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22mPablo S. Torre, ESPN Senior Writer

TrueHoop Presents: How Stephen Curry got the best worst ankles in sports

Thanks to an unorthodox performance director and a strict training regimen, the injuries that cursed the start of Steph Curry's NBA career turned into his greatest blessing.

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13mAdam 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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Canada wins Celebrity Game (1:54)
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4hScoop 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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Beyonce impersonators take over 'Curtain of Distraction' (0:18)
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Leicester and the impossible bet (1:20)
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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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Drummond busts a move behind Kevin Hart (0:32)
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LeBron's admiration for Kobe goes back to childhood (1:04)
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Final seconds, who's taking the shot? You or Steph? (1:32)
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8hPierre 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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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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11hJohnette 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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10hKevin 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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7hSonia 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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9hDavid 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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6hPaul 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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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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5hDarren 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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Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

An "And-rew Wigg-ins" chant starts with the Canadian at the line. Then the crowd goes nuts on a Wiggins putback jam.

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Devin Booker getting booed heartily for Eurofouling Andrew Wiggins in the last minute of the Rookie Challenge.

Canada wins Celebrity Game
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Drake coached Team Canada to a 74-64 win over Team USA in the 2016 All-Star Celebrity Game.

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Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

Zach Lavine and Kristaps Porzingis are leading all scorers with 30 points. US up eight with 1:57 to go.

Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

There have been two off-the-backboard dunk attempts: we are 0-for-2.

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Kings outlast Rangers in OT
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Tanner Pearson scored the game-winner in overtime to help the Kings grab a 5-4 victory over the Rangers in a rematch of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals. Anze Kopitar recorded his third career hat trick in the win.

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Jordan's Jordans Through The Years
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From the inaugural pair through his last stand with the Wizards, Michael Jordan wore some great looking shoes. Best of Air Jordans

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Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

Most of Zach Lavine's shots have been from 11-feet and in, as in he's a foot above the rim and throwing them down.

Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

Zach Lavine with a move that most of us can only do on a Nerf hoop: nice fake behind-the-back pass and then dunk.

Auburn beats Bama for first time since 1979

Cue Chic's Le Freak because the Tigers gymnastics team got their first win over the Crimson Tide since March 13, 1979. Ending a 117-meet losing loss streak.

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Drummond prefers dance interviews
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Kevin Hart tried to give his coaches interview. Andre Drummond prefers a dance interview.

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Fan hopes to cash in on Leicester City
Barclays Premier League 

Before the Premier League season a fan wagered 5 (about $7) on Leicester City to win the title at 5000/1 odds. The Foxes hold a five-point lead with 13 games left, making Leigh Herbert's potential prize 25,000 (approximately $36,000).

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Kevin Hart comes out of retirement
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Celebrity basketball retirement, that is. He tried to get out, but the game pulled him back in.

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Kevin Hart is a four-time MVP
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But Tracy McGrady was a seven-time All-Star.

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Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

Rodney Hood and Jahlil Okafor are perfect so far, going a combined 9-for-9 for the US.

No. 23 USC falls on the road to ASU
NCAAM 

It was all Sun Devils down the stretch, as Arizona State turned away No. 23 USC 74-67. Tra Holder banked this 3 to finish the job.

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Therrien expects Price back this season

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien says he expects goaltender Carey Price to be back at some point this season, despite a report claiming he was done for the season. Price hasn't played since Nov. 25 due to a leg injury.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jenrry Mejia told Dominican sports journalist Hector Gomez in Spanish: "I'm going to appeal. Lose or win, I have great faith. I have to clear my name. I will take this case to the ultimate consequences."

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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Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

USA 88, World 79 at the half (or the final of nearly every Knicks-Heat game in the '90s). The Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay leads all scorers with 21. The Lakers' Jordan Clarkson leads the US with 19 and is 5-for-8 from three. The Suns' Devin Booker, Nerlens Noel's replacement, has 18.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Tracy McGrady's retirement advice for Kobe: "Stay in shape, have fun, enjoy it."

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Arizona fired up, still down to UCLA
NCAAM 

The home crowd threw up the 'Z' to show 7-foot Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski some love, but No. 17 Arizona is struggling to keep pace with UCLA in the first half. Catch the Pac-12 action live on ESPN and WatchESPN.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Rick Fox on what it was like to return to the court: "We'll find out tomorrow morning. But if I'm sore already, it bodes poorly."

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