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NCAA Baseball Tournament providing June Madness

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Just call it June Madness. Crazy upsets are the norm in basketball every March, but the first day of regional play in NCAA Baseball Tournament produced some unlikely outcomes. In Tallahassee, the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles scored three runs over the final two innings to stun Florida State 3-1, sending the Seminoles into the loser’s bracket. Florida State starter Drew Parrish did not allow a runner to reach second base through the 7th inning. After he departed in the 8th,…

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UCF routed by Michigan, but shows some promise

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Not many outside the Central Florida players, coaches and die-hards thought the Knights would threaten the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines. Michigan rolled to a 51-14 win at home on Saturday, but there are some positive takeaways for Knights’ Coach Scott Frost. The Wolverines piled up a 31-0 lead early in the second quarter and made Central Florida look bad in the process. Two fumbles, two blocked punts and a blocked field goal made the UCF faithful cringe and wonder how…

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UCF prepares for Frosty reception at Michigan’s Big House

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A lot happened between Dec. 4, 2014 and Sept. 3, 2016, the dates of the two most recent University of Central Florida football victories. The incomprehensible tragedy at the Pulse nightclub three months ago understandably makes the region forget the unimportant things like football games. But on that December day 21 months ago, the Knights edged the East Carolina Pirates, 32-30. They looked forward to their appearance in the St. Petersburg Bowl the day after Christmas. Few could have imagined…

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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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Michigan punter’s miscue brings out the worst in people

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Quick question: How many know the name Blake O’Neill? For those who do not, here is a hint. In Ann Arbor, Mich., this young man has assumed a new middle name as of early Saturday evening. Blake ****ing O’Neill. That is the mild stuff. O’Neill is, of course, the Wolverines’ punter. He became an infamous celebrity when he mishandled a long snap, then turned the ball over to arch-rival Michigan State, who scored the winning touchdown as time expired. Over…

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Week 6 college football by the numbers

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A memorable game occurred in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday, but several individual and team performances were also worthy of mention. Here, by the numbers, are just a few. 712 – Passing yards allowed by Florida State’s defensive unit over the last two games against Miami and Louisville; both wins, but a cause for concern for the near future (see the next item). Louisville’s freshman QB Lamar Jackson threw for 307 in the Cardinals’ 41-21 loss to FSU. 532 –…

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Fewer top 25 matchups dot college football schedule

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Last week gave us several key matchups in college football. This week has a limited menu, but some are clearly worth watching. One game gaining a great deal of national attention is No. 8 Florida traveling to No. 6 LSU for a 7 p.m. matchup on ESPN. This game would have normally attracted fan and media interest just because it’s the SEC, but the suspension of burgeoning star quarterback Will Grier adds even more intrigue. Odds makers have installed the…

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