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Young Marlins look build on surprising 2020 run to playoffs

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins were beginning to arrive at camp for the start of spring training when left-hander Daniel Castano ran into Don Mattingly, the 2020 National League manager of the year. "First thing when I saw Skip, I congratulated him on his ...

Tiger Woods returns to Florida to recover from car crash

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Tiger Woods is back at home in Florida to resume his recovery from career-threatening leg injuries he suffered when his SUV ran off a road and down a hill in the Los Angeles suburbs last month. "Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery," ...

UFC intends to welcome fans next month in Jacksonville

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer The UFC intends to stage a pay-per-view show in front of an arena full of fans on April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida. UFC President Dana White announced his plan on social media Monday to stage an event in front of North American fans for the first time since ...

AP source: QB Fitzpatrick agrees to sign with Washington

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer Washington has agreed to sign veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to a person with direct knowledge of the move. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal cannot be official until the new league ...

Kierstan Bell ringing up big numbers at Florida Gulf Coast

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Kierstan Bell had never even heard of Florida Gulf Coast at this time last year. She was a freshman at Ohio State then, a few weeks away from announcing her plans to transfer. Little did FGCU know it was about to hit the jackpot. The 6-foot-1 Bell, a ...

‘We have to figure this out’: Heat say turnaround will come

MIAMI (AP) — As if losing the NBA Finals isn't bad enough, there now seems to be a curse that stretches into the following season. The Miami Heat aren't believing that quite yet — even after a disastrous start to the 2020-21 campaign. The reigning Eastern Conference champions are 6-12, ...

Tampa’s mayor issues outdoor mask order for Super Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Anyone visiting Tampa's popular outdoor destinations for the Super Bowl will be required to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor signed an executive order Wednesday saying masks must be worn outside while downtown, in ...

Ex-Marlins owner Loria reaches settlement on sale dispute

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reached a lawsuit settlement to reimburse local government $4.2 million for the cost of building Marlins Park, which opened in 2012. The payment stems from the $1.2 billion sale of team in 2017 by Loria ...

In one year, Dolphins’ defense goes from worst to 1st in NFL

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — In one year the Miami Dolphins have gone from worst to first in the NFL in points allowed, which is a big reason their playoff hopes are on the rise. So why is cornerback Xavien Howard the Dolphins' only Pro Bowl player? "Miami always gets ...

Casting call: Skidding Jaguars holding QB, GM auditions

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer The Jacksonville Jaguars are holding all sorts of auditions during Christmas week. Coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Gardner Minshew and Mike Glennon will compete in practice for the starting job against Chicago. Owner Shad Khan, meanwhile, was scheduled ...