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BC-FL--Florida Sports Digest, FL

February 5, 2019

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CLEVELAND _ Looking to reconstruct their bullpen, the Cleveland Indians acquired right-hander Nick Wittgren from the Miami Marlins. The three-time defending AL Central champions sent right-hander Jordan Milbrath to the Marlins for Wittgren, who made 32 appearances for Miami last season. The 27-year-old posted a 2.94 ERA and also pitched for Triple-A New Orleans. By Tom Withers.


ST. PETERSBURG _ Outfielder Tommy Pham asked an arbitration panel for a raise from $570,100 to $4.1 million, and the Tampa Bay Rays argued for $3.5 million. Arbitrators Margaret Brogan, Andrew Strongin and Gil Vernon are expected to decide the case Tuesday, a day after hearing arguments.



DAVIE _ When Brian Flores was asked how he celebrated winning the Super Bowl, he paused for several seconds and laughed. “I kissed my wife on the field,” Flores said. By Steven Wine.



MIAMI _ Chris Bosh, who had arguably the biggest rebound and assist in Miami Heat history, will have his No. 1 jersey retired by the franchise on March 26. The Heat made the announcement Monday.


MIAMI _ Dwyane Wade has missed the playoffs only twice in his career, and the Miami Heat aren’t exactly looking like a sure bet to get him one more trip to the postseason before retirement. And a struggling team has no relief in sight, either. By Tim Reynolds.



PITTSBURGH _ It wasn’t the hastily arranged private plane ride from Miami to Pittsburgh. Or the police escort from the airport to PPG Paints Arena. It wasn’t the sight of a black-and-gold jersey with his name on the back hanging in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ locker room. It wasn’t even racing to the bench and jumping over the wall and onto the ice with his new teammates without exchanging so much as an introductory handshake. No, Jared McCann’s “whoa” moment from the most exhilarating and surreal weekend of his professional life came Sunday, when the newly acquired forward arrived at Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby’s house to watch the Super Bowl with the rest of the gang. By Will Graves.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The reset button for NASCAR was triggered as soon as Joey Logano wrapped up last year’s championship celebration. There was massive work to be done to stop the stock-car series from a spiral to the bottom and the fix is nothing short of a radical reboot. The critical change is the introduction of an overhauled rules package designed to make the racing watchable again. And it comes under new leadership at the top. By Jenna Fryer.

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NEW YORK _ Coach Geno Auriemma doesn’t seem too concerned that UConn has its most losses in six years. After all, the Huskies entered the Final Four unbeaten the last two seasons only to walk away without a national championship. By Doug Feinberg.


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