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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay, which trails Oakland by nine games in the race for the second AL wild-card spot, continue a weekend series against the Athletics. Ryne Stanek starts for the Rays, with Liam Hendriks taking the ball first for the A's. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. ET.


— BBN--MARLINS-PHILLIES. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

College Football


CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson decided to go ahead and play its scheduled football game with Hurricane Florence pounding the Carolinas' coastline and Tigers fans came out to support their team. The second-ranked Tigers were the only game in town Saturday as other schools in the Carolinas and Virginia either re-scheduled, postponed or canceled contests because of the storm. ECU's football team watched from Orlando while Virginia moved its home game against Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.




TOLEDO, Ohio — No. 21 Miami faces defending MAC champion Toledo in a rare chance for the Rockets to host a big-name opponent. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 12 p.m. ET.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida tries to avoid the program's first 1-2 start since 1992 when it hosts Colorado State in the "Buyout Bowl." The Gators are paying the Rams a whopping $2 million for the game, part of ex-coach Jim McElwain's buyout in 2014. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Begins at 4 p.m.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse hosts Florida State in a big game for both teams. The high-scoring Orange are 2-0 but have had little success against the Seminoles, who have struggled in splitting their first two games. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at noon EDT.


CHICAGO — Lovie Smith returns to Soldier Field, this time with Illinois as the Illini meet South Florida. The Illini got off to slow starts in wins over Kent State and Western Illinois and can't afford to do that against South Florida, seeking its fifth straight win against a Power Five team. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. ET.


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