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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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Wimbledon, Baseball In Thursday Sports Update (7/9)

By on July 9th, 2015

No British Open for the defending champion, MLB results, Wimbledon too in our Thursday Sports Update…

** Defending British Open champion Rory McIlroy will not defend his title.   He will not play in the event next week after injuring his ankle playing soccer recently.

** Wimbledon continues today with women’s semifinal action.  On the men’s side yesterday, Novak Dkokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer all won.

** SEC Football Media Days starts Monday and Florida will be one of the first teams represented; the Gators will send receiver Brandon Powell, defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard to the event.

** The Tour de France continues today.

** In the NBA, free agent guard Jeremy Lin has apparently reached a contract agreement with Charlotte and center DeAndre Jordan could decide today to stay with the LA Clippers or go to Dallas.

** In baseball, Kansas City downs Tampa Bay 9-7; Boston beats Miami 6-3 and Milwaukee edges Atlanta 6-5.   Those match ups take place again today.


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Former Gator Traded In Thursday Sports Update (7/8)

By on July 8th, 2015

The Tampa Bay Rays get swept, Wimbledon, a former Gator is traded in the NBA and more in our Wednesday Sports Update…

** At Wimbledon, Serena Williams will face Maria Sharapova in the women’s singles semi finals after both posted wins yesterday.  On the men’s side, top seed Novak Djokovic, two seed Roger Federer and three seed Andy Murray are scheduled for action.

** Former Gator David Lee, who just won an NBA title with Golden State, is reportedly traded to the Boston Celtics.

** The Gator football team gets a 2017 verbal commit from offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, who had originally pledged to Miami.

** Ole Miss is starting an internal investigation to see if any NCAA regulations were violated in the ongoing case involving offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil.

** In baseball, Tampa Bay is swept by Kansas City in a doubleheader 9-5 and 7-1.   Atlanta downs Milwaukee 4-3 and Boston nips Miami 4-3.   All those teams play again today.

** All of the Gator baseball players from last year’s team who were drafted now have signed their pro contracts.   Pitchers Eric Hanhold, Taylor Lewis, Bobby Poyner and Danny Young are the latest to sign.

** Incoming UF freshman golfer Sam Wagner has been added to the U.S. Women’s Open taking place later this month.

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Wimbledon, Baseball, Top Tuesday Sports Update (7/7)

By on July 7th, 2015

Wimbledon continues, baseball results, NBA news and more in our Tuesday Sports Update…

** Wimbledon resumes today after most of the big names won matches yesterday.   However, men’s nine seed Marin Cilic and women’s six seed Lucie Safarova were beaten.

** Baseball names the All Star Game reserves for the game later this month.  You will see a lot of Kansas City Royals on the AL roster.

** In action yesterday, Tampa Bay was rained out at Kansas City; Atlanta beats Milwaukee 5-3.   Those teams play today and Miami starts a series at Boston.

** In the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs will have veteran guard Manu Ginobili back next year.   And reports also have veteran David West signing with the team as well.

** Florida State has dismissed quarterback De’Andre Johnson from the team after a video was released allegedly showing Johnson hitting a woman at a bar.   He has been charged with misdemeanor battery.

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World Cup, Daytona Crash, Baseball All Stars In Monday Sports Update (7/6)

By on July 6th, 2015

A World Cup win for the United States, a tough crash at the end of the Coke Zero 400, baseball All Star starters are announced, Wimbledon and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** The U.S. women’s soccer team wins the World Cup by beating Japan 5-2 Sunday in the final.   The U.S. scored four goals very quickly and were never headed in the match.

** Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the rain delayed Coke Zero 400 race at Daytona in a race that was marred by a crash at the end that slightly injured some spectators.   Driver Austin Dillon crashed into the catch fence and the car landed on its roof but Dillon was not hurt badly.

** All Star starters were named for baseball’s All Star Game later this month.   Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon are NL starters.   The pitchers and reserves will be named soon.

** In baseball yesterday, Tampa Bay drills the NY Yankees 8-1; Philadelphia blanks Atlanta 4-0 and Miami loses 2-0 to the Chicago Cubs.   Today, Tampa Bay is at Kansas City; Atlanta is at Milwaukee and Miami is off.

** Wimbledon continues today where the Williams sisters will square off in a quarterfinal match.

** The Tour de France also continues today.

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Near No-Hitter, Gator Football Recruiting, NBA Free Agents In Thursday Sports Update (7/2)

By on July 2nd, 2015

A near no-hitter in Tampa Bay, Wimbledon, NBA free agent news and more in our Thursday Sports Update…

** Cleveland pitcher Carlos Carraso comes within one strike of throwing a no-hitter before losing it and settling for an 8-1 win over the Rays.   Miami downs San Francisco 6-5 and Atlanta beats Washington 4-1.   All those series conclude today.

** The Florida football team gets a quarterback verbal commitment in the 2017 class from 6’3″ signal caller Jake Allen from St. Thomas Aquinas High School.   He’s the second verbal in the class.

** Former Gator and NFL player Brandon Spikes pleads guilty to a hit and run accident in Massachusetts that occurred last month.  He will serve a year of probation for the incident.

** The NBA free agency period continues as many players get new deals to stay with their current teams and players like Tyson Chandler and Paul Pierce sign new deals with different teams.

** Wimbledon continues today.  Men’s fifth seed Kei Nishikori withdrew and women’s seventh seed Ana Ivanovic lost.   Today, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are among those scheduled to be in action.


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USA World Cup Win, UF Football, MLB In Our Wednesday Sports Update (7/1)

By on July 1st, 2015

We greet the start of a new month with World Cup news, MLB results, Wimbledon and more in our Wednesday Sports Update…

** The U.S. women’s soccer team advances to the finals of the World Cup Sunday after beating Germany 2-o yesterday.   The USA will play the winner of England/Japan in the finals.

** Several sources are reporting today that Florida incoming freshman football player D’Anfernee McGriff will not be part of the 2015 class.   He should be going to junior college.   Meanwhile fellow freshman Keivonnis Davis reportedly must still pass a class in order to enroll at UF.

** Wimbledon continues today with only one major upset yesterday as women’s three seed Simona Halep is beaten.  All the other top seeds advanced in men’s and women’s play.

** NBA free agency has officially begun.   Former Gator Mike Miller isn’t going anywhere; he exercised his player option to return to Cleveland next year.

** In MLB action, Miami downs San Francisco 5-3 while Washington beats Atlanta 6-1 and Cleveland rocks Tampa Bay 6-2.

** Gator baseball players Aaron Rhodes, Mike Vinson and Harrison Bader have all now signed pro contracts.   Four Gator signees have also gone pro but one second round pick, pitcher Brady Singer, has yet to sign.

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