Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Cuban: Trump hotel decision made pre-election

DALLAS — Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says the team's decision not to stay at Donald Trump-branded hotels in New York and Chicago was made before the presidential election.

The billionaire technology entrepreneur declined Wednesday to elaborate on the decision, saying it "was made months ago, not recently."

Cuban was a frequent critic of Trump during the campaign and supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who lost to the Republican president-elect.

ESPN reported that Dallas, Memphis and Milwaukee were among the teams that moved away from Trump-branded hotels. "It had nothing to do with the election. We made those decisions months ago," Memphis coach David Fizdale said.

Game highlights: Dion Waiters scored 23 to lead the host Heat past the Bucks 96-73 Thursday and halt a six-game losing streak, Miami's longest since 2008. … John Wall scored 23 points and had 11 assists and Otto Porter added 21 points as the host Wizards won for just the third time in 11 games, beating the Knicks 119-112.

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Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev earns more minutes, praise

Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev earns more minutes, praise

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Coyotes center Clayton Keller is very familiar with fellow rookie Mikhail Sergachev, the dynamic Lightning defenseman. They both were top-10 picks in 2016, Keller at No. 7 and Sergachev No. 9 to Montreal. They faced each other in th...
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‘Inside the NBA’ crew to call holiday game

‘Inside the NBA’ crew to call holiday game

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Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

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Updated: 25 minutes ago

Sports in Brief

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Updated: 1 hour ago
No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Here’s the one thing we definitely know:Rays officials headed home from the winter meetings and back across I-4 Thursday without making deals to trade any of their bigger-name, higher-paid players. Not closer Alex Colome, not third...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs’ Lavonte David misses practice with hamstring injury

Bucs’ Lavonte David misses practice with hamstring injury

TAMPA — The Bucs knew they might be playing without DT Gerald McCoy, who suffered a biceps injury early in Sunday’s loss to the Lions. But now they face the prospect of playing Monday against Atlanta without another of their defensive leaders, as LB ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Filppula, Flyers win fifth straight

PHILADELPHIA — Valtteri Filppula scored the winner with 21/2 minutes left in the second period and Travis Sanheim netted his first career goal to help the Flyers win their fifth straight game, 2-1 over the Sabres on Thursday night. Brian Elliott made...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Falcons wary with Bucs next

Falcons wary with Bucs next

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons are accustomed to making a late-season run to the playoffs. But as the Falcons chase a playoff spot, they’re not looking at Monday night’s game at Tampa Bay or any part of their closing stretch as anything like last ...
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Are Tampa Bay Rays going to make a major deal involving Alex Colome, others? Well …

Are Tampa Bay Rays going to make a major deal involving Alex Colome, others? Well …

UPDATE, 4:02: It doesn't sound like the Rays and Cardinals will be making a deal today, Derrick Goold writing for the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Cardinals execs "leave the Walt Disney Dolphin resort with good feel for what Tampa Bay would be willin...
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Mikhail Sergachev earning trust – and more minutes with Lightning

Mikhail Sergachev earning trust – and more minutes with Lightning

Coyotes center Clayton Keller is very familiar with fellow rookie Mikhail Sergachev, the Lightning defenseman.They both were picked in the top-10 of the 2016 NHL Draft, Keller at No. 7 and Sergachev No. 9 to Montreal. They faced each other in three w...
Updated: 2 hours ago