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Auriemma, Staley renew rivalry in 1-2 showdown

UConn has been on top for decades. South Carolina seeks its place there, too. Both teams are led by coaches whose personas inspire greatness. Watch live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

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Daily Word: Are the Devils coming back to life?

After its uncharacteristic struggles, Duke has posted consecutive wins. Are the Blue Devils fully revived or are they in full zombie mode? Monday's meeting with Louisville should offer clues. Watch live on ESPN and WatchESPN.

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Phil, Thibs or Walton for next Knicks coach?

What happens now in Gotham with Derek Fisher fired? Is Luke Walton a coaching candidate? Or will Phil Jackson return to the sidelines?

Curry on Newton: 'I can't really say how I would have responded in that moment' (0:59)
Pass or shot? Doesn't matter because Plumlee dunks it anyways (0:17)
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NBA Power Rankings: Will the Warriors ever stop?

After their 41st straight win at home, Golden State is showing no signs of slowing down atop Marc Stein's latest rankings. Meanwhile, back East, Boston is gaining a sneaky bit of momentum.

Stephen A.: Phil Jackson is not playing games (1:22)
Thomas: Dream come true to have mother at Super Bowl (2:25)
Wilbon: Newton acted like a loser (2:53)
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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)
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Pelton: What's the Knicks' real problem?

Phil Jackson has gotten some things right while running the Knicks. But for that to really matter, he'll have to improve in one major area, Kevin Pelton writes.

Sunday Blitz: Broncos' D seventh-best ever (1:16)
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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.

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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.

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Must See Moments: Leicester living the dream (1:58)
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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


UConn one quarter away from 60 straight
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The top-ranked Huskies lead No. 2 South Carolina 54-33 after three quarters. UConn is searching for its 60th straight win. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Louisville right back in it

Duke has led by as many as 14 in the second half, but that advantage is down to 1 after Trey Lewis's layup. (Live on ESPN)


Magic off to slow start in Atlanta

Looking for their first back-to-back wins in 2016, the Magic have fallen behind the Hawks 26-8 midway through the first quarter. Atlanta is shooting 73% from the field. Follow live

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

This is probably the most important description that Phil Jackson offered today about his next coach: "Someone has to match the style of the way we do things. There's a certain style that I have that I think works and I've found (to work) before."

Jackson: It was time to make a change

Knicks president Phil Jackson said of Derek Fisher, who was fired Monday: "I think he was a dedicated worker. Some of that onus is on the players."


76ers take rare big halftime lead

For just the fourth time this season, Philadelphia is up double-digits at the break, leading the Clippers 59-49. The 76ers are 1-2 in the previous three games they led by at least 10 going into the second half. Follow live

Did antics keep Owens out of the Hall?

The SportsNation crew believes WR Terrell Owens is a Hall of Famer and voters got distracted by his antics instead of looking at his production.


Triple-double watch for LeBron James

The Cavs star hasn't had a triple-double this season, but has 10 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists at halftime, helping Cleveland take a 61-45 lead over visiting Sacramento. Follow live

Bulls down big at halftime

With no Jimmy Butler and no Derrick Rose, the Bulls are struggling to put the ball in the basket. They're shooting 35% from the field and trail the Hornets 57-42 at the break. Follow live

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Phil Jackson on the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher incident and if that impacted his decision to fire Fisher: "No one's happy about what happened or what came out of that. It was embarrassing for us and for Derek. That had nothing to do with what's happened here today."

When the reward is well worth the risk

The University of Rochester was placed in a situation that demanded risk vs. the University of Chicago -- and Rochester executed to perfection.


Power Rankings: Warriors at home at No. 1

After their 41st straight win at home, Golden State is showing no signs of slowing down atop Marc Stein's latest rankings. Rankings

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant dunked it&kind of...but barely leapt high enough to get the ball over the rim. The 37-year-old is laughing and smiling as he runs back down the court.

Imovbioh cuts into UConn lead
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Gamecocks F Sarah Imovbioh's three-point play in the second quarter helped South Carolina slim No. 1 UConn's lead to 10 at halftime on ESPN2.

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Allen shoots Duke to first-half lead

Grayson Allen capped his 16-point first-half performance with this 3-pointer to get his Blue Devils a double-digit lead over No. 13 Louisville.


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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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.


Plumlee finishes over all the Cardinals

Marshall Plumlee didn't let five Louisville defenders surrounding him stop him from getting an and-1 to lengthen Duke's lead.


Kobe off the mark in final Indiana visit

Retiring Lakers star Kobe Bryant missed all four shots he took from the field in the first quarter of his final game against the Pacers, as Indiana took a 23-22 lead. Follow live

Stewart's three extends UConn's lead
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Breanna Stewart has scored seven of UConn's last 10 points. The Huskies now have their largest lead of the game at 15 in the second quarter on ESPN2.

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LeBron stuffing stat sheet early

LeBron James had 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the first quarter, helping the Cavaliers take a 31-23 lead over the Kings, who come in having lost 7 of their past 8 games. Follow live

Hornets nearly double up Bulls

Eight different Hornets players scored in the first quarter, as they put up 38 points, taking an 18-point lead over the visiting Bulls after 1. Charlotte has won 3 of its past 4 games coming into tonight. Follow live

MLB closer to rule change for slides

The league is making progress in its effort to change rules about sliding into second base after a pair of devastating injuries last season, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. Story

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A Cameron Indoor history lesson

On the eve of Cameron Indoor's 1,000th game, take a look at the stadium's beginning.


Clippers down big ... to the 76ers

Philadelphia is shooting a scorching 70% from the field while holding the visiting Clippers to 5-for-15 shooting, taking a 10-point lead midway through the first quarter. Follow live