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Antonya English, Times Staff Writer

Antonya English

Antonya English has covered University of Florida sports for the Times since 2001, a tenure that has included three head football coaches and three national champions. A former news reporter, she moved to the sports department at the Gainesville Sun in 1993 for what she thought would be a short stint, and never looked back. She came to the Times from the Dallas Morning News in 1997.

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Blog: Gator Report

  1. Gators Dorian Finney-Smith has suspension lifted


    Florida junior F Dorian Finney-Smith has been reinstated to the basketball team, coach Billy Donovan said today.

    He is expected to play when the Gators host Tennessee on Saturday night at the O'Connell Center.

    "Obviously he served his penalty," Donovan said Friday afternoon. "He served his penalty, did all the things that we asked him to do, and expected him to do."

    Finney-Smith, the team's second leading scorer and top rebounder, has missed the past three games - Vanderbilt, LSU and Missouri - while suspended for violation of team rules. Donovan has not said publicly the exact reason for the suspension....

  2. Gators to open spring practice on March 16


    Florida will officially kick off the Jim McElwain era when spring practice begins on May 16.

    However, fans won't be able to see the product but once this spring.

    All spring practices are closed to the public.

    The annual Orange and Blue game will be held on Saturday, April 11 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.


  3. FSU women rout N.C. State in basketball


    TALLAHASSEE — It was a fitting outcome for a senior farewell.

    Following an emotional pregame ceremony to honor seniors Maegan Conwright and Lauren Coleman, Florida State did everything necessary to make sure they went out winners, while the team made history at the same time.

    The No. 9 Seminoles dominated on the glass and shot 38.8 percent in a 72-52 victory over N.C. State on Thursday night at the Tucker Center. The fourth-best rebounding team in the nation, FSU had a 54-35 rebounding edge....

    N.C. State forward Akela Maize blocks the shot of FSU guard Leticia Romero during the first half. Poor shooting does in the Wolfpack.
  4. Gators coach Jim McElwain puts Colorado home up for sale


    If you know anyone in the Fort Collins, Co. area that's looking for a new house, Gators football coach Jim McElwain has one to sell.

    McElwain, who was hired in December to replace Will Muschamp, has put his home on the market for $1.3 million, according to Matt Stephens of The Coloradoan. ...

  5. Will Billy Donovan get win No. 500 this season?


    When Florida played at Missouri Tuesday night, the Gators were trying to secure a victory and a personal milestone for coach Billy Donovan.

    Donovan needs just one more win to become only the second men’s Division I basketball coach to reach 500 wins before turning 50. Donovan turns 50 in May.

    But after last night, and yet another late-game collapse and loss, the question now becomes whether Donovan will get win No. 500 this season?...

    Billy Donovan needs just one more win to become only the second men’s Division I basketball coach to reach 500 wins before turning 50. Donovan turns 50 in May.
  6. FSU-Miami basketball preview



    Florida State at Miami

    When/where: 9; BankUnited Center, Coral Gables.

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 1040-AM

    Records: Florida State 15-13, 7-8 ACC. Miami 17-10, 7-7.

    Notable: Both teams are battling for the postseason. FSU has won five of its last eight games and is looking for a sweep in this series for the third time since the start of the 2010 season. This is the final regular-season road game for FSU. The Hurricanes are among the "next 4 out" in ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi's latest projections, and need more wins down the final stretch to reach the NCAA Tournament. In three games last week, Miami junior G Sheldon McClellan shot better than 53.3 percent from the field and hit 9-of-18 3-pointers, averaging 20.7 ppg....

  7. Could Dante Fowler, Jr. be the No. 2 pick in NFL Draft?


    Dante Fowler, Jr. went to the NFL Combine last week hoping to prove to scouts what he's believed in his mind all along: that's he has the talent to be a Top 10 pick in the NFL Draft.

    "To be honest with you that’s the way I always train myself to be I’m not gonna lie," Fowler said before leaving for the combine. "I always wanted to be the number one guy the top person in my caliber and I felt you know that’s the type of person that I was.  . . . I’m just glad to see that my work is being recognized now."...

    A new mock draft by Nate Davis of USA Today Sports has Dante Fowler Jr., the former St. Petersburg Lakewood standout, at No. 2 in the 2015 NFL Draft.
  8. Florida-Missouri basketball preview



    Florida at Missouri

    When/where: 9; Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo.

    TV/radio: SEC Network; 620-AM

    Records: Florida 13-14, 6-8 SEC; Missouri (7-20, 1-13).

    Notable: For the third consecutive game, the Gators will be without starter Dorian Finney-Smith. The junior F remained suspended Monday, and coach Billy Donovan said he will revisit the matter later this week. Florida, in a 1-5 skid, faces a Missouri team that has lost 13 straight. Donovan said that with Missouri's size, and the Gators' struggles offensively, it will be important to defend without fouling in the frontcourt....

  9. Gators' Billy Donovan nears 500th victory


    GAINESVILLE — With the type of basketball season the Florida Gators are having, coach Billy Donovan most likely hasn't given personal milestones much thought, but there is one on the horizon.

    Donovan stands one victory away from No. 500, and could achieve that tonight at Missouri.

    It has been a trying year for Donovan, in his 19th season with the Gators. Florida (13-14, 6-8 SEC) is having one of its worst seasons since Donovan arrived. If the Gators can earn just one more win, Donovan will become the second men's Division I basketball coach to reach 500 wins before turning 50. He will turn 50 in May. Donovan, who is 464-183 at Florida, said he's not quite sure if it seems like just yesterday or 100 years since his first win....

    Florida coach Billy Donovan needs one win to reach 500 all time. [AP photo]
  10. Gators Dorian Finney-Smith's suspension won't be lifted for Missouri game


    Junior F Dorian Finney-Smith has not had his indefinite suspension lifted, and will not play when the Gators play at Missouri Tuesday night, coach Billy Donovan said.

    “He’s out," Donovan said Monday morning. "He’s not playing tomorrow. Probably revisit it again after this game. We’ve got to take off Wednesday, so I’ll have an update on Thursday, if we do media. But he’s out for this game."...

  11. Gators softball remains undefeated


    After an oustanding weekend performance, the Florida softball team remains undefeated.

    The Gators (16-0) totaled 30 runs and 10 home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Mercer on Sunday. Florida won by scores of 20-3 (5 innings) and 10-3.

    The victories were highlighted by Briana Little, who had a three-homer, nine-RBI game, in just her second start of the season. Little’s three-homer game was the first in Florida history, and her nine RBI in the game was a single-game school record....

  12. Florida State-Virginia basketball preview



    Florida State at No. 2 Virginia

    When/where: 6:30; John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va.

    TV/radio: ESPNU; 1040-AM

    Records: Florida State 15-12, 7-7 ACC; Virginia 24-1, 12-1

    Notable: Virginia has been ranked in the Top 10 for the first 16 weeks of the season for the first time since 1982-83. … This is FSU's second ranked opponent in the past four games. … The Cavaliers and Seminoles are meeting for the first time this season after Virginia went 3-0 in the series last season, the last meeting in the ACC Tournament. … Virginia ranks No. 1 nationally in scoring defense at 50.8 ppg, the third lowest average in the shot clock era (since 1986)....

  13. Florida falls to LSU on the road, 70-63


    The Florida men's basketball team put up a fight, but in the end the odds were stacked too much against the Gators.

    On the road at LSU, Florida couldn't overcome the loss of its two top scorers and top rebounder, falling to the Tigers 70-63 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Saturday afternoon.

    Florida was without junior guard Michael Frazier (sprained ankle) and junior forward Dorian-Finney Smith (suspension) and lost for the fifth time in its past six games....

  14. Gators escape severe NCAA penalty


    GAINESVILLE — Florida has been cited for its first major NCAA football violation since 1990, but the Gators won't receive further punishment outside of their self-imposed sanctions.

    The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has determined that former Florida wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Joker Phillips committed a Level II infraction when he arranged an impermissible meeting with a high school junior with the help of a reporter that covers recruiting....

  15. Florida-LSU basketball, 1 p.m. Saturday


    Today: Florida at LSU

    When/where: 1 p.m.; Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La.

    TV/radio: Ch. 10; 1250-AM

    Records: Florida 13-13, 5-7 SEC; LSU 18-8, 7-6

    Notable: Florida is coming off a win over Vanderbilt in which the Gators played without their two leading scorers and top rebounder, Michael Frazier (ankle) and Dorian Finney-Smith (suspension). Now, they try to do the same on the road against a much better team. A win makes UF's Billy Donovan only the second Division I coach to win 500 games before the age of 50, joining Bob Knight. The undersized Gators will have to find a way to contain 6-foot-8 F Jordan Mickey (16.7 ppg, 10.6 rpg) and 6-10 F Jarell Martin (15.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg)....