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2hDavid Schoenfield

Does winter meetings splash make Red Sox better than Cubs?

With the Red Sox making their World Series-or-bust intentions clear for 2017, here's a way-too-early look at how they match up with the champs.

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Steve Smith rocks a Yoda onesie (0:20)
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Stephen A. reveals the origin of his disdain for the Cowboys (2:25)
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Orioles GM says fans don't like Bautista (2:14)
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LeBron believes Westbrook is capable of averaging a triple-double (1:00)
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Top 10 plays of Larry Bird's stellar career (3:02)
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1hDan Rafael

Unbeaten Charlo, Williams finally meet

Now that the fight between junior middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo and No. 1 contender Julian Williams is here, the question is, can they make it count? Both are ready, or so they say.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Brandon Marshall said the locker room remains united despite the losing. He said the locker room was "100 times worse" with the 2014 Bears. He said Chicago was a divided locker room.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Scott Boras, doing his annual State of the Boras, said that he and the Nationals haven't had any contract extension talks regarding Bryce Harper.

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Real Madrid In Front of Dortmund

Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid lead Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on a Karim Benzema goal. Madrid needs a win to finish top of Group F in the Champions League. Gamecast

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

No one can clog a stairway with media quite like Scott Boras

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Spurs Have Lead at Halftime

Dele Alli equalized in the 38th minute against CSKA Moscow, and Harry Kane put Tottenham up 2-1 with a goal in first-half stoppage time. With a win or draw, Spurs will qualify for the Europa League. Gamecast

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens WR Steve Smith explains why he is wearing a Yoda onesie

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J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin Durant says three people made it tough to say no the Clippers in free agency last summer

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have made the Matt Holliday signing official. He'll DH, while also backing up in the outfield and first base.

MLB 

ESPN Stats and Information  

Over the last three seasons, Wade Davis owns the lowest ERA and opponent OPS among pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched during that span.

MLB 

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

"I would be surprised if [Christian McCaffrey] isn't taken in the first round," Stanford coach David Shaw

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David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey put up "the best singular year in college football history -- without debate" in 2015, David Shaw said.

NCAAF 

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Odell Beckham said he should've never brought up officials after the game. "Stevie Wonder could've seen it" but nothing comes out of it. Calls don't change.

NFL 

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan, sounding hoarse on conference call with Pittsburgh media, said he's "got a little Pittsburgh flu right now" after watching Steelers game video.

NFL 

ESPN Stats and Information  

Wade Davis (traded from the Royals to the Cubs) owns the lowest ERA in MLB history as a reliever (1.51) among all pitchers with at least 250 career innings in relief. He is the only pitcher in MLB history to have multiple seasons with at least 50 IP and an ERA of 1.00 or lower (2014 and 2015).

MLB 

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben McAdoo says "it's too early to tell" about putting JPP on injured reserve. They'll review it in coming days. Surgery just happened.

NFL 

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have a new closer in Wade Davis as they traded Jorge Soler to the Royals on Wednesday. The move means Hector Rondon will continue to set up along with Carl Edwards Jr. who emerged late last season. Soler is better suited in the AL where he can DH giving him a better chance to stay healthy while limiting his time on defense. Davis played for Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay.

MLB 

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrod Taylor: "I don't have Instagram on my phone, Twitter. I don't watch TV. I don't see or hear [the criticism]." Taylor says, "we're still in it" in the playoff race.

NFL 

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Chip Kelly back to work with team after spending yesterday at funeral for his father in Maine. Kelly was touched by how many people attended the funeral, said his father clearly had a huge impact in his "vibrant and long" life. Kelly said his father, who spent his career as a trial lawyer wearing a suit asked to be buried in 49ers gear. "My dad was loyal," Kelly said.

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Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

RB Adrian Peterson (knee) opened a can of worms today by telling reporters that he'll return this season only if the Vikings are in playoff contention. It's an understandable hedge, with one flaw of logic. If doctors clear him to play, even if at less than 100 percent, isn't he obligated to work per the terms of his contract?

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey have declared for the NFL draft, and the expectation is Florida State's Dalvin Cook will eventually as well to make for a strong 2017 RB class. He's rushed for more than 1,600 yards in each of the last two seasons, but so far he's declined comment about his future.

NCAAF 

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins veteran DE Jason Jones (No. 98) is back from his two-game suspension. He was cited for a DWI incident in the offseason.

NFL 

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams is practicing for the first time since he was suspended four games for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

NFL 

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins players and coaches get back to work today in preparation for the Arizona Cardinals. Can Miami recover from last week's 32-point drubbing by the Ravens?

NFL 

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Moving forward, Bryce Love is expected to replace Christian McCaffrey as Stanford's featured back. Love showed he was already ready for that role in 2016.

NCAAF 

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey will finish his Communication degree at Stanford. "I don't know when, but I will finish," he said. "As soon as my career takes shape, I'll figure out a plan. Stanford does a great job of encouraging former players to return and graduate."

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