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Miami Heat to retire Shaq’s No. 32 during Dec. 22 game

Miami Heat to retire Shaq’s No. 32 during Dec. 22 game

BY IRA WINDERMAN SUN SENTINEL/TNS The Los Angeles Lakers essentially gifted the Miami Heat championship possibilities with the 2004 trade of Shaquille O’Neal. So perhaps it’s only fitting that the Heat announced Monday that the team will retire O’Neal’s No. 32 Heat jersey when the Lakers visit AmericanAirlines Arena on Dec. 22. The halftime ceremony […]

Wildcats whip Rattlers for sixth year in a row

Wildcats whip Rattlers for sixth year in a row

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman defeated Florida A&M 39-19 in front of an announced crowd of 45,327 fans at Camping World Stadium in Orlando to win the Florida Blue Florida Classic. It is the sixth straight win for the Wildcats, making it their longest in the rivalry and series. The games have historically been […]

Mainland now the last area football team standing

Mainland now the last area football team standing

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Mainland ripped Okeechobee for a 56-7 win to open the playoffs at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach last week. The Buccaneers scored on their opening possession when Denzel Houston hit Tank Dell for a seven-yard touchdown pass and an early 7-0 lead. Houston’s five-yard scamper gave the Bucs a commanding […]

Spruce Creek crushes New Smyrna; playoffs next

Spruce Creek crushes New Smyrna; playoffs next

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Spruce Creek handled rival New Smyrna Beach 42-3 at the Hawks’ campus field in Port Orange last week. The Hawks ran the ball and played solid defense while the New Smyrna Barracudas made too many mistakes, especially with early scoring opportunities. The game was physical and it featured a big-time […]

Five local football teams headed to playoffs

Five local football teams headed to playoffs

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Five local high school football teams are headed to the playoffs. In addition, four teams clinched berths in their latest games. On Monday, Spruce Creek won a three-team district shootout tie breaker in Jacksonville to claim the district 1-8A title. The Hawks beat Sandalwood 20-13 in double overtime, then took […]

Late score lifts Deltona over Seabreeze

Late score lifts Deltona over Seabreeze

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Ramel Harrell’s eight-yard touchdown pass to Jaylin Monroe with 1:26 remaining lifted Deltona to a 10-6 win over Seabreeze in a District 13-6A matchup at Municipal Stadium this past week. The game was a defensive battle as both offenses were stifled. The Sandcrabs shut out the Wolves for almost three […]

Carter preps for his 19th season with the NBA

Carter preps for his 19th season with the NBA

BY JOSH ROBBINS ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Vince Carter never dreamed he would play this long. But there he was Monday night, suiting up as his Memphis Grizzlies faced the Orlando Magic in the preseason opener for both teams. This will be his 19th NBA season. His goal is to play through the 2017-18 […]

Warner proves to be too much for Halifax

Warner proves to be too much for Halifax

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Warner Christian Academy defeated Halifax Academy 53-24 in a district 3-2A contest on Monday at Warner’s on-campus field in South Daytona. The game had big hits, taunts and chatter like most rivalries. Warner freshman running back Marvin Scott (289 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and Halifax’s senior quarterback LaShawn “Snoop’’ Wilder […]

Mainland handles Orlando’s Dr. Phillips with big plays

Mainland handles Orlando’s Dr. Phillips with big plays

HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK REVIEW BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Mainland High School got an impressive 41-21 win over Orlando’s Dr. Phillips High School at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach last week. The Mainland Buccaneers’ offense and special teams made big plays while their defense held a prolific Panthers offense to 206 total […]

HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK REVIEW

HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK REVIEW

Late score gives Father Lopez the win over Warner BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Father Lopez edged Warner Christian Academy 41-35 on Sept. 15 at Jerry S. Johnson Jr. Memorial Stadium in South Daytona. Elijah Rone’s two-yard score with 24.5 seconds was the deciding score for the Father Lopez Green Wave. I was shown cell […]