Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sports in Brief


college football

Reports: vols rb coach to join fsu staff

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State has hired Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham to fill one of its two assistant coaching vacancies, according to reports Monday.

FSU didn't confirm any of the reports. New Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said on Twitter Graham, 37, was leaving for another job.

There was no word on what Graham's role at FSU would be.

FSU just hired a running backs coach, Randy Sanders, a longtime Volunteers assistant who was Graham's position coach in college at Tennessee. Graham will also be reunited with FSU defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri, who was Tennessee's defensive coordinator in 2012.

Before going to Tennessee last season, Graham coached running backs and tight ends at South Carolina. He may be best known for recruiting former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, considered among the top prospects in April's NFL draft before sustaining a knee injury last season.

Miami investigation: Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt faces NCAA allegations of receiving and providing impermissible benefits while an assistant at Miami from 2001-09. The NCAA says he received a $2,500 loan and provided perks to recruits. The governing body sent Hurtt and Louisville a letter of allegations Feb. 19; the university released it as part of an open records request. The NCAA says Hurtt, 34, provided false and misleading information during its investigation of what it says was a decade of improper conduct spearheaded by a former booster. Hurtt has until May 20 to respond to the charges.


Federer finds way in second set

Roger Federer rallied past Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 today to reach the second round of the Dubai Championships in United Arab Emirates.

The second-ranked Federer was playing the 128th-ranked Jaziri for the first time. Jaziri broke serve to go up 6-5 in the first set and closed it out with a backhand down the line.

Federer dominated from that point, racing through the second set in 23 minutes and breaking Malek twice in the third.

Delray Beach championships: Third seed Sam Querrey moved into the second round when Michael Russell retired with a left leg injury with Querrey leading 6-2, 2-2. In the biggest upset, 62nd-ranked Ivan Dodig beat fifth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-3.

et cetera

Charities: Athletes' charitable foundations often raise surprisingly little money, overspend on fundraising events and direct small percentages of revenue toward their stated goals, reported the Boston Globe, which examined 50 foundations. One example: A foundation started by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez gave only 1 percent of proceeds to charity during its first year of operation in 2006, then stopped submitting mandatory financial reports to the IRS and was stripped of its tax-exempt status. Yet the group's website still tells visitors the A-Rod Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization.

Greyhounds: Tiger Boy was Derby Lane's lone representative on the 2012 All-American first team announced by the American Greyhound Track Operators Association in Las Vegas. Venus Espinosa made the second team. Each team had eight dogs.

Orlando Sentinel; Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel; Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires


Region football: Clearwater Central Catholic 37, Calvary Christian 10

CLEARWATER — The ice bath ensued for Clearwater Central Catholic coach Chris Harvey after the Marauders’ 37-10 victory over Calvary Christian in Friday’s Class 3A region final. The win placed the Marauders (11-0) in their fifth state tournament since...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

MELBOURNE — With 1 yard separating Plant from an incredible come-from-behind victory, or a devastating defeat, it all came down to a matter of trust.And for Panthers coach Robert Weiner, there was no one he would put more faith in to get that 1 yard ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

SEFFNER — Hillsborough conquered one nemesis with last week’s win over Class 6A defending state finalist Lake Gibson, the team that knocked the Terriers out of the playoffs in the first round a year ago.But there was an even bigger stumbling block to...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Region football: Ocala Vanguard 35, Mitchell 31

NEW PORT RICHEY — The start wasn’t quite befitting of a playoff game between undefeated teams, but the end of Friday’s war between Ocala Vanguard and Mitchell certainly was.Like last year’s Class 6A regional semifinal, the Mustangs held a three-point...
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Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

ZEPHYRHILLS — For Zephyrhills, Friday night’s Class 5A region semifinal against Green Cove Springs Clay was doomed by 12 bad minutes. The Bulldogs led by four points at halftime but allowed 28 unanswered points in the third quarter and were not able ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood came into Friday’s playoff game knowing its defense had to help control field position against Jesuit. The Spartans (9-1) left Friday’s game with a ticket to Immokalee for a region final — and six Tigers (6-5) turnovers en r...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Region football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Palmetto 26

TAMPA — Another Friday night, another offensive explosion.Tampa Bay Tech’s offense continued its torrid pace and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. accounted for five total touchdowns as the Titans rolled past Palmetto 42-26 in a Class 7A, Region 3 semifi...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Region football: Cambridge Christian 50, Indian Rocks Christian 14

TAMPA — The Cambridge Christian offense was clicking, and quarterback Jaylin Jackson couldn’t seem to be stopped. Still, as the second quarter clock dwindled, Indian Rocks Christian was hanging around.So with just more than a minute left in the half,...
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Region football: Naples 24, Largo 0

NAPLES — In a game between two teams that had never met with a lot on the line, the Naples defense came up with one of its best efforts against Largo on Friday night.The Golden Eagles limited the Packers to 117 yards of offense in a 24-0 triumph in t...
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Region football: Lakeland 52, Wiregrass Ranch 0

LAKELAND — It has been a historic season for the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls football team, which made consecutive playoff appearances for the first time, won its most games ever and experienced its first playoff victory.If this were a movie, the final sce...
Updated: 4 hours ago