Stories by Mark Long

Friday, July 4, 2014

Gilliland is on pole for Coke Zero 400

David Gilliland's top speed during a hectic, cat-and-mouse qualifying session was 199.322 mph,and earned him the Coke Zero 400 pole.
By Mark Long

Saturday, June 7, 2014

U.S. beats Nigeria in World Cup send-off match

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jozy Altidore ended a six-month scoreless streak with a pair of goals, leading the United States over Nigeria 2-1 Saturday night in the Americans' World Cup send-off match.
By Mark Long

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

U.S. coach Klinsmann says team is a 'work in progress'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. is getting a little defensive about its defense.
By Mark Long

Friday, May 30, 2014

SEC's reveue should continue to rise

DESTIN, Fla. - Southeastern Conference revenue remains on the rise. It should make a major jump next year following the launch of the SEC Network.
By Mark Long

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Gators coach wants to avoid FCS schools

DESTIN, Fla. - Florida coach Will Muschamp wants to avoid playing teams from the Football Championship Subdivision. And not because the Gators lost to lower-division Georgia Southern.
By Mark Long

Friday, April 4, 2014

Gators coach builds another juggernaut

With his fourth team in the Final Four and in the midst of the longest winning streak in school history, maybe Florida coach Billy Donovan should be dubbed "Billy the Builder."
By Mark Long

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Florida's Young makes life tough down low

Patric Young has been far from an underachiever for top-seeded Florida (36-2), which plays Connecticut in the Final Four on Saturday.
By Mark Long

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

No. 3 car still holds special place

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Dillon might as well have grabbed the largest Dale Earnhardt tribute flag ever made and waved it all around NASCAR's most famous track.
By Mark Long

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Gators' star injured in win against Gamecocks

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Scottie Wilbekin scored 17 points before getting helped to the locker room with a sprained right ankle, and No. 10 Florida opened SEC play with a 74-58 victory against South ...
By Mark Long

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014

Star backs should take center stage in Gator Bowl

Georgia's Todd Gurley and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah could make the Gator Bowl a ground-and-pound celebration on New Year's Day.
By Mark Long

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013

Winston, No. 2 Seminoles overwhelm Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes to Kelvin Benjamin, and No. 2 Florida State moved a step closer to playing for the national championship with a 37-7 victory against ...
By Mark Long

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Florida's Muschamp insists team is not 'that far off'

Florida's Will Muschamp says no staff changes will be made 'at this time,' and insists his team is not 'that far off'.
By Mark Long

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Georgia Southern stuns Florida at the Swamp

Lower-division Georgia Southern runs wild and stuns woeful Florida 26-20 on Saturday at the Swamp
By Mark Long

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

Florida needs to change state of mind, coach says

The Florida coach said Monday that the Gators, who have lost four consecutive games, have a woe-is-me mentality that's affecting the way they play.
By Mark Long

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

Georgia, Florida still have hopes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The winner remains in contention in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. The loser heads home with a three-game losing streak.
By Mark Long

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

There is a difference of opinion on why top SEC teams lost

The top Southeastern Conference football teams - minus Alabama - are suddenly struggling.
By Mark Long

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Jacksonville coach leaves team after father's death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley left the team following his father's death.
By Mark Long

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013

Jaguars' sideline spat no big deal

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says sideline scene involving Justin Blackmon and Jason Babin no big deal in the grand scheme of things.
By Mark Long

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Johnson wins another frantic plate race

The restrictor-plate racing at Daytona on Sunday was a chaotic as ever, only Jimmie Johnson didn't hang around to see it while crossing the finish line first for his second win there this season.
By Mark Long

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Maggert will rue missed putts

Jeff Maggert says five three-putts this week will stick with him more than anything else at The Players Championship.
By Mark Long

Top headlines

3 top picks to replace Russell named

Janice Allen Jackson, Stephen Layson and Oscar Rodriguez are Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver's top picks to replace Fred Russell as city administrator.