Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster is usually the one making people laugh, thanks to his wild sense of humor. But an unexpected family event in 2009 tested his humor and his heart -- and changed the course of his life.
May 2 | By Sarah Spain
Stellar goaltending, riveting rivalries, and some interesting playoff facial hair will be on display when the semifinals heat up.
Apr 28 4:07 PM ET | By Sarah Spain
The Hornets, Magic and Trail Blazers are all one bad game away from summer vacation. Will we see three more teams advance or get a few more Game 7s? With hoops, hockey, baseball and a big day for NFL hopefuls, here are the Games We're Watching.
Apr 28 1:56 PM ET | By Sarah Spain
Half of the 10 teams competing in tonight's NBA and NHL playoff games may see their seasons end prematurely. Five games with elimination blows on the line? Gimme the remote and let's get after it. Here are the Games We're Watching.
Apr 27 2:09 PM ET | By Sarah Spain
The Arkansas star tight end has been through some tough times with his family but has relied on faith and hope to reach for a brighter future.
Apr 27 | By Sarah Spain
The place to be is Chicago, where the Bulls and the Blackhawks fight to advance to Round 2 of the playoffs. If you're not down with the Windy City, there's more on the docket. Here are the Games We're Watching today.
Apr 26 12:59 PM ET | By Sarah Spain
Colleges and universities are using falsified numbers to comply with Title IX, according to The New York Times, and Sarah Spain says that's breaking the spirit -- and letter -- of the law.
Apr 26 | By Sarah Spain
Triathlon Hall of Famer Sally Edwards has completed more than 130 triathlons and done many of them with an odd goal in mind: to finish last.
Apr 25 | By Sarah Spain
Blows and checks to the head mar the sport of hockey, says espnW's Sarah Spain, and the sport can no longer pretend serious danger of concussions or even death doesn't exist.
Apr 21 11:47 AM ET | By Sarah Spain
The playoffs continue on the ice and the hardwood, with two top-seeded NBA teams hoping to avoid falling into a 2-0 hole and one NHL team playing to keep its season alive. Here are the Games We're Watching tonight.
Apr 20 2:17 PM ET | By Sarah Spain
She passed away today, at age 57, leaving a legacy of world records and New York City Marathon triumphs that won't soon be forgotten.
Apr 19 | By Sarah Spain
For two straight years, the Canucks were sent golfing a month or so early after being eliminated by the Blackhawks. Vancouver can give the defending Stanley Cup champions a taste of their own medicine with a sweep tonight.
Apr 20 12:04 PM ET | By Sarah Spain
Today the University of Notre Dame released an internal investigation into the October death of student Declan Sullivan, who was killed when the lift he was on tumbled in the wind.
Apr 18 6:00 PM ET | By Sarah Spain
Upsets, blowouts, big blocks and buzzer-beaters -- it would be tough to top this weekend's slate of playoff games, but tonight's lineup looks pretty promising.
Apr 20 12:06 PM ET | By Sarah Spain
Stock up on snacks and fill your fridge with beer, 'cause this weekend's lineup of playoff games will have you glued to your TV for hours. The NHL playoffs continue, and the NBA playoffs tip off Saturday.
Apr 15 1:38 PM ET | By Sarah Spain
Sources say that MLB will expand the use of replay for the 2012 season and espnW's Sarah Spain is all for it. Here's why even baseball purists and clock-watchers should be, too.
Apr 15 | By Sarah Spain
Apr 14 | By Sarah Spain
A report that the NBA has canceled its Las Vegas summer league and scrapped its annual internship program (the league has denied the claims) has Sarah Spain wondering what else might be canceled.
Apr 13 5:16 PM ET | By Sarah Spain
Puckheads, rejoice! The REAL hockey season starts tonight, when the quest for Lord Stanley begins. While hockey teams begin postseason play, basketball squads will battle for one last win.
Apr 13 1:03 PM ET | By Sarah Spain
Wednesday night marks the start of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, and there are all kinds of matchups, from rowdy rivalries to riveting rematches, to keep an eye on.
Apr 12 | By Sarah Spain
In the Pro's Questionnaire, our favorite sports figures take our abridged version of the most famous personality test, the Proust Questionnaire. Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is up.
Apr 13 | By Sarah Spain
Watch video from espnW's Sarah Spain, who chatted with the draftees after the first round of today's WNBA draft from the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
Apr 11 | By espnW
While hoops and hockey teams battle for a spot in the playoffs, baseball teams are just starting their long trek toward the postseason. From thrilling finishes to intriguing beginnings, these are the Games We're Watching ...
Apr 6 2:34 PM ET | By Sarah Spain