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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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11mAdam Rubin

MLB permanently bans Mejia for PED violations

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has received a permanent suspension from Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

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LeBron's admiration for Kobe goes back to childhood (1:04)
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6mScoop 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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7hJohnette 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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3hSonia 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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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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Morning 3-on-3: Alex Ovechkin is back on top

A hat trick on Thursday has Alex Ovechkin back atop the goal-scoring race. In Friday's Morning 3-on-3, we discuss his recent surge, changes to his game and what they mean for the Caps.

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7hKeith 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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1hDarren 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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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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Soccer 

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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NBA 

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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NBA 

Who's heading to the NFL combine?
NFL 

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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NBA 

Who takes the final shot: You or Steph?

Turns out, about half the NBA players questioned would rather have Stephen Curry -- and not themselves -- taking a last-second shot.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Jason Sudeikis, when asked who was better, Drake as a basketball player or Kobe as a rapper: "They all pale in comparison to Shaq, don't they? He's the best rapper/baller."

NBA 

Kristen Wiig's perfect Peyton impression
NFL 

Favorite color? "Green-ish." Favorite clothing store? "Sears." -- Peyton Manning, aka Wiig. Watch

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NFL 

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

This also marks the second time Jenrry Mejia has tested positive for a PED while still under a suspension for a positive PED test.

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Jenrry Mejia is the first major or minor league player to ever receive a permanent suspension under MLB's drug-testing program.

Tito Ortiz cited for battery
MMA 

The fighter was cited for misdemeanor battery outside of a Las Vegas nightclub early Friday morning, following an alleged dispute with a woman over a cell phone. A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed the citation to ESPN, following an initial report by TMZ. Story

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MMA 

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Chauncey Billups never played with Michael Jordan in the NBA, but he gets to play with Michael B. Jordan in the celebrity game tonight (7 ET, ESPN): "He'll be my most famous teammate ever."

Which sports couples made the 'A-List?'

In honor of Valentine's Day, espnW celebrates eight of the most lovable "teams" they can't get enough of. #RelationshipGoals

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