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5hMel Kiper Jr.

Kiper's 2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Two QBs in top 10

The countdown to the 2017 NFL draft is on, and the Browns are on the clock. Pass-rusher? Quarterback? It's time for Mel Kiper's first crack at predicting the first round.

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1mESPN.com news services

Reports: Orioles, Trumbo close to 3-year deal

Slugger Mark Trumbo hit 47 homers for Baltimore in 2016 and is closing in on a three-year deal to remain an Oriole according to multiple reports


If not Vikes, Peterson to look at Giants, Bucs

If he were to enter free agency, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson says he would want to go to a Super Bowl-contending team, mentioning the Giants, Texans and Buccaneers as possible destinations.

Stephen A. hopes Deshaun Watson evades No. 1 pick (2:08)
Pudge denies PED use (1:22)
3hDarren Rovell

Jeff Bagwell came to my bar mitzvah

Little did Darren Rovell know that the guest of honor at his coming-of-age celebration 26 years ago -- an Astros rookie named Jeff Bagwell -- would one day be headed to Cooperstown.

McCarthy feels 'blessed' to have Rodgers as his QB (0:23)
Steph Curry gets a lesson in traveling from Russell Westbrook (0:54)
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Bracketology: Oregon making its move

Oregon has climbed up to a No. 4 seed, but it is still looking up at its Pac-12 rival UCLA. Can the Ducks, now fully healthy, keep climbing?

3hVaughn McClure

Falcons WR Jones expects to play vs Packers

Despite aggravating a previous toe injury, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones says he'll be ready to go Sunday against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

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5hMatt Westby

Murray's route to Aussie Open title

With Novak Djokovic already out, Andy Murray is favoured to finally land the Australian Open crown. Find out whom he'll have to beat to lift the trophy.

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8hIain Macintosh, Jack Lang and James Tyler

Life outside the Premier League

ESPN FC spent three days with Ipswich Town of the English Championship, one of the toughest leagues in football and just one notch below the Premier League, as they prepared for a crucial clash with Rotherham last October.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Jordy Nelson officially limited. He was not in pads and everyone else who practiced was. Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison were DNPs.


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Good news for Knicks: MRI confirmed no structural damage to Kristaps Porzingis' Achilles. Porzingis is available against Washington tonight. Joakim Noah's MRI revealed a sprained ankle and he is OUT against Washington.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers WR Davante Adams said his sprained ankle is not as bad as the one that significantly limited him last season but he'll still need to test it before Sunday afternoon to know whether he can play against the Falcons.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler has been voted a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, league sources tell ESPN.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says that Kevin Love's back didn't allow him to get through shootaround today so he's out vs. PHX. James Jones will start in his place.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texas Lottery released a new Rockets $5 scratch off game featuring more than $7.7 million in total prizes. Fans can also win a trip to next month's All Star game in New Orleans.

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Something has to give when California plays at No. 11 Oregon (9 p.m. ET on ESPN2/WatchESPN). The Bears have won 13 of their last 15 against Oregon and are 12-3 in their last 15 Pac-12 games (dating to last season). The Ducks have won 14 games in a row, the fourth-longest active win streak in Division I men's basketball and one win from the school record for longest win streak (from February 1912 to January 1913).

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders CB Sean Smith had a surgical procedure on a shoulder, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie confirmed. "He had to get that thing fixed and he's going to be just fine," McKenzie said. Smith injured a should at Tampa Bay in October.

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No. 25 Maryland plays at Iowa (7 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN) having won 21 of its last 23 games against unranked opponents dating to last season. The Hawkeyes, though, have won five of their last six home games against ranked opponents (they're 2-0 this season). ESPN's BPI sees it as essentially a toss-up.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

One of the three new members of the 2017 MLB Hall of Fame Class, Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez, alongside his son, Iván Derek Rodríguez.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Speaking before Boston Baseball Writers' Dinner, Terry Francona said Theo Epstein visited him after Cubs' Game 7 celebration. "He's in a suit and smells like champagne, yet he was comfortable enough to come over. I thought that was really, really nice of him."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers not practicing in any fashion: Davante Adams Geronimo Allison Morgan Burnett James Starks JC Tretter Of that group, Allison was actually in pads but never did anything during the open portion.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Jordy Nelson went through some drills but not in pads like the rest of the team, which likely means he's not cleared for contact.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

A bettor at William Hill's Nevada sportsbook risked $8,500 on Novak Djokovic at -8,500 odds to beat underdog Denis Istomin at the Australian Open. The bet would have netted $100. Djokovic lost in five sets. The sportsbook took no bets on Istomin to win.


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell missed Thursday's practice. Excuses for personal reasons. Coach Mike Tomlin said it won't affect his AFC Championship prep.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Raines received a call from his baseball idol, Joe Morgan, upon making the Hall of Fame Wednesday. "To have him call made the day that much more special,"" Raines said.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Shanahan said he's looking forward to speaking with a team next week but he's not addressing it today. Won't confirm any offer from the 49ers. Cited the NFL rules in not allowing him to speak to 49ers right now. Consumed with getting ready for Super Bowl chance.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Pudge Rodriguez confirmed he will go into the Hall of Fame as a Texas Ranger. Tim Raines will go in as a Montreal Expo. No surprise with either player.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Raines on his Hall of Fame election: "The writers finally got it right."


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The Cavaliers' 31 percent 3-point shooting in January is the second-worst in the NBA this month. Poor shooting overall has afflicted the team's "Big Three" lately: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have combined for 51.5 points per game on 36 percent shooting over the last four games. On the other side, the Suns' Devin Booker is averaging 30.0 points over his last six games, helped by 55 percent 3-point shooting.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox "would likely hold Eduardo Rodriguez out" of WBC, according to manager John Farrell, as long as the team has questions about health of his knee. Also, catcher Sandy Leon has decided against playing for Venezuela, Farrell said.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Actor Owen Wilson will serve as the Daytona 500 grand marshal and will give the command for drivers to start their engines prior to the Feb. 26 race.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers had a ton of praise for rookie Falcons safety Keanu Neal. Rodgers said Neal is "one of the best tacklers in the league based on the way he's played this season" and said he plays the Kam Chancellor role in Atlanta's Seahawks-inspired defense. "I think Neal is a very, very talented player. I think he's had a fantastic season. He does a lot of things out there that make you think he's a veteran," Rodgers said.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Julian Edelman, wearing a yellow Kent State shirt that he says has been his primary practice shirt for 7-8 years, says if he sees fellow Kent State alum James Harrison over the middle the first thought is "get down."

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Maple Leafs have three of the top five rookie point scorers in the NHL: Auston Matthews (38) is first, Mitch Marner (36) is third, and William Nylander (29) is tied for fourth. The Leafs, who play host to the Rangers tonight, have the NHL's best power play since Dec. 22 at 43 percent (15 of 35). The second-best power play since then belongs to the Rangers: 30 percent (10 of 33).