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Tom Thibodeau for next Knicks coach?

He's one name mentioned by ESPN's expert panel in the wake of Derek Fisher's firing. Would that require Phil Jackson to scrap his beloved triangle? 5-on-5 (Insider)

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Where will Ian Desmond end up?

Desmond might be in the toughest spot among free agents who turned down qualifying offers, with no slam-dunk SS openings existing in either league. Consider the White Sox, however. Their payroll is flat from last year, and they fancy themselves contenders. Unsigned qualifying-offer free agents (Insider)

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Where will Dexter Fowler end up?

For Insider Tony Blengino, Fowler is the best free agent still on the board who turned down a qualifying offer. The Nationals, Dodgers, Cubs and Rangers are the most likely landing spots for the outfielder, according to Blengino. Unsigned qualifying-offer free agents (Insider)

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Jimmy Butler out again on Monday

The Bulls' All-Star swingman will miss another game with a left knee strain he suffered on Friday. Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg is unsure when Butler would return and said he likely would also miss Wednesday's game, the last one before the All-Star break.

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Defense reigned supreme

The Broncos put together one of the most dominant defensive efforts in Super Bowl history, putting up numbers similar to the '85 Bears and '00 Ravens.

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Plenty of ways to win

Peyton Manning is the first quarterback since Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XL to win the Lombardi Trophy without throwing a touchdown pass.

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Blackhawks finding championship-caliber consistency (3:03)
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5hDavid Schoenfield

Five free agents worth the gamble

Dexter Fowler's consistency puts him on David Schoenfield's list of five free agents teams should consider signing.

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6hAustin Ward

Recruiting wrap: Illinois Fighting Illini

The return of healthy WR Mikey Dudek might just be one of the most important additions in the league as Illinois tries to get back to a bowl.

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Taj Gibson's fantasy stock rising

The Bulls' big man is one of the only healthy members of its frontcourt. Gibson can help your team with his rebound production and is available in just over half of ESPN leagues. Fantasy Forecaster

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No. 5 Iowa at Illinois

The Hawkeyes are taking on the Illini, who have lost three straight at home since upsetting Purdue on Jan. 10. Iowa is averaging 80.8 points, trailing only the Hoosiers in the conference. Follow live

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Chicago Bulls SportsCenter Throwback - Feb. 7, 1996 (1:50)
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Impact performance nominees (1:09)
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2dNick Friedell

There is no joy in Bullsland

The Chicago Bulls continue to show a lack of mental toughness in losing for the 11th time in the past 16 games.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Dunleavy discusses how he felt after his first game of the season. The 35 year-old, who sat out all year after off-season back surgery, scored 5 points in 14 minutes of play. "A little late to the party, but good to be back," Dunleavy said. "I felt quite honestly like I hadn't played in eight months, but got a little better rhythm in the second half. And just testing out my hops again with that dunk."

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Blackhawks use pair of shorthanded goal to beat Stars (1:03)