Here is the latest Florida sports news from The Associated Press
Published: February 9, 2018
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Some major leaguers are turning to football-style training to prepare for spring training and the 162-game regular season. Martin Prado, Carlos Gonzalez and Jordan Schafer are among the players who run with weight sleds and tires and do football cutting drills as part of their offseason workouts.UNDATED (AP) — Dwyane Wade says he always felt his return to the Miami Heat would happen. In an interview with The Associated Press, Wade says the trade that sent him back to Miami has him ready to accept whatever role he's about to have with the Heat. He also says it's best for his family, and that he and Heat President Pat Riley mended fences at the funeral for Wade's longtime agent.TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov stopped an 11-game goal drought, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for his NHL-best 32nd victory, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. Yanni Gourde, Adam Erne, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman also scored for the Lightning, who returned home after a 5-3 road trip. Vancouver's Brock Boeser scored his 26th goal.PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns acquired point guard Elfrid Payton from the Orlando Magic for a second-round pick this summer. Payton is averaging a career-high 13.0 points and shooting career bests of 52.0 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from 3-point range this season.MIAMI (AP) — The recent payroll purge by new Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter likely means another long season for the team. But spring training should actually be interesting as manager Don Mattingly sorts out the numerous prospects acquired for major league home run champion Giancarlo Stanton, stolen base champ Dee Gordon, All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna and center fielder Christian Yelich.TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Shakayla Thomas scored 20 points, A.J. Alix added 17 and No. 12 Florida State turned back Virginia 77-62 on Thursday night. Imani Wright added 14 points and Nicki Ekhomu 11 for the Seminoles (20-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who reached 20 wins for the 12th time under coach Sue Memrau Felicia Aiyeotan had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers (15-9, 8-3).GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Roshunda Johnson scored 22 points, Teaira McCowan notched her 17th double-double of the season and No. 2 Mississippi State stayed undefeated with a 98-50 victory at Florida. The Bulldogs never trailed. They hit three 3-pointers to open the game and doubled up Florida on the scoreboard by the end of the third quarter.HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Adjin Penava had his 11th double-double of the season with 25 points and 12 rebounds and Jon Elmore added 22 points as Marshall beat Florida International. FIU led just once all game, as Brian Beard Jr. opened scoring with a layup.