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Sports coverage from the Orlando Sentinel:

  • Jaguars open up QB competition after 12-8 loss to Bucs August 18, 2017
    Blake Bortles' career in Jacksonville could be nearing an end. Coach Doug Marrone opened up the team's quarterback job after Bortles' latest inconsistent performance Thursday night, giving Chad Henne a chance to start. "I'm looking for someone who is going to lead this offense," Marrone said. "I'm...
    MARK LONG
  • Chris Long supports Malcolm Jenkins during anthem protest August 18, 2017
    Chris Long, the Philadelphia defensive end who grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, put his arm around teammate Malcolm Jenkins as a show of unity during the national anthem before the Eagles' exhibition game Thursday night against Buffalo. Jenkins stood with his right fist raised in the air as...
    ROB MAADDI
  • Blake Bortles on brink of bench after dismal outing against Bucs August 18, 2017
    Much like Yelp, Twitter player hashtags give you a Taste of the NFL. Early reviews on #BlakeBortles leaves one with a bitter aftertaste, and a sense that Bortles is a rat-infested diner in need of shuttering. “I think it is time to put a fork in #blakebortles. “ “He gotta go.... #blakebortles.”
    George Diaz
  • Hyde10: Ten thoughts on Dolphins' preseason loss to Baltimore August 18, 2017
    Quick scorecard: The cornerbacks and run defense looked good, Jay Cutler and Jay Ajayi got in some good (and healthy) work — and the Miami Dolphins reserves were routed by Baltimore Ravens’ reserves. Ten thoughts on the Dolphins’ 31-7 loss to Ravens in the second preseason game: 1. You look for...
    Dave Hyde
  • QB Jay Cutler makes his debut, RB Jay Ajayi starts, but Dolphins lose to Ravens, 31-7 August 18, 2017
    Quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Jay Ajayi started for the Miami Dolphins on Thursday against Baltimore, boosting hopes that despite an injury-filled training camp, everything can still be OK by the Sept. 10 opener against Tampa Bay.And judging by Thursday’s performance — despite the 31-7...
    Chris Perkins
  • Orlando City striker Dom Dwyer visits ‘Men in Blazers’ podcast in front of Lions fans August 18, 2017
    Hundreds of fans packed into a downtown restaurant Thursday night to escape the rain for a bit and watch a live podcast featuring Orlando City striker Dom Dwyer. Dwyer joined host Roger Bennett of NBC Sports’ “Men in Blazers” for an interview and fan Q&A at Lion’s Pride, a pub on Church Street...
    Alicia DelGallo
  • Orlando City still believes it will make playoffs despite difficult stretch August 18, 2017
    Two wins since the beginning of May, eighth place in the Eastern Conference, a suspended captain, a striker coming back from nose surgery, an injury to arguably the team’s best defender — and coach Jason Kreis still believes. Orlando City will make the playoffs, he says. Why? “What was our record...
    Alicia DelGallo
  • Florida State receiver Keith Gavin could be in store for breakout season August 18, 2017
    Former Florida State receiver Kermit Whitfield tried to stop true freshman Keith Gavin from coming out of the end zone. After Gavin caught Michigan’s kickoff in the final two minutes of last season’s Orange Bowl, Whitfield tried his best to prevent Gavin from ruining FSU’s last chance to take the...
    Safid Deen
  • UCF's Parker Boudreaux awaits NCAA ruling on family hardship waiver August 17, 2017
    Parker Boudreaux is hopeful he will have a big impact on the UCF football team in the future. The Knights coaching staff has high expectations, as well. He could give UCF a big boost soon with the help of the NCAA. Boudreaux, a hot offensive line prospect out of Orlando’s Bishop Moore Catholic...
    Chris Hays
  • No arms, no problem for Matt Stutzman — America’s best archer August 17, 2017
    Let’s take a break from the usual sports nonsense and head to a farm outside Stockport, Iowa. There you’ll find Matt Stutzman spending much of his day shooting arrows at a target 55 yards away. He’s so good that he just won the U.S.A. Archery Outdoor National Championship. “I just want to be the...
    David Whitley
  • Kickoff Classic games becoming far more serious these days August 17, 2017
    Kissimmee Osceola head football coach Doug Nichols had a simple explanation for his train of thought when it comes to scheduling Kickoff Classic preseason games each year. “If they are going to give us an extra game to play each year, we figure we may as well try to find the best team out there...
    Chris Hays
  • NFL notes: NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith calls a work stoppage in 2021 'a virtual certainty' August 17, 2017
    The NFL is four seasons away from an almost certain work stoppage, the executive director of the league’s players association calmly predicted during an interview with Sports Illustrated released this week. “I think that the likelihood of either a strike or a lockout in ’21 is almost a virtual...
    Chuck Schilken
  • NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant says he won't visit the Trump White House if the Warriors are invited August 17, 2017
    The Golden State Warriors have yet to be invited to the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA title. But if such a visit happens, finals MVP Kevin Durant won’t be joining other members of the organization in hanging out with President Trump. “Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN on Thursday....
    Chuck Schilken
  • Tyler Jordan’s versatility gives Gators options up front August 17, 2017
    UF junior Tyler Jordan has started 10 games at right guard and lined up when needed at center for the Gators. But Jordan’s versatility now is being put to the test. With freshman reserve OT Kadeem Telfort among seven players suspended for the season opener against Michigan, Jordan has lined up...
    Edgar Thompson
  • Udonis Haslem on Dwyane Wade buyout speculation and a Heat reunion: 'We'd love to have you' August 17, 2017
    Speculation about Dwyane Wade's future again is reverberating in South Florida. It started with what appeared to be a benign, non-sourced comment in an ESPN analytical piece on the Chicago Bulls' future that said, "Dwyane Wade isn't long for the organization's future and is expected to reach a...
    Ira Winderman
  • Alabama coach Nick Saban goes off on reporters who already have 'all the answers' August 17, 2017
    Alabama coach Nick Saban asked some pretty deep-sounding questions at the end of his 15-minute media session following practice on Wednesday, such as: Why do we play? Why do we compete? Why do we have practice? Actually, those questions were all rhetorical and part of a minute-plus rant apparently...
    Chuck Schilken
  • Orlando Pride recharge during quick break, chase more wins August 16, 2017
    It was an exhausting week for Orlando defender Ali Krieger. After playing in every minute of the Pride’s three games in a one-week span, she decided to have a one-day getaway. On Monday, Krieger went to St. Pete Beach to recharge her batteries. “That was really exciting,” she said. “Just to refresh...
    Luis Torres
  • Orlando City remains 5th on Forbes’ list of most valuable MLS teams August 16, 2017
    Orlando City remains one of Major League Soccer’s most valuable teams, according to Forbes’ annual list. The average worth of an MLS team is up 20 percent from last year at $223 million, according to the article. Orlando City came in at $272 million for fifth place on the top-10 list, the same...
    Alicia DelGallo
  • Hyde: Is Stanton the legit HR king if he hits 62? Even he wonders | Commentary August 16, 2017
    If I’m Giancarlo Stanton, I’d feel conflicted about the Steroid Era, too. I’d think Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in a season is the legitimate record, too. “Considering some things, I do,’’ he said Wednesday. If I’m Stanton, I’d note the only three players to hit more than 61 home runs – Barry Bonds,...
    Dave Hyde
  • UCF coach Scott Frost wants more effort from tired Knights August 16, 2017
    UCF coach Scott Frost gave his team mixed reviews Wednesday after the second scrimmage of preseason camp. “It was good, not what I wanted it to be,” Frost said during the team’s media day. “I think the guys are a little worn out from camp, but I need to see more energy from our team than I saw...
    Matt Murschel
  • Ezekiel Elliott's accuser discussed blackmailing him for sex videos August 16, 2017
    OXNARD, Calif. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and his team will attack the motive and credibility of his accuser Tiffany Thompson during the appeal of his six-game suspension by the NFL for domestic violence. Thompson discussed using sex videos of the two together in hopes of blackmailing...
    Clarence E. Hill Jr.
  • McKenzie Milton appears to have won UCF starting quarterback job August 16, 2017
    UCF coach Scott Frost said quarterback McKenzie Milton most likely would start the season opener against FIU on Aug. 31, but he stopped short of naming him the outright starter. “Through the course of practice, McKenzie’s clearly been the best guy and he’s earned the right to be our guy at this...
    Matt Murschel
  • National media should focus on UCF star Shaquem Griffin, not ex-kicker Donald De La Haye August 16, 2017
    Dear national media: Allow me to interrupt your preoccupation with making a martyr out of a part-time UCF kicker who voluntarily gave up his college football scholarship because he refused to stop making money on YouTube videos. Instead, let me present to you a better story — a story of another...
    Mike Bianchi
  • Orlando City’s Dom Dwyer fitted for face mask, hopes to play against Columbus August 16, 2017
    Dom Dwyer huddled under a folding table, out of the sun’s reach on the far side of Orlando City’s training field Wednesday. It was the first time he joined the team outside since undergoing minor surgery on his nose late last week, but he did not participate in group exercises. “He was out here...
    Alicia DelGallo
  • Top 10 football preseason Kickoff Classic games August 16, 2017
    Flip on the lights and cue up the marching bands. High school football is back with annual preseason Kickoff Classic contests around the state this week. A precursor to a season marked with great anticipation, in part due to a new playoff system using strength of schedule as a barometer, a handful...
    J.C. Carnahan