Malika Andrews wrongfully catching barbs amid Ime Udoka drama

Malika Andrews called into First Take to talk to Stephen A. Smith about his commentsScreenshot: ESPN Across political, cultural, and geographic lines, most people will agree that changes to this thing, which in English we call humanity, are necessary, and also likely to never happen. Our natural instinct is to judge quickly, taking into account … Read more

Chicago Bulls’ Lonzo Ball to have third knee surgery

Lonzo Ball needs another procedureImage: Getty Images The ideal version of this Chicago Bulls roster — the one that started last season 27-11 and featured three wing-sized guys on the perimeter that played defense, scored, and shared the ball — is like so many teams whose bright future hinged upon versions of players that no … Read more

What if USMNT’s Christian Pulisic isn’t that good anymore?

Let’s see how he performs at the World CupImage: Getty Images Also, he might be kind of a prick, but we’ll circle back to that. There isn’t much to feel good about after the USMNT’s last two friendlies before the World Cup. They didn’t score a goal. They didn’t look all that interested for three … Read more

USMNT keeper Matt Turner shines in 2-0 WC tuneup loss to Japan

Matt Turner was the lone bright spot for the YanksImage: Getty Images It’s never a good sign when the biggest pro from the United States men’s national team’s Friday debacle full of cons — a 2-0 loss to Japan that doubles as the Yanks’ penultimate FIFA World Cup tune-up — was goalkeeper Matt Turner. The … Read more

NBA reporter Shams Charania cleaned up after Woj got clumsy

The cloak-and-dagger reports surrounding Celtics’ coach Ime Udoka have not been journalism’s finest moments.Image: Getty Images Around 10:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday night, ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski dropped his first Woj Bomb of the new season. It was a dud upon impact. His vague tweet referencing Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka’s impending suspension — for … Read more

Trail Blazers hire Billups over Dawn Staley, Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon (right, with Las Vegas Aces owner Mark Davis)Photo: Getty Images Becky Hammon and Dawn Staley were literally right there. But, instead of making history by being the first NBA team to hire a woman as their head coach, the Portland Trail Blazers chose former point guard Chauncy Billups — and he led them … Read more