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The NBA Finals: Why the Heat will win the championship

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — This pick doesn't make much sense. The best scorer on the Miami Heat might be a baby-faced rookie. The best player had never been past the second round of the playoffs before this season. The starting center wasn't good ...

Dolphins’ Tagovailoa misses practice because of illness

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa missed practice Wednesday because of an illness that wasn't related to the coronavirus, coach Brian Flores said. The Dolphins' top draft pick and former Alabama star has yet to play as the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Their other ...

QBs Costello, Trask set pace with big numbers in SEC openers

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer Southeastern Conference fans expecting defenses to be ahead of offenses could not have been prepared for the big passing games from Mississippi State's K.J. Costello and Florida's Kyle Trask to open the season. Trask and Costello were the league's biggest ...

Brady, Barrett lead Buccaneers past Broncos 28-10

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — Before kickoff, Tom Brady sauntered over to Peyton Manning, who owns four fewer Super Bowl rings but has something Brady desperately craves: a championship with a second team. "It was good to see him," Brady said after leading the ...

Marlins beat Yanks 5-0 for winning season, face Cubs

By LARRY FLEISHER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Miami heads to its first postseason appearance since the Marlins' 2003 World Series title with its first winning record in more than a decade. Rookie Jazz Chisholm had a home run and three RBIs on Sunday in a 5-0 win over the New York ...

Jimmy Butler was an easy get for NBA Finals-bound Heat

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It was June 30, 2019. The Miami Heat had an evening all planned out for their recruitment of free agent Jimmy Butler, down to every detail. They greeted him with music from Irish singer Dermot Kennedy, one of his favorites. ...

Lopez, Marlins boost playoff hopes by beating Braves 4-2

ATLANTA (AP) — Pablo Lopez delivered big in a must-win situation, even after a long rain delay gave the right-hander and the Miami Marlins more time to think about what was at stake. Jon Berti had three hits, including a two-run double, Lopez allowed only two hits in five scoreless innings ...

Fitzpatrick handles Jaguars again, this time with Dolphins

By MARK LONG AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick handles the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as anyone in the NFL. It doesnít matter which uniform the journeyman quarterback is wearing, either. Fitzpatrick accounted for three touchdowns and led Miami to a 31-13 ...

Patriots owner Kraft cleared of massage parlor sex charge

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Thursday after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex. Palm Beach State ...

Mattingly’s Marlins could clinch berth at Yankee Stadium

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Don Mattingly returns this weekend to the Bronx, where his best years as a player always ended when the regular season did. Now Mattingly is enjoying perhaps his best year as a manager, leading the Miami Marlins as they try to extend their ...