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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 ...

Mullen’s Florida staff receives nearly $500K before pandemic

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen didnít get a raise or an extension after his team's 11-2 finish last season. His staff got the money. Mullen's assistants got bumps totaling $490,000, according to contracts released by the school Tuesday. The ...

Full circle: Haslem credits Crowder’s dad for NBA career

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It didn't take Jae Crowder very long after joining the Miami Heat to figure out who the veteran leader of the team was. "Udonis Haslem," he said. Correct. But who was the person that taught Haslem how to be that ...

Stanley Cup Faceoff: Stars, Lightning showing value of draws

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — When Ron Francis knew something was working on faceoffs, he would experiment and not use his best moves right away. That was usually during the regular season. In the playoffs and in the Stanley Cup Final, the Hall of Fame center ...

Florida decision likely clears Pats owner of soliciting sex

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors said Monday that they won't appeal a court's decision blocking video that allegedly shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for massage parlor sex, making it likely the charges against him will ...

Lowe homers, Rays inch past deGrom, Mets 2-1 despite 16 Ks

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are ready for a party — and mum on the details. "I'm not saying nothing," closer Nick Anderson said with a laugh. Shouldn't have to wait much longer to see what they have in store. Nate Lowe homered and scored both runs ...

Lightning beat Stars 3-2 in Game 2, get even in Stanley Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning got themselves up off the ice to get even in the Stanley Cup Final. Kucherov had the primary assists on power-play goals by Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat in the first period before Kevin Shattenkirk scored and the ...