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Kyle Sikora played for Miami's Florida Christian

Kyle SikoraDELAND -- Kyle Sikora only averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game for Michigan's Oakland University, but Stetson University men's basketball coach Casey Alexander likes his size. Sikora is a 7-footer who weighs 240 pounds.

“We’re really excited that Kyle chose Stetson,” Alexander said. “His size and skill level is perfect for our offensive system and his presence in the paint will mean a lot for the future of this program.”

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Stetson's Lindsey CaughelFor the second time in as many days, the Stetson Hatters got solid starting pitching from starter Lindsey Cauhel (5-2) and just enough offensive production Saturday to defeat visiting Lipscomb Bison at Melching Field in DeLand.

DELAND -- Stetson pitcher Lindsey Caughel faced the minimum through five innings as the Hatters took a 4-2 victory from the Bison at home earlier today.

Caughel allowed just one earned run in 6.2 innings of work with one walk and seven strikeouts. The victory moved Stetson (25-13 overall, 8-6 in the Atlantic Sun Conference) past Lipscomb (17-22, 9-8) into fourth place in the league race. In order to hold that spot, the Hatters will have to complete the series sweep on Sunday. The final game of the weekend is set for an 11 a.m. start.

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Johnny Damon NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Future Hall of Famer and occasional New Smyrna Beach resident Johnny Damon has been picked up by the Cleveland Indians for the 2012 MLB season, his sixth team.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Matt Kenseth staved off a late charge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. off turn 4 of the final lap to win his second Daytona 500 early this morning in a crash-marred race that included Juan Pablo Montoya crashing into a jet dryer.

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Dwight Howard scored just 11 points as the visiting Orlando Magic fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 97-89.

Many of the sports world experts picked the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the West and the Miami Heat to win the East. With Oklahoma City dispatching of the Orlando Magic on Christmas, 97-89, it's easy to see why.

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Glen DavisGlen Davis, shown here, delivered big time in the final tuneup for the Magic at home against the Heat before both teams open on the road Christmas Sunday.

ORLANDO -- Glen Davis scored 13 of the Magic's team-high 18 points in the third quarter at home Wednesday night to get by the Miami Heat in the final preseason game for both teams.

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Vince Carter made his preseason debut for the Dallas Mavericks, shooting 4 for 11 for 9 points, as the Mavs lost on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 106 to 92 Sunday, in preseason action. The Dallas Mavericks open the 2011-'12 NBA regular season at home Christmas Day against the Miami Heat, the team they beat in the finals to win the NBA championship last season.

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Here is a video clip from Orlando Magic Media day where Dwight Howard softened his stance on being traded before he can opt out of his contract in July with the team getting nothing in return.

ORLANDO -- Dwight Howard did an about face -- sort of -- today, telling NBA beat writers he has not given up on the Orlando Magic, his teammates or the fans.

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Dwight HowardESPN's NBA insider Chris Broussard talks about Dwight Howard trade talks in the left video and at right, Howard is interviewed during an All-Star game practice about his admiration for Kobe Bryant.

ORLANDO -- This is not a good Sunday if you are an Orlando Magic fan: With the shocking news earlier today that Dwight Howard wants to be traded, it looks like the Magic have plenty of suitors .

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Everything wasn't rosy, but there was a smattering of pink for breast cancer awareness.

Cudas football

NSBNews.net photos and videos by Sera Frederick / Seabreeze outran New Smyrna Beach, 49-21 Friday at the NSB Sports Complex.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Seabreeze Sandcrabs ran all over the New Smyrna Beach High Cudas at home Friday night and with the 49-21 romp, eliminated them from a chance at the playoffs.

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