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AP-FL--Florida Sports Digest, FL

August 19, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Florida. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Miami bureau at 305-594-5825 or miami@ap.org. Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at imader@ap.org. Curt Anderson is on the desk and can be reached at canderson@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

MLB

BBN--MARLINS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — After failing to make up ground in the NL East because of an extra-inning loss, the Nationals turn to Gio Gonzalez in the finale of their series against the Miami Marlins. By Harvey Valentine. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 1:35 p.m. EDT

BBA--RAYS-RED SOX

BOSTON — Chris Sale takes the mound for the Boston Red Sox against the Tampa Bay Rays. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch: 1:05 p.m.

NFL

FBN--DOLPHINS’ DEFENSE

DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins’ run defense ranked among the NFL’s worst last season, and it has been shaky in this year’s first two exhibition games. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

College Football

FBC--FLA INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW

FIU won eight games and went to a bowl in its first season under Butch Davis, and now seeks more. The Panthers need a quarterback to replace Alex McGough and lost a slew of starters. But Davis thinks an intense offseason program will help smooth the transition. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 675 words

FBC--FLA ATLANTIC PREVIEW

Lane Kiffin’s first season at FAU was a rousing success, and the Owls are seeking more as they try to repeat as Conference USA champions in 2018. Running back Devin Singletary is touted by the school as a Heisman candidate, for good reason. FAU went 11-3 last season, though Kiffin insists that this team shouldn’t relax because of the 2017 success. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 725 words

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