Washington leaders vehemently deny financial misconduct in letter to Federal Trade Commission

Washington’s leaders vehemently opposed the allegations of financial wrongdoing in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, explaining why the government institution had not launched an investigation. The 22-page letter — written by team attorney Jordan Seif, addressed to FTC Chair Lina M Khan and obtained by ESPN — refuted allegations by former team employee … Read more

Jason Tatum’s pitch to the bell gives the Boston Celtics a win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game One of the first round of the playoffs series.

BOSTON – Jason Tatum insisted the Boston Celtics’ game with the Brooklyn Nets wasn’t an opportunity to prove anything against the league’s two top scorers. His ending in Game 1 said otherwise. Tatum took a corner kick at the bell after a pass from Marcus Smart to give Boston a dramatic 115-114 victory on Sunday … Read more

Miami Heat warns Tra Young despite Atlanta Hawks strangling in first game

MIAMI – The Heat’s defense may have stifled Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young throughout Sunday’s game 115-91 in Game One of the first-round series, but the East’s top seed knows he can’t expect Young and the eighth-seeded Hawks to go quietly. “He’s going to score,” Heat striker PJ Tucker said of Young. “That’s one match. … Read more

Denver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr holds hope for a comeback during game against Golden State Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO – Denver Nuggets’ injured Michael Porter Jr. is hoping to be able to play in his team’s first round against the Golden State Warriors. “Right now, I’m taking the game apart. I’m not ruling anything out,” Porter told ESPN’s Andscape after the Nuggets lost 123-101 to the Warriors in their first game on … Read more

Therese Maxi of the Philadelphia 76ers grabs the spotlight by scoring 38 games in a Match 1 win over the Raptors

12:44 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN Philadelphia – In the days leading up to the start of the first round between the 76th and the Toronto Raptors, the focus was on how effective James Harden had been in the face of Toronto’s long defense. In the first game Saturday night, it was another 76ers guard who … Read more

Hunter Green of the Cincinnati Reds sets a speed record in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – On a chilly Southern California evening, the rookie rookie of the Cincinnati Reds Hunter Green brought in some record-setting heat. After five compelling innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally caught up. Tria Turner fired a two-part penalty to finish in a goalless draw for sixth as the Dodgers beat the Reds 5-2 … Read more

Conor Penn approaches the elite welterweight title with a second-round knockout of Chris Van Heerden

6:11 PM ET Nick Parkinson Close • Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers• British boxing has been reported for over 15 years• Appears in BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Conor Bean approached elite welterweight boxing with another bid of his brutal end to destroying Chris Van Heerden in two rounds on … Read more

With bigger plans ahead, the Boston Bruins secure a playoff berth in the East, a feat ‘not automatic’

BOSTON – Jeremy Swayman bounced back from a difficult period as he saved 23 balls and the Boston Bruins scored a playoff point by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Saturday to end their season-high three-match streak. Trent Frederick and Eric Hola scored first-half goals for Boston, who took off after winning 17 of 21. … Read more

Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns, is retiring as CEO of the Western Alliance amid an NBA investigation

Robert Sarver, majority owner of Phoenix Suns, will retire as CEO from Western Alliance Bancorporation in June, ending a two-decade term with the company worth about $56 billion in assets. The company’s recent announcement of Sarver’s imminent departure comes amid the NBA’s investigation into the Suns and Sarver, which launched the league in early November … Read more