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Mariners prospects help Dominicans advance in OLY qualifying

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Seattle Mariners prospects Julio Rodriguez and Luis Liberato hit early home runs, and the Dominican Republic coasted to a 13-3 rout of Nicaragua on Wednesday and a berth in the super round of the Americas Olympic qualifying tournament. Rodriguez homered twice and ...

Mighty Mussels’ bats break out in 8-4 win over St. Lucie

The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels scored seven two-out runs Wednesday, winning their third straight game with an 8-4 victory over the St. Lucie Mets at Hammond Stadium. The Mussels (13-13) scored all eight runs in the middle innings, erasing a 2-0 deficit. Five Fort Myers hitters recorded multiple ...

Florida gives Mullen 3-year extension, $1.5M raise annually

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida football coach Dan Mullen received a three-year contract extension worth an additional $1.5 million annually following a disappointing season that closed with a three-game losing streak and included several public relations ...

Florida governor OKs limits on transgender student athletes

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican governor signed a bill Tuesday barring transgender females from playing on public school teams intended for student athletes born as girls, plunging the state into the national culture war over transgender ...

Mighty Mussels edge Mets, 1-0

The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels edged the St. Lucie Mets in a 1-0 decision Tuesday night at Hammond Stadium. Fort Myers (12-13) pitchers Regi Grace Jr., Matthew Swain and Juan Pichardo combined for a two-hit shutout while striking out 12 Mets (16-9) batters. Tuesday’s performance was the ...

Amanda, Howell are Hermann Trophy winners in college soccer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Oregon State junior forward Gloire Amanda and Florida State junior midfielder Jaelin Howell are the Hermann Trophy winners as the top college soccer players. Amanda, from Edmonton, Alberta, had 15 goals and seven assists in 14 games. Howell, from Lone Tree, Colorado, had ...

Florida beats Alabama 7-2, advances to SEC semifinals

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Franco Aleman allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings and sixth-seeded Florida beat No. 10 seed Alabama 7-2 in the SEC Tournament on Thursday. Aleman (2-4) struck out four and forced 12 groundouts for the Gators (38-19), who advanced to the single-elimination ...

Mighty Mussels take 2 of first 3 in Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels have scored 26 runs over the last three games, winning two of the first three contests in a six-game set against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The Mighty Mussels (10-11) have reached base at a .402 clip against the Flying Tigers (10-11), drawing ...

Cuban baseball player defects after arriving in Florida

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation confirmed Wednesday night that one of the players on the national team defected a few hours after the squad arrived in Florida to participate in a qualifying tournament for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The organization identified the player as ...

Florida collects 18 hits in 13-1 victory over Mississippi St

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Freshman Sterlin Thompson had a two-run double and a solo home run, and No. 6 seed Florida opened the second round of the SEC Tournament on Wednesday with a 13-1 victory over third-seeded Mississippi State in seven innings. Florida (38-19) plays in the winner's bracket on ...