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Clemson lands in a place it hasn’t been in years with loss to N.C. State

There’s an old adage in sports: Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good. There’s truth in that, for sure.

Put them together, and the confluence of the two often produces surprising results.

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Just ask N.C. State, which was both Saturday in knocking off No. 9 Clemson 27-21 in double overtime and handing the Tigers their second loss in four weeks. The result also blew the race for the ACC title wide open.

N.C. State made a defensive stop on fourth-and-5 in the second OT to seal the game and drop Clemson to 2-2 (1-1 ACC) on the season.

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While the Tigers’ struggles are an anomaly in the context of recent seasons under coach Dabo Swinney, they’ve been common in the 2021 season, something Swinney readily admitted after Saturday’s loss.

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Former ESPN Host Kenny Mayne Lands A New Job

Kenny Mayne on ESPN.

Kenny Mayne on ESPN.

ESPN got rid of longtime anchor and host Kenny Mayne back in May in what the television personality deemed a “salary cap casualty.” Thankfully, Mayne has not had trouble finding work since.

After serving as a nightly host during the Olympics on NBC, Mayne is now joining Caesars Sportsbook as a content contributor and brand ambassador. This isn’t the first time Mayne has worked at the Las Vegas institution.

In his introductory video this afternoon, he shared that he served as an usher at Caesars during the Muhammad Ali-Larry Holmes fight back in 1980.

At Caesars, Mayne will have the chance to reunite with former ESPN colleague Trey Wingo, who welcomed his buddy to the fold on Twitter this afternoon.

“The past is prologue. Welcome old friend,” Wingo wrote above a selfie of the two former Worldwide Leader employees.

Mayne certainly had a prolific run at

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Former NFL QB Alex Smith Officially Lands New Job

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith against the Bengals.

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith against the Bengals.

After officially retiring from the NFL just a few months ago, former quarterback Alex Smith officially has a new job. And it’s a big one.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Smith has signed on with ESPN as an analyst. Per the report, he will appear on multiple shows and in various roles, mostly breaking down the NFL.

Some of the big shows Smith will appear on include SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown and Sunday NFL Countdown. Given how in-demand Smith was as an analyst after retiring, it’s not surprising that ESPN wants to showcase his talents ASAP.

Smith joining ESPN should pretty much end any possibility of him returning to the NFL. It caps off an astounding career that had as many peaks and valleys as any in NFL history.

Coming out of Utah in 2005, Alex Smith

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Duke Lands First Recruit Since Coach K Announced Retirement

A closeup of Duke college basketball Mike Krzyewski.

A closeup of Duke college basketball Mike Krzyewski.

Last month, Mike Krzyzewski announced that the 2021-22 season would be his last one as the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils. That announcement left the basketball world stunned for a few days, and rightfully so.

Believe it or not, the timing of Coach K’s decision was actually beneficial for the future of Duke’s basketball program. Krzyzewski wanted to make sure that future recruits knew that he was leaving and Jon Scheyer would be taking his place.

“I think it’s especially important, especially with the start of recruiting … where there’s complete transparency and clarity, with the future of this year and after,” Krzyzewski said in a statement.

Well, it didn’t take long for Scheyer to land his first recruit as the coach-in-waiting for the Blue Devils.

On Thursday morning, Kyle Filipowski of Wilbraham & Monson Academy told ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein

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