5hBill Barnwell

Barnwell: Games that will decide the NFL season

Which remaining games will decide the NFL playoff field? Bill Barnwell sets up the viewing guide as we march into December.

Curry's fourth-quarter clutch plays (0:28)
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NFL Power Rankings: Panthers take over

Unbeaten Carolina is our new No.1, but who else in on the rise and how far did the Patriots fall with their first loss of the season?

30 for 30 Shorts: Thicker Than Water (14:16)
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Hensley: Hill gives Ravens a thrill in Cleveland

In a season full of losses, the Ravens left Cleveland with a thrilling win Monday night when they blocked a potential winning FG and Will Hill scooped up the ball and scored in the game's final seconds.

ESPN Sport Science - Ravens Kick 6 (1:19)
Jadakiss' NBA 'Top 5 Dead Or Alive' playlist (2:05)
Kirk Ferentz: A special group (1:24)
2hMitch Sherman

How loyalty paid off for Iowa, Ferentz

Through the good times and bad, the big wins and tough losses, Iowa and Kirk Ferentz have stuck together. Now they're one win away from a playoff spot.

4hChantel Jennings

Monmouth bench becomes a star attraction

The bench mob known as The Hawks' Nest has gained notice for their celebrations. Just cheering won't do; how about fishermen with a photo op?

Big 10-ACC Challenge: Tuesday preview (3:43)
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Strauss: Warriors 'hustle' Jazz, improve to 19-0

The Warriors' seven-game road trip started Monday night with their 19th straight win. But it wasn't easy. Steph Curry (26 points) hit two free throws with two seconds to play as the Warriors avoided their first loss of the season in Utah.

Draymond Green on what makes the Warriors special (3:56)
Dabo dabs (0:16)
Kobe's Philly finale (1:10)
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4hNBA Insiders

5-on-5: The best and the worst of Kobe Bryant

How high does Kobe Bryant rank among the all-time greats? What memory stands out the most? Our Insiders discuss the best and worst of the Lakers legend.

Mbah a Moute sets up Jordan with beautiful dish (0:17)
Surviving without Gronk (0:56)
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5hAaron Schatz

Schatz: Projecting the NFL playoff picture

It's not Denver, New England or Cincinnati. No, the AFC's hottest team is Kansas City. They're now in the picture; Aaron Schatz projects the NFL playoffs.

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Heisman Watch: Henry closes in, top 5 unchanged

Alabama running back Derrick Henry (49 points) remains a firm No. 1 in this week's Heisman Watch after his 271-yard outing against Auburn, with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (31 points) and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (28 points) remaining at Nos. 2 and 3.

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6hMike Sando

Sando: Denver's title window is wide open

Many have described the Broncos as a win-now team because of Peyton Manning. But his injury has shown that the roster is well equipped to contend for titles after he's gone.

Trojans' great reaction to Helton being named head coach (0:33)


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KD blasts media for Kobe treatment

Kevin Durant said he's "disappointed" with how the media has treated the struggling Kobe Bryant: "You guys treated one of our legends like s---, and I didn't really like it."


Tiger: No timetable for return

Tiger Woods, talking ahead of this week's Hero World Challenge, which he's hosting, isn't sure when he will make his return to competitive golf after back surgery: "Literally taking it day by day and week by week."

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Kobe Bryant's career in photos

Bryant was a fresh-faced kid when the Lakers acquired him on draft day in 1996. Twenty years later, he's a superstar with a swan song. Photos

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Staff/Senior Writer 

MLB teams in search of big power, high strikeout, righty bats have no shortage of options this week. The Mariners are shopping Mark Trumbo and the Astros have made Chris Carter available in advance of Friday's tender deadline. And now the Rockies' Wilin Rosario has chosen to elect free agency after clearing outright waivers.

Sport Science: Ravens kick-6

On Monday night, the Ravens' special teams unit scored two touchdowns, including a blocked field goal as time expired.


Jones insists Tony Romo has '4-5 years' left

A fiesty Jerry Jones believes the Cowboys QB has plenty of years left, telling 105.3 The Fan's K&C Masterpiece: "This is not a damn debate, guys. ... [Y]ou're asking me what I think and I think we've got [an] outstanding quarterback ahead of us for the next four or five years."


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Bill Self said Cheick Diallo will come off the bench tonight in his college debut. Also hoping to play the frosh in excess of 15 minutes.

Tiger paints bleak picture of future

Bob Harig explains Tiger Woods' pessimistic view of his immediate future: "He's not been able to do any rehab. ... He's basically just walking."


ICYMI: Curry hits Gobert with freeze ray

Stephen Curry iced Jazz C Rudy Gobert with the little hesitation to get the wide-open layup.



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Shooting free throws, Rick Barry-style

Charleston's Canyon Barry, son of NBA legend Rick Barry, shoots free throws underhanded like his dad did, and there's something to be said for the granny-style shot: Barry leads the Cougars in free-throw percentage.


Worth paying top dollar to see Kobe?

Michael Smith says no way, because if he goes to a game now, "I'm not going to see Kobe as I remember him. There's YouTube for that."


Is the 76ers 'process' working?

Chad Ford writes: "Three years into 'the process,' the Sixers don't have much to show for their losses. By now, the hope was to have drafted at least two cornerstones to build around." Experts on Sixers (Insider)

Floyd Mayweather attends D-League game

It was not the boxing star's usual night out, but Mayweather was in attendance to support Jordan Crawford -- and he also got to see Jimmer Fredette drop 37. Liked what he saw

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Who should start at QB for Browns?

With Josh McCown out for the season, the NFL Insiders crew agrees Cleveland needs to start Johnny Manziel to find out if he is the long-term answer at quarterback.


Mark Richt interviews with Miami

Richt, fired on Sunday by Georgia, interviewed today for Miami's vacant head-coaching job. Miami is Richt's alma mater. Current Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, former Rutgers and Bucs coach Greg Schiano, and former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis have all interviewed as well. Miami is looking to replace Al Golden, who was fired in October. (via ESPN sources and multiple reports)

LeBron reflects on Kobe's career

When asked about his most memorable game with the retiring Lakers legend, the Cavs star cited the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal game: "They went zone on us and we needed to make a big bucket. We swung it around the horn, Kobe caught it on the left wing and shot a 3 with no thought about it." Full Q&A

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Warriors' Walton wins Coach of the Month

Golden State interim coach Luke Walton has led the defending champions to the best start in NBA history at 19-0 while filling in for Steve Kerr (back surgery). Cleveland's David Blatt won Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.


McCown done for year, starter unknown

Mike Pettine said that QB Josh McCown is out for the season with a broken collarbone, but the Browns coach did not announce if Johnny Manziel or Austin Davis would start against the Bengals on Sunday.


Heisman Watch: Henry still tops

The top Heisman contenders, including Alabama's Derrick Henry, all had strong games this past weekend. As such, there was no change in the top 5. Rankings

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ICYMI: Luc Mbah a Moute's perfect pass

The Clippers forward had almost zero room to work in, but found teammate DeAndre Jordan to deliver this gem of a play: A behind-the-back pass capped off with a dunk.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton says he "could care less" that the Panthers are the only undefeated team now that New England has lost. "I know it's only ink just for the media," he said. "We can't make it bigger than what it is. Nothing's changed as for our preparation. It's about becoming 1-0 by the end of Sunday."

Test shows Big Ben suffered concussion

The results of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's Impact concussion test showed that Roethlisberger did suffer a concussion, a team official told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Roethlisberger will be in the protocol this week, and the Steelers do not know yet whether he will be able to play Sunday night.