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Here is the latest SEC sports news from The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The chairman of the NCAA board of governors says the association hopes to avoid a court battle against states that are attempting to pass laws aimed at dismantling NCAA rules. The NCAA board voted on Tuesday to allow athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses. But much work still needs to be done to determine how that will work within NCAA rules.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bo Nix and the Auburn Tigers will finish the college football season trying to take advantage of the comforts of home. It has certainly been kinder to them than the road, where the 11th-ranked Tigers’ offense and their freshman quarterback have struggled. Auburn’s final four games are at home.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida linebacker Jon Greenard cleared up any questions about his status for the showdown against No. 8 Georgia by declaring “I’m playing.” He’ll do so Saturday with a brace and maybe a limp. Greenard badly sprained his right ankle against Auburn on Oct. 5. He tried to play the following week at LSU but lasted one series. He hopes to be 100% for the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” It will be his first experience in a rivalry he grew up watching in Georgia.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp says injured starting tailback Rico Dowdle will miss his second straight game with a knee sprain. Dowdle was hurt on the Gamecocks’ first play against Florida two weeks ago and was out last Saturday at Tennessee. Muschamp says while Dowdle was moving well at practice, he is not ready to get back to the field. The coach says Dowdle won’t play Saturday against Vanderbilt and will more likely return against Appalachian State on Nov. 9.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference women’s basketball coaches have picked Texas A&M as the favorite to win the league title and have voted Aggies guard Chennedy Carter as preseason player of the year. The coaches released their poll after the media picked South Carolina as the league favorite. The coaches poll had the Aggies firsts, followed by South Carolina and Mississippi State.

Associated Press