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No. 12 Florida State (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Miami (4-3, 3-1), 8 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Florida State by 20 1-2.

Series Record: Miami leads 31-25.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Bragging rights, again, which Florida State has held after each of the past two meetings, including a one-sided 45-17 romp in the Seminoles' last visit to Miami two years ago. Mostly, it's a chance for both teams to stay at or near the top of their respective divisions in the ACC. Florida State enters the weekend as one of four teams with one loss or less in the Atlantic, and Miami is one of four teams with one loss in the Coastal.

KEY MATCHUP

Florida State RB Chris Thompson vs. Miami's defense. Thompson is averaging 153 rushing and receiving yards in the Seminoles' last five games (getting more than 8 yards per touch in those situations). He's going up against a much-maligned Miami defense that's on pace to give up more yards and points than any team in school history, and one that saw its per-game average actually improve a bit last weekend by holding to North Carolina to 486 yards.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida State: QB EJ Manuel. There aren't many Florida State quarterbacks with two wins over Miami on their resumes, and Manuel could join that club this week. And the typically-accurate Manuel is sharper than ever in that department this year, completing 72 percent of his throws.

Miami: LB Denzel Perryman. For Miami to have its best chance of pulling off this upset, someone on the defensive side will have to make plays, and Perryman figures to be the top candidate there. The Hurricanes are hoping Perryman can help ensure Florida State doesn't dominate on the perimeter.

FACTS & FIGURES

The teams have combined for 322 points in their last five meetings; they combined for only 132 in the previous five matchups. ... Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is 5-0 against in-state teams - Florida, Miami and South Florida - since taking over for Bobby Bowden. The Seminoles have scored at least 21 points in each of those five games and haven't given up more than 19 in any of them, winning by an average of nearly 17 points. ... Miami has two running backs with more than 400 yards so far this season, with Duke Johnson (428) and Mike James (402).

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.

Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

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Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

A bombshell article published Friday morning by Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports details potential NCAA violations involving more than 20 schools and 25 players.

Several of the biggest names and programs in college basketball were referenced in the Yahoo! report, including former Maryland Terrapin, Diamond Stone.

According to documents and bank records that are part of an FBI investigation, Stone received $14,303 while a freshman at Maryland, a clear violation of NCAA rules. 

Former NBA agent Andy Miller of ASM Sports was the primary handler dishing out incentives, which included cash advances, entertainment expenses and travel expenses for high school and college prospects.

Other players referenced in the documents include Dennis Smith who played at North Carolina State, Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall, DeMatha star Markelle Fultz who played at Washington and Edrice "Bam" Adebayo who went on to play at Kentucky. 

Player's and their families from Duke, Michigan State, USC, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama were also included.

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season before declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft. He was selected 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. 

RELATED: DIAMOND STONE ADMITS TO 'MISTAKES' DURING FRESHMAN YEAR AT MARYLAND

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon postponed Friday morning's media availability, but he did release the following statement through the school.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone did end up signing with a different agency.

While this is still under investigation, large consequences for the NCAA can be expected.

The NCAA also released a statement following the news. 

These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.