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ATLANTA - FEBRUARY 9:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Eastern Conference All Stars talks with Kobe Bryant #8 of the Western Conference All Stars during the 2003 NBA All-Star Game at the Phillips Arena on February 9, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The West won 155-145 in the first double-overtime All-Star game.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice:  Copyright 2003 NBAE  (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant reveals the top 5 teams, players he’s ever faced

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By James Herbert | NBA writer | December 21, 2015 8:56 pm ET

 

In a conference call on Monday, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant named his top 5 opposing players and teams, adding that it was difficult not to pick more, via ESPN‘s Baxter Holmes.

The players: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Clyde Drexler.

The teams: San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls.

Congratulations are in order for the Kings, who haven’t been included in any best-of lists in a long time. Those early-2000s teams were absolutely great.

Also: It’s rather interesting that Bryant picked Drexler, who had retired before Bryant became a full-time starter in his third season. That’s quite the show of respect from one great shooting guard to another.

Baseball: World Series: Oakland Athletics Dave Henderson (42) in action, at bat vs Los Angeles Dodgers. Not a hit. Game 3. Oakland, CA 10/18/1988 CREDIT: John Iacono (Photo by John Iacono /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X37265 TK3 R28 F17 )

Dave Henderson, known as Hendu, dies at 57

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By Jamal Collier / MLB.com | December 27th, 2015

Dave Henderson, who spent 14 years as a Major League outfielder and was known as Hendu, died Sunday morning due to a heart attack at the age of 57. He had recently undergone a kidney transplant.

Henderson delivered one of the biggest home runs in Red Sox history in 1986. Boston was one strike away from elimination in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Angels when Henderson — who had been hitless in the series — blasted a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning. The Red Sox would go on to win the game and the series.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dave Henderson,” Red Sox President Sam Kennedy said in a statement. “His home run in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS was a signature More >

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Bryce Harper: The First $500 Million Player?

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David Schoenfield | ESPN Senior Writer

You think the money teams have spent this offseason has been insane? Well …

Over at NBC Sports, Joe Posnanski speculates that when Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper becomes a free agent after the 2018 season, he’ll be in line for a $500 million contract:

Harper becomes a free agent after the 2018 season, which will be just after he turns 26 years old. That could not be better for him. Most studies show that the 26-27-28 years are the typical peak for players with a slow decline until 31 or 32 when the decline speeds up considerably.

That means the team that signs Harper — assuming he’s healthy and has put up similar years to his 2015 season — can bet heavily on five to seven great years, and perhaps two or three more good ones, if he can More >

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Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan Retiring; Greg Gard Named Interim Coach

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ESPN.com news services

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is retiring effective immediately, he said Tuesday after the team’s win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Longtime assistant Greg Gard is taking over as interim head coach.

“After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin,” Ryan said in a statement released after the game.

Ryan coached Wisconsin to a school-record 36 wins last season and a loss in the national championship game against Duke. Wisconsin is 7-5 this season, one more loss than the Badgers had all last season.

Ryan, who turns 68 on Sunday, had said in a statement in June that he would coach this season and then step down.

“This was a decision months in More >

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Odell Beckham’s Monster Performance Leads to Giants Win

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – With the score tied in the fourth quarter, Odell Beckham Jr. somehow slipped 5 yards behind the secondary.

That turned out to be the winning margin for the New York Giants.

Beckham’s 84-yard touchdown reception put the Giants ahead to stay with 11 minutes to go, and they forged a three-way tie atop the NFC East by beating the Miami Dolphins 31-24 on Monday night.

New York’s Eli Manning went 27 for 31 for 337 yards and four scores. His passer rating of 151.5 was his highest since 2009.

The Giants (6-7) broke a three-game losing streak and are tied with the Redskins and Eagles for the lead in their woeful division.

“It’s a must-win, a playoff game for us,” Beckham said. “They’re all playoff games.”

The Dolphins (5-8) were mathematically eliminated from the playoff More >

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