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January 4, 2019 10:48 AM Trump's Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria Will Boost Iran's Fortunes

President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement in December that the U.S. would withdraw troops from Syria came at a time when Washington seemed to finally be developing a strategy to tackle the Syrian conflict that went beyond prioritizing fighting ISIS. It was not Syria that was the focus of this new strategy; it was Iran. While former President Barack 137

January 2, 2019 10:16 PM Ex-USC assistant Bland pleads guilty in corruption scandal

Former Southern California assistant coach Tony Bland pleaded guilty Wednesday in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to commit bribery, the latest development in the corruption scandal that rocked college basketball. Bland admitted he accepted $4,100 in cash to steer USC basketball players toward certain financial advisers and business managers 137

January 1, 2019 6:30 AM Murray makes winning return in Brisbane after hip injury

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former world number one Andy Murray made a successful return to competitive tennis on Tuesday with a 6-3 6-4 victory over local favorite James Duckworth at the Brisbane International tournament. The 31-year-old Murray ended his season early last year after suffering pain in his hip following surgery earlier in 2018 that ruled him out of three 148

December 30, 2018 10:22 PM Hammond accused of failing to release funding for no-deal Brexit

(Reuters) - Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has been accused by his colleagues in the cabinet of failing to release the necessary funding required to prepare Britain for a no-deal Brexit, the Telegraph newspaper reported late on Sunday. British Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has written to the Treasury saying his department was given 122

December 30, 2018 8:28 PM Antonio Brown out, James Conner active for Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals with a knee injury, while running back James Conner returns to the lineup after a three-game absence with an ankle injury. Brown experienced knee discomfort after last week's loss to the New Orleans Saints and did not practice all week. He finishes the regular 60

December 30, 2018 5:51 AM N'Golo Kante goal gives Chelsea victory at Crystal Palace

N'Golo Kante's second-half goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 win in a drab match at Crystal Palace and took them to within a point of third-placed Manchester City ahead of City's game at Southampton. Maurizio Sarri's side dominated possession in the early stages but were unable to get through Palace's well-organised defence, Marcos Alonso booked for throwing the ball away in frustration 109

December 28, 2018 3:39 PM NBA sends memo to teams as reminder of anti-tampering rule

In the aftermath of LeBron James' public comments on the possibility of New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis joining James with the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA sent a memo to teams that warned of consequences for orchestrated tampering campaigns of players under contract elsewhere. In a memo obtained by ESPN on Friday morning, league counsel seemed 92

December 28, 2018 3:05 PM Good Samaritans hailed for rushing to help elderly neighbors during fire

A Texas woman is grateful for two neighbors turned good Samaritans who rushed into a burning home to rescue her elderly grandparents. “We weren’t home,” Raelynn De Leon told KGNS-TV. “Luckily, thank God we have neighbors like that.” The fire in Laredo, Texas, occurred Wednesday night, the station reported. Ramiro Zamora saw the fire and called out to his nephew 107

December 24, 2018 7:05 AM League won't take action against LeBron James after 'Jewish money' post

After talking with Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, the NBA will take no action in the aftermath of his social media post of a song lyric that referenced "Jewish money," a league source told ESPN on Monday. The league office accepted his explanation that he made a mistake, a source said. James had been quoting the song "ASMR" by the performer 21 Savage 74

December 23, 2018 7:07 PM Austin Rivers getting deal with Rockets for rest of season

Austin Rivers has agreed to a guaranteed deal for the rest of the season with the Houston Rockets, a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Rivers will likely help Houston replace Chris Paul, who will miss at least two weeks with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring suffered in Thursday's loss to the Miami Heat. Rivers and Paul had an acrimonious 90