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Our third annual ranking of the biggest names in sports

To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries. ESPN's Sports Analytics Group then ranked them based on a proprietary formula that took into account three fame factors.

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World Fame 100: Africa's Top 10

ESPN has determined 2018's most famous athletes on the planet, but where do representatives from Africa fit on the list?

ESPN World Fame 100: Know your famous athletes

We asked fans from around the globe if they could identify athletes in the ESPN World Fame top 100.

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Warriors vs. Rockets

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Warriors looking forward after blowout Game 3 win vs. Rockets

Two veteran coaches had a similar message for their teams on the eve of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

Harden: Rockets' confidence 'never changes'

James Harden says the Rockets go into every game with the same swagger and nothing will change going into Game 4.

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Warriors list Iguodala as doubtful for Game 4

Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala banged knees with the Rockets' James Harden in Game 3, and Iguodala's knee worsened overnight. He did not practice Monday and is listed as doubtful for Game 4.

UEFA Champions League Final

Real Madrid vs. Liverpool, May 26

'Salah wouldn't get in Real Madrid side'

Former Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque told "El Partidazo" radio show that even Egypt international Salah's 44 goals this season would not get him into the Madrid team.

Mane confident Liverpool can upset the odds

Sadio Mane explains why Liverpool will have nothing to fear when they face Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

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Mane warns Real Madrid: Goals are coming

Senegal international Mane has struck 19 times this season and wants more as the Reds take on the holders in Kiev on Saturday.

Must Reads

From OKC to the Bay: How KD is building a Silicon Valley empire

In ESPN The Magazine's World Fame 100 Issue, Kevin Durant takes us inside his growing business empire, his Nike negotiations and whether he ultimately might end up in an owner's box.

Infamy, redemption entwine for Smith, Warner

Even as a reckoning awaits CA and the Australian team on the culture front, public opinion of the banned players have already softened

The Shohei Ohtani experiment isn't just working -- it's perfect

Are the Angels using Ohtani correctly? So far, the planets have aligned for L.A. and its two-way star.

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Nigeria

Football

Simy & other Super Eagles late bloomers

Should Simy Nwankwo make his Nigeria bow during the coming weeks, he wouldn't be the first Nigerian to start his Super Eagles career late.

Brighton sign Nigeria international Balogun

Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of the Super Eagles centre-back from Mainz.

Nigeria to pay World Cup bonuses before DRC friendly

Nigeria players will in all likelihood become the first to receive their 2018 FIFA World Cup bonus payments.

Top Football Reads

Pranks, fails, dodgy statues ... and of course, Zlatan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mohamed Salah's doppelganger, dodgy statues (and good ones), penalty fails and top pranks: It's the Toe Poke awards 2018!

Chelsea would get better of Willian-Martial swap

If a deal for Martial is possible, reuniting Willian with his favourite manager would be a bitter pill well worth swallowing for Chelsea.

All is not well with Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy

Ibrahimovic's impulsive act of retaliation to get his first red card shows his frustration with life at the LA Galaxy has been building.

2018 FIFA World Cup

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World Cup Moments - Maxi's Moment of Magic

Maxi Rodriguez's strike against Mexico was not of major significance, nor did it involve any fascinating subplots. But it was a thing of sheer beauty.

WWE

Monday Night Raw results: A big Monday for WWE ends in a show filled with poor executions

A night that should have provided an opportunity to show new partners what they'll be bringing to the table turned into a display of poor creative decisions and a puzzling moment in the progression of Roman Reigns.

The biggest questions surrounding WWE's move to Fox

SmackDown Live will have a new home in October 2019, but how will the deal with Fox impact the brand and its performers?

John Cena steps further into public eye with growing Hollywood profile

John Cena's profile in Hollywood continues to grow, which puts more of his personal life on display for the world to see.

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