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Rowdies lose a 2-0 lead and a game to Cosmos in extra time

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The sting of this one is going to last for a while. The Tampa Bay Rowdies dropped a 3-2 game to the New York Cosmos, with David Diosa scoring the winning goal in stoppage time. “I’m devastated,” said coach Stuart Campbell. “I’m devastated for the players, coaches, and everyone associated with the Rowdies organization. We played a good match and came away with nothing. We have a midweek game that will help us move forward and get past this loss.”…

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Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter likes defense, but not the team’s penalties

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In their first practice in shoulder pads,  Tampa Bay Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter liked that his team likes to use them. What he didn’t like, however, was an old problem of the team: penalties. Tampa Bay was one of the most penalized teams in NFL last season. It was one of the main criticisms of former coach Lovie Smith. “What I liked was, obviously, these guys like to hit. That energy was good,” said Bucs’ current coach Koetter. “What I…

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Even after loss, Bucs’ Lovie Smith thinks his team is relevant

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They have been away from the playoffs so long, it sounds odd to hear their name in connection with a possible visit. Are the Tampa Bay Bucs really alive in the race? Numerically, they’re still in at 5-6. But the next two weeks, when the Bucs play against division opponents they beat on the road earlier in the season, will be crucial. Tampa Bay hosts Atlanta this week and New Orleans the following week. “You want to be relevant, you…

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Bucs’ Lovie Smith has one of the NFL’s hottest seats, says USA Today

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For Tampa Bay Bucs coach Lovie Smith, the seat is getting hotter. At least, according to USA Today, it is. Smith took the biggest jump of any coach in the newspaper’s hot-seat rankings this week, jumping from seventh to third in the rankings. He trails only the Colts’ Chuck Pagano and the Lions’ Jim Caldwell (a former Bucs’ assistant) in the rankings. Smith is ranked 10th at coacheshotseat.com. Smith seemed to admit Monday that he didn’t have a very good…

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Bucs’ Lovie Smith tries to explain how the Washington game got away

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Coach Lovie Smith thinks his Tampa Bay Bucs are more of the team that took a 24-0 lead Sunday than the one that got outscored 31-6 afterward. The record says the Bucs are both. “That football team that played in the first half, we’re that team,” Smith said in his day-after press conference Monday. “We’re, unfortunately, also that team that played in the second half. I think we’re more along the lines of what we saw in the first half.”…

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