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3hMicah Adams

Deepest class of stars since MJ, Magic and Bird?

How do this season's best players compare to past NBA classes? Has 2016-17 featured the deepest crop of dominant superstars since Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were playing?

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Beamer among additions to CFP committee

Ex-Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, Robert Morris president Chris Howard and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith have been appointed to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Stephen A.: Melo on the Knicks is a waste of time (1:34)
Tomlin calls Brown's Facebook Live post 'foolish, selfish and inconsiderate' (0:45)
Green gets flagrant foul 1 and mocks LeBron in win (1:18)
Tar Heels have priceless reactions to custom Jordans (1:00)
Ryan's weapons make Falcons' offense lethal (0:57)
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The best rookie in every NFL division

Ezekiel Elliott or Dak Prescott in the NFC East? NFL Nation reporters voted on the best rookie in all eight divisions, and it was easier in some divisions than others.


Tracking every NFL head-coaching search

The 49ers' job is the only head-coach position that remains open. Who is San Fran pursuing and how are the newly hired coaches filling out their staffs? Here's all of the latest info.

Stugotz blasts Garrett for being noncommittal on Prescott (1:08)
Red Wings come out on top with Vanek's goal (0:41)
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    El decálogo de éxito de Muhammad Ali

    Es difícil decidir con qué era más rápido, preciso y contundente, si con las manos y piernas en el ring o con la lengua para decir frases cargadas de mordacidad y verdad. Así era Muhammad Ali y lo recordamos hoy que habría cumplido 75 años.


Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers will hold press conference on the concourse here at StubHub.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

At the StubHub Center for introduction of Anthony Lynn as new head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

In bit of coincidence, the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee is meeting today to discuss recruiting reform in same room where head coaches voted last week to only support a December early signing period.


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin said great players have bounced around from team to team because of distractions and "I definitely don't want that to be (Antonio Brown's) story. "I'm sure he doesn't want that to be his story. So he has to address these things that put him and us in positions from time to time in settings such as this that need to be addressed."

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Draymond Green on naming his son Draymond Jr, "I had to do it. They said, 'oh, you'll put pressure on him.' But if you can't live up to pressure, what can you do?" If that doesn't speak to the mindset about everything ...


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Austin Proehl, a rising senior wide receiver for the University of North Carolina, on what it means that his dad, Carolina Panthers wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl, has stepped away from coaching to spend more time with him and his brother Blake, committed to play wide receiver at East Carolina: "To step away from his guys, something he loves doing to be with us, it just shows what kind of man he is. For me, I couldn't be more proud to call him my dad.''

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll on not listing Richard Sherman's knee injury on the injury report during the season: "I'm feeling like I screwed that up."


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

?Alex Rodriguez is hosting a pilot show for CNBC called "Back In The Game," where he helps ex-athletes with their money. ?


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This will be the first Conference Championship weekend since 1998 in which all four starting quarterbacks are at least 30 years old: Tom Brady (39), Ben Roethlisberger (34), Aaron Rodgers (33) and Matt Ryan (31), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin calls his postgame locker room comments Sunday 'regrettable,' takes opportunity as role model/parent seriously. As for Antonio Brown filming Tomlin's message on Facebook Live: "It was foolish of him to do that. It was selfish of him to do that. It was inconsiderate of him to do that." Tomlin will punish Brown in-house and hopes he grows from this.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Tons of Bucs out at East-West Shrine Game East practice this morning in St. Petersburg -- Dirk Koetter, Jason Licht, Mark Duffner, George Warhop, Paul Spicer, Jon Embree, Carlos Polk and Shelton Quarles.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets have no plans on resting team leading scorer and NBA assist leader, James Harden, despite playing four games in five nights this week. Harden, who leads the league in total minutes played at 1,571, has played in every game the last two seasons. "I'm (not) excited about my rest," Harden told reporters in Miami on Tuesday. "For myself, it's about the leadership that I show to my teammates and to this entire organization and to my fans. I'm blessed. I'm 27-years old and I'm able to play basketball at a high level. I might not be here for long. I take advantage of the opportunities when I'm here and just have fun doing something that I love."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler says he didn't do much on Monday but he is feeling good after missing a couple games last week because of illness. He did have his last two fingers taped on his left hand after injuring his hand in Sunday's game.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler jokes that he is going to give Dwyane Wade 35 punches for his 35th birthday. And an extra one for good measure.

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This postseason marks the third time in the last 40 seasons that all four teams in the conference championships rank in the top 10 in both scoring offense and total offense (1998, 1992).

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger to 93.7 The Fan on Antonio Brown's Facebook feed: "It's an unfortunate situation that we've got to deal with right now,. That's a sacred place where things are said and hugs and tears, and it's kind of a special place. So a little disappointed with AB for that…Coach talks and then I talk, and you just don't want everyone to know what's going on in there with the family. And also, I wish AB would have been listening to Coach and myself instead of being on the other side of the locker room filming."

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James Harrison led the Steelers with 5 sacks this season. The 2008 Cardinals are the only team since sacks became official (1982) to reach the Super Bowl in a 16-game season without having a player with more than 5 sacks.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester clarified any confusion as to why he didn't attend the White House ceremony to celebrate the Cubs championship on Monday tweeting he had a death in the family and the funeral was on Monday. Several players missed the ceremony including Jake Arrieta who also was dealing with family issues. The Cubs also have stated no player missed the ceremony for political reasons. Lester attended after the Red Sox won the WS in 2013.

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Forty-six years ago today, the Colts won Super Bowl V. Jim O'Brien kicked the game-winning field goal and Chuck Howley was the MVP with two interceptions.


Brett Okamoto ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Strikeforce middleweight title challenger and UFC veteran Tim Kennedy has announced his retirement at age 37. Kennedy last fought Kevin Gastelum at UFC 206 on Dec. 10, and lost via third-round TKO. He finishes with an overall record of 18-6. Kennedy began fighting in 2001. He was recently part of the launch of the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association, which advocates for better work environments for UFC athletes.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Western Michigan is hiring former Indiana offensive coordinator Kevin Johns as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Johns spent the past six seasons in a coordinator role at Indiana and also worked with the Hoosiers' wide receivers and quarterbacks. FootballScoop.com first reported Johns' hiring at Western Michigan. Really good move for new Broncos coach Tim Lester.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn't ready to get into what will happen with Tony Romo when speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "We've got a lot to think about here, but that's in the future," Jones said, adding that he believes Romo will play in a Super Bowl if he can remain healthy.

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Muhammad Ali was born 75 years ago today.


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Under Armour unveils the Spieth One. Will release in the US for $200 on March 1.


William Weinbaum ESPN 

Wed.'s HoF election will likely expand list of expansion teams' players in Hall. Expos (Raines & Guerrero), M's (Martinez), Astros (Bagwell) & Padres (Hoffman) candidates could join their teams' Carter & Dawson, Griffey Jr. & Johnson, Biggio and Gwynn. Pudge Rodriguez would be first electee whose primary team was expansion Tex/Was.