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Marion Hammer praises Greg Evers’ ‘random acts of kindness’

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Marion Hammer, the NRA’s longtime lobbyist in Florida, eulogized former Republican state Sen. Greg Evers at his funeral this week. The 62-year-old was killed in a single-car accident near his home in Baker. Evers spent six years in the Florida Senate and a decade in the Florida House.

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In Cure Bowl, UCF Knights reminded they still have a ways to go

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It didn’t end the way that UCF wanted it to end. But perhaps it ended the way the Knights needed for it to end. The UCF Knights were reminded that their work is not done Saturday night as they fell to Arkansas State, 31-13, in the Cure Bowl. The Knights went from a winless season to a 6-7 season and a bowl win. It was nice, but it wasn’t complete. And that will gnaw at UCF and coach Scott Frost…

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Can UCF stop Quinton Flowers and other USF-UCF questions

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Five questions to ponder about the USF-UCF game: Can freshman McKenzie Milton play well enough to keep up with the Bulls? Doesn’t everyone? As marvelous as USF’s offense has been all season, their defense has struggled. The Bulls are ranked No. 120 (out of 128) teams at stopping their opponent this year. Yes, they’ve made game-saving plays the last two weeks against Memphis and SMU, but don’t confuse that with solid defense. USF is tied for 85th in scoring defesne.…

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UCF Knights fall just short in upset attempt against Tulsa

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A last-ditch effort by the UCF Knights fell by the wayside Saturday night, leaving the team short of an upset bid against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Milton Mack’s fourth-and-goal pass from the four fell incomplete with four minutes to play, leaving UCF on the wrong side of a 35-20 defeat. The Knights, one of the nation’s most improved teams, fell to 6-5 with the loss. UCF took an 8-0 lead on a 28-yard interception return by D.J. Killings. The game…

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UCF Knights scare Houston, but lose to a big comeback by Cougars

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The improvement of the UCF Knights was evident for the first half Saturday. The distance yet to travel was clear in the second. The Houston Cougars scored 28 straight points in the second half, taking a 31-24 comeback win over the UCF Knights. The Cougars outgained Central Florida by more than 200 yards (398-195) in taking the win. Greg Ward Jr. threw for 240 yards in the comeback. UCF freshman McKenzie Milton threw for only 155 with two interceptions. Central…

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Freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton leading UCF turnaround

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Like his program, he is young and improving. Like his program, he has a little bit of style. In a way, McKenzie Milton is much like the Central Florida Knights, who have earned a second look this season. Milton, an 18-year-old freshman, is suddenly the fresh new face on campus, a quarterback who has led UCF from the ranks of the winless to a team that is 4-3 with bowl aspirations. Saturday night, against UConn, Milton threw for 317 yards…

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Greg Evers launches congressional bid in CD 1, will challenge Matt Gaetz

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Sen. Greg Evers is running for Florida’s 1st Congressional District seat left vacant by retiring U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller. Evers filed his candidacy paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Monday. He had made a formal announcement in Milton. Evers’ move to jump into the race for the deep-red Northwest Florida seat sets up a contentious GOP primary race against Rep. Matt Gaetz, who filed for the seat in March. The decision comes after the hometown Northwest Florida Daily News reported Evers was favored against Gaetz…

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