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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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Watch live: Sam Houston State vs. James Madison

No. 4 seed James Madison takes on fifth-seeded Sam Houston State in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, live on ESPN2 and streaming on the ESPN App/WatchESPN.

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The Uncoverables: Best NFL WRs in every category

Who's the best deep threat? Which WR is most dangerous after the catch? What about the toughest player to cover in the red zone? Here's your ultimate breakdown of the league's top wide receivers.

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Uni Watch: The NFL's shell game

Friday Flashback: With the NFL's helmet rule, there are now 16 throwback looks that are off-limits.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has 2 triple-doubles this season and 7 in his career, 1 shy of tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most in Bucks franchise history.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs guard Seth Curry will play tonight against the Pacers after missing the previous four games due to a sprained right knee.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, who will miss his second straight game due to a groin injury, said he's hopeful to be back on the court for Wednesday's ESPN game vs. the San Antonio Spurs. Thomas said Celtics GM Danny Ainge wants Thomas to take it slow in recovery but Thomas wants to join team on upcoming trip that starts Sunday in Oklahoma City.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas sounds off when asked about those who wonder if the Celtics are better without him:

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The throwback uniforms the Cavs are wearing tonight.

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Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

The NBA has denied the Toronto Raptors' protest of their 102-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 20, 2016.

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Russell Westbrook (11) and James Harden (4) have 15 of the league's 24 triple-doubles this season. Westbrook has a triple-double in 6 straight games, which is the 4th-longest streak in NBA history. Rockets at Thunder, 8 ET on ESPN.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The defense called a crime lab deputy, Madelyn Collins, to testify about gunshot residue. She said gunshot residue was found on Will Smith's hands, explaining it could possibly come from firing a gun, being near a gun when it's discharged or touching a gun that had been discharged. The state had her specify that she found only two particles on the back of each hand, one on the left palm and none on the right palm -- and that it's possible residue could come from a gun being fired into his vehicle. The defense has been hinting at the possibility that Smith may have held or fired a gun that was removed or moved at the scene.

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Anish Shroff ESPN Commentator 

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

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

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

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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.

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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.

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