Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel

Mike Bianchi

Orlando Sentinel

Micanopy, FL, United States

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Past articles by Mike:

UF’s Anthony Richardson proves NFL Scouting Combine is convention of fools

Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson was a below-average college QB who is now being talked about as the possible No. 1 overall NFL draft pick. → Read More

Sadly, Jonathan Isaac is Grant Hill 2.0 and it’s time for Magic to move on

The Orlando Magic wil likely waive injury-prone Jonathan Isaac after the season and save themselves $10 million next year → Read More

Dramatic final round of The Arnie felt like a fifth major

Kurt Kitayama outduels Rory McIllroy, Jordan Spieth and others in dramatic final round of The Arnold Palmer Invitational. → Read More

Orlando’s Dany Garcia is the real ‘Rock’ behind the XFL

The ex-wife and business partner of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the first woman owner of an American professional sports league. → Read More

John Hitt stands alone on UCF’s football mountaintop

Former UCF President John Hitt, who died Monday at 82, believed UCF could be a big-time football program — and he was right. → Read More

After Stenhouse wins Daytona 500 thriller, NASCAR must give drivers more money

As Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins the Daytona 500, NASCAR drivers and team owners want a more equitable split of the sport's TV revenue → Read More

Divided politicians come together for UF, FSU, UCF recruiting

Florida's amended an NIL law that will give state schools more control over their athletes' "pay-for-play" deals. → Read More

Orlando Magic and Terrence Ross did right by each other

The team did Terrence Ross a favor by waiving him earlier this week so he could sign with the championship-contending Suns. → Read More

Who really believes Kareem is happy LeBron broke his record?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was gracious and classy after LeBron James broke his all-time scoring record Tuesday night, but was he really happy? → Read More

Memo to The Rock’s new XFL: Don’t swindle us like AAF did

Can Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his new XFL succeed in Orlando where so many other spring leagues have failed? → Read More

As UCF enters Big 12, are fans ready to donate more, expect less?

For UCF's athletic program, competing in the Big 12 will be much tougher competitively and financially. → Read More

With Tom Brady retiring (again), Bucs are back to being irrelevant

With Tom Brady apparently retiring for good, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go from one the league's marquee franchises to the third-best team in Florida. → Read More

Did Gators coach Billy Napier veto $13 million to Jaden Rashada?

Those close to Florida coach Billy Napier say he would have never agreed to an absurd, $13 million payment to QB recruit Jaden Rashada. → Read More

In wake of Ed Reed fiasco, can Bethune-Cookman afford football?

Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Ed Reed shined an ugly, profane light on the financial dire straights of Bethune-Cookman's football program. → Read More

Here’s 9 million reasons why Josh Heupel left UCF for Tennessee

Former UCF head coach Josh Heupel just got a raise to $9 million a year after his second season at Tennessee. → Read More

Honoring fallen soldiers through kids, assist from Jack Nicklaus

Folds of Honor was founded by an Air Force fighter pilot to give scholarships to the children of fallen military heroes. → Read More

Magic have gotten themselves into a real pickle

Orlando has joined Tom Brady, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Mark Cuban as investors in Major League Pickleball → Read More

Memo to Tom Brady: Keep playing; don’t ever retire!

Why should Tom Brady retire? He's still a top-10 quarterback in the league who can help a team contend for a Super Bowl. → Read More

Believe it. This Orlando Magic rebuild is actually working

President Jeff Weltman has given coach Jamahl Mosley the right pieces to work with as the Magic quickly climb out of the NBA's basement. → Read More

Gators’ $13 million gaffe with Jaden Rashada is biggest fail of NIL

Th school-promoted NIL program — Gator Collective — reneged on a $13 million contract signed by quarterback recruit Jaden Rashada. → Read More