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Follow live: Rockets take on Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks try to snap a five-game losing streak when they host James Harden and the Houston Rockets at the Bradley Center.

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LB Collins stays with Browns, gets 4-year deal

The Browns have agreed to a four-year contract with linebacker Jamie Collins, who the team acquired in a trade with the Patriots earlier this season.

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A lost shoe is no problem for Kevin Durant (0:21)
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Grayson Allen gets tangled up with NC State players on way to bench (1:08)
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Bill and Tom's excellent adventure (4:56)
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Which team should Cavs fear most in the East? (2:26)
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How will the Lakers fix their problems? (2:09)
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Chris Berman, the face of ESPN (1:31)
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Man City can build on Spurs draw

Marcotti's Musings: Man City let a 2-0 lead slip vs. Spurs, but the result actually offers plenty of encouragement. Plus: Can Real survive injuries?

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NC State's Dennis Smith Jr. Has 18 points at half vs Duke (he averages 18.9 PPG on the season). Smith is ranked No. 5 on Chad Ford's 2017 NBA Draft Big Board.

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C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke's Harry Giles, eight points, six rebounds in nine minutes, looked better in first half than he has all season. Not saying he's finally turned the corner but he looked more self-assured.

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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami Heat on a 7-0 run and lead the Golden State Warriors 24-15 midway in the first quarter.

NBA 

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Dodgers fans may be disappointed Jose De Leon didn't land Brian Dozier to play second, but Logan Forsythe is an underrated player, sixth among second basemen the past two years with 8.4 WAR -- similar to Dozier's 8.9. De Leon replaces Drew Smyly in the Tampa rotation and has top-of-the-rotation potential, but will have to curb home run issues he's had in the upper minors.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith keeping NC State within striking distance with 18 pts on 6-10 FG. He's the only scorer in double figures for Pack. The strange stat is he doesn't have any assists (he averages 6.5 per game) and State has just 3 overall on 13 made baskets

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

NC State's inconsistency has overshadowed just how good Dennis Smith is. Terrific half against Blue Devils, keeping the Wolfpack in it.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Warriors offense looking ROUGH on the back to back in Miami. So far 4-of-13 from the field, missing on some open looks. 14-9 Heat so far

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams has been cleared from the league's concussion protocol and will start tonight against the Jazz.

Grayson Allen Tangles with NC State
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While heading back to the bench, Duke's Grayson Allen collides with a couple NC State players. The Blue Devils lead 36-28 late in the first half (on ESPN).

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source confirms former Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter will be Cal's new defensive coordinator. Fox Sports first reported the hire.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Dodgers trade for Logan Forsythe, who has quietly been one of the best 2nd basemen in baseball over the last 2 seasons, ranking 6th among primary 2B in WAR.

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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

The Team LA store next to the Staples Center is receiving a continuous supply of merchandise in preparation for the NHL All-Star game in Los Angeles on Sunday.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Surprised Matt Jones wasn't given Dennis Smith assignment, but so far it's working for Duke. Frank Jackson hasn't allowed Smith any dribble penetration. Smith's basket came on pick & roll when Amile Jefferson got stuck trying to defend him

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis is officially out with a right thigh bruise. This is Davis' fourth missed game of the season and the sixth time in the past seven games Davis has missed at least part of a game due to injury.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers landed a second baseman Monday, acquiring Logan Forsythe from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for RHP Jose De Leon. Forsythe is also expected to lead off for the Dodgers in 2017.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin underwent MRI on right ankle and results came back negative, league sources told ESPN. Likely day-to-day with ankle sprain.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke sticking with starting lineup that sparked second half run vs Miami: Frank Jackson, Matt Jones, Jayson Tatum, Amile Jefferson & Marques Bolden. Will be first time Luke Kennard hasn't started all season & first time Grayson Allen didn't start since Nov. 20, 2015 vs VCU

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Gentry says Anthony Davis (R thigh bruise) is a gametime decision but that it "doesn't look good." Davis is having trouble moving laterally.

Ryan McGee ESPN Senior Writer 

NASCAR drivers, team mgmt & track reps all repeating mantra of "every lap matters now".

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

NASCAR Chairman Brian France on the new points system: "(It will) make the racing even more compelling on an hour by hour basis, week in and week out."

Ryan McGee ESPN Senior Writer 

NASCAR VP Steve O'Donnell explains new championship & race formats. Segmented races and regular season points that carry over into the postseason are designed to appease fan complaints of mid-race & midseason lulls as well as regular season success not rewarded once the playoffs begin. Denny Hamlin said "There are no more weeks off."

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Here is the new NASCAR points system: At the end of the race, the winner will get 40 points, and then second through 35th will be awarded points on a 35-to-2 scale. Those finishing 36th to 40th will be awarded one point. There will be no bonus points for leading a lap nor leading the most laps. The race will be divided into three segments. NASCAR will award points 10-to-1 to the top-10 drivers at the end of each of the first two segments. The number of laps of each of the first two segments will be the same in a race (and won't change if the caution comes out), and the end of the second stage will be approximately at the halfway point of the race. A race would be official after the second stage if it rains. Drivers will now carry bonus points – called "playoff points" -- throughout the entire playoffs (instead of just the first round) when the points get reset. Drivers will earn five playoff points for every race win and one playoff point for every segment win. The top-10 drivers in the standings in the regular season also earn additional playoff points on a 15-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale. Drivers will continue to accumulate playoff points throughout the playoffs.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke forward Chase Jeter won't play against NC State tonight. He underwent a lower-back procedure to treat a herniated disc.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees was named to his 10th Pro Bowl as a replacement for Falcons QB Matt Ryan. Pretty worthy considering Brees once again led the NFL with 5,208 passing yards, ranked second with a completion percentage of 70.0 and threw 37 TD passes vs. 15 interception.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Browns kept one of their own: Linebacker Jamie Collins signed a four-year contract extension, the team announced.