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NFL Power Rankings: Way-too-early 2016 edition

The Broncos just won Super Bowl 50, but we're already looking toward next season. Who's poised to make a big leap? Here's our way-too-early 2016 hierarchy.

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Medcalf: Who else? Hield plays hero for OU

Buddy Hield did it again Monday night. Hield scored Oklahoma's final 12 points and his 3-pointer in the final seconds helped the No. 3 Sooners rally past upset-minded Texas.

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Hield's 3 caps Sooners' comeback over Longhorns (1:18)
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King James takes the low-hanging fruit from Kings (0:16)
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These ballers get it done when it matters most (1:13)
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Joe Johnson is an ankle breaker (0:21)
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Wilbon: Newton acted like a loser (2:53)
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Duke's Allen gets flagrant for intentional trip (0:39)
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NBA Power Rankings: Will the Warriors ever stop?

After their 41st straight win at home, Golden State is showing no signs of slowing down atop Marc Stein's latest rankings. Meanwhile, back East, Boston is gaining a sneaky bit of momentum.

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Drummond drills it from 3/4 court (0:38)
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Manning has no timeline for retirement decision (7:03)
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Phil, Thibs or Walton for next Knicks coach?

What happens now in Gotham with Derek Fisher fired? Is Luke Walton a coaching candidate? Should Tom Thibodeau be hired? Or will Phil Jackson return to the sidelines?

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Wofford's impressive shooting is SVP's Best Thing I Saw Today (0:33)
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Kobe 'hammers' it home (0:15)
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Curry on Newton: 'I can't really say how I would have responded in that moment' (0:59)
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Warriors at the White House (1:37)
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Leicester keep passing title tests

Marcotti's Musings: When will we finally take Leicester seriously in the title race? Plus: Barca win ugly and Gary Neville's situation at Valencia get

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Westbrook crashes Durant's interview
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Kevin Durant was talking about his experience taking pictures at Super Bowl 50. Russell Westbrook was unimpressed.

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Blackhawks' Darling helps needy man
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Scott Darling picked up a man he saw in Arizona, paid for a month's stay in a hotel and bought the man groceries. Story

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Watch: Rick Pitino on Mike & Mike
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The Louisville coach, who lost to Duke in his 1,000th career game, will miss his first NCAA tournament this season since 2006. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Drummond drills one from 3/4 court
NBA 

Free throws might befuddle the Pistons' Andre Drummond, but three-quarter-court shots are his thing.

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Greeny: Peyton 'needs to want to retire'
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Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic can't agree on whether Broncos QB Peyton Manning should retire.

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O'Connor: The NFL's health crisis
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How does Ian O'Connor believe this Super Bowl week will be remembered? If anything, he writes, it will be remembered as the time it became clear this game needs a surgeon general's warning attached to it. Warning label

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On this date 24 years ago, three months after testing positive for HIV, Magic Johnson returned for the NBA All-Star Game -- and won MVP. [Credit: Jon Soohoo/NBAE]

Isola: Players put a premium on winning
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Frank Isola believes that upcoming free agents -- like Kevin Durant -- nowadays care more about winning, which means no one's going to want to join the Knicks.

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She walked to Australia from Siberia

Sarah Marquis walked alone for 1,000 days to satisfy her "curiosity": "This is what we're made for. We're supposed to walk, not go faster. The cars, cycling, it's too fast." 'That's Sarah!'

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Rondo to LeBron for the slam
NBA 

Rajon Rondo set up LeBron James for a breakaway dunk with a perfect outlet pass. One problem: They don't play for the same team.

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Joe Johnson redefines 'ankle breaker'
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There are ankle breakers, and then there is Johnson doing this to Denver's Jusuf Nurkic.

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Johnson wins it, Prokhorov goes bonkers
NBA 

Joe Johnson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to down the Nuggets, much to the delight of Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

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Hield's 3-pointer wins it for Oklahoma
NCAAM 

Oklahoma's comeback over Texas was capped by a clutch 3-pointer by Buddy Hield, giving the Sooners a 63-60 win.

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Kobe can still elevate ... sort of
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This wasn't exactly the form that won Kobe Bryant a dunk contest title, but it counts for two points just the same.

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NBA greats debate all-time greats
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Who's in Chris Bosh's all-time NBA top five? "No. 1? I have to say Jordan. No. 2 is Kareem. No. 3 is Magic. Uh, shoot, man. I'd probably go Bill Russell No. 4. Man, this is so hard." Who made the cut?

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When the reward is well worth the risk

The University of Rochester was placed in a situation that demanded risk versus the University of Chicago -- and Rochester executed to perfection.

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Duke's Allen gets flagrant for tripping
NCAAM 

Grayson Allen received a flagrant 1 early in the second half when he appeared to intentionally trip a Louisville player.

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KAT pounces for big slam
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Karl-Anthony Towns faked the handoff and instead took it in himself for a massive dunk.

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Our 2016 NFL crystal ball
NFL 

The NFL season ended Sunday, but you miss it already. Never fear -- Dan Graziano has looked into his crystal ball and has some really bold predictions for next fall. Mario Williams to NE?

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Kings ready to move on from Karl
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Marc Stein reports the Kings are planning on firing coach George Karl, saying on SportsCenter: "Since they lost Friday night in Brooklyn this has been seen as an inevitability."

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Jackson: It was time to make a change
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Knicks president Phil Jackson said of Derek Fisher, who was fired Monday: "I think he was a dedicated worker. Some of that onus is on the players."

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Ranking Air Jordans

As all the sneakerheads know, the Air Jordan XXX drops Friday. What better time to look back at all 29 looks of past Jordan kicks? Full ranking

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Ranking the reasons for the SB upset
NFL 

No team in the NFL scored more points during the regular season than the Panthers. But on Sunday, their offense was reduced to shambles. How? Bill Barnwell cites many reasons. A ranking

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