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Mussels show their might in 13-4 barrage over Bradenton

  BRADENTON, Fla. – The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels scored nine runs in the first two innings Wednesday and cruised to a 13-4 win over the Bradenton Marauders at LECOM Park. Mussels (2-0) right-hander Hunter McMahon (1-0) went 4.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing only two hits while ...

AP source: Jaguars fire 4 execs who spent 66 years with team

By MARK LONG AP Pro Football Writer The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired four longtime scouting executives, including two who had been with the team more than two decades, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person said the Jaguars parted with Chris ...

Minor league baseball draws 103,483 for 47 games in return

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Minor league baseball drew 103,483 fans for 47 games on its opening day after missing the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The largest crowd Tuesday was 5,004 for the Tulsa Drillers' 4-3 loss to Amarillo in the Double-A Central. All four Double-A ...

Robot umps and dogs, minor league ball back after lost year

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It took just four batters at George Steinbrenner Field before a fan yelled "C'mon, blue!" toward home plate umpire Kaleb Devier after two consecutive close pitches were called balls. Never mind that a computer was making the ...

Mighty Mussels stun Marauders 6-3 on opening night

BRADENTON, Fla. – In their first game in 613 days, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels broke in their new name in style – rallying for four runs in the top of the ninth to stun the Bradenton Marauders 6-3 at LECOM Park in Bradenton. Fort Myers (1-0) trailed 3-2 entering the final frame. Leading ...

Marlins rookie pitcher Campbell gets 80-game drug suspension

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins rookie right-hander Paul Campbell was suspended 80 games on Monday after testing positive for an anabolic steroid in violation of Major League Baseball's drug program. The suspension involving the performance-enhancing drug ...

Dolphins take Alabama’s Waddle, Miami’s Phillips in draft

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Jaylen Waddle is headed to the Miami Dolphins to provide a dynamic target for his former Alabama teammate, Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins selected Waddle with the sixth overall pick Thursday night, choosing him over another Alabama receiver, ...

Jaguars open NFL draft, Meyer era by drafting Lawrence

By MARK LONG AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars waited more than four months to make the easiest and maybe most significant pick in franchise history. As obvious as it was, fireworks and frivolity followed. A sold-out draft party that included 8,000 ...

Buccaneers select LB Joe Tryon with last pick of first round

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Washington linebacker Joe Tryon Thursday night in the first round of the NFL draft, No. 32 overall. With no glaring needs after keeping the core of the roster together in free agency, the Super Bowl ...

When Spoelstra and Popovich face off, the respect is clear

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — The postgame routine between San Antonio's Gregg Popovich and Miami's Erik Spoelstra is almost always the same. A handshake or embrace near midcourt at the final buzzer. They exchange a few words. They laugh. And then the coaches head off ...