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Sam Darnold credits San Clemente, CIF-SS for paving his path to the Jets

As Sam Darnold strolled through a room fluttering with media members interviewing some of the top athletes of their respective sport– Karl-Anthony Towns (basketball), Todd Gurley (football), Abby Wamback (soccer), Sydney McLaughlin (track)– he was relaxed and happy. He was home. After spending the past couple months in New York after being drafted No. 3 overall by the Jets in ...

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Nick Saban is still the star of the show at SEC Media Days

ATLANTA (AP) Nick Saban peeked around the curtain, wondering if it was time to make his grand appearance. Everyone else at Southeastern Conference Media Days must accept a supporting role. Saban is the undisputed star of the show. Just a few months removed from his record-tying sixth national championship, the Alabama coach straightened his crimson tie, cleared his throat and ...

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UNC: School reports secondary NCAA violations in football

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has reported secondary violations to the NCAA within the football program involving multiple players. In a statement Wednesday night, UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham says the NCAA has deemed the violations to be secondary in severity and that the school has ”taken appropriate disciplinary action.” The statement didn’t specify the nature of that action or ...

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The Latest: No talk of expanding college football playoff

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on SEC Media Days (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Nick Saban offered up a preemptive no comment to all questions about Alabama’s quarterback dilemma. Actually, make that ”still to be determined.” The defending national champion heads into fall practice trying to determine who will be its No. 1 QB. It will come down to two-year starter ...

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The Latest: Swofford says ACC in ‘best shape ever’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Latest on ACC Media Days (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Virginia H-back Olamide Zaccheaus says the addition of new quarterback Bryce Perkins to the offense will make him even more dangerous this season. The versatile 5-foot-8 senior earned second team All-ACC honors and set a new school record with 85 receptions in 2017. His 895 yards ...

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ACC’s Swofford expects national rule on reporting injuries

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford expects an eventual new national rule requiring colleges to list all inactive or ineligible college players for game day following the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down a federal law barring gambling on college sports. Swoffford doesn’t anticipate the rule will be established until the 2019 season, he said Wednesday at ...

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Gabe Rivera, Texas Tech star left paralyzed, dies at 57

Gabe Rivera, the overpowering ”Senor Sack” lineman for Texas Tech who was paralyzed in a car accident while a Pittsburgh Steelers rookie, has died. He was 57. The university on Tuesday confirmed Rivera’s death. He had been living in San Antonio with his wife, Nancy, who told KENS-TV her husband had taken ill last week and died Monday night. Rivera, ...

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Clemson using Tide loss as motivation heading into fall camp

SUNSET, S.C. (AP) Clemson’s disappointing loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff last January is never far from players’ minds as they prepare for the upcoming season. ”It definitely helps,” kicker Greg Huegel said. ”It’s something in the back of your mind to help you push through.” If that’s the case, the Tigers have received plenty of motivation from ...

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Don McAuliffe, star of ’52 Michigan State title team, dies

Former Michigan State running back Don McAuliffe, a fighter in his youth, battled to the very end. The captain of Michigan State’s undefeated 1952 national championship team died Saturday in La Jolla, California, according to Kevin McAuliffe, his oldest son. He was 90. McAuliffe finished eighth in the 1952 Heisman Trophy balloting. In nine games that season, he rushed for ...

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