Darnold: NFL trade talk was ‘tough’ to deal with

Covered Panthers, NFL for 11 years More than 25 years experience covering NFL, college football and NASCAR Joined ESPN in 2006 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As thrilled as Sam Darnold appears to get a second chance with the Carolina Panthers, he admitted it was tough moving on from the team that

Twins postpone game in wake of police shooting

Previously a Staff Writer at Bleacher Report Cornell University graduate Monday afternoon’s game between the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox has been postponed due to “safety reasons” following the police shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday night. “Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in

Former UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie to coach Overtime Elite, a league designed for top prep players

Former Connecticut men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie will be the head coach for Overtime Elite, a new professional basketball league for top high school players ranging from 16 to 18 years old, Ollie announced Monday. Overtime Elite has a plan to offer a six-figure financial package that includes academic tutoring

Caleb Farley: 'NFL doctors confirmed I would be ready for the season' after medical checkup

Last week’s medical checkups in Indianapolis provided a positive timeline for potential first-round cornerback Caleb Farley. The Virginia Tech cornerback told Peter King for his Football Morning In America column that doctors said his recovery from back surgery in mid-March is on pace. “I got a lot of positive feedback

Breaking down the legal strategy in the Deshaun Watson case

Previously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette When Texas attorney Tony Buzbee filed the first civil lawsuit against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on March 16, he said he knew of only two complainants. Within three weeks, Buzbee and

How ‘Intervention’ helped save Vance Johnson’s destructive life — and mine

Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of self-harm, domestic violence and drug and alcohol use. VANCE JOHNSON LEANS in real close, right up against his Zoom screen, and yanks his left sleeve up. His shirt says “Own Your Sobriety,” and he is owning his sobriety right now. “Can you see

‘Chaos’: Mason Cox sells candy with shock footwork for the Pies

It’s hard to know if this is a sign of life from Collingwood or the sign of the apocalypse but Mason Cox’s moves were a highlight for the Magpies in the 14.6 (90) to 9.6 (60) loss to the Giants. The knives are out at Collingwood after the 1-3 start

Braves rip ’embarrassing’ call at home in Phils’ win

Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com. A controversial lost replay challenge by the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning on Sunday night was the difference in the game as the Philadelphia Phillies came from behind in a wild 7-6 victory. Phillies third baseman Alec

Taylor Gabriel, former Falcons and Bears WR, retiring after six seasons

A key figure of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2016 Super Bowl run is calling it quits. Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel said this weekend on Instagram that he is retiring from the NFL. The diminutive wideout entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014 out of Abilene Christian. He went

Tough task awaits Lions in decider

Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich says the Lions face the toughest task in AFLW – beating the Adelaide Crows at the Adelaide Oval – in their quest to win a maiden premiership. The Lions qualified for their third AFLW grand final with a thrilling four-point win over Collingwood at the Gabba