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FULLERTON, Calif. — Senior guard Zach Johnson scored 24 points, including a follow-up dunk with 0.2 seconds remaining, as Miami pulled out a 78-76 victory over Fresno State on Friday in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy Tournament at Cal State Fullerton. Sophomore guard Chris Lykes added 17 points and junior guard Dejan Vasiljevic added 12 as the Hurricanes (5-0) broke a 76-76 tie when Johnson rebounded a Lykes miss and slammed home the winning basket all in one motion. By Doug Padilla.
EMERALD COAST CLASSIC
NICEVILLE, Fla. — Seth Dugan scored 28 points, Josh Davis added 24 and Western Michigan took an 85-70 victory over Southern in the opener of the Emerald Coast Classic on Friday. Dugan scored 17 points and Davis 16 in the first half as the Broncos (4-2) took command early, leading 52-34 after shooting 71 percent before the break.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA — Defending national champion Villanova got its swagger back. Eric Paschall had 22 points and Phil Booth added 20 as Villanova advanced to the AdvoCare Invitational championship game by beating Oklahoma State 77-58 on Friday. By Mark Didtler.
ADVOCARE INVITATIONAL-THE LATEST
DELAND — Bubba Parham scored 30 points, Myles Lewis had six of his 15 in overtime and VMI beat Stetson 87-79 on Friday. Parham was 9-of-24 shooting, made five 3-pointers and had nine rebounds and five assists. Lewis made 6 of 10 shots and grabbed nine boards. Greg Parham added 13 points and Sarju Patel 11 for VMI (5-2).
T25-SOUTH FLORIDA-NORTH CAROLINA
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Stephanie Watts scored 24 points and the North Carolina women handed No. 17 South Florida its second straight loss at the Paradise Jam, 71-69 on Friday. The Tar Heels backed up a Thanksgiving Day beat down of UCLA, 83-49 in the opener, and avenged a stinging loss to South Florida the 2016 Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas, 83-55. Watts is one of four members of the UNC rotation to have played in that loss.
CORAL GABLES — Beatrice Mompremier scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and No. 24 Miami defeated Nebraska 82-68 on Friday. Mompremier was 8-of-11 shooting, while Laura Cornelius made four 3-pointers and added 23 points. Kelsey Marshall made four from distance and scored 18 for the Hurricanes (5-1).
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey can criticize Buffalo rookie quarterback Josh Allen all he wants. The Bills aren’t taking the bait. “Everybody has their thing, and that’s his thing. He likes to talk,” Bills running back LeSean McCoy said. “If he feels Josh is trash or whatever, that’s his opinion. I think Josh is really good.” By John Wawrow.
TAMPA, Fla. — With six games remaining in mostly disappointing seasons for Tampa Bay and San Francisco, both struggling squads are seeking answers that will help them beyond 2018. The odds may be against either club salvaging the year with a playoff berth, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything meaningful the Buccaneers (3-7) and 49ers (2-8) can accomplish beginning Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. By Fred Goodall.
DAVIE — Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is poised to rejoin the lineup Sunday at Indianapolis, and four other former first-round picks might also return for the Miami Dolphins. Tannehill, who has missed the past five games because of a throwing shoulder injury, will play without limitations, coach Adam Gase said following Friday’s practice.
INDIANAPOLIS — When Ryan Tannehill looks across the field Sunday, he’ll see an encouraging sign in Andrew Luck’s comeback. Six years after the Miami Dolphins drafted Tannehill seven picks behind Luck, Sunday’s starting quarterbacks seem to be following similar paths. By Michael Marot.
TAMPA — UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton was carted off field after injuring his right leg in the second quarter against South Florida on Friday. There was no immediate announcement on the nature or severity of the injury that occurred when the junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, was tackled at the end of a 5-yard run in front of the South Florida bench with 11:17 remaining in the opening half.
T25-FLORIDA-FLORIDA STATE PREVIEW
Willie Taggart’s first season at Florida State has been mostly a mess. Offensive dysfunction. Defensive lapses. Poor special teams. Third-down woes. Countless penalties. Slow starts. Too many turnovers. Not enough takeaways. Inability to run the ball or protect the quarterback. By Mark Long.
MIAMI GARDENS — In the final Miami home game of the season, Hurricane fans will get to watch the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division champions. They just won’t be cheering for them. By Tim Reynolds.
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