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7hTom Haberstroh

TrueHoop Presents: How the NBA schedule is breaking its players

More injuries. Lower quality of play. Fewer dunks, for crying out loud! Slogging through 82 games in the NBA is anything but faaaantastic.

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Durant, Westbrook putting on a dunking clinic (0:25)
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7hSeth 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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The Globetrotters posterize ESPN employees... and legends (1:18)
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Is Harden, not Howard the real problem in Houston? (2:21)
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14hKeith Law

Law's Top 100 prospects

Keith Law lays out his highly anticipated annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, with talented Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager topping it.

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17hKeith Law

Law: 2016 ranking of all 30 farm systems

Keith Law ranks the MLB farm systems heading into the 2016 season, with the rebuilding Braves (including offseason acquisition Dansby Swanson) leaping to No. 1 and the Angels falling to last.

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Westbrook makes this dunk look easy (0:17)
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TBT: Young Beast Mode taking OL to Sizzler (0:30)
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Barkley's keys to beating Warriors (1:28)
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Jay Bilas' pick to win it all: Maryland (1:50)
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SVP's brief encounter with Bill Murray at Pebble Beach (2:30)
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Crean does his pregame stretches (0:21)
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Top 300 fantasy MLB rankings

Mike Trout, Carlos Correa and Josh Donaldson will be at the top of every fantasy most-wanted list, but who else should be sought after? The Fantasy Staff ranks the top 300 players for all your roto needs.

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What is the Warriors' Achilles' heel? (2:52)
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MVP of the season so far (1:27)
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Looking back at Sudeikis' SportsCenter spoofs (1:46)
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4hMatt Bowen

Bowen: Five rookies ready to pop in Year 2

Which rookies are ready to take their games to the next level? Matt Bowen highlights five players, including Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham, who displayed a rare athletic skill set in Year 1.

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8hDan Rafael

Gilberto Ramirez focused on making history

Unbeaten Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez gets a chance to become Mexico's first super middleweight titlist -- and a shot at stardom -- when he meets Arthur Abraham on April 9 in Las Vegas.

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High-flying alley-oops are even more fun in triple-OT (0:28)

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Ex-UFC heavyweight champ Randleman dies at 44
MMA 

Kevin "The Monster" Randleman, who won the UFC heavyweight title in 1999, died Thursday at 44. Randleman compiled a 17-16 record for UFC, PRIDE and Strikeforce, last fighting in 2011. Before MMA, he won two national championships in wrestling for Ohio State.

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MMA 

Ovechkin's hat trick powers Caps past Wild
NHL 

Alex Ovechkin scored three times in the second period, recording his 14th career hat trick to help Washington grab a 4-3 victory over Minnesota.

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NHL 

Ovi passes Kane for league lead in goals

Alex Ovechkin's hat trick against the Wild brought his goal total to 34 this season, passing Patrick Kane (33) for the top spot in the NHL.

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Odom greeted with cheers at Kanye event
NBA 

Lamar Odom made his first public appearance since being hospitalized in October, attending Kanye West's Yeezy runway fashion show at Madison Square Garden.

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Heat make spot-on 'Martin' intro spoof
NBA 

The Heat might not be having a noteworthy season on the court (they currently sit at 29-24), but that doesn't mean this video spoof of the iconic intro for the '90s sitcom "Martin" is any less awesome. Chris Bosh for the win

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Indiana knocks off No. 4 Iowa
NCAAM 

The Hoosiers improved to 6-1 over the last five seasons at home against top-5 opponents with an 85-78 win to move into a tie atop the Big Ten standings. Indiana's bench outscored Iowa's 28-0. Box score

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NCAAM 

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

This was a HUGE victory for Indiana -- not just because it gave the Hoosiers a much-needed "resume" win, and because they did it with an off-game from Yogi Ferrell -- but because four of IU's final six games are against the likes of Michigan State (road), Purdue, Iowa (road) and Maryland.

Reverse slam caps off Cal's win
NCAAM 

Jabari Bird put the finishing touch on the Golden Bears' blowout victory.

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4-goal period boosts Flyers past Sabres
NHL 

R.J. Umberger snapped his 50-game scoreless drought with a goal in the second period, and Steve Mason finished with 41 saves in Philadelphia's 5-1 win over Buffalo.

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Bucks enter break by beating Wizards
NBA 

Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton combine to score 44 points in the Bucks' 99-92 victory over the Wizards.

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No. 11 Oregon toppled by Cal 83-63
NCAAM 

Jabari Bird scored a game-high 24 points as the Golden Bears won their third straight matchup against a ranked team. Box score

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NCAAM 

Bill Walton plays the glockenspiel
NCAAM 

Because why not?

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No. 4 Iowa in trouble on the road

Indiana has pushed its lead back to nine with less than four minutes to play. The Hawkeyes' Jarrod Uthoff has a game-high 23 points, but the Hoosiers have gathered 18 offensive rebounds. Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

Tom Crean gets his pregame stretching in
NCAAM 

Even coaches have to stay limber at Indiana.

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NCAAM 

TBT: Marshawn Lynch's shoutout
NFL 

In honor of his retirement, we remember the time a young Lynch gave it up for his high school team's offensive linemen.

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Broncos D stopped the Dab
NFL 

T.J. Ward and Bradley Roby explain how they were able to keep Cam Newton in check and shake his confidence.

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1-2 dunk-a-roo
NBA 

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put on a dunking clinic in the Thunder rout of the Pelicans.

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Bucks enter break on two-game win streak

Khris Middleton led all scorers with 27 points, as Milwaukee knocked off Washington 99-92 for its second straight win after a five-game losing streak. Bradley Beal had 19 for the Wizards, who shot just 18.8% from 3-point range. Box score

Barkley: 'I think Dwight is disinterested'
NBA 

Charles Barkley says Dwight Howard is "starting to break down" in Houston.

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Syracuse wins fourth straight
NCAAM 

The Orange dominated the second half against Florida State to earn an 85-72 win and capture their seventh win in eight games.

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Golden Bears punishing the rim vs. Ducks
NCAAM 

Tyrone Wallace and Cal have built a 24-point lead at home over No. 11 Oregon.

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Westbrook makes this dunk look easy
NBA 

Russell Westbrook blows by Pelicans defenders for the thunderous slam.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

On a difficult night, the Thunder handle the Pelicans 121-95. Durant with 23 and six assists, Westbrook 23-9-10. Enter the All-Star break at 40-14. Which is still somehow nine games behind the Warriors.

NBA 

Thunder dominate Pelicans by 26

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant each scored 23 points, and Billy Donovan became the second rookie coach to hit 40 wins before the All-Star break in Oklahoma City's 121-95 win over New Orleans. Box score

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