Stark and somber on the outside, FreshMinistries' Eastside Resource Center inside is a bright and bubbling wellspring of hope in a Jacksonville neighborhood more often seen as afflicted with poverty and crime.

University of Florida

The Florida Gators failed to defeat UConn in the Final Four on Saturday. Cole Pepper shared his thoughts on the loss and more in his weekly sports wrap up.

Jacksonville Jaguars center Brad Meester, the team's last player from the Tom Coughlin era, has announced he will retire after this season.

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The Florida State University Seminoles will face the Auburn University Tigers next month for the final Bowl Championship Series title game, and could the Jags make the playoffs?

Our Kevin Meerschaert's story on the tenacity of Jaguars fans was featured on this past week's edition of WBUR and NPR's sports program "Only A Game."

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Jacksonville officials are urging Jaguars fans to show their support during Thursday’s nationally televised game against the Houston Texans.

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First Coast Connect regular sports analyst Cole Pepper joined the show as he does most Mondays with "Cole Cuts" straight from the locker room and a look at all the past weekend's games.

Jaguars 14 - Cardinals 27

The Jaguars lost  to the Cardinals, but there was a silver lining: they scored their first and second touchdowns at home since last December.

The Jaguars have not won consecutive games since 2010 as they are now 1-9 and for the 6th straight season, they will not have a winning record.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars continued their winless streak Sunday at Everbank Field with a 24-6 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

The game marked the latest double-digit loss for the team, who have yet to score a touchdown at home.

The Jaguars aren't the only team without a win; both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants are 0-6. The Giants play tonight and the Buccaneers had a bye two weeks ago.

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You can dance, you can jive, you can do a lot on the First Coast this weekend, from taking in a Broadway show, to running for a great cause, to partaking in (yes, more) German cuisine and beer.

Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19 — See that girl, watch those scenes, you can dig the Broadway smash Mamma Mia! at the Times-Union Center. More info at

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Tuesday they’ll induct former quarterback Mark Brunell into the Pride of the Jaguars.

Brunell will join former offensive tackle Tony Boselli (2006), former owners Wayne and Delores Weaver (2011) and running back Fred Taylor (2012) as the fifth member of the Pride.

Brunell led the Jags to the playoffs for four straight seasons and holds almost all franchise passing records but said says this honor is special for him and his family.

Jags start season 4-0, Nancy Pelosi a key figure for FL GOP, and the discovery of a deadly bacteria in the state are in headlines this morning.

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Khan meets with Scott: Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan met with Governor Rick Scott in Tallahassee last night to discuss economic development.

1) Sunday, September 8 — You've waited months for this week, and this day. It's the first home game at Everbank Field of the 2013-2014 NFL season as the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Kickoff is 1 p.m. More info at

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The Jacksonville Jaguars won their final pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons 20-16 last night, but fans were celebrating before the team ever took the field.

The NFL agreed to change the team’s official abbreviation from JAC to JAX, the result of a day long Twitter campaign by fans using the hashtag #JAXnotJAC.

The first tweet using the hashtag appeared at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday:

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

There's a new jaguar in Jacksonville, but you won't find him on the depth chart come September.

In a joint release today, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and the Jacksonville Jaguars announced the arrival of an actual jaguar cub.

The unnamed male jaguar cub was born July 18. He shares his birthday with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

"We've always had a strong relationship with the Jaguars from when the Weavers were owners," said Amy Hernden, special events and public relations supervisor at the zoo.

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1) Friday, August 9 - Football season is back! The Jaguars kick-off their pre-season with action against the Miami Dolphins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at EverBank Field. More info at -

2) Friday, August 9 - Void Magazine is kicking off football season with a party for the release of their 3rd Annual Jaguars Issue at Fionn MacCool's from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. More info on Facebook.


Between the Jaguars, the Sharks and the Suns, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office recommends you give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going Saturday night. 

The Jaguars Back-to-Football Fest starts at 4:00 in the Fan Entertainment Zone at EverBank Field. That's followed by a scrimmage game at 6:45.

Down the street at Veterans Memorial Arena, the Jacksonville Sharks kick-off their post-season against the Tampa Bay Storm. Game time is 7:00.

Jaguars supporter group, The Bold City Brigade, got national attention yesterday from sports media giants ESPN and CBS Sports with, a website advocating a Tim Tebow-free roster. 

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Today the New York Daily News published the latest news on the Tebow to Jags story... and the story has changed very little.

At Tuesday's NFL Career Development Symposium, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan said that he is still not interested in signing Tebow, despite calls from some fans to do so.

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Justin Blackmon has been suspended without pay for the Jaguars'  first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Blackmon will be eligible to return to the Jaguars' active roster on Monday, September 30, following the team's September 29 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Blackmon is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

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With the second overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel.

Owner Shad Khan, Head Coach Gus Bradley and General Manager Dave Caldwell spoke to a large group of fans attending the annual draft party at Everbank Field shortly after the pick. 

They told the crowd they will love the way Joeckel plays.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Eben Britton, host of the Number 73 music program heard Wednesday nights at 11:00PM on 89.9 WJCT FM has signed a one year contract with the Chicago Bears, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune. Britton, a former Jacksonville Jaguar offensive lineman, has hosted the music and literature program for the past two years; the show will continue for the foreseeable future.

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Following a cover story in Forbes last month, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan stopped by CBS's This Morning today to discuss his life story.

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It's been a little more than a year since billionaire Shahid Khan purchased the Jacksonville Jaguars for $770 million.

The purchase made the Pakistani-born businessman the first NFL team owner of an ethnic minority, and an instant celebrity here in Jacksonville. It also thrust him into the national spotlight with a profile on CBS's 60 Minutes, and a cover story in Forbes naming him the "new face of the American dream."

Military flyovers, a favorite moment during Jaguars games, could be a victim of the sequester. USA Today reports that if the budget cuts go into effect, it's possible that the flyovers will end, at least for this fiscal year and possibly beyond.