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5dTed Miller

This bowl season, the biggest game is also the most entertaining

The CFP semifinal matchups feature the best game (Ohio State vs. Clemson) and the best coaching matchup (Nick Saban vs. Chris Petersen). Here's what else you should watch for this bowl season.

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8hTim MacMahon

Cuban still not sold on Westbrook as 'superstar'

Mark Cuban, who declared during last season's playoffs that Russell Westbrook wasn't a superstar, isn't convinced by the Thunder point guard being on pace to average a triple-double.

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3dSharon Katz

FPI breaks down bowl season

Who does FPI have as the biggest favorite out of the 40 bowls this season? Check out its projections for every bowl game.

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Corso's pick: Navy-Army (0:44)
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Westbrook's seventh straight triple-double wasted in loss (0:54)
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Lifelong Penn State fan gets amazing Rose Bowl surprise (0:34)
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1dMatt Bowen

The Uncoverables: Best NFL WRs in every category

Who's the best deep threat? Which WR is most dangerous after the catch? What about the toughest player to cover in the red zone? Here's your ultimate breakdown of the league's top wide receivers.

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Jalen & Jacoby: Could Alabama beat the Cleveland Browns? (1:27)
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Holden strikes for Rangers' OT winner (0:28)

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Assistant district attorney Laura Rodrigue passionately countering the defense's claim that police rushed to judgment to charge Cardell Hayes for the murder of Will Smith. Through the lead homicide detective, she said Hayes' rights are being protected through months of investigation, speaking to witnesses, selection of a jury and a trial. She asked who was the only one who decided that Smith deserved the death penalty. The detective answered: Cardell Hayes.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Real Madrid enters Saturday's match unbeaten in their last 34 matches, which is tied for a club record. If they extend that streak Saturday, they will have the second-longest streak in Spanish club soccer history.

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Lamar Jackson is the 3rd player in FBS history to record 30 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns in a single season. The other two players (Cam Newton and Tim Tebow) went on to win the Heisman.

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Mattias Karén Arsenal Correspondent 

1-1 at HT at the Emirates after Arsenal's Walcott cancels out Adam's penalty for Stoke. That penalty call will be debated but Xhaka did put his elbow to Joe Allen's face. Arsenal should still be favourites to win this, and Bellerin has impressed since coming on for the injured Mustafi.

Wallcott's goal evens score
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Arsenal's Theo Walcott redirected this crossing pass just inside the near post to get his team on the board. Stoke City and Arsenal are tied 1-1 at halftime.

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Jacob Wolf Reporter 

The final day of the Boston Major has begun at the Wang Theatre in Boston, with North America's Evil Geniuses and Europe's OG taking on one another in the first semifinal. The finals for the event begin tonight at 6pm ET, with the winner of this series facing the winner of Ad Finem vs. Digital Chaos.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney listed as doubtful for tonight's game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a left ankle sprain.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton seated next to Racquel Smith as the trial against Will Smith's accused killer, Cardell Hayes, resumes Saturday. This is Payton's first appearance of the week. Will Smith was considering a coaching internship with the Saints this summer before he was killed in April.

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Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Calm before storm. Villanova and Notre Dame here at the Never Forget Tribute Classic at noon. Public address announcer just serenaded us with When Somebody Loves You while testing his mic.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Cincinnati is hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell as its next coach, sources tell ESPN. The two sides reached an agreement late last night, and an official announcement from Cincinnati is expected shortly. Fickell has coached at his alma mater since 2002, and served as Ohio State's head coach in 2011, following Jim Tressel's resignation.

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Brian Franey ESPN Producer 

How do the Heisman Trophy Finalists spend the morning of the ceremony? Baker Mayfield, Jabrill Peppers, Dede Westbrook and Lamar Jackson get a lesson in how to use Snapchat Spectacles.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second consecutive year, the NBPA is having a heart screening of former players at the Toyota Center today. Doctors will be on hand to provide heart screenings, blood work among other things for former players. Matt Bullard, a former Rocket, who does color on the local broadcast, plans on attending. "It's very important," Bullard said. "As we get older we start to have a few more health issues. When we were playing, we were as healthy as we could be. As you get older the health issues start to pile up."

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Westbrook's rebound clinches triple-double
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Russell Westbrook pulls down his 10th rebound against the Rockets to become the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to record seven straight triple-doubles.

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Lukaku pulls Everton within one
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Romelu Lukaku headed this pass just inside the post to cut into Watford's lead with minutes remaining, but it was not enough as Watford held on to beat Everton 3-2.

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Mattias Karén Arsenal Correspondent 

Team sheets for Arsenal-Stoke, with Walcott and Ox back on the wings. Bellerin is back but on the bench, as Gabriel is used at right-back again. Aaron Ramsey is out with a slight hamstring issue.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Weather for Sunday night Cowboys at Giants (per weather.com) is partly cloudy in AM followed by periods of snow showers later in day. Chance of snow 40%.

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Okaka heads home corner kick
Soccer 

Watford's Stefano Okaka deposited this corner kick into the back of the net to increase his team's lead over Everton. The goal was Okada's second of the game and Watford's second goal in five minutes of game action.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets guard Patrick Beverley said the victory over the Thunder doesn't mean anything if they lose to the Mavericks on Saturday.

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Harden turns it over, Russ slams it home
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James Harden turns it over, and Russell Westbrook takes full advantage by throwing down the fastbreak dunk.

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Dekker emphatically slams it home over Kanter
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Rockets forward Sam Dekker drives to the rim and powers home a sensational dunk over Thunder big man Enes Kanter.

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Cousins nearly hits game-tying shot
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After Carmelo Anthony misses two free throws that would have iced the game, DeMarcus Cousins nearly sinks a three-quarter court tying shot against the Knicks. New York defeated Sacramento 103-100.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks 103, Kings 100: Knicks survive a near disastrous ending to begin their 5-game road trip with a win. DeMarcus Cousins' prayer shot from about 55 feet away hit front rim and NYK walked off the floor with a win. as Carmelo Anthony delivered on his wish to put the Knicks blowout loss to the Cavs in the rear-view mirror. Anthony had 33 points to help lift New York (13-10) to a win two nights after a 32-point loss to the Cavs c

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Bledsoe makes the extra pass to set up Len's dunk
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Phoenix's Eric Bledsoe feeds Alex Len down low and the big man finishes with the flush in the fourth quarter.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden said the Rockets earned a gutsy win over the Thunder.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Patrick Beverley brings a winning spirit to his team.

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