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NFL Pro Bowl brings football’s best to Orlando

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The NFL’s biggest superstars will be in Orlando for a week full of events culminating with the 2017 Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium. New England quarterback Tom Brady, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Dallas rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are just some of the fan favorites who will play at the January 29 Pro Bowl. The 88 best players — 44 from the American Football Conference (AFC) and 44 from…

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UCF returns to bowl action against Arkansas State

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The University of Central Florida Knights look to start another string of bowl appearances when they face the Arkansas State Red Wolves in Saturday’s AutoNation Cure Bowl. They are not traveling far as the game will take place in Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. Players are always happy to be in a bowl game, but normally look forward to a trip away from home. For a team that went 0-12 the year before, the Knights are more than happy to stay…

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Miami seeks to end long bowl losing streak in Russell Athletic Bowl

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The Russell Athletic Bowl, one of three to be played in Orlando, features two well-known football programs. The five-time national champion Miami Hurricanes of the ACC, will face the West Virginia Mountaineers of the Big 12, ranked 14th in the number of all-time victories in major college football. The 2016 Hurricanes can be entertaining, but do not resemble the speedy – and brash – teams that won five titles between 1983 and 2001. Miami fans will swear to this day…

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UCF’s long road back features short drive to Cure Bowl

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If one looks hard enough, a feel-good story in the world of sports can be found. As bowl season is set to begin next weekend, one needs to look no further than Orlando and the Central Florida Knights. Last year if someone talked about going bowling and UCF in the same sentence, the conversation would turn toward picking up a spare or rolling a strike. A nightmare 0-12 season in 2015 has turned into a 6-6 season capped off by…

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Orlando hopes Pro Bowl puts city on sports map

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This city already draws more tourists than any other U.S. destination. Could landing the NFL’s underperforming Pro Bowl also make Orlando a major player in the competition to attract the biggest sporting events? Mayor Buddy Dyer is sure of it. “It’s a big deal for us. I think it helps us as we solidify our reputation as THE sports destination in the United States,” Dyer boasted after the NFL announced Wednesday that it will move the Pro Bowl to Orlando’s…

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Florida, Miami agree to renew football rivalry in 2019

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Florida and Miami will renew their rivalry in Orlando. The Gators and Hurricanes have agreed to open the 2019 season at Camping World Stadium, the new name of the Citrus Bowl. It will be their first meeting since 2013. The in-state rivals have a storied history, with the teams first playing in 1938 in Gainesville. Miami leads the series 29-26, including wins in seven of the last eight games. The teams played annually until 1987, but have met just six…

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