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Sports coverage from the Orlando Sentinel:

  • Whew! Raptors blow 25-point lead, but beat Bucks 92-89 April 28, 2017
    The crowd on the road was rowdy. The 25-point lead was gone. The Toronto Raptors were frazzled, in danger of losing a Game 6 in the playoffs again. This time, Toronto found a way to win. DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final 2 minutes to answer a...
    GENARO C. ARMAS
  • Offensive draft early, QBs prized after Garrett is No. 1 April 28, 2017
    With defensive studs everywhere in this draft, NFL teams turned offensive. With an emphasis on quarterbacks. Hardly stunning in a pass-happy league, except that no quarterbacks in this crop have been highly touted. Yet three went in the first dozen Thursday night, with two surprising trades putting...
    BARRY WILNER
  • Dolphins turned down two trades to select pass rusher Charles Harris April 28, 2017
    Charles Harris had one meeting with the Miami Dolphins at the NFL scouting combine, and that was all either side needed. “Somehow I knew,” Harris said, referring to his one meeting with Miami’s executives, coaches and scouts in Indianapolis in February, which occurred two months before the Dolphins...
    Omar Kelly
  • Dolphins select Missouri DE Charles Harris with 22nd pick in NFL draft April 28, 2017
    The Miami Dolphins selected defensive end/outside linebacker Charles Harris of Missouri with the No. 22 pick of the first round in Thursday’s NFL draft, boosting their struggling defense with a pass rusher. Harris (6-3, 253 pounds), a fourth-year junior who had nine sacks and 12 tackles for a loss...
    Chris Perkins
  • Live NFL Draft updates: Raiders select CB Gareon Conley with 24th pick April 28, 2017
    April 27, 2017, 5:23 p.m. Philadelphia Chicago Bears swap picks with San Francisco 49ers to select QB Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 Sam Farmer North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky reacts after being selected by the Chicago Bears with the second pick of the NFL draft. (Matt Rourke / Associated...
  • FSU's Dalvin Cook falls out of first round in 2017 NFL draft April 28, 2017
    Florida State’s Dalvin Cook will have to wait one more day to realize his NFL dream. Cook, FSU’s standout running back from Miami who was widely considered a first-round talent, was not selected on the first day of the 2017 NFL draft, slipping out of the first round on Thursday. Cook’s first-round...
    Safid Deen
  • Bucs see rise in expectations with O.J. Howard pick April 28, 2017
    O.J. Howard was not the popular pick for the Tampa Bay Bucs. But he was the prudent one. As Facebook and cyberspace general managers screamed and typed “Dalvin Cook” across their timelines, Jason Licht, a man who actually has a bit more expertise on such things, found a keepsake pick in the 2017...
    George Diaz
  • Dolphins ready to make next step under Adam Gase April 28, 2017
    Tony Nathan was a member of the Dolphins during a time they were among the top franchises in the NFL. Nathan, a running back from 1979-87, played on teams that were annually playoff-contending teams. For the first time in a while, he feels the Dolphins are close to returning to those days. “In...
    Shandel Richardson
  • Gators' LB Jarrad Davis selected No. 21 by Detroit Lions, UF teammates have to wait April 28, 2017
    After he put on a show last month during UF’s Pro Day, linebacker Jarrad Davis said he would be happy merely to be selected during the NFL draft. But Davis also admitted he had his sights on the first round. “It definitely would be a huge honor to be picked in that top 32,” he said. “Because those...
    Edgar Thompson
  • Hagerty softball pitcher injured after district win over Lake Howell April 28, 2017
    It was a bittersweet ending to the softball district tournament for Hagerty on Thursday. Senior Harper Robertson hit a 2-run homer to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Huskies a 2-1 win over host Lake Howell in the Class 8A, District 9 final. Ashley Worrell struck out three...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • Jaguars stay at No. 4 and draft Leonard Fournette April 28, 2017
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tom Coughlin wanted more playmakers in Jacksonville. So no surprise to see him grab one of the best in college football over the last three years. The Jaguars selected LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, giving Coughlin...
    Mark Long
  • Golf roundup: Spieth and Palmer tied for lead in Zurich Classic team event April 27, 2017
    Jordan Spieth showed off his stellar short game. Ryan Palmer contributed momentum-saving par putts. They turned out to be quite the team Thursday in the Zurich Classic, the first official team event on the PGA Tour in 36 years. Spieth hit a bump-and-run from 100 feet to a front pin to set up birdie...
    Associated Press
  • Marlins backup catcher A.J. Ellis staying busy despite rare playing time April 27, 2017
    You wouldn’t know it by looking at the box scores, but A.J. Ellis works — a lot. He has played in only four games this month, none since April 18, and sat during both of the Miami Marlins’ most recent day games after night games, usually a backup catcher’s time to shine. But the way the early-season...
    Tim Healey
  • Jeremy Hellickson mystifies Marlins again in Miami's 3-2 loss to Phillies April 27, 2017
    If Thursday was a test for the Miami Marlins, a way to measure their progress from last season to this one, it didn’t portend great things for the 2017 edition of the team. Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson is still really, really good against them. Hellickson tossed six innings...
    Tim Healey
  • Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there are still two groups bidding for Marlins April 27, 2017
    Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says two groups are still bidding to buy the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria. Former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are involved in one of the groups. Manfred said some reports on the sale have been premature, noting that...
    Staff and wire reports
  • ESPN just gutted its hockey coverage in the middle of the Stanley Cup playoffs April 27, 2017
    Sports teams mutate over a decade, and so the Capitals and Penguins - teams that take the ice Thursday night - will bear almost no resemblance to the ones that played here in 2009. That was the first time the Caps advanced to the second-round in the Rock the Red era, and it was the start of hockey...
    Dan Steinberg
  • Cyle Larin’s value becomes talking point after MLS salaries released April 27, 2017
    A lot of soccer enthusiasts balked at Cyle Larin’s paycheck when the MLS Players Union released a league-wide list of salaries earlier this week. Orlando City’s leading scorer and the 2015 Rookie of the Year makes a guaranteed $192,000 this year, which ranks 10th on the team. Larin’s productivity...
    Alicia DelGallo
  • First Playoff ranking of the season to be revealed on Halloween April 27, 2017
    The first of six College Football Playoff rankings for the upcoming season will be revealed on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The rankings are used to determine the four teams that will participate in the two semifinal games set for Jan. 1, 2018. The 12-member selection committee will meet a few days prior...
    Matt Murschel
  • Evans, Timber Creek win 'Region of Doom' track titles April 27, 2017
    PALM COAST — Evans senior Jamiah Jackson raced to big wins in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and that added up to victory by the smallest of margins for her Trojans in Thursday’s talent-laden Class 4A, Region 1 track and field meet. Evans also sprinted to victory with an area-leading time...
    Buddy Collings
  • Lake Highland, Lake Mary clash for lacrosse final berth April 27, 2017
    There is a mutual respect between Lake Highland Prep and Lake Mary in boys’ lacrosse, but the Rams know that teams usually have to go through the Highlanders to win a state championship. For the second time in three years, the two Central Florida rivals meet in a state semifinal. Lake Highland...
    Jeff Gardenour
  • Linebacker Jarrad Davis headlines Gators' 2017 NFL draft class April 27, 2017
    Former UF linebacker Jarrad Davis was invited to Philadelphia for the NFL Draft, but he decided to stay home. Davis — as a first-round draft pick — would have shared a handshake, hug and photo op with commissioner Roger Goodell Thursday night on national TV. Instead, Davis remained in Kingsland,...
    Edgar Thompson
  • ESPN is the Worldwide Leader in bad management April 27, 2017
    ESPN axed about 100 valued employees Wednesday for a variety of reasons. But forget about the network’s love affair with Caitlyn Jenner and the class-action suit filed by viewers rendered deaf by Stephen A. Smith. The biggest reason is the network is the Worldwide Leader in Stupid Business Decisions....
    David Whitley
  • Steve Spurrier remembers being 1st QB taken in NFL Draft 50 years ago April 26, 2017
    Steve Spurrier didn’t have an agent, never talked to the team that picked him and was interviewed by a legendary trumpet player 50 years ago when he was the first quarterback taken in the 1967 NFL Draft. “The NFL Draft was no big deal back then,” Spurrier recalls a half-century after being taken...
    Mike Bianchi
  • NFL mock draft: Sam Farmer predicts Garrett and Thomas will go 1-2 to Browns and 49ers April 26, 2017
    CLEVELAND: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M - Too risky for the Browns to pass on an impact defensive player, unless they're worried they won't get a quarterback at No. 12. SAN FRANCISCO: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford - The 49ers need a QB but they might want to wait a year to see if they can get Kirk...
    Sam Farmer
  • Orlando City preparing for tough stretch of games April 26, 2017
    Orlando City returned to training Wednesday after a couple days off following a successful road trip to New York City. The Lions came back with three points and a clear plan for the next 10 days, which include three matches. Saturday, Orlando City will host the Colorado Rapids. Then, the Lions...
    Alicia DelGallo