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Ex-Rangers, Lightning D Dan Girardi retires after 13 seasons

Sep. 20, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi will retire from the NHL after 13 seasons. Girardi appeared in 927 games, finishing with 56 goals and 264 points and a plus-78 ratings. He also played in 143 playoff games, four Eastern Conference Finals and one...

McElwain returns to Florida as Central Michigan visits Miami

Sep. 20, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The last time Central Michigan's Jim McElwain coached a game in the state of Florida, it was a disaster. His return might not be much easier. Central Michigan (2-1) is a four-touchdown underdog for its matchup Saturday at Miami (1-2), and McElwain knows this will be a daunting...

Nurses staging 1-day strike at 12 hospitals in 3 states

Sep. 20, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Registered nurses staged a one-day strike against Tenet Health hospitals in Florida, California and Arizona on Friday, demanding better working conditions and higher wages as the nation's labor movement has begun flexing muscles weakened by decades of declining membership amid business...

US men's soccer to play Canada in Orlando in November

Sep. 20, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men's soccer team will play its Nov. 15 home Nations League match against Canada at Orlando, Florida. The Americans open the new competition against Cuba on Oct. 11 at Washington, D.C., then meet Canada four days later in Toronto. The U.S. group stage finale will be against Cuba on...

Louisville, Florida State look to get back on track in ACC

Sep. 20, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State and Louisville are programs rich in football tradition. The Seminoles won a third national title in 2013, while the Cardinals were led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Lamar Jackson in 2016. But both have recently fallen on hard times. Louisville didn't win a...

'Hopalong' Cassady, Ohio State Heisman winner, dies at 85

Sep. 20, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, the 1955 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State and running back for the Detroit Lions, died Friday. He was 85. He died in Tampa, Florida, his longtime home, the university said. "We've lost not only a legendary Buckeye, but also a wonderful person in Hop...

Mechanic pleads not guilty in airliner sabotage case

Sep. 20, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former American Airlines mechanic who prosecutors say may have some links to terrorists pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he sabotaged an aircraft with 150 people aboard. The plea came at a hearing in Miami federal court for Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, 60. He's charged with...

Tennessee gets another shot to upend Florida in the Swamp

Sep. 20, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tennessee's last two trips to the Swamp have ended in gut-punching, heart-wrenching, head-scratching fashion. The Volunteers might have a two-game winning streak in Gainesville if not for a pair of 63-yard touchdowns late. First, it was Antonio Callaway's catch, turn and run down...

Court: First Amendment protects "hate group" label

Sep. 20, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a liberal advocacy group has a First Amendment right to call a Christian ministry a hate group for its opposition to homosexuality. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in a 141-page decision issued late Thursday, threw out a complaint filed by the...

The Latest: Hurricane Lorena approaching Mexico's Los Cabos

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Weather, including Hurricane Lorena along Mexico's Pacific Coast (all times local): 6 a.m. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami has upgraded Lorena to a hurricane as it bears down on Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Forecasters say Hurricane Lorena now has...