A former Gator apologizes for using a racial slur, the MLB trading deadline has come and gone and changes to the NFL’s Pro Bowl, all coming in our Thursday Sports News and Notes…
** Today is Media Day for the Gator football team and practices start tomorrow for the season opener August 31 against Toledo.
** Former Gator and current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has apologized for using a racial slur that was caught on tape. The Eagles have also fined Cooper for his remarks.
** The NFL is making changes to its Pro Bowl format. For the first time since 1971 the AFC against the NFC format will be scrapped, with a draft being held for players to participate with fan voting to determine players in the draft pool.
** The trading deadline came and went in Major League Baseball with no real blockbuster trades made. Starting pitcher Bud Norris goes to Baltimore from Houston and starter Ian Kennedy goes to San Diego from Arizona.
** Various media reports say MLB is considering a lifetime ban for New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez in the wake of the Biogenesis investigation. Sources say the two sides are negotiating a settlement and that other players will be named and or suspended as well.
** In MLB action, Atlanta has now won six straight, downing Colorado 9-0 while Miami nips New York 3-2. Tampa Bay fell out of first place in the AL East after losing 7-0 to Arizona. The Rays are off today before hosting San Francisco this weekend.