A former Gator hoops star has a new NBA home, UF will host an SEC championship this fall and more in our Thursday Sports News and Notes…
** Former Gator hoops star Corey Brewer has left the NBA’s Denver Nuggets to sign a free agent deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team that originally drafted him. He will also have a youth basketball camp in Gainesville in August at The Rock school.
** The University of Florida will host this year’s SEC Cross Country championship on November 1. UF hosts the event for the first time since 2002.
** Former UF women’s tennis player Lauren Embree has been named the ITA National College Player of the Year; Embree shares the female honor with Virginia’s Jarmere Jenkins.
** Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson has been suspended indefinitely for a reported violation of team rules, although the exact reason for the suspension has not been revealed. He will be a senior this year.
** PK Yonge has hired former Eastside and Hawthorne coach Kent Johnson to coach its football program, just a month before practice starts for the upcoming season. Johnson replaces Rob Cox, who coached the Blue Wave for two seasons; he will remain with the football program in some capacity.
** In MLB action, Miami downs Atlanta 6-2 and Tampa Bay wins its seventh straight game, 4-3 over Minnesota. The Braves start a series at home with Cincinnati tonight while the Twins and Rays play again today.