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WASHINGTON — Right-handed reliever Kyle Barraclough was acquired by Washington from Miami on Wednesday in the Nationals’ first offseason move to rebuild their bullpen. Washington sent the Marlins $1 million in international slot allotment as part of the deal.
MIAMI — There was no need for introductions when the Miami Heat got to work this season. It’s the same team as last year. By Tim Reynolds.
ORLANDO — First-year Magic coach Steve Clifford is aware that the most consistent them about his new NBA team over the last few years has been losing. Consider this: Four head coaches and dozens of players have come and gone since Nikola Vucevic arrived in Orlando six years ago in a four-team trade. By Dick Scanlon.
Jimmy Butler is back with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his first practice of the season had fireworks. He caused them — with his words and his play. By Tim Reynolds.
DAVIE — The home crowd still loves Ryan Tannehill, even if lately he hasn’t given Miami Dolphins fans much to cheer about. Tannehill’s wife recently gave birth to the couple’s first daughter, Stella. They also have a 2-year-old son, Steel. By Steven Wine.
JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out running back Leonard Fournette for their game at Dallas. It will be the fourth game Fournette has missed this season. Coach Doug Marrone says Fournette (hamstring), left tackle Josh Wells (groin) and cornerback D.J. Hayden (toe) will miss Sunday’s road game.
JACKSONVILLE — Telvin Smith broke toward the sideline during practice Wednesday and had newly signed running back Jamaal Charles in his sights. For a second anyway. By Mark Long.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Calvin Ridley is going through quite an adjustment. During his college days at Alabama, he hardly knew what it was like to lose. By Paul Newberry.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney breathed a big sigh of relief when his Tigers remained unbeaten — barely — in a come-from-behind victory over Syracuse. The winning touchdown in a 27-23 triumph just over a week ago was scored with less than a minute to play — in Death Valley, no less, before more than 80,000 rabid fans. And it came against a team that has won just one Atlantic Coast Conference road game in three seasons under Dino Babers. By John Kekis.
BATON ROUGE, La. — The SEC this week has been able to celebrate having the most ranked teams within a single conference at any time in the past two years. One league has not had eight simultaneously ranked members since the SEC had eight in October 2016. By Brett Martel.
SUNRISE — Bob Boughner’s favorite dinner spot used to be a sports pub in the minor-league hockey hotbed of Glens Falls, New York called Dango’s, a place where the chicken wings were huge and most of the televisions were usually tuned to hockey. These days, it’s an upscale steakhouse called Mastro’s. By Tim Reynolds.
AROUND THE NHL
Doug Wilson didn’t go looking for Joe Thornton insurance last summer. The general manager of the San Jose Sharks already had it. The Sharks didn’t panic when they found out their longtime star had another setback with a series of nagging right knee injuries. They knew what they could count on from captain Joe Pavelski and the rest of the supporting cast. By Stephen Whyno.
FIFA is rolling out a global strategy to grow the women’s game in advance of next year’s World Cup in France. Soccer’s governing body has been ramping up its attention to the women’s side of the sport for the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. By Anne M. Peterson.
SAN DIEGO — Former America’s Cup champion Rome Kirby has been named skipper and helmsman of the United States’ team in SailGP, the new global league that will be sailed in foiling 50-foot catamarans beginning next year. Kirby, 29, of Newport, Rhode Island, won the America’s Cup with Oracle Team USA in 2013 and has also sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race. He is the son of Jerry Kirby, also a former America’s Cup champion and Volvo Ocean Race veteran. By Bernie Wilson.
HALL OF FAME
ST. AUGUSTINE — Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and three-time major champion Jan Stephenson are among five people selected for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. A 16-member panel of mostly golf administrators also selected retired Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, LPGA charter member and renowned teacher Peggy Kirk Bell and Dennis Walters, who has been inspiring golfers through clinics despite being paralyzed from the chest down since he was 24.
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