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Tony Dungy’s Hall of Fame selection ignites familiar fan debate

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The noise is familiar. It’s still loud. It’s the old Tony Dungy-Jon Gruden debate. You know the discussion. Which coach was more responsible for the Bucs winning Super Bowl XXXVII? Dungy, who turned the franchise around earlier? Or Gruden, who gave it a burst of energy in the 2002 season? The debate was rekindled this week when Dungy reached the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dungy turned the Bucs around, and he salvaged the careers of Derrick Brooks (who was…

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Former Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy added to Hall of Fame

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Former Tampa Bay Bucs coach Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro  Football Hall of Fame Saturday night. Dungy, 60, won 54 games in six seasons with the Bucs and reached the playoffs in four of his six seasons at the helm. Two of his Bucs’ players, Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, are already in the Hall. Dungy won one Super Bowl, in 2007 with the Colts. The Bucs’ Super Bowl came under coach Jon Gruden the season after the…

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John Lynch, Tony Dungy among Hall of Fame finalists Saturday

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Together, they helped turn a franchise around. Now, John Lynch and Tony Dungy seek to cement their legacies by joining the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Lynch, a nine-time Pro Bowler, seeks to become the third member of the 2002 Super Bowl champions of the Tampa Bay Bucs to reach the Hall. Dungy, the coach who turned the Bucs’ losing tradition into the finest era in franchise history, represents the Bucs and Colts as his legend is considered.…

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Cooperstown welcomes Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza to Hall of Fame

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The list of baseball’s immortals has grown by two. Ken Griffey Jr. set a record for votes, and Mike Piazza — perhaps the best hitting catcher of all time — joined him as their inductions into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., was announced. The ceremony will be on July 24. Piazza’s cause had been hurt by hints of steroid abuse, but there was never solid proof. However, steroid talk again kept Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens out…

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Yankees’ Yogi Berra sure to be remembered for the wrong things

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As a kid, you knew who Yogi Berra was. He was the catcher with the funny name. The one with the funny lines. The one who seemed closer to a cartoon figure than a baseball player. Above it all, however, Berra was seriously a good baseball player for the New York Yankees. With his odd sayings and unique appearance, that gets overlooked sometimes. Everyone remembers that Berra said no one went to a restaurant anymore because it was too crowded,…

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Throwing Kentucky clerk in jail part of judge’s hardball legacy

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Much of the country is talking about Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. She was released on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning on the condition she not impede the further issuance of marriage licenses. Judge Bunning is playing hardball with Davis, which should come as little surprise. As the son of Jim Bunning, the Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. Senator, hardball comes naturally. Jim Bunning…

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WWE fires Hulk Hogan after three-year-old racist rant

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Hulk Hogan, one of the most prolific pro wrestlers of all-time, has been fired by the WWE and had his image removed from their website following a racist rant. The tape that caught the conversation was from 2012. Hogan, 61, from Clearwater, was captured using the “n-word” in a conversation. The Enquirer quotes a staffer from the WWE as saying the organization “is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees.”…

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