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2hSam Miller

In a world without stats, who'd be baseball's best player?

Imagine, if you will, no batting averages, no ERAs, no WAR. How would you separate the greats from the very goods? We asked MLB execs and other experts to name their top players -- and why.

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1mNBA Insiders

5-on-5: Pelicans a new West power? What now for the Kings?

How did the Kings and Pelicans do in the blockbuster DeMarcus Cousins trade? How will Boogie fit with Anthony Davis? And what does the future look like for both teams? Our NBA Insiders debate.

Did the Pelicans win the trade with Cousins? (2:23)
Stephen A. calls Cousins trade 'a heist' (1:44)
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Kyle Wagner

The Kings got fleeced in the Cousins trade

While the Kings may have been concerned about Cousins's surliness and ongoing feud with referees, they were absolutely fleeced in basketball terms.

Calipari certain both Cousins and Davis want to win (2:26)
Davis wins MVP (0:56)
Steph tries different approach against the Greek Freak (0:38)
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Bracketology: North Carolina makes the jump

North Carolina rose to a top line, but it closes its ACC schedule will three of four against ranked opponents. So, will the Tar Heels stay there?

Stephen A. can't imagine Revis was instigator (2:06)
Harper shows Randy Scott around Nats' clubhouse (3:22)
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4dAdam Rittenberg

The biggest QB battles in college football

Quarterback competitions are a rite of spring, and some of the nation's top programs are searching for starters. Here's an early look at the best battles and who could be starting in the fall.

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5dPablo S. Torre

LeBron James' plan to become King of Hollywood

LeBron James' first act, becoming one of the greatest basketball players in history, is all but settled as a success. His second act -- to become a global entertainment icon -- is just beginning.

Honoring Barkley on his 54th birthday (1:24)
Spinning head kick leads to victory (0:24)
16hBrett Okamoto

Lewis stops Browne in Round 2

Heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis survived a tough first round to demolish Travis Browne in Round 2 for a KO victory at UFC Fight Night in Halifax, Canada.

4dTommy Tomlinson

Why Dale Jr.'s mind can't quit racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns at Daytona after letting his brain heal from multiple concussions -- and after undergoing a different sort of rehabilitation for his psyche.

Elliott takes pole, Earnhardt Jr. second at Daytona qualifying (1:10)


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Marcus Stroman on the Blue Jays: "I think we've got the best rotation in baseball."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs strength coach Tim Buss running warm up drills dressed up for the occasion. He's the guy Joe Maddon relies on to keep things loose in camp.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Another team to keep an eye on in pursuit of Denver forward Wilson Chandler: Houston, league sources tell ESPN.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The return that the Kings got for DeMarcus Cousins (2017 first-round pick, 2017 second-round pick, Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway) should give the Knicks an indication of what they could expect back in a Carmelo Anthony trade. Every situation is different, but Anthony would bring back less in a potential trade than Boogie did, you'd think. Further complicating matters for the Knicks is the fact that Anthony has a no-trade clause.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Why are the Dodgers not like the NBA All-Star Game? Duh. They play better defense. The Dodgers don't have the best range, but they field and throw well. "It's something we take pride in," 3B Justin Turner said. "Not just here but in a lot of sports, defense gets overlooked. It's not the high profile part of the game but it is something that wins championships."

Buster Olney ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals just finished practicing pop flies in bright Florida sunshine, and Trea Turner, as usual, was without sunglasses. He has never liked using them, he says, because of how he feels they affect depth perception. He doesn't use his glove, either, to shield his eyes from the sun as he tracks pop flies; rather, he angles his head and uses the bill of his cap.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenley Jansen revealed more about his offseason wedding that led to his return to the Dodgers. Jansen said that he had just finished the first dance at his reception when he was notified the Dodgers were adding a fifth year to his contract offer. Jansen said he returned to the dance floor and decided in the morning that he would chose the Dodgers over the Nationals.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale throws first live BP session. The new Red Sox ace faced Dan Butler, Chris Young, Junior Lake. Very little contact. Fellow starters David Price, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz watched from behind cage.


Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

A day after inclement weather forced the Indians indoors, the grounds crew prepares the field in advance of the first full workout outdoors.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

The sun rises at the Cleveland Indians Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. The next door neighbors: the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport "boneyard," where planes no longer in use are stored.

Patrick Abrahams ESPN Producer 

The G.O.A.T on a Boat! Roger Federer playing with Tomáš Berdych in Prague

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Couple of NBA guys I spoke to, however, were surprised at how little Sacramento wound up getting for DeMarcus Cousins. Issue was GM's ultimately scared to make huge financial commitment with him. That obviously included the Kings.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

One NBA GM to ESPN on the Boogie Cousins trade: "It was bad deal. Now New Orleans will pay him close to 200 million. Sacramento just did not want to pay him. Only Vivek wanted him. New Orleans was desperate -- and Sacramento is free!"

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Pelicans new center DeMarcus Cousins on private Kings plane back to Sacramento with his assistant and family, source said. Only Kings employee is PR guru Chris Clark.? Cousins is expected to return back to New Orleans on Tuesday.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Just spoke to Anthony Davis. HUGE smile when talking about the trade that is expected to bring DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans. "This is an unbelievable weekend. All-Star MVP and now getting Boogie. It doesn't get better than this." AD said he hasn't heard anything official from management or talked to Cousins yet.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The All-Star Game closing message is "Thank You New Orleans", but fans here might be saying "Thank You Sacramento" after Sunday's late breaking trade news.

Davis told teammates before game he wanted MVP for home crowd

Anthony Davis says he stressed to his Western Conference All-Star teammates that he wanted to get the game's MVP award for the city of New Orleans.


Westbrook has fun with reporter asking about KD

Russell Westbrook toys with reporters during his post-All-Star Game interview, including a question about his alley-oop with Kevin Durant.


Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

New Orleans now seeking trade partner for forward Terrence Jones, league sources tell ESPN. Mutual decision on behalf of team, Jones' camp.

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New teammates-to-be DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are the only players to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in each of the last 4 seasons.

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3 players are averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds per game this season: Russell Westbrook and new teammates Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

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DeMarcus Cousins is reportedly headed to the Pelicans. He's having a career-best season in a number of categories.

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Kevin Durant recorded the fourth triple-double in NBA All-Star Game history. The other 3 are by Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

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Anthony Davis set an NBA All-Star Game scoring record with 52 points. He's the first All-Star Game MVP from the host team since Kobe Bryant in 2011.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

After wrapping up his session with the media, Anthony Davis is asked about the report that DeMarcus Cousins is headed to New Orleans in a trade, but doesn't stop to answer.