Sports briefs | Bradenton Marauders hold on for 5-4 victory over Fort Myers Miracle

July 2, 2014 

Baseball: Marauders hold off Miracle

BRADENTON -- Starter Orlando Castro pitched six dominant innings, and closer Bryton Trepagnier got out of a bases-loaded jam Tuesday as the Bradenton Marauders got past the Fort Myers Miracle 5-4 before 980 fans at McKechnie Field.

Castro allowed just a solo home run to Fort Myers' Lance Ray in the first. Trepagnier gave up two runs and had the bases loaded with no outs before working out of trouble in the ninth.

Jordan Steranka's three-run blast, his fourth in six games, gave Bradenton the lead for good in the first inning.

Fort Myers defeated the Marauders in eight of nine meetings -- all in Fort Myers -- during the first half.

NFL: Bills LB Alonso injured in workout

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills can't get a break even when they're off.

Starting linebacker Kiko Alonso sustained what the team fears to be a serious knee injury while working out in Oregon.

General manager Doug Whaley announced Alonso had been hurt, in a statement released by the team Tuesday night.

"We do not have the details at this point, but early indications are that it may be significant," Whaley said.

ELSEWHERE -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will not face charges related to his arrest earlier this year at Los Angeles International Airport. ... The Dallas Cowboys acquired the rights to former Baltimore linebacker Rolando McClain and are placing Sean Lee on season-ending injured reserve with a torn knee ligament.

College basketball: UF, Miami to renew rivalry

GAINESVILLE -- The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes will renew their rivalry in men's basketball with a home-and-home series to begin Nov. 17 in Gainesville.

Florida will visit Miami during the 2015-16 season.

The teams' most recent meeting came in the 2009 NIT, when Florida won 74-60 in Gainesville. Their most recent home-and-home series ended in December 2005.

Florida leads the series 45-22.

College athletics: Louisville now ACC member

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich just smiled while looking over the housewarming package the Atlantic Coast Conference had waiting for the Cardinals.

It confirmed his belief that his school made the right move.

There was the crystal-and-wood championship trophy the school aims to win, a backdrop featuring the Cardinal and league logos, and a black-and-white welcome plaque. After bouncing around in three other leagues over 19 years, Tuesday marked Louisville's official entry into the ACC. The Cardinals are replacing Maryland after it joined the Big Ten along with Rutgers.

In a news conference that included ACC Commissioner John Swofford and Louisville President James Ramsey, Jurich said, "We're not the biggest, we're not the best, but we're going to work our butts off to make you very, very proud."

Golf: Watson gets another shot at St. Andrews

Tom Watson will get one more chance at St. Andrews in the British Open.

The R&A extended the exemption of Watson, allowing him to play one more time in 2015 when golf's oldest championship returns to the Old Course at St. Andrews. Watson holds The Open record for winning on five links courses -- Carnoustie, Turnberry, Muirfield, Royal Troon and Royal Birkdale.

But he has never won at the Home of Golf.

"I'll be there if I have to drag myself," Watson said.

Soccer: Orlando City introduces Kaka

ORLANDO -- Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva knows there's no way his MLS expansion franchise could take the place of any Brazil club in the hearts of any Brazilian soccer fan.

But with the signing of Kaka, da Silva hopes there's one room for more.

"We want to be that second club," da Silva said when Orlando City formally introduced the Brazilian three-time World Cup participant.

The 32-year old midfielder, whose full name is Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, will join the MLS club when it begins play in January 2015. Until then, he will be on loan to San Paulo FC. He most recently played for AC Milan, terminating that contract last week.

His deal with Orlando City is for three-and-a-half years.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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