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2hMatthew Berry

Love/Hate for the fantasy playoffs

Matthew Berry offers the players he loves and hates for Week 14 and shares the mixed reactions he got from last week's column.

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1hScott Lauber

Red Sox's Sandoval ready for career restart

Pablo Sandoval says he got "complacent" after signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox in November 2014 and pledged to "start my baseball career all over again."

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Patent office denies Golden Knights trademark

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied the Vegas Golden Knights' trademark request, citing a "likelihood of confusion." The franchise had just unveiled its name Nov. 22.

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Kings' Barnes, Cousins sued over alleged assault

A lawsuit alleges that Matt Barnes grabbed a woman by her neck and began choking her and that DeMarcus Cousins punched a second plaintiff in the face at a New York nightclub.

Harbaugh shines at Orange Bowl news conference (1:43)
Brady putting Deflategate animosity aside (0:41)
Stephen A. thinks the Cavs were successful in humiliating Phil Jackson (1:58)
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5hDave McMenamin

Sharing the swagger with Love

It's tough to feel great when you're dealing with cancer. But for one night, Kevin Love is working to help them at least look great -- and have fun doing it.

LeBron tries the water-bottle challenge ... during a game (0:27)
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47mJayson Stark

White Sox nailing the art of the sale

Why rebuild for the first time in 20 years? After trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, credit the White Sox for going where the franchise hasn't been in decades, and there's no white flag in sight.

Louisville tweets Heisman vote for Jabrill Peppers (1:36)
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Coach B is the first female football coach in Florida

Meet Coach Brunson, the first woman to be named a head football coach in the state of Florida, and who fought an uphill battle to teach her players discipline, the importance of education and respect.

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Bracketology: Kentucky (for now) takes a dip

Big Blue Nation didn't like losing at home to UCLA. It's probably fair to say it won't like falling from a No. 1 seed -- or being matched up against a team that already knocked off a major power this season.

Over 10,000 teddy bears rain down after Kitchener Rangers' goal (0:26)
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23hDan Rafael

Unbeaten Charlo, Williams finally to meet

Now that the fight between junior middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo and No. 1 contender Julian Williams is here, the question is, can they make it count? Both are ready, or so they say.


Bob Holtzman ESPN 

After the Chiefs won in Oakland in October, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio used the word "gimmicky" to describe Kansas City's offense. Alex Smith prefers to call it "versatile" and told me they take pride in "not being cookie cutter." You could argue this is the most talented group of playmakers the Chiefs have had in years with the emergence of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce on a run of three straight 100 yard games, and Jeremy Maclin back.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Another eyewitness testifies in the Will Smith murder trial. He said he saw the altercations leading up to the shooting. Agreed that Smith's passenger Richard Hernandez was acting "ridiculous" and being physical with his own wife, shoving her in face to move her away from him while he was arguing aggressively with Kevin O'Neal. The witness, Justin Ross, said he did not see Will Smith acting the same way toward his own wife. "Not at all," Ross said, and he said Racquel Smith had appeared to restrain Will Smith. Ross testified that he laughed at Hernandez because he found his behavior humorous as an overreaction to a fender bender. And he testified that O'Neal was the only one he heard mentioning a gun, saying, "Back off, back down, I have a gun." Ross said he was turned away when the shots were fired, though.


Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Golden State Warriors will hold out guard Shaun Livingston (rest) for tonight's game against the Utah Jazz.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarco Murray on his toe: "Doing a lot better." Back-to-back hard practices have been good.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

DC Steve Spagnuolo on life without JPP: "I don't think we'll change that much. We are who we are."


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on all the rumors going around about the reason he was suspended for the first series of Sunday's game: "I violated the wardrobe, and that's it. You don't have to dig into certain stories that violated curfew, was out at a club, somebody was calling the room. I still stand by coach Rivera's decision, and that's just a warning for everybody. At no point in time – or even still – do I think I'm above the law. I never thought that. I'm not that type of player.''


Doug McIntyre ESPN Staff Writer 

Toronto FC has a spot all picked out to display the MLS Cup they're hoping to win Saturday night against the Seattle Sounders.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox said there is nothing new to announce regarding the status of cornerback Kyle Fuller for Sunday's game at Detroit. The Bears designated Fuller to return off of injured reserve, but the former 1st round pick was inactive last game despite having a full week of practice.


Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

A couple of NHL legends - Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille head in for NHL Board of Governors meeting.


Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Tonight Alex Smith plans to wear a glove on his left hand, as he's done since week 6, but he will not wear one on his throwing hand. Smith told me he only considers wearing a glove on his throwing hand when it's wet. Tonight it will just be cold. Around 20 degrees with single digit wind chills.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Joe Flacco says the Ravens aren't intimidated about playing the Patriots in New England


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on the Mavs' 35-minute postgame meeting: "I just wanted to watch the third quarter with them right after the game. We lost it by 17. It was really the most decisive quarter of the game. I just told them that I'm tired of coming in here and watching film every morning. I wanted them to see what happened. I wanted it to be fresh in their minds walking out of the building." Carlisle said it's the first time he's ever had a postgame team film session in his 15 years as a head coach.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Surgery is a possibility for Jets C Nick Mangold (ankle), although the team will take a conservative approach at first. He has one year left on his contract, with a $9.1 M cap charge. Clearly, his future is up in the air.


Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Taggart opening statement. He says that the best athlete in his family is his 17-month-old daughter.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon president Michael Schill opened the press conference to introduce new coach Willie Taggart with a joke (but it's not really a joke): "I told him I can only give him one bit of advice which probably everyone in the state of Oregon can give him, which is: Go find a great defensive coordinator."


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills rookie QB Cardale Jones says "I think I'm ready," but adds whether he plays is coaches' decision. Bills OC Anthony Lynn said Jones is "what you want waiting on the runway."


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Joe Torre, MLB Chief Baseball Officer? on ESPN's news editor Claire Smith making history by becoming the first female recipient of the prestigious J.G. Taylor Spink Award – the top honor for a baseball journalist. "I've known Claire Smith for a long time and I could not be happier for her. Winning the Baseball Hall of Fame's J. G. Taylor Spink Award is the pinnacle for a baseball writer. Claire is a true professional and has blazed a trail for female journalists who will follow her."


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he was somewhat surprised by all the attention his wardrobe violation got. Said nothing to rumors that he was at a club or there was something else behind him being benched for a series.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton debunks speculation that he wasn't properly prepared for this season because of his offseason Nickelodeon TV show and other non-football interests. "Outside of football I have a life."


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed showed discomfort with his left shoulder on some plays but then had to reach up and grab a fade route in the end zone. There's still uncertainty about whether he'll play Sunday at Philadelphia.


Doug McIntyre ESPN Staff Writer 

Toronto FC and U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore, seated between TFC coach Greg Vanney (left) and captain Michael Bradley, looks thrilled to be taking part in the official pre-MLS Cup press conference.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy: "I've been running into people all the time out in public just saying, 'Thank you for giving us something to believe in.'"


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is showing more discomfort than he did Wednesday. He just caught a pass down the right seam and did not use his left arm.


Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Right now a corner of the field at Arrowhead is icy, but the field should be in great shape by kickoff. Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos told me the surface here is "fantastic" and said the grounds crew is the best in the business. Plus no one has played on this field in 18 days.


Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Robert Griffin III being named the Cleveland Browns starter for Sunday's game has had no appreciable impact on the line against Cincy in Vegas. Still Bengals -5.5/-6 around town.