The Cowboys have franchised Dez Bryant and are likely to try to sign the wide receiver to a long-term deal. Bryant has been one of the finest receivers in the game for a while now, so it's no surprise that he was equally as impossible to cover in high school:

Playing against a player of Bryant's caliber in high school must not have been easy -- but hey, at least those players got a good story out of it.

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Marcellus Wiley is in the new "Sharknado" movie. So, too, is Mark Cuban.

Die-hard fan Michelle Beadle, though? She's not. And she wants to change that.

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After missing a pair of free throws late in the Cavaliers' 105-103 overtime loss to the Rockets on Sunday, LeBron James posted this introspective mirror selfie to Instagram:

What was running through LeBron's mind? SportsNation sparked a #LeBronMirrorThoughts trend to answer that question. Possibilities include:

I still don't understand the color of #TheDress:

My son would've made those free throws:

Wow, DeAndre Jordan actually had a higher free throw percentage than me Sunday:

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I feel like Stuart Smalley:

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Denver NuggetsAP Photo/Paul SancyaBrian Shaw's reputation as a players' coach didn't translate in Denver.

Things are not good with the Denver Nuggets.

Two years removed from a 57-win season -- after which they dismissed coach George Karl and replaced him with Brian Shaw -- the Nuggets entered Sunday with a 20-38 record, meaning the playoffs are simply not happening.

Apparently the players know it. According to this nugget (sorry) from The Denver Post, a chant could be heard at one point during Denver's 104-82 loss at home Friday night to the not-exactly-a-powerhouse Utah Jazz:

"1-2-3 ... six weeks!"

... as in, six weeks until the season is over.

As The Post's Christopher Dempsey points out, this is reminiscent of a 1998 moment in which then-Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Van Exel, joking (he says) about his team's impending Western Conference finals exit against (coincidentally) the Jazz, chanted in practice, "1-2-3 ... Cancun!" (Even more coincidentally, Van Exel the next season joined the Nuggets.)

This is the latest in a line of issues for Denver this season, with players' effort questioned by Shaw and Shaw's coaching questioned by at least one player.

Still, with 24 games left in a lame-duck season, it's hard to completely fault players for just wanting everything to be over.

Or is it?

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