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Wake up to the best sports story you’ll hear all day. Monday through Friday, host Mina Kimes brings you an inside look at the most interesting stories at ESPN, as told by the top reporters and insiders on the planet. The breaking news of SportsCenter. T


Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible
Jul 10 • 31 min
It’s been called an invisible epidemic. On reservations across North America, Native American women are missing or murdered in rates ten times higher than the general population. But on one reservation, the women are learning to fight back, literally, by…
Makur Maker on Why He Chose Howard University
Jul 9 • 30 min
Five-star basketball recruit Makur Maker shocked the sports world with his decision to commit to Howard University in Washington, DC. That makes him the highest profile prospect in recent memory to choose an HBCU. In his first interview since the…
MLS is Back: Details on the Tournament, Bubble, and More
Jul 8 • 23 min
MLS is back! The aptly titled MLS is Back Tournament kicks off tonight in Orlando, Florida at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Despite FC Dallas being forced to pull out of the tournament after a rash of positive coronavirus tests, as…
The Hero of Goodall Park
Jul 7 • 35 min
Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine is the type of ballpark that feels like sacred ground. Over its more than 100 years of history, Goodall Park has seen its fair share of iconic baseball moments, including a home run hit by Babe Ruth that locals swear went…
The Chess Grandmaster’s Extreme Workout (Rebroadcast)
Jul 6 • 20 min
Chess grandmasters need incredible amounts of brain power, and also extreme physical endurance, to take on their rivals. Major tournaments can run six hours a day, ten to twelve days in a row. Players might burn up to 6,000 calories and lose two pounds a…
Movie “Rudy” vs. Actual Rudy (Rebroadcast)
Jul 3 • 21 min
For today’s show, a respin of one of our favorites. “Rudy” is a sports movie classic. And it defined the life of the actual man who inspired the story, Rudy Ruettiger, now in his 70s. Revered by many Notre Dame fans, Ruettiger is also plagued by critics…
Keys to the NBA’s Restart
Jul 2 • 31 min
As NBA rosters take shape, the league and its players inch closer to a restart in the “clean site” of Orlando, Florida. The NBA is addressing players’ concerns around recent movements against racial and police injustice by painting “Black Lives Matter” on…
MLB Restart: Everything You Need to Know About Spring Training 2.0
Jul 1 • 34 min
Today is the day. After a more than a three month hiatus away from baseball, MLB players will report to their team facilities. There, they will first be tested for the coronavirus, as baseball makes its first steps toward playing a 2020 season. But…
How Will Cam Newton Make the Patriots Better?
Jun 30 • 21 min
Former Panthers QB Cam Newton is signing with the New England Patriots. Yes, you continue to read that correctly. After a quiet offseason for New England, many believed the Pats were sticking by their QB, Jarrett Stidham, thus leaving the AFC East wide…
Sue Bird on the WNBA’s Plan for the 2020 Season
Jun 29 • 23 min
After winning three WNBA championships, two NCAA championships, and four Olympic gold medals, Sue Bird has seen it all in basketball. But. as she gets ready for her 19th season in the WNBA, Bird and the rest of the league are preparing for a season unlike…
Behind the Scenes of LeBron’s “Decision”
Jun 26 • 28 min
Ten years ago, on live television, LeBron James made his now infamous decision to leave Cleveland and “take his talents to South Beach.” It was one of the most consequential, most awkward, and most divisive moments in sports media history. The long,…
College Football’s Winding Path for 2020
Jun 25 • 27 min
College football faces a unique challenge to return. With hundreds of schools and thousands of players, there’s no centralized “bubble” possible or even any centralized guidelines or decisions. At college programs throughout the country, schools are…
X Games at 25: Tony Hawk on His Skate Career
Jun 24 • 22 min
In skateboarding, one name still stands out above the rest: Tony Hawk. Hawk’s career made him a superstar and brought newfound popularity to the sport in the 1990s. When the X Games started, it was a big change for the skate world, and Hawk was part of…
NASCAR’s Response to Racism
Jun 23 • 33 min
NASCAR is fighting to abolish racism from its culture, and its only full-time Black driver, Bubba Wallace, is at the forefront of that change - as well as the backlash against it. On Monday, drivers pushed Wallace’s car to the start line together, after a…
What Will It Take to Save the 2020 Baseball Season?
Jun 22 • 23 min
Negotiations between MLB and the players picked up last week, with both sides swapping proposals. The latest plan from the league is in the hands of the players, but we haven’t seen a vote yet. On Sunday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sent a letter to…
After the Storm: Marquise and Morgan Goodwin’s Journey Through Loss, Hope, and Parenthood
Jun 19 • 29 min
On the field, NFL wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is known for his game-breaking speed. The new Philadelphia Eagle is not only one of the fastest players in the NFL, but also a former Olympian in the long jump. What’s less known, is that Marquise and his…
WNBA Star Maya Moore Left the Game for Justice
Jun 18 • 26 min
Maya Moore was a WNBA superstar with multiple championships, Olympic gold medals and pretty much every achievement in the sport to her name…when she walked away from the game in 2019. Her reasons were mysterious at the time, but Moore’s focus became…
Roger Bennett (Men In Blazers) on the Return of the Premier League
Jun 17 • 30 min
The world’s most popular sports league, the English Premier League, returns to action Wednesday, and who better to join ESPN Daily on this occasion than an original member of suboptimal radio, Men In Blazers’ Roger Bennett? Roger and Mina discuss…
Inside the Downfall of the XFL
Jun 16 • 24 min
Four months ago, the XFL kicked off with hopes of becoming the league that would finally make spring football work. With big money backing them from WWE’s Vince McMahon and veteran leadership from commissioner Oliver Luck, signs pointed to success. Then…
NBA Players Debate the Bubble
Jun 15 • 27 min
With approval from the players union, the NBA’s plan for a 22-team restart in Orlando seemed like it was all systems go. Then, a group call surfaced deeper concerns from many players about health and safety protocol, and who would (or wouldn’t) face…
Long Gone Summer: Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s 1998 Home Run Chase
Jun 12 • 24 min
It’s been 22 years since the summer that changed baseball forever. After the strike of ‘94 threatened to turn off an entire generation to the game, the tape measure theatrics of McGwire and Sosa made fans fall in love with the national pastime again. The…
Inside UFC’s “Bubble” and Fight Island
Jun 11 • 29 min
Fight Island. It’s happening. UFC President Dana White first brought it up as a live event solution for the pandemic, and everyone’s been curious. Where is this island? How will the fights work? This week, White announced that Fight Island debuts on Yas…
College Athletes Are Refusing to Stay Silent
Jun 10 • 31 min
Over the past two weeks, America has seen countless professional athletes speak out about racial inequality and police brutality. But increasingly, it’s not just the pros who are making their voices heard. College players are becoming more and more vocal…
Goodell’s Apology, Colin Kaepernick, and the Shifting Perception of NFL Protests
Jun 9 • 26 min
On Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized for not listening to players’ concerns about police brutality and systemic racism, as well as their right to protest these issues. Unmentioned during Goodell’s apology was Colin Kaepernick, the former…
Which NBA Teams Will Succeed in the Return-To-Play Format?
Jun 8 • 22 min
The NBA is finally set to return in July, and players and owners have agreed on a format for the comeback. But which teams actually stand to benefit from the standings, what’s the fate of those facing play-in games, and where does the draft lottery come…
Athletes, Anger and Activism: How George Floyd Has Changed Sports
Jun 5 • 32 min
The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has spurred an outpouring of grief and anger across the sports world…and incited a conversation about race, power and privilege. Comments made by Drew Brees and others have been met…
The MLB Hall of Famer Who Shepherds Families Through Grief
Jun 4 • 31 min
Major League Baseball superstar Andre Dawson was known as “The Hawk” in a stellar 21-season career with the Expos, Cubs and more. But, Dawson didn’t know what life after pro ball would look like. Today, the Hall of Famer - who brought legions of fans to…
Dak Prescott’s Future With the Cowboys
Jun 3 • 29 min
By many measures, quarterback Dak Prescott holds the keys for the Dallas Cowboys’ success in the 2020 season. As of right now, he still doesn’t have a contract extension. ESPN NFL insider Bill Barnwell calls the situation between Prescott and his team the…
MLB’s Next Steps and Minor League Crisis
Jun 2 • 29 min
In recent days, the prospects for Major League Baseball’s return in 2020 had looked increasingly shaky. MLB’s plan to return to baseball was rejected by the players, and MLBPA’s counter-proposal was met with equal skepticism by the owners. But yesterday,…
A Minnesota Head Coach Listens on Race
Jun 1 • 25 min
Protests that began in the Twin Cities over the killing of George Floyd continue to spread and intensify across the United States and beyond. We’re joined by Ryan Saunders, head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 34-year-old Minnesota native grew up…
Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story
May 29 • 28 min
Former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay made baseball history in 2010, pitching the 20th perfect game in MLB history. But behind his on-field success, Halladay struggled with addiction, depression and anxiety before his…
Josh Allen and the Bills: AFC East Favorites?!
May 28 • 26 min
The Buffalo Bills have long stood in the looming shadow of their AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots. But now, with Tom Brady departed for Tampa Bay, the division is up for grabs for the first time in nearly a decade. For the Bills, it all comes…
NBA: The Latest on a Restart
May 27 • 24 min
The NBA, team general mangers and the league’s players seem close to agreement on a plan to restart the 2019-20 season. GMs have met virtually and filled out a survey on different options and formats for basketball’s comeback. Players have been in lengthy…
Murder-for-Hire, an Unmarked Grave, and the Boxing Coach Who Faked His Own Death
May 26 • 34 min
Ramon Sosa was a beloved boxing coach based in Houston. He ran a gym with his wife and served as a mentor to many young fighters. So how did he end up in the middle of nowhere, lying at the bottom of an unmarked grave, and live to tell the tale? ESPN’s…
LANCE: What the New Film Reveals About Armstrong
May 25 • 25 min
A 7-time Tour de France champion and cancer survivor advocate, Lance Armstrong’s fame skyrocketed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Then, it plummeted when he admitted to doping and to lying about it. In the new 30 for 30 film “LANCE,” director Marina…
Scott Van Pelt on Tiger/Peyton vs. Phil/Tom
May 22 • 29 min
Champions collide this weekend as golf legend Tiger Woods and Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning tee off against golf legend Phil Mickelson and…Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady. ESPN’s own golf expert Scott Van Pelt breaks down “The Match: Champions for Charity,”…
2020 NFL Offseason Winners and Losers
May 21 • 21 min
Pretty much all of the big moves are in the books for the NFL offseason. Brady and Gronk now call Tampa Bay home. DeAndre Hopkins’ trade to the Arizona Cardinals continues to baffle fans and experts. Teams like Carolina and Jacksonville seem to be…
Falcons TE Hayden Hurst Opens up About Depression and Attempted Suicide
May 20 • 25 min
Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst played competitive sports for his entire life. But in January 2016, after a season of college football, he tried to take his own life. Since getting professional help and support, he’s been open about his struggles…
Paul Finebaum on College Football’s Road to Return
May 19 • 28 min
College football has a different path to return than pro sports. It’s hard to say where hundreds of academic institutions with thousands of players will be in a few weeks, much less by autumn. The NCAA isn’t like, say, the NFL or MLB in terms of its power…
Where Michael Jordan’s Coming From
May 18 • 30 min
Michael Jordan’s legendary drive and relentless work ethic inspired conversation throughout all ten episodes of “The Last Dance.” But how, when and where was MJ molded into His Airness? Wright Thompson, who’s spent time with Jordan and wrote a definitive…
Jalen Rose on Jordan’s Last Dance
May 15 • 29 min
1998’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers took the Bulls to their first Game 7 since 1992. Former Pacers player Jalen Rose recalls what it was like to play against Michael Jordan at the twilight of his career, and…
UFC’s Walt Harris and His Quest for Justice
May 14 • 28 min
UFC heavyweight contender Walt Harris faces Alistair Overeem in the main event of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night. It’s a fight that was originally supposed to take place this past December, until Harris was forced to pull out of the fight for the most…
Can NASCAR’s Restart Help It Turn a Corner?
May 13 • 25 min
As live sports tiptoe their way back, there’s one revving up this weekend that could uniquely benefit: NASCAR. This Sunday, Darlington, South Carolina plays host to NASCAR’s first actual-cars race since the shutdown began. Could this 11-race experiment be…
MLB’s Plan to Save the 2020 Season
May 12 • 25 min
Baseball could be on its way back. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is ready to present the players with an owner-approved proposal on how to play a partial 2020 season, with some additional stipulations. Jeff Passan explains how it’s all going to work, and…
Would Michael Jordan Rule in Today’s NBA?
May 11 • 26 min
“Michael Jordan is the greatest player of all time.” It’s a common sentiment, especially as “The Last Dance” docuseries gives a new showcase for MJ’s dominance. But the naysayers remain. “Well, that was the 90s,” you might hear, “and the league has…
Michael Jordan’s Brief, Strange Life in Baseball
May 8 • 31 min
In the midst of becoming the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan retired from the NBA and set his sights on baseball. The reason? To pay homage to his recently slain father. Jordan training with the White Sox and joining the minor…
The Patriots’ Quarterback Question
May 7 • 21 min
With Tom Brady leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers, a void has been left in New England at quarterback. Both free agency and the NFL Draft came and went without the Patriots adding another QB option, making it appear that head coach Bill Belichick is…
A New Path to the NBA: Woj on the G League’s Program
May 6 • 28 min
Top basketball prospects have followed the same path for years: high school, one year of college, and then the NBA. But now, the NBA is disrupting the traditional one-and-done model. Today, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tells us about a new option for…
The Secret History of the Korean Bat Flip
May 5 • 25 min
Baseball is back! Well…in South Korea, where the KBO has started its season, with games broadcast live on ESPN. No fans are in attendance, but Korean baseball energy is very much about the audience, performance and celebration. That includes big-time bat…
Michael Jordan, Race and Activism: “Republicans Buy Sneakers, Too”
May 4 • 29 min
“Republicans buy sneakers too.” It’s considered by many as Michael Jordan’s most infamous quote, a jab that showed how his commercial interests stacked up against politics or social and racial justice. Episode 5 of “The Last Dance” docuseries focuses on…
Alex Smith on His Life Threatening Leg Injury
May 1 • 31 min
It was one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history. On November 18, 2018, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a compound fracture to his right leg, which became dangerously infected. The injury would threaten to cost Smith his leg,…
New Norm: Ricky Williams and Marijuana Policy in Sports
Apr 30 • 23 min
Marijuana use by athletes used to be considered taboo, and punishments for violating drug policies were severe. But now, as laws and attitudes around the country change, leagues are adjusting their rules. Former NFL RB Ricky Williams recounts how his…
The Mystery of Baseball Star Don Mattingly’s Birthday
Apr 29 • 21 min
Collecting baseball cards is a cherished pastime. ESPN baseball writer Sam Miller first got hooked on the game by studying the backs of cards growing up. And when he learned about a Don Mattingly card with a curious factoid on Mattingly’s alleged birth…
Is the Clock Ticking on Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay?
Apr 28 • 20 min
When the Green Bay Packers selected Utah State QB Jordan Love late in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft, the pick sent shockwaves throughout the league. The Packers current signal caller, Aaron Rodgers, is under contract for several years, and is…
Inside Dennis Rodman’s Wild 90s
Apr 27 • 31 min
Dennis Rodman. Loved and hated by basketball and pop culture fans alike, he’s known for his off-court antics perhaps more than his success with the Chicago Bulls. ESPN’s Tim Keown got a super up-close view when he helped write Rodman’s 1996 autobiography,…
NFL Draft: Round One Reveals
Apr 24 • 22 min
Round one of the 2020 NFL Draft is in the books! The virtual draft made us extremely familiar with Commissioner Roger Goodell’s basement, and quarterbacks like Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa have found new homes in Cincinnati and Miami, respectively. Mike…
NFL Draft Day Drama
Apr 23 • 27 min
The NFL Draft is finally here! Tonight, all of the big questions will be answered. Questions like, how is this online format going to work? Even if there are no hackers, how will teams make decisions remotely, with no war room? What will the draft board…
Tiger King: Joe Burrow’s Journey to the Bengals
Apr 22 • 23 min
“With the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select…Joe Burrow, quarterback, LSU.” It’s a sentence we’ll most likely hear this Thursday night. What kind of pressure — and team — is Cincy about to thrust upon the Heisman…
Jerry Jeudy’s Road to the NFL Draft
Apr 21 • 23 min
Poised to be the No. 1 wide receiver picked in this year’s NFL Draft, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy is sought after for his speed and explosiveness. He has also endured family tragedy alongside football success. Following the loss of his 7-year-old sister, Jeudy…
ESPN Daily’s 2020 NFL Draft Preview
Apr 20 • 28 min
With live competitions mostly canceled, the 2020 NFL Draft is not only happening this Thursday, but it’s rallying the sports world in an even bigger way than usual. We’ll find out where prospects like QBs Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, and Jordan Love will…
Michael Wilbon on Michael Jordan and “The Last Dance”
Apr 17 • 33 min
ESPN’s Michael Wilbon covered Michael Jordan for much of the legendary player’s career. As a Chicago fan and native, Wilbon is anticipating this Sunday’s premiere of the 10-part Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance,” more than just about anybody. The…
Sabrina Ionescu on Her Next Move
Apr 16 • 27 min
Basketball superstar Sabrina Ionescu joins Mina Kimes to reflect on her history-making career at Oregon, her run at a college championship cut short, and how joining the WNBA will be unlike anything she’s experienced. In Friday’s WNBA Draft, a bright spot…
The Day Baseball Stood Still for Clayton Kershaw
Apr 15 • 24 min
ESPN’s Wright Thompson was set to profile Clayton Kershaw ahead of the 2020 season, with a focus on Kershaw and the Dodgers recovering from their 2019 postseason collapse. They spent the day together just as spring training got shut down, and Thompson…
Gambling on Sports When Sports Are Shut Down
Apr 14 • 23 min
Ukrainian table tennis. League of Legends. Madden computer simulations. These were not the options you were expecting to see on your gambling apps come springtime. But since all major sports were shut down in mid-March, sportsbooks in the U.S. and…
Michael and Bruce Buffer: How the Most Famous Voices in Fighting Found Each Other
Apr 13 • 29 min
You’ve probably heard boxing announcer Michael Buffer’s rumbling catchphrase at every major boxing match. And if you haven’t heard announcer Bruce Buffer’s signature UFC fight night line, well…it’s time. But you might not have heard how the most famous…
Vinsanity: Is This How Vince Carter’s Epic Career Ends?
Apr 10 • 25 min
The suspension of the 2019-2020 NBA season not only means no games for the time being, but also potentially the end of the longest career in league history. Vince Carter was in the midst of his 22nd, and final, season. ESPN Columnist and NBA Analyst…
Finding Darko Milicic: Life After His NBA Bust
Apr 9 • 25 min
Darko Milicic was the second pick in the 2003 NBA Draft…and maybe the biggest bust in basketball history. After leaving the pros in 2012, Darko started a new life in Serbia that’s almost completely free from basketball. ESPN’s Sam Borden joins the show to…
What’s Not to Love? Sizing Up Utah State QB Jordan Love
Apr 8 • 23 min
Jordan Love is one of the most divisive QBs entering this year’s NFL Draft. He’s known for his deep passes on the run…as well as his numerous interceptions. Fans and critics alike are curious to see if Love will live up to his potential, or if his flaws…
MLB Has Plan to Play in May & Lessons from Korean Baseball
Apr 7 • 30 min
Sources tell ESPN Senior MLB Insider Jeff Passan that Major League Baseball has a plan to resume in May, gathering all teams and isolating them in Arizona to minimize coronavirus risk. Hear the story of how that might work, and who’s on board. Then, a…
2020 NCAA Championships: If Only
Apr 6 • 25 min
What if champions of men’s and women’s college basketball were somehow able to be crowned in 2020? The NCAA canceled both tournaments due to COVID-19. If you can’t help but wonder what “might” have happened, we have you covered. FiveThirtyEight’s Neil…
The Show Must Go On: Wrestlemania Is Still Happening
Apr 3 • 24 min
No sports during quarantine? WWE begs to differ. It’s broadcasting Wrestlemania 36 this weekend — after recording it on a restricted set — with no audience. How did WWE pull this off, and why does Wrestlemania seem to be such a touchstone in this moment?…
Big Lessons of NFL Offseason
Apr 2 • 23 min
Tom Brady is a Buccaneer. DeAndre Hopkins is a Cardinal. And Cam Newton is still looking for a new home. NFL free agency in 2020 has been a wild ride so far, all while the uncertainty of this sports hiatus plays out in the background. ESPN NFL Insider…
ESPN Daily - The Essentials: The Fire That Saved the Packers
Apr 1 • 21 min
The Green Bay Packers are seen as one of the NFL’s most traditional franchises. Their midwestern, mom-and-pop approach to running the team sets them apart in today’s cynical times. But did that reputation rise from the ashes of arson? Today, ESPN Senior…
UFC Champion Jon Jones Faces His Demons
Mar 31 • 29 min
He’s been called the best fighter of all time, but UFC champion Jon Jones is in trouble again. Arrested on charges of drunk driving and negligent use of a firearm, the light heavyweight is far from the media-friendly image many hoped he’d bring to UFC.…
What Trevor Bauer Really Thinks About MLB
Mar 30 • 27 min
We should be in the first week of baseball season, but…try not to think about that. Instead, ponder the future with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer and ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan. On the heels of MLB’s hiatus deal with players around pay,…
Rex Chapman: The Content We’re Here For
Mar 27 • 24 min
You might know Rex Chapman as a social media star, the guy who shares “Block or Charge” memes with his 600,000 followers. He’s also THAT Rex Chapman, a college basketball superstar for Kentucky and NBA great. And he’s yet another Rex Chapman, one who’s…
Was the “Battle of the Sexes” a Racket?
Mar 26 • 32 min
The “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs is one of the most iconic moments in American sports history. Set against the backdrop of the women’s liberation movement, King’s 1973 victory over Riggs transcended sports.…
Can Esports Seize the Moment?
Mar 25 • 24 min
While pro sports leagues remain on hold, esports (aka competitive video gaming) faces some similar obstacles. Leagues have canceled live events, team practice and more. But esports has also managed a pivot. It’s put global operations and matches entirely…
Pro Basketball’s Return in China
Mar 24 • 20 min
While most of the sports world remains on hiatus, China could restart live basketball in a matter of weeks. What would allow that to happen safely? And what will it take to bring pro sports back across the rest of the world? ESPN’s Jonathan Givony joins…
The Running Back’s Struggle
Mar 23 • 23 min
We just saw 2017 Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley released by the LA Rams, and former Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon found a new home in Denver. Behind that shakeup is growing evidence that the role of running backs in the NFL is…
The Italian Scout: Baseball and the Center of the Pandemic
Mar 20 • 21 min
Major League Baseball’s season went on indefinite hiatus last week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In parts of the world beyond the US, that chaos had already brought life and work to a halt. ESPN’s Jeff Passan brings us the story of René…
Inside the US Soccer Equal Pay Fight
Mar 19 • 24 min
A two-time World Cup and Olympic soccer champion, US team alumna Julie Foudy gives a candid inside look at the battle over fair pay for female players. US Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro just resigned amidst controversy over sexist language in…
Tom vs. Team: Why Brady is Moving On
Mar 18 • 25 min
Tom Brady’s early morning announcement that he’s leaving New England echoed around the league all day Tuesday. But his breakup with the Patriots was a long time coming and when you look closely, the signs were there. ESPN Senior Writer Seth Wickersham…
NFL Free Agency Fireworks
Mar 17 • 21 min
(Note: we published our show today before Tom Brady announced he’s leaving the Patriots. More to come on that!) NFL free agency has kicked off with a bang, with the biggest deal so far sending Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals in return for RB…
Future of Football: NFL Players Vote and 2020 Plans
Mar 16 • 22 min
While most sports are on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL got some certainty this week, with players voting to approve a new collective bargaining agreement. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith talks about the major points of the new…
Sports on Hiatus: The Economic Fallout
Mar 13 • 21 min
March Madness has been canceled. The NBA, NHL, and MLB seasons are currently on hold. The entire sports world has essentially ground to a halt, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. And while leagues, players, coaches, and fans will all be…
Sports and COVID-19: NBA Suspends Season, What Happens Next?
Mar 12 • 23 min
The NBA shocked the sports world Wednesday night, announcing the season was suspended following a player testing positive for coronavirus. This comes on the heels of the NCAA announcing that the men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments will not…
Dodgers 2020: World Series or Bust
Mar 11 • 21 min
The Los Angeles Dodgers need a championship in 2020. Nothing less will do. Even Mookie Betts says so, and with his arrival in L.A. the roster is more formidable than ever. After losing two World Series to the Red Sox and Astros - both teams embroiled in…
UNC’s Lost Season
Mar 10 • 20 min
The UNC Tar Heels are perennial men’s college basketball contenders. But this season, they’ve hit snags, including a few long losing streaks which have currently positioned the team as the lowest seed in the ACC tournament. After a season full of missed…
Bye Bye, Brady? 2020 Options for New England’s Star QB
Mar 9 • 23 min
Since the Patriots got eliminated in the first round of this year’s NFL playoffs, Tom Brady’s future with the team has been a constant, looming question. Will he return to New England, where he’s won six Super Bowls? Or will he head for a new destination…
Is Zion Living Up to the Hype for the Pelicans?
Mar 6 • 21 min
Rookie Zion Williamson’s return to the court came with a lot of excitement and hype. Bouncing back from injury, the Pelicans forward continues to show he can be an NBA star. But he and his team have a long way to go, as New Orleans sits at 12th in the…
Sho Time: Angels’ Shohei Ohtani Returns to Form
Mar 5 • 23 min
Shohei Ohtani is one of the Angels’ biggest stars, who, at the peak of his game, excels as both a pitcher and batter. Last season, Ohtani was only able to contribute at the plate, as his recovery from Tommy John surgery kept him off the mound. Will the…
How Coronavirus Could Change the 2020 Olympics
Mar 4 • 21 min
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has touched nearly every continent and industry since it broke out in China in December. Major sporting events have been canceled or rescheduled. Teams are playing matches to empty arenas, as officials aim to slow the spread of…
Is Jayson Tatum Boston’s Next Superstar?
Mar 3 • 19 min
Celtics power forward Jayson Tatum seems to be on track for NBA stardom this season, putting together a string of dominant performances. But, after a slow start in the league, can his explosive skills sustain? ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan explains how and why…
Is Duke Done? A Season of NCAA Basketball Surprises
Mar 2 • 24 min
Men’s college basketball is in a state of flux this season, with regular powerhouses like Duke suffering upsets and falling in the rankings, and names like Dayton and San Diego State showing up as contenders. Just a few weeks away from Selection Sunday,…
Pascal Siakam: The Raptors’ New King of the North
Feb 28 • 25 min
After the Raptors lost superstar Kawhi Leonard to the Clippers this off-season, the outlook for the reigning NBA champs was bleak. But fueled by the surprising performance of power forward Pascal Siakam, the Raptors currently sit at second place in the…
NFL and Players Negotiate: What’s at Stake
Feb 27 • 24 min
The NFL owners have drafted a new labor agreement for players that adds a 17th game to the NFL season, expands the playoffs and raises player pay and other benefits. NFL Players Association representatives have now sent the CBA for a majority vote to all…
Manny Pacquiao’s Next Fight
Feb 26 • 24 min
Boxing great Manny Pacquiao dominated the sport for years. Now, he’s a senator in the Philippines, his home country, and could be gearing up for a presidential run there in 2022. So how did one of the most prolific boxers become a political leader? ESPN’s…
The Myth of Quarterback Hand Size
Feb 25 • 22 min
The NFL combine is in full swing, and scouts are focused on all types of metrics and measurements. Chief among them? Quarterback hand size. But how much do those digits really matter to a quarterback’s success? ESPN’s Dave Fleming joins the show for a…
Remembering Kobe and Gigi
Feb 24 • 22 min
Today, mourners gather at Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor Kobe and Gigi Bryant. The Lakers legend, 41, died in a helicopter crash last month, along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne covered Kobe for almost all…
Astros Scandal: MLB’s Nightmare Continues
Feb 21 • 21 min
As baseball’s latest scandal continues to unfold, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and others are coming under more fire. Criticism has grown around whether the Houston Astros’ players deserved more blame and punishment for the sign stealing scheme, and how…
NBA Storylines Down the Stretch
Feb 20 • 22 min
The NBA enters the home stretch after the All-Star Game. The Bucks boast the league’s best record, and the Clippers are making moves to overtake the Lakers in the west. As the race to the playoffs begins, what’s at stake for the rest of the year? Doris…
Sabrina Ionescu Wants to Win the Whole Damn Thing
Feb 19 • 20 min
University of Oregon senior guard Sabrina Ionescu is a generational college basketball talent. She is the frontrunner for National Player of the Year, the projected No. 1 pick in April’s WNBA Draft, and last week, became just the second player in NCAA…
Tua Tagovailoa’s Recovery Shakes Up the NFL Draft
Feb 18 • 22 min
Tua Tagovailoa came into the college football season with Alabama as “most likely to be the next number one overall pick” in the NFL draft. Then came a season-ending hip injury. With reports that his recovery is on track, Tua enters the draft as a…
Myles Garrett: The Interview, Response, and Fallout
Feb 17 • 25 min
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett sat down with Mina Kimes for an interview first broadcast on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” Speaking the day after he had been reinstated by the NFL, following indefinite suspension, it was the first time Garrett…
All-Star Bam Adebayo Heats Up Miami
Feb 14 • 21 min
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo is having a breakout season. And it’s happening quicker than most expected, just his third year in the NBA. ESPN’s Zach Lowe explains what makes the first-time All-Star a remarkable talent on the court, and what’s behind his…
Michael and Pele Bennett: Life of an NFL Family
Feb 13 • 24 min
NFL defensive end Michael Bennett has been to three pro bowls and he’s a Super Bowl champion. But after the wear and tear of 11 seasons in the league, the free agent is undecided on whether he wants to play again. Bennett and his wife, Pele, host the new…
How Baseball Chaos Will Impact 2020
Feb 12 • 22 min
As pitchers and catchers assemble for spring training, the MLB continues to see fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, from “Codebreaker” revelations to new hires. ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan tells us how the 2020 baseball season…
What’s Next for Veteran QBs Brady, Brees, and Rivers?
Feb 11 • 22 min
Philip Rivers is officially ending his run with the Chargers and entering free agency. Fellow veteran QBs Tom Brady and Drew Brees are considering their options. The NFL quarterback market is filled with possibility, as the golden era of pocket passers…
Will Ovechkin Outscore Hockey’s Great One?
Feb 10 • 23 min
The Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin is close to joining an elite club in hockey, as just the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals. Ovi’s had his stumbles, but he’s on track to beat none other than Wayne Gretzky for the all-time scoring record. ESPN’s…
XFL: Can a New Football League Succeed?
Feb 7 • 28 min
As the XFL kicks off, this 2.0 incarnation hopes to stand in stark contrast to the 2001 football league that failed. ESPN’s Kevin Seifert dives into the thinking behind the XFL. Before, it leaned on wacky theatrics. But the new version aims for much more…
Michael Vick: A Complex Path
Feb 6 • 23 min
After being named a captain in this year’s Pro Bowl, Michael Vick faced a new wave of criticism. Animal advocates and football fans alike point to Vick being sent to federal prison for his involvement in dogfighting. Between Vick’s initial NFL run, his…
Ja Morant: More Than NBA Highlight Gold
Feb 5 • 25 min
Ja Morant is in the news for trading Twitter barbs as the NBA trade rumor mill runs amok. A shoe-in for Rookie of the Year, he’s a growing presence in the league. And he’s leading the surprisingly successful Memphis Grizzlies in a promising rebuild.…
Talking Trades in the NBA
Feb 4 • 21 min
Ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, rumors swirl about some of basketball’s biggest names, causing fans and NBA Twitter to lose their minds. ESPN NBA senior writer Zach Lowe breaks down the buyers, sellers, and targets as the February 6 deadline draws…
Kansas City, Comeback Champions
Feb 3 • 24 min
The Chiefs are Super Bowl LIV champions! NFL insider Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to discuss how a pair of Damien Williams touchdowns and a fourth quarter defensive stand contributed to Kansas City’s comeback Super Bowl win.
Liberty City: How One Miami Neigborhood Spawned Legions of NFL Players
Jan 31 • 21 min
Ahead of Super Bowl weekend, Mina Kimes takes you to the local Miami neighborhood that has given rise to some of the most famous NFL players in recent history: Chad Johnson, TY Hilton, Antonio Brown and Teddy Bridgewater, just to name a few. Hometown…
Super Bowl LIV Preview
Jan 30 • 20 min
With the Super Bowl looming, Mina Kimes and Domonique Foxworth are in South Beach tackling important questions about Sunday’s game: Will Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense pick apart the Niners stalwart defense? Can Jimmy Garoppolo be trusted to lead…
Low-Key Super Coach Andy Reid
Jan 29 • 25 min
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has been an NFL fixture for 20 years, and his homespun personality has inspired countless stories. There’s the iconic punt-pass kick video from Andy’s childhood, his legendary appetite, and the obsessive journals and coaching…
Kyle Shanahan’s Super Bowl Comeback
Jan 28 • 25 min
The 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan is making his first Super Bowl appearance as a head coach. But he’s been to the big game before, as the Falcons offensive coordinator when Atlanta infamously lost a 28-3 lead to a Patriots comeback. ESPN’s Seth Wickersham explains…
Kobe Bryant’s Life and Legacy
Jan 27 • 20 min
Kobe Bryant’s death shocked the world on Sunday. In the wake of the news, ESPN NBA insider Ramona Shelburne traveled to the site of the tragic helicopter crash, and to Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy. She joins Mina Kimes to reflect on the life, career, and…
Shortest NBA Career, Ever
Jan 24 • 23 min
JamesOn Curry holds a dubious record: shortest NBA career, ever. Just 3.9 seconds. And he didn’t even touch the ball. How did Curry go from legendary high school superstar, to twists and turns and criminal setbacks, to his one shot on the court for the…
The End of UConn’s Dominance?
Jan 23 • 22 min
The UConn Huskies have long reigned supreme in women’s college basketball. But where they once seemed invincible, cracks have started to show. The Huskies have exited the tournament in the semi-finals the past three seasons, and recently suffered their…
The Glamorous Lakers’ Unlikely Leader
Jan 22 • 23 min
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel was not first pick for the job. Or second. Even as he landed the top spot with “The Lake Show” and LeBron, questions swirled over how long he would last. Now, with the team leading the Western Conference, NBA insider Kevin…
Start By Believing: How USA Gymnastics Failed the Survivors of Larry Nassar
Jan 21 • 22 min
It’s been two years since Larry Nassar was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting hundreds of girls and women. We are still learning more about how gymnastics organizations and officials enabled his abuse. ESPN investigative reporter John…
Super Bowl Bound: 49ers and Chiefs
Jan 20 • 20 min
Super Bowl LIV is set! The 49ers sent Aaron Rodgers and the Packers…packing. Then, the Chiefs engineered another comeback victory to steal away the Titans’ championship dreams. ESPN NFL insider Bill Barnwell breaks down how we wound up with the teams that…
The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting
Jan 17 • 23 min
On Saturday two UFC legends collide on ESPN+ as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone faces Irishman Conor McGregor, perhaps the most notorious fighter in mixed martial arts. ESPN Senior Writer Kevin Van Valkenburg visited Ireland to see how years of controversy,…
The Rise and Fall of Baseball’s Hottest Young Manager
Jan 16 • 23 min
Red Sox manager Alex Cora is out on sign-stealing allegations from the MLB. The charges date back to 2017, when he was the bench coach for the Houston Astros. It’s a stunning downfall for a man considered one of the most talented young managers in the…
Waiting for Zion
Jan 15 • 22 min
Since Zion Williamson was drafted first overall in 2019, NBA fans - well, New Orleans Pelicans fans, in particular - couldn’t wait to see their new superstar’s talent. But then, the unthinkable happened, and Williamson went down with a meniscus injury…
Championship and Punishment: LSU Wins and Astros Face Consequences
Jan 14 • 25 min
College football has a new champion: the LSU Tigers. ESPN’s Mike Golic Jr. joins Mina Kimes from New Orleans to break down the big game. Then, the Houston Astros face unprecedented consequences after the 2017 sign stealing scandal. Baseball insider Jeff…
The NFL’s Divisional Round Drama
Jan 13 • 25 min
This weekend’s NFL action was full of shock and awe. On Saturday, the San Francisco 49ers’ defense stymied Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings. In Baltimore, the Ravens were upset by a stout Tennessee Titans defense and ferocious rushing attack. And on…
The Legend of Coach O
Jan 10 • 24 min
Bring up LSU Coach Ed Orgeron, and someone is bound to say “Geaux Tigers!” in his often-imitated, never duplicated voice, all gravel and grit. It seems like destiny that Coach O would lead the purple and gold, but his career has been full of twists and…
Where Have All the Big Men Gone?
Jan 9 • 24 min
For years, the NBA style of play was dominated by “big men,” players who stand 6-foot-10 or more and who go to the post to score. Now, the biggest players shoot more from the outside. And it’s all by design. ESPN’s NBA insider Jackie MacMullan joins Mina…
Can’t Stop Lamar Jackson? Hire an Impersonator.
Jan 8 • 22 min
Lamar Jackson has stymied NFL defenses with his speed and creativity. To prepare to take down this year’s MVP frontrunner, teams are practicing against Jackson impersonators. How do you find a Lamar Jackson imitator who has his speed, accuracy, and…
Can Clemson Be a Superpower and an Underdog?
Jan 7 • 23 min
All eyes are on Clemson as the National Championship draws near, and the team has proven itself to be a powerhouse. But head coach Dabo Swinney always seems to be fighting to get the respect he thinks the Tigers deserve. ESPN’s Andrea Adelson joins Mina…
NFL Wild-Card Wrap
Jan 6 • 26 min
The NFL’s wild-card games delivered nonstop action. In the AFC, the Titans upset the Patriots in what might have been Tom Brady’s last game in Foxborough, while Buffalo fell to Houston in overtime. The NFC games saw overtime heroics from the Vikings to…
The NFL’s Nice Guy: Russell Wilson
Jan 3 • 20 min
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gets many labels: positive, good-natured, nice, wholesome. For some, it’s hard to believe Wilson could maintain this attitude in today’s NFL and have it be authentic. As Seattle prepares for the playoffs, guest host…
An Incredible Reunion + Remembering David Stern
Jan 2 • 31 min
As you watch the Chiefs play, look for running backs coach Deland McCullough. He has an incredible story, one that he shared with ESPN’s Sarah Spain. After decades of not knowing his birth parents, McCullough’s search for the truth led him to an…
From the Patriots to Prison: Reche Caldwell
Jan 1 • 17 min
Reche Caldwell made his NFL name with the Patriots. Today, his name is in the news around a federal lawsuit involving medical fraud. ESPN’s David Fleming covered Caldwell in 2016, when the former player was incarcerated for buying illegal drugs online.…
The Mystery of ESPN’s Missing Tapes
Dec 31, 2019 • 19 min
ESPN broadcast its first game 40 years ago - but it wasn’t the NFL or a big fight. It was a pro softball game, of all things. ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap set out to find the tapes…and discovered that they’d been missing for decades. Schaap joins Mina Kimes to…
The NFL Playoff Field is Set
Dec 30, 2019 • 20 min
The NFL’s 2019 regular season came to a close, and several teams in both conferences sealed their destinies. With an upset in Foxborough, Philadelphia claiming the NFC East, and a game of inches in Seattle, the playoff picture is in focus. ESPN insider…
The Movie “Rudy” vs. The Actual Rudy
Dec 27, 2019 • 20 min
“Rudy” is a sports movie classic. And it defined the life of the actual man who inspired the story: Rudy Ruettiger, who is now in his 70s. Revered by many Notre Dame fans, Ruettiger is also plagued by critics over whether the movie exaggerated a plot…
What’s Next for Jalen Hurts?
Dec 26, 2019 • 18 min
In a dramatic college football career, Jalen Hurts has divided football insiders about his potential upside. From Alabama to Oklahoma, Hurts has always been a serious player and hoped for a future in the NFL. ESPN’s Ivan Maisel got insider access to Jalen…
When Eagles Fans Booed Santa: The Notorious True Story
Dec 25, 2019 • 20 min
It’s one of the most infamous fan stories in sports history: when Eagles fans booed Santa at halftime of a game played at Franklin Field. But who was the Santa in question, and why was he booed and pelted with snowballs? Outside the Lines’ Jeremy Schaap…
Christmasketball: NBA Christmas Day Preview
Dec 24, 2019 • 23 min
Get ready for the gift of basketball on Christmas Day, as the NBA settles in under the tree. We tear open five matchups with ESPN NBA Analyst Kirk Goldsberry as he reveals who has been naughty and who has been nice this season.
NFL: Eagles Fly Over Dallas, and Bengals Win by Losing
Dec 23, 2019 • 20 min
The Eagles upset Dallas, but can they stay on the path to the playoffs? NFL insider Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to break down how they did it, and whether they can keep the success going. Then, the Bengals have lost their way to first draft pick. And…
Hot Seat Szn: The NFL Coaching Carousel
Dec 20, 2019 • 22 min
Black Monday, the day after the final Sunday in the NFL’s regular season, is when head coaches often transition from the hot seat to the unemployment line. And it’s approaching quickly. But what lands coaches on the hot seat in the first place? ESPN NFL…
Milwaukee’s Best: How the Bucks Became the Beast of the East
Dec 19, 2019 • 18 min
The Milwaukee Bucks could be the NBA’s best team. But after last season’s disappointing playoff exit, many thought the squad couldn’t repeat its success. NBA writer Chris Herring joins Mina Kimes to explain what the small market Bucks’ continued dominance…
The Chess Grandmaster’s Extreme Workout
Dec 18, 2019 • 23 min
Chess grandmasters need incredible amounts of brain power, but also extreme physical endurance. Major tournaments can run for six hours a day, 10 to 12 days in a row. Players might burn up to 6,000 calories and lose two pounds a day during these grueling…
NFL’s Secret Weapon: How Fullbacks Made a Comeback
Dec 17, 2019 • 18 min
NFL fullbacks are some of the hardest-working and most beloved players in the sport, but they’ve struggled to find success in the spotlight. This season, things are different. FiveThirtyEight’s Josh Hermsmeyer joins Mina Kimes to explore how fullbacks are…
Bill-ieve it! Buffalo in the Playoffs and New England’s New Scandal
Dec 16, 2019 • 25 min
The Buffalo Bills clinched a playoff spot for the second time in three years. How did they get here, and does their turnaround story hold lessons for other NFL teams? ESPN NFL insider Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to explain the Bills’ surprising…
Like Father, Like Son? What LeBron’s Legacy Means for Bronny James
Dec 13, 2019 • 20 min
LeBron James has turned basketball on its head, from the moment he first stepped onto the court. His son, Bronny, is currently a high school NBA prospect. But how much has basketball changed since LeBron got his start - and how much has he paved the way…
Heisman Heist: How O.J. Simpson’s Trophies Were Lost, Stolen, and Found
Dec 12, 2019 • 25 min
After O.J. Simpson won the Heisman Trophy in 1968, two statues were made: one for Simpson, and one for his alma mater, USC. However, following Simpson’s infamous murder trial, both trophies went missing. What happened to O.J.’s Heismans? ESPN’s Ryan McGee…
Knicks, Nixed: The Future of the New York Knicks with David Fizdale’s Firing
Dec 11, 2019 • 21 min
The New York Knicks’ former head coach David Fizdale is just the latest in a series of coaches and front office types who have tried in vain to turn things around at Madison Square Garden. It is a tempting challenge, however, to become the legendary…
The Harden Puzzle: How Houston Rockets Star James Harden Confounds NBA Defenses
Dec 10, 2019 • 21 min
James Harden’s basketball strengths are varied and, for a defense trying to guard him, frustrating. Now, teams are trying something different against the Houston Rockets’ versatile star. ESPN senior writer Zach Lowe joins Mina Kimes to measure Harden’s…
Touchdowns and Tigers: 49ers/Saints Offensive Showdown and LSU is No. 1
Dec 9, 2019 • 23 min
The NFL playoffs don’t start for another month, but Sunday’s 49ers-Saints offensive explosion definitely had an electric playoff feel. ESPN senior writer Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to break down what led to a blockbuster 90-plus point game in New…
One Conference to Rule Them All: Does the SEC Have Too Much Influence?
Dec 6, 2019 • 24 min
On Saturday, LSU faces Georgia for the SEC Championship. A Georgia win would most likely earn both teams a trip to the College Football Playoff, and leave the Big 12 and Pac-12 champions on the outside looking in. But should one conference have so much…
Inside the NHL’s Alleged Head Coaching Abuses
Dec 5, 2019 • 20 min
After an NHL head coach got fired, an unexpected outpouring began - with players speaking out on alleged psychological and physical abuses, and also racist remarks from coaches. Given all that’s been aired, what’s next for the league? ESPN hockey writer…
The Dawn of Luka Doncic
Dec 4, 2019 • 21 min
Luka Doncic is having an electric second season in the NBA. He’s even in the running for the MVP at just 20 years old. But what makes last season’s Rookie of the Year so dominant on the court - and why did the skeptics underestimate him? NBA Draft analyst…
Where Does Cam Newton Go From Here?
Dec 3, 2019 • 21 min
*NOTE: We recorded this episode before news broke that the Panthers are letting go of head coach Ron Rivera.* Cam Newton’s season got put on hold following a foot injury this year, and now the quarterback’s future with the Carolina Panthers seems up in…
Is Tom Brady Slipping? And Who Even Wants to Win the NFC East?
Dec 2, 2019 • 24 min
After the Texans upset the Patriots we have to ask (again): is it real this time? Is Tom Brady slipping? Host Mina Kimes and ESPN Senior Football Writer Bill Barnwell turn to the numbers for answers. Then, after the Eagles fell to the Dolphins and the…
College Football Rivalry Week + “Behold the NHL Dentist” Replay
Nov 29, 2019 • 16 min
It’s Rivalry Week in the world of college football! Mina Kimes discusses the unique nature of the bowl system - more than 30 games and we haven’t even reached the peak ones. Then: a replay of our story where we enter the world of NHL dentists - the brave…
Thanksgiving Special: NFL Turkey Day Preview + “The Great NBA Heist” Replay
Nov 28, 2019 • 26 min
Thanksgiving Day NFL games are a tradition unto themselves. Mina Kimes previews the matchups and offers a special appreciation for…Frank Gore. The Buffalo Bills running back just passed Barry Sanders for third in the all-time rushing yards record. Then:…
Drop the Gloves? Hockey Fighting Hits Historic Lows
Nov 27, 2019 • 17 min
NHL hockey is notorious for gnarly fights on the ice. But we’re seeing those brawls less and less. ESPN NHL insider Greg Wyshynski joins Mina Kimes to tell you why fewer players are dropping the gloves, how the game itself is moving toward a different…
Hilinski’s Hope: One Family’s Football Story
Nov 26, 2019 • 22 min
University of South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski has been one of college football’s biggest surprises this season. But as Ryan sees success, the family continues to mourn the loss of the older brother, Tyler — also a college quarterback, for…
Stop and Go: 49ers Rebuild Defense and Lamar Jackson Seems Unstoppable
Nov 25, 2019 • 24 min
The 49ers defense has the rest of the NFC on notice after a dominant win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. But how did SF’s defense get this good, this fast? ESPN NFL Insider Bill Barnwell joins the show to explain the Niners’ dynamic defense.…
Get a Grip! NFL QB Secrets to Handling the Pigskin
Nov 22, 2019 • 22 min
It seems so basic. And yet, it can reveal so much - how an NFL quarterback holds the ball. ESPN Senior Writer David Fleming talked to some of the league’s top signal callers to find out their preferences, their quirks, and the unique stories behind their…
Beyond the Helmet Hit: Who is Myles Garrett?
Nov 21, 2019 • 22 min
After appealing his suspension for hitting Steelers QB Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet, Browns DE Myles Garrett awaits the NFL’s next decision. In extensive interviews done before this violent incident, ESPN’s Ryan Smith gained unprecedented…
Stealing the Signs: How Allegations Against the Astros Could Change Baseball
Nov 20, 2019 • 20 min
Major League Baseball has promised a thorough investigation into the Astros’ stealing of pitching signs during their 2017 championship run, using a live video feed and…trash cans. At the owners meetings, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said there is no…
The Great NBA Heist: How One Man Stole Millions from the Sacramento Kings
Nov 19, 2019 • 25 min
It was the perfect crime: steal millions from the Sacramento Kings…to flip houses? Kevin Arnovitz joins Mina Kimes to explain how one up-and-coming basketball exec threw it all away while trying to pull off one of the boldest fraud schemes in NBA history…
NFL Monday: Kaepernick Works Out, Rivers Looks Ahead
Nov 18, 2019 • 24 min
Colin Kaepernick’s Saturday workout didn’t seem to get him or the NFL what they wanted. But it did put a fine point on the state of quarterbacks around the league. ESPN NFL expert Bill Barnwell breaks down the workout story, and what it means for Kaep and…
Lamar vs. Deshaun: Dual-Threat Duel
Nov 15, 2019 • 21 min
On Sunday, we will see one of the most anticipated match-ups of the NFL season - Deshaun Watson taking on Lamar Jackson. The last time these QBs faced off, they were in college. Watson on his way to winning a national championship with Clemson. Jackson at…
Fantasy, Meet Reality: A Running Back Breaks Out, Then Disappears
Nov 14, 2019 • 23 min
When New England running back Jonas Gray took the field vs. the Indianapolis Colts five years ago, no one could have predicted the incredible outburst of scoring that would land him national attention, and even a magazine cover. Nor could anyone have…
Rockets Have Liftoff? Harden, Westbrook, and Houston’s Offense
Nov 13, 2019 • 17 min
Tonight on ESPN, the Rockets - led by a reunited James Harden and Russell Westbrook - play host to the LA Clippers. But Houston’s superstars share a complex past, which they are hoping will lead to a mutually beneficial future. NBA analyst Kirk Goldsberry…
The Price of Eligibility: An NBA Prospect, Penny Hardaway, and a Controversial NCAA Ruling
Nov 12, 2019 • 17 min
James Wiseman is considered a potential No. 1 pick in the NBA. But, as his University of Memphis team gets ready to play Oregon tonight, the focus is on whether Wiseman should be on the court at all. Late last week, the NCAA ruled him ineligible. ESPN…
NFC Best? Rams Struggles + Seahawks-Niners Rivalry
Nov 11, 2019 • 21 min
The NFC West is perhaps the most competitive division in the NFL. The 49ers are the only undefeated team in the NFL (8-0). The Seahawks (7-2) are led by Russell Wilson, having a MVP-candidate season. Then, there are the LA Rams. Just 9 months removed from…
LSU @ Alabama: How the New Tigers Offense Is Upping the Rivalry’s Stakes
Nov 8, 2019 • 21 min
College football has a storied history of epic rivalries, and none bigger than LSU taking on Alabama. The two powerhouses face-off this Saturday, and the stakes have never been higher. ESPN reporter Ryan McGee joins Mina Kimes to discuss how LSU’s newly…
Slapshot, Meet Smile: Inside the Craziest Job in Sports - The NHL Dentist
Nov 7, 2019 • 15 min
Pucks to the mouth. Teeth flying to the ice. Hockey players aren’t known for their perfect smiles. But have you ever wondered who exactly comes to the rescue mid-game, after a player takes a slapshot to the teeth, and gets him back on the ice? Enter the…
Golden State of Affairs: No Curry, No Klay. What’s Next?
Nov 6, 2019 • 20 min
In the modern NBA, the Golden State Warriors have been a dynasty. Appearing in five straight NBA Finals and winning three rings in that span, the team became the stuff of basketball legend. But this season, they’ve won just two games. And with star Steph…
Cleveland Chaos: Baker Mayfield, OBJ and the Failing Browns
Nov 5, 2019 • 17 min
Another NFL weekend. Another Browns loss, accompanied by off-the-field headlines. This time, Jermaine Whitehead released after a series of threatening tweets. Cleveland’s season was not supposed to go this way. With the addition of OBJ, the team had high…
NFL COVER 2: Ravens Trounce Patriots and Dak Prescott’s Big Payday
Nov 4, 2019 • 23 min
After Sunday’s packed NFL slate, ESPN insider Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to discuss how Lamar Jackson and the Ravens handed Tom Brady and the Patriots their first loss of the season Sunday night. Then, as the Cowboys prepare for a Monday Night…
UFC 244: Is Jorge Masvidal the Baddest Man in MMA?
Nov 1, 2019 • 19 min
Saturday night, Jorge Masvidal takes on Nate Diaz in UFC 244. Masvidal owns the record for fastest knockout in UFC history - five seconds - and got his start fighting in backyard brawls organized by Kimbo Slice. Now, he wants to be known as the baddest MF…
Champs and Chumps: Washington’s World Series Comeback and Life Inside Miami’s Tank
Oct 31, 2019 • 20 min
As World Champions, the Nationals are on top of the MLB - and on top of the world. ESPN’s Joon Lee breaks down how the Nats completed their epic finish. In contrast, the Miami Dolphins are down in the dumps. After getting off to an 0-7 start, their season…
Kyrie, KD and Company: The Evolution of the New Brooklyn Nets
Oct 30, 2019 • 19 min
For the Brooklyn Nets, expectations have never been higher. As they tip off tonight against the Indiana Pacers, the mood in Barclays Center will be electric. They have a new power trio - Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan. After an offseason of…
Not Your Average Robo-Call: Why the MLB Needs an Electronic Umpire System
Oct 29, 2019 • 17 min
The World Series is back in Houston for Game 6 tonight, but fans are still talking about a controversial strike call from Sunday’s Game 5. The call could have cost the Washington Nationals - big time. MLB insider Jeff Passan makes the case for the…
A Glowing Bill of Health: Belichick’s NFL Coaching Legacy
Oct 28, 2019 • 20 min
Bill Belichick is considered by many to be the greatest NFL coach of all time. On Sunday, he won his 300th game. So how did Belichick become the standard of excellence in the NFL? ESPN’s Bill Barnwell joins Mina to discuss the Patriots’ dominant win over…
#Natitude: DC’s Meteoric Rise to the World Series
Oct 25, 2019 • 17 min
The Washington Nationals are back in D.C. for Game 3 tonight, and they are on the verge of making history. Up 2-0 in the Series, the Nats have a chance to bring a baseball championship home for the first time since 1924. But how did they get here -…
“Thank God We Got Osuna!” What One Incident Reveals About the Culture of the Houston Astros
Oct 24, 2019 • 18 min
Things have not been going well for the Houston Astros in the World Series. They are down 0-2 - but all the talk has been about how they are handling a team’s executive’s taunting of reporters over a domestic violence issue. Baseball insider Jeff Passan…
From Three? Ben Simmons’ Woes from Behind the Arc
Oct 23, 2019 • 18 min
76ers star Ben Simmons’ lack of a 3 point shot has other teams around the league daring him to shoot. But if he turns his struggle into success - what will it mean for Philadelphia’s season going forward? Mina Kimes and Tim Bontemps tap into what it will…
King James vs. Kawhi: How LA’s New Neighbors Ignited the NBA’s Hottest Rivalry
Oct 22, 2019 • 17 min
As the NBA tips off tonight, all eyes turn to the Staples Center in LA. Lakers versus Clippers. LeBron versus Kawhi. Two superstars that could’ve ended up on the same team, now battling each other for league dominance. Basketball insider Ramona Shelburne…
Season Saved: Can the Cowboys Keep Jerry Jones’ Dream Alive?
Oct 21, 2019 • 20 min
It was do-or-die for Dallas last night, and the Cowboys decided to do. Big time. But a win over Philadelphia might not be the turning point everyone assumes. Have the Cowboys really saved their season - and Jason Garrett’s head coaching job - in the…
ESPN Daily
Oct 10, 2019 • 2 min
Host Mina Kimes introduces ESPN Daily. Sports never sounded so good.