A successful Friday Night Lights, the Tampa Bay Rays are bumped from first place and medals for two former Gators in our Monday Sports News and Notes…
** By all accounts, the Friday Night Lights recruiting weekend for the Gator football program went well. The Gators picked up some verbal commitments and several other top prospects went away impressed.
** Speaking of Gator football, practices will soon be starting in preparation for the August 31st opener against Toledo.
** In MLB, the Tampa Bay Rays were knocked out of first place in the AL East after losing to New York 6-5 while Boston beat Baltimore. The Red Sox host the Rays tonight. Elsewhere, Atlanta completes a sweep of St.Louis and Miami downs Pittsburgh despite hitting coach Tino Martinez handing in his resignation.
** Former Gator swimmers Ryan Lochte and Melani Costa-Schmid pick up silver medals in swimming at the World Championships going on now in Spain. Lochte won a silver as part of a medley team and Costa-Schmid also got a silver in the 400 free.
** Two NFL teams suffered injuries to key players in training camp. The Denver Broncos lost starting center Dan Koppen to a torn ACL while the Baltimore Ravens lose tight end Dennis Pitta after undergoing hip surgery.