New York Teams

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Extremely balanced scoring for the Knicks early on against Minnesota. Three starters have at least six points. Justin Holiday, in for the injured Courtney Lee, has been particularly active. He has six points and five rebounds in 11 minutes. New York is up 30-21 heading into the second quarter.

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The Mets re-signed backup catcher René Rivera. Rivera was Noah Syndergaard's personal catcher for most of 2016. Syndergaard had a 2.50 ERA in 140 1/3 innings (30 steals, 7 caught stealing) with Rivera catching and a 2.91 ERA in 43 1/3 innings (18 steals, 2 caught stealing) caught by others.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have non-tendered lefty reliever Jacob Lindgren. Lindgren, 23, was the Yankees' top draft pick (55th overall) in 2014 out of Mississippi State. He made the big leagues in 2015, but has been beset by injuries, including an elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery and will likely keep him out until 2018.

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Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

The Brooklyn Nets have signed restricted free agent forward Donatas Montiejunas to an offer sheet paying $37 million over four years, sources told The Undefeated on Friday. The Houston Rockets have three days to match the offer or Montiejunas will join the Nets.

NBA 

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Holiday will start in place of the injured Courtney Lee tonight. With Holiday in the starting lineup, Jeff Hornacek may increase Mindaugas Kuzminskas' minutes. He also has Lance Thomas back for the first time in three weeks and a healthy Sasha Vujacic. So he'll have options at backup SG.

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Red, white, blue and OBJ all over

We gave apparel designers a list of players, a blank canvas, and one instruction -- the crazier, the better. Here's what one artist came up with for Odell Beckham Jr.'s cleats. Designing NFL stars' custom cleats

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah will be out tonight, per Jeff Hornacek. Kyle O'Quinn will start at center. Unclear who plays at shooting guard in place of Lee. Also, Lance Thomas will dress. Thomas has been out since Nov. 12 due to ankle injuries.

NBA 

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets DE Mo Wilkerson on the passing of former teammate Joe McKnight (statement via Jets): "It's tragic what happened to Joe. I'm definitely upset and really hurt. He was a brother to me more than a teammate. I enjoyed the time when he was here and getting to know him as a person. I think it's going to hurt his son the most and that's what is really bothering me – knowing that a kid will have to grow up without his dad. I have my own kids and know how they make me feel. Just being around Joe, he always loved talking about his son and the time that they spent together."

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A matter of classic conditioning

When Eli Manning apologized to rookie WR Sterling Shepard this week, it was a reminder of a practice for many QBs: Targeting receivers early keeps them running hard the rest of the way. Mort & Schefter's notebook

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OBJ or Brown: Who will have the better game? (1:12)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets will honor the late Joe McKnight, shot Thursday outside New Orleans, with a moment of silence before their Monday night game.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are some promotions in the Mets' hierarchy ...

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets' injury list is long. Coach Todd Bowles admitted Brandon Marshall is a "concern" because he hasn't practiced this week. Tomorrow's practice will tell a lot about Marshall's availability for Monday night. Nick Mangold appears fine health-wise, but the rust factor is an issue, per Bowles.

NFL 

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The new CBA seems to be very good for the Yankees. While they very well could duck underneath the luxury tax threshold in 2018 when the number will climb to $197M, it may not be imperative. Even if they are slightly above it, their taxes will drop dramatically. With the Yankees youth movement, there is still a very good chance they will shop at the top of the market for multiple pieces in the winter prior to 2019 when Bryce Harper and Manny Machado lead an epic free agent class.

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Jennings brings attitude to Knicks

Brandon Jennings leads an entertaining but unpredictable second unit for New York. His shoot-first mentality can add a unique facet to the triangle, notes Zach Lowe, but it delivers inconsistent results. Lowe’s 10 things

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