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5 things to watch for as the Tampa Bay Rowdies take on Louisville City FC

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5 things to ponder about the Rowdies-Louiville game: 1. Does this show go on the road? After three straight home games – all victories – are the Tampa Bay Rowdies ready to play away from Al Lang Field? Louisville City FC is 2-0-1, right on the heels of the Rowdies. There are a lot of subtle differences to playing at home. Playing on the road is a different dynamic. The Rowdies need to win to keep pace with undefeated St.…

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Ageless Monte Kiffin to join son Lane on FAU coaching staff

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The new football program at FAU will be a family affair. Monte’s back. Monte Kiffin, the irrepressible former defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Bucs, is joining son Lane — the head coach — at FAU. The elder Kiffin, 77, will join the Owls in a yet-to-be specified role. Kiffin, who worked with the Jacksonville Jaguars a year ago, won’t be the defensive coordinator. Another son, Chris, will be. But Kiffin, the mad scientist of the Bucs during their best…

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Is defense as important as ever in winning NFL playoff football

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In a quarterback-driven world, does defense still win championships? The cliché says yes, of course. No coach is going to come out in favor of a soft defense. But is defense still as important as it was in the days of the Doomsday Defense and the No-Name Defense and the Steel Curtain? Is hounding the opposing quarterback as important today as it used to be? Often these days, it seems that winning a football game is a matter of holding…

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Rowdies add Damion Lowe to their defense, prepare for upcoming season

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies got a little bit better on defense Monday, announcing the signing of former Minnesota FC defender Damion Lowe. Lowe, 23, joins the Rowdies back line after an impressive 2016 season in the North American Soccer League with Minnesota United FC. He was in Minnesota on loan from Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders and was featured in 27 games for Minnesota United, starting 25 matches and logging 2,241 minutes as one of the Loons’ first-choice center backs.…

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Florida defense swarms against Iowa in winning the Outback Bowl

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This time, the Florida Gators charged into their off-season. This time, the Gators finished their season in the accepted way. Florida overwhelmed Iowa in Monday’s Outback Bowl, winning a 30-3 game and hardly breaking a sweat. The Gators intercepted three passes and held Hawkeye quarterback C.B. Beathard to only seven completions on 23 attempts for 55 yards. They also stopped a fourth-and-goal from the one. A year ago, Florida ended with three straight losses. Had the Gators lost to Iowa,…

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Alabama shows Huskies, nation what great defense is all about

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As expected, Alabama advanced to the college football national championship game in Tampa with a 24-7 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl win over the Washington Huskies on Saturday in Atlanta. Running back Bo Scarbrough put up 180 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to lead his team to the next step. They did not need anything else from the offense after the vaunted Crimson Tide defense did what they normally do. That means sacks, stuffs, pressures, knock-downs and, oh yes, scoring…

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Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans hopes to break out against Dallas

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At the best part of the season, Mike Evans finds himself surrounded. Evans, the talented wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Bucs, has been held in check for two weeks now. He had three catches for 38 yards against San Diego, and only four for 42 against New Orleans. After 10 touchdowns in his first 11 games, he has been kept out of the end zone for two straight weeks. So how do opponents keep Evans out of the end…

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