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Sunday, Mar 01, 2015

Ira Kaufman

Tribune Staff

Defenseman tops Yzerman’s wish list

- For Lightning players, today’s matchup against the Florida Panthers represents a final chance to convince general manager Steve Yzerman that standing pat at the NHL trade deadline might be the smartest move.

NFL Beat: Kelly-Mariota tie makes Eagles a draft focal point

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It’s rare when a team holding the No. 20 pick commands this much attention heading into the NFL draft.

Podcast: NFL Combine over; what’s next?

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In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast, Olivia Stacey talks with Tampa Tribune’s NFL writer about the NFL Scouting Combine and the upcoming draft.

Bolts take it to Ducks early in 5-3 win

- In sharp contrast to Saturday night’s first-period doldrums against the Kings, Tampa Bay assumed control from the start en route to a 5-3 victory against Anaheim, which began the day with an NHL-high 75 points.

Stunning comeback solidifies Brady, Belichick legacies

- Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are back on top with the Patriots after topping the Seahawks in a Super Bowl for the ages.

Super Bowl: For Seattle, New England, it’s been there, done that

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— Legacies on the line, dynasties to be determined.

Lynch, Dungy shut out of Hall; Seau, Bettis voted in

- Safety John Lynch and coach Tony Dungy were turned away at the Pro Football Hall of Fame doorstep Saturday for the second consecutive year.

John Lynch, Tony Dungy to learn Hall of Fame fate today

- After years with Lee Roy Selmon as the Bucs' lone representative in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the team is suddenly on quite a roll with the inductions of Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks. Will Lynch or Dungy make it thr...

RBs Lynch, Blount will do talking on field during Super Bowl

- One caused a stir by not talking. The other made waves by what he said. Let’s see who gets the final word on Super Bowl Sunday: Seattle's Marshawn Lynch or New England's LeGarrette Blount.

Ex-Buc Joseph: Team has to learn how to win

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— Davin Joseph was as shocked as Buccaneers fans when Tampa Bay went 2-14 under first-year coach Lovie Smith.

Super Bowl coaches differ externally, share drive to win

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— Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll have taken the full circle route to Sunday’s Super Bowl.

For Revis, Sherman, Super Bowl is battle to be the best

- Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman will share the biggest stage, at Sunday’s Super Bowl. They surely will try to one-up each other.

Gronk poses huge problems for Seahawks defense

- Containing the fifth-year tight end of the Patriots will be the focal point of a Seattle defense considered the league’s best, led by a stellar secondary that includes All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and hard-hitti...

Seattle playing for place in history

- As frustrated Buccaneers fans can attest, Michael Bennett is a heck of a football player.

NFL column: History not on Lynch’s side in Hall of Fame debate

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The last thing the embattled National Football League needs is another compelling safety issue.

McCoy: Bucs’ offense, defense failed in two-minute situations

- Gerald McCoy said Tampa Bay’s 2-14 record stems primarily from chronic failures in two-minute situations, but the Pro Bowl defensive tackle offered no opinion on what the Bucs should do with the No. 1 pick in the 2015...

Former Bucs players taking center stage in Super Bowl

- Lovie Smith’s goal of “Destination Phoenix” for the 2014 Buccaneers proved to be a far-fetched notion, but the upcoming Super Bowl between the Patriots and Seahawks features a distinctive Tampa Bay flavor.

NFL Column: Coaches can make most of second chances

- Before you criticize the Bills and Raiders for making safe, uninspired choices, be aware of a trend. In the past 17 years, 11 coaches have won Super Bowls with teams other than their first employers — including Jon Gr...

Through 20 years, Bucs owners have made impact

- The Glazers have had their critics during their 20 years owning the Bucs, but there’s no denying the family’s impact on the franchise and on the community.

Ex-Bucs star Barber still likes team’s potential

- Despite a 2-14 mark that earned the Bucs the first overall pick in the 2015 draft, Ronde Barber said he hasn’t lost any confidence in head coach Lovie Smith and suggested Tampa Bay’s dismal record was quite misl...

Stamkos’ late goal ends frustration as Bolts beat Sabres

- A night of mounting frustration ended in relief as Stamkos scored with 5:18 remaining to eke out a 2-1 victory against the reeling Sabres. The star was Buffalo backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who stopped 45 shots.

Lynch, Dungy among finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

- Safety John Lynch and coach Tony Dungy, hoping to continue the recent run of Tampa Bay Buccaneers inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, head the list of 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2015.

Lynch, Dungy await as Hall of Fame announces finalists for 2015 tonight

- Safety John Lynch and coach Tony Dungy, key contributors when the Buccaneers emerged as an NFL power in the late 1990s, are hoping to advance today when the Pro Football Hall of Fame announces its 15 modern-era finalists fo...

Kaufman: Watt, Rodgers are a class above the competition

- The 2014 NFL season featured a blend of the old and the new.