In case you missed it, here were the top sports stories on FOX Sports Florida from Monday, August 26.
* It almost seems like a ritual now at Miami. The first game week of the season arrives, accompanied by questions about an NCAA investigation. It happened that way in 2011, shortly after the Nevin Shapiro scandal broke. It happened again last year, when more allegations were swirling around Miami. Read More
* The Miami Hurricanes could ride a high-powered offense to a Coastal Division title, especially if a young defense improves. Read More
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* With the retirement of Tracy McGrady on Monday, Ken Hornack takes a look back at the top 10 all-time Orlando Magic players. Read More
* Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday, ending a 16-year career that included two scoring titles, seven All-Star appearances, injuries to his knee and back and zero playoff series wins while he was leading the way. Read More
* The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made moves Monday in advance of the NFL deadline to trim rosters from 90 to 75 players by the end of business Tuesday. Those waived include wide receiver Carlton Mitchell, defensive end Ernest Owusu, quarterback Adam Weber and defensive end Markus White. The Bucs also released wide receiver Derek Hagan, fullback Spencer Larsen and safety Troy Nolan. Read More
* The Rays got the best of the New York Yankees over the weekend. It was important to take two of three games at Tropicana Field, in what was the last time the Bronx Bombers will visit Tampa Bay’s friendly confines this season. Still, there was a glass half-full, glass half-empty reaction Sunday. There was a sense of business accomplished, business left undone. “Keep winning series,” Rays reliever Jamey Wright said after the Yankees’ 3-2 victory in 11 innings, “and we’re going to be fine.” Read More
* Jeremy Hellickson can’t make it out of the third inning and manager Joe Maddon is ejected in the Rays’ 11-1 loss at Kansas City on Monday. Read More
* The Florida Gators plan to have starting running back Matt Jones and middle linebacker Antonio Morrison back in the lineup when they visit Miami next week. Jones, hit with a viral infection in July, is nearing full strength, according to Florida coach Will Muschamp. Morrison, a sophomore, would have been an opening-day starter if not for two offseason arrests. Read More
* Florida coach Muschamp announced Monday an initiative to honor the tradition of “Mr. Two Bits” by inviting Gator celebrities back each home game to lead the famous cheer.. Read More
* The move was not one he wanted to make. He resisted at first when his coach at Mallard Creek High in Charlotte, N.C., Mike Palmieri, told Gators sophomore D.J. Humphries that he planned to move Humphries from the defensive line to left tackle. Read More
* Florida State’s top basketball recruit, guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, has been declared academically ineligible by the NCAA. It’s a tough loss for the Seminoles, who are already trying to replace sharpshooter Michael Snaer. Read More
* Florida State running backs James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman may be creating more than just headaches for ACC defensive coordinators. “We’re going to get a lot of defensive coaches fired this year, which means them not doing their job or them doing their job but we are breaking through their defensive scheme and making them look bad,” Wilder said. “That’s something we joke around with but at the same time use for motivation because it’s not a joke. That’s our mentality. That’s what we want to do.” Read More