New League To Play At Florida Field
GAINESVILLE - The University of Florida and the All-American Football League have finalized an agreement that will allow the Florida team to play three of its five home games at Florida Field. Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville are being considered to host the other two games.
A news conference was scheduled for Wednesday to announce the team's coach and president, release home dates and introduce several players. The league plans to start next spring.
Former Gators expected to play a role on the team include 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, quarterback Shane Matthews, receivers Travis McGriff, Willie Jackson and Chris Doering, place-kicker Judd Davis, and cornerbacks Fred Weary, Eli Williams and Vernell Brown.
Other teams are planned for Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas.
Gibson To Play Golf For King
TAMPA - Kelsey Gibson, one of the area's top high school girls golfers, will play for King this season. Deedra Gibson, Kelsey's mother, said Thursday that King officials gave Kelsey, a sophomore who is being home schooled, the OK to compete for the Lions this season. Kelsey is living with her paternal grandparents in Temple Terrace, which is in King's district.
Kelsey Gibson helped lead Tampa Prep to three consecutive state tournament appearances from 2004-06, when she began playing for the Terrapins as a seventh-grader. She was the Class 1A-District 14 medalist last season at Tampa Prep, and in each of the past two seasons was named to the Tribune's All-Hillsborough County first team.
Perfect James Puts U.S. In Good Shape
LAS VEGAS - By the time his perfect first half was over, LeBron James had a field-goal percentage for the FIBA Americas tournament that seemed too unbelievable even for a video game. And the United States had a huge advantage going into its biggest game yet.
James was 11-for-11 from the field, making all four of his 3-point attempts, and scored 26 points in the first half to lead the United States to a 118-79 victory over Uruguay late Wednesday night.
James and the rest of the U.S. starters got the whole second half off, a welcome break before Thursday's late showdown with fellow unbeaten Argentina that will determine the No. 1 seed in Saturday's semifinals - where a win would earn them a berth in the Beijing Olympics.
NBA: Spurs center Francisco Elson injured his left eye during a game this summer and will have surgery in the coming week. Elson suffered a 'blowout fracture' of his left eye orbit Aug. 19. He should be cleared for full-contact play by mid- to late September but will have to wear a protective mask during the NBA season. ... The Celtics added veteran NBA coach Tom Thibodeau, known as a defensive specialist, to their coaching staff. In his 17 seasons as an assistant, the past four in Houston, Thibodeau has helped his teams finish in the NBA's top 10 in team defense 14 times.
WWE Suspends 10 For Violations
STAMFORD, Conn. - World Wrestling Entertainment has suspended 10 of its most popular stars for violations of a policy that tests for steroids and other drugs, the company said. The names of the wrestlers were not announced.
BOXING: The Fernando Vargas-Ricardo Mayorga bout, originally scheduled for Sept. 8 in Los Angeles, has been rescheduled for Nov. 23 at Staples Center. The fight was postponed last weekend after Vargas was diagnosed with an iron deficiency after taking a routine blood test.
HORSE RACING: Kentucky thoroughbred trainer Patrick Biancone will serve a 15-day suspension next month after one of his horses was found to have prohibited drugs in its system after a race.
ROWING: The Russian rowing federation could face a ban of up to four years and miss the Beijing Olympics after three more athletes were found to have used prohibited injections.
SOCCER: Germany eliminated the United States from the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with a 2-1 victory at Cheonan, South Korea. ... Gerard Cavlan, 31, a star of Ireland's Gaelic league, was exposed as a director of an illegal dogfighting club in Dublin.
SWIMMING: Skip Storch completed a record swim by circling the island of Manhattan three times in 32 hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds. He beat the previous record by 37:30.
TRACK AND FIELD: Tyson Gay completed a sprint double in record time, winning a gold medal in the 200 meters at the world championships in Osaka, Japan. Gay caught up with Jamaica's Usain Bolt halfway through and powered the rest of the way to win in a championship record time of 19.76 seconds. Maurice Green (1999) and Justin Gatlin (2005) are the only previous male athletes to have won sprint doubles at the championships.
A Tribune staff, wire report