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Martínez scores in an MLS-record 12th straight appearance

Aug. 23, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Josef Martínez scored in an MLS-record 12th consecutive appearance, and Atlanta United beat Orlando City 1-0 on Friday night for its sixth straight victory. Atlanta (15-9-3) has won five straight games in the series, and hasn't lost in eight all-time meetings. Orlando (9-12-7) had...

Man accused of killing 2 found competent to stand trial

Aug. 23, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and a Florida police officer has been found competent to stand trial. The Orlando Sentinel reports Circuit Judge Leticia Marques ruled Friday that 43-year-old Markeith Loyd's murder cases could move forward, one week after his...

Florida man gets 15 months for threatening Bernie Sanders

Aug. 23, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for leaving threatening voicemails for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. Court records show that a federal judge in Orlando sentenced 58-year-old Robert Francis Pratersch on Friday. He was convicted in April of threatening...

No. 8 Florida, Miami embrace spotlight as they start season

Aug. 23, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida and Miami have the college football stage to themselves for 3 ½ hours Saturday, a new chapter in their once-heated and storied rivalry. The eighth-ranked Gators and the rebuilding Hurricanes will usher in the 2019 season inside a packed stadium in Orlando, surrounded by...

Democratic fundraiser Richard Swann of Florida dead at 79

Aug. 23, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Richard Swann, a Democratic Party fundraiser and President Jimmy Carter's former finance chair, has died at age 79. Swann's son-in-law, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, confirmed the death on Twitter Wednesday. McAuliffe tweeted, "We lost a great one today ... A great...

No. 8 Florida, Miami renew rivalry, usher in new season

Aug. 23, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

No. 8 Florida (10-3 last season) vs. Miami (7-6) at Orlando, Florida, Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN). Line: Florida by 7. Series record: Miami leads 29-26. WHAT'S AT STAKE? A chance to set the tone for the 2019 season and secure bragging rights for the next five years. The next matchup in this once-heated rivalry...

Teen makes right moves, now national master in chess

Aug. 23, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Sometimes attaining a goal can be a struggle, but all one needs is a single opportunity for a breakthrough moment. For Hays teen Sheena Zeng, that time came at the beginning of this month when she was able to represent Kansas at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions and earned...

Florida's Mullen, Miami's Diaz forged friendship decade ago

Aug. 22, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dan Mullen and Manny Diaz first crossed paths a decade ago in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It was 45 degrees in mid-October for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff between Mississippi State and Middle Tennessee State. Mullen was calling plays in his first year as the Bulldogs' head coach, and Diaz...

Florida's Greenard to "face my fears" in return to Orlando

Aug. 22, 2019 2:37 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida pass-rusher Jon Greenard twists his wrist and reveals a 3-inch scar on the back on his hand. It's a constant reminder of his last trip to Orlando. Greenard's 2018 season ended after nine plays inside Camping World Stadium, cut short on Louisville's opening defensive series...

Florida to join electronic voter information network

Aug. 21, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida is joining 29 other states already part of an electronic network intended to maintain the integrity of voter rolls. Florida has had a history of high-profile election controversies. Elections officials say the network known as the Electronic Registration Information Center...