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Florida State RB Dalvin Cook entices Vikes to ‘take a swing’

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After sitting out of the first round, the Minnesota Vikings didn’t want to wait any longer. Dalvin Cook was still available, the kind of dynamic running back Minnesota drafted 10 years ago and just recently let go. The Vikings traded up seven spots to the 41st overall pick Friday night and snagged Cook, the Florida State star whose stellar college career came with off-the-field questions. They sent one of their fourth-round selections to Cincinnati to move ahead in the second…

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The Camden Effect: At 25, ballpark’s legacy is large in MLB

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A quarter-century later, Larry Lucchino can be self-deprecating about a vision that ushered in a new era of ballpark construction. “I tell everyone I’ve had one good, original idea in my 38 years in baseball,” said Lucchino, whose career as an executive has included stints with Baltimore, San Diego and Boston. “It was to build a traditional, old-fashioned ballpark with modern amenities, intimacy and irregularity.” It sounds so simple the way Lucchino describes it, and he insists the Orioles weren’t…

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Officials tell fans how to spot fake Super Bowl tickets

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NFL and law enforcement officials say fans can tell if they are buying real Super Bowl tickets by checking for the heat-sensitive logos. On the front of each ticket is a full polymer graphic that is raised and the back features a true color security label with Houston’s skyline and the Super Bowl logo. The final security feature is a graphic on the lower portion of the back of each ticket which is printed with thermochromic ink. The HTX logo…

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Florida State sign pair of running backs in recruiting class

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With Dalvin Cook leaving Florida State early for the NFL draft, coach Jimbo Fisher signed two guys that could be his replacement. Cam Akers and Khalan Laborn are both five-star recruits that both could see playing time next season. Akers, an early enrollee, is regarded as the nation’s top running back prospect and Laborn is more of an all-purpose back. Fisher thinks there will be plenty of room for both. “Backs realize that if there are different roles you can…

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Will Vegas and Raiders be a match?

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As much as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis wishes otherwise, a decision on allowing him to move his franchise to Las Vegas isn’t likely to come anytime soon. That’s not to say it won’t happen. Several team owners are ready to support the relocation if the right pieces fall into place — and we’re not talking roulette wheels. “I’m pleased they’ve made as much progress as they have,” Texans owner Robert McNair said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings, when…

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Jaguars RB Chris Ivory hospitalized with ‘general medical issue’

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The Jacksonville Jaguars say running back Chris Ivory has been hospitalized with a “general medical issue” and won’t play in the team’s season opener against Green Bay. The Jaguars released a statement Sunday saying Ivory was inactive and had been admitted to a hospital. He was limited in three practices this week because of a calf injury. “Chris Ivory is doing well and is expected to be released from the hospital in the next day or two,” the Jaguars said.…

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Charleston Southern coach: No ‘pity party’ for suspensions

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Charleston Southern was without 14 players, including 10 starters, at No. 3 Florida State on Saturday because of one-game suspensions for an NCAA violation. Despite the depleted roster, coach Jamey Chadwell said after his team’s 52-8 loss that he “didn’t want it to be a pity party. Don’t feel sorry for us.” The players were suspended for violating NCAA rules by using financial aid meant for books to purchase other items. The suspensions among the starters included four senior running…

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