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England players under orders to belt out national anthem at World Cup

England players under orders to belt out national anthem at World Cup

CLOSE SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers on how Mexico’s thrilling start to the World Cup in Russia ultimately led to another disappointment. USA TODAY Sports Jordan Pickford and Eric Dier during national anthems before the game against Belgium.(Photo: Dan Mullan, Getty Images) MOSCOW – If you are a member of England’s World Cup squad, […]

Roger Federer Sheds Nike Swoosh in Favor of Uniqlo, Wins Match

Roger Federer Sheds Nike Swoosh in Favor of Uniqlo, Wins Match

WIMBLEDON, England — Roger Federer has won Wimbledon a record eight times, which meant on Monday, following tradition, he for the eighth time played the first match on Centre Court on the tournament’s first day. But that doesn’t mean the butterflies were absent when he stepped on the court with his first-round opponent, 58th-ranked Dusan […]

Citing injury, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor seems to announce retirement on Twitter

Citing injury, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor seems to announce retirement on Twitter

Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor might have played his last NFL game, as a neck injury appears to have ended his career. While he never used the word “retire,” a series of tweets seems to indicate he is moving on from the sport. Gods Grace 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/60J2DugpD1 — Kameron Chancellor (@KamChancellor) July 1, 2018 […]

2018 NBA free agency rumors: DeMarcus Cousins will meet with Lakers, Pelicans 'soon'

2018 NBA free agency rumors: DeMarcus Cousins will meet with Lakers, Pelicans 'soon'

The Lakers have been adamant about signing stars in this free agency period. They’ve been strongly connected to LeBron James so far, but there’s another player they could possibly make a run at: DeMarcus Cousins. The big man is coming off a solid year with the Pelicans that had a tragic ending. Cousins and the Pelicans seemed […]

Argentina vs. France: World Cup 2018 Live Updates

Argentina vs. France: World Cup 2018 Live Updates

• Argentina’s first two games were an unmitigated dumpster fire, but they found a way to beat Nigeria, 2-1, on a gorgeous Lionel Messi goal and a late winner from Marcos Rojo. If Messi has indeed decided to play a vital role here, to lift his team by the scruff of its neck and carry […]

Capitals promote Todd Reirden to head coach

Capitals promote Todd Reirden to head coach

2:17 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The Washington Capitals found the successor to Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz on their own bench. Associate coach Todd Reirden, 47, was named the 18th head coach in franchise history Friday. Reirden, 47, is a highly regarded coach who specialized in working with the team’s defensemen. He joined the Capitals […]

LeBron, Paul George and more league-shaping free-agency madness

LeBron, Paul George and more league-shaping free-agency madness

The madness is upon us. The landscape of the league is about to shift in ways that may cause the Warriors to look up from their phones and nod briefly in acknowledgement. Let’s bounce around the major questions. Where will LeBron go? Reporting from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne, and Brian Windhorst over the last […]

Mets bullpen and Callaway blow up Wheeler gem in brutal loss

Mets bullpen and Callaway blow up Wheeler gem in brutal loss

Jeurys Familia probably won’t be with the Mets much longer. At this pace, Mickey Callaway likely won’t be either. Following seven shutout innings from Zack Wheeler, the Mets melted down and summed up their first half of the season. Familia was the face of the latest bullpen implosion and Callaway created another batch of managerial […]

Diego Maradona is Argentina's biggest fan — and distraction

Diego Maradona is Argentina's biggest fan — and distraction

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — He danced, he dozed, he prayed, he gave a double middle-finger salute to spectators and then, when it was all over, he was helped out of his chair and out of the stadium. Maradona’s performance in the stands was as eye-catching as the one produced on the field by Lionel Messi […]

Iceland vs. Croatia: World Cup 2018 Live

Iceland vs. Croatia: World Cup 2018 Live

7’: Croatia’s New Look If you miss Croatia’s classic red and white checkerboard jerseys, take a closer look at these. They are black and deep, dark blue checkerboards. 6’: Croatia Playing Keepaway Good ball control by Croatia in the early going, but it shows little urgency to bring the ball to net. Iceland is going […]