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.

Team Dunk Contest to the Legends Classic: Revisiting NBA All-Star Weekends of old

The 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis tips off on Friday with its annual celebrity game.

Since its introduction in 2003, the game has become a staple of All-Star Weekend, played each year except 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been two multi-time Most Valuable Player winners -- Kevin Hart (4) and Terrell Owens (2) -- with other big names consistently participating in the event.

Though the celebrity game has found its place during All-Star Weekend, other events or ideas ha

'The 300 pound softy': Draymond Green and Jusuf Nurkic exchange words on social media

Jusuf Nurkic says Draymond Green hasn't learned a thing after his suspension, and Green responds in his news conference. (1:30)

Draymond Green and Jusuf Nurkic went back-and-forth with one another on social media Tuesday. The exchange continued a spat that began in December when Green hit Nurkic during a game, leading to the indefinite suspension of the Golden State Warriors forward.

The two faced off Saturday for the first time since the incident. Nurkic gave a "too small" gesture to Green af

By the numbers: Shaq's run with the Orlando Magic as the franchise retires his jersey

Shaquille O'Neal is having his No. 32 jersey raised to the rafters by the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, becoming the first player to have his number retired by the franchise.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat have both retired Shaq's jersey. He's the fourth player to have his jersey retired by at least three different franchises -- joining Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Pete Maravich.

Shaq spent four seasons in Orlando and won Rookie of the Year. He appeared in the All-Star Game each year

A sub-30-minute triple-double? Wembanyama's remarkable Monday night by the numbers

Victor Wembanyama records his 10th block of the night vs. the Raptors on the road. (0:18)

Victor Wembanyama put together one of the all-time stat lines in NBA history Monday -- 27 points, 14 rebounds, 10 blocks, 5 assists and 2 steals in a 122-99 win against the Toronto Raptors.

The San Antonio Spurs rookie is the fifth player in NBA history with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks and 5 assists in a game since blocks became an official statistic in 1973-74, joining Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul

'Shrek 2,' debut of YouTube and more trends since the last time a team won consecutive Super Bowls

The Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl champions for the second consecutive year, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday.

After securing one Lombardi Trophy between 1969 and 2019, the Chiefs have now won three since 2020.

Kansas City becomes the first team to go back-to-back since the New England Patriots won the 2004 and 2005 Super Bowls. It was the longest drought between repeat champions in NFL history. Current Chiefs head coach Andy Reid faced the Patriots as

'Grease,' Sony Walkman and more trends since last time Indiana State was ranked

The Indiana State Sycamores are slotted in at No. 23 in Monday's AP poll -- the program's first appearance in the Top 25 since Larry Bird's final season with the Sycamores.

Indiana State went 817 AP polls without appearing in it, the fifth-largest gap between rankings in the poll's history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Its last inclusion came at the end of the 1978-79 season when Indiana State topped the final AP poll at No. 1 before the tournament.

The Sycamores are on a nine-game w

Wife of 49ers star designs custom Super Bowl LVIII jacket for Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson

Kristin Juszczyk, wife of San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk, designed custom vests ahead of Super Bowl LVIII worn by celebrities such as journalist Gayle King and singers Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson.

The limited-edition puffer vest included a Super Bowl LVIII decal with "58" across the chest and back and the matchup sewn on the bottom.

"Gwen, I hope you love my Super Bowl puffer vest I made. It would be an honor to see you rock it. I love your style and everything you stand for,"

Super Bowl LVIII uniforms -- and the winning trend since 2004

Super Bowl LVIII is not just a rematch of Super Bowl LIV on the field between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, but also in the uniform design room.

The 49ers will wear their white uniforms, while the Chiefs will wear red -- the same uniform matchup as the Super Bowl in 2020. Before losing to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, the 49ers were 2-0 in Super Bowls when wearing white jerseys with gold pants. However, history is on the side of the 49ers.

Since 2004, the Chiefs are one of on

John Cena surprises crowd with first Savannah Bananas at-bat on Saturday

WWE legend John Cena makes a surprise appearance at the Savannah Bananas game and takes the field with a must-see at-bat. (1:22)

The Savannah Bananas had a surprise guest with an at-bat on Saturday -- WWE wrestler and actor John Cena.

The 16-time world heavyweight champion walked out of the dugout to his theme song in Tampa, Florida at George Steinbrenner Field. Prior to stepping into the batter's box, Cena raised a championship belt and three fingers, his trademark gesture.

He adopted a uniq

Artists celebrate Kobe Bryant with 639 (and counting) worldwide murals

LOS ANGELES -- On the day of Kobe Bryant's death in Jan. 2020, the plaza outside of Crypto.com Arena overflowed with people. Fans placed tributes everywhere. Flowers covered the ground. Tears replaced words.

A stunned silence overcame the venue's entertainment complex as it offered a place for Bryant fans to pay their respects and grieve together. In the hours and days after his passing, Los Angeles Lakers and Bryant fans found comfort in another avenue -- art.

In a Miami neighborhood, Gustavo

A look back at LeBron James' top games at Madison Square Garden

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks on Saturday (8:30 p.m. EST on ABC).

James has played 31 games in the world's most famous arena, amassing a record of 22-9. His averages at Madison Square Garden -- 28.2 points, 7.3 assists and 6.9 rebounds -- are not far off from his overall career average -- 27.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists.

He's only faced the Knicks once in a playoff series, the 2012 Eastern Conference First Rou

'Finish this': Jason and Travis Kelce share heartfelt moment after Chiefs-Ravens

After his viral appearance in Buffalo during the AFC divisional round last week, Jason Kelce was back supporting his younger brother, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

Jason attended the AFC Championship Game between the Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens, sitting in a suite for the second straight week.

Kansas City's 17-10 win sent them to their fourth Super Bowl in the past five years. After the game, Jason came down on the field and hugged his brother in an emotional embrace.

He told him

NFL conference championship round uniforms -- and each team's record when wearing them

NFL conference championship weekend includes not only strong personnel matchups, but uniforms too.

In the NFC Championship Game, the San Francisco 49ers are going with their classic red jerseys, while the Detroit Lions are wearing all white. The Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs return the same uniforms from the divisional round -- purple jerseys for the Ravens and white for the Chiefs.

Here are the conference title game looks for each NFL team in action plus their records this season wh

'My three sons want to do this for me. Wow': Deion Sanders' sons buy him mansion

The Colorado Buffaloes football coach took a tour of the mansion with his sons -- Shedeur Sanders, Shilo Sanders and Deion Sanders Jr. -- that was documented in a YouTube video posted Friday on their channel, "Well Off Media."

The sons ended up buying it for their 56-year-old father.

"My three sons want to do this for me. Wow. This is awesome," Sanders said.

The mansion's amenities include a workout room, a massage room, a wine cellar, an indoor movie theater and an outdoor pool.

"This is 'W

San Francisco 49ers welcome furry animals for therapy before NFC Championship Game

Ahead of the NFC Championship Game, the San Francisco 49ers are calming their nerves with puppy therapy, courtesy of the Humane Society Silicon Valley, which works to build "a more compassionate community by saving homeless pets."

The puppies visited the 49ers on Friday, two days before San Francisco faces the Detroit Lions for a spot in Super Bowl LVIII.

Players such as George Kittle and Chase Young couldn't help but cuddle the furry animals. They also answered questions on TikTok while holdi

A No. 1 pick vs. Mr. Irrelevant: The Lions-49ers NFC Championship matchup by the numbers

The Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers face off Sunday with a spot in Super Bowl LVIII on the line, but the franchises tell a story of having been on different trajectories.

San Francisco is making its fourth NFC Championship Game appearance since 2019, while Detroit is in the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The Lions are one of four franchises to never play in the Super Bowl since it began in 1966, and the 49ers are seeking their third appearance this century.

The NFC Championship

Doncic vs. Booker timeline: From the 'Luka special' to Christmas congrats

Devin Booker and Luka Doncic have had their fair share of history in recent years.

The pair's rivalry peaked during the 2022 NBA playoffs when the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns matched up in the semifinals. Doncic led the Mavs back from a 3-2 deficit, winning Game 7 on the road in a 123-90 blowout.

Booker and Doncic face off on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET on ABC) during NBA Rivals Week, their 20th career meeting (regular season and playoffs).

Booker leads the regular-season series 9-3, but Do

Jason Kelce joins Bills tailgate, spotted in suite with Taylor Swift

A week after being eliminated in the NFC wild-card round, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce traveled to Buffalo to support his younger brother, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

The six-time Pro Bowler took in a tailgate outside of Highmark Stadium, interacting with Buffalo Bills fans before heading into the arena.

He was also side-by-side with Taylor Swift in a suite, the first time both have been spotted together during one of Travis' games this season.

Swift attended the Chie

Ravens' purple jerseys, Chiefs' traditional uniform leads NFL divisional round threads

Only eight teams remain in the NFL playoffs and the divisional round means it could be the last of some popular uniforms.

The Baltimore Ravens will wear purple jerseys with black pants and the San Francisco 49ers have a classic combination as both teams return from the bye week. The Detroit Lions are going all blue for the second week in a row, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will don white uniforms. The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills will cap off the weekend with white and blue jerseys, r

Beginnings of 'Cardiac Kemba,' iPhone 3G and more trends from UConn's last AP No. 1 team

The UConn Huskies men's basketball team is off to a 16-2 start after winning last season's national championship game against the San Diego State Aztecs.

UConn has four players averaging double-digit points but has been paced by transfer guard Cam Spencer's 15.5 points per game. The Huskies have four wins over ranked opponents, including a 62-48 win over the No. 19 Creighton Bluejays on Wednesday night.

The early success has led to UConn being the No. 1 team in the AP poll for the first time s

Ray Lewis expresses dissatisfaction with Eagles defense

Peyton and Eli Manning returned for a special wild-card edition of the "ManningCast" for the Philadelphia Eagles-Tampa Bay Buccaneers matchup.

This is the third year in a row with an iteration of the alternative broadcast during wild-card weekend. The Buccaneers appeared in last season's version, losing to the Dallas Cowboys 31-14 in Tom Brady's final game. This was the third all-time appearance for the Eagles, who have a 1-2 record in these games, and the Buccaneers, who are 2-1.

The Manning

Bills troll Steelers after wild-card win

The trolls haven't shied away during the NFL wild-card round.

The Buffalo Bills took care of the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning 31-17 to advance to the AFC divisional round.

Buffalo ran for 179 yards, its most in a playoff game since Dec. 30, 1995, including 79 yards on the ground from James Cook. Josh Allen added 74 rushing yards himself, including a 52-yard touchdown run. He also threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Mason Rudolph had 229 passing yards and two touchdowns, plus one intercep

By the numbers: Green Bay Packers dominate Dallas Cowboys

The Green Bay Packers are moving on to the NFC divisional round after a convincing 48-32 win against the Dallas Cowboys.

Green Bay is the first No. 7 seed to win a playoff game and moves to 6-0 all-time at AT&T Stadium, with five wins against the Cowboys and one against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. That ties the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons for the most wins by any team without a loss or tie at a single stadium all-time, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

On the contr

Full-length court in Indianapolis airport is installed to promote NBA All-Star Weekend

The Indiana Pacers will host the 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend, and the region is welcoming fans in unique fashion.

A full-length basketball court was installed in the middle of the Indianapolis International Airport for travelers to show off their skills on a court that's similar in design to what will be used in February.

Indianapolis previously hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1985, which featured an iconic Slam Dunk contest between Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins. They were originally set
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