Night of 11 aces: Bieber-Giolito doesn’t disappoint; Snell falls apart

Covers MLB for ESPN.com Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995 We can call Tuesday night the “Night of the 11 Aces,” which may refer to the time Uncle Bob won all the money at family poker night, but on this evening refers to the unusual gift of seeing 11 legitimate preseason Cy Young candidates all starting. The marquee matchup was the American League Central showdown between Shane Bieber and Lucas Giolito in Chicago, and it […]

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Amended Watson lawsuits to ID all 22 plaintiffs

Covered the Packers for ESPN Milwaukee Marquette University graduate HOUSTON — Houston attorney Tony Buzbee said in a statement Tuesday night that his law firm will amend all 22 of the lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson to disclose the names of the plaintiffs, “even those not currently subject to any court order.” The lawsuits, all originally filed on behalf of Jane Does from March 16 to April 2, allege inappropriate behavior and sexual assault against the Houston Texans quarterback. On […]

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Roundup: Washington signs former Tulane basketball player Sammis Reyes

Washington’s top tight end last season, Logan Thomas, didn’t play the position in college. Its latest tight end acquisition didn’t even play the sport until recently. The Football Team signed former Tulane basketball player Sammis Reyes on Tuesday, just weeks after he impressed scouts as a pass-catcher at Florida’s pro day. Reyes, who grew up in Chile before moving to the United States at the age of 14, played basketball at North Broward Prep in Florida and then at Tulane. […]

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Cleveland infielder Yu Chang pushes back against racist messages after committing error

Cleveland infielder Yu Chang pushed back against racist comments he received after committing a pivotal error in his team's 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.  Chang, who is Taiwanese, tried to start an inning-ending double play in the bottom of the ninth inning in Chicago. Instead, his throw from first base glanced off baserunner Yasmani Grandal's helmet, enabling Nick Madrigal to chug home with the winning run for the White Sox.  Tuesday morning, Chang posted to […]

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Report: Actor Kevin James to play Saints coach Sean Payton in Netflix movie about year after Bountygate

Sean Payton's doppelgänger may have some work to do. Actor Kevin James of "The King of Queens" and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" will play the New Orleans Saints head coach in a Netflix movie called "Home Team," according to NBC Sports. The plot is set to begin during the 2012 season, after Payton was suspended for the entire season for his role in the Bountygate scandal, according to NBC Sports. Then Payton — played by James — reassesses his life and becomes the […]

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‘Don’t sleep on the Phillies’: Why this year could finally be different in Philadelphia

Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com. J.T. Realmuto sat in limbo this past offseason. A star free agent, at a premium position, he was waiting patiently for his team to show the kind of interest that would be required to bring him back on a new deal. The winter’s new darling team, the New York Mets, was dangling an offer to go to the Big Apple and be part of a new era of […]

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Cracking the MLB superstar code: These 24 players will rule baseball in 2021

Covers MLB for ESPN.com Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995 When I was a kid, our elementary school used to have these book fairs, run by Scholastic book publishers. The company set up a display in the lobby outside the library, their various books for sale, and each spring I would spend a dollar or two on the latest edition of “All-Pro Baseball Stars.” I guess the book fairs are still around, although the last […]

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‘What a disgrace’: Footy world gobsmacked by dangerous, inexplicable double standards

North Melbourne will contest Ben Cunnington’s one-match suspension after the Kangaroos star was pinged by Match Review Officer Michael Christian for a bump on Rory Laird. The news got worse for the Roos after suffering a 41-point loss to Adelaide on Sunday as Cunnington’s hit put him in danger of missing this weekend’s game against Geelong. Watch the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. Every match of every round Live on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now > But […]

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Julian Edelman's retirement marks end of career defined by 'full throttle' approach

“If it goes, it goes.” The year was 2016. The Patriots were preparing for their first playoff game of the 2015 season, a home date against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round. Julian Edelman had missed the previous seven games with a broken left foot but left no doubt he would return for the postseason, saying he would play the way he always had — “full throttle, regardless.” Edelman went on to rack up 10 catches, reaching the […]

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