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MIAMI — NL East-leading Atlanta opens a four-game series in Miami on Thursday, the first meeting between the teams since Marlins pitcher Jose Urena sparked a melee by hitting Braves standout Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch last week. Urena won't pitch in this series because of an MLB suspension. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays go for a sweep of the last-place Kansas City Royals, sending right-hander Tyler Glasnow to the mound against left-hander Danny Duffy. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.



COLLEGE STATION, Texas — New Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday his program will be "very open" to any inquiry into allegations of possible NCAA violations, but he is confident in how things have been handled since he arrived from Florida State. Fisher was responding to allegations former Aggies linebacker Santino Marchiol made to USA Today this week about improper cash payments for hosting recruits, practices that went beyond allowable time limits and mishandling of his ankle injury. Marchiol has transferred to Arizona and raised the allegations against Texas A&M in an application to be allowed to play this season rather that sit out a year.


NORMAN, Okla. — Marquise "Hollywood" Brown showed up to Oklahoma with an exceptional gift that he relied on a bit too much. Brown was used to blowing by people with his speed, so he kept doing it. The junior college transfer finished with 1,095 yards receiving last season in his first year with the Sooners — the eighth-highest yardage total in school history. By Cliff Brunt.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Georgia led the way with 12 players on the preseason coaches All-Southeastern Conference teams. Alabama had 10 All-SEC picks and Auburn had nine on the teams released Thursday.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State suspended coach Urban Meyer for three games on Wednesday night for mishandling repeated professional and behavioral problems of an assistant coach, with investigators finding Meyer protected his protege for years through domestic violence allegations, a drug problem and poor job performance. The superstar coach's treatment of his now-fired assistant was also clouded by his abiding devotion to the legacy of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, the grandfather of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith and an early coaching mentor for Meyer. By Mitch Stacy.


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