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Inside the NFL's wild return to LA

44mSeth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr.

Inside the NFL's wild return to LA

Few could have guessed that the league's return would become so bloody, bitter and, most of all, emblematic of how power in the NFL truly works.

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No decision expected Thursday in McCoy inquiry

No decision on a possible arrest warrant for LeSean McCoy is expected Thursday, a police official told ESPN, as the district attorney's office investigates an alleged nightclub assault.

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Bracketology: Oregon the safest choice in the Pac-12

There are a lot of Pac-12 teams in the mix, but Joe Lunardi feels good about one in particular: Oregon. The Ducks have risen all the way to a No. 2 seed in his latest projection. Watch No. 11 Oregon vs. California on ESPN2 & WatchESPN at 9 p.m. ET.

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Bizarre sequence costs Boise State a win (1:26)
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Jay Bilas' pick to win it all: Maryland (1:50)
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SVP's brief encounter with Bill Murray at Pebble Beach (2:30)
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When Curry sinks a 3-pointer... you dance! (0:26)
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MVP of the season so far (1:27)
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LeBron's pass hits Russell in the groin (0:42)
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4hKeith Law

Law's Top 100 prospects

Keith Law lays out his highly anticipated annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, with talented Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager topping it.

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Law: 2016 ranking of all 30 farm systems

Keith Law ranks the MLB farm systems heading into the 2016 season, with the rebuilding Braves (including offseason acquisition Dansby Swanson) leaping to No. 1 and the Angels falling to last.

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Yates: The NFL's five worst cap situations

Who has the most work to do regarding the 2016 salary cap? Field Yates' list includes three AFC East teams that all face big offseason decisions.

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Bowen: Five rookies ready to pop in Year 2

Which rookies are ready to take their games to the next level? Matt Bowen highlights five players, including Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham, who displayed a rare athletic skill set in Year 1.

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5-on-5: Can LeBron catch Jordan?

He landed at No. 3 on our #NBArank countdown, but could LeBron James catch Michael Jordan? Our experts discuss the greatness that made Air Jordan the greatest player of all time.

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Scuffle breaks out on Suns' bench
NBA 

Archie Goodwin and Markieff Morris had to be separated during a loss to the Warriors.

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NBA 

Animated look at the MVP race
NBA 

While the NBA is filled with stars, Marc Stein wonders if there really is more than one candidate for MVP at the All-Star break.

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Broncos D stopped the Dab
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T.J. Ward and Bradley Roby explain how they were able to keep Cam Newton in check and shake his confidence.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Thunder coach Billy Donovan on the team playing a game tonight with heavy hearts: "The harsh reality is we have a game to play. We've got to go out there and do the best job we can. And that's really all there is. It doesn't mean that we're not hurting as an organization, as a team, as a coaching staff, but we're called to have to play tonight, so we have to go out and play tonight."

Brewers Association to Peyton: go craft

After the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning said he was drinking Budweiser. A craft beer company reached out to the Broncos QB with a different offer. Your move, Budweiser

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Ben Stiller's biggest career regret

The actor tells the Dan Le Batard Show he regrets that he was given the script to "Good Will Hunting" but never got around to reading it. Maybe he should have gone to "The Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good and Who Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too."

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Warriors historically great at the break
NBA 

The last four teams that went into the All-Star break with a winning percentage at or over .875 won the championship.

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NBA 

Cap leap = quiet NBA trade deadline?
NBA 

With gigantic increases coming to the NBA salary cap, Tom Penn sees a change in the value of multi-year contracts resulting in a quieter than normal trade market.

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NBA 

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict had been hoping to meet with Roger Goodell once the commissioner's schedule allowed. Now that we're past the Super Bowl, it appears he'll have that chance. A source told ESPN on Thursday that Burfict will meet with Goodell within a week to discuss his pending three-game suspension at the start of next season.

TBT: Kevin Hart outduels Mone Davis
NBA All-Star Game 

Little League World Series star Davis got a nice crossover against Hart in last year's NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, but it was the comedian who earned MVP honors.

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NBA All-Star Game 

#Top10Thursday: College hoops' best names
NCAAM 

No one can top Michigan State's Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn Jr., but that's only the beginning. Lionheart Leslie, we're also looking at you. Best names

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Bowen: Five rookies ready to pop in Year 2
NFL 

Keep your eye on Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham, who was able to average 17.2 yards per catch in 2015, while working with rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota. Top 5 (Insider)

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LeBron's pass hits Russell in the groin
NBA 

LeBron James fired a pass to the sidelines, and D'Angelo Russell was in the exact wrong place at the exact wrong time.

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Towns throws down the hammer ... twice
NBA 

When Karl-Anthony Towns is coming down the lane, you should probably get out of the way.

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TBT: Marshawn Lynch's shoutout
NFL 

In honor of his retirement, we remember the time a young Lynch gave it up for his high school team's offensive linemen.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

A heartbroken Kevin Durant only talked for a few seconds today about the tragic death of assistant coach Monty Williams wife before breaking down and having to excuse himself.

Bickerstaff calls Rockets 'broken team'

Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said after a loss at Portland on Wednesday night that the team can't win in its current collective mindset. Story

Beverley out of All-Star Skills Challenge
NBA 

Rockets PG Patrick Beverley will not defend his Skills Challenge title this weekend at the NBA All-Star game, per ESPN's Calvin Watkins and a Yahoo! Sports report. According to a source, he re-injured a sprained left ankle after the Rockets 116-103 loss to Portland on Wednesday.

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Sando: Where RG III could land next
NFL 

With Robert Griffin III's release from Washington all but inevitable, there could be some teams interested in the QB's services -- including the Cowboys, who would be adding a young insurance policy for Tony Romo without undermining him. Landing spots (Insider)

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NFL 

Bizarre ending costs Boise State a win

The Broncos looked to have broken a tie with Colorado at the buzzer with a crazy, off-balance 3-pointer. However, the officials called it off after a review.

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Top 100 prospects in baseball
MLB 

Keith Law lays out his highly anticipated annual list of the top talent in baseball, with Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager topping it. No.'s 1-50 (Insider)

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Sudeikis: Kevin Hart better not yell at me
NBA 

Jason Sudeikis is ready for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, but not if team captain Hart goes after him. Says Sudeikis: "If you're gonna yell at me, stand on something [so you can say it to my face]."

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NBA 

Mike & Mike debate Melo's playoff future
NBA 

Mike Golic doesn't believe Carmelo Anthony will ever win another playoff series in a Knicks uniform, but Mike Greenberg disagrees -- especially if Tom Thibodeau is behind the bench.

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NBA 

Just call Peyton The Sheriff or P-Money
NFL 

Broncos' T.J. Ward and Bradley Roby said Peyton Manning signed WR Bennie Fowler's jersey as "P-Money" during the Super Bowl.

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