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1:29 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been fined a total of $21,615 for his actions during and after last week’s 18-16 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source confirmed to ESPN. Kelce was fined $12,500 for his postgame comments about referee Carl Cheffers, who penalized Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher for holding on an otherwise successful two-point conversion that would have allowed Kansas City to tie the game with less than three minutes left to play. The Chiefs failed to score on their two-point conversion attempt after the penalty. “Ref No. 51 [Cheffers] shouldn’t even be able to wear a zebra jersey ever again,” Kelce said after the game. “He shouldn’t even be able to work at f—ing Foot Locker. “For it to end like that, with the referee literally taking it out of our hands, that hurts,” …

9:47 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The New York Jets are looking for a quarterback and there could be a new name on the market. You may have heard of him. Our question of the week: @RichCimini what is the chance the jets take a gamble on Manziel? #jetsmail — Mike Gulino (@mgulino95) January 20, 2017 @RichCimini: Mike, I understand why you asked the question. Johnny Manziel made news Friday, telling ESPN’s Ed Werder in a text message that he’s sober and wants to resume his football career. Good for Johnny; we should all hope he can get his life straightened out. But does that make him a good candidate to play quarterback for the Jets? I can answer that in five words: No. No. No. No. No. I’d be beyond stunned if the Jets showed any interest in Manziel. Signing Johnny Football would dwarf the Tim Tebow trade in …

In a vintage performance, No. 9 Rafael Nadal outlasted No. 24 Alexander Zverev in a thrilling five-set, third-round Australian Open match on Saturday.  After 4:06, Nadal, 30, emerged victorious over the 19-year-old, 46, 63, 67(5), 63, 62 to advance to the fourth round of tournament. After failing to move past the third round in four previous Opens, Nadal has now moved on to the fourth round in two-straight.  “Everything is less difficult now,” Nadal told ESPN after the game. “It was a special night for me.”  Nadal will face the winner of No. 6 Gael Monfils and No. 32 Philipp Kohlschreiber. Monfils took an early one-set lead.     

1:42 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment HOUSTON — In what symbolized Friday night for the Houston Rockets, James Harden, the master of the lob pass during his MVP-type season, sent one to Clint Capela, a man quite capable of converting such plays. Capela missed the rim. The Golden State Warriors came down to the other end and Stephen Curry hit a 3-pointer, his fifth of the game. Having seen enough, coach Mike D’Antoni called a timeout and started to clear the Rockets’ bench with 3 minutes, 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The fans were also done for the evening, and quite a few headed for the exits just before the T-shirt giveaway at the Toyota Center. Houston couldn’t hit a shot, struggled with its offensive spacing, played poor defense and was soundly beaten by the Warriors, 125-108. Montrezl Harrell and the rest of the Rockets’ starters had trouble …

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has been linked to MLS for some time, and the rumor mill is abuzz again, with a report that 2018 MLS expansion team LAFC has its sights set on signing the Mexican international forward. According to AS in Spain, LAFC wants to acquire Chicharito for its inaugural season. LAFC has made no secret about its aim to sign world-class, big-name talent, and Bayer Leverkusen is said to be looking to sell Chicharito this summer. By the time LAFC’s first season comes around, Chicharito will be on the verge of turning 30. It would hardly be the first time that Chicharito and MLS have been linked together. Chicharito confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel a year ago that he was in talks with Orlando City SC about a potential move from Manchester United prior to his signing with Leverkusen. He wound up going to the Bundesliga club and enjoying a prolific first season, with …

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment What pros and cons are we seeing from the two-coach system of the St. Louis Blues? Trade deadline power rankings Big Martin Hanzal of the Arizona Coyotes is among the players whose stock has risen recently as the trade rumors begin to heat up ahead of the March 1 deadline. Big Question: How would you change the game? For this week’s Big Question, we asked players around the league to tell us what they would change about the game and why. Bigger nets? That’s not the half of it. Pierre LeBrun: Hitchcock is one of the most respected and decorated coaches both at the NHL and international levels, but it’s fair to raise the question of whether he will last the rest of the season if the Blues keep producing uneven results. After all, his announced replacement, Yeo, is already in place. Even the game’s greatest coach, …

The MMQB’s Peter King and Albert Breer and Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Perloff offer their predictions for the AFC title game between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh.   Patriots’ O vs. Steelers’ D This is the third time the Patriots have seen the Steelers since the start of last year, and each time it’s been a drastically different Steelers defense. In the first matchup (Week 1 of 2015) it was a slow, declining secondary playing behind mediocre edge rushers. In the second matchup, Week 7 of this year, it was a callow secondary behind a rotation of even more mediocre edge rushers. Now the youngsters have developed and it’ll be a faster, livelier secondary. And the edge rusher situation has been sorted out: second-year sparkplug Bud Dupree is getting better by the week and James Harrison continues to pummel Father Time. But there’s been one constant throughout all three matchups: Pittsburgh’s inside linebackers Ryan …

The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers are two of the most successful AFC franchises in NFL history, and they are also two of the hottest teams in the league heading into Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. However, the Patriots have been the much better team recently, including this season, which is why the four-time Super Bowl champions are listed as six-point home favorites on the NFL lines over the six-time champion Steelers at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. While New England is making its record sixth consecutive appearance in the AFC Championship Game, the team has gone just 2–3 straight up and 1–4 against the spread in its previous five dating back to 2012. The lone cover during that stretch was a 45–7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts two years ago in the infamous Deflategate game that ultimately led to a four-game suspension to start this season for future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. Pittsburgh …

5:17 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan addressed reports about him becoming the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, saying nothing is official but acknowledging a mutual interest. Per NFL rules, Shanahan and the 49ers cannot have any contact until after the NFC Championship game Sunday. If the Falcons defeat the Green Bay Packers, Shanahan is allowed to have a second interview with the 49ers prior to Super Bowl week. If the Falcons lose Sunday, Shanahan could reach an agreement with the 49ers immediately. ESPN’s Adam Schefter previously reported that the Niners plan to offer their head coaching job to Shanahan whenever Atlanta’s season ends. Shanahan started his Thursday press conference with a statement on the matter “With my situation outside of this week, I’m definitely excited about that,” Shanahan said about potentially joining the 49ers. “But it’s not …

1:00 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment With the announcement Thursday of the deal between ESPN and Golden Boy Promotions to launch the new live boxing series “Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN” — which airs on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes — the question is what fights will we see on the minimum 42 cards that will air between the kickoff show March 23 and the end of 2018? Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya said that he intends for the series to be more than just showcase fights. In fact, he promised, “You will definitely see competitive fights and fighters who are ready to be tested.” The Golden Boy himself added that fight fans would see “top prospects going up against ex-world champions or prospects against prospects and contenders against contenders. This is not going to be by any means a series for us to use for fighters who just …

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