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FSU poised to add even more stars to impressive recruiting class

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One day before national signing day, and the FSU Seminoles remain solidly in fifth place in the 247sports.com’s rankings. The Seminoles have 21 recruits, with five slots left open. FSU is hoping to add another receiver, a defensive end, a defensive tackle, a linebacker and a safety. The Seminoles already have seven recruits enrolled, including much discussed running back Cam Akers. In all, it looks like another solid class for coach Jimbo Fisher. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the Seminoles’…

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Another penalty in overtime dooms the Lightning in loss to Panthers

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The hollow feeling was familiar. Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning had let an opportunity slip away. Once again, the game went into overtime. Once again, Tyler Johnson – the hero of the upset of the Chicago Blackhawks – was called for a penalty. Once again, the opponent quickly scored to win a 2-1 game. It was, in other words, just like the team’s loss on Jan. 17 to Anaheim. This time, the loss was to the Florida Panthers, who…

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Both FSU, Florida football teams will be represented in Super Bowl

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There will be at least a bit of the Sunshine State in the upcoming Super Bowl. Former FSU running back Devonta Freeman, who had his second straight 1,000-yard season this year, will lead the Atlanta Falcons. Former FSU guard Tre’ Jackson is on the Patriots’ physically unable to perform list. The Florida Gators have been represented in 15 straight Super Bowls, since the Tampa Bay Bucs won. This year, both Keanu Neal and Brian Poole play for the Atlanta Falcons.

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Alimony reform bill filed for 2017

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State Rep. Colleen Burton will try again to overhaul the state’s alimony law, filing a bill on Wednesday. The Lakeland Republican still aims to toughen the standards by which alimony is granted and changed, after last year’s measure was vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott. “I believe it is the right thing to do,” Burton said in a phone interview. “It costs families a lot of money to go through a process that has no starting point. This gives judges a starting point, the…

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Florida schools’ in-state bowl wins will only help recruiting

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We are less than three weeks from National Signing Day for college football. Florida’s power schools will, of course, do well, while South Florida is a finalist for the biggest remaining prize. Florida, Florida State and Miami each posted impressive bowl game victories in their home state, something that can perhaps sway an undecided star player. Better yet, it can impress an in-state junior or sophomore enough to put your school on the list for a future signing day. The…

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Examining the expectations for Florida football teams in 2017

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If the early prognostications mean anything, then a level of success is going to surround the state of Florida in 2017. Most of the too-soon predictions for next season have FSU contending for a playoff spot. They think USF could have its best season ever. They think Florida and Miami will both be solid. The predictions come despite FSU losing Dalvin Cook, despite Florida losing much of its defense, despite USF losing Marlon Mack and despite UM losing Brad Kaaya.…

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FSU ranked eighth in final AP poll; three other state teams ranked

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In the final Associated Press poll of the year, the debate anymore is not who is No. 1. It’s how the rest of the field sorts out. This year, for instance, there was never any doubt that Clemson and Alabama would be 1-2 in the polls. But Southern Cal climbed to No. 3 in the final poll. The two national semifinal losers finished behind the Trojans. Washington was fourth and Ohio State sixth (behind Oklahoma). Four of Florida’s teams made the top 20…

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