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1hIvan 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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26mIan 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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Stephen A. supports Rivera's decision to bench Newton (1:50)
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Westbrook channels his inner MJ with five straight triple-doubles (0:56)
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LeBron says Cavs' turnaround won't happen in one day (0:37)
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1hJackie MacMullan

Marcus Smart's promise to the kids

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

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Earl Thomas out for the season following scary collision (0:46)
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12mJoe 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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

MLB 

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.