'No problem' with Neymar to Real - Puyol
Ex-Barcelona captain Carles Puyol doesn't see any problem with Neymar eyeing a move to Real Madrid, although he can't see PSG allowing him to leave.
Transfer Talk: Man City join Neymar chase
Real Madrid will face stiff competition in their bid to sign Neymar away from PSG, with Man City joining the chase. Transfer Talk has the latest.
Lakers, Grizz looking to bounce back
One team and one player looking to put embarrassing performances in the rear-view mirror go head-to-head Saturday night when the Memphis Grizzlies host Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers in Memphis, Tenn.
Young guns square off as 76ers host 'Wolves
Two of the top young post players in the NBA will take center stage on Saturday night in Philadelphia when Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Wells Fargo Arena to play Joel Embiid and the 76ers in a game with important playoff...
Rockets face Pelicans, challenge to stay engaged
Before the Houston Rockets scuffled through an overtime win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, coach Mike D'Antoni spoke at length on the challenge of keeping players sharp in advance of the playoffs while also providing rest as the regular season...
- SBW in fitness race for All Blacks vs. France
- 6-time champ Djokovic loses at Miami Open
- Romo cards 82, finishes last in PGA Tour debut
- Canelo temporarily suspended over two tests
Raikkonen concerned with gap to Mercedes
He may be starting the Australian Grand Prix from the front row of the grid but Kimi Raikkonen is far from satisfied with Ferrari's early season qualifying pace.
Lewis to Vettel: Late lap was to wipe the smile off your face
The competitive edge between the Formula One grid's two world champions, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, was clear to see after the former claimed pole for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Lewis makes history in Australia with blinding lap
ESPN rounds up the main talking points from qualifying at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix where Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton claimed his seventh pole position Down Under.
Bancroft at centre of alleged ball-tampering row
A small, yellow object was seen in Bancroft's hands after he had worked on the ball, and he was also captured taking it from his pocket and seeming to place it down his trousers
Match report - SA tighten grip as another controversy looms
Cameron Bancroft worked on the ball in an incident, which overshadowed the third day's play in Cape Town, where the hosts stretched their lead to 294
LIVE: Stormers vs Reds
The Stormers will be looking to make it two wins in a row when they take on the Reds at Newlands in Cape Town. Follow the live action here.
Hurricanes too clinical for Highlanders
The Hurricanes delivered a clinic in the art of finishing to beat the Highlanders 29-12 in a fierce Super Rugby match in Wellington.
Chiefs run riot over Sunwolves
Damian McKenzie has unleashed an attacking master class for the Chiefs in the 61-10 Super Rugby humbling of the Sunwolves in Tokyo.
Late Ronaldo double secures Portugal turnaround vs. Egypt
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in three stoppage-time minutes as Portugal came from behind to beat Egypt 2-1.
Morocco and Tunisia win, Senegal draw
The North African duo downed Serbia and Iran respectively in Friday evening's friendlies, while Senegal were held by Uzbekistan.
Predicting how African teams will perform in the WC.
ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein, Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner discuss how they see African teams faring in the 2018 World Cup.
Italy's touching Astori tribute
Italy's national team paid their respects to Davide Astori in touching fashion before Friday's friendly against Argentina.
France issues give Deschamps a problem
The players are to blame for the arrogance, complacency, a lack of effort and team spirit that contributed to the defeat, but what about Deschamps?
Ronaldo's hot streak, Colombia comeback
The international break is halfway done and Friday's action gave us plenty to talk about as the World Cup edges ever closer.
Texas Tech's Odiase: We're ready for our next challenge.
Nigerian-American Norense Odiase says Texas Tech will need to continue to play their defense in order to challenge Villanova in their Elite 8 matchup.
Konate eyes tournament run next year after Sweet 16 exit.
ESPN's Phil Murphy chats with Mali native Sagaba Konate in Boston following WVU's 90-78 loss to Villanova in the Sweet 16.
Loyola beats Nevada, continues improbable NCAA run
With Loyola-Chicago clinging to a one-point lead and only 6.3 seconds remaining, Marques Townes sank a 3-pointer from in front of the Ramblers' bench to continue their improbable NCAA Tournament run.
- Silva leaves Spain national team camp
- Neuer: I'm almost ready to come back
- Muller and Ozil to miss Brazil friendly
- Deulofeu: My fault if I failed at Barcelona
Kerr shoots 64, opens 5-stroke Kia Classic lead
Cristie Kerr shot an 8-under 64 on Friday in the Kia Classic to open a 5-stroke lead halfway through the second round.
Romo finishes last after second round.
Tony Romo's PGA Tour debut is cut short as he shoots 10-over 82 on Friday, giving him a last place finish at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.
Reed uses long birdie putt to send home Spieth
Patrick Reed never trailed in a 2-and-1 victory over Jordan Spieth at the Match Play. The match ended when Reed hit a 40-foot putt from behind the 17th green that looked as though it would go 8 feet by until it ran into the cup for a birdie.
Surging Cavs rallying around Lue, Drew says
The Cavaliers on Friday moved to 3-0 since Tyronn Lue took a health-related leave earlier this week, and Larry Drew believes the team has rallied around its absent head coach. "We rallied around him. We rallied around one another," Drew said.
Curry exits with MCL sprain; MRI set for Sat.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry, in his first game back after injuring his right ankle, left Friday's home win over the Hawks with a left MCL sprain. He is set to have an MRI on Saturday.
Aldridge battles in the paint for layup.
LaMarcus Aldridge gets the rebound and fights for a basket heavily surrounded by defenders in OT.
Canelo temporarily suspended over two tests
Canelo Alvarez has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for two positive tests of a banned substance. He will be required to appear at a hearing on April 10, less than a month before his rematch against Gennady Golovkin.
J. Ramirez ordered to defend title vs. Prograis
Welterweight champion Jose Ramirez was formally ordered on Friday to meet Regis Prograis in a mandatory title defense, but both camps may agree to delay the bout. The delay would allow Prograis to build up his name to maximize the purse.
Crawford-Horn rescheduled for June 9 in Vegas
While the rescheduled Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn fight -- now set for June 9 in Las Vegas -- still could stream on the new ESPN+ app, a source said there is also a chance it will air on ESPN instead.
Paire stuns Djokovic in Miami.
Benoit Paire defeated number nine seed Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round of the Miami Open.
6-time champ Djokovic loses at Miami Open
Novak Djokovic's 16-match Key Biscayne winning streak ended, and his struggle to overcome a bothersome right elbow continued.
Venus, del Potro win in Miami; Djokovic loses
Novak Djokovic's 16-match win streak at the Miami Open ended after a loss to Benoit Paire, while Venus Williams was among the women to advance at Key Biscayne.
Guide to UFC 223: Predictions and analysis
Everything you need to know about UFC 223, which takes place Saturday, April 7, headlined by a lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Sources: UFC near deal for Till-Thompson bout
The UFC is trying to finalize Stephen Thompson as the welterweight opponent for Darren Till in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Liverpool, England.
How would an MMA trainer prepare Floyd Mayweather?
Takedowns. Kicks. An acrobatic Bruce Buffer intro. Floyd Mayweather will see many new things if he fights in the UFC. How would our panel of MMA trainers try to prepare him for that in six months? Do any think he'll go through with it?
After free agency, are Lions destined for mediocrity in 2018?
In this week's mailbag, a question on whether the Vikings, Packers and Bears have each had more productive offseasons -- so far -- than the Lions.
If left tackle slides down board, would Patriots consider a trade up?
Answering questions about Bill Belichick's draft strategy, potential roster holes, Gronk's value and more.
Benson celebrated with mass, jazz procession
Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson was laid to rest Friday in New Orleans after a private mass and a jazz funeral procession through the French Quarter.
Ibra with Galaxy will be 'spectacle' - Donovan
Leon midfielder and former U.S. star Landon Donovan says he expects the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing for the LA Galaxy to be a "spectacle."
It's zLAtan: Galaxy seal Ibrahimovic deal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his move to the LA Galaxy, with the MLS club announcing the signing of the Swedish striker on Friday.
How the Galaxy landed Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle discusses the inner-workings of the deal that will reportedly see Zlatan Ibrahimovic become a member of the LA Galaxy.
Russell Westbrook and the siren song of the 3
For the Thunder to succeed, Russell Westbrook must resist the shot he loves but that doesn't always love him back.
Kenya's Kamworor eyes IAAF Half Marathon hat-trick
Long-distance star Geoffrey Kamworor has his eyes set on completing a hat-trick of IAAF World Half Marathon Championship titles when he takes to the road in Valencia this weekend.
Trackside analysis: Who looks quick in Melbourne?
F1 editor Laurence Edmondson reports on how the top three teams looked through Albert Park's fastest corners.
Hamilton edges Verstappen in second pratice
Lewis Hamilton remained top of the order in FP2 in Australia, but saw Max Verstappen and Red Bull close the gap considerably.
Vettel confident Ferrari has 'quite a lot' of pace in hand
Sebastian Vettel is confident Ferrari did not show anything close to its true performance in the opening practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix.
Rebels harpoon Sharks in six-try romp
Former scaffolder Anaru Rangi has helped lay the platform for the Melbourne Rebels' 46-14 win over the Sharks, scoring two tries in their Super Rugby clash on Friday night.
Crusaders continue Christchurch domination of Bulls
The Crusaders have returned to their winning ways, beating the Bulls 33-14 in wintry Christchurch to extend their home dominance of the South Africans to 11 straight games.
Ibrahimovic was a smash hit at Man United
He didn't stay long and left via the back door but Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his larger-than-life character was a success at Manchester United.
Do-or-die for Chelsea in UCL chase
Chelsea's season is on a knife edge, with the club realistically needing to win all their remaining games to qualify for the Champions League.
Spurs' Wembley move has made them stronger
Shortly after their move, Tottenham had to counter claims of a "Wembley curse". Now their temporary home is an advantage, especially in the FA Cup.
Parker: Joshua disrespected NZ, Samoa media
Joseph Parker has accused Anthony Joshua of a lack of respect over his refusal to speak to media from New Zealand and Samoa at a workout on Wednesday.
Parker: I'll make Joshua fight memorable.
Joseph Parker compares his training style to Anthony Joshua, discusses potentially fighting Tyson Fury one day and how he's inspired by Peaky Blinders.
Exclusive: Rest is the key for Joshua in big fight preparation
Anthony Joshua has revealed added rest is serving him well ahead of his title unification bout with Joseph Parker.
Kenya favourite to win Vic Falls Sevens
The Zimbabwe rugby sevens team face an uphill battle when they defend their title at the annual KweseSports Victoria Falls Sevens tournament this weekend.
Uganda want to impress at Victoria Falls Sevens
Uganda's newly appointed captain Micheal Okorach has warned that they are not going to Zimbabwe's popular tourist destination for a holiday, but to try and win the 2018 Victoria Falls Sevens title.
Zim determined to retain Victoria Falls Sevens title
Zimbabwe Sevens coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba is determined to guide his team to a second consecutive Kwesé Sports Victoria Falls Sevens title when the tournament gets underway this weekend.
Caster Semenya 'entertains' the crowd in Paarl
Not even issues with the stadium clock could overshadow a few stellar performances from South Africa's finest athletes at the third and final leg of the Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series at Paarl's Daljosaphat on Thursday evening.
Source: Patriots, OT Waddle agree to deal
The Patriots have agreed to terms with offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle, a source told ESPN.
Dallas Cowboys' 2018 free agency: Deonte Thompson marks start at WR
The Cowboys began to address their remake at the wide receiver position with speedy Deonte Thompson, who averaged 15.9 yards per catch for Buffalo.
Planes, steaks and bad cell reception: How the Vikings crushed free agency
Vikings GM Rick Spielman discusses how he managed the organized chaos of free agency and landed franchise-altering signings.
Southgate's World Cup core conundrum
For England to make any noise at next summer's World Cup, Gareth Southgate ought to utilise a three-man defence that should suit his side well.
'Funny country' Italy likes 'controversy' - Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon said Italy was a "funny country" that "enjoy controversy" after criticism of his selection for two friendlies with the national team.
Injured Neymar 'irreplaceable' for Brazil - Tite
Brazil boss Tite says Neymar is "irreplaceable" to the Selecao and has advised his substitute, Douglas Costa, to be himself, not the PSG star.
UAE all but end Zimbabwe’s World Cup dream
Guys are shattered in the change room - Cremer
With his team's World Cup dreams all but shattered, a devastated Zimbabwe captain lamented the two missed opportunities to qualify against West Indies and UAE
NFL hopes 3-step process simplifies catch rule
The NFL competition committee has recommended that a completed catch be established via three elements -- control, in bounds and a "football move."
How the NFL will (try to) rewrite the catch rule
We know the league is trying to avoid more controversial catch calls. But how can they do it? Here's what the competition committee is likely to propose, its potential flaws and more.
The Dominant 20: Marta is No. 9
espnW's Julie Foudy examines how the legend of Marta, a five-time FIFA Player of the Year, has grown despite the struggle for equality in her native Brazil.
The Dominant 20: Serena Williams is No. 12
It's difficult to imagine a time when Serena Williams didn't rule fans' hearts and minds, but as ESPN's Howard Bryant reflects, the respect was hard-won.
The Dominant 20: Michael Schumacher's magic and the hope that comes with it
The best Formula One driver alive now lives in the most uncertain of states. ESPN's Wright Thompson looks at the world he left behind.
England gone in 94 minutes!
A look at England's first innings in terms of fall of wickets and duration, and how it compares to some other events
Rain arrives after Williamson's record 18th hundred
McGlashan: England's dire summer down under gets worse
England have had a tough time away from home in Test cricket of late, and Trent Boult and Tim Southee gave them no respite
'Rabada is a very strong character' - Gibson.
South Africa coach Ottis Gibson discusses Kagiso Rabada's on-field behaviour after his ban was overturned on appeal
Smith critical of Rabada's successful appeal
Surprised by the outcome, the Australia captain has declared the appeal verdict sets a troubling standard for allowable physical contact in the game
Why cricket needs to define what constitutes an offence
Periodically we have bouts of hand-wringing when someone steps over the line, but things need to be more cut and dried
Why Pep will be ready for City's vital fortnight
Man City's schedule would leave many fans in a cold sweat but Guardiola has survived far worse, during an intense three-week spell at Barca in 2011.
Top players must have the ball in order to lose it
It is true that Alexis Sanchez often concedes possession, but that is not the reason for his struggles at Manchester United.
What's behind Ronaldo's sizzling form?
Cristiano Ronaldo has always been a capable and lethal goalscorer, but his form since mid-January has been in another stratosphere. What's changed?
Relive the top ten plays of the week in women's sports around the world.
GGG on boxing: 'This business is not very clean.'
Gennady Golovkin says he received photos from doctors showing that Canelo Alvarez was taking pills and "absolutely" still wants the rematch on May 5.
Sanchez: There isn't a level playing field between GGG, Canelo.
Abel Sanchez, Gennady Golovkin's trainer, says that that Canelo Alvarez is getting preferential treatment, but likes that GGG has a chip on his shoulder heading into the rematch on May 5.
Golovkin calls Canelo a cheat, De La Hoya 'dirty'
Gennady Golovkin said he believes Canelo Alvarez's recent positive test isn't indicative of the first time Alvarez has used performance-enhancing drugs. Golovkin said he thinks Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez's promoter, also is dirty.
Ricciardo on Verstappen rivalry: 'The more intense the better.'
Daniel Ricciardo hopes his rivalry with teammate Max Verstappen can push the pair towards a championship challenge.
Why 2018 is Daniel Ricciardo's big year
Daniel Ricciardo talks to ESPN about his title chances, the battle with teammate Max Verstappen and his contract options for 2019.
Ricciardo looking to send message to rivals in Melbourne
Daniel Ricciardo is hoping to upset Formula One's established order with a home win at the Australian Grand Prix this weekend.
Hamilton: Don't believe the hype
The majority of the Formula One paddock is convinced Mercedes are the favourites for victory ahead of this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, but Lewis Hamilton is not so sure.
What's driving Lewis Hamilton?
Lewis Hamilton talks to ESPN about his motivation to win a fifth title, why he is signing a new contract with Mercedes and whether he would regret not driving for Ferrari.
EXCLUSIVE: Hamilton still inspired by karting 'abuse.'
ESPN sat down with four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton in Turin to discuss whether he still has what it takes to race and the struggles he dealt with as a child getting into the sport.
MTB World Cup wins the race to save water - Via KweséESPN.
The first round of the 2018 UCI mountain bike World Cup took place against the backdrop of a once-in-a-century drought in South Africa, and organisers did their part to save increasingly precious water.
The biggest thing about Linares-Lomachenko: It might change boxing culture
It's great for boxing that Jorge Linares and Vasiliy Lomachenko are set to fight May 12. It'll be even better for the sport if the lightweight title bout signals an end to the fighting between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions.
Linares-Lomachenko finalized for May 12
Golden Boy and Top Rank have signed a deal for Jorge Linares to defend his 135-pound crown against Vasyl Lomachenko, who will move up from 130 pounds, on May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Saunders hand injury postpones Murray fight
Middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders has injured his hand, leading to the postponement of his bout with Martin Murray.
The Dominant 20
In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's 20th anniversary, Peter Keating's crunched the numbers to find the most dominant athletes of our time.
The Dominant 20: The biggest questions we know you have about our list
Peter Keating answers all the burning questions we know you're asking about how he compiled The Dominant 20 athletes list.
The Dominant 20: Tiger tops our list, but how close is he to great again?
In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's 20th anniversary, we honor the 20 most dominant athletes of the past 20 years. Topping the list: Tiger Woods. Why? He explains to Marty Smith the keys to those 13 major wins from 1999 to 2008.
- SBW in fitness race for All Blacks vs. France
- 6-time champ Djokovic loses at Miami Open
- Romo cards 82, finishes last in PGA Tour debut
- Canelo temporarily suspended over two tests
- Newlands crowd abuse 'disgraceful'- Lehmann
- Sources: UFC near deal for Till-Thompson bout
- Celtics' Irving set for procedure on ailing knee
- Eagles' Bennett indicted for injury of elderly
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