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December 27, 2018

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NBA:

BKN--RAPTORS-HEAT

MIAMI _ Toronto, which has the NBA’s best record at 25-10, takes on the league’s hottest team Wednesday _ Miami, which has won five straight to claw back to the .500 mark. Game begins 7:40 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BKN--SUNS-MAGIC

ORLANDO, Fla. _ The Orlando Magic tries to stop a three-game skid when they host the Phoenix Suns, who’ve lost two in a row and share the worst record in the NBA. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

NFL:

JAGUARS-BORTLES

JACKSONVILLE _ Blake Bortles is getting another start for the Jacksonville Jaguars. It could be his last. By Mark Long.

DOLPHINS-TANNEHILL

DAVIE, Fla. _ Ryan Tannehill is hoping he’ll be the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback again in 2019, which may place him in the minority in South Florida. Long-suffering Dolphins fans are ready to move on, gauging from Twitter buzz and boos that rained down on Tannehill and his offense in last week’s dismal home finale. By Steven Wine.

College Football:

T25-SYRACUSE-BABERS’ TIME

When Dino Babers was fresh from being named the football coach at Syracuse, he introduced himself to the Orange faithful at halftime of a basketball game. It’s a moment forever etched in his memory. “It’s two minutes before I’m going to go out there and I’m on the phone like, ’I don’t know what I’m going to say. I don’t know why I’m doing this,” Babers recalled. “All I remember is telling them that we will win. I might have said a lot of stuff, but all I remember is, ‘We will win.’ ” By John Kekis.

PINSTRIPE BOWL PREVIEW

Wisconsin and Miami followed much of the same dreary path that started in the warmth of the Orange Bowl and ends with a frigid thud at Yankee Stadium. The Badgers and Hurricanes were AP Top 25 teams when they played last season in the Orange Bowl, a 34-24 victory for No. 6 Wisconsin in a game that seemed to serve as a preview for a better 2018 ahead for both programs. By Dan Gelston.

CFP-ORANGE BOWL-QUARTERBACKS

FORT LAUDERDALE _ Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa have struck up a friendship over the past several weeks, which shouldn’t be surprising considering how much time the quarterbacks have spent alongside one another in that span. They were in Atlanta together at a college football awards show, where Tagovailoa took home the Maxwell Award. By Tim Reynolds.

CFP-OKLAHOMA-MURRAY

FORT LAUDERDALE _ Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has missed his scheduled media availability at the Orange Bowl on Wednesday because of what the team says is an illness. Murray was able to go through practice with the Sooners on Tuesday, and the nature of his illness was not disclosed.

Tennis:

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

She showed up in Paris wearing a black catsuit, a reminder that nobody can command the Grand Slam stage quite like Serena Williams. She reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, proving again how well she can play no matter how little she practices. By Brian Mahoney.

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