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MIAMI — The Miami Heat sent a letter to Miami-Dade County commissioners Tuesday, saying they want to set the record straight on what the team perceives as misconceptions about the relationship between it and the county as a new naming-rights deal looms. The letter from Heat Business Operations President Eric Woolworth comes about three weeks after county officials exercised their right to take full control of negotiations for the next naming-rights deal for the arena where the team plays. The county chose an option to pay the Heat $2 million annually starting in 2020 and keep the rest. By Tim Reynolds.
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CORAL GABLES — The Miami Hurricanes, who won their season opener last week, play Stephen F. Austin for the first time Tuesday. By Santos Perez. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.
PHOENIX — Alessandro Lever scored 15 points and Grand Canyon won its ninth straight home game by beating Jacksonville 76-59 on Monday night. The Lopes used their bench early, and with the game tied at 9-9, Grand Canyon (2-1) went on a 13-3 run and maintained control the rest of the way. Damari Milstead, Tim Finke, Roberts Blumbergs and Matt Jackson finished with a combined 31 points off the bench to help secure the win. Milstead lost his starting job to graduate transfer Trey Drechsel, who struggled shooting and finished 3 of 9 from the floor.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning open a four-game road trip at the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA— Two streaking teams face off when the Panthers, who have won four in a row, visit the Flyers, who go for their fourth straight win. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Gam starts at 7 p.m.
NEW YORK — Oakland’s Bob Melvin was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, winning the American League honor Tuesday after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues. Atlanta’s Brian Snitker won the National League award following the Braves’ surprising first-place finish. By Ronald Blum.
BRAINERD, Minn. — The owner of Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota has died in a swimming accident off the Florida coast. Jed Copham was 46. Raceway officials say Copham had been swimming from his parents’ boat on Sunday near Fort Myers when he went missing. According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, authorities recovered his body near a boat ramp Monday morning.
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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Jason Dufner scanned down both sides of the crowded practice range Tuesday at Sea Island as he tried to find a spot to practice. So many players, even if he doesn’t know all their names. By Doug Ferguson.
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