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Follow live: Seahawks in control vs. Panthers

Russell Wilson found Jimmy Graham for a 1-yard touchdown to add to Seattle's lead over Carolina. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was forced to leave the game early with a lower leg fracture.

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1mDavid Newton

Cam's non-start due to dress code violation

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sat out the team's first drive vs. the Seahawks Sunday night due to dress code violation. Derek Anderson started instead and was intercepted on the first play.

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1mSheil Kapadia

Seahawks' Thomas (broken leg) mulls retirement

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas tweeted that he is contemplating retirement after exiting Sunday night's game against the Panthers with a lower left leg fracture.

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Biggest NFL injuries of Week 13

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was carted to the locker room with a left leg injury. Here are some other big names who got nicked up this week.


The Big Story for every NFL team

Could the Lions be legitimate contenders in the NFC? How are the Packers' playoff hopes shaping up? A look at the top storylines for all 32 NFL teams heading into Week 14.

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Players recall how the biggest plays of Week 13 went down

Antonio Brown rewards Big Ben's trust; the Chiefs find creative ways to get in the end zone; Tom Brady hits a career milestone; the Bears and 49ers struggle with the forward pass. Listen to the stars describe the big moments.

Kaepernick benched during dreadful performance (0:51)
Westbrook notches fifth straight triple-double (0:25)
Bournemouth stuns Liverpool 4-3 (2:45)
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How will Arena utilize USMNT prospects?

How will the new man in charge of the U.S. men's team approach the batch of talented young players differently than his predecessor?

Giuseppe scores winner for Hurricanes in OT (0:29)
Byron's shootout goal wins it for Canadiens (0:26)


Westbrook just likes to win

Russell Westbrook talks about what it feels like to record his fifth straight triple-double, the first player to do that since Michael Jordan.


Davis just watches as Westbrook punishes the rim

Anthony Davis is a spectator when Russell Westbrook drives the lane and slams it home with authority.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker David Mayo in the concussion protocol. That is two tonight and a league-high nine times a Carolina player has been in the protocol this season.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The most fascinating part of Day 1 of the Winter Meetings wasn't the Yankees signing of their new DH Matt Holliday but rather the residue of Edwin Encarnacion no longer having the option of the Yankees after losing his opportunity with the Astros just days earlier after they signed Beltran, The Jays pulled their offer of 4yrs $80m leaving a terrific opportunity for teams like the Rangers, Orioles and maybe even surprise teams like the Indians or Rockies to jump in and get an impact bat at a bargain. Amazing Yankees valued pick 17 of first round more than Edwin but understandable if the reason was saving financial flexibility for Harper and Machado who are both just 2 yrs from free agency.


Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was "shocked" that coach Bruce Arians called the fourth-and-1 play late in the fourth quarter. He was getting ready to jog off the field when he got the call. At first, Palmer thought Arians wanted the offense to line up to force Washington to burn a timeout. That clearly wasn't the plan. "But obviously a great call," Palmer said. "Phenomenal execution and Dave (running back David Johnson) did the rest." Johnson ran for 14 yards to keep the drive alive.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"It was a gutsy call that I knew coach would make. I mean what do we have to lose at this point? At 4-6-1, we needed to win this ballgame." -- Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald on coach Bruce Arians' decision to go for it on fourth-and-1, which resulted in a 14-yard run by David Johnson.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks' offense has scored on six of nine possessions so far tonight. The team punted for the first time with a little more than six minutes left in the third quarter. Quite the contrast from a week ago when Seattle managed just one field goal on 11 offensive possessions in a loss to the Bucs.

Griffin and Jordan connect for alley-oop

Blake Griffin lobs the ball up to DeAndre Jordan in the final minutes of the first quarter as the Clips extend their lead over the Pacers.


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

There are currently 1,473 upper level seats to the Fiesta Bowl (Ohio State-Clemson) selling for below face value.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley goes into the concussion protocol for the second time this season.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Seeing a lot of speculation about the true nature of Panthers QB Cam Newton's one-play benching tonight. Let's just say this: If it was in fact for a dress code violation, and there had been no previous issues or ongoing concerns, it would be an exceptionally rare discipline for an NFL player.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls was back on the field with the Seahawks for the first drive of the second half after undergoing concussion protocol in the second quarter.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The injury to Earl Thomas will have a major impact on the Seahawks defense moving forward. Thomas has the best range in the game. And that allows Seattle to lean on single-high safety defenses because of his ability to consistently close the seam and the post. Really tough to replace Thomas' speed, ball skills and football IQ in the deep middle of the field given the scheme and the technique Seattle uses in the secondary.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis had an X-ray taken after the game in Oklahoma City, according to league sources. Davis denied the account, but the Pelicans forward received treatment and a black wrap on his right foot at his locker before speaking to the media. Davis, who finished with 37 points and 15 rebounds in 43 minutes, appeared to be walking without a hobble in the locker room.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Just before Seattle took a 30-7 lead on the first play of the second half NBC reported Cam Newton's discipline was for a dress code violation. This season has come to that.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs-Cowboys game for Week 15 has been flexed to Sunday night, NBC just announced. That means a rare national audience for the Bucs.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals-Steelers game has been flexed out of primetime in favor of Cowboys-Buccaneers

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks went into halftime with a 23-7 lead over the Panthers, but an injury to Earl Thomas will dampen their excitement. Thomas was carted off the field with a lower leg injury in the second quarter after a collision with Kam Chancellor. Running back Thomas Rawls, meanwhile, had a monster first half with 103 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. But he also exited the game after taking a hit to the head with 6:11 left in the second quarter and is undergoing concussion protocol.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys Dec. 18 meeting against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been flexed to Sunday night. As a result the Cowboys will play on primetime in four straight games. They played last Thursday night and will meet the New York Giants on Dec. 11 on Sunday night. They play the Detroit Lions on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," on Dec. 26.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The game began with NFL MVP Cam Newton being benched for the opening series and went downhill from there for the Panthers. Derek Anderson was intercepted on the first play and the Seahawks were up 10-0 before it was perfectly clear Newton was benched for disciplinary reasons. Outside of a 55-yard touchdown pass from Newton to Ted Ginn Jr. this was all Seattle. Carolina's 23-7 halftime deficit is three more what it was in the third quarter last season when the Panthers staged a second-half comeback here. Such a rally seems unlikely with this team.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks 106, Kings 98: New York nearly blew a 20-point third-quarter lead but hung on late thanks to a few big shots from Carmelo Anthony (20 points). Derrick Rose had another strong floor game (20 points on 16 shots). He and Brandon Jennings carried the Knicks for long stretches. The club is two games over .509 this late in the season for the first time since 2012-13.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Kings are playing Hack-a-Noah and it's worked. Joakim Noah has missed all four of his free throws, giving Sacramento a chance to eat into a 5-point lead. Fortunately for the Knicks and Noah, the Kings have come up empty on both trips, one of which ended with a Kristaps Porzingis block.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Tiger Woods made $107,000 today, his first on-course paycheck since he made $129,600 on August 23, 2015


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is questionable to return after suffering a lower leg injury with 10:40 left in the second quarter. Thomas collided with teammate Kam Chancellor on the play. He was carried off the field by members of the Seahawks' medical staff and later carted off.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook finishes with 28 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists (and 10 turnovers, but who's counting, except the scorekeeper, apparently) as the Thunder pick up their fifth straight win, 101-92, over the Pelicans. Not coincidentally, Westbrook has triple-doubled in five straight games.