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Gators’ fans continue to search for their next great quarterback

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There is one question that dominates the Univesity of Florida football team. It isn’t about linebackers. It isn’t about receivers or runners or defensive backs. It isn’t about opponents or guards or defenders. At Florida, the question is always about quarterbacks. This spring, with a shoulder injury to incumbent Luke Del Rio, the Gators have been turned over to redshirt freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. The Gators haven’t had an impact quarterback since Tim Tebow in 2009. That has…

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Florida running back Mark Thompson isn’t making predictions

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This time, Mark Thompson will run silently. Thompson, the senior running back for the University of Florida, entered talking last year. He was going to have 1,000 yards by the Georgia game, remember? He was going to kick the doors open in the SEC. It didn’t quite turn out that way. Thompson, a second-team junior college All-American at Dodge City Community College, finished the regular season with only 299 yards rushing a year ago. “I would say last year did…

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Eight more spots open Sunday for Sweet 16

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A look at some interesting things as we head into Sunday, when the NCAA Tournament will finalize its Sweet 16: — SOMETIMES … Southern Cal‘s De’Anthony Melton got as philosophical as a basketball player can get. When asked about the Trojans’ second-round game with Baylor, he answered: “It doesn’t matter who’s better because sometimes the better team wins, the better team loses. So it just depends on who can play harder and who can get stops at the end of…

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Florida’s economy still growing, but budget cuts loom

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Florida’s economy is continuing to grow according to new preliminary estimates from state economists. State officials are meeting Friday to draw up new forecasts to predict how much the state will collect in taxes. The forecasts will be used by state legislators when writing this year’s budget. Preliminary forecasts prepared by economists predict the state’s main budget account will grow by as much as 4.5 percent during the fiscal year that ends in June. Those forecasts estimate growth of around…

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CBS experts say Florida, Florida State ripe for first-round upsets in NCAA Tournament

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When the NCAA Tournament pairings were announced on Sunday, the CBS crew of Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis analyzed the 68 teams and picked an upset or two. Davis, as usual, was the most outspoken, calling out two teams of interest to Florida viewers. Looking toward Thursday’s games in Orlando, Davis emphatically predicted that 14-seed Florida Gulf Coast will knock Florida State out of the West region. In one of the earlier games to be played at the…

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Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio to undergo surgery on his shoulder

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Did Luke Del Rio just give his competition the edge they need to take his job? Del Rio, a quarterback for the Florida Gators, announced Tuesday that he will undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder. Del Rio had already been announced as out for spring practice. That leaves the Gators’ job, at least temporarily, in the hands of Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. Freshman Jake Allen is expected to join the race in the summer. Del Rio was 5-1 for…

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CDC: Don’t donate sperm in 3 Florida counties due to Zika

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Men from three Florida counties shouldn’t donate sperm because of a small risk of spreading Zika, U.S. health officials said Monday. The guidance had previously applied to Miami-Dade County, the only place in Florida where there’s evidence mosquitoes spread the virus. But infections were reported in people in South Florida who couldn’t clearly be linked to Miami-Dade. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the advice should extend to two counties north of Miami — Broward and…

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