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December 26, 2018
Derick Edward Carpenter
December 26, 2018
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Update on the latest in sports:




UNDATED (AP) – The day after Christmas features a busy slate day of NBA games including Atlantic Division leader Toronto which takes its MBA-best record to Miami. Sacramento travels to Los Angeles for a game against the clippers. Phoenix visits Orlando, Was U hington is at Detroit, Charlotte plays Brooklyn, Atlanta hosts Indiana, Cleveland is at Memphis, Minnesota travels to Chicago and New Orleans heads to Dallas.


Three bowl games are on tap in college football Wednesday as the countdown continues to the CFP semifinals on Saturday. On Wednesday, Dallas hosts the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl pitting Boston College against Boise State. Minnesota and Georgia Tech are in Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl. And Phoenix hosts the Cheez-It Bowl between California and TCU.


There are no college basketball games involving Top 25 teams.


The National Hockey League has the night off.




Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray ill, misses media session


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has missed his scheduled media availability at the Orange Bowl on Wednesday because of what the team says is an illness.


Murray was able to go through practice with the Sooners on Tuesday, and the nature of his illness was not disclosed.


However, there doesn’t seem to be much concern about him missing time. Offensive coordinator Cale Gundy said he was unaware that Murray was ill until he got into the caravan that carried the Sooners from their hotel to the media session on Wednesday morning.


Murray completed 71 percent of his passes this season for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns. The fourth-ranked Sooners take on No. 1 Alabama in a College Football Playoff semifinal matchup on Saturday night.




Golfer follows lure of US tour


LONDON (AP) – The European golf world will likely see less of Francesco Molinari this season.


The 19th-ranked player in the world says he may not play in Europe until he defends his British Open title in July.


The lure of the US PGA Tour and changes made to the European Tour calendar will combine to leave the London-based golfer short of available dates to compete on his home circuit next year.


Molinari is even struggling to commit to the British Masters in May, despite receiving an invitation from tournament host, close friend and Ryder Cup partner Tommy Fleetwood.


Molinari said he’s learned to “(be a bit flexible with the schedule playing two tours.”




Avid football fan battling cancer gets trip to Disney World


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – An avid Buffalo Bills fan from Texas who’s battling cancer has been given a trip to Disney World thanks to the efforts of a fan club known as the Bills Mafia.


Ezra Castro is known as Pancho Billa for his game-day outfit that includes a sombrero and facemask in the NFL team’s red, white and blue colors.


The 39-year-old mortician from Dallas has attended numerous Bills games on the road and at New Era Field in Orchard Park, earning him the honor of being named the inaugural member of the Buffalo Fan Wall of Fame.


Last Sunday while watching the Bills-Patriots game at a Dallas-area bar with other Buffalo fans, the Bills Mafia surprised him with an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World in Florida for him, his girlfriend and their two young children.



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