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AP source: Marlins agree with Alcantara, Garcia on deals

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins are finalizing a contract with right-hander Sandy Alcantara and have reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Avisail Garcia, a person with knowledge of the situations said Sunday. Alcantara's deal, first reported by ...

Franco, Rays both get what they want in $182 million deal

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays both got what they wanted in the shortstop's $182 million, 11-year deal that includes a club option for the 2033 season. The 20-year-old Franco got financial security for his family and Tampa ...

AP source: Marlins, Avisail Garcia agree to 4-year contract

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Free agent outfielder Avisail Garcia has agreed to sign with the Miami Marlins, a person with knowledge of the situation said Sunday. Garcia's deal will pay $53 million over four seasons, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on ...

Florida hires La-Lafayette coach Napier to replace Mullen

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer Florida went back to Nick Saban's coaching tree in hopes of finding its next great coach. The Gators hired Louisiana-Lafayette's Billy Napier on Sunday, ending a quick process that landed them their top target a week after firing Dan Mullen. The 42-year-old ...

Florida Gulf Coast beats Purdue Fort Wayne, 85-78

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tavian Dunn-Martin had 27 points as Florida Gulf Coast defeated Purdue Fort Wayne, 85-78, on Sunday night at the FGCU Invitational. Cyrus Largie had 17 points and seven rebounds for Florida Gulf Coast (6-2), which earned its fifth consecutive win. Kevin Samuel added ...

Jags turn to up-tempo scheme, option plays to help Lawrence

By MARK LONG AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars made a couple of offensive tweaks in hopes of being, well, less offensive on offense. The Jaguars used an up-tempo scheme at times and called more option plays with quarterback Trevor Lawrence in a 21-14 ...

Bowl game, bragging rights at stake for rivals FSU, Florida

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Running back Malik Davis, one of a dozen Florida players dealing with a second coaching change in their college careers, got a chance to address teammates earlier this week. His message was simple and succinct. "Even though we don't ...

Dunn-Martin leads Florida Gulf Coast over Rhode Island 67-66

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tavian Dunn-Martin scored 26 points and sank a free throw with 3 seconds left to lift Florida Gulf Coast over Rhode Island 67-66 on Tuesday night. Caleb Catto pitched in with 14 points for the Eagles (3-2). Makhel Mitchell had 16 points for the Rams (4-2). He missed ...

Ohio State meets Florida in Fort Myers

Ohio State (4-1) vs. Florida (4-0) Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Fort Myers, Florida; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Ohio State and Florida are set to clash in a postseason game in Fort Myers. Florida earned an 80-60 win over Cal in its most recent game, while Ohio State won 79-76 ...

Home for the holidays: Duke Johnson relishing Miami chance

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Duke Johnson is home for the holidays. And working. For him, it's the perfect scenario. The veteran running back grew up practically in the shadow of Hard Rock Stadium, attending high school just a few minutes from the Miami ...