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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says both captains in this series - David Backes and Jamie Benn - are underappreciated.

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Deron Williams intends to opt out of the second season of his contract with the Mavericks, sources told ESPN.com. Williams, 31, who could have made $5.6 million next season, plans to seek a multi-year deal that could be the final contract of his career, the sources said. There will be mutual interest in his return to Dallas after he averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season. "I would love to be back," Williams said during exit interviews this week. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams, a native of the Dallas area, needs surgery to repair the sports hernia that caused him to miss most of the Mavs' playoff surgery but should be completely healthy entering training camp.

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We want in-state rivalry back

The most cruel casualty of the realignment craze was the rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M. World War II couldn't sideline this rivalry, but some conference maneuvering did. Rivalries that should be back on the schedule

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Round 2: Billings best fit for Raiders at 44

Our Insiders take a look at how tonight's Round 2 should play out if every team was drafting purely for best fit. They think Oakland should draft DT Andrew Billings, who would quickly push for a starting spot next to Dan Williams on the inside. Round 2 best fits mock draft (Insider)

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Round 2: Howard best fit for Titans at 43

Our Insiders take a look at how tonight's Round 2 should play out if every team was drafting purely for best fit. They think Tennessee should draft CB Xavien Howard, whose size and athleticism fit within Dick LeBeau's heavy press-zone scheme. Round 2 best fits mock draft (Insider)

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Round 2: Dodd best fit for Cowboys at 33

Our Insiders take a look at how tonight's Round 2 should play out if every team was drafting purely for best fit. They think Dallas, which needs to find pass rushing help on the edges, should draft DE Kevin Dodd. Round 2 best fits mock draft (Insider)

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Stars coach Lindy Ruff explains how he plans to use Jamie Benn to keep his offensive production going against the Blues.

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NFL Draft: Best players on the board

Alabama boasts three of the top five best players still available heading into Friday night's second round (7 p.m. on ESPN/WatchESPN), according to Mel Kiper Jr. Top 25 best available players on Day 2 (Insider)

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Elliott should have immediate impact

Dallas' running game suffered a decline last season, but the drafting of Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 overall should help catapult the Cowboys' rushing numbers back near the top of the league.

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2016 Big 12 recruiting draft: Round 3

Here is the third round of our recruiting draft, which grants the bottom of the league first dibs on any Big 12 recruit who signed in 2016.

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The best back of the bunch

Dallas' new running back was one of the FBS's most dominant rushers over the last two years. Ezekiel Elliott ranked first in rushing touchdowns and second in rushing yards per game during that span.