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Drive to Super Bowl continues on Sunday

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Two teams took the first step toward the Super Bowl on Saturday. With Houston and Seattle moving on, two more games will set up the NFL’s Elite 8. Here are Sunday’s matchups. Miami (10-6) at Pittsburgh (11-5), Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (CBS) Miami is making its first playoff appearance since 2008 and is looking for its first postseason win since the wild-card round in 2000. Quarterback Matt Moore will make his first postseason start for the Dolphins with Ryan Tannehill…

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Rays continue to strand runners in sweep by San Francisco

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The Tampa Bay Rays had no problems getting men on baseball against the San Francisco Giants. The sad part was that the Rays left them there. The Rays stranded 11 runners in scoring position on Sunday as they were swept, 5-1, by the Giants. Over the series, the Rays were 0-for-20, and in their last five games, they are four-for-49. “That was a series of us just not getting it done whatsoever,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “The big hit…

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Giants get to Alex Colome as Rays lose their third straight game

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This time, Alex Colome of the Tampa Bay Rays did not have the magic. Colome gave up a three-run homer to Joe Panik in the ninth inning Saturday, snapping a 3-3 tie and sending the Rays to their third straight loss, 6-4 to the San Francisco Giants. It snapped Colome’s scoreless streak at 19 appearances and 21 innings pitches. It was the first runs he had allowed since May 1. It was only the second home run he has given up…

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Rays’ Chris Archer falls to 4-9 as Giants triumph on Pride Night

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As a gesture, it was a fine one. As a healing moment, it worked. As a celebration, it made sense. But as a baseball game, there was not much for the Tampa Bay Rays to take pride in Friday night. The Rays were clobbered, 5-1, by the San Francisco Giants and Jeff Samardzija. Offensively? The Rays managed only four hits, and they scored when Samardzija was one strike away from a shutout. Pitching? Chris Archer gave up two more first-inning…

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Super Bowl rematch: Panthers-Broncos opens season

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Super Bowl rematch. Minus Peyton Manning, of course. The NFL season will begin the way the last one ended, with the Denver Broncos playing the Carolina Panthers. Denver beat Carolina 24-10 in February in the Super Bowl, Manning’s final game. The rematch will be on Thursday night, Sept. 8 in Denver. “We’re glad that it’s out,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said. “We knew who we were going to play and now we know when we’re…

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Dolphins, Giants still thinking playoffs as they prepare to compete

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Both teams have a losing record. Both teams have horrible defenses. But this is the NFL, where a team is still in the race halfway through December. And so we gather on a Monday night to watch the Miami Dolphins play against the New York Giants in a game where either quarterback might have a big night. Take Eli Manning of the Giants, for instance. He could go off on the Dolphins’ 28th-ranked defense. Or take Ryan Tannehill, who could…

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Once again, Bucs contribute toward their own demise with their miscues

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The team the Tampa Bay Bucs beat the most often? Why, it’s the Tampa Bay Bucs. The Bucs lost a 32-18 game to the New York Giants Sunday afternoon with the usual problems. They turned the ball over too much (three fumbles), they committed too many penalties (nine for 79 yards), they dropped too many passes (five by Mike Evans alone). But most of all, the Bucs kept turning touchdown opportunities into field goal attempts. Their red one performance against…

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