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Bucs think that Carolina’s Cam Newton remains a star in the NFL

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Last year, he was the league MVP. His team won 15 times. He threw for 35 touchdowns. A year ago, Cam Newton was golden. This year, not so much. This year, Newton’s Carolina Panthers team has won six times. His team has been eliminted from the playoffs. He’s thrown for 15 scores. Ah, but to the Tampa Bay Bucs, Newton is still Newton. “I don’t think you ever really appreciate how big he is,” said Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter. “Jameis…

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Panthers take easy victory over Arizona in NFC Title game

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This time, the Carolina Panthers didn’t slow down. The Panthers overwhelmed the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night, rolling to a 49-15 victory in the NFC title game. The victory means that the Panthers will play against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. The previous week, the Panthers had taken a 31-0 halftime lead against Seattle, but eased up and the Seahawks came within 31-24 before losing. This time, there was no letup. The Panthers took a 24-7 halftime lead, but…

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Carolina’s big first half gets the Panthers to NFC title game

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For the Carolina Panthers, the start was so good it was able to keep them from being finished. The Panthers scored 31 points in the first two quarters of Sunday’s game, which allowed then to hold off the Seattle Seahawks‘ furious comeback in the last two of their NFC Divisional Playoffs. Carolina won, 31-24, to advance to their first NFC title game in 10 seasons. “It’s great, it’s what you strive for and what you work for, and it’s been…

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Bucs want to grow up to be Carolina when the building is done

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What Carolina has achieved, the Tampa Bay Bucs want. Carolina has 14 wins, up from seven a year ago. The Bucs are at six. Carolina wrapped up the NFC South weeks ago. The Bucs are third. Carolina has perhaps the league’s MVP in Cam Newton. Jameis Winston might win Rookie of Year, but that’s a smaller trophy. In other words, if the Bucs have a team to compare themselves with, it is the Panthers. What Carolina is, the Bucs hope…

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Jags’ Blake Bortles already thinking about a big payday

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Blake Bortles has won three games. Oh, he may be a star. He may make fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars forget about Blaine Gabbert and Byron Leftwich. He may lead his team to a turnaround. But so far, Bortles is coming off a rookie season in which he threw 11 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, in which he has a 69.5 rating and in which he hit only 58.9 percent of his passes. Ah, just in time to talk about a…

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Gary Shelton: Bucs’ schedule hints the team has a chance to be better

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If it is indeed Jameis Winston whom the Bucs covet, he’ll come into the league with a lot to measure up against. More than anything else, that struck you at first glance of next year’s Tampa Bay Bucs schedule. Boy, does Winston (or whichever quarterback the Bucs draft) need to be good. And fast. It’s no surprise, of course, that the schedule seems to focus on the Bucs’ passer. It’s a quarterback’s league. And, throughout its history, the Bucs have…

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Karl Nurse calls for more green funding

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St. Petersburg Council Member Karl Nurse will host a press conference Tuesday, July 13, at 10 a.m. in Room 100 of City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N., to encourage the federal government to release millions of dollars earmarked for weatherizing homes and buildings. Joined by Council Members Dudley, Kornell and Newton, Nurse will ask the federal government to resolve a dispute between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Housing Finance Agency that has blocked millions of dollars of…

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