Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Here is the latest Florida sports news from The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference. Five of the SEC's 14 football programs have new coaches this season. That represents the league's highest total of new coaches since 1946. Alabama is seeking its sixth national title in 10 seasons.

BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez scored when Marlins shortstop JT Riddle threw away a potential double-play ball in the ninth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox over Miami 8-7 following a wild, back-and-forth final two innings. Boston snapped a three-game skid and avoided its first four-game losing streak of the season _ barely. Miami scored five runs in the eighth inning to lead 6-4, allowed three runs to Boston in the bottom of the inning, then tied the game at 7 in the top of the ninth.

ATLANTA (AP) — Pinch-runner Adam Duvall scored the tiebreaking run on a delayed dash from third base in the eighth inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat Tampa Bay 9-5 to snap the Rays' eight-game winning streak. Tyler Flowers and Ender Inciarte hit homers in the four-run inning.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has identified Texas head football coach Tom Herman as the Buckeyes assistant who went with Zach Smith to a Florida strip club when they were both Buckeyes assistants in 2014. University spokesman Chris Davey told the Columbus Dispatch that Herman was the Buckeyes assistant who was mentioned but unnamed in the school's investigation of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's handling of domestic abuse accusations against Smith. Texas officials did not immediately comment.

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback David Fales will likely be awarded the No. 2 job for the first time if he plays well in the exhibition finale against the Falcons. If he plays poorly, he might be cut. Those are the stakes for Fales and Brock Osweiler, who are battling for the Dolphins' backup job.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference is a year away from the launch of its own TV channel in partnership with ESPN. The league needs the ACC Network to provide a reliable revenue boost after falling behind its power-conference peers in recent years. Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC is reviewing options for the men's basketball and football schedules to set up attractive matchups that could help get the channel off to a good start in 2019-20.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami defensive lineman Gerald Willis appreciates the symmetry. He's a native of New Orleans and was a highly touted high school star, which meant that there were plenty of people around him at that time hoping he would stay close to home and sign with LSU. He wound up going elsewhere. Willis is about to make the first start of his collegiate career after five long and often troubled years. It'll be against LSU, Miami's opening opponent on Sunday night.

UNDATED (AP) — Marcus Mariota's emergence as one of the NFL's top young stars helped a lot of people realize a great quarterback can be found in the state of Hawaii. A few years later, it's become obvious the islands have plenty of skilled players available. Mariota was the start of a wave of talented quarterbacks from Hawaii that now includes college standouts like Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Mississippi's Jordan Ta'amu and Central Florida's McKenzie Milton.

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