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Shades of a certain No. 22

Some former Cowboys players who watched Ezekiel Elliott this season believe he is a bigger, faster, stronger, better version of all-time great Emmitt Smith. That's quite the statement, all things considered. Mort & Schefter's notebook

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Tavares lights the lamp twice in Isles' win (0:27)
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Dragic leads Heat to win over the Mavericks (1:09)
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Joe gives Frogs a boost

Joe Lunardi's latest NCAA tournament projection improves TCU by one notch to an 8 seed despite Wednesday's loss in Lubbock. The Horned Frogs will host Baylor on Saturday night. Bracketology

Chris Morris

Joe gives Red Raiders a boost

Joe Lunardi's latest NCAA tournament projection improves Tech to a 10 seed following Wednesday's win over TCU at United Supermarkets Arena. Oklahoma State will visit on Saturday. Bracketology

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Waiters hooks up Whiteside, Babbitt with two nice passes (0:38)
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Sam Ehlinger faces life's next chapter

Ross Ehlinger never got to see his son play in a big-time football game, but quarterback Sam knows his father will be with him every step of the way as he begins play at the University of Texas.

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McGruder, Whiteside team up for the oop (0:15)
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Nowitzki shoots over Ellington for 3 (0:21)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

You're probably not watching, so here are a few things you should know about Connecticut. The Huskies are down by 21 (36-15) at SMU at half. They've made 22.2 percent of their shots so far. They've made a total of six shots. They're 1 for 10 from beyond the arc. These aren't typos. They're facts.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

With Mark Trumbo off the board and the Orioles no longer in need for a power hitter, this clearly opens the door for a return to Texas for Mike Napoli who is now on the clock.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

One of the three new members of the 2017 MLB Hall of Fame Class, Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez, alongside his son, Iván Derek Rodríguez.

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Pudge denies PED use (1:22)

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Pudge Rodriguez just gave a roundabout non-answer when Ron Blum of the Associated Press asked him about possible PED use during his career. Rodriguez attributed his success over 21 years to hard work. He declined to elaborate beyond that.

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William Weinbaum ESPN 

Asked to address whether he used PEDs, Pudge Rodriguez said at Thursday's Hall of Fame news conference, "No, I didn't." The only catcher other than Johnny Bench to receive first ballot election said, "I worked very hard for 21 years," adding, "I played the game the right way."

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