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    Jeffrey Alan Caglianone is better known as Jac and playfully nicknamed "Jactani" as an ode to two-way MLB sensation Shohei Ohtani. Florida's star pitcher/first baseman has captivated teammates, coaches and fans while putting the second-ranked Gators in position to return to the College World Series for the first time since 2018. He is the program's best two-way player since Brad Wilkerson, one of the county's most intriguing pro prospects for 2024 and could be the face of amateur baseball by the time his record-setting season ends.

      The 2022-23 University of Kentucky sports year began last fall with a silly spat between the school’s two most high-profile coaches over whether UK was a “basketball school” or a “football school” before each embarked on disappointing seasons. Then the year ended, or could have ended, with you wondering if maybe, just maybe the University of Kentucky is actually becoming — are you ready for this ...

        Of course Indiana State would rather be hosting this weekend's NCAA baseball Super Regionals. They've earned it. But finding workers for an unexpected third consecutive weekend of baseball tourneys and a scheduling conflict with Indiana's annual Special Olympics Summer Games made it impossible. So the surprising Sycamores promise will hit the road, needing two wins at TCU this weekend to make their second College World Series and their first since 1986. And a win at perennial power Vanderbilt earlier this season has made them fearless.

          Alabama coach Nick Saban is going from a visit with children with cancer to a business trip to Washington. Saban heads to Capitol Hill on Wednesday as part of a Southeastern Conference contingent to make the pitch for federal regulation of how college athletes can make money off their fame. It's the most significant trip of the week for the Alabama coach, if not the most personally meaningful for the grandfather of a 9-year-old and 3-year-old. That was a trip to Children's Hospital for the Aflac man, who handed out robotic ducks produced by the company.

            Oklahoma can become the first Division I softball program in more than 30 years to win three straight national championships. To get there, the Sooners must get through Florida State's Kathryn Sandercock — one of the nation's top pitchers in recent years. Oklahoma and Florida State will meet Wednesday in Game 1 of the Women's College World Series best-of-three championship series. Oklahoma is on a Division I-record 51-game win streak and leads the nation in scoring, batting average and home runs.

              At least five of the record-tying 10 Southeastern Conference teams that made the NCAA Tournament won regionals and will take the next step on the Road to Omaha. No. 2 national seed Florida and No. 5 LSU wrapped up regionals and join fellow SEC members in No. 15 South Carolina, No. 16 Alabama and Tennessee in super regionals beginning Friday. The SEC could advance two more teams. 

              WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Kansas City Chiefs are building a dynasty as he welcomed them on Monday to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Joking that it was good First Lady Jill Biden, a die hard Eagles fan, wasn’t there to witness the ceremony, Biden talked about the unity and teamwork the Chiefs showed over the course of the ...

              Tiare Jennings doubled in the ninth inning to score two runs and No. 1 seed Oklahoma defeated No. 9 Stanford 4-2 to earn a shot at its third straight Women's College World Series title. The Sooners increased their Division I record to 51 consecutive victories. They advanced to play Florida State or Tennessee for the national championship. Oklahoma looks to become the first program since UCLA in 1988-90 to win three consecutive championships. The best-of-three championship series starts Wednesday.

              The second annual NIL Summit has delivered predictions of more dramatic changes to the landscape of college sports. This comes only days before a contingent of Southeastern Conference coaches and administrators will ask for federal help in regulating the expanding ability of college athletes to earn money while still in school. The three-day NIL Summit ended Monday at the College Football Hall of Fame. Athletes' new-found ability to earn money off their name, image and likeness has the potential to create more dramatic change in all college sports. There were predictions college athletes will be classified as employees and form unions.

              NiJaree Canady threw a one-hitter, and No. 9 Stanford beat No. 7 Washington 1-0 on Sunday to advance to the Women’s College World Series semifinals. Canady won a battle of Pac-12 standouts against Washington’s Ruby Meylan. No earned runs were scored in the game. Canady struck out nine and didn’t allow a walk. Meylan — also a freshman — gave up four hits, struck out five and walked one.

              No. 4 Clemson became the highest national seed eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. Charlotte ended Clemson’s season with a 3-2 win. That makes 10 straight appearances since 2010 that the Tigers have failed to make it out of regionals. This was the fourth time in five appearances they were knocked out on their home field. TCU's Tre Richardson hit two grand slams and another homer and tied the tournament record with 11 RBIs in the Horned Frogs' 20-5 win over No. 3 Arkansas.


              DALLAS — The Southeastern Conference’s allegedly temporary resolution this week of what Kirby Smart called “the most overrated conversation there ever was” might lend credence to the Georgia coach’s assertion at that. The SEC will stick to eight conference football games and a November puff pastry after all. And if you don’t like it, Georgia or Alabama will meet you in a stadium in January. ...

              Oklahoma claimed its 50th straight win in style. Tiare Jennings and Kinzie Hansen homered, and No. 1 seed Oklahoma rolled past No. 4 Tennessee 9-0 in five innings on Saturday to advance to the Women's College World Series semifinals. The Sooners (58-1) inched closer to a possible third consecutive national title and extended their Division I record for consecutive victories.

              TAMPA, Fla. — A donor approached Florida Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin recently with a hypothetical question percolating around big-time college sports. If I had $100 in my pocket, should I give it to the Gator Boosters or a name, image and likeness (NIL) fund? “Well, with all due respect,” Stricklin replied, “I’d love for you to find another $100 and do both.” Until July 2021, a ...

              Rylee Holtorf had three hits to help Washington defeat Utah 4-1 in the Women's College World Series. She went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Washington's Lindsay Lopez got the win in relief of starter Ruby Meylan. Lopez allowed just one hit in 3 2/3 shutout innings. Meylan gave up just one run on two hits in 3 1/3 innings. Mariah Lopez went the distance for Utah and allowed four runs in six innings. Kendall Lundberg's RBI double produced the Utes' only run.

              Rylie West hit a three-run homer and No. 4 seed Tennessee defeated No. 5 seed Alabama 10-5 in the opening game of the Women's College World Series. Jamison Brockenbrough and Katie Taylor had two hits and Kiki Milloy scored twice for the Lady Vols. Tennessee's Ashley Rogers gave up two runs in four innings to improve to 19-1 this season. Jenna Johnson and Kenleigh Callahan each had two hits and Marlie Giles hit a solo homer for Alabama. The Crimson Tide committed three errors and gave up four unearned runs.

              NCAA rules state schools cannot recruit athletes who are currently on another team's roster. But with college football players freer to transfer than ever before — and name, image and likeness compensation opportunities being dangled — coaches are frustrated the recruiting starts even before the name pops up in the portal. SEC coaches all say tampering is more prevalent than ever, but there are few — if any — ways to stop it.