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THE ROSTER of top 100 prospects for this Thursday's NBA draft includes a few exotic-sounding names—Vlatko Čančar (above, left), a 6'8" forward from Slovenia; Ognjen Jaramaz, a 6'4" point guard from Serbia; and Alpha Kaba (above, right), a 6'10" center from France, are just a few. What's almost as striking, though, is how many sound as if they could be extras in a British melodrama. Each pair of names listed to the right comprises one 2017 NBA hopeful and one character from Downton Abbey. See if you can figure out which is which.

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COLUMN B

Edrice Adebayo [DRAFTEES]

Igor Kuragin [DOWNTONERS]

Ivan Rabb [DRAFTEES]

Tom Branson [DOWNTONERS]

Aleksandar Vezenkov [DRAFTEES]

Kemal Pamuk [DOWNTONERS]

Antonius Cleveland [DRAFTEES]

Atticus Aldridge [DOWNTONERS]

Alec Peters [DRAFTEES]

Hugh MacClare [DOWNTONERS]

Thomas Bryant [DRAFTEES]

Thomas Barrow [DOWNTONERS]

Johnathan Motley [DRAFTEES]

William Mason [DOWNTONERS]

Sterling Brown [DRAFTEES]

Jimmy Kent [DOWNTONERS]

Tyler Dorsey [DRAFTEES]

Andrew Parker [DOWNTONERS]

Jaron Blossomgame [DRAFTEES]

Septimus Spratt [DOWNTONERS]

Edmond Sumner [DRAFTEES]

Patrick Gordon [DOWNTONERS]

Cameron Oliver [DRAFTEES]

Anthony Foyle [DOWNTONERS]

Nigel Hayes [DRAFTEES]

Alfred Nugent [DOWNTONERS]

Wesley Alves da Silva [DRAFTEES]

Nikolai Rostov [DOWNTONERS]

Isaac Humphries [DRAFTEES]

Simon Bricker [DOWNTONERS]

KEY: COLUMN A = DRAFTEES; COLUMN B = DOWNTONERS

THEY SAID IT

"THE WORLD'S MOST DECORATED ATHLETE TAKES ON THE OCEAN'S MOST EFFICIENT PREDATOR."

From a Discovery Channel release announcing that Michael Phelps will race a shark on July 23.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Organizers planned the Aug. 26 Mayweather-McGregor fight for Las Vegas's T-Mobile Arena. The venue is already booked.