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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Joey Johnston

Tribune Staff

AAC loss puts Bulls in difficult position


— For the University of South Florida Bulls, the uphill battle is under way.

Bulls Beat: USF P Herget faces big decision


The University of South Florida baseball team (33-22-1) continues its quest for an NCAA Regional bid when it takes on top-seeded Houston (40-17) Thursday in the American Athle...

Speedy freshman an asset as USF baseball begins AAC tourney


He’s not afraid of pressure situations. He’s extremely versatile. He has a multitude of baseball skills, including blinding speed that makes him an asset at the ...

Jimbo agrees with Lovie: Winston will succeed with Bucs

- The coach of Jameis past convened with the coach of Jameis present Friday night at the 10th annual Dick Vitale Gala for the Jimmy V Foundation in Sarasota.

USF tennis player aces second chance at college


TAMPA – University of South Florida junior Roberto Cid is living the dream of every player in men’s college tennis.

Bulls Beat: USF baseball looks for strong finish


When baseball season began, first-year University of South Florida coach Mark Kingston wouldn’t quantify the goals for his team.

Gators coach Michael White returns to roots, sort of

- Mike White, formally introduced as the replacement for NBA-bound Billy Donovan, was born in Dunedin. At 2 weeks old, his family moved to Michigan, another step in the cross-country odyssey of his father, a lifetime coach an...

Bulls Beat: Men’s tennis not content with Top-20 ranking


When Matt Hill became the University of South Florida men’s tennis coach in 2012, his expectations were clear. He envisioned the Bulls becoming a top 10-ranked program ...

Cheers, not jeers, greet Winston pick at Bucs draft party


Some fans believe new Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will help to pack Raymond James Stadium. Thursday night, Winston confirmed he can indeed draw a crowd.

Fowler could become highest draft selection from Tampa Bay area

- Dante Fowler, who is expected to become the NFL’s next premier “sack artist” according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., would be tonight’s featured attraction if he goes No. 3 overall to Jacksonv...

Ex-Berkeley Prep star Nelson Agholor rocketing up draft boards


There’s an NFL draft buzz surrounding Southern California wide receiver Nelson Agholor, the former five-star prospect from Berkeley Prep, and it’s gathering momentum each day.

Buccaneers did extensive vetting of Winston off the field

- The Bucs asked about Jameis Winston’s relationships — with family, teammates and coaches — his upbringing, his support system, his work ethic. Their list likely was even longer.

Offensive-minded Bolts shut out for second time in three games


— Scoring wasn’t supposed to be an issue for the Lightning, who led the NHL with 262 goals during the regular season.

Fire and Ice: Winston, Mariota quite different on, off field

- Will it be Florida State's Jameis Winston? Or Oregon's Marcus Mariota? They are similarly branded as potential franchise players. But they are different. Oh, so different.

Bulls Beat: Men’s tennis wins AAC tourney title


TAMPA – It was the 16th league tournament championship for the University of South Florida men’s tennis program. And for USF coach Matt Hill, it was very sweet.

Woman who accused Winston of rape files suit against him

- Two weeks before the NFL draft, former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was sued by a Zephyrhills woman who has accused him of sexual assault in Tallahassee in December 2012

Bulls Beat: Women’s hoops gets early ranking


TAMPA — Even as the University of South Florida women’s basketball team built its record-setting season, there was a constant battle for respect. “Any AP voters in here?’’ Bulls coach J...

Former Florida Gators coach Ray Graves dies at age 96

- Former University of Florida football coach Ray Graves, who recruited Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier and oversaw one of the most successful eras in Gators history, has died, according to family friend Leo...

Tampa earns high marks after hosting second Women’s Final Four

- Players, coaches, fans and the NCAA came away pleased with Tampa's "well-oiled machine." In fact, UConn coach Geno Auriemma - of course, no stranger to Final Fours (10 titles) - wouldn't mind seeing it in a regular rotatio...

UConn tops Notre Dame for NCAA title three-peat

- Connecticut cuts down the net for the third year in a row, and coach Geno Auriemma for the 10th time overall, after beating the Irish for the NCAA women's championship in Tampa.

UConn vs. Notre Dame: Five things to know


Here’s a quick primer to get you ready for the NCAA women’s basketball national championship game between Notre dame and UConn at Amalie Arena.

Legacy of UConn coach Auriemma stands on its own

- No question, Geno Auriemma belongs on the Mount Rushmore of women’s basketball. He can add to the lore tonight at Amalie Arena when UConn faces Notre Dame for a 10th national title.

USF coach Jose Fernandez gets contract extension


University of South Florida women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez, whose Bulls tied the school record for victories and narrowly missed an appearance in the NCAA Tour...

Women’s Final Four: UConn rolls into another title game

- The Huskies beat Maryland 81-58 and continued their seemingly inevitable march toward a third consecutive national title — and 10th overall under coach Geno Auriemma. The title game is Tuesday against Notre Dame at Am...

‘You get up and keep going’: Ex-college star bounces back

- She had dreams of basketball glory, but two years ago Medina Turner and her children were homeless. Here's how she bounced back from a painful journey.

Even with 3 No. 1 seeds, UConn overshadows Women’s Final Four


— Welcome to the Women’s Final Four.

Women's Final Four teams savor moment upon arrival in Tampa

- The mood was set during team arrivals, when each program was greeted with revelry. All four teams will hold private practices today at undisclosed sites. Saturday, there are open practices at Amalie Arena.

Bulls Beat: Standouts Putnam, Claudio honors


TAMPA – There are productive weekends. There are memorable moments. Then there’s the next level, the buzzworthy performances registered by University of South Florida baseball player Buddy Putnam and softba...

UConn players trying to live up to program’s legacy


— It’s not just a successful run. It’s bigger than a dynasty. It’s dependable, precise, coldly efficient.

QB Mike White to transfer from South Florida

- USF’s remaining experienced quarterbacks are senior Steven Bench and sophomore Quinton Flowers, both of whom could be a better fit for an offense that has shifted to an up-tempo style and spread-option concepts.

All top seeds head to Tampa for NCAA Women’s Final Four


— If you’re a basketball fan looking out for No. 1, there’s no better place to be than the Women’s Final Four this weekend in Tampa.

Clinics, fan fest surround NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa


The NCAA Women’s Final Four tips off Sunday at Amalie Arena, but there are other related events this week in the Tampa area.

Uneven debut for USF’s up-tempo attack at spring game

- The Bulls, offensively challenged the past two seasons, unveiled their new up-tempo attack at Corbett Stadium, but it sometimes fell flat.

USF takes new up-tempo offense for test drive today

- Say goodbye to the plodding, shifting, power-driven philosophy that produced very little, except frustration.

Bulls Beat: PG Collins part of USF hoops history


He should have received a standing ovation, the chance to linger at the Sun Dome’s mid-court while hearing the cheers and love. He deserved a rousing Senior Night send-...

NCAA women’s tournament: Sweet 16 lookahead


The Road to Tampa is within sight.