LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao is an enormous little man, the world’s smallest giant. His power begins in his softball-sized calves and emanates upward, ultimately finding freedom through his fists. When you watch him set his feet and throw his hands like bludgeons over the course of a 12-round fight,Read More →

UFC heavyweight Juan Adams spent more than a year calling out Greg Hardy — and it took Hardy less than one minute to silence him. Hardy (5-1) made quick work of Adams (5-2) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday inside AT&T Center in San Antonio. A former Division I collegiateRead More →

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Not again. That was the reaction of owner Gary West when the inquiry sign flashed after Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Saturday evening at hot and steamy Monmouth Park. Unlike in the Kentucky Derby, the stewards let theRead More →

At Wrigley Field, misters in the back of the bleachers tried to cool the crowd. At Yankee Stadium, only one player took batting practice on the field. In Cleveland, rules were relaxed on what fans could bring into the park. Even for a sport that promotes high heat, Saturday wasRead More →

10:56 PM ET Mark KriegelESPN OXON HILL, MD. — At the end of the 11th round, Buddy McGirt told his fighter, “I’m going to stop it, Max.” Maxim Dadashev, 28, is from St. Petersburg, Russia. He was 281-20 as an amateur, undefeated in 13 professional fights, and the IBF’s third-rankedRead More →

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Shane Lowry is way out in front after three impressive days at Royal Portrush. But there are some big names — Brooks Koepka the biggest among them — lurking on the leaderboard. Oh, and there’s bad weather expected to roll in — rain and wind andRead More →

NEW YORK — Yankees slugger Luke Voit left the team’s game against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday after being hit in the face by a pitch. A 91.4 mph pitch from Chad Bettis clipped Voit’s chin in the bottom of the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. The ball ricocheted everRead More →

LA MONGIE, France — After fasting for so long at the Tour de France, the French are feasting. Watching on a mountaintop monitor, Groupama-FDJ team general manager Marc Madiot screamed himself hoarse as Thibaut Pinot surged forward and claimed Stage 14 on the Col du Tourmalet. Behind him, two crucialRead More →

Free-agent guard Kyle Korver has agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, his agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, told ESPN. Korver labored over a decision between the Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, but his history and relationship with coach Mike Budenholzer played a significant role inRead More →

5:14 PM ET Steve KimESPN Previously undefeated Maxim Dadashev was taken to a hospital following his 11th-round loss to Subriel Matias on Friday night and underwent surgery because of brain swelling. After trainer Buddy McGirt threw in the towel after Round 11 of the IBF 140-pound eliminator, Dadashev needed assistanceRead More →

James Harden says he tries to come up with something innovative every offseason, something more creative than his latest move. Two years ago, Harden perfected the step-back jumper. Last summer, the Houston Rockets guard perfected the side step-back jumper. In a Q&A session Friday with young fans at a promotionalRead More →

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — For longtime Tiger Woods observers, the troubling signs were apparent almost immediately, from the time he set foot on the grounds at Royal Portrush after arriving from Florida. There was a slow, steady cadence to his speech, a halting walk and word from Tiger himself thatRead More →

7:30 AM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation national NFL writer NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 Already? It’s over? Nearly six months have passed since Super Bowl LIII, which means the NFL offseason is drawing to a close. And it means it’s time forRead More →

10:48 AM ET Emily KaplanESPN The still-unnamed Seattle franchise is two years away from debuting in the NHL, but the league’s 32nd team has its first GM. That’s Ron Francis, the Hall of Fame player who spent four years as the Carolina Hurricanes GM before being demoted, then fired, underRead More →

It’s the most complicated time of the year for MLS teams, with the weather steamy, the transfer window open and nothing yet secure when it comes to playoff places. This week the intrigue kicks up just a small notch more with a United vs. United showdown in Atlanta, a chanceRead More →

Thanks to a wild summer featuring a slew of superstars switching teams, the NBA is a very different place than it was just one year ago. Just ask the Las Vegas sportsbooks. Last season, the top of the futures board included an odds-on favorite in the Golden State Warriors, plusRead More →