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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — They were long-time teammates and champions on the New York Giants’ Super Bowl team in February 2012. Eli Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul will add a new dimension to their eight-year friendship Sunday when the Giants (2-7) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) at MetLife Stadium. By Tom Canavan.
JACKSONVILLE — Even if the memory is still fresh, the temptation is there for Pittsburgh to overlook the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers might have been guilty of that in January in the AFC divisional playoffs. Mike Mitchell and Le’Veon Bell talked more about a rematch in the conference title game against New England than the Jaguars, who had beaten them soundly at home earlier in the year. The Jaguars beat them again, 45-42. By Doug Ferguson.
JACKSONVILLE — Regardless of his rant on social media, Jalen Ramsey would love to spend his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. And the chatty cornerback has a video game to prove it. By Doug Ferguson.
MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins arrived at their bye week a .500 team, which is no surprise because for the past quarter century they’ve been a .500 franchise. Their record since 1994: 197-197. Their record this year: 5-5. Coach Adam Gase’s three-year record: 21-21. By Steven Wine.
FBC-FLORIDA ST-BOWL STREAK
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State is battling recent history as it looks to extend one of its most cherished streaks. The Seminoles (4-6, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) must knock off No. 22 Boston College (7-3, 4-2) on Saturday and then No. 15 Florida (7-3) to extend their bowl streak, which dates to 1982. While Florida State has dug quite the hole for itself, the roadblocks ahead are daunting — the Seminoles are 0-7 against ranked teams since the start of the 2017 season. By Bob Ferrante.
CINCINNATI — Luke Fickell doesn’t listen to sports talk radio while driving to his office at the University of Cincinnati each morning. He’s more a fan of ’80s tunes and country music. Twitter? He follows recruits, but that’s about it. By Joe Kay.
ARKANSAS STATE-MIAMI LAWSUIT
JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State University and the University of Miami have settled a lawsuit over a football game that was canceled last year because of concerns about Hurricane Irma. The settlement announced Wednesday calls for Miami to pay ASU $400,000 for canceling the September 2017 game in Jonesboro.
ON BASKETBALL-BUTLER’S DEBUT
ORLANDO — Time, right now, is Jimmy Butler’s best friend. That’s all that the Philadelphia 76ers and their newest player need. They will figure things out, figure out who goes where and who does what in every situation. In time, they’ll be able to get back to their usual arsenal of plays and sets, a repertoire they had to pare down considerably for Butler’s debut with his new club. By Tim Reynolds.
MYRTLE BEACH INVITATIONAL
CONWAY, S.C. — The Myrtle Beach Invitational begins play Thursday with St. Joseph’s against Wake Forest. That is the first of four games in the day’s first round for the eight-team field, which includes two power-conference teams in the Demon Deacons of the Atlantic Coast Conference and West Virginia of the Big 12.
TAMPA — No. 21 South Florida eyes its third straight victory when the Bulls continue a homestand against Bethune-Cookman. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
BKW--T25-MARQUETTE-MIAMI. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.
NEW MARLINS COLORS
MIAMI — The Miami Marlins have unveiled new colors and a new logo in a rebranding effort under Derek Jeter’s year-old ownership regime, and the old orange is out. Blue, black, red and gray and the new colors. The logo features a darting marlin above baseball seams and “Miami” in script.
MIAMI BEACH — The biggest rivalry in the Truck Series this season had nothing to do with the guys behind the wheel. Put this on the promotional poster: It’s engine vs. engine. By Dan Gelston.
MIAMI BEACH — Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. sat on a bench, scrolling through their phones , oblivious to their surroundings and the stakes. Joey Logano was a room away, mingling in the back of a ballroom, grinning ear-to-ear and totally at ease. By Jenna Fryer.
MIAMI BEACH — Kyle Busch has been showered in confetti and sprayed champagne in every victory lane in NASCAR. So when the traditional pit stop for race winners in Phoenix underwent a makeover this season, the 2015 series champion knew his way around the site enough to have some gripes about the reconfiguration. By Dan Gelston.
NAPLES — Amy Olson had a simple explanation for her brilliant start at the CME Group Tour Championship. “I don’t have any bad memories,” she said. By Tim Reynolds.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets, who are 4-4-1 at home so far this season, host the hot Florida Panthers. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. The Penguins have dropped five of six and traded forward Carl Hagelin to the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, the first of what could be several moves to shake things up. Game begins at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will miss Thursday night’s game against Tampa Bay due to an upper-body injury. The team disclosed the injury on Wednesday when Crosby skipped practice. Crosby worked out before his teammates hit the ice on Thursday for their pregame skate. Coach Mike Sullivan declined to offer specifics on the nature of Crosby’s issue but said it’s not concussion-related.
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