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UCL talking points: Attention-grabbers, struggling giants

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The Champions League group stage is underway, with Chelsea defending their title and 31 other clubs seeking to emulate them come May in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Following an exciting first round of games, we asked James Olley, Julien Laurens and Tom Hamilton to answer some big questions.What caught your attention on Matchday 1?Olley: Top forwards…

Giannis’ mom, brother get Greek citizenship

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ATHENS, Greece -- NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo was in Greece for a meeting with the country's prime minister Thursday and a special ceremony to bestow Greek citizenship on his mother Veronica and younger brother Alex.Antetokounmpo, who led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA championship in July, attended the ceremony at the official residence of Prime…

Source: Ravens add Westry to growing injury list

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The injuries continue to relentlessly pile up for the Baltimore Ravens just two weeks into the regular season.Ravens backup cornerback Chris Westry is expected to miss at least a month with a torn lateral meniscus, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Thursday. Westry was third among the team's cornerbacks with…

Britt Reid’s felony DWI trial set to start April 18

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The trial of former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, who is facing a felony driving while intoxicated charge, is scheduled for April 18.The date was set Thursday morning at a virtual hearing. Reid and his attorney, J.R. Hobbs, participated by videoconference.The charge stems from a Feb. 4 incident. Reid is alleged to have…

LSU’s Faulk steps away after daughter’s death

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LSU running backs coach Kevin Faulk has stepped away from the team to be with his family after the death of his 19-year-old daughter earlier in the week and is not expected to participate in Saturday's game against Central Michigan.LSU coach Ed Orgeron expressed his condolences to the Faulks during the SEC coaches' teleconference on…

Ravens promote RB Freeman to active roster

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens promoted running back Devonta Freeman to the active roster Thursday after he spent one week on the practice squad, the team announced.Freeman, 29, joins Ty'Son Williams and Latavius Murray in Baltimore's revamped running backs group. The Ravens signed Freeman to the practice squad Friday, one day after Gus…

Azinger sounds off on Koepka’s Cup comments

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Paul Azinger's history with the Ryder Cup goes back more than 30 years, and it's hard to find anyone more passionate about the competition, even now in his role as a broadcaster.So the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup captain didn't hold back Wednesday when asked about Brooks Koepka, who disclosed in a recent Golf Digest interview…

Notable bets: NFL and betting relationship evolving; bettors’ success remains

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Yesterday marked the fourth NFL opening Sunday since the legal sports betting market began expanding in the U.S.Licensed bookmakers are now operating in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Arizona, Washington and South Dakota launched betting markets Thursday, just in time for the Cowboys-Buccaneers game. Billions of dollars are being wagered every month, and…

WNBA Power Rankings: Dallas Wings clinch playoff berth; Connecticut Sun

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Sep 13, 2021Kelly CohenESPN With just one week left in the 2021 WNBA regular season, the Dallas Wings became the seventh team to secure a playoff berth amid a chaotic scramble for the final postseason spots. One final bid is up for grabs, and it will come down to the wire between the Washington Mystics,…

What we learned – or already knew

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The European soccer weekend was full of highs and lows, ups and downs -- as per usual. Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United and looked great, Antoine Griezmann returned to Atletico Madrid and didn't. The Bundesliga's best team, Bayern Munich, humiliated their closest rivals, RB Leipzig, while Serie A's previous force, Juventus, looked woefully off-form…