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MLB:

BBA--ORIOLES-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays conclude a nine-game homestand, facing the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of a series at Tropicana Field. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

NFL:

DOLPHINS-ANTHEM

MIAMI GARDENS — Kenny Stills and two other Miami Dolphins protested during the national anthem before Thursday's exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Receivers Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Los Angeles Rams.

FBN--BUCCANEERS-DOLPHINS

MIAMI GARDENS — Ryan Tannehill is expected to play briefly in his return from two serious knee injuries when the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers play their exhibition opener. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

FBN--SAINTS-JAGUARS

JACKSONVILLE — Rookie receivers Tre'Quan Smith (New Orleans) and DJ Chark (Jacksonville) look to build on impressive training camps when the Jaguars host the Saints in an exhibition game Thursday night. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

FLORIDA STATE-NEW DEFENSE

TALLAHASSEE — Harlon Barnett wasn't looking for a job when Florida State knocked on his door. He was happy coaching at his alma mater, Michigan State. Life was good, especially after the Spartans bounced back from a 3-9 season in 2016 to a 10-3 mark last year. By Bob Ferrante.

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