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Bubble Watch: Time is running out for LSU and Ben Simmons

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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3hAdam 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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Dunk of the Night: Parker posterizes Porzingis (0:31)
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17hScoop 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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10hKevin Pelton

All-Star Grades: Rising Stars

Here's Kevin Pelton's grades for the Rising Stars game, which pits the top young NBA players against one another in a Team USA-versus-World format. Team USA won 157-154.

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Drummond busts a move behind Kevin Hart (0:32)
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Prem: Sunderland 2-1 Man United (2:05)
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Jim Brown on significance of Hampton lacrosse (3:43)
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Beyonce impersonators take over 'Curtain of Distraction' (0:18)
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Hampton lacrosse coach: 'Never expected to be here' (3:37)
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Watch out league, Jabari Parker's healthy (0:19)
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10hD'Arcy Maine

The Buzz: NBA Celeb Game grades

The NBA and WNBA's best and brightest are in Toronto this weekend for the All-Star festivities. Friday night's Celebrity Game might not have had the same talent caliber, but it was entertaining.

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Canada wins Celebrity Game (1:54)
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Monmouth caps wild comeback with game-winning 3 (0:49)
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Maple Leafs prospect scores crazy goal (0:49)
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9dSteve 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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1dJohnette 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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Best Dunks of the Season (So Far) (1:59)
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22hKevin 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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20hSonia 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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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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21hDavid 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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15hMartin Bater | ESPNDeportes.com

Al Horford is a Hawk in flight

The Atlanta Hawks center would value an NBA title slightly more than an Olympic gold medal.

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18hPaul 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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2dSeth 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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Chad Fords Big Board 5.0
NCAAM 

The current top 30, based on Fords intel from NBA teams and scouts, features five seniors, one new lottery pick -- and Ben Simmons. 5.0 (Insider)

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NCAAM 

Jordan Brand gives Kobe full sneaker set

The Jordan Brand gave the 18-time All-Star its full line of sneakers -- 30 pairs in all -- as a retirement gift today at the Jordan Brand All-Star party. Included in the set were the purple-and-gold versions of the Air Jordan III and Air Jordan VIII -- the two shoes Kobe wore in the 2002-03 season. Story

Hampton coach: 'Never expected to be here'

Hampton lacrosse coach Lloyd Carter discusses the journey the school has gone on to become the first HBCU to play men's lacrosse since 1981.

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Karl-Anthony's town: Population 2-on-0
NBA 

If there's no one to stop the break, KAT will break the rim.

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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 

ESPN FC @ESPNFC

GOALS! - Emmanuel Adebayor levels for Palace vs. Watford - Toni Kroos puts Real Madrid 3-1 up vs. Athletic Bilbao

Olney: Davis trade shows flawed system
MLB 

The Brewers trading Khris Davis is just another example of MLB's flawed system, Buster Olney writes: "Under the current rules, there is much more incentive for a subpar team to be really bad than there is for a bad team to be a little bit better." Flaws (Insider)

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MLB 

Kobe Bryant's All-Star mixtape
NBA 

20 NBA seasons. 18 All-Star selections. 1 mixtape.

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NBA 

Jim Brown's passion for lacrosse
NFL 

Chris Connelly sat down with the iconic Jim Brown to discuss his lacrosse career and what it means for Hampton to have its team go to Div. I.

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NFL 

Jabari Parker bags himself a unicorn
NBA 

The Buck tracked down Kristaps Porzingis, much to the Latvian's chagrin.

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NBA 

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony said on Sirius XM Radio today on the possibility of getting traded: "I don't pay attention those rumors. I'm not going anywhere."

Watch out, Jabari Parker's healthy
NBA 

And rims are scared of a healthy Jabari Parker.

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NBA 

Big trade rumors as deadline approaches
NBA 

Sage Steele and Stephen A. Smith talk potential NBA trades, and they share their thoughts on Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony.

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NBA 

ICYMI: 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 

Scoochie Smith sinks circus shot
NCAAM 

It was good for the lay in and one.

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NCAAM 

Jordan's Jordans Through The Years
NBA 

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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NBA 

Venus Williams reaches Taiwan Open final
Tennis 

The top seed beat Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva in straight sets Saturday to advance to the final, where she'll face Japan's Misaki Doi.

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Tennis 

Highlight: Sunderland 2-1 Man United
Soccer 

Lamine Kone's goal in the 82nd minute lifted Sunderland over Manchester United at the Stadium of Light.

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Soccer 

Monmouth caps wild comeback with 3
NCAAM 

Monmouth finished a 17-2 run with a 3-pointer with three seconds left to take a one-point lead that would hold up for a stunning win over Rider.

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NCAAM 

Kone scores goal with brilliant header
Soccer 

Sunderland's Lamine Kone's stunning goal gave his team the 2-1 lead over Manchester United in the 82nd minute.

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Soccer 

Kevin Hart comes out of retirement
NBA 

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

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ESPN FC @ESPNFC

GOAL! Kone breaks the De Gea hold. A stunning header and it's 2-1 to Sunderland!!!

David De Gea denies Lamine Kone
Soccer 

The Manchester United goalkeeper made another fine save to keep his team level with Sunderland at 1-1.

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