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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 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.

NFL 

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.

MLB 

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.

NFL 

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.

NBA 

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.

NBA 

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.

NFL 

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.

NFL 

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.

NFL 

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).

NFL 

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"

MLB 

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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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Don Mattingly on Kenley Jansen's interest in Miami: "He didn't tell me he absolutely wanted to say on the west coast or he absolutely didn't want to play in South Florida. So basically, he was open to the idea. . . . My call was to let him know that we talked about him, there was legitimate interest and we just wanted to make sure that he had interest."

MLB 

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Rebecca Dooley said she saw Will Smith being hit by gunfire, and his body fell into his car after he was shot by Cardell Hayes. She said the shooter said something about Smith showing off and showed no remorse. Dooley said she thought the arguing had been diffused before the shots were fired and she never heard anyone say anything like, "You have a gun, I'll show you a gun."

NFL 

Brett McMurphy College football reporter 

NCAA President Mark Emmert says he would prefer an 8-team CFB Playoff so all Power 5 conference champions are guaranteed a bid

NCAAF 

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

If you extrapolate UNC's Tony Bradley to even 28 minutes/game, his numbers are around 16 points and 10 boards. No. 1 offensive rebounder in the country right now.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Second day of testimony in Will Smith murder trial begins with Rebecca Dooley, the other female passenger in the car with Smith, his wife and Dooley's husband Richard Hernandez on the night Smith was shot and killed. Among Smith's former Saints teammates in attendance today are Deuce McAllister, Jonathan Goodwin and Randall Gay.

NFL 

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota's 81.3 Total QBR from inside the pocket is third-best in the NFL this season. Last season, he ranked 26th from inside the pocket (52.2 Total QBR). That 29.1 point improvement is best in the NFL the last two seasons. Mariota's improved play from inside the pocket has allowed him to stretch the field. Mariota has tripled his completions and touchdowns 20+ yards downfield from last season. (ESPN Stats and Info.)

NFL 

Jacob Wolf Reporter 

Dota 2's The Boston Major's playoffs begin today at the Wang Theatre in Boston and will run through Saturday, Dec. 10. Eight Dota 2 teams will compete for their share of $3 million, with the winner taking home $1 million.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been nominated by the team for the Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award for the second straight year. Outside linebacker Thomas Davis won the 2014 award after being nominated the previous year. Olsen's foundation has raised more than $850,000 in eight years toward breast cancer research. His HEARTest Yard Fund to help families with children born with a congenital heart defect like his son T.J. was in 2012 has distributed about $1.2 million in support. "Greg has an incredible heart," Davis said. "I love the guy." Said coach Ron Rivera, "Greg's service is completely driven by love."

NFL 

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

NCAA president Mark Emmert on Penn State football: "I thought Penn State's season was spectacular. What Coach [James] Franklin has done there is very, very impressive. It's great for those young men and that fan base." Adds that Penn State won't through an "awful situation. But the football program is still Penn State."

NCAAF 

Mark Ogden Senior Football Writer 

Pitch in Odessa under covers and being heated ahead of Thursday's Zorya Luhansk v Man Utd game. Currently minus four degrees.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

NCAA president Mark Emmert, speaking at Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York, says it's good for the NCAA that the courts are being clearer on defining amateurism. He cites recent ruling by 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that student-athletes are not employees of their universities.

NCAAF 

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

In conference call, Red Sox starter Chris Sale on being labeled an "ace": "We play for a trophy, not a tag."

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