Favoritessettings

AP Photo/Kathy Willens
2hRich Cimini

Two kinds of QB luck on Monday night: Bad (Jets) and Andrew (Colts)

Watch Colts-Jets on ESPN or stream live on a computer, tablet or TV-connected device.

play0:52
46mPaul Kuharsky

NFL changes course on OKing 'My Cause' cleats

Despite missing the "My Cause My Cleats" weekend on bye, Titans and Browns players initially were not granted permission to wear their individualized shoes in-game; the NFL since reversed course.

play
LeBron shaken up after highlight-reel dunk (0:37)
play
An eight-team playoff would have worked this year (0:50)
play
Jackson, Peppers among Heisman finalists (2:53)
play
Benching Newton was learning experience (0:42)
play
Earl Thomas out for the season following scary collision (0:46)
ESPN Illustration
3hJoe McDonald

Power Rankings: Canadiens climb back to No. 1

The Canadiens are clicking, Rick Nash is doing the dirty work for the No. 2 Rangers and the Blackhawks slip to No. 3. Can Scott Darling hold Chicago's fort until Corey Crawford returns?

Now

LeBron Shaken up after big slam
NBA 

LeBron James is slow to his feet after throwing down a highlight-reel dunk off the alley-oop feed from Kyrie Irving against the Raptors.

play0:37
NBA 

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

How to analyze Monday's first half between UConn and Syracuse: Contract a licensed professional. 23-21 Syracuse. Traumatic.

NCAAM 

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Luck is back after missing the Thanksgiving game with a concussion. Luck is the best hope for the Colts to make the playoffs

NFL 

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Lamar Jackson on his Heisman invite: "I'm extremely humbled and honored to be a Heisman Trophy finalist. This is a great honor for me, but it's an honor that goes to my teammates too. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to be successful and I share this accomplishment with them."

NCAAF 

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on Deshaun Watson's second trip to NYC for the Heisman presentation: "This is a great honor for Deshaun and our program. He is our first (two-time finalist), and he's very deserving. I've said it before; I believe he is the best player in the nation and has been a great representative of our university."

NCAAF 

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

It will be interesting to see how many Heisman votes Christian McCaffrey gets. He fell out of the conversation after his October injury, but rallied to again lead the nation in all-purpose yardage. McCaffrey's rushing averages were actually better than last year, when he finished runner-up.

NCAAF 

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer hopes one conversation between Miguel Montero and Joe Maddon is all it takes to smooth things over after the catcher complained about a lack of communication between the two. Hoyer likes the combo of Montero and Willson Contreras. The Cubs will look for a veteran catcher to stash in the minors in case he's needed.

MLB 

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Teammates who were both Heisman finalists in the same year: 2016: Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma 2005: Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush*, USC 2004: Adrian Peterson and Jason White, Oklahoma 2004: Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, USC 2002: Willis McGahee and Ken Dorsey, Miami 1994: Ki'Jana Carter and Kerry Collins, Penn State Note: The Heisman began inviting finalists to New York in 1982. Before that, only the winners were invited.

NCAAF 

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

In a text to Ed Werder, Earl Thomas did not back down from the idea that he's at least considering retirement. "I'm taking it one day at a time. I still feel the same way I felt last night," Thomas told Werder. "You have to remember my team is still fighting. I don't want to become a distraction." Thomas added that he is not planning on having surgery to repair his fractured tibia.

NFL 

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas RB D'Onta Foreman had an incredible season with an FBS-leading 2,028 rushing yards in only 11 games. But Texas didn't play in a single game that mattered from a national perspective, and I think that (and the 5-7 record) explains the Heisman snub.

NCAAF 

Kevin Maguire Golf 

Prior to the Hero World Challenge, after 466 days away from competitive golf, Tiger Woods fell to 898th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Even though he finished 15th in a field of 18 golfers at the event he hosted on Sunday, Woods earned enough world ranking points (4.38) to jump all the way to 650th, a climb of 248 spots. As a frame of reference, Woods ended 2015 ranked 416th in the world and is currently one spot ahead of fellow American Brice Garnett. Had Woods won in the Bahamas, he would have vaulted up the rankings to approximately 125th in the world.

PGA 

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

A few Andrew Luck fans in the house at MetLife Stadium. Truth be told, there aren't many fans, period, in the house.

NFL 

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Neither Washington QB Jake Browning, nor USC CB Adoree' Jackson were invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, which means the Pac-12 will not be represented in New York for the first time in three years. Dating back to 2009, the conference has had a player finish second-or-higher every year but two (2012 and 2013).

NCAAF 

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook are both headed to New York as Heisman finalists. This marks just the fifth time ever that teammates are finalists for the Heisman in the same year, not including Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart in 2005 (Bush's Heisman was later revoked).

NCAAF 

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's Jabrill Peppers is the first defensive player to be a Heisman finalist since Notre Dame's Manti Te'o in 2012 and just the fourth in the last decade to finish in the top 5 in voting.

NCAAF 

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

No Heisman finalist nods for Dalvin Cook, D'Onta Foreman, Donnel Pumphrey or Jeremy McNichols. It's just the fourth time since 1992 that no running back has finished in the top five.

NCAAF 

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Lamar Jackson's numbers were eye-popping all year. His Heisman-worthy totals: 51 touchdowns and 4,928 yards, while becoming just the fourth Power 5 QB to rush for 20 and pass for 20 touchdowns in the same year. And he did it all while being sacked 38 times, most in the Power 5.

NCAAF 

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Whether Deshaun Watson closed the gap enough to catch Lamar Jackson for the Heisman trophy remains to be seen, but his coach, Dabo Swinney, said Watson is hands-down the best QB in the nation and that if he had a vote, "it'd be the easiest vote ever."

NCAAF 

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

If Deshaun Watson finishes first or second in this year's Heisman race, he'd be the first player since Andrew Luck to be a finalist one year and finish higher the next. A win would make him the first player to finish in the top five one year and win it the next since Reggie Bush in 2005.

NCAAF 

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Bobby Petrino took a relatively passive approach to politicking for his QB for Heisman, saying he thinks Lamar Jackson has earned the award and he "wishes him the best." Still, even Petrino notes that his team faltered down the stretch, and that can leave a lasting memory.

NCAAF 

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Heisman was based on November and December numbers alone, Deshaun Watson would be the runaway winner. He leads all FBS QBs since Nov. 1 in touchdowns (20) and yards (1,784) while completing 74% of his throws.

NCAAF 

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Lamar Jackson remains the Heisman favorite, and he'd be the first player with three or more losses on his record to win the trophy since Robert Griffin III. But in those three games Louisville lost, Jackson averaged 384 yards of offense, scored eight times and had 19 plays of 20+ yards.

NCAAF 

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Heisman finalists: Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Michigan's Jabrill Peppers, Deshaun Watson and Dede Westbrook. Two from the ACC and two from Oklahoma.

NCAAF 

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

It took a few hours, but the NFL made the obvious and correct choice this evening in allowing the Titans and Browns to participate in its "My Cause My Cleats" campaign this week. Both teams had byes in Week 13, when the program was scheduled. It has been a resounding success, and the NFL should consider it a guide in relaxing some of its most stringent and least defensible positions.

NFL 

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll was asked if Earl Thomas has any shot of playing this season. "No. No shot. It's going to take longer than that," Carroll said. "He's got a serious recovery that he's got to go through, and it's going to take awhile." Steven Terrell will replace Thomas for the rest of the year.

NFL