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05/25/2018 09:50 PM
Gators' softball team falls 5-4 to Texas A&M to force Game 3 in Super Regional

The Florida Gators failed to create more final-inning magic against Texas A&M, allowing the Aggies to force a third-and-deciding game Saturday in the NCAA Super Regionals in softball.

A night after second-seeded Gators rallied to a 5-4 win behind three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning,...

05/24/2018 07:50 PM
Red-hot Andy Zhang leads Gators into NCAA golf championships

UF sophomore Andy Zhang is a winner — finally — and perhaps the nation’s hottest college golfer entering this weekend’s NCAA championships.

Zhang also is the exact same player he was two months ago, when he was winless and his college career quickly was winding down.

This consistency and single-mindedness...

05/23/2018 10:10 AM
UF track coach Mike Holloway signs 10-year contract extension

UF track and field coach Mike Holloway has agreed to a 10-year contract extension, keeping the eight-time national championship winner in Gainesville through the 2028 season.

The school announced the new deal Wednesday for Holloway, who has turned the Gators into a dynasty in the sport during his...

05/22/2018 09:15 AM
Gators to face USF in football in 2022, 2023, 2025

The Florida Gators and USF Bulls have agreed to a three-game series in football, beginning in 2022 in the Swamp.

UF announced the two schools also will play 2023 in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and again in Gainesville in 2025.

In a statement released by the school, UF athletic director Scott...

05/21/2018 08:05 AM
Gators softball team advances Super Regionals behind Aleshia Ocasio no-hitter

UF pitcher Aleshia Ocasio followed a seven-hour rain delay Sunday by putting on a one-woman show.

Ocasio, a senior from St. Cloud, threw a no-hitter and drove in two runs to lead the fourth-ranked Gators to a 4-0 win against Ohio State in the NCAA Regionals.

“It feels amazing,” Ocasio said. “Obviously...

05/17/2018 04:05 PM
Late, great SEC Commissioner Mike Slive stood up for UCF and USF, too

It’s not just Alabama and Auburn and Florida and Georgia and the rest of the rich, powerful Southeastern Conference that owes Mike Slive an enormous debt of gratitude upon his passing; it’s also not-so-rich, not-so-powerful programs such as UCF and USF.

You see, Slive, the influential and innovative...

05/16/2018 05:55 PM
Former SEC commissioner, college football visionary Mike Slive dead at 77

Mike Slive, who led the SEC to unprecedented heights in college football and helped reshape the future of the sport with the College Football Playoff, is dead at age 77.


Slive passed away Wednesday after a lengthy illness, leaving behind a legacy perhaps unmatched by any conference commissioner.


05/16/2018 04:45 PM
UF, UCF advance to NCAA championships, Gators set record

The Florida Gators stumbled a year ago.

This week, men’s golf coach J.C. Deacon’s squad ran away from the field at the NCAA Kissimmee regional to earn a trip to the NCAA championships after a final-round collapse kept them home in 2017.

UCF, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Kent State will join UF...

05/12/2018 04:25 PM
UF golf team headlines NCAA regional at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee

The 2017 Florida Gators had talent, men’s golf coach J.C. Deacon knew.

What Deacon found out at the worst time a season ago, his team lacked toughness.

Deacon trusts his current squad is wired differently. The true test will come at this week’s NCAA regional at Reunion Resort, Watson Course in...

05/10/2018 12:25 PM
UF incoming freshman Justin Watkins released from jail following Wednesday arrest

UF incoming freshman Justin Watkins, a former standout at Clermont’s East Ridge and top Gators’ recruit, was arrrested Wednesday afternoon in Ocala for allegedly kicking a female's car and breaking her phone.

An Ocala Police affadavit shows Watkins was charged with trespass upon grounds of a public...

05/07/2018 09:15 PM
UF defensive coordinator Todd Grantham inks three-year, $4.47 million deal

The Florida Gators are betting big Todd Grantham will revive the team’s defense a season after the unit slipped badly.

The team’s new defensive coordinator signed a three-year, $4.47 million deal, making him the highest-paid assistant coach in UF history.

Grantham is scheduled to earn $1.39 million...

05/10/2018 05:05 PM
UF pitcher Kelly Barnhill has a complete game on, off the field

Another shutout was in the books and a rare springtime Sunday to herself had arrived for UF star pitcher Kelly Barnhill.

Even then, the Gators were on her mind as she headed off to go blueberry picking just south of Gainesville on a picturesque day.

Barnhill has been a rock for one of the nation’s...

05/04/2018 08:45 AM
Recently hired UF coach Armon Gates leaves for Nebraska

Associate men’s basketball coach Armon Gates arrived at UF April 10 after a sweeping search by Gators’ head coach Mike White.

Less than a month later, Gates is gone, with no explanation why he soon is expected to land at the University of Nebraska.

Gates’ departure first was reported Thursday by...

05/02/2018 12:45 AM
Former Dr. Phillips, Gators star Marcell Harris perseveres; now he's a 49er

Marcell Harris said after the San Francisco 49ers selected him in the sixth round of the NFL draft that he never lost sight of his dreams and goals despite the hardships he’s endured.

But when San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan called to let him know he was going to be the 184th selection in the...

04/28/2018 04:05 PM
Gators' specialists Johnny Townsend, Eddy Piñeiro end up with Oakland Raiders

Johnny Townsend and Eddy Piñeiro wanted to make history again.

Instead, the former Gators will have to settle for possibly being teammates again.

Townsend and Piñeiro are headed to the Oakland Raiders, where the two UF record-setters will look to recreate the magic they did the past two seasons.


04/28/2018 03:15 PM
Gators' P Johnny Townsend, S Marcell Harris of Orlando selected in the NFL draft

Former UF punter Johnny Townsend somehow was not a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. He now will get a chance to follow in the Hall of Famer’s footsteps.

The Oakland Raiders, Guy’s former team, selected Townsend with the No. 176 pick during the fifth round of the 2018 draft.

Townsend’s selection...

04/28/2018 11:30 AM
Troubled UF WR Antonio Callaway goes to Cleveland Browns with No. 105 pick

Troubled UF wide receiver Antonio Callaway did not have to wait for long to hear his name called following two disappointing days in the NFL draft.

Considered a first-round talent, Callaway was bypassed during the first three rounds because of off-the-field issues, including testing positive for...

04/27/2018 07:55 PM
Gators' DB Duke Dawson selected No. 56 by New England Patriots

Former UF defensive back Duke Dawson is the latest graduate of DBU.

The New England Patriots selected Dawson on Friday night with the No. 56 pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Dawson’s selection continued an impressive run by past members of the Gators secondary, who have claimed the fictitious title...

04/26/2018 10:25 PM
Former UF DT Taven Bryan selected by Jacksonville Jaguars with No. 29 pick

Former UF defensive tackle Taven Bryan is sticking close to home. Well, his second home anyway.

With the 29th selection in Thursday’s NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Bryan to join one of the league’s top defenses and the Wyoming product was happy to hear he was headed to the Jags.


04/24/2018 06:10 PM
Former UF WR Antonio Callaway reportedly fails drug test at Scouting Combine

Former UF wide receiver Antonio Callaway entered NFL draft week with as many red flags as reasons for a team to take a chance on him.

Based on talent alone, the troubled 21-year-old was a possible first-round pick. The question now is how far Callaway will fall.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday...

04/24/2018 10:45 AM
Former UF DT Taven Bryan looks to extend Gators' first-round streak in NFL draft

Former UF defensive tackle Taven Bryan will look to keep alive the Gators’ streak of first-round draft picks in the NFL draft.

For it to happen, one of 32 teams will look beyond Bryan’s modest production during three seasons on the field and instead focus on the immense potential of one of the...

04/21/2018 05:30 PM
UF record-setters Johnny Townsend, Eddy Piñeiro poised to make NFL draft history

Punter Johnny Townsend and placekicker Eddy Piñeiro spent the past two seasons setting records at UF.

The dynamic duo now looks to make history for the Gators this coming weekend.

Never has a punter and kicker from the same school been selected during the same NFL draft since the league reduced...

04/19/2018 08:20 AM
UF DE CeCe Jefferson has shoulder surgery, expected back for preseason camp

UF senior defensive end CeCe Jefferson injured his right shoulder during last weekend’s spring game and had surgery earlier this week, a source confirmed.

Expected to thrive in the Gators’ new 3-4 defensive alignment, Jefferson will spend the coming months rehabilitating his shoulder but is expected...

04/18/2018 05:45 PM
Top-ranked UF baseball team poised to defend national title

Coach Kevin O’Sullivan is here once again, sitting on a winning hand, his Gators standing in a familiar position with a month remaining in the regular season.

O’Sullivan’s baseball juggernaut is steamrolling toward yet another deep postseason run a season after finally capturing the ultimate prize.


04/17/2018 07:35 PM
Gators' QB Jake Allen announces transfer from UF

After ending spring practices well behind in the Florida Gators’ quarterback race, Jake Allen has decided to transfer.

Allen, a redshirt freshman, announced his decision Tuesday night on his Twitter account.

The former standout at Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas committed to UF as a sophomore,...

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