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AP-FL--Florida Sports Digest, FL

September 26, 2018

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals host the Miami Marlins on Tuesday in a meaningless game between two teams that have been eliminated from playoff contention. Starts at 7:05 p.m. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — The makeup game the Miami Marlins were supposed to play at the Pittsburgh Pirates on the day after the regular season ends has been canceled. The cancellation was announced Tuesday, after both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention.


ST. PETERSBURG — The playoff-bound New York Yankees continue a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, who have officially been eliminated from postseason contention. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


ST. PETERSBURG — Aaron Hicks should recover from a tight left hamstring in a few days and return to the New York Yankees lineup this week, according to manager Aaron Boone. Hicks left Monday night’s 4-1 win over Tampa Bay in the fourth inning, one inning after aggravating the hamstring while running to first and avoiding a double play.



TAMPA — Jameis Winston is back on the job, though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still aren’t saying if it’s as the team’s starting quarterback. Winston’s three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy ended Tuesday, the first day the fourth-year pro was permitted to return to the team’s training facility and have contact with coaches and teammates. By Fred Goodall.


TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can’t avoid questions about Jameis Winston’s return much longer. The young quarterback’s three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy ended after Monday night’s 30-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is unclear, however, if he’s coming back as the starter. By Fred Goodall.



STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State suddenly has a lot bigger problems than former coach Dan Mullen coming to town. The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs and their fan base have been looking forward to Saturday’s game against Florida for several months, ever since Mullen left Starkville after nine seasons to become the Gators’ head coach. But instead of going into the weekend undefeated Mississippi State is smarting after a 28-7 road loss to Kentucky. By David Brandt.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State has stumbled out the gate this season and the Seminoles have not looked very impressive. Though there is one bright spot they can point to: their ability to defend the run. By Bob Ferrante.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina is nearly back at full strength for its game at No. 16 Miami with the return of several players who were suspended for selling team-issued shoes. Seven players — including quarterback Chazz Surratt and receiver Beau Corrales — are eligible to make their season debut Thursday against the Hurricanes. And after being down as many as 11 players in the opener against California, UNC will be down just one — starting defensive end Tomon Fox — for the shoe issue this week. By Aaron Beard.



TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning know there are no shortcuts to winning a Stanley Cup title. Three deep playoff runs over the past four seasons ended in disappointment that lingers in the minds of the defending Atlantic Division champions, who understand it takes a lot more than an abundance of talent to be successful. By Fred Goodall.


SUNRISE — The Florida Panthers have a point to make this season. A point to make up, too. By Tim Reynolds.



BOCA RATON — Part of Miami coach Erik Spoelstra’s annual mandate to players, whether a 16-year veteran like Dwyane Wade or a second-year guy like Bam Adebayo, is to evolve. Spoelstra expects the same from himself. By Tim Reynolds.


MIAMI — Training camps for most NBA teams open Tuesday, and with the season fast approaching, here’s 10 items of note as the league heads into the 2018-19 campaign: By Tim Reynolds.


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