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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Source: Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman if his baseball people can reach a deal.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams CB Trumaine Johnson hasn't shadowed many receivers this year, but he will this week, if Julio Jones plays for the Falcons. "That's the plan."

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, the nation's No. 165 overall prospect and former Oregon commitment, will take official visits to North Carolina (Jan. 13) and USC (Jan. 20). Lenoir committed to Oregon in June and decommitted just hours before Oregon fired former head coach Mark Helfrich last week.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Jeff Fisher explained why he could not locate his challenge flag on Sunday.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers carried an extra reliever for most of last season and it helped them to become one of the better bullpens in baseball. It is not necessarily a plan they are married to for 2017. "I think it was more so a necessity," manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday. "I think the model still is to get starters to go deeper in a game. I don't know the average start, the innings last year, but when you're not going deep, the extra reliever was certainly a necessity, as opposed to just a luxury."

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Expect fireworks for Warriors-Clippers

Two top offenses face off on Wednesday night as the Warriors head to LA to take on the Clippers. While Golden State is the top team in the league in scoring and FG percentage, the Clippers aren't far behind.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, on GM Les Snead also getting an extension: "I'm so busy here, I was honestly unaware that he was extended. I'm being honest with you. We're just working here." Asked about the job Snead has done as GM, Fisher said: "I look at this as being my responsibility, the win-loss record. We need to do a better job from a personnel standpoint. We've had some unfortunate things take place with some high picks in Steadman Bailey and Tre Mason and those kind of things you don't anticipate. But we're moving forward."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was working the phones Tuesday evening, but did not feel anxiety to make an impact move before the winter meetings end Thursday. "I actually think it's really important to not feel pressure to do things in these three days," Friedman said. "We have goals we want to accomplish this offseason. But when they happen, is not something that we feel like we can force. If you get caught up in these three days, in our opinion, you can end up making mistakes."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster teased USC fans Sunday with a post on Snapchat that said he was staying in school for one more season, but on Tuesday he told a USC spokesman he was only joking around and had yet to make a decision about his future. A junior, Smith-Schuster is viewed as one of the top draft-eligible receivers and a potential first-round pick.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

It only sounded like Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was reading from a fortune cookie Tuesday when asked if the team's budget reasonably matched its free-agent needs. "If you were always rational about free agents, you will finish third on every free agent," Friedman said.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

A GM in the bullpen market on where he thinks the contracts of Aroldis Chapman & Kenley Jansen will end up: 5 years, $85-95 million. Wow

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UCLA among the nominees

UCLA is among the nominees for most disappointing team during the 2016 season. Mark Schlabach thinks this "honor" belongs to Notre Dame. What do you think? Vote now!

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers starting point guard D'Angelo Russell, who has missed nine games with a sore left knee, was re-evaluated Tuesday by Lakers' medical staffers. Lakers coach Luke Walton said Russell "feels much better" and the Lakers plan to start working him out on the court soon. Russell is out for Wednesday's game against Houston, but is it possible that he could return to action later this week? Walton: "Yeah, he's just got to practice first. Obviously, we're not going to rush him right into a game, but if we can get [him] out there and he practices and can get one or two practices in and feels fine the next day, I wouldn't see why he wouldn't be able to play. But that all depends on how he does in those practices."

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Rams remain ahead of only Browns in FPI

Cleveland still has a cushy buffer at the bottom of FPI's rankings, but L.A.'s rating dropped a bit further this week. Another ugly day from Jared Goff didn't help the Rams' dead-last ranking on offense. Full FPI rankings

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers' injury report for Wednesday's game in Houston: