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Allen walks in for easy touchdown

Andrew Luck found Dwayne Allen for a 7-yard touchdown to give Indianapolis an early lead over New York.

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Sources: LeBron not staying at NYC Trump hotel

LeBron James is among a group of Cavaliers who do not plan to stay with the team at a New York hotel owned by President-elect Donald Trump, according to sources.

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NFL changes course on OKing My Cause cleats

Despite missing the My Cause My Cleats weekend on bye, Titans and Browns players initially were not granted permission to wear their individualized shoes in-game. But the NFL has reversed course.

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LeBron shaken up after highlight-reel dunk (0:37)
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Purvis' strong dunk attempt gets stuck on the rim (0:37)
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Jackson, Peppers among Heisman finalists (2:53)
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Do the Raiders have this year's MVP and DPOY? (1:36)
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Power Rankings: Canadiens climb back to No. 1

The Canadiens are clicking, Rick Nash is doing the dirty work for the No. 2 Rangers and the Blackhawks slip to No. 3. Can Scott Darling hold Chicago's fort until Corey Crawford returns?

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Oladipo puts Howard on a poster
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Victor Oladipo drives baseline, jumps, double-pumps the ball while in midair and then finishes with a powerful two-handed slam that posterizes Dwight Howard.

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Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Monday Night Football about to kick off (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET). The ViewFromVegas is the New York Jets are now 1.5-point home favorites over the Indianapolis Colts at the Westgate SuperBook, South Point and MGM books here in Las Vegas (though NYJ -1 is still the most common line) after the Colts opened as short road faves last week. The over/under is 48.5 points.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets had a moment of silence to honor the memory of Joe McKnight, who was fatally shot last week on New Orleans.

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The Colts are a half-game back of the Texans and Titans (6-6) in the AFC South. They last missed the playoffs last season and haven't missed in back-to-back seasons since 1997-98. Monday Night Football kicks off shortly on ESPN.

Bad News for the Cavaliers
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After staying down for several minutes, J.R. Smith gets up and walks off under his own power after suffering an apparent leg injury against the Raptors in the first quarter. He will not return to the game.

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Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

There's 18 minutes before kickoff and the crowd is stuck in traffic, fashionably late or they've thrown in the towel on the Jets?

Wall Feeds Porter for Pair of Dunks
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In the first quarter, John Wall dribbles up the court twice and both times finds Otto Porter Jr. cutting to the rim to finish with a dunk against the Nets.

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LeBron Shaken up after big slam
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LeBron James is slow to his feet after throwing down a highlight-reel dunk off the alley-oop feed from Kyrie Irving against the Raptors.

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Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

How to analyze Monday's first half between UConn and Syracuse: Contract a licensed professional. 23-21 Syracuse. Traumatic.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Luck is back after missing the Thanksgiving game with a concussion. Luck is the best hope for the Colts to make the playoffs

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Lamar Jackson on his Heisman invite: "I'm extremely humbled and honored to be a Heisman Trophy finalist. This is a great honor for me, but it's an honor that goes to my teammates too. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to be successful and I share this accomplishment with them."

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on Deshaun Watson's second trip to NYC for the Heisman presentation: "This is a great honor for Deshaun and our program. He is our first (two-time finalist), and he's very deserving. I've said it before; I believe he is the best player in the nation and has been a great representative of our university."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

It will be interesting to see how many Heisman votes Christian McCaffrey gets. He fell out of the conversation after his October injury, but rallied to again lead the nation in all-purpose yardage. McCaffrey's rushing averages were actually better than last year, when he finished runner-up.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer hopes one conversation between Miguel Montero and Joe Maddon is all it takes to smooth things over after the catcher complained about a lack of communication between the two. Hoyer likes the combo of Montero and Willson Contreras. The Cubs will look for a veteran catcher to stash in the minors in case he's needed.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Teammates who were both Heisman finalists in the same year: 2016: Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma 2005: Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush*, USC 2004: Adrian Peterson and Jason White, Oklahoma 2004: Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, USC 2002: Willis McGahee and Ken Dorsey, Miami 1994: Ki'Jana Carter and Kerry Collins, Penn State Note: The Heisman began inviting finalists to New York in 1982. Before that, only the winners were invited.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

In a text to Ed Werder, Earl Thomas did not back down from the idea that he's at least considering retirement. "I'm taking it one day at a time. I still feel the same way I felt last night," Thomas told Werder. "You have to remember my team is still fighting. I don't want to become a distraction." Thomas added that he is not planning on having surgery to repair his fractured tibia.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas RB D'Onta Foreman had an incredible season with an FBS-leading 2,028 rushing yards in only 11 games. But Texas didn't play in a single game that mattered from a national perspective, and I think that (and the 5-7 record) explains the Heisman snub.

Kevin Maguire Golf 

Prior to the Hero World Challenge, after 466 days away from competitive golf, Tiger Woods fell to 898th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Even though he finished 15th in a field of 18 golfers at the event he hosted on Sunday, Woods earned enough world ranking points (4.38) to jump all the way to 650th, a climb of 248 spots. As a frame of reference, Woods ended 2015 ranked 416th in the world and is currently one spot ahead of fellow American Brice Garnett. Had Woods won in the Bahamas, he would have vaulted up the rankings to approximately 125th in the world.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

A few Andrew Luck fans in the house at MetLife Stadium. Truth be told, there aren't many fans, period, in the house.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Neither Washington QB Jake Browning, nor USC CB Adoree' Jackson were invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, which means the Pac-12 will not be represented in New York for the first time in three years. Dating back to 2009, the conference has had a player finish second-or-higher every year but two (2012 and 2013).

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook are both headed to New York as Heisman finalists. This marks just the fifth time ever that teammates are finalists for the Heisman in the same year, not including Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart in 2005 (Bush's Heisman was later revoked).

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's Jabrill Peppers is the first defensive player to be a Heisman finalist since Notre Dame's Manti Te'o in 2012 and just the fourth in the last decade to finish in the top 5 in voting.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

No Heisman finalist nods for Dalvin Cook, D'Onta Foreman, Donnel Pumphrey or Jeremy McNichols. It's just the fourth time since 1992 that no running back has finished in the top five.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Lamar Jackson's numbers were eye-popping all year. His Heisman-worthy totals: 51 touchdowns and 4,928 yards, while becoming just the fourth Power 5 QB to rush for 20 and pass for 20 touchdowns in the same year. And he did it all while being sacked 38 times, most in the Power 5.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Whether Deshaun Watson closed the gap enough to catch Lamar Jackson for the Heisman trophy remains to be seen, but his coach, Dabo Swinney, said Watson is hands-down the best QB in the nation and that if he had a vote, "it'd be the easiest vote ever."