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West, South are fastest growing in latest census data

Eight of the fastest growing states are in the South or West, according to the latest U.S. census data, and five of those growing are Sun Belt states as the nation continues its political, economic and social redistribution.

Jeremy Lin got the Lakers customized headphones for Christmas

Helping put the "Swag" in "Swaggy P." Een foto die is geplaatst door Jeremy Lin (@jlin7) op Dec 12, 2014 at 10:15 PST From Instagram: Customized headphones for the #lakeshow... early Christmas gift as we fly to Chicago!! Steve and X gettin theirs separately bc they cant travel with us... Show More Summary

Josh Smith reportedly headed to Houston Rockets, not Clippers

The Clippers can cross one potential item off their last-minute Christmas shopping list.

Christmas means tamale season in Southern California

For many in Los Angeles, it’s as much a tradition as hanging up Christmas lights or putting presents under the tree -- the annual buying of tamales.

Cavs Lose Brazilian Varejao for Season With Achilles Tear

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without Anderson Varejao for the rest of season after the Brazilian center tore his left Achilles tendon the National Basketball Association team said on Wednesday.

Why Sony's digital release of 'The Interview' changes the game

Just a week ago, Sony was more troubled than poor giftless Bunky at Christmas. In addition to all the hacking woes, it looked pretty much done for when it came to “The Interview.” Major theater chains had dropped the Seth Rogen comedy, fearing hacking and terrorist attacks, and...

Julio Jones misses practice, but should be okay for fantasy owners

Julio Jones still isn't 100 percent, but he'll be suiting up for Week 17. We break down the fantasy implications. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was held out of practice Wednesday. He is still dealing with an oblique injury...Show More Summary

Clippers' Blake Griffin ties his career-high for assists against Hawks

Blake Griffin tied his career-high in assists (11) against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday for the third time in his career.

California Christmas weather: Gale-force winds, snow in the mountains

Be thankful if all your presents make it under the tree Thursday morning, because it was probably a rough ride for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

Uffsides: NFL Week 17 preview and picks

It's the final week of the regular season, and several of the intra-divisional rivalries have serious playoff implications. Matt Ufford, Ryan Nanni, and Alex Rubenstein break down Carolina-Atlanta, Detroit-Green Bay, Cincinnati-Pittsburgh, and more. Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to SB Nation on YouTube

DeMarco Murray practicing Wednesday, still a fantasy risk for Week 17

Murray is practicing and expected to play in Week 17 despite his hand injury. We break down the fantasy implications. Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray practiced Wednesday and is fully expected to suit up for Sunday's Week 17 game against Washington. Show More Summary

The yule log, hockey style

Ah, the mesmerizing powers of watching a blazing yule log, so appropriate for getting in the holiday spirit and long a tradition on TV.

Clash tied to tribal and land disputes leaves nearly 70 dead in India

Indian paramilitary forces rushed to the restive northeastern state of Assam on Wednesday after separatist rebels gunned down nearly 70 people in a spasm of violence linked to long-running land and tribal disputes.

NFL Odds: Opening spreads for Week 17 betting

Denver is one of many teams with something to play for this Sunday in Week 17. The Denver Broncos are 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six games against the Oakland Raiders. With one more win against the Raiders at home this week, the...Show More Summary

Western Kentucky players eat Popeyes with the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl trophy

The dream. Western Kentucky survived a 34-point comeback from Central Michigan that ended with the craziest Hail Mary you'll ever see to win the best (and first) ever Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Wednesday. So the Hilltoppers did what any...Show More Summary

Berkeley suspect's grandmother: 'I want to see the gun in his hand'

The grandmother of the 18-year-old black man shot and killed by a white police officer in Berkeley, Mo., on Tuesday night was quite clear about how she felt about the shooting.

Playing Panic or Patience on MLB's Most Inactive Contenders

From the San Francisco Giants to the Washington Nationals, some of the best teams of 2014 have endured underwhelming offseasons. The Giants missed out on two of the top free agents of the winter, while the Nationals haven't done much of anything at all. Show More Summary

In a time of tension, Christian faithful gather in Bethlehem

Esam Awwad lifted his daughter onto his shoulders and joined the crowd gathered around the barricades, waiting for a glimpse of the patriarch as he passed by on his way into the Church of the Nativity.

Michael Sam tells Oprah multiple gay NFL players thanked him

Sam participated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey where he states that multiple gay NFL players reached out to him to thank him for coming out. Michael Sam was the only openly gay player in the NFL when he reported to rookie camp in July, but he wasn't the only gay player in the league. Show More Summary

The only NBA Christmas schedule breakdown you need

The NBA scheduled a quintuple-header for Christmas. At least one of the games is a thoughtful present (hello, Warriors-Clippers), but there are also a couple lumps of coal in NBA fans' stockings -- and they look a lot like the Knicks and Lakers. Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to SB Nation on YouTube

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