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Gary Harris agrees to terms to return to Orlando Magic

Gary Harris, an unrestricted free agent, plans to return to the Orlando Magic. Harris was finalizing a 2-year, $26 million deal, which can’t become official until 12:01 p.m. on July 6, to return to the Magic Thursday evening, his agents told ESPN. Harris, who the Magic traded for in March 2021, averaged 11.1 points (43.4% shooting from the field and 38.4% shooting on 3s) and 2 rebounds during ...
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Forward Thomas Haugh commits to Gators, star gymnast Trinity Thomas returns

Florida coach’s Todd Golden’s first commitment in the 2023 class, Pennsylvania power forward Thomas Haugh, has the potential to be a steal. The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Haugh has size, a wide frame and upside. Haugh, a 3-star prospect who announced his pledge Wednesday, considered reclassifying and taking the final scholarship available on the team’s 2022-23 roster. Instead, he will take a ...
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UF increases Gators’ football recruiting budget 55%, to $2 million

The University of Florida’s investment in first-year coach Billy Napier’s football program includes a 55% increase in the recruiting budget to $2 million. The enhanced commitment to recruiting highlights a $4.72 million increase in football spending to $90.2 million, according to the Gators’ 2022-2023 operating budget obtained by the Orlando Sentinel through a public records request. The ...
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Mo Bamba agrees to terms with Orlando Magic on 2-year contract

Mo Bamba plans on returning to the Orlando Magic. Bamba agreed to terms with the Magic on a 2-year, $21 million contract, his agents told Yahoo Sports on Thursday. The deal can’t become official until 12:01 p.m. on July 6. Bamba, the No. 6 pick in the 2018 draft, finished the final season of his 4-year, $24.1 million rookie scale contract in 2021-22. He averaged career-highs across the board ...
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Commission recommends Seminole County judge be suspended after swearing at defendant

A Seminole County judge faces a 60-day suspension without pay for swearing at a defendant before his scheduled hearing in February and unlawfully sentencing a man to a year and a half in jail for contempt weeks earlier. The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission issued its recommendation against Judge Wayne Culver on Wednesday, and a final decision by the Florida Supreme Court is ...
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Florida judge says he’ll delay 15-week abortion law

TALLAHASSEE — Declaring it unconstitutional, a state judge said Thursday he would temporarily delay Florida’s new law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. But Leon Circuit Judge John Cooper said his ruling would go in force only after he issues a written order, which means the law will still take effect as scheduled on Friday. Cooper said the order would likely not be filed until Tuesday. ...
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Orlando man seriously injured on motorcycle after crash with deputy patrol SUV, authorities say

A 21-year-old Orlando man was seriously injured riding his motorcycle Thursday morning after crashing into an Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy near a State Road 408 exit ramp, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The Orlando motorcyclist was riding a 2021 Yamaha south on State Road 551 while an OCSO patrol SUV was traveling on the SR-408 eastbound exit ramp to SR-551, said the FHP’s ...
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Tropical disturbance moving too fast to close circulation; but could strengthen to Tropical Storm tonight

The tropical disturbance in the Caribbean did not strengthened Thursday but the National Hurricane Center still expects it to become a tropical storm by Friday despite the system failing to close its circulation the past two days. “In order for the system to develop a closed circulation and become a tropical storm, the key is for it to slow down, and it appears that will happen by 24 hours,” ...
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Man killed after vehicle submerged in pond in Orange County neighborhood, officials say

A 37-year-man was died Wednesday night after his vehicle was submerged in a retention pond in a south Orlando neighborhood, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. At 9:40 p.m. the man was driving a blue sedan west on Kaley Street near the Holden Heights neighborhood, and seemed to suffer a “medical episode,” said the FHP’s Lt. Tara Crescenzi. The man wasn’t able to maintain the westbound ...
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Chasing reporters will just put them on high alert | Editorial

Nate Monroe, a political columnist at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, has a few things in common with the Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell. First, he knows his stuff — many North Florida skeletons have been rooted up by Monroe’s sniffing around. Second, when he unleashes his scorn on self-dealing local and state politicians and business leaders, they know they’ve been stung. Last, any ...
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