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Sports coverage from the Orlando Sentinel:

  • Pacers even series, force Game 7 by blowing out Cavs 121-87 April 28, 2018
    The Indiana Pacers will force LeBron James to go the distance to remain unbeaten in first-round series. Behind Victor Oladipo 's 28 points and first career postseason triple-double, the Pacers sent the series back to Cleveland and pushed the defending Eastern Conference champions to the brink of...
    MICHAEL MAROT
  • Mitchell scores 38, Jazz beat Thunder 96-91 to win series April 28, 2018
    Donovan Mitchell arrived at the arena wearing a white hoodie featuring the Mona Lisa. He left the court having authored a playoff masterpiece. Even when the Jazz trailed in the first half, Utah coach Quin Snyder reminded Mitchell what he was capable of accomplishing. "We're going to win this game...
    MATTHEW COLES
  • Tight end Antonio Gates will not return to LA Chargers April 28, 2018
    Tight end Antonio Gates will not return to the Los Angeles Chargers , ending the 15-year tenure of the most prolific pass-catcher in franchise history. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco confirmed the team's decision Friday night after the second day of the NFL draft . The Chargers had waited...
    GREG BEACHAM
  • Down at half, Raps eliminate Wiz 102-92 thanks to reserves April 28, 2018
    For a team that had been 0-23 when trailing at halftime in road playoff games, the Toronto Raptors sure went about ending that drought and advancing in the playoffs in an usual way: The second unit, led by Fred VanVleet, created the comeback. Using a tremendous effort at both ends of the court...
    HOWARD FENDRICH
  • ESPN: Cowboys' Witten retiring after 15 seasons for 'MNF' April 28, 2018
    Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire after 15 seasons and join ESPN as its lead analyst for the "Monday Night Football" telecast, the network reported Friday. Witten met with owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who said no announcement was coming Friday. Jones said he had several...
  • Tampa Bay Bucs draft USC RB Ronald Jones II, 2 CBs and guard on Day 2 April 28, 2018
    TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers turned to offense with their first of three picks in the second round, taking USC running back Ronald Jones II. Tampa Bay then returned to an emphasis on defense with its final two second-round picks, taking cornerbacks M.J. Stewart from North Carolina and...
    Associated Press
  • Jaguars draft big, speedy LSU receiver DJ Chark in 2nd round April 28, 2018
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars turned to LSU to improve their running game for the second time in as many years. The Jaguars selected big and speedy receiver DJ Chark from LSU in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night, giving them a proven deep threat and one of the best...
    Associated Press
  • Timber Creek walks off on Oviedo in 10th for fourth district title in row April 28, 2018
    It took extra innings and a timely hit to decide the Class 9A, District 6 softball championship Friday in Avalon Park. Timber Creek junior Brynn High connected for a walk-off blast to centerfield with bases loaded to give the Wolves a 1-0 win over visiting Oviedo. “I knew it was in the gap,” High...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • Dolphins get more athletic, add TE Mike Gesicki and LB Jerome Baker on Day 2 of NFL draft April 28, 2018
    The Miami Dolphins focused on speed and athleticism in Friday’s second and third rounds of the NFL draft, selecting Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki in the second round and Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker in the third round. Both players make the Dolphins more athletic, and both figure to fit...
    Chris Perkins
  • Marlins get strong start from Urena but no offense in losing Prado's return April 28, 2018
    South Florida has curbed its enthusiasm for the Marlins. The national audience delights in every misstep of the team and its formerly revered novice CEO. The team that seemingly nobody loves is somehow seemingly unaffected. The Marlins were a decidedly upbeat bunch as they began a six-game homestand...
    Craig Davis
  • Everblades handle Solar Bears in series opener April 28, 2018
      John McCarron had a goal and two assists to lead the host Florida Everblades to a 4-1 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears in the opening game of the ECHL division finals on  Friday.     Joe Cox, Brett Bulmer and David Dziurzynski all added goals for the Everblades, the top seed in the South...
  • Dolphins' third-round pick Jerome Baker a 'new-age type inside linebacker' April 28, 2018
    The Miami Dolphins drafted Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker (6-1, 229) in the third round Friday, making it the second consecutive year they’ve drafted a linebacker from that school. Last year, the Dolphins took Raekwon McMillan in the second round. Baker, who played weakside linebacker in college,...
    Chris Perkins
  • Kansas City Chiefs take FSU's Derrick Nnadi in third round of 2018 NFL draft April 28, 2018
    Florida State defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft on Friday night. Nnadi, a three-year starter for the Seminoles considered an undersized defensive tackle and projected to be a fourth- or fifth-round selection, was taken...
    Safid Deen
  • Gators' DB Duke Dawson selected No. 56 by New England Patriots April 28, 2018
    Former UF defensive back Duke Dawson is the latest graduate of DBU. The New England Patriots selected Dawson on Friday night with the No. 56 pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Dawson’s selection continued an impressive run by past members of the Gators secondary, who have claimed the fictitious title...
    Edgar Thompson
  • Orlando Pride set for match against Seattle Reign FC with international players back April 27, 2018
    Heading into a Saturday match against Seattle Reign FC, for the first time all season, it’s not a question of how many quality players the Orlando Pride have on the roster. It’s a question of how many of the Pride’s quality players will see match minutes. The Pride (1-2-1, 4 points) are coming...
    Jordan Culver
  • Orlando City focused on defending dead-ball situations April 27, 2018
    Orlando City has given up 12 goals through seven matches so far this season. It’s a stat that, while not ideal, doesn’t exactly tell the whole story. For the most part, Orlando City’s collective defending, anchored by a backline that’s been beset by injuries since the start of the season, has been...
    Jordan Culver
  • Former UCF coordinator wants no part of "national championship" rings, but he kept the bonus April 27, 2018
    Running off at the typewriter … You expect immature college football players to occasionally post stupid stuff on social media but not bright, innovative coaches like former UCF and current Nebraska Cornhuskers offensive coordinator Troy Walters. Walters, it seems, has turned into a bit of hypocrite...
    Mike Bianchi
  • Jeff Weltman will have final say on Magic's coaching hire April 27, 2018
    Much remains unclear about the Orlando Magic’s search for their next head coach. Except for one thing: who will do the hiring. That responsibility belongs to Jeff Weltman, the team’s president of basketball operations. “I will make the hire,” Weltman said during his April 12 press conference after...
    Josh Robbins
  • UCF baseball hosts Joe Skinner Knight, raising funds in honor of late recruit April 27, 2018
    The UCF Baseball program is honoring the life of former commit Joe Skinner on Friday night, but if he were to have his way, the attention would surely go elsewhere. After Skinner was diagnosed with hypodiploid acute lymphoblastic leukemia back in December of 2015, he had an opportunity to have...
    Bailey Adams
  • Winners and losers from the NFL draft's first round: AFC East comes out firing April 27, 2018
    The opening round of the NFL draft Thursday night featured four quarterbacks chosen in the top 10. A fifth quarterback was taken with the round's final pick. Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds became the first brothers selected in the first round of the same draft. Which teams fared the best? Which made...
    Mark Maske
  • NFL Draft: Vikings make UCF's Mike Hughes a first-round pick at No. 30 April 27, 2018
    The man who said Mike Hughes was a “Gift from God” to UCF last summer expects more big-time plays from the defensive back and return specialist in the NFL. Hughes was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the No. 30 selection in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft and his former junior college...
    Chris Hays
  • Former UF DT Taven Bryan selected by Jacksonville Jaguars with No. 29 pick April 27, 2018
    Former UF defensive tackle Taven Bryan is sticking close to home. Well, his second home anyway. With the 29th selection in Thursday’s NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Bryan to join one of the league’s top defenses and the Wyoming product was happy to hear he was headed to the Jags. ...
    Edgar Thompson, Chris Hays
  • One-handed LB Shaquem Griffin soaks up NFL Draft red carpet opportunity April 27, 2018
    Some of the loudest cheers from fans during the red carpet experience Thursday at the NFL Draft were for UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin as his arrival was announced to the crowd gathered outside AT&T Stadium. Griffin, who had to await a late invitation to the NFL combine, was one of 23 players...
    Chris Hays
  • NFL Draft: FSU's Derwin James determined to show Chargers were right to draft him at No. 17 April 27, 2018
    Florida State standout safety Derwin James’ lifelong dream has been realized. But he took an unexpected tumble before being selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. James was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers with the No. 17 overall pick on Thursday night, after much early speculation...
    Safid Deen, Chris Hays
  • 2018 NFL draft April 26, 2018
    Browse photos from the 2018 NFL draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.