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CFP ranks set up Big Ten title game as eliminator

The top five teams in the CFP rankings remain unchanged, but the Big Ten title game between Iowa and Michigan State will serve as de facto playoff. (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?

Curry's fourth-quarter clutch plays (0:28)
30 for 30 Shorts: Thicker Than Water (14:16)
Kobe: In high school I always dreamed of being a Sixer (1:44)
Prognosis for Rob Gronkowski's knee injury (1:05)
ESPN Sport Science - Ravens Kick 6 (1:19)
Is LeBron already better all-time than Kobe? (1:52)
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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)
Kobe's Philly finale (1:10)
Mbah a Moute sets up Jordan with beautiful dish (0:17)
Surviving without Gronk (0:56)
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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.


CFP rankings: 1-6

  • 1. Clemson (12-0)
  • 2. Alabama (11-1)
  • 3. Oklahoma (11-1)
  • 4. Iowa (12-0)
  • 5. Michigan State (11-1)
  • 6. Ohio State (11-1)


Kobe Bryant feeling the 3

Kobe is 3-of-7 on 3-pointers so far. He was 4-of-29 on 3-pointers in his previous 5 games. He's in his hometown of Philadelphia facing the 76ers. Follow live


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers did a really nice extended intro for Lower Merion, Pa. High School product Kobe Bryant. Lot of cheers and chants of "Kobe!" from what appears to be a capacity crowd at Wells Fargo Center.


College Football Playoff rankings: 7-25

North Carolina comes in at No. 10, behind No. 9 Florida State, in the fifth version of the College Football Playoff rankings.


Current College Football Playoff bracket

After the latest rankings release, here's how the CFP would look if the season ended today.

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College Football Playoff rankings: 1-6

Rece Davis, Joey Galloway, David Pollack and Kirk Herbstreit reveal the top six in this week's College Football Playoff rankings, where the top five teams remained the same.


Biggest playoff ranking changes

  • Biggest riser: TCU (19 to 11)
  • Biggest faller: Navy (15 to 23)
  • New to rankings: Houston (19), USC (20), LSU (21), Tennessee (25)
  • Out of rankings: Washington St, Mississippi St, UCLA, Toledo

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson was chosen as the preseason favorite to win the ACC, but now there's so much more on the line -- a spot in the College Football Playoff. The Tigers remain No. 1 in the latest College Football Playoff ranking but it hardly matters how many weeks they have had the top spot. What really matters is what happens Saturday against No. 10 North Carolina in the ACC championship game. Win, and Clemson is in. Lose, and the Tigers can all but kiss those playoff hopes goodbye.

CFP rankings: 7-10

  • 7. Stanford (10-2)
  • 8. Notre Dame (10-2)
  • 9. Florida State (10-2)
  • 10. North Carolina (11-1)


CFP rankings: 11-15

  • 11. TCU (10-2)
  • 12. Baylor (9-2)
  • 13. Ole Miss (9-3)
  • 14. Northwestern (10-2)
  • 15. Michigan (9-3)


CFP rankings: 16-20

  • 16. Oregon (9-3)
  • 17. Oklahoma State (10-2)
  • 18. Florida (10-2)
  • 19. Houston (11-1)
  • 20. USC (8-4)


CFP rankings: 21-25

  • 21. LSU (8-3)
  • 22. Temple (10-2)
  • 23. Navy (9-2)
  • 24. Utah (9-3)
  • 25. Tennessee (8-4)

Watch: CFP rankings revealed

The 5th version of the College Football Playoff rankings are being released tonight on ESPN. But there may not be much movement at the top -- the top 5 teams in the previous rankings all won last week. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Will Ohio State sneak into the CFP?

The College Football Playoff selection committee has every statistic imaginable at its fingertips, writes ESPN's Heather Dinich. There's also one more very important detail at the top of the page, where it reads "Conference champion" -- followed by a yes or no. And it's a "no" for Ohio State. So how do they get in?

Kobe gets ready for final game in Philly

Kobe Bryant shoots around in preparation of his final matchup against the winless 76ers in his hometown of Philadelphia.


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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Magic: Dodgers prepping offer to Greinke

Dodgers co-owner Magic Jonson said that the team is preparing a competitive offer to re-sign Zack Greinke but is prepared if he signs elsewhere. Johnson said, "Hes our No. 1 priority in the off-season." (via Mark Saxon)

Law: Price worth the price for Red Sox

Keith Law on David Price, who got a 7-year, $217M deal from the Red Sox: "[He] may very well have been the best starter in the American League in 2015. The Red Sox get him at the peak of his career, with no immediate warning signs that he's going to slide any time soon." Expensive but necessary (Insider)


ICYMI: How not to rebound feat. Harden

Rockets star James Harden had no interest in collecting this rebound, sliding away as the ball came off the rim.


Iverson messaged Kobe about retirement

Allen Iverson wrote to the Lakers star, in part: "To the Mamba, one of your biggest fans here. To the top competitor, with the biggest heart. You brought so much out of me like no other player ever has. ... There will never, ever be another Kobe Bryant. I love you bro and good luck to you." (via Stephen A. Smith)

LeBron never got to face Kobe in finals

LeBron James is disappointed he never played Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals, even though one of them had been part of each finals since 2007.