As the Florida football team prepares for its season opener in eight days, the team got some bad news when it was learned that freshman offensive lineman Martez Ivey, a possible starter, will have surgery to repair an old leg injury. There is no timetable for his return.
In other sports news…
** Florida football coach Jim McElwain reaffirmed that quarterbacks Treon Harris and Will Grier will play in the UF season opener against New Mexico State.
** The Florida soccer team gets three Savannah Jordan goals to beat Miami 4-2 Thursday; next up UF hosts defending national champion FSU on Sunday.
** The Gator volleyball team opens its season with an away match at James Madison on Saturday and one at American University on Sunday.
** High school football cranks up tonight with games all over the area. Buchholz-Eastside, GHS-Columbia, Santa Fe-Newberry are a few of the games on tap.
** In baseball, Tampa Bay beat Minnesota 5-4 and Pittsburgh edged Miami 2-1. This weekend, the Rays host Kansas City, Atlanta hosts the New York Yankees and Miami is at Washington.
** Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins died of a heart attack; he was 58 years old.