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Outback Bowl Parade welcomes UF and Penn State

Outback Bowl Parade welcomes UF and Penn State

TAMPA, Florida -- Fans can get ready for the big showdown between the Florida Gators and the Penn State Nittany Lions tonight in Ybor City with the Outback Bowl Parade and Pep Rally.

The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. on 20th Street and 7th Avenue making its way west on 7th Avenue to 14th Street. The event features several high school bands and the Gators and Lions bands. Following the parade, a pep rally will take place in the parking lot at 14th Street and 7th Avenue. The event ends at 8:30 p.m.

 

UF seniors enjoy homecoming

UF seniors enjoy homecoming

Tampa, Fla. -- Florida linebacker A.J. Jones has two national championship rings from his playing career with the Gators.


But the chance to wrap up his career in his hometown is pretty special.


"I'm back here in the Tampa area trying to go out a winner," Jones said.


Jones' also the Gator with the most experience playing at Raymond James Stadium. He was MVP for Middleton when the Tigers beat Blake in the school's first matchup at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

USF loses Big East Opener to Seton Hall

USF loses Big East Opener to Seton Hall

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Jeff Robinson scored 15 points to lead the Seton Hall Pirates to a 64-55 win over the South Florida Bulls in Big East Conference play at the Prudential Center.

Herb Pope also added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Pirates (7-6, 1-0 Big East), while Jordan Theodore and Fuquan Edwin chipped in with 11 points apiece. Keon Lawrence also got involved, netting 10 points.

The Bulls were led by Hugh Robertson who scored 14 points in a losing effort. Augustus Gilchrist added 12 points for South Florida (6-8, 0-1), while Jarrid Famous and Jawanza Poland checked in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Despite shooting just 39.3 percent from the floor in the first half, the Pirates still managed to take a 26-24 lead at the break.

SHU pulled away in the second stanza, knocking down 11 free throws en route to a nine-point victory.

Blake wins City of Tampa crown

Blake wins City of Tampa crown

Tampa, Fla. -- Something had to give in the City of Tampa Classic final. Blake and Tampa Prep reached the championship game unbeaten.

Only Blake left unscathed with the 49-36 win.

The Yellow Jackets used tough defense and a lot of second-chance points to pull away from the host Terrapins.

Josh Heath led Tampa Prep with 16 points.

Blake improved to 10-0.

Tennis camp starts today!

Tennis camp starts today!

Westchase, FL - Stay in shape this week during the holiday binge or start your New Years resolutions early with the week-long winter tennis camps at Westchase. There are options available for everyone.

The first camp starts today, December 20th and another one starts next week on December 27th.

For more information contact Mike Larscheid, Adult Tennis Director, at wc10s@yahoo.com.

Augustus Gilchrist back with the USF Bulls

Augustus Gilchrist back with the USF Bulls

Tampa, FL-- University of South Florida junior forward Augustus Gilchrist has been allowed to return to the men's basketball team, Head Coach Stan Heath announced Friday.

"Augustus will practice today, but will not play against James Madison on Saturday," said Heath in a statement released by the university.  "He has learned a valuable life lesson and I expect him to focus on teamwork and winning at USF."

"I'm excited to practice today and compete for USF. I let some personal issues get the best of me. I apologize to our team and to our fans," said Gilchrist, also in a statement, who will be available to play against Cleveland State on Dec. 22 in Ohio.

The native of Clinton, Md., has played in nine games this season, putting together 10.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per outing. In 52 total games over three seasons with the Bulls, Gilchrist has averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Sabres continue Florida swing with stop in Tampa

Sabres continue Florida swing with stop in Tampa

(Sports Network) - Buffalo was roughed up in the first stop on its Florida trip, but the Sabres hope to turn things around when they close the swing tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Sabres were dealt a 6-2 loss by the Florida Panthers on Friday, marking Buffalo's fifth loss in its last six road games. The Sabres, who are 6-6-3 as the guest this season, hope they can change their road luck tonight at St. Pete Times Forum.

Buffalo has actually had a great deal of success in Tampa recently, winning two straight and nine of its last 10 games at the Forum.

However, the Lightning did record a 2-1 regulation win in Buffalo on Nov. 20 to begin this year's season series. The Sabres had won all four encounters with Tampa last season and despite last month's setback, Buffalo has still won six of eight and 11 out of the last 14 encounters between the clubs.