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    The scar snakes down the right side of Anthony Jones' neck, serving as a constant reminder of something the FIU running back doesn't exactly remember nor will he ever forget. Had the bullet gone an inch or two in a different direction, he could have died. Instead, he's about to go play for FIU in the Bahamas Bowl next week. Shot in the back on Sept. 6, Jones has been back on the field for several weeks already and is now speaking out about the fateful day when he and FIU offensive lineman Mershawn Miller were hurt in a drive-by shooting outside a home they were visiting in the city of Opa-Locka, a few miles north of downtown Miami. The wounds have healed. The scar is dissipating. He's still here. 'That first night, I asked God, 'Why me?'' Jones said in an interview with The Associated Press. 'I did. You know I did. I just wished I could rewind time, man. Why me? I don't ever do anything to anybody. I'm a good dude. I respect everybody. I'm a respectful man. My momma raised me right. I've never done anything to anybody. I just want to play football, graduate, get my degree and help my family. 'I have that chance now. A second chance.' He's already taking advantage of that second chance. In four games since returning, Jones — the brother of Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook — has three touchdowns, two receiving and one rushing. He ran for 158 yards in those games on 37 carries, and the Panthers (8-4) have a chance to set a school record for wins should they beat Toledo in the Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 21. Other than the scar and some puffiness under his eye, there's no visible damage. 'The doctor at the hospital when it happened told me, 'Coach, I've been doing this for like 18 years and I've never seen anybody survive this,' FIU coach Butch Davis said. 'And then he described the bullet wounds, where they went, what they didn't touch. For that shot to go through and not hit any organs, any bones, any nerve tissue, he said it's a miracle. It honestly is a miracle.' Jones and Miller were standing outside the home on Sept. 6 at 2:21 p.m., when surveillance video captured from across the narrow street of single-story homes shows a Nissan Sentra enter the frame. Shots rang out. The next few minutes were a blur; Jones never lost consciousness, but also was unaware that he had been shot. 'My first thought was, I'm not hurt, so good, I can play in two days,' Jones said. 'I didn't think it was real, until I realized the ambulance was coming. And then I saw blood. That's when I knew it was bad.' Doctors said Jones was shot in the back, the bullet entering around the collarbone and exiting between the bottom of his left eye and the top of his left cheekbone. He needed surgery because of swelling on the right side of his neck as well, and had to be fed through a tube for nearly two weeks afterward. Jones' mother, Betty Cook — anyone who knows anything about football in Miami calls her 'Miss Betty' — was on the scene minutes after the shooting. One of the first responders was one of Jones' youth football coaches, and Jones remembers him telling his mom, 'Don't worry Miss Betty, Ant's going to be OK.' That was the only time Jones was confused. 'I was wondering how he knew my name,' he said. The investigation is continuing, though police have already charged Lorenzo Shine, 26, with two counts of first-degree attempted murder. Shine is a convicted armed robber, someone who had been out of prison for less than three months prior to the shooting, and is facing a slew of other charges related to being a felon in possession of a weapon. Jones said he does not know Shine, and still has no idea why the shooting took place. 'I don't know anything about him,' Jones said. 'Why it happened. Who he is. I'm just glad they got him, but I don't know the guy or why he was there or why he did that.' Shine is being held without bond. No trial date has been set. He will be represented by the public defender's office and has entered written pleas of not guilty. Miller was shot in the arm, and has returned to the field for FIU in recent weeks as well. His injury was nowhere near as serious as Jones', and he was out of the hospital within hours of the shooting. But because the bullet damaged some muscle, Miller's return to the field actually took longer than Jones' did. Jones missed a ton of school time, although he said everyone at FIU has been more than understanding about his situation. His weight is back up. His strength is back to where it once was. It took some convincing, but teammates in practice are actually willing to hit him again now. Things are, somehow, near normal. Just don't call him lucky. Miss Betty would get angry. 'Everybody would come to the hospital and they kept saying to me, 'Man, you're a lucky dude, you're a lucky dude,'' Jones said. 'And every time somebody said I was a lucky dude, my mom corrected them fast. That's the only time she got mad. She kept saying, 'No, my baby's not lucky. He's blessed.' And then I thought about it, and realized, she's right. Things could have been so much worse.' ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • More than two dozen monkeys that were test subjects in nicotine addiction research have been moved from an Arkansas lab to a Florida primate sanctuary. The Gainesville Sun reported Wednesday that the squirrel monkeys are now at the city's Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suspended the nicotine addiction study last year after learning that four research monkeys had died. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in January that the study didn't meet agency standards and would be stopped. The monkeys were sent, with $1 million for their care, to Jungle Friends. The monkeys arrived in November and are now slowly being introduced to different foods, materials and experiences. They're set to move in the spring to large outdoor enclosures that mimic their natural habitat. ___ Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com
  • A man who was convicted of beating and stabbing an elderly woman to death in Miami-Dade County 26 years ago is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison. Unless there is a stay, 55-year-old Jose Antonio Jimenez will be executed Thursday. He received the death sentence for killing 63-year-old Phyllis Minas in her North Miami apartment in 1992. In July, Gov. Rick Scott signed the death warrant and scheduled the execution for August. But the Supreme Court issued a stay. In October, the court lifted the stay. According to corrections officials, there have been 27 executions since Scott took office in 2011, and Jimenez will be the 28th if carried out. That's the most of any Florida governor since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
  • Investigators on Wednesday released new details in the murder case of two 19-year-old men. Police said they arrested Damon Kemp, 19, at the Jade Park apartments Friday after he spontaneously admitted to killing his friend. He remains at the Volusia County Jail. Kemp is accused of murdering his two former roommates last week at their Daytona Beach apartment. Police said they were investigating Kemp for a home invasion in the same complex shortly before discovering the bodies. Read: Man accused of Daytona Beach double homicide denied bail, screams in court New court documents detail how officers connected the two alleged crimes and Kemp's confession. Investigators said the home invasion victim called 911 after Kemp showed up at his door with a gun. The victim said he grabbed Kemp's gun and pushed him outside, records said. When officers got to the complex, they said they spotted Kemp in the parking lot yelling. They say he then suddenly said, 'I killed my friend.' Soon after, investigators found out Kemp at one point lived in apartment 434 at the complex. Once inside, officers said they discovered the bodies of Trey Ingraham and Jordan Paden, who had been fatally shot. Read: Police: Man faces murder charges after 2 teens found shot, killed in Daytona Beach Police said Kemp made little sense while they interviewed him, saying things like, 'I love you, Africa. We got to separate. We got to love each other. We got to unite.' Kemp's current roommate said he had been acting strange shortly before asking for a ride to Ingraham's apartment. 'He was being very, very paranoid, like, very skittish,' Quincy Stith said. Investigators said it's unclear if drugs or mental illness played a role in the murders. They also have yet to release a possible motive. DOWNLOAD: Free WFTV News & Weather Apps Not near a TV? Click here to watch WFTV newscasts live Watch Live: Doppler 9 HD
  • It's a busy time of year for everybody, including scammers. There is an email scam going around with a new twist that targets online shoppers. This latest scam specifically goes after people who use Amazon. While online shopping may be more convenient, it can also be riskier. Read: Amazon worker accused of stealing eyebrow makeup, gift cards and electronics accessories In the latest scam, an email that appears to be from Amazon says a user's password needs to be reset. They are instructed to enter their username and password on a page that looks authentic. The scammers have even figured out how to steal from customers immediately. 'They just write a program that, as soon as you submit that, they get it,' said Adam Estes, a computer security engineer. 'And it automatically logs in and starts buying things like that.' Experts said an account might be maxed out before users even know they were scammed, and it's impossible to trace. 'They can buy things like a Facebook gift card or an Amazon gift card or all kinds of things and have it sent straight to an email address, and it's an instant delivery,' Estes said. DOWNLOAD: Free WFTV News & Weather Apps Not near a TV? Click here to watch WFTV newscasts live Watch Live: Doppler 9 HD  The scam might have dozens of different versions. The emails might say there is a problem with an order or that a user must update shipping information. Estes said customers should never do anything directly from an email. 'So if it says you need to reset your password, go directly to Amazon.com and log in,' he said. 'Similar scams target other online accounts and even your banking information.
  • The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Fantasy 5' game were: 09-11-19-21-33 (nine, eleven, nineteen, twenty-one, thirty-three)
  • Donovan Mitchell didn't want to give Dwyane Wade another chance at a comeback victory. Mitchell scored 21 points and Derrick Favors had 17 to help the Utah Jazz rout the short-handed Miami Heat 111-84 on Wednesday night. 'It started from the tip,' Mitchell said after the Jazz led by as many as 42. 'We came out strong and didn't let up.' Playing against one of his basketball idols probably for the final time, Mitchell unleashed a variety of moves — the crossovers and misdirection dribbles that have prompted comparisons to a young Wade. Mitchell has acknowledged he studies film of Wade to develop his own offensive repertoire. 'I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive,' Mitchell said. 'I didn't want to think — just play.' On Tuesday night, Mitchell took Wade to dinner in downtown Salt Lake City and gifted him a rocking chair. Then, the second-year guard, who said he calls Wade on the phone often and picks his brain, matched up and scored on the 12-time All-Star at least a few times in the blowout. 'That was fun. He's a legend,' said Mitchell, who thought it was one of his better two-way games. Rodney McGruder paced the Heat with 16 points and Kelly Olynyk had 14 as Miami played without Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic. Wade, set to retire after this season, scored six points. Less than two weeks ago, the Jazz also went up big in the first quarter against the Heat, leading by as many as 19 before allowing a 20-0 run and watching Wade sink two free throws to win it in Miami, 102-100. This time, there was no such drama. The Jazz sprinted out to a 34-10 lead on hot shooting and tenacious defense that denied the Heat any easy looks early. 'They jumped on us from an effort and energy standpoint,' Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'We were bobbling passes, traveling, missing catches, and then it became a domino going down the wrong way. We just couldn't get it back.' Favors went 7 of 8 and had eight boards in 19 minutes, while Rudy Gobert had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Korver, who has opened up the floor for the Jazz since arriving via trade from Cleveland, made four more 3-pointers and scored 16 points. The Jazz have had an up-and-down season by any measure. This win marked Utah's second by 27 points or more in eight days, but the Jazz have also lost games by 33 and 50 points and have yet to reach the .500 mark at home (now 5-6). 'That's the tough part for us, just trying to play the same way and keep it up each game,' Favors said. Even within the same game, the Jazz were nearly unstoppable in the first quarter — shooting 70 percent — but went through long stretches later in the game when they couldn't generate any offense and had a spate of turnovers. They ended up shooting 52.6 percent, including 16 of 32 from 3-point range, with 17 turnovers. The Heat have been riding their own rollercoaster. They led by 31 in the second quarter of a win against New Orleans on Nov. 30 and then trailed by 31 in the second quarter to the Jazz less than two weeks later. BABY WADE? Korver came into the league with Wade in 2003 and has heard the Wade-Mitchell comparisons. 'Their physical abilities are similar. D-Wade in his younger years — and he still is — was so explosive and so tough around the basket. He could get into the paint and make plays, make reads. I think Donovan has a lot of those qualities and he definitely has a good start,' Korver said. MISSING YOU Whiteside, who left the court for the locker room during the fourth quarter of a home loss to Orlando last week, is still not with the team for personal reasons. He later said he just needed to go to the bathroom, but Spoelstra was upset and said the Heat 'handled it as a team.' Whiteside is expected back with the club on Friday. Dragic, who has battled a sore right knee for the last six weeks and had it drained in mid-November, missed the game — his 12th scratch of the season. Fellow guard Dion Waiters hasn't played at all since having ankle surgery in January. TIP-INS Heat: Wade, making his last scheduled regular-season appearance in Salt Lake City, got a standing ovation when he checked in midway through the first quarter and another when exited the court after the game. ... The Heat's 15 points were a season low in the first quarter for a Jazz opponent. ... Miami was down 92-53 entering the fourth, the largest deficit after three quarters in the NBA this season. Jazz: Raul Neto missed the game with a sore right leg. ... The win snapped a four-game skid against Miami. ... Utah outrebounded Miami 52-30. UP NEXT Heat: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Jazz: Play the Orlando Magic in Mexico City on Saturday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Lotto XTRA' game were: 03 (three)
  • The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Lotto' game were: 02-09-25-28-32-43 (two, nine, twenty-five, twenty-eight, thirty-two, forty-three) Estimated jackpot: $3 million
  • McGruder 5-8 2-3 16, J.Johnson 3-7 3-4 9, Adebayo 1-5 1-2 3, T.Johnson 1-7 0-0 3, Richardson 4-11 1-2 11, Winslow 4-12 0-2 9, Jones Jr. 3-6 2-4 8, Olynyk 4-8 4-5 14, Wade 2-6 1-2 6, Ellington 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 29-77 14-24 84. Ingles 3-9 2-4 10, Crowder 3-5 0-0 9, Gobert 4-7 2-4 10, Rubio 2-5 1-2 5, Mitchell 9-17 1-1 21, O'Neale 1-2 0-0 3, Sefolosha 0-2 0-0 0, Niang 1-1 0-0 3, Favors 7-8 3-4 17, Udoh 0-1 0-0 0, Exum 3-5 6-6 14, Korver 6-9 0-0 16, Allen 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 40-76 15-21 111. 3-Point Goals_Miami 12-33 (McGruder 4-5, Olynyk 2-4, Richardson 2-6, Wade 1-1, Winslow 1-3, T.Johnson 1-4, Ellington 1-5, J.Johnson 0-2, Jones Jr. 0-3), Utah 16-32 (Korver 4-5, Crowder 3-5, Exum 2-3, Mitchell 2-5, Ingles 2-6, Niang 1-1, O'Neale 1-2, Allen 1-4, Rubio 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Miami 30 (Olynyk 8), Utah 52 (Gobert 11). Assists_Miami 16 (Olynyk, Adebayo 3), Utah 29 (Rubio, Ingles 6). Total Fouls_Miami 22, Utah 19. A_18,306 (18,306).