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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL

FLORIDA TIE: Played for the Orlando Magic for four seasons (1992-1996); owns a home in Isleworth.

EVENT: Men's basketball.

WEDNESDAY: Scored six points in USA's 104-82 victory over Lithuania.

ANFERNEE HARDAWAY

FLORIDA TIE: Plays for the Orlando Magic; lives in Isleworth.

EVENT: Men's basketball.

WEDNESDAY: Scored six points.

MITCH RICHMOND

FLORIDA TIE: Born in Fort Lauderdale and played high school basketball at Boyd Anderson.

EVENT: Men's basketball.

WEDNESDAY: Scored seven points.

ANTONIO TARVER

FLORIDA TIE: Lives in Orlando and boxes for Frontline Boxing in Orlando.

EVENT: Light heavyweight.

WEDNESDAY: Decisioned Russian Dmitri Vybornov 5-2.

NELSON VARGAS

FLORIDA TIE: Lives in Miami and plays for the Tampa Bay Mutiny.

EVENT: Men's soccer.

WEDNESDAY: The United States tied Portugal at 1.

DOT RICHARDSON

FLORIDA TIE: Grew up in Orlando.

EVENT: Softball.

WEDNESDAY: Scored once in 4-0 victory over Taiwan.

ALLISON WAGNER

FLORIDA TIE: Lives in Gainesville; attends University of Florida; swims for Florida Aquatics.

EVENT: 200-meter IM.

WEDNESDAY: Last (eighth) in final.

BROOKE BENNETT

FLORIDA TIE: Lives in Plant City; swims for Brandon Blue Wave.

EVENT: 800-meter freestyle.

WEDNESDAY: Best qualifying time (8:32.38) in the 800 free preliminaries and will race in the final tonight.

MALIVAI WASHINGTON

FLORIDA TIE: Lives and trains in Ponte Vedra Beach.

EVENT: Tennis, men's singles.

WEDNESDAY: Defeated Jan Kroslak of Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in the first round.

COURTENAY BECKER DEY

FLORIDA TIE: Sailed for Eckerd College.

EVENT: Yachting-Europe.

WEDNESDAY: Retained second, five points behind leader Kristine Roug of Denmark, with second- and fourth-place finishes.

KEVIN BURNHAM

FLORIDA TIE: Hometown is Coral Gables; sails out of Key Biscayne Yacht Club.

EVENT: Yachting-470.

WEDNESDAY: Finished 20th.

MIKE GEBHARDT

FLORIDA TIE: Sails out of Fort Walton Yacht Club.

EVENT: Yachting-Men's Mistral.

WEDNESDAY: Finished third and fifth.

MORGAN REESER

FLORIDA TIE: Hometown is Fort Lauderdale; sails out of Key Biscayne Yacht Club.

EVENT: Yachting-470.

WEDNESDAY: Finished 20th.

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