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September 20, 2018

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Before slipping into the baby costume that was part of rookie dress-up travel day for the late-surging Tampa Bay Rays, Ryan Yarbrough broke a record that had stood since the team’s first season 20 years ago. And Tommy Pham homered twice for the still playoff-hopeful Rays in another win for another sweep. By Stephen Hawkins.



DAVIE — Ndamukong Suh’s not laughing at the Miami Dolphins’ front four anymore. The five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle poked fun at his former team’s run defense on Instagram during the exhibition season. But after two games — both wins — the run defense appears better without Suh. By Steven Wine.


PHOENIX — A female Uber driver in Arizona is suing Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, accusing him of sexual assault. Court documents say the woman filed the suit in Arizona on Tuesday and is seeking more than $75,000 in damages. She said Winston grabbed her crotch in the drive-thru of a Mexican restaurant in the Phoenix area in March 2016.


JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars expect running back Leonard Fournette to return to practice Wednesday, a step toward playing against AFC South rival Tennessee. Fournette strained his right hamstring in the season opener at the New York Giants and missed last week’s victory against the New England Patriots. It was the fourth game he’s missed in two seasons, and the Jaguars (2-0) are undefeated without him.


JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars might as well dub this the Payback Tour 2018. It started last week against two-time defending AFC champion New England, which ended Jacksonville’s season in January. The Jaguars won the rematch going away, a 31-20 victory that arguably made them the favorite in the conference. By Mark Long.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marcus Mariota wakes up every morning hoping his injured right hand feels better. Unfortunately for the Tennessee Titans quarterback, the weakness is still there, along with numbness and tingling in two fingers. By Teresa M. Walker.


DAVIE — Miami Dolphins rookie safety Minkah Fitzpatrick wants to trademark his nickname but says he’d be happy to share it with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Both go by “FitzMagic,” and the Bucs’ QB has been making headlines while leading his team to a 2-0 start as a replacement for the suspended Jameis Winston. By Steven Wine.



ORLANDO — A University of Central Florida football player has been arrested on a sexual battery charge. Campus police arrested 18-year-old Demetreius Mayes on Tuesday in Orlando. He’s a freshman linebacker for the UCF Knights.


ATLANTA — Don’t be misled by the top two spots of the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll . There’s much more to the Southeastern Conference’s 2018 depth chart than the league’s impressive two-deep hold on the top of the poll. By Charles Odum.


BOSTON — Louisville is still looking for an heir to Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. Boston College and Syracuse had quarterbacks coming back from injuries. Wake Forest was only looking for someone to fill-in while starter Kendall Hinton was suspended and may have found itself a long-term replacement Many of the Atlantic Coast Conference schools that had quarterback questions coming into the season seem to have found a solution. And that’s made the league deeper and more competitive than it might have seemed this summer. By Jimmy Golen.


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