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Young Americans embrace socialism, even among Miami Cubans

Aug. 25, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Andy Vila's mother remembers her son as a bright, rebellious child who enjoyed Harry Potter books and dressing up as the U.S. president. But when he began to embrace the same ideology his family had fled in socialist Cuba, she pleaded in vain for him to stop his political activism. His...

Dickerson has 4 hits, 5 RBIs as Phillies beat Marlins 9-3

Aug. 24, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — One day after squandering a seven-run lead in a loss, the Philadelphia Phillies didn't let it happen again. This time, they built another big advantage and shut down the Miami Marlins. Corey Dickerson had a career-high four hits and five RBIs to lead the Phillies to a 9-3 victory over the...

Inconsistent Franks, No. 8 Florida rally to beat Miami 24-20

Aug. 24, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Feleipe Franks was clutch one minute and confused the next, showing the kind of inconsistency that got him benched five times in two years. His job might be in jeopardy again if not for Florida's defense. Franks made up for three inexcusable turnovers by accounting for three...

Alvarado suspects injury after Rays' 7-1 loss to Orioles

Aug. 24, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Starting for the first time in his career did nothing to turn around a sub-standard season for Tampa Bay left-hander José Alvarado. Maybe a doctor's exam will provide answers why the hard-throwing reliever has lost his effectiveness. Alvarado retired only one batter before being...

Florida, Miami announce suspensions before season opener

Aug. 24, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — No. 8 Florida has suspended four players, including safety Brad Stewart and defensive tackle Tedarrell Slaton, for the team's season opener against Miami. The Gators announced the suspensions about five minutes before kickoff at Camping World Stadium. They also suspended receiver Rick...

'Red flag laws' offer tool for preventing some gun violence

Aug. 24, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

After a white supremacist discussed plans on Facebook for a mass shooting at a synagogue, police in Washington used a new law to quickly seize his 12 firearms, long before he was convicted of any crime. But when a Tennessee father became alarmed about his son after receiving a suicidal text message, he said the...

Meadows slam, Richards' gem carry Rays past Orioles 7-1

Aug. 24, 2019 1:44 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Clutch hitting. Strong starting pitching. Road wins. Those are marks of a playoff contender, and the Tampa Bay Rays appear poised to benefit from each facet as they strive to reach the postseason for the first time since 2013. Austin Meadows hit his first career grand slam to cap a...

Florida man convicted in parking lot shooting of black man

Aug. 24, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

A white Florida man who told detectives he had a "pet peeve" about illegal parking in handicapped spots was convicted late Friday of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a convenience store. Six jurors deliberated for six hours in Clearwater before convicting Michael Drejka for the...

Buccaneers rally late, beat Browns 13-12 on rookie's FG

Aug. 24, 2019 12:44 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The start of the NFL regular season is still a couple of weeks away, and that's good news for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who showed they still have a lot of work to do to get ready. And while neither Baker Mayfield nor Jameis Winston played particularly well during...

Castro, Marlins rally from 7 runs down, beat Phillies 19-11

Aug. 24, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A wild victory for the Marlins was tempered by some disappointing injury news. Starlin Castro homered twice and drove in five runs, and Miami spotted the Philadelphia Phillies a seven-run lead before rallying to win 19-11 on Friday night, its highest-scoring game at Marlins Park. "To be able...