WEEKEND BINGE READS
Get ready, world, here comes Mal Pugh … Other countries might be catching up to American women’s soccer, but they’ll first have to catch Mallory Pugh. She’s already becoming the stuff of legend, from popping a wrist bone back into place to avoid missing a tournament when she was 12 to becoming the youngest player ever to score an Olympic goal. Mina Kimes has the story of the next women’s soccer icon. Read More
Return of the Mack (Brown) … He hasn’t coached college football since 2013. He hasn’t coached at UNC since 1997. He’s the fourth-oldest coach in college football. Times have changed … but UNC is betting that Mack Brown has not only kept up, but is the man to lead them back to gridiron glory. Read More
Why Jamel Herring keeps fighting … Former Marine Jamel Herring has suffered unimaginable losses, enough to derail most people. Here’s how he kept going and persevered in spite of it all. He’ll be fighting for the WBO lightweight belt Saturday night on ESPN — the same day his daughter Ariyanah would have turned 10 years old. Read More
THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
The All-NBA teams are here … Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden are first-team selections. LeBron James made it, but he’s a bit lower than usual. See the full rosters here. Read More
Coaching your old team … Juwan Howard is back at Michigan. The Fab Five member is now the Wolverines’ head basketball coach, but he’s not the only former player to return to his team as a head coach. Here’s a list of the most notable, from Mike Ditka to Clyde Drexler. Read More
The NBA’s supermax contract is working … Just not like fans expected. Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to be the biggest test of the new system — his decision on whether or not to sign a supermax contract extension this summer could have reverberations throughout the league. Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
“It squashes any drama or beef. Because we’re not going to bring that to Ann Arbor’s campus with Juwan Howard as our head coach.”
— Jalen Rose, on Juwan Howard’s hiring as Michigan coach bringing the Fab Five back together. Watch
On this date in 2013, Paul George completely torched LeBron James and dunked way over Chris Andersen in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Watch
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?
Bucks at Raptors (Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT): Will The North be in The Finals? If the last three games are an indicator, Drake will be having one heck of a party after this game. Then again, the Bucks have the best record in the NBA for a reason, so expect Giannis Antetokounmpo and crew to give it their best shot.
Ito vs. Herring (Saturday, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN): WBO junior lightweight title-holder Masayuki Ito faces contender Jamel Herring in this matchup. You can also catch the undercards at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Braves at Cardinals (Sunday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN): Top prospect Austin Riley has made a splash. In his first nine games, the Braves’ phenom socked five home runs and hit .389. If he keeps this up, his permanent spot on the roster is all but guaranteed.
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