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DOLPHINS-PANTHERS

Rivera wants to avoid fights with Dolphins in scrimmage

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the goal of this week’s scrimmages against the Miami Dolphins is for both teams to get better, not start brawls.

The Dolphins and Panthers will scrimmage Wednesday and Thursday at Wofford College in advance of their Saturday night preseason game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rivera wants to avoid the scenario that happened last week between the Redskins and Texans where coaches had to call off the final scrimmage because of a sideline-clearing brawl.

Rivera says he’s talked with Dolphins coach Joe Philbin about preventing fighting.

Rivera says, “The idea is they’ll manage the whistle and if things start we’ll nip it in the bud. If we have to take guys off the field, we’ll do it.”

COASTAL CAROLINA-CUBA

Coastal Carolina basketball team visits Cuba

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Cliff Ellis’ resume includes 770 victories and 10 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and the longtime coach says watching the flag go up at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961 is one of his most memorable experiences.

Ellis and Coastal Carolina were the first American college team to tour the island nation since the United States eased relations with Cuba this summer. The team got a chance to view history on their final day of the tour last Friday, first content to watch outside the gates before being invited inside.

Ellis says tears welling up in his eyes “became a trickle down my face” as three Marines who lowered the flag in 1961 were on hand to lift it up again last week.

ESPN TIP-OFF MARATHON

ESPN’s 8th annual Tip-Off Marathon has 16 games

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Defending national champion Duke and fellow Final Four participant Kentucky will meet in one game of the State Farm Champions Classic while Michigan State, which was also in the Final Four, faces Kansas in the other.

The doubleheader caps ESPN’s eighth annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon which will feature 15 men’s games and one women’s — defending national champion Connecticut at Ohio State.

The marathon starts at 5:30 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 16, with the women’s game. It concludes with the doubleheader from Chicago’s United Center, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Between the Chicago games, ESPN will show Georgetown at Maryland, the first time those local rivals have met since 2008.

The early morning matchups have Green Bay at East Tennessee State (6 a.m.), Stephen F. Austin at Northern Iowa (8 a.m.), and Valparaiso at Rhode Island (10 a.m.).

GOTHAM CLASSIC

Pitt-Davidson matchup in Gotham Classic

NEW YORK (AP) — Defending Atlantic 10 champion Davidson and Pittsburgh, which both return four starters from last season, will meet in the Showcase Round of the fourth annual Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 20.

Bob McKillop enters his 27th season as Davidson’s coach and he comes into the season four wins shy of 500, all with the Wildcats.

Eastern Washington, Morehead State, and Western Carolina complete the field for the 10-game event.

Both Davidson and Pittsburgh will host three games and the other schools will host one each. All of those games will take place from Dec. 9-23.

Pittsburgh and Davidson have played five times, the last on Jan. 9, 1974, a 90-63 win for Pitt. The Panthers went 25-4 that season, reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

NORTH CAROLINA-TOMLIN

UNC: Linebacker Tomlin academically ineligible to play

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina says linebacker Tyrell Tomlin is no longer enrolled at the university.

School officials announced Tuesday that the sophomore is academically ineligible.

Tomlin is a native of Marietta, Georgia, who had four tackles last season as a freshman. He was listed as the co-backup to starter Shakeel Rashad at strongside linebacker on the depth chart printed in the media guide.

NASCAR-DANICA-NEW SPONSOR

Danica remains with SHR with new sponsor Nature’s Bakery

UNDATED (AP) – Danica Patrick has a new deal to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing and a new NASCAR sponsor.

SHR signed a deal with Nature’s Bakery to become the primary sponsor of Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet next season. The Nevada-based food brand replaces Patrick’s longtime sponsor, GoDaddy. Nature’s Bakery will place its tagline, “Energy for Life’s Great Journeys” on Patrick’s car for 28 of the 38 Sprint Cup events.

Patrick is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, and has tremendous crossover between sports and entertainment. She also promotes a healthy lifestyle, which Nature’s Bakery founder Dave Marson said fits with his brand.