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    Over the past nine years, the Jacksonville Jaguars hadn’t experienced a winning season or the playoffs. The closest they had gotten was an 8-8 finish in 2010. But with the victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday, and the assurance they will be involved in a NFL postseason football game for the first time since 2007, the team is still fighting for two very big reasons: playoff seeding and a division championship.  The Jaguars can win their first division championship in 17 seasons with a victory next Sunday when they head to San Francisco to face the 49ers, or with a Tennessee Titans loss against the L.A. Rams. Jacksonville also finds themselves only one game from the best record in the AFC. After New England’s victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday night, both teams are now 11-3, with the Patriots holding the top spot and the Steelers in the two seed. If Jacksonville can win out, and either New England or Pittsburgh lose once, NFL tiebreaking rules will come into play to see who will get a first round playoff bye as a top two seed. Kickoff for the next Jags game will be at 4:05 pm on Sunday. It will air on CBS 47.
  • Sunday is another big game for the Jacksonville Jaguars that not only has a potential effect on the AFC South Divisional race, but also for the Jaguars playoff seeding. The Jags host the Houston Texans at Everbank Field, and at 9-4, they will be looking to come out on top again, after winning the first match-up between the two teams in Week 1 of the season, 29-7.  Jacksonville will be relying on their strong defense to set the tone.  The Jaguars defense lead the NFL in points allowed per game (15.5), total points allowed (202), passing yards allowed per game (174.2) and overall sacks (47).  With already a seemingly big order on the Houston Texans plate facing this Jacksonville defense, they bring their own woes at quarterback for Sunday’s game.  Rookie Deshaun Watson is already out with an ACL injury, and backup Tom Savage is out as well after suffering a concussion during last week’s contest against San Francisco. That leaves third string quarterback T.J. Yates the unenviable tasks of figuring out a way to crack the Jaguars defensive code. Playoff wise, with a Jags win and a Patriots loss to the Steelers this weekend, they will be tied with New England for the second seed with two games to go.   If the Patriots were to win their game against the Steelers, and the Jaguars earn a win too, that would put the Jags just a game out of the top overall seed for the conference with two games left in the season. Kickoff is at 1pm on FOX.
  • This December has been a complete turnaround for Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his first three seasons with the team, Jacksonville only won three games in the month of December. Now, ahead of the matchup against Houston on Sunday, the Jaguars find themselves just one win away from matching that total in the 2017 season alone.  A big reason for the turnaround is the vaunted Jaguars defense.  Another piece to the December success is Bortles’ play. Over the first two weeks of December, Bortles has completed 71 percent of his passes, averaging over 9 yards per completion. In that same time, he has thrown four touchdowns while avoiding turning the ball over, having no interceptions. In that same time the Jaguars offensive line have only allowed one sack.   All of these things have worked together to give Jacksonville the outright lead in the AFC South at 9-4, and a 2-0 record in the month of December for the first time since the 2013 season. Bortles and Jacksonville will try to continue their win streak this Sunday at Everbank against the Houston Texans.
  • This morning the NFL announced that Jacksonville Jaguars Wideout Jaydon Mickens is the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his play during the Jaguars Week 14 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Mickens had a 72-yard punt return which help set up a Leonard Fournette touchdown and increased the Jaguars lead to 24-10.  This is the second time this season that Mickens has earned the honor, first winning the award after a Week 9 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Mickens is currently averaging 13.1 yards per punt return. That is second in the league.
  • Construction will have the I-95 southbound ramp to the east beltway closed tonight starting at 8 p.m.  This is a part of the Florida Department of Transportation improvement project on three ramps at the interchange that began in December of last year, and is expected to be completed by this spring.Construction on the I-95 SB ramp to the I-295 E Beltway starts tonight at 8 p.m. pic.twitter.com/o8KtEZfyhk— Brian Middleton (@TheBroadcastDon) Crews will be replacing two bridge expansion joints, which absorb movement caused by high traffic volumes and other weather events. The roadwork is set to run until 5:30 a.m. on Thursday. Traffic will be detoured onto Phillips Hwy.
  • Improvements to the Main Street Bridge will be suspended for this weekend because of the 10th Annual DONNA National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer races happening both downtown and at the beaches.The improvements include replacement of mechanical components, traffic gates, and other key areas of the bridge. Previously scheduled traffic shifts and lane closures will continue through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but will stop on Friday in order to lower the potential impact to the event. @MainStBridge improvements are taking a backseat to the 26.2 with Donna race this weekend. #WokvTraffic pic.twitter.com/6XkhZcGQVW — Brian Middleton (@TheBroadcastDon) February 8, 2017
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  • Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says the news that Jaguars owner Shad Khan is pursuing a purchase of London’s Wembley Stadium is good news for the Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville.   Curry says Khan had previously shared his interest in Wembley with him.  Curry says it is consistent with the business model the Jaguars have shared with fans, which is financial stability.  The Mayor says the purchase of Wembley will increase the profitablity of the London game overnight. 
  • Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his name from consideration, multiple news outlets are reporting. >> MORE COVERAGE: Embattled VA nominee Ronny Jackson accused of drunken driving, drug use | Jamie Dupree: Trump pick to head VA in trouble as Senators postpone hearing | Senate postpones hearing for Trump VA pick Ronny Jackson amid 'serious allegations' | More trending news 
  • Facing numerous questions about his past work record, White House physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration for VA Secretary on Thursday morning, calling a variety of claims about him, ‘false and fabricated.’ “If they had any merit, I would not have been selected,” Jackson said in a written statement. “I am regretfully withdrawing my nomination,” Jackson said in a written statement. Jackson’s nomination had been in peril all week, as allegations piled up against him, and his confirmation hearing on Wednesday had been postponed indefinitely. The move came after President Trump had openly suggested earlier in the week that Jackson did not have to pursue the post. “I even told him a day or two ago – I saw where this was going,” the President said in a telephone interview on “Fox and Friends.” BREAKING: White House doctor Ronny Jackson withdraws as VA secretary nominee, calls allegations against him `false and fabricated’ — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) April 26, 2018 Even before questions were raised about incidents during his time as the White House physician, there were GOP Senators who were not pleased about the President’s choice for VA Secretary, wondering aloud vetting procedures at the White House. “I don’t know whether that process is being short circuited now,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). GOP lawmakers quickly said the President needed to find a VA nominee who was familiar with the troubles confronting the massive federal agency. “The next VA Secretary must have the experience and commitment needed to continue that progress,” said Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN). “We owe it to those who have served our country.”
  • Police have released new surveillance video that shows how a 12-year-old boy became stuck underwater for more than nine minutes at a resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, last month. >> Click here to watch the footage (WARNING: Graphic) In the video, two boys can be seen playing near a 6-inch-wide suction pipe on the floor of the Avista Resort Hotel’s lazy river. The boys were able to remove the safety grate from the pipe, and the 12-year-old repeatedly dove down to explore the pipe. On one dive, the boy got his leg stuck and grasped the top of the grate to pull himself out. His friend tried to help him but couldn't, so he called for help. >> Read more trending news  That’s when several adults jumped into the water and tried to pull the boy out, but he remained stuck. Police said one of the men knew how to perform underwater mouth-to-mouth aid, and that helped keep the boy alive until emergency personnel arrived. Officers quickly lifted the boy out of the river and began to perform CPR before rushing him to the hospital. Police said the boy is alive but would not provide an update on his condition.
  • Only WSB-TV was in court Wednesday when a Georgia teenager learned she faces a felony vehicular homicide charge in the death of her best friend. >> Watch the news report here >> Teen killed, classmate injured in wreck on senior skip day Cristina Pavon-Baker, 17, crashed on Interstate 75 in Morrow during senior skip day. The wreck killed Mikayla Penn, 18. Pavon-Baker's attorney asked the judge Wednesday not to take her passport since she had a cruise scheduled next month. >> On WSBTV.com: Passengers say 100 mph crash encouraged by Snapchat 'speed filter' That upset the victim's family and the district attorney. “She doesn't need to be on a cruise enjoying herself,” Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson told the court. WSB-TV’s Tom Jones said Lawson was clearly irritated when Pavon-Baker’s attorney asked the judge to not take the teen’s passport as a condition of bond. “We would ask the court to allow her to leave the state and not put that restriction on her,” said Pavon-Baker’s attorney, Jackie Patterson. Lawson responded: “I have an 18-year-old that can't go on a cruise. I have an 18-year-old who can't be with her parents who are in the back of this courtroom.' >> On WSBTV.com: Teen faces felony charge after alleged Snapchat 'speed filter' crash Jones said the cruise request upset Mikayla Penn's parents. It was March 26 when Pavon-Baker and Penn reportedly were headed to Southlake Mall on senior skip day. Prosecutors said Pavon-Baker drove 106 mph in a 65 mph zone on the Jonesboro Road exit along I-75. Pavon-Baker’s Mini Cooper reportedly flipped and crashed, killing Penn. “We have some information that Snapchat may have been used” during the drive, Lawson said. Pavon-Baker is facing first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and speeding charges. Patterson said he meant no harm asking for Pavon-Baker to go on the cruise. >> On WSBTV.com: Judge dismisses case against Snapchat in suit over serious wreck “We were not trying to be insensitive. We were just trying to say, ‘Judge, she has already had these tickets for this cruise,’” Patterson told Jones. Lawson said Pavon-Baker has received enough special treatment. “If you look at her history, these parents have covered for her over and over and over again. I believe in my heart of hearts Ms. Penn would be alive if this child had some consequences,” Lawson said. >> Read more trending news  Lawson was referring to some other traffic troubles Pavon-Baker has had. The judge gave Pavon-Baker a $31,000 bond and ordered her to surrender her passport. The judge also ordered her not to drive and to stay off Snapchat.

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