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Westbrook backs down Exum, banks jumper

Utah and Oklahoma City are battling through the first half in Salt Lake City.

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3hPat McManamon

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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NC State stuns Duke at Cameron Indoor

Dennis Smith Jr. scored a career-high 32 points to help lead the Wolfpack to their first win at Duke since 1995.

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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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Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

There's a fan exhibit on the grounds outside Rod Laver Arena where all the top-ranked women and men's players have swung by to add their autograph to a big board. But when you have as many letters in your name as Spain's Garbine Muguruza, who is on court right now in her semi vs Coco Vandeweghe, it's tempting to simplify.

Tennis 

Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe is ranked 28 places lower than seventh-seeded Garbine Muguruza, the defending French Open champ, but she takes a 2-1, head-to-head record into their match today. The winner advances to the semifinals opposite Venus Williams. Vandeweghe took out top-ranked Angie Kerber on Sunday. Right now they're at 1-1 in the first set.

Tennis 

NC State holds on to upset duke
NCAAM 

Duke has a chance to tie or beat NC State in the closing seconds, but Jayson Tatum turns it over and the Wolfpack defeat the Blue Devils, 84-82.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

To put Venus Williams' Aussie Open semifinal drought in perspective, the last time she made the final four Down Under, Roger Federer, the all-time Grand Slam king, had not yet won a single major.

Tennis 

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

NC State's last six games now include a 51-point loss to UNC, a loss to BC, a 10-point home loss to Georgia Tech...and a win at Duke.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens LB C.J. Mosley has decided not to play in the Pro Bowl because of a calf injury. He will be replaced by Pittsburgh's Ryan Shazier. That means Baltimore has seven Pro Bowl selections but only five will play in Sunday's game.

Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Venus Williams has moved into her first Australian Open semifinal since 2003 with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenko. Williams, who is 36, hasn't dropped a set yet at this tournament. After withdrawing from her tuneup in Auckland with an elbow issue, she was thrilled to still be alive in the tournament. "There was so much anxiety...so to be standing here, with the opportunity to go to the finals is, like, 'Oh my God,'" Williams said. #ausopen

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C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Last time NC State won in Cameron Indoor Stadium was also the last time Mike Krzyzewski was not on the sidelines due to back issues. Wolfpack had lost 16 straight going back to 1994-95 season

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Who would have predicted this? Venus Williams, at 36 years old, is into her first Australian Open semifinal in 14 years after a straight-sets win against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Venus is the oldest semifinalist Down Under in the Open era.

Tennis 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots will have their first practice of the week on Thursday, followed by practices on Friday and Saturday. The team will travel to Houston for Super Bowl LI on Monday.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

NC State has had talent all along. Typically don't play this hard or this smart. But Wolfpack could be dangerous if they just found consistency

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Grayson Allen now 1-8 from 3pt range, the rest of Duke 6-15. Even though he's getting open looks, Allen forgetting he has a midrange game

ESPN Stats and Information  

Steph Curry is 3-of-6 from 3-point range in the first half vs the Heat. The rest of the Warriors are a combined 0-9

Tatum throws down huge slam
NCAAM 

Duke's Jayson Tatum throws down a high-percentage dunk in the second half against NC State. The Blue Devils and the Wolfpack are tangled up in a close one on ESPN.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

John Pagano has joined the Raiders as their assistant head coach-defense. Pagano was the Chargers defensive coordinator the past five seasons.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl. He will replace Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey. This increases the Ravens' Pro Bowl selections to seven, which are just one short of their win total (eight) this past season.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks center Joakim Noah, a 43 percent free throw shooter, not only shot an airball on a free throw attempt. He shot an airball that was to the left of the rim against the Pacers

Plumlee soars for one-handed slam
NBA 

Jabari Parker finds Miles Plumlee for a gorgeous alley-oop feed for the Bucks' first bucket against the Rockets.

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Curry hits tough layup to end the quarter
NBA 

Steph Curry banks a tough shot in the final seconds of the first quarter to give the Warriors a lead over the Heat.

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A lost shoe is no problem for Kevin Durant
NBA 

Kevin Durant drives past the defense and sinks a bucket, but he also loses a shoe in the process.

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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.

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.

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.

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