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Insiders predict 2018 NFL awards: MVP, top fantasy scorer, more

7:52 AM ET ESPN NFL Insiders The 2017 season is over, and we’re already looking ahead to 2018. We asked six ESPN NFL Insiders to give us their 2018 Super Bowl pick and predictions on next season’s MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and more. We even threw in a bonus question on the offseason’s hottest topic — the future of Kirk Cousins. Their answers are below: Quick links: Power Rankings | 10 predictions for ’18 | What’s next for Foles? Who’s your pick to be 2018 MVP? Matt Bowen, NFL writer: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers. The league’s most talented player returns at full health to a playoff-caliber team. With legit weapons at wide receiver and enough balance on offense to dial up some play-pass opportunities, Rodgers...

Power Rankings: Cavs drop out of the top 10

Feb 5, 2018 For the first time since Week 10 of our rankings, the Houston Rockets have climbed back into the No. 1 spot. After back-to-back road wins against the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers, paired with a few slip-ups from the Golden State Warriors, the Rockets are rolling and have regained the top spot heading into a trade deadline week that’s sure to shake things up across the NBA. Every week throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, Amin Elhassan and Ramona Shelburne, The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears and FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring) will rank the league’s 30 teams from top to bottom, with research notes on each team provided by ESPN Stats & Information. Previous: Week 16 | 15 | 14 | 13 | 12 | 11 | 10 | 9 | 8 | 7 |...

Player rankings: Stellar PG play from Rubio, Kemba and Lillard

7:54 AM ET Micah Adams Every week, we’ll rank the top 10 players from the previous week using game score as our starting point. Created by former ESPN.com stats guru and current Grizzlies VP of basketball operations John Hollinger, game score measures a player’s productivity for a single outing based on the weighting of various box score statistics (for a more complete explanation, check out Week 1). Now on to the rankings. Note: These rankings are for games played from Monday, Jan. 29, through Sunday.

Sources: Lakers shifting free-agent focus to ’19

9:41 AM ET Ramona Shelburne Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior writer for ESPN.com Spent seven years at the Los Angeles Daily News Adrian Wojnarowski As the Los Angeles Lakers become more realistic about the franchise’s chances of snaring superstars in the free-agent class of 2018, the front office is increasingly looking through a longer lens in its team building process, league sources told ESPN. The Lakers aren’t abandoning a summer pursuit of stars, but rather they are recalibrating their focus on a 2019 class that could include San Antonio‘s Kawhi Leonard, Golden State‘s Klay Thompson and Minnesota‘s Jimmy Butler, league sources told ESPN. The belief has been that the Lakers were cutting an unapologetic path to salary-cap freedom for two maximum contract slo...

Police: Gronkowski’s home scene of burglary

8:08 AM ET Police are investigating a break-in at the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in Foxborough, Massachusetts, they confirmed Tuesday morning. Foxborough Police Chief William Baker would not say when it happened or what was taken from the house, but they did say that Gronkowski was away at Super Bowl LII when the break-in occurred. “There were items stolen,” Baker told reporters Tuesday morning. “We’re not going to release the nature of the items stolen. “Obviously the people who committed the theft know what was stolen. It’s an investigative advantage for us to know that as well and not share it with the public, so I won’t have any further comment on that.” In a recording of call between responding officers and dis...

Reports: Gronkowski’s house broken into

1:43 AM ET Police are investigating a possible break-in at the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in Foxborough, Mass., according to multiple reports. Gronkowski lives just a few miles from Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots returned late Monday afternoon after Sunday’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis. Police arrived at the home at about 6 p.m., and both local and state police were on the scene for much of the night, according to reports.

Reports: Gronkowski’s home scene of burglary

2:50 AM ET Police are investigating a possible break-in at the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in Foxborough, Massachusetts, according to multiple reports. Gronkowski lives just a few miles from Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots returned late Monday afternoon after Sunday’s Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis. Police arrived at the home at about 6 p.m. local time, and both local and state police were on the scene for much of the night, according to reports.

Mississippi State sends message with win in title game rematch

12:55 AM ET Graham HaysespnW.com Close Graham Hays covers college sports for espnW, including softball and soccer. Hays began with ESPN in 1999. STARKVILLE, Miss. — There isn’t anybody left Mississippi State can’t beat. Who knows what the NCAA tournament will bring. We never know when it comes to a time of year that can witness a 5-foot-5 guard who can fell Goliath. But after No. 2 Mississippi State beat No. 7 South Carolina 67-53 to end an 11-game losing streak against the Gamecocks, we know that. The only team to beat Connecticut in the Huskies’ past 134 games, Mississippi State finally beat the team that made last year’s historic upset one of the great footnotes in sports history. Mississippi State stunned the world against Connecticut, but South Carolina l...

Mavs’ Nowitzki reaches 50,000-minute mark

11:46 PM ET Dirk Nowitzki joined another exclusive NBA club when he reached the 50,000-minute milestone on Monday night. Nowitzki, who has played for the Dallas Mavericks his entire 20-year career, became the sixth player to play at least 50,000 minutes in his NBA career when he logged seven minutes in Monday’s game against the LA Clippers. “I’ve just been fortunate to stay really injury-free for most of my career,” Nowitzki said recently. “I’ve had some bumps in the road here and there, but you see what other players go through, so I was very fortunate. That’s a lot of minutes, obviously, especially early on in my career.” The other NBA legends in the 50,000-minute club are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd and Elvi...

Source: Sooners’ Young battles illness in loss

11:40 PM ET Oklahoma freshman star Trae Young battled an illness that affected his energy level in the No. 17 Sooners’ 75-73 loss to No. 19 West Virginia on Monday, a source close to the Wooden Award favorite told ESPN. Young finished with 32 points on 10-for-20 shooting (4-10 from 3-point range), with two rebounds and an assist. Young, who entered the game leading the nation in scoring and assists, missed a three-minute stretch in the first half — abnormal for him — and an Oklahoma staffer offered him a fruit pack while he was on the bench. Young didn’t take it. The freshman has averaged 34.8 minutes per game this season but seemed to be dealing with fatigue issues throughout the matchup with West Virginia. He scored 17 points in the first half. “I hope he ca...

Todd Frazier looks like a bargain for Mets

10:39 PM ET It seemed all along that Todd Frazier was destined for the New York Mets or New York Yankees. Since he settled for a two-year, $17 million contract from the Mets, the takeaway has to be that the Yankees simply weren’t interested — at least beyond a one-year deal — and will be content running with Miguel Andujar as their Opening Day third baseman. The Mets, after bringing back Jay Bruce on a three-year contract earlier in the offseason, added another power bat in Frazier, who has hit 102 home runs the past three seasons, including 27 in 2017. The contract obviously looks like a bargain for the Mets given that Frazier has produced 3.4 WAR each of the past two seasons. Mets third basemen hit .269/.315/.413 last season — four different players started at lea...

Todd Frazier inks deal with Mets, source says

9:18 PM ET Free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier has signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Mets, a source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The deal, first reported by the Athletic, is pending a physical. Frazier, 31, had inked a $12 million, one-year deal with the White Sox last season. They traded him to the Yankees in late July. Frazier, who is from New Jersey, was received warmly when he returned to the New York City area. His move to the crosstown rivals keeps him close to home. He replaced Chase Headley at third base as the Yankees liked Frazier’s defense over Headley’s. Frazier, known for his big, effusive personality, immediately had an impact in the clubhouse; he took on a leadership role, which is unusual for a player who arrived during the season in a trade. O...