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More Open UF Football Practices, HR Derby, MLB All Star Game In Sports Update

By on July 15th, 2014

You’ll get a chance to see more Gator football practices, Major League Baseball has a repeat winner in the Home Run Derby, the All Star Game plays tonight and more in our Tuesday Sports Update…

** The University Athletic Association announced that eight practices will be open to the public and to the media this summer.   Mark your calendars for August 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 14 at the Dizney Lacrosse Stadium and the August 16th practice in The Swamp.  First practice is August 4.

** SEC Football Media Days continues today in Birmingham, Alabama.   Florida, Vanderbilt and Auburn were up first yesterday and four more teams and their representatives take the podium today.

** Baseball’s Home Run Derby has a repeat winner in Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes as he blows up Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier in the final round to win the event.

** Baseball’s All-Star Game is tonight at Target Field in Minneapolis.   Felix Hernandez starts for the American League on the mound while Adam Wainwright gets the call for the National League.

** Former Gators Chandler Parsons and Bradley Beal are part of the Team USA basketball roster being coached again by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.   The roster could be pared down before the team begins its play.

** The Orlando Magic have been busy, officially signing free agent veterans Ben Gordon and Channing Frye and then trading with the Chicago Bulls to acquire forward Anthony Randolph and two draft picks for the rights to Milovan Rakovic.

 

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SEC Football Media Days, MLB Reaches All Star Break, NBA News, World Cup In Sports Update

By on July 14th, 2014

SEC Football Media Days starts today, big league baseball reaches the All-Star break and some NBA news in our Monday Sports Update…

** The annual SEC Football Media Days begins today in Birmingham, Alabama and runs through Thursday.   Gator football coach Will Muschamp and three players will speak today along with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and his players as well as SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

** Major League Baseball has reached the All-Star break.   Atlanta and Washington are tied atop the NL East while Milwaukee and the LA Dodgers both have one game leads in their respective divisions.  Baltimore, Detroit and Oakland lead their respective American League divisions.

** The Home Run Derby takes place tonight at the All-Star Game sight in Minneapolis; you can hear it live on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 8pm.

** The World Cup is history.   Germany gets an extra time goal to defeat Argentina 1-0 in the final.

** In NBA news, former Gator Chandler Parsons will now be a member of the Dallas Mavericks after the offer sheet he signed with the team was not matched by his former team, the Houston Rockets.

** The Rockets also trade guard Jeremy Lin to the LA Lakers for the rights to center Sergei Lishchuk; the Lakers also get 2015 first and second round draft picks.

** In NASCAR, Brad Keselowski wins the NASCAR race in New Hampshire on Sunday, beating out Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson.   It was his third win of the year.

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LeBron James To Return To Cleveland

By on July 11th, 2014

After seemingly endless days of speculation, discussion and talk, LeBron James has finally decided where he will next play basketball in the NBA.

In a letter published on SI.Com today, the free agent says he is returning “home” to play basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he began his pro career with out of high school.

With that decision made, several other players could now sign free agent deals.  Former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh may now leave the Heat to sign a lucrative free agent deal with the Houston Rockets.   That deal could also impact whether free agent and former Gator Chandler Parsons has an offer sheet matched by the Rockets after he signed an offer sheet with Dallas.

And the future of the Miami Heat franchise now certainly becomes more clouded with the James announcement.   Team president Pat Riley will now have to restructure a team without James and try to keep it competitive.

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World Cup, Baseball, SEC Football In Sports Update

By on July 11th, 2014

The World Cup finishes up, Major League Baseball goes to its All-Star break and SEC football isn’t too far away in our Friday Sports Update…

** The World Cup ends this weekend with the third place game on Saturday and the final between Germany and Argentina on Sunday.   ESPN 850 has live coverage of both matches at 3:30pm on Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday.

** Major League Baseball has its final weekend of action before the All-Star Game in Minnesota.   Atlanta will play the Chicago Cubs while the Miami Marlins face the New York Mets and the Tampa Bay Rays tangle with Toronto.

** Fan voting places Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Chicago Cubs infielder Anthony Rizzo on the All-Star teams in their respective leagues.

** The New York Yankees got bad news on ace starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka; he is out at least six weeks with an elbow injury.   He is 12-4 on the season but has not pitched well in his last four outings.

** Former Gator pitcher Nick Maronde has been designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels.

** NBA free agent signings can now be formally announced but no word yet on LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh as to where they will end up as free agents.

 

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World Cup Final Set; SEC Network News, Former Gator Gets Offer Sheet In Sports Update

By on July 10th, 2014

The World Cup final is set, some baseball results and some NBA news too in our Thursday Sports Update…

** The World Cup final is now set after Argentina beat Netherlands 4-2 in penalty kicks yesterday; Argentina faces Germany on Sunday for the World Cup title.

** Good news for those who want the new SEC Network; it will be available in the Gainesville area on the Cox Communications cable system; the network kicks off August 14th.

** Former Gator basketball player Chandler Parsons has been with the Houston Rockets for his entire NBA career but reports today indicate he has agreed to an offer sheet from the Dallas Mavericks; the Rockets can match the offer.

** LeBron James and Miami Heat general manager Pat Riley have met but the free agent has not yet announced a decision as to where he will play next year.   The Cleveland Cavaliers engineered a trade yesterday that frees up money to sign James to a maximum level contract.

** In baseball, Tampa Bay loses 5-4 to Kansas City; Atlanta loses 4-1 to the NY Mets and Miami falls 4-3 to Arizona.   Tampa Bay and Miami are off today while the Braves again play the Mets.

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World Cup Stunner, LeBron’s Meeting In Sports Update

By on July 9th, 2014

The World Cup, NBA, Major League Baseball and more in our Wednesday Sports Update…

** A World Cup stunner in the semi-finals as Germany hammers host country Brazil 7-1.  The other semi-final is today when Netherlands plays Argentina and you can hear the match live on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 3:30pm.

** LeBron James meets face to face today with Miami Heat general manager Pat Riley to discuss his future with the organization.   James is a free agent being courted by other teams like Cleveland, Phoenix and the LA Lakers.

** In baseball, former GHS standout Tyler Holt, who just made his big league debut with the Cleveland Indians, was again sent out to AAA.

** In action Tuesday, pitcher Jeremy Hellickson comes back from injury to help Tampa Bay beat Kansas City 4-3.  Atlanta lost to the New York Mets 8-3 and Miami nips Arizona 2-1.

** The University of Miami will be without two players who were kicked off its football team and out of school after being arrested and charged with sexual battery.

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Wilbekin proving himself in NBA Summer League

By on July 9th, 2014

Despite going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, former Gator point guard Scottie Wilbekin is showcasing his skills in the NBA Summer League in Orlando.

Wilbekin is playing with the Memphis Grizzlies summer league squad. Notable teammates of Wilbekin include UCLA Bruin product Jordan Adams and former Tennessee Volunteer Jarnell Stokes.

Because he’s playing alongside a plethora of NBA caliber players, Wilbekin is getting used to playing significantly less minutes in the summer league games after logging 34 minutes per game for Florida in the 2013-2014 NCAA basketball season.

“It’s tough to being used to not playing the majority of the game,” Wilbekin said. “I’ll get in there for like 10 minutes and then have to sit for 15 minutes or another 10 minutes so it’s just different from college ball.”

In his first game with the Grizzlies, Wilbekin came off the bench and recorded five assists, including some tough cross-court dimes to set up Jordan Adams for a pair of three pointers.

Wilbekin played well enough in the first game to earn the start in the second game for Memphis.

“I think it’s just a matter of time before I get my shot. Once I get my shot, I’ll believe that I’ll stick and have a long career,” says Wilbekin. “But until that happens, I just have to keep working, stay humble, and stay positive.”

Following the conclusion of the Orlando summer league, Wilbekin plans to play in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers . There, he will see some of his former Gator teammates as they fight for NBA roster spots as well – Patric Young will be playing with the New Orleans Pelicans organization, and Casey Prather will be playing summer league ball with the Atlanta Hawks.

While Wilbekin opens a new chapter in his playing career, he will never forget his senior year campaign with Florida. The Gators reached the Final Four and claimed both SEC regular season and tournament titles with Wilbekin running the point.

“I do really cherish that team and cherish that season and everything we did together. It was a lot of fun, probably the best year of my life,” said Wilbekin. “Just with everything that happened and all the good times we had – it was just something really special.”

To listen to audio from the story, click below:

Wilbekin on playing less minutes in NBA Summer League games than he did in college.

Wilbekin believes that an opportunity to join an NBA roster will come sooner rather than later

Wilbekin will forever cherish his senior season with the Gators

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World Cup Semifinals, Baseball, Hoops In Sports Update

By on July 8th, 2014

A lot of different things in the sports world to talk about today in our Tuesday Sports Update…

** The World Cup semifinals begin today as Brazil faces Germany; ESPN 850 WRUF has live coverage starting at 3:30pm.   Tomorrow, Netherlands and Argentina square off and we’ll have live coverage of that match as well at 3:30pm.

** The Miami Heat, looking to re-sign its Big Three, have apparently come to contract terms with free agents Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts.  No word yet on anything LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony.

** ESPN is reporting that the Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward Channing Frye, a forward who played for the Phoenix Suns last season.  The deal is reportedly a four year deal worth about $32 million.

** The NBA vs. Donald Sterling trial is underway in Los Angeles.   The trial is taking place as a way for the league to force Sterling out as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

** In baseball, former Rays pitcher James Shields was terrific as his Kansas City Royals beat the Rays 6-0 on Monday.   Atlanta lost 4-3 to the New York Mets and Miami loses 9-1 at Arizona.

** The NCAA has “suggested” contact limits during practices preparing for regular season games.   The NCAA is asking that at most just two contact practices be conducted during game weeks but there were also suggestions made to limit contact practices during preseason and spring football.

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MLB All Stars Announced; Former GHS Star Gets Big League Call Up; Rain At Daytona

By on July 7th, 2014

A lot of baseball news, a thrilling Wimbledon final and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** The All-Star teams have been announced for Major League Baseball’s All Star Game taking place in Minnesota in a few days.   David Price is the only Tampa Bay Ray selected while Giancarlo Stanton is the only Marlin chosen.  Atlanta gets pitchers Craig Kimbrel and Julio Tehran as well as infielder Freddie Freeman on the team.

** Former GHS and Florida State standout Tyler Holt has been called up to the Cleveland Indians from AAA.   Holt made his debut with the club this weekend.

** In baseball action, Tampa Bay is red hot, defeating Detroit 7-3; the Rays have now won eight of nine and will play Kansas City tonight.   Miami downs St.Louis 8-4 and the Marlins will begin a series at Arizona.   The D’Backs beat Atlanta 5-1 and the Braves start a series tonight at the New York Mets.

** A thrilling men’s final at Wimbledon where top seed Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer in a five set match; it is the second Wimbledon title for Djokovic.

** Rain was a big factor for the races at Daytona this weekend and it shortened the NASCAR race Sunday.   Aric Almirola gets his first career win, beating Brian Vickers and Kurt Busch.

** The San Antonio Spurs will keep a key piece of their successful puzzle when free agent Boris Diaw agrees to a new contract with the team.

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Baseball, Tennis In Slow Sports Day

By on July 3rd, 2014

Wimbledon, two hot baseball teams and not much else happening in a slow Thursday Sports Update…

** At Wimbledon, men’s top seed Novak Djokovic struggled but advanced but defending champ Andy Murray was beaten on the grass.   Roger Federer also wins.   On the women’s side, third seed Simona Halep is a winner.

** In baseball, Atlanta has won seven straight after beating the New York Mets 3-1 and the Braves get a day off today.   Tampa Bay has won five straight after sweeping the New York Yankees with a 6-3 win Wednesday and the Rays now tangle with Detroit.   Miami blanks Philadelphia 5-0 and those teams play again today.

** A strange time for former Gator pitcher Kevin Chapman; one day after being called up to the Houston Astros, Chapman was sent back down to Triple A.

** The Gator baseball players who were drafted have now all signed and are playing professionally.   Pitchers Karsten Whitson and Ryan Harris are playing for the Boston Red Sox at Lowell and Whitson will start a game on Friday.

** In the NBA, the New Jersey Nets have agreed to a contract with former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins to be their new head coach, replacing Jason Kidd.

 

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