Sports coverage from the Orlando Sentinel:

  • USWNT ready to play first official match under Vlatko Andonovski in Houston January 28, 2020
    HOUSTON — The U.S. women’s national team will have its first official match under new head coach Vlatko Andonovski at BBVA Stadium, taking on Haiti in the group’s first steps toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Thursday will be the USWNT’s first match in Group A of Concacaf’s Olympic Qualifying...
    Laura M. Gomez, Pro Soccer USA
  • Orlando City confident heavy South American influence can help Lions reach playoffs in 2020 January 28, 2020
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Orlando City’s morning training sessions sound different this season. Instructions are shouted out in Spanish, then translated, if necessary, for English and Portuguese speakers. Players shout encouragement in all three languages. The diversity of this team is new, but it doesn’t...
    Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA
  • Orlando area boys soccer district tournament pairings and results January 28, 2020
    District tournaments take place Jan. 27 through Feb. 7 for boys soccer programs throughout Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and southwest Volusia counties. Admission is $6 per session. District champions earn an automatic spot in region quarterfinal round on Feb. 12. Dates and times are as posted...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • Orlando area girls soccer district tournament pairings and results January 28, 2020
    District tournaments take place Jan. 27 through Feb. 7 for girls soccer programs throughout Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and southwest Volusia counties. Admission is $6 per session. District champions earn an automatic spot in region quarterfinal round on Feb. 11. Dates and times are as posted...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • Joe Staley’s patience pays off with 49ers’ trip to Super Bowl January 28, 2020
    When the San Francisco 49ers were mired in a two-win season back in 2016 and headed to a third straight offseason with a coaching change, Joe Staley wondered if it was still worth the sacrifices needed to play offensive line in such a grueling sport. He had gone from three straight trips to the...
    Josh Dubow
  • Tribute for Kobe Bryant kicks off Super Bowl media night January 28, 2020
    Chants of “Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!” broke a moment of a silence that kicked off a more subdued Super Bowl media night. The NFL opened the most hyped week in professional sports with mixed emotions Monday night, one day after retired superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others died in a helicopter...
    Rob Maaddi
  • Ratings up, future bright: NFL rebounds off troubled seasons January 28, 2020
    Any thought that the NFL was in jeopardy of losing its spot as America’s favorite sport has been set on the back burner, which is mostly where the domestic-abuse cases, national anthem controversies and even the concerns about player safety resided for the bulk of the season. To be sure, 2019 was...
    Eddie Pells
  • Seminole streaks toward playoffs | 7A-2 basketball breakdown January 28, 2020
    Here is a breakdown by the Orlando Sentinel of Class 7A, District 2 boys basketball as postseason play approaches. Check below for our explanation of the new Florida High School Athletic Association basketball playoff format. Seeding order as of Jan. 22 1. Seminole, 2. Spruce Creek, 3. Ocala West...
    Buddy Collings
  • Orlando area high school scores, top performers for Jan. 27 January 28, 2020
    West Oaks basketball wins at national No. 2 Oak Hill; Mount Dora Christian goes to 22-0
    Steve Gorches
  • Magic fail to match energy of Heat, absorb another frustrating loss January 28, 2020
    Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford said his team would need energy on offense to be effective against the Miami Heat. The Magic didn’t have enough. The Heat, however, had plenty. Orlando barely cracked the 20-point mark in three of the four quarters and its offensive struggles were too much to...
    Roy Parry
  • No. 5 FSU basketball eager to pass tough road test at Virginia January 28, 2020
    FSU coach Leonard Hamilton doesn’t want to talk about the NCAA Tournament. He is proud of the team’s 10-game win streak, but he doesn’t want to discuss a potential Final Four run. Instead, he emphasizes the Seminoles are far from achieving all of their goals. FSU (17-2, 7-1 ACC), which remained...
    Iliana Limón Romero
  • Fanendo Adi joins Columbus Crew after FC Cincinnati buyout January 27, 2020
    COLUMBUS, Ohio —After previously announcing that Fanendo Adi had been placed on waivers, FC Cincinnati announced today that Adi’s contract has been bought out. At the same time, the Columbus Crew announced the addition of the former designated player to their squad. Adi had a tumultuous time in...
    Ben Ferree, Pro Soccer USA
  • Sky Blue FC re-signs Nahomi Kawasumi January 27, 2020
    NEW YORK — As Sky Blue FC continues to assemble its roster ahead of the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League season, it announced the re-signing of midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi on a one-year deal Monday. Kawasaki joined Sky Blue ahead of the 2019 season in a trade from Reign FC, for whom she played...
    Pardeep Cattry, Pro Soccer USA
  • Orlando City aims to improve fitness, forge tighter bonds during nine days in Mexico January 27, 2020
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — After Orlando City spent a week practicing twice daily at its new facility, the Lions packed up on Monday to spend the next week of preseason in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. During the nine-day trip to Mexico, Orlando City will play two preseason matches against Columbus Crew and...
    Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA
  • Gators shaken by death of Kobe Bryant, regroup after Baylor loss January 27, 2020
    A day after falling to top-ranked Baylor at home, the Florida Gators struggled to deal with a much more difficult loss during Sunday’s practice. The tragic death of superstar Kobe Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people, following a helicopter crash outside Los...
    Edgar Thompson
  • Penn State transfer WR Justin Shorter announces plans to join Gators January 27, 2020
    Former Penn State wide receiver Justin Shorter announced Sunday he plans to transfer to the University of Florida, adding one of the nation’s top recruits in the 2018 class to Dan Mullen’s team. A former five-star recruit from Monmouth Junction, N.J., Shorter was ranked the nation’s No. 1 receiver...
    Edgar Thompson
  • USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter provides updates on Christian Pulisic, other European-based players January 27, 2020
    U.S. men’s national team midfielder Christian Pulisic has missed the last five games in all competitions for Chelsea.  Pulisic suffered a thigh injury in a training session following the run of games over the holiday period. Even though the injury absence is concerning, USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter...
    Joe Tansey, Pro Soccer USA
  • USL notes: Charlotte Independence land Jamaican striker Dane Kelly January 27, 2020
    The USL Championship’s all-time leading scorer will have a new home for the 2020 season. On Monday, the Charlotte Independence announced they signed striker Dane Kelly to a contract for the upcoming season. Kelly won the league’s Golden Boot in 2017 and has netted 77 goals over his USL career. ...
    Mitchell Northam, Pro Soccer USA
  • Seminole basketball must count 3 JV losses to varsity teams January 27, 2020
    The ruling could cost 'Noles in postseason tournament seeding
    Buddy Collings
  • Boys basketball Super 16 rankings: Ocoee, Windermere, Jones move up January 27, 2020
    Tournaments at Boone and The First Academy this week will impact the next rankings list.
    Buddy Collings
  • San Jose Earthquakes prepared to work, not vacation, during preseason Cancun camp January 27, 2020
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — For the second straight preseason, the San Jose Earthquakes will jet to Cancun, Mexico for two weeks of fun in the sun on the sandy shores of the Caribbean. Well, if you consider two-a-day workouts and intensive fitness regimens fun, that is. The choice of such an exotic locale...
    Robert Jonas, Pro Soccer USA
  • Kobe Bryant honored by Orlando City players, staff January 27, 2020
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Orlando City began its final training in Florida before the team’s preseason trip to Mexico on a somber note, holding a moment of silence at center pitch to honor NBA star Kobe Bryant. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California,...
    Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA
  • Florida college students embrace Quidditch as unique, full-contact sport January 27, 2020
    Brandon Spence stood on Hume Field at the University of Florida a Saturday morning with a PVC pipe between his legs. And he wasn’t the only one. Spence, a 20-year-old UF junior, was giving orders to five others around him. Each were clutching roughly 40-inch long and two-inch wide plastic pipes,...
    Robert Lewis
  • Pro Bowl produces points as AFC beats NFC in annual NFL all-star outing January 27, 2020
    The AFC made it four in a row over the NFC on Sunday during a 38-33 win in the highest-scoring NFL Pro Bowl game since 2016. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tossed two touchdown passes in the first half and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell forced a fumble on a sack...
    J.C. Carnahan
  • Magic fall to Clippers, extend losing streak to three games January 27, 2020
    The Orlando Magic had more for the Los Angeles Clippers this time around, but it still wasn’t enough to overcome Kawhi Leonard. The Magic dropped the third and final game of a three-game homestand as Leonard scored a game-high 31 points to power coach Doc Rivers’ Clippers to a 112-97 victory Sunday...
    Roy Parry