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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. Florida-Texas A&M basketball preview

    College

    .Tonight

    Florida vs. Texas A&M

    When/where: 9; O'Connell Center, Gainesville

    TV/radio: ESPNU; 620-AM

    Records: Florida 14-15, 7-9 SEC; Texas A&M 20-8, 11-5

    Notable: This is the home regular-season finale for the Gators and the second meeting between the two this season. … The Aggies have won four of five, beginning with their one-point win over Florida on Valentine's Day. … TAMU has three players scoring in double figures in conference play: Danuel House (17.2), Jalen Jones (13.8) and Alex Caruso (10.1). … A victory would give Gators coach Billy Donovan 200 regular-season SEC wins. He would join Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) and Dale Brown (LSU) with that distinction....

  2. For Gators' Holloway, it's all about staying on track

    Colleges

    GAINESVILLE — Mike Holloway spends no time worrying about competitors at upcoming meets. He doesn't check other teams' personal best times or longest or highest jumps. All season, his Gators track and field teams are preparing for championship meets even when heading to regular-season events.

    For Holloway, in his 12th season as Florida's head coach, focusing strictly on the Gators is what has made the program so successful....

    Mike Holloway, left, is in his 12th season as Florida track and field coach and has earned eight overall SEC titles.
  3. Gators still without Michael Frazier as they prepare for Texas A&M

    Blog

    Florida junior G Michael Frazier still has not been cleared to play, and coach Billy Donovan said he does not expect Frazier to be able to play in the Gators' home finale Tuesday night against Texas A&M.

    "Still nothing right now," Donovan said. "Still nothing. I would say he's probably not playing. He hasn't practiced at all. He tried to do some shooting and stuff. But he is not cleared for practice at all. I don't anticipate him playing (Tuesday) unless I got some miraculous diagnosis from our trainer and doctor that say he's cleared to play, but I don't envision that happening."...

  4. Ex-Florida football player commits suicide

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Chris Johnson, a former Florida football player who transferred in 2013 and played two seasons at Duquesne, died Friday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Allegheny County, Pa., medical examiner's office said. He was 22.

    Johnson, an Ocala native, was found in a car Friday morning outside of Pittsburgh. A senior defensive back last year, he had 104 tackles and two interceptions combined in 2013 and 2014....

  5. Florida beats Tennessee to give Billy Donovan 500th win

    College

    GAINESVILLE — There was never a major discussion, but it was definitely on the Gators players' minds the past couple of weeks. So much so that freshmen Chris Chiozza and Devin Robinson promised coach Billy Donovan a win last week to help him earn No. 500 for his career.

    It took a few extra days, but they helped make good on that promise.

    With a 66-49 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night at the O'Connell Center, Donovan, 49, became the second coach to reach 500 wins before age 50, joining former Indiana coach Bob Knight....

    Dorian Finney-Smith of the Florida Gators holds up a sign honoroing head coach Billy Donovan's 500th career win after the game against the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday in Gainesville.
  6. Gators coach Billy Donovan earns career win No. 500

    Blog

    In the end, Billy Donovan insisted he hadn't been dwelling on it much. In a season in which his Gators are struggling, he's had more important things to worry about.

    But when the milestone finally arrived, Donovan acknowledged he was appreciative of the moment - and the many coaches and players that have helped him achieve it.

    With a 66-49 win over Tennessee, Donovan earned career victory No. 500. At 49, he is only the second coach to reach that milestone before age 50....

  7. Florida-Tennessee basketball preview

    College

    .TONIGHT

    Florida vs. Tennessee

    When/where: 6; O'Connell Center, Gainesville.

    TV/radio: ESPN2; 620-AM

    Records: Florida 13-15, 6-9 SEC; Tennessee 14-13, 6-9.

    Notable: Both teams have lost six of their last seven games. Florida junior F Dorian Finney-Smith has been reinstated after a three-game suspension for violation of team rules. He hasn't played in two weeks, and missed one week of practice, so how well he'll assimilate remains to be seen. Leading scorer Michael Frazier, who has missed the last five games with a high-ankle sprain, is still in pain and his status is unclear. The Gators will try for the third time to get coach Billy Donovan win No. 500. "We know it's on everyone's mind,'' freshman G Chris Chiozza said. "We're trying to get that 500."...

  8. FSU-Louisville basketball preview

    College

    .TODAY

    Florida State vs. No. 17 Louisville

    When/where: Noon; Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee.

    TV/radio: ESPN2; 1040-AM

    Records: Florida State 15-14, 7-9 ACC; Louisville 22-6, 10-5.

    Notable: Both teams have young guards capable of scoring. FSU's Xavier Rathan-Mayes is the only freshman in the ACC who leads the team in scoring. He is coming off a 35-point game against Miami in which he scored 30 in the final 4:38. Louisville sophomore G Terry Rozier has scored 22 or more in six of the last 10 games, including 22 in his last game at Georgia Tech. This is the first meeting between Louisville and FSU in 24 years. Playing on the road seems to suit the Cardinals: In seven ACC road games, Louisville has shot a collective 48 percent....

  9. Gators Dorian Finney-Smith has suspension lifted

    Blog

    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....

  10. Gators to open spring practice on March 16

    Blog

    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.

     

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

    College

    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....

    FSU’s Shakena Richardson is fouled by Chelsea Nelson during the second half.
  12. Gators coach Jim McElwain puts Colorado home up for sale

    Blog

    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. ...

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

    Blog

    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.
  14. FSU-Miami basketball preview

    College

    .TONIGHT

    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....

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

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    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.