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Jets’ Flacco to start again for injured Darnold vs. Dolphins

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Flacco will get his second straight start at quarterback for the New York Jets in place of the injured Sam Darnold. Coach Adam Gase confirmed Wednesday that the 35-year-old Flacco would be under center Sunday at Miami against ...

Mullen apologizes, awaits word on COVID-19 tests, LSU game

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen apologized Wednesday "if I offended people or anybody out there" with his comments about wanting to pack Florida Field with 90,000 fans during the coronavirus pandemic. Mullen also said two assistant coaches ...

Florida halts meetings, practices amid 19 new COVID cases

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 10 Florida paused all team activities Tuesday following "an increase in positive COVID tests among players," putting Saturday's home game against defending national champion LSU in jeopardy. The Gators had 19 positives following ...

Bowden says he is improving after contracting COVID-19

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, hospitalized last week after contracting COVID-19, says he is feeling better and hopes to go home soon. Bowden, 90, told the Tallahassee Democrat on Monday, "I am doing good. I appreciate everyone's thoughts, I really ...

Tua gets off the bench, but only for Dolphins celebration

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Besides throwing for 350 yards to help the Dolphins beat the 49ers, Ryan Fitzpatrick made a nice catch when teammate Tua Tagovailoa jumped into his arms to celebrate a touchdown. For another week, at least, that may the only way Tagovailoa gets ...

Mullen brushes aside criticism for wanting to ‘pack Swamp’

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen was given several more chances Monday to clarify any confusion regarding his comments about wanting to pack 90,000 screaming fans inside Florida Field during the coronavirus pandemic. He declined each of them, ...

After surprise run to NBA Finals, the Heat future is bright

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic had their arms slung over the other's shoulders as they walked out of the arena following the final game of Miami's season, helping each other in the most painful of moments. That was the Heat ...

Florida Atlantic has third game postponed due to COVID-19

By The Associated Press Florida Atlantic's game at Southern Mississippi on Saturday has been postponed because COVID-19 issues. The schools said they will work with Conference USA to reschedule. FAU has already had two nonconference games called off. The Owls were unable to play Georgia ...

Bucs TE O.J. Howard ruptures Achilles tendon, out for season

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard will miss the remainder of the season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon. The Bucs placed the fourth-year pro on injured reserve Tuesday, the third time in Howard's career that an injury ...

Lakers top Heat 102-96, take 3-1 lead in NBA Finals

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James woke up from his gameday nap Tuesday and decided it was time to send his Los Angeles Lakers teammates a message. He grabbed his phone and told the Lakers they were facing a must-win game. "I felt that vibe. I ...