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Eight more spots open Sunday for Sweet 16

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A look at some interesting things as we head into Sunday, when the NCAA Tournament will finalize its Sweet 16: — SOMETIMES … Southern Cal‘s De’Anthony Melton got as philosophical as a basketball player can get. When asked about the Trojans’ second-round game with Baylor, he answered: “It doesn’t matter who’s better because sometimes the better team wins, the better team loses. So it just depends on who can play harder and who can get stops at the end of…

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Will the Lane Kiffin-FAU marriage lead to more wins?

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Lane Kiffin is a head coach again. The new Florida Atlantic coach takes over a program anxious to climb the ladder to respectability. His last stint as a head coach ended on a Los Angeles tarmac in 2013, where he was fired by then-Southern California Athletic Director Pat Haden. The Trojans had just given up 62 points to Arizona State. Kiffin will, of course, be expected to win, but the pressure will be far less than in previous stops. He…

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AP: FAU pursuing Lane Kiffin to coach

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Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is being pursued by Florida Atlantic to become the Owls’ next head coach, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday night. Kiffin and the Owls have had dialogue, said both people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has spoken publicly about the matter. Kiffin has been the coordinator at Alabama for the last three seasons, helping the Crimson Tide win last season’s national championship and get…

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Gators, ‘Canes on the way up, FSU headed down in AP Top 25

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The top two teams in the AP Top 25 football poll remained the same this week, but Florida teams were on the move. Only two of those teams are moving in the right direction. Alabama and Ohio State kept their No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively, but entering the Top 10 are the Miami Hurricanes. Miami climbed four spots from last week after their impressive win at Georgia Tech. The Florida Gators, despite a less-than-awe-inspiring win over Vanderbilt, claimed the No.…

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No change at top of AP Top 25; FSU 12th, Miami 14th, UF 23rd

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While the top seven teams remained in place, other movement highlights this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville remained the top three teams, but Tennessee vaulted over Florida State after the Volunteers’ 38-28 victory over Florida. Some analysts felt Tennessee’s win would send them into the top 10, but they came in at No. 11, just behind Washington. Florida State’s 55-35 win on the road against South Florida moved them up one spot to No.…

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Could this be the year Tennessee finally beats Florida?

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Florida is down to its second quarterback who has never taken a snap in a month. Wide receiver Antonio Callaway is still hurt and “only time will tell” if he can play Saturday. Florida is 3-0, but against three weak teams. So, will this finally be the year that Tennessee ends its losing streak against the Gators? It could happen. The game is in Rocky Top, which has Joshua Dobbs back at quarterback. And while the Gators still have the…

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DIVIDED AMERICA: Rosy economic averages bypass many in U.S.

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Dozens of FedEx jets queue up for takeoff at the airport here. Beale Street, the heart of the music district, hums with tourists. Yet the empty storefronts in Memphis’ moribund downtown and the cash-advance shops strewn near its highways tell another story. It’s a tale of two cities, all in one place. And it’s a tale of two Americas: the one that national averages indicate has all but recovered from the Great Recession and the one lost in the statistics.…

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