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TAMPA _ Tampa Bay is counting on Brian Arians to help Jameis Winston realize his potential, however the young quarterback is not the only component the coach will have to fix to help the Buccaneers end a long playoff drought. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.
FLORIDA ST-FRANCOIS RETURNS
TALLAHASSEE _ Quarterback Deondre Francois will return to Florida State for his senior season in 2019. Francois made the announcement on his Instagram account on Wednesday, stating that “I feel there are areas both within my game and within my life I need to improve upon to succeed at the next level.” His decision was confirmed by a Florida State spokesperson.
COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina has added former Miami offensive coordinator Thomas Brown as its running backs coach. The school announced Brown’s hire Wednesday.
NEW YORK _ The New York Yankees host Baltimore and Washington is at home against the New York Mets on March 28, the first games of the earliest regular major league opening day. The commissioner’s office announced games times Wednesday for the schedule, which was released in August. The previous earliest regular start was March 30 in 2003, 2008 and 2014.
MIAMI _ A pair of misdemeanor charges against a fan who ran onto the court in the final moments of a Miami Heat game have been dropped, though he has been ordered to stay away from the team’s arena. Court records show Marsel Imer, 19, was facing one charge each of disorderly conduct and trespassing. Imer ran onto the court after a made free throw by Denver’s Jamal Murray with 0.9 seconds remaining in Miami’s game Tuesday night, and was quickly apprehended by police and arena security.
TALLAHASSEE _ No. 13 Florida State attempts to bounce back from an ugly performance at Virginia when the Seminoles play their ACC home opener against Miami. The Hurricanes are desperately trying to avoid an 0-3 start to ACC play. By Bob Ferrante. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
ORLANDO _ A diversity report released Wednesday on Major League Soccer finds that the sport improved last year with its racial hiring practices but slid in gender hiring. The report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida finds a “substantial” increase in racial hiring practices for 2018. The grade for racial hiring was an A with 92.5 points, up 4.3 points from 2017.
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