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Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. figured to still be a fight or two away from a world title opportunity. But then champion Tyson Fury, dealing with myriad personal problems -- including drug, alcohol and mental health issues -- vacated his world t

2016-12-02 09:47:51.433

Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. figured to still be a fight or two away from a world title opportunity. But then champion Tyson Fury, dealing with myriad personal problems -- including drug, alcohol and mental health issues -- vacated his world t



Here's our weekly look at the fortunes of some of the game's brightest young stars. Behold, the latest under-24 player rankings. Hot Ryan Johansen, C, Nashville Predators The Predators -- who have run up an 8-3-0 record in their past 11 games and mo

2016-12-02 06:41:15.120

Here's our weekly look at the fortunes of some of the game's brightest young stars. Behold, the latest under-24 player rankings. Hot Ryan Johansen, C, Nashville Predators The Predators -- who have run up an 8-3-0 record in their past 11 games and mo



Juan Martin del Potro's misfortunes in recent years have been a sad tale with one compelling but largely ignored side effect: They've been a boon to the unit known as the Big Four. That bonus is about to be eliminated, and it might have a transformat

2016-12-01 16:00:32.927

Juan Martin del Potro's misfortunes in recent years have been a sad tale with one compelling but largely ignored side effect: They've been a boon to the unit known as the Big Four. That bonus is about to be eliminated, and it might have a transformat



So now that we've got that pesky little labor snafu out of the way, let baseball's real offseason fun begin. And by that, of course, we mean: Bring on the winter meetings! They will come roaring at us from the shores of the Potomac River, starting Su

2016-12-01 08:02:37.940

So now that we've got that pesky little labor snafu out of the way, let baseball's real offseason fun begin. And by that, of course, we mean: Bring on the winter meetings! They will come roaring at us from the shores of the Potomac River, starting Su



What do you need to know about last night's big stories? Joe McDonald gives us his take on the biggest and best. This is where we say, "Morning, Joe." More than just scoring: Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel has three goals and one assist for four

2016-12-02 03:25:25.547

What do you need to know about last night's big stories? Joe McDonald gives us his take on the biggest and best. This is where we say, "Morning, Joe." More than just scoring: Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel has three goals and one assist for four



Chad Brown was planning to be at Del Mar -- home of the 2017 Breeders' Cup -- this weekend when half a dozen of his runners will populate the $300,000 Hollywood Derby and the $300,000 Matriarch. Really, he was. "I've never been to Del Mar, never won

2016-12-01 21:10:35.770

Chad Brown was planning to be at Del Mar -- home of the 2017 Breeders' Cup -- this weekend when half a dozen of his runners will populate the $300,000 Hollywood Derby and the $300,000 Matriarch. Really, he was. "I've never been to Del Mar, never won



Regardless the sport, there are those within their field that stand above all others, kings of their mountain. Jordan, Gretzky, Ruth and Brady are names synonymous with greatness. Each demonstrated perfection, they are athletic aristocrats, members o

2016-12-01 17:26:59.387

Regardless the sport, there are those within their field that stand above all others, kings of their mountain. Jordan, Gretzky, Ruth and Brady are names synonymous with greatness. Each demonstrated perfection, they are athletic aristocrats, members o



NASSAU, Bahamas -- If we had to choose the precise moment Thursday when Tiger Woods really started resembling the Tiger of the good ol' days, it wouldn't be the opening drive that found the left rough between two bunkers. It wouldn't be the brilliant

2016-12-01 09:49:43.257

NASSAU, Bahamas -- If we had to choose the precise moment Thursday when Tiger Woods really started resembling the Tiger of the good ol' days, it wouldn't be the opening drive that found the left rough between two bunkers. It wouldn't be the brilliant



LAS VEGAS -- Tiger Woods will have the Monster logo on his bag for longer than just this weekend. His deal with the energy drink company is a multiyear deal, Monster Energy vice president of sports marketing Mitch Covington confirmed Thursday. Wh

2016-12-01 12:14:53.707

LAS VEGAS -- Tiger Woods will have the Monster logo on his bag for longer than just this weekend. His deal with the energy drink company is a multiyear deal, Monster Energy vice president of sports marketing Mitch Covington confirmed Thursday. Wh



LAS VEGAS -- This has been a year of transition in mixed martial arts. Except, of course, in the UFC's flyweight division. The 125-pound division has been business as usual thanks to its dominant champion, Demetrious Johnson. In the midst of, among o

2016-12-01 13:33:50.033

LAS VEGAS -- This has been a year of transition in mixed martial arts. Except, of course, in the UFC's flyweight division. The 125-pound division has been business as usual thanks to its dominant champion, Demetrious Johnson. In the midst of, among o



Two years after beating Eduardo Dantas to claim the Bellator bantamweight title, Joe Warren looks to do the same thing once more on Friday, in the same exact arena. For Warren (18-4), the self-proclaimed "Baddest Man on the Planet," the sport is all

2016-12-01 09:43:48.973

Two years after beating Eduardo Dantas to claim the Bellator bantamweight title, Joe Warren looks to do the same thing once more on Friday, in the same exact arena. For Warren (18-4), the self-proclaimed "Baddest Man on the Planet," the sport is all



What do you need to know about last night's big stories? Joe McDonald gives us his take on the biggest and best. This is where we say, "Morning, Joe." Capuano's reprieve: After the Florida Panthers fired coach Gerard Gallant on Sunday, attention tur

2016-12-01 04:26:16.160

What do you need to know about last night's big stories? Joe McDonald gives us his take on the biggest and best. This is where we say, "Morning, Joe." Capuano's reprieve: After the Florida Panthers fired coach Gerard Gallant on Sunday, attention tur



Once upon a time in baseball, it wouldn't have ended like this. And that, of course, is because, for close to 25 years, labor negotiations in baseball never ended like this. With peace. With stability. With a sport that has now gone so long without a

2016-11-30 21:33:11.110

Once upon a time in baseball, it wouldn't have ended like this. And that, of course, is because, for close to 25 years, labor negotiations in baseball never ended like this. With peace. With stability. With a sport that has now gone so long without a



As I usually do a couple of times a year, I spent the day at the ESPN offices in Bristol, Connecticut, on Wednesday. Throughout the day I ran into old friends, chatted with a variety of folks at the company, had some meetings. Pretty much wherever I

2016-11-30 20:52:41.603

As I usually do a couple of times a year, I spent the day at the ESPN offices in Bristol, Connecticut, on Wednesday. Throughout the day I ran into old friends, chatted with a variety of folks at the company, had some meetings. Pretty much wherever I



LAS VEGAS -- Jimmie Johnson's wife didn't accompany him for the initial days of his Las Vegas championship celebration week. Chani is living up to a prior commitment to work the booth for her gallery at the Art Basel convention in Miami. But J

2016-11-30 19:37:16.350

LAS VEGAS -- Jimmie Johnson's wife didn't accompany him for the initial days of his Las Vegas championship celebration week. Chani is living up to a prior commitment to work the booth for her gallery at the Art Basel convention in Miami. But J



The new College Football Playoff rankings are good news for No. 4 Washington, if only because the Huskies already are ahead of No. 5 Michigan and get to play one more game -- and make one more impression -- while the Wolverines stay home. It's hard t

2016-11-30 16:25:25.890

The new College Football Playoff rankings are good news for No. 4 Washington, if only because the Huskies already are ahead of No. 5 Michigan and get to play one more game -- and make one more impression -- while the Wolverines stay home. It's hard t