The last open Gator football practice, some former Gators in the news, NFL, big league baseball with a new commissioner and more in our Friday Sports Update…
** The last open Gator football practice will be held this Saturday morning at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium from 9-11 am. Florida’s first game is now a little more than two weeks away.
** Tennessee has named its starting quarterback and it is Justin Worley, a player who got some time against the Gators last year in Gainesville.
** A couple of former Gators are in the news today. The Tampa Bay Rays have sent infielder Cole Figueroa back to the minor leagues after an extended stay with the big club. And former Gator golfer Camilo Villegas has the first round lead at the PGA’s Wyndham Championship after shooting an opening round 63.
** In the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars lose to the Chicago Bears 20-19 in their second exhibition game. This weekend Miami will play at Tampa Bay.
** The SEC Network has officially kicked off after it went on the air at 6pm yesterday. Former Gator Tim Tebow was in town to report on Florida.
** Major League Baseball has a new commissioner after Rob Manfred was elected to succeed the retiring Bud Selig; he will start after Selig’s term ends at the end of this year.
** In baseball results, Tampa Bay beats Texas 6-3 to take three of four in the series; the Rays will now face the New York Yankees this weekend. Miami downs Arizona 5-4 and Atlanta loses 6-4 to the LA Dodgers; the Braves will face Oakland this weekend.