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The NFL's most disappointing teams: Barnwell on four that went from contenders to busts

The 49ers, Dolphins, Seahawks and Washington have quickly fallen out of playoff contention. What's wrong with each, and can they turn things around?

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The legend of Georgia's Jordan Davis is growing

Meet the 6-foot-6, 340-pound nose tackle who's creating Heisman buzz and has the Dawgs' faithful hopeful that this is their year for a national championship run.

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A top-10 battle in Michigan, Florida-Georgia and more to watch in Week 9

The Paul Bunyan trophy -- and a possible playoff spot -- is up for grabs in Michigan.

TOUGH LOSS FOR LAKERS

Westbrook ejected for going after Bazley following late dunk

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Melo air balls tying 3 as Lakers blow 26-point lead vs. Thunder

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'JO WAS ALL HEART'

What the magnetic, trash-talking, fearless Joakim Noah meant to the Bulls

On Joakim Noah Night in Chicago, there will be tales of extreme workouts, elite-level trash-talking and heated playoff battles with LeBron James.

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Ruthless trash-talking and a connection with fans: What we learned about Kyler Murray watching him on Twitch

Murray is not your average gamer. In fact, some think he could go pro, so we watched him stream for hours to see what we could find out about the MVP candidate while he locked in on his favorite hobby.

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Get ready for the Murray vs. Aaron Rodgers showdown

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Glanville: Dusty Baker makes these Astros about so much more than a scandal

Hate Houston if you want. But as one of Dusty Baker's former players, I know there's so much to love about its manager.

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Who's got the best tools in the World Series?

Is Yordan Alvarez the biggest bat? Who has the nastiest curveball? Here's the definitive list.

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