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9:54 PM ET Newly released evidence in the federal government’s criminal case against attorney Michael Avenatti suggested that employees at Nike were paying high-profile college basketball prospects’ handlers and families tens of thousands of dollars in under-the-table payments. In a July 30, 2016, email from Carlton DeBose, the director of Nike’s EYBL grassroots basketball division,
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8:40 PM ET Cain Velasquez‘s young pro-wrestling career will continue on. Following his critically acclaimed debut match earlier this month, the former UFC heavyweight champion has signed on to wrestle on Lucha Libre AAA’s two cards coming up this fall in the United States, sources told ESPN on Friday. The first is Sept. 15 at
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8:41 PM ET Associated Press PINEHURST, N.C. — Teenager Cohen Trolio advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals by beating Austin Squires 3 and 1 on Friday. The 17-year-old rising high school junior from West Point, Mississippi, won the final three holes of the match — Nos. 15-17 at Pinehurst No. 2 — to end Squires’
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1:08 PM ET NASHVILLE — One of the New England Patriots‘ biggest question marks could now become a top strength. That changed in a “Flash” with Josh Gordon‘s conditional reinstatement. In Thursday’s practice, the depleted state of the Patriots’ wide receiver corps was highlighted by one of the first passes quarterback Tom Brady threw in
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6:30 PM ET Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina tight end Kiel Pollard is giving up football after a cyst was found on his spinal cord. The Gamecocks announced Pollard’s decision Friday. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Pollard sustained a small fracture in his neck last week and was expected to miss up to six weeks.
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6:11 PM ET WASHINGTON — The return of Max Scherzer will have to wait. The Washington Nationals announced their starting rotation for this weekend, and Scherzer was not a part of it. After throwing a simulated game earlier this week, there was speculation that Scherzer might be activated for his team’s series against the Milwaukee
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5:58 PM ET Associated Press MASON, Ohio — Naomi Osaka felt a strange sensation in her left knee, different than anything she’d experienced. The U.S. Open champion left the court worried about whether she’ll be in shape to defend her precious title. Osaka retired from her quarterfinal match at the Western & Southern Open on
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3:49 PM BST Bath winger Ruaridh McConnochie is a doubt to make his England debut in the his side’s second World Cup warm up fixture against Wales on Saturday due to muscle soreness. McConnochie, 27, will have his fitness assessed on Friday, having been due to make his international debut this weekend following his surprise
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3:14 PM ET ESPN News Services ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — The plane carrying NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced, veered off the runway and ended up on a Tennessee state highway during a crash landing, investigators said Friday. National Transportation Safety Board investigators obtained surveillance video that included footage of the crash. NTSB
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12:08 PM ET Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns coach Billy Napier wants to see each of his players become dues-paying members of the school’s booster club, asking his team to spend a minimum of $50 to join. Napier, a former assistant coach at Alabama who is now in his second season with Louisiana, said in a news
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11:00 AM ET Former Army OT Brett Toth was given a military waiver on Friday and now will sign a three-year deal to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, his agent, Alan Herman, told ESPN. President Donald Trump said in May he would allow military academy athletes to get waivers to join pro sports teams upon
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9:46 AM ET Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has officially agreed to sell his remaining stake in the Brooklyn Nets and full ownership of Barclays Center to Joe Tsai, the team announced Friday. Tsai, who had already paid $1 billion for a 49% share of the Nets in 2018, is paying an additional $1.35 billion for
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ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop shares his thoughts on Manchester United’s transfer dealings and their current standing among Europe’s elite. ESPN FC’s Steve Nicol explains why Jadon Sancho should depart Dortmund and take the next step in his footballing career. ESPN FC’s Steve Nicol examines how a potential loan move to Roma could be the solution
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