3:26 PM ET RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Cristiano Ronaldo wanted a Champions League swan song in the football cathedrals of Madrid, Milan or Munich, playing on the biggest stage with and against the most famous players in the game. Instead, the floodlights will fade on his glittering career at Mrsool Park, Al-Nassr’s compact stadium in
5:58 PM ET The grandfather of Iowa star linebacker Jack Campbell died Friday night in Nashville, where he had traveled to watch the Hawkeyes play in the Music City Bowl. William Smith Jr., the father of Campbell’s stepmother, Jen, died following a pedestrian-vehicle accident involving one car, the school said in a statement. The 76-year-old
5:08 PM ET Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James got another birthday greeting after he turned 38 on Friday. This time from the man he is chasing on the NBA’s all-time scoring list: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and six-time NBA champion, shouted out LeBron on Saturday morning. Happy birthday, LeBron.
12:51 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City dropped points in the Premier League title race after being held to a 1-1 draw by relegation candidates Everton. – Report: Man City 1-1 Everton | Premier League table | Upcoming fixtures City took the lead in the first half thanks to Erling Haaland before
4:40 PM ET ESPN News Services NEW ORLEANS — Bryce Young passed for 321 yards and five touchdowns in a game that other top NFL prospects might have skipped, and No. 5 Alabama responded to an early two-score deficit with 35 straight points to defeat 11th-ranked Kansas State 45-20 in the Sugar Bowl on Saturday.
3:01 PM ET The Arizona Cardinals on Saturday ruled out receiver DeAndre Hopkins for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Hopkins left Friday’s practice before the open portion was over with what coach Kliff Kingsbury called a “little bit of a knee issue” and was listed as questionable before being downgraded Saturday. 2 Related Hopkins,
12:42 PM ET Indianapolis Colts pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue will undergo throat surgery and has been placed on injured reserve. Ngakoue, 27, suffered the injury during Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers but had not been added to the injury report until Friday before quickly going from out to IR on Saturday morning. He had
3:56 PM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was fined twice by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in last week’s 22-18 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, for a total of $23,976. The first fine, $13,367, was a result of Jones dropping to the ground in front of Bengals cornerback Eli Apple
1:47 PM ET Atlanta Falcons practice squad wide receiver Cameron Batson was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly fighting with police following a traffic stop and fleeing the scene. According to a release from the Atlanta Police Department, Batson was pulled over around 2 a.m. Saturday after speeding and failing to maintain his lane on
2:50 PM ET Associated Press CINCINNATI — Zach Freemantle scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Colby Jones also scored 16, helping No. 22 Xavier hand No. 2 UConn its first loss of the season, 83-73, on Saturday. Jack Nunge started the game for Xavier despite an illness that limited him during warmups. He
1:36 PM ET The College Football Playoff semifinals are finally here. Before we reach 2023, we’ll know one if not both of the teams that will play for the national championship. The No. 2 Michigan Wolverines face the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl. 2
1:47 PM ET CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon wanted to set the record straight ahead of Monday’s big showdown against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills might have the best record in the AFC, but the Bengals are still the reigning conference champs. “At the end of the day, what people got to
12:21 PM ET The Colorado Avalanche have activated star center Nathan MacKinnon off injured reserve ahead of Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. MacKinnon has not played since Dec. 5 because of an upper-body injury that forced him out of a loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. He was placed on IR the following day.
12:24 PM ET The concussion protocol for Tua Tagovailoa was never triggered during the Miami Dolphins‘ loss to the Green Bay Packers last week, according to the findings of a joint review from the NFL and NFLPA. Tagovailoa is currently in the concussion protocol after experiencing his second documented concussion of the season. “The protocol
11:52 AM ET BYU offensive lineman Sione Veikoso died in a construction accident in his hometown of Kailua, Hawai’i, on Friday. He was 22 years old. A total of six men were at the site when a 15-foot retaining rock wall behind a home partially collapsed and trapped three of them, the Honolulu Fire Department
11:46 AM ET Georgia remained the favorite against Ohio State in Saturday’s second College Football Playoff semifinal, but the point spread was moving toward the underdog Buckeyes on reports of big wagers by influential bettors. Multiple sportsbooks reported taking bets on Ohio State from professional bettors Friday, causing the line to move from Georgia -6.5
5:59 AM ET SAITAMA, Japan — Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring in 2023. The boxing legend announced Saturday that he has a deal in place with Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation to compete next year. Pacquiao made the announcement in the ring during Rizin’s New Year’s Eve card at Saitama Super Arena outside Tokyo.
The BCCI’s top brass will review India’s underwhelming performance in the 2022 T20 World Cup with captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid on January 1. NCA chief VVS Laxman, who has also been with the Indian team in Dravid’s absence, is expected to be part of the meeting as well. The meeting in Mumbai