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LeBron emphatically blocks Melo

Tune in as LeBron and the Cavaliers face the Knicks, live on ESPN and streaming on the ESPN App/WatchESPN. Derrick Rose (back) is out for the Knicks.

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Source: Teams waiting on Chapman decision

The Yankees, Marlins and Dodgers remain in pursuit of coveted free-agent closers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, sources said, with Chapman's contract expected to set the market for Jansen.

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Even LeBron has to go through security (0:21)
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Hatred boils over when Warriors-Clippers collide (2:44)
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LeBron's feud with Jackson goes deeper than the word 'posse' (2:32)
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Doris Burke confused by Drake's advances (1:50)
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Orioles GM says fans don't like Bautista (2:14)
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Biggest NFL injury questions for Week 14

NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league, including updates on Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett.

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Stephen A. reveals the origin of his disdain for the Cowboys (2:25)
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Top 10 plays of Larry Bird's stellar career (3:02)
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5hDan Rafael

Unbeaten Charlo, Williams finally to meet

Now that the fight between junior middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo and No. 1 contender Julian Williams is here, the question is, can they make it count? Both are ready, or so they say.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A Cavs visit to MSG usually generates some buzz but the crowd tonight been very quiet. The Knicks being 15 points down certainly factors in. But you'd expect a little more volume in the building no matter what the score is. CeeLo Green, performing at halftime, can't even get the crowd on its feet.

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Indiana State Upsets Butler
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Brenton Scott hit a free throw to put Indiana State ahead, giving the Sycamores a 72-71 upset win over No. 16 Butler and setting off a court-storming in Terre Haute.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Lou Williams made a 66-foot shot at the halfcourt buzzer for the Lakers. But the Rockets lead 67-55. Eric Gordon with 17, James Harden has 16. Houston shooting 50 percent from the floor. Williams? He's got 17.

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LeBron blocks Carmelo, gets assist
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Carmelo Anthony drives and gets blocked by LeBron James. James then gets an assist at the other end of the floor by setting up Iman Shumpert's 3-pointer. The Cavs lead the Knicks 63-48 at halftime on ESPN.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Another upset in Indiana as Indiana State KO's No. 16 Butler. Brenton Scott finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, and he also made the late, game-winning free throw that sealed the 72-71 win. In late November, his twin brother, Bryson Scott, led Fort Wayne with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in his team's upset of Indiana. Not a bad stretch for the Scott family.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony has taken just four shots thus far. He played 37 minutes last night against Miami and seems a step slow. If Anthony doesn't have it tonight, you wonder where the scoring comes from. They'll have to lean heavily on Kristaps Porzingis (12 points, 5-for-11 shooting) and Brandon Jennings (10 points, 4-for-7 shooting.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said backup point guard Ray Felton will miss tonight's game against the Warriors because of a "family thing."

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin Durant enters to the Staples Center before the Golden State Warriors play the LA Clippers.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Doc Rivers on the Warriors being a 'super team': "They've only won one title, by the way."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 pick in June's draft, struggled for much of November but he's starting to look more comfortable on the floor. Brown had a couple of loud first-half dunks against the Magic and, through three quarters, he's up to 13 points. Celtics 85, Magic 73 (end 3rd)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose's injury means that Sasha Vujacic is getting minutes as the Knicks' third point guard. Vujacic has a tough assignment in defending Iman Shumpert. Hornacek said that he'll need strong production from his bench tonight. So far, the Knicks' bench has a combined 5 points

Shumpert Botches Layup Attempt
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The Cavs forced a steal and set up Iman Shumpert for an easy layup, but he blew it. The Knicks responded with a 3-pointer on the other end, but still trail by double digits.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets scored a season-high in first quarter points as they lead the Lakers, 43-27. Eric Gordon with 12 points off the bench. Nene with seven and James Harden has 10. Lakers committed 10 first quarter turnovers, four from Lou Williams and three from Julius Randle.

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Heyward scores from far, far away
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Georgia Tech's Corey Heyward drills a buzzer-beater from three-quarters court against VCU as the first half ends. The Yellow Jackets lead 36-28 at the break.

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Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

Notre Dame guard Marina Mabrey had 23 points last year at UConn but has been held scoreless tonight, going 0-4 from field.

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Schroder throws alley-oop to Howard
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Dennis Schroder finds a cutting Dwight Howard at the rim for an easy dunk to extend the Hawks' lead over the Heat.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Love is off to a hot start. He has drilled 3-of-4 shots, including two 3's, for eight points already. Entering tonight, Love had killed the Knicks on the boards with at least 10 rebounds in each his last eight games against the Knicks. Love's career average of 12.7 rebounds per game against the Knicks is the second-highest among active NBA players, behind Andre Drummond (13.3).

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Noah Feeds Porzingis For slam
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Joakim Noah drives and dishes to Kristaps Porzingis for a two-handed slam in the first quarter against the Cavaliers. Cleveland leads New York midway through the first quarter on ESPN.

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Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan LB Jabrill Peppers says he isn't focused on any sort of NFL talk yet. Hasn't made a decision one way or the other about staying or going after this season. "We have one more game and that's what my main concern is. ... I'm not every thinking about none of that. We have a big game against Florida State. ... That's been our main focus."

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The MRI of Derrick Rose's back revealed no structural damage. He is day-to-day, the Knicks say, and expected to travel with team on its upcoming road trip. Big relief for New York.

NBA 

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Orlando Magic entered Wednesday's game ranked 25th in the NBA shooting just 32.9 percent beyond the 3-point arc. They've hit 8 of 10 triples hoisted vs. Boston. Meanwhile, the Celtics are 2 of 15 (13.3 percent) beyond the arc but somehow have hung close. Halftime: Magic 50, Celtics 49

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It will be interesting to see if Jeff Hornacek asks Courtney Lee to defend Kyrie Irving early on tonight. He turned to Lee late in the OKC game to defend Russell Westbrook. Wouldn't be surprised if we saw a similar alignment tonight.

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Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

Notre Dame's Brianna Turner having hard time making some shots that seem like gimmes tonight; her touch is off even from close range.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he's confident the Dodgers will be able to hit on their offseason targets. So with one more day remaining at the winter meetings, could the club do something soon? "There's no trade or free agent deal that is available to us that we would say that we would do right now," said Zaidi, who believes there is plenty of time remaining this offseason to get a desired deal done.

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Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson on if he thinks he should win the Heisman: "Of course. I think everyone should have that mindset that they deserve to win it." But here's his case for why he should win the Heisman over Louisville QB Lamar Jackson: "I really don't get too big into all that. Whoever wins it really deserves it. At the end of the day, we both did some great things for our teams."

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