8:11 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN CloseESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” CLEARWATER, Fla. — On the day he found out he was traded, J.T. Realmuto finished lunch, hustled home, loaded his car with pre-packed bags, got in one finalRead More →

TOKYO — Daisuke Matsuzaka has dealt with numerous arm injuries during his career as a pitcher in Major League Baseball and in Japan, but none quite like this. The Chunichi Dragons say Matsuzaka is experiencing pain in his right shoulder after an overzealous admirer pulled his throwing arm during aRead More →

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis doesn’t want to play for New Orleans anymore. In a blowout loss Tuesday night, he noticed his teammates might have felt the same way. “We sucked,” Davis said. “Nobody was interested in playing, is what it looked like.” If the Lakers want to stay inRead More →

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Looking tired and beaten while trailing Louisville by 23 points, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told his players they would win the game. Whether he believed it or not didn’t matter. The Blue Devils bought in and found their energy in the final 10 minutes to mount oneRead More →

HE’S A HERO back home. Regardless of how the basketball world might view him these days — as a man disbelieving of his own basketball mortality, as the undersized malcontent who fractured the locker room in Cleveland, as a backup with a questionable future — Isaiah Thomas is adored inRead More →

Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets will cease talks on a potential contract extension for the ace pitcher on Opening Day, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. ESPN and multiple outlets reported earlier Tuesday that deGrom’s representatives set the Opening Day deadline and informed the Mets that deGromRead More →

The NBA found that there was no tampering violation by Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson in relation to potential contact with Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons. “We have concluded that Magic Johnson’s statements regarding Ben Simmons do not constitute a tampering violation,” the NBA saidRead More →

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan said James Harden‘s streak of 30 straight 30-point games and Russell Westbrook‘s 10 straight triple-doubles are both impressive and tough to accomplish. But the Charlotte Hornets‘ owner said Tuesday — flashing a big grin — that there is one accomplishment tougher than both of thoseRead More →

Antonio Brown has officially requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday. The news of Brown’s trade request comes right after the star wide receiver tweeted a farewell to the Steelers and their fans, saying it is “time to move on and forward.”Read More →

Video of Bradley Beal getting away with what looked like an egregious travel was receiving a lot of mileage on social media Tuesday. Now, the referees are pumping the brakes, saying the play was legal. .@RealDealBeal23 MIGHT have gotten away with a travel here 😂 pic.twitter.com/IVII76BFSL — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) FebruaryRead More →

8:00 AM ET Emily KaplanESPN The first thing you notice about Vancouver Canucks super-rookie Elias Pettersson is his frame. His height (6-foot-2) fits in just fine. But he is slender. Pettersson’s teammates in the Swedish Hockey League began calling him “The Alien” for his ethereal playmaking ability, but it’s alsoRead More →

ACT 1: A CONVENIENT HALF-TRUTH James “Jimmy” “Bah-Bah” “The Sheep” Battista was a stressed-out, overweight, Oxy-addicted 41-year-old, in the hole to some underground gamblers for sums he’d sort of lost track of, when he settled in to watch an NBA game for which he believed he’d just put in theRead More →

11:29 AM ET ESPN FacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprint Former Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, a projected first-round pick in the NFL draft, suffered a knee injury during training that is thought to be a torn ACL, league sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen. When: April 25-27Where: Nashville, TennesseeHow toRead More →