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Longhorns, Aggies look to continue rivalry (0:34)
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Cowboys hope to do what 2014 Panthers did

The Carolina Panthers did the improbable by making the 2014 playoffs after a 3-8-1 start. Can the Dallas Cowboys embrace that example and follow suit?

3-Point Shot: Gonzaga-Washington rivalry renewed (3:25)
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42mMax Olson

Big 12 playoff tracker: Nov. 25

The Big 12 finally got into the top four with Oklahoma, while Baylor and Oklahoma State also still have a shot at cracking the top spots.

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Cam Newton compliments Greg Hardy

Before Carolina plays Dallas on Thursday, the Panthers QB complimented his former teammate: "Greg is a great teammate, contrary to popular belief. He is a person that came in and worked hard, gave everybody everything that he had and a person that you love to watch on Sundays."

Big 12 gets respect in playoff rankings (0:50)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mavs pride themselves on protecting the ball, committing the fourth fewest turnovers in the NBA, which makes the 36 turnovers committed during their two-game losing streak even more frustrating. "Were beating ourselves," guard Raymond Felton said. "As a team collectively, were going to figure it out just like we did before and start another win streak."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on the message the Mavs received from starting this road trip with two losses: "Weve got to get better. We knew that during the six-game win streak. Weve got to keep working. Weve got to get better defensively, work together, end the possession with rebounding and then we can get our flow game working. We gave up [117] in OKC and 110 to a slow-paced team. Its just not good enough."

Sens snap Stars' five-game winning streak (1:09)
Grizzlies cruise past Mavericks (0:48)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Grizzlies 110, Mavs 96 (final). Mavs 0-2 on the road trip with a quick turnaround to play the Spurs tomorrow night.

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 7 Baylor is in a good spot to find its way into the playoff if things fall just right. Seeing No. 8 Ohio State drop below the Bears, when the Buckeyes could have easily landed ahead of Baylor after a close loss to Michigan State was good news for Art Briles team. The committee made it clear that while it was hesitant to put Baylor in the mix before it considered Briles team to be battle-tested, it respects the hard-fought loss to No. 3 Oklahoma and double-digit road win over No. 11 Oklahoma State.

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

The committee preached patience with regard to the Big 12, saying the conference was saving its best games for last. Those words are coming true with tonights rankings of No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Baylor representing the clear amount of respect for both teams. The third-ranked Sooners seem set to land a playoff spot, particularly with No. 11 Oklahoma State as their final test. Baylor seems in perfect position to strike if any of the six teams above them falter and Fridays road trip to No. 19 TCU providing another chance to add to the resume.

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Some Panthers still support Greg Hardy

Going into Sunday's game against the Panthers, it's apparent Greg Hardy still has the respect of some of his former teammates. Said OLB Thomas Davis: "Greg Hardy is a guy that you flat-out want on your football team." Story

Inside the NHL: Unsung heroes, guys who gotta get going and John Collins departs NHL (11:34)