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Gators, USF to play in Lakeland

Two top-ranked college baseball teams will play in Lakeland this Sunday. And one just happens to be the Florida Gators. Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium will play host to the University of Florida and University of South Florida baseball teams in an exhibition...

Thanks to Netflix, crossfit competition goes international

Netflix. Lakeland. Crossfit. Not normally three words you think of together. However, a Netflix documentary, filmed years earlier, has had an unintended effect on the Central Florida Throwdown, Lakeland’s signature crossfit competition – more competitors. “We’ve had...

Tarpons, Arena Football to return to RP Funding Center

Arena Football will return to the RP Funding Center next spring, with the Lakeland Tarpons hosting the inaugural A-League game on May 11. This will be the eighth straight season of arena football for the Tarpons, who will be joined by the Gulf Coast Fire of Fort...

Florida Half Century takes to Polk fields this weekend

They may not be the Boys of Summer, but you’d never know it from the effort they give on the field. More than 60 softball teams from throughout Florida will come to Lakeland and Auburndale this weekend for a tournament. Organized by Florida Half Century, the teams are...

Flrunners.com Invitational: It’s a record

It’s a record. With nearly 5,000 runners participating in the flrunners.com Invitational at Holloway Park this weekend, Sept. 28-29, this will be the largest event of its kind in the state. And the growing number of college, high school, middle school and even...

The newest weapon in amateur baseball? Data

Forget sliders and knuckleballs, data, not stats, is now the sport’s cutting edge LAKELAND – Peanut butter and chocolate. Bacon and eggs. Apple pie and ice cream. Some things just seem destined to be together. Serial entrepreneur and former minor league catcher Kevin...