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Volusia-Flagler-St. Johns high school football: Breaking down the preseason kickoff classics

High school football grabs hold of the spotlight throughout Florida every Friday night from here on out until mid-December. The 24 teams of Volusia, Flagler and St. Johns counties will hit the field for preseason kickoff classics this week. Games counting toward the standings, and the Florida High School Athletic Association's playoff races,...
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.@Vantage_NIL boys’ recruit: IMG Academy (FL) 2023 FO Upton commits to Denison

IMG Academy (FL) 2023 faceoff midfielder Mac Upton of Team 91 Lacrosse has made a commitment to play Division III lacrosse at Denison University. High school: IMG Academy, FL (of Denver, CO) Grad year: 2023. Position: Faceoff. College committed to: Denison University. Club team: Team 91 Lacrosse Boys, Tri-State. Expected...
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Sports betting in Florida: Has it been legalized, how to bet online, where to get picks, solid promos

Florida sports betting was briefly permitted, but a challenge to the 30-year exclusive rights compact granted to the Seminole Tribe temporarily shut down the Florida sports books that were operating. Instead, the Florida mobile sports betting case will have to go through the United States Court of Appeals before the industry is back up and running and the ability to bet on sports in Florida becomes a reality. The docket for the rest of 2022 has already been set and the Florida sports betting appeal isn't scheduled to be heard.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers bring back Carl Nassib

The NFL's first openly gay active player, Carl Nassib, is rejoining the Bucs.Why it matters: It's a big win for LGBTQ Floridians as the community fights the governor and the legislature over school policies and health care.Flashback: This will be Nassib's second stint in Tampa Bay. He played two seasons with the Bucs prior to joining the Las Vegas Raiders for two seasons in 2020. He was voted by teammates as one of six team captains with the Bucs in 2019.As part of his coming out last June, he donated $100,000 to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth in the U.S. The NFL matched his contribution.A day after he came out, his jersey became the top-selling jersey in the league.Context: LGBTQ representation in sports has also been a battle in Florida, as transgender women and girls are banned from women and girl's sports.The Rays' Pride night in June drew attention to players who chose not to wear rainbow attire because they didn't want to encourage the "lifestyle" of those in the LGBTQ+ community.
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Former Gulfport Football Coach a Hall-of-Famer

He is a legend of sorts in Florida high school athletics – and in a way, he got his start in Gulfport. Earl Garcia is being inducted into the Florida Athletics Coaches Association Hall of Fame this year. He is the winningest football coach in the history of the Tampa Bay region with 283 victories going into his season opener Friday night at Clearwater, where he will lead Hillsborough High onto the field for the 30th consecutive season as head coach.
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What are the biggest high school football games in Florida this season?

Some games are so anticipated, so intense that they cross over from athletic contest to can't-miss event. That's certainly the case on Friday nights in Florida. Here are some of the biggest high school football games around the state this season. Jon Santucci:Miami, Florida, UCF among top programs recruiting Florida...
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MaxPreps tabs Jordyn Byrd Florida's top volleyball player

SARASOTA (SNN-TV) - High school volleyball has tossed up the first serve on the 2022 season as several states have begun play with more on the way in the coming weeks. MaxPreps has done the obvious, naming Cardinal Mooney's Jordyn Byrd the best player in the Sunshine State. Headed to...
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Top 10 Florida defensive players for 2022 HS football season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (BVM) – In football, the saying that defense wins championships rings true in Florida as the area has been home to a number of NFL defensive standouts including legends Deion Sanders, Brian Dawkins and Jack Youngblood as well as current stars Joey and Nick Bosa, Lavonte David and Patrick Peterson to name only a few. Given the track record of success of Floridian defensive players at the game’s highest levels, it comes as no surprise that scouts are intrigued by the wealth of talented defensive stalwarts that the state has to offer heading into the 2022 season.
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College Roundup: Morningside volleyball drops a pair of matches in Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Southeastern picked up a 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 sweep of Morningside at home Thursday night. Grace Petty tallied nine kills and Sylvia Liszewski eight kills in the win for Southeastern. Aly Postlethwaite tallied 26 assists and 14 digs. Holly Kaczmarek added 18 digs. Sydney Marlow...
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