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Mussels drop two close games to Clearwater

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels out-hit the Clearwater Threshers Thursday, but dropped a doubleheader by scores of 4-2 and 3-2 at BayCare Ballpark. The Mighty Mussels (40-35) had the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the final inning in Game 1, but were unable ...

Dolphins’ Howard reports despite unhappiness with contract

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard defused some drama from the start of the Miami Dolphins' training camp by showing up for work. Howard joined the rest of the Dolphins reporting Tuesday after he sat out mandatory minicamp because ...

NFL player’s brother, 2nd man jailed in 2016 student slaying

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida men, one of them the brother of an NFL player, have been arrested on murder charges in the 2016 shooting death of a college student. Donterio Rashad Fowler, 25, and Keondre Quamar Fields, 23, were being held without bail Tuesday following their ...

Miami dismisses Williams after arrest on battery charges

MIAMI (AP) — Miami has dismissed second-year freshman safety Avantae Williams from the football program after his arrest on battery charges. The school issued a statement Thursday on Williams' dismissal. That came hours after announcing he was suspended from all team activities. Williams ...

Fort Myers Mighty Mussels shut out Tortugas, 5-0

  FORT MYERS – Three Mighty Mussels pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout Thursday, taking the lead in the series with a 5-0 win over the Daytona Tortugas at Hammond Stadium. Thursday’s shutout was Fort Myers’ (38-31) league-high seventh of the season, but the Mussels' first in ...

Hall of Famer Bobby Bowden has terminal medical condition

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Hall of Fame college football coach Bobby Bowden announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition. "I've always tried to serve God's purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I am prepared for what is to come,î Bowden said in a ...

Gipson-Long punches out 11 but Fort Myers Mighty Mussels fall to Daytona, 7-1

  FORT MYERS – Sawyer Gipson-Long matched a career high with 11 strikeouts over six quality innings Wednesday, but the Daytona Tortugas defeated the Mighty Mussels 7-1 at Hammond Stadium. Gipson-Long (4-4) threw a season-high 95 pitches, fanning nine of the first 17 batters he faced. He ...

Mighty Mussels rally to stun Daytona 8-7

FORT MYERS – The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels rallied for six runs on just one hit in the eighth inning Tuesday, shocking the Daytona Tortugas with an 8-7 comeback win at Hammond Stadium. The Tortugas’ (31-36) bullpen walked six batters in the fateful inning, coughing up 12 free passes for ...

Dolphins unveil new complex hoping players will be inspired

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 30-foot slide in the Miami Dolphins' new training complex will quickly take players from the second floor to their enormous first-floor weight room. Anything to expedite the process of building a champion. The Dolphins held a ...

Her story: 1st time all-female broadcast crew calls MLB game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — There was history — and her story, too — in the broadcast booth at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night. For the first time in Major League Baseball history, an all-female announcing crew called a game as the Tampa Bay Rays played the Baltimore Orioles. The ...