No. 8 & No. 24: Kobe vs. Kobe
As his iconic jerseys are retired, a story of Bryant's career, by his numbers.
Kobe Bryant is finally ready to say goodbye
The Lakers legend grew up devouring VHS highlights of Wilt, Magic and West. His jerseys will join theirs on Monday night, as Bryant moves on from his NBA career.
Sources: Panthers' Davis suspended 2 games
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was suspended two games for his illegal hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams in Sunday's game, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Power Rankings: Houston is the gift that keeps on giving
Chris Paul has the Rockets looking unstoppable, Kawhi Leonard is finally back and the Bulls -- yes, the Bulls -- are riding a five-game winning streak.
Barnwell: The greatest NFL turnaround ever? Maybe. Here’s who could be next
The 2016 Rams were downright terrible -- they had the league's worst offense by far. One year later, Los Angeles is on the verge of an NFC West title. Here's what we can learn from the remarkable improvement.
The NFL's most intriguing overhaul candidates
These teams aren't rebuilding the way the Browns are rebuilding. They have been competitive and entered the season with high expectations.
'A trade that shook the NFL': How Bucs' Jon Gruden gamble paid off with a Super Bowl
Fifteen years ago, the Bucs paid a big price to get their coach, and Jon Gruden delivered with a win in the "Chucky Bowl" and a championship for Tampa.
Marquand Manuel uses player's mentality in turning Falcons' defense around
Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel has a unique blend of smarts and energy that helps him scheme against opposing offenses and motivate his players.
Falcons look to replicate last season's late surge.
Atlanta attempts to separate from the logjam in the NFC playoff picture as it travels to Tampa Bay to take on the Bucs.
Barnwell: Three options to fix the NFL's catch rule
OK, fine, the catch rule was interpreted correctly in the final minute of the Patriots' win over the Steelers. But the rule is still bad. Here's how the league can make it better.
The NFL catch rule has issues, but Steelers' 'survive the ground' call was right
There have been way too many controversial reversals of touchdowns this season. What happened on Sunday with Jesse James wasn't one of them.
Overturned TD, Big Ben INT seal Pats' win.
Ben Roethlisberger throws what appears to be the go-ahead TD, but the catch is overturned. Two plays later, the QB is picked off in the end zone after faking the spike.
Stephen A. goes off on Steelers.
Stephen A. Smith holds everyone, from coach Mike Tomlin to the depleted Steelers defense, responsible for the collapse at Heinz Field.
Playoff picture: Updated seeds after Week 15
The NFL has a new leader atop the AFC and a total of five playoff spots accounted for. That leaves seven slots left to be claimed in the final two weeks of the season.
Projected 2018 NFL draft order: Two top-five picks for the Browns?
The 0-14 Browns haven't quite clinched the No. 1 overall pick in next year's draft, but the Texans' four-game losing streak means Cleveland's second first-round pick is looking better and better.
Chip Kelly, Jimbo Fisher and takeaways from a wild coaching carousel
College football coaching hires this season have ranged from expected to surprising to downright bizarre.
The 2017 coaching carousel has been wild.
Jimbo Fisher stunningly left Florida State for Texas A&M. Scott Frost returned to his alma mater. And Tennessee couldn't get out of its own way. Check out all of the drama from the 2017 college football coaching carousel.
The All-Star closer vs. the backup catcher: Inside the biggest mismatch in pro sports
Look up the word "ownage" in the dictionary, and you probably won't see a photo of Kenley Jansen whiffing Nick Hundley. Here's why you probably should.
Finding fits for the biggest free-agent bats at every position
As the hot stove market for hitters finally heats up, we take a position-by-position look at which contenders most need to pay for offense this winter.
Why the Cubs should make Addison Russell-for-Manny Machado blockbuster trade
Dealing four years of Russell for one of Machado might seem like a lot, but bringing the O's star to Wrigley needs to be No. 1 on the Cubs' to-do list.
What's wrong with Kansas?
Over a 10-day stretch, it's clear that Kansas wasn't Kansas. The Jayhawks have some issues. We go through them all and decide whether these problems are big enough -- and will last long enough -- to threaten their Big 12 title run.
How Oklahoma's Trae Young has taken over college hoops
Trae Young might not have been on the radar before the season started. That has changed. How did it happen? We go through the numbers and explain how he became the nation's best player.
Power Rankings: It's time to notice the Big 12
Mention the Big 12 and the conversation usually starts with Kansas. Sometimes, it stops with Kansas. Not this year, because the league is loaded.
Why Steelers would have hope in postseason rematch with Patriots
A wild final minute highlighted by a good call on a bad rule aside, Pittsburgh stood up to New England to prove it's still in the thick of this race.
Stephen A.: Bobby Wagner 'too sensitive' after Earl Thomas said he should sit.
Stephen A. Smith weighs in on the Seahawks' "dysfunctional" secondary unit.
How a midlevel commuter school became The University of Adidas at Louisville
Former Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich leveraged big deals and big-time basketball to build the university into a sports powerhouse, only to watch it burn amid charges of excess, exploitation and corruption.
Jerry Richardson's decision to sell gives Panthers players some certainty
Richardson's letter announcing plans to sell the team gave players an end point in what could have been an ongoing saga and allows them to focus on the field.
Marvin Lewis was a black man with staying power in Cincinnati
The longest-tenured African-American head coach in the NFL took charge of a perennial laughingstock and made the team respectable.
Bengals hit low point, drop third straight in wake of Lewis news
The Bengals were disorganized and disengaged in an embarrassing loss to the Vikings, and it looks as if the Lewis era might end with a whimper.
Lewis on coaching next season: 'We'll see what happens.'
The Bengals' head coach responds to speculation that he is leaving the team after this season.
Cowboys stay in playoff race with Ezekiel Elliott set to return
The Cowboys' playoff hopes remained alive by the thinnest of margins, as a folded sheet of paper and a fumble helped them withstand the Raiders.
Don't talk Cowboys to Stephen A. unless they make postseason.
As far as Stephen A. Smith is concerned, Dallas' season is over, despite Will Cain's hopes for a postseason run.
Thomas Davis' hit on Davante Adams is why a targeting rule is on the way
The Panthers linebacker provided the latest example of why the NFL will take a serious look at instituting a "targeting" rule, one that would force an automatic ejection for a hit above the shoulders to a defenseless player.
Week 15 fantasy football winners and losers
Running backs dominated the fantasy leaderboard yet again in Week 15, as Todd Gurley II, Kareem Hunt and Mark Ingram provided their teams with huge point totals.
Takeaways on Nick Foles, Blake Bortles and more
Can you trust the QBs from Philadelphia and Jacksonville? Matt Bowen breaks down the tape to find the fantasy answers to the week's biggest questions.
Gurley breaks out at a crucial time.
Todd Gurley broke out for a season-high 45 points on Sunday during the fantasy playoffs.
Who is Tampa Bay's top challenger for the Cup?
The Lightning sure look like a juggernaut this season, but don't sleep on Brayden Schenn and the Blues. Meanwhile, the Predators are still in the hunt for a second consecutive Stanley Cup appearance -- and the stingy Kings look like a formidable foe.
Ranking the 10 greatest years in hockey history
In honor of the NHL's centennial celebration, we set out to determine which calendar year, since 1917, was the greatest in hockey history.
Which player will people still talk about 100 years from now?
Sidney Crosby has all those Cups and Alex Ovechkin is one of the game's greatest scorers, but there's something mythical about hockey's most famous mullet.
Man City continues to be a class apart
Man City isn't yet the "best ever," but its 26-game run to open the season certainly stacks up. Plus: Real Madrid and Barcelona win before the Clasico.
Hatchell on the verge of 1,000 career wins.
On Tuesday, head coach Sylvia Hatchell and the Tar Heels face off against Grambling in what could be Hatchell's 1,000th career victory.
Competitive spirit still drives North Carolina's Hatchell
Whether it's the driving force behind three decades on the sideline at North Carolina or the will she displayed in beating cancer, Sylvia Hatchell's competitive side has the Tar Heels coach at the top of the game and on the brink of her 1,000th win.
Geno Auriemma's 10 biggest wins
The UConn icon is one victory shy of 1,000 career wins. Which ones stand out the most? Before he reaches the milestone, we select the breakthrough moments that helped build the UConn dynasty and launch Huskymania into a full-fledged phenomenon.
UConn's style of victory unlike anything else.
Auriemma explains why women from all over the world want to become a member of the Huskies and what makes his winning teams unique.
One-stop guide to all 41 bowl games
It's not all about the playoff. Don't sleep on the pre-Christmas games, as bowl season continues next week with Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic taking on Akron.
Is Khabib Nurmagomedov ready to carry his weight and become Conor McGregor's worst nightmare?
Khabib Nurmagomedov could be the face of the UFC -- if he makes weight for his fights. Here's how he is preparing for the next step in his career.
Nadal or Federer: Who was the men's MVP of the 2017 season?
Nadal or Federer? Federer or Nadal? In a year in which they dominated the game, who is our choice for the 2017 MVP?
Australia seal Ashes victory in style
A delayed start to the final day in Perth wasn't enough to deny Australia victory as the hosts bowled England out before tea to successfully regain the Ashes.
Highlights: Australia regain the Ashes.
Australia won the third Ashes test by an innings and 41 runs giving them an unassailable 3-0 series lead in Perth.
ESPN's NFL Playoff Machine allows you to predict the 2017 matchups by selecting the winners of games from the season's final weeks to generate the various scenarios.
Four teams remain alive for the national championship. The semifinals feature four blue bloods, the Heisman Trophy winner, three elite defenses and one team going for back-to-back titles. Here's everything to know about these epic matchups.
How does Sam Darnold look in a Browns uniform? With two picks in the top six, this is Cleveland's chance to have a dream draft -- or miss out again. The 2018 NFL draft is loaded with talent. Here is Todd McShay's first mock.