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1hBill Barnwell

Contender kryptonite: Big weaknesses on the top 15 teams

The pass rush in Dallas and New England. The run defense in Oakland and Washington. A new injury in Seattle. The NFL's likely playoff field is full of holes.

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Cruz thinks OBJ gets bad rap from media (2:05)
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47mIan Begley

NYPD to speak with Barnes over alleged assault

The New York City Police Department is looking to speak with Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes regarding an assault at a New York nightclub Monday morning, according to a police spokesperson.

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Earl Thomas out for the season following scary collision (0:46)
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Stephen A. supports Rivera's decision to bench Newton (1:50)
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1hJoe 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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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Titans are not allowed to wear their personalized cleats for a cause Sunday, despite having a bye on the NFL's chosen Sunday. Doesn't seem fair. WATCH Jason McCourty's thoughts. He'll take a fine and wear his.

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears rookie Leonard Floyd flashed again on Sunday, recording a pair of sacks to push his season total to seven -- the third-highest number of sacks for a rookie in Bears' franchise history. "What was impressive about Leonard was being able to put maybe a couple of not some of his better plays behind him yesterday," coach John Fox said. "I thought he responded really well in the second half."

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz on not blocking Vontaze Burfict on Carson Wentz scramble in first quarter: "I could see that Carson was easily going to make it out of bounds, and thought the play was over by the time I reached Burfict. Carson & I have discussed it and there are no issues. Our full attention is now on beating Washington."

NFL 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Curtis Granderson and Carlos Villanueva were elected by the MLB Players' Association Executive Board to serve two-year terms as Association Player Representatives. That's the highest elected position among the union membership, according to the MLBPA. Matt Harvey and Andrew Miller were elected as Alternate Association Player Representatives.

MLB 

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources tell ESPN that Mavs have no immediate intention to shop C Andrew Bogut, as their focus for now is trying to salvage their season. However, Mavs management recognizes that Bogut has significant value in the trade market as a proven championship-caliber complementary piece in a contract year and could become motivated to move him if and when it becomes clear that the Mavs have no hope of making the playoffs this season. Several league sources said the Mavs should be able to get a first-round pick from a contender for Bogut.

NBA 

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tackle Trent Williams will return from his four-game suspension this week and will return to his starting job on the left side. Ty Nsekhe replaced him for the four games and did well, though he had some issues Sunday – perhaps because he's been dealing with a sprained ankle and struggled to anchor and use his strength. "He's our starting tackle and he's the best in the business," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.

NFL 

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman told ESPN's Marly Rivera he wants a six-year contract. I would be shocked if the Yankees gave him that. I'm not even sure they would go five years, but we'll see.

MLB 

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rich Hill credited Red Sox pitching guru Brian Bannister and ex-Sox scouting director Jared Porter for helping to turn around career in 2015. Bannister taught Hill to pitch off his curveball and introduced him to spin rate. Porter encouraged him to move on the rubber. Two years later, Hill signs 3-yr, $48M deal with Dodgers.

MLB 

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans missed shoe cause day, so they get to wear them Sunday. Jason McCourty will wear these.

NFL 

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.

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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.

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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."

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