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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.

Phone: (813) 226-3389

E-mail: english@tampabay.com

Blog: Gator Report

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  1. Former Gator Michael Frazier headed to Warriors' NBA summer league

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    Former Gators guard Michael Frazier will participate in an NBA summer league after going undrafted in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

    "He will play summer league with the Golden State Warriors," Frazier's agent, Matt Ramker said in a text message.

    Frazier, a Tampa native, decided to forego his senior season to enter the 2015 NBA Draft. After an impressive showing in the NBA Combine, and workouts for more than a dozen teams, Frazier was projected by some, including ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, as a second round draft pick....

  2. Journey pays off for new SEC commissioner Sankey

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    When Greg Sankey took over as commissioner of the Southeastern Conference on June 8, it was the culmination of a journey to one of the most powerful jobs in sports that began more than a decade ago. A journey even Sankey didn't realize he was embarking on — at least not at the beginning.

    Sankey first became acquainted with former SEC commissioner Mike Slive about 15 years ago when the two were members of a committee Sankey chaired. They found themselves at the NCAA's Hall of Champions Museum and Slive asked a simple question....

    Greg Sankey is the new commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. [Courtesy of SEC]
  3. New SEC commissioner Greg Sankey supports calls to remove Confederate flags

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    SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement Wednesday afternoon he supports calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from public places, including SEC member institutions.

    Following the murder of nine people in a church in Charleston, S.C. this past week, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced she would ask the state legislature to order the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House. Today, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley followed suit, ordering the removal of the flag from government property....

  4. Gators softball staff named National Staff of the Year

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    Florida softball coach Tim Walton and his staff have been named the 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year, the NFCA announced today.

    It is the first NFCA national honor received by the UF staff in program history.

    Walton and his staff were previously named NFCA Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year four times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)....

  5. Gators add junior college All-American Justin Leon to roster

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    Florida picked up a much-needed post player for the 2015 season with the addition of 6-foot-8 forward Justin Leon.

    Leon will be able to compete immediately and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

    He joins a class of three incoming freshmen, all ranked in the top 80 of the ESPN100 recruit rankings for the 2015 class: KeVaughn Allen, Kevarrius Hayes and Keith Stone.

    Leon was a junior college All-American at Shawnee (Ill.) Community College this past season, averaging a double-double (21.5 ppg., 10.0 rpg.). He shot 50.4 percent from the field....

  6. Gator basketball to face Oklahoma State in Orange Bowl Classic

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    Florida will make its 17th appearance in the annual Orange Bowl Classic basketball tournament when the Gators play Oklahoma State on Dec. 19.

    It is one of two trips the Gators have scheduled to South Florida in December. Florida will play at Miami on Dec. 8.

    Also in that tournament, Florida State will play FAU.

    Florida has a 14-2 record at the Orange Bowl Classic, but it will be the first appearance for new head coach Michael White....

  7. Gators athletic program finishes fourth nationally in Learfield Cup

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    With the aid of 13 top-10 finishes in national championship action - including a pair of NCAA championships in gymnastics and softball - the Florida athletics program earned its seventh-consecutive top-four finish in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.

    Florida is the only program to finish among the nation's top 10 in each of the last 32 national all-sports standings.

    The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, presented annually by the nation's athletics directors, recognizes the schools with the best overall sports performances in an academic year. Points are awarded based on finishes and participation in 20 NCAA Division I sports....

  8. Michael Frazier, Matt Ramker hope player-agent bond pays off at NBA draft

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    Michael Frazier was well aware of what most were thinking. • When he announced in March that he would forgo his senior season at Florida and enter the NBA draft, he was barely on the NBA radar. You couldn't find his name on any mock drafts. NBA and college draft analysts questioned the wisdom of the decision. • Frazier was coming off a season in which he sustained a severely sprained ankle Feb. 7, missed seven games and played sparingly — and in pain — the final three games of the season. UF won just 16 games and failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. • The Tampa native knew the general perception was there was no way he would get drafted. • "I knew what people were saying, but it didn't really matter to me," he said. "I knew that if I could get the opportunity to show what I could do, I would make the most of it. … My concern was just getting into the combine, just getting an opportunity to get into the combine. I knew that if I could just get into that, everything else would take care of itself."...

    Tampa’s Michael Frazier, left, and Boca Ciega High graduate Kenny Smith both aim to be taken in Thursday’s NBA draft.
  9. Gators' Maquis Dendy named National Men's Field Athlete of the Year

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    Florida senior Marquis Dendy has been named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Men's Field Athlete of the Year.

    One of the most decorated jumpers ever, Dendy won six of his seven national titles in the past three consecutive NCAA Championships. He owns both the long and triple jump school records indoors, and the school record in the triple jump outdoors.

    Dendy is both the indoor and outdoor 2015 USTFCCCA National Field Athlete of the Year and has the second-best all-conditions long jump in the world this year, and the third-best all-conditions triple-jump performance in the world entering the USA Outdoor Championships next week back in Eugene.

    Dendy finished his collegiate career last weekend with seven national titles, 13 All-America honors and seven SEC Championships between the long and triple jump events. He's swept both at every championship meet since 2014 NCAA Outdoors, including 2015 SEC and NCAA Indoors, SEC and NCAA Outdoors....

  10. Ex-Alonso star Alex Faedo to start for Gators tonight in CWS

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    Freshman right-hander Alex Faedo, an Alonso alum, will make his first career start for the Gators tonight against Miami in the College World Series in Omaha.

    No. 4 Florida (50-17) and No. 5 Miami (50-16) will face each other for a fifth and final time this season at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha tonight at 8.The game will be televised on ESPN.

    On Monday, the Gators lost to Virginia in a winner’s bracket matchup, 1-0, ending its season-high 10-game winning streak. The Hurricanes used a walk-off single to defeat Arkansas, 4-3 in an elimination game....

    Alex Faedo (5-1, 3.36) will take the mound for the first time since the Gators’ third game of the NCAA Gainesville Regional against Florida Atlantic on May 31.
  11. Gators coach Jim McElwain gives $5,000 to help former Colorado State player in dire need

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    Florida coach Jim McElwain may be busy trying to help rebuild Floria's football program, but apparently he still has compassion and concern for many of his former players, including those from Colorado State where he was head coach before joining the Gators' program this past December.

    McElwain has pledged $5,000 to a GoFundMe account for former Colorado State DL Eli Edwards.

    According to The Coloradoan, Edwards' wife Isa Edwards died on June 6 from complications of lupus.  Since then, Eli Edwards and his daughter, Ellyse, have been in New Zealand — where Isa was receiving treatment — unable to afford to fly back to the United States and hold a funeral for his late wife....

  12. Weather alters game times for Gators, others at College World Series

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    The Florida baseball team could be in for a long day - and night - in Omaha today.

    The schedule for Monday’s games at the NCAA College World Series has been impacted by inclement weather and the Gators' winner’s bracket game between Florida (50-16) and Virginia (40-22) will be the third game of the day at TD Ameritrade Park.

    In today's first game, Cal State Fullerton will resume last night's game against Vanderbilt at 3 p.m. The Titans are leading, 3-0, in the bottom of the sixth inning, with the Commodores batting....

  13. Florida Gators savor return to College World Series

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    GAINESVILLE — Shortly after Florida advanced to the College World Series last weekend, Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan was more than just excited for his team. He was also relieved.

    Experience — and consecutive seasons in which UF didn't make it out of the region in postseason play — has given O'Sullivan a much greater appreciation for this year's success.

    "It's hard," he said. "The first three times we went in '10, '11 and '12, you don't realize how difficult it is to get there. You just kind of get this momentum, and those were some really good teams. And then you miss in '13, and then you miss in '14 and you start thinking, 'Boy, this is not easy.' … I think this one I appreciate probably a little bit more."...

    Shortstop Richie Martin (Bloomingdale) is one of several area players who are part of Gators' regular starting lineup. [AP photo]
  14. Gators track standout Marquis Dendy wins second consecutive NCAA long jump title

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    Florida senior Marquis Dendy, a six-time national champion, earned the best all-conditions long jump at the NCAA Championships since 1993 on Wednesday at storied Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

    Dendy's 27 foot, 8-inch leap set a new all-conditions PR and is the No. 2 mark in the world. It also gave Florida 10 points, which helped the Gators finish in second place (16) after the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Oregon leads the competition with 34 points....

  15. Pitchers Bobby Poyner, Aaron Rhodes among eight Gators selected in the MLB Draft

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    Florida senior pitcher Bobby Poyner was selected in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball Draft today by the Boston Red Sox, the 411th overall pick, and pitcher Aaron Rhodes was selected by the Angels in the 28th round.

    That brings to eight the number of Gators drafted in the 2015 MLB Draft.

    Poyner is 5-2 this season with a 2.73 ERA. He also has four saves in 24 appearances....