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BC-FL--Florida Sports Digest, FL

August 7, 2018

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ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays have traded shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a minor league pitching prospect. Hechavarria was hitting .258 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 61 games before the Rays designated him for assignment last Wednesday. His .990 fielding percentage is fourth-best in the majors this season among shortstops with at least 200 innings.


MIAMI — Luke Weaver is scheduled to start Monday for the Cardinals when they open a three-game series at the Marlins, who have lost six in a row. By Christopher Stock. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m



GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Dan Mullen has no illusions about his quarterback situation. Especially not after nearly a week of practice. By Mark Long.


TALLAHASSEE — Quarterback competitions are nothing new for Florida State, which has had four in the last six seasons. But this competition is quite different from preseasons past. The Seminoles opened their first preseason under new coach Willie Taggart on Monday with two quarterbacks with starting experience. By Bob Ferrante.


Central Florida is trying to follow up on its undefeated season with a new coach, a new defensive cornerstone and the same old high expectations. The Knights head the list of Group of Five teams with reason for optimism this season. By Steve Megargee.



TAMPA — Gerald McCoy says he’s approaching his ninth training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the same way he has all the others. The six-time Pro Bowl selection really doesn’t feel there’s any reason to change because attitude is a big part of his success. By Fred Goodall.


DAVIE — The NFL’s active career rushing leader may still be a starter at age 35. Frank Gore is listed as sharing the No. 1 running back spot with incumbent Kenyan Drake on the first depth chart of training camp for the Miami Dolphins. By Steven Wine.


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