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2hMike Reiss

How Chris Hogan and the Patriots came together

In yet another example of how resourceful the franchise can be, Chris Hogan came to New England relatively cheap, and unwanted by a division rival.

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Pats fan pleads not guilty to fire alarm charges

Dennis Harrison pleaded not guilty to charges including disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace stemming from a fire alarm prank at the Steelers' hotel early Sunday morning.

6hBen Arledge

Ultimate Super Bowl LI Preview

After 266 games, just two teams remain. Will Tom and Bill add a fifth Super Bowl title to their legacy? Or will Matt Ryan's jet-powered offense finally earn a title for Atlanta? Here's your head-to-head breakdown of the Patriots and Falcons.

Can Brady obliterate Deflategate with SB win? (2:02)
Bill and Tom's excellent adventure (4:56)
Chris Berman, the face of ESPN (1:31)
19hTim MacMahon

Mavericks hand Lakers worst loss in team history

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a 122-73 rout at the hands of the Mavericks, the worst loss in Lakers history. Forward Julius Randle said his team should be embarrassed by the effort.

How will the Lakers fix their problems? (2:09)
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The perils facing Latin American baseball players

Yordano Ventura's death follows that of Oscar Tavares in 2014 and highlights a unique danger in the Dominican Republic, which the World Health Organization has called the deadliest country in the world for motor-vehicle related deaths.

2hGabriele Marcotti

Man City can build on Spurs draw

Marcotti's Musings: Man City let a 2-0 lead slip vs. Spurs, but the result actually offers plenty of encouragement. Plus: Can Real survive injuries?


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal officially announced former UCLA QB coach and passing game coordinator Marques Tuiasosopo has been given the same role in Berkeley. Last year, Tuiasosopo left USC for UCLA for what he called an opportunity to advance his career, but his role at UCLA was set to diminish after the Bruins hired Jeff Fisch as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach earlier this month.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid and the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 22. Leonard led the Western Conference in scoring (36.3 ppg) and added 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists as the Spurs went 3-0. The 6-7 forward shot 56.5 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from three-point range and 96.0 percent from the free throw line. Definitely deserving.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers LT David Bakhtiari has been added to Pro Bowl. Had been first alternate and replaces Philadelphia's Jason Peters, who pulled out with an injury.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said left guard Andy Levitre's wife got a game ball that said "ultimate toughness" for going into labor before the Seattle playoff game but sticking through the game and having baby after.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was named as a replacement for Julio Jones for the Pro Bowl, bringing the total of Cowboys players in the all-star game to seven. Bryant, who missed three games because of injury, finished the year with 50 catches for 796 yards and eight touchdowns.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn doesn't show off his Super Bowl ring from his days with the Seahawks and won't use it as a motivational factor for his team. Won't show it to them at all.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Bowl news: Eagles C Jason Kelce replaces Alex Mack and RB Darren Sproles replaces Devonta Freeman on the NFC Pro Bowl roster

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Tiger Woods will compete at Torrey Pines this week, a venue where he's won eight times -- or nine, as he points out, including a junior event. "For some reason," he says, "it just fits my eye."


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers OLB Bud Dupree: The Patriots game plan was for him and James Harrison to drop into coverage and the defense to create pressure up the middle with defensive linemen and inside linebackers. "We had a great game plan," he said. "It would have worked (if gotten third-down stops)." Dupree said Steelers expected some no-huddle from Tom Brady but rapid pace of first drive was 'surprising,' including the checks he made at the line of scrimmage.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder on if he expects more extracurriculars with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday: "I lost $25,000, so you won't see too much out of me. For real."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Manu Ginobili (back spasms) and Tony Parker (left foot pain) are both out for Monday's matchup against the Nets. Pau Gasol (fracture, left fourth metacarpal) remains out as well.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Colts' decision to part ways with GM Ryan Grigson could end up affecting the Seahawks. Indianapolis has requested permission to speak with Seattle's co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer, sources tell ESPN's Adam Caplan. Kirchner and Fitterer both previously interviewed for the 49ers opening but are no longer being considered for that job.

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

A big stretch for Tiger Woods begins today with media day at Riviera. Then it's onto Torrey Pines followed by Dubai next week. After a week off, he's back at Riviera for the Genesis Open. And that will be followed by the Honda Classic. For tournaments in five weeks ought to tell us a lot about where Tiger is – and how far he still has to go.


Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State Warriors will rest Andre Iguodala for this evening's game against the Miami Heat.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens SS Eric Weddle has been added to the Pro Bowl, according to his agent. He is the sixth Ravens player named to this year's Pro Bowl. Weddle was a second alternate who replaces New England's Devin McCourty.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings assistant GM George Paton will speak with the Colts after they requested permission to interview him for their GM opening, according to a league source. Paton is a leading candidate for the 49ers GM job, as well.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of Super Bowl LI (as of noon ET Monday): The New England Patriots are still 3-point favorites over the Atlanta Falcons at all 13 sports-book operators in Las Vegas, with Boyd Gaming the only book not dealing the standard 10-percent vig as it's at NE -3 (-115). The over/under has been bet up to 59 points at the majority of books after opening mostly at 58 (Jerry's Nugget is the only book up to 59.5 after the MGM books dropped back to 59 this morning).

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Is Kevin Durant trying to crash the DPOY race? Oponents are shooting 25% from the field when guarded by KD in Golden State's last six games.


Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

In those same six games, when working as the primary defender, Durant has forced almost as many turnovers (13) as made baskets conceded (15)


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers failed to record a single sack and did not force any turnovers in Sunday's NFC tile game. LaDarius Gunter and Marwin Evans each dropped interceptions and Jake Ryan missed a chance at a fumble recovery. Here are the defensive snap counts from the 44-21 loss to the Falcons.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Barr will replace Vic Beasley in the Pro Bowl, becoming the sixth Vikings player named to Sunday's game. Barr will join Cordarrelle Patterson, Everson Griffin, Harrison Smith, Linval Joseph and Xavier Rhodes on the NFC team.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will play in the Pro Bowl as an alternate, a source said. Atlanta's Matt Ryan would have played but will be in the Super Bowl.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles is expected to be in Mobile, Alabama this week for the Senior Bowl, per source. There had been some question because of his recent health issues. He was hospitalized Dec. 23 with kidney and gallstones, nearly causing him to miss a game. He has received medical attention since the end of the season. Bowles will be a busy man in Mobile, as he still has five vacancies on his staff.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Davante Adams said he "played through pain the entire game," which explains why he played much less than Jordy Nelson, who said he didn't feel limited by his broken ribs even though he appeared to wince throughout the game. Here's are the Packers offensive snap counts from Sunday's NFC title game loss:

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have made it official: they promoted Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator and hired Jim Tomsula to be the defensive line coach. They also named Matt Cavanaugh as the offensive coordinator and hired Kevin O'Connell as the quarterbacks coach. The team announced the moves this morning.