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Never been to Spain? USF Bulls soon will be running there

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There will be a different kind of running of the Bulls in Spain this summer.

The South Florida Bulls’ basketball teams, the men and the women, have announced plans for a 10-day trip to Spain beginning Aug. 8. Under NCAA rules, teams are allowed to participate in a foreign tour every four years. The USF teams have several players and coaches who speak Spanish.

The men’s coach is Orlando Antigua. The women’s coach is Jose Fernandez. Women basketball players for the Bulls include Laia Flores, Ariadna Pujol and Laura Marcus. The men’s team has Ruben Guerrero.

The men will take on the Venezuela national team, the Angola national team and C.B. Vic twice. The women will play CREF, Girona, Club Baloncesto Estudiantes and Saint Adria.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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