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First-ever Falcons player Nobis dies at 74

Tommy Nobis, the first player ever drafted by Atlanta in 1966 and a hard-hitting linebacker who went on to spent his entire 11-year career with the Falcons, died Wednesday after an extended illness. He was 74.

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The most exciting players in college basketball

The argument about the best player in college basketball will go on all season. But it's already clear which players are the most exciting. We go through the list, starting, of course, with Deandre Ayton and Collin Sexton.

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Mavs reserve PG J.J. Barea is having a career year at age 33, averaging 12.2 points and 5.4 assists. "I feel great, man," Barea said after a 16-point, six-rebound, six-assist performance in Tuesday's win over the Spurs. "My body feels really good, and I'm way smarter than I used to be. I know the game better now."

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Mavs rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) will not play on the upcoming road trip, coach Rick Carlisle said.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Raiders are 3-point underdogs to the Cowboys in Sunday night's regular season home finale at the Oakland Coliseum. http://www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/21730080/nfl-full-list-week-15-lines-westgate-las-vegas-superbook

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Feel badly for Andrew Jones who is out with a fractured wrist for Texas. Jones has elevated his 3-point shooting to 43% this season. He was the leading scorer for Texas at 15ppg and you could see his offensive rhythm starting to develop. Chance for Eric Davis, Jase Febres and Jacob Young to contribute. Tonight Michigan at Texas ESPN2 9pm est.

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Prospect progress report: Central Division

For as much talent as there is on their NHL rosters, the Central's top teams also boast some of the deeper prospect pipelines. Having a surplus of young talent is going to give some of those top teams trade flexibility if they want to load up this spring.

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Bet on Golden Knights to make postseason

How many teams that didn't make the playoffs last season, but are in position now, will be there in April? The Lightning, Kings and Jets are locks. The Devils have doubters and not everyone is sold on the Stars or the Islanders, but Vegas' odds look good.

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