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    Alabama defensive back Tony Mitchell has been sentenced to three years of probation with a fine and community service after pleading guilty to a drug charge in Florida. Holmes County Circuit Judge Russell Roberts accepted Mitchell’s plea to a charge of possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis and imposed the sentence. Mitchell had been charged in March with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell after a traffic stop when authorities said he drove more than 141 miles per hour while trying to evade deputies in the Florida Panhandle on a rural highway.

      Nick Saban’s recap of Alabama’s first scrimmage of the spring Friday featured his normal refrain: “We’re not satisfied with where we are, but we’re not displeased with the progress that we’re making.”

      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 ...

      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.

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      Major League Baseball was once so concerned about gambling it banned Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays just for working as casino greeters. Now MLB itself and almost all its teams have official casino sponsors. The NCAA railed for decades that paying players would destroy college sports, all while raking in billions off of their unpaid labor. Now schools boast of booster collectives that help recruit top talent to their teams. So when the PGA Tour overcame its indignation and agreed to merge with LIV Golf the flip-flop followed a long-established tradition in sports of flexible attitudes.

      Every player at the Women's World Cup will be paid at least $30,000 by FIFA and all 23 in the title-winning team will each get $270,000. The details confirmed Wednesday fulfils FIFA's promise to directly reward all 732 players taking part in the tournament that starts in July in Australia and New Zealand. More than half of FIFA's total prize fund of $110 million will be paid out to players. Players from the 16 teams exiting at the group stage will get $30,000 each.

      The Iron Sheik, a former pro wrestler who played a burly, bombastic villain in 1980s battles with some of the sport's biggest stars, has died at age 81. The WWE posted an article confirming the death of the ex-wrestler and Twitter personality Wednesday. 

      The Jacksonville Jaguars unveiled conceptual designs for their “stadium of the future” on Wednesday, providing an initial glimpse into a billion-dollar-plus project that could determine the fate of the small-market franchise. The renderings showed covered seating throughout a 62,000-seat, open-air stadium that includes a 360-degree concourse, which is four times wider than the current space. Capacity could be expanded to 71,500 for the annual Florida-Georgia rivalry, the Gator Bowl or a College Football Playoff game. 

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