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Saturday, Aug 01, 2015

Roy Cummings

Tribune Staff

Lovey makes it official: Winston’s the Bucs’ No. 1


— If there ever really was a competition for the Buccaneers starting quarterback job, it was staged during the offseason workout program.

Jameis Winston is Bucs’ starting QB, Lovie Smith says


— If there ever really was a competition for the Buccaneers starting quarterback job, it was staged during the offseason workout program.

Confidence high as Bucs veterans report to training camp

- The best of the worst. That’s how second-year wide receiver Mike Evans described the 2014 Bucs upon reporting to One Buc Place for the start of 2015 training camp this morning.

Bucs LB Lavonte David has no deadline for contract talks

- Bucs All-Pro linebacker Lavonte David might not have a contract extension waiting for him when he reports to One Buc Place for training camp today. But that won’t keep him from continuing to try to get one.

Bucs make moves at bottom of 90-man roster

- The Bucs reshaped the bottom of their depth chart in the secondary on Wednesday, signing undrafted rookie cornerbacks Jude Adjei-Barimah and Al-Hajj Shabazz and first-year safety Kimario McFadden.

Licht: Re-signing Bowers is low-risk with upside for Bucs


The re-signing this week of defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers probably came as a surprise to a lot of Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans, but it was something the team had been contemplating for weeks.

Bucs rookie class will get early opportunity to be special

- To get a jump on things, Bucs rookies reported for training camp Monday, and Tuesday they participated in a bonding activity while bowling with rookies from Tampa Fire Rescue.

Bucs bring back DL Da’Quan Bowers as free agent

- The Bucs are giving defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers another chance to reach the potential that once made him one of the top pass-rushing prospects in all of football.

Civil lawsuit against Bucs’ Winston gets 2017 trial date

- Attorneys for Jameis Winston and the woman claiming in a lawsuit she was sexually battered by him have agreed to a tentative trial date of April 3, 2017.

Bucs’ Wilson retiring, for now, after fireworks mishap

- Reserve cornerback C.J. Wilson is retiring, but his agent said Wilson remains hopeful he can return to the game, perhaps by season’s end.

Bucs still look to strike deals with RT Dotson, LB David

- Bucs right tackle Demar Dotson is hoping a new voice can help him get the multimillion-dollar contract extension he’s seeking. But working out an extension for linebacker Lavonte David remains the team’s top pri...

Bucs to use virtual reality in quarterback training

- The Bucs will begin using a virtual-reality football software called SIDEKIQ as a supplement to the quarterbacks’ on-field work when training camp begins Aug. 1.

Bucs' Wilson loses two fingers in fireworks mishap

- Cornerback C.J. Wilson's football future was thrown into jeopardy over the Fourth of July weekend when he lost two fingers in a fireworks accident.

No night practices as Bucs announce training camp schedule

- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open their 2015 training camp on Sat., Aug. 1, with their first of 11 public workouts.

So far, 3 Bucs on list of NFL’s 100 influential people of 2015 season


— What do football-related websites do when football goes into hibernation, which it did last week with the completion of the NFL of offseason workout programs?

Bucs Beat: Plenty of intrigue awaits in training camp


Next stop, training camp. And what an interesting camp it should be for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bucs DE Smith ready to set down roots

- Jacquies Smith remains one of the NFL’s lesser-known players. It might not be long, though, before everyone knows his name. After all he’s about to spend a season playing one of the game’s premier positions.

Bucs notes: Rookie O-linemen working for first-team reps

- Bucs QB Jameis Winston isn’t the only projected starter from the team’s 2015 draft class splitting time between the first and second teams during mandatory minicamp workouts.

Jameis splitting reps at minicamp, but coaches are impressed

- Jameis Winston has long had a flair for the dramatic on the field, and he displayed a new side of that Tuesday during the first day of the Bucs’ three-day minicamp at One Buc Place.

Kucherov now the big mystery for Lightning

- Less than 24 hours after suffering a neck/shoulder injury that knocked him out of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov flew with the team to Chicago on Sunday. But whether he will be well enough to ...

Bolts’ Bishop at morning skate, but no word on status


Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is convinced that ailing goalie Ben Bishop will play another game in his team’s Stanley Cup Final series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bucs’ Dotson will report for minicamp; TE Wright returns

- Right tackle Demar Dotson has apparently concluded that skipping offseason workouts won’t get him the new contract he wants.

Bolts notes: Power play not slumping, but can improve


— The best power play units in the NHL score only once every four times they have a man advantage, so Lightning coach Jon Cooper isn’t all that concerned about what man...

Sources: Bucs RT Dotson’s absence hinders contract talks

- Two years since he signed a four-year, $7.5 million contract extension back in the spring of 2013, Demar Dotson has to stay away from voluntary offseason workouts in what appears to be contract holdout.

Bucs sign second-round pick G Marpet

- The Bucs completed the task of signing their 2015 draft class in signing guard Ali Marpet, a second-round selection, to a four-year contract, according to Bucs general manager Jason Licht.

Winston among 13 Bucs to get heads shaved for charity

- Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has faced a lot of adversity in his young life but nothing like the adversity that 6-year-old Joshua Fisher has faced.

Lovie Smith: New talent will help Bucs improve


— After posting a league-worst 2-14 record last year, the Buccaneers have nowhere to go but up in 2015. And an upward jump is precisely what coach Lovie Smith expects from the B...

Bucs Beat: Winston shows teammates he can make variety of throws


— Rookie QB Jameis Winston came to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a reputation for being able to make every throw necessary — and when scouts said every throw, they meant ...

Bolts’ Cooper coy over playing time for Stamkos, Drouin


— On Friday, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos one more shift per game

Dwindling ice time questioned for Bolts’ Stamkos

- For the final 51 seconds of the Lightning’s 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, Steven Stamkos sat on the bench.

Slap Shots: Ex-Bolts G Manon Rheaume back in Tampa


The Lightning’s return to the Stanley Cup Final has sparked the return to Tampa of the one of the franchise’s most celebrated, if not controversial, players.

Winston described as ‘quiet’ during offseason workouts

- Jameis Winston has seldom, if ever, been described as the shy, quiet type. Inside the Bucs locker room, however, that’s exactly how the rookie quarterback is being described.

NHL boss says he’s OK with Lightning ticket restrictions


— The Tampa Bay Lightning’s attempts limit the number of Blackhawks fans attending their Stanley Cup Finals home games have drawn lots of criticism, but the commi...