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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors roll; an East sleeper gains trust

By blitzing through their toughest stretch, the Warriors have become the juggernaut the NBA feared was coming. After No. 1, there's plenty of movement, including a sudden rise in the East.

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Pats fan pleads not guilty to fire alarm charges

Dennis Harrison pleaded not guilty to charges including disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace stemming from a fire alarm prank at the Steelers' hotel early Sunday morning.

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Ultimate Super Bowl LI Preview

After 266 games, just two teams remain. Will Tom and Bill add a fifth Super Bowl title to their legacy? Or will Matt Ryan's jet-powered offense finally earn a title for Atlanta? Here's your head-to-head breakdown of the Patriots and Falcons.

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Man City can build on Spurs draw

Marcotti's Musings: Man City let a 2-0 lead slip vs. Spurs, but the result actually offers plenty of encouragement. Plus: Can Real survive injuries?


Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Browns kept one of their own: Linebacker Jamie Collins signed a four-year contract extension, the team announced.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers re-signed seven members of their practice squad to reserve/futures deals: C Jacob Flores, OLB Reggie Gilbert, WR Antwan Goodley, LB Derrick Mathews, G Lucas Patrick, DT Brian Price and S Jermaine Whitehead. They did not immediately re-sign TE Beau Sandland or CB Bene Benwikere. The 10th member of the practice squad, WR Max McCaffrey, was promoted to the 53-man roster on Saturday.


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

On his Facebook page, Jeremy Lin said his re-aggravated hamstring injury "is the least severe of the three (but) this third injury has been a hard one to deal with mentally." "There's something so draining about the yo-yo effect of going from injured to healthy to injured to healthy that in some ways it would have been easier to have an injury where I knew from the beginning I would be out for a long, set amount of time," Lin wrote. "... People may ask if I rushed back. I can confidently say I didn't. I checked every single check box that needed to be checked before returning and progressed carefully through my rehabs. The reality is that even when we plan for things to go a certain way, sometimes God has other plans."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

From spokeswoman Denise Michaels on Johnny Manziel deleting his twitter account: "He told me it's not a priority and he's trying to eliminate distractions."

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Long snapper James Winchester signed a contract extension with the Chiefs. He joined the Chiefs as their regular snapper for punts and placements in 2015.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

In his PGA return this week, Tiger Woods is 30-1 to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Westgate.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Going overseas may actually allow Michigan, in 2018 and beyond -- when the ban on offseason trips for practice during a vacation period is imposed -- to continue its spring-break journeys. During the autonomy rules session Friday at the NCAA convention, administrators were clear that overseas trips like those taken by basketball, volleyball and soccer teams will still be allowed. While exceedingly more rare to take a football team overseas, it's hard to understand how that could be banned while within the rules for other sports.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Another Bills player in the Pro Bowl: CB Stephon Gilmore, who was added to the team as an alternate today. Bills now have five players in Pro Bowl: LeSean McCoy (will not play), OLB Lorenzo Alexander, DT Kyle Williams, G Richie Incognito and Gilmore. That's Buffalo's most Pro Bowl selections since 1998.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Embiid won Eastern Conference Player of the Week despite averaging only 25 minutes a game in 3 wins last week. He averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks during that span.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Skip Peete will return as the Rams' running backs coach for a second season, joining special teams coordinator John Fassel as holdovers from Jeff Fisher's coaching staff. A couple others may end up staying. Rams are still sifting through that.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal officially announced former UCLA QB coach and passing game coordinator Marques Tuiasosopo has been given the same role in Berkeley. Last year, Tuiasosopo left USC for UCLA for what he called an opportunity to advance his career, but his role at UCLA was set to diminish after the Bruins hired Jeff Fisch as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach earlier this month.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid and the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 22. Leonard led the Western Conference in scoring (36.3 ppg) and added 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists as the Spurs went 3-0. The 6-7 forward shot 56.5 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from three-point range and 96.0 percent from the free throw line. Definitely deserving.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers LT David Bakhtiari has been added to Pro Bowl. Had been first alternate and replaces Philadelphia's Jason Peters, who pulled out with an injury.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said left guard Andy Levitre's wife got a game ball that said "ultimate toughness" for going into labor before the Seattle playoff game but sticking through the game and having baby after.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was named as a replacement for Julio Jones for the Pro Bowl, bringing the total of Cowboys players in the all-star game to seven. Bryant, who missed three games because of injury, finished the year with 50 catches for 796 yards and eight touchdowns.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn doesn't show off his Super Bowl ring from his days with the Seahawks and won't use it as a motivational factor for his team. Won't show it to them at all.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Bowl news: Eagles C Jason Kelce replaces Alex Mack and RB Darren Sproles replaces Devonta Freeman on the NFC Pro Bowl roster

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Tiger Woods will compete at Torrey Pines this week, a venue where he's won eight times -- or nine, as he points out, including a junior event. "For some reason," he says, "it just fits my eye."


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers OLB Bud Dupree: The Patriots game plan was for him and James Harrison to drop into coverage and the defense to create pressure up the middle with defensive linemen and inside linebackers. "We had a great game plan," he said. "It would have worked (if gotten third-down stops)." Dupree said Steelers expected some no-huddle from Tom Brady but rapid pace of first drive was 'surprising,' including the checks he made at the line of scrimmage.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder on if he expects more extracurriculars with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday: "I lost $25,000, so you won't see too much out of me. For real."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Manu Ginobili (back spasms) and Tony Parker (left foot pain) are both out for Monday's matchup against the Nets. Pau Gasol (fracture, left fourth metacarpal) remains out as well.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Colts' decision to part ways with GM Ryan Grigson could end up affecting the Seahawks. Indianapolis has requested permission to speak with Seattle's co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer, sources tell ESPN's Adam Caplan. Kirchner and Fitterer both previously interviewed for the 49ers opening but are no longer being considered for that job.

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

A big stretch for Tiger Woods begins today with media day at Riviera. Then it's onto Torrey Pines followed by Dubai next week. After a week off, he's back at Riviera for the Genesis Open. And that will be followed by the Honda Classic. For tournaments in five weeks ought to tell us a lot about where Tiger is – and how far he still has to go.


Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State Warriors will rest Andre Iguodala for this evening's game against the Miami Heat.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens SS Eric Weddle has been added to the Pro Bowl, according to his agent. He is the sixth Ravens player named to this year's Pro Bowl. Weddle was a second alternate who replaces New England's Devin McCourty.