5:26 PM BST Duane Vermeulen has rejoined the South Africa squad ahead of a decisive third test against the British & Irish Lions in Cape Town next Saturday, but will undergo a fitness test on a troublesome ankle injury before he is cleared to play. The 2019 World Cup winner is a key part of
12:01 AM ET Jeff Wagenheim There’s nothing flashy about Sean Strickland, unless you’re counting the punches he relentlessly flashes into the face of his opponent. Strickland won his fifth fight in a row on Saturday night, overwhelming Uriah Hall with five rounds of aggression and nonstop punch output to win a lopsided unanimous decision in
6:07 AM ET Associated Press TOKYO — There will be no Golden Slam for Novak Djokovic. The top-ranked Serb lost to Alexander Zverev of Germany 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 Friday in the semifinals of the tennis tournament at the Tokyo Olympics. Djokovic was attempting to become the first man to win all four Grand Slam tournaments
6:16 AM ET Associated Press KAWAGOE, Japan — Xander Schauffele has been pointing to the Olympics ever since he began his rise into the elite of American golf three years ago. Now that he’s here, in the country where his mother was raised and enjoying an Olympic experience his father could only dream about, he
5:34 PM ET The Los Angeles Lakers are nearing a deal with the Washington Wizards to acquire Russell Westbrook for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a 2021 first-round pick, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Harrell has opted into his $9.7 million player option for next season, paving the way for the potential deal.
8:39 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN China isn’t known as a boxing hotbed, but there is one fighter from the world’s most-populated nation who is making noise: Xu Can. The 126-pound volume-puncher — ESPN’s No. 2-rated featherweight — was lined up for a title tilt with Josh Warrington in the spring before the Brit was shocked
5:00 AM ET OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After the news circulated that Lamar Jackson had tested positive for COVID-19, a fan tweeted Wednesday morning that he was boarding a flight from Los Angeles to see Jackson at training camp and the former NFL MVP was not going to be there. Jackson responded with the images
7:17 AM ET Typically, NHL free agency begins on July 1 each offseason: a cherished tradition on Canada Day up north, and a pre-Independence Day festival of commerce for those of us in the United States. On July 1, 2021, the Stanley Cup had yet to be awarded. But 27 days later, we are ready
9:00 AM ET The words “college football” and “stability” don’t go together all that well. Such is life when your livelihood is based on the whims of a pointy ball, eccentric boosters and a bunch of 18- to 22-year-old players. In this sport, drama is never far from the surface and a conference realignment earthquake
7:30 PM ET ESPN News Services The Houston Astros have landed one of the top relievers in baseball, acquiring right-hander Kendall Graveman from the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in a four-player intra-division trade while the teams were preparing to play each other. Graveman and Rafael Montero were traded to Houston in exchange for infielder Abraham
6:00 AM ET Manchester United signed Paul Pogba from Juventus for £89.3 million to turn them into Premier League contenders in 2016 but, five years on, offloading the France midfielder now holds the key to their title prospects. Raising £50m or more by allowing Pogba to leave the club before his contract expires in June
7:07 PM BST Dan Biggar’s boot proved the difference as the British & Irish Lions came from behind to beat South Africa 22-17 in an attritional first test in Cape Town on Saturday. Biggar kicked four penalties and a conversion for a 14-point personal tally to take the Lions to victory after they were 12-3
12:17 AM ET Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event between TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen lived up to the lofty expectations surrounding one of the most anticipated fights of the year. Dillashaw emerged victorious by split decision, potentially setting himself up for a future shot to reclaim a title he never lost inside the cage.
6:39 PM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Ryan Garcia has resumed training after a sabbatical to address his mental health, and his return fight is already being planned. That comeback bout could come this fall against Joseph Diaz Jr., multiple sources told ESPN. It will be a clash of Mexican Americans from Southern California. The fight, if
11:19 AM ET Associated Press Tennis star Naomi Osaka has lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, ending the flame’s long journey from Greece to these delayed Olympics. The cauldron sat atop a peak inspired by Mount Fuji. It’s a sphere that opened like a flower, “to embody vitality and hope,”
3:55 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN The New Orleans Pelicans officially named Willie Green as their next head coach Thursday. Green is coming off a stint as an assistant with the Phoenix Suns, who just made a run to the NBA Finals, which delayed the timing of the Pelicans’ announcement. “After an extensive and collaborative search,