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Bucs’ Doug Martin shows impressive turnaround during past year

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He has run back from mediocrity. For Doug Martin, that might be the best carry of his life. Last year, he was 40th among running backs in the NFL. This year, he’s fourth. Last year, the Bucs running game was 29th. Last year, the Bucs were 30th in the NFL in league in total offense. This year, they are fifth. Anyone have any questions about the effect of Martin? Martin has made himself an early contender for the NFL Comeback…

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To get to .500, Bucs will have to slow down Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning

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Eli’s coming. The eternal little brother, Manning the Younger, invades Tampa Sunday atfternoon. And if you’re wondering, the New York Giants’ Eli Manning already hs the attention of the Tampa Bay Bucs. While Manning can’t match his older brother’s statistics, he is an accomplished quarterback in his own right, one who has won two Super Bowls. And stopping Manning and the Giants’ high-powered offense poses a large problem for the Bucs. “Eli has two Super Bowl rings,” Bucs coach Lovie…

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Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul could return to play as soon as Sunday

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Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul could begin as early as Sunday when it comes to showing his New York Giants team that he can still provide a big bang in their pass rush. Pierre-Paul, the former USF star, could make his season debut Sunday against the Bucs, although most experts had said he might not return until week 10 against the Patriots. Still, Pierre-Paul this week hinted that his return could come as soon as this week. “I’m going to play…

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Who gets a World Series ring? Sometimes, you’d be surprised

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Dan Uggla was long gone by the time the Giants won the World Series last fall. He’d played four games for San Francisco in late July, going 0 for 11 with six strikeouts, and made two errors at second base. That earned him a World Series ring. “With him struggling like he did, it opened up the door for Joe Panik, and we probably wouldn’t have won the World Series without Joe Panik,” recently retired Giants pitcher Tim Hudson said.…

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NFL teams creating mini-theme parks to get fans off sofas

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Little kids bounce around on inflatables. Teenagers rock to a local band. Huge screens showing sports from around the country, and celebrities signing autographs. A fair or theme park? Try MetLife Stadium before an NFL game. Many hardcore NFL fans prefer watching at home or in sports bar, where they can watch multiple games on huge screens and keep track of their fantasy stats or gambling results. The league is trying to bring more people to stadiums by turning games…

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Giants, Dodgers to visit Tampa Bay next season

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If this season proves to be too much for the Tampa Bay Rays, well, wait til next year. Two of baseball’s most known franchises will visit St. Petersburg next season as the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town. Those are two of the highlights that make up the team’s schedule, which was announced by Major League Baseball on Wednesday. The Rays will open their season on April 4 against Toronto, which is currently leading the…

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Bucs place injured C.J. Wilson on reserve/retired list

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There will be no medical miracle, at least not in the immediate future. Cornerback C.J. Wilson, who lost two fingers in a fireworks’ accident earlier this month, has been placed on the reserved/retired list by the Tampa Bay Bucs. “We know this process has been difficult for C.J. and respect his decision to step away from football,” Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said. “We are grateful for the contributions he has made to the Bucs and wish him the…

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