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December 19, 2018

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NBA:

HEAT-DRAGIC

MIAMI _ Goran Dragic had surgery to clean out his right knee on Wednesday, and the Miami Heat expect him to be out until around the All-Star break. Dragic has already missed 15 of Miami’s last 22 games, most of them because of right knee soreness. He tried other treatments, including getting the knee drained, but continued issues with the knee made the scope — a 45-minute procedure performed by team surgeon Dr. Harlan Selesnick — unavoidable.

BKN--SPURS-MAGIC

ORLANDO _ The Orlando Magic tries to build on a two-game winning streak and climb back to .500 when they host the San Antonio Spurs. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

College Basketball:

BKC--T25-NORTH FLORIDA-FLORIDA ST

TALLAHASSEE _ No. 11 Florida State (9-1) looks for its fifth straight victory when the Seminoles play host to North Florida (5-7). Florida State is playing the Ospreys as part of a stretch in which they play three games in six days. By Bob Ferrante. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--HOUSTON BAPTIST-MIAMI

CORAL GABLES _ The Miami Hurricanes try to break a four-game losing streak, their longest since 2011, when they end a 14-day break and play Houston Baptist on Wednesday night. By Santos Perez. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

MLB:

RAYS BALLPARK

ST. PETERSBURG _ Tampa Bay Rays officials say they’re dropping a bid to build a stadium in Tampa and remain mum on the team’s future in St. Petersburg. The team sent a two-sentence letter to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Monday informing the city it won’t seek to extend an agreement that allowed the Rays to explore new stadium sites in Hillsborough County.

NFL:

DOLPHINS INJURIES

DAVIE _ NFL interception co-leader Xavien Howard returned to practice Wednesday for the Miami Dolphins after missing two games because of a left knee injury. Howard said he’s hopeful but uncertain whether he’ll be able to play Sunday against Jacksonville.

JAGUARS-RAMSEY

JACKSONVILLE _ Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey plans to play in the Pro Bowl despite a lingering knee issue. Ramsey said Wednesday he has a bone bruise in his right knee, an injury that first became public when the third-year pro was limited in practice on Oct. 11. By Mark Long.

College Football:

CFP--ALABAMA-TAGOVAILOA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Tua Tagovailoa is optimistic that he will be fully recovered from ankle surgery and ready to play in the Orange Bowl. The Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up said his left ankle will be just fine for the College Football Playoff semifinal game with Oklahoma on Dec. 29. By John Zenor.

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The AP, Miami

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