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FSU student reps: No headdresses at Seminoles games

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Florida State University’s student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games. The Student Government Association approved the nonbinding, formal opinion by a 27-4 vote on April 20 asking the university’s administration to consider adding the wearing of headdresses as a violation of the student code of conduct. The SGA said it passed the resolution because many of the headdresses worn at athletic events are representative of other tribes, in particular Plains tribes…

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Final 4 foes Orange, ‘Heels share a room in NCAA doghouse

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Syracuse and North Carolina will square off in Saturday’s second game of the NCAA men’s Final Four. Both coaches, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and North Carolina’s Roy Williams, have enjoyed the high of winning it all. They have also endured the low of having their basketball programs under investigation by the NCAA. Fortunately for the fans, the legal aspect of NCAA rule compliance will take a back seat on Saturday. Instead, the focus will be complying with on-court rules such as…

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Jim Boeheim surprised his 10-seed Syracuse crashing Final Four

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim isn’t surprised that No. 2 seeds Oklahoma and Villanova knocked off top seeds to join No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Final Four. He is, however, a bit taken aback that the other team in the field managed to do so. “I’m probably surprised at the other guys — that we’re there,” Boeheim said of his team. “I shouldn’t say that, but I am a little surprised.” Boeheim certainly isn’t the only one surprised that…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.21.16 — Trying to get with “The Program”

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Good morning, and welcome to the first full day of spring 2016. While ESPN was being trashed via Twitter for hailing Fidel Castro‘s “love of sports,” American fans were absorbed in watching the college basketball playoffs, where we’re now down to the Sweet 16 in what is also known as “March Madness,” a/k/a “The Final Four,” and a/k/a “a lot of overrated basketball,” if you ask me. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament can still thrill on occasion, but it’s a far…

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Hoping to avoid upset, 3-seed Miami takes lead into half

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The Latest on the third full day of the men’s NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT): ___ 1 p.m. Miami came out fast, then weathered a late surge by Wichita State to take a 32-19 lead into the half in the second round of South Region matchup. The third-seeded Hurricanes led 27-6 early after connecting on 8 of its first 9 field goal attempts, before…

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Tipping off: What to watch on third day of NCAA Tournament

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Here’s a quick look at what’s on tap in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, and an even quicker look back at Friday’s action: ___ WE MEET AGAIN Indiana and Kentucky haven’t met since 2012 because of a disagreement over where they should play. Leave it to the NCAA to fix that issue, even if the timing doesn’t feel quite right. The fifth-seeded Hoosiers (26-7) and fourth-seeded Wildcats (27-8) will play for the 57th time Saturday. It’s a matchup of border-state…

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University of Florida to sell alcohol at football, men’s basketball games

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Florida is the latest school to start selling alcohol at sporting events. The University Athletic Association announced Wednesday it will offer beer and wine sales in premium seating at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and at men’s basketball games in the O’Connell Center beginning this fall. Like most programs around the country, the Gators are looking to improve game-day experience in hopes of boosting ticket sales and create a new revenue stream at a time when costs are on the rise…

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