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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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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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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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A-Rod cost Yankees $317 million for 1 World Series title

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By the time Alex Rodriguez collects his last payment as a player from the Yankees next year, he will have received $317,368,852 from New York, according to a review of his contracts by The Associated Press. Luxury tax caused by his deal totaled an additional $132 million through this year, although the Yankees could have spent more money on other players had A-Rod not been on the roster. Was it worth it, given that the Yankees have won one World…

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