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Grant Hill to play his first game of the regular season today for the Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat (Pre-Season)

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Grant Hill #33 of the Los Angeles Clippers goes to the basket past Rashard Lewis #9 of the Miami Heat during the pre-season game as part of the 2012 NBA China Games on October 13, 2012 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.

Grant Hill is set to make his regular-season debut for the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.

The seven-time All-Star is expected to play limited minutes on Saturday against the Orlando Magic, his former team. Hill has missed 36 games with a bone bruise in his right knee. He hasn’t played since Oct. 13 when he had eight points and three rebounds in an exhibition game against Miami in Shanghai.

He’s been practicing for a week and coach Vinny Del Negro said Hill hasn’t had any setbacks.

Hill, an 18-year veteran, will be appearing in his 998th career NBA game.

The Clippers are still waiting to get Chauncey Billups back. He’s missed the last 19 games with tendinitis in his left foot.

Even without their two veterans, the Clippers are tied with Oklahoma City for the league’s best record at 28-8.

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Clippers outshine Lakers in impressive win; are they the top team in town?

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Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks during a 107-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Despite having assembled an All-Star team built to win the NBA Finals, the Lakers last night lost to by their local rival.

The high-flying Clippers lead by as much as 18 points in a game that was more of a blowout than the 107-102 final would imply.

Chris Paul finished with 30 points. He scored the last eight Clippers points of the game, finishing off the struggling Lakers in the final minutes.

To add insult to injury, at one point the Clippers had four former Lakers on the court (Lamar Odom, Matt Barnes, Caron Butler, and Ronny Turiaf), with Paul as their point guard. Clipper television announcers commented that the team had four-and-a-half former Lakers playing, referencing the controversial Paul trade to the Lakers that was squashed by NBA commissioner David Stern.

''Right now we're just focused on being one of the best teams in the league, not just the city,'' Odom told reporters after the game at Staples Center. ''Focus can't be just to be better than one team. Now we're trying to be great.''

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Matt Barnes pleads no contest to being unlicensed driver, resisting arrest [Updated]

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Matt Barnes, the former Laker and current Clipper forward plead no contest Tuesday to being an unlicensed driver and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

The drama started in June when the journeyman scorer was originally charged with driving with a suspended license. On July 30, when Manhattan Beach police tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for that charge, he allegedly resisted.

The heavily tattooed Barnes, 32, was not present in court today when his plea of no contest to an amended unlicensed driver and resisting arrest was entered through his attorney. His lawyer produced proof that he had a valid license according to the D.A.

Judge Burt Pines sentenced the 6 foot 7 inch UCLA grad to two years summary probation, ordered to complete 30 hours of community service and instructed Barnes to attend counseling for three months. 

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Be a sport: Photos from the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre LA Live

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Sportscaster Chris Berman (R) and Bailey the Los Angeles Kings Mascot arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: A general view of the finale is seen onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp and Actress Cody Horn arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) NHL players Matt Greene, Dustin Brown and Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings eith award for Best Upset posing in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA player Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Clippers (L) and actress Hayden Panettiere arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) NBA player Steve Nash and Nascar driver Danica Patrick present award for Best Team onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Blake Griffin (L) and Kevin Love speak via satellite during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional skiier Lindsey Vonn walks onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA New Orleans Hornets player Anthony Davis arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Host Rob Riggle speaks onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Actor Rob Lowe with award recipient Eric LeGrand onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Demaryius Thomas arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: UFC fighters Jon Jones and Anderson Silva arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Rappers NAS (L) and Swizz Beatz perform onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Lehigh Basketball team Coach Murray Goodman, Gabe Knutson, John Adams, Jordan Hamilton, Coach Antoni Wyche and CJ McCollum arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Matthew Stafford of the Detriot Lions wins award Best Comeback Athlete poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Backstage & Audience

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson poses backstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA players Juwan Howard (L) and Mike Miller (R) of the Miami Heat accept the Best Team award from NBA player Steve Nash and Nascar driver Danica Patrick onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional surfer Maya Gabeira and actor Jesse Spencer arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional skier Maya Turski arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Backstage & Audience

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA players Juwan Howard (L) and Mike Miller of the Miami Heat, winners of the Best Team Award pose onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos and Professional skiier Lindsey Vonn onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Tennis player Daniela Hantuchova and NFL player Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Soccer player Carlos Bocanegra arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers (L) and actress Zooey Deschanel speak onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Cleveland Browns player Josh Cribbs arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Brothers Dan Gronkowski, Gordie Gronkowski, Rob Gronkowski and Glenn Gronkowski arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA New Orleans Hornets player Anthony Davis arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Green Bay Packers player Desmond Bishop (ring detail) arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) UFC fighters Anderson Silva and Jon Jones arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL players Victor Cruz and Eli Manning of the New York Giants with Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional snowboarder Shaun White (L) and actress Olivia Munn speak onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: TV Personality Holly Robsinson Peete and kids arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional surfer Maya Gabeira and actor Jesse Spencer arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Demaryius Thomas accepts award for Best Moment poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Christian Watford wins award for Best Play poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Alpine Skiier Bode Miller (L) and guest arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: College Basketball player Pendarvis Williams (R) and guest arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NHL players Matt Greene, Dustin Brown, and Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings accept the Best Upset award onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Eli Manning of the New York Giants arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actress Jessica Biel poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA player Steve Nash (L) of the Los Angeles Lakers and former Los Angeles Lakers coach, current head coach for the Texas Legends Del Harris arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Former NBA player Julius Erving and guest arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: The Sasquatch (L) and actor Joel McHale arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Bailey The Los Angeles Kings Mascot arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Musician Nas and Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: US Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner (L) and NBA player Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Clippers arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


Relive the glory and the rug burn of the red carpet and ceremony with a slideshow sampling of winning photos from Wednesday night's 2012 Espy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. 

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