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New England Revolution forward Gustavo Bou (7) scores a goal past Orlando City goalkeeper Brian Rowe, bottom, during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

Bou scores twice, New England reaches MLS Eastern finals

Nov. 29, 2020 10:35 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Gustavo Bou scored his second goal of the game in the 86th minute to help the New England Revolution beat 10-man Orlando City 3-1 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Eighth-seeded New England will play at Columbus next Sunday for a spot in the MLS Cup final. The Crew...

Black communities’ distrust of police has roots in history

Nov. 28, 2020 3:01 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sharhonda James is living in hell. She has been plagued by daily nightmares since her 22-year-old son, Nevan Baker, was found hanging from a tree in an Orlando park last month. Orlando police determined Baker had killed himself, a finding that has only fueled James’ agony...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 2, 2020, file photo, cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.   The Walt Disney Co. is announcing plans to lay off 4,000 more workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the industry. The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Disney to lay off 4,000 more employees amid pandemic

Nov. 27, 2020 4:54 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. announced plans to lay off 4,000 more employees largely due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement by the company was made in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing earlier this week, saying 32,000 employees at the parks, experiences and...

Thanksgiving fire engulfs Florida shopping center

Nov. 26, 2020 12:25 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — State fire marshals are investigating a suspicious fire that engulfed a shopping center early Thanksgiving morning. The fire at the Village Plaza shopping center in Daytona Beach broke out at about 4 a.m. Thursday and spread into several units, according to WKMG-TV in Orlando....

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet looks to pass the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. VanVleet agreed Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract remains unsigned. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

VanVleet says he's excited about Raptors' time in Tampa

Nov. 24, 2020 4:36 PM EST

Fred VanVleet hasn’t been back to Toronto since March and isn’t sure when he’ll be back to the city that he’ll technically be calling home for at least the next four years. In the interim, warm weather will suit him just fine. VanVleet — the guard who finalized his four-year,...

Brightline, Disney announce train station at Disney Springs

Nov. 23, 2020 12:05 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Brightline and Walt Disney World Resort have reached an agreement to build a train station at Disney Springs, officials said Monday. The agreement hinges on the passenger-rail company securing government approvals, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Brightline is already building tracks...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet looks to pass the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. VanVleet agreed Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract remains unsigned. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

AP source: VanVleet staying with Raptors; Hayward to Hornets

Nov. 21, 2020 10:00 PM EST

Fred VanVleet bet on himself. It paid off. Gordon Hayward, meanwhile, is heading to a new home. VanVleet agreed Saturday to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the...

Orlando City tops NYCFC in wild MLS shootout to advance

Nov. 21, 2020 6:33 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Benji Michel's goal in a second penalty shootout and a late save by a reserve defender summoned to play goalie helped send Orlando City into the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals with a wild 1-1 (6-5) victory over NYCFC on Saturday. No. 4 seed Orlando next plays Nov. 29 against...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox drives during the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Sacramento, Calif. Fox agreed to a five-year, $163 million contract with the Kings on Friday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Free agency opens: Fox and Kings agree on $163 million deal

Nov. 21, 2020 12:27 AM EST

On the first night of free agency, De'Aaron Fox was the first huge winner. Huge, as in $163 million — or even more. Fox and the Sacramento Kings agreed on a max deal Friday night, agent Chris Gaston said. It's a five-year pact that will pay Fox $163 million, and that figure could rise to nearly $200...

Sen Scott tests positive; Florida has thousands of new cases

Nov. 20, 2020 4:56 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — One of Florida's U.S. senators announced Friday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, one of more than 9,000 people newly diagnosed in the state, while several hospitals said they would be among the first to obtain doses of a vaccine. It was the second straight day...