Superbowl winner Marshawn Lynch says Jarryd Hayne failed to make it in American football because of the cultural divide between the NRL and NFL.
North Queensland have leapfrogged Canterbury into the NRL's top four, courtesy of a 24-16 win at Belmore Sports Ground, with Ethan Lowe scoring two tries.
He won three rings as No. 8 and two as No. 24. Which number should hang in the Staples Center rafters?
From prospect projections to the lottery and draft night, ESPN.com has complete coverage of the 2017 NBA draft.
QBE has reportedly declined a $1.2 insurance payout over Parramatta player Anthony Watmough's NRL career-ending knee injury.
ESPN columnist Jude Bolton previews all the AFL action for the final round of the home-and-away season.
Quade Cooper will play Test rugby for the first time since the Wallabies defeated Uruguay 65-3 in their second pool match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, starting at fly-half against New Zealand
ESPN AFL draft expert Christopher Doerre - aka Knightmare - casts his eye over the country's best junior footballers to see who's catching the eye of recruiters.
Kangaroos' decision to axe four veterans was 'rooted in common sense' says Geoff Walsh, while a Tiger has no regrets about passing up a potential elite career in discus.
The NRL top 8 is looking a little clearer but while a couple of teams are in last chance saloon, many already cemented in the finals will jockey for positions. See our round 25 preview here.
Kurtley Beale admitted to first-day nerves as he joined up with his new Wasps teammates but hopes he can bring an "X-factor" that pushes the club towards European glory.
Manchester City added to their 5-0 first-leg lead for a 6-0 aggregate win over Steaua Bucharest. In what could be his final appearance at the club, Joe Hart was named captain, kept a clean sheet and led his side to the UCL group stage.
Hope Solo, the goalkeeper who called Sweden a "bunch of cowards" after the United States was eliminated from the Rio Olympics, has been suspended six months by U.S. Soccer.
Leicester City take on Chelsea and Manchester City will face Swansea City in the EFL Cup's third round.
It appears that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been deemed not quite ready for English football. Hopefully, writes Musa Okwonga, that will change soon.
Our panel of 50-plus NFL experts picks the greatest 100 players in the NFL headed into the 2016 season. The top spot goes to Texans DE J.J. Watt, but there are a few surprises among the rest.
EA Sports responded to Dez Bryant's comments about his rating in "Madden NFL 17" with a possible explanation.
Some athletes are trading in the cold tub for cryospas, subjecting themselves to temperatures as low as minus-300 degrees in an effort to recover.
Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis joins Brett Okamoto to discuss a possible Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz trilogy, Jose Aldo, UFC Fight Night and more.
Thanasi Kokkinakis' horror season has continued after the Aussie star was ruled out of the U.S. Open.
Australia managed just one hit during a 10-0, four-inning loss to Mexico in a Little League World Series elimination game Wednesday.
You had to see it to believe it. Jimmy Connors had no business playing the 1991 US Open -- never mind going on one of the most improbable runs this game has ever seen.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal say they plan to play doubles together when the Laver Cup debuts in 2017.
The Arizona Coyotes have hired Dawn Braid as their skating coach. She is believed to be the first full-time female coach in NHL history.
Four-plus decades after he was left off the Team USA squad, being asked to lead the Americans in 2020 is a significant personal triumph for the Spurs icon, even if he won't say so.
As Neymar's penalty kick won gold for Brazil, it was apparent in the favela of Vidigal that the beautiful game has the power to heal this country's divisions, if only for 90 minutes.
Swimmers Yusra and Sarah Mardini saved 18 lives while escaping Syria, and Yusra made the first-ever Refugee Olympic team. Now the sisters want to use their platform to help refugees everywhere.
Coaching commandments, enormous sprays, meditation, winning points off Pete Sampras. Jude Bolton reveals the real Paul Roos as the Dees' mentor prepares to hang up his coaching clipboard.
Get ready for all the feels.
In less than six months, Canberra have graduated from wooden spoon contenders to premiership contenders but the rise of the Raiders comes as no surprise to club legend Bradley Clyde.
As if there was any doubt, Usain Bolt -- with his overwhelming presence and physique -- cruised to his destiny on Thursday night in Rio as the best sprinter who ever lived.
Ryan Lochte's apology falls short of acknowledging the hurt his fictions caused the Brazilians and the Rio Olympics -- both of which were already battling negative perceptions.
By inspiring a fallen foe to finish, U.S. runner Abbey D'Agostino provided a reminder of what the Olympic spirit is all about. Here are 10 other unforgettable moments of Olympic sportsmanship.
There's no nice way to put it - Australians are choking. It's happening here, there and everywhere at the Olympic Games.
Novak Djokovic a first-round loser? Juan Martin del Potro a silver medalist? The Rio tennis event was nothing short of a carnival of craziness.
Australia swimming coach Jacco Verhaeren has dismissed calls for dramatic changes after a series of below-par performances from his athletes in the Rio pool.
Nic Naitanui proved his match-winning quality, but Jude Bolton didn't like the look of some dysfunctional forward lines and the LED signage at Etihad Stadium in Round 21 of the AFL.
Anthony Milford made a timely return to form in the shadows of the NRL finals while Jarryd Hayne, well we really shouldn't expect anything less -- Brett Kimmorley writes in his Set of Six.
Get a behind the scenes look at X Games gold medalist Jackson Strong's "World of X Games" broadcast 'Headstrong 2,' airing Sun., August 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Touch football is not part of the Olympics. But it's role in one of Australia's most glowing achievements at the Rio Games should not be under-estimated -- Greg Growden writes.
In Singapore, sports are generally regarded as leisurely pursuits, not to be taken as seriously as maths and science. So how did Joseph Schooling shock Michael Phelps?
How an elite athlete deals with pain, from the day-to-day grind to substantial injury, has a lot to do with words such as "association" and "disassociation."
Have you ever wondered what the inside of a bowling ball looks like?
Usain Bolt's record time of 9.58 seconds in the 100-meter dash is pretty remarkable, but the human body has the potential to go faster. How fast? You might be surprised.
From the glory of representing Argentina to the satisfaction of winning the NBA Finals, the career of Manu Ginobili is defined more by his love of team than anything else.
Sean "Diddy" Combs has played music all over the world, but the hip-hop recording artist says nothing compares to performing on WWE.
A cohesive, fearless Australia team nearly snapped the U.S. men's 71-game international winning streak Wednesday. If you ask those in the know, that was no fluke.
The NBA revealed its schedule for the 2016-17 season, and the Cavaliers and Warriors will again square off on Christmas Day.
Five days on the Olympic couch, and you are starting to feel as if you've hit the cobblestones in the cycling road-race and gone straight over the handlebars, Greg Growden writes.
Mary Hanna has made Australian Olympic history, becoming the nation's oldest competitor at a Games when she rode in the opening round of the dressage competition.
The refugee from Sudan has seen civil war, his parents leaving him, death, destruction and life inside a refugee camp. Now he's about to see the track at the Summer Olympics.
Can NZ repeat their nigh-on perfect Sydney showing? Can Australia possibly be as bad again? Andy Withers, Sam Bruce & Rupert Guinness break down the Bledisloe Cup.
A star defender and a coaching marvel caught Jude Bolton's eye in round 20 while one side's midfield has been labelled a villain.
Alex Rodriguez, should he not join another team, will have been paid a total of $452 million in his career. The next-closest in the four major American sports? Kevin Garnett, at $336 million.
The Sharks and Titans showed why Monday Night Football won't be missed next season as two sluggish performances proved just how hard it is to back up -- Brett Kimmorley writes in Set of Six.
Club rugby has a pulse. A powerful, healthy pulse, despite it being continually neglected. But as was shown at the Shute Shield grand final, it provides a vital core to the game.
While no one thinks Team USA will be stopped in Rio, there are 11 other teams vying for Olympic medals. Marc Stein rates the men's hoops competition.
Here's a snapshot of this year's Hall of Fame class, with stories on each contributor's impact on and off the football field.
Following the death of Chris Amon on Wednesday, ESPN ranks the top five drivers to have never won a grand prix.
When Rio won the 2016 Olympic bid, it was supposed to help transform Brazil into a world power. With the Games set to begin, the city and country are anything but stable.
After a recent visit by two international hopefuls, the AFL is dreaming big, believing Americans may soon make up half of the league's ruckmen.
ESPN NRL expert Brett Kimmorley looks at round 22 and what the Women in League Round means to him and what he expects from the highly-anticipated return of Jarryd Hayne at Gold Coast.
It's not the 'dream' move Jarryd Hayne was chasing but Parramatta's pain is Gold Coast's significant gain and a moment that signals the start of a profitable new era for the NRL's newest club.
Jarryd Hayne has been described as Gold Coast's biggest signing since Wally Lewis in 1991 but while his heart remains in Parramatta, his head is focused on helping the Titans to the NRL finals.
Jack Watts was once implored to become 'Melbourne's version of Jack Gunston'. Stats show that he's finally getting close to the star Hawk.
Ben Simmons will flourish at the Philadelphia 76ers, says Sydney Kings assistant coach Lanard Copeland.
The death of his father set a battle raging inside the world's greatest golfer. How he waged that war -- through an obsession with the Navy SEALs -- is the tale of how Tiger lost his way.