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Florida, South Carolina and South Florida are taking steps to salvage home football games as Hurricane Ian approaches. The Gators moved their game against Eastern Washington from Saturday to Sunday just before a slate of NFL games begin. The Gamecocks will host South Carolina State on Thursday night, two days earlier than previously scheduled. And the Bulls relocated their Saturday game against East Carolina from Tampa, Florida, to Boca Raton. Stetson canceled its home game scheduled for Saturday against San Diego. No. 23 Florida State and 22nd-ranked Wake Forest, meanwhile, are “closely monitoring” the storm and hoping to play as planned Saturday in Tallahassee.

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Five of six Kentucky football players cleared by a grand jury last year on burglary charges have sued a Lexington police officer who directed the investigation of a March 2021 incident at an off-campus private party. Reuben Adams, Jutahn McClain, Vito Tisdale, Joel Williams and Andru Phillips allege in lawsuits that officer Cory Vinlove knew probable cause did not exist to charge them and “embarked on a journey” to frame them for a crime they didn’t commit. The suits filed in U.S. District Court also name officer Donnell Gordon, Police Chief Lawrence Weathers and the Lexington-Fayette County Urban Government as defendants.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Long live the transfer portal. At first blush, it was derided as the great plague of college football, but it has turned into the great equalizer. Think about it. Without transfer wide receiver Johnny Wilson, the Florida State Seminoles probably don’t beat Louisville on Friday night to extend their record to 3-0 for the first time in seven years. And without defensive end Jared ...

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Utah has a chance to win game No. 300 against Mountain West teams by beating the Aztecs. Utah was a member of the  league before joining the Pac-12 in 2011. Since that switch, the Utes have gone 28-4 in nonconference games during the regular season. One of those losses was last year to the Aztecs in a three-overtime thriller. San Diego State lost to Arizona in the opener and bounced back last weekend by beating Idaho State Utah had a similar bounce-back, losing at Florida before routing Southern Utah in the home opener. Utah boasts a 79-25 home mark under coach Kyle Whittingham.

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Newly revealed text messages show how deeply a Mississippi governor was involved in the state paying more than $1 million in welfare money to Brett Favre to help pay for one of the retired NFL quarterback’s pet projects. Instead of the money going to help low-income families in one of the nation’s poorest states, as intended, it was funneled through a nonprofit group to Favre and was spent on a new volleyball facility at a university both men attended. The 2017 texts show Republican Gov. Phil Bryant was “on board” with the plan. Bryant's left office in 2020. The state is suing Favre and others, alleging that they misspent welfare money.

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The NFL is set to make its debut with a streaming service on Thursday night. Amazon Prime Video will show the Los Angeles Chargers' game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It's the highest-profile of a series of deals between sports leagues and streaming services. NHL games will be shown on both ESPN+ and Hulu. Major League Baseball has deals with Apple TV+ and Peacock. Industry experts say viewers are becoming more comfortable with streaming games and advances in technology have made it seamless.

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It may not be fall on the calendar yet, but it is in the television ratings: NBC's “Sunday Night Football” is on top. The season's first Sunday night game, matching Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Bucs against the Dallas Cowboys, reached 23.3 million people. That was about three million more than the season kickoff game between Buffalo and the L.A. Rams on Thursday. Football otherwise dominated the ratings. Getting a jump on the fall season, Fox's new drama “Monarch” was seen by just over 4 million for its premiere episode. Otherwise, the Nielsens prepared to say goodbye to “America’s Got Talent” until next summer.

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