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Voters elect seven to Hall of Fame, but not the Bucs’ Lynch

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Former Tampa Bay Buc great John Lynch is still short of immortality. The NFL announced its new Hall of Fame class Saturday night, and Lynch was not among them. LaDainian Tomlinson was named to the Hall. Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jason Taylor, Morten Andersen and Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones also were elected. Easley, the senior candidate, was a rare safety named to the Hall. Lynch and Brian Dawkins were left out. Ed Reed becomes eligible in two years and…

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Former Buc John Lynch hopes to get into Hall of Fame despite position

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His interception total (26) is kind of low. If you’re looking to knock John Lynch, you can begin there. His teams won only one Super Bowl. That keeps him from being a slam dunk of a candidate. He already has two teammates from his defense into the Hall. Other teams have more, but voters lose interest the more players a team has in. But if you want to know the challenge that Lynch, the great of the Tampa Bay Bucs,…

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Denver Broncos finally find a quarterback in Paxton Lynch

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The world champions weren’t exactly in a hurry to find their new quarterback. They may have done so anyway. The Denver Broncos, who had searched hard for Peyton Manning’s replacement during the off-season, traded up and took Paxton Lynch of Memphis with their first pick. Since Manning retired after winning the Super Bowl, the Broncos have looked down several roads. They had backup Brock Osweler, who he left for a big payday from the Houston Texans. They inquired about trading…

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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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Tampa Bay great John Lynch almost returned to baseball

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As he talked about joining the Ring of Honor, former Bucs’ great John Lynch didn’t just talk about winning a championship or all the Pro Bowls. He talked about the tough times, too. Lynch, at a press conference to announce this week’s pronouncement that he would be the latest player to join the Ring of Honor, talked about a time he regretted leaving a professional baseball career and a temptation to return to that sport before it clicked in the…

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Bucs to add safety John Lynch to team’s Ring of Honor

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There John Lynch was, being a nice guy again. He answered this question about the Raiders, and that question about the Bucs, and another question about the Super Bowl. But the questions about the Raiders kept coming. What were the Bucs going to do about Rich Gannon? About Tim Brown? About Jerry Rice? How could they possibly match up. Finally, Lynch’s eyes turned cold, and his voice grew an edge. “You know,” he said, “we’re pretty good, too.” That was…

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Temple beats Memphis, hurting the USF Bulls’ title chances

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All that USF wanted was a little help. It didn’t get any at all. Temple pulled away from Memphis late in a 31-12 win, hurting USF’s chances of pulling out the American Athletic East Division title. After beating Temple a week ago, Willie Taggart’s USF team remained one game behind the Owls. Their only chance of a victory now is if they beat winless UCF Friday night and UConn upsets Temple on Saturday. Temple led Memphis only 14-12 going into…

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