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Police say Gators LB helped stop rape

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Police say a University of Florida football player helped stop the rape of an unconscious woman behind a trash bin outside a bar.

Cristian Garcia told First Coast News (http://fcnews.tv/29Qzrvb ) he was taking out the trash Thursday morning from the bar where he works security when he noticed a couple having sex. He first thought it was consensual, but then saw the woman was unconscious. Garcia said the man's friends were watching the assault, and did nothing to help. The incident was videotaped.

Garcia said he and another witness walked up and stopped it.

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UConn AD waiting to hear from Big 12

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn's new athletic director says he's waiting to hear from the Big 12 about its interest level in the school before reaching out with an official pitch to join the conference.

The Big 12's school presidents on Tuesday moved closer to expansion, directing Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to begin evaluating schools interested in joining.

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NCAA to survey host cities on bias laws

The NCAA is sending a questionnaire about potential discrimination laws to organizers in cities that will be or are hoping to host sanctioned college sports events.

The NCAA board of governors' decision comes a day after the NBA announced it would pull its All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of its objections to a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

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Clemson aims to hold off FSU in Atlantic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Clemson star quarterback Deshaun Watson is driven by the goal of winning another Atlantic Coast Conference championship and returning to the College Football Playoff's title game.

He also knows the Tigers' biggest obstacle sits in their division: Florida State.

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1-week extension on UNC reply to charges

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina will wait another week before responding to five NCAA charges.

The school issued a statement Friday saying UNC and others involved in the case had requested an extension to Monday's response deadline. The statement said UNC will respond to the NCAA's Notice of Allegations (NOA) on Aug. 1, then publicly release a copy a day later after a review and possible redactions to comply with privacy laws.

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Texas governor demands Houston in Big 12

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is demanding that the University of Houston be included in any expansion of the Big 12 Conference.

In a message posted on social media, Abbott said: "Big 12 expansion is a non-starter unless it includes University of Houston." Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Abbott's fellow Texas Republican and a former Houston radio talk show host, also messaged: "I join with GregAbbott-TX - any BIG 12 expansion must include UHouston or NO DEAL!"

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ACC extends ESPN deal, to launch network

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference finally is getting its own TV channel.

Commissioner John Swofford said Thursday the ACC Network will launch in August 2019 as part of an extended media deal with ESPN that now runs through the 2035-36 season.

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UNC hoping to stay atop ACC Coastal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Larry Fedora knows all about the unpredictable nature of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division after his Tar Heels made a surprise climb to the top last season.

Staying there? Now that will be tough based on the division's recent run.

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Fedora apologizes to female reporter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Larry Fedora has apologized to a female reporter for a comment made during the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason media days regarding the emotional maturation of male players.

Brooke Pryor with North State Journal asked Fedora on Thursday about how cornerback Des Lawrence had matured since an off-field incident that led to a 2014 suspension.

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Alabama AD completes cancer treatment

ATLANTA (AP) Alabama athletic director Bill Battle says he has completed treatment for cancer.

Battle said Thursday in a statement released through the university that he expects to return to work soon on a limited basis.

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