’s annual all-star game with 12. – TOP

Coyotes land a game-changer in Taylor Hall

The 2018 Hart Trophy winner will bolster the Yotes’ playoff run, while the Devils help restock for the build. Who comes out ahead? – NHL

Mavs overcome Giannis’ 48 to cool red-hot Bucks

After rolling off 18 consecutive victories, the Bucks have tasted defeat for the first time since Nov. 8 following a 120-116 loss to the Luka Doncic-less Mavericks. – NBA

Near-perfect Brees breaks Peyton’s TD record

Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning’s career TD mark with a 5-yarder to Josh Hill midway through the third quarter, the highlight of a near-perfect night for the Saints quarterback. – NFL

Saints close to perfect, even if they are still the No. 3 seed

A Brees masterpiece, with an assist from Michael Thomas, kept the Saints in prime playoff position. – TOP

Sabres send underperforming Mittelstadt to AHL

The Sabres have demoted 2017 first-round pick Casey Mittelstadt to the AHL, as the 21-year-old has failed to play up to expectations. – NHL

Sources: Mavericks’ Doncic could miss 2 weeks

Mavs star Luka Doncic won’t travel with the team to Milwaukee and could miss a couple of weeks with an ankle sprain. – NBA

Week 15 NFL takeaways: Packers, Eagles avoid letdown, Texans take control in AFC South

Here’s what to know from Week 15. – NFL

Playoff picture: Eight teams in, four more spots up for grabs

The Bills, Patriots, Seahawks, Packers and 49ers all clinched berths on Sunday. Who else is in the hunt? – TOP

NHL experts: Flyers’ turnaround, West wild-card picks, top rookies, more

How has Philadelphia turned things around? Who earns wild-card spots in the West? Is Tampa Bay ready to make a run? Our experts weigh in. – NHL

What your life is like when you’re suspended from the NBA

Brooklyn’s Wilson Chandler is serving the last of a 25-game suspension, a two-month exile full of reflection, worry and waiting. – NBA

Week 15 NFL game picks, schedule guide, playoff scenarios and more

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Playoff scenarios. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for Week 15. – NFL

Tiger leads way as U.S. wins Presidents Cup again

Tiger Woods set the Presidents Cup record for most victories when he recorded his 27th match victory in the event by beating Abraham Anceer in the opening singles match Sunday. The U.S. team rallied behind him and is now 11-1-1 in Presidents Cup play. – TOP

Wysh List: Is NHL player safety working this season?

It has been quiet on the suspensions front this season. Is that a good thing? Plus, Jersey Fouls, reacting to no World Cup in 2021 and more. – NHL

What’s wrong with Nikola Jokic?

The Nuggets’ big man isn’t living up to MVP expectations, but he says there’s nothing wrong with that just yet. – NBA

Jackson breaks Vick’s QB rushing yards record

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson broke Michael Vick’s single-season rushing mark for a quarterback of 1,039 yards in the first quarter Thursday against the Jets. – NFL

Ex-NBA commish Stern suffers brain hemorrhage

David Stern, whose 30-year stint as NBA commissioner helped shape the league into a global force, has been hospitalized in New York City after suffering a brain hemorrhage. There was no immediate word on his condition. – TOP

Why the Sharks fired Peter DeBoer, and what happens next

San Jose became the latest NHL team to fire its head coach. Are there trades on the way, and can this team reach the playoffs? – NHL

Kawhi gets his ring amid ‘MVP’ chants in Toronto

Clippers star Kawhi Leonard received a hero’s welcome Wednesday night in his return to Toronto, where he was presented with a championship ring amid chants of “MVP.” – NBA

Biggest Week 15 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: Latest on Conner, JuJu, Parker and more

Get the latest scoop from inside NFL locker rooms on who’s in and who’s out this weekend. – NFL

Sources: Rendon to Angels for 7 years, $245M

Free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. – TOP

John Marino is the best rookie defenseman no one’s talking about

The Penguins have found a hidden gem in the Harvard product, and he has been a big part of their success in 2019-20. – NHL

Bulls’ Porter (foot) to miss at least another month

Bulls swingman Otto Porter Jr. will be reevaluated in four weeks after a foot and ankle specialist confirmed a small fracture in his left foot, the team announced Tuesday. – NBA

Sources: Cole to join Yankees for 9 years, $324M

Prized free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees have agreed to a record nine-year, $ 324 million contract, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. – TOP

The NHL’s best and worst this week: Patience pays off for Bill Guerin and the Wild

The GM didn’t panic after a rough start, and Minnesota is right in the playoff mix. Plus, stars of the week, top upcoming games and more. – NHL

NBA Power Rankings: Lakers have most wins, but Bucks’ blowouts keep them No. 1

It’s clear which teams are the best in each conference. But the battle at the top between the Bucks and Lakers extends to a third week. – NBA

Pats: Video crew filmed sideline at Bengals game

The Patriots said their production crew inappropriately filmed the field and sideline during Sunday’s game but that they only intended to use the footage in their web series. – NFL

PG teases tale of Indy exit: ‘Not the one to boo’

After getting booed each time he touched the ball Monday in Indiana, Clippers star and ex-Pacer Paul George said he enjoys playing the villain but added cryptically, “I’m not the one to boo. … The people they should boo is here a lot longer than I am.” – TOP