Gator football freshman running back Kelvin Taylor could get more carries, the baseball wild card story and a former Gator is signed by an NFL team, all in our Wednesday Sports News and Notes…
** Gator offensive coordinator Brent Pease says freshman running back Kelvin Taylor is improving in practice and that could warrant him more carries this week against Kentucky. Fred Taylor’s son carried one time for three yards last week.
** Gator quarterback Jeff Driskel is scheduled to have surgery today to repair his broken right leg; the recovery time is four to six months.
** Former Gator offensive lineman Xavier Nixon has been signed by the Indianapolis Colts off the practice squad of the Washington Redskins.
** Former LSU coach Paul Dietzel passes away at the age of 89. Dietzel coached the Tigers to their first national title in 1958 and later coached at Army and South Carolina.
** Penn State’s football program will have some of its scholarships restored by the NCAA. Five scholarships will be restored next year and more will be phased in until the school has its full allotment in 2016-17. The scholarships were taken away in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal within the football program.
** In baseball, St.Louis pitcher Michael Wacha was one out away from a no-hitter when an infield single spoiled the effort. The Cardinals beat Washington to keep a two game lead in the NL Central. Pittsburgh took a one game wild card lead over Cincinnati with a win and a Reds loss to the Mets.
** In the AL, Tampa Bay keeps a one game wild card lead over Cleveland with a 7-0 win over the fading New York Yankees. Cleveland keeps pace with a come from behind 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox and Texas is a game and a half back after beating Houston 3-2. Baltimore was eliminated from the wild card with a loss to Toronto.