• Nancy Lieberman hired as Power head coach in BIG3

    Nancy Lieberman is making history again. On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame women's basketball player was hired as a head coach in Ice Cube's BIG3 league, replacing Clyde Drexler as coach of team Power. Lieberman had previously been the head coach of the Texas Legends of the D-League, making her the first woman to coach a men's professional sports team. She later went on to be an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings. Lieberman said she first became interested in the BIG3 last year, when Rick Barry invited her to attend the games near her home in Dallas. At first he offered her tickets, then later suggested she sit on the bench with him as an assistant coach. "I see these guys playing and it hits my heart because they still love the game," Lieberman said in an interview with espnW. "They still want to compete and have that swag and that ego to want to play for something bigger than themselves." Lieberman won two AIAW championships as a player...
  • Who is each team's X factor?

    You'll hear an X factor used to describe the player a team needs to be good if it wants to have a good season. I don't think that gets us all the way there, because according by that definition the X factor is just the best player on a given roster. So here's what we'll do. First, players and not groups of players or traits are X factors; an entire infield can't be an X factor. Health, also, can't be an X factor; if it could, it would be the X factor for everyone. For this exercise, an X factor is one player. To whittle things down, I've highlighted volatility. These 2018 season X factors are all volatile players. They're also all important players. They're both important and hard to predict, and I think they all have a significance that's greater than just their own roster spot. These are all players of outsize importance, who could very well make or break the season ahead. Even this definition might not be perfect, and you might think an X factor...
  • Kyle Korver excused from Wednesday's game to be with family after brother's death

    Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver has been excused from Wednesday's game against the Toronto Raptors to be with his family after his brother Kirk died Tuesday, the team announced in a statement. Kirk Korver, 27, was the youngest of four Korver brothers, all of whom played basketball at the collegiate level or above. Kirk finished his career at the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2013-14, amassing 597 points and 267 rebounds in four seasons as a forward for the Kangaroos. Kyle Korver missed the Cavs' victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday to attend to what was termed a family medical emergency. He returned to score 12 points in the Cavs' victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. "I can't (imagine,)" LeBron James said at shootaround Wednesday. "I don't have any siblings, so I can't relate. But I do have sympathy not only for my brother, for his family. It's tragic for him to lose a little brother in the fashion...
  • Canelo Alvarez's camp blames suspect meat for positive clenbuterol test

    Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, who is in training for his mega rematch with unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, has tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. Golovkin and Alvarez are scheduled to meet on May 5 (HBO PPV) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a rematch of their hugely controversial draw from September. It is unclear whether the positive test will affect the fight. As part of the deal for the first fight, as well as for the rematch, both boxers agreed to be randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Alvarez, who is training in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, provided urine samples on Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, and both tests came back positive for trace amounts of clenbuterol, according to the letter VADA president Dr. Margaret Goodman sent to those involved on Monday that was obtained by ESPN. Clenbuterol has shown up in drug tests for many Mexican athletes in recent years because of meat contamination...
  • Bills' Zay Jones arrested after naked, bloody argument

    Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones has been arrested in Los Angeles following a naked, bloody argument with his brother, Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones
  • IndyCar inks 3-year media rights deal with NBC Sports

    Indianapolis 500 to move to a new network for the 1st time since 1965 under a new deal IndyCar has signed with NBC Sports
  • Cavs' Korver leaves team following brother's death

    Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver has left the team to be with his family in Iowa following the death of his younger brother
  • Russia stuck in stalemate with WADA after doping scandal

    Russia seems to be stuck in stalemate that is blocking its full re-entry to international sports after a state-backed doping scandal
  • NHL GMs call for change on goalie interference challenges

    NHL general managers recommended shifting the decision on a coach's challenge for goalie interference from on-ice officials to the league's situation room in Toronto.
  • "Snacks" Norvell fires up low-key Gonzaga

    Redshirt freshman Zach Norvell, aka "Snacks," providing Gonzaga with fiery spark on the way to the Sweet 16