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Florida Gators baseball swept by Florida Gulf Coast


Gators suffer first home sweep since '09

GAINESVILLE — Sean Dwyer hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning as Florida Gulf Coast beat Florida 7-4 Sunday to cap a three-game sweep.

The Gators (3-5), No. 17 in the Baseball America poll, have lost four in a row, including their first three-game sweep at home since Miami did it Feb. 27-March 1, 2009.

"First of all, I want to congratulate Florida Gulf Coast," UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "They earned what they got this weekend, so I don't want to take anything away from them. With that being said, we have a lot to work on."

RHP Harrison Coo­ney pitched five scoreless innings of relief for the Eagles (5-1), including escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 10th.

More baseball: No. 19 Florida State beat USF 8-0 and 5-2 for a three-game sweep. In Game 2, Peter Miller (Cambridge Christian) allowed no runs and two hits over six innings.

USF football loses key assistant: Larry Scott left his job as USF's running backs coach to be Miami's tight ends coach. Scott was part of USF's first class in 1996 and joined the staff in 2005. Recently, analysts at listed him among the nation's top 50 recruiters. Scott, the only assistant kept by new coach Willie Taggart, replaces Mario Cristobal, who left for Alabama.

Track: Florida's Sean Obinwa (Wharton High) won the 800 meters at the SEC indoor championships in Fayetteville, Ark. On the women's side, Amani Bryant (Wharton) ran the second leg of UF's winning distance medley relay.

Swimming: Florida's men won the SEC title, ending Auburn's run at 16 years, late Saturday at Texas A&M.


Violence knocked off Derby trail

Violence, considered a Kentucky Derby contender, was taken off the trail. The colt fractured a bone in its right front leg while finishing second in Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Tampa Bay Downs: Shanghai Bobby and Verrazano were among 15 nominees by trainer Todd Pletcher for the Tampa Bay Derby on March 9.

Et cetera

Soccer: Swansea, in its 100th season, earned its first major trophy, beating Bradford 5-0 to win the League Cup. It's the first Welsh team to win an English cup since Cardiff's FA Cup in 1927.

Skiing: Slovenia's Tina Maze clinched her first overall World Cup title — with nine races left — by winning the super-combined in Meribel, France.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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