Favoritessettings

play1:57
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
2hIvan Maisel

Bama courts history amid unusual playoff landscape

The Big Ten race made for a very different CFP debate, but the focus belongs on the Tide and their chance to be compared to the sport's greatest teams.

play
Cruz thinks OBJ gets bad rap from media (2:05)
play
Westbrook channels his inner MJ with five straight triple-doubles (0:56)
play
LeBron says Cavs' turnaround won't happen in one day (0:37)
play
Earl Thomas out for the season following scary collision (0:46)
play
Stephen A. supports Rivera's decision to bench Newton (1:50)
ESPN Illustration
25mJoe McDonald

Power Rankings: Canadiens climb back to No. 1

The Canadiens are clicking, Rick Nash is doing the dirty work for the second-ranked Rangers and the Blackhawks slip to No. 3. Can Scott Darling hold Chicago's fort until Corey Crawford returns?

Now

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Rich Hill puts the Dodgers uniform back on after he re-signs with L.A. After, an emotional Hill has to pause several times as he addresses the media and answers questions.

play0:30

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

Filed to desk: LSU's Leonard Fournette will enter the 2017 NFL draft, but plans to play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31. Fournette is the nation's No. 1 overall prospect according to ESPN's Todd McShay and No. 2 according to Mel Kiper Jr.

NCAAF 

Brett Okamoto ESPN Staff Writer 

UFC flyweight Demetrious Johnson's disclosed purse for his successful title defense on Saturday is $350k, which is a significant increase from the disclosed $195k he received for his previous defense at UFC 197 in April.

MMA 

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said players are still working hard, still engaged, still competing and expects that to continue. Says he expects that will continue this week against Minnesota and beyond. "As far as their character, that's unwavering."

NFL 

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman to me on whether the Cubs have reached out: "The Cubs have never expressed any interest in resigning me, as far as I know."

MLB 

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

I just spoke to Aroldis Chapman about his contract negotiations; told me he has not evaluated any offers yet and will do so this week. Chapman: "The only thing I have expressed is that I would like a six-year contract. I know that doesn't mean that I will get it, but that's what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million and that's not true at all. I believe he who deserves something, does not need to demand it."

MLB 

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the benching of Cam Newton for the first series on Sunday for a dress code violation was a learning experience and reminded that a lot of what he teaches has nothing to do with football. He is moving on from this.

play0:42
NFL 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

One agent who has a fairly prominent reliever on the market says the Mets are "bottom feeding" with respect to bullpen help -- meaning looking for low-cost arms on one-year deals. That's fairly consistent with what Sandy Alderson said on Sunday night.

MLB 

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Cam Newton was "very focused" for Sunday's game despite being benched for the first series.

NFL 

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike McCarthy said OLB Nick Perry is "still going through some evaluations" on his left hand. Perry tried to play with a cast on in the second half Sunday against the Texans but didn't last long.

NFL 

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

According to a fresh statement from Matt Barnes' attorney Alex Spiro, Sacramento's Barnes "is cooperating" with the NYPD's investigation."

NBA 

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers use the first official day of the winter meetings to announce their deal with free-agent pitcher Rich Hill is official. It is a three-year deal, with no financial terms announced.

MLB 

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers guard Jose Calderon (right hamstring strain) is expected to be sidelined for 2-4 weeks, the Lakers say. He suffered the injury in Saturday's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

NBA 

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have made it clear that they are interested in Aroldis Chapman, but at what level will they be willing to dive in. With Mark Melancon off the board to the Giants, the Yankees have less options if they don't sign Chapman. Even with that said, it still seems unlikely the Yankees would extend to five years at big money for Chapman. At four years, they could be in the ballpark, but it is not a certainty they would win a bidding war.

MLB 

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said this isn't the first time the dress code has been violated on a trip and he's handled it the same. Said that it was Cam Newton he knew there would be a "feeding frenzy."

NFL 

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Raptors are second in the East at 14-6 and riding a six-game winning streak. Do they finally have the Cavs attention? "Nah, they've had our attention," said LeBron James. "They've had our attention for the last couple years. I think they've had the NBA's attention. You don't need them playing well, us not playing well, or us playing well, them not playing well to get their attention. I think it's there."

NBA 

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

From ESPN Stats and Info: this is the first time since 1994 that Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA are all ranked in the AP top 10.

NCAAM 

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Bud Selig is now likely to go into the Hall of Fame before baseball's all-time home run king, Barry Bonds. Asked if Bonds belongs in the Hall of Fame, Selig said: "That's up to (the writers). Listen, I have never commented on him or anybody else."

MLB 

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Asked Monday about his role in the PED era, Bud Selig replied: "I've talked a lot about the steroid situation. . . . As commissioner, my role was to solve that problem. And we did. In fact, we solved it better than I think any of us had any right to believe – to think that we would come out of it with the toughest testing program in American sports, and maybe in America."

MLB 

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs have lost three games in a row coming into Monday's game against Toronto, while the Raptors have won six straight. Does that make Cleveland the underdog at all? "Never the underdog, no," said Tyronn Lue at Cavs shootaround. "We lost a couple games, so what? We don't feel like the underdog though."

NBA 

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

If the playoffs started today, the Seahawks (8-3-1) would have a first-round bye. Their most likely opponent for a home game in the divisional round (in order) would be: the Lions, Falcons or Giants. The path to the Super Bowl would include one potential road game: the NFC championship in Dallas against the Cowboys.

NFL 

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls announce Rajon Rondo has been suspended for tonight's game versus Portland for conduct detrimental to the team.

NBA 

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Marlins are telling agents they're "considering all options" in their closer hunt, but Kenley Jansen still appears to be their top choice, because of his ties to Don Mattingly.

MLB 

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Not hearing anything has changed since the day the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman, there's no momentum towards a long term deal for him.

MLB 

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Julius Peppers now has sacks in three straight games to reach 6.5 for the season and 142.5 for his career, which moved him past Michael Strahan into fifth on the all-time list. Peppers played an extensive role in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Texans. Here's the full defensive snap-count list:

NFL