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Jabari Smith Jr. left everyone speechless following monstrous dunk

With Auburn well on its way to a first-round win over Jacksonville State in the NCAA Tournament, Jabari Smith Jr. took one final moment to remind everyone why he was named an All-American.

The SEC Freshman of the Year produced a team-high 20 points, 14 rebounds and four assists on Friday to lead the second-seeded Tigers to an 80-61 win over the No. 15 seed Gamecocks. Walker Kessler recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks to finish shy of a triple-double.

Smith had perhaps the play of the tournament with just over one minute remaining. The scene unfolded when Smith collected the offensive rebound off of his own missed 3-pointer. Smith dribbled around a few defenders and unleashed fury on Brandon Huffman.

The monstrous jam by Smith immediately sent the Tigers’ bench into a frenzy. Players on the sideline had incredible reactions to the dunk and were left

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Lia Thomas Finishes Her College Career: Sports World Reacts

Lia Thomas walks out of the pool.

Lia Thomas walks out of the pool.

Lia Thomas’ time as a collegiate swimmer is over.

The transgender Penn swimmer, who competes for the women’s team after undergoing hormone therapy, finished her career at the NCAA Championships this weekend.

Thomas, who has had a controversial 2021-22 season inside of the pool, finished her career with a championship. She won the 500 meter freestyle, though failed to take home the championship in two other events.

“Lia Thomas’ collegiate swimming career ended with an 8th place finish in the 100 free. Yale’s Iszac Henig tied for 5th. And UVA frosh Gretchen Walsh got her first individual championship after finishing runner-up in her other two events,” ESPN’s Katie Barnes tweeted.

Thomas, who began her career competing for the Penn men’s team, became the first transgender athlete to win a Division 1 national championship.

The Penn swimmer took home the title in the 500

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John Clayton, Longtime ESPN Football Reporter Dubbed ‘The Professor,’ Dies at 67

John Clayton, the longtime ESPN football reporter nicknamed “The Professor” for his breadth of knowledge about the NFL, died Friday in Washington state after a brief undisclosed illness, his family told ESPN.

“His wife Pat and sister Amy were at his side and communicated earlier he passed peacefully after a brief illness,” his longtime ESPN colleague Chris Mortensen tweeted. “We loved John. We are mourning his loss.”

Clayton’s five-decade career began when he was still a senior at Duquesne University, hired by the Pittsburgh Press to cover the Steelers. But he rose to prominence in his 20-plus years at ESPN, where his bespectacled appearance and encyclopedic knowledge of football won him wide admiration.

After leaving ESPN in 2017, he spent the last five seasons spent as a sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks Radio Network and hosted the “John Clayton Weekend” show on Seattle Sports 710. Just 10

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R.I.P. John Clayton, ESPN NFL Reporter Who Starred as Metalhead in Greatest SportsCenter Commercial Dies at 67

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John Clayton, the longtime NFL reporter for ESPN, has died at age 67 after an undisclosed brief illness. While he was considered one of the best in the business among football fans, for many he will be remembered for his unforgettable starring in role in perhaps the greatest “This Is SportsCenter” commercial ever.

After starting as a sportswriter in the covering the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks in the ’70s and ’80s, Clayton was hired by ESPN in 1995, where he remained with the network as one of its top NFL reporters until he was let go in 2017.

Clayton, who was nicknamed “The Professor,” had a charmingly nerdy appearance, which made his turn in the aforementioned “This Is SportsCenter” commercial both unexpected and

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