It goes without saying (hey there, Las Vegas Raiders!) that the NFL’s gambling policy is a hypocritical mess.
With so many different powerful personas in baseball, here are some of the ones who have the most influence on the future of the game. USA TODAY Sports ST.
Travis Kalanick, Silicon Valley's bad boy CEO, once had a very uncomfortable confrontation with Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is a grown-up. Back in 2015, Uber tried to disguise the fact that the company was secretly tracking iPhones, even if the ride-hailing app had been deleted.
NEW YORK—Audi Sport is to Audi what M is to BMW or AMG to Mercedes—the tuning arm, the skunk works where cars go to lose weight, gain power and find extra speed for the track.
USA Today last week reported that Facebook was breaking up an “extensive fake account scam” targeting publisher pages with false “likes.
Michael Felger, a radio host at Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub, has an issue with paternity leave. He’s griped about it before with Celtics player Al Horford and this week with Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.
Trey Wingo calls the NFL draft the most unpredictable event in all of sports television. “We don’t have a script; there is no second take,” the longtime ESPN anchor said this week. “It plays out as it plays out.
IT'S OCT. 7, 2015, and the Cavs are hosting the Hawks in Cincinnati. It's the NBA preseason, a nothing game, really -- save for one detail: LeBron James is debuting his new, flashy signature sneaker, the LeBron 13.
It has been eight years since he took a major title, and he's rarely seen with a club in his hand. Even though Tiger Woods will be, at best, a ceremonial figure at the Masters, many believe he can still rediscover his magic at age 40.
Russ? Harden? Kawhi? LeBron? Bill Simmons makes his Most Valuable Player pick. It’s historic.On Sunday afternoon, I was watching my daughter play soccer in Parts Unknown, California, right as Sergio Garcia was stealing the Masters from Justin Rose.
With the individual awards out of the way, let's shift to the team-based set. These were a little less agonizing -- a little.
After 82 games, six major awards. Here we go: 1. Kawhi Leonard 2. James Harden 3. Russell Westbrook 4. LeBron James 5. Stephen Curry
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.
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
Hall of Fame relief pitcher Richard “Goose” Gossage isn’t the biggest fan of the “Moneyball” revolution. Here at FiveThirtyEight, we don’t think his expletive-laced tirades about nerds ruining baseball have always found their target the way his fastballs once did.
Imagine if points scored didn’t determine the winner of a basketball game. Instead, imagine the victor was chosen by a panel of judges that assigned points to each team for every action that occurred on the court — much like a gymnastics meet is decided.
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 March 2 Analytics Issue. Subscribe today! THE ARCHITECT OF the ballsiest experiment in American sports would greatly appreciate it if this article disintegrated.
From mutated pick-and-rolls to off-kilter handoffs, these are some of the ways players like James Harden, Isaiah Thomas, and Giannis Antetokounmpo create easy bucketsThe relationship between pick-and-roll offense and defense is not unlike the relationship between the flu and its vaccine.
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.
NBSheaThe postseason comes with its own set of acknowledged rules and lessons. This is the secret understanding behind a Steven Adams mega-screen, or a LeBron elimination game.
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.
One of the best teams in the West has no postseason experience as a group. The roster as we know it could dissolve over the summer. There are so many questions left in Salt Lake City. We’ll finally get some answers in the playoffs.There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Utah Jazz.
The king of the triangle is gesturing at accountability while passing the buck — and alienating his team’s longest-tenured playerIn March 2014, when James Dolan, the rumpled regional cable empire heir and owner of the Knicks, hired Phil Jackson, the move was simultaneously the team’s best
Milwaukee plays small ball without ever going small. It’s a nightmare for Toronto, which already had problems figuring out its big-man rotation before the Bucks forced the Raptors’ hand.
It was still dark one morning early this year when Joe Lacob, the majority owner of the Golden State Warriors, drove his Mercedes station wagon through the Stanford University campus.
NBSheaHow devious are the Warriors? Can Wall and Beal be stopped? And more unasked questions as Round 1 kicks into gear.The Thunder-Rockets game Wednesday night was a perfect distillation of the Russell Westbrook vs.
The graphic designer from out of town kept hearing the same thing from season-ticket holders in Minnesota: The logos the Timberwolves have used since 1996 are too cartoonish.
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.
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.
The low point came last March. Or maybe it was April. Monty Williams isn’t sure. Time blurs. For two weeks Micah and Elijah passed the stomach flu back and forth, as five- and eight-year-olds do. They threw up on the carpet, in the bed, on the bathroom floor.
This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's March 27 Analytics Issue. Subscribe today! The legend has been passed down by NBA generations, chronicled like a Homeric odyssey. The tale they tell is of Kevin Garnett and the 2007-08 Celtics, and the seminal moment of a revolution.
Does every possession matter? Does defense win championships? Does the pressure really ramp up in the postseason? Is the competition that much better? Coaches and analysts talk about the truth behind the playoff basketball clichés.Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan are the same player.
A historically great offensive regular season is about to run up against the oldest sports truism in the book: Defense wins championships. But will it win this year’s?Everything burns more intensely in the playoffs.
What did we learn from Sin City’s preseason predictions? That no one saw James Harden’s historic season coming.Sport is meant to produce drama. People running around between arbitrary lines is meant to give us a sense of personal attachment to some type of narrative.
Growing up in Yonkers, N.Y., I was, at best, an indifferent athlete. I washed out of Henry S. Richards Little League after a couple of unspectacular seasons. Later I joined the track team for a year in high school — mainly to socialize — and I still remember the uniform.
One thing all the upsetters have in common: They might have the best player in the series on their team. On a scale of one to five Dikembes, we look at the chances the Jazz, Bucks, and Bulls have to throw the postseason into chaos.
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.
After the 1-seeded Celtics got blown out 111–97 in Game 2 on Tuesday night by the 8-seeded Bulls, Avery Bradley said he heard former Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo say, “Yeah, they gave up. They gave up.” Giving up is a convenient catch-all excuse for a team wetting the bed.
Why does everyone hate the Hawks center? His performance in Game 2 against the Wizards provided an explanation.I don’t mean to brag, but before Wednesday night it had been seven years since I’d watched an entire game featuring Dwight Howard. Every basketball fan should be so lucky.
D’Angelo Russell had only the second-coolest game-winning buzzer-beater by an NBA Russell on Sunday, but it was still pretty awesome. He wasn’t planning on playing after learning about the death of his grandmother, but he decided she would have wanted him to play. He didn’t have a great night.
Bill Simmons and friends look back on the best Woj scoop, the best in-game dunker, the most improbable turnaround, sweet Jokic passing, the glories of Waiters Island, and much moreIf you were expecting to read my choices for Most Valuable Player, All-NBA and every other major NBA award on the offic
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.
All around them, people are complaining, even as their beloved team has kept a grip on the No. 1 national ranking. The father looks down as they navigate the sea of fans exiting Pauley Pavilion. "The expectations," he says, "are a little higher than that."
Inside the lower Manhattan apartment of the notoriously taciturn Derrick Rose, there is a moment when he tells you exactly who he is. “I’m a true introvert,” says the 28-year-old point guard for the New York Knicks. This summer, Rose becomes a free agent for the first time in his career.
In Game 3 of the Bucks’ series with the Raptors, the Milwaukee unicorn did things that won’t show up in the box score, but only helped build his legendYou’re going to see this Giannis Antetokounmpo elbow block on a lot of highlight reels:He blocked Norman Powell’s shot with his elbow.
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.
Let’s have some fun with arbitrary statistical measures. Tuesday’s NBA playoffs slate provided some superbly efficient scoring nights, with Kevin Love scoring 27 points on seven shots, and Kawhi Leonard tallying 37 on just 14 attempts.
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.
He was one of the NBA’s finest sharpshooters and a two-time champion alongside Michael Jordan, but was run out of the league for his outspoken views. A quarter of a century on, Craig Hodges is still fighting the good fight
The LeBron James–Paul George battle is the headliner, but we wouldn’t sleep on what might be an explosive sequel to Westbrook-BeverleyFamiliarity breeds contempt in the NBA playoffs.
Finally, the basketball games that matter! The playoffs are here, and we can’t wait to get them started. We’re so excited, we already know what’s going to happen. Have a look into the future with us. Playoff Rondo is the greatest urban legend of the millennium-era NBA.
In the early ’80s, an A/C repairman, an unemployed photographer and a Major League mascot became the dealers of choice for the city’s sports stars – and changed baseball history along the way. Whatever the price, by whatever name, cocaine is becoming the All-American Drug. . . .
Russell Westbrook is the greatest, most entertaining liar in NBA history.
By the time Russell Westbrook jogs onto the court, his work is already done. It's three hours before the Thunder are set to tip off against the Denver Nuggets in their season finale, but there's nothing left to play for.
There was no grand unveiling, no ceremony to show it off. But when the Mets opened their 2017 season at Citi Field, a new placard was affixed to the overhang down the left-field line. It proclaimed the Mets as winners of a 2016 National League wild card.
I knew it was going to happen, but I still couldn’t stop myself. It was the fourth time in my career I had prepared a playoff analysis, the fourth time I had spent days diving deep into our data to try and find any kind of edge, and the fourth time I could feel my perspective begin to shift.
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.
The NBA is afraid of what Chris Paul sees. Opponents show it in the way they react to his stare, selling out into passing lanes simply because Paul's eyes suggest it. When Paul slows down to survey the floor, it can paralyze his defender with possibility. His attention is a weapon.
Canadian endurance runner Gary Robbins had been running—which is to say, sliding, clawing, and bushwhacking, with a bit of sleep-deprived hallucination thrown in—through the unforgiving outback of Frozen Head State Park for more than 59 hours straight.
On Sunday night, as I watched a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets, I realized that the past two or so N.B.A. seasons have changed me, maybe permanently, as a fan.
It was last Monday night, in Boston, just a few minutes after we’d beaten the Nets. Our second-to-last game of the season had just ended … and I was thinking about a different game. Miami and Cleveland were playing that night, too, and someone had just told me the game was in OT.
The biggest change Billy Donovan can make to get back into this series as it heads to Oklahoma City is thinking small. Like, really small. That, and other takeaways from Game 2 of Thunder-Rockets.The Thunder and the Rockets gave us a classic in Game 2 of their first-round series Wednesday.
The 2016–17 Chicago Bulls are not fun to watch. Rajon Rondo used to be fun to watch. Dwyane Wade can be fun to watch. Jimmy Butler is usually fun to watch. But this team is one of those rare cases where the whole is less than the sum of its individual parts.
There was something remarkable about John Wall’s Game 1 exit, as red, white, and blue streamers fell all around him in the nation’s capital. It wasn’t Wall’s finishing stat line that stood out — though his 32 points on 50 percent shooting and 14 assists made for a career day.
What’s Damian Lillard supposed to say, that his team will lose?Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers battled their way into the NBA playoffs, winning 10 of 14 games down the stretch to finish one game ahead of the Nuggets for the eighth seed.
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.
The point is to make you happy. Baseball makes me deliriously happy. Baseball, with standings and leaderboards and the whole deal, nourishes my soul. If following baseball won't make you happy, please do something that will instead. Nobody wants you to be unhappy.
I didn’t expect much from the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs. They were a moribund outfit rife with internal squabbling that squeaked into the playoffs on the final day of the season. And yet they’ve straight-up walloped the top-seeded Celtics, taking a 2–0 lead with two wins in Boston.
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.
In the 40 years that Jack Thomson has been coaching high school baseball, he has seen a noticeable rise in the talent of players trying out for his team. They scorch line drives, they hurl blazing fastballs.
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.
What a strange, sad week for Carmelo Anthony. Three days ago, his president of basketball operations began a very public campaign to get him to waive his no-trade clause.
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.
The Grizzlies head coach has inspired us with an all-time catchphrase. Here’s how to use it.Following Game 2 of the Spurs-Grizzlies series — a 96–82 San Antonio win — Memphis coach David Fizdale angrily ran through several stats at his postgame press conference.
After a change in approach led to increased contact in 2016, Boston’s big offseason acquisition has rediscovered two keys to success — and, in turn, his unhittable-ace statusIt cost the Red Sox the best prospect in baseball (plus three other players) to acquire Chris Sale last December.
Which means that after two games of their first-round series, the top seed is cruising and the underdogs are at least putting up a fightThere are shades of victory within the category of uneven playoff matchups which correspond to the yawning gap in expectations.