Here is the latest Florida sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Florida sports news from The Associated Press
Published January 12

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Dolphins are turning to their AFC East nemesis for help. A person familiar with the decision says New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is a finalist in the Dolphins' coaching search, and they're expected to offer him the job when his team's postseason ends. If they fail to reach a deal with Flores, they haven't ruled out Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard.

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins avoided arbitration with J.T. Realmuto by agreeing to a $5.9 million deal with the All-Star catcher, who has been mentioned in numerous trade scenarios this offseason. Realmuto hit .277 with 21 homers and 74 RBIs last season.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Catcher Mike Zunino, third baseman Matt Duffy and relief pitcher Chaz Roe agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays, avoiding arbitration. The deals leave the Rays with one player proceeding to arbitration, outfielder Tommy Pham.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Michael Frolik had a goal and two assists to lead the streaking Calgary Flames to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Florida Panthers. Frolik has eight points in seven games since coach Bill Peters made the veteran a healthy scratch on Dec. 29.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami has hired Dan Enos as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, luring him away from national runner-up Alabama. Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz said Friday that Enos was his "primary target" since he took over the Miami program last week.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Jan Rutta in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. NHL-leading Tampa Bay also got a 2019 seventh-round draft pick from Chicago in exchange for defenseman Slater Koekkoek and a fifth-round selection in this year's draft.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Gordon Smith, the longtime executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, will retire at the end of 2019 after 12 years on the job. Under Smith, the national governing body finished the five-year, $600 million transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. U.S. Open gross revenue nearly doubled while Smith was there and attendance is at an all-time high. USTA chairman Patrick Galbraith says Smith "brought our sport to new levels."

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