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Watch live: Paige returns; Tar Heels lead Terps

Tune in for Maryland vs. North Carolina (live on ESPN/WatchESPN).

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Law: Red Sox pay high Price for an ace

Boston filled its biggest need with the addition of David Price, a legitimate ace worthy of the big contract the Red Sox are giving him, writes Keith Law.

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NFL Power Rankings: Panthers take over

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

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Prognosis for Rob Gronkowski's knee injury (1:05)
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How loyalty paid off for Iowa, Ferentz

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

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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?

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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)
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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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Trimble trims Tar Heels' lead with jumper

Maryland's Melo Trimble sinks his second FG of the first half to pull the Terps within six points after once trailing by double digits. No. 9 UNC leads No. 2 Maryland 41-35 at half on ESPN.


Davis stuffing the stat sheet

Anthony Davis has 17 points, 13 rebounds and 9 blocked shots, but the Pelicans trail the Grizzlies by 5 with 3 minutes left, thanks to a big game from Marc Gasol (38 points, 13 rebounds). Follow live

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Dirk knocks down a 3 and does Wes Matthews' bow-&-arrow celebration. Not quite Vince dunk contest celebration after an All-Star lob, but ...

Pitt fan dressed up as a squirrel

A Pittsburgh fan is watching as No. 11 Purdue has a slim lead in the second half in the Big Ten/ACC challenge. The game is on ESPN2/WatchESPN.


C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Maryland's actually shooting 52% from the floor but its 12 turnovers have led to 14 points for Carolina. Heels doing good job slowing Terps three leading scorers Trimble (1-3), Sulaimon (1-4), Carter (2-3) -- trio has combined for 11 pts

UNC spreads ball around for easy dunk

Marcus Paige hits Brice Johnson with the touch pass, and Johnson flushes the dunk. No. 9 UNC has a double-digit lead against No. 2 Maryland late in the first half on ESPN.


Schlabach: Georgia can be a top job

ESPN's Mark Schlabach explains why Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is a good choice to replace Mark Richt.


Jayhawks dominate second half, get win

A 4-point lead at the break ballooned to a 33-point win as No. 4 Kansas beat Loyola (MD) in Lawrence. Wayne Selden Jr. had a game-high 18 points. Boxscore

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Remember that 10-for-17 start that led to a 24-7 lead for Purdue over Pitt? Well, Pitt zoned and Purdue couldn't deal with it. Boilermakers missed 14 of their final 16 shots in the first half. Pitt storming back, down just 29-26 following 19-5 run. The Petersen Events Center is a dangerous place.

Highlights: Sixers spoil Kobe's homecoming

The 76ers snapped an 0-18 start with a 103-91 win over the Lakers, spoiling Philly native Kobe Bryant's last game in his hometown.


Diallo goes coast-to-coast with dunk

Kansas' Cheick Diallo got a block, then the big man too it all the way downcourt and finished with the dunk. Kansas has the lead over Loyola (MD) late in the game on ESPN3.


Highlights: Wizards snap slide, top Cavs

The Wizards snapped a four-game losing streak behind 35 points from John Wall in a 97-85 win over the Cavaliers.


Johnson jams to extend Tar Heels' lead

Brice Johnson slams home the dunk off the assist from Theo Pinson to give No. 9 UNC a 17-11 lead over No. 2 Maryland on ESPN. Johnson has six points with 11:30 left in the first half.


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers coach Byron Scott on Kobe Bryant's shots: "There's going to be some games like that, where you just live and die with it. You just hope that you don't die too much."

Nets hold on to beat Suns

Brooklyn knocked the ball away from Brandon Knight on a potential game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer, coming away with a 3-point win, just the Nets' fifth of the season. Box score


Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Six minutes in, and Maryland already has seven turnovers. Melo Trimble has looked especially shaky on the ball; UNC's defensive pressure has the Tar Heels moving at a different speed. The Terps will have to settle down, and fast.

Purdue up 3 over Pitt at half

The No. 11 Boilermakers have a slim lead going into the break. Eight Purdue players have scored, while Pittsburgh's Michael Young had a game-high 9 points at the break. Watch on ESPN2/WatchESPN

Noel on first win: 'Finally'

76ers F Nerlens Noel told Stephen A. Smith after the Sixers got their first win of the season by beating Kobe Bryant and the Lakers: "We've had a lot of fourth-quarter leads and couldn't capitalize in the end, so it was good to finally get the W under our belt."


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Byron on Kobe: "I think he had some shots that were ill-advised." Said 17 3-point attempts is, obviously, too many.

Georgia to hire Kirby Smart

The Alabama defensive coordinator will be named the Bulldog's new head football coach, barring a last-minute development, sources told ESPN's Mark Schlabach and first reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Smart played for Georgia from 1995-98.

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Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

I'm sorry but it was hard to watch Kobe tonight. 4-17 from 3. 1-10 in 2nd half. Lakers went from up 14 late 2nd q to losing to 0-18 Philly.

Paige's 3 gets No. 9 UNC off to fast start

UNC's Marcus Paige knocks down the 3-pointer from the wing, and the Tar Heels have the early lead over No. 2 Maryland on ESPN.