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2hJ.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.

Kobe's top ten plays of his career (2:46)
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2hMike Reiss

Patriots injuries have piled up in 2015

After 12 weeks, injuries are piling up for each NFL team and the Patriots are no different. Here's a look at players who have missed significant time.

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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.

Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night (2:35)
Gasol shoots header into the basket (0:20)
Osweiler not trying to take too much credit for win (0:55)
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Warriors F Barnes to miss at least three games

Harrison Barnes will miss at least three games with an ankle injury, which means the undefeated Warriors will try to continue their perfect start without their third-leading scorer.

12hRob Demovsky

Rodgers pans team's prep, denies players meeting

Speaking to reporters Sunday, Aaron Rodgers was critical of the Packers' preparation and denied the assertion made during an NBC telecast that the team recently held a players-only meeting.

Must See Moments: The MLS Cup final awaits (1:07)
Highlights: FC Dallas 2-2 Portland Timbers (2:25)
Howard posterizes Porzingis on alley-oop (0:22)
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Peterson guides NFC North-leading Vikings

The Vikings are back atop the NFC North standings in large part because of what Peterson did on Sunday, carrying 29 times for 158 yards against an Atlanta Falcons team that entered the game as the league's best against the run, writes Ben Goessling.

Saturday scores make committee's life easy (1:24)
WATCH: Costa throws bib in Mourinho's direction (0:25)
Jordan with the back-to-back air balls (0:32)
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17hMichael Rothstein

Calvin Johnson: If record broken, congrats due

Should Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown or Atlanta's Julio Jones break Calvin Johnson's single-season receiving record this year, Johnson said he would offer them congratulations.

Grizzlies pull away late to push 76ers to 0-18 (0:50)


Washington in awe over Beckham's catch

Offensive lineman Trent Williams said it best: "That wasnt human. ... I was speechless. The guy is not from this world." Will Blackmon, who was defending the Giants WR on the grab, said: "Im like, Great, now Im going to be on NFL Films highlights forever." (Via The New York Post)

ICYMI: OBJ with another mind-blowing catch

This diving, one-handed TD grab might be the second most famous catch in Odell Beckham Jr.'s career, but it was still pretty darn good.


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.


Week 12 Top Fantasy Scorers

  • Matthew Stafford: 34 points
  • Russell Wilson: 34 points
  • Doug Baldwin: 32 points
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick: 29 points
  • Adrian Peterson: 29 points

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't look now: AFC South is not NFL's worst division. AFC South: 18-26. NFC East: 17-27.

Source: Dolphins OC Bill Lazor fired

Miami has fired its offensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Sports Illustrated. The Dolphins have lost four of their last five games and scored 20 or less points in all five. Dolphins QB coach Zac Taylor will replace Lazor, according to Schefter.

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.


Jordan draws nothing but air, twice

Why do teams intentionally foul DeAndre Jordan? This trip to the free throw line explains it perfectly.


Brady 'pissed' after loss to Broncos

Pats QB Tom Brady was upset about losing TE Rob Gronkowski and some referee calls made down the stretch in the loss to Denver, telling WEEI: "I don't know that I have ever been so pissed off after a loss, and I think everyone felt the same way. ... The way it all played out, I guess I was pretty pissed off ... the final outcome, the way the final 20 minutes of the game played out."

Lloyd among women's POY finalists

USWNT star Carli Lloyd joins Japan's Aya Miyama and Germany's Celia Sasic as finalists for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award, which will be announced on Jan. 11, 2016. Lloyd netted a hat trick in the U.S.'s 5-2 World Cup final win over Japan this summer.

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ICYMI: Jackson takes his sweet time on TD

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson flew past the secondary on this long TD grab, then leisurely strolled into the end zone early in the Redskins' 20-14 win against the Giants.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills were eliminated from AFC East title contention yesterday for the 20th consecutive season. They have not won the division since 1995.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech will introduce Justin Fuente as head coach Monday, a hire that many have applauded because he will bring a more dynamic approach to offense -- something that is desperately needed in Blacksburg. But just as important is his decision to ask Bud Foster to stay on as defensive coordinator. Foster worked side by side with Frank Beamer to build Virginia Tech into a power. He can help Fuente get Virginia Tech back, while also bridging the link between the past and the future.

Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006 when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.


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Tom Brady to @WEEI Monday morning (re: optimism with Rob Gronkowski's injury outlook): "He was in decent spirits, so that made me happy."

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to undergo an MRI this morning, per source. "We think he is going to be ok," per source.

Ballon d'Or finalists announced

Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are on the short list. The FIFA Ballon d'Or award, which will be announced Jan. 11, 2016, is given by FIFA to the male player considered to have performed the best in the previous calendar year. Ronaldo has won the past two years.

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Clock mismanagement hurts Pats in loss

Trent Dilfer breaks down how clock mismanagement contributed to the Patriots' 30-24 loss to the Broncos.


Lakers, Kobe fall to Pacers

On the day he announced he'd retire at the end of the season, Kobe Bryant scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting from the field in Los Angeles' 107-103 loss to Indiana.


Pats injuries have piled up this season

Injuries have ravaged the Patriots in 2015, and Sunday night's loss to the Broncos was no different as TE Rob Gronkowski and LB Donta Hightower both left with knee ailments. In fact, ESPN's Mike Reiss counts 16 significant injuries to the Pats 53-man roster this season. Next man up?

Players, Celebs react to Kobe's retirement

Pau Gasol, Scottie Pippen, Justin Timberlake and many more shared their thoughts on Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement. Big love for Mamba on Twitter


Kobe Bryant on retirement

Kobe Bryant addressed the media to explain how he came to the decision to retire at the conclusion of the 2015-16 NBA season.


Osweiler joins small group

Quarterbacks to lead 14-point 4th-quarter comeback vs. Patriots since 2001 in which Tom Brady played the entire game:

  • 2009 Peyton Manning
  • 2015 Brock Osweiler


Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant

It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."

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