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In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...

In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...

FILE - In this March 24, 2013, file photo, Florida Gulf Coast's Chase Fieler, top, dunks over San Diego State's Deshawn Stephens during the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Philadelphia. The Dunk City Effect, as it's called, accounted for a 35 percent increase in freshman applications following the NCAA run, boosted enrollment from about 13,000 to  more than 15,000, and the academic reputation has been enhanced with higher caliber students being admitted. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

NCAA's storied party crashers includes 'Dunk City,' Loyola

Mar. 26, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

If not for those magical eight days seven years ago, Florida Gulf Coast might still be that upstart school trying to create an identity in the Sunshine State, never mind nationally. Dunk City changed everything. The high-flying Eagles and their showstopping offense earned their place in NCAA Tournament lore when,...

A sign announcing the suspension of spring training baseball games is displayed outside a closed JetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. Major League Baseball has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak. The league is also delaying the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Red Sox minor leaguer tests positive for virus, complex shut

Mar. 24, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A minor league player for the Boston Red Sox has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the team to close down its training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. The Red Sox made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the positive diagnosis. The team didn't identify the player, but said he...

The Latest: USA Swimming cancels meet, delays nationals

Mar. 16, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's effect on sports around the world (all times local): USA Swimming has canceled next month's TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Southern California and postponed the combined open water national and junior national championships in Florida. The TYR meet was to be held April 16-19...

Members of the Pittsburgh Pirates leave the field after a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

MLB delays opening day at least 2 weeks because of virus

Mar. 12, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore slugger Chris Davis was driving down Florida's west coast on Interstate 75 from Sarasota to Fort Myers for an exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins when he got the call. No game tonight. No games for a while. “Pretty shocked,” Davis said, “just how...

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts stretches before a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

At 27, Bogaerts becomes leader for revamped Red Sox

Mar. 9, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — He's been a fixture for so long in the Boston Red Sox lineup that it seems hard to believe Xander Bogaerts is only 27. "I know, time goes by so quick," he said. Signed as a 16-year-old in Aruba, a two-time World Series champion and now with a contract that could take him through the...

Esther Gianan, of Tampa, a retired registered nurse, prays for those who are affected by the coronavirus during Mass at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa, Fla., Friday, March 6, 2020. (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Florida: 2 dead in the state who tested positive for virus

Mar. 7, 2020 8:24 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two people who tested positive for the new coronavirus have died in Florida, marking the first deaths on the East Coast attributed to the outbreak in the U.S., health officials said Friday. Helen Aguirre Ferre, a spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, confirmed the deaths...

Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. gets back to first safely on a pickoff attempt to Houston Astros first baseman Nick Tanielu during a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boo Who? Astros already paying price , Red Sox await fate

Mar. 5, 2020 7:17 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — By recent standards, the heckling the Houston Astros heard at JetBlue Park was rather tame. Some boos during pregame introductions, a chant of "cheaters!" in the ninth inning. Maybe that's because Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and rest of their All-Stars were missing from the lineup...

FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. McHugh agreed to a $600,000, one-year contract with the pitching-needy Boston Red Sox, a deal that allows him earn up to $4.25 million. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Collin McHugh joins pitching-needy Boston Red Sox

Mar. 5, 2020 4:36 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Right-hander Collin McHugh agreed Thursday to a $600,000, one-year contract with the pitching-needy Boston Red Sox, a deal that allows him earn up to $4.25 million. However, he is recovering from a flexor injury in his pitching am and is not expected to be ready for opening day. He...