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Florida’s Medal of Freedom goes to FSU great Bobby Bowden

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Bobby Bowden, the former Florida State football coach who led the Seminoles to two national titles, received the inaugural Florida Medal of Freedom at a ceremony Wednesday hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Bowden, 91, is one of college footballís winningest coaches. He ...

After saying ‘I’m Going to Disney World,’ Brady did it again

By Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs' defense, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had no problem taking a lightsaber to Star Wars' Kylo Ren and a unit of storm troopers. A mask-wearing Brady visited the Star Wars-themed section of ...

Miami Marlins’ ballpark to be renamed loanDepot park

MIAMI (AP) — Marlins Park will be renamed loanDepot park in a multiyear naming rights agreement announced Wednesday by the Miami Marlins. The deal provides additional revenue for the Marlins, who have operated with budget constraints and a small payroll for most of their history. They have ...

Omar Payne joins growing list of players to leave Florida

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's rebuilding project continues to grow. Forward Omar Payne entered the transfer portal Tuesday and became the fifth player to leave coach Mike White's program since the end of the season. The 6-foot-10 Payne joined shooting ...

AP source: Magic sending Fournier to Celtics for draft picks

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Evan Fournier is being traded by the Orlando Magic to the Boston Celtics for a pair of second-round draft picks, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said Thursday. The Celtics were able to take on Fournier's salary by using part of the trade ...

Miami Hurricanes guard Chris Lykes decides to turn pro

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Dynamic 5-foot-7 Miami Hurricanes guard Chris Lykes has decided to turn pro after a senior season limited to two games because of an ankle injury. Lykes' size makes him a long shot for the NBA, but he'll earn his degree this spring and wants to ...

AP source: Nuggets acquiring Gordon from Magic

By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have made another aggressive move at the trade deadline by acquiring Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said Thursday. In exchange, the Magic receive veteran shooting guard Gary ...

AP source: Vucevic being traded by Magic to Bulls

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer All-Star forward Nikola Vucevic is being traded from the Orlando Magic to the Chicago Bulls, a person with knowledge of the deal said Thursday. Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu are going to the Bulls in exchange for Wendell Carter Jr. and two future ...

Playmaker Tre Mann declares for NBA, says goodbye to Florida

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida point guard Tre Mann, the program's best one-on-one playmaker since Jason Williams more than two decades ago, is leaving school early and turning pro. Mann is expected to hire an agent and does not intend to return to college. ...

Buccaneers’ Super Bowl film showcases Brady and Tampa Bay D

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer NFL Films has been chronicling Tom Brady's career since he entered the league in 2000. Somehow, they always seem to be new things to reveal. That is the case with this year's Super Bowl film, chronicling Brady's seventh championship and his first with the Tampa ...