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NEW YORK — The Mets and Marlins are set for a doubleheader, assuming rainy weather doesn't spoil the matchup of NL East laggards. New York's Zack Wheeler (10-7, 3.39) opposes Trevor Richards (3-8, 4.73) in the opener, while Mets veteran Jason Vargas (5-9, 6.75) faces Jeff Brigham (0-1, 9.00) in the nightcap.


ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell is locked in on the Tampa Bay Rays' longshot postseason hopes, not thinking about winning the AL Cy Young Award. Snell took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and got his major league-leading 19th win, leading the Rays over the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Wednesday. By Mark Didtler.


ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell lost his no-hit in the seventh inning when Cleveland's Jose Ramirez hit a leadoff homer. Ramirez took the first three pitches for balls before sending a full-count pitch into left-field seats on Wednesday for his 38th homer



DAVIE — Miami Dolphins rookie and New Jersey native Minkah Fitzpatrick is ready for a rowdy reception returning to his home turf Sunday, when his team plays the New York Jets. "I grew up in that environment, everybody loving the game up there," Fitzpatrick said Wednesday. "Going back up there, I know what I'm walking into. I know how crazy it's going to be." By Steven Wine.


JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette missed practice Wednesday because of a strained right hamstring. Fournette tweaked his hamstring in the first half of last week's season-opening win at the New York Giants.


JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon hasn't started a game in nearly two years, a frustrating stretch that forced him to work harder and be more patient. He always felt like he would get another shot. He didn't expect it to be this week. By Mark Long.


DAVIE — Miami Dolphins guard Josh Sitton sat out practice Wednesday because of a shoulder injury that could force him to miss Sunday's game at the New York Jets. When asked whether the injury was serious, coach Adam Gase said, "We'll see. We're still going through some tests and stuff. He just had kind of a weird hit."


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jalen Ramsey has approached trash talking — both dishing it out and receiving it — with open arms for most of his football career. When initiating it he's been an equal opportunity offender, even when his words were aimed at possibly two of the best players to ever play their respective positions. By Kyle Hightower.



After several days of monitoring the approaching storm, the biggest schools in South Carolina had little choice but to alter football games due to Hurricane Florence. South Carolina Wednesday canceled its game with Marshall that was scheduled for Saturday night. University officials announced the decision just hours after head coach Will Muschamp sounded confident the teams would play. By The Associated Press.


The Southeastern Conference has all the built-in advantages when it comes to selling college football: Incredibly passionate fan bases, relatively little competition from professional sports franchises and a long history of competitive teams. Even so, the league isn't immune to a national trend of falling attendance. By David Brandt.


RALEIGH, N.C. — While safety concerns at Atlantic Coast Conference schools are being addressed ahead of Hurricane Florence, the storm's significant impact on this week's schedule will have a lingering effect on scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations once it passes. The list of canceled games include No. 13 Virginia Tech's home game against East Carolina, No. 14 West Virginia's trip to North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF's game at North Carolina. Virginia has moved its Saturday home game against Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee, with the Category 3 storm forecast to come ashore along the Carolinas' coastline late Thursday or early Friday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain throughout the region. By Aaron Beard.



CORAL SPRINGS — Roberto Luongo has an arena named after him. He has made roughly $100 million in career earnings, knows he is headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame one day, ranks among the sport's all-time leaders in virtually every goaltending category. And in a true testament to Luongo's popularity, the Twitter account of his alter ego even has close to a million followers. His legacy was secure long ago. By Tim Reynolds.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets have given coach John Tortorella a two-year contract extension. The team announced Wednesday that Tortorella, who has led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs in his first two full seasons, has been signed through the 2020-21 season. Financial terms weren't disclosed.


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