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Former Gator Has Big Game In Thursday Sports Update

By on July 23rd, 2015

Former Gator Preston Tucker has a big game in MLB; another Gator is sent to the minor leagues, the U.S. is stunned in World Cup soccer and more in our Thursday Sports Update…

** Former Gator Preston Tucker hit two homers and drove in three runs as the Houston Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Wednesday.

** After making his big league debut against the Astros, former Gator pitcher Brian Johnson was sent back to Triple A Pawtucket by Boston.

** In MLB action Wednesday, Philadelphia tops Tampa Bay 5-4; the LA Dodgers beat Atlanta 3-1 and Miami downs Arizona.

** The U.S. men’s soccer team loses 2-1 to heavy underdog Jamaica in Gold Cup action.  The U.S. now plays Panama for third place while Jamaica plays for a championship.

** The NBA is mulling a change in its playoff format.   The league is considering a move that would not guarantee a division winner a playoff spot, instead opting to take the top eight teams strictly by record.

** The Tour de France continues with Chris Froome still in the lead; the 18th stage takes place today.

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Wednesday Sports Update (7/22)

By on July 22nd, 2015

A Gator loses his big league debut, other game results, Barry Bonds, Tour de France and more in our Wednesday Sports Update…

** Former Gator pitcher Brian Johnson made his big league debut last night and lost 8-3 to the Houston Astros.   Johnson, pitching for Boston, gave up four earned runs in 4.1 innings.

** In other games last night, Tampa Bay blanks Philadelphia 1-0; Atlanta beat the LA Dodgers 4-3 and Miami blanks Arizona 3-0.

** Former big leaguer Barry Bonds is a free man today after the Department of Justice ends its almost decade long prosecution of Bonds for allegedly receiving performance enhancing drugs.   Bonds was never convicted of that crime.

** Quarterback Marcus Mariota has reached a contract agreement with the Tennessee Titans.  The deal is reportedly for four years.

** A football program at UAB that was ended recently will be resurrected in 2017 and will remain an FBS program.

** Big 12 and ACC Media Days continue today.

** The CONCACAF Gold Cup men’s semi-finals take place today as the United States faces Jamaica in Atlanta.

** The Tour de France begins to wind down with Chris Froome the expected winner, barring any unforeseen difficulty.

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Sports Update (7/21)

By on July 21st, 2015

Another former Gator makes his MLB debut, game results, British Open leftovers and a former Gator charged in our Tuesday Sports Update…

** Former Gator pitcher Brian Johnson will make his MLB debut tonight as a starting pitcher against former teammate Preston Tucker and the Houston Astros.

** In MLB games last night, Atlanta beats the LA Dodgers 7-5; Philadelphia beat Tampa Bay 5-3 and Arizona tops Miami 3-1.

** As the MLB trading deadline nears, reports surface that the Detroit Tigers will make pitcher David Price and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes available.

** Zach Johnson celebrates his British Open win today after winning in a thrilling playoff yesterday.

** The ACC and Big 12 are having their “Media Days” in football this week after the SEC kicked things off last week.

** Former Florida defensive back JC Jackson has been charged with suspicion of burglary and robbery stemming from an April incident in Gainesville.

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Sports Update (7/20)

By on July 20th, 2015

The British Open spills over into Monday, MLB results, Tour de France and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** Because of bad weather, the British Open’s final round will be played today and more bad weather is expected.   A large number of golfers are in contention as the final round continues.

** In MLB action, Toronto downs Tampa Bay 4-0, Philadelphia edges Miami 8-7 and Atlanta loses 4-1 to the Chicago Cubs.   Tonight, the Braves host the LA Dodgers while Miami is at Arizona and Tampa Bay is at Philadelphia.

** Some MLB players with local ties did well yesterday.   Pitcher Andrew Miller of Gainesville picked up his 20th save in 20 chances for the New York Yankees and former Gator Preston Tucker had three hits and drove in two runs in a Houston win over Texas.

** Kyle Busch wins his third NASCAR race of the year after taking the checkered flag at the NASCAR race in New Hampshire.   He beats out Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick for the win.

** The Tour de France heads into the alps with Chris Froome enjoying a big lead in the race.  Stage 16 of the event is today.

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Friday Sports Update-SEC Media Days Over, Baseball, More

By on July 17th, 2015

SEC Football Media Days is over for another year, the British Open continues, baseball cranks back up and more in our Friday Sports Update (7/17).

** SEC Football Media Days is over for another year.   Auburn is picked by the media to win the SEC title while Florida is picked fifth in the SEC East.  Alabama and Georgia were picked to finish first in the SEC West and East respectively.

** The British Open continues today.   Dustin Johnson shot a seven under par 65 for the first round lead.  Six golfers were a shot back.

** Major League Baseball resumes today after the All Star Break.   Tampa Bay visits Toronto while Miami is at Philadelphia and Atlanta hosts the Chicago Cubs.

** The Tour de France continues today; the event ends later this month.

** Former Gator basketball player Teddy Dupay was trying to set a Guinness World Record for most three point shots made in a 24 hour period; he came up just short.  However, he was able to raise money for a charity in the effort.

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Thursday Sports Update…SEC Media Days, British Open, Open NFL Wallets

By on July 16th, 2015

The British Open is underway, big money on NFL contracts, MLB resumes and more in our Thursday Sports Update…

** SEC Football Media Days has its final session today in Birmingham, Alabama that will conclude the four day event.

** The British Open is underway with most of golf’s biggest stars on hand to play.   Jordan Spieth comes in red hot and among many is a favorite to win the event.

** Some NFL teams shell out big money to keep established stars.   The Kansas City Chiefs spend $101 million to keep linebacker Justin Houston and Dallas and Denver spent in the $70 million range to keep receivers Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas, respectively.

** Major League Baseball resumes it regular season tomorrow after the All Star Break.  Tampa Bay will be playing a series at Toronto.

** Former Gator assistant and current Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt signs a contract extension that keeps him at the school through the 2019/20 season.

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SEC Media Day Coverage Continues

By on July 14th, 2015

With college football season right around the corner, coverage of Day Two from SEC Media Days will continue in Hoover, Alabama today.

Yesterday, football coaches from the Southeastern Conference took the podium to address the media about offseason developments. Some of the coaches present included Jim McElwain of Florida, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, and second year Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason.

As Jim McElwain enters his first year as head coach of the Gators, expectations for greatness are certainly implied. The Orange and Blue finished 7-5 last year (4-4 in the SEC) and beat East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl.

“It’s kind of great to have the expectations,” McElwain explained. “That’s something we look forward to and we embrace.”

McElwain’s Gators will kick off their season with a night game on September 5th when the New Mexico State Aggies visit The Swamp.

Head coach Gus Malzahn has his own expectations for Auburn after finishing last season with a record of 8-5 (4-4 in the SEC) and a loss to Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. The Tigers enter this year with a new defensive coordinator, former Florida head coach Will Muschamp. Malzahn is entering his third season at Auburn, carrying a 20-7 overall record that has been plagued by two consecutive bowl game losses.

“Our theme this year is ‘Count on me,'” Malzahn says. “Our players to be able to count on each other on and off the field.”

After Vanderbilt’s disappointing 3-9 season (0-8 in the SEC), second year head coach Derek Mason says he accepts full responsibility for the failures of last season.

“We weren’t a very competitive football team in 2014,” Mason admitted. “And that’s on me.”

Head coaches were also accompanied by the SEC’s newly appointed Commissioner Greg Sankey on Monday. Sankey says he will focus on three words during his tenure: “Scholars, Champions, and Leaders.”

Sankey is entering his 13th year as an SEC staff member and he succeeds Mike Slive as SEC commissioner.

Audio from this story can be found below.


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Tuesday Sports Update…SEC Media Days, All Star Game…

By on July 14th, 2015

Baseball’s best play tonight in the All Star Game, SEC Football Media Days continues and more in our Tuesday Sports Update…

** Baseball’s annual All Star Game takes place tonight in Cincinnati.   The winning team gets home field advantage in the World Series.

** Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier delights the home crowd by winning the Home Run Derby held last night.

** SEC Football Media Days continues today in Birmingham.   The Florida contingent spoke yesterday with no real ground breaking news to report.

** FSU president John Thrasher met the football team to discuss recent incidents involving members of the team getting involved in off the field issues.

** The 2015 Southeast Regional Softball Tournament continues this week in Alachua with several age groups and teams competing.   There are teams from Alachua, Gainesville, Bradford and from all across the nation as well.

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Monday Sports Update (7/13)

By on July 13th, 2015

SEC Football Media Days kicks off, MLB hits the All Star Break and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** SEC Football Media Days kicks off its annual event today in Birmingham, Alabama and will last through Thursday.   Florida is one of the team’s speaking on the first day as coach Jim McElwain will bring Jonathan Bullard, Vernon Hargreaves III and Brandon Powell to the event.

** MLB has reached the All Star Break.   The annual Home Run Derby takes place tonight before the All Star Game is played tomorrow in Cincinnati.

** Tampa Bay sweeps Houston with a 4-3 win Sunday.   Miami takes three of four from the Reds after an 8-1 win and Atlanta is swept in a four game series by Colorado after an 11-3 loss Sunday.

** Novak Djokovic wins the Wimbledon’s men’s singles championship after beating Roger Federer in four sets in the final Sunday.

** With the British Open starting this week, Jordan Spieth could be the man to beat after he wins the John Deere Classic in a playoff Sunday.   On the LPGA tour, In Gee Chun wins the U.S. Open.

** The Tour de France continues today.

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Friday Sports Update (7/10)

By on July 10th, 2015

A former Gator is honored, another charged, an NFL great passes, Wimbledon, MLB and more in our Friday Sports Update…

** Former Gator Lauren Haeger is named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year.   The Gator softball star recently completed her senior season, helping the Gators win a national title.   She is also up for an award at the ESPY’s in a few days.

** Former Gator and former NFL defensive lineman Ray McDonald has been charged with domestic violence and false imprisonment in connection with an allegation he assaulted his girlfriend while she was holding a child.  Additional charges could also be pending.

** A sad NFL note today as former NFL quarterback Kenny Stabler dies at 69 from complications from colon cancer.

** Wimbledon’s female singles final will have Serena Williams facing long shot Gurbine Mururuza.  The men’s semifinals take place today.

** Former Gator baseball player Cole Figueroa has been called up the big leagues by the New York Yankees.

** In MLB action, Kansas City completes a four game sweep of Tampa Bay with an 8-3 win Thursday.   The Rays have a series this weekend at home against Houston.  Atlanta will be at Colorado and Miami faces Cincinnati after winning 2-0 yesterday against the Reds.

**In the NBA, LeBron James signs a new two year deal to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers.


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