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September 14, 2018

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NEW YORK — A day after scoring 13 runs in a rain-delayed affair that ended after midnight, it looked like the Mets didn’t have much left in the tank for the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader against Miami. Down to their last out and trailing by a run, they came through. By Scott Orgera.



TAMPA — Gerald McCoy is puzzled when he hears people question the ability of fellow NFL players, particularly backup quarterbacks such as Nick Foles and Ryan Fitzpatrick. “It’s the NFL,” Tampa Bay’s six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle said. “Everybody’s good.” By Fred Goodall.


JACKSONVILLE — Leonard Fournette is running again and feeling “better and better” about his strained right hamstring. The Jacksonville Jaguars running back also is hopeful he will be able to play against the New England Patriots on Sunday.


JACKSONVILLE — No one is safe from Jalen Ramsey’s trash talk. Not even his grandma. The Jacksonville Jaguars star cornerback and one of the NFL’s most outspoken personalities said Thursday he “definitely would” hit his grandmother if she lined up against him on the football field. By Mark Long.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Welcome to the Dolphins-Jets rivalry, Sam Darnold. New York’s rookie quarterback will be under center and in the spotlight for the latest matchup of AFC East enemies Sunday at MetLife Stadium, with a 2-0 start to the season on the line. By Dennis Waszak Jr.


DAVIE — Left guard Josh Sitton was held out of his second consecutive Miami Dolphins practice Thursday, casting doubt on his availability for this weekend’s game at the New York Jets. Sitton has been out with a shoulder issue. If Sitton cannot play, Ted Larsen would be the likely starter on Sunday for the Dolphins (1-0) against the Jets (1-0). Larsen started eight games at left guard for the Dolphins last season.


DAVIE — There was a time when Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills was bothered by the backlash over his decision to kneel on the sideline during the national anthem, his way of following Colin Kaepernick’s lead and protesting social injustice. He is no longer worried. If anything, his resolve got stronger. By Tim Reynolds.



TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coaches have been closely watching to see which young receiver would emerge in preseason camp or early during the season. Tamorrion Terry has stepped forward, giving the Seminoles exactly what they needed. The redshirt freshman has four catches for 82 yards, including a pair of touchdowns in a 36-26 win over Samford last Saturday. By Bob Ferrante.


Second-ranked Clemson is the only major conference school in the Carolinas and Virginia that will play its scheduled football game this weekend as Hurricane Florence looms. Several schools across the three states canceled, re-scheduled or relocated games ahead of the storm, citing safety concerns. By The Associated Press.




CORAL GABLES — There’s a large burden of expectation on Miami defensive back Al Blades Jr. Such is to be expected when one has bloodlines like he does — being the son of former Hurricanes star Al Blades, as well as the nephew of Hurricanes greats Bennie Blades and Brian Blades. He’s in the family business, for certain. By Tim Reynolds.


Here are some things to watch during the third week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 12 LSU at No. 7 Auburn: LSU’s the lower-ranked team, but has won eight of the last 11 meetings in this series. The Tigers stunned a lot of doubters during the season’s opening weekend when they beat then-No. 8 Miami 33-17 . Now LSU gets a chance to establish itself as an SEC title contender against Auburn, which also has a quality non-conference win this season over Washington . By The Associated Press.


Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 3: GAME OF THE WEEK By The Associated Press.


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