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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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FSU/UF rise while Miami joins AP Top 25

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Both Florida and Florida State moved up in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Gators earned the 12th position, up from 13th last week, while the Seminoles climbed four spots to claim the No. 15 ranking. Florida moved up despite a loss at No. 9 Kentucky on Saturday. While they played the Wildcats tough in the 76-66 loss on the road, the Gators were impressive in their 81-66 takedown of a good South Carolina team. The Seminoles’ rise…

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Hero of the Super Bowl might turn out to be a ‘Who’s he?’ guy

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It won’t be a quarterback. It won’t be a star receiver. It probably won’t even be the star pass-rushing defensive end. But sometime during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, a guy you’ve barely heard of might take over. A run-of-mill, blue collar guy from somewhere in the team photo. Hey, it happens in the Super Bowl. Despite all the millionaires cavorting beneath the stadium lights, there might be a guy or two emerge to be a star. Odds are, he won’t…

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Nevada’s James Butler scores late to clinch Arizona Bowl

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James Butler scored his second touchdown of the night with 66 seconds left to play to lead Nevada to a 28-23 victory in the Arizona Bowl Tuesday night. Butler, who ran for 189 yards and two scores, took the clinching touchdown in from four yards out as the Wolf Pack won over Colorado State, 28-23. Butler also had a 77-yard touchdown run. Colorado State had the advantage in most the stats, outgaining the Wolf Pack 532-345 and keeping the ball…

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Football flashback: Puntrooskie led FSU to upset of Clemson in ’88

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Even after all these years, the thing that stands out is the sheer audacity it took to call the play. Even now, the boldness of it all is amazing. The puntrooskie. Do you believe it yet? It was 1988, and Florida State was on the road against the Clemson Tigers, who were ranked third in the AP. FSU was 10th. It was late it the game, and the score was tied at 21. The Seminoles had a fourth-and-one at their…

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Rays close out their 2015 season with lopsided win over Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays closed out the 2015 season Sunday in a manner that accurately reflects very little that went on in the first 161 games of the year, The Rays blasted the Toronto Blue Jays, 12-3, to go home smiling. For the Rays, it ended the season in fourth place at 80-82. For the Blue Jays, who entered with an outside chance of finishing the season with the best record in the American League, it was a disappointing day.…

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Rays’ Brad Boxberger looks like an all-star again in striking out side

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It was not a must win, said Kevin Cash. It just felt that way. Following three straight defeats, the Tampa Bay Rays showed a sign of life in the America League wild-card race Thursday night with a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins. They needed it. To be swept by the Twins, who are also in the wild-card race, would have been damaging. Instead, they salvaged a game and kept their chances alive. Not only that, but they also benefited from…

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