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Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

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Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school. It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease that can cause a range of symptoms including memory loss.

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Draft picks and dreamers gather for NFL mini-camps

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NFL teams are in the process of getting their first look at their draft choices, undrafted free agents, and others just looking for a chance. Rookie mini-camps are underway around the league, representing the very first taste of life in the NFL for a few, and the only taste for most. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins held their mini-camps last weekend. On Friday the Jacksonville Jaguars begin theirs. While many, but not all, of the teams’ draft picks…

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Tie score in Legislature could leave Tampa Bay Rays big winners

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In sports, a tie means no one wins. No one loses, either. Sometimes, in politics, ties can turn out to be victories. On Monday, the Florida Senate essentially handed the Tampa Bay Rays a win with a tie, after the Commerce and Tourism Committee voted 3-3 on a bill from Thonotosassa Republican Tom Lee, which prohibited pro sports facilities from using taxpayer funds. With that, Lee’s bill was officially called out on strikes this Session. Supporting Lee (who is not on the…

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Amazon picks off NFL Thursday Night from Twitter

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Amazon will stream NFL Thursday Night games this season, replacing Twitter. That means that technically, the games won’t be free to stream, but they will be carried by broadcast networks. The games are available to members of Amazon Prime, which costs $99 per year. Prime, which comes with other perks like free videos, books and shipping, has an estimated 65 million members. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it’s a one-year deal…

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Fans can look forward to some major changes in NFL games

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Time to celebrate? NFL fans could see an enhanced flow of play and fewer restrictions on how demonstrative players can be in their jubilation after big plays. At the busy league meetings Tuesday, owners passed several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and improve player safety. They also put off until their May gathering in Chicago potentially allowing a bit more creativity in player celebrations. Commissioner Roger Goodell asked that any adjustments in the rules be…

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NFL Free agent period the start to the answers for the Bucs

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The Tampa Bay Bucs need answers. At the moment, all they have are questions. What are they to do with Doug Martin? Who will be the wide receiver opposite Mike Evans? Is there help on the defensive line? Is there a safety? Another linebacker? Protection for quarterback Jameis Winston? The Tampa Bay Bucs enter their offseason when free agency begins Thursday. Between that harvest, and the draft, there is an opportunity for the 9-7 Tampa Bay team to get better.…

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49ers pick former Tampa Bay star John Lynch as general manager

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It’s been quite the year for former Tampa Bay Buc great John Lynch. He entered the team’s Ring of Honor, his second such designation. (He had already joined the Broncos’ Ring of Honor). He is a finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame. Sunday, he was named as the new general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. Lynch, 45, agreed to go through the interview process only if it was kept private. Lynch, who last played in 2008, has never…

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