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BC-FL--Florida Sports Digest, FL

January 3, 2018

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TALLAHASSEE — No. 12 North Carolina (12-2, 1-0) looks to extend its winning streak over No. 24 Florida State (11-2, 0-1) to eight. FSU has a 27-game home winning streak. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 550 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


ATLANTA — Dewan Huell and No. 15 Miami try to improve to 2-0 in the ACC as the Hurricanes visit Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are 6-7 overall. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 600 words with photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.



MIAMI — The up-and-down Miami Heat start a three-game homestand Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, in a matchup of two teams right in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Game begins 7:40 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


Gregg Popovich was the coach nobody wanted. It’s hard to fathom now, but it’s true: Popovich was not well-received initially in San Antonio. Five rings later, he’s No. 5 on the NBA’s all-time win list. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4 a.m.



ATLANTA — Two teams from the same conference are playing for the College Football Playoff national title. Two Power Five conferences were left out of the final, including Big Ten champion Ohio State, and an undefeated team was not even close to getting into the semfinals. All this, and still there is no legitimiate push to expand the playoff from anyone in power in college football. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.



DAVIE — Miami Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum and general manager Chris Grier talk about offseason plans in the wake of the team’s disappointing 6-10 showing. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills running back LeSean McCoy won’t practice Wednesday because of a right ankle injury, and it’s uncertain whether he can play Sunday at Jacksonville in Buffalo’s first playoff game in 18 years. By John Wawrow. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.


JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus feels like he has two teams in the playoffs. Dareus spent the first six years of his NFL career in Buffalo and was traded to Jacksonville in late October. Now, he plays his former team in a wild-card game Sunday. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.



One would need to go all the way back to 1970 to find when a back-to-back champion didn’t even qualify for the postseason — when Montreal achieved that dubious feat. That’s what Pittsburgh is trying to avoid. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 a.m.


The NHL unveils its fan-voted captains for the All-Star 3-on-3 tournament later this month. MVP candidate Steven Stamkos of the Lightning is expected to be captain of the Atlantic Division team with the game in Tampa. UPCOMING: 300 words, file photos. Developing off 7:30 p.m. announcement.


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