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2hBill Barnwell

Where Ohio State's insane rookie class ranks all time

Best ever? It sure looks that way. Zeke Elliott. Joey Bosa. Michael Thomas. That's just the start. A huge Buckeyes group could be the best rookie class in history.

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6mMike Rodak

That stinks: LB Spikes sued by fish mover

A lawsuit filed more than two years ago by an aquatic services company against Bills LB Brandon Spikes resulted in his paychecks being garnished until last week.

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Stephen A. proposes a dare for players who didn't vote for rightful All-Stars (1:36)
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21mMicah Adams

LeBron, Kawhi or KD the best SF this year?

Kawhi Leonard didn't receive a vote from NBA GMs who were asked to name the best small forward in the game before the season, but has he actually been outplaying LeBron James and Kevin Durant?

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Le Batard confused about LeBron's 'weird' behavior (2:24)
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Greek Freak throws down the hammer and a shimmy in win (0:53)
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Trouble just seems to find Grayson Allen (1:03)
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How much of a challenge will Butler be for Jones? (1:18)
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Monday a night of upsets in the NBA (1:00)
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19mChris Forsberg

Wiz to wear all black ahead of Celtics rematch

Wizards players plan to wear all black to Tuesday's game against the Celtics, after recent contests between the two teams have featured chippy play and plenty of trash talk.

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Tim Hasselbeck pays off bet by singing on SportsCenter (1:28)
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Reigns has no doubt Rousey could make transition to WWE (1:40)
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Marleau scores four goals in one period as Sharks win (0:51)
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22hGabriele 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?

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    1dJosé del Valle y Natalia Álvarez | ESPN Digital

    Juan Carlos Osorio es más realista que Matías Almeyda

    El técnico del Tricolor consideró que hay un grupo de 15 jugadores mexicanos muy buenos, por lo que se sigue todavía un proceso para aspirar a ser protagonista de un Mundial como lo sugirió el timonel de la Chivas.

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Marty Smith ESPN 

Davidson College Intramural softball champs, including 3rd baseman/MVP. @StephenCurry30 (far right)

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Manu Ginobili (back spasms) is probable for Tuesday night's game at Toronto. Pau Gasol (fracture, left fourth metacarpal) and Tony Parker (left foot pain) remain out.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler on the floor after shootaround working with his trainer, Chris Johnson. Bulls have repeatedly praised Butler for all the extra work he has put into his game.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Quick guide to watching WR vs. DB one-on-one drills this week at the Senior Bowl practices. From a defensive perspective, you have to know where routes "break." Outside of the three-step game (slant, hitch, flat), every route breaks at a depth of 12-15 yards. And DBs can't take the bait of the double-move when WRs chop the feet at 8-10 yards. The key to making plays in one-on-one drills starts with an understanding of route depth and timing.

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Marty Smith ESPN 

Davidson College's Belk Arena. Section 30, dedicated Tuesday in @StephenCurry30 name.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Matt Kenseth didn't know Carl Edwards was going to retire until he was told by team owner Joe Gibbs three days prior to the announcement. He explains his reaction:

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Simmons underwent a planned scan in New York and is recovering as expected with no setbacks according to the Sixers. There still is no timetable to return for Simmons.

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

And endless stream of fans for Bubba Watson at the Ping area. Since he's not playing this week's PGA Tour event, might as well take care of some corporate obligations at the PGA Merchandise Show. How long could you last? Bubba has got 90 minutes before he puts on a clinic!

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Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Stratosphere sports book here in Las Vegas is offering 10-cent lines on straight bets (point spread and over/under; no parlays) on the pro football championship game starting at 9 a.m. PT and running through 10:30 p.m. PT Thursday. For the uninitiated, football bettors usually lay -110 (or 11 to win 10) and is actually a 20-cent line with 10 cents on each side. A 10-cent line (more commonly used in baseball wagering) is -105 on both sides. The reduced vig also applies to the Stratosphere's affiliated books at Arizona Charlie's Boulder and Decatur locations, plus the Aquarius in Laughlin.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of Super Bowl LI (as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday): The New England Patriots are still 3-point favorites over the Atlanta Falcons at all 13 sports-book operators in Las Vegas, but the average vig (which is usually -110 on both sides) has increased to -115 with more support continuing to come in on the Patriots. The Westgate, William Hill, Treasure Island and Stations books have gone to New England -3 (-120). The over/under is still 59 at the majority of books though Boyd Gaming and Stations have gone to 59.5 with Jerry's Nugget already at 60.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson does not believe the new points system was designed because of his success. How he views the new system:

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Ryan McGee ESPN Senior Writer 

Jimmie Johnson on shift in his popularity with fans: "I think the more grey you get in your beard they come around...tenure definitely has something to do with it."

Ryan McGee ESPN Senior Writer 

In my best Muhammad Ali voice: "The champ is here!"

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Golf's biggest industry show starts today in Orlando. The PGA Merchandise Show to golfers is like being invited to the North Pole by Santa, and today's Demo Day is Mrs. Claus letting you drink a fresh batch of homemade cocoa!!

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Pitcher Brett Anderson is in town for a physical (according to his twitter timeline he flew in last night) as the Cubs add needed depth to their pitching staff. Anderson missed most of 2016 with injuries but had two starts in late September after making 31 in 2015 for the Dodgers. The team won't comment until the deal is official but a healthy Anderson is likely to compete for a back end rotation spot or come out of the pen as the Cubs are thin on lefty veterans.

Jenni Rutherford ESPN 

Behind the scenes an Aussie has come to Johanna Konta's rescue supplying her with spare black gut to string her racquets for tomorrow's quarterfinal against Serena Williams. If he goes much further with Sam Stosur in the mixed doubles he might need it himself.

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Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Stan Wawrinka on his coming Australian Open semifinal matchup against Roger Federer: "for sure now I'm more confident with myself. When I step on the court, doesn't matter who I play, I know what I have to do if I want to win. Against Roger, it's always special because he's so good. He's the best player of all time. He has answer for everything. But I managed to beat him in a Grand Slam, so we'll see." #ausopen

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Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

The comeback continues for Roger Federer, who moved into his 13th Australian Open semi in the last 14 years with a masterful 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 win over unseeded Mischa Zverev. Federer's resounding comeback from a six-month layoff to mend from a knee injury has been terrific. He's 35 but moving around and making shots like he did in his heyday. He faces good friend and Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka next. It will be his toughest match so far.

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Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Roger Federer has seen Mischa Zverev gain confidence as their quarterfinal at the Australian Open has gone along, but Federer still eked out the second set too, 7-5. Zverev, as expected, has served and volleyed throughout -- a rarity in the game today but a tactic possible on these fast courts. Federer has had to try more passing shots in this match that he normally might attempt in five other matches. At times he's also beat Zverev to the net first.

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Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

A ray of hope: Mischa Zverev, with help from a net-cord winner, breaks Roger Federer to inch ahead 2-1 in the second set of their Australian Open QF. Federer blitzed to a first-set win in just 19 minutes.

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Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

As if Roger Federer doesn't have enough going for him, he wins challenges on errant line calls too. Maybe you really can have it all. #ausopen

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Twenty tennis Hall-of-Famers in the house to welcome the 2017 class, including Andy Roddick.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

A Roger Federer practice. Yes, it's the place to be.

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Westbrook nails game-winner over Jazz
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Tied at 95 with under 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook pulls up and hits a jumper to give the Thunder the lead with 1.4 seconds left.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Russell Westbrook is averaging more rebounds per game (10.6) this season than Karl Malone (10.1) did in his career, and nearly as many assists per game this season (10.4) as John Stockton (10.5) did in his career.