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2018 World Fame 100: Who reaches the pinnacle across sports?

To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports. Then we ranked them based on a formula that consists of three fame factors.

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From OKC to the Bay: How KD is building a Silicon Valley empire

Kevin Durant takes us inside his growing business empire, his Nike negotiations and whether he ultimately might end up in an owner's box.

Notable risers in World Fame 100

Odell Beckham Jr. and Caroline Wozniacki head the list of fast risers in this year's version of the World Fame 100.

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ESPN World Fame 100: Know your famous athletes

We asked fans from around the globe if they could identify athletes in the ESPN World Fame top 100.

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Top Headlines

How Mike D'Antoni embraced the iso, and why he won't stop now

The coach who helped revolutionize "pace-and-space" has adapted to suit his superstar guards. Even after three uneven games, don't expect many changes.

Shooting Rockets at the throne: on the eve of Houston's most important game of the season

Does Houston want to have a problem - or do they want to be the problem?

How much would Warriors miss Iggy?

If Andre Iguodala is out for Game 4, it doesn't change Mike Greenberg's prediction but Jalen Rose thinks the series is still going six games.

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Harden: Rockets' confidence 'never changes'

James Harden says the Rockets go into every game with the same swagger and nothing will change going into Game 4.

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Stephen A.: Rockets' season on the line come Game 4

Stephen A. Smith says it was evident Steph Curry found his confidence, and if it continues into Game 4, Houston's season could be over.

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Durant swears by Curry's cursing

Kevin Durant is a big fan of Steph Curry's expletive-laden reaction to a layup and explains why the f-word means so much when playing basketball.

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D'Antoni says Warriors have all the pressure

Mike D'Antoni acknowledges his team didn't come out with its A-game in Game 3, but still believes Golden State is under pressure going into Game 4.

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Max: Pressure's on Harden in Game 4

Max Kellerman explains why James Harden has the most pressure to perform well against Golden State in Game 4.

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How It's Going Down: Chef Curry heating up

With the help of Second Spectrum, we examine how Steph Curry turned up his game in the second half of Game 3.

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Jefferson calls Iguodala injury 'big'

Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter weigh in on Andre Iguodala being doubtful for Game 4 against Houston.

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Pressure flips to Celtics after Cavs win Game 4

LeBron James' sixth 40-point game of the postseason helped Cleveland hold off Boston's second-half push to tie the Eastern Conference finals.

LeBron passes Kareem to set playoff FG record

With his sixth field goal Monday night, LeBron James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) to become the NBA's all-time leader in made postseason field goals.

Cavs even East finals off LeBron's 44-point effort

LeBron James is perfect from the field in the first quarter and finishes with 44 points as the Cavs beat the Celtics 111-102.

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Stephen A.: LeBron is on 'Mount Rushmore of basketball'

Stephen A. Smith explains how LeBron James is able to continuously play at a high level in his 15th year in the league.

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James leaps over two defenders to grab Love's full-court pass

Before Game 4, LeBron James describes how certain plays, like a Kevin Love long pass, create momentum. In the second quarter, James scores off one.

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LeBron: 'Humbling' to be mentioned with the greats

LeBron James reacts to setting another all-time playoff record and what it means to be in the same category with the greats of the NBA.

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Korver jokes: 'I'm going to be hurting tomorrow'

Kyle Korver says that he's going to do "whatever it takes" to help the Cavaliers reach the NBA Finals, including diving for the ball.

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LeBron ready for a hostile Boston environment in Game 5

LeBron James explains why he's playing at such a high level in his 15th season and the importance of shutting down Al Horford the last two games.

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Latest milestone makes LeBron reflective

The King's reaction to becoming the playoff leader in made field goals stretches from his childhood to a humbled shrug.

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Age tops youth as Korver stuffs Brown

37-year-old Kyle Korver denies 21-year-old Jaylen Brown on multiple occasions in the first half of the Cavs' Game 4 win.

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LeBron wills Cavs to Game 4 win

The Celtics stayed within striking distance, but LeBron James was too much for Boston with 44 points to even the series at two games apiece.

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Cavs cruise to Game 4 victory

LeBron James records his sixth 40-point game of the postseason while Kyle Korver adds 14 off the bench, leading the Cavs to an 111-102 win.

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Horford: Can't take LeBron 'for granted'

Al Horford admits that most have come to expect LeBron James' impressive stat sheet, but that doesn't mean they can't work harder to "contain him."

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Lue in awe of Korver, especially at age 37

Ty Lue praises Kyle Korver for being so versatile on the court and after confusing his age, jokes "we playing him too many minutes."

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Nichols: Celts 'not daunted' by Game 4 loss

Rachel Nichols sheds some light on the atmosphere in both locker rooms, saying both teams feel equally as confident heading back to Boston.

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LeBron gets 6th 40-point game of playoffs with 3

LeBron James jumps over the 40-point threshold with a late triple in his incredible Game 4 performance.

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LeBron follows turnover with steal and layup

LeBron James carelessly passes the ball away, but gets a steal of his own and barrels into Marcus Smart to hit the lay-in.

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MLB

The Shohei Ohtani experiment isn't just working -- it's perfect

Are the Angels using Ohtani correctly? So far, the planets have aligned for L.A. and its two-way star.

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Phillies, Braves looking to settle in atop NL East

The Phillies got the better of the Braves in Monday's showdown, but these upstarts could be fighting for division supremacy for years to come.

Arenado throws tantrum after striking out

Nolan Arenado swings and misses on a fastball down the middle and proceeds to slam his bat in frustration in the dugout.

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Harper, Soto already have so much in common

Juan Soto becomes the youngest Nationals player to hit a HR, just a few days younger than Bryce Harper was when he connected on his first dinger.

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Dyson makes improbable catch at the wall

Both Jarrod Dyson and David Peralta speed to the wall to catch Travis Shaw's high-flying hit but the pair collide as Dyson makes the catch.

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Tuesday's Featured E+ Game

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Le Batard and Stephen A. debate Warriors vs. MJ's Bulls

Dan Le Batard and Stugotz join First Take as they debate if the current Warriors or Michael Jordan's Bulls are the best team of all time.

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Lionel Messi is the quietest superstar

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  • Stay Messi, My Friend

    Lionel Messi only seems like the least interesting man in the world. Listen closely and his silence speaks louder than most athletes' shouts.