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September 18, 2018

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MLB:

BBN--NATIONALS-MARLINS

MIAMI — The Washington Nationals conclude a two-game series at Miami on Monday. By Christopher Stock. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

Also:

— BBA--RAYS-RANGERS. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:05 p.m.

NBA:

HEAT-WAITERS

MIAMI — Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters will begin this season as he finished last season — unable to play. Waiters has not recovered sufficiently enough from left ankle surgery to be ready for the start of training camp next week, the team announced Tuesday. Heat President Pat Riley said it’s unlikely that Waiters will be ready for the start of the regular season as well. By Tim Reynolds.

NBA-MENTAL HEALTH

MIAMI — NBA players were reminded Tuesday that help for their mental wellness is available if needed, and they were urged to take advantage of that whenever necessary. A letter from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts wished players well as they start the season and stressed that the game provides an opportunity “to change lives.” By Tim Reynolds.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

T25-MIAMI-THOMAS

CORAL GABLES — There’s only one method of slowing down Miami wide receiver and returner Jeff Thomas that’s been absolutely proven so far this season. Thing is, breaking his car key isn’t really an option for Hurricane opponents. By Tim Reynolds.

FLORIDA-FRANKS

GAINESVILLE — Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks gets goosebumps every time he sees the replay. The throw. The catch. The celebration. By Mark Long.

FLORIDA ST-OFFENSIVE LINE WOES

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State has tried three starting lineups on the offensive line in three games. The Seminoles will use a fourth on Saturday. While injuries have plagued the group, regardless of who has been in — a veteran or a first-time starter — the line hasn’t done its job. The group has provided little time for quarterback Deondre Francois to throw and little to no running room for Cam Akers or Jacques Patrick. Francois was pressured on nearly half of his 41 passing attempts in a 30-7 loss at Syracuse on Saturday. By Bob Ferrante.

BEHIND THE CALL

Pass rushers like Clay Matthews are stumped as to what constitutes a clean hit on quarterbacks anymore. Lending a sympathetic ear is none other than Mike Zimmer, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the league’s renewed emphasis on protecting the passer. “It’s pretty difficult,” the coach of the Minnesota Vikings said. “You’ve got a target area the size of a strike zone.” By Arnie Stapleton.

HORSE RACING:

PEGASUS WORLD CUP

HALLANDALE BEACH — The Pegasus World Cup is back, and now has a second race. The Stronach Group announced Tuesday the 2019 Pegasus will be a two-race event, one a $9 million race on the dirt and now a $7 million turf race will be part of the Jan. 26 card at Gulfstream Park as well. By Tim Reynolds.

NHL:

NHL RDP

Neal Pionk scored 1:20 into overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over a New Jersey Devils split-squad, giving David Quinn a win in his preseason coaching debut Monday night. Pionk’s goal was the only time the Rangers led in the game. Lias Andersson had two goals and Pavel Buchnevich also scored for visiting New York. By The Associated Press.

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