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Gators’ fans continue to search for their next great quarterback

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There is one question that dominates the Univesity of Florida football team. It isn’t about linebackers. It isn’t about receivers or runners or defensive backs. It isn’t about opponents or guards or defenders. At Florida, the question is always about quarterbacks. This spring, with a shoulder injury to incumbent Luke Del Rio, the Gators have been turned over to redshirt freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. The Gators haven’t had an impact quarterback since Tim Tebow in 2009. That has…

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Rowdies to welcome a world of competition in next year’s Florida Cup

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The world is coming to St. Petersburg. The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced Tuesday that Al Lang Stadium will be a host site during next year’s Florida Cup, a tournament that will host teams from Brazil, Argentina, Germany and the U.S. Other teams, including more Brazilian, American and Asian teams, are yet to be announced. The tournament will be held Jan. 7-21 under two formats. One will be teams competing for points for their host countries. The second will feature an individual championship.…

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Bulls have a highlight day as Quinton Flowers shines in Spring game

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The USF Bulls gave their faithful several options to be excited about Saturday in their annual spring game. Take, for instance, the starting quarterback. Quinton Flowers led his White team to a 32-19 victory over the Green. In so doing, he hit 15 of 22 passes for 129 yards. But Asiantii Woulard wasn’t bad, either. He hit nine of 16 for 157 yards, including a 65-yard pass to Rodney Adams. Then there was linebacker Auggie Sanchez (two interceptions), and Bruce…

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Young quarterbacks highlight FSU’s Spring game in Orlando

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A pair of young quarterbacks dueled down to the wire, and beyond it, as FSU’s spring game ended in a 24-24 tie. Coach Jimbo Fisher seemed to be enjoying the heroics of freshman Malik Henry and sophomore Deondre Francois so much, in fact, that he waved off a fumble by Francois and extended the game by 90 seconds. In short, Henry brought his team from behind, then Francois, then Henry, then Francoise led his team to the tying field goal…

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Florida fans look to new quarterback possibilities in spring game

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There are other positions being contested. Defensive linemen and running backs and offensive linemen and receivers and defensive backs. In all of them, players will try to gain the notice of head coach Jim McElwain. It’s just that quarterback will be the main one for fans of the Florida Gators. Florida, a school where the great quarterbacks have gained the most notice, will try once again to establish one that can make a mark. That will start with transfer Luke…

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Rays make it home, finally, and win a spring game over Minnesota

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As far as the regular season goes, minor league catcher Mayo Acosta is ready. Acosta is not being counted on by the Rays this season, but he drove in three runs in Tampa Bay’s 5-2 comeback victory over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday. Most of the Rays had the day off because of their Cuba trip, and a flight delay that didn’t see them land in the U.S. until 5 a.m. But Erasmo Ramirez entered and pitched six innings, allowing one…

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Rays’ Drew Smyly pitches well, but Rays’ bullpen loses game

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The Tampa Bay Rays let another one get away Tuesday afternoon. The Rays gave up four runs in the eighth inning and lost a 5-2 decision to Philadelphia Monday afternoon. It was the fourth loss in five games to a National League team. Rays’ starter Drew Smyly, however, was effective in his 4.2 innings, allowing only three hits and one run. Kevin Kiermaier hit a home run. “I’m feeling great right now,” Smyly said. “Confident, very comfortable. Just trying to…

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