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Orlando Pride Put All on the Line Against Boston Breakers to Protect Playoff Standing



ORLANDO (FNN SPORTS) - The Orlando Pride came out aggressively against the Boston Breakers at Orlando City Stadium Saturday night. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Pride, now #4 in the NWSL, came out aggressively against the Boston Breakers at Orlando City Stadium Saturday night. Between the Pride’s offense, Boston’s strong defense and the relentless pouring rain during the first half, the fans got an entertaining game from start to finish.



Rachel Hill got Orlando on the pride early with the first goal of the game with a head knock into a well-protected goal off of a cross from Chioma Ubogagu in the 7th minute. Monica had nearly done the same thing a minute prior, but Boston was saved by the whistle.

The Pride’s offense, particularly Marta, Camila and Krieger, consistently created opportunities despite Boston’s defense, and Orlando’s back line kept up the pressure in the box. Hill got the second goal of the game with an assist from Alex Morgan in the 15th minute, making the score 2-0 for the Pride.

The Boston Breakers added even more pressure for the remainder of the half (including one minute of added time), so the Pride didn’t score again, despite several opportunities from Weatherholt, Ubogagu and Hill.

By the end of the first half, Orlando made seven shots compared to Boston’s two: Hill’s two successful goals, three attempts from Morgan, one from Ubogagu and one from Camila.



Boston’s Amanda Frisbee got Boston on the board in the 50th minute with the assist by Rosie White, closing the gap to 2-1.

Camila got a free kick in the 64th minute, but the kick was caught by Boston goalie Abby Amith.

In the 66th minute, Chioma Ubogagu created an opportunity with a swift cross to Marta, who knocked it into the goal, making the score 3-1. In the 77th minute, Ubogagu scored the Pride’s fourth goal.

Boston’s Julie King countered with their second goal, echoing the same subtle knock into the goal that Ubogagu did on the opposite end of the field. She was assisted by Adrianna in the 89th minute, by which point the score was 4-2, Orlando. At the end the match, three minutes of play were added.

“I thought the first 30 minutes we were superb. I thought that’s probably the best 30 minutes that we’ve had perhaps this season. We were slick, movement was great, we were creating chances. We really dominated the game…We kind of went off the pace a little bit and then came back again in the second half; we picked up again near the end. But we need to be probably a little bit better when we’re not going through those spells and we’re playing really well.” – Orlando Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni on the Pride’s overall performance Saturday


Boston: Ifeoma Onumonu in for Amanda Frisbee, Natasha Dowie in for Katie Stengel – 55′, Rose Lavelle in for Brooke Elby – 72′

Orlando: Jamia Fields in for Marta – 82′, Danica Evans in for Chioma Ubogagu – 83′, Nicolette Driesse in for Dani Weatherholt – 86′



Boston: Brooke Elby – YC – 63′


The Pride next face Seattle on September 9 at 7:30pm in the second match of their three-game homestand.


Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. |


Brooks Koepka wins LIV Golf 2023 Orlando Tournament



Brooks Koepka wins LIV Golf 2023 Orlando Tournament at Orange County National, Sunday, April 2, 2023.. Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN Sports) – Brooks Koepka (-15) holds off Sebastian Muñoz (-14) to win the LIV Golf Tournament at Orange County National, the first time the new league came to Florida. This was the third event of the 2023 season. There will be ten more individual matches around the world before the 14th of the season, which will be a team competition.

LIV Golf, which bills itself as “Golf, but louder,” features several differences when compared to the traditions of the PGA. Golfers compete not only individually, but also as members of twelve teams of four. Teams are ranked after each event based on their top three scores. Those rankings will come into play for week fourteen of the season to determine seedings. In addition, if a golfer isn’t pulling his weight, he may be replaced as the season goes on. There could also be other roster changes, just like in other team sports.

In addition, LIV Golf events feature all sorts of interactive experiences at their Fan Village, where fans can compete in putting, chipping, and driving. Younger fans can watch shows at the kids zone, or can get temporary tattoos or face painting. Loud music blares before and after the tournament play, and there are plenty of food and beverage options for all. The tournament begins with a shotgun start around 1:00 p.m., and the action ends just over four hours later, unlike the PGA, where staggered tee times and more players means a longer day of golf. Also, LIV Golf events feature only three days and 54 holes (Roman numeral “LIV”) of action, compared to the PGA’s four days and 72 holes.

LIV Golf’ Fan Village at Orange County National, Thursday, March 30, 2023. Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News


Fan Village. Photo credit: Mike Brodsky, Florida National News

The PGA has already responded to LIV Golf, announcing that next year, there will be fewer golfers allowed to compete in designated events (about 70 players compared to the current 120), but that will mean higher payouts to the PGA golfers. LIV Golf has attracted many high profile golfers by guaranteeing minimum payouts to join the upstart league.

The next LIV Golf event will take place April 21-23 in Adelaide, Australia. Meanwhile, The PGA’s Masters Tournament tees off April 6-9 in Augusta, Georgia. Stay tuned to Florida National News for more.

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Magic Beat Raptors for Second Win in a Row



ORLANDO, Fla. (Florida National News) – The Orlando Magic (7-20) continued their winning ways against the Toronto Raptors (13-13), defeating them 113-109 , just two days after a come-from-behind overtime victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. This two game winning streak puts an end to the Magic’s previous nine game losing streak.

The Magic started strong, taking a 37-25 lead into the second quarter, led by 10 first quarter points from Franz Wagner. But the Raptors caught up to the Magic midway through the second quarter led by Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr. But at halftime, the Magic held a slight lead, 67-63.

The Magic extended their lead to 94-87 with remarkably impressive scoring from Franz Wagner who added 14 points in the third quarter alone. In the fourth quarter, the Raptors tied it up 108-108 with about two minutes remaining after two free throws by OG Anunoby. Paolo Banchero made one of two subsequent free throws, and Moe Wagner drew the charge from Gary Trent Jr. to negate his two point basket. Fred Van Vleet later added a free throw to tie the game at 109-109. A Franz Wagner tip layup put the Magic up 111-109. A missed shot by Fred Van Vleet sealed the Raptors loss. Banchero’s two free throws put the Magic ahead 113-109 at the end of the game.

Franz Wagner led the scoring for the Magic with 34 points, while Paolo Banchero scored 23. Mo Bamba finished with 13 rebounds. Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz ended with 5 assists.

Several Magic players remain injured and were unable to play, including Wendell Carter Jr. (plantar fascia strain), Gary Harris (strained right hamstring), Chuma Okeke (left knee soreness), Jalen Suggs (right ankle soreness) and Jonathan Isaac (left knee recovery). Isaac has started his rehab program, playing in full contact 5 on 5 practice games with the Lakeland G League affiliate, and hopes to return to the court soon for Orlando.

The Magic face the Raptors at Amway once again on Sunday, 12/11 at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to follow and for more.

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Gaetz friend gets 11 years for sex crime, other counts



ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a federal probe into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for sex trafficking of a minor and other crimes.

Joel Greenberg, former tax collector for Seminole County, had pleaded guilty to six federal crimes, also including identity theft, stalking, wire fraud and conspiracy to bribe a public official. Prosecutors said he paid at least one girl to have sex with him and other men.

“Nothing justifies my actions. My conduct is so shameful. I feel remorse for what I’ve done,” Greenberg said in court Thursday.

Greenberg’s attorney had asked U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell for leniency, saying that his client had assisted in investigations of 24 people, including eight for sex crimes. Defense attorney Fritz Scheller said that Greenberg’s cooperation has led to four federal indictments, and that he believed additional ones were expected in the coming month.

Greenberg’s cooperation could play a role in an investigation into his friend Gaetz over whether he paid a 17-year-old girl for sex. Gaetz has denied the allegations and previously said they were part of an extortion plot. No charges have been brought against the Republican congressman, who represents a large part of the Florida Panhandle.

Federal prosecutors had asked for a significant reduction in Greenberg’s prison sentence, agreeing during a court hearing on Wednesday to a reduced range of nine years and three months to 11 years. Presnell ended up imposing the upper limit of that range.

The minor in the sex crimes case was almost an adult and had advertised as being over age 18 in her escort profile on the website “Seeking Arrangements,” which facilitates “sugar daddy” relationships, Scheller wrote in court papers.

The defense attorney also said that Greenberg “has provided significant substantial assistance to the government in the areas of public corruption, election fraud, wire fraud, and sex trafficking.”

Scheller also had asked the judge to take into consideration Greenberg’s struggles with mental illness, starting with an attention deficit disorder diagnosis at age 7 and panic attacks, depressive and anxiety disorders as an adult. At the time he committed the crimes, he had bipolar disorder with symptoms of mania, which affected his judgment and impulse control, Scheller said.

Greenberg has been linked to other Florida politicians and their associates. So far, none has been implicated in the sex trafficking investigation.

Some documents related to Greenberg’s cooperation were filed under seal and out of the public eye, with prosecutors and the defense attorney saying they were part of ongoing investigations being conducted by federal authorities in Florida and Washington, as well as state investigators.

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