Sports

Sports coverage from the Orlando Sentinel:

  • Florida St. falls 2-0 to Michigan at CWS June 18, 2019
    A dream run was interrupted by a sleepless night. Florida State is one loss away from the end of the season and the Mike Martin era following Monday’s 2-0 loss to Michigan at the College World Series. The Seminoles, who had their six-game postseason winning streak snapped, play Wednesday against...
    Mike Malloy
  • USWNT not interested in trying to plot World Cup course June 18, 2019
    DEAUVILLE, France — The idea of trying to throw a match or plot an easier course to the 2019 Women’s World Cup final made Jill Ellis shake her head. The United States women’s national-team coach said that is a risky game to play. “I think if you get too much into manipulating or planning or overthinking...
    Alicia Delgallo
  • Magic point guard Jerian Grant couldn’t shake shooting struggles June 18, 2019
    The Orlando Magic brought in point guard Jerian Grant this season with the idea of competing for the starting position against incumbent D.J. Augustin. And if he didn’t win the job, Grant was viewed as a solid backup. Grant appeared in each of the Magic’s first 40 games, but shooting woes derailed...
    Roy Parry
  • MLS, adidas unveil Orlando City-inspired jersey, match ball for All-Star Game June 17, 2019
    Major League Soccer and adidas have released the jersey league players will be wearing during the MLS All-Star Game on July 31 — and it’s inspired by host Orlando. The base of the jersey is regal purple, just like Orlando City’s, and it features an all-over engineered stars and maple-leaves graphic....
    Luis Torres
  • USWNT responds to critics with golf-clap celebration against Chile June 17, 2019
    PARIS — The United States women’s national team got a lot of flak on social media for emphatically celebrating all 13 goals during its merciless World Cup opening victory over Thailand. Unapologetic in the wake of criticism, the players came up with a plan for Saturday’s match against Chile to...
    Alicia Delgallo
  • Magic’s Jeff Weltman excited about draft, says team will seek ‘best players’ available June 17, 2019
    As Orlando Magic president of operations Jeff Weltman prepares for his third NBA draft with the organization, his approach remains the same. Seek out the best players available. For Weltman, the draft criteria also includes what kind of person the Magic will be getting. Character will be a factor...
    Roy Parry
  • Plant City sweeps Florida Dairy Farmers baseball honors June 17, 2019
    Seminole High baseball coach Kenne Brown and standout pitcher Matt Allan placed second and third, respectively, in voting for Florida Dairy Farmers awards as selected by coaches and media representatives from around the state. Plant City senior left-handed pitcher Parker Messick was named Florida...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • Magic center Nikola Vucevic reportedly not being courted by Sacramento Kings June 17, 2019
    The Sacramento Kings are not expected to make a push to sign Magic center Nikola Vucevic in free agency, according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s James Ham. Instead, Ham reported the Kings could seek short-term deals with the Knicks’ DeAndre Jordan or the Hawks’ Dewayne Dedmon. Both are older than Vucevic...
    Roy Parry
  • NBA draft profile: Magic target Nassir Little of North Carolina June 17, 2019
    The Orlando Magic will be looking to add an impact player with the 16th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft. Nassir Little, a freshman forward from North Carolina, could be just that. During his first and only season in Chapel Hill, Little averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. A 77 percent free-throw...
    Tribune News Service
  • 2019 College Football Rankings: UNC brings back Mack Brown to get Tar Heels back on track June 17, 2019
    Mack Brown is back and hoping to lead the UNC Tar Heels to success in the same way he did the University of Texas. Back in the late 1980s, Brown inherited a 1-10 UNC team and turned it into a respectable 7-4 squad before his departure to Texas. He then led the Longhorns to a national title in 2005....
    Chaunte'L Powell
  • Most college football preview magazines rank UCF in top 25, project Clemson, Alabama title tilt rematch June 17, 2019
    This season is the 150th anniversary of college football and, as usual, fans can’t wait for the season to kick off. For those eager to get ready for the upcoming season, there are numerous preview magazines on the market providing plenty of insight, analysis and projections. Here is a breakdown...
    Matt Murschel
  • UCF, Miami latest on board for speedy 2020 West Orange WR Jaylon ‘J.C’ Carlise June 17, 2019
    Former West Orange head football coach Bob Head predicted a few years ago that Jaylon “J.C.” Carlise was going to break out. That time has come for Carlise, who recently earned scholarship offers from UCF and Miami on the same day to give him 14 total Football Bowl Subdivision offers. Carlise was...
    Chris Hays
  • Wekiva’s Sedayjha Payne repeats as flag football player of the year June 17, 2019
    After a triumphant winter season in which she led Wekiva to a state championship in girls basketball and earned Orlando Sentinel player-of-the-year honors, Sedayjha Payne continued to display her athletic prowess in the spring. She is a repeat player of the year in girls flag football — making...
    Steve Gorches, Buddy Collings
  • Podcast: West Orange wrestling coach Kristen Iannuzzi joins us June 17, 2019
    West Orange wrestling coach Kristien Iannuzzi joins the podcast to talk about her experiences as a girl wrestling in the late 90s-early 00s. She also speaks about being a female coach of a boy’s team at West Orange and what she has learned in that role. The one-time Orange County teacher of the...
    Brant Parsons
  • Steady Woodland denies history with U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach for first major crown June 17, 2019
    Gary Woodland denied Brooks Koepka’s bold bid at history and made U.S. Open memories of his own Sunday with two clutch shots, a birdie putt on the final hole and that silver trophy in his hands at Pebble Beach. Yeah, he's got this. Koepka, trying to match a 114-year-old record with his third straight...
    Doug Ferguson
  • FSU pitcher CJ Van Eyk will try to build on CWS opening win, take out Michigan June 17, 2019
    Sequels are rarely as good as the original. Florida State pitcher CJ Van Eyk will try. Van Eyk (10-3, 3.80 earned-run average) will start on the mound at 7 p.m. Monday against Michigan (47-20) at the College World Series. “I’ve never faced them before,” Van Eyk said. “I’ve seen them on television...
    Mike Malloy
  • Jarrett Culver, Cam Reddish top list of best shooting guards in NBA draft pool June 16, 2019
    Jarrett Culver made himself a top-flight NBA prospect by pushing Texas Tech to within a win of its first national championship. Culver is regarded by many as the top shooting guard in Thursday's draft, part of a rapid rise from solid freshman contributor to Associated Press All-American. He could...
    Associated Press
  • Magic’s Wes Iwundu added more offense to his game this season June 16, 2019
    Wes Iwundu continued to deliver defense at a high level for the Orlando Magic, but the second-year forward added a bit more offense to his game during the 2018-19 season. While his overall field-goal percentage dipped slightly, Iwundu’s 3-point shooting saw a considerable jump, and it made him...
    Roy Parry
  • USWNT fathers celebrate special day at World Cup match in Paris June 16, 2019
    PARIS — Bob Mewis remembers when his daughter was younger and won the Massachusetts state soccer final on Father’s Day. He thought that was the greatest thing in the world. Mewis never imagined then where he would be spending his 2019 Father's Day. “I thought that was fantastic. Now look at where...
    Alicia Delgallo
  • 2019 College Football Rankings: No. 70 Southern Miss pushes for C-USA title June 16, 2019
    Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson found himself in some controversy in the offseason after interviewing former Baylor coach Art Briles for the vacant offensive coordinator position. The school decided against hiring Briles. Hopson has moved past it and returns a wealth of talent on both sides of the...
    Luis Torres
  • 20-year-old Tierna Davidson makes World Cup debut, notches two assists June 16, 2019
    PARIS, France — Ten seconds: That’s really all the time Tierna Davidson allowed herself to savor her World Cup debut Sunday. The U.S. took down Chile in group play 3-0 and Davidson played all 90 minutes at left back. But it took 24 years — longer than Davidson has been alive — for a player as young...
    Ashley Scoby
  • Former Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni hoping to invigorate New Zealand June 16, 2019
    GRENOBLE, France – New Zealand may get eliminated from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cupbefore the knockout round, but Tom Sermanni will still be the team’s head coach. Sermanni, whose New Zealand squad dropped to 0-2-0 in Group E after Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to Canada in Grenoble, signed a contract...
    Julian Cardillo
  • USWNT beats Chile 3-0, advances to World Cup knockout stage June 16, 2019
    PARIS — The United States continued setting World Cup records when it took down Chile 3-0 Sunday afternoon. During the first 35 minutes of the match, Carli Lloyd became the oldest player in World Cup history to score twice in a match, bringing the announced crowd of 45,594 to its feet at Parc des...
    Alicia Delgallo
  • Atlanta QB Michael Wright commits to UCF June 16, 2019
    It’s difficult to say who was more excited Sunday after 2020 Atlanta (Ga.) Woodward Academy quarterback Michael Wright committed to UCF while at the IMG National 7-on-7 Championships in Bradenton. Woodward was amped up about the news that he said he had been holding in all week as he awaited completion...
    Chris Hays
  • NFL star Ha Ha Clinton-Dix urges kids to ‘do the right thing’ during first Orlando camp June 16, 2019
    Chicago Bears safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had a message for the young football players at his first annual Ha Ha’s HERO Foundation Football Camp on Saturday. Sure, there was plenty of football at the camp, but that’s not all it was about for the nearly 200 7- to 14-year-old campers and the vast assortment...
    Chris Hays