Miami eliminated by No. 21 Florida in second round of NCAA Tournament
After a magical run to the NCAA Tournament that saw Miami head coach Jose “Keno” Gandara’s team dominate the Atlantic Coast Conference, Miami was swept by Florida Friday night in Gainesville, bringing an end to a dominant season. Miami’s 2021 appearance in the tournament was the program’s first since 2018, when the team made it to the second round with a 22-6 overall record. This season, the Hurricanes finished 25-5 with a record of 15-3 in conference play, tied for second in the conference with No. The sweep over Miami gave the Hurricanes their second shutout match loss of the season; the first came to No. We faced a good opponent that was ready to play.”On the night, Miami was outscored 75-51, with the narrowest set loss being decided by a 25-20 score.themiamihurricane.com
DeSantis acquires new COVID antibody treatment, does not correct Ivermectin claim
He also again did not correct misinformation given by someone speaking at one of his press conferences, this time a Tampa-area resident who falsely claimed the horse deworming paste Ivermectin “worked” as a COVID treatment.sun-sentinel.com
Ron DeSantis will fine Florida cities over 'fundamentally wrong' vaccine mandate
JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday he will issue steep fines on local officials who fire employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and is supporting a lawsuit to stop the city of Gainesville from imposing the requirement.news.yahoo.com
Mom asks court to block $75,000 for siblings of estranged husband who killed two sons
The mother of two boys killed by her estranged husband is asking a Florida judge to block handing over $75,000 of his wealth to his sister and brothers — including one who is serving a 40-year prison sentence for an unrelated murder.news.yahoo.com
Taylor Shell’s late heroics lifts Miami over Florida for first time since 2012
Both Miami and Florida combined for 28 fouls, 23 shots and 11 corners, but neither of the Sunshine State rivals could manage a scoring play inside Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The war of attrition at last ended when junior midfielder/defender Taylor Shell exemplified UM’s newly adopted relentless mentality. Following a yellow card issued to Florida defender Anna DeLeon, the Hurricanes (2-1) capitalized on their final golden opportunity. Shell darted downfield toward the penalty mark and netted a 99th minute goal into the bottom left corner to deliver UM its first win over Florida since 2012. Shell’s match-clinching goal came after leading UM with three shots on goal in Thursday’s 2-0 home defeat versus Lipscomb of the ASUN conference.themiamihurricane.com
Employees at Florida real estate firm raided by SWAT team now face felony charges
Employees of a prominent Gainesville commercial real estate firm whose offices were stormed by an armed SWAT team this summer are facing felony charges after a criminal investigation said they bilked their former employer out of a cache of confidential documents and deals worth millions.news.yahoo.com
Former Girl Scouts gather in memory of Sophia Lambert
AdvertisementGirl Scouts of Tropical Florida members of former Troop 214 met at Camp Mahachee recently to honor Sophia Lambert, a beloved and lifelong Girl Scout who was tragically killed in a car accident in Gainesville this past January. Sophia had started her Girl Scout Gold Award project, but due to COVID and all the related complications, she didn’t finish her project before graduating high school last spring and heading to college at the University of Florida. The fellow girls in her troop, under the leadership of Troop Leader Jennifer Solomon, came together and completed the project in her memory. The ceremony was attended by members of the Lambert family and included a celebration of Sophia’s project completion, and a campfire gathering for laughter, stories, s’mores, and a few tears. This is a beautiful example of how the Girl Scout experience creates support, service to their communities, and, as stated in the Girl Scout Law — each girl is “a sister to every Girl Scout.”For more information on Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida visit www.girlscoutsfl.org.communitynewspapers.com
Canes find success in Gainesville despite deep competition
For the second time this season, the Canes headed north to compete in Gainesville, Fla. at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational. In the relays, Miami took second in the 4×100 meter relay (44.06) led by Harris, graduate student Alfreda Steele, Sears and McMinn. The Canes took fifth in the 4×400 meter relay (3:36.01) led by freshmen M. Oliveira, S. Oliveira and Hervas as well as senior Kayla Johnson. The men’s 4×400 meter relay also made program history, running the second fastest time in Miami history (3:07.04). The relay finished sixth overall and was led by Brown, graduate student Asa Burke, senior Khamal Stewart-Baynes and freshman Solomon Strader.themiamihurricane.com
Canes make a mark on NCAA season times and program history at Florida Relays
The team returns to Coral Gables, with numerous top-10 finishes, making a mark on the program history and NCAA ranking charts. To cap the running events, distance runner Emma Langlois finished fifth in the 3000 meter run (9:51.06), ranking fifth overall in program history. In the freshmen-led 4×400 meter relay, Miami’s B team finished sixth overall (3:38.19) and was led by Moriah Oliveira, S. Oliveira, Blanca Hervas and Kennedy Brace. Russell Robinson finished fifth in the triple jump (15.66m), adding to his impressive sophomore campaign and veteran thrower Kevin Arreaga finished fifth in the hammer throw (65.36m). Closing the weekend, the men’s 4×400 meter relay finished fifth with a time of 3:08.52.themiamihurricane.com
Landmark study investigates spread of COVID-19 among vaccinated college students.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of students attending the University of Florida are taking part in a landmark study investigating the spread of COVID-19. One thousand students will be vaccinated as part of a nationwide study involving more than 20,000 college students and 25,000 of their close contacts. Researchers said the results of the study could determine how long we need to continue preventive measures such as wearing masks and social distancing. AdThe study also showed that non-standard forms of employment, including working from home, aggravated the ability to control the time spent on work. Researchers said businesses with returning cardiac patients need to adopt programs to boost job retention and help with disease management.
University of Florida students take part in landmark COVID-19 vaccine study
Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr., CEO of UF Health Jacksonville and dean of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, was among the first in Florida to be vaccinated. (Image credit: UF Health)GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A group of Florida Gators will roll up their sleeves and get a COVID-19 vaccine as part of a landmark study. The UF College of Medicine’s division of infectious diseases & global medicine is conducting the study with the help of about 1,000 students. The participants will receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and will be followed and routinely screened for the virus for about four months. The ‘Prevent COVID U’ study will track these students and their ‘close contacts’ to track virus spread.
Data: Florida’s texting-while-driving law rarely enforced
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law in 2019 making texting while driving a primary traffic offense in Florida, with a $30 fine for a first offense that routinely climbs to over $100. But the new law against texting is rarely enforced, according to official state figures. Florida also has failed its requirements under the law to track comprehensively how many drivers are ticketed statewide – and whether police are targeting minorities. Those in charge of writing tickets also complained that the young law has too many loopholes.
Security camera footage shows Florida couple’s home on the night of a violent confrontation
Security camera footage shows Florida couple’s home on the night of a violent confrontation Home security camera footage played in court captured some of the movements of Mike and Sue Reuschel inside their Gainesville, Florida, home on the night of February 2, 2018. Prosecutors allege Mike Reuschel attempted to murder his wife that night. Mike says Sue attacked him and he acted in self-defense.cbsnews.com
He said, she said: Evidence photos from the Reuschel attempted murder case
He said, she said: Evidence photos from the Reuschel attempted murder caseMichael Reuschel On February 3, 2018, Mike Reuschel called 911 to report he and his wife Sue had been stabbed by an intruder inside their Gainesville, Florida, home. Sue Reuschel later told police her husband was the real assailant, and he was charged with attempted murder. A "Fairytale" Wedding Michael Reuschel Sue Reuschel was also unhappy with how much Caroline's 2017 wedding cost. Sue Reuschel's Wounds Alachua County Sheriff's Office Sue Reuschel had injuries to her neck, stomach, wrist and thumb. The Verdict CBS News The jury of six women convicted Mike Reuschel of attempted murder, and four additional charges.cbsnews.com
Florida man charged with trying to join ISIS
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Authorities say a former Florida resident has been returned to the United States after traveling to Turkey and attempting to join the Islamic State group. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Gainesville announced Monday that 33-year-old Mohamed Fathy Suliman, a U.S. citizen, has been charged with attempting to provide material support for a designated foreign terrorist organization. According to the criminal complaint, Suliman traveled from Orlando to Turkey in June 2014. He was arrested by Turkish authorities and accused of illegally crossing into Syria. Officials say a search of Suliman’s emails revealed attachments that contained various audio files that consisted of messages calling for jihad.
Workers escaped deadly leak by going through nitrogen fog
Three workers remained hospitalized Friday in critical condition said Beth Downs, a spokesperson for Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Workers poured out of the plant Thursday morning after a liquid nitrogen line burst. Jameel Fareed told WSB-TV that he avoided walking into the cloud of liquid nitrogen. She said a number of workers told her they developed headaches, apparently from a lack of oxygen. She said workers told her there was a loud noise, and then some workers were rushed into a room at the plant before going outside, with a strong odor indicating the presence of nitrogen.
Liquid nitrogen leak at Georgia poultry plant kills 6
A Hall County firefighter leaves following a liquid nitrogen leak that killed six people at Prime Pak Foods, a poultry plant, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Gainesville, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)GAINESVILLE – A liquid nitrogen leak at a northeast Georgia poultry plant killed six people Thursday and sent 11 others to the hospital, officials said. Poultry plants rely on refrigeration systems that can include liquid nitrogen. When leaked into the air, liquid nitrogen vaporizes into an odorless gas that’s capable of displacing oxygen. Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said Thursday that two of the six people who died in a liquid nitrogen leak at a northeast Georgia poultry plant were Mexican citizens. A total of 12 food processing workers died in the workplace nationwide in 2019.
UF freshman from Miami dies after being struck by a car
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida student from Miami died after being struck by a car. Police said 19-year-old Sophia Lambert died at the hospital hours after the crash on West University Avenue, which happened around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The freshman student, along with four others, were hit by a car in the 1700 block of West University Avenue. A subsequent investigation by Gainesville Police revealed that a Honda Civic traveling eastbound on West University Avenue and a Honda Accord traveling westbound on the same street collided as the driver of the Accord attempted to turn south. This is the second fatality involving a UF student on the same roadway in the last two months.
Florida Gators star Keyontae Johnson reportedly in medically induced coma after collapsing on court
Florida forward Keyontae Johnson was "following simple commands" Monday after being transferred from Tallahassee Memorial to UF Health in Gainesville, the school said. USA Today quoted Johnson's grandfather, Larry DeJarnett, as saying the player had been in a medically induced coma. Keyontae Johnson #11 of the Florida Gators in action against the LSU Tigers at Stephen C. O'Connell Center on February 26, 2020 in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators had been scheduled to host North Florida on Wednesday night, but the game was called off Monday evening. Like many of his Florida teammates, Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 during the summer.cbsnews.com
Florida's Johnson 'following simple commands' after collapse
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida forward Keyontae Johnson was “following simple commands” Monday after being transferred from Tallahassee Memorial to UF Health in Gainesville, the school said. The Gators announced Johnson was in critical but stable condition less than an hour after his ordeal. Johnson’s teammates and coaches were visibly distraught before the game resumed. The Seminoles outscored Florida 80-60 after Johnson’s collapse and won 83-71 for their seventh straight victory in the series. Like many of his Florida teammates, Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 during the summer.
Swamp stunner: L-S-Shoe tops No. 6 Florida on 57-yard FG
6 Florida 37-34 on a cool and foggy Saturday night in the Swamp. Florida didn’t help itself with three turnovers in the first half that led to 10 points and a 24-17 deficit. He fumbled trying to scramble with 10 seconds to play in the half, essentially handing LSU a field goal. Florida had first-and-10 at the LSU 15-yard line when Trask tried to connect with Kadarius Toney near the sideline. Florida: The Gators have all kinds of issues heading into the title game.
Heisman front-runner? Trask, No. 6 Florida thump Hogs 63-35
Arkansas acting head coach Barry Odom, center, watches a stadium video monitor after Florida scored a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
The Latest: No. 8 Florida reports no new COVID-19 positives
8 Florida reported no new COVID-19 positives in the past week, the first time since September the team’s coronavirus numbers have remained steady. The Southeastern Conference postponed two of Florida’s game following a COVID-19 outbreak that included coach Dan Mullen, at least two assistants and more than 30 players. The reserve/COVID-19 list is for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been in close contact with an infected person. ___German soccer club Hertha Berlin says defender Jordan Torunarigha has tested positive for the coronavirus. Schalke said an unnamed player had also tested positive ahead of its German Cup game against Schweinfurt on Tuesday.
SEC fines Florida's Mullen $25K for role in brawl vs. Mizzou
The Southeastern Conference docked Mullen $25,000 on Monday for his role in a benches-clearing brawl against the Tigers on Saturday night. The league also issued half-game suspensions for Missouri linebacker Chad Bailey, offensive lineman Dylan Spencer and defensive lineman Markell Utsey. Missouri linebacker Tre Williams was ejected for a flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct foul and will not be punished further. “There is no place in college football for the kind of incident that took place at halftime of the Missouri at Florida game Saturday night," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. Mullen responded by putting on a Darth Vader costume for his postgame news conference, almost welcoming a villain role amid increased scrutiny.
Rapidly expanding sinkhole forces neighborhood evacuations
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – City officials in Gainesville urged residents in six homes near a rapidly expanding sinkhole to evacuate. The sinkhole first appeared last week in the West End Estates neighborhood. Interim Gainesville Fire Rescue chief JoAnne Rice says the sinkhole appears to be about 50 feet wide and 30 feet deep. She says city officials asked residents in six home to leave until geological experts deem the sinkhole stable. Massive sinkhole in NW Gainesville...hear from the homeowners tonight at 11 on @mycbs4 pic.twitter.com/LtuH1VFD3i — Taniqua Pennix (@taniquatv) October 23, 2020
Proud Boys Leader Responds to Emails: "We Don't Care Enough to Intimidate Anyone"
The emails, which purported to come from the far-right Proud Boys group, are being investigated by local, state, and federal authorities. Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio, who lives in Miami, says his group isn't behind the emails. Tarrio says an imitation Proud Boys website popped up in recent weeks, and the group's lawyers ordered it taken down. The Proud Boys cast themselves as a right-leaning men's club that opposes political correctness and supports gun rights, free speech, and traditional gender roles. But the FBI at one point classified the Proud Boys as "an extremist group with ties to white nationalism."miaminewtimes.com
Gators’ game vs. LSU postponed; Florida coach Mullen apologizes
10 Florida and defending national champion LSU are now scheduled to play in December. The Southeastern Conference postponed Saturday’s LSU-Florida game a day after Mullen had 19 players and coaches test positive for COVID-19. Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said Wednesday the number is now up to 21 positives with considerably more in quarantine because of contract tracing. Florida hosts Missouri next, on October 24, and that game also could be in jeopardy. Mullen said two assistant coaches also tested positive.
Gators halt football activities following COVID-19 outbreak
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida has shut down football activities following a COVID-19 outbreak among the team on the school’s Gainesville campus. Florida’s athletic director released a statement saying the team has experienced a spike in positive coronavirus cases among players this week, and for that, team activities are being paused. The statement read:“The University of Florida football team has experienced an increased in positive COVID tests among players this week. Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon. After the game, Gators head coach Dan Mullen said he wanted to pack the swamp for the LSU game, saying he wanted 90,000 fans to be allowed into the stadium.
Virginias Uphill Battle in Orange Bowl
By Byler HenryThe Orange Bowl saw the number 9 ranked Gators take on the 24th ranked Virginia Cavaliers. With roughly 70% gator fans in the crowd, this was an uphill battle for Virginia from the opening kickoff. The running game was excellent for Florida with Lamical Perine rushing for 138 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. Virginia had to rely on their passing game as their running game utilizing three running backs rushed for 52 yards combined with no touchdowns. With this being the Gators third bowl victory in a row, (2017 Outback Bowl, 2018 Peach Bowl) Florida has their eyes on competing for another bowl next season.thewestsidegazette.com
White teen accused of plotting deadly attack on black church
Police say a 16-year-old white girl was motivated by racism when she allegedly plotted to attack a historically black church in Gainesville, Georgia. "Our investigation indicated the church was targeted by the juvenile because of the racial demographic of the church members," Parrish said in a statement. Pastor Michelle Rizer-Pool told the publication the girl visited her church last Wednesday, but no events were scheduled that night. White supremacist Dylann Roof fatally shot nine black church members during their Bible study lesson at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, during the summer of 2015. More recently, the white son of a sheriff's deputy was arrested in April and accused of setting fires that destroyed three black churches in rural Louisiana.cbsnews.com
Seminoles have no interest in Meyer, Spurrier
Florida coach Urban Meyer congratulates South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier after the Gamecocks defeated the Gators 36-14, Nov. 13, 2010, in Gainesville, Florida. "If coach (Taggart) were hit by a bus tomorrow, we would not target coach Meyer, period," Coburn said. "I say that with all due respect to coach Meyer, but we would not target Steve Spurrier either." Meyer won two more national titles during his six seasons in Gainesville. Somewhere, Florida and Florida State fans alike are breathing a collective sigh of relief.
Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on the lesson he learned as a 14-year-old ball boy for the Falcons
According to ESPN , Watson spent the summer before his freshman year of high school working at the Falcons' practice facility, which was just 10 minutes away from his childhood home in Georgia. As a young teen, Watson picked up footballs during practice, took care of the team's equipment and folded towels. Before becoming the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson got a head start on his football career as a 14-year-old ball boy for the Atlanta Falcons. Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans looks to pass in the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Houston, Texas. "We moved into a brand-new Habitat home that had been furnished by Falcons running back Warrick Dunn, through his charity," Watson wrote.cnbc.com
Florida vs. Miami: On-again, off-again relationship
Quick StatsFirst meeting: Miami 19, Florida 7, Oct. 15, 1938All-time series: Miami Hurricanes 29, Florida Gators 26Longest win streak: Florida Gators, 1971-77Largest margin of victory: 40 points (Florida 46, Miami 6), Nov. 16, 1940Removed from schedule:Sept. 5, 1992: GainesvilleSept. 4, 1993: MiamiSept. 7, 1996: GainesvilleSept. 6, 1997: MiamiNo. 6 Florida (1-0) 16Sept. 7, 2002Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida FieldGainesville, FloridaAP Photo/Chris O'Meara Miami Hurricanes quarterback Ken Dorsey rolls out during his team's 41-16 rout of the Florida Gators, Sept. 7, 2002, in Gainesville, Florida. 5 Florida (1-0) 26, Miami (1-0) 3Sept. 6, 2008Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida FieldGainesville, FloridaAP Photo/Reinhold Matay Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow avoids a pair of Miami defenders on the way to a 26-3 victory against the Hurricanes, Sept. 6, 2008, in Gainesville, Florida. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, was 21-of-35 for 256 passing yards and two touchdowns. 12 Florida (1-0) 16Sept. 7, 2013Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FloridaMike Ehrmann/Getty Images Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel is sacked in a 21-16 loss to the Miami Hurricanes, Sept. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Heavy metals found in Florida groundwater
The Crystal River Coal and Nuclear Power Plant is north of Tampa and south of Gainesville. CHRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. - Environmental officials say heavy metals from coal ash have seeped into groundwater at a Duke Energy complex along Floridas Gulf Coast. A report by a consulting firm shows that arsenic, lithium and other contaminants were found in samples of wells surrounding the coal plants on Dukes Crystal River Energy Complex. The Citrus County Chronicle reports that the consulting firm told Duke Energy that it must come up with a plan of action quickly and hold a public meeting. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan says the company is studying its options as quickly as possible.
Mullen provides no clarity on absentee defensive back John Huggins
Florida defensive back John Huggins celebrates after intercepting a pass during the second half against Charleston Southern, Sept. 1, 2018, in Gainesville, Florida. GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida coach Dan Mullen insists he has "great clarity" regarding absentee defensive back John Huggins. Huggins was upset because the tutor took his phone in hopes of ensuring he would stay for the entire session, the report said. The woman had previously been uncomfortable because Huggins pulled her hair in another session, the report said. Mullen said Huggins was punished; he missed five games following the alleged incident and is currently enrolled at the school.
No. 12 Florida Gators beat Arkansas 78-65 on Senior night
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Canyon Barry scored 14 points, his best game since injuring an ankle two weeks ago, and No. 12 Florida handled Arkansas 78-65 on Wednesday night. Kasey Hill, KeVaughn Allen and Chris Chiozza added 12 points apiece for the Gators, who bounced back from their first loss in 10 games and clinched the No. Arkansas (22-8, 11-6) made it close midway through the second half, cutting the lead to 51-45 on Trey Thompson's straightaway jumper. But the Gators responded with clutch shot after clutch shot to make it a 14-point game again.
Longtime Florida athletics director retiring
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Longtime University of Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley, one of the most successful college sports leaders in the country, is retiring. Foley, 63, informed his staff and head coaches of the move Monday, calling it quits after 40 years at Florida. He will remain at Florida as emeritus athletic director for the duration of his current contract. Florida President Dr. Kent Fuchs thanked Foley for his years of service and commitment to the Gators. "I firmly believe my time as athletics director is ending so that I can move into the next phase of my life, and I eagerly look forward to this next phase," Foley said.
The Gainesville Tornadoes thank their unexpected fans
The Gainesville Tornadoes thank their unexpected fans At a Gainesville, Texas, juvenile correction facility for felony offenders, one of the few perks, for very good behavior, is a chance to leave the prison a few times a year to play basketball. Steve Hartman reports on the surprise awaiting the Gainesville Tornadoes, who usually have no cheering fans, when they visited Vanguard College Prep in Waco.cbsnews.com