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2hChris Forsberg

For Brad Stevens, trip is chance to build All-Star relationships

What may be the biggest benefit of the All-Star trip for the Celtics' Brad Stevens and his staff? Building relationships with the game's biggest stars.

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25mJustin Verrier

Sources: Pelicans inquire about Boogie, George

The Pelicans hope to add another All-Star to pair with Anthony Davis and have made virtually everyone -- including the team's 2016 top pick Buddy Hield -- available in talks, sources say.

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What to expect at the All-Star Game (1:19)
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The wildest three-quarter-court heave ... that didn't count (1:00)
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4dPablo 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.

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An all-access pass to the dunk contest (3:23)
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The 16-year-old hero the Slam Dunk Contest deserved (0:50)
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It was an action-packed 3-point contest (3:01)
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Jarrius to DeAndre: 'I shoot better than you' (0:23)
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Bryant's offseason was one for the books (1:59)
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5dMark Fainaru-Wada

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is back -- and outspoken as ever

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who protested the national anthem in 1996, is back and is outspoken as ever -- about America, oppression and even whether the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an "inside job."

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Announcer introduces Durant from OKC. It's awkward (0:20)
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Zuccarello nets the winner for Rangers (0:19)
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3dTommy 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.

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

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Washington's Kelsey Plum has passed Brittney Griner for the 2nd-most career points in Division I women's basketball history.

Women's College Basketball 

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have a minor league deal with Jon Niese, pending his physical, a source confirms. Niese was 8-7 with a 5.50 ERA last year. He will be an extra arm in camp with an outside chance to make the rotation. The New York Post first mentioned the signing.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans have made trade inquiries on DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George, per league sources. Talks have progressed further on Cousins, per sources.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Superdome and the Smoothie King Center are thisclose to each other.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The program for this year's NBA All-Star Game.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

This year's NBA All-Star uniforms may be the worst ever. Just putting that out there.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

All signs point to the Smoothie King Center, site of tonight's NBA All Star Game.#NOLA

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Tony Clark of the Players Association is holding a news conference today in Arizona. When asked if MLB players would ever consider a proposal to start an inning with a runner in second base when a game goes to extra innings, he responded with a flat "no."

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Chase Elliott has won the pole for the Daytona 500. His Hendrick teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start beside him.

Creighton Ball Movement pays off
NCAAM 

A great half-court possession ends with a Justin Patton dunk for the 20th-ranked Blue Jays, who lead Georgetown 41-33 at halftime.

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Kevin Maguire Golf 

Prior to Round 3 of the Genesis Open, Jordan Spieth had played every PGA Tour round in 2017 under par. That streak came to an end in Round 3 when he shot a 1-over-par 72. Last week's winner at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am had posted 18 consecutive rounds below par.

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Henrik Lundqvist gets 401st career win to tie Chris Osgood for 11th place on NHL all-time wins list.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan, barring any tech issues or a bizarre series of events, have qualified for the Daytona 500 as the fastest two "open" drivers in the first round of qualifying Sunday.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Qualifying for the Daytona 500 has started. The front row will be set after today. The rest of the starting order will be determined in qualifying races Thursday. The two best drivers today among the six drivers vying for the four "open" spots in the field will guarantee themselves spots in the Daytona 500.

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Dustin Johnson (-17) leads by six shots after his 3rd round. He will climb to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings with a win.

Savage with Pretty Score for Butler
NCAAM 

Kethan Savage hangs in the air and then sinks a shot for Butler. The 24th-ranked Bulldogs are up big on DePaul late in the second half.

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Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Badgers' scoring woes has become a major theme entering Sunday's home game against Maryland; Wisconsin had averaged under 40 percent from the field in its last six games, and scored just 117 points in 123 possessions in back-to-back losses to Northwestern and Michigan last week. Sunday wasn't exactly pretty -- UW shot 41.4 percent (including 2 of 12 from 3) and scored just 71 points in 66 trips -- but stout defense and a second-half surge earned them the much-needed win.

Happ spins off defender for layup
NCAAM 

Wisconsin's Ethan Happ gets tricky in the paint after executing a beautiful reverse move. The 11th-ranked Badgers topped No. 23 Maryland, 71-60.

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Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin starting to settle in a little bit in the second half against Maryland. Melo Trimble has the Terps very much in the game, but still: This is the most comfortable the Badgers have looked in a minute.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu said he feels confident he will be healthy and ready to go by Opening Day. Ryu made just one start the past two seasons after shoulder and elbow procedures. He is one of 10 starting options the Dodgers have in camp.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees setup man Dellin Betances said he has not spoken with team president Randy Levine. You may have heard, the two had a verbal feud Saturday over Betances' salary arbitration.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

A day later, Yankees setup man Dellin Betances said, "I don't regret anything I said."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist had a whirlwind winter after winning WS MVP. His surreal moments included appearing on The Tonight Show, getting a standing ovation at a Bulls game, doing about "3 days of Disney World in like 6 hours", going to the White House and meeting Barack/Michelle Obama then speaking at the National Prayer breakfast and meeting Trump/Pence a few weeks later. He says he's ready for baseball again.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist just got his car for winning WS MVP a couple weeks ago. It's a 50th anniversary edition Camaro. He drove it to work on Sunday. Sweet ride.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Denny Hamlin said it was a racing incident where he attempted to block and Brad Keselowski turned him on the final lap of the Clash at Daytona. Hamlin: "My guess is the 2 [of Keselowski] probably had a big run and I probably cut down on him more than likely. You do everything you can to try to stay in front but he had such a head of steam there was not a whole lot I could do." Keselowski: "It's unfortunate I had to make the move. I know all the other drivers are back watching and they know not to make that block on me."