Donovan renews argument about short turnarounds
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida coach Billy Donovan is renewing his long-standing argument that teams playing in conference title games on "Selection Sunday" should not have to return to the court in the NCAA tournament until Friday.
The top-ranked Gators are a lock to open NCAA play Thursday, March 20, in Orlando.
If Donovan's team advances to the SEC tournament final this week, the Gators would play three games in three days. Florida would follow with a relatively short week considering it would have to travel back to Gainesville and then to Orlando a few days later.
Donovan says, "That's a lot in my opinion."
It's nothing new for Donovan to complain about, either. Donovan mentions the short turnaround almost annually, even when his team isn't the favorite to win the SEC tournament.
JAH REID ARREST
Baltimore Ravens' Jah Reid arrested in Key West
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens tackle Jah Reid faces misdemeanor charges after a fight at a strip club in Key West.
Key West police say the fight broke out early Sunday at the Red Garter strip club when 21-year-old Edmond Mussa accidently bumped into Reid. The two then exchanged words and 25-year-old Reid head-butted Mussa.
Police say Reid continued attacking Mussa until he fell on the ground. He then began kicking Mussa. When a security guard tried to break up the fight, Reid punched him in the face.
Reid, who is 6-foot-7 and weighs 340 pounds, told officers the security guard tried to choke him.
He's charged with two counts of battery.
Rafael Furcal mounting comeback with Miami Marlins
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - While Rafael Furcal has won raves in the Miami Marlins' camp for his enthusiasm and energy, doubts persist about his hitting and health.
Furcal sat out the 2013 season after undergoing surgery on his throwing elbow, and he's mounting a career comeback at age 36. The Marlins gave Furcal a $3 million, one-year contract, and expect him to provide veteran leadership as their second baseman.
The three-time All-Star as a shortstop has done plenty of winning, reaching the playoffs nine times in a 14-year career. He was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals' World Series championship team in 2011 and made the All-Star team for the third time in 2012.
But his slugging percentage in 2011-12 was only .347, well below his career average of .403, and he began this week 1 for 13 in spring training.
Bruins win 5th straight, top Panthers 5-2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Torey Krug scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and the Boston Bruins won their season-high fifth straight with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
Chad Johnson made 20 saves, and Chris Kelly, Jarome Iginla, Patrice Bergeron and Andrej Meszaros also scored for Boston. The Bruins are 7-0-3 during a 10-game stretch on the road, their longest such point streak since 2010-11.
The Bruins have taken 14 of 16 from the Panthers, including eight straight by a combined 33-10 score.
Jimmy Hayes scored both goals for Florida, and Roberto Luongo stopped 37 shots.
Reed on a roll, wins a World Golf Championship
DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Patrick Reed won the Cadillac Championship for this third PGA Tour title in seven months, and this was a big one.
Dressed in a red shirt he always wears on Sunday - with Tiger Woods in the group ahead of him - Reed made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 3 and 4 at Doral to pull away early. He played the 18th conservatively and made bogey for an even-par 72 and a one-shot victory over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson of Wales.
At 23, Reed became the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship.
Woods failed to make a birdie in the final round for the first time in his career and closed with a 78, his highest Sunday score ever.
It was the second straight time Reed has won wire-to-wire.
ASUN-MERCER-FLORIDA GULF COAST
Mercer tops FGCU in A-Sun final, 68-60
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Langston Hall and Anthony White Jr. scored 15 points each and Mercer earned its first NCAA tournament berth since 1985, beating top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast 68-60 in the Atlantic Sun Conference championship game on Sunday.
Jakob Gallon added 12 for the second-seeded Bears (26-8), who lost the A-Sun title game at home to the Eagles a year ago, then had to watch FGCU make a run to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament and become known nationally as "Dunk City."
It will be Mercer's time in the tourney this year, after handing FGCU its third home loss in 33 games over the past two seasons.
Bernard Thompson and Brett Comer scored 14 points each for FGCU (22-12), which got 13 from Chase Fieler and cut a huge second-half deficit down to one but couldn't get the lead back. The Eagles led for 8 seconds in the first half, and never again.
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