[v] impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball), as in sports or fights; "block an attack"
[v] draw someone's attention away from something; "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"
[v] turn aside
[v] turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest
[v] prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
avert, avoid, bend, block, debar, deviate, distract, fend off, head off, obviate, parry, stave off, turn away, ward off