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November 17, 2018

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Quan Jackson scored 16 points and Montae Glenn added 14 points and 12 rebounds to help Georgia Southern beat Florida Atlantic 80-70 on Friday night in the first round of the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase. Georgia Southern will play Towson or Pepperdine in the semifinals Saturday.


MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Chris Clemons, the nation’s second-leading scorer, had 27 points and Campbell rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat Florida A&M 66-59 on Friday to start the Jamaica Classic. Clemons, who came in averaging 32.3 points, started a 19-0 second-half run with a 3-pointer, Trey Spencer capped it with a 3 for a 48-46 lead and Campbell didn’t trail the rest of the way.


MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Justin Brown, T.J. Lang and Alexis Yetna scored 11 points apiece and South Florida closed the first half with a 26-3 run to help the Bulls beat Ohio 73-46 on Friday in the Jamaica Classic. Yetna was 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Michael Durr added 10 points and Laquincy Rideau had six points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals for USF (3-0).



JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars are down to their fourth left tackle, starting a player they signed off the streets against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Coach Doug Marrone says former New York Giants first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers will start in place of Josh Walker, who missed practice all week because of a foot/ankle injury. Walker was listed as doubtful on the injury report Friday. Flowers and Walker alternated series last week at Indianapolis.


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without key starters on their offensive and defensive lines when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury, while defensive end Stephon Tuitt has been ruled out with an elbow injury. Second-year player Matt Feiler will fill in for Gilbert as he has the past three weeks, while nine-year veteran Tyson Alualu is set to replace Tuitt. By Dan Scifo.


When things go sour, an NFL team’s fan base often points to two people: the guy calling plays on the sideline, and the man behind center trying to execute them. As we get deeper into the 2018 schedule, the futures of some coaches could be tied to how their quarterbacks have struggled — or outright flopped. By Barry Wilner.



ORLANDO — UCF and Cincinnati are Top 25 teams eager to show the college football world what they and the American Athletic Conference are all about. The undefeated, 11th-ranked Knights and once-beaten No. 19 Bearcats are ready to state their case Saturday night in a prime time, nationally televised matchup with league championship implications. By Fred Goodall.


TALLAHASSEE — A.J. Dillon is among the top running backs in the country and has been the driving force in Boston College’s success this season. The only thing that has slowed down the sophomore has been an injured ankle. Dillon, a 240-pound sophomore, has run for 936 yards and eight touchdowns in just eight games. He missed two games in October due to the ankle injury but averages 5.3 yards per carry. By Bob Ferrante.


GAINESVILLE — Florida’s postseason possibilities are promising, especially after finishing 4-7 last year, losing consecutive games by a combined 40 points in the last month and needing two of the largest comebacks in school history to beat Vanderbilt and South Carolina. The 15th-ranked Gators likely would land a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl with victories against Idaho and rival Florida State. By Mark Long.


Midway through this season, a mid-November matchup between longtime rivals Miami and Virginia Tech seemed likely to have major implications in the ACC’s Coastal Division race, if not nationally. That will not be the case Saturday. By Hank Kurz Jr..



HOMESTEAD — Kyle Busch thought he got the jump on the competition with a pole-winning run at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Then he was bumped by teammate Denny Hamlin and the politics began. Hamlin gets the first pick of pit stalls for winning the pole, but Busch wants that spot. Busch is one of four drivers racing Sunday for the championship and Hamlin is not one of them. By Jenna Fryer.


HOMESTEAD — Denny Hamlin will have a new crew chief next year. Hamlin tweeted that Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be his last with crew chief Mike Wheeler.


HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Tony Gibson was driving home from Stewart-Haas Racing’s shop this summer when he lost feeling in his hands and feet. He had to pull over. He had no other choice. He ended up in the emergency room for overnight observation, where doctors found a blood clot in his vertebral artery. By Mark Long.


MIAMI BEACH — Christopher Bell’s last race could prove more daunting than his next one. Bell faced a must-win scenario in the semifinal round of the Xfinity Series playoffs at Phoenix last week, needing to beat 39 other drivers to earn the fourth and final spot in the championship field at Homestead-Miami Speedway. By Mark Long.


HOMESTEAD — Win or lose, Martin Truex Jr. will be at the center of a goodbye bash that no one at Furniture Row Racing will want to end. Truex will pop open some beers, huddle with friends and reminisce a final time about the team’s wild ride from obscurity to greatness. It’s last call for FRR — and there’s still a chance to go out on top , leaving the location for Truex’s party still to be determined. By Dan Gelston.



NAPLES — The LPGA will have either 25 or 26 different winners in 32 events this season, depending on what happens when the final putt of the CME Group Tour Championship drops Sunday. Commissioner Mike Whan is just fine with that sort of diversity. By Tim Reynolds.


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