Candace Parker's Chicago debut, a WNBA Finals rematch and the return of several players who sat out 2020 are must-watch when the season tips May 14.
Los Angeles teams
- Lakers' Schroder: Turnover bug 'starts with me'
- Angels 3B Rendon (groin) on 10-day injured list
- Kings, Iafallo agree to 4-year, $16M extension
- Penguins acquire Carter from Kings for draft picks
In his surreal career-ending game, Kobe Bryant emptied his basketball soul at Staples Center. His team, his legion of fans and his family loved it.
Alabama is favored to win it all and repeat as national champions, but Oklahoma is among the teams that could end the Crimson Tide's reign.
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Dennis Schroder, who was responsible for a team-high five of the Lakers' season-high 25 turnovers Monday night against the Knicks, said afterward that the problem "starts with me and I take the blame for it."
— Anthony Stolarz made a career-high 45 saves for his third career shutout and the Anaheim Ducks beat the San Jose Sharks 4-0 on Monday night.
— Shohei Ohtani had three hits and three RBI, and Mike Trout hit a two-run homer, leading the Los Angeles Angels over the Kansas City Royals 10-3 Monday night.
Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer
Shohei Ohtani entered tonight within the top 1% of his sport in barrel percentage and within the top 2% in average exit velocity. He lined a 119 mph two-run double in the seventh inning and is batting 316/350/711 for the season.
— Julius Randle had 34 points and 10 rebounds against his former team and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-96 on Monday night for their third straight victory.
With the annual flurry of deals complete, which players, teams and GMs come out ahead? Who missed their opportunity?
Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon, who was hurt while making a throw late in a 15-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, was placed on the 10-day injured list.
For each big trade prior to the deadline, we grade the GMs on both short- and long-term value.
The Kings and forward Alex Iafallo have agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract extension. The 27-year-old was to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Just before Kobe Bryant retired in 2016, Baxter Holmes looked back at the last superstar stretch of his career, a brutal two-week run in April 2013.
The Suns are closing in on the Jazz in the West, while the Nets-Sixers clash takes center stage this week.