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ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays, who won more games than any American League team that didn’t make the playoffs, have rewarded manager Kevin Cash with a contract extension that runs through 2024, plus a club option for 2025. The 40-year-old Cash had one year remaining on a five-year, $5 million deal he signed when he replaced Joe Maddon after the 2014 season. By Fred Goodall.
JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles to help during Leonard Fournette’s absence. The 31-year-old Charles worked out for the team Tuesday morning and signed a one-year contract in the afternoon.
GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Dan Mullen opened his first team meeting this week talking about handling success. He’ll find out Saturday if anyone was paying attention. By Mark Long.
T25-AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH
The Associated Press has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925. The AP midseason All-America team will be released Oct. 16. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The fifth All-America watch of the season features a Miami defensive tackle dominating as a senior, Florida’s emerging star safety and Old Dominion’s X-factor. SPOTLIGHT By Ralph D. Russo.
NBA DIVERSITY-FRONT OFFICES
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league. Hire more women in positions of power. By Teresa M. Walker.
CORAL GABLES — Miami Hurricanes forward Dewan Huell says he has legally changed his last name to Hernandez in honor of his mother, Christina Hernandez. The 6-foot-10 Hernandez averaged 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds as a sophomore last season and started all 32 games. He declared for the NBA draft in April but later decided to return for his junior season.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Major motocross racing is headed back to Florida for the first time in 21 years. The 2019 schedule for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship was announced Tuesday and will include a June 22 race at WW Ranch Motocross Park in Jacksonville.
ON THE FRINGE-KOEPKA
Brooks Koepka had two sets of daily reminders for a season that PGA Tour players voted as the best. One was his annual list of goals that he writes every Jan. 1 during quiet time on the beach, some of them golf specific, some of them about life. He tacks the list in the middle of his closet so he can’t miss it when he’s getting dressed, packing for a trip or getting his watch and wallet. By Doug Ferguson.
2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP
MIAMI — The United States will open the defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title on June 18 at new Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Americans will play their second match four days later in Cleveland and close Group D play on June 26 at Kansas City, Kansas, the governing soccer body of North and Central America and the Caribbean said Tuesday.
U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka added to his trophy collection Tuesday when he picked up the Jack Nicklaus Award trophy as the PGA Tour player of the year. Koepka is the sixth player in the last six years to win the award, the longest streak of different winners since PGA Tour players began voting on the award in 1990. By Doug Ferguson.
BVL-WALSH JENNINGS-NEW PARTNER
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, already the most decorated beach volleyball player in history, will pair with defensive star Brooke Sweat in an attempt to make it to the Summer Games for a sixth time. The decision kicks off a two-year qualification process that would send Walsh Jennings to Tokyo in 2020 a month before she turns 42. Sweat, eight years younger, is a four-time AVP defensive player of the year who competed in Rio de Janeiro in her only Olympics. By Jimmy Golen.
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