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    Washington Nationals (85-68, second in the NL East) vs. Miami Marlins (53-101, fifth in the NL East) Miami; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Austin Voth (1-1, 3.58 ERA) Marlins: Pablo Lopez (5-8, 4.94 ERA) LINE: Nationals -202; over/under is 9 runs BOTTOM LINE: Washington heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg pitched seven innings, giving up zero runs on three hits with six strikeouts against Miami. The Marlins are 20-48 against NL East teams. Miami has slugged .371, last in the league. Brian Anderson leads the club with a .468 slugging percentage, including 54 extra-base hits and 20 home runs. The Nationals have gone 39-31 against division opponents. The Washington offense has compiled a .263 batting average as a team this season, good for seventh in the majors. Anthony Rendon leads the team with an average of .326. The Nationals won the last meeting 10-4. Wander Suero recorded his sixth victory and Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-1 with a double and three RBIs for Washington. Jose Urena took his 10th loss for Miami. TOP PERFORMERS: Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 21 home runs and is batting .269. Miguel Rojas is 12-for-44 with six doubles and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Miami. Rendon leads the Nationals with 171 hits and has 119 RBIs. Trea Turner is 9-for-43 with three doubles, three home runs and four RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington. LAST 10 GAMES: Marlins: 2-8, .244 batting average, 4.97 ERA, outscored by eight runs Nationals: 6-4, .266 batting average, 3.94 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs Marlins Injuries: Drew Steckenrider: (elbow), Julian Fernandez: (elbow), Austin Brice: (forearm), JT Riddle: (forearm), Cesar Puello: (hip), Brian Anderson: (hand), Garrett Cooper: (knee), Chad Wallach: (concussion). Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: (shoulder), Jonny Venters: (shoulder), Koda Glover: (forearm), Roenis Elias: (hamstring), Adrian Sanchez: (illness), Matt Adams: (shoulder/triceps), Kurt Suzuki: (elbow), Spencer Kieboom: (elbow). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • Boston Red Sox (80-74, third in the AL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (92-63, second in the AL East) St. Petersburg, Florida; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 6.19 ERA) Rays: Ryan Yarbrough (11-4, 3.78 ERA) LINE: Rays -176; over/under is 8 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay will host Boston in a meeting of division rivals. The Rays are 40-29 against AL East teams. Tampa Bay has slugged .431 this season. Johnny Davis leads the team with a mark of 3.000. The Red Sox have gone 33-38 against division opponents. Boston's team on-base percentage of .335 is fifth in the league. Mookie Betts leads the club with an OBP of .383. The Rays won the last meeting 5-4. Diego Castillo earned his fifth victory and Nate Lowe went 1-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs for Tampa Bay. Josh A. Smith took his third loss for Boston. TOP PERFORMERS: Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 151 hits and is batting .278. Austin Meadows is 11-for-39 with two doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay. Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with 85 extra base hits and has 112 RBIs. Christian Vazquez is 7-for-28 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Boston. LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 6-4, .258 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs Red Sox: 4-6, .211 batting average, 4.28 ERA, outscored by 12 runs Rays Injuries: Hoby Milner: (back/neck), Jose Alvarado: (elbow), Brandon Lowe: (leg), Yandy Diaz: (foot). Red Sox Injuries: Steven Wright: (toe), Chris Sale: (elbow), David Price: (wrist), Heath Hembree: (elbow), Andrew Benintendi: (thumb), Sam Travis: (head), Dustin Pedroia: (knee), Steve Pearce: (back), Michael Chavis: (shoulder). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • It's volunteer work that could have an impact for centuries. And it just involves some crocheting skills and a ton of plastic bags. Nannette Wall, 67, and Ethel Ford, 70, sat in the middle of the museum at the Sebastian Inlet State Park, pulling at thin strands of plastic last month. The material is recycled plastic bags and is known as 'plarn.' What it will become could be a purse, a coaster, or even a sleeping mat. It's plastic that's being reused for a more long-term use. For Ford and Wall, volunteers at the inlet, it's plastic that won't negatively impact the nature area they love, the inlet, which straddles the Indian River and Brevard counties' border on State Road A1A. 'I absolutely love this park,' said Wall, who lives in Vero Beach. 'Within a month of coming here the first time, I became a volunteer. I'm here 12 hours a week, across two days.' Wall and Ford are known as the 'Recycling Grannies' among the staff and volunteers at the inlet. The plastic bags they use are donated, with some being picked up from the grounds of the park. Similarly, used fishing line collected from the inlet is also incorporated into their craft. A few dozen plastic bags can be woven into a small purse or a large grocery bag. But give the ladies 800 bags, and they can craft a sleeping mat, which they donate to the homeless. 'Just think about all those bags going into the environment,' said Ford, who lives in Indian River County west of Vero Beach. 'These bags would wind up at the landfill, get into fishes' tummies, and the birds would get tangled in them. Not any more.' Instead, the work being done by the grandmothers is for sale at the museum. Their offerings go for as little as a $3 drink coaster to shopping bags and purses of various sizes, ranging from $10 to $50. Half the sales of the plarn products will go to the Friends of the Sebastian Inlet State Park, of which Wall and Ford are members. The group runs the inlet gift shops and help to support the park in various ways, according to its web site. Communities and businesses across the nation, as well as the Treasure and Space coasts, are stretching their minds around ideas of lessening the proliferation of single-use plastics, such as shopping bags, straws and utensils. In Stuart, the City Commission is debating a ban on plastic straws, though it may carve out exemptions for some businesses. The ban, which the commission could vote on this fall after a series of workshops, would be the first on the Treasure Coast. And curbside recyclers such as Waste Management are reiterating to customers that plastic bags are not a material they take in recycle bins. That means single-use plastic bags have few other destinations except local landfills. 'These bags would be at the landfill for a thousand years,' Wall said. 'Imagine how long they'll last if they're crocheted? They'll last forever.' The products Wall and Ford make tie in to the inlet directly. Besides being an environmentally friendly product that helps reduce pollution at the natural resource, the plarn bags are great for the beach, the ladies said. 'It's a strong, durable product, and you don't have to worry about it getting wet or sandy,' Wall said. 'You can just rinse it off in the water and it will dry.' Wall discovered plarn 25 years ago and made a few bags back then. Last year she saw an article about using plarn to make mats for the homeless. 'I said 'Oh my goodness, I can do that,' ' Wall said. That inspired her to pick up the craft again and she shared it with Ford, who was also interested. Among the miles of beach stretching along the Space and Treasure coasts, the inlet boasts beaches on each side of the county line, access from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River Lagoon, a campground for recreational vehicles and tent campers, and a boat ramp. 'They have trails, the beach, the Intracoastal Waterway,' said Wall, an Albany, New York, native. 'You can swim and relax and enjoy the wildlife. I bring a good book and sit on the beach, or I collect sea shells.' Ford said she has enjoyed fishing and walking the beach at the inlet the past 10 years. Recent back ailments have prevented her from continuing those activities. But her back doesn't prevent her from volunteering at the gift shop or crocheting plarn. 'This is my outlet,' she said. 'It keeps my mind active.' And the staff throughout the inlet are on board with the grandmothers' plan to keep the inlet safe, said Jennifer Roberts, inlet park manager. Inlet staff bring any plastic bags they find to the 'Recycling Grannies' for them to use for their work. The public can also take plastic bags and drop them off at the front gates of the inlet. 'When we educate the public, they see what we're doing with the plastic bags and the fishing line, you see the light bulb go on in their head,' Wall said. 'You can tell that we've impacted someone. Maybe they will throw things away now in the appropriate place instead of poisoning our environment.' ___ Information from: The Stuart (Fla.) News, http://www.tcpalm.com
  • It's been a seemingly endless summer of setbacks for the Days Inn by Wyndham Orlando on International Drive. Business slowed first when Universal Studios in June debuted its first-ever 'value' hotel property east of Interstate 4, the 750-room Surfside Inn & Suites, next door. Then, as Hurricane Dorian barreled toward Central Florida, a rush of cancellations came just before the usually fruitful Labor Day weekend. Eventually, the hurricane veered off farther into the Atlantic Ocean. Now, General Manager Amjid Akram fears losing more business to Universal, which is opening an even larger I-Drive hotel in the spring. 'A lot of people will stay in that hotel, unless they are on a limited budget,' said Akram, whose hotel has 256 rooms. 'I'm definitely a little nervous.' Universal and other hotel builders are coming on strong with new properties on the tourist strip, leaving smaller hotels in a bind. It's happening more quickly on the north side of I-Drive, where Universal's behemoth, 2,050-room Dockside Inn & Suites is scheduled to open in March to complete the company's Endless Summer Resort. That comes on the heels of Surfside and the 600-room Aventura Hotel, which opened across Interstate 4 last year. The smaller hotels may have to offer more amenities, such as room discounts and bundles for theme park visits, said Michael Terry, associate professor at UCF's Rosen School of Hospitality. The I-Drive corridor is home to more than 100 hotels, with the majority being smaller businesses with fewer than 300 rooms. Dockside will become the second-largest hotel in the I-Drive region, behind Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Hotels are competing harder for a dwindling number of potential guests, said Les Harris, general manager of the 133-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando Theme Parks on the southern part of I-Drive. 'By November (2020), I'll have 2,000 more rooms within a half-mile of me,' he said. 'It's difficult.' And it's not just Universal getting into the act. By January 2021, the International Drive area near the convention center will see another 1,151 rooms open, on top of the 2,050 expected at Dockside. The new properties are being built by high-profile companies such as Aloft, Hilton, Holiday Inn and others. 'You will lose some business because families are going to want to go (to Dockside),' Harris said. 'It's sort of a waiting game. You have to see how people react. But, in the end, you can feed off big brother, if you're strategic.' The competition on the International Drive corridor represents a smaller version of what has been happening in other areas of Orlando. Existing hotels have to regularly evolve, add new amenities and renovate to keep up in one of the biggest markets in the world, one which is home to 129,000 hotel rooms. 'In this industry, you have to be constantly reinventing yourself in a number of areas,' Visit Orlando CEO George Aguel said. 'Even classic hotels have to evolve. The demand and competition mandate that.' When hotels first started offering wifi, for instance, it would come at a cost. However, once one hotel decided to offer it for free, others had to follow suit. 'Competition is the mother of all invention,' Aguel said. Once completed, the Endless Summer Resort will encompass 6 percent of the available hotel rooms in the I-Drive corridor, as defined by Visit Orlando research. For its neighbors, however, it's going to represent a new property to keep an eye on. 'We are not in direct competition,' Akram said. 'Their rates are much higher. But it's going to hurt a little bit because that's a huge hotel, and if someone wants to upgrade, they might want to check out the new hotel. It will definitely impact us.' ___ Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/
  • Isaac Washington ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns and Bethune-Cookman beat Mississippi Valley State 22-6 on Saturday night. Washington ran for 117 in the first half alone for the Wildcats (2-1). Quarterback Akevious Williams added 116 yards and a score rushing. The Wildcats scored first after dropping MVSU's Dejerric Bryant in his own end zone for a safety. The Delta Devils (0-3) took a 6-2 lead on a Bryant touchdown throw with 25 seconds left in the first quarter. Washington answered for the Wildcats with a 57-yard dash for a score that made it 9-6 midway through the second quarter and later, a 21-yard scoring run to cap an 84-yard drive for a 15-6 halftime lead. The Wildcats offense stalled in the third quarter but Williams broke for a 38-yard TD run late in the fourth for the final score. Bryant had 141 yards and a score passing for the Delta Devils.
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Lotto' game were: 20-30-36-45-49-51 (twenty, thirty, thirty-six, forty-five, forty-nine, fifty-one) Estimated jackpot: $6.5 million
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Fantasy 5' game were: 01-02-06-08-18 (one, two, six, eight, eighteen)
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Lotto XTRA' game were: 05 (five)
  • First Period_1, Nashville, Forsberg 1 (Josi, Johansen), 6:31 (pp). 2, Tampa Bay, Gaunce 1 (Joseph), 8:36. Penalties_Witkowski, TB, (interference), 5:35; Maroon, TB, (roughing), 18:54. Second Period_3, Tampa Bay, Verhaeghe 1 (Cirelli), 9:18. 4, Nashville, Tolvanen 1 (Wilkins, Ekholm), 12:09. Penalties_Watson, NSH, (charging), 1:14; Volkov, TB, (tripping), 2:36; Cernak, TB, (holding), 10:03; Watson, NSH, (hooking), 16:44; Maroon, TB, Major (fighting), 18:59; Watson, NSH, Major (fighting), 18:59. Third Period_5, Tampa Bay, Cernak 1 (Gaunce, Stephens), 4:32. 6, Nashville, Arvidsson 1 (Johansen, Duchene), 13:32 (pp). 7, Tampa Bay, Verhaeghe 2 (C.Foote), 14:18. 8, Nashville, Duchene 1 (Josi, Arvidsson), 19:56. Penalties_Craggs, NSH, Major (fighting), 2:51; Schenn, TB, Major (fighting), 2:51; Trenin, NSH, Major (fighting), 2:51; Martel, TB, Major (fighting), 2:51; Trenin, NSH, Misconduct (misconduct), 2:51; Martel, TB, Misconduct (misconduct), 2:51; Masin, TB, (holding), 13:20. Overtime_9, Nashville, Pitlick 1, 1:39. Penalties_None. Shots on Goal_Tampa Bay 7-6-8_21. Nashville 18-10-15-1_44. Power-play opportunities_Tampa Bay 0 of 2; Nashville 2 of 5. Goalies_Tampa Bay, Wedgewood 0-0-0 (44 shots-39 saves). Nashville, Rinne 0-0-0 (21-17). T_2:36. Referees_Francis Charron, Furman South. Linesmen_Derek Amell, Kory Nagy.
  • Mats Zuccarello scored the deciding goal and had two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in NHL preseason play in St. Paul, Minnesota. Zuccarello, signed to five-year, $30 million free agent contract by the Wild on July 1, assisted on goals by Jason Zucker and Eric Staal in the second period. Matt Dumba also scored for Minnesota, and Devan Dubnyk had 30 saves. Ty Lewis, Jayson Megna and Conor Timmins scored for Colorado, and Pavel Francouz stopped 22 shots. The game was Wild captain Mikko Koivu's first since last February, when he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. Koivu had two penalty minutes and blocked a shot in 16:41. BLUE JACKETS BEAT PENGUINS 3-1 In Columbus, Ohio, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 24 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1. Cam Atkinson, Eric Robinson and Josh Anderson scored for the Blue Jackets. Robinson's goal 2:12 into the third gave Columbus the lead. Anderson added an empty-netter with 36 seconds left. Juuso Riikola scored for Pittsburgh, and Casey DeSmith finished with 19 saves. CAPITALS HOLD OFF HURRICANES In Washington, Brian Pinho scored two goals, including the game-winner 8:31 into the third period to help the Washington Capitals top the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Brett Leason also scored for Washington, and Ilya Samsonov finished with 13 saves. Anton Forsberg and James Reimer each played half the game in goal for Carolina. Forsberg started and allowed two goals on 10 shots. Reimer was charged with the loss, despite stopping 9 of 10 shots. Brock McGinn and Janne Kuokkanen scored third period goals for the Hurricanes. HAYES HELPS FLYERS BEAT RANGERS In Philadelphia, Kevin Hayes scored against his former team, Jake Voracek had a goal and two assists and the Flyers beat the New York Rangers 4-1. James van Reimsdyk and Carsen Twarynski also scored for Philadelphia. Carter Hart stopped all 11 shots he faced in the first two periods, and JF Berube had seven saves in the third. Nick Jones scored for the Rangers and Igor Shesterkin stoped 36 shots. It was the first time Hayes and Philadelphia coach Alain Vigneault faced the Rangers since their departures. Vigneault was fired following the final game of the 2017-18 season and Hayes was traded to Winnipeg on Feb. 25. Hayes' rights as an impending free agent were dealt to Philadelphia after the season and he subsequently signed a new deal. BOQVIST SCORES 2 AS DEVILS BEAT ISLANDERS In Newark, New Jersey, Jesper Boqvist scored twice to help the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Islanders 4-3. Nikita Gusev and Will Butcher also scored for New Jersey, and Cory Schneider had 42 saves. Leo Komarov, Mathew Barzal and Otto Koivula scored for the Islanders. Thomas Greiss started and gave up three goals on 11 shots through the first two periods, and Jared Coreau made nine saves in the third. OLOFSSON SCORES 2 AS SABRES BEAT MAPLE LEAFS In Buffalo, New York, Victor Olofsson scored twice, including the game-winner with 2:36 left, as the Buffalo Sabres topped the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3. Sam Reinhart, Jimmy Vesey, and C.J. Smith also scored for Buffalo, and Carter Hutton stopped 31 shots. John Tavares, Pierre Engvall, and Trevor Moore scored for Toronto. Michael Hutchinson was charged with the loss as he allowed two third period goals on nine shots. Michal Neuvirth started and stopped 20 of 22 shots in the first two periods, and Michael Hutchinson had seven saves on nine shots in the third. KINKAID, CANADIENS SHUT OUT SENATORS OTTAWA - Keith Kinkaid stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Montreal Canadiens shut out the Ottawa Senators 4-0 on Saturday night. The Canadiens improved to a perfect 4-0-0 in this year's pre-season with the win. Jeff Petry, Jake Evans, Thomas Tatar and Phillip Danault also scored for Montreal. Craig Anderson stopped 27-of-29 shots through two periods of play and was the only reason the game was close as the Senators (2-1-0) were being heavily outplayed. Joey Daccord gave up two goals on five shots in the third period. PACIORETTY LEADS GOLDEN KNIGHTS PAST SHARKS In San Jose, California, Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-1 win over the Sharks. Valentin Zykov and Alex Tuch also scored for Vegas, and Marc-Andre Fleury had 28 saves. Antti Suomela scored for San Jose, and Martin Jones stopped 26 shots. GRECO SCORES 2, PANTHERS BLANK STARS In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Anthony Greco scored twice and the Florida Panthers beat the Dallas Stars 6-0. Henrik Borgstrom, Mike Hoffman, Owen Tippett, and Noel Acciari also scored for the Panthers. PREDATORS STUN LIGHTNING IN OT In Nashville, Tennessee, Rem Pitlick's unassisted goal 1:39 into overtime gave the Nashville Predators a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Filip Forsberg, Eeli Tolvanen, Viktor Arvidsson and Matt Duchene also scored for the Predators. Duchene's goal with 4 seconds left in regulation forced overtime. Pekka Rinne made 17 saves for Nashville. Carter Verhaeghe scored twice for Tampa Bay, and Cameron Gaunce and Erik Cernak each had a goal. Scott Wedgewood stopped 39 shots for the Lightning. BLACKHAWKS SLIP PAST BRUINS In Chicago, Patrick Kane's goal 3:04 into overtime pushed the Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Dylan Strome and Brandon Saad also scored for Chicago, and Robin Lehner made 39 saves. Ryan Fitzgerald and Par Lindholm scored for the Bruins. Maxime Lagace stopped 24 of 26 shots in the first two periods, and Kyle Keyser made 20 saves the rest of the way. KINGS TOP CANUCKS IN HIGH-SCORING GAME In Salt Lake City, Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Michael Amadio scored two goals apiece to help the Los Angeles Kings outlast the Vancouver Canucks, 7-5. Ben Hutton, Alec Martinez and Martin Frk also scored for the Kings. Adam Gaudette, Tyler Graovac, Tanner Pearson and Josh Leivo scored for Vancouver. COYOTES OUTLAST DUCKS IN SHOOTOUT In Glendale, Arizona, Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland scored in the shootout to lift the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Schmaltz and Garland were the only skaters to score in the tiebreaker. Michael Bunting, Carl Soderberg and Clayton Keller scored in regulation for the Coyotes, and Darcy Kuemper made 30 saves. Jakob Silfverberg, Nick Ritchie and Chase De Leo scored for the Ducks. De Leo's goal with 3:29 left forced overtime. John Gibson started and made 17 saves over his half of the game, Kevin Boyle allowed two goals on 12 shots. _____ For more AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports