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5hJohnette Howard

Why Manning's decision might not be so easy

Justin Tuck, Jerome Bettis, Damien Woody and Bill Polian provide insight into the things an NFL player like Peyton Manning takes into consideration when deciding whether to retire.

LeBron's admiration for Kobe goes back to childhood (1:04)
19mScoop Jackson

Scoop Jackson: Thirty years of Jordans

If you think Air Jordans are just sneakers, you're missing the point. Scoop Jackson details the 30-year reign of the world's most recognizable basketball shoe.

Daugherty: 'Black cloud hangs over Dwight' (2:02)
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59mPierre LeBrun

LeBrun: John Scott finally getting back on the ice

The past month has been crazy for John Scott, with All-Star controversy giving way to a feel-good story, movie offers and the birth of twin girls. Now, the tough guy is ready to get back to work.

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2hArash Markazi

How longest of long shots could make history

Premier League leader Leicester City entered the season as a 5,000-1 underdog -- the same chance as a bet on Elvis being alive -- which is why the English soccer team could become the undisputed champion of beating the odds.

Kobe Bryant All-Star Mixtape (2:42)
Kobe honored to witness the progression of the game (0:31)
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3hKevin Pelton

Pelton: Rockets should trade James Harden

Would the Lakers or Celtics trade for The Beard? Here are four trades that work, Kevin Pelton says, if the Rockets focus on the real problem in Houston: James Harden.

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26mSonia Thompson

The Buzz: Kristen Wiig is hilarious as Super Bowl champ

Jimmy Fallon interviews Super Bowl champion quarterback Peyton Manning, aka Kristen Wiig dressed in a full Broncos uniform, and you'll be cracking up for the full six minutes.

Shelburne: Following Kobe is like following the Pope (1:24)
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Bubble Watch: Time is running out for LSU

The most interesting team in Bubble Watch history got more interesting with a loss at South Carolina. Saturday's date with Texas A&M is one of few opportunities remaining for the Tigers.

Curry, Warriors still want to break '95-96 Bulls' win record (1:04)
9hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design

Friday Flashback: NBA All-Star Game design has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Paul Lukas explores the history of the showcase game's uniforms.

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23hSeth 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.

Emotional night for Thunder (1:05)
Greeny: 'No confidence' in the IOC (1:43)

Morning 3-on-3: Alex Ovechkin is back on top

A hat trick on Thursday has Alex Ovechkin back atop the goal-scoring race. In Friday's Morning 3-on-3, we discuss his recent surge, changes to his game and what they mean for the Caps.

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6hKeith 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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4hKeith Law

Law: Prospects who just missed Top 100

Keith Law profiles 10 MLB prospects who just missed his Top 100 rankings, including Pirates third-base prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes, son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes.

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3hDarren Rovell

Guinness hooks up Watt with special bottle label

ESPN caught up with J.J. Watt during his trip to Ireland and asked him about his affinity for Guinness, which recently presented the Texans star with his own beer bottle label.

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KC Joyner

Joyner: Eagles need to keep Sam Bradford

Free-agent-to-be Sam Bradford isn't going to be cheap, but he is the right quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles going forward, writes KC Joyner.

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5hBuster Olney

The Royals' two-year plan

Owners of consecutive American League pennants and a World Series title, the Royals have a clear window to add to their legacy, writes Buster Olney.

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Top 300 fantasy MLB rankings

Mike Trout, Carlos Correa and Josh Donaldson will be at the top of every fantasy most-wanted list, but who else should be sought after? The Fantasy Staff ranks the top 300 players for all your roto needs.

What is the Warriors' Achilles' heel? (2:52)


The NHL trade deadline scramble

With the Feb. 29 deadline looming, it is essential for clubs in the Central division, the most competitive division expected to send five teams to the playoffs, to separate themselves from the pack. Buyers or sellers (Insider)

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Hoge: Forte would be a good guy to get

An NFL team looking for a proven running back and team leader should consider Matt Forte, according to Merril Hoge.


Steph's favorite Kobe moment

Kobe Bryant has had many great moments on the court, but the ultimate -- in Stephen Curry's mind -- is the time he scored 81 points.


Chipper, Ward to join Georgia Hall of Fame

Former Braves star Chipper Jones and four-time Pro Bowler Hines Ward are among eight who will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame this month. Story

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Peyton's decision might not be so easy

An NFL player takes a lot of factors into consideration when deciding whether to retire. As Former Patriots and Jets center Damien Woody put it: "I don't think the love of game ever leaves you. Ever. It's the wear of preparing Monday through Saturday. And the offseason. The minicamps. The meetings." A gift and a curse

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The first time D-Wade faced Kobe

It was his first season in the NBA, and Dwyane Wade doubts he was even on Kobe Bryant's radar, which made the pure joy of scoring on him that much more special.


Champions League Round-of-16 Forecast

Will Barcelona become the first team in 20-plus years to repeat as champs? A team-by-team projection of the Champions League knockout round might help answer some questions. Team most likely to raise trophy (Insider)

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Is a $400M deal enough for Bryce Harper?

In an interview with 106.7 FM The Fan on Thursday, the reigning NL MVP said he doesn't think much about his future payday, with one important caveat. 'Don't sell me short'

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Kristen Wiig's perfect Peyton impression

Favorite color? "Green-ish." Favorite clothing store? "Sears." -- Peyton Manning, aka Wiig. Watch

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Chicharito could miss 2-3 weeks

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez (torn left gluteal muscle) was injured in Bayer Leverkusen's DFB-Pokal defeat to Werder Bremen and will "most likely" miss the next two weeks, Leverkusen coach Rogers Schmidt said, adding, "We can't really foresee when he'll be fit again. The healing process can take one, two or three weeks."


Klay Thompson: Warriors aim for 73 wins

While Thompson admitted "73 wins doesn't mean a thing without the ring," he confirmed the team is trying for the record. Chasing the Bulls


Greeny: Dwight can only blame himself

Mike Greenberg believes Dwight Howard could have been an all-time great if he devoted himself to developing his offensive game.


How Leicester City could make history

The Premier League leader entered the season as a 5,000-1 underdog. An overlooked UConn team entered the 2014 NCAA tournament at 100-1 and won it all, but no one has ever beaten 5,000-1 odds. If Leicester does, though? It might just mean Elvis is still alive. And Obama will play cricket

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Farewell not sad for Kobe

Kobe Bryant feels honored to have played so long in the NBA: "Guys that I'm playing with that are tearing the league up that were like 4 for my first All-Star Game."


What do 25 3-pointers in a game look like?

Let Montana State show you.


Berry's very early 2016 fantasy rankings

For those who never stop preparing for the next season, Matthew Berry gets a jumpstart with a few assumptions, including Peyton Manning's retirement and a healthy Le'Veon Bell. Fantasy football rankings

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Is Nick Saban worth $8 million per season?

Mike & Mike say absolutely yes.


C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina coach Roy Williams reiterated that he "feels fine" after by his count the "17th or 18th" time he's suffered from benign positional vertigo. "What that means is any traumatic, sudden jerking of your head... and you're very dizzy," said Williams, who added that was different than when he's had to grab the scorers table or someone's arm to steady him. "that's just a blood rush."

Daugherty: 'Black cloud hangs over Dwight'

Dwight Howard's career hasn't been the same since the big man left Orlando and Brad Daugherty can find only one common denominator to explain why that is.


Suspended PG Kareem Canty turning pro

Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl said the "frustration of the season" contributed to both Canty's indefinite suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team" and his decision to forgo his senior season. Bound for NBA

Frustrating season for Harden

The Rockets season isn't going the way anyone imagined, but James Harden is optimistic for the season half.


#SquadGoals: Steph, Ayesha and FLOTUS

When Stephen and Ayesha Curry visited the White House, they sang a song about bananas with the First Lady. 'Ba-ba-ba-banana'


MLB prospects who just missed the Top 100

Pittsburgh 3B prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes was just outside Keith Law's cutline, but with contact this hard, he should at least become a 30-40 doubles guy in time. Missed the cut (Insider)

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LeBron's admiration for Kobe

LeBron James says when Kobe Bryant succeeded out of high school, it gave him the confidence he needed as a kid.


A look at Alliance in 6.86

Alliance has seen a sort of resurgence in Dota 2's 6.86 patch, with Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg standing out. As the Shanghai Major approaches, we look at why Bulldog is all bark -- and bite. Dominant force

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