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GameDay Final: The problem with Penn State in the playoff

The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten title. They beat Ohio State. But they have not done enough to warrant a place in the College Football Playoff. Will the selection committee agree?

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13mAdam Schefter

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The NFL's competition committee has a history of reviewing controversial plays and rules. It will now take a look at the end of last week's Ravens-Bengals game, a league source told ESPN.

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1dDoug McIntyre

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7hBrett Okamoto

Benavidez takes split decision over Cejudo

Joseph Benavidez outworked Henry Cejudo on Saturday night, as the opposing coaches on Season 24 of "The Ultimate Fighter" put on a classic flyweight duel in Las Vegas.

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John Brewin ESPN FC 

Liverpool breezing it at Bournemouth. 2-0 up, though Jurgen Klopp's still done plenty of shouting.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State's "squad room," where the team holds meetings, is all set for today's college football playoff selection show. This is where the Nittany Lions will watch.

NCAAF 

Matt Barrie ESPN 

This is College Football's top prize. The 4-teams announced today here in Grapevine will play for their shot at the CFP title.

NCAAF 

AJ Mass ESPN Staff Writer 

Always check those practice squad promotions, as they can tell you what player a team is worried about in terms of being able to okay come Sunday. Detroit added WR TJ Jones to the roster, a huge sign that WR Marvin Jones won't be suiting up.

NFL 

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

Good morning from the Gaylord Texan, where the CFP selection committee met until 1:30 am CT to debate and vote on their final top 25 of the season. They reconvened at 7 am CT here for breakfast and to solidify their last ranking of the season. Here is a photo looking up at their HQ from the outside.

NCAAF 

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

After some craziness in the streets just off campus late last night, all is quiet on Penn State's campus ... right now.

NCAAF 

AJ Mass ESPN Staff Writer 

Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell (13.8 percent owned) is dealing with an abdominal injury that forced the team to sign Randy Bullock on Saturday as a precaution. Given Coach Tomlin's penchant to "go for two" anyway, best to avoid this situation entirely in fantasy.

NFL 

John Brewin ESPN FC 

At Bournemouth vs Liverpool, where Jurgen Klopp's men are warming up to the sounds of local lad Craig David.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Draymond Green asked if he could remember last time Golden State Warriors lost two in a row. PR member quickly interrupted to clarify "regular season."

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Brett Okamoto ESPN Staff Writer 

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has defended his title nine consecutive times. Second longest streak in UFC history, one short of Anderson Silva's mark. Defeated Tim Elliott tonight at TUF 24 Finale in Las Vegas.

MMA 

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Warriors were 49-of-78 from the field (62.8 percent), including 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) on 3-pointers. Both of those shooting percentages were season highs for the Warriors, and the 62.8 is the best in the NBA by any team this season. The Warriors' previous season highs for shooting percentage were .616 overall (53 of 86) and .528 on 3-pointers (19 of 36), both in the Warriors' 149-106 win over the Lakers on Nov. 23.

NBA 

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saquon Barkley on whether Penn State should be in the playoff: "We won the Big Ten championship, arguably the best conference in college football. We beat Ohio State. We've got a good resume. But it's not up to us. It's either playoffs or Rose Bowl. Whatever one we're in, we've got to take full advantage of."

NCAAF 

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Clemson touchdown that proved to be the game winner was set up by a third-and-14 heave to Deon Cain. Deshaun Watson broke down the play, which really ended with him having faith in his receivers to make one-on-one plays.

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Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Big Ten title game MVP Trace McSorley said Penn State's offensive surge began after the Nittany Lions figured out Wisconsin's defensive alignment early and though keeping the Badgers in their base defense by using high tempo.

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McGee almost inbounds from the wrong end
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After Golden State's Ian Clark drains a free throw, JaVale McGee grabs the ball and almost inbounds it from the wrong end while his teammates laugh at his expense.

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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite a couple shots of pepper spray and rubber bullets from police, the atmosphere in State College is still quite festive.

NCAAF 

ESPN Stats and Information  

How unlikely was Penn State's Big Ten championship? Preseason odds on the Nittany Lions winning the conference were 60-1, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. After Penn State lost to Michigan on Sept. 24, ESPN's Football Power Index projected the team's conference title chances as 0.09 percent; they remained below 4 percent until Michigan's loss to Iowa. And Saturday night, Penn State's win probability dipped to 3 percent after Wisconsin sacked Trace McSorley with 3:25 remaining in the second quarter and the Nittany Lions trailing 28-7.

NCAAF 

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki: "Hopefully I'll be back soon and we can run off some wins. That's the only way I look at it. Everything else is nonsense."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki: "I want to get back on the court as soon as possible. ... I'm all in. I want to play." No timetable for his return from a strained right Achilles' tendon.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey finished with 110 rush yards Saturday and moved into second on the all-time FBS list, past Tony Dorsett. The other three in the top four competed before the NCAA began recognizing statistics from bowl games, which started in the 2002 season.

NCAAF 

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

You can't really tell from this angle -- most Penn State fans are a block or two away -- but a crowd has descended on downtown State College. Happy Valley is pulsing right now; it's in a state of disbelief after a three-TD comeback over Wisconsin. Fans are chanting, singing, jumping. Happy Valley is living up to its namesake.

NCAAF 

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

ACC championship game MVP Deshaun Watson salutes the crowd after the Tigers beat Virginia Tech to win their second straight league title. As he received his trophy, the crowd chanted, "Heisman!"

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Thompson steal leads to Durant dunk
NBA 

Golden State's Klay Thompson intercepts a pass from Jared Dudley and finds Kevin Durant alone at the other end to slam it home during the third quarter.

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley had a performance to remember, with two interceptions against Virginia Tech -- including one to seal a 42-35 win in the ACC title game. He was mobbed by teammates afterward.

NCAAF 

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

JaVale McGee in store for another Shaqtin' a Fool appearance. He tried to inbound the ball while it was the Suns' ball to inbound.

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