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Kierstan Bell ringing up big numbers at Florida Gulf Coast

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Kierstan Bell had never even heard of Florida Gulf Coast at this time last year. She was a freshman at Ohio State then, a few weeks away from announcing her plans to transfer. Little did FGCU know it was about to hit the jackpot. The 6-foot-1 Bell, a ...

‘We have to figure this out’: Heat say turnaround will come

MIAMI (AP) — As if losing the NBA Finals isn't bad enough, there now seems to be a curse that stretches into the following season. The Miami Heat aren't believing that quite yet — even after a disastrous start to the 2020-21 campaign. The reigning Eastern Conference champions are 6-12, ...

Tampa’s mayor issues outdoor mask order for Super Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Anyone visiting Tampa's popular outdoor destinations for the Super Bowl will be required to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor signed an executive order Wednesday saying masks must be worn outside while downtown, in ...

Ex-Marlins owner Loria reaches settlement on sale dispute

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reached a lawsuit settlement to reimburse local government $4.2 million for the cost of building Marlins Park, which opened in 2012. The payment stems from the $1.2 billion sale of team in 2017 by Loria ...

In one year, Dolphins’ defense goes from worst to 1st in NFL

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — In one year the Miami Dolphins have gone from worst to first in the NFL in points allowed, which is a big reason their playoff hopes are on the rise. So why is cornerback Xavien Howard the Dolphins' only Pro Bowl player? "Miami always gets ...

Casting call: Skidding Jaguars holding QB, GM auditions

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer The Jacksonville Jaguars are holding all sorts of auditions during Christmas week. Coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Gardner Minshew and Mike Glennon will compete in practice for the starting job against Chicago. Owner Shad Khan, meanwhile, was scheduled ...

Catto leads Florida Gulf Coast over Georgia Southern, 73-60

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Caleb Catto registered 19 points as Florida Gulf Coast topped Georgia Southern 73-60 Tuesday night. Cyrus Largie added 16 points and eight rebounds for Florida Gulf Coast (5-2). Jalen Warren chipped in 10 points and Eli Abaev had 10 points. Eric Boone had 23 points for ...

Kim Ng’s crash course: She’s bullish on Marlins’ future

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — For Kim Ng, the first three weeks as general manager of the Miami Marlins has meant less rest and more coffee. She has been getting to know colleagues at work, contacting agents and other teams, and learning as much as she can about the 150 or ...

Buccaneers confident they will rebound, finish season strong

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bruce Arians never promised it would be easy to transform the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into championship contenders. Even with Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, LeSean McCoy, Leonard Fournette and, more recently, Antonio Brown joining an offense that ...

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 ...