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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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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan: "I believe Tyrod Taylor is an outstanding quarterback, has a chance to be an outstanding quarterback." Ryan says he doesn't believe it's appropriate to evaluate Taylor's future until after the season.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on LeSean McCoy: "The type of year he's having is amazing. ... This young man is having an unbelievable season for us."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Richard Hernandez on stand now in Will Smith murder trial. Hernandez was an acquaintance of Smith and a central figure in the case since defense is painting him as the chief instigator. He said he left the scene in a taxi because he feared for his life after Smith was shot and he heard someone saying, "Where's that white boy?" Hernandez admitted to taking his shirt off because he felt a fight was about to happen but said he never swung at anybody and walked away when wife calmed him down. Cross examination beginning now.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on Steelers: "We have to win this game to have any hopes of getting into the playoffs." He believes Pittsburgh has improved defensively.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions GM Bob Quinn, after the Quick Lane Bowl press conference, declined comment on his team, saying he'll chat after the season. He did, though, chat with Boston College coach Steve Addazio briefly,

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

On Larry Bird's 60th birthday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens reflects on what it meant for an Indy kid to grow up watching Bird.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Ian Desmond will play 1B for Rockies gets 70 million over 5 years

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Jeff Carlisle Soccer 

Toronto FC braving the elements on a brisk day here in Toronto.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Kyrie Irving on this Duke team after watching the Blue Devils last night: "They can be great, but it's going to take some time. They still aren't fully back yet. Harry's special." Irving spent time down in Durham this past offseason and knows the young guys (i.e. Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles) well.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

This is the forecast for the Bengals game in Cleveland this Sunday. Andy Dalton said he's never played in a real snow game; he said it could be fun to play in if it snows during the game.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Larry Bird turns 60 today. Bird's single-game career-high for points, and the Celtics' single-game scoring record, is the 60 Bird scored against the Hawks at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on March 12, 1985. Bird broke Kevin McHale's scoring record (56), set nine days earlier.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Rockies have agreed to terms with Ian Desmond as first reported by Ken Rosenthal

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Rebecca Dooley echoes Racquel Smith's testimony that Racquel tried to calm Will Smith and the situation, saying things like, "We have kids, let's call the police, don't do this" etc. But she said Racquel never made one isolated statement like, "Don't do it, Will!" Dooley also said Smith and Cardell Hayes were equally agitated in the argument. And that she and Racquel had succeeded in calming Smith down and believed the situation had been diffused before Hayes began shooting.

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Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

You just never know what you'll find at the rink. Like at Nationwide Arena where ice sculptors are hard at work on a carving that will be featured in the Columbus Blue Jackets holiday card.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Gary Cohen is not headed to the Hall of Fame ... this year anyway. The late Bill King, a former Athletics broadcaster, received the honor as the Ford C. Frick winner for broadcasting excellence.

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Peter Lawrence-Riddell ESPN.com 

Don Mattingly talks about Giancarlo Stanton and expectations for 2017. Consistency and health are the keys.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals running back David Johnson was named the NFC offensive player of the week for the second time this season. Johnson earned the honor after tallying 175 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. He's he first Cardinal to be named The NFC's OPOW twice in the same season since Kurt Warner did it in 2009.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (groin strain) flew home to Boston on Tuesday night. He's out vs. Magic tonight and team will monitor his status moving forward.

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Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant have been selected as co-recipients of the 2016 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year award.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

In Will Smith murder trial, defense attorney Jay Daniels points out inconsistencies between Rebecca Dooley's testimony and her original statement to the police. Daniels says Dooley never mentioned her husband to police that night or the fact that he removed his shirt; never said she saw the Hummer following them; and originally said Cardell Hayes' friend Kevin O'Neal tried to calm the situation. Today she testified that O'Neal took a swing at her husband. Daniels also asked Dooley if she ever heard her husband say, "I'm gonna kill you" with a racial slur. She said no.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell on whether or not DeAndre Levy will play this week: "We'll see." Wouldn't answer if he felt he's been fair to Levy with how he's answered questions about his injury throughout this entire process.

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is glad Ravens coach John Harbaugh is starting to embrace lacrosse. They even attended a Hopkins-Maryland game. "He's starting to see the light," Belichick said.

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick spent 20 minutes on a conference call with Baltimore reporters, talking about his love for lacrosse, the Colts and the city of Baltimore (he grew up in nearby Annapolis).

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Don Mattingly confirmed the Marlins have Interest in Koji Uehara & Junichi Tazawa. "They're at least part of our discussion about how we'd like to build a bullpen. Not just with some flexibility but different styles"

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Don Mattingly on his conversation with Kenley Jansen: "The main thing I can say is he wasn't...opposed"

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