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2hChris Low

Low: How Nick Saban has shaken up coaching in the SEC

Les Miles managed to save his job, but Mark Richt couldn't. What do they have in common? They couldn't live up to the standard set by Nick Saban in the SEC.

Kobe's top 10 plays of his career (2:46)
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7hNBA 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.

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8hBill Barnwell

Barnwell: Patriots still positioned for Super Bowl run

The Patriots suffered a loss Sunday night, but not the worst kind, given encouraging news on Gronk. The focus now should be on getting in position for January, writes Bill Barnwell.

Monmouth has the best bench in basketball (1:27)
Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night (2:35)
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11hJ.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.

Not Ray Lewis on how to stop Cam Newton from dabbing (1:52)
Trojans' great reaction to Helton being named head coach (0:33)
Gasol shoots header into the basket (0:20)
Belichick stares down reporter (0:19)
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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.

8hMike Sando

Sando: Seattle still searching for old identity

The Seahawks went to the past two Super Bowls with an elite defense and an offense built around a punishing run game. But Seattle's winning formula has now changed for good, writes Mike Sando.

Sunday sounds from around the NFL (0:56)
#MLBFrontOffice: Zimmermann sets mark (1:07)
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2hDavid Schoenfield

Where will Johnny Cueto end up signing?

Johnny Cueto reportedly turned down a six-year, $120 million contract offer. So what would it take to sign him and who's going to step to the plate?

7hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

In this year's Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide, Paul Lukas provides some cool sports-themed gift ideas for the rabid fan in your life -- from books to bottle openers to drinking straws.

Skip blasts officiating in Pats vs. Broncos game (1:37)
X Games Trick Tips: Chris Joslin backside bigspin (2:40)


Should Hasselbeck remain Colts starter?

Mike Ditka says Matt Hasselbeck's undefeated record speaks for itself: "Football is not a popularity contest. The object is to win. They're winning football games with Matt Hasselbeck. That's all that matters."


Why to watch Ravens-Browns on MNF

The Ravens and Browns may be a combined 5-15 this season, but that doesn't mean their Monday night matchup will be a dud. All 10 of the Ravens' games have been decided by 8 points or less, including a 33-30 loss to the Browns in Week 5. Lots of close MNF games

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Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Tests on Bengals' TE Tyler Eiferts neck today revealed no structural damage, but his status for Sunday is in question for now, per sources.

Illinois St. (3-4) at No. 1 Kentucky (6-0)

The top-ranked Wildcats put a 24-game winning streak at Rupp Arena on the line in its first meeting with the Redbirds, although they will be without Tyler Ulis, who injured his elbow over the weekend. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Kara Lawson @karalawson20

#1 Kentucky set to tip on ESPN2 at 7pm w/out Tyler Ulis, their most important player. Illinois State likes to bring pressure, should be fun!

Wake-Rutgers opens Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge opens with 4-2 Wake Forest, which has beaten Indiana and UCLA this season, traveling to Rutgers, which finished last in the conference last season. The Big Ten won last year's challenge 8-6. Live on ESPNU, WatchESPN


An ode to Kobe Bryant, in two charts

This season, Bryant has been the worst volume shooter in the NBA. But as bad as this campaign has been, the Lakers star will be remembered as one of the most versatile scoring threats the NBA had ever seen. 2005-06 vs. 2015-16


Hold up, wait a minute on Coleman

Try not to get too flustered at this next statement: Even if Devonta Freeman returns, keep Tevin Coleman. Yes, reserve-duty Coleman offered little for fantasy in the past, but he's arguably the top handcuff option in the league now. Four downs (Insider)

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Rice RB gives powerful postgame speech

Rice senior RB Luke Turner, who received just one Division I offer after he broke his leg in high school, gave a powerful reminder of how strong the coach-player relationship can be when speaking to reporters Saturday. Watch his emotional speech

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Not Ray Lewis on stopping Cam's dabbing

"He got your wife dabbing. He got your kids dabbing. He got coach Roy Williams from the Chapel Hill Tar Heels dabbing. Stop this man from dancing!"


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks have placed TE Jimmy Graham on IR (ruptured patellar), officially ending his season. DT A.J. Francis takes his place on the 53-man roster.

Cardinals sign Pena to be Molina's backup

Veteran C Brayan Pena got a two-year, $5 million deal to serve as Yadier Molina's backup. Pena batted .273 with a career-best .344 on-base percentage in 86 games for the Reds last season.


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

With the official NCAA determination on 5-7 bowl teams and Missouri's decision to decline a bid, Nebraska and Minnesota are in line to receive invites. Illinois needs Georgia State and South Alabama to lose this week.

Should the Broncos stick with Osweiler?

After Brock Osweiler led the Broncos over the Pats, should coach Gary Kubiak keep him in the starting role at QB even if Peyton Manning gets healthy? "Yes I would," Cris Carter says.


USC players ecstatic over Helton's hiring

When Clay Helton was announced as USC's permanent head coach during a team meeting, the players reacted exactly how you would want them to.


No. 1 UConn (3-0) at Chattanooga (5-2)
Women's College Basketball 

The Mocs puts their 17-game home win streak on the line against the defending national champion Huskies, winners of 40 games in a row. Streaming live on ESPN3

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Women's College Basketball 

Chris Johnson has fractured tibia

The Cardinals RB will be out an extended period of time, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and first reported by Fox Sports. Johnson, who is fourth in the NFL with 797 rushing yards, was injured in Sunday's game against the 49ers.


Rob Gronkowski has no tear in knee

An MRI confirms that the Patriots TE has a bruised right knee, and no tears, a source tells ESPN's Dianna Russini. A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Gronkowski's injury is considered a "minor knee strain," and said he'll be out "a week or two, most likely."

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

New Ravens starting QB Matt Schaub is starting his warm-ups by throwing to rookie TE Maxx Williams. It's been 23 months since he started a regular season game.

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.


Belichick really not happy with question

A reporter dared to ask Bill Belichick his emotions after seeing Rob Gronkowski down on the field. Note: Do not ask Bill Belichick about his emotions.


How should Pats handle Gronk's injury?

Rest Rob Gronkowski for the playoffs or play him in the coming games? The NFL Live crew debates.