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BC-FL--Florida Sports Digest, FL

January 4, 2018

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 2 Notre Dame hosts Miami in an ACC tilt matching two teams boasting six-game winning streaks. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 11 Florida State takes on Clemson on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.



ORLANDO — Some of the nation’s top high school football players announce recruiting commitments and participate in the annual Under Armour All-American game. By Corey Long. URCOMING: 350 words, filed to the College Desk. Game starts at 6 p.m.



Welcome back, Buffalo. You, too, Jacksonville and Tennessee. It’s been a while, Los Angeles. The NFL playoffs open this weekend with a few teams — and cities — that have been merely spectators in January for several years. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 6 p.m. for weekend use.


Wild-card weekend means one thing: Pro Picks gets a chance to straighten its act. Last year’s playoff were very good to us, and we’re hoping we head in the same upward direction with these four choices. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, graphic by 5 p.m.


JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville’s vaunted defense looks vulnerable to big plays. The Jaguars have given up a number of them for touchdowns down the stretch, a concern heading into a wild-card game against Buffalo. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons are best known for the way they lost a Super Bowl. Yet when it comes to teams with a not-so-Super resume, they’re hardly alone in this playoff field. Seven of the 12 franchises have never a Super Bowl title, matching the most since there were eight during the 1999 season. Will that lack of championship-winning experience make a difference? By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


In a year where two-thirds of the playoff field is new, the AFC still features stand-bys Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, who have seven Super Bowl rings between them, and Alex Smith, who is coming off his best season of his 13-year career. A look at the six AFC playoff teams’ strengths and weaknesses. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills playoff bandwagon added its most unlikely fan with former Tennessee Titans tight end Frank Wycheck climbing on board. Wycheck told The Associated Press that he was rooting for the Bills when they ended their 17-season playoff drought last weekend. Wycheck played a pivotal a role in the Bills’ last-second playoff loss to Tennessee in January 2000 that was dubbed “The Music City Miracle.” By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 p.m.


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