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Florida, Florida State falling in final day “Bracketology”

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When the field of 68 NCAA tournament teams is announced on Sunday there is certain to be a surprise and a snub or two. What does the “Bracketology,” say about which bubble teams will make it and who will remain at home? We know the names of the four Florida teams that will be called, but where will they go to open the tournament and what seed will they receive? If Joe Lunardi, the foremost expert in tournament projections is…

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Lightning overcomes two-goal deficit to take big win over Florida

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is treating this playoff race like something real. The Lightning won a memorable game against the Florida Panthers Saturday night, coming from a two-goal deficit to take a 3-2 victory. The Bolts are now 10-2-3 in their last 15 games. After falling behind 2-0, the Bolts came back on a power-play by Nikita Kucherov, a short-handed goal by Yanni Gourde (his first in the NHL) and a tiebreaking goal off a deflection by Ondrej Palat. It was…

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2017 Legislative Session preview: Alimony rears its head

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Get ready for a rumble: Lawmakers will again tackle the sticky issue of alimony in the 2017 Legislative Session. Companion bills filed in the House and Senate aim to overhaul state alimony law to toughen the standards by which alimony is granted and changed. That’s despite unsuccessful tries in the last few years. Neither bill had a hearing in the committee weeks leading up to this year’s session, which begins Tuesday. Given its history, the effort promises to be one…

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Florida coach Mike White a Coach of the Year Semifinalist

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University of Florida basketball coach Mike White is making a name for himself. White, the second-year coach of the Florida Gators, is 24-6 (14-3 in the SEC), and has done a fine job replacing Billy Donovan. He won 21 games in his first season. This season, White has become one of 10 Naismith Coach of the Year candidates. White is preparing for his first trip to the NCAA Tournament. While at Louisiana Tech, White won three straight league titles but…

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FSU has tough schedule to contend with in 2017 football season

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If FSU is indeed going back to the college football playoffs this season, it will have to walk across broken glass to get there. According to Bleacherreport.com, the Seminoles will play the fifth-toughest schedule in America in 2017, including an opening game against Alabama in Atlanta. Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles also play Miami, at Clemson, Florida and Louisville (with Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.) Even with 16 returning starters and quarterback Deondre Francois, that’s tough duty. Florida isn’t far behind. The…

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Gators up to 13th, FSU down to 19th in AP Top 25 poll

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Both Florida and Florida State remained in the top 20 in this week’s AP Top 25 college basketball poll. But they are heading in opposite directions. The Gators (22-5) won their seventh and eighth consecutive games during the week to climb into the 13th position in the poll. They were 15th a week ago. Both of Florida’s wins against Auburn and Mississippi State during the past week were on the road. The Seminoles, on the other hand played only one…

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House panel to discuss changing how nursing homes that accept Medicaid are paid

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Nursing homes that accept Medicaid could see changes in how they are paid in the coming fiscal year, but exactly what those changes will look like remain to be seen. The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to begin discussions about new payment plans Wednesday, when Agency for Health Care Administration officials give members a presentation detailing the Navigant recommendations for a new payment method. The Navigant proposal would move the state away from its current cost-based model and…

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