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Less intrigue for FSU

Heading into last year's spring football game, Florida State fans were eager to see if untested Jameis Winston would win the starting quarterback job and how the new defense would perform.

But knowing that 14 full-time starters return from a national championship team, the fans have less to be concerned about.

Still, coach Jimbo Fisher has a few things to dwell on at today's game. Such as, which receivers, outside of Rashad Greene, will prove themselves as replacements for Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw. And can Chris Casher replace Christian Jones as the hybrid linebacker/defensive end?

Eye on 'Canes QB: Miami coach Al Golden will be watching the performance of redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen, who has been elevated to starting quarterback because Ryan Williams torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee last week in scrimmage.

The Hurricanes will not play a game tonight but instead have more of a controlled scrimmage.

"Kevin had a real good scrimmage last Friday," Golden said. "Now he's got to go in there and really prove it to himself in running the offense, doing it with confidence."

Frozen Four: Three seasons ago, Union beat Minnesota in overtime in Minneapolis, a win that put the program at the liberal arts college on the hockey map. At the time, Union had yet to even appear in an NCAA tournament. Now, it's one victory away from the national title.

Union (31-6-4), enrollment of about 2,220, takes on Minnesota (28-6-6), enrollment of more than 50,000, tonight in the Frozen Four title game in Philadelphia (7:30, ESPN).

"As far as winning it, it would be huge," Union senior Mat Brodie said. "I don't really know if you can put it into words."

Also, Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau, who led the nation with 36 goals and 44 assists, won the Hobey Baker Award as Division I's top player, then he signed with the Calgary Flames.

Tark improves: Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, 83, was awake and stable at a Las Vegas hospital a day after feeling weak and struggling to breath. Doctors are treating the Hall of Fame coach for pneumonia and a possible heart attack but more tests are being done, son-in-law Zafi Diamant said.

MiZZou Wr gone: Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, once heralded as the No. 1 recruit in the nation, was kicked off the team by coach Gary Pinkel. The move comes a day after police in Columbia said no charges would be filed in a suspected burglary involving the player because of witnesses fearing retaliation.

Draft Bound: Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes and New Mexico center Alex Kirk are bypassing their senior seasons to enter the NBA draft.

Iowa State: The school bumped basketball coach Fred Hoiberg's salary $600,000 to $2.6 million.

Less intrigue for FSU 04/11/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 11, 2014 10:33pm]
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