8:00 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Toss Ireland won the toss and chose to bat v West Indies Mindful of the wear and tear on a pitch that had already been used for the first ODI of this series, Ireland have decided to bat again in Barbados. Andy Balbirnie admitted that the visitors’ batting had underwhelmed,
9:44 AM GMT Exeter Chiefs second-row Sam Skinner is set to be fit for Scotland’s Six Nations campaign, having been out for five months with a hamstring injury. The 24-year-old missed the Rugby World Cup after injuring his hamstring during Scotland’s World Cup warm-up game against France at Murrayfield. Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter
8:00 AM ET There’s a self-awareness that kicks in with the very best hitters, Nationals hitting coach Kevin Long says, so that no matter the achievements and the adulation, they can feel they’re in trouble at the plate, vulnerable to the first flicker of a slump. They want to extinguish that as soon as possible,
8:00 AM ET JENNINGS, La. — TRAVIS ETIENNE CAME across the picture this summer. It’s not that he needed the reminder. He thought of that moment often enough. But here it was, in stark imagery: the kid he used to be, walking off the field of the Superdome, defeated. The memories from Etienne’s last game
8:05 PM ET NFL NationESPN A thrilling wild-card weekend has yielded another quartet of intriguing matchups in the divisional round of the 2019 NFL playoffs. Injuries are sure to play a major part in determining which teams win and which head home to improve for next season. Our NFL Nation reporters have searched for the
7:00 AM ET DALLAS — There are 31 head-coaching jobs in the National Hockey League. Rick Bowness has one of them — but he truly wishes he didn’t. “I’ve been coaching in this league since the early 1980s. I didn’t want to be put in this position,” Bowness, 64, said. “No one saw it coming.
12:01 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff The ECB have announced that the majority of adult tickets for the Hundred will be priced at £30 or less in an attempt to boost attendances, with under-16s tickets available at £5 each and children under five admitted for free. While there is some level of discrepancy depending on venue
1:03 AM ET DALLAS — This situation certainly was not what Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle had in mind recently when he emphatically declared that the “post-up just isn’t a good play anymore.” Nor was it how the Mavericks wanted to defend All-Star center Nikola Jokic with the game on the line. The 7-foot, 284-pound
12:42 AM ET Associated Press AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Top-seeded Serena Williams had her toughest workout of 2020 before beating fellow American Christina McHale 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the ASB Classic. Williams dropped a set for the first time in singles or doubles this year and at times Thursday appeared
3:18 PM ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is a risk-taker. From a middle-class family in Pittsburgh, he’s now worth $12 billion after making his fortune in the hedge fund business. That philosophy helps explain why Tepper is hiring Baylor coach Matt Rhule to be the team’s next head coach. Year Team
12:29 AM ET A wild brawl erupted during the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League playoffs on Wednesday, after former major league outfielder Alex Romero struck the opposing catcher with his bat after being hit by a pitch. The incident occurred in the eighth inning, with Caribes de Anzoategui on the way to a 13-2 win over
12:26 AM ET Associated Press SYDNEY — Dan Evans beat Alex de Minaur on his fifth match point in a 3-hour, 23-minute singles encounter to send the ATP Cup quarterfinal between Britain and Australia to a deciding doubles. For de Minaur, that meant going almost straight back on court for Australia. Lleyton Hewitt, the Australian
11:42 PM ET LINCOLN — Two former Nebraska football players have been charged with first-degree sexual assault in connection with the reported rape of a female student in August, according to court documents released Wednesday and information provided by law enforcement. Redshirt freshman Katerian LeGrone, 19, and Andre Hunt, 20, are scheduled to appear in
9:41 PM ET Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — The Miami Heat were testy ahead of their game against Indiana after coach Eric Spoelstra categorized his team as “mediocre” on the road. An altercation in the third quarter elevated the Heat’s game that much more. In the midst of the Heat outscoring the Pacers 38-23 in the
11:13 PM ET If the San Jose Sharks are going to turn their season around, it won’t involve captain Logan Couture for several weeks. Couture is expected to miss up to six weeks with a fractured ankle suffered in the Sharks’ 3-2 loss at the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night, TSN reported. Couture was
3:24 AM GMT Glenn Maxwell picked a typically opportune time to rattle the Melbourne Stars to a Big Bash League victory at the MCG, leaving his erstwhile Melbourne Renegades rival and now the Australia ODI captain Aaron Finch to explain why the allrounder wasn’t joining him on the plane to India. After a World Cup
4:38 PM ET Former Grand Slam finalists Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have both been knocked out of the Qatar Open by unseeded opponents at the last 16 stage. Raonic, the fourth seed in the tournament, suffered an injury-plagued 2019 which saw him miss the US Open and Canada’s run to the Davis Cup final.
4:25 PM ET ESPN News Services CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor‘s status with the Indians has been slightly upgraded. Team president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday he’s more confident the All-Star shortstop will be in Cleveland’s lineup to start the season after the Indians didn’t receive a trade proposal to their liking over the past few weeks.