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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Joey Johnston

Tribune Staff

Cheers, not jeers, greet Winston pick at Bucs draft party

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Some fans believe new Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will help to pack Raymond James Stadium. Thursday night, Winston confirmed he can indeed draw a crowd.

Fowler could become highest draft selection from Tampa Bay area

- Dante Fowler, who is expected to become the NFL’s next premier “sack artist” according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., would be tonight’s featured attraction if he goes No. 3 overall to Jacksonv...

Ex-Berkeley Prep star Nelson Agholor rocketing up draft boards

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There’s an NFL draft buzz surrounding Southern California wide receiver Nelson Agholor, the former five-star prospect from Berkeley Prep, and it’s gathering momentum each day.

Buccaneers did extensive vetting of Winston off the field

- The Bucs asked about Jameis Winston’s relationships — with family, teammates and coaches — his upbringing, his support system, his work ethic. Their list likely was even longer.

Offensive-minded Bolts shut out for second time in three games

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— Scoring wasn’t supposed to be an issue for the Lightning, who led the NHL with 262 goals during the regular season.

Fire and Ice: Winston, Mariota quite different on, off field

- Will it be Florida State's Jameis Winston? Or Oregon's Marcus Mariota? They are similarly branded as potential franchise players. But they are different. Oh, so different.

Bulls Beat: Men’s tennis wins AAC tourney title

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TAMPA – It was the 16th league tournament championship for the University of South Florida men’s tennis program. And for USF coach Matt Hill, it was very sweet.

Woman who accused Winston of rape files suit against him

- Two weeks before the NFL draft, former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was sued by a Zephyrhills woman who has accused him of sexual assault in Tallahassee in December 2012

Bulls Beat: Women’s hoops gets early ranking

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TAMPA — Even as the University of South Florida women’s basketball team built its record-setting season, there was a constant battle for respect. “Any AP voters in here?’’ Bulls coach J...

Former Florida Gators coach Ray Graves dies at age 96

- Former University of Florida football coach Ray Graves, who recruited Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier and oversaw one of the most successful eras in Gators history, has died, according to family friend Leo...

Tampa earns high marks after hosting second Women’s Final Four

- Players, coaches, fans and the NCAA came away pleased with Tampa's "well-oiled machine." In fact, UConn coach Geno Auriemma - of course, no stranger to Final Fours (10 titles) - wouldn't mind seeing it in a regular rotatio...

UConn tops Notre Dame for NCAA title three-peat

- Connecticut cuts down the net for the third year in a row, and coach Geno Auriemma for the 10th time overall, after beating the Irish for the NCAA women's championship in Tampa.

UConn vs. Notre Dame: Five things to know

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Here’s a quick primer to get you ready for the NCAA women’s basketball national championship game between Notre dame and UConn at Amalie Arena.

Legacy of UConn coach Auriemma stands on its own

- No question, Geno Auriemma belongs on the Mount Rushmore of women’s basketball. He can add to the lore tonight at Amalie Arena when UConn faces Notre Dame for a 10th national title.

USF coach Jose Fernandez gets contract extension

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University of South Florida women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez, whose Bulls tied the school record for victories and narrowly missed an appearance in the NCAA Tour...

Women’s Final Four: UConn rolls into another title game

- The Huskies beat Maryland 81-58 and continued their seemingly inevitable march toward a third consecutive national title — and 10th overall under coach Geno Auriemma. The title game is Tuesday against Notre Dame at Am...

‘You get up and keep going’: Ex-college star bounces back

- She had dreams of basketball glory, but two years ago Medina Turner and her children were homeless. Here's how she bounced back from a painful journey.

Even with 3 No. 1 seeds, UConn overshadows Women’s Final Four

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— Welcome to the Women’s Final Four.

Women's Final Four teams savor moment upon arrival in Tampa

- The mood was set during team arrivals, when each program was greeted with revelry. All four teams will hold private practices today at undisclosed sites. Saturday, there are open practices at Amalie Arena.

Bulls Beat: Standouts Putnam, Claudio honors

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TAMPA – There are productive weekends. There are memorable moments. Then there’s the next level, the buzzworthy performances registered by University of South Florida baseball player Buddy Putnam and softba...

UConn players trying to live up to program’s legacy

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— It’s not just a successful run. It’s bigger than a dynasty. It’s dependable, precise, coldly efficient.

QB Mike White to transfer from South Florida

- USF’s remaining experienced quarterbacks are senior Steven Bench and sophomore Quinton Flowers, both of whom could be a better fit for an offense that has shifted to an up-tempo style and spread-option concepts.

All top seeds head to Tampa for NCAA Women’s Final Four

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— If you’re a basketball fan looking out for No. 1, there’s no better place to be than the Women’s Final Four this weekend in Tampa.

Clinics, fan fest surround NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa

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The NCAA Women’s Final Four tips off Sunday at Amalie Arena, but there are other related events this week in the Tampa area.

Uneven debut for USF’s up-tempo attack at spring game

- The Bulls, offensively challenged the past two seasons, unveiled their new up-tempo attack at Corbett Stadium, but it sometimes fell flat.

USF takes new up-tempo offense for test drive today

- Say goodbye to the plodding, shifting, power-driven philosophy that produced very little, except frustration.

Bulls Beat: PG Collins part of USF hoops history

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He should have received a standing ovation, the chance to linger at the Sun Dome’s mid-court while hearing the cheers and love. He deserved a rousing Senior Night send-...

NCAA women’s tournament: Sweet 16 lookahead

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The Road to Tampa is within sight.

USF’s NCAA dance ends with loss to Louisville

- The Bulls played the Cardinals close and were in position to steal a victory late in the game, but fell short, 60-52, in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament.

Report: USF point guard Collins to transfer

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— University of South Florida junior point guard Anthony Collins, the freshman catalyst of the Bulls’ 2012 NCAA Tournament that finished one victory away from the Sweet 1...

Start of something big for USF’s Weber

- USF's Katelyn Weber, a 6-foot-5 sophomore center, is finding her comfort zone. She provided an aggressive inside spark when it was needed on Saturday, and she will be ultra-important tonight against Louisville, which has a ...

Williams, Jenkins lead way as USF rolls, advances in NCAA opener

- It was a signature moment Saturday night when the No. 6-seeded Bulls defeated the No. 11 LSU Tigers 73-64 in front of 5,560 Sun Dome fans in an NCAA Tournament first-round game.

Bucs’ road to No. 1 a result of systematic failure

- Many standard qualities go into building a winner. The same can be said for losing teams. As the Bucs prepare to lead off the NFL draft April 30, one thing seems certain: They have earned it. Here’s the formula.

USF women hope Sun Dome gives boost as NCAAs open

- In what could be another history-making moment for the USF women’s basketball program, tonight’s NCAA first-round game between against LSU was approaching a sellout.

Atwater’s basketball dreams didn’t die when son was born

- Kaneisha Atwater's basketball dreams didn't die when her son was born. “I’m a basketball player,” said Atwater., whose No. 7-seeded Florida Gulf Coast (30-2) faces No. 10 Oklahoma State (20-11) in Saturday...

USF’s Williams and Jenkins driven to succeed

- Courtney Williams and Alisia Jenkins, the alpha and omega of USF’s burgeoning program, grew up in tiny Georgia towns, about two hours apart, sometimes dribbling on dirt roads outside their homes as they learned the ga...

USF women earn NCAA bid, will host games at Sun Dome

- With another magical twist to its historic season, the University of South Florida women’s basketball team was awarded opening-round home games for the NCAA tournament.

USF women project as No. 6 or No. 7 seed in NCAA field

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— It’s a pleasant change. When the NCAA women’s basketball tournament’s 64-team field is announced Monday night, the University of South Florida Bulls won&#...

USF freshman guard Holston finds footing

- Troy Holston has become a factor in USF’s offense after some early struggles, and has grown into an important piece for the Bulls.

USF women’s international recruiting boosts historic season

- The No. 2-seeded Bulls (24-6) face Memphis in tonight’s AAC tournament quarterfinals and seem poised to claim a mid-range seed in the 64-team NCAA field. USF coach Jose Fernandez said his team wouldn’t be in t...