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1hJ.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.

Osweiler not trying to take too much credit for win (0:55)
Must See Moments: The MLS Cup final awaits (1:07)
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Keim: Redskins' resiliency leads to big win over Giants

Rookie free-agent wide receiver Quinton Dunbar shifted to cornerback this summer to fill a need in Washington's depleted roster. Before leaving Sunday with a finger injury, he came up big.

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Warriors F Barnes to miss at least three games

Harrison Barnes will miss at least three games with an ankle injury, which means the undefeated Warriors will try to continue their perfect start without their third-leading scorer.

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Rodgers pans team's prep, denies players meeting

Speaking to reporters Sunday, Aaron Rodgers was critical of the Packers' preparation and denied the assertion made during an NBC telecast that the team recently held a players-only meeting.

Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night (2:35)
Howard posterizes Porzingis on alley-oop (0:22)
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Peterson guides NFC North-leading Vikings

The Vikings are back atop the NFC North standings in large part because of what Peterson did on Sunday, carrying 29 times for 158 yards against an Atlanta Falcons team that entered the game as the league's best against the run, writes Ben Goessling.

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Highlights: FC Dallas 2-2 Portland Timbers (2:25)
WATCH: Costa throws bib in Mourinho's direction (0:25)
College Football Top Plays: Week 13 (1:54)
Jordan with the back-to-back air balls (0:32)
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17hMichael Rothstein

Calvin Johnson: If record broken, congrats due

Should Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown or Atlanta's Julio Jones break Calvin Johnson's single-season receiving record this year, Johnson said he would offer them congratulations.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills were eliminated from AFC East title contention yesterday for the 20th consecutive season. They have not won the division since 1995.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech will introduce Justin Fuente as head coach Monday, a hire that many have applauded because he will bring a more dynamic approach to offense -- something that is desperately needed in Blacksburg. But just as important is his decision to ask Bud Foster to stay on as defensive coordinator. Foster worked side by side with Frank Beamer to build Virginia Tech into a power. He can help Fuente get Virginia Tech back, while also bridging the link between the past and the future.

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.


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Tom Brady to @WEEI Monday morning (re: optimism with Rob Gronkowski's injury outlook): "He was in decent spirits, so that made me happy."

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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to undergo an MRI this morning, per source. "We think he is going to be ok," per source.

Ballon d'Or finalists announced

Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are on the short list. The FIFA Ballon d'Or award, which will be announced Jan. 11, 2016, is given by FIFA to the male player considered to have performed the best in the previous calendar year. Ronaldo has won the past two years.

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Clock mismanagement hurts Pats in loss

Trent Dilfer breaks down how clock mismanagement contributed to the Patriots' 30-24 loss to the Broncos.


Lakers, Kobe fall to Pacers

On the day he announced he'd retire at the end of the season, Kobe Bryant scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting from the field in Los Angeles' 107-103 loss to Indiana.


Pats injuries have piled up this season

Injuries have ravaged the Patriots in 2015, and Sunday night's loss to the Broncos was no different as TE Rob Gronkowski and LB Donta Hightower both left with knee ailments. In fact, ESPN's Mike Reiss counts 16 significant injuries to the Pats 53-man roster this season. Next man up?

Players, Celebs react to Kobe's retirement

Pau Gasol, Scottie Pippen, Justin Timberlake and many more shared their thoughts on Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement. Big love for Mamba on Twitter


Kobe Bryant on retirement

Kobe Bryant addressed the media to explain how he came to the decision to retire at the conclusion of the 2015-16 NBA season.


Osweiler joins small group

Quarterbacks to lead 14-point 4th-quarter comeback vs. Patriots since 2001 in which Tom Brady played the entire game:

  • 2009 Peyton Manning
  • 2015 Brock Osweiler


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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Chandler Jones is onto Philadelphia

Nevermind the game that had ended 5 minutes before, the Patriots DE didn't want to answer any questions about Denver. Jones said, "I'm only answering questions about Philadelphia," before praising the Eagles: "Mark Sanchez is a great quarterback. Chip Kelly runs some good schemes and we have to prepare for them." OK then.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant on his decision to retire at the end of this season: "Ive talked to several players. Ive been fortunate enough to actually be able to pick up the phone and call a lot of my muses and speak to them and kind of get their perspective on what they went through. But ultimately its a decision that I had to make. What do I feel? Do I want to play again or dont I? Its a very simple question, but its a hard question when you look in the mirror to ask yourself. The reality is, no, I dont, so why belabor it?"

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

Following the Broncos 30-24 overtime win over Patriots Gary Kubiak said all three players who left Sunday's game with injuries -- Louis Vasquez, Sylvester Williams and T.J. Ward -- will all be evaluated Monday morning. All three players are expected to have MRIs.

Kobe Bryant in his own words

With the Lakers' star announcing he'll retire after this season, take a look through his legendary career.


OBJ makes another mind-blowing catch

This diving, one-handed TD grab might be the second most famous catch in Odell Beckham Jr.'s career, but it was still pretty darn good.


Dwight welcomes Porzingis officially

And an official introduction for a rookie from Dwight Howard is a dunk over, on, through, everywhere. Poor Kristaps.


Jordan draws nothing but air, twice

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


Week 12 Top Fantasy Scorers

  • Matthew Stafford: 34 points
  • Russell Wilson: 34 points
  • Doug Baldwin: 32 points
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick: 29 points
  • Adrian Peterson: 29 points

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Kobe was a star among stars

Kobe Bryant has been selected to the All-Star team 17 times in his career, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) for the most in NBA history. He's also tied with Karl Malone for the most first-team All-NBA selections (11).

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