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Playing his first game at Madison Square Garden in front of a star-studded crowd, the No. 2 overall pick put up a well-rounded performance, but Kristaps Porzingis stole the show.
LaVar Ball confirmed that he met with the Lakers front office recently to discuss his criticisms of head coach Luke Walton, saying of the meeting, "It's about coming together and to get a solution to this problem."
Adam Vinatieri's field goal percentage dropped to 88 percent after he missed two attempts during the blizzard at Buffalo on Sunday. He needs a success rate of 90 percent by the end of the season to collect a $500,000 bonus.
The Patriots are close to a deal with wide receiver Kenny Britt, who was waived by the Browns on Friday. The former first-round pick has been dogged by off-field issues. At 6 feet 2, he'd give QB Tom Brady a bigger target.
Free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez is headed to the winter meetings, where he is expected to meet with the Boston Red Sox and other potential teams. The Red Sox need power, and Martinez may be their top choice.
The Orioles are listening to offers for All-Star Manny Machado, who becomes a free agent after the coming season. If they don't trade him, they may move him from third base to shortstop, where he started his career.
Minnesota, which has alternated wins and losses in its past 12 games, is looking to put together a winning streak.
Joel Embiid has turned the Sixers' famed process into performance art, and everyone is feeling merry and bright -- for now.
It's the most wonderful time of the year for new dad Russell Westbrook, so the Thunder star talks about his family traditions, golfing with dad, and what he's passing down to son Noah.
By refusing to back down three years ago and again last week, the Marlins slugger set the stage for the Bronx Bombers to make a stunning deal.
The MLB winter meetings are going strong in Orlando, Florida, and rumors are swirling across baseball. Here is what our writers are hearing today.
As New York and Boston pull away, it could be time for the O's, Jays and Rays to admit they can't keep up -- and cash in on their biggest stars.

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The Eagles just lost their star quarterback, which means picking a favorite to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LII is next to impossible. But Week 14 taught us a few things about the contenders.
T.J. Yates filled in with one of the top performances, while Blaine Gabbert again finished toward the bottom.
The Eagles securing the NFC's No. 1 seed even without Carson Wentz? The Jaguars winning out? NFL Nation reporters make their predictions for the stretch run.
Adam Vinatieri's field goal percentage dropped to 88 percent after he missed two attempts during the blizzard at Buffalo on Sunday. He needs a success rate of 90 percent by the end of the season to collect a $500,000 bonus.
The Patriots are close to a deal with wide receiver Kenny Britt, who was waived by the Browns on Friday. The former first-round pick has been dogged by off-field issues. At 6 feet 2, he'd give QB Tom Brady a bigger target.

The NBA

Joel Embiid has turned the Sixers' famed process into performance art, and everyone is feeling merry and bright -- for now.
LaVar Ball confirmed that he met with the Lakers front office recently to discuss his criticisms of head coach Luke Walton, saying of the meeting, "It's about coming together and to get a solution to this problem."
The Thunder dropped another stunning game Monday night while playing on their home floor against a Hornets team standing 13th in the Eastern Conference.
Dwyane Wade will sit out Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks because of soreness in his left knee, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said before tipoff.
Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who had missed all 27 of the team's games this season with right quadriceps tendinopathy, returned Tuesday for his first game since Game 1 of last season's Western Conference finals.

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Jeff Lynn believes crowdfunding is part of the solution to the rise of populism, the Financial Times reports.
Qatar has strenuously denied that it supports terrorism and sees the blockade as a way to subsume it under the powerful influence of Saudi Arabia.
Disney's negotiations with Fox are continuing, and a deal could be reached as early as this month, other sources close to the situation said.
One way to avoid a last-minute sprint is for retailers to push their shipping deadlines earlier.
The Association of Flight Attendants has called sexual harassment a 'silent epidemic.'
The National Association of Manufacturers found that 94.6 percent of CEOs were positive about their company's outlook.
Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin said increasing interest in cryptocurrencies was “a reflection of the world at large.”
The philanthropist is co-chair of an organization that's made more than $41 billion in total grant payments.