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Champions League predictions?

The UEFA Champions League group stage is upon us, with Real Madrid aiming to defend its 2014 title; Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea looking to add to recent championships; and a number of other hopefuls trying to attain European glory. First, of course, all of these teams must advance to the knockout stage. What are your picks for group winners and second-place finishers? Cast your votes below!

  • Which team will win Group A?

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  • Which team will finish second in Group A?

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  • Which team will win Group B?

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      87%
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  • Which team will finish second in Group B?

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  • Which team will win Group C?

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      26%

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  • Which team will finish second in Group C?

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      23%

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  • Which team will win Group D?

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  • Which team will finish second in Group D?

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      52%
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  • Which team will win Group E?

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  • Which team will finish second in Group E?

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      74%
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      7%

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  • Which team will win Group F?

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      1%

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  • Which team will finish second in Group F?

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  • Which team will win Group G?

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      92%
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      1%

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  • Which team will finish second in Group G?

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  • Which team will win Group H?

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      2%

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  • Which team will finish second in Group H?

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      49%
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      12%
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      34%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 497)

  • Which team will win UEFA Champions League?

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      28%
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      16%
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      16%
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      25%
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      15%

    Discuss (Total votes: 3,082)

  • Which team outside the past four UEFA Champions League winners (Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid) has the best shot at the 2014-15 title?

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      11%

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College football's third week saw no upheaval at the top. But a few good teams lost -- we're looking at you, Georgia and USC -- sending them tumbling down the Top 25 or out of it altogether. Where do you think the nation's best outfits rank? Click on the logos below to set your list!

2014 College Football Top 25

Florida State

Florida State

AP ranking: 1

Oregon

Oregon

AP ranking: 2

Alabama

Alabama

AP ranking: 3

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

AP ranking: 4

Auburn

Auburn

AP ranking: 5

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

AP ranking: 6

Baylor

Baylor

AP ranking: 7

LSU

LSU

AP ranking: 8

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

AP ranking: 9

Ole Miss

Ole Miss

AP ranking: 10

Michigan State

Michigan State

AP ranking: 11

UCLA

UCLA

AP ranking: 12

Georgia

Georgia

AP ranking: 13

South Carolina

South Carolina

AP ranking: 14

Arizona State

Arizona State

AP ranking: 15

Stanford

Stanford

AP ranking: 16

USC

USC

AP ranking: 17

Missouri

Missouri

AP ranking: 18

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

AP ranking: 19

Kansas State

Kansas State

AP ranking: 20

BYU

BYU

AP ranking: 21

Clemson

Clemson

AP ranking: 22

Ohio State

Ohio State

AP ranking: 23

Nebraska

Nebraska

AP ranking: 24

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

AP ranking: 25

North Carolina

North Carolina

AP ranking: NR

Duke

Duke

AP ranking: NR

Mississippi State

Mississippi State

AP ranking: NR

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

AP ranking: NR

Penn State

Penn State

AP ranking: NR

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Fuzzy animals = bliss. Fuzzy animals and sports? Even better.

Given those facts, we present you with these 134 wonderful seconds, via Andi Dzilums on YouTube, during which a baby bear -- after wandering onto a green at a British Columbia golf course -- discovers the flagstick, dances with it, then proceeds to steal someone's ball because, "WHOA, IT'S ROUND AND I CAN FIT IT IN MY MOUTH!!!"

The cuteness is undisputed. The only question is who had more fun, this bear or the tiger and lion that met the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Talking to young children about horrific stories in the news is a challenge for all parents. Ravens fan Bryan Bartlett could have thrown away his daughter's Ray Rice jersey after video surfaced of the running back striking his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer. But Bartlett told the Baltimore Sun's Kristine Henry that he wanted to "come up with something a bit more positive." So he swapped the "R" in "Rice" to create a different jersey for his daughter, Brynn:

JerseyCourtesy Bryan Bartlett

Bartlett, father of Brynn, 6, and Bryson, 9, says he and his wife, Angie, told their children that they should never be mean and "certainly never hit or hurt anyone."

Be nice to girls. Be nice to everyone. Wouldn't that be nice?

H/T Baltimore Sun, full story here.

For more on talking to children about violence in the news, check out this site.

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There is nothing more adorable on this planet than a vicious, killer, man-eating animal that happens to be a baby. Baby bears, baby wolves, baby ... well, maybe not baby scorpions, but you get the idea. The Blue Jays found this out firsthand Tuesday, as pitcher Mark Buehrle brought the animals to their clubhouse after he met the owner of a zoo:

After meeting the tiger and lion cubs and probably making all sorts of embarrassing but totally understandable cutesy voices at them, the Blue Jays went out and demolished the Cubs 11-1, with starting pitcher Drew Hutchison striking out 10. We are totally not envious at all. The preceding sentence was a humongous lie.

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