Kansas City fails to punch it in after the fourth-down conversion.

Harrison Butker enters and kicks a 31-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Chiefs go for it on a fourth-and-3 from the Chargers 47. On the play, Alex Smith finds Kareem Hunt, who picks up 21 yards to keep Kansas City’s drive alive. The Chiefs have it at the LA 14.

By averaging 19.7 points and 11.9 rebounds with a 66.7 true shooting percentage, Ayton is putting up big man numbers that essentially haven’t been seen before. As impressive as those statistical benchmarks are, it’s still the sheer physicality that stands out.

To watch Ayton is to see a lot of that: a combination of athletic grace and power which simply does not come along often. He looks like David Robinson or Patrick Ewing, star NBA centers from a time gone by who once felt like the ultimate matchup nightmare. That’s what Ayton is developing into.

There’s subtlety to his explosiveness. Watch how he’s able to jump two or three times before opposing defenders can get off the ground once. That’s either going to lead to a dunk or, at worst, free throws.

Ayton is a 260-pound jumping jack who could have a long pro career based on that alone. But that’s just part of his game.

Why doesn’t the Wrigley game rank higher? Frankly, because it wasn’t Wrigley enough. The temperature wasn’t much colder than it is for a Cubs game in April. Despite Pierre McGuire’s comments about wind-assisted goals, it wasn’t all that much of a factor in the Windy City.

But most of all: This was the defending Stanley Cup champions against the new puppy nipping at their heels in the Western Conference. You almost felt cheated not seeing these two battle it out in a vacuum instead of a baseball stadium.

For example, playing point guard with James can probably be frustrating considering he is the team’s primary facilitator and decision maker at the forward spot. Case-in-point: during a mid-season practice in the 2016-17 season, Irving and head coach Tyronn Lue were at odds over pushing the pace on offense.

Irving was reluctant to do so because he can get his shot at any time within the confines of a half-court set. Lue said it wasn’t about his shot, it was about his teammates’.

Irving’s response, according to MacMullan: Well, that’s No. 23’s job.

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Dallas takes a knee and runs out the clock to secure a three-point win.

While you were watching the College Football Playoff on Monday, DeMar DeRozan became the first player in NBA history to score 50 points on New Year’s Day, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He set a franchise record with 52 points and the most-improved part of his game shined through: his passing. DeRozan dished out eight assists to bring his points scored and assisted total to 71 points, more than half the Raptors’ total points (131) in the overtime win. — Vincent Johnson

Jimmy Butler is back to playing at an All-NBA level. He averaged 26.5 points per game in December despite struggling from the outside. Butler shot 57 percent on 2s and a scorching 93 percent from the free throw line. According to Second Spectrum, Butler was the most effective player in the NBA while driving to the rim, as he averaged 1.21 points per chance, best among the 60 players with at least 100 drives. — Micah Adams

The second-year running back out of Alabama bounced back with a career-high 156 yards, just shy of Eddie George’s franchise-record 162 in a postseason game.

Henry also had 85 yards in the fourth quarter, including a 35-yard touchdown , for the NFL’s third-best rushing performance in the fourth quarter of a playoff game since the 1991 season. Only LeGarrette Blount (114 yards for the Patriots vs. the Colts on Jan. 11, 2014) and Derek Loville (97 yards for the Broncos against the Jaguars on Dec. 27, 1997) have been better in that span.

Clowney announced Clowney’s arrival. (I got down on my knees and thanked the football gods for sending that kid to South Pointe High School, says Bobby Carroll, his high school coach. Because he was … there was no doubt when you looked at him. You said, ‘Oh, my god.’) He was the nation’s top-ranked recruit in 2011. He was ESPN The Magazine’s cover boy before he turned 18.

Mike Tirico, former ESPN broadcaster, called the game: The hit should have never happened. The prior play was, without question, the worst measurement for a first down I have ever seen in college or pro football. Michigan, leading by one, faked a punt from just inside their own 40-yard line. The measurement, right in front of the South Carolina bench, was ruled a Michigan first down. Forget an index card. An entire deck of cards could have fit between the nose of the football and the pole.

In a healthy Rockets rotation, Green is an eighth or ninth man at best. Everyone knows Mike D’Antoni prefers tight rotations when games get tough, and Green probably won’t make that cut every game.

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The Panthers in Week 16 clinched a playoff berth as a wild card at worst.

In Week 17, Carolina will find out its seed and matchup for the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs … that is, if the Panthers don’t move all the way up to the No. 2 seed and clinch a first-round bye.

There are two seeds we know Carolina will not get: No. 1, which belongs to Philadelphia, and No. 6, which will belong to either Atlanta or Seattle. The Panthers are the only team that has a chance to steal the No. 2 seed away from the Vikings. The No. 3 seed will belong to the Rams, Saints, Panthers or Vikings. The No. 4 seed will be the Rams, Saints or Panthers. The No. 5 seed will be either the Saints or the Panthers.

Here’s the problem for the Panthers in this scenario even if they take care of their own business against the Falcons: Of the other three results they need, the odds say only the Rams will oblige.

As of Thursday, the Saints, who will not rest starters in Week 17 since they have not clinched the NFC South, were seven-point road favorites over the Buccaneers. The Vikings, who are not expected to rest their starters since they have not clinched a first-round bye, were 11-point favorites over the Bears. The Rams’ decision to rest some of their key starters in Week 17 despite not being locked into a seed is the only reason they are three-point home underdogs against the 49ers.

Isaiah Thomas on checking in to a loud ovation as the Cleveland crowd cheered his long-awaited debut for the Cavaliers: It was a special moment. Jason Miller/Getty Images
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he was hoping Thomas would experience a hard fall like that.

Once he hits the floor, gets banged and sees he has no damage or he’s not hurting, I think that will help him get past the mental block of coming back, being out for seven months, Lue said before the game

Thomas missed his next shot, a corner 3, but got his third shot to go — a pull-up 14-foot jumper with 1:11 left in the first quarter.

He didn’t stop there, scoring an and-1 layup on the next possession as he exploded past Portland guard Shabazz Napier. Thomas closed the first quarter by air-balling a 3; however, he made his first shot of the second quarter on a pull-up 3.

When Thomas checked back in later in the second quarter, he immediately found LeBron James, who was posting up, for a feed down low, resulting in a bucket and showing a glimpse of what James could accomplish working more off the ball because of Thomas.

James offered a glowing report about his new teammate.

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Gorodetsky in May shared a photo on Instagram of himself and Odell Beckham Jr

Gorodetsky recalls lending Beckham $10,000 to play blackjack, and he also showed USA Today a text message purportedly of Beckham expressing interest in making a $20,000 bet on a baseball game.

According to sports betting sources, NFL players are allowed to wager on sports through legal operators, but Gorodetsky says the baseball bet was never made, anyway.

Meanwhile, through his agent, Zeke Sandhu, Beckham denies even knowing Gorodetsky.

At the beginning of the season when it was clear I didn’t have a role anymore, I asked to be released. Throughout the season, I was told week in & out that I’d be used. I wasn’t. I started getting frustrated about the whole thing. I asked to not be dressed or take unnecessary practice reps if I wasn’t going to play. That happened for a cpl weeks, then we had a a game week that I got solid reps in practice and everyone assumed I would play. I got to the stadium four hours early as usual, and my locker was empty. Nobody said anything to me about being inactive, just an empty locker. I asked to be released again. I was told no.

A couple weeks later, they dress me for the game so I assume I’m going to play, and I get zero reps. Stood on the sideline the whole game. I asked to be released again. I was told no. Then a few days later, they released me. I was never told I would be brought back, it was: If I bring u back, be in shape. I cleared waivers, and they didn’t call. New England called. Also, to be clear, ask Ryan if I came to see him in the hospital. I didn’t help Bud or T.J.? Ask T.J. if I helped him.

Trufant, 27, was not flagged for the altercation. Instead, Thomas received a 15-yard penalty during the game, but upon further review, Trufant was handed a fine.

Despite last week’s loss, the Falcons can still make the playoffs with a win this week against the Panthers or a Seahawks loss.

That’s a big part of why I’m standing here today, Quinn said. I think there’s games we could’ve, would’ve and should’ve won, and we didn’t.

This is a results business. This is wins and losses. You talk about all the individual plays, all the individual players, the staff, all that stuff. It comes down to winning football games and winning championships.

Quinn took some of the onus of the Lions’ identical 9-7 records over the past two years, but also said he felt the teams of the past two seasons were capable of better records than what they finished with.

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