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UF Verbal Commits, Playoffs, Coaches Fired In Thursday Update

An NBA team is looking for a new coach; the playoffs continue in hoops and hockey and more in our Thursday Sports Update…

** Both the Gator football and men’s basketball programs get verbal commitments.   According to several sources, Gator men’s hoops gets its second commit from the 2015 class in 6’3″ guard Kevaughn Allen from Arkansas and Gator football gets a verbal from 5’10” 175 pound corner Jalen Julius from Orlando, the seventh verbal in the class.

** The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for a new coach after Mike D’Antoni resigned.  The search for a successor starts immediately.

** In the NBA playoffs, Toronto goes up 3-2 against Brooklyn after beating the Nets 115-113 and San Antonio does the same against Dallas with a 109-103 win.  And Houston beats Portland 108-98 but still trail 3-2 in the series.  Three more games tonight.

** In the NHL playoffs, the New York Rangers advance by beating Philadelphia in Game 7.  After being down 3-0, the LA Kings come all the way back and win its series against San Jose and Minnesota wins a Game 7 against Colorado.  Today, Montreal and Boston start a second round series.

** In big league baseball, Miami routs Atlanta 9-3.   Braves starter Aaron Harang came into the game with a 0.85 earned run average but after giving up nine runs in less than five innings, that number went up to 2.97.  Tampa Bay and Boston were postponed by rain.

** FSU quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended from the Seminole baseball team after being issued a civil citation after he was accused of stealing seafood from a Publix store.  He was not arrested.

** Starting on October 28, the College Football Playoff Committee will release weekly rankings of the top college football teams.  Voting will be conducted similarly to how the committee that chooses the NCAA basketball tournament field does its work with voting first broken down into tiers and then agreement on how the teams should be ranked with numerous votes to determine the order.

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