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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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Bradley sinks Cavs with game winner (0:44)
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Paul George gets prayer answered (0:17)
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Popovich angry he doesn't get a second question (0:59)
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Did Draymond Green start a water bath trend? (0:32)
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Dwyane Wade turning back the clock (0:20)
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7hDoug McIntyre

McIntyre: Few bright spots in U.S. win

Jozy Altidore's late winner was the highlight of an otherwise disappointing performance for the U.S. in an ugly win over Canada, writes Doug McIntyre.

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Should George Karl be fired? (0:40)
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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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1dElizabeth 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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ICYMI: Best of SportsCenter at the Super Bowl (0:42)
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Werder might need a little work on his dab (0:18)
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Are you ready for the Sloth Bowl? (1:23)
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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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The Swami's Super Bowl pick (0:29)
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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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Report: Cy winner Arrieta given $7.07M raise

Coming off a breakout season, Jake Arrieta has agreed to a one-year contract worth $10.7 million with the Chicago Cubs, avoiding arbitration, according to The Associated Press.

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14hRamona 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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17hPaul 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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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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A third Leicester goal? Why not

"They're not just beating the richest club in the land, they're ripping them up on their own patch."

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Reports: Kings mull firing George Karl
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The Kings (21-29) are increasingly concerned about their floundering play under George Karl and are hoping to delay any decisions about his future until the All-Star break, according to ESPN's Marc Stein & multiple reports. Story

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Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Kings are so fascinating. Karl hasn't done a good job, but they are ~.500 w/ Cousins healthy. That is in line w/ reasonable expectations.

Al Horford, the destroyer of worlds

Let all cower before his dunking might.

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Man City stunned by perfect counterattack
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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a legit Cinderella story. Riyad Mahrez gives Leicester City a 2-0 lead in a meeting of the top-two Premier League teams.

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Cousin Sals prop bets
NFL 

Jimmy Kimmel helps out on making his most difficult pick.

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Noel takes lob, flips it and reverses it
NBA 

Could Nerlens Noel do ballet? This seems like a smooth tour en l'air, or perhaps "lob en l'air" would be more appropriate?

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Will Sooners end Jayhawks' Big 12 streak?

For the first time in a decade, Kansas could end the regular season without a share of the Big 12 title. In fact, Oklahoma is the numerical favorite. Weekend Homework

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There's no pleasing Gregg Popovich
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Ask too many questions? Pop gets mad. Jeff Van Gundy went the opposite route and asked one question. Pop got mad.

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Leicester takes lead into halftime
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Manchester City trails 1-0 after allowing this early goal to league-leaders Leicester City.

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Did Draymond Green start a trend?
NBA 

Draymond Green poured water on Steph Curry Wednesday. Andre Drummond got Reggie Jackson Thursday. Then, DeJuan Blair hit John Wall with the water Friday.

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Broncos' defense is among best ever
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John Clayton says based on talent, the Orange Rush (or whatever ends up being the nickname of this defense) stacks up to some of the best ever. Where they stack up

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SVPs Best Thing I Saw Today
High School 

A finalist for Kentucky's Mr. Basketball award dialed up an epic hook shot for a game-winning buzzer beater.

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Avery Bradley sinks Cavs with game winner
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The Cavs could only lose to a 3-pointer.

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What Thomas Davis will be playing through
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On Super Bowl Sunday, the Panthers LB will be 13 days removed from a broken arm.

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Dwyane Wade discovers time travel
NBA 

And he took advantage of Flashback Friday for a dunk on the Hornets.

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Butler carted off, Bulls fall to Nuggets
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Jimmy Butler was carted off after suffering a sprained left knee as the Bulls fell to the Nuggets 115-110.

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Should George Karl be fired?
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Bobby Jackson believes that it might be time for the Kings to move on. DeMarcus Cousins thinks the team's problems extend beyond "energy and effort."

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Police open criminal investigation into Manziel

Dallas police announced Friday night they are launching a criminal investigation into a domestic violence assault complaint filed against Browns QB Johnny Manziel. The move comes a day after the police said they closed an investigation into allegations Manziel hit his ex-girlfriend in an incident last Saturday at a downtown Dallas hotel, when no charges were filed. Story

But Parsons doesn't go that high
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Chandler Parsons was looking for a layup. Jonathon Simmons says there's no layups here.

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It's 1st vs. 2nd in Premier League
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Man City trails Leicester City by 3 points in the standings. The teams drew 0-0 on Dec. 29 but Man City is unbeaten in the last nine meetings. Follow live

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Ed Werder with candidate for worst dab
NFL 

There's just so much that isn't working here.

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Cavaliers try red rover defense
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Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson call on Jonas Jerebko to come over.

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