3hRyan McGee

McGee: Why Ohio State, Notre Dame should go ahead and accept their playoff fates

After a dust-settling Week 13, Ryan McGee writes that Ohio State, Notre Dame and others have no argument to be in the CFP. (As for Stanford, a lot -- a lot! -- of things have to fall its way.)

Kobe's top 10 plays of his career (2:46)
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2hNBA Insiders

5-on-5: The best and the worst of Kobe Bryant

How high does Kobe Bryant rank among the all-time greats? What memory stands out the most? Our Insiders discuss the best and worst of the Lakers legend.

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3hBill Barnwell

Barnwell: Patriots still positioned for Super Bowl run

The Patriots suffered a loss Sunday night, but not the worst kind, given encouraging news on Gronk. The focus now should be on getting in position for January, writes Bill Barnwell.

Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night (2:35)
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7hJ.A. Adande

Adande: Why Kobe was so important to the NBA

Kobe was the bridge from the Jordan era to the likes of LeBron, Durant and Curry, imparting the lessons of His Airness to the next generation of stars.

Not Ray Lewis on how to stop Cam Newton from dabbing (1:52)
Keyshawn: We got it right (2:00)
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20hJon Gruden

Gruden: Manziel can still be Browns' future

Not only should the Browns keep Johnny Manziel, but they should also make a strong effort to develop the recently demoted quarterback into their 2016 starter, Jon Gruden writes.

Gasol shoots header into the basket (0:20)
Belichick stares down reporter (0:19)
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Kapadia: Seahawks' Wilson taking the lead

Russell Wilson threw five TD passes Sunday while dealing with flu-like symptoms. Considering the Seahawks' larger health issues, he's going to have to keep it up.

4hMike Sando

Sando: Seattle still searching for old identity

The Seahawks went to the past two Super Bowls with an elite defense and an offense built around a punishing run game. But Seattle's winning formula has now changed for good, writes Mike Sando.

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#MLBFrontOffice: Zimmermann sets mark (1:07)
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30mDavid Schoenfield

Where will Johnny Cueto end up signing?

Johnny Cueto reportedly turned down a six-year, $120 million contract offer. So what would it take to sign him and who's going to step to the plate?

3hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

In this year's Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide, Paul Lukas provides some cool sports-themed gift ideas for the rabid fan in your life -- from books to bottle openers to drinking straws.

Osweiler not trying to take too much credit for win (0:55)


How might Heisman contenders fare in NFL?

NFL Insiders Mel Kiper and Todd McShay huddled up to pick their top 4 for the Heisman race (spoiler: Derrick Henry tops both lists.) But how might those candidates perform in the NFL draft? Predictions (Insider)

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ICYMI: Jordan draws nothing but air, twice

Why do teams intentionally foul DeAndre Jordan? This trip to the free throw line explains it perfectly.


Clay Helton signs 5-year deal with USC

USC AD Pat Haden gave a five-year guaranteed deal to Helton, who guided the Trojans to a 5-2 record as interim head coach this season. USC is playing Stanford on Saturday in the Pac-12 title game.

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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors still No. 1

Sitting at 18-0, it's no surprise the defending champions kept the throne in Marc Stein's rankings. But with a seven-game road trip looming, how long can the Dubs stay on top? Week 5 rankings

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Brady 'pissed' after loss to Broncos

Pats QB Tom Brady was upset about losing TE Rob Gronkowski and some referee calls made down the stretch in the loss to Denver, telling WEEI: "I don't know that I have ever been so pissed off after a loss, and I think everyone felt the same way. ... The way it all played out, I guess I was pretty pissed off ... the final outcome, the way the final 20 minutes of the game played out." Story

Fuente: You don't replace a legend

Justin Fuente said he had many offers to leave Memphis but turned them down until Virginia Tech contacted him to fill the vacancy left by the retiring Frank Beamer: "We all know you don't replace a legend in coaching. You hope to build on what he's done." Fuente went 9-3 this season.


D-backs GM: Johnny Cueto rejected offer

The free-agent RHP turned down an offer from the D-backs earlier this month, GM Dave Stewart told the Arizona Republic. According to multiple reports and first reported by MLB's website, it was a 6-year, $120M deal.


College GameDay @CollegeGameDay

The Big Ten Championship is the first Top 5 Big Ten matchup GameDay has attended since No. 1 Ohio State vs No. 2 Michigan in 2006.

Panthers on an amazing streak

What happened a year ago today? The Carolina Panthers lost their last regular season game. Since then, the Panthers have rattled off 15 consecutive victories. Take a trip down memory lane

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Arians said RB Chris Johnson is in an MRI now but he has a knee contusion. CJ took a helmet to the knee.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sight for sore eyes for Cavs fans: Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert back on the practice floor, having participated in a "moderated" session today according to CLE coach David Blatt.

Eight teams still have a chance ...

Entering the last week of games before the CFP committee makes its final decisions, six teams are still in contention and two more are on the fence. Eliminator: Who's in?


Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant

It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Panthers cornerback Courtland Finnegan on his reputation for being the "Dennjs Rodman" of the NFL:


Kentucky hoops still No. 1 in AP top 25

The Wildcats received 59 first-place votes to remain in the top spot. Maryland and Michigan State check in at No. 2 and 3, respectively. They were the only others schools to receive first-place votes with the Terps getting four and the Spartans two. Complete rankings

Gasol has fantastic H.O.R.S.E. shot

Sure, this header into the basket didn't count for Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies. But we're still pretty impressed.


Olney on top 10 shortstops in MLB

How good is Astros SS Carlos Correa? Buster Olney puts the 21-year-old No. 1 on his list of the best shortstops in MLB. The other nine (Insider)

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtland Finnegan will wear No. 26 for the Panthers. "I got Rod Woodson," Finnegan said.

Time to add Capela to fantasy lineups

Joe Kaiser on the Rockets' Clint Capela, owned in just 25 percent of ESPN leagues: "The 21-year-old big man has recorded double-doubles in each of the last three games that he's played at least 25 minutes." Underowned, overowned options

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Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006 when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.


Why to watch Ravens-Browns on MNF

The Ravens and Browns may be a combined 5-15 this season, but that doesn't mean their Monday night matchup will be a dud. All 10 of the Ravens' games have been decided by 8 points or less, including a 33-30 loss to the Browns in Week 5. Lots of close MNF games

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Red Sox nab former Yankee Chris Young

Boston has reached an agreement with the free-agent outfielder on a multi-year contract, pending a physical, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and multiple reports (first reported by Fox Sports). Young had a .320 OBP and 14 HRs in 318 at-bats last season for New York.

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Not Ray Lewis on stopping Cam's dabbing

"He got your wife dabbing. He got your kids dabbing. He got coach Roy Williams from the Chapel Hill Tar Heels dabbing. Stop this man from dancing!"


Russell Wilson has a happy birthday

Wilson put up 34 ESPN standard fantasy points on Sunday, his 27th birthday. It's the third-best fantasy performance by a player on his birthday since 1960. Week 12 fantasy fallout

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Either this is Steph Curry warming up, or a knight from the Middle Ages