Sunday, January 21, 2018
Colleges

USF baseball sweeps to stay atop Big East

TAMPA — Jimmy Falla homered and USF overcame five errors to complete a three-game series sweep of St. John's with a 4-2 victory Sunday to remain on top of the Big East standings.

This one came relatively easy for the Bulls (29-15, 13-2) compared with the previous two victories, 5-4 in 13 innings Saturday and 4-3 in 10 innings Friday.

"The guys played hard enough to win," coach Lelo Prado said of his Bulls, ranked No. 25 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. "They did everything they needed to do to win, and that's all that matters."

Falla's shot to left came in the fifth and backed right-hander Joey Lovecchio, who threw five scoreless innings before leaving after six, giving up one run on four hits.

More baseball: Scott Sitz threw seven shutout innings and improved to 8-1 as No. 10 Florida State (35-9, 16-8) remained in first place in the ACC Atlantic Division with an 11-2 win over visiting Wake Forest. … Tennessee salvaged the finale of its three-game series at No. 19 Florida (25-20, 12-9 SEC), winning 4-2 to end the Gators' nine-game-home winning streak.

'Canes star to NBA: Miami guard Shane Larkin, the son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, announced he will forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Larkin led the team in scoring, averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists this season. … Colorado junior forward Andre Roberson, the Pac-12 leader in rebounding and projected as a second-round pick, said he will enter the draft. … Michigan State junior forward Adreian Payne joined teammate and Big Ten freshman of the year Gary Harris in saying he will remain in school, making the Spartans one of the teams to beat next season.

Big Ten divisions: The presidents and chancellors approved the ditching of Legends and Leaders as Big Ten football division names, going to the more conventional East and West, and switched to a nine-game scheduling format. The new alignments will begin in 2014 when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference. Teams will go from eight conference games to nine in 2016. The East: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers; the West: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Comments
Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jalen Hudson came off the bench to score 17, and Chris Chiozza, Keith Stone and Kevarrius Hayes contributed clutch baskets down the stretch as Florida rallied to upset No. 18 Kentucky 66-64 Saturday night. "We were able to win it jus...
Published: 01/20/18
Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

CORAL GABLES — Gary Trent scored a season-high 30 and No. 5 Duke needed less than three minutes to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, scoring 18 consecutive points to overtake No. 25 Miami 83-75 on Monday night. The Blue Devils scored 15 in six po...
Published: 01/15/18

Shrine Game journal: Homecoming for Utah OL Salesi Uhatafe; Quinton Flowers works on snaps

ST. PETERSBURG — Salesi Uhatafe is back in his hometown, and though he moved to Texas when he was still a baby, it’s very much a homecoming as the former Utah offensive lineman plays in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field."I’ll probab...
Published: 01/15/18
Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — Joel Lanning has the unique distinction of being listed as an "LB/QB" on the West roster for Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.And while the former Iowa State star spent the entire practice at middle linebacker Mond...
Published: 01/15/18
Keith Jackson, leading college football broadcaster, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, leading college football broadcaster, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, the folksy voice of college football who for decades weaved backwoods wit through Saturday afternoon ABC broadcasts, died Friday night. He was 89.In a 52-year broadcasting career, Mr. Jackson covered a wide variety of sports for radio ...
Published: 01/13/18
No. 24 FSU outlasts Syracuse in double overtime

No. 24 FSU outlasts Syracuse in double overtime

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State squandered a double-digit halftime lead for the second straight game. This time, it was able to overcome that.The 23rd-ranked Seminoles scored the first six in the second overtime to propel them to a 101-90 victory over Sy...
Published: 01/13/18

Florida manhandled in paint by Ole Miss for first SEC loss

OXFORD, Miss. — Florida came into its matchup focused on stopping a talented group of Ole Miss guards.But it was the play of the frontcourt that did in the Gators on Saturday afternoon.Bruce Stevens scored 22, Deandre Burnett added 20 and Mississippi...
Published: 01/13/18
South Carolina gives Will Muschamp new $28 million deal

South Carolina gives Will Muschamp new $28 million deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp received a new six-year, $28.2 million contract after a nine-win season that culminated with a victory over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Muschamp’s contract was approved Friday by the school’s boar...
Published: 01/12/18
Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

We’ve been a little busy lately.What with Dirk Koetter staying and Evan Longoria going. We’ve been distracted by UCF and amazed by Alabama. There has been Jon Gruden news and what is shaping up to be a very special season for the Lightning.With all t...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18
Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is 88 and still keeps a busy schedule of speaking engagements. On Wednesday he was in Omaha, Neb. — his fourth city in a week — to receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award for his contributions to college football ...
Published: 01/11/18