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January 9, 2019

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NBA:

BKN--NUGGETS-HEAT

MIAMI _ Western Conference-leading Denver comes to Miami on Tuesday, facing a Heat team coming off a blowout loss in Atlanta. Game begins 7:40 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

NHL:

HKN--BLUE JACETS-LIGHTNING

TAMPA, Fla. _ The Tampa Bay Lightning return home after having a 16-game point streak snapped on the road and try to improve to 11-0 against the Metropolitan Division when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

HKN--PANTHERS-PENGUINS

The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to bounce back after their eight-game winning streak was snapped when they host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. Game begins at 7 p.m. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

MLB:

RAYS-DODGERS TRADE

LOS ANGELES _ The Dodgers have acquired right-handed pitcher Jaime Schultz from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league right-hander Caleb Sampen. Schultz was 2-2 with a 5.64 ERA in 22 appearances with one start for the Rays last year.

College Basketball:

BKC--FLORIDA’S FAILINGS

GAINESVILLE _ Florida coach Mike White has a few players he count on for consistent effort, and seniors Jalen Hudson and KeVaughn Allen aren’t among them. It’s a huge problem for the Gators. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

College Football:

FLORIDA’S FAILINGS

GAINESVILLE _ Florida coach Mike White has three guys he can count on to bring energy and effort every day. Problem is two of them are freshmen. Although that might bode well for the future of the program, it’s not how the Gators were expected to play in White’s fourth season. So the coach is scratching his head and searching for answers as Florida (8-5, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) prepares to play at Arkansas (10-3, 1-0) on Wednesday night. By Mark Long.

STAT WATCH

Clemson finished the season ranked in the top 10 in three of the four major defensive categories and in two of the four on offense. The Tigers, who beat Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night, held the Crimson Tide to their fewest points since a 26-14 loss to Auburn in November 2017 and allowed an average of 13.1 points per game to lead the nation. By Eric Olson.

NFL:

JETS-MONKEN

NEW YORK _ The Jets have interviewed Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken for their head coaching job. The team completed its meeting with Monken on Tuesday. It marks the sixth interview New York has announced since firing Todd Bowles last week. By Dennis Waszak Jr.

SHRINE GAME COACHES

NEW YORK _ Assistant coaches Sam Mills III of the Carolina Panthers and Adam Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings will be the head coaches of the East-West Shrine Game, which features some of college football’s best prospects. The 94th annual East-West Shrine Game will be played Saturday, Jan. 19, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, and be televised on NFL Network.

Golf:

GOLF NOTES

HONOLULU _ Patton Kizzire took longer than expected to reach the PGA Tour, but he figures every step was a learning experience. That includes his first victory, which came at Mayakoba, his six-hole playoff win at the Sony Open last year and even one of the more embarrassing moments last year. He played with Tiger Woods for the first time. Kizzire was so nervous on the opening tee shot at the Honda Classic that he hooked it into a palmetto bush and had to go back to the tee. He had rounds of 74-78 to miss the cut. By Doug Ferguson.

Tennis:

USTA FOUNDATION-EVERT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. _ Chris Evert has been chosen to chair the USTA Foundation’s board of directors, serving as a spokeswoman and ambassador for the U.S. Tennis Association’s charitable arm. The 18-time Grand Slam champion and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame takes over as chair from James Blake.

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