Gator football practice, baseball, some NBA news and more in our Friday Sports Update…
** Gator football practices continue this weekend with Friday night’s practice open to the public at 7:40pm at the Dizney Lacrosse field. The Gators got a scare when defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III went down with an injury Thursday but Gator coach Will Muschamp says he is day to day with a bruise.
** As expected, a measure that will allow the Power 5 conferences in college football to have more autonomy in decision making passed a vote taken yesterday. Some of the things the big schools want to do is to provide more of a stipend to athletes and to provide better medical and safety coverage. The measure must still survive a 60 day override period to become effective.
** Most NFL teams play their first exhibition games of the year this weekend. Miami is at Atlanta and Tampa Bay plays Jacksonville Friday.
** The PGA Championship continues all weekend long in Louisville, Kentucky. Two former Gator golfers, Matt Every and Billy Horschel, are in the event.
** The USA National Team will not have Kevin Durant playing for it as he withdraws from the team, citing mental and physical fatigue.
** In baseball, the Miami Marlins will play at Cincinnati this weekend. The Tampa Bay Rays are at the Chicago Cubs while the Atlanta Braves host the Washington Nationals.
** Landon Donovan is going to retire at the end of the current MLS season. He is 32 years old and is the top goal scorer in MLS history.