Watch (costs as much as) the Throne ... Sharp-eyed observers (or just the collective attention of millions of people on Twitter) noticed something odd on Odell Beckham Jr.'s wrist Sunday during the Brown's loss to the Titans. OBJ was wearing a watch (unusual) that was worth an estimated TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS (slightly more unusual). Considering the nature of professional football involves explosive physical contact, this seemed like a bit of a risk, and the NFL says it'll have a chat with him about it. The watch, which we're assuming contains a sentient AI given the expense involved in its construction, had no comment. Read More
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Week 1's most surprising QB performances ... Lamar Jackson rocked the house. Baker Mayfield did not. The NFL's quarterback conventional wisdom lasted barely one week, and several teams now have to grapple with this new reality. Bill Barnwell breaks down the five most out-of-left-field QB performances of the first week, and what they mean for the league going forward. Read More
Brittni Donaldson's unusual path ... She was born into basketball in Iowa, but Brittni Donaldson's rise to become the 10th -- and youngest -- active female assistant coach in the NBA took even her by surprise. Zach Lowe tells the story of how the Raptors hired her -- not just for her statistical acumen, but for her command of all aspects of the game. Read More
Only one man can stop them ... You may have noticed that the Patriots are once again quite a good team, as evidenced by Sunday night's dismantling of the Steelers. The addition of Antonio Brown is likely to make them a truly great team.... Though it could also lead to their downfall. Ian O'Connor writes about the two possibilities facing the Patriots, and how it's all in AB's hands which one comes true. Read More
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AB's producer: Gruden gave permission to use phone call
Antonio Brown's video producer Alejandro Narciso says Jon Gruden gave approval to use his phone call with Brown in a video posted on social media.
"Lazy. One dimensional."
-- Tony Ferguson, on potential future opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov's win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. Read more
On this date in 2005, Alabama wide receiver Tyrone Prothro went behind his defender's back to make one of the most ridiculous catches in football history. Watch
WHAT'S ON TODAY?
Serbia vs. Argentina (7 a.m. ET, ESPN+); Poland vs. Spain (9 a.m. ET, ESPN+): The FIBA World Cup quarterfinals tip off this morning. Serbia and Spain look to be the favorites, with Spain, in particular, possibly the biggest threat to Team USA should they both make it to the next round.
30 for 30: Rodman: For Better or Worse (9 p.m. ET on ESPN): The man, the myth, the legend. Dennis Rodman turned the NBA upside down. But behind the attention-grabbing -- and sometimes self-destructive -- antics, who is he really? ESPN's 30 for 30 provides an in-depth look at one of the most memorable athletes of the 1990s.