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2hBill Barnwell

Lost edge: NFL's final four all have great QBs ... but what else?

Tom Brady. Ben Roethlisberger. Aaron Rodgers. Matt Ryan. All four remaining teams have a great QB, but they've also now lost their advantage at the position. So who has the best help?

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2hIan O'Connor

Aaron Rodgers made sure GOAT isn't out of reach

Tom Brady is the greatest of all time, but with one outstanding performance after another, Aaron Rodgers is showing he doesn't intend to go down without a fight.

Should Dallas consider firing Garrett? (1:47)
10hDarren Rovell

Super Bowl ticket prices drop after Cowboys lose

The resale market for Super Bowl tickets slumped following the Cowboys' playoff loss to the Packers. On StubHub, prices for the cheapest tickets dropped 20 percent -- from $4,195 to $3,349.

Was Kelce's tirade against the refs warranted? (1:33)
Wawrinka hits Klizan where it hurts (0:25)
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The best rookie in every NFL division

Ezekiel Elliott or Dak Prescott in the NFC East? NFL Nation reporters voted on the best rookie in all eight divisions, and it was easier in some divisions than others.

Westbrook joins rare company with 20th triple-double in win (1:16)
10hBrett Okamoto

Rodriguez stops Penn at UFC Phoenix

Rising featherweight Yair Rodriguez dominated BJ Penn and spoiled the UFC Hall of Famer's return to the Octagon at age 38 with a second-round TKO at UFC Fight Night.


Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ICYMI: after favorites won and covered the first six NFL playoff games, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers pulled outright upsets on Sunday. Overall, favorites are 6-2 SU and ATS while overs lead unders 5-3. Furthermore, first-half faves and overs are both 5-3 while second-half faves are 6-1-1 ATS (the push was Dallas -5 as the Cowboys won the second half 18-13 while Kansas City was a 2-point second-half fave and prevailed 9-6) and second-half unders lead 5-3.

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

Oak Hill Academy point guard and No. 26 overall in the ESPN 100 Matt Coleman announced his commitment to Texas on ESPNU at halftime of the Patrick School-Pace Academy game. He will play in the next game against Washington-bound Michael Porter Jr. (No. 2 player in the senior class) and Nathan Hale High School.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs are getting ready to be honored by the President for their World Series victory last season.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Meanwhile, the 49ers still have a general manager job available and are set to continue interviews today with Seattle co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer. The Niners are able to hire either immediately since Seattle has been eliminated from postseason play.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks say Kristaps Porzingis (sore left Achillies) is out today.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh McDaniels on removing name from consideration for 49ers job: "I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag [Marathe], and Brian, and people that came for the 49ers organization. They did a great job with their presentation. Again, humbled to be included in that process. At this time, it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England, and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

With New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels withdrawing from consideration for the 49ers head coaching job, the attention now turns to Atlanta OC Kyle Shanahan. Those two seemed to be the favorites from the beginning but the Niners now must be diligent in making sure to alleviate any concerns Shanahan might have about the job. Seattle's Tom Cable is the only other known candidate for the Jon at this point.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks say that Kristaps Porzingis' availability is still to be determined. He's officially listed as questionable (sore left Achillies).

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari just walked into #HHClassic. Kentucky signee Nick Richards playing in this game.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

With Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Cowboys staff will coach the Pro Bowl. It's the third straight season they will work a postseason all-star game. Two years ago they coached the Pro Bowl and last year they coached in the Senior Bowl.

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

The first of four games upcoming on ESPNU will feature Duke-bound forward Wendell Carter (pictured here in Duke shirt and matching hair color) going up against Kentucky-bound Nick Richards. Both are in the top 12 of the ESPN 100 rankings.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Median paid ticket prices on StubHub: AFC Title Game (Steelers at Pats) $500 & NFC Title Game (Packers at Falcons) $373

Federer prevails over Melzer in return

Roger Federer returns from a six-month layoff to beat Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round at the Australian Open.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers have some injury issues to watch this week: Davante Adams (ankle), David Bakhtiari (knee) and of course Jordy Nelson (ribs) all have issues leading into Sunday's NFC title game at Atlanta. Here's the full offensive snap counts from Sunday's win over the Cowboys:

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Micah Hyde made one of the few big plays on defense for the Packers in Sunday's win over the Cowboys with his third-quarter interception. Kentrell Brice and Josh Hawkins were forced into bigger roles after Morgan Burnett's thigh injury. Here's the full defensive snap counts from Sunday:

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

The fifth day of the HoopHall Classic is underway. Up first is St. Anthony High School (NJ), coached by Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Hurley, father of current Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley and Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley. His team is up against Alabama signee John Petty, No. 24 in the ESPN 100, and Jemison High School (AL). The next four games here will shown on ESPNU starting at 11 a.m. ET

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Roger Federer is grooving his serve right now. After six months away from Grand Slam action, he's up two sets to one against Jurgen Melzer in the opening round of the Aussie Open.


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Sunday marked the first time that 2 different players recorded a triple-double, while also tallying 7 turnovers on the same day (Harden, Westbrook), since individual turnovers were first tracked in the 1977-78 season (via Elias Sports Bureau).

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin said his defense was 'salty' after giving up a touchdown on the opening drive. Responded well.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers are first team to win a playoff game without scoring a TD since Colts beat the Ravens a decade ago, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Ravens, the No. 2 seed, lost to the Colts, 15-6, on Jan. 13, 2007.

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Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has the 8th season of 20 triple-doubles in NBA history. Oscar Robertson has 5 such seasons. Wilt Chamberlain has the other 2.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

This is what happens when you break your own team record and rush for 170 yards in a key playoff win: everyone wants to talk to you. Le'Veon Bell credited his Steelers o-line for blocking so well that there were carries when "I wasn't even touched for six yards down the field."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Le'Veon Bell: "We feel we can beat anybody right now."

Westbrook clinches 20th triple-double

Russell Westbrook gets a rebound late in the fourth quarter to lock up his 20th triple-double of the season. The Thunder defeated the Kings 122-118.