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Making the Hall of Fame case for Simeon Rice

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With NFL training camps set to open, the first key date for fans is August 3 when the Hall of Fame Game begins preseason action. The enshrinement of this year’s class is slated for August 5 at 7 p.m. in Canton, Ohio. This year’s honorees include quarterback Kurt Warner, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, former Dolphin great defensive end Jason Taylor, kicker Morten Andersen, safety Kenny Easley, running back Terrell Davis, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. It does not include…

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New-look Jaguars’ defense contains a familiar face

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The Jacksonville Jaguars know what has to be done to improve on last year’s 5-11 record. It’s as simple as scoring more points than the other team. Jacksonville already has a respectable offense. Last year they scored 376 points, putting them in the upper half of AFC teams. The problem was, they allowed 448 points. No team in the AFC allowed more and only the New Orleans Saints were worse on the defensive side of the ball. Coach Gus Bradley…

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Email insights: For Uber, it’s Madden 16 Game Day

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For the popular ride-sharing service Uber, Monday is Game Day. Uber and EA Sports team up to deliver free copies of the world’s most popular video game, Madden NFL 16, for Xbox One. That’s a full day before the game hits shelves for everyone else. In an email from Uber, the special promotion, co-sponsored by the National Football League Players Association, will be open to Madden fans in all 32 NFL cities. Supplies are limited, but the entry is straightforward:…

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Buccaneers select Jameis Winston with top pick in NFL draft

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on Jameis Winston to help them become relevant again. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was selected with the first overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, instantly becoming the face of a franchise that missed the playoffs the past seven seasons and hasn’t won a postseason game since the club’s Super Bowl run in 2002. Coach Lovie Smith and Jason Licht made the call, concluding after months of interviews and exhaustive research that…

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Tampa City Council candidates talk about favorite Cuban sandwiches & other not so crucial minutiae

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Tuesday night’s Tampa Bay Young Republicans City Council forum was the last official scheduled campaign forum of the 2015 campaign season, and while District 1 candidate Susan Long said she couldn’t recall a comment she made at an earlier debate because “there’s been so many of them,” the fact is that this was a relatively light schedule of events compared to the race four years ago, when a wide-open mayoral contest brought much more intense attention to the campaign. The…

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Andy Haggard named new chairman of FSU Board of Trustees

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Wm. Andrew Haggard, an attorney from Coral Gables and Florida State University alumnus, is the new chairman of the FSU Board of Trustees. Haggard succeeds former Florida Attorney General Jim Smith, whose term ended earlier this year. The board elected Susie Busch-Transou vice chair. “Andy truly loves Florida State and brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to his role as chairman,” said FSU President Eric J. Barron. “He will provide excellent leadership to the board as it guides…

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Continuing coverage of Bobby Bowden’s retirement, final game at the Gator Bowl

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Bobby Bowden’s legendary coaching career at Florida State University is retiring. Bowden announced his resignation by way of a statement released Tuesday. As part of his retirement, Bowden is expected to be offered a non-coaching position at FSU for an unspecified amount of time. In addition to any settlement compensation that may be negotiated as part of his retirement, Bowden is also entitled to $1 million upon his retirement as part of a clause in his coaching contract that was…

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