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March Madness is coming back to Tampa, as the Amalie Arena has been selected as a host site for first and second round games in the 2020 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

In addition, the Bay area will welcome 11 Division II championship events in 2020 and 2021. 

Photo: Keith Ridge via Fort Myers Derby Girls

The Palm City Punishers kick off their season Sunday with their first home "bout" against the Long Island Roller Rebels. The Fort Myers Derby Girls league is part of a nationally-ranked team through WFTRDA, the Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association.

But what's the difference between jammer, a blocker, and a pivot? Would you know how to break through the pack and become lead jammer? How much do you know about the increasingly popular (and potential contest in the 2020 Olympics) sport of roller derby?

Photo: FGCU Athletics

Gulf Coast Live is on location today at JetBlue Park, the home of spring training for the Boston Red Sox, taking a look at the players on the field and the off-field efforts that make spring training tick in Southwest Florida.

Photos: Mindy Rashbaum

A new program for the wheelchair-using athletes and veterans is rolling onto Great Naples YMCA courts. The Adaptive Sports Program is bringing sports like pickleball, tennis, and wiffle ball to what it calls the underserved community of wheelchair-bound athletes.

The Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach, according to authorities. 

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández," said the team in a statement circulated via social media. "Our thoughts and prayers are with is family at a very difficult time."

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