Sports

Sports coverage from the Orlando Sentinel:

  • Winter Park, Seminole win in Rotary Tip-Off basketball December 6, 2019
    Senior Clay Kuhn didn’t make a single three-pointer in Winter Park’s season-opener, but he snapped that shooting drought in a hurry on Thursday night. Kuhn scored eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, in a game-ending 12-0 run to rally the host Wildcats past Spruce Creek 44-37 in a...
    Jeff Gardenour
  • UCF volleyball rallies to beat FSU, advances to second round of NCAA Tournament December 6, 2019
    UCF volleyball players were relaxed but driven entering the NCAA Tournament, vowing to fight to advance after getting knocked out of the tournament in the first round last season. The Knights delivered, rallying after falling behind 2-1 to claim a 3-2 first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Florida...
    Mike Gramajo
  • UF AD Scott Stricklin excited for the Gators’ future under Dan Mullen December 6, 2019
    The Gators’ thrashing of rival Florida State during the recent holiday weekend prompted UF athletics director Scott Stricklin to take a moment to reflect and offer thanks for coach Dan Mullen. College football’s hiring cycle kicked into high gear following the close of the regular season. Stricklin...
    Edgar Thompson
  • Memo to UCF fans: Thank Scott Frost and Danny White for FSU not pursuing Josh Heupel | Commentary December 6, 2019
    If FSU is considering hiring a football coach from a Group of 5 program in the American Athletic Conference, wouldn’t it make sense for the Seminoles to start with UCF head coach Josh Heupel and then go from there? Instead, it appears the Seminoles are intensely interested in Memphis coach Mike...
    Mike Bianchi
  • Annika Sorenstam set to become first female to compete in PNC Father-Son Challenge December 6, 2019
    Golfer Annika Sorenstam is used to the role of pioneer. It’s fitting, then, that the Hall of Famer and Orlando area resident will shake up things at this week’s PNC Father-Son Challenge. Sorenstam will be joined by her father, Tom, and become the first female pro to compete in the popular event...
    Edgar Thompson
  • Magic guard D.J. Augustin embraces pedicures as tool to keep him playing at highest level December 6, 2019
  • Magic look to go to 3-0 against Cavaliers, with tougher foes on the horizon December 6, 2019
    It’s a small sample size, but the Orlando Magic’s recent offensive surge is coming at a time when they can use all the points they can get. The Magic (10-11) take a three-game win streak into Cleveland on Friday with a chance to move to 3-0 this season against the Cavaliers (5-15) and reach the...
    Roy Parry
  • Orlando area high school scores, top performers for Dec. 5 December 6, 2019
    Football FHSAA state championships Thursday’s result Class 2A championship, at Gene Cox Stadium, Tallahassee Hialeah Champagnat Catholic 35, Lakeland Victory Christian 14 Friday, Dec. 6 Class 3A championship, at Gene Cox Stadium, Tallahassee, 7 p.m. Tallahassee Florida High (12-1) vs. Hollywood...
    Steve Gorches
  • NFL surprises Dr. Phillips football coach Rodney Wells with Super Bowl tickets December 6, 2019
    The NFL made a surprise visit to Orlando’s Dr. Phillips High School on Thursday morning bearing a gift for football coach Rodney Wells. “We would like to recognize head coach Rodney Wells for his humility, commitment to his hometown community and the success of his players on and off the field,”...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • 5 college football games to watch during pivotal championship weekend December 6, 2019
    Check out the five college football games to watch this weekend that will have a big impact on the final College Football Playoff rankings. Pac-12 Championship Game No. 5 Utah (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) vs. No. 13 Oregon (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) Friday, 8 p.m.; ABC The Buzz: Utah returns to the Pac-12 Championship...
    Matt Murschel
  • Montverde basketball, again with No. 1 national ranking, has home opener Friday December 5, 2019
    Perennial high school basketball national championship contender Montverde Academy plays its regular season home opener on Friday night against St. Petersburg Lakewood, a state-ranked Class 4A team. Both teams are 2-0. Montverde was ranked No. 1 in the MaxPreps preseason national rankings and looked...
    Buddy Collings
  • FSU is paying search firm $100,000 to help Seminoles land new football coach December 5, 2019
    FSU is paying search firm DHR International a flat fee of $100,000 to find the next head football coach of the Seminoles, according to a contract obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. The contract was outlined in a letter sent by Glenn Sugiyama, the managing partner of the firm, to FSU President John...
    Luis Torres
  • Apopka, Edgewater, Jones make high school football history, but does South Florida still rule? December 5, 2019
    Three of Orange County’s oldest high schools, Edgewater, Jones and Apopka, have made history by qualifying for football state championship games next week. Never before had Orange advanced more than one team to the Florida High School Athletic Association finals in a season. Now the question is,...
    Buddy Collings
  • Orlando City to face Real Salt Lake in February home opener December 5, 2019
    Orlando City will kick off its home season on Feb. 29 against Real Salt Lake. The game will start at 6 p.m. at Exploria Stadium. The Lions remain undefeated in home openers, notching one win and four draws during their five years in MLS. Tickets will be available for season-ticket members during...
    Julia Poe, Pro Soccer Usa
  • Orlando City coach Óscar Pareja embraces challenge of building winning team December 5, 2019
    New Orlando City coach Óscar Pareja said he searches for the same three things whenever he takes on a new team — character, identity and balance. During his first press conference in Orlando, most of Pareja’s promises for the Lions’ future hinged on similar intangibles. But his vision for the final...
    Julia Poe
  • Lake Highland Prep standout Kayla Blackshear has basketball bloodlines and sight set on FHSAA title December 5, 2019
    From the moment she arrived at Lake Highland Prep, 6-foot-1 junior Kayla Blackshear always felt that she had some big shoes to fill. Destinee Walker and Jordan Lewis, who helped the Highlanders win back-to-back Class 4A state basketball championships in 2015 and 2016, had moved on to play college...
    Mike Gramajo, Correspondent
  • Charlotte remains on track to be 30th Major League Soccer franchise December 5, 2019
    Charlotte, North Carolina will be the city chosen for the 30th team in Major League Soccer, according to reports from several outlets. The MLS Board of Governors met Thursday morning in New York City. Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and president Tom Glick both attended the meeting. The league...
    Mitchell Northam, Pro Soccer USA
  • 2019-2020 High school wrestling dual meet schedule December 5, 2019
    This page will be updated all season long with dual meet results from across the state. If you have dual meet results not shown here, please email them to bparsons@orlandosentinel.com. Please bookmark this page and return to it throughout the season. 2019-20 High school wrestling tournament schedule...
    Brant Parsons
  • Vancouver Whitecaps open season against Sporting Kansas City December 5, 2019
    The Vancouver Whitecaps will open the 2020 Major League Soccer season at home against Sporting Kansas City. Vancouver and Kansas are scheduled to meet at BC Place on Saturday, February 29 at 4:30 p.m. ET. They will then travel to Los Angeles, where they will face the Galaxy on March 7.  It is the...
    Manuel Veth, Pro Soccer USA
  • Atlanta United re-signs midfielder Jeff Larentowicz December 5, 2019
    Jeff Larentowicz, an Atlanta United mainstay since the team began play in 2017, will be back with the Five Stripes in 2020. Atlanta and Larentowicz have reached an agreement on a new contract, the team announced Thursday. Terms and length of the deal were not disclosed. Larentowicz was a free agent...
    Chris Fuhrmeister, Pro Soccer USA
  • FC Dallas signs Brazilian midfielder Thiago Santos from Palmeiras December 5, 2019
    FC Dallas is adding a veteran midfielder to its roster ahead of the 2020 Major League Soccer season. The club announced Thursday that it has agreed to a transfer with Brazilian Serie A side Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras for the rights to Thiago Santos. FC Dallas signed Santos, 30, using targeted...
    Mitchell Northam, Pro Soccer USA
  • Orlando City coach Óscar Pareja embraces challenge of building winning team December 5, 2019
    ORLANDO, Fla. — New Orlando City coach Óscar Pareja said he searches for the same three things whenever he takes on a new team — character, identity and balance. During his first press conference in Orlando, most of Pareja's promises for the Lions' future hinged on similar intangibles. But his...
    Julia Poe, Pro Soccer Usa
  • Atlanta United plays FC Cincinnati in 2020 MLS home opener December 5, 2019
    Atlanta United’s first home game of the 2020 Major League Soccer regular-season will come against FC Cincinnati. Atlanta and Cincinnati are scheduled to meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. ET. Single-game tickets will go on sale in January. It is unclear if Mercedes-Benz...
    Chris Fuhrmeister, Pro Soccer USA
  • FC Cincinnati signs midfielder Haris Medunjanin December 5, 2019
    A week after FC Cincinnati selected Haris Medunjanin in the waiver draft, the second-year side inked the midfielder to a deal for the 2020 Major League Soccer season.  Medunjanin, who spent the last three seasons with the Philadelphia Union, was made available after he and the Union opted to not...
    Joe Tansey, Pro Soccer USA
  • MLS announces 2020 home openers December 5, 2019
    Major League Soccer’s two expansion teams for the 2020 campaign are involved in marquee match-ups on the season’s opening weekend.  The league announced the slate of home openers for the upcoming season Thursday, and expansion side Inter Miami will visit Los Angeles FC on March 1 in what could...
    Joe Tansey, Pro Soccer USA