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FIU looking for a QB, as Year 2 under Butch Davis looms

Aug. 19, 2018 9:25 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Butch Davis wasted no time in his quest to turn Florida International into a winner. He's now trying to see if FIU can win consistently. Davis went 8-5 a year ago in his first season at FIU, guiding the Panthers to their first bowl game since 2011 and leading them to their first winning record...

Kiffin, Singletary looking to take FAU to new heights in '18

Aug. 19, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — After leading the nation in touchdowns last season, Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary got a gift from Owls coach Lane Kiffin. It was a book. The title: "Ego is the enemy." Kiffin said the book worked wonders on him, and he's hoping the same rings true with his leading...

Correction: MAC Preview story

Aug. 18, 2018 6:05 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — In a story Aug. 17 about Mid-American Conference football, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Eastern Michigan opens its MAC schedule against Northern Illinois. Eastern Michigan opens its MAC schedule against Buffalo. A corrected version of the story is below: On 50th anniversary...

Sheriff: Shooting at football game unrelated to school

Aug. 18, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a shooting outside a Florida high school football game in which two men were wounded had nothing to do with school or the game. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at a news conference Saturday that the adult victims were not students and both happened...

Donation jar for slain girl's family stolen; woman arrested

Aug. 18, 2018 5:23 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a woman caught on video surveillance camera stealing a jar full of donations intended to help the family of a 7-year-old Florida girl slain in gun crossfire. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the jar containing about $600 was taken from a...

Police: Florida man, 88, burns raccoon over eating mangoes

Aug. 18, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — An 88-year-old Florida man was arrested after police said he burned a trapped raccoon alive because the animal had eaten his mangoes. Ezra James told WKMG-TV in a story Saturday that he threw gasoline on the raccoon and lit a match. In addition to the mangoes, James says he was afraid...

Redshirt freshmen ready for action after year-long wait

Aug. 18, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

Redshirt freshmen are becoming less common as more players contribute straight out of high school. They still can have an impact, though. That's particularly true on the offensive and defensive lines, where players regularly need that extra year to gain the physical strength necessary for the college game....

Sheriff: Body found in vehicle fire near Walt Disney World

Aug. 18, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a body has been found in the wreckage of a vehicle fire near Walt Disney World in Florida. The Orange County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the fire was reported shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday. The Reedy Creek Fire Department found a victim inside after...

2 shot during South Florida high school football game

Aug. 18, 2018 3:35 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — A high school football stadium was evacuated after gunshots rang out during a practice football game in South Florida on Friday night in what authorities say stemmed from an altercation between students. Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials said two people were injured in the...

Explosion destroys coffee shop, injures 3 in rural Georgia

Aug. 17, 2018 11:57 PM EDT

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An explosion and fire destroyed a coffee shop Friday in this rural south Georgia city, seriously injuring three people and prompting a warning from city officials for residents to avoid the downtown area. The blast rocked tiny Homerville, a city of about 2,500 people, shortly after...