Lakers set to face Raptors without LeBron, AD

Lakers stars LeBron James (ankle soreness) and Anthony Davis (illness) will not play against the Raptors. ... Continue Reading

ND's Mayer, top TE prospect, opts for NFL draft

Notre Dame's Michael Mayer, the top-ranked tight end prospect in college football, tells ESPN he is declaring for the NFL draft and will skip the team's Gator Bowl matchup against South Carolina. ... Continue Reading

Sources: Louisville finalizing hire of ex-QB Brohm

Jeff Brohm, who guided Purdue to the Big Ten title game and went 36-34 with the Boilermakers, is finalizing a deal to coach Louisville, sources told ESPN. ... Continue Reading

Texans benching QB Allen, going back to Mills

The Texans are returning to Davis Mills at quarterback after Kyle Allen also struggled. ... Continue Reading

Sources: Red Sox, Jansen close 2-yr., $32M deal

Kenley Jansen, who had an NL-best 41 saves for the Braves in 2022, reached a two-year, $32M deal with the Red Sox, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. ... Continue Reading

Best XIs: Our writers pick their standout players so far

England's Jude Bellingham is one of the consensus picks, but who else makes our lists? ... Continue Reading

Wonderboy still has it, but should he jump right back into the title picture?

Stephen Thompson didn't show any signs of slowing down in his return to the Octagon. ... Continue Reading

How DeMar DeRozan found his level playing next to Zach LaVine

André breaks down how the Chicago Bulls point guard rotation affects DeMar DeRozan's scoring, and why there's optimism ahead. ... Continue Reading

UGA eyes CFP next, but winning SEC 'a big deal'

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett said that winning the national championship is the team's next goal, but that winning the SEC after Saturday's dominance of LSU was "a big deal." ... Continue Reading

Saban touts Bama's 3-0 finish as case for CFP

Alabama coach Nick Saban asked the College Football Playoff selection committee to ask how teams are playing at present and pointed to the Crimson Tide's 3-0 finish as a reason why they should be in. ... Continue Reading

World Cup Daily: Group C chaos, plus Germany chances to advance

Argentina advance to the last 16, while Germany must fight to keep their World Cup hopes alive. ... Continue Reading

Mexico aim to oust Messi and Argentina, USA can build off England draw: World Cup daily

The World Cup's matches on Friday saw Qatar eliminated, while England and USA entertained. Here's the latest and what's ahead at the World Cup. ... Continue Reading

Ricciardo confirmed as Red Bull's third driver for 2023

Red Bull has confirmed Daniel Ricciardo will join its team as a third driver next season -- a role that will include testing, simulator work and commercial activity. ... Continue Reading

Follow live: USA on top, but Wales is coming on strong in second half

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England put on a show in dominant win over Iran in Group B opener

The Three Lions join Germany (in 2002) as the only teams in the past 30 years to score 6+ goals in their opening World Cup match. ... Continue Reading

Kawhi has 6 in return: Recovery a 'long journey'

Kawhi Leonard scored six points in 25 minutes in his first game in more than three weeks Thursday night. ... Continue Reading

Alcantara delivers 1st Cy Young Award for Marlins

Sandy Alcantara, Miami's 27-year-old right-hander, become the first Cy Young winner in Marlins history. ... Continue Reading

Sources: Kyrie could rejoin Nets as soon as Sun.

Kyrie Irving is nearing completion on the process needed for a return to play and could rejoin the Nets as soon as Sunday, sources told ESPN. ... Continue Reading

Ex-Bears LB Smith 'shocked' by trade to Ravens

Former Bears linebacker Roquan Smith acknowledged Wednesday that he was "shocked" when Chicago traded him to the Baltimore Ravens. ... Continue Reading

Tshiebwe anticipates playing in Kentucky's opener

Kentucky forward and consensus national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe said Tuesday he "absolutely" anticipates being ready for the No. 4 Wildcats' season opener after having a procedure on his right knee earlier this month. ... Continue Reading