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Bucs have prime-time games against Patriots, Falcons in 2017

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They are coming up on their 10th year without a playoff game. Still, the Tampa Bay Bucs have to feel as if they’ll be playing with the big boys in 2017. The Bucs play a prime-time Thursday night game this year against the world-champion New England Patriots (Oct. 5), then later play a Monday night game against the Atlanta Falcons (Dec. 18). The Bucs also play two games against the Carolina Panthers, the Super Bowl runners-up of two seasons ago.…

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Convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison

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Former New England Patriot and University of Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez, just days after a legal victory, killed himself in his cell early Wednesday morning. Hernandez, serving a life sentence without parole, was acquitted in a double-homicide last week. His attorney pledged to fight his prior conviction and expressed confidence that Hernandez, 27, would be free again. The attorney, Jose Diaz, said he did not believe Hernandez committed suicide. He would conduct his own investigation, Diaz said. Hernandez hanged…

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Hero of the Super Bowl might turn out to be a ‘Who’s he?’ guy

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It won’t be a quarterback. It won’t be a star receiver. It probably won’t even be the star pass-rushing defensive end. But sometime during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, a guy you’ve barely heard of might take over. A run-of-mill, blue collar guy from somewhere in the team photo. Hey, it happens in the Super Bowl. Despite all the millionaires cavorting beneath the stadium lights, there might be a guy or two emerge to be a star. Odds are, he won’t…

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That was awkward: Roger Goodell dodges on Raiders, parries on Pats

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Nothing produces awkward NFL moments quite like watching the commissioner parry all those thorny issues involving the league’s oldest and newest troublemakers – the Raiders and Patriots. Reporters spent time poking Roger Goodell about “Deflategate,” the Raiders’ now-threatened move to Las Vegas, and other delicate topics at the commissioner’s less-formal, less-crowded and, frankly, less-newsy pre-Super Bowl news conference, held on a Wednesday this year instead of the traditional Friday afternoon slot. Going sans necktie and speaking in a room about…

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One man’s ranking of the greatest teams of the Super Bowl era

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Why, the world has never seen a run like the New England Patriots, has it? It’s never seen a coach quite like Bill Belichick. Or a quarterback quite like Tom Brady? Or championships spat out by the photo copier? Has it? Well, yes. It has. Throughout the history of the Super Bowl, there have been a lot of impressive eras. The Packers. The Dolphins. The Steelers. The 49ers. The Cowboys. And so forth. The impressive part of the Patriots is…

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Durability of NFL’s final 4 QBs vital to Super Bowl run

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The numbers are staggering. Over 182,000 yards passing (more than 103 miles worth), nearly 1,300 touchdowns and seven championships, with an eighth guaranteed for whoever parties in the confetti in Houston next month. Yet the numbers that might define Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan as much as any other on their eye-popping, fantasy football league-winning stat lines might 39, 34, 33 and 31 – the ages of the quarterbacks in the NFL’s version of the Final…

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Is defense as important as ever in winning NFL playoff football

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In a quarterback-driven world, does defense still win championships? The cliché says yes, of course. No coach is going to come out in favor of a soft defense. But is defense still as important as it was in the days of the Doomsday Defense and the No-Name Defense and the Steel Curtain? Is hounding the opposing quarterback as important today as it used to be? Often these days, it seems that winning a football game is a matter of holding…

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