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Playoff breakdown: If the games were today

Oklahoma's victory over TCU catapulted the Sooners into the College Football Playoff's top four. How would all the New Year's Six games look if the season ended today?

Kyle Busch: Championship 'means the world to me' (3:04)
Chase Herbstreit's upset pick of the week (0:54)
Dale Jr.'s epic cannonball (0:14)
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NFL Power Rankings: Bucs breaking through

An afterthought early in the season, Tampa Bay has emerged as an NFC wild-card contender -- and a top-12 team in our hierarchy. Who else is on the upswing?

Antonio Pierce: Manziel has not shown that he can be a professional (2:05)
Michael Smith: NFL needs substitute officials (1:03)
Tim Hasselbeck to Colts: Don't stick with my brother (0:54)
MLS hand out coach, newcomer of the year (2:27)
Steph Curry Paint By Numbers (0:49)
X Games Trick Tips: David Gonzalez crail to fakie (2:14)
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Top 10 relief pitchers in MLB

Buster Olney's positional rankings continue with a look at MLB's top 10 relievers -- Wade Davis is prominently mentioned -- plus today's notes/links.


Browns bench Manziel, McCown to start

Josh McCown will start for the Browns on Monday night and Johnny Manziel will serve as the team's third QB option behind Austin Davis, the team announced. Said coach Mike Pettine on his weekly "The Mike Pettine Show": "It was something we felt had violated the trust that we had put in him for the bye coming out of the Pittsburgh game." Story

Riddick: 'There's a line that you draw'

Louis Riddick says the Browns can't trust Johnny Manziel to be a team leader and face of their franchise.


Here's where the CFP stands

Oklahoma and Iowa have moved up to No. 3 and 4, respectively, as Michigan State and Notre Dame are the first two teams out.

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Kristaps Porzingis, on ESPN 98.7 FM, on getting booed at the draft: "I wouldnt say it (is) on my mind but it still sits in side of you a little bit. Thats not a good feeling when you get booed obviously. I dont want it stay on my mind the whole time, (I dont want) just to be good because someone booed me. I want to be a great player just because thats the way I am. I want to be the best I can be.

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In a year in which it scheduled Texas, USC, Clemson and GTech, that Notre Dames best wins are vs. Navy and Temple is a problem.

Labissiere throws down early

No. 1 Kentucky's Skal Labissiere is tall. With this slam, you can see exactly how tall he is. (Live on SEC Network)


Some Panthers still support Greg Hardy

Going into Sunday's game against the Panthers, it's apparent Greg Hardy still has the respect of some of his former teammates. Said OLB Thomas Davis: "Greg Hardy is a guy that you flat-out want on your football team." Story

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George, Miles light it up from 3 for Pacers

Paul George (7-8) and C.J. Miles (6-7) are a combined 13-of-15 from behind the arc tonight against the Wizards. It's just the second time in 30 years that the Pacers have had two players hit at least six 3's in a single game. Follow live

Dieter does it again with TD catch

With this TD, Bowling Green's Gehrig Dieter caught his 4th TD in two weeks. (Streaming live on ESPN3)


(1) Kentucky vs. Boston University

Tyler Ulis and the Wildcats are back atop the AP poll thanks a to a big win over Duke and an upset loss by North Carolina., and welcome the Terriers to Rupp Arena. Live on SEC Network, WatchESPN

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Holder's shot gives Sun Devils lead at half

Tra Holder drilled this 3-pointer before half to give Arizona State a 36-33 lead over Marquette at halftime of the Legends Classic final. (Live on ESPN2)


Baldwin caps Vandy breakaway with dunk

Vanderbilt's Wade Baldwin IV does it all by stealing the ball and driving it down the length of the court for the slam. The 19th-ranked Commodores lead Wake Forest in the second half of the Maui Invitational on ESPN.


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Derrick Rose getting ready for his return in Portland.

Peyton out at least two more weeks

Broncos QB Peyton Manning met with foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, who said he should spend at the least next week in a walking cast as he recovers from a plantar fascia tear. He missed Sunday's game with the injury.

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Favre leads list of Pro Football HOF semifinalists

First-year candidates Brett Favre, Terrell Owens and Alan Faneca are among 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The voting for the Class of 2016 will culminate on Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl. Full list

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Sun Devils out and running early

Maurce O'Field found Obinna Oleka in transition for the dunk. Arizona State trails Marquette in the 1st half of the Legends Classic final ESPN2.


(2) Maryland-Illinois State in Cancun

The Terrapins have reached their highest ranking since 2002 and look to stay near the top of the perch as they face the Redbirds as part of the Cancun Challenge. Follow live

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