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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 have some bad news: Set your alarm for mid-April, because the standings rarely change after Jan. 20. Sorry, Knicks fans!

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas on not being named All-Star starter: "I'll use it as motivation. I've got to get better. I'm not where I want to be."

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens LB Zach Orr discusses retiring from a game that he loves

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook reacts to not being voted an All-Star starter. "I don't play for All-Star bids."

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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Indiana sophomore OG Anunoby will undergo knee surgery and miss the rest of the season, sources confirmed to ESPN.

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL confirmed the date of the Dolphins' game against the Saints next season in London. The game will be in Week 4 on Sunday Oct. 1 at Wembley Stadium.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

On this Inauguration Day, Anthony Morrow practiced in a Dr. Martin Luther King "I Have A Dream" shirt.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones looked good today, had full practice, and won't have any limitations come Sunday.

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Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

With the surprising news that Green Bay executive Brian Gutekunst has pulled out of the 49ers GM search to stay with the Packers, the Niners now have just two known candidates remaining from their initial pool: Minnesota's George Paton and Arizona's Terry McDonough. There still remains the belief that the GM will have to hit it off with presumptive new coach Kyle Shanahan and that Shanahan will have to offer approval before a deal is reached.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"I don't spend too much time thinking about how we're going to stop him," Matt Ryan on not making this a one-on-one matchup with Aaron Rodgers and being worried more about offense scoring points.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan underwent surgery to clean up "loose bodies" in his left elbow, he said via text. It was considered minor surgery and will result in a six- to eight-week rehab period. Kerrigan had to opt out of the Pro Bowl because of the injury. He injured his elbow in the Dec. 19 loss to Carolina.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas on not being elected an All-Star starter: "I can't do nothing about it. I'm trying to change it up now where I stop worrying about things I can't control. I've done everything I possibly could to put myself in a position to be able to start in the All-Star game and it didn't happen so I've just got to get back in the gym and keep working. Like I always say, I'm gonna just keep going. I appreciate everybody who voted for me, especially you guys, the media showed me some love. And then my peers, my peers showed me love too. So it hurt, but I'll be all right. I'll just use it as motivation."

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

New sign outside of Gillette Stadium as anticipation builds for the AFC Championship Game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones out participating with the hands team during Friday's special team drills. Jones recovering after aggravating a toe sprain but said he'll be ready to play in NFC Championship Game.

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Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Ryan Anderson says he'll try to play tonight vs Warriors but still isn't feeling well at all with a stomach virus and "A lot of things I probably shouldn't explain on camera."

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Taj Gibson will play tonight according to Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens LB Zach Orr is the 13th NFL player to retire at the age of 25 or younger since the start of the 2015 calendar year, according to ESPN Stats & Information

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan AD Warde Manuel, after the vote to ban spring-break practice trips, asked if he feels coach Jim Harbaugh is a target of college legislators: "The rule didn't get proposed until after we took the football team down to Florida for spring break. So I think you can read into that as you will."

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens LB Zach Orr spoke with teammate C.J. Mosley after his retirement news conference. "One thing that put me at peace with it is I gave my all. I don't have any regrets, on or off the field," Orr said.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tedy Bruschi will serve as the Patriots' honorary captain on Sunday. The Patriots are 8-0 in games in which he's been honorary captain or part of a celebration to honor him or a team he played on. "With an undefeated record in games that we have honored him, I can't think of a more perfect player to serve as honorary captain this Sunday," owner Robert Kraft said. "He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick, and he has lived up to that nickname with an 8-0 record in games where he has been a part of a Patriots celebration."

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome on retirement of Zach Orr: "I don't think there's been any player more inspirational to me over the last three years than Zach."

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The most interesting autonomy item, Proposal No. 2016-139, which bans off-campus practice during a vacation period outside the championship season, passes with approval from all five conferences and 58 of 80 votes. No more spring break trips to Florida for Jim Harbaugh, effective Aug. 1, 2017.

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens LB Zach Orr announces his retirement after tests revealed that he had a congenital neck and spine injury. "When I found out the news, it was shocking," Orr said.

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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.

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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."

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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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