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May 25, 2019

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WASHINGTON _ Two teams at the bottom of the NL standings, the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins, open a four-game series Friday night. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


CLEVELAND _ Blake Snell flirted with a no-hitter the last time he faced Cleveland. The Cy Young winner goes up against the slumping Indians as the Tampa Bay Rays try to improve baseball’s best road record. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


TAMPA _ New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton still has discomfort in his ailing left knee, and shortstop Didi Gregorius planned to start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment that Saturday that has him returning to the big league team by mid-June. Paxton allowed one hit in four innings and struck out seven against Detroit in extended spring training Friday. He has not pitched for the Yankees since May 3. By Mark Didtler.



JACKSONVILLE _ Leonard Fournette slipped off his sweaty cleats, signed each one and then handed them to a young fan after practice. The youngster carefully walked away with Fournette’s gold-colored shoes, making sure not to touch the drying ink. After all, the memorabilia could appreciate in value if the Jacksonville Jaguars running back gets his NFL career turned around. By Mark Long.


TAMPA _ Ndamukong Suh is headed to Tampa Bay. Suh, who helped the Rams make the Super Bowl last season, has agreed to terms with the Buccaneers as a replacement for Gerald McCoy.


CLEVELAND _ Gerald McCoy isn’t ready to commit to the Browns — or anyone else just yet. The six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle visited Cleveland’s facility for several hours Friday, but left without signing a contract, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press. By Tom Withers.

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DURHAM, N.C. _ Third-seeded North Carolina State and sixth-seeded Florida State wrap up pool play at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150-word newsnow from 7 p.m. start.


DURHAM, N.C. _ Ike Freeman hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 11th inning Friday, lifting North Carolina to a 7-5 victory against Miami and into the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals. The Tar Heels (40-17) trailed 5-0 after three innings, but got two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth on Brandon Martorano’s home run and tied it on Michael Busch’s two-run shot in the eighth. Freeman’s fly ball to left in the 11th scored pinch runner Angel Zarate, who came on after Aaron Sabato’s one-out double.


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