The Marlins made a handful of adjustments, firing hitting coach Barry Bonds, third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius. On the player side, the signed third baseman Martin Prado to a three-year, $40 million extension and exercised their $2 million option on Ichiro Suzuki.
Oct. 4: Laid to rest
The ashes of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez were scattered at sea in Florida on Sunday, a week after he and two others died in a boating accident.
Radio Marti reported that a group of Fernandez' friends deposited his remains from a boat that had the U.S. and Cuban flags aboard.
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Oct. 4: Finished?
Jaguars offensive lineman Luke Joeckel was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury and subsequently had surgery to repair the MCL, ACL and a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.
The injury could spell the end of Joeckel's time with Jacksonville, which declined the fifth-year option on the 2013 second overall pick.
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Oct. 4: Back in the fold
The Dolphins welcomed Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey back to practice, a potential boon for an offense that struggled through the first four games of the season.
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Oct. 4: Roll out
Hassan Whiteside had 20 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots and the Heat rolled to a 106-95 preseason victory over the Wizards.
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Oct. 4: Going long
James Reimer made 34 saves and Paul Thompson gave the Panthers the lead 2:29 into the third but Florida lost 2-1 to the Stars in the fifth round of the shootout.
Oct. 5: Showing their stuff
Jeff Green led the Magic with 19 points in his second game under new coach Frank Vogel and Mario Hezonja added 17 in Orlando's 117-102 preseason loss to the Cavaliers.
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Oct. 6: Honoring a legend
The Tampa Bay Lightning will retire the number 26 worn by the franchise's all-time leading scorer, Martin St. Louis, Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik announced Thursday. St. Louis, who becomes the first player in the history of the Lightning organization to have his jersey retired, played 972 games over 13 seasons with the team, tallying 365 goals and 588 assists for 953 points.
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Oct. 6: Rain delay
The scheduled showdown between Florida and LSU in Gainesville was postponed as the city and state prepared for the impact of Hurricane Matthew. Though LSU athletic director Joe Alleva says he doubted the game would be made up, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey says he is determined to see the game be played this year.
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Oct. 7: Rough diagnosis
Miami Dolphins rookie cornerback Xavien Howard underwent knee surgery to repair his meniscus and is expected to be sidelined several weeks.
Howard, a second-round pick, missed the first three-plus weeks of training camp recovering from arthroscopic surgery on the same knee. The latest injury occurred in practice Tuesday when he got tangled up with receiver Kenny Stills.
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Oct. 8: Bull market
Marlon Mack rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns, Quinton Flowers threw for three more and South Florida defeated East Carolina 38-22 on Saturday.
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Oct. 8: Rounding into form
Steven Stamkos notched three assists and the Lightning pulled out a 5-3 win over the Predators in their preseason finale.
Oct. 8: Costly finale
The Panthers won their final game of the preseason, a 4-2 victory over the Devils at the West Point Military Academy, but it came at a steep cost, as star winger Jonathan Huberdeau left the game with an apparent left leg injury.
Oct. 8: Alex at it again
Alex McGough threw for three touchdowns and Alex Gardner ran for another as Florida International picked up its second straight win, running past UTEP 35-21 on Saturday night.
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Oct. 8: Young pups
Hassan Whiteside had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds but the Heat came up short against Andrew Wiggins and the Timberwolves in a 109-100 preseason loss.
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Oct. 8: Blocked party
Brad Kaaya led Miami on a touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter as it looked like the Hurricanes were going to tie it up and force their annual showdown with FSU into overtime, but Michael Badgley's point-after attempt was blocked and the Seminoles held on for a 20-19 victory in Miami Gardens, their seventh straight win in the series.
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Oct. 9: Inauspicious beginning
The Panthers were dealt a blow before they could even get their quest for a repeat of a division title underway with the news that star winger Jonathan Huberdeau would be out 3-4 months with a lower body injury.
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Oct. 9: Delayed reaction
Jason Driskel and the FAU Owls were edged out by Charlotte 28-23 in a game delayed by one day because of Hurricane Matthew.
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Oct. 9: Still stumbling
The Dolphins were able to turn a handful of big plays into points, but the offense sputtered once again in a 30-17 loss to the Titans.