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NBA Power Rankings: Why Warriors must lose

It's fun to imagine the Warriors going 82-0, but Marc Stein explains the problem with that dream while running down the NBA's Week 5 hierarchy.

Kobe's top 10 plays of his career (2:46)
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5hNBA Insiders

5-on-5: The best and the worst of Kobe Bryant

How high does Kobe Bryant rank among the all-time greats? What memory stands out the most? Our Insiders discuss the best and worst of the Lakers legend.

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6hBill Barnwell

Barnwell: Patriots still positioned for Super Bowl run

The Patriots suffered a loss Sunday night, but not the worst kind, given encouraging news on Gronk. The focus now should be on getting in position for January, writes Bill Barnwell.

Monmouth has the best bench in basketball (1:27)
Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night (2:35)
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9hJ.A. Adande

Adande: Why Kobe was so important to the NBA

Kobe was the bridge from the Jordan era to the likes of LeBron, Durant and Curry, imparting the lessons of His Airness to the next generation of stars.

Not Ray Lewis on how to stop Cam Newton from dabbing (1:52)
Trojans' great reaction to Helton being named head coach (0:33)
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23hJon Gruden

Gruden: Manziel can still be Browns' future

Not only should the Browns keep Johnny Manziel, but they should also make a strong effort to develop the recently demoted quarterback into their 2016 starter, Jon Gruden writes.

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Belichick stares down reporter (0:19)
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Kapadia: Seahawks' Wilson taking the lead

Russell Wilson threw five TD passes Sunday while dealing with flu-like symptoms. Considering the Seahawks' larger health issues, he's going to have to keep it up.

6hMike Sando

Sando: Seattle still searching for old identity

The Seahawks went to the past two Super Bowls with an elite defense and an offense built around a punishing run game. But Seattle's winning formula has now changed for good, writes Mike Sando.

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3hDavid Schoenfield

Where will Johnny Cueto end up signing?

Johnny Cueto reportedly turned down a six-year, $120 million contract offer. So what would it take to sign him and who's going to step to the plate?

6hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

In this year's Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide, Paul Lukas provides some cool sports-themed gift ideas for the rabid fan in your life -- from books to bottle openers to drinking straws.

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Manziel active for Monday Night Football

Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be active for tonight's game against the Ravens, according to Pat McManamon and first reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He will serve as the third quarterback behind starter Josh McCown and backup Austin Davis.

Panthers on an amazing streak

What happened a year ago today? The Carolina Panthers lost their last regular season game. Since then, the Panthers have rattled off 15 consecutive victories. Take a trip down memory lane

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Luck not in danger of losing starting job

Despite Matt Hasselbeck compiling a 4-0 record in Andrew Luck's absence, Colts coach Chuck Pagano put an end to any possible controversy: "When he's healthy ... and the doctors and trainers say he's ready to roll, he's going to be under center."


NBA Power Rankings: Warriors still No. 1

Sitting at 18-0, it's no surprise the defending champions kept the throne in Marc Stein's rankings. But with a seven-game road trip looming, how long can the Dubs stay on top? Week 5 rankings

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Higuain powers Napoli to top of table

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice to lift his side past Inter 2-1 and to the top of Serie A. Napoli now sits in first with 31 points after 14 matches, one point ahead of Inter. Match stats


Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant

It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."

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Durant on Kobe: Media mistreating him

"He's a legend, and all I hear is about how bad he's playing, how bad he's shooting, and it's time for him to hang it up," Kevin Durant said of the coverage Kobe Bryant has received. "You guys treated one of our legends like s---, and I didn't really like it. So hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after this year." Media 'killing him'

Eight teams still have a chance ...

Entering the last week of games before the CFP committee makes its final decisions, six teams are still in contention and two more are on the fence. Eliminator: Who's in?


Monmouth has best bench in basketball

It's hard to pick the best celebration. The Human Scissors? The Katniss Everdeen? The OMG? The Human Hoop? All of them are too good!


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James Harden on Kobe Bryant retiring: "Legend. I grew up watching him. He was my quote, unquote MJ that everybody sees. Just for him to be done for his last go out, its sad, its the end of a dynasty. He had a really good run but it comes to an end, he's a monster, he's a beast."

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Rob Gronkowski not expected to play Sun vs. Eagles, per sources. Likely to miss multiple weeks; return date will be a pain tolerance issue.

Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006, when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.


Luol Deng out tonight vs. Celtics

The Heat forward did not participate in the team's shootaround today and will miss his third straight game tonight. The Heat also announced forward Chris Bosh will be a game-time decision after missing shootaround with an illness.

Jets' Revis still in concussion protocol

New York coach Todd Bowles said CB Darrelle Revis has made only "slight progress" after suffering the head injury Nov. 22 vs. Houston. Revis' replacement, Marcus Williams, is day-to-day with a sprained MCL.


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Tyler Eifert still feels optimistic about playing Sunday, but the Bengals TE acknowledged he still is working back the full movement and range of motion in his shoulder/neck after receiving a stinger in Sunday's win over the Rams.

Why to watch Ravens-Browns on MNF

The Ravens and Browns may be a combined 5-15 this season, but that doesn't mean their Monday night matchup will be a dud. All 10 of the Ravens' games have been decided by 8 points or less, including a 33-30 loss to the Browns in Week 5. Lots of close MNF games

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McPhee: Rodgers' remark motivated Bears

Chicago LB Pernell McPhee said Thursday's win at Green Bay was extra meaningful because of comments made by Aaron Rodgers in Week 1. "C'mon, the quarterback said he loved beating up on us. Who he think we are?" McPhee told reporters. "We ain't the team from last year, or two years ago, or three years ago. ... A lot of guys took it personal."

Gasol has fantastic H.O.R.S.E. shot

Sure, this header into the basket didn't count for Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies. But we're still pretty impressed.


Not Ray Lewis on stopping Cam's dabbing

"He got your wife dabbing. He got your kids dabbing. He got coach Roy Williams from the Chapel Hill Tar Heels dabbing. Stop this man from dancing!"


An ode to Kobe Bryant, in two charts

This season, Bryant has been the worst volume shooter in the NBA. But as bad as this campaign has been, the Lakers star will be remembered as one of the most versatile scoring threats the NBA had ever seen. 2005-06 vs. 2015-16