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Orlando hopes Pro Bowl puts city on sports map

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This city already draws more tourists than any other U.S. destination. Could landing the NFL’s underperforming Pro Bowl also make Orlando a major player in the competition to attract the biggest sporting events? Mayor Buddy Dyer is sure of it. “It’s a big deal for us. I think it helps us as we solidify our reputation as THE sports destination in the United States,” Dyer boasted after the NFL announced Wednesday that it will move the Pro Bowl to Orlando’s…

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American Conference Tournament: USF wins; UCF falls

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The Central Florida Knights ended their season in a highly disappointing fashion, falling to the Tulane Green Wave 65-63 in the first round of the American Conference Tournament at the Amway Center. The Knights had multiple chances to win the game, but could not overcome 21 turnovers and 36 percent shooting. Tulane was the 10th, and lowest, seed in the tournament, but the seventh-seeded Knights played a sloppy game that gave the Green Wave the ability to hang in the…

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USF to finish season in conference tournament

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Championship Week comes to Orlando as 10 members of the American Athletic Conference will fight for the conference tournament championship at the Amway Center. The tournament kicks off on Thursday. SMU is ineligible for post season play. Both Florida members will play on opening day. The first game pits the ninth-seeded USF Bulls against the No. 8 seed East Carolina Pirates. This game will be the second meeting between the two teams in the span of eight days. The Pirates…

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Orlando struggles to regain the Magic

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Thank goodness for the Brooklyn Nets. If not for them, the Orlando Magic would be in a full throttle nose dive. As it is, Orlando has lost six straight games, including one at home to the Philadelphia 76ers, dropping to 20-23. The Sixers, at 6-39, are clearly the worst team in the NBA. The Magic ended 2015 with a victory over the Nets on December at the Amway Center to end the year at 19-13. First-year Coach Scott Skiles promised…

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Heat uses big 4th quarter to overtake Magic

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The Miami Heat put up a big fourth quarter to come from behind and earn a 108-101 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Saturday. The Magic led by 12 at halftime and by 7 entering the final period. Looking at the stat sheet, it is hard to imagine how the Magic lost the game. They shot 54 percent from the field, including 47 percent from behind the 3-point arc. They had 31 assists, seven steals and…

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Magic survive Houston scoring runs, score 104-101 victory

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The Orlando Magic defeated the Houston Rockets 104-101 on Wednesday night at the Amway Center. It was a game they most likely would not have won a year ago. Orlando survived two big runs from the Rockets to come away with a hard-earned victory. One of those runs came in the fourth quarter, when a probable win became very much in doubt. Orlando jumped out to a 20-10 lead halfway through the first quarter on jumper by Nikola Vucevic. James…

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Kyle Korver, Hawks shoot down Magic, 103-100

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When playing the Atlanta Hawks, it’s a very good idea to know exactly where Kyle Korver is on the court at all times. Korver, one of the greatest 3-point shooters in NBA history, has hit key shots throughout his career. Unfortunately, the Orlando Magic lost sight of Korver and left him open in the final minute. His wide-open 3-pointer from the corner with 43 seconds remaining broke a tie and gave the Hawks a 103-100 victory over the Magic on…

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