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MIAMI | A possible tornado was reported near the Miami Dolphins’ stadium during Hurricane Irma, and structural engineers will inspect the complex for potential damage, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The person confirmed the planned inspection to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins had not commented on the condition of the stadium. The team’s complex in Davie, Florida appears to be fine in the wake of the storm, the person said.


WASHINGTON | The shortest game of the season at Nationals Park turned into a lengthy afternoon for Washington. It was well worth it when the champagne corks started flying in the locker room. Stephen Strasburg extended his scoreless streak to a franchise-record 34 innings, and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Sunday in a tidy 2 hours, 16 minutes. About 90 minutes later, Washington clinched its fourth NL East title in six seasons when the Braves beat the Marlins on an 11th-inning homer in Atlanta.


HOUSTON | With all eyes on the tunnel leading under the stands, J.J. Watt emerged. He raised a Texas flag skyward before screaming “let’s go,” sending NRG Stadium into a frenzy. Watt and the Houston Texans opened their season Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, giving the area ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and its flooding a much-needed distraction from the harsh reality of life in the wake of the storm.