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3hAndrea Adelson

Heisman race features plenty of the unexpected

Lamar Jackson was a midseason lock to win the Heisman. But after Louisville's late-season stumble, that honor is no longer a foregone conclusion.

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1hBrett Okamoto

Pettis misses weight for UFC 206 main event

Anthony Pettis missed weight for the interim featherweight championship fight against Max Holloway at UFC 206 and will no longer be able to win the interim belt.

12hMike Triplett

Witness says Will Smith brought 'his own demise'

A witness in the trial of Cardell Hayes said that former Saints player Will Smith brought about 'his own demise' by acting as an aggressor on the night that Smith was shot and killed.

Jordan's legendary run of seven straight triple-doubles (1:20)
3hMatt Bowen

The Uncoverables: Best NFL WRs in every category

Who's the best deep threat? Which WR is most dangerous after the catch? What about the toughest player to cover in the red zone? Here's your ultimate breakdown of the league's top wide receivers.

Did Jerry Jones jinx Dak Prescott? (1:43)
Howard thinks Applewhite is great hire for Houston (0:43)
SVP moved by Holly Rowe, James Conner speeches (1:51)
Pop holding his players accountable for loss (1:06)
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3hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: The NFL's shell game

Friday Flashback: With the NFL's helmet rule, there are now 16 throwback looks that are off-limits.


J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

The Suns celebrate Eric Bledsoe's 27th birthday after morning shootaround. They play the Lakers tonight on ESPN.


Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Joe Haden talks passionately about the Browns losing 34-0 to the Alabama Crimson Tide in a simulated game on Bleacher Report. He also talks about motivation in a winless season.


Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals put out their final injury report. AJ Green is out again.


Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Quarterback Trevor Siemian throwing in practice today. Coach Gary Kubiak will update Siemian's status after practice, but Siemian appeared to be moving well. He has been fitted for orthotics in his shoes -- it's his left foot that is injured.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks say that Derrick Rose is most likely out for tonight's game against the Sacramento Kings due to his back injury. An MRI on Rose's back revealed no structural issue, so the team must be taking a cautious approach with Rose at the moment.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Antonio Brown: 'My last name's Ocean. Ronald Ocean.'


James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

If Kiko Alonso can't go, Mike Hull will start and call the defensive plays Sunday for Miami.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins HC Adam Gase said LB Kiko Alonso (thumb/hamstring) will be a game-time decision.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is one of nine players who are questionable Sunday. Reed has a shoulder injury but coach Jay Gruden said he's "trending in the right direction."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the three questionable players - Luke Kuechly, Kurt Coleman, Daryl Worley - in the concussion protocol will see the doctor later today. If they proceed and are cleared they would play on Sunday. All three were full participants in practice today.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said WR Julio Jones (turf toe) is questionable and will be a game-time decision vs. Rams Sunday, but Quinn is anticipating Jones will play. WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) has been ruled out. LT Jake Matthews (knee) is questionable but looks good, Quinn said.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against San Diego after missing the last two games with a concussion. This is the first Friday since Kuechly suffered the concussion in a Nov. 17 win against New Orleans that the three-time Pro Bowl selection hasn't been ruled out. He still has to pass the final test in the protocol. After practicing the last three days that appears to be a formality.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts coach Chuck Pagano on how big Sunday's game against Houston is: "There's no trophies for second place. Only one trophy. Only one division champ."

Britt McHenry ESPN 

?Richie Incognito on Buffalo's running game, second in the league, behind Dallas, for rushing attempts. "Everybody wants to talk about DAL's oline. Everyone knows we've been running the ball the last 2 yrs & no one can stop us" #Bills?

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Browns officially activated QB Robert Griffin III as the team's player designated to return from injured reserve. Griffin will start Sunday against the Bengals. OL Matt McCants was waived.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Since 2007, the Chiefs are 10-12 at home and 9-14 on the road from Dec. 1 forward in the regular season. Only three of the 10 wins came against teams that finished with winning records.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Dexter Fowler signed for five years and $82.5 million.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed continues to practice as he deals with his shoulder injury. His status will be determined later today.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins guard Shawn Lauvao (groin) and tackle Ty Nsekhe (ankle) are not working again today. The Redskins don't need Nsekhe with Trent Williams back but Lauvao's absence would mean second-year Arie Kouandjio playing against Eagles tackle Bennie Logan, though Lauvao struggled vs. him in their first meeting.

Marty Smith ESPN 

"My biggest concern was, 'Is this it?' After five weeks I couldn't help but wonder, 'Will I ever be the same again?" -- @DaleJr when I asked his greatest concern during absentia due to concussion. Insightful commentary.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The line for Alabama against Washington in the College Football Playoff continues to rise. It's now Alabama -15.5 at Westgate, with some 16s out there in Vegas.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Browns will be starting two backup guards and a center who has struggled against Cincinnati's Geno Atkins and Domata Peko. Said Browns running game coordinator Kirby Wilson: "It's a nightmare matchup." He added that he believe his player are "up for the challenge."

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cardinals have not yet contacted the Edwin Encarnacion representatives at this point, but it sure would be a great follow-up move to their 5-year $82.5m deal with Dexter Fowler. Cards still need one more middle of the order bat for either 1B or 3B.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones going through drills without a helmet today in recovery from turf toe. Won't know his game status until Dan Quinn addresses media after practice. Jake Matthews (knee) back with a helmet today. Mohamed Sanu (groin) not doing anything.

Jacob Wolf Reporter 

North America's Evil Geniuses defeats tournament favorite Virtus.Pro 2-0 in the quarterfinals of Dota 2's Boston Major at the Wang Theatre in Boston. With the big win, Evil Geniuses will move on to face the winner of Warriors Gaming Unity and OG.