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Wade: Cousin victim of ‘senseless gun violence’

A woman who was fatally shot while pushing a baby in a stroller on Chicago's South Side has been identified as a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade. Authorities say Nykea Aldridge, 32, was killed when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police say the woman was not the intended target. Wade addressed his cousin's death via Twitter. My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough — DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016 Wade

Who will be the 2016 breakout NFL players?

Who will be the 2016 breakout NFL players?

It's one of the questions I get asked most often during the offseason. "Who is this year's ... ?" It's rarely a simple question to answer if only because no two situations are exactly alike. Of course, there are comparable players in similar situations. And if the people want comparisons, comparisons I shall deliver. The process here was simple: I jotted down each of 2015's top breakout players and came up with a short list of players who fit a similar pedigree as they enter 2016. Below is analysis of each player who best fits the bill, as

Oregon turns to another graduate transfer at QB

Oregon turns to another graduate transfer at QB

Early on in fall camp Oregon coach Mark Helfrich thought QB Dakota Prukop was being a bit careless with the ball, turning it over too much. But, in the last three weeks, that has improved as Prukop has settled in more. (0:22) Quarterback Dakota Prukop will head into No. 24 Oregon's season opener against UC Davis as the starter. Prukop, a graduate transfer from Montana State, will be the second consecutive graduate transfer to start a season opener for the Ducks, following in the footsteps of Eastern Washington graduate transfer Vernon Adams Jr. Unlike Adams, who didn't

Report: Wade cousin fatally shot in Chicago

A woman who was fatally shot while pushing a baby in a stroller on Chicago's South Side has been identified as a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade. Authorities say Nykea Aldridge, 32, was killed when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police say the woman was not the intended target. Wade addressed his cousin's death via Twitter. My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough — DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016 Wade

Who will be the 2016 breakout players?

Who will be the 2016 breakout players?

It's one of the questions I get asked most often during the offseason. "Who is this year's ... ?" It's rarely a simple question to answer if only because no two situations are exactly alike. Of course, there are comparable players in similar situations. And if the people want comparisons, comparisons I shall deliver. The process here was simple: I jotted down each of 2015's top breakout players and came up with a short list of players who fit a similar pedigree as they enter 2016. Below is analysis of each player who best fits the bill, as

‘An old soul in a freak body:’ The contradictions of Myles Garrett

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Take a stroll through the playlists of Texas A&M players, and you're likely to find a lot of similarities. There's a lot of Drake. Future. Jeezy. Until you reach Myles Garrett's playlist, where the first song is "Sway," by Dean Martin. Scroll further down and you'll notice a trend. Whether it's The Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire or The Isley Brothers, it's clear that Garrett's taste in music is anything but contemporary. He doesn't really listen to old-school R&B before a football game, does he? "Oh yeah

Why 2016 will be a year of change in college football

Why 2016 will be a year of change in college football

We will see plenty of new faces on the sidelines in college football with the arrival of Week 1. (1:28) This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's September 5 NFL Preview Issue. Subscribe today! AS THE SOUTH CAROLINA Gamecocks shifted stations during their first practice of August, new head coach Will Muschamp sang along to the tune blaring through the speakers that spoke to the entirety of the college football world. "CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES!" Its performer, David Bowie, is gone -- a reminder that time stops for no man. No, not even Steve Spurrier. The game's

Falcons’ Neal to have knee surgery, out 3-4 weeks

Atlanta Falcons rookie safety Keanu Neal will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Monday and will be sidelined three to four weeks, meaning he is expected to miss the Sept. 11 season opener against Tampa Bay. Neal, the Falcons' first-round draft selection, suffered the right knee injury in Thursday night's preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins. He missed a tackle attempt on running back Arian Foster, then went to the ground in pain. Editor's PicksFree-agent safety William Moore wants another shot with FalconsWith Atlanta thin at safety after Keanu Neal's injury, former Falcon William Moore makes it

Wiz’s Wall: Beal’s money ‘doesn’t matter to me’

Wiz’s Wall: Beal’s money ‘doesn’t matter to me’

John Wall wants his skeptics to know that he only cares about things he can control and not the contracts of Bradley Beal and James Harden. (1:02) Washington Wizards star John Wall replied in a video posted online Friday to apparent critics who have voiced concerns over how he is "watching other people's pockets and I'm not worried about basketball and getting better." "I just wanted to clear the air for all these people," Wall said in a video published to the Twitter feed of the LeBron James media platform "The Uninterrupted." "Listen, that doesn't matter

Beckman leaves UNC, says he was ‘distraction’

Beckman leaves UNC, says he was ‘distraction’

The College Football Live crew break down why Tim Beckman parted ways with UNC just 24 hours after the school announced he would be volunteering with Larry Fedora and the defensive staff. (1:21) Former Illinois football coach Tim Beckman announced Thursday he will no longer serve as a volunteer assistant at North Carolina, saying he did not want to be a distraction to the program. The announcement came one day after the school confirmed that Beckman, who was fired as Illinois' football coach last season amid allegations he mistreated players, was working with Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora and

Icing on cake: What top U.S. Olympians made in bonuses

Icing on cake: What top U.S. Olympians made in bonuses

Katie Ledecky isn't losing any sleep over choosing a college swimming career over turning professional and says her parents are very supportive of her choosing Stanford over potential millions of dollars. (2:00) Our American Olympians have come back from Rio with a haul of 121 medals, the most ever for the U.S. (excluding 1984, when the Soviet Union boycotted the Los Angeles Games). While endorsements will be picked up by some medal winners, others -- including swimmers Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Ryan Murphy -- can't accept corporate sponsorships because they are still competing in college. All the

Cowboys’ Jones: Elliott’s pot store visit ‘not good’

Cowboys’ Jones: Elliott’s pot store visit ‘not good’

Ezekiel Elliott went to a marijuana dispensary in Seattle before the Cowboys' preseason game and Merril Hoge doesn't want this to turn into a career-ending mistake. (1:18) SEATTLE -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not pleased to see a video on TMZ that appeared to show Ezekiel Elliott at a marijuana dispensary hours before the rookie running back was set to make his preseason debut. In the video, a man the website reported to be Elliott was seen in Herban Legends in Seattle, but he was not shown making any purchases. "Well, I think

Reed eyes trifecta at Barclays

Reed eyes trifecta at Barclays

Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are each 4-under-par, two shots behind leader Patrick Reed after the second round of The Barclays. (0:55) FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- It was earlier this week when Patrick Reed, that fist-pumping, Europe-shushing, putt-dropping ball of momentum who solidified himself as the darling of an otherwise bleak United States team effort at the Ryder Cup two years ago, was asked why that event means so much to him. He narrowed his eyes, shook his head and paused for a few seconds, clearly taken aback by the sheer audacity of the question

We could be watching the greatest class of defenders … ever

We could be watching the greatest class of defenders … ever

The SportsNation crew debates whether J.J. Watt deserves the top spot in ESPN.com's NFL player rankings. (1:43) The NFL can seem like a world dominated by quarterbacks, but did you notice who won the Super Bowl last season? It was the Broncos, who had Peyton Manning in name alone; the future Hall of Famer threw nearly twice as many interceptions (17) as touchdowns (nine). The Broncos were led to that Super Bowl by their defense, which dominated the regular season and held three of the league's best offenses to a combined 44 points in the

Predicting breakout rookies for all 32 teams

Predicting breakout rookies for all 32 teams

Trey Wingo and Matthew Berry shed light on why Ezekiel Elliott is the top fantasy rookie and what his overall potential with the Cowboys could be. (1:13) NFL Nation reporters pick the rookie each team will rely on the most in 2016. Some first-round picks are obvious immediate-impact players, but other teams will count on late-round picks. AFC East | AFC North| AFC South | AFC West NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC West AFC EAST Buffalo Bills Adolphus Washington, DE, third round With top picks Shaq Lawson (shoulder) and Reggie Ragland (knee) sidelined, the Bills' focus


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