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Rob Manfred says 2 groups still in Miami Marlins’ bidding

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Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says two groups are still bidding to buy the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria. Former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are involved in one of the groups. Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the Jeter/Bush group won an auction for the team with a $1.3 billion bid. Manfred said some reports on the sale have been premature. “There are multiple bidders for the Marlins,” Manfred said Thursday at the groundbreaking for…

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Star-spangled protest: White people don’t see America as Colin Kaepernick does

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The White House called it “objectionable.” Donald Trump called it “a terrible thing.” The San Francisco Police Union called it “embarrassing.” An NFL executive called it “treason.” Because Colin Kaepernick sat down during the national anthem. Kaepernick, the backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, decided that he’d deliver a silent protest over the way people of color are treated in America, especially by the cops. Evidently, this sort of behavior hurts people’s feelings. But that doesn’t mean Kaepernick should…

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Study: MLB teams could do better hiring minorities, women

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Major League Baseball teams could do a better job of hiring minority candidates for managing and GM posts or women for VP and other administrative positions, according to an annual report released Wednesday. The study is overseen by Richard Lapchick of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida and is similar in scope to those he conducts examining other leagues. Baseball teams were given a grade of C-plus for racial hiring practices for…

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Tuskegee Airman Willie Rogers honored by St. Petersburg on Veterans Day

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St. Petersburg City officials gathered in Williams Park this Veterans Day morning to honor Willie Rogers, of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Rogers, who achieved the rank of Master Sergeant during his military career, was presented with the city’s 2015 Honored Veteran Award. The accompanying ceremony featured a Presentation of Colors by the St. Petersburg Police Honor Guard, songs from the Gibbs High School choir, and speeches from U.S. Rep. David Jolly and St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, among others. “You…

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2015 is important anniversary at Little League World Series

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The Little League World Series is underway in Williamsport, PA. Sixteen teams will vie for the 2015 championship; eight from regions within the United States and eight from countries around the world. For many years, the South region (now Southeast) tournament was played in St. Petersburg. From there, Tampa’s Belmont Heights Little League, featuring Dwight Gooden, Gary Sheffield, Derek Bell and Carl Everett won four Southern Region titles in the 70s and 80s. Three times Belmont Heights won national titles…

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