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Rowdies re-sign Tampa Bay’s own Darnell King to contract

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have added another key piece to their lineup with the re-signing of defender Darnell King. King, 26, just completed his second season with the Rowdies. His signing was the 11th of the Tampa Bay team. King, 26, is set for his third season in Tampa Bay and is the 11th player to return to the Rowdies this offseason. He played 32 matches for the Rowdies in 2016. The only two matches he did not appear in…

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Bucs face tough choices at final cutdown day approaches

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For the Tampa Bay Bucs, the final exams are important for the guys at the end of the roster. It’s the fourth preseason game, which means you won’t see much of Jameis Winston, Mike Evans or Doug Martin. Instead, the conversation will be on the fourth- and fifth-receivers, on the third running back, on the backup defensive backs and linebackers. Just like everywhere else. The Bucs will play the Washington Redskins at 8 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium Wednesday night.…

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Rays tell James Loney he won’t be on opening-day roster

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For James Loney, it’s time to move on. Loney, the Rays’ first baseman for the past three seasons, has been told he will not be on the team’s opening-day roster, leaving Tampa Bay on the hook for his $8-million salary. He was told Wednesday he will be released or traded. Loney hit .291 in his time with the Rays, and he was the star of the international victory over Cuba. But it figured to be difficult for Loney after the…

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Rowdies add Tampa native Jeremy Hall to their defense

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Jeremy Hall is coming home. Hall, from Tampa, has joined the Tampa Bay Rowdies to help firm up the team’s defense. He has signed a one-year contract with a team option for 2017. Hall, 27, has played seven years of major league soccer for the New York Red Bulls, the Portland Timbers, FC Dallas, Toronto FC and the New England Patriots He made 12 appearances a year ago for the Revolution. “He can play anywhere on the right-hand side,” Tampa…

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Several Bucs face final tests in trying to make the team roster

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It may not matter to you. It matters to them. It is the final argument, the last appeal to the head coach. For at least 22 members of the Tampa Bay Bucs, it is one last chance to show Lovie Smith and his staff why this football team cannot operate without you. It is an opportunity to make a play on special teams, to flash in the highlights. And then, after all the work, to hope that this team doesn’t find…

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Eagles teammate predicts Tim Tebow will make the roster, play

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Tim Tebow is going to make the team. And he’s going to play a lot. Those were the predictions of Philadelphia Eagles‘ teammate Brandon Graham, who seems to be going against the general opinion that the former University of Florida quarterback. Critics gave daily grades to Tebow during mini-camp, and the reviews were generally not very kind. The most generous of them seemed to be that Tebow would not be much more than a camp arm. But Graham told CBS…

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