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On some days, Demaryius Thomas' mom wants the simplicity of prison life

Pardoned by President Obama, released from a halfway house late last year, Demaryius Thomas' mom, Katina Smith, finds life on the outside overwhelming, and a trip to the Super Bowl unfathomable.

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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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Allegre and Martin ready to call Super Bowl 50 for ESPN Deportes (2:22)
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Thompson hits the three, Curry hits the dab (0:24)
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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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Celebrities and Super Bowl commercials, Caliendo-style (1:57)
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Kenny Mayne really, really wants to interview Beyonce... gets Harbaugh instead (1:20)
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13hBrett 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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Unstoppable Warriors vs. unstoppable KD

When two immense hoop forces collided, excellence ensued. Still, Kevin Durant (40 points) couldn't lift the Thunder past a Warriors team lacking its usual Splash Bros. 3-point success.

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LeBron soars for massive slam (0:29)
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Nerlens Noel, oh my! (0:26)
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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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LaVine warming up for dunk contest (0:15)
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Sport Science: Durant re-enacts iconic moments (3:08)
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Kenny's magical Super Bowl journey (3:16)
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3hBrett 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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ESPN FC @ESPNFC

Jesse Lingard spins and fires into the top corner! What a finish! Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United

SC Throwback: MJ, Bulls take on Warriors
NBA 

On Feb. 7, 1996, the Warriors were 21-26 and lost to the Bulls team that would win a record 72 games. Twenty years later, the Warriors are on pace to beat that Bulls record.

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Why fight when you can dab?
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As Vanderbilt and Ole Miss scuffled, Commodores G Wade Baldwin IV didn't take part in the altercation and instead chose to dab.

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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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Source: Panthers expected to tag Norman
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The Panthers are expected to place their franchise tender on CB Josh Norman if no deal is reached within the next month, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Look at Curry's dab, everybody sayin' dab
NBA 

Klay Thompson's game-clinching 3 got Steph Curry dabbin'.

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Hornets mascot takes on Broncos fan
NBA 

Hugo the Hornet made sure this fan paid for wearing a Broncos jersey in Panthers country.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

This is 1st Super Bowl matching team with most interceptions on defense vs team that threw most interceptions during reg. season (h/t Elias)

Allen: If unsure of retirement, 'play again'
NFL 

Eric Allen said Marshawn Lynch needs to know what he's doing after retirement because "you're not going to be able to repeat" that passion.

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Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

The saga of the Big Game point spread continues! Carolina is now back up to a 5.5-point favorite at 13 of 14 Las Vegas sports books as of 8:40 am PT (Aliante is the lone holdout at Carolina -5). Offshore giant Pinnacle had gone to Carolina -6 this past hour, but just dipped back to 5.5.

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Favre on SB players: Focusing is the key
NFL 

Newly announced Hall of Famer Brett Favre said for players, the next few hours before the start of the Super Bowl will go so slowly.

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Enrique Rojas ESPNdeportes 

Gran final de la Serie del Caribe Santo Domingo 2016 este domingo a las 3 pm ET. Tigres de Aragua (Venezuela) chocará con Venados de Mazatlán (México) en el estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal de la capital de República Dominicana. El partido será transmitido por ESPNews en Estados Unidos.

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There's a reason Rudy Gobert is open
NBA 

The Jazz C is a baller in the paint. From 19 feet, he's more of an airballer.

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

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OKC was trying to prepare for Warriors
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But Cameron Payne needed a few more minutes, it seemed. Get out the way, Payne!

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Best Moments from Super Bowl Week
NFL 

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

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony will play against the Nuggets and is expected to start.

The QBs' different paths to the Super Bowl
NFL 

Will Peyton Manning grab another ring to save face at family outings, or will Cam Newton add bling to back up his bravado?

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The ball stops here
NCAAM 

Back iron and out? Back iron and in? In this case, it just stayed there.

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Peyton oldest QB to start a Super Bowl
NFL 

Peyton Manning is 39 years old. The previous oldest QB was John Elway at 38, when he won the second of his two straight titles in Super Bowl XXXIII, the final game of his career. (via Elias)

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Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Teammates still attempting to change his mind, but Seahawks' RB Marshawn Lynch has told some close to him he plans to retire, per sources.