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Rodgers donating $1 million for wildfire victims

12:32 PM ET GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers wore a Santa Monica Fire Department hat after the Green Bay Packers‘ Nov. 11 win over the Miami Dolphins to show support for those impacted by the California fires. Ten days later, the Packers quarterback announced he’s donating $1 million to help those in his home state. “In Northern California, where I was born and raised, the city of Paradise burned to the ground, and many of the residents who got out are now displaced to my hometown of Chico and across the north state,” Rodgers said in a video posted on his Twitter account. “I personally reached out to my friends and the mayor of Chico to find out how to be of the most help. And raising money for both immediate needs and the long-term recovery is what is ne...

OTL: MSU paid $4 million to Title IX investigators

9:38 AM ET In February, Michigan State University interim president John Engler hired global investigative agency Kroll to assist the school with a growing number of Title IX reports and to help bring stability to the university’s Office of Institutional Equality, which handles such cases. “We are taking active steps to make MSU a shining example of Title IX compliance,” Engler said on Feb. 13 about Kroll’s hiring. “… We owe it to all those who have been assaulted and had the bravery to step forward to have a safer MSU be their legacy.” Further, Engler said, Kroll would help the university bring down the average length of MSU’s Title IX investigations, which had grown to an average of 80 days: “[That is] not only far too long for a resp...

Machado: ‘Johnny Hustle’ remark came out wrong

9:54 AM ET ESPN News Services Manny Machado, on the verge of what could be one of the richest free-agent contracts in baseball history, wants teams to know that he is “the guy who does whatever he can to win for his team” and hopes to clarify his “Johnny Hustle” comment from the postseason. Machado addressed the controversial remark in an interview with MLB.com, saying that he understands how it “came across, and it’s something I take responsibility for.” “I was trying to talk about how I’m not the guy who is eye wash. There’s a difference between fake hustle for show and being someone who tries hard to win. I’ve always been the guy who does whatever he can to win for his team.” Manny Machado on ‘Johnny Hustle...

The scary night LeBron James and Cleveland will never forget

Nov 20, 2018 Dave McMenamin Close ESPN Staff Writer Lakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09. Brian Windhorst Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books Nearly eight years have passed, but LeBron James still remembers the exact date he played in Cleveland for the first time as a member of the Miami Heat — Dec. 2, 2010 — as if it was a birthday or an anniversary. With Northeast Ohio’s native son returning to Quicken Loans Arena some five months after “The Decision” rocked the fan base to its core — dredging up decades of insecurity brought upon by repea...

KD: Clash with Green won’t impact free agency

1:12 AM ET Warriors forward Kevin Durant told Yahoo Sports that last week’s heated in-game exchange with teammate Draymond Green — which then carried into the Golden State locker room — won’t have any impact on his impending free-agency decision. “Nah, [it won’t factor],” Durant told Yahoo of the incident, which led to Green being suspended one game for “conduct detrimental to the team.” “Because at the end of the day, I’m just a ballplayer that’s just trying to be in a great environment to play basketball and groom my skills every day. And I want to compete on a level that once the game starts, I’m just totally comfortable with my surroundings, with just going out there and being me.” Warriors forward Kevi...

One win can’t cover up Wizards’ long-term problems

12:49 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN WASHINGTON — As the media session for Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. wound to a close Tuesday morning, amid trade talks and infighting among his teammates, he was thrown a lifeline by a reporter. For as bad as things are now, with the Wizards being 5-11 entering Tuesday night’s game against the LA Clippers, what lessons could be taken away from the team’s recovery from a 2-8 start to end the regular season with 49 wins and come within one victory of a trip to the Eastern Conference finals? “I mean, you’re talking about a whole other different team,” Porter said. “This is a totally different team from two years ago.” But that’s just it: The Wizards aren’t a totally different team from two ye...

Duke makes the most of its experience

1:05 AM ET LAHAINA, Hawaii — On Tuesday afternoon, Marques Bolden snatched a rebound and stood about eight feet from the rim, unsure of his next step. The Duke fans at the Maui Invitational who’d cheered throughout the most impressive performance of Bolden’s career in the No. 1 Blue Devils’ 78-72 victory over No. 8 Auburn had the answer. “Shoot it!” they shouted in unison. Maui Invitational Tuesday’s Results San Diego State 79, Xavier 74 Iowa State 84, Illinois 68 Duke 78, Auburn 72 Gonzaga 91, Arizona 74 Wednesday’s Games SDSU vs. Iowa State, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2 Duke vs. Gonzaga, 5 p.m., ESPN Xavier vs. Illinois, 9 p.m., ESPN Auburn vs. Arizona, 11:30 p.m., ESPN Monday’s Results Auburn 88, Xavier 79 (OT) Duke 90, San Diego State 64 Arizon...

UCF breaks into top 10 in latest CFP rankings

8:30 PM ET UCF put a thrashing on Cincinnati last week, and the College Football Playoff committee took notice. 1. Alabama (11-0)2. Clemson (11-0)3. Notre Dame (11-0)4. Michigan (10-1)5. Georgia (10-1)6. Oklahoma (10-1)7. LSU (9-2)8. Washington State (10-1)9. UCF (10-0)10. Ohio State (10-1)11. Florida (8-3)12. Penn State (8-3)13. West Virginia (8-2)14. Texas (8-3)15. Kentucky (8-3)16. Washington (8-3)17. Utah (8-3)18. Mississippi State (7-4)19. Northwestern (7-4)20. Syracuse (8-3)21. Utah State (10-1)22. Texas A&M (7-4)23. Boise State (9-2)24. Pitt (7-4)25. Iowa State (6-4) More details The undefeated Knights jumped one spot ahead of No. 10 Ohio State in the latest rankings released Tuesday night. It is the highest spot by a Group of 5 member in the history of the CFP. UCF and LSU are ...

UK’s Calipari calls himself ‘overrated as recruiter’

7:16 PM ET Hours after seeing James Wiseman, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2019, choose Memphis over his Kentucky Wildcats, John Calipari called himself “overrated as a recruiter.” The Wildcats still have ESPN’s No. 3-rated recruiting class behind Louisville and USC, but missed on Wiseman and are unlikely to land any of the top five prospects in the country. “I think I’m overrated as a recruiter,” Calipari said. “We’ve had kids that made the decision to come here, and it’s played out well for almost all of them. My thing is, I want to be able to sleep at night. I want to make sure I’m telling the truth. I want to make sure I’m sticking with guys. No. 1 recruit James Wiseman commits to coach Penny Hardaway and Memphis. H...

KD fined $25K for inappropriate language to fan

9:08 PM ET Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during a game in Dallas. According to the league, the exchange occurred during the first quarter of the Warriors’ 112-109 loss to the Mavericks on Saturday. The incident capped a turbulent week for Durant, one that saw an angry, late-game exchange with Draymond Green carry into the Warriors locker room last Monday night in Los Angeles. Some witnesses described the closed-door exchange as one of the most intense of this Warriors era, and Green was ultimately issued a one-game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Durant has since shut down talk of the incident, telling reporters, “Don’t ask me about that aga...

Chiefs-Rams scorefest a harbinger of NFL’s future — to a point

6:32 PM ET Still sweeping up after Monday night’s Rams-Chiefs points party at the L.A. Coliseum, fighting through the fog and wondering… Did that really happen? Was it as awesome as it felt at the time? Is this just the way it’s going to be now in the NFL? Fourteen touchdowns. Four fourth-quarter lead changes. One wild L.A. win. Here’s where Monday night’s shootout ranks all time. The 1999 Rams demolished the league with their high-powered offense and won a Super Bowl. The current Rams are poised to beat their records. It’s easy to count the blessings of the one-loss teams, but what about the cellar-dwellers? We have reasons all 32 teams should give thanks. 2 Related The answers are yes, yes and … sort of. Yes, the Rams did beat the Chiefs 54-51 in...

Tiger-Phil $9M match now has $200K side bet

7:31 PM ET Phil Mickelson already has “baited” Tiger Woods into a $200,000 side bet as part of their winner-take-all $9 million match on Friday in Las Vegas. During a news conference on Tuesday at Shadow Creek to promote “The Match” between the longtime rivals, Mickelson noted he’s been thinking about the side challenges that are to be part of the pay-per-view event. “I feel like the first hole is a great hole for me,” Mickelson said. “And I believe — in fact I’m willing to risk $100,000 that says I birdie the first hole. So that’s how good I feel heading into this match.” Mickelson made it clear to Woods that he didn’t have to accept, but the 14-time major champion said: “So you think you can make birdie o...