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BC-FL--Florida Sports Digest, FL

April 8, 2019

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CHICAGO _ Blake Snell struck out 11 over six innings in another strong outing, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Monday. The Rays improved to 8-3 and kept pace with their best start since 2010. By andrew Seligman.

College Baseball:


Georgia’s baseball program seems intent on making an even bigger leap this season after taking a giant step forward last year when it earned its first NCAA Tournament invitation since 2011. The Bulldogs’ exceptional pitching staff stifled Vanderbilt’s potent lineup over the weekend to win two of three from the Commodores (24-8, 7-5 Southeastern Conference). Georgia (27-6, 9-3) has the SEC’s best conference record as the Bulldogs chase their first league title since 2008. By Steve Megargee.



Take a look at the five highest-scoring seasons in NBA history. — Wilt Chamberlain scored 4,029 points in 1961-62. By Brian Mahoney and Tim Reynolds.


A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with three days remaining in the regular season: EASTERN CONFERENCE By Tim Reynolds.

College Basketball:


TAMPA _ Baylor and Notre Dame capped the women’s college basketball season with a thrilling championship game. The sport now has had a different champion in the past four years, with the Lady Bears edging the Irish 82-81 on Sunday night to win their third title. It’s only the second time in the past two decades that there have been that many teams claiming the title. By Doug Feinberg.



MIAMI _ Receiver Ricardo Louis signed a one-year contract Monday with his hometown team, the Miami Dolphins, after missing the entire 2018 season following neck surgery. The Dolphins were also allocated Brazilian defensive tackle Durval Queiroz Neto (Dur-VAHL’ KEY’-ay-royce NAY’-toh) via the NFL’s international pathway program. Queiroz spent the past four seasons on two of Brazil’s best teams — Cuiabá Arsenal and Galo FA — and played for the national team.

College Football:


GLENVILLE, W.Va. _ Former Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett is returning to his alma mater, joining the staff of new coach Mike Kellar at Division II Glenville State. Glenville State says Trickett will serve as the assistant head coach, run game coordinator and offensive line coach for the Pioneers.



SUNRISE _ Dale Tallon and Joel Quenneville are together again, and the Florida Panthers are ready for them to recreate their magic. Quenneville — who is second on the NHL’s all-time victory list — was hired Monday to coach the Panthers, who started their offseason with a splash. It’s also a reunion, after Tallon hired Quenneville to coach Chicago in 2008 and wound up watching him win three Stanley Cups there in a six-year span. By Tim Reynolds.


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