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    ‘The Finish Line,’ Episode 4: Dinner With Dirk

    After a successful return to the court, a rejuvenated Steve Nash reminisces with former teammate Dirk Nowitzki about the time they had together on the Dallas Mavericks, and the two speculate about what would have happened had they stayed teammates, and face off on the court as Nash heads into an uncertain offseason.

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    ‘The Finish Line,’ Episode 3: Steve Nash Reacts to the Backlash

    In the third episode of an exclusive Grantland series chronicling Steve Nash’s trying season with the Lakers, he reveals his feelings about the media members and fans calling for his retirement, questioning his motives, and accusing him of being greedy.

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    The Grantland Channel: Emily Yoshida Talks to Sharleen Joynt from ‘The Bachelor’

    The Juan Pablocalypse ravaged ABC last night, but some lucky folks escaped unscathed — including Sharleen Joynt, opera singer, mundo-possessor, and all-around shockingly levelheaded former contestant from the show’s 18th season.

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    Only 3-Pointers and Layups: The Rio Grande Valley Vipers on the Grantland Channel

    The Houston Rockets’ D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers have an innovative basketball philosophy that involves shooting primarily from the 3-point line (about half their shot attempts per game) and within 5 feet of the hoop (about 40 percent). Is the elimination of the midrange jumper a fad or a revelation?

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    Putt-Putt Perfection

    “Everybody has their one thing that they’re good at, and if you ever find it, you want to stick with it.” —Rick Baird On April 9, 2011, at a tournament in Richmond, Virginia, an IT manager named Rick Baird notched 18 straight hole-in-one shots to record a perfect putt-putt score. In more than 50 years […]

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    ‘The Finish Line,’ Episode 2: Steve Nash and the Stretch Provision

    In the second episode of The Finish Line, an exclusive Grantland series chronicling Steve Nash’s season, Nash battles his way back onto the court, celebrates his 40th birthday with a throwback performance against the 76ers, and faces the harsh reality that the Lakers may essentially end his career by exercising the stretch provision.

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    2014 Grantland Oscars Preview: Best Picture

    Grantland’s Wesley Morris and Chris Connelly review the nine nominees for Best Picture and ask if the early hype around ’12 Years a Slave’ will actually hurt its chances of winning.

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    2014 Grantland Oscars Preview: Best Actress

    Grantland’s Wesley Morris and Chris Connelly debate whether anyone other than Cate Blanchett can win Best Actress this year.

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    2014 Grantland Oscars Preview: Best Actor

    Grantland’s Wesley Morris and Chris Connelly review the performances of Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Matthew McConaughey before deciding the award is McConaughey’s to lose.

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    2014 Grantland Oscars Preview: Best Director

    Grantland’s Wesley Morris and Chris Connelly break down the Best Director category, which comes down to the directors of two excellent movies that couldn’t be more different. Will Steve McQueen’s heart-wrenching ’12 Years a Slave’ or Alfonso Cuarón’s technically brilliant ‘Gravity’ win?

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