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Florida’s Taylor, Polite going opposite ways as draft nears

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida teammates Jawaan Taylor and Jachai Polite have been big movers in NFL mock drafts. One up, one down. Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 314-pound offensive tackle from Cocoa, has steadily improved his draft stock since the start of last season. He followed a solid junior year with an impressive performance at the NFL combine earlier this month ...

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Finally at Miami, Martell now trying to win a job

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Tate Martell originally wanted Miami to notice him in 2016. The Hurricanes got around to it in 2019. Martell took a long, winding road to Coral Gables before transferring from Ohio State earlier this year — and the quarterback insists that he’s finally ready to start succeeding. Speaking publicly for the first time since the ...

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Duke QB Daniel Jones hopes for 1st-round call in NFL draft

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Jones didn’t stop throwing when Duke’s pro day ended. About half an hour after the television cameras quit rolling for his televised workout for the pro scouts Tuesday, Jones slipped back onto the field at the team’s indoor practice facility to get in a few extra informal tosses with some team managers. Standing behind the ...

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Medical examiner seeking cause of Ga. Tech player’s death

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s medical examiner plans further tests to determine the cause of Georgia Tech defensive lineman Brandon Adams‘ death. The 21-year-old Adams died Saturday . An autopsy was performed Monday. Officer Stephanie Brown, an Atlanta Police spokeswoman, says the GBI’s medical examiner’s office needs more lab tests, including toxicology results, to determine the “cause ...

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AP Top 25 Podcast: Overachievers and underachievers for 2019

Don’t let the brackets fool you. College football is in full swing, too. The latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast digs into some spring football story lines and takes an early look on which teams might fall short of expectations next season. And which ones could overachieve. Adam Rittenberg of ESPN joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to talk win ...

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Georgia’s Deandre Baker says he’s the top CB in NFL draft

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Deandre Baker proclaimed himself to be the best cornerback in the NFL draft after using Georgia’s pro day to improve his time in the 40-yard dash. Baker posted two unofficial times of 4.46 seconds in the 40 on Wednesday. He was timed at 4.52 seconds in last month’s NFL combine in Indianapolis. Most projections have Baker ...

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Josh Jacobs, other Alabama players participate in pro day

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — There was no shortage of NFL executives on hand to watch several Crimson Tide players workout during Alabama’s pro day ahead of next month’s NFL draft. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was on hand wearing an Alabama pullover as six Alabama players participated in some sort of drills on Tuesday, including projected first-round pick running back Josh ...

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Former Texas football standout and Olympian Jones dies at 60

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former University of Texas wide receiver and track standout Johnny “Lam” Jones, who won an Olympic relay gold medal in 1976, has died after a long bout with cancer, the school announced Friday. He was 60. Jones was a two-time all-Southwest Conference football player in 1978-79 and scored eight touchdowns of 45 yards or longer in ...

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Some of Clemson defensive linemen workout for NFL executives

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Half of Clemson’s talented defensive front four participated in the Tigers pro day Thursday before evaluators from all 32 NFL teams. While defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant did not take part in drills due to injuries, tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence showcased the abilities that have them on track to be first-round NFL ...

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AP Top 25 Podcast: Talkin’ basketball_ March Madness edition

The madness of March has already begun with conference tournaments in full swing and Selection Sunday looming. The latest edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast is a basketball special edition. AP national college basketball writer Aaron Beard joins Ralph Russo to sort out how the bracket might come together and look at the contenders to take the ...

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