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Marshawn Lynch won’t play the NFL’s game, and that makes him great

ftw.usatoday.com — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch came out on Wednesday for another NFL-mandated press availability, and much like his Media Day appearance, he refused to say much of anything. Lynch answered every question with "You know why I'm here," a subtle update on yesterday's " I'm just here so I don't get fined."

Somehow, Grigor Dimitrov angrily smashed his racket into two pieces

ftw.usatoday.com — There are racket smashes and then there's the total annihilation Grigor Dimitrov did to his Wilson Pro Staff on Sunday night. This wasn't like when a baseball player cracks his bat against his knee. It's like if he put it in the wood shredder.

Grigor Dimitrov and the greatest racket smash you’ll ever see

ftw.usatoday.com — There are racket smashes and then there's the total annihilation Grigor Dimitrov did to his Wilson Pro Staff on Sunday night. This wasn't like when a baseball player cracks his bat against his knee. It's like if he put it in the wood shredder.

Kane, Kessel had the best reaction to Shea Weber’s 108 MPH shot

ftw.usatoday.com — COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's a good idea to duck if Shea Weber comes your way with a slap shot. The Nashville Predators defenseman won the NHL All-Star Hardest Shot competition with a blistering 108.5 MPH wrister that had players and fans picking their jaws up off the floor.

Jim Harbaugh plays the piccolo with the Michigan band

ftw.usatoday.com — New Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh visited with the Michigan band and took a halfcourt shot during ESPN's College GameDay from the Crisler Center. Shockingly, Harbaugh was not wearing khakis. He already seems to be the most popular person in the state of Michigan. (Thanks to the Detroit Free Press for sharing this story.)

Watch Kobe Bryant get the bad news about his shoulder injury

ftw.usatoday.com — This is the state of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015. Just a few days after tearing his rotator cuff that could require season-ending surgery to repair, 36-year-old Kobe Bryant starred in dramatic, black-and-white video of a visit with a doctor for Derek Jeter's Players' Tribune.

Lars Andersen’s archery trick shots will blow your mind

ftw.usatoday.com — Danish archer Lars Andersen wants you to know that the archery you see in movies or at the Olympics is a far cry from what expert archers practiced in the middle ages, so he filmed this astounding trick shot video to show off his skills. Seriously though, don't try this at home.

Chelsea, Manchester City knocked out of the FA Cup

ftw.usatoday.com — Manchester United was the laughing stock of England for a day after drawing 0-0 with League Two Cambridge United Friday - but at least they didn't lose. The top two teams in the Premier League were knocked out in the fourth round the FA Cup Saturday, leaving Arsenal and Manchester United as favorites to lift the cup.

White House press secretary burns Tom Brady to a crisp

ftw.usatoday.com — By now, absolutely everyone has made a joke about Deflategate. The National Transportation Safety Board even tried to get in on the fun with a slightly alarming blog post. On Friday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest burned Tom Brady over his ridiculous 30-minute Deflategate press conference. Brace yourself.

Tom Brady might be lying, but the NFL is definitely incompetent

ftw.usatoday.com — There were a lot of remarkable things about Tom Brady's press conference on Thursday. Let's start with the over 30 minutes of pointed questions surrounding the inflation of footballs. It's a subject that has never received such scrutiny and attention before.
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From our Arizona paper: Mikkel Boedker back in Phoenix after spleen surgery usat.ly/1KbU0sh via @usatoday

Jan 29, 2015

RT @ByMikeBrehm: Updated Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel sweepstakes usat.ly/1xQ6QIb via @usatoday

Jan 29, 2015

RT @ByMikeBrehm: Martin Brodeur leaves game 'with a big smile' on face usat.ly/1KbUdeT via @usatoday

Jan 28, 2015

Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck fined for embellishment usat.ly/1K610H1 via @usatoday

Jan 28, 2015

RT @losangeleslegal: Mr. Voynov's case has been set for trial readyness hearing on February 25 at 8:30 A.M. Trial is set to commence on March 2.

Jan 28, 2015

Penguins GM giving fans the team they wanted usat.ly/1y5zbJm via @forthewin

Jan 28, 2015

RT @ByMikeBrehm: Wild's Charlie Coyle scores on breakaway - from behind the goal line usat.ly/1z2WebR via @forthewin

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RT @ByMikeBrehm: Players' escrow rises because of Canadian dollar's fall usat.ly/1CecWqU via @usatoday

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