LOS ANGELES -- — Kawhi Leonard had 14 points and seven rebounds in his first game in 16 months, and the Los Angeles Clippers opened a season of sky-high expectations with a 103-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. The Clippers' high hopes for their first championship rest largely on Leonard's ability to return to elite form. The Clippers broke open a close game immediately after Davis left the floor, eventually scoring 17 consecutive points in less than three minutes. 2013, when he came off the bench for the Spurs in New York early in his third NBA season. Ham said he and the Lakers “would in no way, shape or form put a player in harm's way."
Sophie Lawson believes USA's key match could be against the Netherlands and expands on the potential of Group E in the 2023 Women's World Cup. Jump to: Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group HGROUP ANew Zealand, Norway, Philippines, SwitzerlandIf ever there was a time for New Zealand to nab their first-ever Women's World Cup win, 2023 is surely it. The Philippines are one of a number of countries who will taste World Cup football for the first time. WWC GROUP E FIXTURES July 22 VIE vs. USA July 23 NED vs. p-o-w July 27 USA vs. NED July 27 p-o-w vs. Germany have qualified for all eight editions of the Women's World Cup and have topped their group in every appearance.3 months ago ESPN
What can we take away from a fascinating slate of title fights and marquee matchups at UFC 280? Now, in Sterling's second title defense, he stopped an injured TJ Dillashaw via second-round TKO. Since Cruz's first title reign spanned WEC and the UFC -- UFC bought the promotion and absorbed its fighters and titles -- the 135-pound belt has been a veritable hot potato. For Brady, Muhammad trained with Nurmagomedov and his team, first in the United States and then over the past few weeks in the United Arab Emirates. It has been highly entertaining -- and impressive -- to watch him get to this point: right on the cusp of challenging for the UFC welterweight title.3 months ago ESPN
The Astros own the league -- and no team owns the American League without owning the Yankees too. These frustrations reinforce the reality that the blessing of 27 championships is likewise a curse that renders itself every year the Yankees don't win another. In three ALCS games, the Yankees have scored four runs. The Yankees' offense is flawed, yes, but even more than that the Astros' pitching is a juggernaut. Now, today, that's a lesser team than the Houston Astros.3 months ago ESPN
American big, Jordan Caroline had another tough night at the office, finishing 3-for-11 from the field in his 26 minutes. Caroline is now 14-for-51 from the field (27.4 percent) and 2-for-13 (15.4 percent) from long range through five games. "Moments at the end, he was tired, he didn't push the ball where we wanted him to. Melbourne are battling to keep their head above water during a home heavy schedule to start the season. By that point, all signs point to the United roster looking a little different to the one that took the floor on Sunday afternoon.3 months ago ESPN
The target was a stroll for the top order led again by Kusal Mendis, who hit 68 not out off 43 balls. He hit his third six to take Sri Lanka home at the end of the 15th over, which means Sri Lanka not only take the two points from this game but also see their net run rate soar to 2.467. Ireland may reflect that they were utterly outplayed, having chosen to bat first (their wins in the previous round had come while chasing). He'd dismissed Lorcan Tucker in his first over, then removed George Dockrell in his last - the 17th of the innings. The pair sped up as Sri Lanka approached the target, Mendis hitting two legside sixes in the 15th over.3 months ago ESPN
(0:18)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans won the AFC South title in the first year of NFL realignment in 2002. The Titans then proceeded to watch the Indianapolis Colts grab the division crown in seven of the next eight seasons. The AFC South was the Colts’ personal playground for years. The Colts haven’t won the AFC South since 2014 – former quarterback Andrew Luck’s third season. They take care of the ball, they create turnovers, they’re good up front… They’re really good and very well-coached.”They’re also potentially on their way to another AFC South title.3 months ago ESPN
It could also hail the start of a new era of domination for Red Bull, given the dominance the team has shown this season. In the early years after taking over the Jaguar F1 team in 2005, many people in the paddock struggled to take Red Bull seriously. Red Bull eventually found that in Honda last year, but the Japanese manufacturer's withdrawal from F1 at the end of the season convinced Mateschitz to take matters into his own hands and allow Red Bull to embark on a hugely ambitious project to build its own powertrains from 2026 onwards. Red Bull maintains it did not intend to exceed the cap and is disputing the way the FIA's audit has accounted for certain items. Even without an aerodynamic testing sanction for Red Bull as a result of the cost cap investigation, Mercedes will still have more wind tunnel time and CFD capability than Red Bull next year due to the way the regulations are structured.3 months ago ESPN