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Panthers hire Peterson, NHL’s first Black assistant GM

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer The Florida Panthers on Tuesday hired Brett Peterson as an assistant general manager. The team said Peters is believed to be the first Black assistant GM in the National Hockey League. Peterson's hiring comes days after the nearby Miami Marlins hired Kim Ng ...

Hockey champions laying off 30 workers because of virus

(AP) -- Just months after winning the Stanley Cup, officials with the Tampa Bay Lightning said Monday that they are eliminating 30 positions in a sign that even winning a championship does not spare a team from the effects of the coronavirus. The positions were across the company and effective ...

Brady-led Buccaneers working to establish offensive identity

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — By Tom Brady's own admission, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still trying to establish an offensive identity. The six-time Super Bowl winner is surrounded by an impressive collection of playmakers that have helped him lead the team to its ...

Florida tweaks schedule again, now opening with UMass Lowell

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is shuffling its basketball schedule again. Having already been forced to replace their home-opening opponent, the Gators will now face a different team to start the season. Florida said Thursday it will open against UMass Lowell instead of Maine on Nov. 25 ...

Miami Marlins hire Kim Ng as GM

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Kim Ng became the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations in the major leagues when she was hired Friday as general manager of the Miami Marlins. Ng is believed to be the first female general manager for a men's team in a major professional ...

Former Ohio State and NFL assistant George Hill dies at 87

MIAMI (AP) — George Hill, an assistant coach for Woody Hayes, Don Shula and Jimmy Johnson, has died at age 87. The Miami Dolphins confirmed Hill's death this week. He was their defensive coordinator under Johnson from 1996-99, and had earlier been their linebackers coach under Shula. Hill, ...

Mullen’s message for Florida before Arkansas: don’t peak now

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen had a message for his players this week: great teams don't peak at the midpoint of the season. The sixth-ranked Gators enjoyed their most significant victory in Mullen's three-year tenure last Saturday, a 44-28 ...

Philadelphia guard Nisine Poplar signs with Miami Hurricanes

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Nisine Poplar, a 6-foot-5 guard from Philadelphia, signed a national letter intent to join the Miami Hurricanes next year. Poplar, a senior at Math, Civics & Sciences Charter School, averaged 22 points per game last season and helped the school win the state ...

Seminoles lose 2 starters to injury, 2 other players leave

By BOB FERRANTE Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State's struggles continue to mount as the Seminoles lost several players Wednesday for the rest of the season, with some sidelined by injuries and others saying it is time to move on. Preseason All-American defensive tackle ...

Kevin Cash, Don Mattingly win Manager of the Year awards

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer By the time Kevin Cash pulled Tampa Bay ace Blake Snell from the last game of the World Series, he had already been voted Manager of the Year in the American League. Even if he ended up losing the biggest prize. It was a Sunshine State sweep for skippers Tuesday ...