Zack Greinke earned his first win with the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, despite an uneven outing that saw him allow five runs in six innings to the visiting Colorado Rockies.Acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the 35-year-old right-hander joined All-Stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole toContinue Reading

The NCAA issued a memo to agents Monday, outlining new certification requirements in order to represent players testing the NBA draft waters.In the memo, obtained by ESPN, the NCAA outlined new criteria: a bachelor’s degree, NBPA certification for at least three consecutive years, professional liability insurance and completion of anContinue Reading

D.C. United will hold talks this week with representatives of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.The Washington Post was the first to report D.C.’s interest in Ozil. One source added that any deal involving Ozil would occur during the January transfer window, which coincides with MLS’Continue Reading

NAPA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders are the featured team on this year’s HBO series “Hard Knocks.” Here are a few highlights from the season premier Tuesday night:Rookie safety Johnathan Abram, the third of the Raiders’ three first-round draft picks at No. 27 overall out of Mississippi State, got hisContinue Reading

Miami Heat legend Udonis Haslem is returning to the team for his 17th NBA season on a veteran’s minimum contract worth just under $2.6 million this season.The team announced the deal shortly after the 39-year-old forward posted an Instagram Tuesday hinting at his return. Signed after going undrafted out ofContinue Reading

An alternate local telecast of Washington Redskins preseason games will feature a live interactive prediction contest with cash prizes, the latest sign of the NFL’s methodical shift toward a more accepting position on sports betting.Starting with Thursday’s preseason opener at Cleveland, NBC Sports Washington Plus will show the “Predict theContinue Reading

Seattle Mariners infielder Tim Beckham has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.Major League Baseball announced the suspension Tuesday, effective immediately.Beckham, the former No. 1 overall draft selection, tested positive for Stanozolol, according to MLB.”I was given a product from a trusted source, whoContinue Reading