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Bracketology: North Carolina makes the jump

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

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3hMark Saxon

Cards' Fowler unapologetic for travel ban take

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler does not regret comments he made last week that were critical of President Donald Trump's travel ban on certain Muslim-majority countries.

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Elhassan says Curry would average 85 points at UCLA (1:40)
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5-on-5: Pelicans a new West power? What now for Kings?

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

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Stephen A. calls Cousins trade 'a heist' (1:44)
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Calipari certain both Cousins and Davis want to win (2:26)
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Stephen A. can't imagine Revis was instigator (2:06)
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Davis wins MVP (0:56)
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Lindor was blessed to be a part of World Series (2:16)
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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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Stephen A. says 'All-Star weekend stinks' (2:22)
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Honoring Barkley on his 54th birthday (1:24)
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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.

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

The Flames and Coyotes have agreed to a trade that sends a 3rd-round pick and conditional 5th-rounder from Calgary to Arizona for defenseman Michael Stone.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Anthony Davis is happy about the Cousins trade. Since Christmas, he's mostly played the Center position, but he's more effective at the 4-spot.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Girardi on A-Rod: "Mr. Steinbrenner always gave people second and third chances and brought people back to the organization that had done really good things for the organization. There are situations that happen that aren't always so positive. That didn't keep Mr. Steinbrenner from bringing them back before. Hal [Steinbrenner] is doing the same thing."

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Sweet sweaters for the Stadium Series.

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DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game this season. According to Elias, only 2 players in NBA history finished a season in which they played for more than one NBA team averaging at least 25 points and 10 rebounds - Wilt Chamberlain in 1964-65 (Warriors and 76ers) and Bob McAdoo in 1976-77 (Buffalo Braves and Knicks).

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With 23 points last night, LeBron James has scored 314 points in his 13 All-Star Game appearances, the most by any player in All-Star Game history (Kobe Bryant is second with 290 points).

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver Victor Cruz, released by the New York Giants, is in Charlotte visiting with the Panthers, a league source confirmed.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources say Mavs' approach to deadline isn't impacted by DeMarcus Cousins deal. The Mavs won't pull the plug on fighting for West's final playoff spot. That doesn't necessarily mean the Mavs won't make a trade, but there will not be a fire sale with Dallas veterans.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jon Niese will vie for a bullpen spot.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers remain encouraged about LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, who had another positive throwing session Sunday. "Ryu still has a smile on his face about how well he threw," manager Dave Roberts said. "That was exciting. He said he feels good today." Ryu has pitched in just one game the last two years because of shoulder and elbow procedures.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees catchers, Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine, working on pop-ups. Former Pirate All-Star Tony Pena at the controls.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler did not back away from his comments to ESPN.com last week that President Donald Trump's efforts to institute a travel ban on certain Muslim countries is "unfortunate." Fowler, whose wife was born in Iran, was overwhelmed by social-media reaction, both good and bad, but said he doesn't regret making the comments.

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Russell Westbrook leads the NBA in points scored (1,771). That's the most points scored for any player at the All-Star break since Nate "Tiny" Archibald scored 1,810 points before the break in 1972-73.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' first live batting practice pitcher of the spring is ... Clayton Kershaw, of course. Kershaw also cracks the first bat of the spring on the second pitch here.

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The Warriors are the only NBA team to be in first place at the All-Star Break in each of the last 3 seasons (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17) @EliasSports

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs OF Matt Szczur with the first huge crack of the bat this spring as he just took Jon Lester deep during batting practice.

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.

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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.