BC-FL--Florida Sports Digest, FL
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CINCINNATI _ Manager David Bell returns from his one-game suspension, and the Reds try to build on their slump-busting victory when they host the Marlins. Cincinnati’s 14-0 win in the opener ended an eight-game skid. By Joe Kay. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.
CHICAGO _ Tommy Pham homered twice and extended his on-base streak to a club record 45 games, leading the Tampa Bay Rays over the White Sox 9-1 on Wednesday for their first series sweep in Chicago. Austin Meadows had a single, double, home run and three RBIs for the Rays, who outscored Chicago 24-7 over three games. Tampa Bay won its four straight game and the AL East-leading Rays improved to 10-3, their best start since 2010. By Paul Ladewski.
BKN--THE FINAL DAY
The final day of the season has arrived, with one playoff spot to decide, seven of the eight first-round matchups still unknown and nine different seeds still not clinched. It’s also the last day that Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki and Miami’s Dwyane Wade will be NBA players before retirement. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Hornets can make the playoffs as the No. 8 seed if they beat the Magic AND the Pistons lose to the Knicks in the final game of the NBA regular season. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.
NEW YORK _ The Brooklyn Nets look to clinch the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference when they host the Miami Heat in Dwyane Wade’s final NBA game. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.
TAMPA _ The President’s Cup-winning Tampa Bay Lightning take the first step on a journey they hope will end with a Stanley Cup title, opening a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Casey Alexander has been hired as the 10th coach in Belmont history, succeeding his former coach and boss, Rick Byrd. Athletic director Scott Corley announced the hiring of Alexander on Wednesday. Alexander will be introduced at a news conference Thursday.
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