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4hBill Barnwell

Barnwell: Ranking the reasons for a Super Bowl 50 upset

No team in the NFL scored more points during the regular season than the Carolina Panthers. But on Sunday their offense was reduced to shambles. How? Bill Barnwell has many explanations.

Stephen A.: Phil Jackson is not playing games (1:22)
Emotions make sense, but Newton needs to answer questions (1:10)
AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo

Top Cuban Gourriel leaves team in Dominican

Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Basebal

Wisdom in Cam Newton not saying anything (1:06)
Thomas: Dream come true to have mother at Super Bowl (2:25)
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Bracketology: Texas is rising to the occasion

Texas jumps to a 5-seed in Joe Lunardi's latest projection. Shaka Smart's Longhorns can state their case even louder with a win at No. 1 Oklahoma on Monday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN and WatchESPN).

Warriors at the White House (1:37)
Stephen A.: Newton still has growing up to do (1:44)
Sunday Blitz: Broncos' D seventh-best ever (1:16)
15hGreg Garber

Best and worst of Super Bowl 50

When it was all said and done, the Broncos simply shut down the Panthers in a defensive affair. The best and worst of it? Greg Garber shares.

Stewart goes airborne for 1-yd TD (0:20)
Newton fumbles in fourth quarter (0:33)
11hJohn Clayton

Clayton: Wade Phillips finally kicks down that door

Von Miller got the MVP award, but the architect of Denver's defensive domination in Super Bowl 50 is a coach who was out of work not long ago. Wade Phillips finally broke through on a big stage.

Clippers going full Lob City against Heat (0:24)
Sefolosha banks in buzzer-beater from beyond half-court (0:15)
Mexico wins Caribbean Series on walk-off HR (0:51)
Must See Moments: Leicester living the dream (1:58)
7mGabriele Marcotti

Leicester keep passing title tests

Marcotti's Musings: When will we finally take Leicester seriously in the title race? Plus: Barca win ugly and Gary Neville's situation at Valencia get

7hDoug McIntyre

McIntyre: Altidore still the man for U.S.

Jozy Altidore is still the man for Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S., while the national side's MLS contingent also impressed during training camp.


This week's AP Top 25

  • 1. Villanova (32 first-place votes)
  • 2. Maryland (13 first-place votes)
  • 3. Oklahoma (7 first-place votes)
  • 4. Iowa (11 first-place votes)
  • 5. Xavier
Complete rankings

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Interim head coach Kurt Rambis says Knicks defense has taken slide. Also says he has to coach his way and hold players accountable.

Did Chris Harris cause Cam's walkout?

Following the Panthers' Super Bowl 50 loss, Cam Newton appeared to be listening to the Broncos cornerback's comments before saying, "I'm done" and walking out on reporters.


Cam's effort raises eyebrows

It is hard to question Cam Newton's desire to win but his lack of effort on his fourth quarter fumble have Jemele Hill and Michael Smith scarthing their heads.


Ex-WWE champ Bryan retires

Daniel Bryan, who won the WWE championship at Wrestlemania in 2014, announced via Twitter he would retire due to injuries. He said he would elaborate on tonight's episode of Raw.


Eagles release WR Riley Cooper

The six-year veteran played in 16 games last season with 21 catches for 327 yards and 2 TDs. His best season came in 2013 when he caught 47 passes for 835 yards and 8 TDs.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say Luke Walton is determined to see out this season in Golden State and not entertain head coaching offers until the offseason


Villanova No. 1 first time in school history

The Wildcats jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 after Oklahoma and North Carolina lost on Saturday. Maryland moved to No. 2, with Oklahoma at No. 3. A total of six schools got first-place votes this week.

Skip not buying Peyton retirement talk

With most people believeing that last night's Super Bowl win is Peyton Manning's last game, Skip Bayless wouldn't be surpised to seem him return to the NFL next year and beyond.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson was asked which players were unavailable on the trade market and mentioned Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis by name.

ICYMI: Lynch hints at retirement

Adam Schefter reported Sunday that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch had told people close to him he plans to retire. Then, during the Super Bowl, Lynch posted this tweet on his verified Twitter account.


Lynch retirement best for both parties

Marshawn Lynch probably wasn't playing for the Seahawks next year anyway so if he is truly retiring, Michael Smith and Jemele Hill think it is a win-win situtation.


Jimmy Butler out again on Monday

The Bulls' All-Star swingman will miss another game with a left knee strain he suffered on Friday. Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg is unsure when Butler would return and said he likely would also miss Wednesday's game, the last one before the All-Star break.

David Zalubowski/AP Photo

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about trading Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson says it's a known fact that Carmelo has a no-trade clause.

Where does Tom Brady rank himself?

Brady doesn't think he's one of all-time great QBs, but he does laud former Niners great Joe Montana. 'Michael Jordan of football'

AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about Tom Thibodeau, Phil Jackson said he respects Thibs but isn't soliciting for coaches. Kurt Rambis will coach rest of season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said he informed Derek Fisher of the firing this morning. It was a short exchange and he expects to be in touch with Fisher in the future.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if next coach needs to be a triangle guy, Phil Jackson cites having a system. Adds "not for 1 second" did he think about returning to coach.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says that the decision to fire Fisher was his and that he'll look for a coach with a philosophy similar to his, which we can assume means a coach who runs the triangle.

Stephen A.: Cam still has growing up to do

Stephen A. Smith agrees Cam Newton's post-game actions "passed the buck" but feels we shouldn't forget his contributions on and off the field this season.


Ranking the reasons for the SB upset

No team in the NFL scored more points during the regular season than the Panthers. But on Sunday, their offense was reduced to shambles. How? Bill Barnwell has many reasons. A ranking

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson cites losing 9 of last 10 and need for change in firing Derek Fisher. Also said Matt Barnes situation was "embarrassing" but not factor

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says that it was a relief for Derek Fisher that he was let go today due to the pressure associated with the job.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Fisher (40-96, .294) finished with the 2nd-worst record by a head coach in Knicks history behind Larry Brown (23-59, .280).

Tony Romo: Return was worth the risk

Romo spent much of the Cowboys' season on the sideline, but he doesn't regret his return from injury and getting hurt a second time.