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  • Miller’s 3-run homer lifts Rays past Royals

    ST. PETERSBURG — Brad Miller took a punch to the gut on Monday when told he was losing his starting shortstop role and being moved primarily to first base.

    On Thursday, he delivered the knockout blow in a victory.

    Miller hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2.

  • Humphries establishing himself as Bucs’ No. 3 WR

    TAMPA — Adam Humphries walked off the practice field, drenched in sweat, and greeted word that he’s quietly worked his way into a prominent role in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense with a blank stare.

    The second-year receiver entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent out of Clemson and is making the most of an opportunity to establish himself as a viable target for Jameis Winston.

  • Solid start in Rio

    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan scored a goal in each half as the U.S. women’s soccer team defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its debut at the Rio Games on Wednesday, getting off to a solid start in its attempt to win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal.

  • Florida’s Nussmeier: It’d be ‘foolish’ not to use Steve Spurrier

    GAINESVILLE — Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier says it “would be foolish” not to use retired coach Steve Spurrier as a resource.

    Speaking at the team’s annual media day Wednesday, Nussmeier said he plans to tap into Spurrier’s offensive mind this season.

  • Florida offense to be ‘dramatically better’

    GAINESVILLE — Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio walked by a large media contingent waiting around an empty chair Wednesday and thought “sucks to be that guy.”

    A few seconds later, Del Rio took his seat — right in the middle of the scrum.

  • Perez's homer lifts Royals to 3-2 win over Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning that carried the Kansas City Royals to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

    Perez's 16th homer came off Xavier Cedeno (3-3) after a single by Eric Hosmer. It lifted the Royals to their 12th win in their last 13 games against Tampa Bay.

    Chris Young (3-8) got the win in relief, and Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his third save.

  • Duffy dominates Tampa Bay

    ST. PETERSBURG — Danny Duffy pitched eight innings of one-hit ball and had a franchise-record 16 strikeouts to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

    Duffy flirted with the Royals’ first no-hitter in nearly 25 years before giving up a line-drive double to Desmond Jennings leading off the Tampa Bay eighth.

    Jennings came off the disabled list Monday after missing all of July with a strained hamstring.

  • Rays involved in three deadline deals

    Giants get Moore from Rays for Duffy

    SAN FRANCISCO — The NL West-leading San Francisco Giants ramped up their rotation Monday, getting left-hander Matt Moore from the Tampa Bay Rays for third baseman Matt Duffy and two minor leaguers.

    The Rays also got shortstop Lucius Fox and right-hander Michael Santos in the deal.

  • Bucs’ WR Jackson excited to release children’s book

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson is back on the practice field after missing a big part of last season because of injuries.

    The three-time Pro Bowl selection is also excited about the upcoming release of a second children’s book he’s written to support military families.

  • All eyes on Kaaya

    CORAL GABLES — Brad Kaaya gets recognized almost everywhere he goes now. Fans asked him to pose for pictures with them at a recent Justin Bieber concert. He’s gotten used to shooing away people who see him in restaurants and try to pick up his check. He even got noticed at a baseball game earlier this year.

    A game in Toronto, that is.