Wednesday, October 19
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point scored the game-winning goal in the sixth round of a shootout, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 last night. Point's goal came three rounds after it seemed Tampa Bay had won the shootout 1-0. Michael Matheson scored his first NHL goal to give Florida a 3-2 advantage.
UNDATED (AP) — Miami's Goran Dragic scored 17 points and handed out five assists as the Heat beat Orlando 107-77. Miami got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Willie Reed, and 15 each from Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson. Serge Ibaka scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Orlando.
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat had to play without Justise Winslow, whose back is injured, and Luke Babbitt, whose out with a groin injury. Hassan Whiteside also missed the game last night because of a death in his family, and James Johnson tweaked his left foot to sideline him for the second half.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco says the profile of his league has been boosted by the Big 12 expansion process. Aresco expressed relief Tuesday that the Power Five conference chose not to expand and that none of the AAC teams being mentioned as potential candidates, such as UConn or Cincinnati, will be leaving. But he said the fact the Big 12 was targeting American programs helps him make the argument that the AAC plays at a Power Five level and should eventually be considered part of a Power Six.