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1hBill 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.

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

Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night (2:35)
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5hJ.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)
15hRob Demovsky

Rodgers pans team's prep, denies players meeting

Speaking to reporters Sunday, Aaron Rodgers was critical of the Packers' preparation and denied the assertion made during an NBC telecast that the team recently held a players-only meeting.

Gasol shoots header into the basket (0:20)
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18hJon Gruden

Gruden: Manziel can still be Browns' future

Not only should the Browns keep Johnny Manziel, but they should also make a strong effort to develop the recently demoted quarterback into their 2016 starter, Jon Gruden writes.

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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.

2hMike 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.

Osweiler not trying to take too much credit for win (0:55)
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Highlights: FC Dallas 2-2 Portland Timbers (2:25)
Howard posterizes Porzingis on alley-oop (0:22)
Jordan with the back-to-back air balls (0:32)
Grizzlies pull away late to push 76ers to 0-18 (0:50)


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

In the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, with the Seahawks needing to keep up with Ben Roethlisberger, QB Russell Wilson went 7 for 9 for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson battled flu-like symptoms and took three IVs during the game, he said. But he came up huge for the Seahawks on his 27th birthday.

Gasol has fantastic H.O.R.S.E. shot

Sure, this header into the basket didn't count for Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies. But we're still pretty impressed.


Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006 when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott says he's ready to become a head coach, but his complete focus is on beating New Orleans on Sunday to get to 12-0. McDermott interviewed with Washington in 2013 after Carolina finished second in the NFL in total defense. His current defense is No. 2.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston coach Tom Herman said on Monday he has "agreed in principle" to a new contract to stay at UH. Herman said details of the deal are being worked out but he said "We're moving in the right direction on generalities." Herman made it clear that nothing is final and was cautious because he doesn't want to say something that isn't true but it appears he and Houston are moving forward regarding his future. Herman has been a hot name speculated for several of the Power 5 coaching openings.

Panthers on an amazing streak

What happened a year ago today? The Carolina Panthers lost their last regular season game. Since then, the Panthers have rattled off 15 consecutive victories. Take a trip down memory lane

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Eight teams still have a chance ...

Entering the last week of games before the CFP committee makes its final decisions, six teams are still in contention and two more are on the fence. Eliminator: Who's in?


Panthers add veteran CB Finnegan

Cortland Finnegan, who announced his retirement in March, signed with the Panthers today, as CB Charles Tillman remains out of action with a sprained knee. Finnegan has 18 career picks and played last season with Miami.

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Brady 'pissed' after loss to Broncos

Pats QB Tom Brady was upset about losing TE Rob Gronkowski and some referee calls made down the stretch in the loss to Denver, telling WEEI: "I don't know that I have ever been so pissed off after a loss, and I think everyone felt the same way. ... The way it all played out, I guess I was pretty pissed off ... the final outcome, the way the final 20 minutes of the game played out." Story

Fury calls Klitschko's camp 'cheats'

Tyson Fury told reporters in England he refused to drink water after beating Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday for fear of being drugged. "I went home dehydrated before I even touched anything, I was so frightened of being drug tested and failing the drugs test," said Fury, the new world heavyweight champ.


Pats injuries have piled up this season

Injuries have ravaged the Patriots in 2015, and Sunday night's loss to the Broncos was no different as TE Rob Gronkowski and LB Donta Hightower both left with knee ailments. In fact, ESPN's Mike Reiss counts 16 significant injuries to the Pats 53-man roster this season. Next man up?

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!"


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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Habs goalie Price out 6 weeks

Canadiens G Carey Price will miss at least the next six weeks with a lower-body injury, according to the team. Price, who was originally injured Oct. 29, will not require surgery. Backup Mike Condon is 8-2-3 for the league-leading Habs.

Bayless fired up about refs in Pats game

Skip wants to give credit where it's due to a Broncos squad that played a great game but ... "My final score of that game is Refs 30, Tom Brady 24."


Happy Birthday, Bo Jackson!

Bo turns 53 today, and on this date in 1987, he set the Raiders single-game rushing record by running for 221 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

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Denver gets Brady back for Facebook post

Before playing the Broncos Sunday night, Tom Brady posted a photo of himself on Facebook riding a bucking bronco. After the Broncos beat the Pats, Denver did a quick edit on Brady's photo. Feel the burn

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Schad: Clay Helton earned this

USC chose not to hire a big name from outside the program, which shows Joe Schad just how well the players have embraced Helton.


Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Third time is not the charm for Ahmad Bradshaw. Colts place him on injured reserve. Bradshaw suffered a wrist injury against Tampa on Sunday. Colts re-sign Zurlon Tipton

Olney on top 10 shortstops in MLB

How good is Astros SS Carlos Correa? Buster Olney puts the 21-year-old No. 1 on his list of the best shortstops in MLB. The other nine (Insider)

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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.


Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant

It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."

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Barnwell: Pats still positioned for SB run

The Patriots lost their first game of the season Sunday, and added a few players to an already-packed injury list. But Bill Barnwell isn't giving up on New England. Still SB contenders

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