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Olympic baseball qualifying in West Palm Beach, St. Lucie

By The Associated Press The United States' delayed second chance at qualifying for the Olympic baseball tournament has been moved to the spring training home of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals and the exhibition ballpark of the New York Mets. The Baseball Americas Qualifier ...

MLB’s 2020 rookies debut all over again with fans in stands

By JAKE SEINER AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Rogersí major league debut was only about half what he expected. "A lot of jitters," the Miami Marlins left-hander recalled. "And a lot of cardboard cutouts." Rogers, like the other 211 players who made their big league debuts in ...

Florida lands 4th transfer as CSU’s Fleming formally commits

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida landed its fourth transfer in two weeks on Monday when former Charleston Southern guard Phlandrous Fleming Jr. formally committed to the Gators. The 6-foot-4 Fleming averaged 20.1 points and 7.4 rebounds as a senior last season ...

Penn State transfer Jones, team’s top scorer, picks Florida

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Penn State's leading scorer is heading to Florida and could be a huge help right away. Guard Myreon Jones announced his commitment to the Gators on Wednesday, joining fellow transfers Brandon McKissic from Kansas City and CJ Felder ...

Former Florida State star charged in double shooting

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida State star football player Travis Rudolph was arrested early Wednesday morning in South Florida for a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded, authorities said. Rudolph, 25, was charged with first-degree murder and attempted ...

Florida’s Medal of Freedom goes to FSU great Bobby Bowden

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Bobby Bowden, the former Florida State football coach who led the Seminoles to two national titles, received the inaugural Florida Medal of Freedom at a ceremony Wednesday hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Bowden, 91, is one of college footballís winningest coaches. He ...

After saying ‘I’m Going to Disney World,’ Brady did it again

By Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs' defense, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had no problem taking a lightsaber to Star Wars' Kylo Ren and a unit of storm troopers. A mask-wearing Brady visited the Star Wars-themed section of ...

Miami Marlins’ ballpark to be renamed loanDepot park

MIAMI (AP) — Marlins Park will be renamed loanDepot park in a multiyear naming rights agreement announced Wednesday by the Miami Marlins. The deal provides additional revenue for the Marlins, who have operated with budget constraints and a small payroll for most of their history. They have ...

Omar Payne joins growing list of players to leave Florida

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's rebuilding project continues to grow. Forward Omar Payne entered the transfer portal Tuesday and became the fifth player to leave coach Mike White's program since the end of the season. The 6-foot-10 Payne joined shooting ...

AP source: Magic sending Fournier to Celtics for draft picks

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Evan Fournier is being traded by the Orlando Magic to the Boston Celtics for a pair of second-round draft picks, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said Thursday. The Celtics were able to take on Fournier's salary by using part of the trade ...