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October 2, 2018

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MLB:

ATTENDANCE DROP

NEW YORK — Cincinnati catcher Tucker Barnhart could hear the difference at Great American Ball Park, one of six major league stadiums that set record lows for attendance this year. “It’s pretty hard to not notice it when you can hear the light towers buzzing,” he said. By Ronald Blum.

NFL:

DOLPHINS-PHILLIPS

DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins released defensive tackle Jordan Phillips on Tuesday in the wake of his angry sideline outburst after he came out of a lopsided loss at New England. “Free at last free at last,” Phillips wrote on Instagram. “Good luck to my brothers on the team. I’ll miss ya’ll, but I couldn’t be happier to be out of there. ... Sometimes you got to put your future in your own hands and live with it.”

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

T25-DEFENSIVE FLORIDA

GAINESVILLE — CeCe Jefferson’s eyes filled with tears as he tried to explain what it felt like to watch Kentucky beat Florida for the first time in more than three decades last month. The Gators defensive end who grew up about an hour’s drive north of Gainesville was suspended the first two games of the season for academic reasons, helpless to stop the Wildcats from running for 303 yards in a 27-16 victory in the Swamp. By Mark Long.

T25-FLORIDA STATE-MIAMI-HOME

CORAL GABLES — The last time Miami won a home game against Florida State, the Hurricanes wound up celebrating on the turf of the fabled Orange Bowl. That stadium was bulldozed a decade ago. By Tim Reynolds.

CAR RACING:

NASCAR-2019 RULES

DAYTONA BEACH — NASCAR will use two primary rules packages next season and race at Daytona and Talladega without restrictor plates for the first time since 1987. The rules packages revealed Tuesday will be tailored to specific tracks and designed to slow Cup Series cars to create more passing for the lead. At Daytona and Talladega, the two fastest tracks in NASCAR were horsepower-sapping plates are used on the engines, NASCAR will now use a thicker tapered spacer with tapered holes aimed to restrict air flow.

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