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College football playoff semifinals make new tradition for New Year’s Eve

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Sometime around 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Rochelle Carrasco and Jeremy Jehnsen will be having their first dance as a newly married couple. All eyes at the reception will be on them for those few minutes – no small feat since they’ll be having that dance in Lansing, Michigan, around the same time as kickoff of the Michigan State-Alabama matchup in the College Football Playoff semifinals. And most of their bridal party is, you guessed it, Michigan State fans.…

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No daily fantasy ads to run during college football playoffs

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College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock says ESPN has agreed to not use advertisements for daily fantasy sports websites during broadcasts of the biggest postseason games. Hancock said College Football Playoff officials discussed the matter with ESPN executives and both sides determined that given uncertainties about daily fantasy sports sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel, it “would be best to allocate the available spots to others.” The NCAA and FBS conferences asked DraftKings and FanDuel to stop offering college…

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Miami Dolphins ask state for stadium funding; short on ROI, long on wishful thinking

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Four Florida sports teams have come to Tallahassee with the hope of leaving with state money to renovate and improve facilities, a process where the first step is scheduled to begin at month’s end. Each applicant – Daytona International Speedway, the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars – is jostling for a slice of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity pie, in the form of cash from the Sports Development Program. No one wants to go home empty-handed;…

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No. 1 Clemson celebrates playoff selection with pizza party

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There’s an ongoing celebration at Clemson, and the latest shindig was Sunday’s pizza party at Death Valley for about 20,000 of Dabo Swinney‘s new best friends. The coach had mentioned in passing nearly a month ago that if the Tigers earned a spot in the College Football Playoff he would have a pizza party when the final four teams were announced on Sunday. The comment took on a life of its own as the Tigers continued to win, and Swinney…

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Top 2 unchanged in AP Top 25; FSU 9th, Gators 19th

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Clemson and Alabama remained at No. 1 and No. 2 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Sunday. Only four of the remaining 23 teams remained in their positions from last week. Florida State finished in the ninth position and the Florida Gators only dropped one position to 19th following their 29-15 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. North Carolina wound up 10th after the Tar Heels’ lost to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.…

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Michigan State’s last-second TD wins Big 10 Championship

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The No. 5 Michigan State Spartans went nearly the entire game without a touchdown, but got one when it mattered to win the Big 10 Championship in Indianapolis, Ind. A 22-play, 82-yard drive helped Michigan State overcome a 13-9 deficit to the No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes and win the title, 16-13. Iowa took the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when QB CJ Beathard connected with Tevaun Smith for an 85-yard touchdown. It appeared that might be…

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The unsettled college football post season

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College football’s playoffs and bowl games are in a strange place as the season winds down. Some are ready to make a case for a two-loss team getting into the College Football Playoff, but for the first time, teams with losing records will be headed to bowl games. On Sunday, we will know the four teams qualifying for the College Football Playoff. We already know that No. 3 Oklahoma is in because they have won the Big 12 championship and…

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