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8hSeth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr.

Inside the NFL's wild return to LA

8hSeth 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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Durant, Westbrook put on a dunking clinic (0:25)
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Is Harden, not Howard the real problem in Houston? (2:21)
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Indiana surges late to top No. 4 Iowa (1:06)
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The Globetrotters posterize ESPN employees... and legends (1:18)
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15hKeith 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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12hKeith Law

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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Bryce Harper shows off new Topps card (2:57)
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Westbrook makes this dunk look easy (0:17)
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TBT: Young Beast Mode taking OL to Sizzler (0:30)
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Barkley's keys to beating Warriors (1:28)
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Jay Bilas' pick to win it all: Maryland (1:50)
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Berman rocks it at Pebble Beach (1:22)
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Long prayer beats buzzer to win it for Mount Olive (0:19)
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Crean does his pregame stretches (0:21)
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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.

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Lamar Odom greeted with cheers at Kanye event (0:34)
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MVP of the season so far (1:27)
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6hMatt Bowen

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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Looking back at Sudeikis' SportsCenter spoofs (1:46)
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What is the Warriors' Achilles' heel? (2:52)

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Emotional night for Thunder
NBA 

Oklahoma City's Billy Donovan and Kevin Durant comment after their game against the Pelicans, which came in the wake of the passing of assistant coach Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid.

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NBA 

Half-court shot at buzzer wins game
High School 

Mount Olive's Matthew Montello connected on a deep heave to beat Sparta.

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High School 

Nats' Bryce Harper joins SportsCenter
MLB 

The 2015 NL MVP discusses his baseball card and his thoughts on new manager Dusty Baker.

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MLB 

Buzzer-beater forces double overtime
NCAAM 

Colorado's George King hit a fallaway 3-pointer as time expired to send the Buffaloes into double overtime.

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NCAAM 

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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NBA 

Indiana surges later to top No. 4 Iowa
NCAAM 

The Hoosiers moved into a three-way tie for the Big Ten lead with an 85-78 win.

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NCAAM 

Best fantasy hoops seasons of all-time
NBA 

Not surprisingly, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and LeBron James rank among the top single-season fantasy performances of all-time. But some of the other names on the list may surprise you. Shawn Marion at 2? (Insider)

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NBA 

Bruins bounce back, blow out Jets
NHL 

After losing by seven goals in their last game, the Bruins rebounded big time with a 6-2 win over the Jets.

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NHL 

Southpaw slam fires up Walton
NCAAM 

Cal's Jaylen Brown threw down a vicious left-handed dunk that had Bill Walton screaming "Keep Berkeley weird."

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NCAAM 

California rolls past No. 11 Oregon
NCAAM 

The Golden Bears won 83-63 to pick up their largest victory over a top-15 team since 1995-96.

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NCAAM 

Montana State hits 25 3's in 101-58 victory

The Bobcats shot 58.1 percent from distance as they hit the second-most 3-pointers in a single game against a Division I opponent in NCAA history. Box score

With heavy hearts, Thunder beat Pelicans
NBA 

After holding a moment of silence before the game for Pelicans assistant Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, who died Wednesday after being involved in a car crash, the Thunder defeat the Pelicans 121-95.

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NBA 

Eaves' hat trick leads Stars
NHL 

Patrick Eaves notched a hat trick in the first period to power the Stars to a 4-2 win over the Blackhawks.

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NHL 

Pelton: Rockets should trade Harden
NBA 

Houston is reportedly shopping Dwight Howard. But Kevin Pelton writes that the Rockets should focus on the real problem -- James Harden. Four trades that work (Insider)

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NBA 

Ex-UFC heavyweight champ Randleman dies at 44
MMA 

Kevin "The Monster" Randleman, who won the UFC heavyweight title in 1999, died Thursday at 44. Randleman compiled a 17-16 record for UFC, PRIDE and Strikeforce, last fighting in 2011. Before MMA, he won two national championships in wrestling for Ohio State.

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MMA 

Ovechkin's hat trick powers Caps past Wild
NHL 

Alex Ovechkin scored three times in the second period, recording his 14th career hat trick to help Washington grab a 4-3 victory over Minnesota.

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NHL 

Ovi passes Kane for league lead in goals

Alex Ovechkin's hat trick against the Wild brought his goal total to 34 this season, passing Patrick Kane (33) for the top spot in the NHL.

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Odom greeted with cheers at Kanye event
NBA 

Lamar Odom made his first public appearance since being hospitalized in October, attending Kanye West's Yeezy runway fashion show at Madison Square Garden.

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NBA 

Heat make spot-on 'Martin' intro spoof
NBA 

The Heat might not be having a noteworthy season on the court (they currently sit at 29-24), but that doesn't mean this video spoof of the iconic intro for the '90s sitcom "Martin" is any less awesome. Chris Bosh for the win

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NBA 

Indiana knocks off No. 4 Iowa
NCAAM 

The Hoosiers improved to 6-1 over the last five seasons at home against top-5 opponents with an 85-78 win to move into a tie atop the Big Ten standings. Indiana's bench outscored Iowa's 28-0. Box score

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NCAAM 

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

This was a HUGE victory for Indiana -- not just because it gave the Hoosiers a much-needed "resume" win, and because they did it with an off-game from Yogi Ferrell -- but because four of IU's final six games are against the likes of Michigan State (road), Purdue, Iowa (road) and Maryland.

Reverse slam caps off Cal's win
NCAAM 

Jabari Bird put the finishing touch on the Golden Bears' blowout victory.

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4-goal period boosts Flyers past Sabres
NHL 

R.J. Umberger snapped his 50-game scoreless drought with a goal in the second period, and Steve Mason finished with 41 saves in Philadelphia's 5-1 win over Buffalo.

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NHL 

Bucks enter break by beating Wizards
NBA 

Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton combine to score 44 points in the Bucks' 99-92 victory over the Wizards.

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