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What led to the Lakers’ decline?

The First Take crew look back at Dr. Jerry Buss' passing and analyze whether they blame Jim Buss taking over basketball operations or Kobe Bryant's contract extension that caused the Lakers to eventually fall apart.

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28mGerry Hamilton

Top-10 prospect Okudah sets official visits

Jeffrey Okudah, the nation's top safety, knows where he will be visiting this fall. And he says there's a clear leader of the pack.

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Dodgers still succeeding sans Kershaw

While the team's pitching no doubt took a hit when Clayton Kershaw went down, the offense has made up for the loss by providing over a full run more per game. The bats were at it again in Tuesday's 9-5 win over Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

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Aaron Donald makes huge leap in #NFLRank

After just two NFL seasons, Donald has already earned a place among the game's 10 best players, according to our experts. He jumped 39 spots on the list, the most of any player in last year's top 50. #NFLRank: 25-1

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When was the day the Lakers fell apart? (2:08)
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A dip for Clips despite healthy Blake?

Kevin Pelton understands having Blake Griffin for the entire season should improve the Clippers' stock. But some of the teams' aging players affect ESPN's real plus-minus calculations. Projected W-L records for 2016-17 (Insider)

Adam Amin ESPN College Football 

Clayton Kershaw last pitched June 26 in a Dodgers loss to Pittsburgh. The Giants were 49-28 with an 8-game lead over the 41-36 Dodgers. Since then, without Kershaw, the Dodgers have gone 29-19, the Giants have gone 19-29, and the Dodgers are in first place by 2 games. Dodgers and Giants tonight on ESPN at 10 E.T.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Rob Segedin hit a home run Tuesday, and the he really hit one out of the park later, upon the arrival of his first child. Rob and Robin Segedin welcomed son Robinson into the world at 11:36 p.m., roughly 50 minutes after the last out was recorded in a 9-5 victory over the Giants.

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1hLee Singer & Jacob Nitzberg, ESPN Stats & Information

Mike Trout isn't the first great player on a bad team

Mike Trout is having another great season on a not-so-great team. A look at other historically great seasons by players on bad teams.

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The Pac-12 coordinators to keep an eye on

Pac-12 coordinators were in demand for head coaching vacancies this offseason, but the cupboard is far from bare. Here are six of the league's best.

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3hKyle Bonagura

UCLA Bruins 2016 season preview

The Bruins have all the pieces they need to challenge for a playoff berth, but they have to exhibit the consistency that was lacking last season.

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SportsCenter celebrates 'Kobe Bryant Day' (2:27)
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Gonzo knocks in three as Dodgers beat Giants (1:02)