Carmelo Anthony is the last great American ball hog

Gregg Popovich says there’s no beauty in basketball anymore. Melo’s fall helps make his case.

Sources: QB Smith fights infection after surgeries
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith is dealing with an infection caused by complications from multiple surgeries on his broken leg, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Spoiler alert: If no playoffs, OBJ would relish role
Odell Beckham Jr. is ready to make sure “somebody else is coming home with us” if the Giants are eliminated from the playoff race and forced into playing the role of spoiler.

McCarthy visited Lambeau twice after firing
After the Green Bay Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, they let him come back Tuesday to speak with his coaching staff, and again Wednesday to address the players.

New Terps coach has support of McNair’s dad
New Maryland coach Mike Locksley and Marty McNair, the father of Terrapins player Jordan McNair, who died from heatstroke following a team practice, have a common tragic bond.

No. 3 ranked prospect Carey Jr. picks Duke
Center Vernon Carey Jr. joins a 2019 Duke recruiting class that includes five-star wing Wendell Moore along with ESPN 100 combo guard Boogie Ellis.

Predicting who will — and should — win CFB’s top awards
There’s probably not much debate that Quinnen Williams will be honored as the nation’s best defender at the College Football Awards. Who else will win?

Ex-NFL players create Freedom Football League
The Freedom Football League, founded by ex-NFL players including Ricky Williams and Terrell Owens, wants to “reinvent” the game and plans to kick off with 10 teams.

Who will win Heisman? Kyler vs. Tua a historic battle
Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa have put up numbers that in any other year would win the Heisman. But only one can claim college football’s biggest prize.

Barnwell: Six ugly NFL free falls, and what they mean for 2019

Carolina has lost four straight and is on the outside looking in at the postseason race. Cam & Co. aren’t alone in falling apart down the stretch.

Berry’s Love/Hate for Week 14
Jeremy Schaap asks Matthew the tough questions to help you learn more about the TMR, and Matthew provides his usual lineup-setting advice for Week 14.

As Ravens’ QB transition nears, Giants’ plan still in limbo
Replacing an iconic QB is thorny business. But for reasons both within and beyond their control, the Giants’ transition plan is as mysterious as ever.