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Unprovoked shark attacks drop worldwide, but not in the US

Jan. 22, 2020 10:21 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Unprovoked shark attacks around the world decreased last year, although they rose in the United States, according to researchers. There were 64 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks worldwide last year, compared to the most recent five-year-average of 82 unprovoked attacks, according...

Auburn center Austin Wiley (50) guards Florida forward Omar Payne (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

Payne's career game helps Florida beat No. 4 Auburn 69-47

Jan. 18, 2020 5:04 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Omar Payne was an afterthought in Florida's highly touted recruiting class, which featured high school All-Americans Scottie Lewis and Tre Mann. No one expected Payne to start, let along star, in any games this season. So his performance against Auburn was a bigger shock than the...

Florida guard Andrew Nembhard (2) shoots over Mississippi guard Devontae Shuler (2) during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

Gators guard Andrew Nembhard has flu, could miss Auburn game

Jan. 17, 2020 2:56 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could be without point guard Andrew Nembhard against No. 4 Auburn on Saturday. Coach Mike White said Nembhard has the flu and missed practice Thursday and Friday. The sophomore and Canadian national team player has started all 52 games in two seasons. “We all better...

Murder suspect caught on Greyhound bus in Florida

Jan. 17, 2020 1:57 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A murder suspect was arrested as he rode a Greyhound bus on a Florida highway, officials said Friday. WKMG-TV reports the Florida Highway Patrol received a request from the St. Petersburg Police Department to be on the lookout for the bus that was traveling north on Interstate 75. ...

Davis scores 18, No. 24 Tennessee women cruise past Florida

Jan. 16, 2020 7:52 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Rennia Davis scored 18 points to help No. 24 Tennessee beat Florida 78-50 on Thursday night. Davis scored 14 points in 16 first-half minutes as Tennessee led 40-24. Florida was held to 34.5% shooting in the first half and turned it over 11 times, leading to 19 points. Florida...

Florida guard Keyontae Johnson (11) goes up for a dunk against Mississippi during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

Johnson leads way, Florida beats undermanned Ole Miss 71-55

Jan. 14, 2020 10:05 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida responded from its worst performance of the season with one of its best. It's what most everyone has come to expect from coach Mike White's consistently inconsistent team. Keyontae Johnson scored 15 points, Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 13 and the Gators handled undermanned...

4 UF faculty leave as officials investigate foreign meddling

Jan. 14, 2020 5:27 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Four faculty members have left the University of Florida as the school and federal government investigate foreign exploitation of American-funded medical research. Two researchers from the College of Engineering and one from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences resigned, and a...

Howard, Patterson lead No. 14 Kentucky women past Gators

Jan. 12, 2020 2:39 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Rhyne Howard had 22 points after a slow start, Chasity Patterson added a career-high 20 and No. 14 Kentucky pulled away in the second half to defeat Florida 65-45 on Sunday. Howard, who hit seven 3-pointers in each of the last two games and scored a total of 80 points, including a...

Florida rallies from 21 points down to top Alabama in 2OT

Jan. 4, 2020 10:22 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Noah Locke and his Florida teammates knew what was coming. Alabama had run the same set on its previous two inbound plays. So the Gators defended it perfectly. Locke stole John Petty Jr.'s inbound pass and hit a layup with 21 seconds remaining in regulation, helping Florida...

29-year-old Florida woman accused in murder-for-hire scheme

Jan. 4, 2020 5:19 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was arrested after police investigators recorded a phone call on Friday night during which she discussed hiring a man to kill someone, authorities said. Victoria Leigh Sargento-Graham, 29, was charged with attempted murder and attempted solicitation, Gainesville...