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Choosing Kobe's best? It's 5 vs. 5

On Kobe Bryant Day in Los Angeles, SportsCenter anchors Cari Champion and David Lloyd offer their top-five moments from the Black Mamba's 20 seasons wearing Forum purple and gold.

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Is Simmons MLB's top defensive infielder?

Different team, same Andrelton Simmons. In his first season with the Angels, the 26-year-old shortstop continues to be the "gold standard for defense," Keith Law writes. Is he No. 1 with both the arm and glove? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)

Bruins bound for big things this season?

If Josh Rosen can continue making progress as a QB and UCLA's defense can stay healthy, the Bruins might be looking at a playoff run. Our Chris Low is very high on Rosen & Co. heading into 2016. Most pressing questions (Insider)

Lineup: Angels (52-73) vs. Blue Jays (71-54)

  • 1. Kole Calhoun, RF (L)
  • 2. Mike Trout, CF (R)
  • 3. Albert Pujols, DH (R)
  • 4. C.J. Cron, 1B (R)
  • 5. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
  • 6. Nick Buss, LF (L)
  • 7. Jett Bandy, C (R)
  • 8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B (S)
  • 9. Cliff Pennington, 2B (S)
  • SP: Matt Shoemaker, RHP
  • Daily lineups

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For best pure passer, the Herbie goes to ...

Kirk Herbstreit names Washington State's Luke Falk, Miami's Brad Kaaya, Southern Miss' Nick Mullens, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Cal's Davis Webb as nominees for the nation's best "pure passers." 2016 Herbies

Kobe Bryant Day inspires ESPN anchors (0:49)
Which of Kobe's numbers should Lakers retire? (1:08)
Defensive stars who could be MVPs of their teams (0:59)

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Happy Kobe Bryant Day from LA City Hall.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Council member says the lasting lesson from Kobe is "Keep shooting." #KobeDay

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Kobe Bryant and his daughters listen to the accolades on #KobeDay

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Kobe Bryant watches highlights from his final game shown at LA city council.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

"M-V-P" chant broke out in council chambers. That has to be a first. #KobeDay

Kobe receives warm City Hall welcome (0:30)

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, wearing a purple tie, on hand for City Council proceedings on #KobeDay

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Good news, bad news for Luke's Lakers

Kevin Pelton writes that ESPN's real plus-minus shows Los Angeles winning more games this season under new head coach Luke Walton. Alas, that won't be enough to avoid the NBA's overall regular-season basement. Projected W-L records for 2016-17 (Insider)

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Before the Kobe ceremony it's time for the always entertaining public comment portion of the show here in council chambers.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Politicians are ready to get their autograph on when Kobe gets here.