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Former Ohio State and NFL assistant George Hill dies at 87

MIAMI (AP) — George Hill, an assistant coach for Woody Hayes, Don Shula and Jimmy Johnson, has died at age 87. The Miami Dolphins confirmed Hill's death this week. He was their defensive coordinator under Johnson from 1996-99, and had earlier been their linebackers coach under Shula. Hill, ...

Mullen’s message for Florida before Arkansas: don’t peak now

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen had a message for his players this week: great teams don't peak at the midpoint of the season. The sixth-ranked Gators enjoyed their most significant victory in Mullen's three-year tenure last Saturday, a 44-28 ...

Philadelphia guard Nisine Poplar signs with Miami Hurricanes

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Nisine Poplar, a 6-foot-5 guard from Philadelphia, signed a national letter intent to join the Miami Hurricanes next year. Poplar, a senior at Math, Civics & Sciences Charter School, averaged 22 points per game last season and helped the school win the state ...

Seminoles lose 2 starters to injury, 2 other players leave

By BOB FERRANTE Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State's struggles continue to mount as the Seminoles lost several players Wednesday for the rest of the season, with some sidelined by injuries and others saying it is time to move on. Preseason All-American defensive tackle ...

Kevin Cash, Don Mattingly win Manager of the Year awards

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer By the time Kevin Cash pulled Tampa Bay ace Blake Snell from the last game of the World Series, he had already been voted Manager of the Year in the American League. Even if he ended up losing the biggest prize. It was a Sunshine State sweep for skippers Tuesday ...

Dolphins WR Williams to go on IR; assistants still sidelined

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins receiver Preston Williams will be placed on injured reserve with a foot injury, meaning he'll be sidelined for three games and perhaps longer. Coach Brian Flores announced the roster move Wednesday, and he declined to say whether Williams is expected to return ...

Brown practices, excited for opportunity with Buccaneers

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Antonio Brown says he's grateful to be back in the NFL and reunited with Tom Brady. "Tom is my boy, one of the greatest leaders to be around," the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver — back after missing most of last season and then serving an ...

2-time Hawks NBA All-Star ‘Fast Eddie’ Johnson dies at 65

By The Associated Press Eddie Johnson, the two-time All-Star for the Atlanta Hawks whose career was shortened by arrests which led to a ban from the NBA and life sentence in prison, has died. He was 65. Johnson passed away on Oct. 26. His death was confirmed Tuesday by Rocker-Cusack Mortuary ...

Bucs activate Antonio Brown from reserve/suspended list

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Antonio Brown has been activated from the reserve/suspended list and is set to practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time on Wednesday. The Bucs signed the former Pittsburgh, Oakland and New England receiver last week and expect him to make his debut with ...

Franchise futility: Jaguars’ QB history filled with failure

By MARK LONG AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Doug Marrone can't help but chuckle when reminded what he's had at quarterback during his NFL head coaching career. Gardner Minshew might just be the best of the bunch. Marrone's QB depth charts read like a who's who of ...