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November 20, 2018

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NBA:

HEAT-RICHARDSON

MIAMI — Josh Richardson’s shoe toss was predictably costly. The NBA fined the Miami Heat guard $25,000 on Monday, one day after he threw one of his sneakers several rows into the stands midway through the fourth quarter of a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. By Tim Reynolds.

NETS-LEVERT

Brooklyn forward Caris LeVert felt the pain in his right foot, and thought it was just a sprain. That is, until he looked down. By Tim Reynolds.

LAKERS-LEBRON’S 51

MIAMI — LeBron James stopped worrying about his place in history long ago. His legacy has been secure for years. The argument about where he ranks, whether or not he’s the best player to ever step on a basketball court, will continue forever and there will never be a definitive answer. That is, unless he keeps doing things like this. By Tim Reynolds.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

T25-CANISIUS-FLORIDA ST

TALLAHASSEE — No. 14 Florida State looks to improve to 3-0 for a third straight season when the Seminoles take on Canisius (1-0). Florida State will have to slow down Takal Molson, who scored 25 points in the Golden Griffins’ season opener. 7 p.m. tip. By Bob Ferrante.

COLORADO ST-LOUISIANA

ESTERO — JaKeenan Gant hit three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and Malik Marquetti scored 16, including four 3s, to help Louisiana-Lafayette beat Colorado State 91-73 on Monday night in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase. Justin Miller added 13 points and nine rebounds for ULL (2-2), which will play in the semifinals on Tuesday.

SOUTH DAKOTA ST-TULANE

ESTERO — Caleb Daniels scored 24 points, Shakwon Barrett added 19 and Tulane beat South Dakota State 84-80 on Monday to start the Gulf Coast Showcase. Tulane had a double-digit second-half lead disappear in the final minute as SDSU took a two-point lead after a 7-0 run, but the Green Wave closed it by scoring six straight.

UTSA-UC IRVINE

ESTERO — Robert Cartwright scored a season-high 17 points to help UC Irvine beat UTSA 65-56 on Monday in a first-round game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The Anteaters (5-0), who are off to their best start since the 1981-82 season, will play Tulane in the semifinals on Tuesday.

MLB:

RAYS-INDIANS TRADE

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have acquired right-hander Chih-Wei Hu (chee-way-hoo) in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for infielder Gionti Turner. The trade was announced Monday. The 25-year-old Hu made just five relief appearances with the Rays in 2018. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Durham, where he went 5-7 with a 4.66 ERA in 24 games, including 19 starts.

JEFF CONINE’S SON SUSPENDED

NEW YORK — Toronto outfielder Griffin Conine, a son of former major league outfielder Jeff Conine, has been suspended for the first 50 games of next season under the minor league drug program for a positive test for the banned stimulant ritalinic acid. New York Yankees pitcher Daniel Marten was suspended for the first 25 games for a violation of the drug program; 25-game suspensions are assessed for use or possession of a syringe of an injectable substance, the commissioner’s office said Monday.

NFL:

INJURED DOLPHINS

DAVIE — Ryan Tannehill is throwing the ball 50 yards in side sessions, and the Miami Dolphins would love to see those passes in a game. Maybe this week. By Steven Wine.

FBN--STRUGGLING BUCCANEERS

TAMPA — It doesn’t seem to matter who’s at quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Turnovers and a leaky defense keep undermining the team’s chances of being successful. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BILLS-ALLEN RETURN

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Coming off their best offensive performance of the season — and an extra week of rest — the Buffalo Bills have their starting quarterback back. Josh Allen will make his return against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Sean McDermott said on Monday. By Mark Ludwiczak.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

T25-PITTSBURGH-UNLIKELY CHAMPIONS

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi insists he wasn’t making some sort of bold prediction. That he wasn’t guaranteeing anything when he told fans at a kickoff luncheon on the eve of the regular season to clear their schedule for a trip to Charlotte for the Atlantic Coast Conference title game on the first Saturday in December because “that’s where we’re going.” And even as Narduzzi’s comments raised eyebrows outside of the locker room, they passed without a ripple on the inside. By Will Graves.

NHL:

HKN--LIGHTNING-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators host Tampa Bay on Monday night with a chance to sweep the Lightning after a 4-1 win on the road on Nov. 1. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

Also:

— HKN--PANTHERS-SENATORS

TENNIS:

AUSTRALIAN OPEN-USTA WILD CARDS

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Whitney Osuigwe, a 16-year-old from Florida, has earned an Australian Open wild-card berth from the U.S. Tennis Association. Osuigwe clinched a spot in the field at next year’s first Grand Slam tournament by faring the best in recent lower-level tournaments, including a title at a USTA Pro Circuit event in Tyler, Texas.

CAR RACING:

NASCAR-CHAMPION LOGANO

HOMESTEAD — Joey Logano was the underdog in NASCAR’s title race, the driver few thought capable of keeping pace with the Big Three and stealing the title from one of the favorites. Logano proved everyone wrong with an upset victory in a season in which he only became a true contender once his Team Penske group started the postseason. He blazed his way through the playoffs and closed out his improbable run Sunday with a win at Homestead-Miami Speedway that seized his first NASCAR title. By Jenna Fryer.

NASCAR-IN THE PITS

HOMESTEAD — Joey Logano’s team headed to South Beach long before NASCAR’s newest champion wrapped up his obligations at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He was emotional, exhausted and still trying to comprehend how he’d chased down The Big Three to snatch his first career NASCAR title. “I don’t even know how to party,” Logano said. “I guess I’m just going to follow whatever they do.” By Jenna Fryer.

NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-JOHNSON

HOMESTEAD — Jimmie Johnson walked into a Hendrick Motorsports family reunion on pit road. Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon chatted near the No. 48 car while Johnson’s wife cradled crew chief Chad Knaus’ baby boy. They needed baby wipes as much as a checkered flag. By Dan Gelston.

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