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Bubble Watch: Kentucky looks to end South Carolina's roll

South Carolina's home win streak is on the line against No. 22 Kentucky, who has a double-digit lead in the second half despite playing without coach John Calipari after he got ejected just minutes into the game. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN.

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Calipari ejected less than three minutes into game (2:29)
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Lee slams home dunk off backboard pass from Ulis (0:38)
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Stephen A. on Melo: 'He wants to be in NY' (0:59)
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12hKevin Pelton

All-Star Grades: Rising Stars

Here's Kevin Pelton's grades for the Rising Stars game, which pits the top young NBA players against one another in a Team USA-versus-World format. Team USA won 157-154.

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5hAdam Rubin

MLB permanently bans Mejia for PED violations

Jenrry Mejia, 26, became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under MLB's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

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Dunk of the Night: Parker posterizes Porzingis (0:31)
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1hJeremy Fowler

Mike Vick looking fly in Dubai

Mike Vick, who started three games for the Steelers while Ben Roethlisberger was hurt, is taking a break in Dubai as he prepares for free agency.

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Jim Brown on significance of Hampton lacrosse (3:43)
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19hScoop 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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Prem: Sunderland 2-1 Man United (2:05)
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Drummond busts a move behind Kevin Hart (0:32)
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Hampton president: 'We are pioneering things here' (1:55)
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Watch out league, Jabari Parker's healthy (0:19)
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13hD'Arcy Maine

The Buzz: NBA Celeb Game grades

The NBA and WNBA's best and brightest are in Toronto this weekend for the All-Star festivities. Friday night's Celebrity Game might not have had the same talent caliber, but it was entertaining.

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Beyonce impersonators take over 'Curtain of Distraction' (0:18)
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Canada wins Celebrity Game (1:54)
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Maple Leafs prospect scores crazy goal (0:49)
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9dSteve 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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1dJohnette 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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Best Dunks of the Season (So Far) (1:59)
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1dKevin 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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22hSonia 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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3dRobert Sanchez

TrueHoop Presents: Jahlil Okafor opens up

For the first time ever, the 76ers rookie discusses his run-ins with the law and growing up in the NBA spotlight. Can he put this season's troubles behind him and focus on the game?

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1dDavid 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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17hMartin Bater | ESPNDeportes.com

Al Horford is a Hawk in flight

The Atlanta Hawks center would value an NBA title slightly more than an Olympic gold medal.

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21hPaul 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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ESPN FC @ESPNFC

GOAL for Chelsea! Pedro's second of the night extends the Blues' lead to 4-0 over Newcastle!

Chad Fords Big Board 5.0
NCAAM 

The current top 30, based on Fords intel from NBA teams and scouts, features five seniors, one new lottery pick -- and Ben Simmons. 5.0 (Insider)

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Sebastián Christensen ESPN.com 

Primer Juego de las Estrellas fuera de los Estados Unidos #NBAallstarweekend #Canada

NBA 

Kentucky goes off the window for a slam
NCAAM 

Talk about a slick transition -- Tyler Ulis' dish came off the backboard, and Marcus Lee finished with a dunk. Game is live on ESPN.

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NCAAM 

Olney: Davis trade shows flawed system
MLB 

The Brewers trading Khris Davis is just another example of MLB's flawed system, Buster Olney writes: "Under the current rules, there is much more incentive for a subpar team to be really bad than there is for a bad team to be a little bit better." Flaws (Insider)

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MLB 

Kobe Bryant's All-Star mixtape
NBA 

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

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NBA 

Clear the way for Wes Washpun
NCAAM 

The Northern Iowa guard drove through the lane and slammed one home in the second half vs. No. 25 Wichita State on ESPN2.

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NCAAM 

West Virginia up big at the half

The Mountaineers have almost doubled up the TCU Horned Frogs at the break. It's 41-22. Watch on ESPNU, WatchESPN

Happy birthday, Coach K!
NCAAM 

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski turns 69 today, and his team takes on No. 7 Virginia at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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NCAAM 

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Western Conference All-Star team halted practice to watch a highlight reel air on the JumboTron of Kobe Bryant's past All-Star games. Tons of applause and cheers when t ended.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Who needs Calipari when you have Kenny Payne? Just kidding, Big Blue Nation! On a serious note, Tyler Ulis has played as well over past month as anyone in the country. Yes, that includes Buddy Hield.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenny Payne on Calipari ejection: "Well, it's been a tough situation without Cal out here."

NCAAM 

Calipari thrown out in under 3 minutes
NCAAM 

With just 2:26 gone in the game against South Carolina, John Calipari got two technical fouls and has been ejected. Game is live on ESPN.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Yao Ming when asked who would be tougher to face 1-on-1, Steph Curry or Kyrie Irving tells ESPN's Cary Chow: "Shaquille O'Neal. Fortunately I don't have to face Steph."

NBA 

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Al Horford was vacationing in the Cancun area when he was notified Friday morning that he was replacing Chris Bosh in the All-Star game. "I was out," Horford said. "I was gone with my family. We were relaxing, I had my phones off and I got a call to the hotel. I was shocked. My agent and then coach called me. I had to turn my phone on. They said, 'You need to get over.' "I looked at my wife. She was like, 'Let's do it.'"

Hustle leads to flow for Wildcats
NCAAM 

An offensive rebound led to a nifty alley-oop play for Kentucky. Game is live on ESPN.

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NCAAM 

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

2016 Hall of Fame finalist Yao Ming tells ESPN's Cary Chow of being selected as a finalist: "It's unbelievable. So very, very surprised. There's a long list of people who could be nominated, so it's a huge honor for me."

NBA 

Pedro puts Chelsea up two early
Soccer 

Pedro intercepted the ball and quickly put it in the net as the Blues got a 2-0 lead over Newcastle United before the 10 minute mark.

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Soccer 

Murray does it all himself
NCAAM 

Jamal Murray got the steal, saw the clear path to the basket and got the dunk. No. 22 Kentucky has the lead against South Carolina on ESPN.

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NCAAM 

ESPN FC @ESPNFC

GOAL for Chelsea! Diego Costa makes it 1-0 over Newcastle after just four minutes!

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Bosh explains his decision to pull out of All-Star Weekend events because a strained calf: "it just lingered and I didn't feel it was wise to continue to push it, especially with this elongated week that we have off. I just wanted to make sure that I was taking the necessary precautions and being a good professional."

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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