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MIAMI _ Erik Spoelstra still vividly remembers getting a short speech from his father, a sage piece of advice that came about a year into his time in the employ of the Miami Heat. “Don’t screw it up,” Jon Spoelstra said. By Tim Reynolds.
LAKE BUENA VISTA _Twin brothers Mike and Maurkice Pouncey decided to go all out for friends and relatives at the Pro Bowl, turning the all-star game into a family reunion. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
Jim McKean, who umpired 10 no-hitters and three World Series during a big league career from 1973-01, has died. He was 73. Jamie McKean, one of his sons, said McKean died in his sleep early Thursday at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, near his home. By Ronald Blum.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Syracuse goes after its third straight win at home when it hosts Miami on Thursday night. By Mark Frank. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE _ No. 4 Louisville looks to improve to 10-0 in ACC when the Cardinals play at No. 22 Florida State on Thursday. The Seminoles own a pair of wins over Louisville in 2017 and ’18 when the Cardinals were ranked in the top 10. By Bob Ferrante. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
GAINESVILLE _ No. 7 Mississippi State puts its 21-game, Southeastern Conference winning streak on the line at struggling Florida, which is 1-4 in league play. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.
DAYTONA BEACH _ The Rolex 24 at Daytona is an annual display of the most gorgeous sports cars in a splashy opening to the North American motorsport season. The action-packed endurance race is a glittery manufacturer showcase that draws deep-pocketed car collectors to a party inside Daytona International Speedway. But in this 50th anniversary season of IMSA, during a race that will feature 13 of the most respected manufacturers in motorsport, the star-studded field is one of the deepest in the history of the prestigious twice-round-the-clock endurance event. By Jenna Fryer.
YORBA LINDA, Calif. _ Courtney Force, the winningest female Funny Car driver in NHRA history, is stepping away from driving. Force is a 12-time Funny Car winner, was the No. 1 qualifer 28 times and ranked in the top 10 of the NHRA standings in six of her seven seasons. The daughter of 16-time world champion John Force plans to stay involved with the race team and maintain her corporate sponsorships.
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SAN DIEGO _ All the attention was on Tiger Woods and his 2019 debut. Just like the last two occasions, Jon Rahm delivered the best performance. In ideal conditions even by San Diego standards, Rahm opened with an eagle and kept going lower until he had a 10-under 62 on the North course at Torrey Pines, giving him a one-shot lead over Justin Rose after the opening round Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open. By Doug Ferguson.
TOKYO _ Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka says she hopes her sponsors will consult with her about how they portray her, but her focus is on her game as she heads into the final at the Australian Open. Osaka was asked about criticism over one of her main sponsors, Nissin Foods Holdings, after they took down an online ad campaign that depicted her with pale skin after it was criticized as insensitive. Critics said the depiction does not reflect Osaka’s biracial background By Yuri Kageyama.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Alex Zanardi will attempt to qualify for a third consecutive Paralympics and defend his hand cycling gold medals next year in Tokyo. In London in 2012, Zanardi won gold in the time trial H4 and the road race as well as silver for Italy in the mixed relay team H1-4. Four years later in Brazil, he won gold in the time trial H5 and was part of the gold-winning mixed relay in H2-5.
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