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December 29, 2018

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

FBC--CFP-ORANGE BOWL

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. _ Unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Alabama is a heavy favorite to advance to the College Football Playoff final for the fourth year in a row when it faces Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray and high-scoring Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 750 words. Game scheduled to begin 8 p.m.

_ With: Sidebar on merit

FBC--PEACH BOWL

ATLANTA _ No. 8 Michigan will try to bounce back from its loss to Ohio State to end the regular season when it faces No. 10 Florida in the Peach Bowl on Saturday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at noon.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

BKC--T25-NORTH FLORIDA-AUBURN

AUBURN, Ala. _ No. 12 Auburn wraps up nonconference play against North Florida at Auburn Arena. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m. CT.

BKC--BUTLER-FLORIDA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. _ Butler and Florida play for the second time in a little more than a month. The Bulldogs won the first meeting 61-54 in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words. Begins at 4 p.m.

BKC--FLORIDA GULF COAST-OLE MISS

OXFORD, Miss. _ Florida Gulf Coast plays Ole Miss at The Pavilion on Saturday. It’s the Rebels’ final nonconference game before SEC play begins next week. UPCOMING: 550 words from 1 p.m. tipoff.

BKC--CAMPBELL-MIAMI

CORAL GABLES, Fla. _ The Miami Hurricanes play their final non-conference game when they face Campbell on Saturday in the first meeting between schools. By Santos Perez. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game scheduled to begin 4 p.m.

Also:

_ BKC--FLORIDA ATLANTIC-ILLINOIS

NHL:

HKN--CANADIENS-LIGHTNING

TAMPA, Fla. _ The Tampa Bay Lightning, who are 12-0-1 during a 13-game point streak, host the Montreal Canadiens. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

HKN--FLYERS-PANTHERS

SUNRISE, Fla. _ The Philadelphia Flyers complete a two-game Florida swing Saturday when they play the Panthers.

By Bill Whitehead. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin 7 p.m. ET.

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