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49mIvan 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.

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6mIan Begley

NYPD to speak with Barnes over alleged assault

The New York City Police Department is looking to speak with Kings forward Matt Barnes regarding an alleged assault that occurred at Avenue nightclub in Manhattan on Monday.

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Earl Thomas out for the season following scary collision (0:46)
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Biggest NFL injuries of Week 13

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was carted to the locker room with a left leg injury. Here are some other big names who got nicked up this week.

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Westbrook channels his inner MJ with five straight triple-doubles (0:56)
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29mJackie MacMullan

Marcus Smart's promise to the kids

The Celtics' third-year guard, who lost a brother and young friend to the disease, is devoted to understanding the challenges of pediatric cancer.

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Cam's fashion statement goes awry (1:17)
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3mJoe 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?

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Byron's shootout goal wins it for Canadiens (0:26)

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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."

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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."

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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."

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.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

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

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.

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.

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:

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Bud Selig & John Schuerholz try on their new Hall of Fame jerseys for the first time since their election yesterday

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Any chance slugger Carlos Gonzalez gets traded this week at the winter meetings? Says new Rockies manager Bud Black: "He's here. He's a Rockie. He's gonna help us win in 2017." So he'll be in the Opening Day lineup? "Yes."

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Ned Yost brought his World Series ring to meet the media as the winter meetings kick off

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings announced Mike Zimmer is back at work and is expected to travel with the team to Jacksonville this weekend. Zimmer had another operation on his right eye on Friday morning, after he missed the Vikings Thursday game against the Dallas Cowboys with a detached retina.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The team to watch on Edwin Encarnacion is the Texas Rangers as team president Jon Daniels is always opportunistic during market changes like he was last July when the Indians deal with Jonathan Lucroy fell apart and he swooped in to land him. The Indians are also a sleeper team to watch if the market were to fall further. Encarnacion smart play might be to do what Cespedes did last year, do a 3-year deal with a opt out after year 1 and go back on the market next off -season

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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Victor Cruz played 26 snaps. Roger Lewis played 29. Cruz wasn't even targeted. Was clearly frustrated after the loss.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

New Orleans' Anthony Davis is leading the league in scoring (31.8 PPG), blocks (2.75 BPG) and PER (31.87 ... ahead of Kevin Durant's 30.49).

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Scott T. Miller ESPN.com 

Yes, the Texans are (still) leading the AFC South, despite a minus-50 point differential. The other seven division leaders have an average point differential of plus-65.9. The last division winner to be outscored by that much: 2011 Denver Broncos (minus-81).

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants allowed their first 100-yard rusher of the season Sunday. Le'Veon Bell ran for 118 yards on 29 carries. Hefty workload.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

I asked Richard Sherman what Earl Thomas said when he was laying on the field with a fractured lower leg. "He said, ‘That was a hell of a break by me,' " Sherman said. "And it was. It was a perfect break. He said, ‘I read that.' That's Earl being Earl. He wasn't talking about the injury at all. He said he read that play. He was waiting on that. And he made a play."

Cam: I have to abide by coach's rules
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Cam Newton says he was benched for the Panthers' first series for not wearing a tie and he understands why Ron Rivera made the decision he made.

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Graham Hays espnW.com 

"If in universities we don't talk about it, where else do you talk about it? It's the time to express yourselves. It's the time to have open and honest discussions. It's the time to continue to grow and learn. I've got an extremely bright group of women that are going to do some amazing things on and off the field. I think we are a good representation of what the U.S. looks like." - USC soccer coach Keidane McAlpine on players embracing conversations about social issues throughout season.

Lockett turns on the jets for 75-yard TD
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Seattle's Tyler Lockett gets the handoff and runs past the Panthers' defense for a 75-yard touchdown.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Seahawks clinch their 5th straight winning season. Their only other streak of at least 5 straight is 2003 to 2007.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Carolina players basically not addressing Cam Newton being benched for violating the team travel dress code.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Seahawks are 18-3-1 in prime time games since Pete Carroll took over as head coach. That's the best record in the NFL in that span.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the loss was about a lack of discipline. Said the team didn't practice that way all week.