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  • The last hurrah?

    ST. PETERSBURG

    If David Price was making his last start for the Tampa Bay Rays, he went out quietly Wednesday.

    Price lost for the first time since June 20 to end his winning streak at six, allowing four runs and seven hits over seven innings in the Rays’ 5-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Miami preaches togetherness

    DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins, rocked by a bullying scandal last season, are now wearing T-shirts bearing a credo of togetherness that was coined by the players.

    One by one some of the members of the offense and defense removed their shoulder pads Wednesday and changed into the new gray shirt. On the back was a list of 10 sayings bordered by the words “I am a Miami Dolphin” that encompass their approach to the upcoming season.

  • Quarterback questions abound in SEC

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league.

    Big names, not so much.

    Division favorites Alabama and South Carolina will be banking on new starters. Ditto for Texas A&M, Georgia and defending East Division champion Missouri.

    So long, Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron et al. Hello, little-known new guys.

  • Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive

    MIAMI — One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP.

    And James never made him think otherwise, Riley said — until roughly the same moment that the entire world was made aware of his plan to go home.

  • Byron Scott sees swift title contention for Lakers

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention.

  • NCAA settles head-injury suit

    CHICAGO — The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.

  • Rays rally past Brewers

    ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Cobb struck out 12 in eight innings and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs Tuesday night, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the Rays’ 11th win in 12 games.

  • Rays’ Archer: ‘Never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat’

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn’t mad at David Ortiz.

    A day after Ortiz slung his bat and leisurely trotted around the bases following a home run off him, Archer had more thoughts about Big Papi’s style.

    “I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat,” Archer said Monday. “I’m not comparing the two, but they’re obviously in the same class of players as far what they accomplished.

  • Bucs look to DE Johnson to bolster pass rush

    TAMPA — One of Tampa Bay’s top priorities this offseason is improving one of the NFL’s weakest pass rushes, an effort the Buccaneers launched with the signing of Michael Johnson in free agency.

    The Bucs signed the former Cincinnati defensive end to a five-year deal worth nearly $44 million and are banking on him helping coach Lovie Smith transform the Bucs from a struggling franchise that’s missed the playoffs six consecutive seasons into a division title contender.

  • Odorizzi goes 7 strong, Rays beat Brewers 2-1

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jake Odorizzi helped the Tampa Bay Rays get a bounceback win.

    Odorizzi won his third consecutive start, James Loney had two RBIs and the Rays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Monday night.

    Odorizzi (7-8) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to beat the team that took him 32nd overall in the 2008 draft.