As playoff run ends, Luka Doncic says improving his defense can take Dallas Mavericks ‘to the next level’

As playoff run ends, Luka Doncic says improving his defense can take Dallas Mavericks 'to the next level'

SAN FRANCISCO — Luka Doncic’s initial reaction to the end of the longest playoff run of his young NBA career was to express disappointment in himself. “I don’t like losing, especially like this,” Doncic said after the Dallas Mavericks were eliminated Thursday night with a 120-110 Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors. “I … Read more

Avalanche fan makes signs to support Kadri

Avalanche fan makes signs to support Kadri

DENVER– Adrienne Ruth wanted to let Nazem Kadri know she and all Colorado Avalanche fans had his back and decided to do something about it. Ruth, an Avalanche season ticket holder, painted a sign with a personal message for the forward, and printed up 300 flyers at her local Office Depot saying “Stand With Naz” … Read more

MLB, in memo, rebukes clubs for ‘unacceptable’ workplace facilities for women employees

MLB, in memo, rebukes clubs for 'unacceptable' workplace facilities for women employees

9:48 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” In a pointed letter to teams last week, Major League Baseball said numerous clubs’ stadiums “fall embarrassingly below the high standards” necessary for women who are part of the game’s traveling parties … Read more

Matt Carpenter signs major league deal with New York Yankees

Matt Carpenter signs major league deal with New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have signed three-time All-Star Matt Carpenter, adding a veteran infielder to a roster that has been beset by injuries. The Yankees announced Thursday that Carpenter, who spent parts of the past 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, signed a major league contract and has been added to their active roster. … Read more

Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas advance to third round at French Open

Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas advance to third round at French Open

For the first time since 2009, all of the top 12 men’s seeds at the French Open have reached the third round. Daniil Medvedev keeps getting more comfortable on red clay, and his 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Laslo Djere on Thursday means the US Open champion has made it to the third round at … Read more

New Orleans Saints’ Michael Thomas expected to be ready for training camp, coach Dennis Allen says; Jameis Winston already on field

New Orleans Saints' Michael Thomas expected to be ready for training camp, coach Dennis Allen says;  Jameis Winston already on field

Receiver Michael Thomas is not yet participating in New Orleans Saints OTAs. But he is expected back from his ankle injury in time for training camp, according to coach Dennis Allen, and he is present and rehabbing with the team during the voluntary workout period. Meanwhile, quarterback Jameis Winston is already back on the practice … Read more

Racket toss by Irina-Camelia Begu causes stoppage, outcry at French Open

Racket toss by Irina-Camelia Begu causes stoppage, outcry at French Open

Irina-Camelia Begu has apologized after she was hit with a code violation following an incident where her racket bounced into the stands during her second-round win over Ekaterina Alexandrova at the French Open. Alexandrova ended up losing the match and has since called for a change in tennis’ rules to discourage this from happening again. … Read more

Josh Donaldson apologizes to Jackie Robinson’s wife, family for ‘Jackie’ remark to Tim Anderson

Josh Donaldson apologizes to Jackie Robinson's wife, family for 'Jackie' remark to Tim Anderson

Josh Donaldson has apologized to Jackie Robinson’s wife and family for using the barrier-breaking Hall of Famer’s name in reference to Tim Anderson last week, saying Robinson “was a true American hero” and that he holds his name “in the highest regard.” Donaldson issued his apology as part of a statement to MLB.com on Thursday, … Read more

Jaylen Brown leads Celtics’ second-half turnaround as Boston beats Miami Heat to reach brink of advancing to NBA Finals

Jaylen Brown leads Celtics' second-half turnaround as Boston beats Miami Heat to reach brink of advancing to NBA Finals

1:04 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — The Boston Celtics found themselves trailing the Miami Heat by five, on the road, at halftime of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night. And yet, the Celtics felt just fine. They couldn’t have played much worse in the first half, committing 10 turnovers and … Read more

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Brooks Raley’s thoughts are with hometown of Uvalde after school shooting

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Brooks Raley's thoughts are with hometown of Uvalde after school shooting

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The mass school shooting Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas, was especially disturbing for Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Brooks Raley. The small community of about 16,000 people west of San Antonio is the left-hander’s hometown. He attended school in the building where the shooting occurred, and his parents and a brother still reside … Read more