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FSU Football Coach Tests Positive For COVID-19

Sep 21, 2020

Florida State University’s head football coach, Mike Norvell, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Norvell announced his test results in a press release Saturday. He says the results stem from a test he took Friday, after receiving two negative results from tests he had taken earlier in the week.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays each took steps forward in their attempts to secure championships in their coronavirus-shortened seasons.

The Lightning reached their third Stanley Cup Final in team history Thursday night with a 2-1 overtime victory against the New York Islanders in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final in Edmonton.

Also on Thursday, the Rays clinched an American League playoff berth during a doubleheader sweep of the Baltimore Orioles.

Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime to send the Lightning past the Islanders.

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For fans heading to TIAA Bank Field this Sunday to see the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Indianapolis Colts, the experience will be different than in past years as the NFL copes with the realities of the pandemic.

UF Study Eyes Long-Term Effects Of Opioid Use In Retired NFL Players

Sep 10, 2020
Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Sedrick Hodge (52) was accused by federal prosecutors in Sept. 2019 of selling oxycodone pills in Cartersville, Ga. A UF study is examining the effects of opioid use in retired NFL players.
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Nearly half of former National Football League players who used opioids in 2010 continue to use them today, and nearly 60% of them experience moderate to severe depressive symptoms, a University of Florida study shows.

A day after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they would play their first two games in Raymond James Stadium without spectators, Gov. Ron DeSantis urged the team to allow fans to attend.

“If the Bucs had fans, I would try to go to the first home game. I would,” DeSantis said during a Thursday roundtable in St. Petersburg about bars and breweries. “I am not going to go if other fans are not allowed.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans hoping to see quarterback Tom Brady at Raymond James Stadium will have to wait until at least Oct. 18.

The team announced Wednesday that they will play their first two home games - Sept. 20 versus the Carolina Panthers and Oct. 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers - without fans in the stands.

That means the first game Bucs fans will be allowed to attend - COVID-19 conditions permitting - would be when the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers come to town in the sixth week of the season.

Jaguars Launch Get Out The Vote Campaign

Sep 1, 2020
Gardner Minshew
Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have kicked off a season-long campaign aimed at getting Floridians to vote.

Appeals Court Upholds Suppression Of Kraft Video

Aug 19, 2020
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (center)
Associated Press Dec. 29, 2019 file photo

A state appeals court Wednesday said hidden-camera videos of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men were improperly obtained and should be suppressed in prostitution cases involving Southeast Florida massage establishments.

The overpass shown in this 2019 RV City file photo has been demolished. That's just one of the changes fans that attend this year's Georgia-Florida game will encounter.
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This year’s Georgia-Florida game will be later than usual and could look significantly different than in years past.

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Fall sports competition at Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida and other Atlantic Sun Conference universities is being postponed due to COVID-19.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday continued to pitch the return of college and high-school sports as a safer environment for student-athletes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As the Florida High School Athletic Association looks into pushing the start of fall sports to the end of November, Gov. Ron DeSantis is urging schools to play on.

DeSantis says just as he believes parents should have options when it comes to sending their kids back to the classroom, he thinks parents should choices when it comes to sending kids back to the athletic field.

The statewide high school athletic association decided Thursday to postpone the start of the fall sports by one month, until Aug. 24, after initially voting to proceed as normal despite the recommendations of its own medical advisory board which said it was unsafe due to rising cases of coronavirus across Florida.

The move came after several greater Tampa Bay counties decided on their own to postpone football practice and other sports for a few weeks.

The NFL’s Player’s Association and team executives agreed to eliminate all four preseason games due to unnecessary travel for exhibitions.

TIAA Bank Field
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More than 700 employees at TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, have gotten another round of bad news.

The Washington Redskins on Monday announced the NFL franchise was retiring the team's controversial nickname following a review process that started several weeks ago.

"As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward," the football team said in a statement. "Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review."

Amid New Surge In Florida Coronavirus Cases, Children Resume Sports Across State

Jun 19, 2020

Fifteen-year-old softball player Riley Diedrick wanted nothing more than to race alongside her friends.

Jacksonville Jaguars Players, Coaches, Staff March To Sheriff's Office In Show Of Unity

Jun 5, 2020
Garry Smits / The Florida Times-Union

Jaguars players, front office staff, their families and friends raised their voices with others across the nation Friday when they marched in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jaguars Return To TIAA Bank Field With COVID-19 Restrictions

May 26, 2020
TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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The Jaguars began a slow return to work Tuesday, but don’t expect to catch a glimpse of players at TIAA Bank Field just yet.

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Expect “virtual” or expanded FastPass-style lines, staggered seating on rides, online food ordering and limited crowds when Florida’s major theme parks eventually reopen after being shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Golf fans who would have been watching the Masters in Augusta, Ga. on TV this week will have to wait until November.

Tony Boselli Says Ended Up In Mayo Clinic's ICU As He Battled COVID-19

Apr 3, 2020
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Former Jaguars’ star and Hall of Fame finalist Tony Boselli is recovering after he was hospitalized for five days at the Mayo Clinic for COVID-19, he told WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union Thursday in his first public comments.

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Tuesday is Military Appreciation Day at THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, a day that typically culminates with a ceremony of nationally-ranked dignitaries, military pageantry and a concert.

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The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will be holding job fairs on Saturday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 17, to hire season workers for the 2020 season.

Bishop Kenny

It’s been a great week for Jacksonville-area high school girls soccer.

Amateur Cycling National Championship Coming To Clay County This Summer

Feb 18, 2020
shadows of cyclists on the ground
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Clay County will serve as host for the USA Cycling Road Amateur National Championships this summer.

Former Jaguar Will Open A New Avondale Coffee Shop

Feb 5, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Arrelious Benn has seen not only the inside of football stadiums in cities across the country but also coffee shops during his eight-year NFL career.

Pictured: Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville carries the flags of the U.S. and Great Britain ahead of the Nov. 3, 2019 game at Wembley Stadium.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will play two home games in London over consecutive Sundays, the team announced Tuesday.

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City leaders are trying to make Jacksonville one of the top destinations for sporting events.

City Council Approves Land Option For Armada Soccer Stadium

Jan 29, 2020
Armada soccer stadium rendering
Jacksonville Armada

The City Council unanimously approved a land option agreement for a lot north of the Fairgrounds in a move that could set the stage for a new stadium for Jacksonville Armada soccer.

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