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NBA Power Rankings: Why Warriors must lose

It's fun to imagine the Warriors going 82-0, but Marc Stein explains the problem with that dream while running down the NBA's Week 5 hierarchy.

Kobe's top 10 plays of his career (2:46)
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4hNBA Insiders

5-on-5: The best and the worst of Kobe Bryant

How high does Kobe Bryant rank among the all-time greats? What memory stands out the most? Our Insiders discuss the best and worst of the Lakers legend.

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5hBill Barnwell

Barnwell: Patriots still positioned for Super Bowl run

The Patriots suffered a loss Sunday night, but not the worst kind, given encouraging news on Gronk. The focus now should be on getting in position for January, writes Bill Barnwell.

Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night (2:35)
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8hJ.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.

Not Ray Lewis on how to stop Cam Newton from dabbing (1:52)
Trojans' great reaction to Helton being named head coach (0:33)
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22hJon Gruden

Gruden: Manziel can still be Browns' future

Not only should the Browns keep Johnny Manziel, but they should also make a strong effort to develop the recently demoted quarterback into their 2016 starter, Jon Gruden writes.

Gasol shoots header into the basket (0:20)
Belichick stares down reporter (0:19)
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Kapadia: Seahawks' Wilson taking the lead

Russell Wilson threw five TD passes Sunday while dealing with flu-like symptoms. Considering the Seahawks' larger health issues, he's going to have to keep it up.

5hMike Sando

Sando: Seattle still searching for old identity

The Seahawks went to the past two Super Bowls with an elite defense and an offense built around a punishing run game. But Seattle's winning formula has now changed for good, writes Mike Sando.

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#MLBFrontOffice: Zimmermann sets mark (1:07)
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2hDavid Schoenfield

Where will Johnny Cueto end up signing?

Johnny Cueto reportedly turned down a six-year, $120 million contract offer. So what would it take to sign him and who's going to step to the plate?

5hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

In this year's Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide, Paul Lukas provides some cool sports-themed gift ideas for the rabid fan in your life -- from books to bottle openers to drinking straws.

Osweiler not trying to take too much credit for win (0:55)


Luol Deng out tonight vs. Celtics

The Heat forward did not participate in the team's shootaround today and will miss his third straight game tonight. The Heat also announced forward Chris Bosh will be a game-time decision after missing shootaround with an illness.

Jets' Revis still in concussion protocol

New York coach Todd Bowles said CB Darrelle Revis has made only "slight progress" after suffering the head injury Nov. 22 vs. Houston. Revis' replacement, Marcus Williams, is day-to-day with a sprained MCL.


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Eifert still feels optimistic about playing Sunday, but the Bengals TE acknowledged he still is working back the full movement and range of motion in his shoulder/neck after receiving a stinger in Sunday's win over the Rams.

Why to watch Ravens-Browns on MNF

The Ravens and Browns may be a combined 5-15 this season, but that doesn't mean their Monday night matchup will be a dud. All 10 of the Ravens' games have been decided by 8 points or less, including a 33-30 loss to the Browns in Week 5. Lots of close MNF games

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McPhee: Rodgers' remark motivated Bears

Chicago LB Pernell McPhee said Thursday's win at Green Bay was extra meaningful because of comments made by Aaron Rodgers in Week 1. "C'mon, the quarterback said he loved beating up on us. Who he think we are?" McPhee told reporters. "We ain't the team from last year, or two years ago, or three years ago. ... A lot of guys took it personal."

Gasol has fantastic H.O.R.S.E. shot

Sure, this header into the basket didn't count for Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies. But we're still pretty impressed.


Not Ray Lewis on stopping Cam's dabbing

"He got your wife dabbing. He got your kids dabbing. He got coach Roy Williams from the Chapel Hill Tar Heels dabbing. Stop this man from dancing!"


An ode to Kobe Bryant, in two charts

This season, Bryant has been the worst volume shooter in the NBA. But as bad as this campaign has been, the Lakers star will be remembered as one of the most versatile scoring threats the NBA had ever seen. 2005-06 vs. 2015-16


Barnwell: Pats still positioned for SB run

The Patriots lost their first game of the season Sunday, and added a few players to an already-packed injury list. But Bill Barnwell isn't giving up on New England. Still SB contenders

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Rice RB gives powerful postgame speech

Rice senior RB Luke Turner, who received just one Division I offer after he broke his leg in high school, gave a powerful reminder of how strong the coach-player relationship can be when speaking to reporters Saturday. Watch his emotional speech

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USC players ecstatic over Helton's hiring

When Clay Helton was announced as USC's permanent head coach during a team meeting, the players reacted exactly how you would want them to.


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony Romo has had two back surgeries and broken collarbone three times since 2010. He turns 36 next April but Jason Garrett doesn't see the end for Romo. "He has a lot of football left in him," Garrett said.

Did USC get it right with Clay Helton hire?

"Today, the decision feels questionable. Hiring Helton isn't going to be judged a sure-thing by anyone. ... Yet that immediate, emotional reaction can have a short shelf life when a coach starts leading his team," writes Ted Miller. Hire lacks pizzazz

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Bayless fired up about refs in Pats game

Skip wants to give credit where it's due to a Broncos squad that played a great game but ... "My final score of that game is Refs 30, Tom Brady 24."


Where will Johnny Cueto end up signing?

David Schoenfield writes: "My guess is that American League teams will be more hesitant to sign him after his poor results with the Royals, so my five top potential destinations are all National League teams." Bound for NL West?

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, "We're excited to be in the position we're in. Now it's a matter of maintaining our focus."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Zack Greinke's free agent talks are quietly picking up steam, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The Dodgers and Giants are the principal suitors for Greinke, and it's believed that both teams would like some clarity in the event they lose out in the bidding and have to go in a different direction.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

So Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola could be back in next couple weeks, Julian Edelman by end of season. By playoffs, Patriots healthier.

Rob Gronkowski has no tear in knee

An MRI confirms that the Patriots TE has a bruised right knee, and no tears, a source tells ESPN's Dianna Russini. A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Gronkowski's injury is considered a "minor knee strain," and said he'll be out "a week or two, most likely."

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Burley: Ballon d'Or is a two-horse race

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says World Player of the Year will come down to Ronaldo and Messi: The top two are getting boring, arent they? & These two players are head and shoulders above anything else."


Kobe Bryant's Top 10 plays

Forget the guy who shot 4-of-20 last night. Black Mamba has more than made up for it over the course of his Hall of Fame career.


Injury updates from around the NFL

  • Bills DE Alex Carrington (torn quad) out for season, per Adam Caplan and NFL Network
  • Cardinals RB Chris Johnson has knee contusion, RB Andre Ellington has turf toe
  • Giants OG Geoff Schwartz (ankle) to go on season-ending IR, according to coach Tom Coughlin