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All-Time #NBArank: Where does Kobe belong?

As Kobe Bryant closes his storied career, where does he stack up among the likes of the Big O and Dr. J? See where he stands as our countdown approaches the top 10.

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Ryan Leaf on Manziel: 'It feels like I'm holding up a mirror' (1:19)
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2hPaul Gutierrez

Goodell would 'love' to have son play football

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that if he had a son, he would "love to have him play the game of football" despite various concerns about concussions and other safety-related issues.

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16mRamona Shelburne

Sources: Griffin has second surgery on broken hand

Clippers star Blake Griffin underwent a second surgery on the broken right hand he suffered during an altercation with equipment manager Matias Testi. The surgery is not considered a setback.

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10hElizabeth Merrill

The moment Ron Rivera was at the brink of failure

Carolina coach Ron Rivera has brought the Panthers to a Super Bowl. Just 15 months ago, he was coaching a 3-8-1 team that was circling the drain. How'd it all turn around?

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Steph Curry has no limit to his range (1:06)
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Would Goodell let his kids play football? (0:46)
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Richard Sherman is the ultimate Pokémon master (2:31)
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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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Dilfer: NFL can't fix Manziel (1:24)
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FC: Who's who in the FIFA scandal

2015 was a watershed year for world football, as a criminal investigation into widespread corruption left FIFA in disarray. Here's what you need to know about the people involved and where things stand.

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Harbaugh: Recruiting is about building relationships (2:33)
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6hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: Peeling back Super Bowl patches

Friday Flashback: We're used to seeing jerseys bearing Super Bowl patches, but it hasn't always been the norm. Paul Lukas uncovers the history of uniform adornment in the big game.

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Growing up Stewie

Before she was a UConn All-American, Breanna Stewart developed her handle dribbling around her childhood home. What happens when she goes back to the place where she fell in love with the game?

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Defensiva de Panthers también puede ganar SB 50

Mucho se habla de la ofensiva de Carolina Panthers, pero la unidad defensiva también ha destacado y confían en imponer sus condiciones ante Broncos en el SB.

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Grizzlies (29-20) at Knicks (23-29)
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Reeling New York had no answer for Marc Gasol last month and will face him after a difficult loss in the first of back-to-back games. The Knicks are looking to avoid a sixth straight loss in this series and deny visiting Memphis its longest winning streak in a year. Follow live

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Celtics (29-22) at Cavaliers (35-13)
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Cleveland is trying to bounce back from a loss at Charlotte that ended a five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, a surging Boston has won 10 of its last 13 games. Follow live

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Schefter: Manziel 'destroyed' his NFL value
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Johnny Manziel allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend and Adam Schefter tells Mike & Mike that the QB has likely ruined his chances in the NFL: "The league is not going to like this."

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Barnes will play tonight against the Knicks, the Grizzlies say. Barnes was questionable due to a hamstring injury. This is his second game against Derek Fisher's Knicks since the Barnes-Fisher offseason altercation.

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Paul George starts hot

Paul George has 5 quick points as Indiana holds a 9-8 lead early in the game. That's good news for the Pacers as 2 of George's 4 worst shooting performances this season have come against Atlanta. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Fitting that LB Thomas Davis will call the coin toss for the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. No player on the roster has been with the team longer than the 2005 first round pick. "I take a lot of pride (in it), and not just knowing that I'm going to be able to make the call. It's more so taking pride in just being a captain and being one of the leaders of this football team. That's one thing that I'm extremely excited about and I take pride in it."

Watch: Harvard (9-11) vs. Princeton (12-5)

Harvard has appeared in four straight NCAA tournaments, but that streak is very much in jeopardy, although it has the Ivy League's leading rebounder in Zena Edosomwan. The Crimson travel to face a Princeton team that last reached the tournament in 2011. Live on ESPNU, WatchESPN

Friends, competitors remember Dave Mirra
X Games 

"He was a superhero. He could do anything on a bike," said BMX icon Mat Hoffman. "Dave was the strongest dude any of us ever knew." Memories

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Pacers (26-23) at Hawks (29-22)

Atlanta is looking for its third straight win, having defeated Indiana in 16 of the previous 18 at home. But star Paul George did not play against them last season and rookie Myles Turner is averaging 16.6 in his past nine games. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Super Bowl 50 betting nuggets
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  • A consultant used by some Nevada sportsbooks made the line Carolina minus-4, 44.5
  • Consensus belief among Las Vegas bookmakers: Denver and the under are the sharp sides
  • "Yes" on "Will there be a successful two-point conversion?" is the most popular prop bet at William Hill
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Mourinho the only option for Man United
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Not everyone in the club thinks Jose Mourinho is the right choice as Manchester United's next manager, but after a failed pursuit of Pep Guardiola, they dont have many alternatives, writes Miguel Delaney. Best solution

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Are you ready for some Sloth Bowl?

First came the Super Bowl. Then came Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl. Now there's Sloth Bowl.

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Watch: Cuba vs. Dominican Republic
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The final game of the round robin in the Caribbean Series features a pair of 0-3 teams in Cuba and the Dominican Republic. There is still plenty at stake, though, as the winner will earn a spot in the semifinals. Live on ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

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The ultimate Super Bowl party snack
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Scrambling for a stellar Super Bowl snack? ESPN's own Chef Michone has you covered, with an easy-to-make recipe for Loaded Mashed Potato Croquettes.

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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.

Bruno Mars to play Super Bowl halftime
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The headliner for the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show confirmed on Instagram that he will perform Sunday along with Beyonce and Coldplay.

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Super Bowl 50 cheat sheet
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Want to feel smarter about the big game? ESPN Stats & Information has you covered.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers finished Super Bowl 50 preparation with a lively, dab-filled stretching session in their final practice before Sunday. "There's usually one session during the week when they are over the top," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "The biggest key was that the last song was their dab' song."

Bubba sorry for TPC Scottsdale criticism
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Two days after saying the only reason he's playing in the Phoenix Open is because of his sponsors, Bubba Watson apologized: "I used the wrong words. I have nothing against the fans and the tournament." Watson's mulligan

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How to play with a broken forearm
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Panthers LB Thomas Davis will be playing in the Super Bowl despite breaking his arm in the NFC title game. Dr. Michael Kaplan shows how Davis will be able to do so.

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Yale's Sherrod hits 30 straight shots

Brandon Sherrod hit his first five attempts against Columbia to break the Division I record for consecutive field goals made, which was previously held by Eastern Michigan's James Thompson and Bowling Green's Torian Oglesby (26 straight). Sherrod hit his final shot against Brown on Jan. 22 before going 24-of-24 over his next three games. Box score