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JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars sacked offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterback Blake Bortles one day after the team’s seventh consecutive loss. Coach Doug Marrone fired Hackett and benched Bortles on Monday, making sweeping changes to one of the league’s worst offenses. By Mark Long.
TAMPA — Jason Pierre-Paul says he doesn’t feel he has anything to prove in his ninth NFL season, first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s been the most consistent and productive player on a struggling defense with 10 1/2 sacks through 11 games, yet insists he’s merely doing his job after being acquired from the New York Giants in an offseason trade. By Fred Goodall.
JACKSONVILLE — The NFL has suspended Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette one game without pay for leaving the sideline, running across the field and throwing punches at Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson. NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan handed down the punishment Monday, saying “sportsmanship is the cornerstone of the game and the league will not tolerate game-related misconduct that conveys a lack of respect for the game itself and those involved in it.”
DAVIE — Adam Gase wore his cap with the bill tugged even lower than usual Monday, as if trying to avoid looking at the big picture. It’s not pretty. His Miami Dolphins (5-6) have lost six of their past eight games, including two in a row, to fall below .500 for the first time in 2018. By Steven Wine.
TAMPA — Jameis Winston is determined to make the most of his latest opportunity to prove he’s Tampa Bay’s long-term solution at quarterback. The fourth-year pro sparkled in his first start in a month, throwing for 312 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 27-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. By Fred Goodall.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — No. 2 Clemson placed five players on the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-league team. Running back Travis Etienne received a league-best 174 points in results announced Monday and determined by a vote of 46 media members and the league’s 14 head coaches.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Orlando Magic to conclude a four-game homestand that spanned six days. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10:30 p.m.
SUNRISE, Fla. — The New Jersey Devils complete a two-game, two-day Florida swing Saturday when they play the Panthers. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
ORLANDO — A former NASCAR driver has been sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in prison for trying to have sex with an underage girl. Court records show that 60-year-old Rick Crawford was sentenced Monday in Orlando federal court. He was convicted in August of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have claimed first baseman C.J. Cron off waivers from Tampa Bay, adding an accomplished replacement for the retired Joe Mauer. Cron batted .253 with 28 doubles, 30 home runs, 74 RBIs and an .816 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in a career-best 2018 season for the Rays, who designated the 28-year-old for assignment last week. Cron made $2.3 million last season and is in his second year of eligibility for salary arbitration.
NEW YORK — It was a great week of basketball north of the border with the Vancouver Showcase. Top-ranked Notre Dame won the inaugural Canadian tournament, rallying from a 14-point deficit in the first half to beat No. 9 Oregon State. The Irish remained unbeaten with the 91-81 victory Saturday. The Beavers knocked off No. 13 South Carolina in the semifinals. By Doug Feinberg.
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