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Gators look to write new CWS history in Game 1

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The College World Series finals begin Monday night featuring two teams from the same conference, but two distinctly different histories in Omaha. The SEC regular season co-champion LSU Tigers, gunning for their 7th national crown, face the co-champion Florida Gators, who are looking for their first national title. For the first 40 years of the college baseball championship round, the Tigers were a non-factor. The first champion was crowned in 1947, but LSU did not reach the CWS until 1986.…

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Saturday college sports action features high stakes matchups

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Plenty of Florida college sports is on tap throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Many of the games come with high stakes. The Florida Gators will play in the SEC semi-finals on Saturday against Arkansas. The top-seeded Gators will face the fourth-seeded Razorbacks in the second game of the day in Hoover, Ala. Second seed LSU meets 11th-seeded South Carolina in the first game at 1:00 p.m. Florida reached the semi-finals after an incredible rally against Mississippi State. The Gators trailed…

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Babies Romeo and Juliette make debut in Florida hospital

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Two sets of new parents were surprised to learn their babies were part of a Shakespearean connection at a Florida hospital just two weeks after another pair of infants premiered as Romeo and Juliet on the same day at a hospital in South Carolina. The Orlando Sentinel reports Juliette Crouch was born Friday morning at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, northwest of Orlando. Hours later, Romeo Kidd made his debut down the hallway. Hospital privacy laws almost kept the drama from…

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What to watch for at today’s NCAA Final Four

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Some things to watch for in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: MEN IN THE MIDDLE: Seven-foot-1 Przemek Karnowski is Gonzaga‘s center and he will be matched up with 6-10 Maik Kotsar of South Carolina. Karnowski, a senior, averages 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field. Kotsar, a freshman, averages 5.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Karnowski has been battling a back issue. “It was mostly my lower back, maybe a little bit…

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Play it back: rematches to decide last two spots in Final Four

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The most entertaining college basketball game of the regular season came in December. Malik Monk set a record for a Kentucky freshman with 47 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer taken against his coach’s wishes, to lift the Wildcats to a 103-100 win over North Carolina. Are these two ready for an encore? Of course they are – though it’s a valid argument to say this rematch might be better suited for next weekend in the Final Four than Sunday in…

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Chris Chiozza, Christian Laettner and the forgotten supporting actors

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Christian Laettner, meet Chris Chiozza. Your contributions to March Madness lore may be 25 years apart, but the memories will go on for far longer. Laettner, who was already well-known, made “The Shot,” in 1992 that kept Duke’s hopes alive for a repeat championship, which they won. Chiozza, a popular figure on the Florida campus, but relatively unknown elsewhere, sent the Gators to the Elite 8 on Friday with “The Shot 2.” One should be careful before making comparisons between…

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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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