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Joe Thomas' 9,684 straight shifts in the Factory of Sadness

The offensive lineman wants to be there when the Cleveland Browns become the Chicago Cubs. He'll have earned it -- the likely Hall of Famer has never missed a snap.

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Late-season predictions for every NFL team

Which award could young stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott share? And is pass-rusher Khalil Mack destined for a bigger prize? NFL Nation reporters make a prediction for all 32 teams.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been nominated by the team for the Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award for the second straight year. Outside linebacker Thomas Davis won the 2014 award after being nominated the previous year. Olsen's foundation has raised more than $850,000 in eight years toward breast cancer research. His HEARTest Yard Fund to help families with children born with a congenital heart defect like his son T.J. was in 2012 has distributed about $1.2 million in support. "Greg has an incredible heart," Davis said. "I love the guy." Said coach Ron Rivera, "Greg's service is completely driven by love."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

NCAA president Mark Emmert on Penn State football: "I thought Penn State's season was spectacular. What Coach [James] Franklin has done there is very, very impressive. It's great for those young men and that fan base." Adds that Penn State won't through an "awful situation. But the football program is still Penn State."

Mark Ogden Senior Football Writer 

Pitch in Odessa under covers and being heated ahead of Thursday's Zorya Luhansk v Man Utd game. Currently minus four degrees.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

NCAA president Mark Emmert, speaking at Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York, says it's good for the NCAA that the courts are being clearer on defining amateurism. He cites recent ruling by 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that student-athletes are not employees of their universities.

NCAAF 

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

In conference call, Red Sox starter Chris Sale on being labeled an "ace": "We play for a trophy, not a tag."

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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants going to lean on Olivier Vernon even more now. He leads the team with 8.0 sacks and is tied for NFL lead with Aaron Donald with 15 tackles for a loss. Also need young DEs (Owa Odighizuwa, Romeo Okwara, Kerry Wynn) to step up in JPP's absence.

NFL 

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on Kings C DeMarcus Cousins: "He's as big of a matchup problem at the center position as I've seen in some time. Just because now he effectively shoots 3s, he's a beast on the inside, he can shoot midrange and he's a great passer and an unselfish player. ... There are many, many challenges. He's virtually impossible to guard one-on-one in the post, and I've never seen a center drive the ball like that." The Mavs face Cousins' Kings on Wednesday.

NBA 

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek, speaking at Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York, said of the Big 12 expansion process: "It turned left, right, up, down. Day to day, it changed. ... We did not know what direction it would go."

NCAAF 

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

JPP also needed his groin repaired, per source. Regular season is over.

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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery to repair a sports hernia this morning, per source. He's expected to be out for the remainder of the regular season. Likely six weeks recovery time.

NFL 

Wall had career-high game in loss
NBA 

John Wall scored 52 points on 18-of-31 shooting, but it was not enough to get the Wizards the win. Orlando beat Washington 124-116.

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Duke tops Florida to improve to 9-1
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Amile Jefferson, Luke Kennard and Jayson Tatum combined to score 75 points in No. 5 Duke's 84-74 win over No. 21 Florida.

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Jefferson finishes off sequence with dunk
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After Luke Kennard steals the ball and takes off towards the basket, the Duke offense uses quick passes to work the ball around before finding Amile Jefferson all alone for the easy dunk.

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Fau Stuns Ohio State with Late Shot
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Nick Rutherford's floater goes down with one second left to give Florida Atlantic the lead for good over the Buckeyes.

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Sun Devils turn steal into huge alley-oop
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Obinna Oleka got Arizona State on the board in style when he elevated over Purdue's P.J. Thompson to complete this highlight-reel dunk.

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Knicks beat Heat for fourth straight win
NBA 

Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points and Kristaps Porzingis added a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in New York's 114-103 victory over Miami.

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Hayward scores on pass to himself
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Gordon Hayward loses control of the ball as he's driving to the basket, then regains control and scores an unconventional layup against the Suns.

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Jackson's no-look, backwards pass finds Drummond
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Detroit's Reggie Jackson tracks down the loose ball and throws a no-look, backwards pass to Andre Drummond for the easy dunk against the Bulls.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

There are certainly some question marks, but I think it's fair to say that the roster Phil Jackson put together looks promising after 21 games. The Knicks are three games over .500 for the first time since 2012-13 and have won nine of 12.

NBA 

Spurs win, remain undefeated on the road
NBA 

Kawhi Leonard dropped 31 points in the Spurs' 105-81 win over the Timberwolves to improve to 13-0 on the road so far this season.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward during Jazz's 7-1 run: 27 ppg, 49.6 FG%, 50 3%, 86.3 FT% with 10 free throws per game. He's dominating despite pain and swelling in his left ring finger, which he broke during training camp.

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Gobert slams home reverse alley-oop
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Rudy Gobert punctuated the Jazz's 112-105 victory over the Suns with this reverse alley-oop slam.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler's assessment of his team's defense: "We're not defending the way we're capable of. Messing up assignments, we're not boxing out. We're not playing to guys' weaknesses. We can't let that happen. We got to fix it. We got to treat every last one of these games like it's our last one. All these count early on so we got to start turning it around, we got to start winning."

NBA 

ESPN Stats and Information  

In Tuesday night's win over Florida, Luke Kennard, Amile Jefferson and Jayson Tatum combined for 75 points for Duke. The rest of the team combined for 9. It was the 1st time since Jan. 20, 2001 with 3 players scoring at least 22 points (Jay Williams, Carlos Boozer, Shane Battier).

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Coach K on Harry Giles return: "we're hoping before Christmas -- those two games."

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