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4hJohnette 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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LeBron's admiration for Kobe goes back to childhood (1:04)
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2hKevin 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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25mPierre 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.

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Kobe Bryant All-Star Mixtape (2:42)
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Kobe honored to witness the progression of the game (0:31)
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4hScoop Jackson

Scoop: 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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1hSonia 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 6 minutes.

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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.

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

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Greeny: 'No confidence' in the IOC (1:43)
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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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5hKeith 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.

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20hMatt 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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Greeny: Dwight can only blame himself
NBA 

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

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NBA 

How Leicester City could make history
Soccer 

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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Soccer 

Farewell not sad for Kobe
NBA 

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."

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NBA 

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

Let Montana State show you.

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NCAAM 

Berry's very early 2016 fantasy rankings
NFL 

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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NFL 

Is Nick Saban worth $8 million per season?
NCAAF 

Mike & Mike say absolutely yes.

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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'
NBA 

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.

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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
NBA 

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

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NBA 

#SquadGoals: Steph, Ayesha and FLOTUS
NBA 

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

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NBA 

MLB prospects who just missed the Top 100
MLB 

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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MLB 

LeBron's admiration for Kobe
NBA 

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

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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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Who will win Super Bowl LI?
NFL 

We're back to Roman numerals for the 2016 season, where the early title favorites include the Patriots, Panthers, Seahawks and Steelers. Who's going to win? Vote

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NFL 

Surpassing Bulls still matters to Curry
NBA 

Stephen Curry is not taking for granted the rare opportunity the Warriors have to break the Bulls' record mark of 72 wins.

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Jim Harbaugh racks up $136K recruiting tab
NCAAF 

Through the use of a private jet and with an average of $10,000 per day in expenses, Harbaugh's staff reached the figure over a 12-day period early last year, according to USA Today Sports. Recruiting costs

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NCAAF 

Bubble Watch: Time is running out for LSU
NCAAM 

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. Bubble Watch

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NCAAM 

The first time D-Wade faced Kobe
NBA 

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.

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Schoenfield: Ranking the MLB teams
MLB 

The Reds have Joey Votto, but not much else. Where do Cincy and other rebuilding teams like the Braves and Phillies rank? David Schoenfield's pre-spring training pecking order is filled with MLB's likely bottom-feeders. Nos. 25-30

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MLB 

Kristen Wiig's perfect Peyton impression
NFL 

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

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NFL 

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Allen Iverson, amid a stage of Hall of Famers and the newest nominees: "I feel like somebody."

NBA 

Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design
NBA 

The design of the NBA All-Star Game uniforms has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Uni Watch

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NBA 

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Paul Millsap says he tries to block out the trade rumors surrounding the Hawks.

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Hoge: Forte would be a good guy to get
NFL 

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

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