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Sports coverage from the Orlando Sentinel:

  • Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner slams referees following 2-0 loss August 19, 2019
    Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner took a seat for his postgame press conference and was about to voice his displeasure once again with the NWSL referees. The Pride had just come off a 2-0 loss to Utah Royals FC Saturday at Exploria Stadium. He was animated, pounding his hand on the table several...
    Luis Torres
  • Three things we learned from Orlando City’s 1-1 road draw with Minnesota United August 19, 2019
    After taking a lead off a penalty kick by Nani deep in the second half, Orlando City ceded a last-minute goal and settled for a draw on the road in Minnesota. Here are three things we learned from the match: 1. Late-game goals continue to haunt Lions For the second consecutive week, Orlando City...
    Julia Poe
  • UCF offensive lineman Jake Brown happy after years of adversity August 19, 2019
    Senior Jake Brown loves where he’s at right now. He is a first team all-conference selection, a nominee for the Outland Trophy presented to the nation’s best interior lineman, a stalwart at right tackle for the UCF Knights and a team leader. Most of all, he’s happy. “Everybody's like, 'You're so...
    Brian Murphy
  • Willie Taggart: FSU starting QB race remains tight as Boise State opener looms August 18, 2019
    FSU coach Willie Taggart still isn’t ready to name a starting quarterback, calling it a tight three-man race following the Seminoles’ latest scrimmage. Returning backup James Blackman, Wisconsin transfer Alex Hornibrook and Louisville transfer Jordan Travis are fighting for the right to lead the...
    Chaunte'L Powell
  • 2019 College Football Rankings: No. 7 Washington pushes for another Pac-12 crown August 18, 2019
    Washington has been through a resurgence under coach Chris Petersen, who has led the program to Pac-12 championships during two of the past five years. Even with the loss of crucial playmakers on the defensive side of the football, the Huskies are still in prime position to contend for another...
    Matt Murschel
  • UCF football players bond during Hawaiian vacation August 18, 2019
    The tattoo starts at the top of Samuel Jackson’s right shoulder and weaves its way down toward his elbow. It completely engulfs the arm of the 6-foot-6, 335-pound UCF offensive lineman with lines criss-crossing one another in perfect geometric patterns that tend to mesmerize. It’s the ultimate...
    Matt Murschel
  • Orlando City surrenders late goal, earns 1-1 draw with Minnesota United August 18, 2019
    SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Orlando City was on the verge of vaulting into sixth place above the MLS playoff cutline, but a late Minnesota United goal left the Lions with a disappointing 1-1 draw. The Loons out-possessed and out-shot Orlando City all night, leaning into the rumbling advantage of its sold-out...
    Julia Poe
  • Orlando Pride fall to Utah Royals despite Alex Morgan’s return August 18, 2019
    It was only a matter of time before Christen Press was about to break through on goal. After probing Orlando Pride’s defense during the first half, she got her goal early in the second half. Press, Utah Royals FC's star forward, volleyed home a Lo’eau LaBonta pass in the 60th minute as Utah Royals...
    Luis Torres
  • Gators are cracking down on crimes against women — just not on our timeline | Commentary August 18, 2019
    In the wake of the Florida Gators finally dismissing defensive back John Huggins from the team earlier this week following allegations becoming public that he choked a 19-year-old female tutor way back in October, I immediately tweeted out, “What took so damn long?” The Gator Twitter mob promptly...
    Mike Bianchi
  • Reigning Player of Year captures PWBA Orlando Open at Boardwalk Bowl August 18, 2019
    Shannon O’Keefe was so focused on becoming the 2018 PWBA Player of the Year that the pursuit blinded her to her accomplishments along the way. When she secured that honor, it was a relief. "I was so worried about what everybody else was doing that I didn’t enjoy it,'' O’Keefe said. "I just realized...
    Stephen Ruiz
  • Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee practices for 1st time in nearly a year August 18, 2019
    JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee practiced Saturday for the first time since tearing three ligaments in his left knee last preseason. Lee was removed from the physically unable to perform list and took part in drills for the first time since getting carted off the field...
    Mark Long
  • Apopka rally falls short in Miami vs. Booker T. Washington August 17, 2019
    Miami Booker T. Washington quarterback Scooter Morrison completed 16-of-26 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns as the Tornadoes held off a hard-charging Apopka team to defeat the Blue Darters 20-14 Saturday in a high school football Kickoff Classic preseason game. Morrison tossed scoring...
    John Peery
  • UF’s Buck hard to stop under Gators’ defensive coordinator Todd Grantham August 17, 2019
    Todd Grantham has seen them come and go. All were critical to his defense’s success. Each was replaced while Grantham’s pass rush missed nary a beat. The Buck position in Grantham’s 3-4 scheme has been a revolving door of star players, sacks and NFL opportunities this decade for those asked to...
    Edgar Thompson
  • Winter Park whips Lyman at Greyhounds’ new stadium August 17, 2019
    The Lyman Greyhounds christened their new stadium on Friday night with a crowd that included Longwood Mayor and former WWE Superstar Matt Morgan. The visiting Winter Park Wildcats spoiled Lyman’s special night with a 35-7 win in a preseason Kickoff Classic. Winter Park wasted no time going 70 yards...
    Jason Lucas
  • Gators, Miami add new football home-and-home series August 17, 2019
    The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes have scheduled a home-and-home series for the 2024 and 2025 seasons, more than 20 years since the two schools last met during back-to-back regular seasons. The last time the two longtime rivals scheduled a home-and-home series, Steve Spurrier was on the UF...
    Edgar Thompson, Mike Bianchi
  • 2019 College Football Rankings: No. 8 Florida Gators surging entering Year 2 under Dan Mullen August 17, 2019
    Dan Mullen was not Florida’s first choice as head coach. Few would question now he was the right one. Mullen returned to Gainesville from Mississippi State and executed one of college football’s biggest turnarounds. Meanwhile, UF coaching target Scott Frost enjoyed a lackluster homecoming in Nebraska,...
    Edgar Thompson
  • Orlando area high school football preseason scores, Week 1 schedule August 17, 2019
    KICKOFF CLASSIC SCORES Thursday, Aug. 15 Bradenton St. Stephen’s 7, Windermere Prep 6 Friday, Aug. 16 St. Cloud 35, Deltona 0 Father Lopez 21, Orangewood Christian 7 Lake Howell 34, Colonial 27 Cypress Creek 20, Poinciana 0 All Saints 33, Cornerstone Charter 12 Celebration 34, Lakeland Tenoroc...
    Buddy Collings
  • Hagerty hunts for a championship | Volleyball Preview August 17, 2019
    The FHSAA's reduction from nine state championship classes to seven makes striking gold even more challenging in 2019
    Buddy Collings
  • 2019 College Football Rankings: No. 9 Notre Dame pushes to build on success August 17, 2019
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly always will have to live under the shadow of some of college football’s coaching greats. Frank Leahy, Knute Rockne, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz led the Fighting Irish to national championships. But Kelly has managed to keep the program relevant in the modern...
    Matt Murschel
  • Orlando City heads to Minnesota for ‘personal’ matchup with Minnesota United August 17, 2019
    Orlando City will face Minnesota United and former head coach Adrian Heath Saturday, an emotional matchup that will have an impact on the Lions' playoff push. Heath, now at Minnesota, led Orlando City during its USL days and piloted the team through its transition into MLS. The coach was known...
    Julia Poe
  • Edgewater makes easy work of Dr. Phillips in preseason football Kickoff Classic August 17, 2019
    Edgewater appears ready to roll into the high school football regular season. The Eagles tallied 27 points in the second quarter Friday in a 41-7 win over host Dr. Phillips in a preseason Kickoff Classic. Edgewater amassed 241 yards of offense through less than three quarters of varsity play. Junior...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • Seminole overpowers Oviedo in football exhibition August 17, 2019
    Jordan Smith scored on a pair of 5-yard touchdown runs and Timmy McClain passed for 150 yards and a score to lead Seminole past Oviedo 31-8 on Friday night in a preseason Kickoff Classic game. Smith, a senior who also plays linebacker, capped a 21-point second-quarter outburst with his two scores....
    Jeff Gardenour
  • Lakeland takes down Osceola in Kickoff Classic August 17, 2019
    Host Lakeland put on an explosive performance in the first quarter and it spurred the Dreadnaughts to a convincing 43-20 preseason football victory over Osceola on Friday night. Lakeland, last season’s Class 7A state champion, led 43-0 before Kowboys running back Dewayne McGee scored three late...
    Mike Gramajo
  • West Orange and Bishop Moore finish deadlocked in Classic August 17, 2019
    West Orange quarterback Julian Calvez threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns Friday, including a game-tying 5-yard TD pass with 15 seconds left to Jaylon Carlies, to help the Warriors tie Bishop Moore 34-34 in a preseason game. Calvez completed 17 of 27 passes and also ran for 90 yards on 12...
    Lynn Ramsey
  • DeLand outduels Wekiva in Kickoff Classic August 17, 2019
    A defensive oriented struggle saw DeLand take a 14-10 Kickoff Classic football victory over Wekiva Friday at Spec Martin Stadium. In addition to the defense, DeLand had a couple of set-up plays on its touchdowns that gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead after three quarters. The Bulldogs capitalized on...
    Dan Ryan