Sports

Sports coverage from the Orlando Sentinel:

  • Florida State recruit Jaleel McRae sees Willie Taggart, Raymond Woodie as father figures August 16, 2018
    Jaleel McRae, a Bradenton IMG Academy linebacker and Florida State commitment, may not be able to watch the Seminoles practice or have contact with the coaching staff during their visit to the school this week. But McRae surely knows what is going on as the Seminoles complete four days preseason...
    Safid Deen
  • Podcast: College football countdown discussion No. 16-11 August 16, 2018
    Brant and Matt break down the past week of countdown entries as we get closer to No. 1
    Brant Parsons, Matt Murschel
  • FSU's Keith Gavin sets sights on lofty touchdown goal for junior season August 16, 2018
    Florida State receiver Keith Gavin has yet to reach the end zone in his two seasons with the Seminoles, but has an ambitious goal he hopes to reach as a junior this season. “I plan on scoring at least 10 touchdowns this year – that’s my goal,” Gavin said earlier this week during FSU’s practices...
    Safid Deen
  • 14 players have caught 1,000 passes in NFL; UCF's Brandon Marshall looms as 15th August 16, 2018
    The Seattle Seahawks are expecting big things out of Shaquem Griffin. Another Seahawk with ties to UCF, though, already has done big things in the NFL. And Brandon Marshall could do even more this season. Marshall, 34, is entering his 13th professional season but first in the Pacific Northwest....
    Stephen Ruiz
  • Loaded Michigan State is No. 11 in 2018 preseason college football rankings August 16, 2018
    Michigan State returns an impressive array of talent and depth heading into the 2018 season. With the majority of their starters back from a 10-win team in 2017 and uncertainty among the chief players in the East Division, it’s not a stretch to believe the Spartans could be a factor in the Big...
    Matt Murschel
  • Hard Knocks: Bills receiver Coleman can't escape Browns past August 16, 2018
    New Buffalo Bills wide receiver Corey Coleman can't escape reminders of Cleveland no matter how hard he's tried to put his two seasons with the Browns in the past. First, there was the second episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" series on Tuesday, which detailed how a frustrated Coleman demanded the...
    JOHN WAWROW
  • Dr. Phillips vs. Osceola among Top 10 Kickoff Classic football games Friday August 16, 2018
    Whether it’s preseason or in the playoffs, there’s typically plenty of excitement involved when Dr. Phillips and Osceola meet up on the football field. Two of the top programs in the area square off Friday at 7 p.m. in an annual preseason Kickoff Klassic contest. It’ll serve as the first-ever game...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • After Urena nails Acuna, Braves rally for four-game sweep August 16, 2018
    The Atlanta Braves and their manager had plenty of reasons to be unhappy even after completing their first four-game sweep of the Miami Marlins since 2006. Seeing slugging rookie Ronald Acuna Jr., who had been on a home-run streak, hit by Jose Urena's first pitch led to two melees on the field...
    Charles Odum
  • Maryland football unveils new practice measures; interim coach Matt Canada stresses player safety August 15, 2018
    The Maryland football team's new reality had fully set in shortly before noon Wednesday, when officials opened the gates to the practice fields to reporters for the first time this summer. The team's new safety measures were visible in every corner of the complex. Two new white tents were set up...
    Emily Giambalvo, Roman Stubbs
  • Jags' Sparano returns to Minnesota weeks after dad's death August 15, 2018
    Tony Sparano Jr. directed drill after drill Tuesday, clapping his hands and offering positive feedback to players. He smiled. He laughed. He joked with Jacksonville's offensive linemen during breaks. His emotions might be totally different the rest of the week. The son of longtime NFL coach Tony...
    MARK LONG
  • Central Florida fishing forecast: Aug. 16 August 15, 2018
    The Harris Chain is good for bass at daybreak. FRESHWATER: Try the Harris Chain at daybreak for bass. Plastic frogs and lizards work well in shallow waters near lily pads, docks and points. Switch to deeper, grassy waters at mid-morning and use Senko lures and Texas-rigged plastic worms or flukes....
    Mark Blythe
  • UF coach Dan Mullen still undecided on Gators' starting QB August 15, 2018
    UF coach Dan Mullen is not ready to decide on a starting quarterback, but he would like to following Sunday’s scrimmage. When anyone else finds out is another issue entirely. “I’d like to have an answer after the next scrimmage. I don’t know if I’ll share it with everybody,” Mullen told reporters...
    Edgar Thompson
  • Orlando City coach James O’Connor: Heated exchanges, but no post-match scuffle after DC United loss August 15, 2018
    BRADENTON, Fla. — Shortly after Orlando City’s 3-2 loss to D.C. United on Sunday, Washington Post soccer writer Steven Goff reported on Twitter there was shouting, pushing and a face-to-face confrontation in the Orlando City locker room.  After a training session at IMG Academy in Bradenton Wednesday,...
    Jordan Culver
  • Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill must get comfortable with new toys on offense August 15, 2018
    Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has a couple new toys, and he’ll be forced to use many of them during Friday night’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. An ankle injury has kept Kenny Stills from practicing this week, and he’ll likely miss the second preseason game because the...
    Omar Kelly
  • FSU's Brian Burns takes Myles Garrett comparison in stride, prepares for breakout year August 15, 2018
    Florida State defensive end coach Mark Snyder has worked with his fair share of standout defenders during his career. So it was not hard for Snyder, who has nearly 30 years of coaching experience, to compare FSU junior defensive end Brian Burns to a significant player from his past. “In some ways,...
    Safid Deen
  • Tony Dungy on NFL anthem controversy: Give players platform to air grievances August 15, 2018
    As the NFL anthem controversy continues with its divisive rhetoric, former NFL coach Tony Dungy has a simple fix: Give players a voice. He has a very practical way to do that. We connected recently in Tampa, where Dungy and his wife Lauren were at a book signing at Barnes & Noble promoting a new...
    George Diaz
  • Trace McSorley leads potent Penn State offense, Nittany Lions are No. 12 in 2018 preseason college football rankings August 15, 2018
    Penn State coach James Franklin has returned the Nittany Lions to national prominence thanks to a combination of stellar recruiting and athletic talent. But this year’s team faces hefty challenges, including a depleted defense. “We’ve got a lot of things that we've got to get answered this offseason...
    Matt Murschel
  • Justin McCray closing in on Packers' right guard job August 15, 2018
    Packers coach Mike McCarthy wouldn't declare Justin McCray the winner of the training camp competition at right guard, but he got pretty close. What was supposed to be one of the bigger competitions of training camp never materialized. While McCray's would-be challenger, Lucas Patrick, has spent...
  • UCF defense turns to multiple players to help offset departure of star Shaquem Griffin August 14, 2018
    How do you replace Shaquem Griffin? UCF football coaches and players have been fielding that question since the spring. They are asked about Griffin’s natural leadership abilities, palpable energy and other intangibles more than what he put up in the box score. During their 2017 perfect season,...
    Brian Murphy
  • Former Maryland OC Walt Bell declines to discuss Terps’ culture, focuses on new role at FSU August 14, 2018
    New Florida State offensive coordinator Walt Bell on Tuesday did not directly address questions regarding an ESPN report on the toxic culture at his former school Maryland, but he did offer condolences following the death of Terps offensive lineman Jordan McNair. Bell, who was hired away after...
    Safid Deen
  • Urban Meyer may face suspension, but don't expect him to lose his job at Ohio State August 14, 2018
    Picture this: It’s 1996 and Lou Holtz is hosting a golf media day. I arrive at the course in a walking cast, having broken my fibula playing softball. I’m a first-year Notre Dame beat writer, not about to miss a chance to access the coaches. I look on the tee sheet. I’m paired with the receivers...
    Teddy Greenstein
  • Deondre Francois enjoys return to IMG Academy, grasps tempo in new FSU offense August 14, 2018
    Driving in tour buses from an adjacent apartment complex, Florida State players and coaches get to see a banner of quarterback Deondre Francois hanging from the IMG Fieldhouse. But Francois says he did boast among his teammates about the recognition. “I didn't show off,” he said before Tuesday’s...
    Safid Deen
  • Hurricanes cornerback Al Blades Jr. ready to make his mark at UM August 14, 2018
    As he navigates through his first practices on the same field where his father once honed his craft, Al Blades Jr. does his best to try and keep his emotions in check. But the freshman cornerback can’t deny there is something special about what is happening for him and for his family as the Hurricanes...
    Christy Cabrera Chirinos
  • FSU's Nyqwan Murray forges relationships with new coaches, ready for leadership role August 14, 2018
    Florida State senior wide receiver Nyqwan Murray never experienced a significant knee injury, so he was naturally concerned. But when Murray, who initially feared he suffered a torn ACL injury, realized he would be sidelined with a torn meniscus during spring practice earlier this year, he was...
    Safid Deen
  • Tampa Bay Lightning to play preseason game in Orlando, reach agreement with Solar Bears August 13, 2018
    The Orlando Solar Bears have a new affiliate, and Central Floridians will have the opportunity to see them up close in September. The Solar Bears have reached a three-year affiliation agreement with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will face the Florida Panthers in an NHL exhibition game at 7 p.m....
    Stephen Ruiz