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Should the Pro Bowl stick around?

Say what you will about the Pro Bowl, but this year's version couldn't be accused of fizzling out. It wasn't the most offensively charged, but it went down to the last play, with a final-minute touchdown/2-point conversion combo putting Team Rice up 22-21, and a 67-yard field goal falling short as time expired. Still, was it all worth it? Would the NFL just be better off playing the Super Bowl one week after the conference championship games?

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  • Should the NFL eliminate the Pro Bowl?

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  • What would you rather see in the Sunday after the NFL's conference championship games?

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Has the Pro Bowl run its course?

The Pro Bowl is the black sheep of major American All-Star games, but the NFL is trying a number of ways to make the game more relevant. Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders are part of the latest effort, as they're divvying up rosters playground-style as opposed to the traditional AFC vs. NFC matchup. Rice and Sanders made their initial selections on Tuesday, with Rice picking Drew Brees and Robert Quinn to anchor his team. We'll know soon enough if this ends up being a template for future Pro Bowls or a simple one-year gimmick.

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  • Will you watch the Pro Bowl on Sunday?

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Deion Sanders in the Pro Bowl?

Deion Sanders was an athletic marvel, the kind of player who shut down passing games for years at a time in the NFL while simultaneously becoming a respectable baseball player. He hasn't played since 2005, but if he has his way, there will be some Prime Time at the Pro Bowl. Sanders and Jerry Rice are both taking part in a draft that will divvy up the Pro Bowl players into two rosters, and Sanders tweeted Monday that he plans on suiting up at the event. Sanders disguised himself as ''Leon Sandcastle'' and was picked first overall in a fictional NFL draft in a commercial for last year's Super Bowl, but one would think that real life wouldn't be quite so forgiving.

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  • Would you want to see Deion Sanders play in the Pro Bowl?

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  • Who would put on a better performance if both were to play in the Pro Bowl this year?

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Pro Bowl drops AFC-NFC format

Long considered an inferior all-star game, the Pro Bowl is shaking things up in an attempt to change that perception. And we're not just talking tweaks. Starting in 2014, the game no longer will be bound by conference affiliations, as two captains -- the leading vote getters -- will select the 43-man rosters, with help from Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders and two NFL.com fantasy football champions. The game also is eliminating kickoffs, along with numerous other in-game alterations.

What do you think of the NFL dropping the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl format in favor of a draft?

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Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak says he's not interested in trading Dwight Howard. But as the team and the All-Star center continue to struggle, sources tell ESPN.com's Chris Broussard that the Lakers might be forced to trade the All-Star, despite the team's hopes of signing him to a long-term deal. Will the Lakers trade Howard? Is he part of their future?


Star-crossed season

There have been questions about whether Howard fits in with the Lakers and Kobe Bryant. Will Howard still be a part of Showtime when the trade deadline passes?

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Picking a direction

Usually, when the players and the coach don't mesh, it's the coach who's sent packing. But the Lakers made a big financial investment in Mike D'Antoni. What's his future in L.A.?

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Overcoming resistance

Kupchak said he would like to see the kind of effort from the Lakers that LeBron James showed in the Heat's win at Staples on Jan. 17. Is lack of motivation what's holding the Lakers back?

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