Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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SPLIT SEASON COOLS SUNS

There are many good reasons for the split seasons in minor-league baseball.

But this year, the Jacksonville Suns have one big reason that the split season is a bad idea. It cost them a spot in the Southern League playoffs.

The Suns entered the final series of the regular season Friday night four games behind the first-place Montgomery Biscuits. They needed a sweep of the five-game series but lost the opener 6-3 as the Biscuits clinched the second-half title.

But what the Suns did this season is usually more than enough. They still have the best overall record in the Southern League, despite the Biscuits stretching their winning streak to 12 games going into the weekend.

The Suns used a six-game winning streak to finish the first half 41-29, an agonizing one game behind the first-place Mississippi Braves.

Now, Montgomery's streak puts an end to an impressive Suns' season.

URBAN PLANNING

From the Los Angeles Times:

Perhaps still giddy about Billy Donovan reneging on an NBA job to remain at Florida, some Gators fans have started a Web site to try to hold onto their football coach, www.keepurbanmeyer.com.

"Fact: Urban Meyer has never been the head coach of the same team three years in a row. When will Coach Meyer break his UF contract to leave for the pros?

"Keepurbanmeyer.com vows to keep up public pressure until Urban Meyer commits to not leaving the Gators before 2013 -- when his contract expires."

Just a hunch, but we think Donovan's flip-flop on the Orlando Magic offer had less to do with the folks at www.keepbillydonovan.com than with his own emotions and the new contract that will pay him an average of $3.5 million per year.

Meyer, the Gators' other national championship coach, received a bump to an average of $3.25 million after the Donovan episode.

Say, who needs the Not For Long league?

DOG HAS HIS DAY

As you probably heard, hotelier Leona Helmsley (right) left a $12 million trust fund to her dog.

David Letterman on the gift: "Leona's dog is going to use that $12 million to organize fights between NFL players."

NCAA'S NAME GAME

From the Los Angeles Times:

Football season has arrived, and let's hope nobody's feelings get hurt. …

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