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Clippers power to lead over Magic

Los Angeles holds the top three scorers in the game through one quarter with Chris Paul (9 points), Paul Pierce (7 points) and J.J. Redick (6 points) as Orlando trails 28-20. Follow live

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Griffin has second surgery on broken hand (2:59)

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Clippers forward Blake Griffin underwent a second procedure this week on his broke right hand, sources told ESPN. The procedure was a part of the original surgery last week, so sources said the 4-6 week timeframe for his return remains unchanged.

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Nuggets talking Blake Griffin trade? (1:18)
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How the Dodgers got creative with Maeda

Kenta Maeda was the first pitcher to land an eight-year deal since Mike Hampton, but the Dodgers did an outstanding job of protecting their investment: They are on the hook for just $25 million in guaranteed money. Creative contracts (Insider)

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UCLA adds important pieces at DL, WR

UCLA coach Jim Mora hopes its new recruiting class will help addess the issues with the size and strength on the defensive line.

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Butch Davis: USC great first test for Bama next season (0:46)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

I'm not so sure the Dodgers trade Andre Ethier. Yes, they have outfield depth but Ethier was productive last year and is a much better bet for 2016 than Carl Crawford while providing a hedge against Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig. Scott Van Slyke and Trayce Thompson, meanwhile, are more right-handed platoon bats than everyday players. It's a logjam but the solution may be just to eat Crawford's money.

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Kobe Bryant is like a fine wine

Just getting better with age -- at least this past week. Bryant seems to have turned back the clock, averaging 29.3 PPG in his last three games.

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Black Mamba's big game vs. Pelicans

Kobe Bryant dropped 27 and grabbed 12 rebounds in the 99-96 win over New Orleans on Thursday. Kobe's last 25-point/10-rebound game against the Raptors in Nov. 2014.

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The Black Mamba inside top 15

Kobe Bean Bryant is settled at No. 12 in our list. This Lakers legend is the only player in NBA history to play 20 or more seasons with a single team. Love him or hate him, he will be missed once he hangs them up at the end of this season. All-Time #NBARank

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Haden to step down as USC AD in June (0:57)
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Where's The Logo on our list?

Lakers legend Jerry West settles at No. 13 on our list. West and MJ are the only players in NBA history to average 40 points per game for an entire postseason. All-Time #NBARank

USC's Pat Haden resigning

The Trojans athletic director will step down at the end of June. Haden has been in his current position for over 5 years. USC president Max Nikias said Haden will guide the renovation of the Coliseum for a year after he retires.

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L.A. teams are both on the bubble

USC's win over UCLA on Thursday may have done more to push the Bruins back than advance USC's case, writes Eamonn Brennan. Bubble Watch

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Neutral site clashes highlight Week 1

Jerry's World, the Georgia Dome and Lambeau Field are hosts of three of college football's biggest Week 1 games.