CloseCovered the 49ers, Raiders and Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News. She joined ESPN in 2017.MINNEAPOLIS -- Amid speculation about Mike Zimmer's future in Minnesota, Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf released a statement Friday backing the sixth-year head coach, as well as general manager Rick Spielman."We value Mike and Rick's leadership and we have every…
4:14 PM ETJamison HensleyESPN Staff Writer CloseUniversity of Maryland graduate Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and sonOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- For Lamar Jackson, the playoffs can't start soon enough.Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens to the top seed in the AFC, which gives them a first-round bye. But Jackson can't wait to begin…
CloseEmily Kaplan is ESPN's national NHL reporter.Former Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery is entering rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, he said in a statement on Friday.Montgomery, who was abruptly fired on Dec. 10 due to "unprofessional conduct," says his dismissal was a "wake-up call.""It was also the appropriate call," Montgomery said. "I let the team's front…
12:24 PM ETAssociated Press NEW YORK -- Christian McCaffrey's versatility and superb statistics helped him to a rare double: The Carolina Panthers running back has made The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team at two positions.McCaffrey rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 116 passes for 1,005 yards and four TDs this season. He…
10:19 AM ETAdam RittenbergESPN Senior Writer Close College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University.The Mississippi State Bulldogs fired coach Joe Moorhead on Friday, ending his two-year tenure at the school."In consultation with President Mark Keenum and after a thorough review and evaluation of all aspects of our football program, I have…
Harry How/Getty ImagesLOS ANGELES — Has the panic subsided surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers? Will Darren Collison fill the hole competing executives see in the team's roster?After losing just three games through Dec. 15, the Lakers hit a slump, dropping four in a row, including a late collapse Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Clippers.The…
Winslow Townson/Associated PressNo matter what you may hear, no matter how much chatter there is about hot coaching candidates, just remember this: The hottest name right now is Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.Three general managers with knowledge of the interest in McDaniels say his name is at the top of the list, or close to…
Adrian Kraus/Associated PressThe NFL has never seen anything quite like Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. But we nearly saw something just like them a decade ago, when Michael Vick became the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. "When we signed Vick, the vision was somewhat similar to what the Ravens are doing," former Eagles president Joe…
0 of 8Mark Zaleski/Associated PressThe last time a favorite covered the spread on Wild Card Weekend in the NFL, Barack Obama was still president of the United States. In the last two years, teams favored in the opening round of the NFL playoffs have gone just 3-5 straight-up and 0-8 against the spread, and the only…
Astros reliever Will Harris has reached an agreement on a three-year deal with the Washington Nationals, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan.Harris should jump into an eighth-inning role and could get save opportunities, too, according to Passan. USA Today reports the deal is worth $24 million.Harris, 35, was one of manager AJ Hinch's go-to…
7:23 PM ETJohn KeimESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and other media outlets since 1994 Authored or co-authored three books on the Redskins and one on the Cleveland BrownsASHBURN, Va. -- New Washington Redskins coach Ron Rivera understands the history of coaches under owner Dan Snyder. There have been six previous…
Close Covered Broncos for nine years for Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News Previously covered Steelers, Bills and Titans Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors since 1999Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and former Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne were named finalists Thursday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class…
6:31 PM ETAlex ScarboroughESPN Staff Writer CloseCovers the SEC.Joined ESPN in 2012.Graduate of Auburn University.Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses' decision to return for his senior season has been held up as he seeks insurance protection for 2020. Earlier Thursday, his father, attorney Edward Moses Jr., said his son had given an "unadvised commitment" to come back…
4:08 PM ETMike ReissESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Patriots since 1997 Joined ESPN in 2009FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quarterback Tom Brady could potentially be playing in his final career home game for the New England Patriots in Saturday's wild-card matchup against the Tennessee Titans, but he said he hasn't allowed himself time for sentimental thoughts."I'm not much…
3:36 PM ETBen BabyESPN Staff Writer CloseESPN Staff Writer Previously a college football writer for The Dallas Morning News University of North Texas graduateSam Wyche, who coached the Cincinnati Bengals to an appearance in the Super Bowl, died Thursday at age 74.The Bengals confirmed Wyche's death Thursday with a statement from team owner Mike Brown.…
3:19 PM ETJake TrotterESPN Staff Writer CloseCovers the Big 12Joined ESPN.com in 2011Graduate of Washington & Lee UniversityBEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said Thursday that his team will first hire a head coach so that the new head coach will have a say in whom the team eventually hires as general manager."If…