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The ESPN Daily Staff
Beyond the helmet hit … After his appeal of his suspension for last week’s helmet hit against Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph, Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett’s football fate hangs in the balance as he awaits the NFL’s next decision. In extensive interviews done before this violent incident, ESPN’s Ryan Smith gained unprecedented insight into Garrett’s personality and life off the field for a profile on E:60. In today’s episode of the ESPN Daily podcast, Smith joins host Mina Kimes for a closer look at the Browns star and what the helmet hit revealed about the culture of aggression in the NFL. You can listen here.
KEEPING IT 100
Soccer’s best of the best … Messi. Ronaldo. Aguero. This era of soccer is spoiled for choice in talent — you have all-timers playing at every position across the entire sport. ESPN FC 100 is back and ready to rank the top 10 at every position — manager included. Spoiler alert: Two teams in particular are way, way overrepresented in our best of the best, and they both happen to play in England. Read more
THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
Destined to play together … The basketball machine that is the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George Clippers is facing its first test, with both of them finally in the lineup. In truth, this pairing has been a long time coming: They grew up in the same region, played in the same college conference and were drafted by the same team. Now that they’re finally on the same squad, who knows what heights they’ll reach? Read More
Why Lamar Jackson and John Harbaugh needed each other … In John Harbaugh, the Ravens once made a gamble on an unproven coach. In Lamar Jackson, they made another gamble on a quarterback whom some dismissed as another running back who could occasionally throw a pass. Now, both those risks are paying off incredibly well for Baltimore — and it’s clear the two of them are a match made in heaven. Read More
What could have been … Deontay Wilder’s spectacular knockout of Luis “King Kong” Ortiz last year was one of the best of his many celebrated stoppages. But in a wild seventh round, it was Wilder who looked like he might hit the canvas, as he barely survived a huge hook and a flurry of followup punches. Now, as Wilder and Ortiz face off in a rematch this weekend, Dan Rafael looks at that fateful round and how things could have been so different had Ortiz prevailed. Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
Stephen A. Smith reacts to Antonio Brown’s apology to the Patriots, saying it should be Tom Brady’s decision whether New England brings him back.
“I wanted to be traded to San Antonio. We wanted to go to San Antonio first, and we didn’t make that happen.”
— Paul George on his desire to be traded to the Spurs in 2017 Read more
On this date in 1969, Ken Griffey Jr. was born. A top prospect pretty much as soon as he picked up a baseball bat, Junior Griffey more than lived up to expectations, becoming one of the most exciting players in baseball history.
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?
Georgetown vs. No. 22 Texas (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2); No. 1 Duke vs. California (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2): The semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic kick off at Madison Square Garden, with the four teams involved having only one loss between them.
Colts at Texans (8:20 p.m. ET, Fox/NFL): It’s a battle for No. 1 in the AFC South as the Colts travel to Houston to take on the Texans. Indianapolis stopped a two-game skid with a win over Jacksonville last week, and Houston will look to erase the memory of its controversial rout at the hands of Baltimore.