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Sports coverage from the Orlando Sentinel:

  • Freedom wins boys volleyball District 2 title April 19, 2019
    Something had to give in the third and final meeting between the state’s top two boys volleyball teams Thursday night. That something came in the form of a block by Freedom senior Bryant Herrera, giving the Patriots a 15-12 edge over Timber Creek in the fifth set (25-18, 23-25, 25-12, 23-25, 15-12)...
    Steven Ryzewski
  • Red Wings name Steve 'The Captain' Yzerman general manager April 19, 2019
    The Captain is coming home. Hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman was named general manager of the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, returning to the franchise where he was part of three Stanley Cup championship teams and a captain for a league-record 20 seasons. "I'm extremely excited to be back in Detroit,"...
    Larry Lage
  • Magic focus on ball security, movement to defuse Raptors' pressure April 19, 2019
    Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford said it before the series began: limiting turnovers will be a key to beating the Toronto Raptors. Clifford reiterated the importance of limiting offensive mistakes as his team prepares to face the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Friday...
    Roy Parry
  • College Football Rankings: No. 128 UConn stuck at bottom of American Athletic Conference April 19, 2019
    UConn has suffered through a stretch of mediocrity that stretches back to the program’s appearance in the Fiesta Bowl in 2010. Even the return of Randy Edsall, who spent more than a decade leading the program to success from 2000-10, has done little to spark the Huskies as the team wrapped up one...
    Matt Murschel
  • Jags consider unique way to beat heat — drone clouds: report April 19, 2019
    Coming to a stadium near you … Well, possibly. The Jacksonville Jaguars are considering an out-of-the-box concept to help fans attending their games at TIAA Bank Field try to stay cool, according to First Coast News. Introducing “drone-powered robotic clouds’’ that will block the sun. “It’s very...
    Stephen Ruiz
  • Magic expect energy boost from Amway crowd hosting first playoff game since 2012 April 19, 2019
    Magic players are ready to get a boost from Amway Center fans. Orlando players talked Thursday after practice about the way Toronto fans brought the energy to the Scotiabank Arena during Tuesday’s Game 2. With the series shifting to Amway Center for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday, the Magic...
    Chris Hays
  • No comeback this time as Warriors bury the Clippers in Game 3 April 19, 2019
    By halftime, Golden State led by more than 20 points, again. Four minutes into the third quarter, and with four fouls to his name and disgust on his face, Golden State’s Stephen Curry left the court for the bench. Again. One minute later, his team led the Clippers by 31. Again. The main plot points...
    Andrew Greif
  • North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell resigns after findings from program review April 19, 2019
    RALEIGH — North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has resigned after an external review found she had made “racially insensitive” comments and applied “undue influence” regarding players’ ability to compete through medical issues. The school issued a release late Thursday announcing...
    Aaron Beard
  • Nets blow chance against Embiid-less Sixers, trail series 2-1 April 19, 2019
    The Nets blew it. Their golden opportunity was incinerated Thursday night, and now they’re in trouble. Despite Joel Embiid’s shocking DNP because of a sore knee, the Nets were pummeled at Barclays Center in Game 3 by the Sixers, 131-115, losing home-court advantage while falling into a 2-1 series...
    Stefan Bondy
  • MLS announces plan to expand to 30 teams April 19, 2019
    Major League Soccer plans to expand to 30 teams "in the coming years," the league announced in a statement released Thursday evening following its Board of Governors meeting in Los Angeles. Expansion fees for the league's 28th and 29th teams are set at $200 million. A fee for the 30th club hasn't...
    Jordan Culver
  • UCF basketball adds three players to bolster roster April 19, 2019
    UCF has added three players who could give the basketball program an immediate boost following the departure of elite seniors. Point guard B.J. Taylor and center Tacko Fall are among the seniors who have exhausted their eligibility after leading UCF to the first NCAA Tournament at-large bid and...
    Iliana Limón Romero
  • UF receiver Trevon Grimes develops into play-making threat for Gators April 19, 2019
    UF receiver Trevon Grimes scored his first touchdown to kick off the 2018 campaign for the Gators. Grimes’ next trip to the end zone did not arrive until 10 games later in the regular season finale. In between, the talented South Florida native would continue to adjust to new surroundings, teammates...
    Kyle Wood
  • Orlando Pride defender Ali Krieger: Marc is the best coach I've had in my career April 19, 2019
    CARY, N.C. -- Veteran defender Ali Krieger was frustrated with the results of Wednesday match, but not with her new coach. Ashlyn Harris, Alex Morgan, Marta – many of the Pride’s veteran international players have praised Marc Skinner’s detail-oriented and enthusiastic approach to training. After...
    Jordan Culver
  • Magic center Nikola Vucevic vows to be more aggressive against Raptors as playoff series shifts to Orlando April 18, 2019
    There is no question what needs to happen for the Orlando Magic during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference playoff series against Toronto as it shifts to Amway Center Friday night. Nikola Vucevic has to get back to playing the way he did during the regular season, when he averaged 21 points and...
    Chris Hays
  • Tampa Bay Lightning GM Julien BriseBois says franchise not overreacting to playoff loss April 18, 2019
    TAMPA — Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday he is not going to overreact to the Lightning's historically quick postseason exit and he still has confidence in coach Jon Cooper. After tying the NHL record for wins during the regular season, the perennial Stanley Cup contender...
    Mark Didtler
  • New Bucs coach Bruce Arians is taking a crack at turning around struggling Tampa Bay April 18, 2019
    TAMPA — New regime, same old mission for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bruce Arians is the latest coach taking a stab at making the Bucs relevant again. The former Arizona Cardinals coach came out of retirement in January to replace Dirk Koetter, who was fired after another losing season extended the...
    Fred Goodall
  • Jags' Tom Coughlin calls out Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith for skipping workouts April 18, 2019
    JACKSONVILLE — Tom Coughlin took a not-so-subtle shot at two of Jacksonville's top defenders, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith, for skipping voluntary workouts. The team's executive vice president of football operations said Thursday that “championship teams are dominated by...
  • Alex Morgan on Time 100 list: 'This is very dear to my heart' April 18, 2019
    Alex Morgan smiled as a group of raucous fans chanted “Alex!” in the minutes following the Orlando Pride’s 5-0 loss to the North Carolina Courage. It was a tough out for Morgan and the Pride, but she and several other Pride players made time for the youngsters who wanted to see some of their heroes...
    Jordan Culver
  • Five area baseball players selected to FACA All-Star Classic in Lakeland April 18, 2019
    Hagerty outfielder Riley Greene and Windermere High left-handed pitcher Bryce Hubbart were named overall most valuable players for the 2018-19 season in voting by area coaches who are members of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association. Greene was voted MVP for District 9 of the FACA, which includes...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • Pictures: Magic host Toronto Raptors in Game 3 in Orlando April 18, 2019
    The Orlando Magic host the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of their best-of-seven, first-round playoff series on Friday, April 19, 2019. (Stephen M. Dowell & Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)
  • Dr. Phillips loses soccer coach, Winter Park promotes girls soccer assistant April 18, 2019
    Joel Dobrowolski is leaving Dr. Phillips after 14 years as both a boys and girls soccer coach. He accepted a position last month as a middle school math teacher at Lake Highland Prep. Dobrowolski leaves DP as the school’s winningest boys soccer coach with 125 victories from 2005-11 and 2015-19,...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • 2019 College Football Rankings: No. 129 South Alabama still in rebuilding mode April 18, 2019
    South Alabama coach Steve Campbell has won national titles at lower divisions and sees no reason the Jaguars program he took over in 2018 can’t thrive in the Sun Belt Conference. South Alabama boasts ambition and optimism, but it likely will take more time to get the program out of the college...
    Iliana Limón Romero
  • Raptors show off a sense of urgency in Game 2 Magic look to match April 18, 2019
    The Orlando Magic expected to get a ramped-up Toronto Raptors team in Game 2, and that’s exactly what they got. With Kawhi Leonard’s eight points leading the way, the Raptors scored the first 11 points and used that momentum to carry them to a 111-82 victory Tuesday that tied the series at 1-1....
    Roy Parry
  • Magic center Nikola Vucevic continues to struggle against Raptors’ defense April 17, 2019
    The Toronto Raptors have smothered Magic center Nikola Vucevic during the first two games of their first-round playoff series. How quickly he regains his scoring punch will play a key role for the Magic going forward against the Raptors in the best-of-7 series that is tied 1-1. After scoring 11...
    Roy Parry
  • Orlando Pride's flaws exposed during brutal 5-0 road loss to North Carolina Courage April 17, 2019
    It’s clear the Orlando Pride have numerous things to work on in their first season under new coach Marc Skinner. They’re still trying to find ways not only to score but to be effective in the final third. And critical mistakes all over the pitch need to be cleaned up. The Pride were pummeled 5-0...
    Jordan Culver