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Thursday Sports Update 8/28

College football kicks off in earnest, high school football too, baseball, more money for an NBA coach and more in our Thursday Sports Update…

** The college football season kicks off with an SEC flavor tonight as South Carolina hosts Texas A&M.  Also, Ole Miss plays Boise State and Vanderbilt and new coach Derek Mason face Temple.

** When North Carolina opens its season, it will do so without four suspended players who allegedly were part of a hazing incident, according to head coach and former Gator assistant Larry Fedora.

** Local high school football starts tonight as well as Gainesville High School hosts Columbia High and Oak Hall travels to face Florida Deaf.

** The NFL wraps up its preseason schedule with a slew of games tonight.    Jacksonville hosts Atlanta while Tampa Bay hosts Washington and Miami hosts St.Louis.

** In baseball, Tampa Bay beats Baltimore 3-1; Miami loses 6-1 to the LA Angels and Atlanta nips the New York Mets 3-2.   Miami is off today while the Rays and Braves will face the Orioles and Mets, respectively.

** In NBA news, LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers has signed a new five year contract extension to remain with the team.


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