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Can a Big Ten team contend for the title?

It has been a long time since the Big Ten won the national championship. The league will fill the NCAA tournament with teams this season, but are any of them really in the national title picture?

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2hJohn Gasaway

Why Indiana is no lock for the tournament

Indiana has been a team of extremes, with big wins (North Carolina and Kansas) and upsets (remember Fort Wayne?). The result could be a spot in the Final Four ... or IU could be left out.

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1hMicah 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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Stephen A.: Melo on the Knicks is a waste of time (1:34)
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Tomlin calls Brown's Facebook Live post 'foolish, selfish and inconsiderate' (0:45)
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Marshawn Lynch does wheelies, dodges bus on bike (0:20)
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Tar Heels have priceless reactions to custom Jordans (1:00)
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Ryan's weapons make Falcons' offense lethal (0:57)
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Green gets flagrant foul 1 and mocks LeBron in win (1:18)
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HOF ballot breakdown: My hardest decision

Are Curt Schilling's politics a factor? What's the true value of a closer? ESPN voters weigh in on their toughest choices.

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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.

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New L.A. Chargers coach momentarily forgets team moved (0:15)
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Stugotz blasts Garrett for being noncommittal on Prescott (1:08)
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    17hSalvador Rodríguez | ESPN Digital

    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.

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Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas AD Mike Perrin released a statement today defending coach Tom Herman's hiring of former Baylor staffer Casey Horny. Perrin said he "spoke at length" with Horny and looked into his background before Herman hired him as a special teams quality control coach. Horny had defended Art Briles in past posts on his Twitter account, which he deleted after taking the Texas job. Perrin said that social media commentary "will not be tolerated at Texas."

NCAAF 

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Taj Gibson has ankle soreness and will not play tonight. Paul Zipser likely starts in his place.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A view from the standing room only area at StubHub Center overlooking the football field.

NFL 

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Carson, Calif., the home of the the LA Galaxy, LA Chargers and the Goodyear Blimp.

NFL 

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeremy Lin (hamstring) remains out for tonight against Toronto in Brooklyn.

NBA 

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

The NFL confirmed its championship game officials today. Terry McAulay will be the referee for the AFC Championship Game between the Steelers and Patriots. Bill Vinovich will handle the NFC Championship Game between the Packers and Falcons.

NFL 

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois linebacker Hardy Nickerson, Jr. (No. 43), son of Buccaneer great and former Bucs linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson, has met with about 15 NFL teams here at East-West Shrine Game practices, including the Bucs. Can play any linebacker position in a 4-3 and inside LB in a 3-4.

NFL 

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Need nine bathrooms? Rex Ryan's house in Orchard Park, N.Y. went on the market today for $1.1M. It has five full and four half bathrooms and stretches over 6,500 square feet. Another house with nine bathrooms -- Mario Williams' former 13,000-square foot estate in Orchard Park -- remains on the market after 242 days. It is still listed at $3 million, which at the time of listing made it the most expensive house on the market in the Buffalo area.

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Ben Roethlisberger is 13-6 in 19 career playoff starts. He will become the sixth quarterback all-time to make 20 career postseason starts, joining Tom Brady (32 entering Sunday), Peyton Manning (27), Brett Favre (24), Joe Montana (23) and John Elway (21), per Elias Sports Bureau.

NFL 

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A view of the football field from the StubHub Center press box.

NFL 

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

StubHub Center has a "backyard" area for those Los Angeles Chargers games that you need a break from.

NFL 

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A view of the future Los Angeles Chargers field from the American Express Stadium Club at StubHub Center.

NFL 

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Sometimes reality is better than the photo op, as Kevin Frazier and the Warriors just proved.

NBA 

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Steve Kerr "interviewing" Kevin Durant, "How's the coaching been?" KD says, "Alright." Kerr, "We'll try to get you the ball more." KD "Please do"

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Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin Durant on re-signing with the Warriors this summer, "It'll be fun playing there" (referring to the arena that's opening in 2019)

NBA 

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr, joking about the stadium's 3 year building plan. "The chances of me standing here on the sideline for the Warriors are slim to hopeful."

NBA 

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee will replace Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly in the Pro Bowl. Not a surprise since Kuechly missed the final six games after receiving a concussion, including the final three after being cleared from the concussion protocol.

NFL 

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has been known to get creative on in-home visits with recruits. He has had sleep overs, climbed trees and now you can add riding go-karts to the list. Harbaugh, defensive coordinator Don Brown and linebackers coach Chris Partridge all traveled down to Leesburg, Georgia to conduct an in-home visit with ESPN 300 defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon. The coaches and prospect drove go-karts, went bowling and made arts and crafts for Solomon's younger sister on the visit.

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NCAAF 

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State has set its spring game for April 15. Spring games are kind of a big deal in Columbus. The Buckeyes drew 100,189 fans to last year's exhibition in the Horseshoe, breaking their own record of 99,391 the year before.

NCAAF 

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

This would be considered the worst seat at the 30,000-seat StubHub Center, home of the Los Angeles Chargers for two seasons.

NFL 

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Cabanas and football, that's what L.A. does.

NFL 

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Lacob's getting loose at this ground breaking: "Thank you Kevin (Durant) for agreeing to re-sign with us this summer. I have no idea how he's going to respond to that."

NBA 

ESPN Stats and Information  

Islanders coach Jack Capuano became the second NHL coach fired during the 2016-17 season. The first was Gerard Gallant, sacked by the Panthers in November. If no more coaches are fired this regular season, this would tie for the fewest in-season firings in the last five seasons, matching the two from 2012-13 (the Sabres' Lindy Ruff and the Lightning's Guy Boucher). Four in-season firings in 2013-14 and in 2014-15 are the most in the last five seasons. Three teams changed coaches in-season in 2015-16: the Blue Jackets (who are currently second in the Eastern Conference in points), the Wild (first in the Western Conference in points) and the Penguins (last season's Stanley Cup champions).

NHL 

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Jose Bautista agrees to one year deal worth $18 million with club options for 2018 and 2019 that if fully vested could bring the deal to as much as 3-years $60 million according to sources. Blue Jays can now turn focus to a left-handed reliever and back-up catcher.

MLB 

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A look at some of the cabanas that will be available during Los Angeles Chargers games at StubHub Center.

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