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Alex Rodriguez suspended from baseball for 162 games / Headline Surfer®

LAKE MARY -- The 162-game suspension handed out today against New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for the upcoming season, including any post-season games, may be a major blow to the Yankee line-up, but it is a big victory for Major League Baseball and for the fans.

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Rendering of Daytona International; Speedway with $400M upgrade under way / Headline Surfer®Graphic for Headline Surfer® /
This rendering shows what Daytona International Speedway will look like from the street in 2016 after the $400 million Daytona Rising modernization project is completed.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Officials with Daytona International Speedway are keeping their fingers crossed that a bill unanimously passed today by the Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee providing $60 million in tax incentives for the Speedway will continue making its way through the Legislature and eventual passage in the Spring.

The bill would provide tens of millions more for other sports stadiums throughout the Sunshine State, including the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars as well as a new soccer facility in Orlando.

"We're certainly thrilled the bill passed in the Senate committee," Speedway spokesman Lenny Santiago told Headline Surfer® in a telephone interview this afternoon.

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Officials: Project won't hinder track from being race ready for Rolex 24 

Construction is well underway with the $400 million renovation of Daytona International Speedway / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer videos®

DAYTONA BEACH – Officials at Daytona International Speedway said they are confident enough of the preliminary work has been completed in the mammoth renovation and upgrade of the word-famous track that it will be "race ready" for the fans and their love of restrictor-plate racing in the Daytona 500.

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Dennis Scott of the Orlando Magic / Headline Surfer®Orlando Magic's Nick Anderson / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler, NBA Photos/Getty Images / At far left, former Magic great Dennis Scott is shown in the original Magic jersey.
Photo from NBA Photos/Getty Images / In the inset, former Magic great Nick Anderson, is shown in the original Jersey as well.

ORLANDO -- In celebration of the Magic's 25th anniversary season, the team will don the original signature-black, pin-striped jersey with throwback team logos worn through the 1989-94 seasons, starting with tonight's matchup with the Miami Heat.

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Stetson University promotes tennis expert / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Christophe Noblet's tennis expertise has earned him a coaching promotion at Stetson University.

DELAND -- Stetson University Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote announced that Christophe Noblet has been promoted to associate Head men’s and women’s tennis coach effective today.

“Christophe has done very well so far and is very worthy of this promotion,” Pilote said. “Both the men’s and women’s teams will benefit from his new role within the program."

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DeLand campus cross country athlete makes history 

Amanda Spring of Stetson Univ. in DeLand Atlantic Sun Conf. runner week / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Stetson University freshman cross country runner Amanda Spring is announced Wednesday as 'Runner of the Week' by the Atlantic Sun Conference.

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Stetson University men's golf team finished last in South Carolina tourneyGraphic for Headline Surfer / The Hatters of Stetson University golf team finished at the bottom of the rankings in its first meet of the season.

PAWLEY'S ISLAND, SC – The Stetson men’s golf team got off to a fair start in its first event of the 2013-14 season, but struggled over the next two days at the GolfWeek Program Challenge.

The Hatters opened with a 298 in the first round, but followed up with consecutive rounds of 309 on Monday and 308 on Tuesday to finish last in the 12-team event at the True Blue Course.

It is the second straight year the Hatters have finished 12th in the event.

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Victor Oladipo, shown here in summer pro league, signs with Orlando Magic / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Victor Oladipo was in action Sunday in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League opener at the Amway Center, scoring 18 points with seven assists, six rebounds, five steals and two 3-pointers in the Magic’s 95-88 defeat of the Boston Celtics. The Magic are hoping the Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, can transition from college shooting guard to NBA point guard.

ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic have signed rookie guard Victor Oladipo, who was drafted second overall by the team in the 2013 NSBA draft, General Manager Rob Hennigan has announced.

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Orlando Magic preseason unveiled / Headline SurferORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic will open the 2013 preseason at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville on Oct. 9 against New Orleans.

The Tip-off is 7 p.m. for the Wednesday game.  This marks the third time that the Orlando Magic have played a preseason game in Jacksonville, with their last trip coming in 2008.

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