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Is Westbrook's triple-double chase benefiting Thunder?

Russell Westbrook is racking up stats at a historical pace, even snatching away rebounds from teammates. But here's why that can be a good thing.

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Witness says Will Smith brought 'his own demise'

A witness in the trial of Cardell Hayes said that former Saints player Will Smith brought about 'his own demise' by acting as an aggressor on the night that Smith was shot and killed.

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Iowa 'Field of Dreams' complex gets go-ahead

The Iowa Supreme Court cleared the way for a 24-field baseball complex at the "Field of Dreams" movie site in Dyersville, upholding a lower court's decision on the property.

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The Uncoverables: Best NFL WRs in every category

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Uni Watch: The NFL's shell game

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Anish Shroff ESPN Commentator 

.@NDSUFootball has won 5 straight FCS titles. @CoachKli and @ahmadsangle chat about 'chips.


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs rookie Kay Felder has on some Syracuse-esque orange LeBron Soldier Xs for Cleveland's Hardwood Classics night tonight.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A private detective for the defense testifies about a female witness who told him she thought she saw former NOPD captain Billy Ceravolo reach across Will Smith's body toward the glove compartment and pull out what she thought was a gun. The state gets the detective to acknowledge that she was wrong about Ceravolo being there at the time she said -- since surveillance video proved he wasn't there yet. The detective, David Olasky, said, "Some things about her story were true, some things she might have gotten wrong or confused. ... (But) I believe she saw someone removing something from the area of the glove box." The state has spent much of the day criticizing defense attorney John Fuller for publicly making such suggestions about Ceravolo, who took the stand earlier.

Jacob Wolf Reporter 

Dota 2 developer Valve and event organizer PGL has announced today that it will host the Kiev Major in April as its second major tournament of the year. The event, which was announced at the Boston Major at the Wang Theatre, will serve as the second tournament, alongside Boston, that determines team strength and invites.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams RB Todd Gurley needs to average 81 rushing yards over these last four games to get to 1,000. "At the end of the day, looking for wins," he said. "But the big boys up front definitely want to get that for me, for sure. They're definitely going to be working."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Jared Goff said he feels "really good." He got a lot of work done at the facility during Thursday's off day and had a full workout Friday. "Yesterday I was able to kind of regroup and get back to myself, and today I felt normal."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Jared Goff returned to practice today from what he deemed a stomach issue and said he feels good. RB Benny Cunningham (neck) is doubtful after not practicing all week. CB EJ Gaines (thigh) also did not practice all week and is listed as questionable. LG Rodger Saffold (hand) and WR Tavon Austin (chest) were full participants all week and are good to go. DE Robert Quinn (concussion) is questionable, but practiced in full on Friday.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The state has now rested in the murder trial against Will Smith's alleged killer, Cardell Hayes. The defense will begin presenting its side after a short recess.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The person who sent a racist letter to Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall wanted to make "to make sure I got It," Marshall said, so the person put the return address as "Mrs. Jackson's Sixth Grade Class" and on the back of envelope was written "we love you Mr. Marshall." And the letter was filled with slurs -- disgusting, disheartening, deplorable," Marshall said.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) and RB Mark Ingram (toe/knee) returned to practice on a limited basis Friday, increasing their chances of playing Sunday at Tampa Bay. Only three Saints did not practice -- center Max Unger (foot), linebacker Craig Robertson (shoulder) and safety Shiloh Keo (hamstring). All of them are officially listed as questionable, though.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Humphries and Demar Dotston both officially out this weekend for the Bucs. So is Luke Stocker and Chris Conte.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams running back Todd Gurley was fined $9,115 for a chop block on Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower in Sunday's game. While Hightower was upset during the game, pointing towards Rams players, he said after the game that he spoke with Gurley and didn't believe it was intentional.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Friday's injury report: OLB John Simon, WR Braxton Miller, WR Jaelen Strong, RB Tyler Ervin and QB Tom Savage have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Travis Swanson OUT for Lions. DeAndre Levy, Theo Riddick, Ezekiel Ansah among the questionable.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The prosecution appears to be wrapping up its case in the murder trial of Will Smith's accused killer, Cardell Hayes, with jurors looking through evidence displays. Jurors heard testimony Friday from a forensic pathologist, a vehicle crash expert and Smith's friend and former police captain Billy Ceravolo. The forensic pathologist testified that the first shot hit Smith from a level angle and into his left side, which suggests he wasn't reaching into his car for a gun as the defense has suggested. The crash expert testified that he believed Hayes intentionally hit Smith's vehicle before the shooting, since he didn't slam on his brakes and only slowed from 20 to 17 miles per hour. And Ceravolo refuted public claims made by defense attorney John Fuller in the media that he may have tampered with evidence.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Officially Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants with a back injury, but he is expected to be available even after missing the last two days of practice. Safety J.J. Wilcox (thigh) will miss his second straight game and cornerback Morris Claiborne (groin) and tackle Chaz Green (back) have also been ruled out.

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Sam Houston State's Jeremiah Briscoe enters tonight's FCS quarterfinal against James Madison four touchdown passes shy of the NCAA all-division single-season record of 61, set by Brett Elliott of Linfield. Briscoe has thrown an FCS-record 57 touchdown passes this season, including at least five in each of his last five games.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Cornerback Brandon Flowers (concussion) did not practice all week and has been ruled out by the San Diego Chargers. Linebacker Jatavis Brown (knee) and guard Orlando Franklin (knee) were limited participants on Friday and are questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. DE Joey Bosa (knee), WR Dontrelle Inman (ankle), S Dwight Lowery (hand) and WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) were full participants all week and are expected to play.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews missed his first game ever last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. He's fighting his way through an ankle injury and intends on playing Sunday versus Washington.


Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Four happy Heisman finalists. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is in Baltimore for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm dinner and arrives Saturday.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield talks about trying to stay relaxed before the Heisman ceremony.


Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook on quarterback Baker Mayfield: "I call Baker LeBron James. He makes everybody around him better."

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Wayne Gretzky on NHL players participating in the Olympics, an issue very much up in the air for 2018: "I'm a big believer in the Olympic Games. I happen to love everything about the Olympic Games."


Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's Mr. Versatility Jabrill Peppers first met Heisman winner Charles Woodson on his recruiting visit to the Big House for the spring game. "It was everything I thought it would be," he said. Has it sunk in their names are now linked as defensive players who became Heisman finalists? "It hasn't," Peppers said. "Right now I'm on cloud 9 trying to soak it all in."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Snead, on Fisher: "I have immense respect for what he's done and how he's handled this situation." On the team, he said they're "very, very close" to being contenders, but that they've "been competitive too long."