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Gators, Rays and Dolphins are Florida’s favorite sports teams, pollsters say

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The Gators, Rays and Dolphins are the most favored teams among Floridians according to a survey released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling. The University of Florida Gators were the favorite college team for 29 percent of survey respondents, with their archrival, the Florida State University Seminoles, taking second place with 19 percent support. The only other teams breaking double digits were the University of Central Florida Golden Knights at 12 percent and the Miami Hurricanes, which 1 in 10 respondents…

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Big problems emerge for 3 teams

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Call it a Thanksgiving Thud. What happened to the Eagles, Cowboys and, most shockingly, to the Packers on Thursday signals some major problems with all three teams. What’s happened to these three, all of which had winning records in 2014 and seemed headed for big things this season, is emblematic of the mercurial nature of the NFL. Other than the Panthers and Patriots at the top, the Browns, Chargers and Titans at the bottom, consistency has been elusive. At least…

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NFL teams can collapse after losing QB; ask 2014 Cardinals

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Peyton Manning is out. So is Andrew Luck. Tony Romo is finally ready to come back, after the Cowboys went 0-7 without him. Losing an elite quarterback can be devastating to a team. No one knows that better than the Arizona Cardinals. They are the poster child for how things can head south in a hurry when the main man goes down. Since the midpoint of the 2013 season, the Cardinals are 20-4 when Carson Palmer starts, 5-6 without him.…

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Bucs WR Mike Evans aims to redeem himself against Cowboys

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Mike Evans grew up in Texas, but was never much of a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. So when Tampa Bay’s second-year receiver faces “America’s Team” for the first time Sunday, it’ll be special for him in a different way. He’s eager to make the most of an opportunity to atone for a sloppy performance the former Texas A&M star feels cost the Buccaneers (3-5) a victory last week. Evans matched a personal best with eight receptions for 152 yards,…

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Florida’s diversity includes loyalties to sports teams

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According to a recent poll, a plurality of Floridians back U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Not his candidacy for president, but his allegiance to the University of Florida Gators. Rubio made headlines when he jokingly categorized Florida State as a fallback school for those not gaining entry into UF. Florida State backers, including President John Thrasher, were quick to respond. The PPP Poll revealed that 23 percent of those responding are loyal to the Gators, while 18 percent identified the Seminoles…

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Football’s future? QBs training with virtual reality

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Mississippi quarterback Ryan Buchanan straps on a headset that covers his eyes, and instantly, he sees a scene that looks like a video game, all set from his perspective. In about a minute, he runs through a handful of plays, checking his receivers, deciphering defensive coverages and making split-second decisions about where to throw the football. And just like that, practice is over. “I felt like I was in the future putting this thing on — something that you would…

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