sports

Rick Scott: Sunshine State final three

Gov. Scott tweeted his NCAA basketball brackets on Thursday, leaning heavily upon home-state teams, with a final four comprised of Miami, Florida State University, University of Florida and Duke. Apparently unafraid of incurring the wrath of ‘Noles, Scott has UF over FSU in the championship game.

Durham, N.C.-based Duke is a second seed. Miami and UF are both six seeds in their regional brackets, while FSU in a ninth seed.

No Key Lime pies appear to have been wagered.

 — By Jim Turner.

Forget about water. Here’s what Floridians really care about: Sports!

It’s not our normal beat — and we’re not establishing a precedent.

But potentially catastrophic Hurricane Irma has already scrambled the sports landscape across the Sunshine State.

Here’s a sample:

Pro football

_ The Miami Dolphins home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday has been moved to Nov. 19.

_ The Jacksonville Jaguars are traveling to Houston to play the Texans in a game that will be heavy in Hurricane Harvey recovery.

College football

_ The University of Miami has canceled its away game at Arkansas State.

_ Florida State and the University of Florida have moved up evening home games to noon on Saturday.

_ The University of Central Florida will play Memphis on Friday.

_  Florida International won’t play its home opener Saturday against Alcorn State, but there is chatter that the game may be moved to a different location — Birmingham — on Friday.

_ Florida Atlantic University is canceling classes at the Boca Raton campus, but the football game at Wisconsin is on.

_ The University of South Florida is in talks with UConn about contingency plans for Saturday’s contest.

Baseball

_ The Florida State League, high-A minor league, has canceled its championship series, where co-champs will be named from the winners of the divisional playoffs on Wednesday.

_ The AA Southern League hasn’t announced any changes to its playoffs, where the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are to host Pensacola Blue Wahoos this weekend.

_ The Miami Marlins are on the road this weekend, in Atlanta, with staff and players’ family members allowed on the trip.

_ The Tampa Bay Rays are to be in Boston this weekend, but have delayed their departure so players can make plans for their families.

High School

_ Miami-Dade, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties have canceled all athletics for the rest of the week.

_ Broward County has moved football games Friday to Wednesday.

_ Orange, Polk, Manatee, Volusia and Seminole counties rescheduled football games from Friday to Thursday.

By Jim Turner.