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Temple Beats USF 70-69 in OT Saturday

(Tampa, FL) Shizz Alston scored 24 points and made the game-winning free throw to lift Temple to a 70-69 overtime win over USF Saturday evening at the Yuengling Center.

Laquincy Rideau tied it at 69 with 11.3 seconds left in overtime before Alston was fouled on the ensuing possession with 1.5 seconds remaining.

Temple (19-7, 9-4) was whistled for a foul on the final possession that sent USF to the free throw line with 0.8 seconds on the clock. David Collins missed both foul shots to give Temple its second overtime win over the Bulls this season, as the Owls defeated USF 82-80 on Jan. 12 in Philadelphia.

J.P. Moorman put Temple up 64-59 in overtime with a three-pointer after Alston opened the extra session with a layup on the Owls’ first possession. After USF used two free throws from David Collins and a layup by Rideau to tie the game at 64, Alston hit a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down to push the Temple lead to three.

After Alston made a free throw to extend the Temple advantage to four, Collins made two more free throws to cut the deficit in half and setup Rideau’s game-tying layup in the final seconds.

Nate Pierre-Louis added 14 points for Temple and made two free throws in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.

Rideau finished with a team-high 16 points and five assists and reached 1,000 career points. Collins added 15 points and Xavier Castaneda scored 11 points and had two steals. Alexis Yetna grabbed 13 rebounds and Michael Durr had 11 and two blocks.

USF (17-7, 7-5) overcame an eight-point deficit in the first half to lead 23-20 at halftime and hold Temple to a season low for first-half points.

T.J. Lang gave USF its largest lead with a three-pointer at the 9:39 mark of the second half that put the Bulls ahead 45-36. Temple responded with a 15-5 run over the next five minutes to take a 51-50 lead on a layup by Justyn Hamilton.

The Bulls step out of conference play to host Florida College Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Yuengling Center. Admission and parking are free.

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Baltimore Orioles Announce Sarasota Spring Training Opening Day Schedule and Promotions

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles have announced plans for Opening Day of the 2019 Spring Training season on Saturday, February 23, when the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. ET at Ed Smith Stadium. The game launches an historic season in which the Orioles will reach the milestone of one million fans attending Orioles Spring Training games in Sarasota.

Within the first three games, the Orioles will celebrate the “One Millionth Fan” to attend an Orioles Spring Training game in Sarasota. The ballclub will select one fan at random on the day the milestone is reached to represent the one million fans. The Orioles “One Millionth Fan” will receive a $5,000 shopping experience at Diamond Vault in Sarasota, two Spring Training season tickets for five years, and more.

Following long-standing tradition, all fans in attendance on Opening Day will receive a 2019 Spring Training schedule magnet, presented by Visit Sarasota. Additionally, the first 1,000 female fans (ages 15 and over) in attendance will receive a Birds of Paradise flower, courtesy of Beneva Flowers.

On Opening Day, the Orioles will highlight the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge, a partnership with Sarasota County Schools that teaches middle school students to “eat, train, and live like the pros” by focusing on the importance of healthy eating, tobacco-free living, and physical fitness. Sarasota Middle School’s Joyful Voices Honor Students will perform the national anthem before the game and “America the Beautiful” prior to the seventh-inning stretch. Hundreds of Fitness Challenge participants and their family members are expected to attend the game, and selected students who participated in the Challenge will take the field with the Orioles for the national anthem.

The Orioles will continue their popular Birdland Community Heroes program at every weekend home game this spring by recognizing local community heroes who inspire us through their spirited commitment to extend a hand in charity, service, hope, and harmony. These heroes will be recognized during a ceremony at the conclusion of the fifth inning, with Lynn Bonnett receiving the honor posthumously at the spring opener. Bonnett was a dedicated community volunteer supporting the Sarasota YMCA and Sarasota High School baseball. He helped establish the long-running Sarasota Baseball Classic and facilitated many other youth tournaments in Sarasota County. He also coordinated parking at Ed Smith Stadium for many years to benefit the Sarasota YMCA.

Fans can enjoy fun activities, special events, and giveaways all season long. Every Sunday home game, Applebee’s presents “Kids Run the Bases”, when fans ages 4 to 14 will be invited to run the bases after the game. On February 26 and March 5, fans ages 60 and over will be invited onto the field for “Seniors Run the Bases”.

On March 14, the Orioles will celebrate Heroes Day, featuring a demonstration by the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team, “The Para-Commandos,” presented by Cheney Brothers.

On March 17, Go Green Day, the first 3,000 fans (ages 15 and over) will receive a “Go Green” tote bag, courtesy of MLB Network. Orioles players will wear specially designed green caps that will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned online to benefit conservation education programs at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.

On March 19, the first 3,000 fans (ages 15 and over) will receive an Orioles pashmina scarf. On March 23, dazzling fireworks will light up the night sky after the game as the Herald-Tribune presents Fireworks Night.

Youth Baseball Day presented by Sun-N-Fun Resort will be March 24. Pre-registered youth teams will parade around the outfield. The first 4,000 fans (ages 15 and over) will receive a Trey Mancini bobblehead.

Throughout the season, ballpark gates will open two hours prior to the scheduled first pitch. Season plan members will be able to access the ballpark 20 minutes early through a dedicated entrance at the Home Plate Gate for all 17 home games, including Opening Day.

OPENING DAY TIMING (GATES OPEN AT 11:05 a.m.; 10:45 a.m. for season plan members)
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Orioles Batting Practice
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Twins Batting Practice
1:05 p.m.
Play ball!

Tickets for the Orioles Spring Training home opener are still available and can be purchased at the ticket box office at Ed Smith Stadium from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET., online at, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

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UCF Defeats USF 78-65 in Orlando Ending Bulls 5 Game Winning Streak

(Orlando, FL) Tacko Fall scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds and UCF snapped USF’s five-game winning streak with a 78-65 victory Wednesday evening at CFE Arena.

David Collins scored 20 points for his fourth consecutive game with at least 20 points. Justin Brown added 12 points and made three 3-pointers, and Laquincy Rideau finished with 10 points, five assist and five steals.

UCF (18-5, 8-3) scored the first 13 points of the game and held USF without a field goal until the 14:26 mark of the first half when T.J. Lang hit a three-pointer to cut the Knights’ lead to 13-4.

B.J. Taylor gave UCF its largest lead of the first half with two free throws at the 3:37 mark to put the Knights ahead 33-14. A basket from Alexis Yetna and a three-pointer by Brown in the final two minutes pulled USF within 10 points, 35-25, with 59 seconds before halftime. Yetna had a game-high 12 rebounds in his return from a two-game absence due to injury.

UCF used one free throw and a three-pointer from Terrell Allen at the buzzer to push its lead back to 14 at halftime. The Bulls shot just 28.6 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from three-point range in the first half.

UCF lead by as much as 26 points in the second half and shot 61.1 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes. USF closed the game on an 8-1 run to trim the margin to 13 points.

The Bulls continue league play Saturday at 6 p.m. when the Bulls host Temple on ESPNU at the Yuengling Center.

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