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 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.

'Keeping Receipts': Pelicans, Naji Marshall troll Jimmy Butler after win

The New Orleans Pelicans kept receipts after defeating the Miami Heat 111-88 on the road Friday night.

The Pelicans -- particularly Naji Marshall -- remembered comments made by Jimmy Butler after the Heat's win last month.

Marshall replied to a video of a Butler soundbite with a "My Volume don't work what he say ?????" comment in a now-deleted tweet. The Pelicans opted for multiple trolls, including changing their bio to "Keeping Receipts."

Miami defeated New Orleans 106-95 on Feb. 23 in a ga

Kyrie Irving hits miraculous buzzer-beater against Nuggets in Anta Kai 1's

Kyrie Irving drains a left-handed runner over Nikola Jokic from the elbow to win it for the Mavericks. (0:46)

Kyrie Irving hit a miraculous buzzer-beater to defeat the Denver Nuggets 107-105 on Sunday.

The Dallas Mavericks guard made a winning left-handed running hook shot over Nikola Jokic as the clock hit zero. Irving's shot gave Dallas its fifth win in its past six games.

"I saw Jokic taking away my pull-up going left. I knew that he was going to come up, but I didn't know he was going to

First iPhone announced, Prince's Super Bowl performance: Top trends the last time a men's NCAA hoops program won consecutive national titles

As March Madness begins, the top four seeds in the men's tournament are the Purdue Boilermakers, Houston Cougars, North Carolina Tar Heels and UConn Huskies.

UConn is coming off a 28-3 regular season and won the Big East tournament on March 16 for the first time since 2011. Last year, the Huskies entered March Madness with a 25-8 record, earning the No. 4 seed. The next two weeks, they went undefeated and won their first national championship since 2014. UConn is one of the favorites to win it

LeBron surprises Duquesne with new sneakers ahead of March Madness

Duquesne's basketball team is surprised with sneakers from Lakers star LeBron James. (0:16)

The No. 11 seeded Duquesne Dukes received a special package on Wednesday -- new kicks from LeBron James.

The Dukes are coached by Keith Dambrot, who coached James at St. Vincent-St. Mary's High School for two years. Players unboxed pairs of the Los Angeles Lakers star's signature shoes in a white and light blue colorway.

James offered good luck to the team on X, formerly known as Twitter, ahead of thei

Making the switch: Mookie Betts in rare territory as Dodgers' new shortstop

Mookie Betts will play in less familiar territory this season as the Los Angeles Dodgers face the San Diego Padres in South Korea on Wednesday (6:05 a.m. ET on ESPN).

Earlier in spring training, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced that Betts, who has primarily appeared in the outfield throughout his career, will switch to shortstop. Roberts said the move is "permanent, for now."

Betts spent time between playing outfield, shortstop and second base last season -- he started 12 games at shorts

George Mason in 2006, Saint Peter's in 2022: Looking back on notable March Madness Cinderella runs

March Madness is finally here, a 2½-week-long competition that not only busts brackets but establishes heroes. Cinderella stories help give March Madness its unpredictable nature.

Last year, the men's tournament saw the unlikely run of the No. 15-seeded Princeton Tigers. They reached the Sweet 16 after defeating the No. 2-seeded Arizona Wildcats and No. 7-seeded Missouri Tigers.

Princeton is neither the first nor the last school with low expectations to make noise in March.

Since the tourname

Haircuts in the crowd, swim team behind the basket: Notable free throw distractions

Oakland's student section gives haircuts to each other to distract Cleveland State players as they attempt free throws (0:22)

College basketball's unique free throw distractions add to the chaos of the regular season.

The Arizona State Sun Devils famously had Michael Phelps come out of their "Curtain of Distraction" during a game in 2016. Phelps wore a swimmer's cap and some of his record 28 Olympic medals. The Oregon State Beavers suffered two straight misses at the line, likely thanks to Phe

DeMar DeRozan drops 46 points, hits go-ahead shot in Kobe 9 'Beethoven'

DeMar DeRozan hits the fadeaway jumper to send game to overtime at the buzzer. (0:36)

Top performers in Week 20 of the NBA season were aided by some heat on their feet.

DeMar DeRozan came through in the clutch for the Chicago Bulls against the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night. DeRozan hit a midrange bucket near the end of regulation to send the game to overtime.

The Compton, Calif. native scored a season-high 46 points on 62.5% shooting from the field alongside nine rebounds. His 3-pointer with

Yankees to give away George Costanza bobblehead in matchup against Red Sox

The New York Yankees will have a bobblehead night this season for their assistant to the traveling secretary, better known as George Costanza.

The character in the hit show "Seinfeld," played by Jason Alexander, is having his own bobblehead giveaway on July 5 for Seinfeld night. The show's first episode aired on July 5, 1989.

The first 18,000 fans to the Yankees matchup against the Boston Red Sox will receive the bobblehead. The figurine includes Costanza in his batting stance while wearing a

Miles Myerscough-Harris recreates Swedish soccer team's photo with 127-year-old camera

Miles Myerscough-Harris had a simple task: recreate a 100-year-old team photo of the AIK soccer club. His main piece of equipment, a No. 4 Cartridge Kodak camera made in 1897, added a layer of complexity to that assignment.

Days prior to AIK's match against Örebro SK on Feb. 18, the club released a special kit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Allsvenskan, Sweden's first division, which AIK plays in. Players donned the kits before the game against Karlberg as Myerscough-Harris prepare

'Like a store on wheels': Meet Travis Kelce and Dak Prescott's custom suit tailor

After the Cincinnati Bengals clinched a spot in Super Bowl LVI, Tom Marchitelli had one thing on his mind.

"I spent the first 24 hours after he clinched the AFC title, reaching out to everyone I could. How can I get in contact with Joe Burrow?" Marchitelli told ESPN.

In 2014, Marchitelli left his job as a hedge fund accountant to become a custom menswear designer for athletes. By Super Bowl LVI, he had worked with top players such as Travis Kelce, Dak Prescott and Rob Gronkowski, tailoring his

'Dame time': Lillard gifts Bucks teammates his signature Tissot watch

Damian Lillard stayed true to his nickname with a recent gift for his teammates en route to face the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

"Dame Time" gave Milwaukee Bucks players brand new gold Tissot watches as they hopped on the plane.

Lillard, who became a Tissot ambassador in 2021, had his first signature watch with the company release in February. The PRX Powermatic 80 watch includes a stainless steel yellow gold strap and features specific to Lillard.

The second hand includes the guard's

Kelce brothers attend Cavs game for their bobblehead night

Jason Kelce is honored at the Cavaliers game alongside his brother Travis after Jason's retirement announcement. (0:38)

The Cleveland Cavaliers had two special guests at their game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday -- Jason and Travis Kelce.

The brothers, who are from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, were in attendance for their bobblehead night giveaway and sat courtside. Both are avid fans of the Cavaliers.

The figurine included tiny versions of themselves in Cleveland's statement jerseys. They

Joey Chestnut competes in pierogi-eating contest during NBA halftime

Joey Chestnut eats a whopping 39 pierogis by himself, while the other three contestants eat a combined 23 during halftime of Celtics-Cavaliers. (1:11)

Joey Chestnut calls himself the "world's greatest eater" for good reason.

He's a 16-time Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest champion and has been ranked No. 1 by Major League Eating, an organization that oversees professional competitive eating events around the world, since 2022.

On Tuesday, he flexed his muscles in a pierogi-eating contest durin

The winningest NBA team, Gordie Howe's 800th goal and more Leap Day stats across sports

One of the oddest details in the Gregorian calendar occurs on Thursday -- leap day, an extra day that occurs at the end of February every four years.

There are 50 current and former players across the NBA/NFL/MLB/NHL/WNBA that were born on leap day, notably Tyrese Haliburton (NBA), Eric Kendricks (NFL), Darryl Williams (MLB) and Simon Gagne (NHL), according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Of the nine NHL players born on leap day, Gagne became the only player to score on his birthday, in 2004.

'Toy Story 2,' Y2K and more trends since Lakers and Clippers first matched up at Arena

The Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers will face off on Wednesday for their final regular-season matchup as shared tenants of Arena.

The Clippers will move to the Intuit Dome in Inglewood, California at the start of the 2024-25 season, marking the end of a 25-year run at the stadium first known as the Staples Center and now Arena. It will also mean the conclusion of the "Hallway Series" with the Lakers.

The series began one-sided -- the Lakers held a 38-13 record against

'Straight cash!': Mahomes and Kelce weigh in on Max Strus' buzzer-beater

After the Mavericks take the lead in the final seconds, Max Strus lets it fly from beyond half court to win it for the Cavaliers. (1:24)

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Dallas Mavericks 121-119 Tuesday night in miraculous fashion, catching the attention of Kansas City Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce in the process.

Down by one point with 2.1 seconds remaining, Max Strus swished in a half-court heave to give Cleveland the win.

Strus' shot came from 59 feet, making it the sec

John Ross' record 40-yard dash, Byron Jones' broad jump: How viral NFL combine stars panned out

The 2024 NFL combine begins Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Participation in the combine is by invitation only. The NFL has invited 321 prospects to run through a variety of evaluations -- including on-field workouts -- in front of general managers, coaches and scouts. Individual drills begin on Thursday at 3 p.m. EST with the defensive linemen and linebackers.

Through the years, standout performances at the combine have led to increased buzz and rising stocks heading into draft

By the numbers: LeBron vs. KD

LeBron James and Kevin Durant will face off Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC) in another chapter of the story of two of the NBA's greatest players.

James and Durant have faced off 39 times across the regular season and playoffs, including three NBA Finals. Before their first matchup of this season on Oct. 26, 2023, they had gone almost five years without playing against one another in a game, the last time being Christmas Day 2018.

Sunday's meeting has important implications for the Western Confere

Elly De La Cruz's foul ball off Hunter Greene smashes Greene's car window

Elly De La Cruz fouls a pitch off Hunter Greene and in the process damages the Reds pitcher's car window. (0:22)

The Cincinnati Reds' spring session on Tuesday included a batting practice with a memorable foul ball by Elly De La Cruz.

The problem? De La Cruz's hit smashed pitcher Hunter Greene's car window, the player he was facing in a live batting practice matchup. It smashed the rear driver window of Greene's SUV.

De La Cruz and Greene made light of the situation by posing next to the pitc

Jimmy Graham to row nonstop across Arctic Ocean for charity

Former New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is ditching his gloves and cleats for rowing gear.

Graham announced Monday he will participate in the Arctic Challenge, a 1000 kilometer (621.3 miles) trek where a four-team group will row nonstop across the Arctic Ocean in July 2025.

The team will sleep a maximum of 90 minutes at a time and is expected to be at sea for 10-21 days, rowing 24 hours a day in two-hour intervals.

Former U.S. Navy Seal Andrew Tropp, 2021 USRowing's Female Coastal At

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
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