Two months ago in Houston, Tom Brady’s jersey was stolen from the Patriots’ postgame locker room. The investigation spanned thousands of miles, involved two nations and unfolded against the backdrop of a tense geopolitical drama. And the culprit might never spend a night in jail
You can argue about climate change or what causes it, but you cannot argue with hail. It hits Wylie like something out of the Bible: stones that could slay Goliath breaking through roofs and landing in living rooms, shattering windows and destroying cars.
This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's April 24 NFL Draft Issue. Subscribe today! Dan Tana's Italian restaurant in West Hollywood, July 2014: Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and team president Marc Badain sit in a back booth with NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman.
I’m not saying Tony Romo will make it. I’m not saying he won’t make it. I am saying he’s a different guy, a unique case.
Unless something bizarre happens next Thursday, Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett will become the 16th defensive player in the past 50 years to go first overall. Statistically speaking, though, there’s about a 50–50 shot that he won’t live up to the hype.
Christian McCaffrey and Jabrill Peppers aren’t easily classifiable players, and while that will make them assets in the modern NFL, it also makes them confounding puzzles during the draft evaluation processFootball is moving away from traditional positions.
The rules are the rules, so first-year Rams coach Sean McVay has spent a lot more time since January looking at his new quarterback on a television monitor than he has looking him in the eye.
This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's May 23 WNBA Issue. Subscribe today! THE FIRST LESSON Reche Caldwell learned in prison is that no one escapes on a Tuesday.
On March 31, two days after returning from a historic NFL owners meeting in Arizona (for several reasons), NFL commissioner Roger Goodell flew to Pittsburgh to see the ailing Steelers owner, Dan Rooney. Goodell feared what he might see.
Manchester United’s man-marking tactics shut out the Premier League leaders and Antonio Conte may find others trying the same approach Manchester United’s man-marking tactics shut out the Premier League leaders and Antonio Conte may find others trying the same approach José Mourin
What happened overnight in a jail cell in Shirley, Mass., can’t easily be characterized as a tragedy. A convicted killer taking his own life won’t elicit much sympathy from the public, and quite honestly it shouldn’t.
On April 19, sometime before 3 a.m.
Ask Bill Belichick if he's one of the winningest coaches in NFL history because he's a football genius, and he makes a face that's familiar to anyone who has ever seen him annoyed. Which is, basically, everyone.
This is the fourth straight year I’ve done a story on the making of the NFL schedule. Each year, I speak to the four-person team of schedule-makers, led by NFL broadcasting and schedule czar Howard Katz, after the hay is in the barn . . . sometime late in the day after the schedule is finalized.
This story, "The Gangster in the Huddle" originally appeared in September 12, 2013 issue of Rolling Stone. The first text pinged him around nine that Sunday night: I'm coming to grab that tonight, you gon b around? I need dat and we could step for a little again.
MANCHESTER, England — The formula remains the same after all these years, its familiarity a comfort, its consistency its charm. Every Saturday night, about 10:20 p.m.
I strongly urge you to read the longform story from The MMQB’s Robert Klemko and Jenny Vrentas on the Tom Brady jersey caper. So much new information and color, and you’ll learn exactly how the investigation wove through the West Coast, East Coast and Mexico in a cool whodunit.
n West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, an overgrown tree obscures a whitewashed, two-story building sandwiched between a radio station and a studio lot. Inside, it's a time warp. The battered carpet is blue, and the rippled wallpaper is bubbling, peeling off.
The Agnelli family (and Roman Abramovich) point the way forward for those in charge of Arsenal, Blackburn, Coventry and Leyton Orient The Agnelli family (and Roman Abramovich) point the way forward for those in charge of Arsenal, Blackburn, Coventry and Leyton Orient What kind of peopl
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Super Bowl MVPs were leaving the team cafeteria when Bill Belichick stopped them for an impromptu coaching moment that neither could have anticipated. This was during training camp in August 2005, six months after New England had won its third championship in four years.
There was an NFL meeting years back—well before Aaron Hernandez’s life went into the spiral that ended in a Massachusetts jail cell Wednesday morning—where the league brought in an FBI agent who worked with gangs. The idea was to teach coaches and front office people what to look for.
In late September, I visited Kalamazoo to meet the big man on campus at Western Michigan: Corey Davis. At the time, WMU was the trendiest team in college football—the Broncos had just knocked off two Big Ten opponents—and Davis was catching everything, including the NFL’s attention.
Even big-name players recognise the Italian’s imposition of a huge workload is backed by knowledge gained on and off the pitch Even big-name players recognise the Italian’s imposition of a huge workload is backed by knowledge gained on and off the pitch Those who have worked under
The NFL has tried to turn its schedule release into an Event, complete with a live broadcast on the NFL Network. Of course, it isn’t.
BEFORE GETTING TO the alleged mob hit or the mystery of the missing referee, there should be an explanation about how this quest began. An assigned profile of Luis Suarez led to a stack of things to read about his past.
Now that Aaron Hernandez’s tragic story has an ending, many are trying to understand the influences and choices that led to his ruin.
The NFL draft is an annual exercise in optimism, but hindsight is always part of the equation—it usually takes a few years to see how much of it was warranted. But going into the 2013 draft, the talent pool seemed to be half-empty rather than half-full.
Having suffered a dip in confidence during a tricky second season, the striker sprang to life against Chelsea and powered United towards a 2-0 victory Play Video 2:10 Having suffered a dip in confidence during a tricky second season, the striker sprang to life against Chelsea
One of the big questions with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann right now is where he will play next season, but one big reason for that - and one big problem the Leicester City defenders found on Wednesday - is that it’s impossible to know where he’s going to be on the pitch in the next se
As soon as the tears started to come, Paulo Dybala buried his face into his jersey. Lionel Messi tried to offer an arm around the shoulder as he trudged, bereft, from the field; so, too, did Angel Di Maria.
In pop culture years, 2012 was ages ago. But try to remember. That was the year quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion in the first half of the Niners game against the Rams in Week 10, and a backup QB named Colin Kaepernick had to fill in.
Last September, Barcelona opened their first office in New York, and they decided to make a bit of an entrance. Outside the Waldorf Astoria where the club’s executives and officials were staying, the Barcelona flag flew alongside the Stars and Stripes.
Twenty years ago it looked all over but an unflappable manager, a sparkling French winger and special team spirit have taken them back to the promised land Twenty years ago it looked all over but an unflappable manager, a sparkling French winger and special team spirit have taken them back to
As the dust settles on their incredible performance at Camp Nou, it seems impossible to imagine that just three months ago Juventus were completely outplayed by Fiorentina.
Football and basketball take the top two spots, but what is cricket's place in the sporting universe? The ICC's grand ambition is for cricket to become the world's favourite sport. Given football's overwhelming popularity, it is an unrealistic, if laudable, aim.
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From predicting Leicester’s grind towards the title to foreseeing Norwich’s decline, analytical models are changing the way people watch football The first time I came across the phrase “expected goals” was in November 2015.
Zac Easter texted his girlfriend shortly before 10 A.M. He typed as he drove, weaving Old Red, his cherry red 2008 Mazda3, down the wide suburban boulevards of West Des Moines. He'd already been awake for hours, since well before sunrise. At 5:40 A.M.
BARCELONA, Spain — The 87th minute came and went. The moment when the last miracle began was the point at which any hopes of another were definitively ended. Barcelona won a free kick. Neymar did not, as he had against Paris St.-Germain last month, fizz it into the top corner.
We've been doing Uni Watch design challenges for more than a decade now. Sometimes the topic is a juicy one, such as when we invited readers to redesign the Cleveland Browns jerseys, a team whose no-frills look practically provides a blank canvas for a potential makeover.
Real Madrid and Chelsea desperately wanted Neymar from Santos but the Brazilian had his heart set on Barcelona.
The very last kick of the Clásico could not have been more perfectly executed, nor more significant, Lionel Messi guiding the ball inside the post and carrying his team to the top of the table.
Sevilla are suddenly in crisis, and the departure of their brilliant transfer wizard after 26 years leaves an enormous hole to fill at the Sánchez Pizjuán Sevilla are suddenly in crisis, and the departure of their brilliant transfer wizard after 26 years leaves an enormous hole
Don’t get stuck with the next Ryan Leaf. Here is a GM’s guide to finding the best possible signal-caller in the NFL draft.With the NFL draft in three weeks, let’s take a break from the ongoing mess in D.C. to discuss another ongoing mess in D.C.
His artistry made Germany World Cup champions but a debilitating muscle disorder and an unfavourable public image have disrupted the progress of the Dortmund midfielder who will play no part in the friendly against England Some goals are replayed so often it can blind us to their brilliance.
Anyone can understand a Corey Davis touchdown catch, a Solomon Thomas sack, or a Marshon Lattimore interception, but seeing what makes them all NFL-quality talents requires a unique perspective. The mantra of the talent evaluator is: “Look not at what they do, but how they do it.
PHOENIX — Paul DePodesta, the Cleveland Browns’ trump card on the rest of the NFL. Nice fellow. Harvard guy, and, to his credit, doesn’t intimidate you with his Ivy League brain. Fifteen months into the new job after two decades with five Major League Baseball teams. Nowhere to go but up.
The newly retired Cowboys quarterback should be remembered for the way he made pass rushers look silly. Just ask J.J. Watt.As Tony Romo retires from the NFL to begin a career in broadcasting, the quarterback leaves a complicated legacy behind.
On 7 July this year, Raffaello Bucci’s body was found at the bottom of the so-called “viaduct of suicides”. Just a day before, he had been interviewed by police investigating links between football and organised crime.
The news from John Schneider’s Wednesday interview on ESPN Radio in Seattle wasn’t that the Seahawks GM is listening to offers for star corner Richard Sherman. It was that Schneider was talking so openly about it.
We’ve heard this is a historic running back class, with as many as four players (Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey) being discussed as first-round possibilities and a fifth (Joe Mixon) who would be in the mix if not for off-field baggage.
St. Louis and other Midwestern hubs prospered for much of the 20th century. Then lawmakers in Washington quietly changed the rules of the economy. The people of St. Louis weren’t really surprised when, on January 12, the National Football League announced its decision to let E.
Championship club’s decision to focus on a reserve side playing top opposition in friendlies is paying dividends under head of football operations Robert Rowan Championship club’s decision to focus on a reserve side playing top opposition in friendlies is paying dividends under head
Tomorrow, when you come home from playing football, there will be a lot of people in your house. Your uncles, friends of your family and some other people you won’t recognize will be in the kitchen. At first, you’ll think you’re just late for the party.
Sagging ratings, national controversy, horrifying head injuries, shameless greed: The conversation about the NFL has officially changed. Is it too late to fix it?By Bill Simmons and Malcolm GladwellSimmons: “Is he crying?”“He’s just having trouble breathing. He’s disoriented.
What ever happened to Joseph Randle? Fifteen months ago Randle, not Ezekiel Elliott, was the Dallas back ripping off chunks of yards behind that awesome O-line. Then came a possible concussion, an array of off-field misdeeds and massive confusion about it all
IF YOU KNOW what to look for, Scot McCloughan's farmhouse is easy to find. Otherwise, good luck. The land near the Nooksack River in Ferndale, Washington, about 90 minutes north of Seattle, is vast and remote.
Barring an unexpected comeback, Tony Romo's NFL career came to an end Tuesday afternoon after 162 games. Well, Romo's most recent career. See, eulogizing Romo's NFL tenure is difficult because he really has been several different players over the course of his 14 seasons in the league.
BRISTOL, Conn. — When Aaron Hernandez was a child in this faded factory town, his mother, Terri, twice turned to the courts for bankruptcy protection. When he was in sixth grade, she began taking bets for an illegal gambling organization. Police would later seize reams of evidence from the home.
Florentino Pérez sits high in the front row of his executive box overlooking the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s president, sits to his right; to his left is the country’s minister of external affairs.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, late of the Chicago Bears, has signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Various injuries limited Jeffery to nine games in 2015, then he missed four more in 2016 through suspension.
The men playing in the pockets are causing more tactical problems than ever this season and Premier League managers know it. Adam Bate looks at why finding the so-called ‘half spaces’ has become the biggest tactical issue for the top bosses… The importance of the space can be overlooked.
You have to remember. This is 1991. Before six people died in the World Trade Center bombing. Before 168 died in Oklahoma City. This is before 111 individuals were injured by a bomb made of nails and screws at the Atlanta Olympics.
If David Moyes makes a habit of such joke-threats, can the men on the receiving end of them please step forward and speak out. Don’t all rush at once … If David Moyes makes a habit of such joke-threats, can the men on the receiving end of them please step forward and speak out.
More than anything else, a football manager thinks about winning. It’s the source of their happiness, their confidence and, ultimately, keeps them in employment. No manager can quite match Pep Guardiola in this regard.
Did Tom Brady and Best Buddies founder Anthony Shriver devise a plan whereby Brady would perform fundraising services for Best Buddies and instead of Brady being paid—and taxed—for those services, Best Buddies would donate to Brady’s charity, Change the World, which in turn woul
In which the venturous author, the rawest rookie pro football has ever known, recounts all the excruciating details of what happened when he called five plays as quarterback for the Detroit Lions, of how he was cheered by a sellout crowd, and of how the twist and a kind
Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann on the club’s undefeated start, the limits of science, and the necessity of playing attractive soccerJulian Nagelsmann makes Sean McVay look weathered, and compared to the 29-year-old German, Luke Walton might as well be Red Auerbach.
Some voices intrinsically command respect, others obedience, but as the powerful, deep growl boomed out there was only one emotion flooding over the shaking 12-year-old boy: pure fear. “What do you want?” Gripped with panic, he couldn’t move.
BUCHAREST, Romania — For once, the crowds that had gathered to shout and to denounce were not angry at Gigi Becali. In recent years, Becali, the owner of F.C. Steaua Bucharest, Romania’s most popular and successful soccer team, had become used to being vilified.
The England captain looks certain to leave Old Trafford but, wherever he ends up, it will simply be retirement deferred and not change how he is remembered What seems remarkable now is how uncontroversial the issue of Wayne Rooney’s departure from Manchester United has come to feel.
LIVERPOOL, England — Jurgen Klopp did not introduce his Liverpool players to the woman who would subtly change their lives right away. When she joined the team, at the club’s preseason camp in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Dortmund coach renewed a tired club with a way of working ‘never seen before’ – it is understandable why he is being linked with a move to north London The Dortmund coach renewed a tired club with a way of working ‘never seen before’ – it is understandable why he is being
The best free agents are making more money than ever, but the high-earnings headlines mask an ugly fact: The gap between the league’s haves and have-nots is widening dangerously — and there might not be a solution in sightIt’s a good time to be an in-demand NFL player, as record spending
On the night Leicester became English champions, another fairytale took place in Scotland: a boyhood Dundee fan scored the goal that relegated Dundee UnitedBy Alan Pattullo for Nutmeg magazine, part of the Guardian Sport Network 07.50 EDT Last modified on Monday 20 February 2017 06.