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Florida's iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease

Aug. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill. Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a small infestation on Florida's Gulf Coast to a...

Clevinger fans 10, Indians tame Yankees 8-4 for 4-game split

Aug. 18, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Freeman found out Saturday night he was going to pick up a rare start in place of Cleveland Indians star infielder José Ramírez. A couple of hours before Sunday's game, the 32-year-old career minor leaguer took a walk out to an empty Monument Park in Yankee Stadium to check...

Choi has 2-run single in 9th, Rays beat Tigers 5-4

Aug. 18, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ji-Man Choi raised his arms into the air as he saw his game-winning hit clear the infield. There was good reason to celebrate after the Tampa Bay Rays kept themselves in the AL's second wild-card spot and avoided a series loss to the woeful Detroit Tigers. Choi's two-run single in the...

Brosseau's RBI single in 13th lifts Rays past Tigers 1-0

Aug. 17, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mike Brosseau came through in the 13th inning to finish a long night and end an extended scoring drought by the Tampa Bay Rays. Brosseau's pinch-hit RBI single in the 13th drove in Eric Sogard to give the Rays a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night in a game in...

Rosen gets start in Dolphins' 16-14 loss to Buccaneers

Aug. 17, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Miami coach Brian Flores gave second-year quarterback Josh Rosen a shot against Tampa Bay's first defensive unit and liked what he saw. Rosen was a surprise starter and went 10 for 18 for 102 yards during the first half in the Dolphins' 16-14 loss to the Buccaneers on Friday night. "I...

Rosen gets start in Dolphins' 16-14 loss to Buccaneers

Aug. 16, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Second-year quarterback Josh Rosen was a surprise starter and went 10 for 18 for 102 yards during the first half in the Miami Dolphins' 16-14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night. Rosen, battling with 15-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Dolphins' starting job, helped...

Trio of Tigers pitchers combine to blank Rays 2-0

Aug. 16, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays came home but didn't bring their bats. Daniel Norris, Drew VerHagen and Joe Jimenez combined on a five-hitter to outpitch Charlie Morton, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Rays 2-0 on Friday night. "We didn't hit," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "You're not going...

WR Stills says he and Dolphins owner agree to disagree

Aug. 14, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills says he and team owner Stephen Ross have agreed to disagree. Last week Stills objected to Ross hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump, and said there was a contradiction in the Dolphins owner supporting both the president and racial equality....

Fitzpatrick competes for Dolphins job while helping Rosen

Aug. 14, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It didn't take Ryan Fitzpatrick long to get re-acclimated to a familiar setting. The journeyman quarterback who's preparing for his 15th NFL season is back on the practice fields at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' training facility this week, this time competing for a starting job with the...

Police: Man said he'd bring gun to Walmart if toy was broken

Aug. 14, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a man threatened to return to a Walmart store with a gun if the remote control car he was buying didn't work. Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw says police arrested 33-year-old Anthony Reed on Monday evening. They say he made the threat Friday, days...