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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 3:01 pm

SEC-ATHLETES OF YEAR

UK's Reed, Florida's Rogers SEC athletes of year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky baseball player AJ Reed and Florida softball player Hannah Rogers have been named the league's male and female athletes of the year.

The SEC athletic directors voted on the awards, released on Tuesday.

Reed won several national player of the year awards after leading the nation with 23 home runs and topping the SEC with 12 wins as a pitcher. He is the first player in league history to lead the conference in homers and wins.

Rogers led Florida to its first national championship in softball. She was named the Women's College World Series Most Outstanding Player after earning four complete-game wins with three shutouts and a save.

She finished her college career as the NCAA's active career leader with 127 wins, including a 30-8 record as a senior.

AARON HERNANDEZ-CALENDAR

Aaron Hernandez featured in Gators 2014 calendar

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida says a 2014 sports calendar featuring former Gator and New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez was approved before he was charged with killing three men.

School spokesman Daniel Apple said Tuesday that officials approved the calendar last spring. Hernandez was arrested on June 26, 2013, in the slaying of Odin Lloyd.

Apple says the calendar is just one of thousands of Gators-related merchandise the school reviews.

Hernandez was later indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting of two other men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty and is in jail.

Apple says the school advised the calendar's maker that Florida no longer approves of the product, but that those already printed will not be recalled.

FREE AGENCY-PANTHERS

Panthers agree to terms with Jokinen, Bolland

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers agreed to terms with centers Dave Bolland and Jussi Jokinen, plus goaltender Al Montoya shortly after hockey's free agent period started Tuesday.

Bolland signed a $27.5 million, five-year deal. Jokinen signed for four years and $16 million. Terms of Montoya's deal were not immediately known.

Jokinen had 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points with Pittsburgh last season. Bolland, who once was with the Chicago Blackhawks when Florida general manager Dale Tallon was in the same role with that franchise, played in just 23 games for Toronto this past season because of a severed tendon in his left ankle.

Montoya was 13-8-3 with a 2.30 goals-against average for Winnipeg last season, stopping 92 percent of the shots he faced.

MLS-ORLANDO-KAKA

Orlando MLS club formally introduces Kaka

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva knows there's no way his MLS expansion franchise could take the place of any Brazil club in the hearts of any Brazilian soccer fan.

But with the signing of Kaka, da Silva hopes there's one room for more.

He said Tuesday when Orlando FC formally introduced the three-time World Cup participant, "We want to be that second club."

The 32-year old midfielder, whose full name is Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, will join the MLS club when it begins play in January 2015. He says the move is not about the money, but that it is "a life opportunity, for myself, for my family."

Kaka was expected to join a watch party of the United States-Belgium World Cup match Tuesday afternoon.

RAYS-YANKEES

Rays blow lead, beat Yankees 4-3 in 12 innings

NEW YORK (AP) — Logan Forsythe hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 12th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Monday night after squandering a late lead.

Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier homered for the resurgent Rays, who have their first three-game winning streak since taking a season-best four in a row May 22-25. They've won five of six overall and no longer own the worst record in the majors, a distinction that had belonged to them every day since June 4.

Brian Roberts homered off Rays reliever Joel Peralta with one out in the ninth to tie it 3-all. As the ball cleared the right-field wall, Peralta crouched near the mound and pounded his fist into his glove.

But the struggling Yankees were unable to muster any more offense and lost for the seventh time in nine games.

DOLPHINS-COLLEDGE

Dolphins sign Colledge to 1-year deal

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have signed offensive lineman Daryn Colledge to a one-year contract.

Colledge spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Before that, he spent five seasons with the Green Bay Packers, where he was coached by current Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.

Colledge gives the Dolphins depth at guard. He has appeared in all 128 games over his eight-year career, and that streak is the most by any active guard in the NFL.

General manager Dennis Hickey says Colledge is "a proven player who brings a tremendous amount of experience and versatility to the organization."

Colledge is a native of North Pole, Alaska and played his college ball at Boise State.

The deal was announced on Monday.

FLA GULF COAST-CVJETICANIN

Florida Gulf Coast's Cvjeticanin to miss 2014-15

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gulf Coast forward Filip Cvjeticanin will have back surgery in Europe later this week and will miss the 2014-15 season.

Cvjeticanin will return to FGCU as a redshirt senior in 2015-16.

The 6-foot-9 forward from Croatia tied for the team lead with 55 made 3-pointers last season, and his 40-percent success rate from beyond the arc was 15 percent better than what he shot the previous season.

FGCU coach Joe Dooley says Cvjeticanin has been dealing with back issues for some time, leaving him unable to practice or lift weights. Dooley says the surgery "gives him some time to get stronger and continue to develop."

Cvjeticanin averaged 6.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season, helping the Eagles to a 22-13 record.

MIAMI-DRUG TESTING

Miami says probe into PEDs found no wrongdoing

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The University of Miami says an investigation into former strength coach Jimmy Goins found no proof of him providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.

Goins was fired last year after he was linked to the Biogenesis scandal, a story broken by Miami New Times. Goins was alleged to have bought PEDs from the clinic and there was widespread speculation that members of the school's baseball program were also involved.

Goins working with the school's baseball and track teams when the story became public. He was suspended and eventually fired.

The university announced last year that all of its baseball players were tested for PEDs. Each of those tests came back negative.

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