Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Yu Darvish has at least one five-year offer on the table, according to a source, but he has yet to receive an offer enticing enough to take the plunge. The Cubs, Twins, Rangers, Dodgers and Brewers all continue to monitor Darvish's market. Most baseball observers think he'll be the first upper-level free agent starter to sign, with Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb next in line. With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring camps in three weeks, time is growing short for everyone.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson recently underwent successful ACL surgery, according to the school. An additional update on his prognosis could come soon. Wildcats linebacker Nate Hall also recently had successful ACL surgery. Thorson's injury occurred in the Music City Bowl, while Hall's happened during bowl practice.
Don La Greca is joined by NHL Network's E.J. Hradek to discuss the Golden Knights sitting atop the standings, the troubles of the Blackhawks and the upcoming trade deadline.
From minor leaguers with major league hopes for the upcoming season to toolsy teenagers climbing through the farm system, who made the cut as we begin counting down baseball's best prospects?
J.J. Watt, Greg Olsen and Benjamin Watson are finalists for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Emily Kaplan ESPN
In first game after break, Blackhawks come out sloppy in a 7-3 loss to the Islanders. Home crowd booed Chicago off the ice. Here's Patrick Kane after.
Ryan Pulock had a goal and a career-high four assists, Anthony Beauvillier scored two power-play goals and the New York Islanders beat the slumping Chicago Blackhawks 7-3 on Saturday night.
Robin Lopez scored 20 points, Lauri Markkanen added 19 and the Chicago Bulls easily beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-97 on Saturday night.
Kelan Martin scored 24 points and Butler grabbed a 22-point halftime advantage on its way to an eighth straight victory over DePaul, holding off a second-half rally by the Blue Demons to post a 79-67 Big East win Saturday afternoon.
Vic Law had 18 points and Scottie Lindsey scored 13 to lead Northwestern to a 70-61 victory over Penn State on Saturday afternoon.
Ethan Happ scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists Friday night as Wisconsin broke out of an offensive funk to beat Illinois 75-50.
Matt Nagy is bringing three former Bears assistants back to Chicago and will have former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich as his offensive coordinator.
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Brandon Lowe and Tim MacMahon go behind the scenes of NBA Countdown (3:30), secret tunnels in L.A. (11:30), potential Houston trades (25:20) and what to do with Kemba Walker (38:30). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han on the merits of doing your own research (57:35).
Illinois has hired Arizona assistant Rod Smith as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer
The initial diagnosis of Jordan Bell is inflammation of the left ankle and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.