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Bucs win their fourth straight game, tie for lead in NFC South

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The Tampa Bay Bucs, who have spent the better part of a decade learning to lose, may have finally figured out how to win. The Bucs won their fourth straight game Sunday and pulled into a tie with Atlanta for the NFC South lead. Tampa Bay beat San Diego, 28-21, after outscoring the Chargers 21-7 in the second half. For the Bucs’ defense, it was the fourth straight impressive start. The Bucs have allowed only 53 points in those four…

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Questioning the Bucs-Chargers game and the Tampa Bay winning streak

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5 questions to ponder about Sunday’s game between the Bucs and Chargers. 1. Tampa Bay has won three straight games. Shouldn’t they be a big favorite over San Diego? No, not on the road. The Bucs are actually a three and half-point underdog in the game. Hey, it’s a long way to San Diego, and it takes a long time to change the mind of the oddsmakers. The Chargers are only 5-6, but they’ve been snake-bit. They’ve lost by one…

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The Predictions: Florida can’t score enough to stay with Bama

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The way analysts talk about the Alabama Crimson Tide, you don’t know whether they are preparing for the College Football Playoffs or the ones reserved for the NFL. They may be the best team ever, say some analysts. They are so No. 1 that their second-string may be No. 2. They are bulletproof and can stop speeding trains. On the other hand, Alabama beat Ole Miss by five. They beat LSU by 10. So are they are unbeatable? Of course…

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Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay defense hope to keep the pressure on Philip Rivers

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The defense of the Tampa Bay Bucs has evidently awoken. Whether it keeps up its excellent play against San Diego Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers, however, will be another challenge. The Bucs, who have won three games in a row, and allowed only three touchdowns while doing so, travel to San Diego to face Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates and running back Melvin Gordon. “It’s a new week,” said Bucs’ defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. “We’ve got to bring something all new…

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Judge dismisses lawsuit brought by SeaWorld patrons

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A federal judge in San Diego has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought by SeaWorld patrons who claimed they were deceived about how the marine park treats orcas and wanted refunds. The federal judge last week said that the plaintiffs didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit on behalf of patrons of SeaWorld parks in San Antonio, San Diego and Orlando. The plaintiffs claimed that hundreds of thousands of patrons wouldn’t have purchased tickets to SeaWorld parks if they knew how…

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Not 4th down for LA, but surely 3rd and long

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If there’s one thing the NFL doesn’t want associated with moving a team or teams to Los Angeles, it’s confusion. Too late. With each delay in the process, as well-intentioned as they might be, the league perplexes residents of LA, St. Louis, Oakland and San Diego. Not to mention fans of the Rams, Raiders and Chargers, wherever else they reside. This week’s move to punt any decision to Jan. 13 in Houston, a delay of nearly six weeks, was deemed…

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A tale of two cities: Tampa and Salt Lake in contention for hosting ’12 GOP convention

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Tampa has made the list of final four cities being considered to host the Republican National Convention in 2012, according to the St. Petersburg Times’ political blog. No word on who the other finalists might be, but the Salt Lake Tribune reported over the weekend that Salt Lake City also is on the list. Other cities that were believed to have put in bids include Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Antonio, Houston and Indianapolis. I mocked up…

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