BC-FL--Florida Sports Digest, FL
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PHILADELPHIA — Nick Pivetta (6-9) starts for the NL East-leading Phillies in the opener of a four-game set against Miami, which sends Trevor Richards (3-5) to the mound. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG — Jalen Beeks had quite a turnaround. Beeks got his first major league win after a disastrous performance in his Tampa Bay debut, C.J. Cron had a two-run single and the Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Thursday. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout missed Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays because of a bruised right wrist. Trout got hurt while sliding during a stolen base attempt of third in the first inning of Wednesday night’s 7-2 defeat to the Rays.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State closed ranks around the rollout of its football season as the university investigates whether coach Urban Meyer failed to report domestic abuse allegations, a scandal hitting a school already accused of not facing up to sexual misconduct allegations against a sports doctor. The Buckeyes planned to open their first football practice Friday without Meyer, who was put on administrative leave during the probe and also suspended from an endorsement deal by restaurant chain Bob Evans. It’s not clear how restrictive the paid leave will be for the coach set to earn $7.6 million for the season after getting a raise this year. By Mitch Stacy.
OHIO STATE-MEYER-THE LATEST
GAINESVILLE — A week after one of his players was found with a loaded AR-15 in his car, first-year Florida coach Dan Mullen said he has a no-weapons policy that nonetheless does allow players to own guns. The Gators should hope Mullen’s offense is easier to grasp. By Mark Long.
GAINESVILLE — Transfer wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Van Jefferson, two of Florida’s most dynamic players during spring practice, are now eligible to play. The NCAA on Thursday granted both players waivers to play in 2018. The move comes one day before the Gators open fall camp.
NEBRASKA-BUILD IT LIKE TOM
LINCOLN, Neb. — Tom Osborne, like most others in this football-mad state, senses a resurgence coming for one of the college game’s historical blue bloods. The 81-year-old Osborne, who won 255 games in his 25 years and ended his career with national titles in three of his last four seasons, acknowledged he had disconnected emotionally from the program as it languished under Mike Riley. Nebraska’s first preseason practice under new coach Scott Frost is Friday and Osborne is among the many interested in what happens next. By Eric Olson.
DAVIE — Miami Dolphins players wonder whether Kris Kocurek’s voice will give out, and perhaps they wish it would. Kocurek is in his first year as the defensive line coach, and he operates with high expectations at high energy and volume. By Steven Wine.
MIAMI — David Beckham’s planned MLS team in Miami has hired an executive. Paul McDonough will be the still-unnamed Miami club’s sporting director. Atlanta United announced that McDonough’s contract with them will be terminated on Saturday, allowing him to join the Miami group.
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