Anthony Gharib

I am a graduate of the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in sports business and management. I am currently an associate editor at ESPN.com on the trending topics team. I spent the 2023 Summer as a sports intern at USA Today. Before USA Today, I was a Sports News Intern at ABC7 Los Angeles from August 2022 to June 2023. My previous reporting contributions were with LakersNation and 247Sports covering USC sports (began in spring 2022 and continued as a contributor before joining ABC7). I also freelanced with the Daily Breeze covering prep sports in Fall 2021. I was the sports editor of USC's independent student newspaper, the Daily Trojan, during the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.

Anthony Edwards' memorable slogan takes over Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves are in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2004, and a new slogan is taking over the state.

The Timberwolves advanced to the round after defeating the Denver Nuggets in seven games. The series began with Minnesota fans tattooing Naz Reid's name on themselves after Game 2 and ended with Anthony Edwards creating another memorable trend after Game 7.

During a postgame interview on Sunday, TNT's Charles Barkley told Edwards he hadn't been to Minnesota

'Approved': Nika Muhl dons visa tee to WNBA debut

Storm rookie Nika Muhl wears a shirt with a picture of her approved visa on it after finally being cleared to play in the WNBA. (0:23)

Seattle Storm's Nika Muhl made her WNBA debut Wednesday night against the Indiana Fever and chose a memorable outfit to mark the occasion.

Muhl, selected at No. 14 in this year's WNBA draft, missed the Storm's first four games of the regular season due to the process of converting her student visa to a P1A work visa.

The former UConn Huskies guard celebrated h

Timberwolves' Game 7 comeback as told by Anthony Edwards moments

Monica McNutt and Brian Windhorst believe Anthony Edwards is on his way to becoming the face of the NBA. (1:23)

Does Anthony Edwards need a title to be the face of the NBA? (1:23)

The Minnesota Timberwolves eliminated the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night with a 98-90 win in Game 7 on the road.

Minnesota was down by 15 points at the half, marking the largest halftime deficit overcome to win a Game 7. The Timberwolves trailed by as many as 20 points, making it the largest Game 7 comeback win in t

Cardinals unveil red City Connect uniforms with help from hip-hop artist Nelly

The St. Louis Cardinals' uniforms have largely remained unchanged throughout their 142-year history, a standard that continues with the team's City Connect unveil on Monday.

White at home and gray on the road have been the norm since 1901. The iconic "Birds on the Bat" decal debuted in 1922, becoming a staple of the Cardinals' design.

In recent years, St. Louis has worn an alternate cream look on Saturdays at home and an alternate blue look for Saturdays on the road.

The Cardinals opted to st

Panthers use old Jayson Tatum clip alongside Matthew Tkachuk to return troll at Celtics

As if eliminating the Boston Bruins for the second straight season in the postseason weren't enough, the Florida Panthers made sure to troll another Boston-based sports team on social media.

The Panthers defeated the Bruins 2-1 to close out their series in six games behind a late goal by Gustav Forsling. Florida advances to its second straight Eastern Conference finals after reaching it only once in its first 28 years of existence, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

On Wednesday, the Bosto

'Pulled off the impossible': Behind the scenes of the Chargers' Sims-themed schedule release

Seconds into the Los Angeles Chargers' 2024 schedule release video, one thing becomes abundantly clear -- this won't be your ordinary NFL schedule unveiling.

It's set in the world of "The Sims," a life simulation video game series where players can create characters and control their lives through various objectives and tasks.

In the Chargers' world, there's a scene of John and Jim Harbaugh fighting, reminiscent of the movie "Step Brothers." A portrait of Bill Belichick's dog, who became a sta

Federer, Nadal summit mountain in Italy's Dolomites for Louis Vuitton campaign

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal teamed up with Louis Vuitton for a new chapter in its "Core Values'' campaign, which was announced Saturday morning. The main values center on "a journey beyond the physical, a commitment to excellence, and a transmission of dreams."

From 2004 to 2019, Federer and Nadal faced off 40 times on the ATP tour, nine of which came during the final of a major tournament.

Federer has 20 grand slam titles, while Nadal has 22 and counting. For years, a conversation about Fe

Guardians unveil City Connect uniforms, inspired by the Guardians of Traffic statues

In July 2021, the Cleveland Guardians announced their name change, which was inspired by the "Guardians of Traffic" statues on the Hope Memorial Bridge in the city.

Team owner Paul Dolan clarified the team wasn't named after the bridge, but "there's no question that it's a strong nod to those [statues] and what they mean to the community."

It was a transitional time period for the organization, which had the same name since 1915. When Nike and the Guardians began the process of designing the C

'SPIKED!': Spike Lee presents Reggie Miller with gifts in MSG return

Reggie Miller reunites with Spike Lee and Ben Stiller in Madison Square Garden ahead of Game 2 between the Knicks and the Pacers. (0:21)

The series between the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers continued with Game 2 on Wednesday, and a familiar rival for Knicks fans sat at the scorer's table: Reggie Miller.

Miller, whose No. 31 is retired by the Pacers, had multiple memorable moments against the Knicks in the playoffs.

His 25-point, fourth-quarter performance in Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Co

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander arrives in all-gold leather look ahead of Mavericks-Thunder

The Western Conference semifinals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks tips off Tuesday, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander arrived in a golden look.

The Thunder star wore a matching dress shirt, pants, skinny tie, bag and gloves entirely made of a gold-colored thin leather fabric. He completed the look with black sunglasses and shoes.

Gilgeous-Alexander's teammate Jalen Williams turned heads with his looks during the Thunder's first-round sweep against the New Orleans Pelicans. But

Tigers gear up for the future with City Connect uniforms that embrace 'Motor City'

Detroit has been known as the "automotive capital of the world" since Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903. Over a century later, the "Motor City" moniker remains strong -- and the Detroit Tigers are changing gears to tap in to that nickname with a new look.

The Tigers revealed their City Connect uniform on Monday, tapping into the "exciting future" of the franchise and city, while honoring Detroit's rich automotive history.

The uniforms will debut Friday and Saturday against the

Minnesota's wolves are pups, Patriots win Super Bowl: Trends the last time Timberwolves won a playoff series

The Minnesota Timberwolves are off to the Western Conference semifinals after a four-game sweep of the Phoenix Suns.

The Timberwolves finished the regular season with a 56-24 record, their most wins since the 2003-04 season. It also marked Minnesota's third straight appearance in the playoffs, the first time since 2004. The Timberwolves series against the Denver Nuggets tips off Saturday.

Anthony Edwards led Minnesota by averaging 31.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists against the Suns.

Ed

'Flip from above the rim': Haliburton trolls Lillard, Patrick Beverley after series clinching win

The Indiana Pacers make light work of the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6, winning 120-98 to move on to the Eastern Conference semifinals. (2:47)

The Indiana Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday with a 120-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

It is Indiana's first playoff series win since 2014.

Obi Toppin and T.J. McConnell, who both came off the bench, led Indiana in scoring in Game 6. It is the third time since starters began being tracked in 1970-71 that a team had a series-

Stefon Diggs shows off strength with three plates on his back for pushups

The NFL offseason is well underway and Stefon Diggs looks to be taking advantage of it.

The wide receiver, who was acquired by the Houston Texans last month in a trade, shared a video on his Instagram story Thursday of him executing elevated pushups with an added twist -- three plates, which are typically 45-pounds each, on his back.

Diggs posted another video on his story of him doing the pushups with just one weight on his back. He added the caption: "This s--- was f---ing hard."

This isn't

Meaty motivation: The role of the 'rally sausage' in Twins' recent triumphs

The Minnesota Twins are one of the hottest teams in baseball, winning their 10th straight game Wednesday.

It is the franchise's longest win streak since 2008 and has come with a new member joining the Twins dugout -- a rally sausage.

The Cloverdale summer tangy sausage has served as a rally object since its introduction last Thursday.

Twins third baseman Kyle Farmer received the "substantial packaged" sausage from a sponsor. According to MLB.com, hitting coach David Popkins brought the sausag

'Dallas to Cancun': Mavericks trolled by billboard ahead of Game 5 against Clippers

The LA Clippers and Dallas Mavericks are tied at two games apiece in their Western Conference first-round series heading into Game 5 on Wednesday.

One of the billboards outside Crypto.com Arena seemed to troll the Mavericks and their fans ahead of the game.

If the Mavericks lose, the Clippers would still need to win Game 6 on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) to advance. But it's never too early to do some trolling.

According to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk, the advertisement is scheduled to be taken do

'Hart to Robinson': Knicks center throws down alley-oop over Joel Embiid

Mitchell Robinson came ready to play for Game 5 between the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night.

Robinson's status was up in the air after he missed Game 4 with an ankle injury. Listed as a game-time decision, he suited up and made the most of his appearance as the Knicks, leading the series 3-1, looked to close out the Sixers.

Midway through the second quarter, Robinson received an alley-oop from Josh Hart and slammed it home over Joel Embiid.

Robinson had 2 points, 5 reboun

Tampa Bay Rays unveil City Connect uniforms, a nod to the organization's innovative spirit

The Tampa Bay Rays have always been willing to do things differently.

Though they routinely have one of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball, the Rays have reached the playoffs in five straight seasons by getting the most out of their roster.

They introduced the idea of an "opener" in 2018, leading to the best ERA in the American League just a month after the strategy, though that is just one part of a long list of Tampa Bay innovations.

The Rays' latest? The reveal of their City Conn

'The sun always sets': Timberwolves troll Suns after sweep

Brian Windhorst joins "SportsCenter" to explain where the Suns go following a sweep at the hands of the Timberwolves. (1:40)

Windhorst: Suns looking for answers after getting swept (1:40)

As if sweeping the Phoenix Suns on Sunday in the Western Conference first round of the NBA playoffs weren't enough, the Minnesota Timberwolves are throwing more (virtual) punches on social media.

Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 40 points -- 31 of which he scored in the second half -- to cap off a 1

Jalen Williams wears eye-catching look before Game 4 of Thunder-Pelicans

Jalen Williams turned heads with his look Monday night as the Oklahoma City Thunder face the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 4.

Williams arrived in an all-black fit that included leather pants and a shirt. But the real eye-catching element was a black headpiece with three rows across his face. Three stripes also run from his head toward his neck.

The outfit looks similar to one a boss in the video game Escape From Tarkov would wear. It also has branding for Adidas, which Williams signed with in 2

'We can't wait': A timeline of the bad blood between Nuggets and Lakers

Nikola Jokic drops 24 points as the Nuggets extend their series lead to 3-0 against the Lakers. (2:10)

There's no love lost between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers as their first-round series continues Saturday night with Game 4 (8:30 EST on ABC).

It's been an entirely one-sided matchup in recent years -- the Nuggets are riding an 11-game win streak against the Lakers. Denver's win streak also includes seven straight in the playoffs, though that total is far from the longest playoff

J.J. McCarthy is latest national champion QB-turned-NFL first-rounder

Multiple quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft.

USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams was picked No. 1 by the Chicago Bears, while LSU's Jayden Daniels and North Carolina's Drake Maye went No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. In the weeks leading up to the draft, a familiar name gained steam in mock drafts: Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy.

McCarthy is coming off a season where he threw for 2,991 yards and 22 touchdowns en route to the Wolverines' first natio

Marvin Harrison Jr., Joe Alt the latest additions to the NFL's father-son club

The Arizona Cardinals select Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. with the fourth overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft. (0:18)

There is no shortage of players in the 2024 NFL draft who come from families with football backgrounds.

Whether it's Luke McCaffrey or Brenden Rice, a handful could have their names called in Detroit.

However, only two players whose fathers were also NFL stars were taken in the first round -- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. and Los Angeles Chargers tack

Flight connection: Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze land in Chicago together

Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze went from running into each other on the same flight en route to the NFL draft Tuesday to becoming teammates Thursday.

The Chicago Bears selected Williams as the No. 1 pick then drafted Odunze at No. 9, pairing the two together in the Windy City. Odunze joins a wide receiver room that already has Keenan Allen and DJ Moore, while Williams is tasked with leading the Bears back to the postseason.

Moments after being drafted, Odunze shared his excitement about gettin
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