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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Padraig Harrington has a dilemma: He dearly wants to play The Open this summer at Royal Birkdale, where he won the Claret Jug in 2008. But he also has a lingering nerve issue in his neck that might require surgery. The rec

2017-02-21 18:02:59.790

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Padraig Harrington has a dilemma: He dearly wants to play The Open this summer at Royal Birkdale, where he won the Claret Jug in 2008. But he also has a lingering nerve issue in his neck that might require surgery. The rec



PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Sebastian Velona didn't just meet dozens of the world's best professional golfers at Riviera Country Club this past week. He hugged them. All of 'em. The 13-year-old hugged Jordan Spieth. He hugged Bubba Watson. He hugged

2017-02-21 11:27:39.827

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Sebastian Velona didn't just meet dozens of the world's best professional golfers at Riviera Country Club this past week. He hugged them. All of 'em. The 13-year-old hugged Jordan Spieth. He hugged Bubba Watson. He hugged



Tire limits and teams working through different development programs make it difficult to read too deeply into preseason testing. But one takeaway from the IndyCar Series two-day open test at Phoenix Raceway is that Honda may have closed the gap on r

2017-02-21 11:28:31.767

Tire limits and teams working through different development programs make it difficult to read too deeply into preseason testing. But one takeaway from the IndyCar Series two-day open test at Phoenix Raceway is that Honda may have closed the gap on r



As Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. negotiated their much-anticipated showdown, one of the biggest all-Mexican fights in boxing history, weight was a big part of the talks. How much would Alvarez, who has been boxing at 154 and 155 p

2017-02-21 12:42:20.580

As Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. negotiated their much-anticipated showdown, one of the biggest all-Mexican fights in boxing history, weight was a big part of the talks. How much would Alvarez, who has been boxing at 154 and 155 p



In the hours after Sunday night's All Star Game, embattled Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he'll join fellow superstar big man Anthony Davis. Days earlier, Kings general manager Vlade D

2017-02-21 10:24:00.347

In the hours after Sunday night's All Star Game, embattled Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he'll join fellow superstar big man Anthony Davis. Days earlier, Kings general manager Vlade D



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick walks out of her motorhome in the Daytona International Speedway driver lot for another media interview as she embarks on her 26th season of racing. At age 34, she has a resume that many would relish: Seven sea

2017-02-21 09:12:47.633

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick walks out of her motorhome in the Daytona International Speedway driver lot for another media interview as she embarks on her 26th season of racing. At age 34, she has a resume that many would relish: Seven sea



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A new racing season brings a new start and a fresh opportunity for success for drivers who may have been struggling in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It can also bring added pressure. When a driver or a team is under

2017-02-21 08:20:18.700

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A new racing season brings a new start and a fresh opportunity for success for drivers who may have been struggling in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It can also bring added pressure. When a driver or a team is under



Defensemen are always in demand at this time of year, just like pitchers are before baseball's trade deadline. I'm reminded of the Vancouver Canucks going through 10 or 11 defensemen during one of their playoff runs a half-decade ago. The stretc

2017-02-21 07:07:06.373

Defensemen are always in demand at this time of year, just like pitchers are before baseball's trade deadline. I'm reminded of the Vancouver Canucks going through 10 or 11 defensemen during one of their playoff runs a half-decade ago. The stretc



Alex Rodriguez -- perhaps you've heard of him -- will roll into the spring training camp of those New York Yankees this week. And we know it will be a special time for him because it's written right into his title: "Special" spring instructor. A

2017-02-20 07:30:24.247

Alex Rodriguez -- perhaps you've heard of him -- will roll into the spring training camp of those New York Yankees this week. And we know it will be a special time for him because it's written right into his title: "Special" spring instructor. A



Which trade-deadline rental would provide the best bang for the buck in the playoffs? Craig Custance: Put me down for Kevin Shattenkirk. If you trade for the St. Louis Blues defenseman, you get a head start on the rest of league in getting a chance

2017-02-21 05:28:11.177

Which trade-deadline rental would provide the best bang for the buck in the playoffs? Craig Custance: Put me down for Kevin Shattenkirk. If you trade for the St. Louis Blues defenseman, you get a head start on the rest of league in getting a chance



As New Zealand prepare for a massive year of rugby, ESPN columnist Craig Dowd takes an in-depth look at the All Blacks' depth, governance, culture and the ongoing battle of player retention. The British & Irish Lions series We're four months out from

2017-02-21 02:28:39.817

As New Zealand prepare for a massive year of rugby, ESPN columnist Craig Dowd takes an in-depth look at the All Blacks' depth, governance, culture and the ongoing battle of player retention. The British & Irish Lions series We're four months out from



The 40th anniversary of the iconic movie "Slap Shot" will be celebrated on Feb. 25 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson and Dave Hanson, better known as the Hanson brothers, will host the "Boys are Back in Town" celebration on the

2017-02-20 12:05:38.183

The 40th anniversary of the iconic movie "Slap Shot" will be celebrated on Feb. 25 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson and Dave Hanson, better known as the Hanson brothers, will host the "Boys are Back in Town" celebration on the



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Anyone who knows Denny Hamlin would not find it surprising at all that he, when making plans for the mansion he moved into last year, already had an area set up for a Daytona 500 trophy. Oh, and cars, too. Hamlin has a showroom

2017-02-19 14:53:25.480

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Anyone who knows Denny Hamlin would not find it surprising at all that he, when making plans for the mansion he moved into last year, already had an area set up for a Daytona 500 trophy. Oh, and cars, too. Hamlin has a showroom



Roberto Diaz, 30, has secured a spot in next week's WGC-Mexico Championship via the Official World Golf Ranking as the highest-ranked player from Mexico as of Monday. Diaz, who played college golf at the University of South Carolina-Aiken and now com

2017-02-20 08:25:11.143

Roberto Diaz, 30, has secured a spot in next week's WGC-Mexico Championship via the Official World Golf Ranking as the highest-ranked player from Mexico as of Monday. Diaz, who played college golf at the University of South Carolina-Aiken and now com



Here come the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers in an Atlantic Division that free for the taking. My top five, however, didn't change. This week's Power Rankings: 1. (Last week: 1) Washington Capitals, 39-12-7 Two weekend losses for a Cap

2017-02-20 06:31:44.080

Here come the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers in an Atlantic Division that free for the taking. My top five, however, didn't change. This week's Power Rankings: 1. (Last week: 1) Washington Capitals, 39-12-7 Two weekend losses for a Cap



This started with a crush on Starling Marte. Marte is an outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates and my favorite baseball player to watch. He's fast enough to have stolen 47 bases last year, third-most in the majors. His arm is one of the best in

2017-02-14 07:21:15.830

This started with a crush on Starling Marte. Marte is an outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates and my favorite baseball player to watch. He's fast enough to have stolen 47 bases last year, third-most in the majors. His arm is one of the best in