2:03 PM EST, Fri November 21, 2014

Bucs corner Verner optimistic about playing vs. Bears

Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner, sidelined the past two games by a hamstring injury, is optimistic he can return Sunday and help his defense try to contain the Bears' passing attack at Soldier Field.

Bucs: Suppose Lavonte David Can’t Play Against Chicago?

Bucs linebacker Lavonte David appeared to be held out of practice for the second straight day Friday as the team continued preparations for the Chicago Bears game. David, who suffered a hamstring injury, was limited in practice on Wednesday and did not practice Thursday. During the media portion Friday, he was just a spectator as well. The NFL co-leader in sacks as well as the team’s defensive playcaller, David’s loss would be huge. But it is too early to panic… Read More »

Bucs LB David sidelined for 2nd day by hamstring

Bucs linebacker Lavonte David missed a second straight day of practice with a hamstring injury Friday, raising concerns that the team's leading tackler could miss Sunday's game at Chicago.

Buccaneers will beat Bears

The Chicago Bears finally captured a victory last week, but they did it in a game Jay Cutler turned over the ball multiple times, which marks the first time that’s happened all year. Can the Bears escape the Buccaneers and former coach Lovie Smith in the same fashion, because surely he knows Cutler’s weaknesses enough to force him into turnovers? During his tenure in Chicago, Smith gained a reputation for being able to motivate his players to play for him.
Tampa Bay Times 3 hours ago

Rays today will cut field of candidates to replace Joe Maddon

After a long night and a series of roster moves that included parting ways with veterans Jose Molina and Joel Peralta, Rays officials will tackle another big issue today, trimming their original field of 10 candidates to replace manager Joe Maddon.
Tampa Tribune 5 hours ago

Lightning fans: Cheers or jeers for St. Louis' return?

Martin St. Louis makes his return to Tampa on Wednesday when his Rangers play the Lightning at Amalie Arena, the night before Thanksgiving. But will St. Louis be showered with thanks or boos? Let us know.

Buccaneers vs. Bears preview

When: 1 p.m. ET, Sunday Where: Soldier Field, Chicago TV: Fox The records scrub away some of the shine for Sunday's matchup at Soldier Field between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears, but the storylines involved remain interesting for what should be a competitive contest. First off, there's the obvious with Lovie Smith coming to town to coach against his former team, which is led by former Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown. But even with the Bucs owning a 2-8 record, they're just two games out of first place in the NFC South.
Tampa Tribune 7 hours ago

USF notes: Bowl is a key goal for Bulls

TAMPA -- If the University of South Florida Bulls (4-6, 3-3 American Athletic Conference) can pull the road upset on Saturday afternoon against the first-place Memphis Tigers (7-3, 5-1), they will play for bowl eligibility next Friday at home against the UCF Knights. USF hasn't been in
The Ledger 13 hours ago

Lightning Fall to Leafs For 2nd Straight Loss

James van Riemsdyk knew the Toronto Maple Leafs needed a bounce-back win after dropping back-to-back ugly losses to the Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators.
Tampa Bay Times 14 hours ago

Silverman calls first deal with Friedman "smoothly awkward"

For more than 10 years, Matt Silverman and Andrew Friedman worked side by side with the Rays, transitioning as Stuart Sternberg took ownership and then running the team.
Tampa Tribune 14 hours ago

South Florida survives UAB, 73-71 in OT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Chris Perry scored 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting, Anthony Collins added 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists, and South Florida outlasted UAB in overtime Thursday night, 73-71. With the game tied at 70 with 25 seconds to go in the extra frame, South Florida's
Tampa Bay Times 15 hours ago

Rays cut ties with catcher Jose Molina

The catcher is designated for assignment.
The Ledger 17 hours ago

Thursday's Tournaments: LPGA's Best Players Battle for Big Bucks

Stacy Lewis was three shots out of the lead Thursday and one step closer to the largest payoff in women’s golf at the CME Group Tour Championship.
Tampa Bay Times 19 hours ago

Vladislav Namestnikov featured on "Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon

Lightning rookie center Vladislav Namestnikov may not be a household name yet, but his name earned him a mention on the "Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay Times 19 hours ago

Jose Molina to be dropped from Rays roster

Veteran C Jose Molina will be designated for assignment tonight as the Rays clear space on their 40-man roster, the Times has learned.

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