Oleksandr Usyk’s victory builds a clear path to the undisputed championship — if Tyson Fury wants it

9:47 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Oleksandr Usyk proved once again that he’s arguably one of the best fighters in the world with a gutsy victory over Anthony Joshua on Saturday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to retain his three heavyweight titles. Now, he’s only one belt short of being called the undisputed heavyweight champion — a … Read more

NFL preseason 2022 Week 2 takeaways: Patriots’ Mac Jones leads 81-yard TD drive, Justin Fields sharp for Bears

The Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears kicked off Week 2 of the preseason Thursday in Seattle. Second-year quarterback Justin Fields looked sharp for the Bears in his lone drive to begin the game, while Seahawks starter Geno Smith and the offensive unit struggled to pick up first downs in their first couple of drives. In … Read more

With Deshaun Watson out 11 games, do Browns make move for Jimmy G?

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns already have made two of the NFL’s biggest quarterback trades this offseason. Now, with Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, would the Browns consider another major quarterback deal? On Thursday, the NFL and NFLPA reached a settlement on discipline for Watson, which includes a $5 million fine and a mandatory … Read more

‘We need a spark’: Yankees battling to keep a slide from becoming a spiral

NEW YORK — When injured outfielder Harrison Bader walked into the Yankees’ clubhouse for the first time on Aug. 3, he couldn’t help but wonder what his new teammates were thinking. “I’m sure everybody in here was like, ‘We just traded for this guy in a boot?’” said Bader, who despite dealing with plantar fasciitis … Read more

Which men’s college basketball teams export the best transfers?

7:20 AM ET John GasawayESPN Insider Close ESPN Insider college basketball contributor First began covering college hoops in 2004 Has written for Basketball Prospectus and the Wall Street Journal Welcome to the final installment in our series on college basketball’s new era of frequent transfers. First we considered the most significant modern-era transfers into and … Read more

Best of Tuesday at NFL training camps: Packers, Saints start joint practices; veteran backup QBs getting time in New York

4:06 PM ET ESPN staff This part of the NFL training camp schedule could be called “joint practice season,” as teams are linking up in greater numbers this week. Tuesday saw the New Orleans Saints travel to Wisconsin to work out with the Green Bay Packers, and the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers taking … Read more

WNBA playoffs 2022: First-round predictions and the five teams that could win the title

As we head into the 2022 WNBA playoffs, which begin Wednesday, the major storylines from the start of the season are still in play. Will the Chicago Sky become the first franchise to repeat as WNBA champion since the 2001-02 Los Angeles Sparks? Will the Las Vegas Aces give their franchise its first title under … Read more

Teofimo Lopez won, but is he a threat at 140 pounds? Maybe not just yet

12:00 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN When Teofimo Lopez walked through the ropes back in November he was the ruler of the lightweights and one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world following an upset victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko. Nine months later, Lopez entered the ring with uncertainty swirling around him. After the shocking defeat … Read more