4 BITS: Horschel, U.S. Open, Spikes, Grossman

By Adam Silverstein
September 1, 2014

1 » Former Florida Gators golfer Billy Horschel (-11) is in contention at the Deutsche Bank Championship, one stroke back of leader Russell Henley (-12) with the event’s final round set to begin Monday afternoon. Horschel and Henley will tee off at 1:55 p.m. as the final pairing but will also face stiff competition from Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Chris Kirk, all of whom are just two shots back at -10. Horschel’s best finish this season has been sixth (twice, most recently at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June). He’s looking for his first tournament victory since 2013 when he won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Horschel has already earned $1.3 million this season. Former Gators golfers Camilo Villegas and Matt Every also made the initial cut at the Deutsche Bank, but Villegas is at the back of the pack and Every got cut after shooting an 86 in the third round.

2 » Florida freshman tennis player Brooke Austin is competing in the junior’s bracket of 2014 U.S. Open, facing Evgeniya Levashova in opening-round action. The match is suspended, as of press time, with Austin up 4-1 in the second set after falling 6-0 to Levashova in the first. Former Gators star Lisa Raymond, also participated this year, teaming with fellow American Vania King in the women’s doubles draw. Pushing past opponents in the first two rounds, Raymond/King fell 6-3, 6-7(4-7), 6-2 to Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova of Russia on Monday. The oldest woman to ever win a Grand Slam doubles title (back in 2011 at age 38 with partner Liezel Huber), Raymond has won nearly $10 million in her career with 15 Grand Slam doubles titles and a bronze medal in mixed doubles from the 2012 London Olympics.

3 » The Buffalo Bills on Monday announced that former Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes will be one of the team’s six captains this season. Spikes, listed at No. 98 on ESPN’s ranking of the NFL’s top 100 players, has expressed throughout training camp how much more comfortable he is in Buffalo as opposed to New England. The Bills last week announced that Spikes will also be one of 16 players donating a block of tickets to underprivileged kids in the western part of New York. “Giving them something to look forward to is sometimes all you need to be positive in this life and have a positive attitude,” he told his team’s website. “Getting them out of the environment they’re in now and providing a little change is good for them. … Hopefully I can encourage kids to be positive and look at the light at the end of the tunnel.”

4 » Quarterback Rex Grossman was cut by the Cleveland Browns on Sunday after the team had already pared its roster down to 53 players. However, it appears as if Grossman’s release may be temporary as the team claimed four players off waivers and had to make room. Head coach Mike Pettine, when asked about Grossman leaving, told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he “wouldn’t read too much into where it stands right now” because there are guys “who potentially could come back” and the team’s “roster situation right now is very fluid.” Already signed back by Cleveland is former South Carolina QB Connor Shaw, meaning head coach Steve Spurrier may have two of his signal callers employed by the Browns in some capacity this season.

One Comment

  1. Michael Jones says:

    I always thought Connor Shaw was underrated. A real gamer who had more talent than he was given credit for. Of course, we (i.e. the SEC) was incredibly loaded with QB talent last year, which may have factored into that.

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