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Rick Carlisle on the Mavs' 35-minute postgame meeting: "I just wanted to watch the third quarter with them right after the game. We lost it by 17. It was really the most decisive quarter of the game. I just told them that I'm tired of coming in here and watching film every morning. I wanted them to see what happened. I wanted it to be fresh in their minds walking out of the building." Carlisle said it's the first time he's ever had a postgame team film session in his 15 years as a head coach.

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Cowboys struck it rich with young talent

Both members of Dallas' backfield duo landed in the top five of Mel Kiper Jr. and Mike Sando's list of top U-25 talent. That said, a division rival topped both rookies for the No. 1 spot. Top under-25 players (Insider)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle: "That's got to be an NBA record last night for the number of timeouts called in regulation. … But that's not the kind of record you want to be setting." Carlisle twice called timeouts that the Mavs didn't have during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's lopsided loss to the Kings. He figured a technical foul was worth taking the opportunity to give his team what he considered necessary coaching. "You don't ever really run out of timeouts," Carlisle said. "They just have a price."

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Houston second to none in Texas

Houston isn't a Power 5 job, but it has become better than most of its Power 5 competitors in Texas. During the last two seasons, the Cougars' record is much better than its Power 5 rivals.

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Cowboys entering huge two-game slate

Games with the Giants and Bucs are not critical for the Cowboys, but they sure mean a lot to both opponents. And as Bill Barnwell writes, two wins could let Dallas rest players down the stretch. Most important games left


Evaluators lean toward Cowboys on SNF

Two of three personnel men polled by Mike Sando like Dallas to avenge its Week 1 loss to New York. The one who sided with the Giants is less confident following Jason Pierre-Paul's diagnosis. Evaluators' predictions (Insider)

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Who will win the Ray Guy Award?

Mitch Wishnowsky is second in punting average (48.0) and had 37 punts downed inside the 20. That makes his case a strong one, according to Edward Aschoff. Cameron Johnston did have the longest punt of the year at 70 yards. Award show picks

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is missing practice with a sore back. He was limited in Wednesday's practice with an issue that had bothered him most of the season. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick returned to practice after missing Wednesday following the death of a family member.

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Who will win the Doak Walker Award?

It's a full house for the Doak Walker Award with a pair of 2,000-yard rushers in Donnel Pumphrey and D'Onta Foreman, and FSU's leading all-time rusher in Dalvin Cook vying for nation's top running back. Edward Aschoff thinks the voters will pick Cook, but writes the award should go to another. Award show picks

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

The five finalists for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which honors the top offensive player from the state of Texas: Texas RB D'Onta Foreman, Alabama QB Jalen Hurts, Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes II and the Oklahoma duo of QB Baker Mayfield and WR Dede Westbrook.

Which college QB is most NFL ready? (1:37)

Rangers select Hauschild in Rule 5 draft

With the 16th pick in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft, the Rangers took RHP Mike Hauschild from the Astros. The 26-year-old had a 3.22 ERA in 24 starts at Triple-A this year.

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How game film would decide CFB award winners

What if awards were handed out based solely on what players have shown on tape? Scouts Inc.'s experts studied the film and selected their Heisman Trophy and other award winners.