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Sheriff: Man punched umpire over disputed Little League call

Nov. 18, 2019 1:32 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a man punched a Little League umpire and broke his tooth over a disputed call after a game. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release Monday that 22-year-old Alberto Escartin Ramos was arrested on a charge of felony battery of a sports...

US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

Nov. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and...

Parents, 4-year-old son killed in head-on crash in Florida

Nov. 18, 2019 12:00 PM EST

GAINESVILLLE, Fla. (AP) — A 4-year-old Georgia boy has died after a head-on crash on a Florida highway that also killed his parents. The Florida Highway Patrol said Monday that Christopher and Brittany Hesling and son Jack, of St. Marys, Georgia, have died from injuries sustained in the crash late Saturday...

Vucevic, Fournier help Magic hold off Wizards, 125-121

Nov. 17, 2019 10:10 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Markelle Fultz is fitting in nicely with the Orlando Magic. The former No. 1 overall pick had 19 points and the deciding defensive play in a 125-121 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night. Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and 17 rebounds and Evan Fournier added 25 points and...

Harvick fails to rally overmatched Ford in NASCAR finale

Nov. 17, 2019 9:31 PM EST

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Ford v Toyota flopped for the blue oval at the track. Kevin Harvick was the lone Ford driver in the championship field, outnumbered by three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers and their Toyotas. Harvick led the first 20 laps in the No. 4 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing but never made a serious...

Kyle Busch leads Gibbs trio to win 2nd NASCAR championship

Nov. 17, 2019 9:07 PM EST

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch casually collected the championship flag from his team and did a slow, subdued celebratory lap. The most polarizing driver in NASCAR had just won his second Cup title and wanted to soak in the moment with his true fans. He didn’t do his customary bow to the crowd,...

Sticky Situation: Hamlin’s title run ends with tape gaffe

Nov. 17, 2019 8:53 PM EST

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin's championship run was foiled by the tale of the tape. Hamlin's air of confidence came across the team radio when he boasted the race "ain't (bleepin') over" as he made a late push to the lead. Except it was, his Toyota stuck on pit road steaming like a kettle because a...

Gibbs wins 5th NASCAR title in season dedicated to late son

Nov. 17, 2019 8:47 PM EST

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joe Gibbs won the first race, the last race and more than a dozen in between. His most dominating season in 28 years as a NASCAR team owner culminated with his fifth Cup Series championship. This one had to be more special than the others. Gibbs dedicated the season to his late son,...

No. 15 Florida falls to UConn 62-59 on the road

Nov. 17, 2019 7:30 PM EST

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Florida coach Mike White says the early part of this season has been a lot of trial and error as his young players try to find some answers on offense. They did not have many on Sunday. Christian Vital scored 15 points and made a key steal at the end of the game as UConn upset the No....

Dolphins’ ground game stuffed by Bills in 37-20 loss

Nov. 17, 2019 7:02 PM EST

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — When Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage tried to get from the dressing room to the training room following Sunday’s game, the door was locked. Ballage knocked but there was no immediate response, so he disappeared out a different doorway, stymied once more at the...