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In the the NFL it was the story of two quarterbacks as one recently designated back up did little to help his cause, whilst one less-fancied option in the AFC East has been handed a surprise start.

Elsewhere, the NBA is paying respects after the passing on one of the game's greatest entertainers. And, in baseball, the New York Mets are well and truly on a roll.

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We begin in the NFL where Ryan Mallett’s mysterious absence from Houston Texans practice on Thursday has now been explained.

According to reports, Mallett overslept yesterday and was held out as a result. Having lost out on the starting quarterback job to Bryan Hoyer on Monday his tardiness is unlikely to help him convince the team they made the wrong choice.

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Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has continued his attempts to keep the situation within the locker room but, with Mallett having been working with the threes today, it looks like Mallett now faces a bigger battle to oust Hoyer from the starting spot.

Elsewhere in the league, the Buffalo Bills have announced that EJ Manuel will start at quarterback versus the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.

The decision has surprised many who believed the QB battle was now down to two, with Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel having started the previous two preseason games.

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Across to the NBA, and the league is today paying tribute to legendary dunker Darryl Dawkins who sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 58.

The former Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets star, who came to be known as Chocolate Thunder, suffered a heart attack according to his family.

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And finally, in baseball, the New York Mets have extended their winning streak to seven games after a 9-5 road win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mets now hold a 71-56 record after sweeping the Colorado Rockies before securing a 4-0 series win over the Phillies.

Texans fans: Do you trust Bryan Hoyer to lead your team in 2015, or should Mallett have been giving the starting job? Have your say in the comments below...

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