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Make gets community for taking turtles, turtle eggs

Sep. 21, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for illegally possessing turtles and turtle eggs. Court records show that Michael Clemons pleaded guilty Friday in Charlotte County to taking or possessing more than one turtle per day and transporting more than one...

UCF to build lazy river next to football stadium

Sep. 21, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The University of Central Florida is taking tailgating to another level for the 2020 football season with plans for a lazy river outside the stadium. UCF announced this month that they'll be offering 250 McNamara Cove memberships for $2,500 each. The all-inclusive package covers...

Cremated remains of 15 people turned into artificial reefs

Sep. 21, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Surrounded by her family on the bow of a fishing boat, Judy Manning said her final goodbyes to her husband, Brian Delf, who passed away in May after a third round of cancer. Manning held in her hands a concrete reef ball about the size of a basketball, covered in fresh flowers. After...

3 women killed by vehicles in under 24 hours

Sep. 21, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say three Florida women were killed by vehicles in less than 24 hours in the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Bay Times reports that a bicyclist died just after noon Thursday in St. Petersburg, while one pedestrian died in Tampa later that afternoon and another died in Tampa the...

Alcaldesa takes her job seriously as Tampa's official dog

Sep. 21, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alcaldesa seems to be taking her role as the official dog of Tampa seriously. The little brown rescue mutt with white feet and fly-away ears is the greeter in Mayor Jane Castor's office, approaching visitors with a sweet, hopeful expression and hazel eyes that ask for a pat on the head,...

Defending champ Red Sox eliminated, lose to Rays 5-4

Sep. 21, 2019 1:00 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It's official: There will be no repeat in Boston. The World Series champion Red Sox were mathematically eliminated in the late innings, then lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Friday night when Willy Adames had an RBI single in the 11th. A year after going 108-54 to win their third...

Henderson's 3 TDs, Hale's 5 FGs lead Louisiana Tech to win

Sep. 21, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

RUSTON, La. (AP) — Justin Henderson rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, Bailey Hale tied a program record with five field goals and Louisiana Tech beat Florida International 43-31 on Friday night. Hale kicked field goals of 41, 25 and 29 yards in the fourth quarter to give Tech a 36-24 lead with...

Turner homers twice to lead Nationals over Marlins

Sep. 20, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Trea Turner welcomed back manager Dave Martinez with two big swings. Turner hit two solo homers, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Friday night. Washington stayed one game ahead of Milwaukee for the top spot in the NL wild-card standings. The Nationals had dropped four...

No. 15 UCF eager for chance to make statement vs. Pitt

Sep. 20, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Heupel calls the growing groundswell of support for 15th-ranked UCF "outside noise." The coach stressed he can't control it and orders his players to tune it out even as the weeks pass, the blowouts pile up and the national profile for the current Group of Five darling ticks upward....

Mattingly glad to return to provide stability for Marlins

Sep. 20, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Don Mattingly says he's glad to be returning next year as the Miami Marlins manager to provide stability for a struggling franchise, because as a player he experienced the other extreme. Mattingly played for the New York Yankees from 1982 to 1995, when they made 12 managerial changes. "I...