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Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo declares for NFL draft

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Roberto Aguayo, the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, is skipping his senior year at Florida State to enter the NFL draft. He is the second Seminoles player to announce he is leaving early for the draft, joining defensive back Jalen Ramsey. Aguayo made 96.73 percent of his kicks in three seasons. He connected on all 198 of his extra-point attempts — an Atlantic Coast Conference record — and was 69 of 78 on field goals. The previous record was…

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Americans for Prosperity aims to stop Hillsborough OK of $29 million for Bucs stadium

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Next Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Commission is poised to approve an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that will include spending $29 million in taxpayers money for improvements to Raymond James Stadium, the home of the Bucs that was built with public money back in 1996. That money would come from 4 cents of the 5-cent county tourist tax, which must be spent on sports facilities or promoting tourism. But expect the board to encounter some turbulence before that vote, as…

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Title hopes on line for some, rivalries on tap for others

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For many, it’s all about the playoffs. Who’s in? Who’s out? Will a Big 12 team make it? What’s up with Michigan State-Ohio State? Well, when it comes to some of college football’s most cherished rivalries, let’s take a national title break. There are a few games Saturday offering something else: braggin’ rights – and trophies! So while Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame try to maintain their spots in the College Football Playoff ranking, here’s a look at…

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Will more college athletes take on the establishment?

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College athletes have more power than ever before, almost everyone can agree on that. What is up for debate is whether that will lead to overdue change, or whether it will throw programs into turmoil. Protests have been rare during the college athletes’ eight-decades and counting campaign for a bigger piece of the pie – and successful protests have been rarer still. But the winds of change buffeting the power structure of college sports are stronger than at any time…

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Coach Leonard Hamilton likes mix on Florida State basketball roster

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Florida State is the only team in the Atlantic Coast Conference that returns all five of its starters from last season. For most teams that would be cause for celebration. For coach Leonard Hamilton it means he is hoping the struggles of the past two seasons have been valuable experience. The Seminoles had their first practice on Wednesday as they are looking to bounce back from a season in which they went 17-16 and didn’t play in a postseason tournament…

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College athletes can’t unionize, but will soon market themselves

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Successful college football programs routinely fill 80,000- to 105,000-seat stadiums every Saturday in the fall. Basketball-crazy fans pack 17,000- to 20,000-seat arenas in the winter. Not that long ago, the income generated by football and basketball programs was almost the sole source of funding for non-revenue-producing programs. In 1984 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the NCAA (a.k.a. “The Evil Empire”) had violated anti-trust laws by preventing schools from negotiating their own television deals. Financial windfalls soon followed. With the explosion…

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Decisions ahead for NCAA family travel program

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Getting to the Final Four won’t be as costly for the parents of many players this week, thanks to an NCAA pilot program that is helping pay for families of athletes to travel and see their sons and daughters play in the biggest college basketball games of the season. The family travel program was approved in January. It allowed the College Football Playoff to pay for the parents or guardians of Ohio State and Oregon players to travel to Arlington,…

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