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Bolles Grad Ryan Murphy Wins Silver in Olympic 200 Backstroke Final

Jul 30, 2021
Ryan Murphy of the United States swims during a semifinal in the men's 100-meter backstroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021.
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Ryan Murphy is adding another medal to his Olympic collection.

Before a storm ended the party prematurely, the Tampa Bay Lightning and their fans once again celebrated a Stanley Cup victory on and along the Hillsborough River.

A boat parade was held Monday, allowing the Lightning to show off their second consecutive NHL championship.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Two players from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, a minor league Triple-A baseball team under the Miami Marlins organization, are heading to the coronavirus-delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics to play for two different teams.

Sports Betting Proposal Pitched To Fund Education

Jun 25, 2021
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Steering money from gambling to public education convinced Florida voters to sign off on a state lottery more than three decades ago.

University of South Florida officials have announced that a men's basketball coach who was accused of making inappropriate comments to players will not return to the team.

Associate head coach Tom Herrion had been placed on administrative leave in March while he was being investigated for making what was termed at that time as "racially charged" comments.

2 Pickleball Courts Planned For Toon Town In Talleyrand

Jun 14, 2021
The Toon Town building in Talleyrand at 444 Talleyrand Blvd.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Pickleball, the quickly growing racket sport, is coming to the Toon Town building in Talleyrand.

This rendering illustrates the football performance center proposed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville Jaguars

A key component of Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s $441 million sports complex/Shipyards Phase 1 development plan unveiled last week is building a new football "performance center."

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Jacksonville has been selected as the host city of the inaugural Street League Skateboarding World Championship this fall.

Rendering of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences.
Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced new development plans for Downtown Jacksonville and the Shipyards that include a Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, an office building, a sports medicine complex and improvements to the city-owned marina and public spaces and officials say environmental considerations will be a “real priority” for the project.

DeSantis smiles while holding the signed copy of the Fairness in Women's Sports Act
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Governor Ron DeSantis visited Jacksonville Tuesday to sign a controversial bill banning trans girls and women from girls and women’s sports. The ban comes on the first day of LGBTQ Pride month, but DeSantis denied the ban had anything to do with discrimination. 

St. Johns County Approves $16.7M PGA Tour Incentives Deal

May 19, 2021
The new PGA Tour Global Home along Palm Valley Road in Ponte Vedra.
Clark Construction

The St. Johns Board of County Commissioners approved an economic development incentive agreement 4-1 with the PGA Tour on May 18 with an estimated value of $16,778,760.

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The National Football League announced Wednesday morning it will resume International Series Games during the 2021 season after the coronavirus pandemic halted all international games last season.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The Triple-A Jumbo Shrimp are making a long-term commitment to Jacksonville.

Jaguars General Manager Buys Home In Glen Kernan

May 5, 2021
NEFAR / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke will join head coach Urban Meyer – and former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow – as homeowners in Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club on Jacksonville’s Southside.

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville have teamed up to commission one-of-a-kind painted and autographed footballs celebrating the NFL Draft with proceeds benefitting the artists and Cultural Council.

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The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s season opener is tonight, May 4, at 1211 Financial Ballpark in Downtown Jacksonville, the first game of a 6-game homestand against the Norfolk Tides.

It’s Jaguars. Easy. Right? Well, hold on a minute.

Paul, a WJCT News 89.9 listener from St. Johns County, wrote us Monday to say he heard the name of the team mispronounced on-air, which resurfaced a long-running debate. Is the proper pronunciation "jag-wahrs" or "jag-wires?"

Rep. Cord Byrd debates on the House floor.
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The director of policy at Jacksonville’s LGBTQ youth center said Thursday that Florida’s late-night push to ban transgender women from sports is “disgusting” and “discriminatory.” 

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The Jacksonville City Council is scheduled to discuss a plan Tuesday evening to rename a historic Jacksonville baseball field in honor of the late baseball great Hank Aaron.

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The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp have announced a five-year sponsorship deal with Jacksonville-based FIS along with this season's giveaways and 19 fireworks displays.

Bowden First To Receive Florida Medal Of Freedom

Apr 8, 2021

Legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden is the first recipient of the Florida Medal of Freedom. Gov. Ron DeSantis also designated April 7th as "Bobby Bowden Day.”

During a ceremony at the governor’s mansion, DeSantis acknowledged Bowden’s faith-based approach to coaching and his contributions to Florida State University. Bowden’s football program helped boost the school’s profile. Bowden gave credit to his players and coaches and thanked DeSantis for the award.

The four development teams still in the running to realize their visions for the Tropicana Field site in St. Petersburg released another element in their proposals this week.

When the short list was cut from seven to four earlier this month, the city of St. Petersburg asked the remaining development teams to submit five-minute video pitches to be used in the public comment phase of Mayor Rick Kriseman’s decision process.

121 Financial Ballpark in Jacksonville.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

121 Financial Ballpark, home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, will serve as the alternate training site for the Miami Marlins once Major League Baseball Spring Training camps conclude. 

The Tampa Bay Rays will allow up to 9,000 fans to attend games at Tropicana Field for the first month of the regular season.

The team will also reopen the 300 upper deck level for the first time since 2019.

The team announced its ticket policy in a release Tuesday, including paperless tickets and COVID-19 measures that will be in place to ensure socially distant seating.

Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II (15) warms up moments before the start of the game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, at TIAA Bank Field. The Bears won 41-17.
Gary McCullough / Associated Press

The Jacksonville Jaguars kicked off their 2021 season ticket renewal campaign Tuesday, saying they plan sell tickets with an expectation that TIAA Bank Field will return to full capacity.

Urban Meyer Says Jaguars Having Serious Discussions About New Team Facility

Mar 9, 2021
Workers install TVs in the cardio area of the Jaguars' training and weight room in this 2013 file photo.
Bob Mack / The Florida Times-Union

Just after Urban Meyer was hired by the Jaguars in January, he stressed the importance of his players having the best of the best in regards to facilities and other aspects of the franchise. 

St. Petersburg has released a short list of proposals to redevelop the Tropicana Field site, with or without the Tampa Bay Rays.

In January, city officials announced they were reviewing seven proposals to remake the site of Tropicana Field, where the Rays have played on city-owned land since 1998.

Nearly two months after announcing it was postponing the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in order to allow more fans to attend, the St. Petersburg City Council announced spectators will be permitted.

Council members on Thursday voted to allow up to 20,000 spectators per day at the

NTT IndyCar Series event, which will be held on April 23-25 through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg.

The home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
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Opening day for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp is getting pushed back a month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jacksonville’s first Triple-A baseball season since 1968 starts Tuesday, April 6.

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