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BC-FL--Florida Sports Digest, FL

October 9, 2018

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MIAMI — The Miami Marlins are parting with pitching coach Juan Nieves and three other coaches after their 98-loss season. Also not returning in 2019 will be first base coach Perry Hill, assistant hitting coach Frank Menechino and strength and conditioning coach Ty Hill. All were on the staff of manager Don Mattingly, who will be back for a fourth season.



ORLANDO — Steve Clifford knew very quickly that he was going into the family business. His father was a teacher and a high school coach in a tiny town in northern Vermont, and when he was a sophomore on his dad’s team Clifford was telling his parents that he intended to head down that very same career path. The NBA was not on his radar. By Tim Reynolds.



DAVIE — Miami Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald, still steaming Monday about a receiving a costly penalty, said rules protecting the safety of offensive players are hurting the game. “It’s getting out of hand, man,” McDonald said. “We’ve got a job to do. It’s not fantasy football. It’s getting kind of crazy.”


DAVIE — With three offensive linemen hurt, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was feeling the heat Monday. From his critics, that is. By Steven Wine.


JACKSONVILLE — Blake Bortles was largely ineffective despite a career-high 430 yards passing against Kansas City. His offensive line was the biggest problem. The Jacksonville Jaguars failed to give Bortles enough time or protection in a 30-14 loss at the Chiefs on Sunday. Bortles was sacked five times, fumbling once, and hurried way more often. By Mark Long.


JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars are placing tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Corey Grant on injured reserve. Coach Doug Marrone says Seferian-Jenkins will have core muscle surgery but could return later in the season. Grant will miss the rest of the year with a foot injury.


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had negative results on an X-ray of his foot following Sunday’s blowout loss at Pittsburgh. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said Ryan is “100 percent good to go” this week against Tampa Bay after getting sacked six times and hit 11 additional times. Quinn did not say which foot Ryan injured.



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia believes is has the players to be very dynamic on offense. All the Cavaliers need now is to get more players involved and find a better balance. By Hank Kurz Jr.


Mississippi came within 7 yards of the Southeastern Conference record with its national season-high 826 yards of total offense against Louisiana-Monroe. It was the biggest output nationally since Oklahoma and Texas Tech each amassed 854 yards against each other in October 2016, and in the SEC since Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tide piled up 833 yards against Virginia Tech in 1973. By Eric Olson.



SUNRISE — Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo will miss two to four weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Coach Bob Boughner announced the injury Monday, adding Luongo will not need surgery. The Panthers placed Luongo on injured reserve Sunday after he left their season opener Saturday night.



TAMPA — Midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are back with the U.S. national team, two days shy of the first anniversary of the most crushing defeat in the team’s history. Bradley captained the Americans for the 2-1 loss at Trinidad and Tobago last Oct. 10 that ended the United States’ streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. Guzan was on the bench and watched the Soca Warriors twice beat Tim Howard. By Mark Didtler.


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