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Dolphins take advantage of Browns’ kicking woes to win first game

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It took overtime and some good fortune, but the Miami Dolphins have their first win of the season. Jay Ajayi’s 11-yard touchdown run 6:34 into overtime gave Miami a 30-24 win over the Cleveland Browns at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins had to like their chances against rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, who was making his first career start. Still, the Browns led at halftime 13-10 on the strength of a Briean Boddy-Calhoun interception return for a touchdown. It was one…

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Ted Cruz takes lead in Iowa in new Monmouth University poll

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For the first time this year, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz leads in Iowa among Republican caucusgoers, according to a new Monmouth University poll released Monday. The Texas Senator gets 24 percent among Iowans likely to participate in that state’s Iowa caucus scheduled for February. That’s a 5-point leader over Donald Trump, in second place with 19 percent, followed closely by Marco Rubio with 17 percent. Ben Carson is fourth with 13 percent, followed by Jeb Bush at 6 percent. Rand…

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Kicker Connor Barth excited to rejoin Buccaneers

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Connor Barth didn’t wait for a phone call to let the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know he was interested in being the answer to their kicking woes that have contributed to another slow start. Instead, the eighth-year pro who’s the most accurate field goal kicker in franchise history took to social media — all in fun, he insisted Wednesday — to let his old team know he was available for the right price. “I’m a light-spirited guy,” Barth said Wednesday. “I…

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Bucs’ Connor Barth back in competition for kicking position

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For the Bucs, the kicking competition seems a little … familiar, shall we say? Tampa Bay brought kicker Connor Barth back to town this week for a rematch with Patrick Murray. Murray won the kicking competition over Barth, who had been the team’s kicker for the previous four years, in last year’s training camp. Barth instead spent five games last season with Denver. “It’s very rare that one guy stays with a team for their whole career anymore,” Barth said. “It…

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