In case you missed it: September 20

BY foxsports • September 21, 2013

In case you missed it, here were the top sports stories from FOX Sports Florida from Friday, September 20:

* Andrew Astleford takes a look at how Friday’s action impacted the tight American League wild-card race. Read More

* It took a long, long time, but the Rays pulled off memorable September victory with a 18th-inning victory to open up their series with the Orioles and take control of the top wild-card spot. Read More

* The Florida Panthers allowed a goal five minutes into the game and couldn’t battle back as they fall on the road to the Dallas Stars. Read More

* Valtteri Filppula notched assists on three of four Lightning goals as Tampa Bay pulled off a preseason victory on the road in St. Louis. Read More
* Right-hander Jacob Turner allows five runs on seven hits as the Marlins collect just two hits in a lopsided 8-0 loss to Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals. Read More
* For the third consecutive game, the Jaguars will be without tight end Marcedes Lewis, as he continues to recover from a calf injury. Read More

* Florida has dominated Tennessee of late in their series, but fans can expect a bit of an old-school feel on Saturday as famed quarterback Danny Wuerffel will be on hand to lead the “Mr. Two Bits” pregame chant. Read More

* Third baseman Evan Longoria was named the Rays’ MVP by the Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Associated, and Wil Myers was selected as the team’s top rookie. Read More

* There is no clever nickname for the Dolphins defensive line -- not yet, anyway -- but they are letting their production speak for them as they make their claim for being the best unit in the NFL. Read More

* Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai and cornerback Dimitri Patterson have been ruled out of Sunday's game against Atlanta because of injuries. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill participated fully in practice Friday and is listed as probable with a right shoulder injury. Read More

* Miami men’s basketball coach Jim Larranaga has been appointed an adjunct assistant professor of kinesiology and sport sciences, the school announced Friday. The coach will be a guest lecturer at several classes in the School of Education and Human Development throughout the semester. Read More

* Some have slumped, while others have simmered. Here's Andrew Astleford's weekly review of who's running hot and cold around the majors (statistics through Sept. 19). View Gallery

* Tennessee-Florida is becoming an irrelevant rivalry. For more than a decade, the series essentially decided the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division -- in September. The winner usually ended up in Atlanta playing for the league title; the loser had to wait a year for another shot. Now, though, the rivalry is as lopsided as some of its recent scores. Read More

* When Svannah State  visist No. 16 Miami on Saturday night, a lopsided Hurricanes win is the only logical expectation. And that's the sort of talk that Hurricanes coach Al Golden has painstakingly tried to have his team avoid this week. Read More

* Penalties are a reason the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the NFC's five winless teams, the free-fallin' flags serving as thorns in their pewter-and-red backside. The Bucs average 11.5 penalties per game, tied with the San Francisco 49ers for most in the league. By comparison, the saintly Indianapolis Colts have 6 total. Read More

* Video: Dwyane Wade made the late-night rounds on Thursday night when he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Wade discussed the Heat's comeback in NBA Finals Game 6 that forced a Game 7 and allowed the team to capture a second straight championship. Watch now

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