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ST. PETERSBURG _ The Tampa Bay Rays try to extend their winning streak to four games, with opener Ryne Stanek taking the ball first against left-hander Clayton Richard and the Toronto Blue Jays. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.
MIAMI _ Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to start Tuesday for the Giants when they open a series at Miami trying to break a five-game losing streak. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE _ Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles is skipping organized team activities for what the club called “a personal reason.” Coach Doug Marrone said “our thoughts and prayers are with Nick and his family.” Marrone offered no other details, and the team said Tuesday there is no timetable for Foles’ return. By Mark Long.
ALAMEDA, Calif. _ Throughout the draft process, Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden stressed the importance of character when looking for players who could help turn the franchise around. When it comes to veterans, the Raiders have been much more willing to take chances. By Josh Dubow.
DESTIN _ LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade acknowledged making “some mistakes” when he refused to speak with school officials in March regarding a leaked FBI wiretap transcript that raised questions about whether he committed recruiting violations. Wade spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since March 7, the day before he was suspended indefinitely by the university. He answered questions wearing a purple LSU wind-breaker during the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Spring Meeting.
The Southeastern Conference hired international accounting firm Deloitte to conduct a review of its football officiating, reacting in part to what Commissioner Greg Sankey called the intense, often opinionated view of referees by the public and media. Sankey said conversations began in September about ways to examine officiating and find ways to better communicate with the public about the overall quality of the work done by referees at a time when scrutiny and criticism has never been more pervasive. He said the SEC was not responding to a particular problem and does not consider the review an audit. He did not disclose how much it cost. By Ralph D. Russo.
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