• Sources: Nike signs Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. to richest NFL shoe deal

    After a competitive battle, Nike re-signed the most valuable football player on its roster in New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Terms were not disclosed, but sources with knowledge of the deal say it's a five-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $5 million a year -- the richest shoe deal for an NFL player and about two times more than any previous deal Nike had with a football player. The deal will make Beckham a larger brand spokesman for Nike, including campaigns outside of football. The deal got so big because Adidas wanted to take Beckham from Nike, sources said. Nike had the right to match the offer, which it did. A Nike spokesman said the company wasn't commenting on the deal. The story was first reported by sneaker site NiceKicks.com. "It was a long process," Beckham's agent, Zeke Sandhu, told ESPN. "This proved he's an icon." Beckham's value not only comes from his flash on the field during...
  • Restructured Rob Gronkowski deal could make TE highest paid in NFL

    The New England Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have restructured his deal for the 2017 season, giving him a chance to become the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.? The new deal will give Gronkowski a chance to boost his salary this year from $5.25 million to $10.75 million, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus.? The new incentives include: -- First tier, which gets Gronkowski $10.75 million with either 90 percent play time, 80 catches, 1,200 receiving yards or an All-Pro recognition (which he's made four times).? -- Second tier, which gets Gronkowski?$8.75 million if he reaches 80 percent play time, 70 catches, 1,000 receiving yards or 12 touchdowns. -- Third tier, which gets Gronkowski $6.75 million if he reaches 70 percent playing time, 60 receptions, 800 receiving yards or 10 TDs. By comparison, in each of the past three years, Gronkowski's playing-time percentages were: 70.3 percent in 2014;?84.2 percent in '15;?31.5 percent in '16.? ...
  • Football world reacts to death of NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy

    An outpouring of condolences arrived swiftly on Tuesday following news that NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy had died in Orlando at the age of 48. Various members of the football world took to social media to pay respects to the 1992 Defensive Player of the Year, who played collegiately with the Miami Hurricanes and professionally with the Seattle Seahawks. Drafted third overall in the 1990 draft, Kennedy went on to make the Pro Bowl eight times and earn five All-Pro selections. He racked up 11 sacks throughout his NFL career. Kennedy...
  • Sheldon Richardson: Locker room better without Brandon Marshall

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson says the New York Jets' locker room is a better place without wide receiver? Brandon Marshall. Richardson, who nearly came to blows with Marshall last season after a Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, took a belated parting shot Tuesday on the first day of OTA practices. "The locker room is a whole lot easier to get along with now," Richardson told reporters. Asked to elaborate, he smiled and said, "Man oh man, y'all are thirsty. Let's just say I've got 15 reasons why it's better." That was a reference to Marshall, who wore No. 15. Marshall requested his release after the season and signed with the New York Giants. He didn't return a message seeking comment. Marshall did, however, say that the 2016 season was "extremely difficult" in a text message sent to Newsday. "Last year was an extremely difficult season for all of us," Marshall told...
  • Mike Glennon says Bears his team this year, despite Mitch Trubisky

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Bears quarterback Mike Glennon acknowledged on Tuesday that Chicago's decision to draft Mitchell Trubisky caught him off guard, but he said he's been assured he'll get the starting job for the upcoming season. "I think just like everyone here, I was surprised [the Bears took Trubisky second overall]," Glennon said after the Bears' OTA practice. "That's the bottom line. But it was made clear to me about 10 minutes after, from a call from [general manager] Ryan [Pace], and the next morning again, the 2017 season is my year. That's all I can worry about. I'm not worried about the future. I'm not worried about the past. I'm worried about the present, and right now this is my team, and that's where my focus is." Glennon, 27, started 18 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2013-14 but spent the last two years as Jameis Winston's primary backup. Glennon's lack of recent starting experience did not...
  • Yoel Romero-Robert Whittaker to co-headline UFC 213 after Cody Garbrandt injury

    The UFC has made significant changes to its UFC 213 pay-per-view event on July 8 in Las Vegas. UFC president Dana White told ESPN.com on Tuesday that a bantamweight title fight between Cody Garbrandt and? TJ Dillashaw?has been officially called off, due to a Garbrandt back injury. According to White, Dillashaw (14-3) will be rebooked to a flyweight title fight against 10-time defending champion Demetrious Johnson in August. A newly announced interim middleweight title fight featuring Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker will serve as the UFC 213 co-main event, White said. The card will be headlined by female bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4), who is defending her title against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2). White told ESPN.com he decided to create an interim 185-pound title after speaking to the division's current champion,? Michael Bisping, on Tuesday. Bisping (30-7) hasn't...
  • NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy found dead at age 48

    The Orlando Police Department has confirmed that Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy has died
  • LeBron locked in for Game 4 after being locked out in Game 3

    LeBron wonders what he was doing in Game 3, and is ready to go for Game 4 against Celtics
  • NFL cuts OT to 10 minutes and opens up end zone celebrations

    NFL owners shortened overtime to 10 minutes after coaches expressed concern too many players were just trying to hang on for the final minutes of the extra period
  • Areas outside of arenas becoming a bigger priority

    Even before Monday's suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester, England, arena, the Chicago Cubs were evaluating ways to make the area in and around Wrigley Field safer