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2hBill Barnwell

Clutch coaching rankings: Barnwell stacks up the final four

Some head coaches in Sunday's NFL championship games are better than others with the game on the line in crunch time. Here's how they stack up based on who you'd want on game day.

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2hOhm Youngmisuk

Lee: Wizards assistant tricked me on final play

Knicks guard Courtney Lee hesitated to shoot a last-second 3-pointer against the Wizards, saying Washington assistant coach Sidney Lowe was on the court and shouting as if he was a defender.

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SVP picks his conference championship winners (1:45)
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15mTom Haberstroh

The NBA season is over ... (no, really!)

Now that we're at the midpoint of the season, are you hoping your struggling team can play its way into the playoffs? Well ... we've got some bad news: Set your alarm for mid-April, because the standings rarely change after Jan. 20. Sorry, Knicks fans!

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Curry: Only two spots to fill (0:32)
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Should players be banned from voting for All-Stars? (1:53)
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Knicks bungle final possession in loss (0:54)
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Mudiay sends Popovich packing after ejection in Spurs' win (0:48)
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LeBron's show-stopping night (0:39)
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21hMel Kiper Jr.

Kiper's 2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Two QBs in top 10

The countdown to the 2017 NFL draft is on, and the Browns are on the clock. Pass-rusher? Quarterback? It's time for Mel Kiper's first crack at predicting the first round.

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

A strong sign of support: Ravens LB C.J. Mosley and S Eric Weddle are attending the Zach Orr retirement press conference. It is set to begin at 11 am.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

On Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison: "All three of the receivers will be given every chance to play in the game," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "They have work to do particularly in the rehab. If we know tomorrow, we'll know tomorrow. If we know Sunday, we'll know Sunday. One or two of those guys are probably going to have to work out Sunday."

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

NCAA Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips confirmed the council will meet again on April 13-14 in Indianapolis, and it's during that session that the recruiting reform package that will create an early signing period in December and alter the official visit calendar for April-June trips is expected to pass.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting comment during the autonomy discussion on Proposal No. 2016-139 (banning offseason practice off campus) from Nandi Mehta of Northwestern women's soccer: "Why are we here?" Mehta, among 15 student-athlete reps on the autonomy committee, opposes the proposal. She says the point of college athletics is to create opportunity for student-athletes. "I don't think it's right to strip a student-athlete of this opportunity."

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey continues robust discussion over proposal to ban spring-break trips. Sankey is in favor of the proposal. Sankey notes that this would not ban overseas trips for teams in the offseason. And if there's an exception that needs to be made for skiing, Sankey said, that's fine. The bigger issue is time management.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan AD Warde Manuel speaks in opposition of autonomy proposal to ban off-campus during non-championship season: "I'm in opposition of this legislation. I know this comes as a shock to many of my colleagues." Not one Michigan football player complained of the experience at IMG Academy last year, Manuel said. "If we want to take this further, we should not allow any practice."

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Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jaguars announce they will play host to the Baltimore Ravens in London on Sept. 24. That will be Week 3 of the 2017 season. The NFL previously announced the game would be played in either Week 3 or 4.

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William Weinbaum ESPN 

St. Petersburg's City Council approved a smokeless tobacco ban at athletic facilities that would make the Tampa Bay Rays' ballpark the 13th of 30 in MLB to have such a prohibition. The city clerk told Outside the Lines that the new law passed Thursday without opposition.

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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Top uncommitted prospect Mohamed Bamba takes his official visit to Kentucky this weekend. Bamba has already visited Michigan and Texas, and will visit Duke soon. Kentucky has AAU teammate Quade Green and close friend Hamidou Diallo already committed.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

It ended in a flash. The match lasted just 90 minutes and Federer moved on to the fourth round of the Aussie Open for the 15th time. He never faced a break point against Berdych.

Tennis 

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Roger Federer does not look like a player who missed six months. It took him only 26 minutes to win the first set, 6-2, against Tomas Berdych at the Aussie Open.

Tennis 

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

We have rain! The roofs are closing at the Australian Open for the first time this fortnight. This event has more roofs (three) than the other three majors combined (two).

Tennis 

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

What a dominant win for Venus Williams, who dismantled Ying-Ying Duan 6-1, 6-0. This was Venus' easiest triumph at the Australian Open in four years (beat Galina Voskoboeva by the same score).

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KAT sinks Clippers with late jumper
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Karl-Anthony Towns' final bucket of the game gave Minnesota the lead for good and brought his point total to 37 in the 104-101 win. The Timberwolves had previously been 0-10 in games decided by 4 points this season.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

ESPN tennis analysts putting today's action in perspective on another busy day at Melbourne Park.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 of his 37 points in the second half. His 15 fourth-quarter points is a career high.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

UCLA men's basketball has 30 assists in a game for the 1st time since Feb. 23, 1995 (32) at Cal.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

DeAndre Jordan is up to a career-high 27 points on 12-for-15 shooting. He's just 3-for-8 from the free throw line though, as the Timberwolves have been mercilessly fouling the C to slow the Clipper down.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

The Timberwolves closed a 12-point deficit down to 2 points against the Clippers in the third. How? A combined 19 points from Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins in the quarter.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

We have a Boris Becker sighting. The six-time Slam champion split with Novak Djokovic, who suffered a stunning loss yesterday, late last season.

Tennis 

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

One player that had been picking up the slack with so many Clippers starters in and out of the lineup is Austin Rivers. Off the bench the younger Rivers has averaged 8.5 points and 35.9 percent from deep. As a starter? 16.5 points and 42.3 percent from 3. He's up to 15 points midway through the third quarter.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says he has "never seen" anything like what happened at end of tonight when Courtney Lee said Washington assistant Sidney Lowe stepped on court and yelled that help was there for Washington defense, impacting his decision whether to shoot.

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Ball, UCLA putting on a show vs. ASU
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Lonzo Ball's perfect touch-pass assist was part of a 54-point half for No. 3 UCLA, which leads Arizona State by 15 points at halftime.

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Gonzaga well on its way to 18-0
NCAAM 

The 4th-ranked Bulldogs, the nation's lone undefeated team, have used a strong defensive effort to gain a 16-point halftime lead. Here, that defense led to a Silas Melson 3-pointer.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Pau Gasol's fractured left fourth metacarpal: "It was pregame. He and Kyle Anderson got hooked up somehow or another in a layup line or just rebound, and broke the finger. We're going to have it looked at tomorrow. But he's going to be out for a while."

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