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Sports coverage from the Orlando Sentinel:

  • Austin Hill earns Truck Series victory in Daytona opener February 16, 2019
    With only nine of the 32 trucks still running in the second overtime, Hill had to block Grant Enfinger for most of the final lap. He needed a last bold maneuver to hold off Enfinger as they rushed toward the checkered flag. “When we went overtime, man, I was just so scared. So much stuff was running...
    Jenna Fryer
  • Oak Ridge rolls to Class 9A, District 5 title over DP February 16, 2019
    No. 1 Oak Ridge defeated Dr. Phillips 70-55 in the Class 9A, District 5 tournament championship game Friday night in front of a happy home crowd. The Pioneers (17-5), No. 1 in the Sentinel Super 16 area rankings, led from start to finish and held a comfortable 55-39 lead at the end of three quarters....
    Damani Dickerson
  • Windermere tops Ocoee to claim boys basketball Class 8A, District 5 title February 16, 2019
    Sophomore guard Trey Moss went into beast mode for Sentinel Super 16 No. 3 Windermere, scoring 31 points to lead the Wolverines a 70-51 home-court win over Ocoee 70-51 in the 8A-5 championship game. Moss made 11 of his 12 field goal attempts and hit every one of his seven free-throw attempts. He...
    Lynn Ramsey
  • Sixth seed Lake Nona upsets Timber Creek in boys basketball district final February 16, 2019
    Unranked Lake Nona shocked top seed and area No. 13 Timber Creek 54-52 in overtime to win the 9A District 4 championship on Friday. The Lions trailed in the first half by as much as 9 points and were behind 23-15 at halftime at neutral-site Colonial High. Nona then went on a 20-13 third-quarter...
    Bill Gronvold
  • Seminole beats Oviedo in boys basketball to claim district title February 16, 2019
    The last time Oviedo and Seminole met in boys basketball, the Seminoles won a 66-65 overtime nail-biter on Jan. 11. There was no such drama in the latest showdown Friday night. Host Seminole (21-4) overcame a slow start and pulled away for a 77-67 victory in the Class 9A, District 2 championship...
    Jeff Gardenour
  • Osceola, Master's use offensive firepower in district title victories | District basketball roundup February 16, 2019
    Six Osceola players scored in double figures, including a 16-point and 17-rebound performance by Diwunn Black, as the Kowboys cruised to a 98-61 win over Lakeland George Jenkins in the Class 9A, District 7 boys basketball final on Friday. Black also blocked three shots. Juduhkiss Soto scored 17...
    J. Daniel Pearson III
  • Evans holds off upset-minded Wekiva for boys basketball district title February 16, 2019
    Evans held off a late rally by host Wekiva on Friday to avoid becoming the latest casualty of the upset-minded Mustangs. Clarence Cummings and Andrew Marseille made a pair of free throws in the final minutes of the Class 9A, District 3 final to help the Trojans (20-7) come away with a 55-53 win....
    J.C. Carnahan
  • Orlando City set for preseason tournament featuring four MLS teams February 16, 2019
    After a series of closed-door scrimmages, Orlando City is set to step back into the spotlight. The Lions are one of four teams featured in the inaugural Orlando City Invitational preseason tournament at Orlando City Stadium. They’ll take on familiar opponent NYCFC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Minnesota...
    Jordan Culver
  • UCF eager to avenge ugliest loss of season during rematch with Memphis February 16, 2019
    The UCF Knights will not let themselves forget about the worst game they have played this season. It occurred last month at Memphis. UCF was out-rebounded by 18 and out-hustled to seemingly every loose ball. The Knights’ offense was frustrated all day long, shooting just 38 percent. When the final...
    Brian Murphy
  • No. 17 FSU begins three-game road trip at Georgia Tech, pushes to extend ACC win streak February 15, 2019
    Florida State begins its three-game road trip in Atlanta against Georgia Tech Saturday, and the Seminoles expect a grind-it-out style game much like their last encounter. Earlier this month, the Seminoles outlasted the Yellow Jackets 59-49 at home. While Georgia Tech is 2-9 in the Atlantic Coast...
    Chaunte'l Powell
  • Orlando City unveils new #BringTheNoise home kit February 15, 2019
    A new-look Orlando City roster will open 2019 with a brand-new home kit. The club unveiled its new #BringTheNoise kit on Friday during an event at the Lion’s Pride pub alongside its 2019 “Face of City” class. The kit “takes inspiration from the trademark noise and energy City fans bring to every...
    Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA
  • Why should Colin Kaepernick play in AAF when he can get paid not to play in NFL? | Commentary February 15, 2019
    Running off at the typewriter ... First we found out on Thursday that Colin Kaepernick turned down a chance to play in the Alliance of American Football, and then on Friday the news broke that Kaepernick reached a financial settlement with the NFL concerning his collusion grievances against the...
    Mike Bianchi
  • Kyle Busch nearing 200 NASCAR victories overall February 15, 2019
    Kyle Busch had been sprayed with champagne and hoisted his winner's trophy last July at Pocono Raceway when fans sitting high above the stage shouted his name so they could snap a quick photo. Busch craned his neck to oblige the requests and the signage on the premium seating structure was impossible...
    Dan Gelston
  • Three things we learned from Orlando Magic's fifth consecutive win February 15, 2019
    The Orlando Magic are arguably playing their best basketball since 2015. They extended their win streak to five games and ended a 13-game losing streak to the Charlotte Hornets with a 127-89 victory Thursday night at Amway Center. Here are three things we learned from the Magic’s second consecutive...
    Roy Parry
  • NASCAR moving away from restrictor plates February 15, 2019
    There has been a string of goodbyes at Daytona International Speedway in recent years — from Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick. There is another one on tap Sunday: The Daytona 500 will be the final NASCAR race for restrictor plates, the horsepower-sapping devices...
    Mark Long
  • Lake Highland outscores TFA for 5A basketball crown February 15, 2019
    Lake Highland Prep continued its torrid postseason shooting streak to score an 81-67 road win over top seed The First Academy in Friday’s Class 5A, District 6 boys basketball title game. The Highlanders (16-12), who ran past second seed Jones in their semifinal, made 58 percent of their field goal...
    Buddy Collings
  • Lake Highland Prep returns home for boys soccer state semis | Saturday preview February 15, 2019
    Life on the road the past two months has set up Lake Highland Prep’s boys soccer team for one final game on its home turf this weekend. LHP (14-3-2) hosts Pensacola Catholic (22-0-1) in a Class 2A state semifinal Saturday at 7 p.m. The Highlanders have been away from home in eight of their past...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • Florida State fires OL coach Greg Frey as it works to overhaul offense February 15, 2019
    Offensive improvement has been a focal point for Florida State this offseason, and the program made another move in that department on Friday. The school issued a statement from head coach Willie Taggart announcing the Seminoles are looking for a new offensive line coach. “This morning, I informed...
    Chaunte'l Powell
  • Orlando City in final stages of negotiations for former Manchester United winger Nani February 15, 2019
    Orlando City is looking to finalize a deal that’ll bring former Manchester United winger Nani to Central Florida, a league source confirmed to Pro Soccer USA. The deal isn’t done yet, but Nani would join Orlando City from Sporting CP in Portugal, where he made 18 league appearances this season,...
    Jordan Culver
  • Coming off division title, Atlanta Braves arrive for final spring training at Disney February 15, 2019
    The Atlanta Braves are back. But not for long. The Braves, who have held their spring training at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex since 1998, will do so for the final time in 2019. The first workout for pitchers and catchers is scheduled for Saturday. Atlanta will move its spring...
    Stephen Ruiz
  • Air Force flyover is planned Saturday in Orlando. Find out where. February 15, 2019
    The USTA National Campus in Lake Nona is used to hosting college players. Saturday will be different. Teams from Army and Air Force are coming, and they won’t be alone. As part of the events surrounding the men’s and women’s teams from the two service academies, a flyover featuring two Air Force...
    Stephen Ruiz
  • Magic rout Hornets 127-89, win five straight for first time since 2015 February 15, 2019
    Nikola Vucevic remembers well. So does Aaron Gordon. Orlando Magic fans certainly do. The Charlotte Hornets have had the Magic’s number for four years. Not anymore. The Magic couldn’t have delivered a sweeter Valentine’s Day victory — or a more dominant one. Six players reached double figures,...
    Roy Parry
  • Logano and Harvick lead Ford sweep in Daytona Duels February 15, 2019
    Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 qualifying races in a pair of Ford sweeps that have the new Mustang positioned for a strong showing in “The Great American Race.” Harvick won the first of the 150-mile qualifying races Thursday night that set the field for NASCAR's showcase event....
    Jenna Fryer
  • NASCAR enjoys seeing influx of young women holding their own on track February 14, 2019
    Up-and-coming NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan wants to be one of the boys, not one of the girls. She is turning heads and holding her own with her grit behind the wheel to lead a growing number of promising female drivers jockeying to fill the void left by trailblazer Danica Patrick, who retired last...
    Edgar Thompson
  • On Valentine's Day, Markelle Fultz represented love and hope for Orlando Magic | Commentary February 14, 2019
    His name is Excitement. His name is Promise. His name is Potential. His name is Future. His name is Hope. He also goes by his official legal name of Markelle Fultz. But to Magic fans who have suffered through misery and malaise for the last half-dozen years and endured more losses than any fan...
    Mike Bianchi