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Baby giraffe Stanley named after Tampa Bay Lightning Cup win

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is welcoming a new baby giraffe, named Stanley in honor of the Tampa Bay Lightning's second consecutive NHL championship. The park announced on Twitter this week that Stanley was born July 7, the same day the Lightning won their final game against ...

Mussels drop two against Hammerheads

FORT MYERS – Justin Washington homered and Sawyer Gipson-Long spun a quality start, but the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels dropped a doubleheader with the Jupiter Hammerheads at Hammond Stadium Thursday. Washington’s home run was his first in the Twins’ organization, a solo shot to left in ...

Tennis Hall of Famer Shirley Fry Irvin dies at 94

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Tennis Hall of Famer Shirley Fry Irvin, who won three consecutive major titles in the 1950s to complete a career Grand Slam, has died at 94. Her death Tuesday was confirmed by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where she was a 1970 inductee. She lived in ...

Eighth inning rally seals 12-10 win over Jupiter

FORT MYERS -- The Mighty Mussels rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth Tuesday, claiming a see-saw affair 12-10 over the Jupiter Hammerheads at Hammond Stadium. Early in the win, Fort Myers (35-26) center fielder Misael Urbina delivered the first grand slam of his young career, a ...

Magic finalize hiring of Mavs assistant Mosley as head coach

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Jamahl Mosley has agreed to become the new coach of the Orlando Magic, the team announced Sunday, giving the longtime NBA assistant his first chance at running his own club. Mosley replaces Steve Clifford, who left Orlando by mutual agreement after three ...

Marlins’ Lopez sets MLB mark with 9 strikeouts to open game

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez set a major league record by striking out the first nine batters to start Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves. Lopez struck out Ehire Adrianza, Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies each swinging in the first inning. He then fanned Austin ...

Guard Isaiah Wong decides to remain with Miami Hurricanes

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami Hurricanes guard Isaiah Wong has decided to return next season rather than pursue a pro career. Wong had entered his name into consideration for the NBA draft, which is set for July 29. He averaged 17.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per ...

Pentagon chief allows Naval Academy grad to pursue NFL job

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Tuesday that the U.S. military will allow Naval Academy graduate Cameron Kinley to pursue a career in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Acting Navy Secretary Tom Harker had denied Kinley's request to delay his commissioning. But ...

Lightning look to be 1st team to win Cup at home since 2015

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on home ice for the first time since before World War II,  Jon Cooper could not bear to watch the joyful aftermath. "I'm looking away from the whole thing," he said. Cooper's Tampa Bay ...