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Darius Slay wants more energy from Lions out of the gate
Darius Slay wants more energy from Lions out of the gate

After Thursday's loss to the Vikings, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said that he knows some will be counting his 6-5 team out of the playoff hunt but said that "the sky is not falling for us." One of his players might find that message to be the wrong one. Cornerback Darius Slay believes more urgency [ more

Friday morning one-liners
Friday morning one-liners

A call for the Bills to throw deep more often. The Dolphins didn't realize many gains from their 2017 offseason. The Patriots secondary has come together after a slow start. Losing CB Morris Claiborne to a foot injury put a lot of pressure on the rest of the Jets defensive backs. Thursday's practice

Ahead of Russia decision, Olympic president warns critics

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- In a possible shift of support for Russian athletes competing at the 2018 Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach has told critics not to put pressure on his executive board.

Jay Gruden: It
Jay Gruden: It's always pretty when you win

The NFL closed out its slate of Thanksgiving games in Washington on Thursday night with a contest that was the football equivalent of picking at overcooked turkey and under-seasoned potatoes while your most bilious relative dominates the conversation. In the end, the Redskins overcame six sacks, issues

Broncos cut a guy for being late, get in fights in practice
Broncos cut a guy for being late, get in fights in practice

The Broncos did their best on Thanksgiving to prove they're not soft. According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, an eventful day for the 3-7 Broncos included cutting a draft pick for being late to a team meeting, and having a practice which included a number of fights between players. The Broncos released cornerback Lorenzo Doss, a 2015 fifth-rounder who has a reputation for being late.

WATCH: Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic
WATCH: Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic

The Celtics host the Magic at TD Garden. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or on nbcsportsboston.com with the Celtics livestream, presented by Nissan, on the NBC Sports App.

Evenly matched Gators, Zags meet in PK80

The first ranked matchup of the Phil Knight Invitational comes between No. 7 Florida and No. 17 Gonzaga in the second round of the "Motion" bracket of the Phil Knight 80 Invitational on Friday. The teams couldn't be more evenly match as they enter the game averaging more than 94 points

Michigan State's Bridges might return to face UConn

Good news is expected for fourth-ranked Michigan State when its faces Connecticut on Friday evening in the second round of the Phil Knight 80 Invitational. Spartans star Miles Bridges, who missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle, possibly could return. "I am hoping that he plays at

No. 2 Arizona scrambles to recover against No. 18 Purdue

No. 2 Arizona went into the Battle 4 Atlantis as one of the favorites to win the tournament in its three days in the Bahamas. Now, the Wildcats (3-2) will look to avoid going winless at the event after falling to SMU 66-60 Thursday night in their second game of the tournament. Strangely enough, Arizona

No. 23 West Virginia eyes better effort against UCF

The West Virginia players were not feeling the warmth of Thanksgiving from coach Bob Huggins after the 23rd-ranked Mountaineers barely survived against a winless Marist team Thursday in an opening-round game of the AdvoCare Invitational in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. "Our effort (stunk)," Huggins

No. 15 Xavier meets ASU in Las Vegas title game

Xavier will get a sturdy test Friday -- one that should help the Musketeers prepare for the challenging Big East down the road -- but coach Chris Mack isn't much worried about learning lessons at this time of the season. "Maybe I should be looking more big picture, but I just like to win,"

No. 15 Xavier meets ASU in Las Vegas title game

Xavier will get a sturdy test Friday -- one that should help the Musketeers prepare for the challenging Big East down the road -- but coach Chris Mack isn't much worried about learning lessons at this time of the season. "Maybe I should be looking more big picture, but I just like to win,"

No. 20 Seton Hall tries to regroup against Vanderbilt

Instead of playing in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship Friday, No. 20 Seton Hall will be searching for answers. The Pirates lost 75-74 Thursday against Rhode Island at the Barclays Center after falling behind by 11 points early, rallying back and then losing on a running jump shot by the Rams'

Thunder in search of consistency against Pistons

A team looking to regain its footing and a team looking to finally find some momentum meet Friday night in Oklahoma City when the Thunder host the Detroit Pistons. In a win Wednesday over defending champion Golden State, the Thunder's big three of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony

Dundee vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview
Dundee vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Friday's hosts have just two wins from their 14 league games so far this season and come up against a Gers side desperate to close the gap at the top

Duke-Texas features two top NBA prospects

Because the teams aren't in the same bracket, fans won't be seeing Duke take on North Carolina on Friday. Instead, they'll settle for watching two of the top NBA prospects square off. Freshman Marvin Bagley III will lead the Blue Devils against Mohamed Bamba and Texas in a second-round

Duke-Texas features two top NBA prospects

Because the teams aren't in the same bracket, fans won't be seeing Duke take on North Carolina on Friday. Instead, they'll settle for watching two of the top NBA prospects square off. Freshman Marvin Bagley III will lead the Blue Devils against Mohamed Bamba and Texas in a second-round

Streak-busting Heat open road trip in Minnesota

The Miami Heat arrive in chilly Minnesota to begin a four-game road trip less than 48 hours after cooling off the NBA's hottest team. The Heat snapped the Boston Celtics' 16-game winning streak on Wednesday behind Goran Dragic's game-high 27 points and Dion Waiters' clutch 3-point shooting

St. Francis faces long arms of Louisville

Coming off a dominant 84-42 win over Southern Illinois on Tuesday night, the No. 19 Louisville Cardinals will host Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday at KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals (3-0) have a nonconference slate loaded with small-school teams that are expected to contend for their conference titles.

St. Francis faces long arms of Louisville

Coming off a dominant 84-42 win over Southern Illinois on Tuesday night, the No. 19 Louisville Cardinals will host Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday at KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals (3-0) have a nonconference slate loaded with small-school teams that are expected to contend for their conference titles.

Magic search for answers against streak-less Celtics

On May 24, 2010, the Orlando Magic defeated the Celtics in Boston to avoid a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals. The Magic, who visit TD Garden on Friday night, have not won in Boston since, losing Game 6 of that series to get eliminated and 13 straight regular-season games since. Now

San Diego State beats Sacramento state 89-52

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Devin Watson scored 12 points, Trey Kell added 11, and San Diego State made 10 of 25 3-pointers in beating Sacramento State 89-52 in Thursday night's opening round of the Wooden Legacy.

Hardaway returns to Atlanta as Hawks host Knicks

The Atlanta Hawks hope their recent success against the New York Knicks can carry over to this rebuilding year and help them end a three-game losing streak. The Hawks won their last three meetings with the Knicks and went 3-1 against them last season. This will be the only game between the two clubs

Koulechov scores 26 as No. 7 Florida routs Stanford 108-87
Koulechov scores 26 as No. 7 Florida routs Stanford 108-87

There hasn't been much of an adjustment period for Egor Koulechov since he arrived at Florida. The graduate transfer from Rice had 26 points, including five 3-pointers, and the seventh-ranked Gators routed Stanford 108-87 on Thursday night in the Phil Knight Invitational. ''Honestly, I&

BYU will have hands full with No. 25 Alabama

Alabama freshman sensation Collin Sexton by himself is enough to keep BYU coach Dave Rose up at night devising a way to slow down the phenom. Toss in the idea that Rose is experiencing second thoughts about having his Cougars participate in the Barclays Center Classic this weekend, and a recipe for

Draymond Green's intensity, leadership pushes Durant, others

Draymond Green and Kevin Durant bet on just about anything. KD and Dray have formed quite a bond since way back, when Green was part of the strategic recruiting process to bring Durant to the Bay Area from Oklahoma City before last season. ''Yeah, I'm not in those bets,'' teammate

NFL - Chargers sprint past Cowboys to stay in playoff picture
NFL - Chargers sprint past Cowboys to stay in playoff picture

- The Los Angeles Chargers, who spun their wheels offensively for most of the year, kept their playoff hopes alive by roaring past the Dallas Cowboys 28-6. Quarterback Philip Rivers threw for a total of 434 yards and three second half touchdowns as the Chargers moved to just a half-game behind Baltimore

No. 2 Arizona upset again at Battle 4 Atlantis, 66-60 by SMU
No. 2 Arizona upset again at Battle 4 Atlantis, 66-60 by SMU

SMU attacked the glass and kept scoring off turnovers to offset a bad shooting performance. It was enough to hand No. 2 Arizona a second stunning loss to an unranked opponent in two nights. Ben Emelogu scored 20 points and the Mustangs upset the Wildcats 66-60 in Thursday's consolation round at

Saint Mary's aims to keep momentum vs. WSU

Saint Mary's has the look of a Sweet 16 contender. In the first five games of the season, the Gaels have won by 17 points three times and 18 and 19 points one time each. In other words, the Gaels (5-0) are rolling, and despite a hiccup in the second half against the Crimson, have not let up.

Dose: Injury Updates
Dose: Injury Updates

In Friday's Dose, Jonas Nader breaks down the latest injury news on Kawhi Leonard, Isaiah Thomas and more!

Pro vs amateur: Herbert feels the pressure as reality hits
Pro vs amateur: Herbert feels the pressure as reality hits

Lucas Herbert thought a lot of his financial problems would be over when he left behind his amateur status to become a professional golfer. Herbert, who shot 5-under 66 at the Australian Open on Friday to lead Jason Day by one stroke after two rounds, also led the Australian Open into the final round of last year's tournament. Last week, the 21-year-old Australian finished second in the New South Wales Open to collect the biggest prize money of his career: 40,400 Australian dollars ($31,000).

Giants get 1 1st down, 47 yards in half, lose 20-10 to Skins
Giants get 1 1st down, 47 yards in half, lose 20-10 to Skins

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Janoris Jenkins is a cornerback for the New York Giants who returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins.

Some games, you can be upset with the Redskins after a win. This is not one of those games
Some games, you can be upset with the Redskins after a win. This is not one of those games

There were moments from Thursday's Redskins-Giants game that made your stomach ache, and not because you ate too much. But you should be thrilled with the win regardless.

Anthony Lynn celebrates Los Angeles Chargers
Anthony Lynn celebrates Los Angeles Chargers' victory in locker room

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn celebrates a Week 12 victory against the Dallas Cowboys with his team.

Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder highlights | Week 12
Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder highlights | Week 12

Watch the best of Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder in his Week 12 victory over the New York Giants.

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What's the cause of Dak's struggles in recent weeks?

The "NFL Total Access" crew discuss the causes of the struggles of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

UConn pulls away late to knock off Oregon 71-63
UConn pulls away late to knock off Oregon 71-63

Terry Larrier scored 18 points, Alterique Gilbert and Jalen Adams both added 16 points each, and UConn knocked off Oregon 71-63 in the opening round of the PK80 Invitational. The Huskies (4-0) overcame an awful night of shooting to knock off the Ducks playing essentially a home game a couple hours north

Martin Nguyen Going After Third ONE Championship Belt
Martin Nguyen Going After Third ONE Championship Belt

Martin Nguyen won the ONE Championship featherweight and lightweight titles this year. In a video interview at Wednesday's face-offs ahead of ONE: Immortal Pusuit, Chatri Sityodtong, the promotion's CEO and Chairman, confirmed to MMA Nytt that the fight would probably take place in March. Nguyen

Mapping out the Celtics
Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

Applying takeaways from the recently concluded 16-game win streak to a very optimistic idea.

Michael Bisping and Kelvin Gastelum Hit the Mark; One UFC Shanghai Fighter Misses Weight
Michael Bisping and Kelvin Gastelum Hit the Mark; One UFC Shanghai Fighter Misses Weight

The UFC Shanghai main event between Michael Bisping and Kelvin Gastelum got the green light following Thursday's official weigh-in, but it wasn't without hesitation. 

Western Kentucky upsets No. 18 Purdue 77-73 in Bahamas
Western Kentucky upsets No. 18 Purdue 77-73 in Bahamas

Western Kentucky's short-handed roster earned a rare win against a ranked team. Darius Thompson scored 12 points and hit two clinching free throws with 5.1 seconds left to help the Hilltoppers upset the Boilermakers 77-73 in Thursday's consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Hilltoppers

Justice scores 28 to lead ASU to a 92-90 win over Kansas St

Displaying his offensive skills from every angle, Justice scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half to lead Arizona State to a 92-90 victory over Kansas State on Thursday in the Las Vegas Invitational. ''We just kept telling ourselves it wasn't over, so credit to our guys,''

Carrington scores 24 in No. 14 Stanford women's 79-54 win

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- DiJonai Carrington scored a career-high 24 points and hauled down 10 rebounds to lead No. 14 Stanford over Kent State 79-54 on Thursday in the Play4Kay Showcase.

Receiver Allen headed for career year for surging Chargers
Receiver Allen headed for career year for surging Chargers

Keenan Allen looked a little overweight to new Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn coming off a knee injury that sidelined him for all but one game in 2016. The fifth-year receiver didn't look heavy to the five Dallas defenders he evaded on a nifty catch-and-run touchdown that helped the Chargers

Texas holds off Butler 61-48 in the PK80
Texas holds off Butler 61-48 in the PK80

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Texas is confident they'll muster enough enthusiasm for Duke.

Western Kentucky upsets No. 18 Purdue 77-73 in Bahamas
Western Kentucky upsets No. 18 Purdue 77-73 in Bahamas

Hilltoppers led almost whole game

Duke overcomes tenacious Portland State 99-81
Duke overcomes tenacious Portland State 99-81

Trevon Duval scored 22 points for Blue Devils

Texas Stymies Butler
Texas Stymies Butler

Dylan Osetkowski and Kerwin Roach combined for 20 points and the Longhorns held Butler to 32.8 percent shooting in a 61-48 win over the Bulldogs at the PK80 Invitational.

Harrison Burton
Harrison Burton's drive to racing stardom happening sooner, faster than his father's

Harrison Burton became the youngest NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion at 16 in September.

No. 12 Tennessee women edge No. 20 Marquette in OT 101-99

PUERTO AVENTURAS, Mexico (AP) -- Anastasia Hayes scored No. 12 Tennessee's last five points in the final minute of overtime and three Lady Vols finished with double-doubles in a 101-99 victory over No. 20 Marquette on Thursday at the Cancun Challenge.

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