12mWright Thompson

The greatest hitter who ever lived on

Ted Williams' ambitions shaped his legacy but wrecked his relationships. If his lone surviving child has her wish, the family's cycle of suffering might at last be broken.

1hJeremy Fowler

Source: Manziel leaves downtown pad for burbs

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has moved out of his downtown Cleveland apartment and into a golf course community in a suburb west of town, according to a source.

2hKeith Law

Law: Top 100 MLB draft prospects

Keith Law updates his player rankings for the 2015 MLB draft and this time goes 100 deep, placing high-school shortstop Brendan Rodgers atop the list.

SportsCenter clips

Isiah Thomas named president of Liberty (1:24)

1hDan Rafael

What do boxing fans want next?

Fight fans got what they were waiting for, but now that Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao is over, what's next? Dan Rafael lists the bouts he wants to see sooner rather than later.

Challenges for undrafted free agents (1:40)
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1mMike Mazzeo

End of the line for D-Will in Brooklyn?

Is Deron Williams' tenure in Brooklyn over? The time may be right for a fresh start on both sides, Mike Mazzeo writes.

E:60 Behind the Curtain: Tyler Breeze Extra (9:18)
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1hJayson Stark

Five contenders facing critical questions

There is whole lot of baseball still to be played. But that doesn't mean it's too early for these five contenders -- including the Red Sox and Pirates -- to worry.

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4hMechelle Voepel

Voepel: WNBA must take stand on domestic violence

It's time for the WNBA and USA Basketball to make a statement on domestic violence: Women are not just victims, and in same-sex cases, we can't be any less diligent in demanding accountability.

Have You Seen?

Farewell to LeBron's trademark headband (1:37)



Tim Duncan's decision anything but easy

Bill Simmons writes that it's tempting for Duncan to retire: "Leave people saying, 'Keep playing! You’re still good at this!' ... Leave knowing that, by any calculation, you were one of the best two-way players ever and one of the most beloved teammates ever." Is it too soon?

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Lester takes turn for the better

Jon Lester's first season with the Cubs started off rocky, but the lefty has been money in his last two starts. He is slated to take the mound again Wednesday against the Cardinals.


Busy upcoming stretch for Tiger

After taking more than two months off between his last two events, Woods is scheduled to play in five events in the next two months.


Does Brandon Scherff pick affect RG III?

Dan Graziano says the selection of Scherff doesn't mean the Redskins are committed to Robert Griffin III long-term, but adds: "They want to put him in the best possible position to succeed this year."


Houston Astros @astros

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will visit Minute Maid Park tomorrow, May 6. He will meet with both #Astros and Rangers players.

Ramirez day-to-day with hurt shoulder

It would be a big loss for the Red Sox if Hanley Ramirez misses significant time, as his 10 home runs are twice as many as any other Red Sox player and are 2nd in baseball to only Nelson Cruz.


Pacquiao facing discipline?

Dan Rafael examines why Manny Pacquiao didn't notify officials of his injury, how he probably exacerbated the tear during the fight and whether a pre-fight shot would have helped ease his shoulder inflammation.


Cody Ross cut by Oakland

The A's released the outfielder after he signed with the team on April 8. He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment three days ago. In 9 games, he hit .091 with no home runs and 3 RBIs.

New Tiger at Players Championship

Tiger Woods rarely offers up extraneous information, but ESPN's Jason Sobel sees a totally different Tiger now: "He’s not only responding to a question about his breakup, he’s offering up his unsolicited feelings on the nine-year anniversary of his father’s death." Tiger opens up

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A-Rod heard from Mays on No. 660

ESPN's Andrew Marchand tweeted he asked if A-Rod heard from Willie Mays: "He said Mays sent a nice message through a mutual friend. I followed up if the mutual friend was Barry Bonds and A-Rod said he'd 'leave it at that.'"

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Ronaldo keeps Real Madrid's hopes alive

ESPN FC's Michael Cox said it was a really good game that saw "a couple of world-class players performing awfully." Even so, Cristiano Ronaldo kept Real Madrid's title hopes alive with this crucial header against Juventus.


2009 NBA redraft: Who do you take No. 1?

The 2015 NBA playoffs features three star 2009 draftees: Blake Griffin ('09 No. 1 overall), James Harden (No. 3) and Stephen Curry (No. 7). Knowing what we know now, who do you take No. 1 overall in 2009? Vote now!

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Mayweather open to Pacquiao rematch

Floyd Mayweather would be willing to fight Manny Pacquiao again, saying, "I will fight him in a year after his surgery" in a text to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith this morning. Pacquiao needs rotator cuff surgery and will miss the next 9-12 months.

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Regret haunts Ted Williams' daughter

Claudia Williams keeps many of her dad's mementos locked away. In a closet rests his fly rod, along with hand-tied flies, rusty knives and his old leather suitcase after years of trains, parks and hotels. Keeping Dad close

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The Art of the NBA Playmaker

Jeff Teague created a perfect high-value scoring opportunity for Paul Millsap on this play that was picture perfect.


Paul Carr @PCarrESPN

Real Madrid is a 65% favorite to advance, per Soccer Power Index. 10 of 19 previous UCL teams advanced after losing 1st Leg 2-1 on road.

Miguel Delaney @MiguelDelaney

Enjoyable game, Juve full value for win, if maybe even 3-1... but still that feeling they'll be punished second leg for those chances.

Final: Juventus 2-1 Real Madrid

Carlos Tevez's second-half penalty was the decisive goal as Juventus secured a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.


Why Calipari abandoned platoon system
Men's College Basketball 

Because John Calipari won't have a superteam, said ESPN's Jeff Borzello: "There was eight McDonald's All-Americans that were uncommitted ... only one month ago and none of them decided to go to Kentucky."

Men's College Basketball 

Coach Cal: No more platooning
Men's College Basketball 

From John Calipari's website: "Last season was an absolute outlier. It's just not the way I like to coach. ... I think we wrote the book on platooning this year, but I hope we stick it on the shelf and never have to use it again."

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Men's College Basketball 

His and Hers disagrees on 'Trill'
Men's College Basketball 

Willie Cauley-Stein officially changed his middle name to "Trill." While Michael Smith thinks it's cool, Jemele Hill said: "It looks cute now at this age when he's 21 years old, it doesn't look so cute when you're 30."

Men's College Basketball 

Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Kris Bryant is batting third tonight for the first time. A lot of people asking him to move up. Maddon heard you