In case you missed it, here were the top sports stories on FOX Sports Florida from Wednesday, August 21.
* Jeremy Hellickson’s struggle on the mound aside, the Tampa Bay Rays headed home from Camden Yards with a feeling of satisfaction after taking two of three from the Baltimore Orioles. Hellickson didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, allowing home runs to Chris Davis and Adam Jones in the Rays’ 4-2 loss Wednesday night. Read More
* LeBron James made his first visit Wednesday to Marlins Park, sat behind home plate and had left his seat by the sixth inning. If he was rooting for the home team, he didn’t miss much. The Marlins’ lone run came on a first-inning homer by Giancarlo Stanton, and they lost to Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-1. Read More
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* We’re not exactly sure why LeBron James is dressed like an old-school Julius Erving — perhaps for an upcoming commercial? — but he certainly seemed to be enjoying himself. On Wednesday night, he posted the following on his kingjames Instagram account: Read More
* Andrew Astleford highlights 10 players entering the final year of their contracts to keep an eye on in the NFL this season. View Gallery
* Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher remained tight-lipped Wednesday about who will be the Seminoles starting quarterback.Speaking after the second and final scrimmage — which was closed to the media — Fisher said he had not decided on who would start at Pittsburgh on Sept. 2, Jameis Winston or Jacob Coker. Read More
* Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito again is in the news for a physical encounter, this time off the field. The Palm Beach Post, citing a police report, said Wednesday that Incognito received a trespassing warning on June 10 — before training camp — after an alleged fight with a security guard at Club Liv in Miami Beach. Read More
* Josh Freeman respects former quarterback Fran Tarkenton. But Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback made clear that approval of teammates and coaches is the only thing that matters to him. Freeman responded to Tarkenton’s negative comments on WDAE 620 AM Tuesday in which the Hall of Famer said Freeman is “God-awful” and “has proven to me he can’t play.” Read More
* The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed veteran kicker Rian Lindell and waived linebacker Joe Holland. Lindell spent the past 10 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, where he ranked second in franchise history with 225 field goals made and 980 points scored. Read More
* Justin Nicolino, a left-hander acquired in the big offseason trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, was named Florida State League Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday. Jupiter reliever Nick Wittgren (2-1, 0.86 ERA in 46 games) and center fielder Brent Keys (2-32-.349) also were named to the FSL All-Star Team. Read More
* The Gators will open the 2014 football season with three consecutive home games the way they did in Will Muschamp’s first season two years ago. However, instead of playing their first road game at Kentucky like in 2011, Florida’s first away game next season will be at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Read More