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Lakers hold at No. 29 in rankings

It would appear they'll stay out of last place as long as the 76ers remain historically winless. It will be up to the Lakers to keep Philly that way on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center. Power Rankings

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Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant

It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."

Durant on Kobe: Media mistreating him

"He's a legend, and all I hear is about how bad he's playing, how bad he's shooting, and it's time for him to hang it up," Kevin Durant said of the coverage Kobe Bryant has received. "You guys treated one of our legends like s---, and I didn't really like it. So hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after this year." Media 'killing him'


Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006, when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.

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Justin Upton fits the Angels' narrative

No matter what, Los Angeles' No. 1 priority this offseason should be improving in left field. While the Halos might covet Jason Heyward above all other options, Upton would make plenty of sense as well. Upton's potential landing spots

Chip Kelly refutes report he met with USC (2:11)
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Clippers hold at No. 14 in rankings

Los Angeles will play the second half of a six-game homestand this week. Then, the Clippers will be off on a five-game road trip from Minnesota on east. Power Rankings


An ode to Kobe Bryant, in two charts

This season, Bryant has been the worst volume shooter in the NBA. But as bad as this campaign has been, the Lakers star will be remembered as one of the most versatile scoring threats the NBA had ever seen. 2005-06 vs. 2015-16

Trojans' great reaction to Helton being named head coach (0:33)

Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Zack Greinke's free agent talks are quietly picking up steam, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The Dodgers and Giants are the principal suitors for Greinke, and it's believed that both teams would like some clarity in the event they lose out in the bidding and have to go in a different direction.

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Helton was logical, right choice for USC

Bigger names were out there, but a seven-game sample size -- and history -- suggest Clay Helton was the right choice to lead USC.

Russillo on Kobe: 'He's just another level' (2:06)

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

In 6 of the past 9 meetings between Stanford and USC, the game has not been decided until the final play. Cardinal kicker Conrad Ukropina, who beat Notre Dame with his 45-yard boot as time expired this past Saturday, expects that to be the case again in the upcoming Pac-12 championship game. Many of Ukropina's family members are Trojan fans, and the former walk-on earned a Stanford scholarship this year after sealing a September win over USC with a field goal. We'll see if a Rose Bowl berth depends on the Pasadena native's leg this week.

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Clay Helton signs 5-year deal with USC

USC AD Pat Haden gave a five-year guaranteed deal to Helton, who guided the Trojans to a 5-2 record as interim head coach this season. USC is playing Stanford on Saturday in the Pac-12 title game.

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Simmons is majors' No. 7 shortstop

Andrelton Simmons heads from Atlanta to Anaheim. Buster Olney notes the Angels have bought in on a 26-year-old whose slick fielding might be slipping. Top 10 shortstops (Insider)