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Payton Titus - Sports Reporter

Sports Reporter

When your parents find inspiration for your name on the back of Gary “The Glove” Payton’s Seattle SuperSonics jersey, you have no choice but to pursue a career in sports. It feels fitting that in my 20th year (same as the number that graced Payton’s green and yellow uniform) I end up here for my first summer internship on the sports desk. I was raised by The Independent Florida Alligator, where I covered Gators softball, Gators football and served on the editorial board. If I’m not working, you’ll likely find me blasting Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” and serenading my cat or tending to my plants.

  1. Cory Juneau of the United States competes in the men's park skateboarding final at the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 5. The sport made its debut at the Games, moving a bit more the mainstream. But the sport's individualism and independence remain.
  2. Florida A&M defensive back Eric Smith (8) has two NIL sponsorships with Black-owned businesses.
  3. Anastasija Zolotic, 18, of Largo, competing in the women’s 57kg weight division, celebrates one of her victories last month during the Olympic Games in Tokyo en route to capturing a gold medal.
  4. Wesley Chapel's Miguel Granados, 24, performs a trick he calls a “no footer and seat grab,” during which he takes both feet off the pedals and grabs his seat with one hand, while on the trails at Alafia River State Park.
  5. Children from the local charity Wheelchairs 4 Kids hold up signs with players' names and numbers printed on them as they watch the Bucs practice Friday at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
  6. Bobby Finke reacts on the podium after receiving his gold medal for the men's 800-meter freestyle in Tokyo. He added gold in the 1,500 freestyle before heading back home to Gainesville and Clearwater.
  7. New Mariner Diego Castillo is already back at Tropicana Field just days after the Rays traded him.
  8. Spencer Shrader (back row, third from left), Andrew Beardall (back row, fifth from left), Andrew Stokes (front row, second from left) and Kenny Scribner (front row, fourth from left) pose with the high school athletes who attended their special teams camp Saturday at Coach Al Houchens Memorial Stadium in Lithia.
  9. Recently acquired JT Chargois made an impressive debut for the Rays Friday, working a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
  10. Trayvon Bromell, fotografiado en los Campeonatos del Mundo en pista cubierta de 2016 en Portland, Oregon.
  11. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey speaks to reporters during the NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Days Monday in Hoover, Ala.
  12. Trayvon Bromell, pictured at the 2016 World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon,
  13. Alanna Rizzo does a sound check before the Rays' game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday at Tropicana Field. The game was the first in MLB history to feature an all-female broadcast crew.
  14. Rays top draft pick Carson Williams was excited to be at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, and to be signed.
  15. Erriyon Knighton, center, finishes third in the men's 200-meter final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials last month in Eugene, Ore. Noah Lyles, right, celebrates after winning ahead of Kenny Bednarek, left, and Knighton.
  16. Alanna Rizzo, left, delivers a report before a 2018 game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies in Denver as then-Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp looks on. Rizzo on Tuesday night will be part of Major League Baseball’s first all-female broadcasting crew.
  17. Athletes pushed through a 20-minute aerobic spin around a wide series of cones during tryouts last weekend for the expansion USA Wheelchair Football League team in Tampa.
  18. Gibbs High grad Trayvon Bromell is heading to the Tokyo Games after winning the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
  19. Bobby Finke gets ready to compete in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. He ended up winning the event to qualify for Tokyo.
  20. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn drives a jet ski while holding the Stanley Cup as teammate Nikita Kucherov gestures to the crowd while celebrating the Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory with a boat parade Monday in Tampa.
  21. Becca Sloan, left, and her mom, Melisa Capri, stand outside Amalie Arena before the Lightning took on the Islanders in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals June 21.
  22. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos hoists the Stanley Cup after the Lighting defeated the Dallas Stars in last year's final.
  23. Eight-time All-American Alyssa Baumann, a Florida gymnast, could join other high-profile female athletes in good position to capitalize on their name, image, likeness.