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3dRobert Sanchez

TrueHoop Presents: Jahlil Okafor opens up

For the first time ever, the 76ers rookie discusses his run-ins with the law and growing up in the NBA spotlight. Can he put this season's troubles behind him and focus on the game?

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22mAdam Rubin

MLB permanently bans Mejia for PED violations

Jenrry Mejia, 26, became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under MLB's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

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Kevin Hart comes out of retirement (0:57)
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2hScoop 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.

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Drummond busts a move behind Kevin Hart (0:32)
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Shaq, Yao, Iverson headline 2016 HOF finalists

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced 14 finalists for the Class of 2016 on Friday, including Allen Iverson, Tom Izzo, Shaquille O'Neal and Yao Ming.

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Leicester and the impossible bet (1:20)
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Kevin Hart denies Drake the friendly shake (0:18)
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LeBron's admiration for Kobe goes back to childhood (1:04)
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Final seconds, who's taking the shot? You or Steph? (1:32)
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6hPierre 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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8dSteve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada

OTL: NFL rewards, punishes as research funder

Behind the NFL's donations for brain research is a funding apparatus that some researchers believe steers research away from potentially uncomfortable truths about football and brain disease.

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Kobe Bryant All-Star Mixtape (2:42)
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10hJohnette 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.

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Kobe honored to witness the progression of the game (0:31)
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Best Dunks of the Season (So Far) (1:59)
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8hKevin 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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Daugherty: 'Black cloud hangs over Dwight' (2:02)
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5hSonia 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.

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Shelburne: Following Kobe is like following the Pope (1:24)
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7hDavid Schoenfield

Ranking the teams: 30 through 25

The Reds have Joey Votto, but not much else. David Schoenfield kicks off his pre-spring training rankings with a look at MLB's likely bottom-feeders.

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Curry, Warriors still want to break '95-96 Bulls' win record (1:04)
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4hPaul 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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1dSeth 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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Emotional night for Thunder (1:05)
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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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9hKeith 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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4hDarren 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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No. 19 Dayton staves off upset
NCAAM 

The Flyers survive. After 17 lead changes, No. 19 Dayton leaves Rhode Island with a 68-66 win on this clutch 3-pointer by Darrell Davis.

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Best dunks of the season (so far)
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It's All-Star Weekend, the unofficial midpoint to the NBA season. So who broke rims so far and who got broke?

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

It's pretty easy to deny Kevin Hart a clean look.

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Better coach: Popovich or Hart?
NBA 

Becky Hammon and Elena Delle Donne joined Cassidy Hubbarth during halftime to talk about the future of the WNBA and how Spurs coach Gregg Popovich differs from USA coach Kevin Hart.

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NBA 

Ohio bench challenging Monmouth?
NCAAM 

The Bobcats are having fun on the sidelines. Some might say "Monmouth-ian" fun.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Kevin Hart came out of Celebrity Game retirement, but Tracy McGrady caught fire for Team Canada in the third quarter, giving them a 53-46 lead entering the fourth on ESPN.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Marshawn Lynch is in the building at the Celebrity Game.

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Four's fifth 3? Rhode Island keeping pace
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Upset alert in the Atlantic 10? Rhode Island guard Four McGlynn hits his fifth 3, keeping the Rams in it against No. 10 Dayton. Catch the finish live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

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2016 McGrady not quite the 2002 version
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Tracy McGrady flashed it back, throwing a pass off the backboard to himself just like he did in the 2002 All-Star Game. At least the pass looked the same.

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Most points in All-Star Game

Russell Westbrook won the All-Star Game MVP scoring 41 points last season. Are we going to see on encore performance for the Thunder guard in Toronto on Sunday?

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Warriors with clear path to 70 wins

According to ESPN's BPI, Golden State has an 86 percent chance at reaching a 70 wins this season. Can Steve Kerr's bunch break the 1995-96 Bulls record that he helped set?

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Who takes the final shot: You or Steph?

About half the players questioned would rather have Steph Curry -- and not themselves -- taking a last-second shot. And then there's Westbrook.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Vin Diesel arrived just before halftime and has been signing autographs for kids the entire time.

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No. 23 USC at Arizona State

The No. 23 Trojans already have two more conference victories than the last two seasons combined as they seek their fourth straight win at Arizona State. Follow live

President Brad Stevens?
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With the job he's done turning around the Celtics, Brad Stevens' notoriety is growing. Celtics coach received a write-in vote in New Hampshire primary, according to CBS Boston. Belichick also received one

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Steph's favorite Kobe moment
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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.

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Drummond prefers dance interviews
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Kevin Hart tried to give his coaches interview. Andre Drummond prefers a dance interview.

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Scoochie Smith sinks circus shot
NCAAM 

It was good for the lay in and one.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Team USA trails Team Canada 20-15 after one quarter in the Celebrity Game, despite opening with a 7-0 run.

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Is a $400M deal enough for Bryce Harper?
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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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Sudeikis gives his take on Kansas
NCAAM 

Kansas-Oklahoma II is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. What did Jayhawks fan Jason Sudeikis think of the first triple-overtime instant classic?

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Block leads to transition layup for Dayton
NCAAM 

Charles Cooke's block gave the Flyers the ball on the move and John Crosby finished with a layup. Game is live on ESPN2.

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No new friend for Drake
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Coach Kevin Hart wasn't interested in dapping Drake before the celebrity game.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The NBA announced Drake, fresh off his coaching stint at the Celebrity Game, will introduce the players at Sunday's All-Star Game.

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