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SVP agrees with Jack's decision to leave school for NFL (2:37)

Scott: I can't see Kobe playing elsewhere

"I can't see it. I mean I can't see it. I really can't," Lakers head coach Byron Scott told USA Today Sports. "I think just like Magic Johnson, even MJ [Michael Jordan], who went to Washington [after two years out of the game at the age of 37], but still when you think of MJ you think of the Chicago Bulls. When I think of Kobe, I don't care what happens, I think everybody will always think of him as a Laker and one of the greatest Lakers to ever play the game."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Same Lakers starting five for Lakers-Jazz exhibition game here in Honolulu: D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle & Roy Hibbert. Lakers coach Byron Scott said Bryant's minutes will increase, ranging from 12-20.

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Every time someone mentions Clayton Kershaw's 0-4 7+ post-season ERA all I can think about is statistics waiting to be corrected #Dodgers

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA LB Myles Jack tweeted out the following statement regarding his decision to declare for the NFL draft: "After long discussions with my family, teammates, coaches and friends, I have made the tough decision to leave UCLA and start preparation for the next step in my journey. While I wish I could be on the field playing with my brothers, I'm ready to fulfill a childhood dream. Nothing in my life can compare to the roar of Bruins Nation and the UCLA 8-Clap heard in the Rose Bowl. I will never forget that feeling. Thanks for all your support, I'll always bleed blue and gold."

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Grantland: Splitting hairs for Cy Young

Jonah Keri is going with Clayton Kershaw in the NL because he struck out 301 batters in 232.2 innings -- the highest single-season strikeout rate for any qualified starter ever not named Pedro Martinez or Randy Johnson. Other award picks

Kanell: I don't blame Jack for leaving UCLA (1:47)
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Keep scrolling for Kobe

Per usual, Kobe Bryant is the highest-rated Laker on the fantasy basketball rankings. What is unusual is how far down the list you need to go to find him. Top 200 fantasy rankings

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Can Kessler continue this level of play?

Some men just want to watch the world (or at least their conference) burn, and Cody Kessler got to do that during his bye week. He'll be back this weekend with no signs of cooling off from his own scorching hot start. Brock Huard's QB rankings (Insider)

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Key matchups in USC-Washington battle

A look at the important individual matchups in USC's contest against Washington on the docket for Thursday.

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Yasiel Puig claims dubious honor

The Dodgers outfielder was named the LVP of fantasy baseball by Eric Karabell. An early pick in most drafts, owners got next to nothing from Puig, who was injured most the season and struggled when healthy. Fantasy awards (Insider)


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Anderson pitched a simulated game today, faced Yasiel Puig, among other hitters.

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Strength in numbers in USC's backfield

The Trojans have the kind of depth and talent in their running back corps that is reminiscent of past USC seasons.

Matich: USC is still a top 4 team (2:40)
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Grantland: Clippers on the edge of glory

Zach Lowe writes the Clippers have had three cracks at an NBA title with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan in their primes. This fourth try could be their last. Time to make the leap

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Harvey skips pre-NLDS mandatory workout

Mets ace Matt Harvey missed a mandatory team workout Tuesday at Citi Field, GM Sandy Alderson said. Harvey's absence was not excused. "Until we find out a little more about his absence, I prefer not to comment," Alderson said. Story

Matich: Myles Jack making right move going pro (0:57)
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Will Halos spend big this offseason?

Angels owner Arte Moreno reportedly intends to make his team more competitive next year. Is he willing to pass the luxury tax threshold in order to do so? MLB rumors roundup

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA coach Jim Mora said he will continue to support Myles Jack as he pursues the NFL, but called it "risky" to leave after playing in just three games as a junior. Here is a more of what the former NFL coach told reporters Tuesday: "Having been on that side, there’s going to be a lot of speculation as to what he is and where he fits. And as I told Myles on Sunday, NFL teams are very, very conservative and if there’s any question whatsoever, they’ll pass on you in heartbeat. They’re going to take the sure thing and I explained that to him, but I feel like they already made their decision and so, like I said, I hope it works out the best for him, but I, as a guy that spent half of my life in the NFL, I would move with great caution."