Sports Columnist at Orlando Sentinel and NASCAR writer for Tribune Co. Advocate for foster kids/Alzheimer's Disease. Ghost-writer I Am Duran

Blake Bortles dabbles with insecurities on journey toward becoming elite QB — Blake Bortles is a reticent member of the Cool Kids Club. You may know them as NFL quarterbacks. They get much of the fame, attention, adoration, and ESPY close-ups. Bortles, now entering his third season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, tiptoes that line, straddling ego with a touch of insecurity.

Diaz: Magic's Ibaka big on defense — Serge Ibaka spent part of his Thursday morning as an enthusiastic instructor at an Orlando Magic Youth basketball camp at the RDV Sportsplex. "The thing I like most about this guy is that he plays defense!" said one of the camp instructors as about 100 kids gathered around the Magic's new big man.

Tim Tebow baseball dream is road to nowhere — Tim Tebow, aspiring professional baseball player. It has a nice ring to it, assuming this was a Disney-produced film about a great kid who rises against all odds to chase his dream. But here's the disclaimer: Tebow hasn't played competitive baseball since batting .494 as a junior in high school at Jacksonville in 2004.

Number 1 Son - tribunedigital-orlandosentinel — Mariners Shortstop Alex Rodriguez Stays Humble And True To His Miami Roots, Even As His Star Rises. MIAMI - The mattress is stripped. Various pictures, posters and plaques are propped against the walls. His first major-league jersey, enclosed in a glass frame, is in the hallway.

Roberto Durán challenges Donald Trump on Twitter — Roberto Durán is challenging Donald Trump to a fight on Twitter! Quick prediction: I think Donnie may want to cry "No Mas" after the first round. Quick prediction on Trump's response: "Durán's a lightweight!" Well, yes he is. The Greatest of All-Time, in fact.

Steve Spurrier back at Florida, but he never really left — Welcome back Steve Spurrier. You are now an "ambassador and consultant" for the Gators athletic department. Don't know what that exactly means in the job description, but likely involves you spreading the Orange and Blue gospel with reverence, and a bit of sarcasm.

A hug, a heart and love: She helps Orlando heal — Her gifts are often subtle. A quick hug. A press of the flesh, only to discover a small glass heart in your hand. Kind words and a blessing. Donna Dowless is an artist, perfecting her craft every day. Love. It's that simple. There are no Picassian overtones, nothing abstract or surreal.

Pulse, race ... Corrine Brown is running out of cards to play — Political exploitation is a game played by both sides of the aisle. You can bank that a politico will show up somewhere, cashing in on tragedy. Picture the scene in the immediate aftermath of the Pulse nightclub mass shootings in Orlando.

Jeff Gordon ready if Dale Earnhardt Jr. can't race at Indianapolis — The Hendrick Motorsports plan should Dale Earnhardt Jr. miss the Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend includes a veteran standby: Jeff Gordon. The team has indicated that Gordon, a four-time champion in NASCAR's premier series, is on call should Earnhardt Jr. not be recovered from concussion-like symptoms. Earnhardt Jr.

Caitlyn Jenner's ESPY was never a profile in courage — So what has Caitlyn Jenner done to promote and raise awareness about LGBT issues in the past year? Posed for a Sports Illustrated cover with her Olympic gold medal draped around her neck. Completed the second season of her reality show" I Am Cait."
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Aug 26, 2016

I'll be chatting with @king_kaufman tonight at 640 @SIRIUSXM talking #IAmDuran #HandsOfStone Give a listen if you can.

Aug 26, 2016

Orlando gets taste of the #NFL with #Dolphins exhibition, #ProBowl, and that's not a bad thing 

Aug 25, 2016

New campaign spin for #donaldtrump immigration plan: Si se puede!

Aug 25, 2016

Tannehill pass gets tipped at line, picked off by Trufant on 1st series here in Orlando #Dolphins

Aug 25, 2016

Camping World Stadium taking brand marketing seriously with no A/C in press box for #Dolphins's hot in here

Aug 25, 2016

Proud that I witnessed @springsteen longest show in US history 3: 52. Way to rock on young man!

Aug 24, 2016

I'll be talking Bucs Dolphins Jameis Bortles O'leary statue etc. 2nite with @TKras and @realrockriley on Press Box @BHSN

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