In case you missed it: Nov. 16

In case you missed it, here were the top sports stories from FOX Sports Florida from Saturday, Nov. 16:

* On Saturday night, goalie Tim Thomas gave the Panthers what they imagined they would get when they signed the veteran in the offseason, stopping 32 of 33 shots as Florida took down the Avalanche. Read More

* The Lightning were down three goals about two minutes into the second period, and they weren’t able to dig themselves out of the hole in a 6-3 road loss to the Coyotes. Read More

* Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn put his prized rookie Victor Oladipo into the fire against the Mavericks, leaving veteran point guard Jameer Nelson on the bench for the entire fourth quarter Saturday. Read More

* Magic Musings: Orlando had its chances against Dallas late in the game, but turnovers and missed shots stopped them from completing their comeback attempt. Read More

* Nikola Vucevic and the Magic were able to pull close in the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t catch up to the visiting Mavericks in a 108-100 loss. Read More
 
* Heat Check: Miami was without Ray Allen, Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers, and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were mostly ineffective. So what? Like he always seems to do, LeBron James stepped up and put the team on his back in Saturday’s victory. Read More

* LeBron James scored 30 points for the third straight game, Norris Cole did a fine job filling in for the suspended Mario Chalmers and the Heat continued to dominate the Bobcats, beating Charlotte for the 13th straight time on Saturday. Read More
 
* Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers sat out Saturday night at Charlotte after being suspended one game by the league for his flagrant foul Friday on Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. Read More

* Down to their third quarterback and holding out hopes for a bowl bid and a winning season, the Florida Gators saw their free fall continue on the road against South Carolina, as their halftime lead disappeared and left them with a 19-14 loss to the Gamecocks. Read More

* Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was able to focus solely on football for a few hours Saturday, and that was enough for the Seminoles, who jumped out to a 38-0 halftime lead and brought in some backups to finish off a thorough rout of Syracuse. Read More

* Jameis Winston showed no effects from a tumultuous week during No. 2 Florida State’s 59-3 win against Syracuse on Saturday. The redshirt quarterback completed 19-of-21 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns as the Seminoles rolled during the Atlantic Coast Conference game. Read More

* FSU 59, Syracuse 3: Takeaways & observations — Florida State routed Syracuse 59-3 on Saturday afternoon, completing a perfect 8-0 run through the Atlantic Coast Conference. Read More

* Austin Dillon won the Nationwide Series title by three points, as Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, moving up 10 spots in the closing few laps to give an otherwise typical race a wild and wacky finish. Read More
 
* Miami couldn’t stop Duke’s running game. And once the Blue Devils started scoring, the 24th-ranked Hurricanes’ offense couldn’t keep up as their free fall continued with a 48-30 loss to Duke, their third consecutive defeat. Read More

* The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out linebacker Paul Posluszny for Sunday’s game against Arizona. Posluszny, who leads the team with 88 tackles, suffered a concussion in last week’s win at Tennessee. Read More

* Prosecutors are setting up an interview with the victim in the investigation of an alleged sexual assault tied to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston that was reported nearly a year ago. They expect to close the investigation in a few weeks. Read More

* Shawn Moffitt kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired after Rannell Hall got behind the Temple defense for a 64-yard reception, and No. 15 UCF survived a scare with a 39-36 victory Saturday. Read More

* Championship contender Matt Kenseth posted the fastest speed during final practice for NASCAR’s season finale. One major problem: points leader Jimmie Johnson was fast, too. Johnson had the second-quickest lap around Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday and had the fastest 10-lap average. Read More

* Casey Prather scored 27 points, Dorian Finney-Smith showed great versatility in his Florida debut and the 11th-ranked Gators shook loose from Arkansas-Little Rock for an 86-56 win Saturday. Read More