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Sports Budget for Sunday, November 25, 2018

Updated at 8 a.m. EST (1300 UTC)

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^TOP STORIES<

^The Markelle Fultz saga shows no signs of slowing down<

BKN-76ERS-FULTZ-SPORTSPLUS:PHI — The Markelle Fultz shoulder saga, now careening into its 13th month, is sad and could end the second-year guard’s career with the 76ers.

The team seems tired of all the drama, and Fultz looks bad, with conflicting statements about his health dominating media reports and his poor production getting full attention on the court.

Did it have to come to this? Maybe. Here is a look back on how the muddled mess developed.

1600 by Keith Pompey in Philadelphia. MOVED

^Marcos Breton: Giants, I won’t support racism. So you aren’t getting any more of my money.<

^BBN-BRETON-COLUMN:SA—<Charles B. Johnson, principal owner of the San Francisco Giants, is free to support financially the racist people or causes of his choice. And as someone who has followed the Giants and dumped a considerable amount of money on Giants tickets and merchandise for more than 40 years, I am free to divert my discretionary income elsewhere as long as Mr. Johnson is on the scene.

That’s how America works. That is how business works. I am hereby financially boycotting the team of my youth.

1150 by Marcos Breton. MOVED

^Bill Madden: Here you go baseball fans, your 2018 turkeys<

^BBO-MADDEN-COLUMN:NY—<It’s that time of year again, the reckoning for those baseball people whose transgressions against the game and others in the game have warranted them a place on the Daily News Top Ten Turkeys List. Like always, there will be no pardoning these turkeys, just a synopsis of what earned them their rightful place on this list.

Here they are:

1950 by Bill Madden. MOVED

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. EST

New England at NY Jets, 1 p.m.

Oakland at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Arizona at LA Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Miami at Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m.

Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m.

^NBA<

^Ira Winderman: Lottery odds factoring into Heat equation?<

BKN-WINDERMAN-COLUMN:FL — There was a point amid the Heat’s Jimmy Butler trade discussions when fans in the east end zone of AmericanAirlines Arena telephotoed images of Heat President Pat Riley and general manager Andy Elisburg with their courtside monitors tuned to a Minnesota Timberwolves game.

Now the question is whether the next set of photos on social media show those monitors focused on Duke basketball.

Because winter is coming, the unexpected losses already are here, and the NBA draft lottery looms.

No, this is not the Heat discussion expected in late November 2018.

700 by Ira Winderman in Chicago. MOVED

^Dan Woike: Blake Griffin is happy, healthy and hooping in Detroit<

BKN-WOIKE-COLUMN:LA — Ford Griffin, the 5-year-old son of NBA star Blake Griffin, comes bouncing down a mostly empty hallway, wearing his dad’s new Pistons jersey. He’s dribbling a small basketball, spinning in circles, smile as wide as his father’s shoulders.

Earlier in the week, he got to play outside in the snow. Another night, he got to play basketball while his dad took his phone out to make videos that Ford would want to watch later.

As it turns out, Ford, just like his father, enjoys dunking.

1150 by Dan Woike in Detroit. MOVED

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Orlando at LA Lakers, 3:30 p.m. EST

Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.

Miami at Toronto, 6 p.m.

New York at Memphis, 6 p.m.

LA Clippers at Portland, 9 p.m.

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

New Jersey at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. EST

Edmonton at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

^COLLEGE BASKETBALL<

TNS expects coverage from the following game featuring teams in the AP top 25:

Villanova vs. No. 14 Florida State, 1 p.m. EST

^AUTO RACING<

^Brendan Marks: NASCAR’s championship race was epic, but it wasn’t good enough<

^CAR-MARKS-COLUMN:CH—<Now that the smoke has settled, now that the champagne-soaked firesuits have found their proper next homes in washing machines or fancy display cases, now that all the tears — both glad and sad — have dried, and all the vocal chords have gone hoarse, now we can crack open a discussion about NASCAR’s Cup Series championship race.

Because boy, is there a lot to discuss.

Even going into Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, we knew the results — and the quality of the race — would reverberate beyond that one weekend.

1650 by Brendan Marks. MOVED

^Sideline Chatter: Maybe Cowboys should consider trading uniforms with their cheerleaders<

^SIDELINECHATTER:SE—<Wonder Woman takes on a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader: Who wins?

As Dana Killmer, a Cowboys cheerleader in the early 1980s, told Fox News: “The first time I put the uniform on was for a fitting, and you can’t describe that moment. You feel like you have superpowers when you put that uniform on.

“It’s a lot like Clark Kent and Superman. Because you’re just a normal person, and then you put the uniform on. Everyone wants to talk to you and shake your hand, and you take the uniform off, you hang it on a hanger, and you’re just a normal person again.”

1100 by Dwight Perry. MOVED

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