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  • FSU’s QB Francois focused on himself, not Winston

    TALLAHASSEE — Deondre Francois realizes he isn’t going to escape comparisons to Jameis Winston. But as Florida State wraps up its first week of preseason practices, Francois is trying to gauge his progress by the expectations he has set.

    “If people want to compare me to Jameis they can do that. I’m not comparing myself to anyone,” Francois on Sunday. “I’m just trying to go out there and do the best that I can.”

  • Longoria has 4 RBIs as Rays rout Yankees

    NEW YORK — If only Evan Longoria got to play every game at Yankee Stadium.

    Longoria had an RBI double against Luis Severino in the first inning and a three-run double off Luis Cessa that capped a six-run fourth Sunday in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 12-3 rout of the New York Yankees.

  • A-Rod doubles, plays 3rd in Yanks' finale

    NEW YORK — His pregame tribute ended by a storm, Alex Rodriguez soaked in repeated cheers during his final game in pinstripes, getting one more hit for the New York Yankees and returning to third base one last time.

    On a night filled with nostalgia as the Yankees and Rodriguez turn to uncertain futures, baseball's most notorious star of the last two decades drove a 96 mph fastball from Tampa Bay's Chris Archer into the right-center field gap in the first inning of New York's 6-3 win Friday.

  • Tampa TE Brate works way up chart

    TAMPA — Cameron Brate describes his unlikely journey from undrafted college free agent to starting NFL tight end as “pretty crazy.” Now, the former Harvard standout is hoping to prove the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a smart choice.

  • Eagles score quickly, hold off Bucs in opener

    PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia needed 97 seconds to score its only touchdowns Thursday night in beating sloppy Tampa Bay 17-9 in the preseason opener for both teams.

    The Eagles covered a mere 27 yards on their two drives to the end zone, with each series lasting three plays after Buccaneers fumbles. Ryan Mathews had a 5-yard TD run to make it 7-0 after Tampa Bay fumbled the opening kickoff. Chase Daniel scooted 3 yards for the second score after Jameis Winston had the ball stripped.

  • Florida’s Antonio Riles out for season

    GAINESVILLE — A person familiar with the program tells The Associated Press that Florida will be without guard Antonio Riles for the season because of a knee injury.

    Riles tore a knee ligament in practice Monday. Tests revealed the extent of damage, according to the person who spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because only coach Jim McElwain is authorized to discuss Florida’s injuries. McElwain’s next media availability is Friday.

  • USA fends off Australia

    RIO DE JANEIRO — The blowouts are over. The Olympics are underway.

    After nothing but pushovers this summer, the U.S. men’s basketball team faced someone who pushed back.

    “This is the real world now and that’s good for us,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

    Finally tested, Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving had the answers.

  • Smyly pitches Rays past Jays

    TORONTO — Drew Smyly pitched six innings to win his second straight decision, Logan Forsythe hit a solo homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2 on Tuesday night.

    Evan Longoria reached base four times, scored twice and drove in three runs for the Rays. Forsythe had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice as the Rays roughed up Toronto's bullpen, scoring six runs off two relievers.

  • Is it a two team race in ACC?

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Clemson’s Deshaun Watson still thinks about carrying an unbeaten record into the final game of the season before losing to Alabama with a national championship on the line.

    The Tigers and their star quarterback are the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and be positioned to return to the College Football Playoff, but there’s another team — Florida State — that enters the season with a playoff shot within reach.

  • Travis has 4 hits, Blue Jays beat Rays 7-5

    TORONTO — Devon Travis had a career-high four hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Monday night.

    Edwin Encarnacion hit his 299th career home run as the Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak against the Rays.

    Encarnacion and Jose Bautista both had three RBIs as Toronto scored more than four runs for the first time since a 9-1 win over Baltimore on July 30.