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5-on-5: Pelicans a new West power? What now for Kings?

How did the Kings and Pelicans do in the blockbuster DeMarcus Cousins trade? How will Boogie fit with Anthony Davis? What does the future look like for both teams? Our NBA Insiders debate.

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Cards' Fowler unapologetic for travel ban take

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler does not regret comments he made last week that were critical of President Donald Trump's travel ban on certain Muslim-majority countries.

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Calipari certain both Cousins and Davis want to win (2:26)
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Bracketology: North Carolina makes the jump

North Carolina rose to a top line, but it closes its ACC schedule with three of four against ranked opponents. So, will the Tar Heels stay there?

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4dAdam Rittenberg

The biggest QB battles in college football

Quarterback competitions are a rite of spring, and some of the nation's top programs are searching for starters. Here's an early look at the best battles and who could be starting in the fall.

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Stephen A. says 'All-Star weekend stinks' (2:22)
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Honoring Barkley on his 54th birthday (1:24)
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Why Dale Jr.'s mind can't quit racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns at Daytona after letting his brain heal from multiple concussions -- and after undergoing a different sort of rehabilitation for his psyche.

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Elliott takes pole, Earnhardt Jr. second at Daytona qualifying (1:10)

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources say Mavs' approach to deadline isn't impacted by DeMarcus Cousins deal. The Mavs won't pull the plug on fighting for West's final playoff spot. That doesn't necessarily mean the Mavs won't make a trade, but there will not be a fire sale with Dallas veterans.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jon Niese will vie for a bullpen spot.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers remain encouraged about LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, who had another positive throwing session Sunday. "Ryu still has a smile on his face about how well he threw," manager Dave Roberts said. "That was exciting. He said he feels good today." Ryu has pitched in just one game the last two years because of shoulder and elbow procedures.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees catchers, Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine, working on pop-ups. Former Pirate All-Star Tony Pena at the controls.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler did not back away from his comments to ESPN.com last week that President Donald Trump's efforts to institute a travel ban on certain Muslim countries is "unfortunate." Fowler, whose wife was born in Iran, was overwhelmed by social-media reaction, both good and bad, but said he doesn't regret making the comments.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Russell Westbrook leads the NBA in points scored (1,771). That's the most points scored for any player at the All-Star break since Nate "Tiny" Archibald scored 1,810 points before the break in 1972-73.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' first live batting practice pitcher of the spring is ... Clayton Kershaw, of course. Kershaw also cracks the first bat of the spring on the second pitch here.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

The Warriors are the only NBA team to be in first place at the All-Star Break in each of the last 3 seasons (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17) @EliasSports

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs OF Matt Szczur with the first huge crack of the bat this spring as he just took Jon Lester deep during batting practice.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Marcus Stroman on the Blue Jays: "I think we've got the best rotation in baseball."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs strength coach Tim Buss running warm up drills dressed up for the occasion. He's the guy Joe Maddon relies on to keep things loose in camp.

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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Another team to keep an eye on in pursuit of Denver forward Wilson Chandler: Houston, league sources tell ESPN.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The return that the Kings got for DeMarcus Cousins (2017 first-round pick, 2017 second-round pick, Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway) should give the Knicks an indication of what they could expect back in a Carmelo Anthony trade. Every situation is different, but Anthony would bring back less in a potential trade than Boogie did, you'd think. Further complicating matters for the Knicks is the fact that Anthony has a no-trade clause.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Why are the Dodgers not like the NBA All-Star Game? Duh. They play better defense. The Dodgers don't have the best range, but they field and throw well. "It's something we take pride in," 3B Justin Turner said. "Not just here but in a lot of sports, defense gets overlooked. It's not the high profile part of the game but it is something that wins championships."

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Buster Olney ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals just finished practicing pop flies in bright Florida sunshine, and Trea Turner, as usual, was without sunglasses. He has never liked using them, he says, because of how he feels they affect depth perception. He doesn't use his glove, either, to shield his eyes from the sun as he tracks pop flies; rather, he angles his head and uses the bill of his cap.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenley Jansen revealed more about his offseason wedding that led to his return to the Dodgers. Jansen said that he had just finished the first dance at his reception when he was notified the Dodgers were adding a fifth year to his contract offer. Jansen said he returned to the dance floor and decided in the morning that he would chose the Dodgers over the Nationals.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale throws first live BP session. The new Red Sox ace faced Dan Butler, Chris Young, Junior Lake. Very little contact. Fellow starters David Price, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz watched from behind cage.

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Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

A day after inclement weather forced the Indians indoors, the grounds crew prepares the field in advance of the first full workout outdoors.

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Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

The sun rises at the Cleveland Indians Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. The next door neighbors: the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport "boneyard," where planes no longer in use are stored.

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Patrick Abrahams ESPN Producer 

The G.O.A.T on a Boat! Roger Federer playing with Tomáš Berdych in Prague

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Couple of NBA guys I spoke to, however, were surprised at how little Sacramento wound up getting for DeMarcus Cousins. Issue was GM's ultimately scared to make huge financial commitment with him. That obviously included the Kings.

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

One NBA GM to ESPN on the Boogie Cousins trade: "It was bad deal. Now New Orleans will pay him close to 200 million. Sacramento just did not want to pay him. Only Vivek wanted him. New Orleans was desperate -- and Sacramento is free!"

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Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Pelicans new center DeMarcus Cousins on private Kings plane back to Sacramento with his assistant and family, source said. Only Kings employee is PR guru Chris Clark.? Cousins is expected to return back to New Orleans on Tuesday.

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Just spoke to Anthony Davis. HUGE smile when talking about the trade that is expected to bring DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans. "This is an unbelievable weekend. All-Star MVP and now getting Boogie. It doesn't get better than this." AD said he hasn't heard anything official from management or talked to Cousins yet.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The All-Star Game closing message is "Thank You New Orleans", but fans here might be saying "Thank You Sacramento" after Sunday's late breaking trade news.

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