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MIAMI — Marlins right-hander Jose Urena has dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension for intentionally hitting Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch. Urena began serving the suspension Tuesday. The Marlins, fearful the Braves might retaliate, had already decided Urena wouldn’t pitch against them during a four-game series later this week.
STANTON IN MIAMI
MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton sat in the visitors’ dugout before batting practice, which gave him a different angle of Marlins Park’s kitschy, colossal home sculpture. “I still don’t like it,” he said with a laugh. “But it won’t be going off if I hit one.” By Steven Wine.
MIAMI — New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius went on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, and the injury-plagued playoff contenders are hoping his bruised left heel mends quickly. The roster move, which was announced before a game at Miami, was retroactive to Monday. Gregorius was hurt in a collision Sunday at first base against Toronto.
MIAMI — One homer shy of the 300 milestone, Giancarlo Stanton plays in Miami for the first time since being traded to the Yankees when they open a two-game series at the Marlins on Tuesday night. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG — All-Star Blake Snell tries for his 15th victory when the Tampa Bay Rays face right-hander Glenn Sparkman and the Kansas City Royals in the second game of a four-game series. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Former NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito has been arrested on charges he threatened to shoot employees of a funeral home, authorities said Tuesday. Police in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale said Incognito was being held on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of threats and disorderly conduct.
INCOGNITO ARRESTED-THE LATEST
JACKSONVILLE — With a straight face and a shoulder shrug, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone provided a subtle response to being criticized in Doug Pederson’s new book. In Pederson’s book released Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles coach ripped Marrone’s decision to take a knee at the end of the first half of the AFC championship game. Jacksonville led New England 14-10 with 55 seconds remaining and two timeouts, but Marrone called for Blake Bortles to run out the clock and head to the locker room. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Jacksonville was the first team last season to take a knee with that much time remaining in the first half. By Mark Long.
TAMPA — Tampa Bay receiver DeSean Jackson, coming off one of the least productive seasons of his career, is eager to do his part to help the Buccaneers end a long playoff drought. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
GAINESVILLE — Florida linebacker David Reese remembers the low point of 2017 as well as any bone-jarring hit or tackle for loss. It came on a cool day at Missouri in early November. By Mark Long.
CORAL GABLES — Miami Hurricanes transfer Anthony Mack has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to compete during the 2018-19 season. A 6-foot-6 shooting guard, Mack was a freshman at Wyoming last season and didn’t play in any official games because of an injury. He will have four years of eligibility left.
ON THE FRINGE-TIGER
PARAMUS, N.J. — Tiger Woods seems to be bigger now than when he was good. Not that he’s all that bad. By Doug Ferguson.
NCAA VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW
Nebraska comes into the volleyball season with eight newcomers on its 15-woman roster, and it would be easy for coach John Cook to look at this as a rebuilding year. Not happening. “This year we have a pretty good out in that over half our team is new, so those guys have no idea what it is to win a national championship,” Cook said. “But we have a core that is returning, so I have to be patient. I’m encouraged. Our goals never change.” By Eric Olson.
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