Rex Ryan's confidence and swagger was a trait he shared with father Buddy Ryan, who died Tuesday at age 82.
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Arizona baseball coach Jay Johnson said he didn't think his Monday night could get any better -- until he heard that Kris Bryant homered three times. Johnson helped recruit Bryant to the University of San Diego and worked as his hitting coach at the school before Bryant won the 2013 Dick Howser Award. Johnson's Wildcats beat Coastal Carolina 3-0 Monday in Game 1 of the College World Series finals and play for the national title tonight at 8 ET on ESPN.
Jim Kelly recalled playing against a Buddy Ryan defense and said that "you knew that you were in for a battle" when you faced him.
Part of what endeared Buddy Ryan to fans during his career was his way with words and disregard for how those words would be received by outsiders.
Jay Cutler's cushy contract in Chicago
Cutler's guarantees run out after this season, but the QB will make $16 million in 2016, bringing his total to $54 million over the last three years. Not bad for an up-and-down quarterback. Player-friendly contracts (Insider)
Aces not themselves on Monday
Both Jake Arrieta (5 earned runs in 5 innings) and Noah Syndergaard (5 ERs in 3 IP) saw their ERAs climb at an alarming rate with their disastrous outings against the Reds and Nationals, respectively.
Monday's longest home runs
Kris Bryant may have gone deep three times on Monday, but none of his home runs were longer than teammate Anthony Rizzo's 446-foot shot. The Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion cracks the list twice with nearly identical homers.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Still trying to digest this amazing fact: No player had ever had 3 HR & 2 doubles in one game before Kris Bryant did it last night!
The friendly competition between young sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant spurs both players and helps push the Cubs atop the standings.
A poignant moment in the 30 for 30 movie about the 1985 Bears came when Buddy Ryan's former players read a letter from him. Ryan died Tuesday.
The man behind the masterpiece
The 1985 Bears were led by a defense that many consider the best of all time, and it's easy to see why. Buddy Ryan's unit led the league in virtually every key category and allowed a total of just 10 points in three playoff games.
Buddy's defenses went after the ball
A calling card of Buddy Ryan's defenses was the ability to take the ball away. His units led the NFL in takeaways four times in an 11-year span, starting with the 1985 Bears.
Last year, the Big Ten finished the season with six teams ranked in the final AP Top 25. How will things shake out this season?
Kris Bryant became the first player in major league history to hit three HRs and two doubles in one game, and he did it while playing three positions.
While Jake Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard had off nights, Kris Bryant became the first player in MLB history to hit three HRs and two doubles in a game.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera was among many current and former players to react to the passing of longtime NFL coach Buddy Ryan.
Buddy Ryan, who coached in the NFL for 26 seasons and was known for building some of football's top defenses, died Tuesday at age 82.
ESPN.com's NFC North reporters don't see Adrian Peterson slowing down anytime soon.
Kris Bryant had an all-time great performance. ESPN Stats & Information takes a look at the numbers of his terrific night.
Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman welcomed rookie Denzel Valentine to the club on Monday and also acknowledged the end of an era in Chicago.