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4hPierre LeBrun

LeBrun: John Scott finally getting back on the ice

The past month has been crazy for John Scott, with All-Star controversy giving way to a feel-good story, movie offers and the birth of twin girls. Now, the tough guy is ready to get back to work.

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LeBron's admiration for Kobe goes back to childhood (1:04)
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34mScoop Jackson

Scoop Jackson: Thirty years of Jordans

If you think Air Jordans are just sneakers, you're missing the point. Scoop Jackson details the 30-year reign of the world's most recognizable basketball shoe.

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Shaq, Yao, Iverson headline 2016 HOF finalists

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced 14 finalists for the Class of 2016 on Friday, including Allen Iverson, Tom Izzo, Shaquille O'Neal and Yao Ming.

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Final seconds, who's taking the shot? You or Steph? (1:32)
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Leicester and the impossible bet (1:20)
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8dSteve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada

OTL: NFL rewards, punishes as research funder

Behind the NFL's donations for brain research is a funding apparatus that some researchers believe steers research away from potentially uncomfortable truths about football and brain disease.

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Kobe Bryant All-Star Mixtape (2:42)
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8hJohnette Howard

Why Manning's decision might not be so easy

Justin Tuck, Jerome Bettis, Damien Woody and Bill Polian provide insight into the things an NFL player like Peyton Manning takes into consideration when deciding whether to retire.

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Kobe honored to witness the progression of the game (0:31)
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Best Dunks of the Season (So Far) (1:59)
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6hKevin Pelton

Pelton: Rockets should trade James Harden

Would the Lakers or Celtics trade for The Beard? Here are four trades that work, Kevin Pelton says, if the Rockets focus on the real problem in Houston: James Harden.

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Daugherty: 'Black cloud hangs over Dwight' (2:02)
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4hSonia Thompson

The Buzz: Kristen Wiig is hilarious as Super Bowl champ

Jimmy Fallon interviews Super Bowl champion quarterback Peyton Manning, aka Kristen Wiig dressed in a full Broncos uniform, and you'll be cracking up for the full six minutes.

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Shelburne: Following Kobe is like following the Pope (1:24)
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Bubble Watch: Time is running out for LSU

The most interesting team in Bubble Watch history got more interesting with a loss at South Carolina. Saturday's date with Texas A&M is one of few opportunities remaining for the Tigers.

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5hDavid Schoenfield

Ranking the teams: 30 through 25

The Reds have Joey Votto, but not much else. David Schoenfield kicks off his pre-spring training rankings with a look at MLB's likely bottom-feeders.

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Curry, Warriors still want to break '95-96 Bulls' win record (1:04)
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2hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design

Friday Flashback: NBA All-Star Game design has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Paul Lukas explores the history of the showcase game's uniforms.

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1dSeth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr.

Inside the NFL's wild return to LA

Few could have guessed that the league's return would become so bloody, bitter and, most of all, emblematic of how power in the NFL truly works.

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Emotional night for Thunder (1:05)
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8hKeith Law

Law: Prospects who just missed Top 100

Keith Law profiles 10 MLB prospects who just missed his Top 100 rankings, including Pirates third-base prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes, son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes.

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2hDarren Rovell

Guinness hooks up Watt with special bottle label

ESPN caught up with J.J. Watt during his trip to Ireland and asked him about his affinity for Guinness, which recently presented the Texans star with his own beer bottle label.

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KC Joyner

Joyner: Eagles need to keep Sam Bradford

Free-agent-to-be Sam Bradford isn't going to be cheap, but he is the right quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles going forward, writes KC Joyner.

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8hBuster Olney

The Royals' two-year plan

Owners of consecutive American League pennants and a World Series title, the Royals have a clear window to add to their legacy, writes Buster Olney.

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No new friend for Drake
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Coach Kevin Hart wasn't interested in dapping Drake before the celebrity game.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The NBA announced Drake, fresh off his coaching stint at the Celebrity Game, will introduce the players at Sunday's All-Star Game.

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#SquadGoals: Steph, Ayesha and FLOTUS
NBA 

When Stephen and Ayesha Curry visited the White House, they sang a song about bananas with the First Lady. 'Ba-ba-ba-banana'

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Klay Thompson: Warriors aim for 73 wins

While Thompson admitted "73 wins doesn't mean a thing without the ring," he confirmed the team is trying for the record. Chasing the Bulls

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NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on ESPN
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Four-time celebrity game MVP Kevin Hart will be coaching against Drake this year as Jason Sudeikis and other celebrities take the court in Toronto. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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NBA 

No. 19 Dayton at Rhode Island

Riding their longest winning streak in nine seasons, the 19th-ranked Flyers aim for their first road victory over the Rams in 11 years. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

It's easy to spot DeMar DeRozan's dad in Toronto.

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Frustrating season for Harden
NBA 

The Rockets season isn't going the way anyone imagined, but James Harden is optimistic for the season half.

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The Best All-Star sneakers of all time

With NBA All-Star weekend kicking off, Scoop Jackson ranks the best All-Star kicks ever, starting-five style. From Converse to Air Jordans

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Farewell not sad for Kobe
NBA 

Kobe Bryant feels honored to have played so long in the NBA: "Guys that I'm playing with that are tearing the league up that were like 4 for my first All-Star Game."

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NBA 

WATCH: Brazilian ref gets hug from player
Soccer 

A late penalty call in a 2-2 match earned referee Carlos Braga a hug from Mateus Parana ... and led to a 3-2 Boavista win over Tigres do Brasil.

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Yankees, Chapman settle arbitration

The club and Aroldis Chapman have settled the arbitration case for 11.325M on a one-year deal, sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Drake gets presented with the key to Toronto.

NBA 

Kobe's All-Star accomplishments
NBA 

Kobe Bryant has a storied All-Star legacy. Michelle Beadle takes a look back at All-Star Mamba.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

MLB suspensions are honored by affiliated leagues in other countries, such as in Japan, South Korea and Mexico. However, suspended players are allowed to compete in winter leagues, such as in Jenrry Mejia's native Dominican Republic. Independent leagues are not compelled to honor MLB suspensions but may choose to do so.

Mets Mejia permanently suspended
MLB 

Reliever Jenrry Mejia has been permanently suspended from MLB after testing positive for Boldenone, his third performance-enhancing substance violation under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

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MLB 

Flashback Friday: LaVine's 2015 dunk show

Zach LaVine went supernova in last year's dunk contest. Time to do your homework before he defends his crown.

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Kobe Bryant's All-Star mixtape
NBA 

20 NBA seasons. 18 All-Star selections. 1 mixtape.

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Who's heading to the NFL combine?
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The NFL combine kicks off on Feb. 23, and this year, 332 prospects were invited to Indianapolis to showcase their skills. Full list and snubs

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NFL 

Talib fined for Super Bowl infractions
NFL 

Broncos CB Aqib Talib was fined a total of $26,044 for two of his penalties in the game. He was flagged for taunting and later penalized for another personal foul when he grabbed the facemask of WR Corey Brown and twisted Brown to the ground.

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NFL 

Kentucky's defense needs discipline vs. South Carolina
NCAAM 

ESPN's Seth Greenberg tells The Paul Finebaum Show that although No. 22 Kentucky's perimeter defense is "elite," it will face challenges in its matchup vs. South Carolina tomorrow.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Who's better, Drake as a player or Kobe as a rapper? Kevin Hart: "You're really scraping the bottom of the basement right there. I guess I gotta go Kobe. But he's pretty bad too."

NBA 

Best dunks of the season (so far)
NBA 

It's All-Star Weekend, the unofficial midpoint to the NBA season. So who broke rims so far and who got broke?

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