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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Brad Kaaya was getting tired of throwing short passes. So he called an audible to go deep, and thats when the Miami Hurricanes responded.And if this was Kaayas Miami farewell, it was stellar.Kaaya became Miamis all-time career passing leader, throwing for 396 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns as the Hurricanes beat Duke 40-21 on Saturday. Kaaya now has 9,686 yards in three seasons -- 121 more than Ken Dorsey, who piled up 9,565 from 1999 through 2002.Kaaya completed 22 of 35 passes and broke the mark with a 42-yard pass to Stacy Coley in the third quarter. Miami (8-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) started breaking the game open when Kaaya decided to take a shot on a deep ball to tight end David Njoku, that audible turning into a 76-yard touchdown and the first of two long ones for Njoku in the game.I said `Screw it, and told David we were going to go, Kaaya said. It was beautiful.Coley made nine catches for 118 yards and a touchdown for Miami and Mark Walton also caught a TD pass for the Hurricanes, who have won four straight.Just a great victory, a great way to finish, Miami coach Mark Richt said. I like when we finish without a whole lot of drama at the end. We did that tonight.Daniel Jones completed 34 of 50 passes for 316 yards for Duke (4-8, 1-7), which will miss a bowl game for the first time in five seasons.We had some great moments this year, Duke center Austin Davis said. But we also had to overcome a lot of adversity as a team. We lost three captains and a lot of seniors went down. It was tough. Were going to look back at this year as overcoming adversity and learning from it.The teams combined for five scores in the games first five possessions, and Miamis lead was only 16-14 at the half. But Kaaya struck twice in the third quarter, hitting Njoku for the long score and then connecting with Coley to make it 33-14 not long after the record-breaking completion.Now the question becomes if this was Kaayas home finale.Going pro will be a serious option, and with good reason. This was the 11th 300-yard game of Kaayas college career, the fourth four-TD game hes had as a Hurricane and hes now the only quarterback in Miami history with three seasons of at least 3,000 yards.It might have crossed my mind a little bit, that it could be, Kaaya said, when asked if he considered the possibility that this was his last home game as a Hurricane. But Ive still got some things to look at, to factor in, to talk over and hash out with Coach Richt, my parents and some mentors of mine.THE TAKEAWAYDuke: Coach David Cutcliffe was emotional after the game, talking about his senior class. Im looking at our seniors and the body of work that theyve done. The pain in their eyes, knowing that its come to an end, you cant get past that, Cutcliffe said. Jones completed his first 10 passes, getting 119 yards and two touchdowns out of them. But the Blue Devils, after getting 14 points out their first two possessions, then sputtered to a halt. ... T.J. Rahming caught 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown for Duke.Miami: This was the first time this season Miami had two 100-yard receivers. ... Miami hadnt finished a regular season with four or more consecutive wins since 2002, when it was 12-0 going into the Fiesta Bowl. The Hurricanes will try to win a bowl game for the first time since 2006.SENIOR DAYMiami honored its 14 departing seniors in a pregame ceremony, as well as four underclassmen -- one being reserve offensive lineman Hunter Knighton, who recovered from heatstroke and returned to the field last season. Knighton will try to play elsewhere in 2017.KAAYA WATCHKaaya could be the first Miami quarterback to get taken in the first round in 30 years. Miami has had only two QBs go that early -- Jim Kelly (No. 14 overall) in 1983, and Vinny Testaverde (No. 1 overall) in 1987.UP NEXTDuke: Season complete.Miami: Awaiting bowl invitation on Dec. 4, possibly to the TaxSlayer or Pinstripe. Womens NFL Jerseys Cheap . -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite. NFL Jerseys Shop . Los Angeles star goalie survived those perilous gymnastics with no problem, and he eventually backstopped the Kings to a skid-snapping win. Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. http://www.thenfloffcialstore.com/ . 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TROON, Scotland -- So much for golfs triumphant return to the Olympics.Any hope of Rio hosting a mens tournament that anyone beyond the hardcore aficionado will give a flip about took a knockout blow Monday when the last of the Big Four, Jordan Spieth, delivered his regrets to the powers that run international golf.Its certainly disappointing, said Peter Dawson, head of a world governing body that was essentially created to get golf back in the Olympics for the first time since 1904. There is no doubt that the number of withdrawals hasnt shed golf in the best light.What an understatement.Now that Spieth has followed the lead of Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, Rio will be putting on a mens tournament roughly equivalent to the John Deere Classic, missing the top four-ranked players in the world and seven of the leading 15.Come to think of it, the John Deere might have an edge on the Olympics, since that second-tier PGA Tour event will be played the same week as the Olympics. Spieth, the defending champion, suddenly has an opening on his schedule. If he shows up in the Quad Cities, it would only add to golfs gold medal fiasco.How did we get to this point?Theres plenty of blame to go around, from skittish golfers who latched on to the threat of the Zika to justify their decisions to tone-deaf executives who made a mess of this years schedule, cramming too many important tournaments into too short of a time period.Lets start with the players.While its hard to blame anyone for citing health concerns as a reason to skip the Olympics, and the dangers of Zika are undeniable to those who want to have children, the mosquito-borne virus is clearly much less of a threat during the Brazilian winter.Also, as Dawson wryly noted in what appeared to be an underhanded shot at those who backed out, we havent lost a greenskeeper yet at the new course constructed in Rio.Asked to expand on that assessment, the vice president of the International Golf Federation, Ty Votaw, confirmed that no one associated with the course -- from hundreds of construction workers to those now charged with keeping it in top condition -- has been diagnosed with Zika.Personally, I think theres been something of an over-reaction to the Zika situation, Dawson said.Hes got a point, especially when one considers that all the top female players will be in Rio, some of them surely planning to start families of their own someday.Then again, its easy to see why theres such a divide between the sexes. The men never seemed to be all that thrilled about adding the Olympics to their already crowded schedules. The women embraced the chance to elevate their sport beyond its niche status.When the threat of Zika came along, it provided a convenient excuse for those who may not have wanted to go to the Olympics in the first place.I dont know if golf has its place in the Olympics, said Zach Johnson, the reigning British Open champion who didnt qualify for one of the four U.S. spots in Rio. I didnt dream of winning a gold medal in golf ass a kid.dddddddddddd It wasnt an option.Johnson makes the point -- and its a good one -- that the Olympics should be reserved for sports such as swimming and gymnastics and wrestling, the ones that dont get a lot of attention outside of their every-four-years moment in the spotlight.No offense to the Olympics, Johnson said, but Id rather be on the Ryder Cup team.A more legitimate complaint -- and maybe this is what some players were stewing on all along -- was the ludicrous schedule imposed on them this year, beginning with this weeks British Open at Royal Troon.The PGA Championship is two weeks later, followed by the Olympics two weeks after that, with lesser tournaments crammed in along the way. Two weeks after Rio, the FedEx Cup playoff begins, with four high-stakes tournaments in five weeks, culminating with the Tour Championship.And, oh yeah, thats followed the very next week by the Ryder Cup.Adjustments were made to the schedule for this year, Votaw insisted. People can debate as to how effectual those changes have been in terms of putting this event in the middle of the schedule.Actually, no debate is necessary.The PGA Championship should have been moved to a more accommodating spot -- later in the year, at the very least, or more radically to a date ahead of the Masters, which wouldnt have been a complete break with tradition. In 1971, the PGA was shifted to February to escape the oppressive summer heat in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.That would have required a warm-weather site -- Baltusrol, this years host in New Jersey, clearly wouldnt have worked -- but golf had seven years to get its house in order before Rio.In that regard, it failed miserably.But lets not feel sorry for a group of pampered players who fly around the world on private jets, their every whim catered to, their bank accounts brimming with millions of dollars. They couldve squeezed in an extra week of golf if they really wanted to.They play most weeks of the year not at major championships, Dawson said. I just dont think it actually matters at this point whether they regard (the Olympics) as much as a major or not, frankly. It doesnt stop them going to play other tournaments.No matter what, golf is heading to Rio as an afterthought, sure to face more questions about why its even there than whos winning gold, silver and bronze.Thats an issue that will get a good, hard look next year from the International Olympic Committee, which will decide the sports that stay on the program beyond the 2020 Tokyo Games.That means golf is assured of one more chance.But after this fiasco, the IOC should already be looking for a sport that really wants to be there in 2024.Ballroom dancing, anyone?---Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry . 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