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PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE
FORT LAUDERDALE _ The rivalry between Robert Kraft’s New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins appears tame compared to the heated contempt expressed between Florida prosecutors and Kraft’s defense attorneys in his misdemeanor prostitution solicitation case. One day after prosecutors accused attorneys Alex Spiro and William Burck of lying in court, the duo fired back in court documents Wednesday, calling the accusation “scurrilous” and “baseless.” Prosecutors Judith Arco, Greg Kridos and Craig Williams want Judge Leonard Hanser to find the pair in contempt of court; Burck and Spiro want the prosecutors sanctioned. By Terry Spencer.
ST. PETERSBURG _ Wilmer Flores snapped a 13th-inning tie with an RBI single, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks end a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Eduardo Escobar made up for a crucial throwing error, leading off the 13th with a single off Adam Kolarek (2-1) — Arizona’s first hit since the fifth inning. He moved to second on a double-play grounder before scoring on Flores’ two-out broken-bat hit to right field off Chaz Roe. By Fred Goodall.
CHICAGO _ Kris Bryant thinks he is locked in at the plate at the moment — and it shows. Bryant hit a tiebreaking three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. By John Jackson.
CHICAGO _ Shortstop Addison Russell is rejoining the Chicago Cubs after completing a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy and then spending extra time in the minors to get ready. The Cubs recalled Russell from Triple-A Iowa before Wednesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. He was set to start at second base and bat eighth.
GAINESVILLE _ Florida and Colorado have scheduled a home-and-home series beginning in 2028. The schools announced the agreement Wednesday. Most of the players who will take part in the first game between the schools are still in elementary and middle schools.
KENTUCKY DERBY-DQ REVISITED
Dancer’s Image crossed the finish line first in the 1968 Kentucky Derby, only to become the first horse ever disqualified days later as the result of a positive drug test. It was the start of a four-year legal odyssey by owner Peter Fuller, who spent $250,000 — the equivalent of $1.52 million in today’s dollars — unsuccessfully fighting the disqualification. By Beth Harris.
FORT LAUDERDALE _ The expansion Major League Soccer team owned in part by David Beckham plans to start signing players this summer and will select its first coach later this year. Inter Miami, which says it will begin play in March 2020 and that an 18,000-seat stadium in Fort Lauderdale will be ready by then, has narrowed its coaching search to three finalists. Managing owner Jorge Mas declined to reveal names, and only suggested the hire would be done by September or October. By Tim Reynolds.
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