LeBron Can Go Home — And Had No Choice

The absurdity of it all crystallized on Day 10 of The LeBronathon, unless it was Day 11. That is when the TV network that has helped make LeBron James’ latest career drama an exercise in absurdity declared that it


With Cup Win, Messi Might Be Greatest Ever

To call for a referendum on Lionel Messi, the greatest player in the world’s most important sport, is to spot a wee wrinkle in a glorious sun. Yet we see this constantly in America — legendary athletes who haven’t


Arm Epidemic Jeopardizing Baseball’s Future

You hear guffaws from the pinstripe schadenfreuders, the haters who rejoice every time an enormous expenditure by the New York Yankees turns bad. But nothing is funny about the elbow problems of Masahiro Tanaka. He is the latest pitching


How Does America Not Root For Billy Beane?

As you may or may not know and may or may not care, the “Moneyball’’ movie was filled with convenient Hollywood embellishments. Those A’s won 103 games. They had the league MVP in Miguel Tejada and gifted young rotation


Without Shame, ESPN Steals Credit For Scoops

One day last summer, as NBA free agency started, I texted my radio producer and predicted what would happen in the reporting of the Dwight Howard story. Someone other than ESPN, I said, would break the story that Howard


Mariotti Show Replay: Wednesday, July 9th

Our interview with coaching legend Mike Krzyzewski, who opens up about LeBron, Carmelo, why he never coached in the NBA and the future of college sports.


If Miami Stuck In Idle, LeBron Should Leave

Maybe they’ll share a laugh, order some seafood and mock all the teams that think they have a shot to steal the world’s greatest player. Or, maybe LeBron James enters his impending meeting with Pat Riley — knowing the


Brazil Suffers Shameful Pummeling It Deserves

When tears spill like cascades, making a mess of so much green and canary yellow facepaint inside an angry and stunned stadium at Belo Horizonte, the obvious must be asked: Is it time for a futebol-mad place like Brazil


Mariotti Show Replay: Tuesday, July 8th

Did Prince Fielder really pose in the nude? (and other observations from ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue). How cruel if LeBron is just toying with Cleveland. Miami still doesn't present him a title-caliber roster. Latest on Carmelo, Bosh. Brazil-Germany


Lovers’ Squabble: Phil Vs. Jeanie Over Carmelo

Depending on your viewpoint, this is either a silly romantic twist or a serious conflict of interest. Seems two people who share a bed at night are battling in business by day, dueling for the multi-year allegiance of a