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9mAndrew Marchand

Yankees will regret Aroldis Chapman's contract

Bringing Aroldis Chapman back to the Bronx might have some short-term benefits for the Yankees, but it will end up being a mistake in the long run.

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Iguodala slams, Durant raises the roof (0:24)
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LeBron tries the water bottle challenge... during the game (0:27)
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49mBill Barnwell

The most important NFL games left

Raiders at Chiefs kicks it off, but that's just the beginning. Consider this a viewer's guide to the essential remaining games for the 2016 regular season.

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Racist graffiti left in home of Giants FB Whitlock (1:39)
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Orioles GM says fans don't like Bautista (2:14)
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23mHeather Dinich

Eight games that most impacted the CFP race

A couple of inches on a fourth-down spot in Ohio State-Michigan. A yard shy of a first down in Louisville-Clemson. Had a few plays gone differently, we'd be looking at a different top four.

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Harbaugh shines at Orange Bowl news conference (1:43)
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Top 10 plays of Larry Bird's stellar career (3:02)
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17hDan 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.

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Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been medically cleared to race after a test Wednesday at Darlington. He missed the final 18 races of 2016 because of a concussion.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Since Rich Hill signed, there has been a sense that the Dodgers would bring back Justin Turner OR Kenley Jansen, but not both. Jansen seems like the priority now since he is the last elite closer available on the market, but as his price skyrockets, the Dodgers could put their resources toward Turner instead. Not that Turner's offensive production and defense would be viewed as a consolation prize.

MLB 

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

WATCH: Some Titans wanted Marcus Mariota to keep his Movember mustache out of superstition. He was AFC offensive player of the month with it.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge said on Boston sports radio 98.5 that Isaiah Thomas got a PRP injection for injured groin on Wednesday. Ainge deemed Thomas unlikely to play Friday vs the Raptors, but said Thomas remains day-to-day.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets lost no prospects in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft. That means Eastern League batting champ Phillip Evans remains with the organization. The Mets' 40-man roster was full and they were unable to make any selections.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have reacquired infielder Josh Rutledge from the Rockies in the Rule 5 draft. They lose pitcher Justin Haley (to Angels) and outfielder Aneury Tavarez (to Orioles). Rutledge helps restore some middle-infield depth.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Marlins have the best offer on the table for Kenley Jansen; the Nationals have asked his camp to come back to them before they do a deal and the Dodgers would like to have him back but not at Chapman range.

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

The US Patent & Trademark Office has rejected the trademark filed by the Vegas Golden Knights based on likelihood of confusion with Division II St. Rose College in Albany

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Mattias Karén Arsenal Correspondent 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was adamant at his press conference that Ozil and Sanchez will not be sold next summer even if they don't sign new contracts. That would be costly for both sides though, and hard to say whether club will actually play hardball.

Mark Ogden Senior Football Writer 

Zorya v Man Utd game set to go ahead, despite concerns over frozen pitch in Odessa. Officials banking on a mid-afternoon thaw.

Warriors make easy work of Clippers
NBA 

Klay Thompson and Draymond Green scored 24 and 22 points respectively in Golden State's 115-98 rout of the Clippers. The loss was the Clippers' fifth in their last seven games.

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NBA 

UConn holds off Notre Dame
Women's College Basketball 

Gabby Williams scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in No. 1 Connecticut's 72-61 victory over No. 2 Notre Dame. The win is UConn's 83rd in a row.

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Women's College Basketball 

Jordan throws down vicious putback
NBA 

DeAndre Jordan cleans up Luc Mbah a Moute's miss with this emphatic slam.

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NBA 

Jaylen Brown dunks over Vucevic
NBA 

The Celtics rookie shows off his leaping ability as he elevates to slam on the Magic's Nikola Vucevic.

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NBA 

Indiana State Upsets Butler
NCAAM 

Brenton Scott hit a free throw to put Indiana State ahead, giving the Sycamores a 72-71 upset win over No. 16 Butler and setting off a court-storming in Terre Haute.

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NCAAM 

Crawford's rainbow 3 beats the buzzer
NBA 

Jamal Crawford pulls a Steph Curry and throws up a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc and turns his back as the ball is in midair.

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NBA 

LeBron drives by Knicks defense twice
NBA 

LeBron James breaks down New York's defense for a dunk on one possession, and then executes a spin move and finishes with a layup during the next sequence.

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NBA 

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Warriors have now beaten the Clippers seven straight times. This had been one of the better rivalries in the NBA.

Capitals blow lead, still beat Bruins in OT
NHL 

Washington saw a 3-0 lead get erased by the Bruins, but still came away with the victory thanks to Nicklas Backstrom's overtime winner.

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NHL 

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

FINAL: Warriors 115, Clippers 98. The Clippers fall to 16-7, going 2-5 in their last seven games, and the Warriors improve to 19-3.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

In three games this season at Staples Center, Stephen Curry is an uncharacteristic 4-of-28 from long distance: 0-10, 4-10 and 0-8 tonight.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Clippers bench looks totally stunned. It's a regular season game but this one will sting longer than most.

Irving tosses it up, LeBron throws it down
NBA 

Kyrie Irving lofts the ball to LeBron James, who elevates and completes the alley-oop.

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NBA 

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Kevin Durant, 5-of-17, is having his worst shooting performance with Warriors. Yet, they're still up 20 in fourth on rival Clippers.

Iguodala dunks, Durant raises the roof
NBA 

Kevin Durant liked what he saw after Andre Iguodala threw down a one-handed slam off a slick pass from JaVale McGee.

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