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Week 1 SEC football game times, TV

Thursday, Aug. 28

Texas A&M at South Carolina, 6 p.m., SEC Network

Ole Miss vs. Boise State (Georgia Dome), 8 p.m., ESPN

Temple at Vanderbilt, 9:15 p.m., SEC Network

Saturday, Aug. 30

Tennessee-Martin at Kentucky, noon, SEC Network

West Virginia vs. Alabama (Georgia Dome), 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2

South Dakota State at Missouri, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU

Arkansas at Auburn, 4 p.m., SEC Network

Clemson at Georgia, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

Idaho at Florida, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Southern Miss at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network

LSU vs. Wisconsin (Houston), 9 p.m., ESPN

Sunday, Aug. 31

Utah State at Tennessee, 7 p.m., SEC Network

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Week 1 ACC football game times, TV

Thursday, Aug. 28

Wake Forest at Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Friday, Aug. 29

Villanova at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

UCLA at Virginia, noon, ESPN

Delaware at Pitt, noon

Wofford at Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m., FSSO

Georgia Southern at N.C. State, 12:30 p.m., WUPA

William & Mary at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m.

Clemson at Georgia, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

Elon at Duke, 6 p.m.

Liberty at North Carolina, 6 p.m.

Florida State vs. Oklahoma State (Arlington, Texas), 8 p.m., ABC

Boston College at Massachusetts, time TBD

Monday, Sept. 1

Miami at Louisville, ESPN, 8 p.m.

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Kennesaw State upsets Alabama in NCAA regional

Kennesaw State starter Travis Bergen gave his team a huge lift Friday, coming within an out of a complete-game shutout as the Owls upset Alabama 1-0 in the first game of the Tallahassee baseball regional Friday afternoon.

Bergen (8-4) pitched 8 2/3 innings and gave up five hits while striking out three with one walk.

Asked what went right for him, Bergen said, “I think they were swinging early in the count and I was able to locate the fastball pretty well and get some quick outs and that’s why the pitch count was low.”

Kal Simmons drove home Brennan Morgan with a sacrifice fly to left field in the fifth inning for the game’s only run. Morgan led off the inning with a single to left. He went to second on Matt Bahnick’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a wild pitch. Justin Motley and Cornell Nixon were walked before Simmons delivered the sac fly.

““Obviously it’s a huge win for our program,” KSU coach Mike Sansing said. “Just from the Division I level, making …

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Angels-Braves on June 15 moves to night

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, in its 25th season, has selected the June 15 Los Angeles Angels’ visit to Turner Field to play the Braves as an 8 p.m. start. The game originally was scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

Dan Shulman, analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney will provide commentary for the telecast.

The Sunday Night Baseball schedule through Aug. 3 as of Thursday:

June 1, Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers

June 8, Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers

June 15, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Braves

June 29, Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

July 13, New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

July 20, Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals

Aug. 3, New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

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SEC chooses site of 2016 women’s basketball tournament

The SEC awarded its 2016 women’s basketball tournament to Jacksonville, Fla. The tournament will be played in Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, a 15,000-seat arena.

The SEC women’s tournament previously was awarded to North Little Rock, Ark., in 2015 and Nashville, Tenn., in 2018, 2022 and 2026.

The tournament was held at Gwinnett Arena the past two seasons.

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Football fever at Mercer: Season ticket sellout

Nine days after the season ticket package for Mercer’s second football season was made available to new fans, the school announced Thursday that it now has a sellout of the more than 5,000 packages for this season’s seven-game home schedule.

More than 90 percent of ticket holders from the first football season since 1941 at the Macon school re-upped. Last season, the Bears averaged 9,379 in an eight-game home schedule, including a best-ever 12,172 at the Aug. 31 season opener.

The Bears, who were 10-2 in their inaugural season under coach Bobby Lamb, will open on Thursday, Aug. 28 against Reinhardt and begin play in the Southern Conference against Furman on Sept. 6. Single game ticket sales will begin in a few weeks.

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Could Michael Vick win job as Jets starter?

Does former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick have a chance to start for the Jets or does he not?

Vick’s New York Jets coaches keep telling the media that Vick and Geno Smith are in an open competition for the Jets’ quarterback job, and Vick keeps saying there is no competition, that Smith won the job.

Neither coach Rex Ryan or offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has named Smith the starter.

Ryan said Wednesday, according to a report at “There is competition. There’s no doubt. We’ve got two guys who are really pushing to be a starting quarterback.”

Ryan made his remarks after the second day of Jets OTAs.

“It’s not closed competition,” he said, feigning seriousness, according to

The website report then said Ryan’s tone then returned to normal as he added, “There’s competition. I don’t mean to make light of it, but in a way I think I should because it’s the second day of OTAs and we have these questions.

“One thing we know for certain: The guy that we think …

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Yankees’ McCann makes first career start at first

Former Braves catcher Brian McCann played first base and batted cleanup Wednesday night for the Yankees against the Cardinals.

New York beat St. Louis 7-4. McCann went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.

It was McCann’s first career start at first base. He replaced another former Braves player, Mark Teixeira, who was out of the lineup for the third straight game because of soreness in his surgically repaired right wrist.

“I felt pretty good over there,” McCann said. “With each pitch I was glad balls weren’t hit to me, but I’ll get more reps in practice just in case Tex needs a couple days and I can fill in there.”

Kelly Johnson is hitting just .207 with 4 homers and 13 RBIs.

Kelly Johnson is hitting just .207 with 4 homers and 13 RBIs.

A third former Brave, Kelly Johnson, played first base in the previous two games. Johnson started at third base Wednesday night and went 2-for-4.

Brian McCann is hitting .225 in his first season in New York, with 7 homers and 23 RBIs.

Brian McCann is hitting .225 in his first season in New York, with 7 homers and 23 RBIs.

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Quarterback Ferguson leaves Vols

Tennessee coach Butch Jones doesn’t expect quarterback Riley Ferguson to return to the Volunteers.

“Riley’s no longer with the program,” Jones said. Earlier Tuesday, Volquest had reported that Jones said he didn’t expect Ferguson to remain with the Vols.

Ferguson, a redshirt freshman, was expected to compete with senior Justin Worley and sophomores Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman for the starting job. Although a leg injury prevented Ferguson from playing last season, he impressed coaches with his arm strength and upside.

Ferguson had quarterbacked two state championship teams at Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina. During Tennessee’s spring game last month, he went 7 of 12 for 83 yards and a touchdown, but also threw an interception and lost a fumble.

Worley started seven games last season before having season-ending thumb surgery. He completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,239 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Tennessee went 4-3 in the games he …

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Ex-Tech star Chris Bosh not eager to leave Heat

In an interview Tuesday with Dan Le Batard’s show on ESPN Radio in Miami, ex-Georgia Tech star Chris Bosh said he wants to stay with the Heat.

“I don’t want to go anywhere. I like it here. It’s Miami,” Bosh said. “Everybody wants to come here. Yeah.”

Bosh has two seasons and $42 million left on his contract with the Heat, but can opt out before June 30 and become an unrestricted free agent.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that the Mavericks and Lakers would be among multiple teams that would have interest in Bosh, should he opt out and become a free agent. Bosh likely would attract another large offer, such as the six-year, $110 million deal signed in 2010, but when asked on Le Batard’s show if he would accept an offer below market value, he said: “If that’s what it takes.”

Fellow Heat stars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James also can opt out of their contracts before June 30.

Bosh, James and Wade are in the fourth season together with the Heat. They won the past two NBA …

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