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October 1, 2018

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ST. PETERSBURG — Thanks to an infusion of young talent, the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a slow start to win 90 games and spawn lofty expectations for next season. What was supposed to a rebuilding year for the Rays, who trimmed payroll in the winter and purged the roster again, might have been even more special if not for the success of AL East rivals Boston and New York. By Fred Goodall.


MIAMI — Derek Jeter played on a winning team in each of his 20 seasons as a shortstop, which made his first year as an owner a test of patience. He admits he failed. By Steven Wine.



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots reminded everyone why they are still the pride of the AFC East. With a 3-0 start to the season, the Miami Dolphins emerged as an early threat to the Patriots’ run of nine consecutive division titles. By Kyle Hightower.


CHICAGO — For most of the season, it’s been a solo act for Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears’ defense. After quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s breakthrough game Sunday, the Bears’ defense and offense seem to be in sync. By Gene Chamberlain.


JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars are finished with the “Payback Tour.” Now it’s on to a tougher challenge, a more high-profile matchup. By Mark Long.


JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars are preparing to play without running back Leonard Fournette again, maybe even for a longer stretch than before. Fournette re-injured his right hamstring in a 31-12 victory against the New York Jets on Sunday, and coach Doug Marrone has no timetable for his return. By Mark Long.


DAVIE — The standings Monday offered small consolation for the first-place Miami Dolphins. They hardly felt or looked like the best team in the AFC East after a 38-7 loss at New England . The drubbing left the Dolphins with a deceptive 3-1 record, injuries issues and room for recrimination. By Steven Wine.


DAVIE — Miami Dolphins center Daniel Kilgore has a torn left triceps that might sideline him for the rest of the season, the latest setback for a team dealing with a wave of injuries. Kilgore was hurt in Sunday’s 38-7 loss at New England. Six other starters have also missed playing time this season because of injuries, including guard Josh Sitton and tight end MarQueis Gray, both out for the season.



TALLAHASSEE — Willie Taggart is no stranger to Miami-Florida State week. The lifelong Seminoles fan grew up loving the rivalry. And now he’s going to really see what it’s about. By Bob Ferrante.


BATON ROUGE, La. — First-year LSU quarterback Joe Burrow repeated the term “breakout game” on Monday as he referred to the most recent showing of the Tigers’ passing offense. The implication is that going forward, there’s a new, higher standard of production for Burrow and Co. — a premise that will be tested Saturday in Gainesville, Florida. By Brett Martel.



SUNRISE — Ask Florida forward Vincent Trocheck who the best three players in the NHL are right now, and the first two names he offers wouldn’t surprise anyone. The third might. By Tim Reynolds.



CHICAGO — Midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan will be back with the U.S. national team for the first time since the loss at Trinidad and Tobago last October that ended the Americans’ streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. Star 20-year-old midfielder Christian Pulisic also is on the 24-man roster announced Monday for games against Colombia on Oct. 11 at Tampa, Florida, and versus Peru five days later at East Hartford, Connecticut.


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