IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — American defender Kobi Henry transferred to Reims in the French League on Tuesday from second-tier Orange County of the United Soccer League’s League Championship.
The 18-year-old from Lakeland, Florida, made his debut for Orange County on Aug.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida city commissioner was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for fatally shooting a shoplifter at his store.
Michael Dunn, 51, pleaded guilty in Polk County court in March to manslaughter with a firearm, according to court records.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.
It’s the 11th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 11 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Cheered by many fans who came just to see her make history, Rachel Balkovec debuted with a win Friday night as the first woman to manage the affiliate of a Major League Baseball team.
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Newly acquired Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows is expected to be ready for opening day Friday against the Chicago White Sox after recently being slowed by an oblique injury.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers acquired outfielder Austin Meadows in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Detroit sent infielder Isaac Paredes and a competitive balance round B pick in the 2022 amateur draft to Tampa Bay for Meadows, who hit .234 with 27 homers and a career-high 106 RBIs last season.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Playfully wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football helmet, New York Yankees minor league manager Rachel Balkovec was back on the field Saturday.
Balkovec, hired as the first woman to manage a minor league affiliate of a major league team, was hit in the face by a batted ball during a drill March 22.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Less than a week before opening day, the rotation for the New York Yankees is looking intact.
Gerrit Cole had a solid final tune-up for his start next Thursday against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in the opener.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rachel Balkovec, hired by the New York Yankees as the first woman to manage a minor league affiliate of a Major League Baseball team, is nearing a return after being hit in the face by a batted ball during a drill last week.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Michael Pineda and the Detroit Tigers reached a one-year deal Saturday, the latest move by a team that's been active before and after the 99-day lockout.
Pineda was 9-8 with a 3.62 ERA for Minnesota last season.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Left-hander Andrew Chafin and the Tigers finalized a $13 million, two-year contract on Thursday, giving Detroit one of the top relief pitchers on the free agent market.
Chafin gets a $1 million signing bonus, $5.5 million this season and $6.5 million in 2023.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Eduardo Rodríguez is the highest-paid and most experienced pitcher on the Detroit Tigers after signing a $77 million, five-year contract.
Yet, manager A.J. Hinch doesn’t believe in labeling someone a No.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers determined they needed a good shortstop and it so happened that several were on the free-agent market this winter. Some still are, in fact.
But it didn’t take the Tigers and Javier Báez long to get together.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera showed up Sunday morning for the start of his 20th spring training camp in the majors, his 15th with the Detroit Tigers.
This one is a little different. For the first time since 2016, the fortified Tigers are thinking about winning, perhaps even contending.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Publix grocery store chain will start offering paid parental leave to employees who are new parents, company officials announced Wednesday.
Eligible full-time and part-time workers will be able to take off the time during the first year of the birth or adoption of a child, starting with the new year, the Florida-based company said.
AUBURNDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two people died when a small plane crashed into a central Florida lake and burst into flames.
Auburndale police officers and firefighters found a small fire burning on the surface of Lake Arietta about 600 feet (180 meters) offshore when they arrived shortly after noon Friday, official told The Ledger of Lakeland.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The billionaire daughter of the Publix Super Markets founder has died after having early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, the company announced Wednesday. Carol Jenkins Barnett was 65.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Police officers in central Florida fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at them early Sunday as they were investigating reports of a suspicious car parked in a construction zone along Interstate 4, authorities said.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Florida-based hurricane hunter team is getting a new aircraft to help chase fierce storms.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's team will add a Gulfstream 550 to the three other aircraft at its home base at the Lakeland Linder International Airport in central Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida-based grocery chains are limiting the number of items sold to customers ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday.
Publix, which operates nearly 1,300 stores across seven states in the Southeast, and Winn-Dixie, with stores in five Southern states, put some restrictions in place due to ongoing supply chain issues and the increased holiday demand, officials said.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds traded veteran Gold Glove catcher Tucker Barnhart to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in exchange for infield prospect Nick Quintana.
Barnhart, a 31-year-old left-handed hitter and reliable backstop, leaves Cincinnati after eight years.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing murder charges after a woman riding on his motorcycle died following a high-speed shootout with a rival biker gang, authorities said Saturday.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the 33-year-old woman died hours after she was shot in the head early Friday in the gun battle on Interstate 4 between Lakeland and Orlando.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Two motorcycle gang members got into a shootout on a Florida interstate early Friday, leaving a woman riding with the instigator near death from a bullet to the head, authorities said.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Florida-based Publix grocery stores said Monday it plans to hire roughly 30,000 associates across the company’s seven-state operating in the next few months.
The company will hire associates to work in stores, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities for non-seasonal positions.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a 33-year-old former Marine accused of massacring a Florida family under the delusion that they were child sex traffickers.
In a news release sent Friday, the state attorney's office said the killings of a Lakeland man, his girlfriend, their baby and the child's grandmother were “committed on a cold, calculated and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Grimes died Friday in Tallahassee, the court said in a news release. He was 97.
Republican Gov. Bob Martinez appointed Grimes to the Supreme Court in 1987, and he served until 1997.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A chance encounter with a former Marine beset by delusions of child sex trafficking ultimately led to the massacre of four members of a Florida family, including a mother holding her baby boy, a sheriff said Thursday.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Someone pounded on Miguel Rivera's sliding glass door early Sunday, but when he went to investigate, no one was there. Minutes later, gunfire erupted at his neighbor's house, where authorities say a Marine vet who thought he heard the voice of God killed four people, including a 3-month-old boy.
A man wearing full body armor fatally shot four people, including a mother and the 3-month-old baby she was cradling, and engaged in a massive gunfight with police and deputies before he was wounded and surrendered in Lakeland, Florida, a sheriff said Sunday.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister after finding a gun that had been hidden between sofa cushions by a family friend, Florida authorities said Saturday.
The girl was in “exceptionally" critical condition, said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd at a news conference.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he doesn't favor raising Florida's unemployment benefits, which are some of the nation's lowest, but is focused instead on getting people back to work...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees left-hander Zack Britton needs surgery to remove a bone chip from his pitching elbow and seems certain to miss the start of the season...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city is planning to formally recognize May 20 as the date slaves were emancipated in the state...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida high school teacher, soccer coach and church youth leader has been charged with 408 counts of child pornography possession, authorities said Saturday.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference that 46-year-old Shawn Fitzgerald possessed hundreds of pornographic images on his cellphone.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A live air-to-air missile discovered at a small central Florida airport has been secured in a munition storage facility at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city shut down a section of a lake Thursday after receiving reports of swarming snakes...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — If you're carrying a gun, the Publix supermarket chain doesn't want to see it...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A state commission has ruled that a Florida university was wrong to fire union members who had complained about problems or participated in collective bargaining...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's effort to protect herself from domestic violence has become a flashpoint in the debate over gun rights and victims' safety...