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UConn pitcher, family barely escaped Florida tower collapse

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn pitcher Justin Willis and his family were among those fortunate enough to escape the collapse of a Miami-area apartment tower last week that has left more than 100 people still missing. The 22-year-old West New York, New Jersey, man told news outlets that he and ...

Heat send help: After building collapse, NBA team rallies

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro was working out Thursday morning with assistant coaches Chris Quinn and Eric Glass, when they were told there was a more pressing need. Before long, Herro, Quinn and Glass had left the team's arena for the short ...

Cities stripped of minor league teams finding ways forward

Port Charlotte dealing with the loss of the Stone Crabs By JAKE SEINER AP Baseball Writer Bert Parsley’s vision was bold and unusual — a 35,000 square-foot restaurant and event area adjoining a Harley Davidson dealership. The space would only work in the right location, and the one he ...

Now a single mom, MMA champ Harrison finds new purpose

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer Kayla Harrison posted a photo on Instagram in April of her bloody Allen Iverson-esque stepover of a defeated opponent from last year. Both MMA fighters and the canvas splashed in crimson, Harrison disposed of another victim on her march toward an undefeated ...

Top prospect Wander Franco homers in MLB debut for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wander Franco, a 20-year-old infielder considered the best prospect in the minor leagues, homered for the Tampa Bay Rays in his major league debut, connecting for a three-run drive against Boston on Tuesday night. Called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, ...

Rays set to promote SS Wander Franco, MLB’s No. 1 prospect

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays infielder Wander Franco, considered the best prospect in the minors, is set to make his major league debut. The Rays say they plan to promote the 20-year-old Franco from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday. Tampa Bay is off Monday and hosts the Red Sox on ...

Gipson-Long, Sabato lead Mussels to 5-1 week

FORT MYERS – Sawyer Gipson-Long went five scoreless and Aaron Sabato drove in two to lead the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels to a 5-1 week against the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Hammond Stadium Sunday. Sabato’s two-run double in the third inning proved to be the difference, as the Mighty Mussels ...

Julien, Morales lead Mussels to doubleheader sweep

FORT MYERS – Edouard Julien and Jeferson Morales each enjoyed three-hit nights, as the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels swept the Lakeland Flying Tigers in Thursday’s doubleheader at Hammond Stadium. Julien drove in three runs and scored three runs as the Mighty Mussels (22-17) ran away with a ...

Tigers down Mussels 2-1 in 11 innings

FORT MYERS  – The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels fell 2-1 to the Lakeland Flying Tigers in an 11-inning contest on Tuesday night at Hammond Stadium. The Mussels’ pitching staff combined for 15 strikeouts and held the Flying Tigers to just four hits. Mussels (20-17) starter Louie Varland held ...

Scientists look for link between wastewater and algae in bay

TAMPA (AP) — Scientists are looking for any links to dreaded algae blooms and the pumping of 215 gallons of wastewater into Tampa Bay from the site of an old fertilizer plant two months ago. Scientists want to know whether the specific nutrients found in wastewater at the Piney Point plant ...