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2hJohnette 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.

Curry, Warriors still want to break '95-96 Bulls' win record (1:04)
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1hKevin 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.

Daugherty: 'I don't know where Dwight fits in this league' (2:02)
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31mPierre 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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1mArash Markazi

How longest of long shots could make history

Premier League leader Leicester City entered the season as a 5,000-1 underdog -- the same chance as a bet on Elvis being alive -- which is why the English soccer team could become the undisputed champion of beating the odds.

Kobe honored to witness the progression of the game (0:31)
Shelburne: Following Kobe is like following the Pope (1:24)
Emotional night for Thunder (1:05)
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20hSeth 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.

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.

Greeny: 'No confidence' in the IOC (1:43)
Montana State hits 25 3-point shots in one game (0:55)
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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.


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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3hKeith 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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1hKeith 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.

SVP Vault: Vinsanity takes over the dunk contest (2:09)
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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.

Berman rocks it at Pebble Beach (1:22)
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2hBuster 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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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.

MVP of the season so far (1:27)
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18hMatt 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.

What is the Warriors' Achilles' heel? (2:52)


Farewell not sad for Kobe

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."


Kristen Wiig's perfect Peyton impression

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

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Greeny: Dwight can only blame himself

Mike Greenberg believes Dwight Howard could have been an all-time great if he devoted himself to developing his offensive game.


Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

In Toronto with ESPN Radio, Kevin Durant addressed the possibility of signing a short-term contract this summer to, in essence, delay his free agency one year and put himself on the same track with teammate Russell Westbrook. "Actually that's probably one of the first times I've heard that one, but, no , I haven't really thought about it, man. I'm just, with [coming back from] injury and just getting back to playing again, I haven't thought about contracts or free agency or none of that stuff at all. ... I really haven't thought about that one. I guess I have to."


How Leicester City could make history

The Premier League leader entered the season as a 5,000-1 underdog. An overlooked UConn team entered the 2014 NCAA tournament at 100-1 and won it all, but no one has ever beaten 5,000-1 odds. If Leicester does, though? It might just mean Elvis is still alive. And Obama will play cricket

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Klay Thompson: Warriors aim for 73 wins

While Thompson admitted "73 wins doesn't mean a thing without the ring," he confirmed the team is trying for the record. Chasing the Bulls


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Chris Bosh on why the 2003 draft class, of which he was a member, was special: "Having LeBron helps. Having Dwyane helps." He spoke to the continued excellence of the class by noting how they have adapted to new training and health regiments.

Peyton's decision might not be so easy

An NFL player takes a lot of factors into consideration when deciding whether to retire. As Former Patriots and Jets center Damien Woody put it: "I don't think the love of game ever leaves you. Ever. It's the wear of preparing Monday through Saturday. And the offseason. The minicamps. The meetings." A gift and a curse

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Odom greeted with cheers at Kanye event

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


Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Carmelo Anthony catches up with ESPN's Chauncey Billups at Media Day.

Surpassing Bulls still matters to Curry

Stephen Curry is not taking for granted the rare opportunity the Warriors have to break the Bulls' record mark of 72 wins.


ESPN Staff Now 

LeBron James on the Cavs having one All-Star: "It's unfortunate. Our guys should use it as motivation."

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Kobe Bryant told John Wall after their last meeting that the Wizards PG could call him to pick his brain whenever he wants: "To hear one of the all-time greats say that it means a lot."

Breaking down the All-Star emojis

The reviews are starting to come in for the NBA All-Star emojis, and so far Michael Smith and Jemele Hill are not big fans.


J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Klay Thompson joined the media scrum to ask Draymond Green a question. Klay said he caught a forearm shiver from someone. I told him it's rough in these media streets.

Honoring son's memory with lacrosse

Through the death of her 21-year-old son Michael, Verina Crawford found a way to keep his spirit alive at Hampton University with lacrosse.


Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James: "Obviously with Kobe's generation ... they paved the way for us."


Daugherty: 'Black cloud hangs over Dwight'

Dwight Howard's career hasn't been the same since the big man left Orlando and Brad Daugherty can find only one common denominator to explain why that is.


Air Jordan's 30-year reign

If you think Air Jordans are just sneakers, you're missing the point, as the impact of Jordan Brand reaches far beyond basketball. A culture within itself

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The King has arrived.


Steph's favorite Kobe moment

Kobe Bryant has had many great moments on the court, but the ultimate -- in Stephen Curry's mind -- is the time he scored 81 points.


Does Andrew Luck deserve big pay day?

Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith agree that the Colts QB is about to get a big raise, but differ on Jim Irsay's motivation for giving it to him.


ESPN Staff Now 

Anthony Davis on what he's anticipating on Sunday for Kobe's last All-Star Game.: "It's going to be crazy. A lot of No. 24 jerseys. We'll try to get him the MVP."

How Hosting NHL drafts affects decisions

The Blackhawks revealed Thursday that they that will be hosting the 2017 NHL draft. Craig Custance explains how being the host can affect a team's thinking. Ripple affects (Insider)

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Cam Newton: I will win my way

The Panthers QB reached out to "PANTHERNAT1ON" on Instagram, maintaining that he will continue to stay true to himself. The photo shows a pensive Cam posing beside a Muhammad Ali quote. T-shirt says it all

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