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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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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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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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7hDoug 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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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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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.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Yeah, it's starting to get crowded.

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Alex Ovechkin logs 30th goal in victory
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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?
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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
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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
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Four Hawkeyes scored in double digits in Iowa's 77-65 win over Illinois.

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Bradley fuels Celtics past Kings
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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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Smart Money picks for Super Bowl 50
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ESPN sports betting analyst Jeff Ma looks at his favorite prop bets for Super Bowl 50.

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Paul: We had to stay aggressive
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Chris Paul got off to a slow start against the Heat, but kept shooting, telling Heather Cox, "Sooner or later it had to go in."

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Clippers go full Lob City against Heat
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What do you do down the stretch of a close game with Blake Griffin out? Just throw it up to DeAndre Jordan. He'll take it from there.

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Curry predicts a Panthers blowout
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Steph Curry & Co. took care of business. Then, he predicted the Panthers would take care of business.

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No. 16 Oregon leads Pac-12 foe Utah at half

Utah tried putting up a last-second shot, but Ducks F Chris Boucher blocked it with authority to preserve the 41-35 lead at halftime. Oregon's Dillon Brooks leads all scorers with 13. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

Thirteen years between Cam and Peyton
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Today's matchup will mark the largest age gap between starting QBs in Super Bowl history. Cam Newton was 9 years old when Peyton Manning scored his first career TD with the Colts.

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Nuggets deal Knicks fifth straight loss
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Danilo Gallinari scores 19 points and rookie Emmanuel Mudiay adds 15 as the Nuggets beat the Knicks 101-96.

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Bruins prospect Subban fractures larynx
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Malcolm Subban suffered the injury when he was struck in the throat by a puck during warmups for Saturday's Providence Bruins game. Boston took Subban, the brother of Canadiens star P.K. Subban, in the first round of the 2012 draft. Story

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton headed out for warmups. He has the word LOVE in gold letters written across the back of his warmup shirt. Gold "Superman" emblem on the front.

Best Moments from Super Bowl Week
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Fans around the Bay Area had an eventful week leading up to Super Bowl 50. Best photos

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Kuechly headed to the field for Panthers. Will he have a third straight game with a pick-six?

Clippers knock off cold-shooting Heat

Chris Paul and the Clippers got off to a slow start but warmed up as the game went along, with Paul scoring a game-high 22 plus 7 assists in a 100-93 win over the Heat. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each had 17 but combined to shoot 12-for-37 from the floor. Box score

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Clippers pull away for 100-93 win over the Heat to get their 18th victory in their last 22 games, much of that stretch without Blake Griffin. Miami goes without a blocked shot for first time this season.

NFL Countdown's Super Bowl picks

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

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