Big question for Jags: Who will be available at 24?
With less than two weeks to go until the start of the NFL Draft, there are still loads of questions about who the Jaguars will select with the 24th pick of the first round. One of the biggest questions is who will be there when the Jaguars are on the clock?
Homecomming on the diamond: locals Gamel, Johns back in town facing Jumbo Shrimp
There are some familiar faces at 121 Financial Ballpark this week but they are wearing Durham Bulls uniforms. Former Bishop Kenny star Ben Gamel and Fernandina Beach alum Michael Johns are experiencing their first series as professionals at the Baseball Grounds.
Armada beats Miami United in penalty kicks to advance to second round in U.S. Open Cup
It came down to the goalkeepers in penalty kicks and Jacksonville's Nick Rulle got the better of Miami United's Peterson Occenat to give the Armada the win in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup Thursday at UNF's Hodges Stadium.
St. Johns Country Day girls soccer looks to continue 11-year playoff winning streak Friday
St. Johns Country Day girls soccer has been so successful — they’ve won 14 state titles, including the last 11 in a row — that head coach Mike Pickett treats everything before the playoffs as a warmup. He picks some of the best teams in the nation to make up one of the most difficult schedules in the state for a reason. He wants his team to be challenged. On Friday, the Spartans play for a spot in the regional finals, the next step toward another championship.
After winning 12th state title, West Nassau cheerleading is after national, world championships
There are a few high school sports dynasties in our area. Bolles swimming and St. Johns Country Day girls soccer jump right to mind. But we should include the cheerleading program at West Nassau in that list.
JAX USL hires former JU soccer coach Mauricio Ruiz for dual roles
Although the team doesn't have a name or stadium yet and the games aren't scheduled to begin until 2025, JAX USL, the group bringing a USL Championship soccer team and women's professional team to town have begun building their front office by hiring former Jacksonville University men's soccer coach Mauricio Ruiz.
One year since firing Urban Meyer, Doug Pederson has changed culture, performance for Jaguars
One year ago today, Shad Khan fired Urban Meyer. What a difference a year makes. One year on, there isn’t a hint of the strife that was left in Meyer’s wake. The infighting, the lack of vision and trust, and most of all, the lack of respect. You won’t find that in Jacksonville now.
Bolles savoring underdog role in state semifinal trip to American Heritage
For the fourth time in four years since taking over as the head coach at Bolles, Matt Toblin is preparing for a final four game. This time, the most successful program in the history of high school football all in Florida will play the role of the underdog.
High school football playoffs: Baker County, Baldwin set for 2nd-round rematch
Among the playoff games on Friday, Baldwin hosts Baker County in the 2S regional semi-final. The meeting is a rematch of a game won by the Indians 30-7 earlier in the season. That game was part of a historic season for Baldwin, who had not beaten Baker County since 1968 and had never won a district championship in football. They accomplished both feats this season.
Jaguars prepare for ‘huge challenge’ against Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
After snapping a five-game losing streak, the Jaguars' "So what? Now what?" mantra will be put to the stiffest test of the season as Jacksonville travels to Kansas City to face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
Travis’ 3 TD passes help Florida State rout Miami 45-3
Jordan Travis threw three touchdown passes, Trey Benson ran for 128 yards and two scores as Florida State became bowl-eligible with a 45-3 rout over Miami. The Seminoles (6-3, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) outgained the Hurricanes (4-5, 2-3) 456-188 and were never threatened after a 31-3 lead at halftime. Travis completed 10 of 12 passes for 202 yards before being removed early in the fourth quarter. Florida State exceeded 200 yards rushing for the fourth straight game with 225. Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke re-aggravated an injury to his right throwing shoulder early in the second quarter. He returned for the next drive but left for good after another errant pass missed its target.
Jaguars respond to trade for wide receiver Calvin Ridley
Doug Pederson believes the Jaguars' trade for suspended wide receiver Calvin Ridley will make the team better. Eventually. Pederson said that he won't know for sure until the league clears the former Falcons' first-round pick to return to play.
Danny Wuerffel thinks Georgia-Florida game should stay in Jacksonville
Wuerffel played in four games in the rivalry, two in Jacksonville, one in Gainesville, and one in Athens while the Gator Bowl was being renovated prior to the first season of the Jaguars. Wuerffel says he thinks the game should stay where it is.
Jaguars’ free agent additions make early impression vs. Browns
The Jaguars spent more money in free agency this offseason than any team in NFL history ever has. They are looking for a good return on their investment and Friday’s preseason matchup with the Cleveland Browns offered a first look at several new additions.
What to watch for in Jaguars preseason game against Browns
The Jaguars play their first home game of the preseason on Friday when they host the Cleveland Browns. After losing to the Las Vegas Raiders 27-11 in the Hall of Fame game, the Jaguars will roll out most of their starters on Friday. Here are four big things I’ll be watching for in the game.
Kingsland girl, 8, runs to championship at AAU National Championships
At the AAU National Championships and Junior Olympics, 8-year-old Josalyn Glover of Kingsland, Georgia, nearly broke the national age group record in the 400 meters as she won the title during the meet at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Fleming Island running back Sam Singleton commits to Florida St.
Fleming Island running back Sam Singleton posted on his social media that he is "100 percent committed" to the Noles. Singleton is ranked among the top 250 players in the country and was among the last remaining uncommitted top local prospects. He'll be heading to Tallahassee next year.
Gators open first camp under Napier, who promises ‘this will be difficult’
There is always a lot of anticipation for the start of training camp at any level — high school, college or pro. But when there is a new coaching staff, the anticipation is heightened. On Tuesday, the Gators players reported to the first Billy Napier-led training camp.
Undefeated Jacksonville Armada open playoffs Wednesday
The Jacksonville Armada U-23 will open the post-season Wednesday evening with something to prove. Despite a regular season that resulted in 11 wins, no losses, and one draw, the best record of the 95 teams in the National Premier Soccer League, the Armada U-23s still remember how last year ended.
Former Bartram Trail swimmer Morgan Ray overcomes more obstacles at Paraswimming World Championships
After earning a spot on Team USA, former Bartram Trail swimmer Morgan Ray arrived at the Paraswimming World Championships in Portugal only to test positive for COVID-19. After being cleared on Wednesday, he was in the pool for the first time at the meet and nearly broke an American record.
‘A different journey’ lands Florida in the Women’s College World Series for 11th time
Of the eight teams to make it to the Womens' College World Series, the Florida Gators have the most all-time appearances there--11. But in the previous 10, Florida hosted their Super Regional. This year, they had to go on the road and win 2 of three in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech. Thursday evening, they'll begin their world series run against Oregon State.
‘Mr. Patton Park’ Randy Powell dies after fight with leukemia
The man known as "Mr. Patton Park" to thousands of soccer players, coaches and parents, Randy Powell, passed away Tuesday night after a battle with Leukemia. Powell did everything at Patton Park, the city-owned soccer complex on Hodges Blvd. since it opened in 2000.
The Players’ prestige continues to grow after 40 years at TPC Sawgrass
This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Players Championship moving into it’s permanent home at TPC Sawgrass. In 1982, Jerry Pate fired a final round 67 to beat Brad Bryant and Scott Simpson by two strokes, taking home $90,000 and a set of wet clothes after he dove into the water at 18 in celebration of his win.