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November 15, 2018

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NBA:

BKN--76ERS-MAGIC

ORLANDO — A day after being introduced as the newest member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Jimmy Butler debuts for his new team against the Orlando Magic. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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BKN--HEAT-NETS. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Games starts at 7:30 p.m.

NFL:

NFL FLEXES

NEW YORK — The NFL has moved the Chargers at Steelers game on Dec. 2 to prime time, replacing the 49ers at Seahawks matchup originally schedule for Sunday night. San Francisco-Seattle will move to 4:25 p.m. EST on Fox.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

BKC--La SALLE-FLORIDA

GAINESVILLE — Florida gets a final tuneup against rebuilding La Salle before playing in the “Battle 4 Atlantis” tournament next week. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

ACC-DEFENSIVE PLAYMAKERS

Clelin Ferrell’s pass-rushing prowess has helped put No. 2 Clemson on the cusp of its fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship and another berth in the College Football Playoff. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound junior end isn’t the only Tiger thriving on a stingy defensive front four where he and Austin Bryant bookend tackles Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins. By Gary B. Graves.

SEC-DRAFT PROSPECTS

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Alabama set an SEC record with 12 players taken in the 2018 NFL draft, including four in the first round. The top-ranked Crimson Tide are sure to have several high draft picks in next year’s draft, too, but there are players at many other SEC schools that are also likely to hear their names called in the first round of the 2019 draft. By Kristie Rieken.

T25-NOTRE DAME-WORKHORSE WILLIAMS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Senior Dexter Williams has been through countless ups and downs during his four years at Notre Dame. Injury, suspension, an arrest, the emotions of helping his ailing mother — all of it has weighed down Williams at times. He has emerged just the same as the workhorse running back for the third-ranked Fighting Irish, and a key reason Notre Dame has legitimate hopes of making the playoff. By Todd Burlage.

T25-AP TOP 25 PODCAST

No. 11 Central Florida has won 22 straight games and is making a run at another major bowl bid. ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming to the schools’ Orlando, Florida, campus this week So why are Knights fans so mad online? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about UCF’s rise to prominence and how this year’s team stacks up to last year’s unbeaten squad. By Ralph D. Russo.

MLB:

CY YOUNG AWARDS

NEW YORK — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner. The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander won just 10 games, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. By Jake Seiner.

SOCCER:

FIFA INVESTIGATION-PROSECUTOR

MIAMI — FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he doesn’t know why the lead investigator into corruption within the organization was suspended from that role. Infantino was a childhood friend of the prosecutor, Olivier Thormann. The FIFA president said he had no contact with Thormann that might have led to the suspension by the Swiss prosecutor’s office. By Steven Wine.

GOLF:

GLF--LPGA TOUR

NAPLES — Ariya Jutanugarn is already the LPGA’s player of the year and leading money winner this season. She’ll look to cap the season with a win in the CME Group Tour Championship that begins Thursday. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 550 words, photos

CAR RACING:

NASCAR-JOEY LOGANO

MIAMI BEACH — Joey Logano is the outlier in this year’s championship race. He was never in the mix for this year’s Cup title, not until he used his bumper to move reigning champion Martin Truex Jr. out of his way to forcefully snag a spot in NASCAR’s version of the final four. The move aggravated Truex, who vowed not to allow Logano to win the title . “He may have won the battle,” Truex fumed, “but he ain’t winning the damn war.” By Jenna Fryer.

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