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Today on Context Florida: Syrian refugee showdown, skin in the war game and it’s still the economy

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Today on Context Florida: President Obama and the GOP are headed for a high-stakes showdown on the issue of Syrian refugees, says Bob Sparks. Europe is absorbing large numbers of those refugees, but many more seemingly have nowhere to go. This country, as we usually do, pledged to help by taking some. That was before Paris. With as much humanity as we can muster, the influx must be postponed. Not cancelled, but postponed until the identities and intentions of those entering…

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A new touchdown king crowned; Michigan, Notre Dame, FSU records broken

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Saturday’s college football action saw plenty of newsworthy accomplishments. While only three games featured ranked teams playing each other, unranked teams made spirited bids for upsets and produced heroic performances. An all-time NCAA record was established along with new records at two of college football’s most storied programs. Here are some of Saturday’s top accomplishments 307 – Rushing yards by Indiana against No. 14 Michigan in the Wolverines’ 48-41 double-overtime victory. Coming into the game, Michigan was the third-best defense…

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Three matchups between ranked teams dot Saturday’s football schedule

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As the college football season enters the last quarter, some season-defining matchups loom, including rivalry games. This week is not one of the most exciting overall, but at least three quality matchups loom. No. 2 Alabama heads to Starkville to take on No. 17 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs look to knock Alabama out of the national championship picture while throwing the SEC Western Division into total chaos. A victory by Alabama would leave them in the driver’s seat. The size…

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College basketball begins Friday; Gators introduce new Coach Mike White

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The college basketball season tips off on Friday with several games around the country. Few should see competitive games, but fans of Florida schools are anxious to get their first look at their squads. Florida receives extra attention because new coach Mike White steps in to replace the most successful coach the Gators have ever had. Billy Donovan, who won 653 games and two national championships during his 19 seasons, is now coaching the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. White’s very…

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Today on Context Florida: Fantasy sports, Rick Scott’s lone success and Missouri protests & the First Amendment

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch warns that banning daily fantasy sports, by putting it in the category of illegal gambling, might just be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Fantasy sports is as popular as Buffalo wings and cold beer. A report in Fortune shows that 57 million North Americans are betting $465 a year each on fantasy sports, making it a $27 billion business. But what does the holier-than-thou crowd want to do? Keep people from playing daily…

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FSU set to defend women’s soccer title

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On Friday, the Florida State women’s soccer team will begin their quest for a second consecutive national championship when they host the Evansville Purple Aces. The Seminoles, 14-2-4 and Atlantic Coast Conference Champions, begin NCAA Tournament play as the No. 1 overall national seed in the tournament. Should FSU make it the College Cup Finals, they could face the Florida Gators, who are the second seed in the Stanford Regional. The Gators, 17-3-1 and Southeastern Conference Champions, welcome the Western…

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Clemson stays No. 1 in college playoff rankings; Florida 11th, FSU 16th

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Clemson maintained their position at the top of the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings for the second consecutive week. Clemson’s hard-fought 23-13 victory over Florida State impressed the committee enough to keep them at No. 1. The Seminoles performance, while a losing effort, allowed them to stay at No. 16 Alabama’s impressive 30-16 victory over former No. 2 LSU was enough to jump them to the second position. Ohio State stayed in the third spot, while Notre Dame jumped to…

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