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Florida cities among the biggest population gainers

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Three metro areas in Florida were among the nation’s 10 biggest gainers in the number of people moving there last year, and another three Florida metro areas were in the top 10 for overall growth rates. The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday said the Tampa area had the nation’s fourth-highest gain from people moving there last year. Some 58,000 new residents moved there. South Florida had the nation’s seventh-highest gain from migration, adding about 48,000 residents who moved there. Orlando…

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Florida schools’ in-state bowl wins will only help recruiting

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We are less than three weeks from National Signing Day for college football. Florida’s power schools will, of course, do well, while South Florida is a finalist for the biggest remaining prize. Florida, Florida State and Miami each posted impressive bowl game victories in their home state, something that can perhaps sway an undecided star player. Better yet, it can impress an in-state junior or sophomore enough to put your school on the list for a future signing day. The…

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Penn State makes case for playoffs; Florida bowls nearly set

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With Penn State’s thrilling 38-31 come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship Game on Saturday, the controversy over who gets the fourth spot in the College Football Playoffs (CFP) has already begun. While the four teams will be announced on Sunday, the debate will linger through the new year, no matter what happens. Most are expecting the Nittany Lions (11-2) to head to the Rose Bowl to face Colorado with Wisconsin playing in the Cotton Bowl against Western…

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USF crashes AP Top 25; Seminoles 12th, Gators 15th

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For the first time in several weeks, three Florida teams are in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Florida and Florida State have been included every week, but now the South Florida Bulls have joined the club. USF is the 24th ranked team in the country according to AP. With Saturday’s victory over Central Florida, the Bulls finished the season at 10-2. The 10 wins are the most in a season in USF history and the Bulls are ranked in…

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Where might there be a surprise on Election Night in Florida?

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If the chalk won every game and match-up, there would be no Las Vegas or Macau. There would be no March Madness. If the favorites won every time, there would be no reason to even turn on the television. We watch and love sports and gambling because the underdogs can and do win. In no-limit Texas hold ’em poker, holding a pair of aces gives a player an 87 percent chance of winning against a seven-deuce offsuit before the flop. But…

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Florida’s I-4 corridor is where the election could be won

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The Interstate 4 corridor stretching from the Tampa Bay area through Orlando to Daytona Beach is a bellwether of the nation’s largest swing state, where both candidates campaigned vigorously last week and President Barack Obama on Friday called on voters here to support Hillary Clinton. North Florida is predictably Republican, and South Florida remains strongly Democratic, leaving a swath around Interstate 4 as the state’s primary battleground. The 6.5 million residents living around the 140-mile highway reflect the diversity of…

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Idle Florida teams move up in AP Top 25

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Florida State and Florida are the two state schools still standing in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. Both teams were idle over the weekend, but moved ahead one spot each to 12th and 14th, respectively. Miami fell out of the top 25 following their big loss at Virginia Tech on Thursday, their third straight. The Hokies earned enough support to be ranked 25th, one week after falling out of the poll because of an embarrassing loss to Syracuse. South…

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