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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Trio earn All-State Softball Team honors

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    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.

  • Seminoles football to appear on all-access Showtime series

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State will be featured on this season’s all-access football series on Showtime.

    The premium cable channel announced Tuesday that “A Season with Florida State Football” will debut on Sept. 6 at 10 p.m. That is the night after the Seminoles season opener against Mississippi in Orlando.

  • Longoria homers twice, leads Rays past O’s

    ST. PETERSBURG — With a lot of scouts watching these days, Jake Odorizzi delivered rare win for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Odorizzi earned his first victory at Tropicana Field this season, Evan Longoria hit two home runs and the Rays won for just the fourth time in 28 games, beating the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Sunday.

  • Lightning sign Killorn to $31.15M, 7-year deal

    Alex Killorn and the Lightning wanted to keep the team together, and Tampa Bay made sure he’d be part of its long-term future.

    The Lightning on Sunday signed Killorn to a $31.15 million, seven-year contract to avoid arbitration and lock up another important player.

    Earlier this offseason, Tampa Bay signed captain Steven Stamkos for eight years and $68 million, defenseman Victor Hedman for eight years and $63 million and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for three years and $10.5 million.