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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 guard Michael Frazier available to play at Kentucky


    Florida junior guard Michael Frazier practiced with the team on Thursday and will make the trip to Lexington for the Gators' regular season finale against Kentucky on Saturday.

    How much Frazier will be able to play, and how effective he will be, remains to be seen.

    Frazier has missed the past six games with a high ankle sprain he suffered in a home loss to Ole Miss on Feb. 12.

    "He actually practiced some (Thursday)," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "He’s going to make the trip. He did not complete a whole practice. He did do some stuff out there, he did do contact. How much he’ll be able to play (Saturday), I don’t know. I was not really looking at all at his timing, shooting, rhythm those kinds of things. I was more interested in seeing how he was moving. And I thought he moved pretty well in practice. I think the big thing is we’ll see how he feels today coming off a day of practice. But he was limited in practice, he didn’t go through the whole thing, but he is going to make the trip and I believe he’ll be available to play."...

  2. Former Gators baseball coach Joe Arnold to be inducted into College Baseball Hall of Fame


    Joe Arnold, the Florida head baseball coach for a decade beginning in 1984, is part of the 2015 induction class for the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

    This year’s class will be inducted as a part of the annual celebration of college baseball on June 28-29 in Lubbock, Texas.

    Arnold's collegiate career included stops at Miami-Dade Community College and Arizona State University....

  3. Florida opens SEC women's basketball tournament play against Auburn


    The No. 12 seed Florida women's basketball team opens play tonight in the SEC Tournament with a rematch against Auburn.

    The game will be televised on the SEC Network at 5 p.m.

    The tournament will be held at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Ark., and tonight's game is the  first this season for the Gators played on a neutral court.

    Florida has defeated Auburn in each of the last five meetings, the Gators' longest win streak in the 51-game series. The Gators defeated the Tigers 63-50 on Jan. 4, but Florida coach Amanda Butler said both teams are much different now....

  4. Gators, Jacob Kurtz leave O'Dome winners in regular season home finale


    By game's end, senior F Jacob Kurtz had a black right eye he could barely open, the result of being hit during a scoring play late in the first half of Tuesday night's game against Texas A&M.

    But Kurtz left the O'Dome with a smille.

    The Gators' 66-62 win over Texas A&M ensured he would walk off the O'Connell Center floor for the final time as a winner.

    The former manager turned vital walk-on played just 10 minutes due to his eye injury, but said he expects to be okay....

  5. Florida beats Texas A&M, faces Kentucky next


    GAINESVILLE — In a season in which very little has gone its way, Florida ended on a high note in its final regular-season game at the O'Connell Center.

    The Gators avenged an earlier loss to Texas A&M with a 66-62 victory Tuesday night. The Aggies (20-9, 11-6 SEC) came in as the No. 3 team in the conference.

    The Gators close the regular season at 2 Saturday at Kentucky, which remained undefeated Tuesday with a tough 72-64 win at Georgia....

    Florida guard Chris Chiozza (11) dribbles up court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey) FLGAI106
  6. 2015 SEC women's basketball tournament


    SEC women's tournament

    When/where: Today-Sunday; Verizon Arena, Little Rock, Ark.

    Tonight: Florida vs. Auburn, 7; Vanderbilt vs. Alabama, about 9:30

    Thursday: Arkansas vs. Ole Miss, 1; Florida/Auburn winner vs. Texas A&M, about 3:30; Georgia vs. Missouri, 7; Vanderbilt/Alabama winner vs. Kentucky, about 9:30

    Friday: Arkansas/Ole Miss winner vs. South Carolina, 1; Florida/Auburn/TAMU winner vs. LSU, about 3:30; Georgia/Missouri winner vs. Tennessee, 7; Vandy/Alabama/Kentucky winner vs. Mississippi State, about 9:30...

  7. A Gator who seized his opportunity


    GAINESVILLE — When Jacob Kurtz arrived at Florida, his primary job for the Florida basketball team was taking care of the team's laundry needs and sweeping up the practice facility floors.

    That's the life of a college basketball manager.

    But one day when Gators coach Billy Donovan found himself shorthanded due to injuries, he asked the question that changed Kurtz's life: "Can you play at all? We need to use you for scout team."...

    Jacob Kurtz, right, will be honored on senior night in his final home game as the Gators host Texas A&M. [AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey]
  8. 2015 ACC women's basketball tournament


    ACC women's tournament

    When/where: Today-Sunday; Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.

    Today: Wake Forest vs. Boston College, 1 p.m.; Virginia Tech vs. N.C. State, 3:30; Clemson vs. Georgia Tech, 6:30

    Thursday: Boston College/Wake Forest winner vs. Syracuse, 11 a.m.; Virginia vs. Miami, 2 p.m.; N.C. State/Virginia Tech winner vs. Pittsburgh, 6; Georgia Tech/Clemson winner vs. North Carolina, 8...

  9. Florida-Texas A&M basketball preview



    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....

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


    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.
  11. Gators still without Michael Frazier as they prepare for Texas A&M


    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."...

  12. Ex-Florida football player commits suicide


    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....

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


    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....

    Head coach Billy Donovan of the Florida Gators  reacts after getting his 500th win in a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Saturday in Gainesville,
  14. Gators coach Billy Donovan earns career win No. 500


    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....

  15. Florida-Tennessee basketball preview



    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."...