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Former Seminole DeAndre Johnson making most of second chance

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Joe Mixon and DeAndre Johnson are two very talented football players. They also have something else in common. Both have punched women with their fists and both have suffered consequences. The severity of those consequences is where the two players traveled different paths. Mixon is preparing to play in a major bowl game with the Oklahoma Sooners. Johnson, a former prized recruit at Florida State, just finished the season at an obscure community college. Seventh-ranked Oklahoma and Mixon are preparing…

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In her lifetime, Linda Osmundson helped with “better heroes”

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In her short time on earth, Linda Osmundson took on a lot of heavier burdens than a sportswriter trying to take on a story. But it was Osmundson who convinced me that domestic violence is everybody’s struggle, and she helped however she could in the times when I called on her. She was patient. She was insightful. She was my go-to person when athletes got out of hand. Linda, who died at 66 on Monday, was my hero. And I…

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The growing trend of pro athletes and domestic violence

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There was a time when we read about sports stars almost exclusively on the sports pages. But now, we are just as likely to learn as much about certain athletes’ crime statistics in the metro section as a 300-yard passing game in the sports section. Anyone paying the slightest bit of attention remembers Ray Rice. For those just returning from a 12-month vacation in Uzbekistan, the Baltimore Ravens’ running back punched his fiancée in the face on an elevator on…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.1.15 — On the so-called Fight of The Century

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If you were growing weary of reading Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota everyday in your local sports pages for the past four months, Buc fans, congrats. Now you’ll just be reading about Winston everyday up until the season begins. Let’s just hope for all concerned it’s only in the sports pages. Last night the NFL draft’s opening round kicked off in what is considered to be the biggest non-football sports weekend in America this year. In addition to the NBA and NHL…

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