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  • The job? Rebuild Miami

    CORAL GABLES -- Mark Richt outstretched his arms, leaned back and fell off the 10-meter diving platform at Miami’s aquatics complex as those who were at a recent Hurricanes’ recruiting event cheered wildly.

    He flipped in the air, hitting the water feet-first.

    For Miami’s sake, Richt better have bigger splashes coming.

  • UF QB Harris to transfer

    GAINESVILLE — Florida quarterback Treon Harris has decided to transfer, looking for a fresh start after two tumultuous seasons in Gainesville.

    The Gators confirmed Monday that Harris has been granted his release from scholarship. He is the seventh quarterback to leave Florida in the last four years, following Jacoby Brissett (North Carolina State), Tyler Murphy (Boston College), Max Staver (Houston Baptist), Jeff Driskel (Louisiana Tech), Skyler Mornhinweg (Columbia) and Will Grier (West Virginia).

  • Butler HR helps A’s take last three over Rays

    OAKLAND, Calif. — With a little more playing time these past few days, Athletics slugger Billy Butler is finally getting comfortable at the plate.

    It might not be enough to get him out of a part-time role in Oakland. Still, it’s a step in the right direction for the former All-Star first baseman.

  • Florida State’s Rathan-Mayes taking control during offseason

    TALLAHASSEE — Xavier Rathan-Mayes finally feels comfortable as Florida State’s point guard after a learning curve the past two seasons.

  • Same old Dolphins?

    DAVIE — With another new coach and another new playbook, it’s the same old Miami Dolphins.

    They begin training camp July 29 hitting the reset button yet again and hoping this season will somehow be different. Adam Gase, the NFL’s youngest head coach at 38, has installed a new offense with the help of new coordinator Clyde Christensen, and the defense has also been revamped under new coordinator Vance Joseph.

  • Trio earn All-State Softball Team honors

    C.J. Risak


    For Seven Rivers Christian softball standouts Alexis King and Delaney Byers, it was nothing new. For Citrus’ Cameron Trehy, it was.

  • Time to win in Tampa

    TAMPA — Jameis Winston can hardly wait to get started again.

    The No. 1 overall pick in last year’s NFL draft threw for 4,042 yards and 22 touchdowns as a rookie, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on him to build on the promising debut and help transform the struggling franchise into winners.

  • Bennis taking his talents to South Carolina

    After leaving his mark on the Crystal River wrestling program, Eddie Bennis hopes to do the same in college, while helping to build a team from basically scratch.

    Bennis, a three-time state qualifier for the Pirates, signed on the dotted line Thursday to make it official — he’s headed to Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, to continue his grappling career.

  • Earnhardt out, Gordon in

    INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not race again this month because of concussion-like symptoms and the No. 88 car will be turned over to trusted former teammate Jeff Gordon for the next two weeks.

  • Rays crush Rockies

    DENVER — Chris Archer struck out 11 over six innings for his first win since June 6, Tim Beckham had a career-high five hits and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Colorado Rockies 11-3 on Wednesday.

    Evan Longoria kept up his hot hitting with two doubles as the Rays took two of three to capture their first road series since June 6-8 at Arizona. Longoria turned in a big series with two doubles, two triples, a homer and five RBIs.