Grayson Allen's "indefinite" suspension for being a frequent tripper is over after just one game, as Allen played Wednesday night in Duke's win over Georgia Tech.
The comically short suspension received its fair share of deserved skepticism, but now, a lot can happen in 14 days. And plenty of cool and important stuff did indeed happen in that fortnight around sports and the world. Here's our list of the best highlights.
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Virginia Tech beat Duke
Facing their first ranked opponent of the season, the Hokies got 18 points from Justin Bibbs in an 89-75 New Year's Eve upset win over No. 5 Duke, playing what would coincidentally prove to be its one and only game without the services of Grayson Allen.
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Louisville's women's basketball team played a neat trick on Duke
The Cardinals coaxed the Blue Devils into defending the wrong basket to start the second half of their game Tuesday, resulting in an easy basket, just one day before the end of Allen's suspension.
Tripping continued unabated in the NHL
A full 81 tripping penalties were assessed in the NHL in games played while Allen was suspended from Dec. 22 to Jan. 3, according to STATS. Come on, guys. Have you learned nothing?
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Mariah Carey held a New Year's Eve concert
And it went about as well as Duke's New Year's Eve without Allen.
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Lane Kiffin scorched another bridge
Already having one foot out the door for his next gig, Alabama's offensive coordinator made a tough situation worse by publicly commenting on the perils of working for Nick Saban and delivering a less-than-convincing performance in the Tide's win over Washington in the national semifinal. He was — astoundingly — relieved of his duties, just two days before Allen's suspension was to end and one week prior to next Monday's championship game in the latest memorable Kiffin exit.
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Tiger Woods gave us the best Christmas present
By introducing us to "Mac Daddy Santa" on the same day Allen's suspension was announced. Coincidence, or pretty genius move by Duke to bury the suspension news?
So we can all stop complaining about it and get back to focusing on basketball. (Seriously, though, we miss you, Prince.)
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Ronda Rousey got trounced
Amanda Nunes took care of business against Rousey in less than a minute, about as long as it probably took Duke to decide to bring Allen back after losing to Virginia Tech.
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The Rose Bowl obliterated our minds
Records were broken, the pictures were amazing, the scene was incredible. It was easily the best of the 32 college football bowl games to go down during Allen's suspension.