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It's playoffs or bust for Orlando Magic next NBA season as rebuilding continues — The Orlando Magic have some work to do in the off-season. But you knew that. The rebuilding phase will enter its fourth season with no immediate end game. There is a long to-do list: Hire an experienced coach. Sign a high-caliber veteran or two.

Orlando Magic can cross Gators coach Billy Donovan off wish list — Scratch Billy Donovan off your wish list Magic fans. He's not going anywhere. And rightfully so. Bringing back longtime assistant coach Anthony Grant, Donovan's top assistant during Florida's won first national titles run (2006) , reflects that Billy is staying put at the University of Florida. Great call, Billy Boy.

George Diaz: New-look Tiger Woods still searching for old golf game at Masters — Tiger Woods 2.0 is jovial. He is charming. He is self-effacing. He is treating reporters like his BFFs.Who is this man?It’s like a Seinfeld Bizarro World episode.Somebody get me Costanza!Hey, maybe it’s working? Tiger teed it up Thursday at Augusta, and fortunately the round of 18 didn’t turn into an episode of dark comedic twists, followed by Tiger going potty-mouth on national TV.His back held up.

George Diaz: New-look Tiger still searching for old golf game at Masters

George Diaz: New-look Tiger still searching for old golf game at Masters

George Diaz: New-look Tiger still searching for old golf game at Masters

Tiger Woods is looking relaxed, refreshed, but is he ready to roar at Masters? — Quickly people, do the right thing: Call 911 and tell them Tiger Woods is missing. Nobody has a clue where he may be. There's a guy who looks like him in Augusta, Georgia, set to play in the Masters Thursday afternoon. He could be a dead ringer, including all the Nike swag.

Tampa Bay Rays lose, 6-2, to Orioles in home opener — ST. PETERSBURG-- The Tampa Bay Rays did a time-capsule thing on Opening Day, honoring a pair of notable faces in franchise history. The team retired the No. 66 jersey worn by the iconic Don Zimmer, a senior adviser who died last June at 83.

NASCAR: Indiana religious freedom law fosters intolerance — Perhaps Indiana Gove. Mike Pence and state lawmakers should revisit the "religious freedom" legislation. They've officially lost NASCAR , a sport that, despite its growing diversity, still has a strong conservative base. "NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana," said NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes, in a statement released Tuesday.

Magic almost lost Shaquille O'Neal on draft night in '92 after technical difficulties — A lot of Orlando Magic fans still have issues with Shaquille O'Neal bolting from this "dried up little pond" in the summer of 1996. Perhaps that disgruntled faction should appreciate the fact that Shaquille O'Neal almost got away from the Orlando Magic on Draft Night in 1992.
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