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Bucs’ G.M. Jason Licht certain his team can get help at No. 19

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If the Tampa Bay Bucs have taken controversial running back Joe Mixon off of their draft board, general manager Jason Licht isn’t saying. While a few teams have already stated they weren’t interested in Mixon, the running back from Oklahoma who committed assault on a woman three years ago, Licht prefers not to say. The Bucs did have Mixon in for a visit, which Licht says was “valuable.” Licht, addressing the media Monday in his pre-draft press conference, said he…

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FSU’s Dalvin Cook hopes his Pro Day will help him be drafted higher

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Former FSU running back Dalvin Cook, for once, has been going in the wrong direction. He’d like to reverse his field, if you don’t mind. If you believe the consensus, Cook has been dropping in draft expectations since having a poor Combine last month. He hopes that his Pro Day will help establish himself as “today’s” back. Cook, who is widely considered a first-round prospect, ran the 40-yard dash and performed numerous position drills and simulations during Florida State’s pro day…

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Tampa Bay Bucs might have interest in Miami tight end David Njoku

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Could the Tampa Bay Bucs‘ Plan B for their upcoming draft be a tight end? The Bucs have recently been linked to Miami tight end David Njoku, the second-best tight end in the upcoming draft. Njoku has special burst that could add something to the Bucs’ receiving corps, something more than incumbent Cameron Brate offers. I know, I know. It’s hard to see the Bucs drafting Njoku over FSU’s Dalvin Cook, no matter what the mocks say. As a tight…

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Lightning tries to find scorers of the future in the NHL draft

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The Tampa Bay Lightning tried to boost their offense during Saturday’s second day of the NHL draft. A day after drafting center Brett Howden, the Bolts selected four more centers and two wingers. Tampa Bay traded minor league defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, a former first-round pick, for the right to take Libor Hajek, a defenseman from the Czech Republic. Later in the second round, the Bolts added left winger Boris Katchouk and right winger Taylor Raddysh. In Hajek, the Bolts got…

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Lightning picks Brett Howden in draft, but talk is about Steven Stamkos

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The Tampa Bay Lightning added forward Brett Howden to their depth Friday night. Why, then, was all of the discussion about forward Steven Stamkos? After the Detroit Red Wings traded away center Pavel Datsyuk and his $7.5-million contract to Arizona Friday night, speculation began that the Wings could be trying to make room for Stamkos, who became able to talk to teams at midnight. If Stamkos goes, it will be difficult for the Bolts to replace him. Howden, who is…

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Lightning hopes to find future stars in tonight’s NHL draft

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Once, the Tampa Bay Lightning depended on losing to make their drafts better. These days, they depend on organization. The Lightning, in the NHL’s final four each of the last two seasons, have become a strong team organizationally the last few seasons under Steve Yzerman. They have finds such as Tyler Johnson, who was undrafted, and Ondrej Palat, who went in the seventh round. In tonight’s draft, the Bolts pick 27th, 44th and 58th. That means the Lightning won’t get…

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Magic reach for UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman in the second round

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The Orlando Magic took a chance on the future with their second-round pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft. The Magic picked freshman Stephen Zimmerman out of UNLV with their 41st pick overall. Zimmerman, only 19, averaged 10.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds in his only season with UNLV. He needs work on his scoring touch. The Magic was also supposed to have the No. 47 pick, but they traded the pick to Portland for cash and a future No.…

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