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Deal for David Beckham’s Miami soccer stadium land gets approval

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David Beckham is a big step closer to bringing Major League Soccer back to Miami. In a 9-4 vote Tuesday, Miami-Dade County commissioners decided to allow Miami Beckham United to buy three acres of county land, the final piece in a nine-acre plot on which a 25,000-seat soccer stadium is planned. It’s a big win for the English soccer icon, who has spent four years — and counting — trying to bring Miami an expansion MLS franchise. “Miami is ready,”…

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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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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook declares for NFL draft

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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook has announced he will enter the NFL draft, less than 24 hours after the Seminoles defeated Michigan in the Orange Bowl. Cook, who is expected to be a first-round pick, made the announcement Saturday via video on Instagram. He says he made the decision after much consideration but was doing it after discussions with his family. The Miami native wrapped up his collegiate career by being named Orange Bowl MVP after rushing for 145…

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FSU can remove much of the disappointment with Orange victory

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It says a great many things about the FSU program that this will be remembered as a season of underachievement. After all, the Seminoles are ranked 10th in the country. They have a shot at 10 wins. Dalvin Cook was eighth in the country in rushing. Demarcus Walker was tied for second in sacks. Tarvarus McFadden was tied for first in interceptions. Still, for a team that has won a national title and been in the playoffs in recent seasons,…

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Could FSU ride its momentum to win in Orange Bowl game?

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Before you convince yourself how big a favorite sixth-ranked Michigan is over FSU in Friday night’s Orange Bowl, perhaps you should re-consider the last month. You know, when FSU was 4-0. You know, when Michigan was 2-2. Perhaps more things than momentum will matter when the two clash. But FSU has played its best football, especially on defense. Michigan has played well, too, especially in a double-overtime loss to Ohio State, but still, the Wolverines have lost two games in…

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High-flying ‘Noles, road warrior Gators offer entertaining basketball

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While their bowl games are still about three weeks away, the athletic departments at both Florida and Florida State each have other quality products to showcase. Each of their men’s basketball teams have something to prove in 2016-17. At the top of the to-do list is making the NCAA Tournament, something that has eluded both. Florida has missed the Big Dance the last two seasons while Florida State is enduring a four-year drought. The Gators have been ranked in the…

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Miami seeks to end long bowl losing streak in Russell Athletic Bowl

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The Russell Athletic Bowl, one of three to be played in Orlando, features two well-known football programs. The five-time national champion Miami Hurricanes of the ACC, will face the West Virginia Mountaineers of the Big 12, ranked 14th in the number of all-time victories in major college football. The 2016 Hurricanes can be entertaining, but do not resemble the speedy – and brash – teams that won five titles between 1983 and 2001. Miami fans will swear to this day…

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