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Suspended Noah: Using supplement to aid injuries ‘backfired’

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Joakim Noah was seeking help to overcome injuries that wrecked his first season in New York and turned to an over-the-counter supplement. That decision “backfired,” Noah said Tuesday. It led to a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy , preventing Noah from ending a disappointing year on a positive note. “This was a tough moment, but I’m going to learn from it,” Noah said. “I tried to take a supplement… Read More »

Plans for the Orange & Blue Debut

Special to The Sun For the second straight year, the Florida football team will conclude its spring camp with the Orange & Blue Debut, presented by Sunniland, on a Friday night, with free admission. The game will be held April 7 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on the SEC Network.  Prior to kickoff, the BUBBA Burger Fan Fest will be held on the North Lawn outside the stadium. Back by popular demand in the Fan… Read More »

Woman claiming relationship with Tim Tebow arrested

By The Associated Press PORT ST. LUCIE — Authorities say a Colorado woman claiming to be in a relationship with Tim Tebow has been charged with trespassing after going to the New York Mets’ Florida spring training facility twice last month and looking for the former Denver Broncos quarterback. A Port St. Lucie police report says 36-year-old Michelle Marie Thompson was arrested at First Data Field on Feb. 28, two days after being issued a trespass warning. New York Mets staff… Read More »

We’re No. 1!: In AP poll, only 44 schools have made claim

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer In the history of college football, only 44 schools have been able to make the claim “We’re No. 1” and have The Associated Press poll back up the boast. That means just 15 percent of the 296 schools listed as having played major college football at some point by sports-reference.com have ever held the No. 1 ranking for at least one poll. Of those 44 schools, only 21 have been No. 1 in… Read More »

Florida No. 10 in AP’s all-time college football Top 100

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer   The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college football for the last 80 seasons. Since the first Top 20 in 1936, 1,103 polls have been taken and 164 schools have been ranked. Minnesota was the first No. 1 in 1936. Western Kentucky was the last team to make its poll debut (in the final poll of the 2015 season). In between, Muhlenburg, NYU and Colorado College have made… Read More »

Document: Wambach admitted trying cocaine, marijuana in past

An eventful week for former University of Florida soccer standout Abby Wambach. It’s admirable she is dealing with this public issue head on. She has a book coming out later this year that should be an interesting read. What are your thoughts on Wambach in light of the following story by The Associated Press? Wambach admitted to once trying cocaine and smoking marijuana some 10 years ago, according to court documents connected to her arrest on a misdemeanor charge of… Read More »

McElwain talks spring practice

Florida coach Jim McElwain met with the media on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the start of spring practice. Opening statement: “It’s a big time. Getting ready as we head into spring practice. A lot of things to be accomplished. First and foremost, I want to say I’ve been really happy with the enthusiasm in which our guys have kind of attacked what we’re asking them to do. We’ve got some hungry Gators out there, some guys that have really… Read More »

McElwain talks recruiting

Florida football coach  Jim McElwain discusses his first recruiting class (Quotes provided by ASAP Sports): COACH McELWAIN:  How’s everybody doing, all right?  You have a wonderful signing day like everybody else did in the country?  It’s a whole lot of fun out there. But guys, for the first signing class and our first signing class, first and foremost, the momentum that we’ve gained has been fantastic.  The doors that we’ve opened in this short period of time back in the… Read More »

McElwain news conference

Quotes from Saturday’s news conference at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the Florida campus introducing the Gators’ new head football coach, Jim McElwain. An interview with: University President DR. BERNIE MACHEN Florida Athletics Director JEREMY FOLEY Florida Head Coach JIM McELWAIN DR. BERNIE MACHEN:  Good morning, everyone.  We’re glad that you came to Gainesville today as we open the next chapter in Gator football. This is an important event for the whole university because intercollegiate athletics at the University of… Read More »