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Life of Biggie: From obesity and homeless shelters to the big time

Nearly 400 pounds as an eighth-grader and eating anything he could get his hands on, Caleb Swanigan's life didn't seem headed for this: 20-20 monster at Purdue with an NBA future.

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1hMike Rodak

That stinks: LB Spikes sued by fish mover

A lawsuit filed more than two years ago by an aquatic services company against Bills LB Brandon Spikes resulted in his paychecks being garnished until last week.

Trouble just seems to find Grayson Allen (1:03)
How much of a challenge will Butler be for Jones? (1:18)
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4hMicah Adams

LeBron, Kawhi or KD the best SF this year?

Kawhi Leonard didn't receive a vote from NBA GMs who were asked to name the best small forward in the game before the season, but has he actually been outplaying LeBron James and Kevin Durant?

Stephen A. proposes a dare for players who didn't vote for rightful All-Stars (1:36)
Tell me a story, SVP: Melo and an extra small Captain America outfit (1:27)
3hChris Forsberg

Wiz to wear all black ahead of Celtics rematch

Wizards players plan to wear all black to Tuesday's game against the Celtics, after recent contests between the two teams have featured chippy play and plenty of trash talk.

Which team should Warriors fear most in the west? (2:14)
Tim Hasselbeck pays off bet by singing on SportsCenter (1:28)
Reigns has no doubt Rousey could make transition to WWE (1:40)
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Man City can build on Spurs draw

Marcotti's Musings: Man City let a 2-0 lead slip vs. Spurs, but the result actually offers plenty of encouragement. Plus: Can Real survive injuries?

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    Juan Carlos Osorio es más realista que Matías Almeyda

    El técnico del Tricolor consideró que hay un grupo de 15 jugadores mexicanos muy buenos, por lo que se sigue todavía un proceso para aspirar a ser protagonista de un Mundial como lo sugirió el timonel de la Chivas.


Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Charlotte Christian School Knights will retire Stephen Curry's No. 20 at halftime of their game today before Davidson renames its student section "Section 30" in Steph's honor tonight ...


Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

They seem rather excited at Charlotte Christian School that Stephen Curry is on his way back to campus ...


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Browns DC Gregg Williams coaching the South team defense as Alabama TE O.J. Howard hauls in a catch. The imposing Howard is probably the biggest name among players here this week and a possible first-round draft pick.

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The Spurs are 19-4 on the road this season. With a win at the Raptors in Toronto tonight, they would become the 8th team in NBA history to win at least 20 of their first 24 road games in one season, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis on potentially playing more center: "I am a 4. I've been playing 4 my whole NBA career. Moving to the 5, I'm comfortable with it. I feel like a lot of times I have an advantage over a 5 offensively. Sometimes, it's tough for me defensively against a big 5, but I think as I get stronger I'll be able to play the 5 more and have even more advantage playing from outside against a 5."

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Oklahoma is pulling out all of the stops to lure five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson to Norman. Not only did almost the entire OU coaching staff attend an in-home visit with Wilson last night decked out in different Sooner jerseys, two of the best defensive tackles in the school's history reached out to Wilson via social media Tuesday. First Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, himself a former five-star recruit, tweeted several different emojis at Wilson. That was followed up by a tweet from Tommie Harris, former NFL defensive tackle and another five-star recruit. "Welcome home Oklahoma ESPN300 5-star & UA All America Game DT Marvin Wilson," Harris wrote in his tweet. It's not uncommon for former players to engage with prospects on social media, but the timing of the tweets certainly indicates how bad the Sooners want Wilson.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Senior Bowl 7-on-7: O.J. Howard down the seam. That's going to be a matchup issue for safeties in man-coverage. Win with leverage and size. Plus, with Howard's speed, he can split the top of the defense in Cover 2.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban draws a crowd on the opening day of Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Alabama. Four of Saban's Crimson Tide players are here this week. Other college coaches spotted on the sidelines include Clemson's Dabo Swinney and LSU's Ed Orgeron.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Tiger Woods is -175 to make the cut this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, according to Westgate.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's something I learned today about Bob Huggins' contract at West Virginia: He gets $25,000 each time he beats Kansas, regardless of location. It's the only school in his contract with that designation. He's won 3 straight for $75,000. Going for a four-year total of $100,000 in four years tonight at 7 pm on ESPN.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis a day before facing Dirk Nowitzki for the second time: "I remember the last time I played him was at the Garden last season and he came out and made like five straight five shots in my face. With that guy, you have to be careful. He can shoot from anywhere at any time, and it's really hard to guard him. This time, I'll try to come out a little more ready to run through screens to get to him. But it will definitely be a challenge. Hopefully, I can have some fun."

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 505 times since 2004, including playoff games, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The next-highest total over that span is 382 (Philip Rivers). That's a big number to consider as Roethlisberger mulls retirement.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources say they'd be surprised if Ben Roethlisberger retires but respect his process on the matter.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Teams that are in need of PG assistance, Will Bynum is a name that frequently pops up. The is veteran playing for D-League's Windy City Bulls.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville opens with three Power 5 opponents (vs. Purdue, at North Carolina, Clemson) and you can bet offseason work will focus on all three. Last season, Louisville prepared for months to face FSU in Week 3. It paid off with a big win. With Clemson in Week 3 this year, you've got to believe much more will be spent in offseason preparation. Especially since Louisville has been inches away from victory each of the last three years.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA is watching five-star wing M.J. Walker today. Seems like Florida State and UCLA are making the biggest push for the uncommitted senior.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Want an ACC sleeper for 2017? Look at Georgia Tech, which won six of seven at the end of last season. It's schedule is favorable, too. It gets Tennessee in Atlanta, and games against the perceived top three in the Coastal -- Pitt, at Miami and VT -- all come in different months. It hosts Georgia, too.

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open with Dustin Johnson and Jason Day. They begin play at 1:40 p.m. (10:40 a.m. local time) on Torrey Pines' South course on Thursday. On Friday, they play at 12:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.) starting on the 10th tee of the North Course.


Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry says Eric Gordon was on his coach's ballot for the 2017 All-Star Game. Gordon played his last season with the Pelicans under Gentry before signing with the Houston Rockets last summer.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State challenged itself with its 2017 schedule, but could it be set up any better for a playoff run? All of their tough games are spread out with a opportunity to recharge between the rougher games. Alabama is the opener, then Miami on Sept. 16. The bye comes Week 6, then Louisville Oct. 21, at Clemson Nov. 11 and at Florida to close the regular season. Meanwhile either Clemson or Louisville could have two league losses by Sept. 30.

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Blake Griffin is expected to play his first game since Dec. 18 at Wizards. The Clippers are 19-7 (.731 win pct) with Griffin this season and 11-9 (.550) without him.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

If Clemson makes it back to the College Football Playoff in 2017, the Tigers will have to survive a tough September. With a new quarterback leading the way, Clemson plays Auburn on Sept. 9, then at Louisville on Sept. 16 and at Virginia Tech on Sept. 30. All three finished in the Top 25. Florida State comes later at home on Nov. 11. Coach Dabo Swinney called it a "challenging" schedule. No doubt about that.

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This will be Tom Brady's 7th start in a Super Bowl, giving him 2 more than the next closest quarterback (John Elway – 5). A win in Super Bowl LI would be Brady's 5th Super Bowl win. Only 1 player in NFL history has won 5 Super Bowls as a player: Charles Haley.

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If Serena Williams wins tonight, it would mark the first time a trio of U.S. women reached the semifinals at the same Grand Slam since the 2002 US Open (Venus & Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport).


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Patrick Marleau tied the NHL record with four goals in a period Monday for the Sharks. He joined Wayne Gretzky (Feb. 18, 1981, vs Blues) and Mario Lemieux (Jan. 26, 1997, vs Canadiens) as the only players with four goals in the third period of a game in the last 70 years.