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WR Jackson ready to shrug off disappointing year with Bucs

Aug. 21, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — DeSean Jackson is eager to rebound from one of the least productive seasons of his career and help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers end a long playoff drought. The Bucs struggled a year ago to incorporate the speedy receiver into an offense expected to be more potent after the three-time Pro...

Yankees slugger Stanton says he'll enjoy Miami homecoming

Aug. 21, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton sat in the visitors' dugout before batting practice Tuesday, which gave him a different angle of Marlins Park's kitschy, colossal home sculpture. "I still don't like it," he said with a laugh. "But it won't be going off if I hit one." Stanton activated the moveable sculpture...

Police: Protected bird was shot in Florida

Aug. 21, 2018 7:21 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Police say a protected bird has been shot and wounded in Florida. The Miami Herald reports an unidentified man shot the osprey at Truman Waterfront Park in Monroe County on Tuesday. The bird was seriously injured, having suffered a fractured wing near its rib. Tom Sweets with the Key...

Urena drops appeal of suspension for hitting Acuna Jr.

Aug. 21, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Marlins right-hander Jose Urena dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension for intentionally hitting Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch. Urena began serving the suspension Tuesday. The Marlins, fearful the Braves might retaliate, had already decided Urena wouldn't pitch against them...

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius goes on DL with bruised heel

Aug. 21, 2018 6:40 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius went on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, and the injury-plagued playoff contenders are hoping his bruised left heel mends quickly. The roster move, which was announced before a game at Miami, was retroactive to Monday. Gregorius was hurt in a...

Florida expects quick fix on defense after tumultuous 2017

Aug. 21, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida linebacker David Reese remembers the low point of 2017 as well as any bone-jarring hit or tackle for loss. It came on a cool day at Missouri in early November. The Gators allowed 227 yards rushing, 228 yards passing and six touchdowns to the Tigers, who had lost their first...

UCF taking over research facility that received incentives

Aug. 21, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The University of Central Florida is taking over the Orlando facility of a medical research organization that had received more than $350 million in public and private incentives. UCF said in a statement Tuesday that it will take over the Sanford Burnham Prebys building and have a $50...

Federal officials to Florida: No signs of Russian meddling

Aug. 21, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Federal authorities have told Florida election officials that they saw no signs of any "new or ongoing compromises" of state or local election systems, a statement seemingly at odds with recent assertions by U.S. Sen Bill Nelson of some Russian meddling. A joint letter Monday by...

Column: A different level of Tigermania this time around

Aug. 21, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Tiger Woods seems to be bigger now than when he was good. Not that he's all that bad. Remember, it was just seven months ago that Woods began his year not knowing how his game would respond to four back surgeries that limited him to 19 starts on the PGA Tour and kept him out of the...

Dem candidates bring diversity to Florida governor's race

Aug. 21, 2018 3:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a state with a long-standing tradition of electing white, Christian men, Florida's Democratic primary could produce the state's first black or woman governor or the second Jewish governor in its history. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, the only woman running for governor, or...