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Super Bowl 50: ESPN staff picks

Who will prevail in Super Bowl 50? ESPN's pro football brain trust assembles its list of predictions for the big game.

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Manning: 'I'm not lead singer anymore, but still in it' (3:49)
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Different paths, same destination (1:29)
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Clippers going full Lob City against Heat (0:24)
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Vucevic becomes hero with fadeaway buzzer-beater (0:41)
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Cam Newton's unquestionable talent (2:05)
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Sefolosha banks in buzzer-beater from beyond half-court (0:15)
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Rivas flattens Lahat with flying knee KO (0:15)
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Eli: I want it so bad for him (5:22)
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Owens: My numbers speak for themselves (2:59)
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Curry calling for Panthers' blowout (0:15)
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Kapadia: Super Bowl cheat sheet

Here are the 10 things you need to know if you plan on placing a wager, making a prediction or just want to sound smart when talking about the big game.

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Celebrity Super Bowl picks, Caliendo-style (2:15)
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Isaiah Thomas blocks... DeMarcus Cousins? (0:15)
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Kenny Mayne really, really wants to interview Beyonce... gets Harbaugh instead (1:20)
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Cam's Special Gift (4:23)
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Danilo Gallinari or Steph Curry? (0:15)
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17hBrett Okamoto

Jones-Cormier II to headline UFC 197 on April 23

Jon Jones, who was stripped of his light heavyweight title in April and suspended due to disciplinary reasons, will make his return against Daniel Cormier on April 23 at UFC 197 in Las Vegas.

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Rashad Smith's dunk fires up the crowd (0:32)
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8hDoug McIntyre

McIntyre: Altidore still the man for U.S.

Jozy Altidore is still the man for Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S, while the national side's MLS contingent also impressed during training camp.

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9hBrett Okamoto

Thompson surprises Hendricks with TKO win

Welterweight contender Stephen Thompson demolished former champion Johny Hendricks in one round at UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas, and made a case to get a crack at the title.

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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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Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

With half an hour before kickoff, the point spread still hasn't settled into a solid consensus as eight Las Vegas sports book companies have Carolina -5.5 over Denver with six books at Carolina -5. The over/under is down to 43.5 at nine of 14 books.

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NFL Countdown's Super Bowl picks
NFL 

Each member of the NFL Countdown crew presents its prediction for Super Bowl 50, complete with score.

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Manning, Ware emotional in team meeting
NFL 

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio said Peyton Manning and DeMarcus Ware got choked up during Denver's team meeting Saturday.

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$10 pizza slice?! Welcome to the Super Bowl
NFL 

From pizza to souvenir bucket hats, here's how much the most notable items cost at Super Bowl 50 inside Levi's Stadium. $13 beer

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NFL 

Vucevic wins game with another buzzer-beater
NBA 

For the second time this season, Nikola Vucevic gave the Magic a victory with a buzzer-beating shot, this time to knock off the Hawks.

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No. 16 Oregon takes care of Utah

Dillon Brooks' career-high 30 points and 9 assists led the Ducks past the Utes 76-66 for their sixth straight win. Utah has now dropped two straight for the second time this season. Box score

Fowler and Matsuyama tied for the lead
Golf 

Hideki Matsuyama ties Rickie Fowler with one hole left in the final round of the Phoenix Open. If Folwer wins, it will mark his 5th win since May 1 in PGA Tour or European Tour events. This is the most of anyone worldwide in that span. Leaderboard

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Golf 

Seven amazing snack stadiums

Goalposts made out of cheese and guacamole fields are just a few tasty ideas. Super Bowl snack creations.

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Rachel Banham ties D-I scoring record

The Minnesota guard scored 60 points in a double-OT win over Northwestern, matching the women's Div. I single-game record set by Cindy Brown of Long Beach State in 1987. Banham was 19-for-32 from the field, 8-for-15 from 3-point range and 14-for-16 from the free-throw line. Box score

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The King has spoken. Seven-time Sprint Cup champion Richard Petty, at Levi's Stadium, picks the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. "As good as Cam and the Panthers are playing, they are going to be tough to beat. If they play the way they have been playing, it may not be close. I can see the Panthers scoring four or five touchdowns and winning."

Cam Newton's mom sends pregame love
NFL 

Your son's team hasn't been to the Super Bowl in more than a decade. So what's a mother to do to take the pressure off? A pregame peptalk

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Original letter to fans giving them instructions to order Super Bowl I tickets in 1967 (limited to 20 tickets)

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is not wearing gold cleats.

Ute flies in for putback dunk
NCAAM 

Why do you always box out? See: This Dakarai Tucker one-handed slam.

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FPI gives Panthers edge in Super Bowl 50

ESPN's Football Power Index has correctly picked the winner of all 10 games this postseason. Will the perfect record continue? FPI gives the Panthers a 55.7 percent chance to beat the Broncos on Sunday. Super Bowl HQ

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

I case you missed the Panthers are in their black jerseys with silver pants. They are 0-2 in the black jerseys in playoff games. Then again they are 0-1 in Super Bowls when wearing white jerseys.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Yeah, it's starting to get crowded.

Alex Ovechkin logs 30th goal in victory
NHL 

Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season, becoming the third player to reach 30 goals in his first 11 seasons, as the Capitals edged the Flyers for a 3-2 win.

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Isaiah Thomas blocks... DeMarcus Cousins?
NBA 

One is 5-foot-9. The other is 6-foot-11. So this might have been the most unlikely blocked dunk of the season.

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Brewers' Perez homers in Caribbean Final
MLB 

Venezuela's Hernan Perez, who plays infield for the Brewers, smashed a 2-run shot to tie Mexico in the Caribbean Series final. Venezuela has since taken a 4-2 lead in the 7th. (Live on ESPNews)

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No. 5 Iowa tops Illinois
NCAAM 

Four Hawkeyes scored in double digits in Iowa's 77-65 win over Illinois.

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Bradley fuels Celtics past Kings
NBA 

Avery Bradley scored 25 points, and the Celtics scored an NBA-best 46 points in the first quarter en route to the 128-119 win over the Kings.

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